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House fire near Bridgeport leaves two unaccounted for

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 2:58 p.m.

Two people escaped Sunday night when a fire tore through their home near Bridgeport, Washington, but another two residents remained unaccounted for Monday afternoon, according to Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris.

Then and Now: Spokane’s first auto mechanic

George Ethan Bartoo was one Spokane’s first mechanics and car dealers. As a young man in the 1880s in Indiana, he and a friend built a simple steam-powered cart which could run and drive but “had a habit of shaking to pieces,” he said.

Patrons, participants take one last trip to fairgrounds as Spokane County Interstate Fair winds down

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 16, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

A novice blacksmith holds a thin steel bar over a bed of hot, refined coals. With heat and force, hammer, chisel and vise, the metal could be many things: rustic nails, decorative hair pins, a slithering toy snake for her son. Mallory Battista, a local graphic designer working a forge at the 2018 Spokane County Interstate Fair, said the color of the metal when exposed to high heat lets a smith know the temperature of the steel they’re working with. Red is ideal, and once a piece of metal begins to turn yellow, it could begin to melt or burn up, ruining the project.

800 volunteers haul trash out of Spokane River in 15th annual cleanup event

Hundreds of volunteers joined the 15th Annual Spokane River Clean-Up on Saturday for a day of hauling mattresses, shopping carts and any garbage or recycling they could find out of the river. The event, hosted by The Lands Council, covered Spokane Valley, the University District, the Downtown River Gorge area and Riverside State Park.

Riverfront Park rides shot down by Spokane Park Board once again

A lobbying effort by former Riverfront Park Director Hal McGlathery and citizens pushing for the return of low-cost rides in the new park failed to attract a majority of the Spokane Park Board on Thursday, who nixed the idea after a feasibility study showed it could cost the city up to $750,000 over the next 20 years and said it wasn’t compatible with the downtown park’s future.