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THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 2008


Panhandle Health District closed Friday

All Panhandle Health District offices will be closed Friday due to severe weather and safety concerns. The health district will reopen Monday and operate regular hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The health district regrets the inconvenience to clients, said spokeswoman Cynthia Taggart.

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ISP: 51 slideoffs today

Idaho State Police report problems with wrong way drivers on Highway 95, including one drunken driver who was jailed hitting a car and driving away. The person in the car that was hit followed the driver home. Several drivers received citations for reckless driving. In...

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Graders working residential streets

The city’s street grader crew began clearing residential streets this morning and are working in the Eagle Ridge neighborhood on the south side and Indian Trail on the north. Public Works Director Dave Mandyke said those streets were chosen first because they are hilly. The...

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City workers hook up an STA bus that was stranded on Riverside Avenue in downtown Spokane Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, during record snowfall.  (Addy Hatch / The Spokesman-Review)

Some STA buses moving

Spokane Transit Authority has pared its operation for the evening commute to No. 25 North Division; No. 74 Valley Limited; No. 23 Ash/Maple to the Five Mile Park and Ride lot; and the No. 90 to Sullivan Road and the Mireabeau Park Park and Ride...

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Road closures in Kootenai County

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department advises that the following county roads are closed until further notice:* Lancaster Avenue between Huetter and Meyer roads* Wyoming Avenue from state Highway 41 to Meyer Road* Meyer Road between Hayden and Meyer avenues* Greensferry Road north of Prairie Avenue...

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Arts events changed

Tonight's performance of "A Christmas Carol - The Musical" at Spokane Civic Theatre has been canceled. Ticketholders will receive a raincheck good for admission to another show this season.Also, the Clarion Brass holiday concert scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled for Monday at 7:30 p.m....

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Kyle and Lisa Dosch use snowshoes to get down Government Way in Coeur d'Alene Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008.  "We just moved here," said Lisa, "from Minneapolis. It's a colder there, but never this snowy."   (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

CdA will decide whether to open Friday

Coeur d'Alene City Administrator Wendy Hague has closed City Hall, the library and all non-emergency city offices due to the extreme weather conditions. A decision will be made later today whether city offices will be open Friday. Employees have been told not to come in...

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SEATAC stoppage affects SIA

Spokane airport officials reported that a stoppage in flights through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has hampered operations at SIA.A large number of flights to and from Spokane fly through SEATAC.Of 16 departures at SIA between 9:20 a.m. 3:20 p.m., only three were on time while eight...

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Snow shuts malls, stores early

Even Santa didn’t show up for work today in downtown Spokane. Numerous businesses shuttered their doors early or never opened after Wednesday’s heavy pounding of snow.The businesses that did open saw far fewer shoppers than normal. The snowfall added insult to an already difficult winter,...

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hitchin' a ride

Staffers Jonathan Brunt and Adrian Rogers just arrived in the newsroom after slogging on foot through two feet of snow from their Perry Street District home, with their thumbs out like a couple of latter-day hipsters.By the time they got to Second Avenue, a pickup...

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City plows need 72 hours

Marlene Feist, public information officer for the city of Spokane, said that the city typically takes 72 hours to clear all residential streets after it stops snowing. There are lots of variables, she said, including the density of snow and whether plows need to move...

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Nearly 20 inches at SIA

The National Weather Service said Spokane's official weather reporting site as of 10 a.m. had 19.4 inches of snow, well more than the previous 24-record of 13 inches. But some locations in the area had more than 30 inches, including the Athol and Spirit Lake...

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Spokane International waits

Air traffic at Spokane International Airport was beginning to take off after long delays and some cancellations. Crews were working to clear runways, taxi ways and gates so that aircraft could get in and off the ground, said spokesman Todd Woodard.No flights had departed the...

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