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Wed., May 24, 2017, 12:53 p.m. | Search

Agency spells out rules, safe practices for backyard fires

UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 12:32 p.m.

A metal fire pit is set up in a Hayden garden on June 24, 2014. The Spokane Clean Air Agency is emphasizing outdoor burning safety and clean-burn tips as backyard fires are becoming more popular, a spokeswoman said. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
The popularity of backyard fires appears to be growing, especially with metal backyard fire pits. Now the Spokane Clean Air Agency is spelling out the do’s and don’ts for safe, legal burning

Concert will showcase Indian music

UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 12:43 p.m.

The South Asia Cultural Association of Spokane will be hosting a Jugalbandhi concert on June 2

Front Porch: Sexism in society lingers behind a smile, Stefanie Pettit writes

UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 12:51 p.m.

President Donald Trump, sitting next to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, speaks during a working lunch with ambassadors of countries on the United Nations Security Council and their spouses, Monday, April 24, 2017, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (Susan Walsh / AP)
With major news events happening rapid-fire and assaulting our brains daily, it’s hard to keep track of what went on even a few days ago, no less a few weeks ago. With that said, what I’m about to mention may seem of lesser importance in light of everything that’s transpired since, but I still think it needs airing.

Inside Spokane’s best Airbnbs

UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, noon

Bekha Davis is the owner of The Funky House in Millwood. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
For less than $200 a night visitors to Spokane County can stay in a home with a helipad on the roof, a converted historic electrical substation, or accommodations with Disney flair. It’s all part of the new travel wave led by the likes of lodging upstarts Airbnb and VRBO.

100 years ago in Otis Orchards: Sheriff called to put down Wobbly riot

Wed., May 24, 2017, midnight

The Spokane County sheriff was urgently summoned to put down a “riot” by members of Industrial Workers of the World who were laying pipe for the Otis Orchards irrigation district, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported on May 24, 1917. (Spokesman-Review archives)
The Spokane County sheriff was urgently summoned to put down a “riot” by members of Industrial Workers of the World (the Wobblies) who were laying pipe for the Otis Orchards irrigation district. The trouble began when a “flunkey” in the cook house was fired for allegedly destroying food. More than 100 laborers, all Wobblies, then demanded that the contractor reinstate the flunkey and fire all non-Wobblies.

Spokane region’s short-term rental regulations uneven

Wed., May 24, 2017, midnight

Like many cities nationwide, Spokane had a fitful start permitting short-term rentals. In early 2014, the city began issuing cease-and-desist letters to property owners advertising overnight stays online, saying local laws did not allow room-sharing services outside of regulations for bed and breakfasts, which were only allowed to operate in historic properties.

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