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Teens in Spokane County are vaping more, while smoking and drinking less

Almost one in six teens in Spokane County uses e-cigarettes. At the same time, teen use of alcohol and cigarettes has declined dramatically.


Bus service expanding in Spokane as STA opens new transit center

A number of changes are coming to Spokane Transit Authority’s system, most notably with the opening of the West Plains Transit Center on Tuesday.


100 years ago in Spokane: Paris Symphony coming to town

The Paris Symphony Orchestra, from the famous Paris Conservatory of Music, announced that it would play a concert in Spokane as part of a brief tour of the United States.


Sue Lani Madsen: Stealing campaign signs

Sign wars have been fierce in the 5th Congressional District campaign. Both sides are suspicious of an organized effort behind the thefts.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 12:46 p.m.

Judge orders Steve Groene out of Coeur d’Alene home built for his daughter after 2005 murders

Steve Groene must vacate the Coeur d’Alene house he has lived in for more than a decade, a judge ruled Thursday, ending protracted litigation over the home that was built …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 8:24 p.m.

WSU’s Gesser denies accusations of sexual misconduct, calls report a ‘non-story’

Former Washington State quarterback, and current athletic department employee, Jason Gesser has issued a statement denying that he has had any inappropriate sexual relations with interns or staff, and wrote …


100 years ago: Some 900 officers-in-training – including Gonzaga men – beset by food poisoning

About 900 college men – including 20 from Gonzaga – were training to be Army officers at the Presidio in San Francisco when they were attacked by an unexpected enemy.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 10:19 a.m.

A year later and still strong: Community comes together on anniversary of Freeman High shooting

One year after tragedy struck Freeman High, the school and the community are still Freeman Strong, even through the tears. Many were shed Thursday night as more than 200 people …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 7:36 p.m.

Two trucks get stuck under Spokane railroad overpasses this week

Two trucks were wedged under train overpasses in three days in Spokane, most recently Thursday, according to Spokane Police.


Kilday leaving Visit Spokane for job in South Carolina; recruitment for new CEO to begin

Cheryl Kilday is leaving Visit Spokane to take a job in South Carolina. A search will begin for a new president and CEO at the organization, which promotes tourism and …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 9:12 p.m.

WSU responds to report alleging inappropriate sexual conduct by former football quarterback Jason Gesser

Washington State University officials announced Thursday that they found “no violation of University policy” regarding an investigation into alleged inappropriate sexual conduct by former quarterback, and current athletic staff member, …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 9:17 p.m.

General manager suspected of videotaping semi-pro basketball players found dead in Spokane hotel room

The longtime general manager of the Bellingham Slam semipro basketball team,


Sprucing up: Liberty Lake adds pickleball courts at Pavillion Park, upgrades Trailhead Golf Course irrigation system

The Liberty Lake Parks Department is capping off a busy summer after making improvements to Pavillion Park and the Trailhead Golf Course as well as taking over maintenance of 2 …


Black Lens creator Sandy Williams being honored with the YWCA Women of Achievement’s Carl Maxey Racial and Social Justice Award

Sandy Williams, the publisher, editor and writer of The Black Lens newspaper, has been named to receive the YWCA Women of Achievement Carl Maxey Racial and Social Justice award.


Veterinarian Julie Sowa has office hours at Southside Community Center

Veterinarian Julie Sowa and Southside Community Center team up to offer veterinary care at the center.


Funding running out on Spokane’s unpaved alleys, dirt roads

An initiative that was launched this year to improve unpaved alleys and dirt roads – used by Spokane city garbabe truck fleet – has run out of funding, just when …


Spokane Valley officials mull site for sculpture “Heart of the Valley,” created by Cheney artist Richard Warrington

Spokane Valley city officials are considering potential placement sites for a sixth sculpture, “Heart of the Valley,” which was donated by the Spokane Valley Arts Council.


Gardening: Spokane Valley resident Carmen Perkins’ acre patch is named August garden of month

Spokane Valley gardener Carmen Perkins has been recognized by the Inland Empire Gardeners. The group has named her garden the August garden of the month.


Front Porch: Happy National Uncle Sam Day

Today – Sept. 13 – is National Uncle Sam Day, and I feel the need to recognize it and feel good about it.


WSU launches paraeducator pilot program as way to tackle teacher shortage

Washington State University has launched a pilot program to let paraeducators earn a master’s degree in teaching while still working full time.


United Way vice president Sally Pritchard being recognized with YWCA award for community enhancement

Sally Pritchard has devoted her life to helping children and people on the margins of society as she tries to create a better community, which has earned her a YWCA …


Spokane Valley fire roundup: Man suffers burns when cigarette ignites gasoline vapor fumes from containers in car trunk

The Spokane Valley Fire Department from Aug. 27 to Sept. 9 responded to several calls regarding fires ignited by cigarettes, including one incident occurring near MultiCare Valley Hospital. Firefighters responded …


A year after tragedy, Freeman High will hold candlelight vigil tonight

One year later, Freeman is still strong. And vulnerable. Reminders of strength are everywhere, as hashtagged signs hang on houses and barns and the cars and trucks that ply the …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 8:27 p.m.

Rates on Washington health plans to increase an average 13.8 percent in 2019

The costs of public health care plans will rise nearly 14 percent next year as a result of rate changes approved by state regulators.


24 new cottage homes to provide permanent residences for women, children in Spokane

Before the end of the month, previously homeless women and children will take up permanent residence in 24 brand new cottages in northwest Spokane.


100 years ago in Spokane: Rousing chant raises wartime spirit at the Davenport

An Australian who spent several months at the front taught Spokane some of his “songs and yells” at the Davenport Hotel.


Sweet deal: Spokane beekeepers offer info, honey at Interstate Fair

There are more than 300 members of the Inland Empire Beekeepers Association, which has maintained a booth at the Spokane County Interstate Fair for over 25 years.


Wheat growers celebrate banner year, but uncertainty looms

The crop that dominates Eastern Washington’s landscape has made most farmers happy as wheat harvest numbers are coming in as much as 50 percent higher than average yields, officials said …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 11:02 p.m.

SCRAPS says wild animal to blame for recent string of cat deaths on the South Hill

Spokane pet owners can breathe a collective sigh of relief on rumors of cat serial killer stalking the city, though a critter of interest is still at large.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 10:59 p.m.

Stevens County authorities rescue 255 dogs from two illegal breeding sites

Prosecutors are preparing criminal charges after sheriff’s deputies, animal control officers and volunteers rescued 255 dogs from two illegal breeding sites in southern Stevens County.