December 19, 2008 in City
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An unidentified postal service employee runs south on Lincoln with a shovel and wearing shorts even though the snow is several feet deep Friday December 19, 2008. CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON The Spokesman-Review

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The street sign says it all, Spokane is buried in some heavy snow Friday december 19, 2008. CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON The Spokesman-Review

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Trees along Hatch Road are filled with snow Friday December 19, 2008. CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON The Spokesman-Review

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It appears that someone at least tried to uncover part of their car at HIgh Drive and Sherman before giving up halfway Friday December 19, 2008. CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON The Spokesman-Review

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Jerry Odell, a United Parcel Service driver, trudges down Sprague Ave. in downtown Spokane with a load of packages to deliver Friday, Dec. 19, 2008. The region is recovering from the recent snowstorm which dropped 24 inches. JESSE TINSLEY THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW

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Spokane city crews use dumptrucks and a giant snow blower to remove the berm from the center of 2nd Ave. Friday morning, Dec. 19, 2008 in the downtown area. JESSE TINSLEY THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW

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Spokane city crews use dumptrucks and a giant snow blower to remove the berm from the center of 2nd Ave. Friday morning, Dec. 19, 2008 in the downtown area. JESSE TINSLEY THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW

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Spokane city crews use dumptrucks and a giant snow blower to remove the berm from the center of 2nd Ave. Friday morning, Dec. 19, 2008 in the downtown area. JESSE TINSLEY THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW

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Sarah Lee takes a few steps outside of her apartment at the Breslin near the corner of Bernard and 8th Ave to measure the depth of the snowfall, December 19, 2008 in Spokane, Wash. That spot totaled 19 inches she said. DAN PELLE The Spokesman-Review

December 18, 2008 in City, Idaho, News, Region
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Jared Anderson digs his car out from 18 inches of snow in front of his house on W. 28th Ave Thursday morning. Side streets on the South Hill are impassable due the depth of the snow.

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Ed Schimanski of Hauser Lake, Idaho pushed his snow blower past huge mounds of snow on Thursday morning, December 18, 2008. Snow levels at Hauser measured at least 30 inches.

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Kyle and Lisa Dosch use snowshoes to get down Government Way in Coeur d’Alene Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008. “We just moved here,” said Lisa, “from Minneapolis. It’s a colder there, but never this snowy.”

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Kyle Dosch pushes a passing car through several inches of snow until the car gained enough momentum to go by itself Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Dosch was out snowshoeing with his wife when the car slowed to a near stop.

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A woman with an armload of purchases walks home down a side street clogged with snow in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008. More than 20 inches of snow fell in Kootenai County.

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Tom Sharbono struggles to get a new wiper blade on his car in front of Schuck’s Auto in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008. Wiper blades and tire chains were among the most popular items Thursday morning at the auto parts store.

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An ice crystal is framed by the snow covered roof of a home at Hauser Lake, Idaho on Thursday, December 18, 2008.

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It was slow going for motorists on I-90 at the Evergreen overpass in near whiteout conditions Thursday morning, Dec., 18, 2008 in Spokane Valley, Wash.

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There was little or no traffic on I-90 at the Evergreen overpass in near whiteout conditions Thursday morning, Dec., 18, 2008 in Spokane Valley, Wash.

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Rod Lofquest of West Point, Nebraska chains up after getting stuck at the west bound I-90 exit at Sullivan Rd., Thursday morning, December 18, 2008 in Spokane Valley, Wash. A trucker from Georgia with no chains high centered while exiting the interstate, causing three trucks to slide off and close the exit. Lofquest was headed to Moses Lake to pick up a load of cattle.

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Summer Goodwin got into the winter mode by covering her feet with plastic bags while she cleared her driveway at the corner of Morton and Kiernan, December 18, 2008 in Spokane, Wash.

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A motorist stops at the Evergreen I-90 on ramp Thursday morning, Dec. 18, 2008, in Spokane Valley, Wash. to take the ice off his windshield wipers before continuing on his way. A near white out blizzard created a driving hazard Thursday morning, Dec. 18, 2008.

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A motorist stops at Evergreen and Indiana in Spokane Valley, Wash. to clean off his back window before continuing on his way. A near white out blizzard created a driving hazard Thursday morning, Dec. 18, 2008.

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The westbound Sullivan exit at I-90 was closed early Thursday morning, Dec. 18, 2008, as a red truck from Georgia high centered his trailer, sliding off the ramp, and blocked traffic for several hours.

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I-90 was a pastoral postcard near Sullivan Rd. Thursday morning, Dec. 18, 2008, as snow piled high and motorists stayed home.

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Bill Whitson snowblows a path back to his home in the middle of an intersection after plowing a neighbor’s sidewalk at the corner of Morton and Kiernan December 18, 2008 in Spokane, Wash.

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A Spokane Public Schools employee found himself axel deep in snow as he tried to clear the sidewalks around Longfellow Elementary School, December 18, 2008 in Spokane, Wash.

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Pam and Tom Sutton had the day off from their jobs with Spokane Public Schools because of the snow storm that hit the Spokane area Wednesday. They spent Thursday morning digging out their driveway across from Ferris High School.

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Summer Goodwin experiences the full force of winter, December 18, 2008 as she clears her driveway at the corner of Morton and Kiernan in Spokane, Wash.

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Jim Sanderson carries his dog “Pepper” during a walk near Chase Middle School, December 18, 2008 in Spokane, Wash. Deep snow curtailed their normal distance from a mile down to a few blocks.

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John Oakley tosses a shovelfull of snow to his dog Espn, December 18, 2008 at the corner of Morrill and 37th Ave in Spokane, Wash. Several inches of snow covered the area, closing schools and roads. DAN PELLE The Spokesman-Review

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Emma Burke, 12, and Jessica Fortis, 13, ski down the sidewalks on Sherman Ave. in Coeur d’Alene Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 as snow continued to fall from the massive snowstorm that blanked the region. Though it was only eight days until Christmas, few shoppers braved the conditions in downtown Coeur d’Alene. JESSE TINSLEY The Spokesman-Review

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(from left) Amy Corbett, Eddie Hernandez and Scott Fink struggle through the thigh-high berm piled in the middle of Sherman Ave. on their way to Cricket’s restaurant in Coeur d’Alene Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 as snow continued to fall from the massive snowstorm that blanked the region. Though it was only eight days until Christmas, few shoppers braved the conditions in downtown Coeur d’Alene. JESSE TINSLEY The Spokesman-Review

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Sherri Gittel shovels snow onto a chest-high berm around Gittel’s grocery store at Government Way and Harrison Ave. in Coeur d’Alene Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 as snow continued to fall from the massive snowstorm that blanked the region.

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“If I stand out here any longer my hat is going to get big,” said Allen Aubrey as he has a smoke outside the STA Plaza Thursday Dec. 18, 2008.

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Jessica Meese, Dylan Meese and Tanicia Rehmke supple some muscle to try and push Rehmke’s stuck car one half block from their destination on Providence at Morton Streets in Spokane, Wash. 12/ 18/ 2008 DAN PELLE The Spokesman-Review

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In heavy snow, Good Samaritan Jack Fontaine gets down on his knees as he helps Maggie Riedinger across intersection of Post St. and Sprague Thursday afternoon Dec. 18, 2008. Fontaine spotted Riedinger struggling to walk to the grocery store at the STA Plaza. After she did her shopping, Fontaine gently guided her safely home to Plaza Apartments four blocks away. COLIN MULVANY The Spokesman-Review

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Pepper the dog and its owners Jim and City Sanderson plow their way through the deep snow at the corner of Morrill and 37th Ave in Spokane, Wash., after a storm hit the area December 18, 2008. DAN PELLE The Spokesman-Review

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A van sits almost completely covered in snow on Providence Ave and Nevada after storm hit the Spokane area, December 18, 2008.

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The snow piles up on a set of mail boxes across the street from Ferris High School, December 18, 2008 in Spokane, Wash. DAN PELLE The Spokesman-Review

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Carrie Miller sets out her pink driveway markers after shoveling near Providence Ave and Nevada, December 18, 2008 in Spokane, Wash. DAN PELLE The Spokesman-Review

December 17, 2008 in City
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A pedestrian makes her way through heavy snow on Post Street in downtown Spokane Wednesday afternoon. The snowstorm, coupled with extreme icy conditions, triggered numerous traffic accidents throughout the region. The forecast calls for another 1 to 2 inches of snow on Thursday. COLIN MULVANY The Spokesman-Review

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Pedestrians make their way west on Sprague Ave from Ivory Street during Wednesday’s snow storm. 12/17/08 DAN PELLE The Spokesman-Review

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Gonzaga University student Sean Fowler makes his way across campus during Wednesday’s snow storm. Fowler, who is from Alaska, says this weather reminds him of home.

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Kristy Engelbrecht-Falco cleans the windshield of her car before leaving the US Post Office parking lot on Sprague Ave in Spokane, Wash., December 17, 2008. DAN PELLE The Spokesman-Review

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Vic Edwards of Bryam Healthcare at Sprague and Ivory in Spokane, Wash., fights a losing battle trying to keep the parking lot clear of snow, December 17, 2008. DAN PELLE The Spokesman-Review

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Ken Reynolds of Spokane Auto Electric and Repair on Sprague Ave in Spokane, Wash., cleans off a customer’s Corvette before it is brought into the shop during Wednesday’s snow storm. DAN PELLE The Spokesman-Review

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A snow-covered bicycle sits at the ready ouside the Hopkins House on the Gonzaga Univeristy campus during Wednesday’s snow storm. 12/17/08 DAN PELLE The Spokesman-Review