Picture stories

Large-format slideshows on special themes.


Clark Fork Delta restoration project

The $6 million Clark Fork Delta restoration project, near Clark Fork, Id., started last fall, It targeted 680 threatened acres of the delta. Heavy equipment was used to rebuild shorelines and raise the height of partially submerged areas. The intent is to preserve what remains of the delta and start to recover some ground. Katherine Cousins, Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologist, and her team planted 90,000 plants. When it didn’t rain in May, she worried they would die, but the lake come up in time.

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Elson Floyd Memorial

At a ceremony Wednesday afternoon at WSU’s Beasley Coliseum, thousands gathered to celebrate the university’s 10th president, Elson Floyd, who died of colon cancer June 20 at the age of 59.

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Firestorm 1991

Twenty-four years ago wind-whipped wildfires took off and began to ravage several Eastern Washington counties.
It took several days and multiple agencies to get nearly 100 fires contained in October 1991.
By the end of what became known as “firestorm,” one person was dead and more than 100 homes had been burned to the ground.

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Wildfires in Twisp

A fire near Twisp, Washington blew up Wednesday, overtaking and killing three firefighters and injuring several others. The scenic mountain town, along with nearby Winthrop, were under evacuation orders as wind whipped the flames from a few dozen acres to thousands of acres with hundreds of homes threatened.

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Spokane Central Service Center

City officials and contractors cut the ribbon on the city of Spokane’s Central Service Center Tuesday, August 18, 2015. The new $16.5 million shop and office complex will centralize maintenance for city vehicles, including a new fleet of garbage trucks which run on compressed natural gas (CNG).

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Stevens County Complex fire

The Stevens County Complex fire has stretched state and local fire forces thin overnight, driving some homeowners to battle the flames themselves. Stevens County Fire Chief Les Schneiter said eight homes have burned. Multiple fire districts responded to the Addy area fire, he said. However, the Department of Natural Resources crews were scarce because of fire activity across the Inland Northwest.

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Z Nation films at Northern Quest

Syfy Channel’s “Z Nation” zombie apocalypse show films at Northern Quest Resort and Casino Aug. 5 and 6. In episode being filmed, the ragtag group of zombie survivors come across an Indian casino which is still operating in spite of the apocalypse.

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Korean War veteran returns home

Korean War veteran, U.S. Army Cpl. Donald Therkelsen’s remains arrive in Spokane from Hawaii, Aug. 6, 2015, at Spokane International Airport for a dignified transfer by the Army National Guard Honor Guard. Cpl. Therkelsen, an Army medic, was listed as missing in action in July 1953 in North Korea. His remains were discovered in a mass grave with over 200 bodies.

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2015 All-Star Game

Fanfest drew many people before the 2015 All-Star Game, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 at Avista Stadium. Spokane is the host for the 2015 All-Star Game. The game is the first interleague all-star game between the Pioneer League and the Northwest League.

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GU’s John J. Hemmingson Center

Gonzaga University’s newest building, the John J. Hemmingson Center, dominates the heart of campus. The 167,726 square-foot building was built over the course of two years and cost $60 million. It officially opens August 27 in preparation for the incoming freshman class. “The whole building is really designed around students, and what the building can do for students,” said the Director of the Hemmingson Center Chuck Faulkinberry.

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Adult Kickball

Kickball isn’t just for kids anymore. Last year, Isaac Gordon, owner of Left Bank Wine Bar, formed the Big Foot Kickball League. Made up of 7 teams from the service industry (Iron Goat, Jones Radiator etc) they play every Sunday at Grant Park.

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Cape Horn Fire in Bayview

The Cape Horn fire in northern Idaho has destroyed at least six homes and forced about 200 residents in Bayview, a lakeside community, to evacuate as it ballooned to more than 3 square miles Monday.
The blaze started Sunday afternoon and burned through a mix of year-round residences and seasonal homes near the southern shore of Lake Pend Oreille, the state’s largest lake and a recreation and fishing destination. The flames have destroyed other buildings such as boat houses and pump houses in the Bayview area that includes expensive homes, especially next to the water.

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Rural Resilience: Bob and Jane Faller

What Republic lacks in medical services and big-town accouterments it makes up for in rural resilience. Bob and Jane Faller are fiercely independent like most of the hardy individuals in this northeast corner of the state where Colville is the closest town with a Wal-Mart and Spokane is considered the big city. The Fallers returned to Ferry County eight years ago after living on the West Side and building a house that resembled a barn.

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