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Raising the colors: It took Spokane Fire Department’s tallest ladder truck to fix a flagpole outside the Spokane Club and replace a weathered rope and flag. The 105-foot pole had been flagless for about two weeks, the club’s lead building engineer, Pat Savage, said. A previous attempt to reach the flag failed when fire crews realized an 85-foot ladder truck from Station 2 wouldn’t do the job. Though the city of Spokane owns the property, the club shines a spotlight on the flag every night. Firefighter Randy Marler, left, and Lieutenant D.J. Hill, center, raise the American flag Wednesday morning.

Dan Pelle