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Photo: Full court press leading up to Hoopfest

Before they are too high to reach: Blake Jones, 22, an intern with the Spokane Hoopfest Association, checks out nets and backboard stickers on Hoopfest hoops Monday in Spokane. Jones wanted to make sure the advertising logos on the backboards looked right before they will be transported to courts for this weekend’s event. Jones, along with a crew of inmates and volunteers from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, loaded trucks with Hoopfest gear on Monday. (Tyler Tjomsland)
Before they are too high to reach: Blake Jones, 22, an intern with the Spokane Hoopfest Association, checks out nets and backboard stickers on Hoopfest hoops Monday in Spokane. Jones wanted to make sure the advertising logos on the backboards looked right before they will be transported to courts for this weekend’s event. Jones, along with a crew of inmates and volunteers from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, loaded trucks with Hoopfest gear on Monday. (Tyler Tjomsland)


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Then and Now: Comstock Park

James M. Comstock, born in 1838 in Wisconsin, arrived in Spokane in time to witness the great fire of 1889 and start Spokane Dry Goods with Robert Paterson. It became the Crescent, Spokane’s premier department store for a century. He also worked in real estate and owned other businesses. He served a term as Spokane mayor, starting in 1899. James Comstock died in 1918.