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Montana convenes working group on historic airway beacons

UPDATED: Mon., May 29, 2017, 10:05 p.m.

Mike Rogan climbs the 90-foot aviation beacon tower on MacDonald Pass near Helena, Mont., to perform routine maintenance Wednesday March 15, 2006.  The 90-foot climb is required to maintain the historic airway beacon, one of 12 navigational beacons still functioning in Montana – the only state in the country that spends the time and money to maintain them. (MARTIN KIDSTON / AP)
After announcing it would be shuttering all but three historic aviation beacons in the state due to funding, the Montana Department of Transportation’s division of Aeronautics is now convening a working group to study and make recommendations on the beacons’ future.

100 years ago in Spokane: Man loses arm in dairy accident

Mon., May 29, 2017, midnight

John Nord, a worker at the Pine Creek Dairy on Division Street, was expected to lose an arm after it got caught in equipment, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported on May 29, 1917. (Spokesman-Review archives)
John Nord, a worker at the Pine Creek Dairy on Division Street, must have felt as if everything was going against him. First, he got his arm caught in the butter mixer. His arm was “torn and broken.”

Then and Now: Manito’s Duncan Garden

Mon., May 29, 2017, midnight

1928 - When Spokane Parks Superintendent John W. Duncan took the position in 1910, this low spot in Manito Park was a muddy swamp left after many yards of dirt had been excavated and taken away for other uses by his predecessor. Duncan had the area leveled and designed a European Renaissance-style garden, with symmetrical planters and pathways and a water feature in the middle. He called it Sunken Garden. It was renamed Duncan Garden in 1941 to honor the beloved Parks Superintendent, who retired in 1942. (SPOKESMAN-REVIEW PHOTO ARCHIVE / SR)
In early Spokane, parks were primarily natural spaces used for picnics. When Parks Superintendent John W. Duncan retired in 1942, Spokane’s park system included more parks, plus features like playgrounds, swimming pools, golf courses and sports courts and fields. Duncan was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and came to the United States as a boy. He studied park management and worked in Boston. He passed through Spokane in 1909 on his way to a convention in Seattle and returned the next year to become the city’s park superintendent.

Plans for new northside Costco include Highway 2 roundabout

Sat., May 27, 2017, 5:30 a.m.

Costco is moving forward quickly with its plans to construct a new, 167,000 square foot retail warehouse near the site of the former Kaiser Aluminum smelter near Mead. Those plans include building a roundabout on Highway 2 that could have some neighbors crying foul.

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