Trash fire ravages laundromat; all inside evacuated safely

Trash fire ravages laundromat; all inside evacuated safely
After cutting vents in the roof of the Wash & Dry laundromat Friday, a Spokane firefighter prepares to evacuate by ladder. The fire at 1725 N. Hamilton St. started about 8 p.m. and consumed a large portion of the roof. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
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A North Side laundromat was destroyed Friday evening by a raging fire that apparently started in an outside trash bin. Crews were called to the Hamilton Street Wash

Bond money fuels school construction in Central Valley
Education

Bond money fuels school construction in Central Valley

The renovation of the old Yoke’s supermarket on 16 N. Progress Road prompted a complicated game of musical schools in the Central Valley School District. The renovations, as well as the moves are part of a $121.9 million construction bond voters approved in February 2015 – the first bond for the district in 17 years.




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U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, center, learns to make a pizza from Dominos Pizza Legislative Affairs Manager Ashley Coneff, left, and Dominos area manager Sarah Anderson, right, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 at a Dominos Pizza restaurant in Spokane Valley. McMorris Rodgers is sponsoring a bill that would ease the regulatory requirements of small food businesses to provide calorie information for menu items. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, center, learns to make a pizza from Dominos Pizza Legislative Affairs Manager Ashley Coneff, left, and Dominos area manager Sarah Anderson, right, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 at a Dominos Pizza restaurant in Spokane Valley. McMorris Rodgers is sponsoring a bill that would ease the regulatory requirements of small food businesses to provide calorie information for menu items. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

McMorris Rodgers bill on calorie labeling passes House of Representatives  33 

A bill that would ease the regulatory requirements of small food businesses to provide calorie information for menu items, sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, passed the House of Representatives, 266-144. McMorris Rodgers says the bill eradicates “top-down” regulations, but the opposition says it could defeat the purpose of menu labeling.




Nation/World

French riot police officers patrol in the migrant camp in Calais, north of France, on Feb. 5. Mysterious armed groups are on the prowl, targeting migrants in night attacks in Calais and other areas  in northern France. (Thibault Camus / Associated Pres)
French riot police officers patrol in the migrant camp in Calais, north of France, on Feb. 5. Mysterious armed groups are on the prowl, targeting migrants in night attacks in Calais and other areas in northern France. (Thibault Camus / Associated Pres)

Migrants attacked around Calais, tinderbox of tensions

Mysterious armed groups are on the prowl, targeting migrants in night attacks in Calais and elsewhere in northern France, sowing fear among the displaced travelers living in squalid slums and deepening concerns the city is becoming a tinderbox of anti-migrant, anti-Muslim rage.



Region

Police and armored vehicles known as Bearcats block the road to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge at an FBI checkpoint outside of Burns, Ore., Friday. (Rebecca Boone / Associated Press)
Police and armored vehicles known as Bearcats block the road to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge at an FBI checkpoint outside of Burns, Ore., Friday. (Rebecca Boone / Associated Press)

No booby traps found at Oregon refuge, FBI says  

BURNS, Ore. – The FBI says it hasn’t found any rigged explosives or booby traps at the national wildlife refuge in Oregon that had been seized by an armed group. Authorities allowed a group of reporters to get closer to ...



Idaho

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter speaks to reporters  at the State Capitol building on Jan. 8, 2015, in Boise. (Otto Kitsinger / Associated Press)
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter speaks to reporters at the State Capitol building on Jan. 8, 2015, in Boise. (Otto Kitsinger / Associated Press)

Otter calls for review of faith-healing exemption  

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter said he’s concerned with the number of children who die because their parents choose faith healing and not medical assistance for religious reasons. Otter announced Thursday that he’s asked House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate ...



Sports

Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson, right, beat Pekka Rinne in overtime. (Brian Blanco / Associated Press)
Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson, right, beat Pekka Rinne in overtime. (Brian Blanco / Associated Press)

In brief: Tyler Johnson’s goal in overtime lifts Lightning to victory 

NHL: Steven Stamkos scored the tying goal late in the third period, Spokane’s Tyler Johnson won it 1 minute, 4 seconds into overtime and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 on Friday in Tampa, Florida, for their ninth straight home win. J.T. Brown and Nikita Kucherov also scored for the Lightning. Ben Bishop made 27 saves to give him career victories over all 30 NHL teams.



Features

The floor under this kitchen’s massive granite countertop better be stiff or it will bounce like a trampoline. (Tony Mishler)
The floor under this kitchen’s massive granite countertop better be stiff or it will bounce like a trampoline. (Tony Mishler)

Building to eliminate bouncy floors 

DEAR TIM: I’m in the planning stages of building a new home, and I don’t want bounce in my floors. My last home felt like a trampoline, yet it was built to code. My new home is going to have ...



Outdoors

Ryan Sokoloski, a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks park manager, struggles to get back on the ice after falling through into Placid Lake as Ania Chaney, left, falls deeper into the hole while attempting to help him. Sokoloski was leading a New Year's Day tour on the lake when the accident occurred, leading to a few tense minutes until he and Chaney were pulled out of the water. (Tom Bauer / Missoulian)
Ryan Sokoloski, a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks park manager, struggles to get back on the ice after falling through into Placid Lake as Ania Chaney, left, falls deeper into the hole while attempting to help him. Sokoloski was leading a New Year's Day tour on the lake when the accident occurred, leading to a few tense minutes until he and Chaney were pulled out of the water. (Tom Bauer / Missoulian)

Recreating on frozen lakes requires safety-first approach  

Lake ice can creak and groan, pop and tinkle. And when it opens up underneath you, it may not make a sound. That’s what Ryan Sokoloski learned on New Year’s Day while leading a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks tour of Placid Lake’s frozen surface. One minute he was inviting the half-dozen participants to listen to the eerie sounds, and the next he was up to his neck in freezing water.



Voices

City seeking bids on expansion of Hazel’s Creek stormwater facility 

Spokane city engineers are seeking bids for an extension and expansion of the Hazel’s Creek stormwater facility in southeast Spokane. The project is estimated to cost up to $2 million and involves extending storm sewer lines from the existing Hazel’s ...



Business

In this photo taken Feb. 1, 2016, Phanice Cherop, a 29-year-old single mother of two, works at the AAA Growers farm in Nyahururu, four hours drive north of the capital Nairobi, in Kenya. This Valentine’s Day, theres a good chance your flowers came from Kenya as the cool climate and high altitude make it perfect for growing large, long-lasting roses – propelling it to become the fourth-largest supplier after the Netherlands, Ecuador and Colombia. (Ilya Gridneff / Associated Press)
In this photo taken Feb. 1, 2016, Phanice Cherop, a 29-year-old single mother of two, works at the AAA Growers farm in Nyahururu, four hours drive north of the capital Nairobi, in Kenya. This Valentine’s Day, theres a good chance your flowers came from Kenya as the cool climate and high altitude make it perfect for growing large, long-lasting roses – propelling it to become the fourth-largest supplier after the Netherlands, Ecuador and Colombia. (Ilya Gridneff / Associated Press)

Those Valentine’s Day flowers might just be from Kenya 

Kenya’s cool climate and high altitude make it perfect for growing large, long-lasting roses. Such conditions have helped make Kenya become the world’s fourth-biggest supplier after the Netherlands, Ecuador and Colombia.



Opinion

Editorial

City Hall probe must be transparent 

A letter from the City Attorney’s Office raises concerns that the Frank Straub investigation will be severely crimped.

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