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  • Crews pull swimmer from Spokane River near falls

    A man was pulled to safety from the Spokane River at the base of the Upper Falls Thursday morning, as 21 firefighters responded in kayaks, climbing ropes and medical vehicles. …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Pioneer Daniel Drumheller, former mayor of Spokane, celebrated his 74th birthday in 1915 by telling stories about the early days.


  • Snowmelt fills raging Spokane River

    Ben and Bobbi Swanson rode their bikes to Riverfront Park late last week and joined a legion of other people who were there for the same purpose – to view …


  • Rare warm streak puts rivers, lakes near crests

    Lake Coeur d’Alene neared its crest Thursday about 3 feet below flood stage following the heavy rain and mild temperatures dating back more than a week. Also Thursday, the Kootenai …


  • Business shares historic mural based on Bird’s Eye of Spokane Falls

    A huge mural painted from an original Bird’s Eye View map of Spokane Falls in 1884 is now on public display at a downtown business office. Express Employment Professionals, 331 …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago James Monaghan turned 75, and the paper celebrated that fact by telling the life story of the man it called the region’s “oldest living …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Jack Robinson, 30, a one-legged ironworker, jumped into the Spokane River above the Washington Street bridge and then said to some bystanders on shore, …


  • Treasure quest: Antique collector seeking home for huge mural of Spokane

    A huge canvas painting depicting the small city of Spokane Falls in 1884 needs a new home. Antique collector Dinah Carlson has it hanging in her garage after it was …


  • Diving buffleheads duck in for a show on Spokane River

    A small flock of bufflehead ducks has taken up residence in a short stretch of fast-moving water beneath the Post Street Bridge in downtown Spokane. These energetic birds feed by …


  • Centennial Trail gets grand addition

    One of the biggest gaps in the Centennial Trail was officially filled Friday with the opening of a scenic mile-and-a-half-long stretch of new trail through Kendall Yards. The trail segment …


  • Plan would improve visitor access to Spokane Falls

    Plans for a redesign of Huntington Park along the lower Spokane Falls are getting tweaks from the public. Ideas for the $2 million makeover have already been modified in response …


  • Then and Now photos: Spokane Falls

    The first white man approached the site of present-day Spokane around 1807, but natives had been gathering at the thundering falls of the river for centuries. The ancestors of our …


  • Anthony’s bid highest

    The company that owns Anthony’s restaurant in downtown Spokane has submitted the highest bid to buy the city-owned building the restaurant occupies overlooking Spokane Falls. But some Spokane City Council …


  • Anthony’s riverside building to be sold

    Perhaps the choicest piece of property in Spokane’s city real estate portfolio is going up for sale. The Spokane City Council voted unanimously Monday to sell the building where Anthony’s …


  • Then and Now photos: Spokane Middle Falls

    The Spokane Middle Falls circa 1888: The wooden structure at the lower left is an early Spokane water works, which likely featured water turbine to drive pumps to get the …


  • Then and Now photos: Historic hub

    The dusty town of Spokane Falls, Washington Territory, was booming with railroads, timber and mining in the late 19th century as black settlers came looking for opportunities and a place …


  • Then & Now: Harnessing water’s power changed the region

    From the Monroe Street Bridge, the lower falls of the Spokane River can be seen crashing over a level, manmade spillway that symbolizes the need to harness water to produce …


  • River channels to be filled

    Repair work to restore the historic riverbed beneath the upper Spokane Falls will get started later this summer after the Spokane River drops to seasonal lows. The Spokane hearing examiner …


  • We dreamed of things that were, and said ‘Y not!’

    If you were on the fence about the proposal to knock down the old YMCA building in Riverfront Park, go take a look now that it’s gone. My guess is …


  • Travel way narrowed on park span

    Riverfront Park officials have blocked the sidewalks along the powder blue bridge overlooking Spokane Falls after engineers determined the edges of the span no longer can be assured of holding …


  • YWCA’s riverfront land sold for $3.2 million

    Spokane’s YWCA finally has sold its prime riverfront campus. The property, which overlooks the North Channel of the Spokane River, sold Dec. 9 for $3.2 million to The Falls, said …


  • YWCA sells riverfront building for $3.2 million

    The deal completes six years of work by the YMCA and YWCA to sell their former downtown properties to raise money for joint campus on North Monroe Street.


  • 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 …


  • Avista testing falls’ appearance with different flows

    Avista is conducting tests on the Upper Spokane Falls today to determine what flows make the best-looking waterfalls.


  • Spokane council OKs conservation funds for YMCA

    A sharply divided Spokane City Council on Monday finally agreed to tear down the vacant downtown YMCA and blend the waterfront parcel into Riverfront Park. It took a year of …


  • Vote on Y’s future expected to be close

    A creature lurking in the YMCA’s basement has caused a renewed examination of the Y by city officials days before they could make a final decision on the building’s fate. …


  • Siddoway chosen to fill Appeals Court vacancy

    A Spokane attorney involved in a couple of the most contentious civic projects in the past 20 years was named Wednesday to an opening on the state Court of Appeals. …


  • Spokane council members not keen on YMCA options

    Spokane City Council members are poised to reject Spokane County’s offer to buy the vacant Riverfront Park YMCA, a decision that could force the city to sell parkland or raise …


  • Historic merit up for debate

    A new battle over the former YMCA pits the building’s history against the natural and cultural history of the island on which it sits and the adjacent Spokane Falls. In …


  • Deadlines near on YMCA’s fate

    Almost a half-century after David Rodgers turned a shovel of dirt to commemorate construction of a new downtown YMCA, he considers the decision to build the Y along the shore …

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