August 2, 2009 in City

In brief: High temperature at airport of 101 ties record for day

From Staff Reports
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Yes, it really was that hot.

The National Weather Service recorded an official high at Spokane International Airport of 101 degrees Saturday, tying the record for the day set in 1971. It also marked the first time this year that Spokane reached triple digits, said Laurie Nisbet of the weather service.

Lewiston also tied a record for the day, reaching 106 at the airport. Wenatchee, meanwhile, broke a record for the date with a high of 107; the previous high was 103, Nisbet said.

Omak and Moses Lake also hit 106, while Coeur d’Alene topped out at 99. The warmest spot in the region, however, belonged to Entiat, west of Waterville on the west bank of the Columbia River, Nisbet said. Saturday’s high reached 108.

Looking ahead to today, Nisbet had some good news. Sort of. “It’ll be a little bit cooler, but it’s still going to be hot,” she said.

Forecasters call for highs today of 94 in Spokane, 101 in Lewiston, 100 in Wenatchee and 93 in Coeur d’Alene.

Carolyn Lamberson

Police say suspect in killing may be traveling through area

A man suspected in an Eastern Oregon homicide may be in Eastern Washington, and police want the public’s help in finding him.

Gregory A. Cook, 24, of La Grande, Ore., is suspected of killing Shannon Marie McKillop, 51, whose remains were found near Elgin, Ore.

Cook was last seen Friday morning in Hermiston, Ore., according to a news release. Officials believe he may be traveling through Eastern Washington, either by hitchhiking or by using bus or other public transportation.

Cook is 6-foot-1, about 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He may no longer have a mustache, police said. He was last seen wearing white painter pants, slippers, a dark green long-sleeve shirt and a white undershirt.

He goes by the nickname “Mitts” and should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Anyone with information on Cook’s whereabouts is asked to call the Union County (Ore.) Sheriff’s Office at (541) 963-1017.

Staff reports

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