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UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 8:28 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: On climate, we ignore Chapter 24 at our peril

Hotter, drier, smokier summers. More rain and less snow in the winters. Droughts, overflowing rivers and coastal surges. Sunburned apples and softer berries. More heatstroke and Lyme disease. Less skiing …

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018, 8:18 a.m.

Wake up and smell the moderately clean air

Spokane woke up on Friday to the cleanest air it’s had for days. Two of the four air quality monitors in Spokane County were registering “good” air at 7:35 a.m. …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 4:29 p.m.

Expect a brief reprieve of smoke Thursday night

Spokane may soon get a reprieve from the lingering haze of wildfire smoke, but it’s likely to be short-lived.

An otter in Seattle has asthma, but her trainers were ready as smoke settled over region

Puget Sound is barely visible through the glass windows of the Seattle Aquarium otter tank during afternoon feeding time — a thick layer of haze obscures the view. But, Mishka, …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 7:36 p.m.

Wednesday morning air is rated ‘unhealthy’

After a slight break from “unhealthy” air quality readings during portions of Monday and Tuesday, the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency reported that Spokane awoke Wednesday to “unhealthy” air again.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

Air quality predicted to stay in moderate-to-unhealthy range Wednesday

Northeast winds dispersed much of the smoke that hung over Spokane on Sunday and Monday, but the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency predicts a directional change could bring more smoke …

Spokane’s air quality: You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers

The hazy days of August have become yet another season in Spokane. That time of year when the skyline is sepia-toned, when you wonder if that run is worth the …

Shawn Vestal: Will smoke wake us up to climate change?

While some politicians are trying very hard right now to remain blind to the role of climate change in wildfires, the fact that global warming is driving the growth of …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 10:41 p.m.

Spokane wakes up to worst air in the country; some trash collection delayed

Spokane was reported to have the worst air quality in the nation Monday morning, and although conditions had improved by the afternoon, experts said there would probably be smoke in …

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 17, 2018, 8:21 p.m.

The air in Spokane is the best it’s been in days

The air in Spokane is bad. But not as bad.

With air quality hovering at the unhealthy range, Spokane weighs its exercise options

The question hung as heavily as the air over Spokane on Thursday: Should I run outside or stay indoors?

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 7:35 a.m.

For third day in a row, Spokane’s smoky air measures in ‘unhealthy’ category

Air quality in Spokane remains in the “unhealthy” category for the third straight day.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018, 10:03 p.m.

Spokane starts Tuesday morning with unhealthy air

Spokane woke up to unhealthy air for the second straight day on Tuesday.

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 13, 2018, 5:12 p.m.

Air quality ‘unhealthy’ in Spokane, North Idaho, Northeastern Washington

Wildfire smoke that has blanketed Northeastern Washington and North Idaho, creating unhealthy breathing conditions, is expected to linger through much of the week, experts said.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

Unhealthy, smoky air prompts health warnings, forces closure of Spokane pools

The city’s six public swimming pools will be closed while choking conditions persist in Spokane, limiting access to a free relief from potential record-breaking heat. The city’s splash pads will …

Oregon businesses hit hard by cancellations due to smoke

Wildfire smoke in southern Oregon is forcing organizations that are dependent on tourist dollars to scramble for other options.

Study: National parks get fewer visits when pollution rises

Visitors appear to be steering clear of some U.S. national parks or cutting visits short because of pollution levels that are comparable to what’s found in major cities, according to …

UPDATED: Wed., July 18, 2018, 9:49 p.m.

Air conditions in Spokane remain moderate, but could change with renewed fire activity

As hot, dry temperatures continued throughout the day Wednesday, air quality forecasts remained in the moderate health quality range.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 5:49 p.m.

Report: Oregon’s inspection backlog endangers air quality

State auditors say the state environmental agency’s backlog of inspections and permits could endanger Oregon’s air quality and residents’ health.

Stagnant air causing health concerns in Salmon area

Idaho officials say air quality is in the unhealthy range in the east-central Idaho town of Salmon and surrounding area due to stagnant air that has elevated pollutant levels.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 6:43 p.m.

Air deemed clean enough for Friday’s Pac-12 game between Cal, Washington State

Officials from the Pac-12 Conference and the University of California, Berkeley monitored the situation the days leading up to Friday’s game between Cal and Washington State, but determined the air …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 4:17 p.m.

‘Unhealthy’ air moves out

Better air moved into Spokane Friday after a polluted start. Air quality was rated “unhealthy” as of 7:15 a.m. by the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency. But it had improved …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 7:40 p.m.

Smoky air returns to Spokane, likely to stay until the weekend

Light northeasterly winds are bringing Montana wildfire smoke back into the Inland Northwest. Until winds shift Saturday, it’s likely the skies will remain hazy and unhealthy for groups sensitive to …

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 9, 2017, 5:40 p.m.

Finally able to play, Post Falls rallies to top University 37-27

Post Falls coach Blaine Bennett firmly believed his team’s freshness was the difference late, as the visiting Trojans rallied for a 37-27 win over the University Titans in a nonleague …

Air quality not a concern as Washington State, Boise State prepare for tonight’s game

There’s bound to be more than a few obstacles awaiting the Cougars and Broncos tonight at Martin Stadium. Air quality won’t be one of them.

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 1:05 p.m.

Here’s a list of major fires contributing to Spokane’s smoky air

Dozens of fires are burning in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon. Here’s a breakdown of the major ones.

With improved air quality, Washington State-Boise State game moving forward as planned

Air quality in Pullman isn’t nearly as severe as it was earlier in the week and it shouldn’t interfere with Saturday night’s football game between Washington State and Boise State.

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 4:33 p.m.

Winds to push wildfire smoke out of Spokane, but relief may be short-lived

An anticipated cold front is approaching the Inland Northwest with arrival expected on Saturday. But winds will likely weaken Sunday and Monday, which could allow wildfire smoke to rebuild over …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 3:43 p.m.

Spokane choked with hazardous air quality for fourth straight day

For the fourth straight day, air quality in Spokane was measured as hazardous Thursday as smoke from regional wildfires continues to keep the Inland Northwest in a haze.

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 3:05 p.m.

Spokane area high school sports try to navigate haze of smoke

When the experts suggest that air quality is such that, for your own safety, you should stay indoors, it holds equally true for young athletes trying to play sports outdoors.