Morning Review: Wheat, cow poop and the ultimate comeback kid

Check out our guide to today’s top Spokesman-Review stories.

Local news

Hot acres, cool markets: Dick Schu has a lot to be happy about. This year’s wheat harvest is golden, with commodity prices high and acreage yields at near-record levels. But there is fear for this farmer, as the recent GMO scare has slowed the international market for Palouse farmers’ wheat.

Muddy markets: A massive mudslide on Highway 20 has slowed the economy down in tourist dependent towns on the North Cascades Highway. One restaurant owner said sales are down 70 percent.

That’s no bull: In case you were wondering, yes, the government can regulate where your cows poop. Joseph Lemire’s cows’ pies were linked to poor water quality in a creek in Dayton, Wash. in 2003.

Sports

Luis lives: Luis Pollorena died once. But in what might be the biggest comeback for any Indians pitcher, Pollorena survived the childhood leukemia that killed him for a minute at age 6. Now the left-hander is playing with all the life he’s got.

College comebacks: Eastern Washington and Washington State have both lost valuable players going into this season, but both teams have plenty of fire left.

Business

Water wonderful: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says hydropower is back, and the Department of Energy reports it could flood the renewable energy market without a single new dam.

Spokane 7

Liberty Lake goes Cray: Blues guitarist Robert Cray will perform Saturday night in Liberty Lake, bringing his signature sound to Pavillion Park at 7 p.m. The best part? It’s free.

Photo

Noah Beach rides in the bed of a wheat truck as the sun sets, heading to pick up another load of grain cut by his grandfather, Dick Schu and uncle Ryan on Monday night near Oakesdale, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland/The Spokesman Review)

Weather
Today will be partly sunny with a high of 86 degrees and a low of 61 degrees. Here’s the extended forecast for the Spokane area.

Getting There
Spokane officials are warning drivers to be on the lookout for participants in the Spokane to Sandpoint bicycle relay run that starts at 9 a.m. today. For more traffic delays, read this week’s Getting There column.

Today’s events
Check out these events around town, or visit the full list at Spokane 7.
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