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  • Focus now on Afghan families displaced by slide

    As Afghans observed a day of mourning Sunday for the hundreds of people killed in a horrific landslide, authorities tried to help the 700 families displaced by the torrent of …


  • Sheriff Knezovich: Man in police shooting had gun, body armor

    A young man shot to death following a police chase Tuesday night was a combat veteran wounded in Afghanistan three years ago and denied disability benefits. Jedadiah Zillmer, 23, died …


  • Memorial for fallen Marine Sgt. Jacob Hess draws hundreds

    Several hundred people turned out Monday to honor Jacob Michael Hess, a 22-year-old Marine from Spokane who was killed in Afghanistan on Jan. 1. “Leave here today knowing he’s the …


  • Sandpoint airman Capt. David Lyon laid to rest

    A Peterson Air Force Base airman, recalled by friends as a “gentle giant,” was laid to rest Wednesday in the U.S. Air Force Academy cemetery. Capt. David Lyon, 28, of …


  • Marine’s remains scheduled to arrive from Afghanistan

    The body of the 22-year-old Marine from Spokane who died New Year’s Day in Afghanistan is scheduled to arrive Friday night at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del., a …


  • Local Marine who graduated from North Central High dies in combat

    A U.S. Marine who graduated from North Central High School was killed Wednesday in Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced. Sgt. Jacob M. Hess, 22, died while supporting combat operations in …


  • UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2014, 5:35 p.m.

    Marine from Spokane killed in Afghanistan

    A Marine from Spokane was killed Wednesday in Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced today.


  • Sandpoint airman dies in Afghanistan bombing

    An Air Force officer from Sandpoint died Friday in Kabul, Afghanistan, after his vehicle was struck by an explosion triggered from another vehicle carrying a bomb that approached his convoy …


  • UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 28, 2013, 4:21 p.m.

    Sandpoint airman killed by IED in Afghanistan

    An Air Force officer from Sandpoint died Friday in Kabul, Afghanistan, after his vehicle was struck by an explosion triggered from another vehicle carrying a bomb that approached his convoy …


  • Aircraft crash in Afghanistan kills 6 NATO troops

    NATO says six service members have died in an aircraft crash in southern Afghanistan, in an area where there was no fighting reported at the time.


  • UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2013, 12:43 p.m.

    Soldier sentenced to death for Fort Hood shooting

    FORT HOOD, Texas — A military jury has sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for killing 13 people at Fort Hood in 2009. Hasan has said the attack on unarmed …


  • UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2013, 10:52 a.m.

    Bradley Manning acquitted of aiding the enemy

    FORT MEADE, Md. — U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning has been acquitted of aiding the enemy for giving classified secrets to WikiLeaks.


  • Spokane soldier Staff Sgt. Ty Carter awarded the Medal of Honor

    Next month, Army Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter, 33, will add the nation’s highest military honor to a long list of decorations for fighting insurgents in one of the bloodiest …


  • Bringing culture, customs alive

    Quanah Matheson of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe worked up a sweat Wednesday putting up a tepee like his father and grandfather had taught him. Watching from a crowd of dozens …


  • Veteran District Court judge adjusts to civilian life

    With thinning gray hair and intense eyes, Spokane County District Court Judge Vance Peterson presides over his court with a sense of humor and sometimes a hard edge. It’s been …


  • A whole new person

    A 12-year-old boy in southwest Afghanistan is attending school, playing soccer and helping around his home with the aid of a prosthetic leg he received this year during a three-month …


  • Marine pursuing fresh look at war

    The stench of burning military waste in Iraq and Afghanistan – poisonous pollutants suspected of causing serious health problems for returning soldiers – has influenced a Coeur d’Alene man’s decision …


  • Staff Sgt. Stiltz remembered for character, love of country

    Staff Sgt. Matthew H. Stiltz was remembered Saturday as a dedicated serviceman who loved the Army. “My brother Matt was a soldier,” said Stiltz’s brother, Jeff Stiltz. “That was his …


  • Crocker accepts DUI plea deal

    Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker pleaded guilty Wednesday to a reduced charge of reckless driving in connection with a hit-and-run drunken-driving crash in Spokane Valley this summer. The …


  • Sergeant used toy camel to explain his work in Afghanistan to son

    When Army Sgt. Joe Wardell learned he was going to be deployed to Afghanistan for a year, he wondered how to explain his absence to his 3-year-old son, Clive. He …


  • Shadle High grad killed in action in Afghanistan

    A Shadle Park High School graduate who joined the Army shortly after completing school in 2005 was killed Monday in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Matthew H. Stiltz, 26, was about six …


  • Spokane soldier dies in Afghanistan

    A Spokane soldier died Monday in Afghanistan of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with indirect fire, the Department of Defense said.


  • Missing records frustrate veterans

    A strange thing happened when Christopher DeLara filed for disability benefits after his tour in Iraq: The U.S. Army said it had no records showing he had ever been overseas. …


  • Book Notes: EWU’s Spatz will read from ‘Inukshuk’ Tuesday

    Gregory Spatz, a writing professor at Eastern Washington University, will read from his latest book, “Inukshuk,” on Tuesday at North Idaho College. Spatz, who won a Washington State Book Award …


  • Colville soldier in Afghanistan called ‘IED Whisperer’

    BABINEK, Afghanistan – Staff Sgt. Kelly Rogne walked down a dusty village road, rhythmically swinging a metal detector that resembled an oversized hockey stick. He led a column of more …


  • McMorris Rodgers, Cowan share views during debate

    The Democratic opponent of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in the November election used much of their first debate working to portray the incumbent Republican as an ingrained fixture in …


  • Vestal: Flap over Baumgartner’s expletive misses point

    In recent weeks, the 2,000th American soldier died in Afghanistan. And Michael Baumgartner used one expletive.


  • Washington flags lowered for Afghanistan death

    OLYMPIA — Flags are lowered today at Washington state agency buildings in memory of a sailor from Des Moines who was killed in Afghanistan.


  • Crocker charged with DUI, fleeing scene

    Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker has been charged with drunken driving and leaving the scene of a Spokane Valley accident. The 63-year-old retired diplomat is accused of colliding …


  • UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2012, 3:50 p.m.

    Former Afghanistan ambassador charged with DUI

    Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker has been charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident, The Spokesman-Review has learned.