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A glance at what Spokesman-Review bloggers have to say

Sirens & Gavels

By Meghann Cuniff

April 1 – A man suspected of robbing three Spokane convenience stores last weekend rushed to a car crash to help a father and three children one year ago today.

Joseph D. Maine, 23, was working in his backyard with his brother when he heard the crash at 32nd and Ray on April 1, 2010. He and his brother rushed to the scene.

 “Hearing those little kids screaming – I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. I almost wanted to cry,” said Maine, who said he had two children of his own.

One year later, Maine is in the Spokane County Jail, after being arrested Wednesday for robberies Saturday at Mike’s Grocery, 2025 N. Hamilton St., and at Zip Trip, 2005 N. Hamilton, and the Broadway Mini Market, 10304 E. Broadway Ave., on Sunday.

Spokane Valley blog

By Nina Culver

April 1 – I’ve been writing a lot lately about the Indiana Avenue extension project and what impact, if any, that would have on the informal Centennial Trail trailhead where Mission Ave. dead-ends at the Spokane River. I wandered out there last week and shot some video on my phone of Sullivan Hole, a popular kayaking feature just a little bit down the trail.

That stretch of the river is very popular with kayakers and other boaters, which is one reason people have been so upset about any possible restriction in access. The good news is that the trailhead should remain the way it is, and the Spokane Valley City Council even plans to discuss improving it.

So enjoy the short video. You’ll get an idea of what the river looks like there at high water and you can even hear the sound of rushing water.

Outdoors blog

By Rich Landers

March 30 – It struck a personal chord this morning to read the news that members of the American Motorcyclist Association have voted the Beartooth Highway as their favorite stretch of road in the U.S.

The winding, mountain highway climbs nearly 6,000 feet between Red Lodge, Mont., and Cooke City, Mont. Part of the route dips into Wyoming just east of Yellowstone National Park.

The personal note is that my father, born in Bear Creek, Mont., near Red Lodge in 1910, worked on the Beartooth Highway construction crews.

Also, I’ve pedaled the Beartooth on my bicycle.  It’s easier on your lungs going down.