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Rules Will Govern Young Pilots

New limits probably will be set on young people flying airplanes, including a ban on their trying to set airborne records, Transportation Secretary Federico Pena said Thursday. Pena ordered a …


District 81 Works To Halt Gun Incidents Statistics For Current Year Show Number Of Weapons Cases Tapering Off, But True Picture May Be Year Away

While the number of weapons incidents in Washington public schools fell last year, the Spokane School District’s weapons cases kept climbing. Better news for Spokane may be a year away. …


Isles Don’t Pin Injuries On Helmets

The New York Islanders are wearing helmets these days with two safety-approved decals and warning stickers in both English and French. The first two sentences read: “Ice hockey is a …


Schweitzer Chairlift Closed For Season

The high-speed quad chairlift at Schweitzer Mountain Resort will remain closed for the rest of the ski season, resort officials said Friday. The lift was shut down last month after …


Speeding Drivers Put Students In Jeopardy

With two pickups stopped and three students beginning to walk across Sprague, the car at left races throuth the crosswlak outside Greenacres Junior High. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review


Security Concerns Prompt City To Give Id Tags To Workers

In an effort to tighten security at Spokane City Hall, the city is issuing photo identification cards to its 2,000 employees. City officials alarmed by increased violence in Spokane and …


Schweitzer Quad Lift Closed For Inspection

Schweitzer Mountain Resort closed its high-speed quad chairlift for five days, beginning Thursday, to inspect parts that may be defective. Lift Engineering and Manufacturing Co, the builder of the quad …


Asbestos Posed Risk, Parents Say

A lump of asbestos that fell from ceiling panels of a north Spokane elementary school posed no health risk to students, health officials said Wednesday. But the incident last week …


Space Heaters Require Plenty Of Space Fire Officials Warn People To Be Careful When Keeping Warm

Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls firefighters have been called to 27 chimney fires this winter. The Lake City Playhouse caught fire after a space heater with a spliced cord sat …


Helmet Foes Make Annual Trek To Capitol

Blue jeans and leather jackets joined the suit and tie crowd Monday at the Capitol. In an annual event, dozens of bikers from around the state rolled into town to …


Nuclear Rods Being Stored In Area Warehouse

Thousands of fuel rods destined for a commercial nuclear reactor at Hanford are being stored temporarily at a guarded warehouse in the Spokane area. The new fuel for the Washington …


A Few Last-Minute Reminders For Keeping Halloween Safe

Halloween is supposed to be scary, but it shouldn’t be dangerous. With a little care by parents and children, the day can be great fun and be safe. Since most …


Tracker, Corvette Fare Poorly In Study

The Geo Tracker and the Chevrolet Corvette have the highest driver death rates among 1989-93 passenger vehicles - nearly three times the average, according to a study funded by the …


Wear Bright Colors In Hunting Seasons

Hiking Fall is a brilliant season for backpacking, but it’s also the hunting season. While accidental shootings are extremely rare during hunting seasons, there’s no sense taking a chance of …


No Pranks For These ‘Frosh’ Officers Ease Into New Role At High Schools

City police officer Phil Trimble greets students at Coeur d’Alene High Wednesday, his first day on the job as a school resource officer. Trimble and officer Christie Westlake at Lake …


Drowsy Drivers Raise Highway Death Toll Some Suspect Holiday Weekends Even More Dangerous

Lindy Cater figures the empty coffee can was her downfall. “I’m usually tanked up on coffee,” she said. “We didn’t have any in the house.” So Cater started her weekly …


Head Smart Wearing A Bicycle Helmet Is One Simple Step To Health And Safety

A simple $25 purchase may be the best thing parents can do to protect their child against the No. 1 health threat to children today. Dr. Terence Neff, a pediatrician …


Propeller Worry Prompts Faa Order

The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday ordered the grounding of any planes similar to the Southeast Airlines turboprop that crashed Monday in Georgia if they are equipped with Hamilton Standard …


‘D-Zone’ Patrol Finds Variety Of Violations

Turning onto Division Street, the state trooper glanced at the license plate of a GMC Jimmy waiting to turn left near Hawthorne Road. Bingo. The patrol car’s lighted flashed on. …


Child Safety Seats Fail Independent Tests

Three popular child safety seats don’t live up to the name, Consumers Union said Wednesday, warning that the seats or their passengers broke loose in 30 mph test crashes. Manufacturers …


Buckle That Belt Stop Thinking ‘It Can’t Happen To Me’ And Use Your Head

What is the first thing you do when you get into your car? Adjust the radio or pop in that new CD? I hope not. If you are involved in …


Lifeguards, Clean Water Big Draw For Pool-Goers

Flipping headfirst off the diving board at Holmbert Pool, Joel Perkins was one of dozens of kids making a splach at the outdoor county pool. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review


Jack In The Box Ignored Food Safety Regulations, Court Documents Say

The Jack in the Box fast-food chain knew about but disregarded Washington state laws that would have prevented the deadly 1993 outbreak of E. coli food poisoning, according to recently …


Deter Home Burglaries With Proper Lighting

In the next three months, more Americans are expected to travel on their vacations than they have for many years. Travel-industry employees aren’t the only people happy with this prospect. …


Horse Sense Horse Riding Is A Risky Sport, But Measures Can Be Taken To Make It Safer And Still Fun

1. Randy Lamey-Ochsner, 7, gets instructions from trainer Monty Collison, who says the most important safety factors are knowing your horse and riding at your skill level. Photo by Kristy …


Dole Proposal Deadly, Groups Say Measure Would Limit Efforts To Prevent E. Coli Infections

A coalition of 200 groups asked Congress on Tuesday to reject a bill restricting the government’s regulatory authority, saying it would lead to more food-poisoning illnesses and deaths. The bill, …


How Old Is Too Old To Drive? Senior Citizens Not Required To Pass Any Extra Testing

In 1918, Thelma Wilson got behind the wheel of a car for the very first time and drove away. She was 91 years old before she finally stopped.


Integrity Of Train Rail Questioned

Burlington Northern freight trains rumbling through Rathdrum have weakened a railroad crossing, says a mechanic who works nearby. Don Head of Norm’s Conoco Service on Idaho Highway 53 said the …


Seat Belts Helping Lower Traffic Fatalities In State Number Killed Last Year Lowest On Record Since 1970

Nearly 6,200 people killed on Washington highways, roadways and byways during the past year! That would have been the horrifying headline last Jan. 1 had the state’s traffic death rate …


Nuclear Plant Operator Faces Fine State’s Only Commercial Reactor Cited For Violating Control Room Procedures

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed a $50,000 fine for operators of the state’s only commercial nuclear reactor for violating control room requirements. The Washington Public Power Supply System, which …