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Jim Allen


Spokane, WA, United States

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Past articles by Jim:

Ridgeline band sets a winning tradition at new school

It’s been a long journey, but a joyous one, for the marching band at Ridgeline High School. → Read More

Spokane Public Schools says transportation is better so far, but not perfected

Three weeks into the school year, Spokane Public Schools is still dealing with some of the same transportation headaches as last year. → Read More

Test scores across Washington, including Spokane area, show decline from prior to pandemic

Results are in from statewide K-12 comprehensive tests taken last spring, and the report is mixed. → Read More

Smiles, a red carpet and no masks: Mead schools kick off a new year

The first day of school is always full of mixed emotions. Except at Skyline Elementary School. → Read More

Spokane Public Schools' 'trifecta of sports venues' coming into focus

As he stood on the downtown stadium construction site Wednesday afternoon, Greg Forsyth couldn’t hide his enthusiasm. → Read More

'It means the world': As inflation drives up back-to-school prices, hundreds turn out for free supplies

By 10 Wednesday morning, the sun already was baking the pavement at the corner of Ruby and Indiana as hundreds of families stood patiently. → Read More

Gonzaga's Truong sisters fight against stereotypes, look to empower younger generations of Asian American athletes

When Gonzaga basketball stars Kayleigh and Kaylynne Truong signed a name, image and likeness deal this summer, it wasn’t about the money. → Read More

NCAA changing format of women's basketball tournament; Spokane to host one of two super regionals in 2025

The NCAA women’s basketball regionals will return to Spokane in 2025, bigger and better than ever. → Read More

From teaching math and martial arts to coaching track, U-High principal Keven Frandsen to retire after varied career

Editor’s note: This is the latest in a Spokesman-Review series on longtime teachers who are retiring. → Read More

Roger Widmer traded a mechanic's life for a teacher's. He reflects on life in the classroom as he prepares to retire

Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a Spokesman-Review series on teachers in local school districts retiring after long careers in education. → Read More

Half a century later, WSU's history-making female athletes reflect on the fight for Title IX

For Karen Troianello, there’s no tearjerker quite like the state girls cross country meet in Pasco each year. → Read More

Women Helping Women gala event will celebrate group's 30th year and the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The timing couldn’t be much better for next week’s fundraising event as the Women Helping Women Fund will have plenty to celebrate next week. → Read More

May the Fourth Be With You: Upcoming 'Star Wars' TV show about Obi-Wan Kenobi full of expectations

Another Star Wars spectacle is about to enter our orbit, and for many Boomers the story is coming full circle. A long time ago in a college town on the far side of the Columbia, I was trying to channel my energy on studying for finals despite a new movie that was rumored to be out of this world. → Read More

'A little friendly competition': Spokane Public Schools students to be featured on weekly PBS Civics Bowl

There was nothing trivial about the contest waged Thursday morning at KSPS Studios. → Read More

Five Lewis and Clark kids were among this year's Spokane Scholars, showing 'education wasn't lost, it was paused' during the pandemic

When the pandemic struck two years ago and banished her from the halls of Lewis and Clark High School, Karenna Holland did what came naturally for millions of teenagers. → Read More

Spokane Public Schools joins vaping suit against e-cigarette maker Juul

While reported COVID-19 activity remains low in the Inland Northwest, another health threat is making an unwelcome comeback in classrooms and bathrooms at schools in this area and across the country. → Read More

Double your funds: Coeur d'Alene tribe surprises top students with twice the scholarship money

COEUR D’ALENE – As dozens of students and their families sat down Tuesday morning at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, they had good reason to feel grateful. → Read More

Building a culture: Students at new Ridgeline High School break in their school spirit at special assembly

The occasion was the first indoor assembly in school history, a yell-at-the-top-of-your-lungs event. Students did just that as classmates danced, sang and generally let off some of the steam that had been building since last fall. → Read More

Bringing the hustle, and Russell: Stanford's Anna Wilson cheered on at Spokane NCAA game by quarterback brother

Russell Wilson has always been there for his younger sister, Anna. → Read More

Carla Peperzak celebrated as Spokane Public Schools begins construction of new school named in her honor

After hearing the praises of one speaker after another, Carla Peperzak did what’s she’s done all of her 98 years. → Read More