Preparations are underway for the Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival being held Sept. 26-Nov. 1, in Spokane’s Riverfront Park. A twenty-person work crew from Sichuan Tianyu has reconditioned and assembled 3000 items, including zoo animals, flowers, a 196-foot dragon and a giant fan.
Mt. Spokane took on the Wildcats of Eastmont (Wenatchee) and prevailed in a non-league matchup 41-34. The Mead Panthers took on the Southridge Suns, winning 39-7 at Joe Albi Stadium Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015.
Ten or so Model T Fords left Spokane and make a big loop through Elk, Washington, Spirit Lake and Bayview, Idaho before returning to Spokane. The weather was cool and sometimes rainy, testing the mettle of those with open cars. The Inland Empire chapter of the Model T Ford Owners of America stopped for lunch in Spirit Lake and ate a variety of foods cooked in metal containers riding on the exhaust manifolds of the engines.
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.
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.
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.
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).