Whitney Ward, KREM 2 NEWS

Whitney Ward

KREM 2 NEWS

Spokane, WA, United States

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'Paying for Spokane's homeless crisis?'

What started as a protest last winter turned into a massive homeless encampment on Department of Transportation land within city limits. → Read More

Timeline: How the homeless encampment near I-90 grew to what it is today

Mayor Nadine Woodward says she wants the Trent shelter to house people staying at the homeless encampment near I-90, which has grown to house nearly 800 people. → Read More

Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward gives first look inside Trent homeless shelter

KREM 2 had the chance to speak with Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward during a tour of the shelter. It is the first time anyone has seen the inside of the shelter. → Read More

Who is Thomas Rousseau? Meet the leader of Patriot Front

Texas native Thomas Rousseau was previously part of the white nationalist group Vanguard America before forming Patriot Front. → Read More

Former Spokane deputy sues sheriff's office, department pushing to have case dismissed

Former deputy Andrew Richmond was one of only two black officers in the department. He is suing the sheriff's office over racist comments from a fellow deputy. → Read More

Family of five narrowly avoids wildfire near Lewiston

Jason Adams and Chanteille Thomas were forced to evacuate in the middle of the night with their three kids. → Read More

With Roe v. Wade overturned, Idaho's trigger law goes into effect

There is now a 30-day countdown in Idaho until abortion becomes a felony crime, punishable by two to five years in prison. → Read More

How will the continuous wet weather impact Spokane's 2022 wildfire season?

Following a record-breaking drought last year, firefighters say the continuous moisture could impact the upcoming wildfire season. → Read More

Spokane is making changes to address potholes

With Spokane’s ongoing freeze-thaw cycle and a booming population putting more wear on the roads, the problem of potholes isn’t going away. → Read More

Idaho is paying hunters who kill wolves, but in Washington they're protected. Here's why

Wolves are still endangered in Washington but not in neighboring Idaho, and many cattle ranchers say it's putting them at a distinct disadvantage. → Read More

'Way beyond a physical pain': Jacob and Jamie Hyland recall Cold Springs Fire tragedy one year later

Jacob and Jamie Hyland and their one-year-old son, Uriel, were trying to escape the Cold Springs Fire over Labor Day weekend 2020 when they were overcome by flames. → Read More

81-year-old COVID-19 patient at Moses Lake hospital credits vaccine for his survival

Samaritan is the main hospital for all of Grant County, and the next closest ICUs are in Wenatchee or Spokane. Both of those hospitals are also at capacity. → Read More

Human-caused fires up 55% compared to 2020, Washington Dept. of Natural Resources says

State fire investigations often take months to determine an official cause for a wildfire. → Read More

Body cam footage of interviews after Sam Martinez's death shed light on concerns of hazing

The footage obtained by KREM shows police asking fraternity members in the aftermath of Martinez's death if younger members were forced to drink. → Read More

Body cam, Snapchat videos show moments before and after Sam Martinez's death

Sam Martinez, a 19-year-old freshman at Washington State University, died of alcohol poisoning after a fraternity pledge event in November 2019. → Read More

How technology hindered Pullman police's investigation into Sam Martinez's death

Pullman police said they have a good idea of what happened the night Martinez died. But a few things slowed down their investigation: technology and social media. → Read More

How Avista is preparing for wildfire season in the Inland Northwest

Avista plans to implement a number of things to help prevent wildfires, including hardening its grid and switching out wooden power poles. → Read More

‘I thought I was going to die': Karaoke DJ contracts COVID-19 from Republic superspreader event

More than 100 people have tested positive for COVID-19 after the superspreader event in Republic and at least two have died. → Read More

Nearly 100 infected with COVID-19 at Republic super-spreader event

The event was set up to recruit new Eagle’s Club members the weekend of April 9-11. Some said it was advertised as a protest against COVID restrictions. → Read More

Rep. McMorris Rodgers describes role in national COVID-19 response, economic recovery

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers talks about our state's coronavirus response so far and how COVID-19 has become political. → Read More