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UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017, 3:12 p.m.

Wet winter ups the ante for hikers on popular US trail

Several hikers reported harrowing incidents tackling the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail across this year’s massive snowpack, which has fed swift streams and turned the dream trip of a lifetime into …


UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 5:03 p.m.

Fidget spinners named among possible summer hazards for kids

Boston-based World Against Toys Causing Harm said Wednesday in unveiling its summer safety report that the ubiquitous spinners, already banned in many schools, can fall apart and the small pieces …


Overpass planned for Bigelow Gulch, Forker roads

Spokane County is preparing to build a curved overpass linking Bigelow Gulch and Forker roads, the latest phase of a major expansion aimed at increasing traffic capacity and reducing accidents.


Michael J. Rush: Local laws would impede railroad operations

One wouldn’t have guessed from some of the publicity surrounding crude oil shipments, but more than 99.99 percent of all railroad shipments involving crude oil reach their destination without an …


Spokane Sheriff’s Office wins national award for social interaction training

It’s a common enough scene: Officers on-site, responding to allegations of a crime; the public milling about, curious and uncertain. An officer approaches, poses direct questions: What did you see? …


UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 3:11 p.m.

University of Idaho examines safety updates after explosion

The University of Idaho has identified 14 recommendations to improve safety and emergency response policies following an explosion in a school parking lot that injured four students, according to a …


UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017, 7:19 a.m.

WSP troopers investigating 3-car collision near Loon Lake treated as vehicular assualt

Washington State Patrol troopers are investigating a three-car collision on U.S. Route 395 at the State Route 292 intersection near Loon Lake as vehicular assault.


UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017, 11:04 a.m.

Huge sinkholes are now appearing in unexpected places

Huge sinkholes that opened last week on streets in New York City, suburban Atlanta and San Francisco exemplify a phenomenon that is prompting growing alarm across the U.S.


Washington ferries required to carry more life rafts

A riskier world prompted the Coast Guard to require more life rafts aboard Washington state ferries.


UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017, 9:54 p.m.

Moscow man gets three months in jail for trying to hook up with underage girl

Prior to being sentenced to three months in jail Friday, a Moscow man said he hopes his efforts to hook up with a fake underage girl, set up by Colfax …


Train stuck in tunnel 3 hours, then stun gun sparks stampede

A train with about 1,200 passengers became stuck in a tunnel between New York and New Jersey for nearly three hours on Friday, and the chaotic scene escalated to pandemonium …


UPDATED: Fri., April 7, 2017, 10:52 p.m.

Spokane fined $59,400 for safety failures at Waste-to-Energy plant after workers burned

The Washington Department of Labor and Industries released a report Friday citing Spokane with 10 serious safety code violations, including a failure to train and properly equip employees working inside …


Portland council meetings too unsafe to attend, commissioner says

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish has directed members of his staff to no longer attend City Council meetings because they are unsafe.


Whatcom County extends moratorium on crude oil exports

The Whatcom County Council has extended for six months a moratorium on shipments of unrefined fossil fuels out of the Cherry Point area.


State fines Cascade Natural Gas $1M over safety violations

Cascade Natural Gas has agreed to pay $1 million to settle allegations it broke state and federal pipeline safety rules.


Train deaths in Washington state return to normal numbers

Figures released by Washington officials show that deaths on the state’s railroad tracks returned to normal levels last year after reaching a high number in 2015.


UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 9:27 p.m.

Wildfires in 4 states kill 6, force thousands from homes

Crews grappling with vexing wildfires that have charred hundreds of square miles of land in four states and killed six people soon may get a bit of a break: Winds …


Potlatch teens lose their safe Landing

After four years in operation, the Potlatch Landing Community Center has closed because of funding mishaps.


UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017, 11:07 p.m.

U.S. airport pat-downs are about to get more invasive

While few have noticed, U.S. airport security workers long had the option of using five different types of physical pat-downs at the screening line. Now, those have been eliminated, replaced …


Schools chief defends arming staffers

Some details remain to be honed as a new policy allowing trained staff members to carry firearms in schools is rolled out, Mountain View School District Superintendent Kent Stokes said. …


Tri-City levees, Snake dams get better safety ratings

The levees along the Columbia River in the Tri-Cities and two nearby Snake River dams have been reclassified to indicate a lower risk to the public. The levee system, Ice …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 8:02 a.m.

Dworshak Dam’s safety rating climbs

Like the water behind it, Dworshak Dam’s safety rating is slowly climbing. Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Monday that Dworshak is now ranked at “low risk” …


Coast Guard detains 2 Panama-flagged ships in Northwest rivers for safety issues

Officials say two Panama-flagged cargo ships have been detained on the Willamette and Columbia rivers because of safety issues.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 5:13 p.m.

Fire marshal clarifies occupancy limit at McMorris Rodgers’ Spokane office

The two-person limit on visitors to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ office applies only to the public waiting space at the front of the suite, Spokane Fire Marshal Mike Miller said …


New Spokane school security system bars sex offenders, other banned individuals

Spokane middle schools and high schools installed a new entry security system this week that automatically bars sex offenders and other banned individuals.


‘Miracle on the Hudson’ legacy: 70,000 slain birds

Birds took the blame for bringing down the jetliner that “Sully” Sullenberger landed on the Hudson River eight years ago this weekend. They have been paying for it with their …


Feds release scathing report on Chicago police abuse

Chicago police have violated the constitutional rights of residents for years, permitting racial bias against blacks, using excessive force and shooting people who did not pose immediate threats, the Justice …


Montana lawmakers debate primary seat belt law

Supporters of a primary seat belt law told legislators that it would save both lives and money, while those opposed say such a requirement is not the appropriate role of …


Northwest Children’s Home license at risk

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will revoke the operating license of Northwest Children’s Home in Lewiston on Jan. 4 over allegations of sex offenses, assaults, fire safety problems …


FAA orders Boeing 787 safety fix: Reboot power once in a while

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is issuing a rule requiring urgent attention by operators of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner to avoid the possibility all three computer modules that manage the jet’s …