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Commission rejects historic designation for old Y

The former YMCA in Riverfront Park is headed for a date with the wreaking ball. The Spokane City-County Historic Landmarks Commission voted 9-0 on Wednesday that the building is not …


Old YMCA worth saving? Landmarks panel to decide

It could be the final chapter for the former downtown YMCA. Or it could be the start of more painstaking, political maneuvering.


Man’s body found in Spokane River

The body of a man who appears to be about 30 years old was pulled from the Spokane River on Sunday. Riverfront Park security staff spotted the body just north …


Man jumps to his death from Riverfront Park bridge

A man climbed on top of the Howard Street Bridge in Riverfront Park about 2 p.m. Saturday and jumped into the Spokane River to his death.


Rally’s message in Riverfront Park: Keep sanity alive

After being bombarded by political attack ads from both sides in one of the most contentious elections in years, some Spokane-area residents are fed up with all the “insanity.” Some …


Riverfront Park totem pole gets a makeover

After decades of exposure to the elements, the tattered totem pole in Riverfront Park needed some serious work. The eagle at the top of the totem was missing its head …


Spin Control: Enough already with oohs, aahs over young vote

After listening to decades of hype about young voters, I have a request. Don’t bug me about Rock the Vote, unless it’s something akin to “Rock Around the Clock” the …


National Carousel Association meets in Spokane again

The National Carousel Association returns this week to Spokane – home of a 101-year-old Looff Carrousel – for the group’s annual convention to promote and protect carousels around the country. …


Oktoberfest and Greek Dinner Festival fill weekend calendar

Dust off the lederhosen and dirndl: The Washington Beer Commission is hosting an Oktoberfest celebration Friday through Sunday at Riverfront Park. Beer lovers can hoist a stein for German toasts …


National carousel association convening in Spokane

The National Carousel Association returns this week to Spokane – home of the 101-year-old Looff Carrousel - for the group’s annual convention to promote and protect carousels around the country.


Juvenile Diabetes walk planned for Sept. 26

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes will be Sept. 26 at Riverfront Park. Registration for the 3-mile community event begins at 10 a.m.; the walk begins at …


Repairs force early closure of park’s Rotary Fountain

The Rotary Fountain in Riverfront Park has closed early for the season. Maintenance issues have forced the early closure, according to a news release from the city of Spokane Parks …


SpokeFest draws more than 2,000 cyclists – and a gorilla

Bill Bender’s fingerprints are all over SpokeFest, and SpokeFest fingerprints are all over him – or at least his hands. The event organizer posts himself in front of the event’s …


Woman found after downtown Spokane search

Spokane police have located a 23-year-old woman after her purse and cellphone were found in Riverfront Park and her car was found parked a block away.


City may tear down part of former dairy

City parks officials are hoping to tear down a portion of a former dairy that’s in disrepair and was the site of a recent injury that cost the city $190,000. …


Pig Out in the Park: Some new food, lower prices

I hope you’ve been fasting. Or, that there’s a little bit of give in the waistband of your pants. Yep, it’s Pig Out time again. That wonderful time of year …


Tribes gather at Riverfront Park for powwow

The feet of the competitive dancers jigged right, then left, in sync with a drumbeat, giving rise to the swing of fringe and jingling of bells on traditional outfits. Pauline …


Group works to balance Spokane River’s aesthetics, power generation

What qualities does a good waterfall have? An evaluation team strolled around Riverfront Park on Wednesday morning, listening to the sound of the Spokane River and rating its appearance as …


SpokeFest benefits bicycling

While many organized cycling events raise money for worthy causes such as medical research and ski patrols, Spokane’s SpokeFest bicycling event seeks only to promote bicycling and the health and …


Unity in the Community marks its 16th year

The dance troupe milled around a stage entrance behind 23-year-old Saw Gary in their traditional colors of red, white and blue. The troupe was not an American-style dance group. Its …


Late-summer bicycling events roll into October

There’s no reason to lose the cycling edge you honed this season as summer freewheels into autumn. Cycling events of some sort for a wide range of abilities are scheduled …


Increasingly diverse community gathers for Unity

The dance troupe milled around a stage entrance behind 23-year-old Saw Gary, in their traditional colors of red, white and blue. The troupe was not an American-style dance group. It’s …


Technology helps Doobies get ‘Crazy’

From eight-track tapes to mp3s, radio and MTV to iTunes and YouTube, much has changed for the Doobie Brothers over the last 40 years, particularly the last decade. The band …


Summer program offers free legal advice in the park

For some Spokane residents who have questions about child custody or their rights as renters, the bigger question is whether they can afford legal advice. A lot of people in …


Firefighters rescue man from river bank

Spokane firefighters trained in high-angle rescues pulled a man from the rocky bank of the Spokane River on Tuesday after he dropped about 20 feet down a cliff and was …


Holiday celebrations run the gamut

The Fourth of July is more about duty than barbecues and fireworks – at least to many who celebrated on Sunday.


Riverfront Park plans two-day celebration

RIVERSIDE – Riverfront Park will celebrate Independence Day all weekend long.


High bonds set for suspects in Hoopfest shooting

A Spokane police officer pulled his gun on a suspected accomplice in Saturday’s shooting at Hoopfest but didn’t fire because of the crowd, leading to what he described in court …


Hoopfest shots not ‘surprising’

The gang-related gunfire that left three bystanders wounded this weekend at Hoopfest was disturbing but not unexpected, authorities said Monday, adding that while security plans are being reviewed for Riverfront …


Teacher finds lessons on the road

Andy Fersch has the attention of his eighth-grade students. One, he rocks a Mohawk. Two, he’ll ride a road bike an average of 83 miles a day this summer. Three, …