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Breaking News winter storm 2008 archive

FRIDAY, JAN. 2, 2009

Dog and owner escape as roof caves in  10 

Two commercial buildings in Coeur d'Alene at least partially collapsed today due to the snow on their roofs. One, at 140 Spruce Ave., housed two businesses -- Allen Pest Control and Accurate Edge. Leonard Allen, owner of the pest-control business, said he had been concerned...

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December was the snowiest month on record. If all the snow that fell on Spokane were formed into a snowball, it would be roughly 2,500 feet tall. This graphic by staff artist Molly Quinn breaks down the snowfall by the numbers. (The Spokesman-Review)

Friday's snowball graphic 

Hardly breaking news, but we've received some requests for an online version of staff artist Molly Quinn's snowball graphic, which ran on page A9 in today's newspaper. Here it is. Click here to download a higher-resolution version.

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Warming centers re-activated 

With temperatues expected to plunge this evening, Spokane is activating community warming centers for the homeless.The Salvation Army, 204 E. Indiana, will be open to couples and families with children in need of emergency shelter from the cold. The House of Charity, 32 W. Pacific,...

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MONDAY, DEC. 29, 2008

CdA bans parking on some streets

Coeur d'Alene police are issuing emergency "No Parking by Police Orders" signs throughout the city in areas where streets are becoming impassable due to the record snowfall, the police department said in a news release.The areas included at this time are: Second Street between Sherman...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 19, 2008

ISP: 19 slideoffs today 

Idaho State Police reported 19 slideoffs Friday, compared to 51 on Thursday. Other accident numbers were similar to Thursday's numbers, with two hit-and-run crashes and six property-damage crashes reported by ISP each day. One injury crash was reported Friday compared to two on Thursday, according...

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Business trash pickup on track

Trash pickup for downtown Spokane businesses is continuing more or less normally today, says Dave Mandyke, of the city's public works department. No residential trash pickups in the city will take place until Monday.The downtown garbage collection will occur as long as trucks can reach...

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Men suspected of preying on stuck driver

Sometimes good Samaritans aren’t so good.Two Spokane Valley men have been charged with felonies after a woman reported a vehicle prowling in progress. Officers Timothy Jones and Tyler Smith arrived in the area of 17200 E. Mission Avenue shortly after 3 a.m. Thursday and arrested...

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Tracks in snow lead to burglary arrests

Even suspected burglars don't have it easy in the snow. Two Spokane Valley men are facing felony charges after officers tracked footprints in the snow to one of the men and later found another sleeping on an apartment floor, Spokane Valley Police spokesman Sgt. Dave...

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Snowshoers, nordic skiers make tracks

All roads and parking areas have been cleared from this week's massive snowfall, Mount Spokane State Park rangers reported Friday morning. Grooming on the parks 25 miles of cross-country skiing trails has been slow as the snow cat struggles to pack the deep powder. Although...

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Christmas Bureau update

The Christmas Bureau plans to open again Saturday, at 10 a.m., and "serve everyone who comes," says Marilee Roloff, head of Volunteers of America. The bureau has been closed for two days, due to the weather. Both Roloff and Rob McCann, head of Catholic Charities...

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Christmas Bureau closed again today

The Christmas Bureau charity will remain closed today, organizers said, and extended hours are being considered for Saturday, the bureau’s final day. In addition to concern about the safety of the people who get food vouchers and toys at the bureau, dozens of volunteers would...

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Season of Sharing gift distribution canceled

Spokane Valley Partners has closed its center at 10814 East Broadway Ave.and canceled a big gift distribution through its Season of Sharing program. About 650 families were to have taken part. The event hopefully will be rescheduled next week, a volunteer there said today.

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Bill Whitson uses a snowblower to cut a path back to his home  after plowing a neighbor’s sidewalk Thursday at North Morton Street and East Kiernan Avenue in Spokane.  (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Be prepared for more snow

Even before most residents will have a chance to dig out from the record snow fall on Wednesday and Thursday, another system is heading this way that could dump another 4 to 6 inches on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service."Our next weather system...

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Spokane Valley plowing

All city offices of Spokane Valley remain closed today as a result of the storm.However, Spokane Valley crews continue their plowing operations and the city has contracted with road graders to work with the five county-contract graders to clear city streets, city spokeswoman Carolbelle Branch...

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No garbage collection today in Spokane

The city of Spokane will not be picking up garbage today, according to a news release. Thursday and Friday customers can put out twice their normal garbage next week, but mind the Christmas holiday, city public affairs officer Marlene Feist said in the release. Thursday...

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Limited transit service again Friday

Spokane Transit is restricting service again today to just a handful of routes, and officials warn all buses are running behind schedule because of road conditions.Available routes for the morning commute are:* Route 23 Ash/Maple to Five Mile Park and Ride only.* Route 25 Division*...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 2008

Hummers to the rescue

George Gee Automotive employees used Hummers today to help nurses and doctors get to the Hospice of Spokane and to reach snowed-in Meals on Wheels clients. Staff at Mid-City Concerns Meals on Wheels had two days worth of meals to deliver to senior citizens.Had it...

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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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Highway 41 partially blocked

State Highway 41 is restricted to one lane just south of Rathdrum because a semi-truck slid off, according to the Idaho State Police. ISP recommends avoiding the area for the next several hours.

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1st and Monroe blocked

A truck is blocking the intersection of 1st and Monroe in downtown Spokane. If you've made it downtown to work today and haven't yet left for home, avoid that frustration.

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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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