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  • Letters to the editor

    Idaho Vandals should step up, apologize Football players at the University of Idaho steal $400 of merchandise from the VandalStore and the coaching staff steps in to whitewash the event.


  • Breast-feeding dispute leads to ‘nurse-in’ at Spokane pool

    A local mother staged a “nurse-in” for breast-feeding mothers at the Liberty pool Friday after she said an employee at the same pool asked her and her friends to go …


  • Spokatopia aims to get people outside for fun activities

    Hari Heath sat beneath a pine tree on the shores of the Spokane River watching over a gleaming handcrafted wooden canoe. Curious people stopped and admired the sleek-looking boat, which …


  • Out & About: National forests hurdle language barrier

    OUTSPOKEN – A pilot “on demand” phone interpretation service to enhance public service to non-native English speakers has been announced by the Pacific Northwest Region of the USDA Forest Service …


  • Manito Mirror Pond improvements underway

    Most of the water in the Mirror Pond of Manito Park has been drained, leaving behind a bright green scum floating on top of what’s left. Ducks swim through it, …


  • Volunteers sought to teach snowsports to those with disabilities

    The Therapeutic Recreation Ski and Snowboard is looking for a staff of committed volunteers to help its students enjoy skiing on Mount Spokane this winter. Alice Busch, Spokane Parks and …


  • Spokane’s skate park could get new home

    Phil Sanders cycled slowly around the Under the Freeway Skate Park, warming up before flipping a couple 360’s off the graffiti-covered steps. It’s a good day for Sanders. He only …


  • Council will consider park department reorganization

    The Spokane City Council will consider Monday wholesale changes to the makeup of the park department, widening the scope of the mayor’s appointing powers. The decision follows similar moves in …


  • Spokane Parks department proposes to sell golf course naming rights

    The City of Spokane’s four golf courses could have new names under a proposal announced Tuesday to sell naming rights in exchange for “significant capital investment” in the facilities.


  • Spokane Valley woman heads to Special Olympics

    Spokane Valley’s Heather Comer has done something many have not: stood proud on a center podium, accepting a gold medal, qualifying for the Olympics. She’s also had to overcome something …


  • Recreation supervisor Aho gave Spokane years of service

    The founder of the city’s outdoor recreation program is heading down the trail, leaving a warehouse full of bikes, kayaks, skis, snowshoes and camping gear he built up during 32 …


  • Parks funding to decrease

    Pool hours would shrink, senior and youth center funding would be cut and about four city employees would lose their jobs under a proposed Spokane parks budget for 2013. City …


  • Pool hours cut under 2013 Spokane parks budget

    Pool hours would shrink, senior and youth center funding would be cut and about four city employees would lose their jobs under a proposed Spokane parks budget for 2013.


  • Kayakers were ill prepared

    A kayaking group apparently was ill prepared for the lethal combination of near-freezing temperatures, cold water and high winds that took the life of a Gonzaga University honors student April …


  • Out & About: Eagle Watch Week starts at Lake CdA

    OUTSEE – There’s never been a better year to take in the annual Eagle Watch Week activities at Lake Coeur d’Alene. Bald eagles have been gathering in record numbers in …


  • Consider these tips before you strap in

    Most modern snowshoes are a no-brainer to use. Simply step in, pull the straps tight on your boots and start walking. But webfooters heading out for more than a couple …


  • City’s pool fees to double

    Less than two years after the Spokane Park Board started charging a fee to use the city’s swimming pools, the board voted Friday to double the rate. Youth ages 4 …


  • 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 …


  • Merkel sports complex opens

    LauraLi Gilliam sailed over the mounded dirt of Spokane’s new BMX track on her 20-inch tires, christening the track with a herd of others on Saturday. The track is one …


  • Community celebrates new sports complex

    LauraLi Gilliam sailed over the mounded dirt of Spokane’s new BMX track on her 20-inch tires, christening the track with a herd of others on Saturday. The track is one …


  • New Witter pool dedicated dry

    The opening of the new Witter Aquatics Center, at Mission Park in northeast Spokane, will be delayed several weeks because of a broken pipe in the larger of the two …


  • Broken pipe delays Witter Pool opening

    The opening of the new Witter Aquatics Center, at Mission Park in northeast Spokane, will be delayed several weeks because of a broken pipe in the larger of the two …


  • Athletic complex builders have moved mountains

    When we say Here’s the Dirt, in this case we mean it. The companies working the large Dwight Merkel Athletic Complex job in northwest Spokane have moved 100,000 cubic yards …


  • Spokane Parks director resigns

    The director of the Spokane Parks Department resigned today, less than 18 months since accepting the position.


  • Toning-up class gets toned down

    The road to a “smoking hot body” may still be with a class offered by the city of Spokane, but it won’t be described in such titillating terms.


  • City tones down striptease class description

    The road to a “smoking hot body” may still be with a class offered by the city of Spokane, but it won’t be described in such titillating terms.


  • Board reverses ban on tobacco in parks

    Smoking will be allowed in Spokane Parks and tobacco restrictions will be voluntary. The Spokane Park Board on Thursday unanimously voted to reverse its spring decision to phase in a …


  • No nudity required in city’s ‘high-intensity’ striptease class

    This fall, the Spokane parks department has the “route to a smoking hot body.” “Exotic Strip Tease and Fitness Conditioning,” a 12-session class for teens and women, is one of …


  • Digging dooms old Siberian elm

    When a new irrigation system was installed in Comstock Park this summer, some of the digging got too close to old trees, damaging their root systems. An old Siberian elm …


  • Cool pools are hot ticket

    Shadle Park’s new swimming pool – with its multiple slides, diving board and beach-like entry – is attracting capacity crowds with long lines and sometimes long waits to get inside. …

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