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MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2016

Suncrest to get flashing beacon for crosswalk 

The Suncrest area is getting a new rapid flashing beacon for pedestrians on state Highway 291 at Swenson Road following requests from community members. The new beacon is scheduled to be installed Thursday. Students from nearby Lakeside High School frequently ...

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1949: Since Michael “Mitch” Asan opened it in 1935, the Mayfair Café was a discount diner and a place to get a beer. But over the years, the downtown restaurant and bar was mostly just a bar. The dilapidated 1890 building was torn down last month. (The Eastern Washington Historical Society Archives)

Then and Now: The Mayfair Café 

The Mayfair Café at the corner of West Second Avenue and Washington Street was torn down recently to create a parking lot. The one-story structure was built in 1890, the year after Spokane’s great fire, and was first used as office space. The 200 block of South Washington was a row of offices with tenants who sold insurance and investments.

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SUNDAY, AUG. 21, 2016

A fast-moving wildfire approaches homes on the north side of Beacon Hill, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, in Spokane. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Beacon Hill fire threatened dozens of homes 

Jessy Westland was at work when she learned a fast-moving fire had started near Beacon Hill in north Spokane. Her 5-year-old son was there, staying at her grandparents’ home. She raced from Spokane Valley up Bigelow Gulch Road, fearing the ...

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Smoke can be seen from Hart Road about a mile east of Highway 25. (Daniel Moldrem)

Fire near Davenport grows to 1,600 acres

A fast-moving fire north of Davenport, Washington, grew to at least 1,600 acres Sunday, triggering evacuations. The Hart Road fire burned down multiple structures and was threatening 60 homes as of Sunday evening, the Washington Department of Natural Resources said. ...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 20, 2016

The Dirt: BNSF building vehicle unloading facility 

BNSF Railway started construction this month on a $6 million Spokane automotive unloading facility near its Parkwater rail yard. Among other commodities, BNSF transports and delivers about 12,000 vehicles a year to Spokane, a majority that go to Inland Northwest car lots. The new expanded automotive unloading facility, on BNSF property near Wisconsin Avenue, is twice the size of an older automotive unloading site on Mission about a mile away, said BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas.

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Spin ControlTrump coming to Everett Tuesday. Maybe. 

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is expected to hold a rally in Everett Tuesday. Colleague Jerry Cornfield of the Everett Herald quotes campaign and state Republican Party sources as saying ...

Extra CreditSpokane graduation rates increase slightly

Spokane Public Schools on-time graduation rate increased slightly in 2015, up to 84.5 percent. However, the districts on-time graduation rate for Black/African American students dropped to 77.8 percent. In 2014 ...

Photo blogCatching up with Then and Now

In the July 18 column about the Washington Cracker Co. building on E. Pacific Ave., it was mentioned that the cookie and cracker company used the swastika as a its ...

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