Nicholas Deshais, SpokesmanReview

Nicholas Deshais


Spokane, WA, United States

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Past articles by Nicholas:

Historic Flight Foundation opens aviation museum at Felts Field

Eight aircraft are on display at the aviation museum that the Historic Flight Foundation opened Tuesday. → Read More

Delta Air Lines to launch direct flights from Spokane to Atlanta in July

Atlanta-bound Spokane travelers had their journeys made easier with Delta Air Lines’ announcement Monday that it will offer nonstop service between the cities. → Read More

Getting There: ‘Clear gas’ a returning phenomenon, but most cars don’t need it

Eighteen fill-up stations in Spokane and Spokane Valley offer gasoline with no ethanol or lead, additives that have been included throughout the years to improve engine performance and reduce emissions. Ethanol’s addition to the gasoline running modern cars is a relatively new occurrence, but the story behind lead has ties to the bottom line of America’s early automobile manufacturers. → Read More

Million-dollar mayor’s race: Spending reaches benchmark Tuesday, expected to grow

Spending on the race for Spokane mayor breached the $1 million mark Tuesday, after an independent conservative political group spent $50,000 on ads attacking Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart. → Read More

Tim Eyman-backed initiative would upend state transportation funding

Tim Eyman’s latest anti-tax ballot measure is either a Robin Hood-like gesture for the people of Washington or a disastrous gambit that will kill the state’s necessary transportation projects. It just depends who you ask. → Read More

Getting There: A high-tech hatchback cruises Spokane Valley streets, cataloging every crack and pothole

“This software will help us identify what the fix is, put a dollar cost to it and prioritize what streets to fix,” said a city engineer. “Ultimately, it helps us in our endgame on how make our street preservation project fully funded.” → Read More

Accused ringleader in insurance fraud case that involved Ron Wells has gone missing, forcing delay in trial

William Mize, the alleged ringleader of a federal insurance fraud conspiracy case involving 22 defendants including prominent Spokane developer Ron Wells, is a fugitive. → Read More

Getting There: Valley’s wish list coincides with federal infrastructure deal

The city of Spokane Valley decided on the top four transportation projects it wants federal funding for on the same day President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats agreed to pursue a $2 trillion infrastructure package. → Read More

Hey, it’s not so ruff: City’s first urban dog park part of bigger milestone

This week, a new public plaza and the city’s first urban dog park opened, joining a rising residential tower and the brisk renovation turning an old auto garage into a future brewery. → Read More

Ron Wells, prominent Spokane developer, pleads guilty to multiple felonies in federal insurance fraud case

Ron Wells, a Spokane developer and architect known for historic restoration, has pleaded guilty to nine felonies related to staging a car crash in 2016 in an attempt to defraud insurance companies. → Read More

City wrestles with whether helmet laws make Spokane safer

There’s a lot of discussion ahead as the Spokane City Council considers rescinding helmet laws by bicycle and scooter riders. But there is an unanswered question: Do helmets work? → Read More

Ronald McDonald House expansion a $14.5 million investment in region’s children and families

The Ronald McDonald House construction project at Fifth Avenue and Monroe Street adds 34 rooms and more space to serve the families of children across the Inland Northwest. → Read More

Getting There: High-tech mapping of potholes will help city manage streets

Snowmelt reveals many things. The first crocus, tulips and daffodil blossoms of spring. The trash and dog poop that people left behind, thinking somehow the snow would make those left-behinds magically disappear. And potholes. Lots of potholes. In 2018, the city filled 4,610 potholes. The year before that, it repaired 4,795 potholes. This year, so far, the city has filled 1,392 potholes. → Read More

Getting There: Rails-to-Trails idea joins Washington, Washington, D.C.

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has hatched a plan to create a “safe, seamless and scenic pathway” connecting Washington state to Washington, D.C. As the group’s name suggests, it will rely on abandoned rail corridors to create the trail, which will pass through 12 states and D.C., and will run within 50 miles of 50 million people. → Read More

John Stockton’s bid to block development on Priest Lake wetlands falls short

Basketball legend John Stockton failed in a bid to block the development of 65 acres of wetlands near his Priest Lake residence. → Read More

Getting There: Local transportation officials fear ‘ripple effect’ from ongoing federal shutdown

It’s been more than a week since the federal government went dark. → Read More

Clean air agency says Otis Hotel developers violated asbestos rules

Troubles continue to mount for the renovation of the Otis Hotel in downtown Spokane, as the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency issued asbestos-related violations to five companies working on the rehabilitation earlier this month. → Read More

Getting There: Ever wonder how Santa logs all those miles in a night?

Christmas is upon us, and on this eve of all eves, there is just one question on everyone’s mind: What kind of rig does the man in red drive? → Read More

Spokane developer Ron Wells accused of insurance fraud

Ron Wells, a developer and architect whose decades-long work in Spokane has renovated numerous historic buildings, was indicted Wednesday in federal court for allegedly staging a car crash in attempt to defraud insurance companies. Wells was named along with 19 other defendants, who are accused of deliberately staging a “series of automobile, boating, stair fall, pedestrian/vehicle and other… → Read More

De Leon’s Taco & Bar to open third Spokane location

The new location, anticipated to open in early 2019, will be at at 1801 N. Hamilton St. in the Logan neighborhood near Gonzaga University. Permits show $300,000 in work. → Read More