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In the Garden: Choose flowers that can take the heat

Tough annuals and perennials add color to the garden in August.


Front Porch: Another summer speeding by

Apparently, I blinked and missed July. How can a month with 31 days just vanish? I feel like I’m in an alternate version of a John Lennon song; “So this …


Ammi Midstokke: A little planning helps make the most of summer

Every year when summer arrives, we have these grand plans of the epic adventures we will embark upon. There are mountains to be scaled, regions to be toured on bike, …


Weathercatch: June offers summer in reverse

June has zigzagged form record highs to freeze warnings.


Weathercatch: Heat comes early again this summer

There’s a saying around the Pacific Northwest that summer doesn’t really start until after the Fourth of July.


Rules of arrangements: Local experts help us build the perfect summer mixtape

Nearly every summer, I put together a new hour-long mix that typically stays in my car’s CD player for months and goes on to soundtrack the entire season.


Little League field, more planned at parks surrounding public pools

The Spokane County Parks Department will begin construction this summer at the Southside Aquatics Center, and secured funds for the northside pool, to add ball fields, paved paths and landscaping …


Hot, dry Spokane summer breaks records

It’s official. The three-month span from June 1 through Aug. 31 was the hottest and the driest summer on record in Spokane. The hot and dry conditions have caused extreme …


City ramps up security at Manito Park

Security guards now are patrolling Manito Park in response to a rash of property crimes, underage drinking and complaints from neighbors.


Company cancels 1,000-foot waterslide’s appearance in Spokane

Plans to set up a 1,000-foot waterslide that would have cooled thrill-seekers near Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena this weekend were scuttled because of safety concerns. City officials confirmed Slide the …


After consumer complaints and safety concerns, ‘Slide the City’ cancels Spokane event

Plans to set up a 1,000-foot waterslide that would have cooled thrill-seekers near Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena this weekend were scuttled because of safety concerns.


Steve Christilaw: Wistful childhood memories created, if given the chance

It’s hard not to feel envious of kids over the summer. The lazy, carefree summers we enjoyed as children stay with us, and it’s the memory of those summer days …


Small fire burning south of Spokane

A two to five acre fire is burning south of Spokane, near Valley Chapel Road. The fire is between two and five acres, said Department of Natural Resources spokesman Eric …


Summer car tough on stuff

The steering wheel is too hot to touch and the bag of gummy bears you left in the console has melted into a multicolored glob. The seat burns through your …


Summer car tough on stuff

The steering wheel is too hot to touch and the bag of gummy bears you left in the console has melted into a multicolored glob. The seat burns through your …


How to keep cool when the heat is on

Summertime, and the cooking is easy. Hot weather means cold, refreshing foods – bright, light and in season.


Doug Clark: Having a hot time in Spokane this summer, or is it just a shade slow?

Is your summer raging like a “Planet of the Apes” sequel? Or does it suck more than the Garbage Goat?


Grip on Sports: Nothing cool about chew

Wednesday: Do you remember your first time? I mean the first time you tried tobacco. I do. It wasn’t pretty. And it was my last. Tony Gywnn’s death, attributed to …


Above-normal temperatures this week in Washington

SEATTLE — Summer may be in its final weeks, but forecasters say it will make itself felt with above-normal temperatures this week in Washington.


Swimmers flock to city pools to celebrate closing week

The six-member Liljenquist clan arrived at Shadle Aquatic Center a half-hour before open swim began Monday afternoon, anticipating the crowds for a day of free swimming. As his older siblings …


Summer heat, few rainy days, may harken an unusual autumn

It’s been another hot week across the Inland Northwest with above-normal temperatures in the upper 80s and 90s at Spokane International Airport. Despite the warm week, the average temperature at …


Extreme heat, cold felt around world in July

July was the driest in history at the Spokane International Airport as only a trace amount of moisture was recorded. The normal precipitation for July is 0.64 inches. The average …


Heat not excessive by historical standards

July has certainly been very warm across the Inland Northwest. In addition to the heat, the Spokane International Airport has seen only traces of precipitation. However, just about 40 miles …


Warm, dry conditions continue

In early July, we received a good taste of summer as temperatures across much of the Inland Northwest approached the 100-degree mark. The hottest day was July 1 with a …


Summer in Northwest expected to be hotter, drier than normal

Although summer officially arrived late last Thursday, it felt more like spring. A strong storm system brought record rains to parts of the Inland Northwest on that date. However, weather …


Randy Mann: Here in Northwest, summer starts tonight

If you look at your calendar, you may have noticed that it says that Friday is the first day of summer. However, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory, summer officially …


Randy Mann: Pattern of sun, showers to follow warm start to May

The first 12 days of May were certainly one of the warmest and driest in recorded history across the Inland Northwest. Normal high temperatures at this time of year are …


Weather: El Niño shows signs of weakening

We haven’t received any measurable moisture at the Spokane International Airport since July 20, when .25 inches of rain fell. Temperatures have also climbed to above normal levels. For July …


All-purpose corn

Nothing screams summer quite like CORN! The pop of the sweet kernels seems like a fitting reward for putting up with searing hot days.


Still time to fully enjoy the summer

Summer of 2012 is vanishing faster than a diploma-mill graduate who wants to be Spokane police chief. I don’t want to depress anyone, but the TV weather dolts will soon …