July 31, 2011 in City

In brief: Spokane hits 91, high for the year

From Staff Reports
 

Saturday was the hottest day in Spokane so far this year.

The normal high for the day is 85 degrees; Saturday’s temperature reached 91 degrees. The warm weather and clear skies are expected to continue throughout the week, with highs in the mid- to high 80s.

A cold front today will bring with it some winds; a south wind between 6 and 14 miles per hour is expected during the day. Clouds will also increase slightly but should be gone by Monday. The high will be near 86. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 57 and southwest winds between 10 and 13 miles per hour.

Monday is expected to be clear and sunny, with a high near 84 in Spokane. Monday night’s low will be around 57, with a southwest wind between 3 and 7 miles per hour.

“After that, it’s sort of like a broken record, with mid-80s for the next week after that, with virtually no chance of rain,” said Mike Fries, National Weather Service meterologist. “Which is, as far as I’m concerned, pretty nice for this time of year.”

The week is also expected to be sunny in Coeur d’Alene, with highs in the mid- to high 80s.

Four cars crash near theme park

A four-car crash near Silverwood Theme Park landed several people in a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries just before noon Saturday.

Carlos Lopez, 58, of Wapato, Wash., who was northbound on Highway 95 in a Honda Civic, looked away from the road and was unable to stop quickly enough when he looked back. He rear-ended Amanda Gunn, of Coeur d’Alene, who was driving a Mazda MZ3, according to an Idaho State Police news release. Gunn’s car was pushed into a Honda Civic driven by Ashley Zuhlke, 18, of Burbank, Wash. Zuhlke’s vehicle was then pushed into a Chevy Classic driven by Oscar Gonzalez, 33, of Grandview, Wash., the news release said.

Jasmine Alonzo, 17, Mikayla Cotton, 13, and Kiwani Mack, 24, all passengers in the various cars, were transported to Kootenai Medical Center after the crash, according to the news release. Hospital officials could not release conditions for Alonzo and Cotton because they are minors. Mack was treated and released.

Missing hikers found uninjured

Two hikers who went missing in northern Boundary County on Friday were located and were in good health Saturday evening.

Melody Braden and Raymond Sayers, both 22, were found in the area that friends, family and rescuers were scouring, according to a Boundary County dispatcher.

The two were reported missing late Friday night after failing to return from a hiking trip in the Pyramid Lakes/Trout Creek area, according to a Boundary County Sheriff’s Office news release.

At about midnight, a family member confirmed their vehicle was still at the trail head and a search began at first light this morning, the news release said.

The Boundary County Sheriff’s Office coordinated a search with sheriff’s deputies, Boundary County Search and Dive Rescue, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Border Patrol, the news release said.


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