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Girl from Hot Springs
THEY KNEW:
For more than
15 years, the Cowles
family ignored
the hazard that killed
Jo Ellen Savage.
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Girl from Hot Springs
This book started
as the story of a city councilwoman's fight
against public
corruption. It would
have been completed a couple of years ago,
but for one thing.
On April 8, 2006, the
public corruption
killed a woman.
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The Ominous Mr. Ormsby
The dark implications of a U.S. Attorney nomination Details...

Protesting Ormsby
Should a key figure in the River Park Square scandal become Eastern Washington’s next U.S. attorney? Three former elected officials and a prizewinning journalist have written President Obama to explain why not. Details...

The Ultimate Archive
In one 800-page searchable document, all Camas RPS stories are now available in a PDF format Details...

‘Deathtrap’
Former sheriff Tony Bamonte asks the Washington attorney general and Spokane County Commissioners to close the River Park Square garage until its safety can be verified. Details...

Commentary:
Joe Btfsplk & RPS

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility has cleared one of its attorneys of RPS wrongdoing. But how? And why? Details...

McDevitt Cleared
After what it referred to as "a lengthy investigation into Spokane's River Park Square development," the U.S Department of Justice announced today that "no federal criminal charges would be filed." Details...

Swinton Cleared
The Washington State Bar Association finds that Spokane attorney Duane Swinton had no professional conflict of interest in his simultaneous representation of the Cowles-owned River Park Square shopping mall and the Cowles-owned Spokesman-Review newspaper. Details...

Correcting Camas
A lawyer, an e-mail, and a website. Laurel Siddoway, special counsel to the City of Spokane for River Park Square, criticizes Camas reporting. Details...

We Got Letters
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About Those Tapes...
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Letters Archives
Camas Letters to the Editor
from 2000 through 2004 Details...

McDevitt v. Ethics Rules
In a response to the Washington State Bar Association, former Spokane City Councilwoman Cherie Rodgers enumerates what she sees as the ethical transgressions of the U.S. Attorney for Eastern Washington. Now what? Details...

Jim McDevitt's Non-Disclosure
U.S. attorney didn't report personal ties to River Park Square Details...

Indictments Sought
The "Top Ten" reasons for RPS criminal indictments have been sent to federal investigators by former councilwoman and Camas senior editor. Details...

Duane Swinton
and Cowles Inc.

In a surprising response to an ethics challenge, the family's ramrod lawyer takes issue with his client Details...

McDevitt’s Fingerprints
Is the U.S. Attorney for Eastern Washington in trouble? Details...

The Sleeping Dogs
of River Park Square

A lawyer's letter stirs them Details...

The Verdict
Did the Washington News Council distinguish or disgrace itself with its report on Spokesman-Review coverage of River Park Square? Details...

A New RPS Fraud?
Hidden legal advice raises the question Details...

Invitation to an Audit
As The Spokesman-Review looks in the mirror, what will it see? Details...

Epilogue: A Fight for the Light
Settlement of Camas public records lawsuit ends an era Details...

City and Camas Settle RPS Documents Lawsuit
City agrees to pay $299,000. Apologizes to journalists. Details...

The Parable of the Three Giants
Cherie Rodgers reflects on Spokane's lost soul Details...

Busted
After spending three years and $2 million on Laurel Siddoway's "brilliant" legal defense, Spokane leaders ditched it and cut a deal with garage bondholders. They just didn't want to say why. Details...

The Mayor's Confession
When a new councilman conveyed Betsy Cowles's behind-the-scenes demands, Mayor Jim West had some secret news of his own. Details...

‘The Casino Was Rigged’
Scathing IRS report blames the city and Cowles companies for RPS garage bond sale duplicity. Details...

Ominous Message
from the IRS

Garage deal violated tax rules, the federal agency concludes. Civil or criminal proceedings may follow. Details...

Joe Shogan's Secret Deal
Commentary: How Camas Magazine got Betsy Cowles and city hall to agree on something Details...

Camas Loses Appeal in Documents Lawsuit
Appeals court says city should not be penalized even though it withheld records for over two years Details...

Camas Investigation Wins National Prize
"How The Spokesman-Review Subverted Democracy in Spokane, Washington" Lands Top Journalism Award Details...

Tale of Two Documents
How bond buyers were misled about the cost of the "new" River Park Square garage Details...

Requiem for a Reporter
Commentary
If Tom Grant leaves town, Spokane will be the loser Details...

Document of the Week
How a publishing heiress went after an uncooperative mayor Details...

Signing for the City
Former deputy city manager Pete Fortin signed off on the garage bonds. Or did he? Details...

Fraudville, USA
Spokane's dark side is portrayed in a pretrial brief Details...

An Audience with the Mayor
Camas sues PDA over a secret meeting Details...

Missing Man
Chris Anderson, lone critic on the city council that negotiated RPS, mysteriously disappeared in 1996. Why? Details...

Court Sides with Camas on Disputed RPS Documents
Judge says records not exempt under federal disclosure law Details...

Double Trouble
How a couple of five-year-old memos defy what's left of the Powers/Siddoway legal strategy Details...

Seattle Times Looks at RPS and Cowles Family
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Camas and the Siddoways
RPS developer Betsy Cowles accuses Camas Magazine of being "closely tied" to Laurel and Doug Siddoway. Well, not exactly... Details...

Breaking the News
Betsy Cowles apparently doctored a crucial RPS story and may have lied under oath about it. Details...




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