By Paul Turner
April 27 – Never mind being realistic.
Pay no attention to market sustainability or seats-filling logic.
This is just making a wish.
If you could wave your magic wand and create a daily nonstop flight from Spokane to any city in the U.S. or Canada, what destination city would you choose?
By Rich Landers
April 27 – After reading my blog about the moose poaching case on Beacon Hill, a woman who lived in this area from the ’50s through the ’70s wrote to say she never knew there were moose around Spokane.
It’s not that she wasn’t observant. Moose are relative newcomers to the region, showing up roughly with the first big waves of Californians.
Washington’s moose population has been slowly growing since the first confirmed moose sighting was made in Pend Oreille County in the early ’50s. Wildlife research pegged about 60 moose in the northeast corner of the state in the early ’70s.
The first moose hunting season was authorized in 1977 with just three permits, all for the northeast portion of Pend Oreille County.
This year, 150 moose hunting permits are being offered for a moose population estimated at more than 1,000 – although that estimate appears to have been made before the wolves gained a foothold in northeastern Washington in recent years.
Down to Earth
By Paul Dillon
April 26 – Like the Spokane Riverkeeper, one of my favorite Spokesman Review features is the “Then and Now” series.
The Riverkeeper was recently reminded of this series when he was tipped off to a picture located on the U.S. National Archives Flickr account. The photo is a nasty one with raw sewage bubbling up into the Spokane River. It was taken in 1973, a year after the Clean Water Act was signed.
According to the Riverkeeper: “I shared the picture with some of the team at the Spokane Wastewater Treatment Facility to get their take on the picture, but more than anything to see if they’d share with me a little narrative about how our wastewater is treated nowadays. A lot has changed since the Clean Water Act was passed, maybe most noticeably has been treatment technology. Needless to say, we are treating wastewater to levels prior generations probably never thought possible.”