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Randy Mann: Unusual windstorm hits East with wallop

At the end of June, millions of people from Ohio eastward through the Mid-Atlantic states were without power for more than 10 days. A violent windstorm usually associated with a …


Snowmobile races earn bragging rights, raise funds

There doesn’t have to be snow on the ground for snowmobile enthusiasts in Idaho to log some hours on a sled. Even in 90-degree heat, dozens of riders from all …


Extreme weather to begin summer

Severe drought continues to spread across much of the U.S. this summer. The latest figure from the National Climatic Data Center has 55 percent of the country in moderate to …


Several drown during heat spell

A 21-year-old man is presumed drowned after he went missing while swimming with friends in the Little Spokane River on Friday evening, Stevens County officials said Saturday, capping a deadly …


Expect hotter, drier weather this summer

The first six months of 2012 have been the hottest on record across the contiguous United States. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, more than 40,000 daily heat …


Low- and no-cost activities available for young people, parents

There’s a little more than seven sun-soaked weeks left in the summer for most Inland Northwest children. That’s roughly 50 days or 800 hours of idle time, based on 16 …


Summer starting with Fourth of July in Washington

SEATTLE — They joke that summer starts after the Fourth of July in Seattle and this year that looks to be true.


Summer lunch added for kids in Fairfield

Summer in Fairfield will be a mix of old and new as the town continues one summer program for children and adds two more. For the first time Fairfield is …


After extremely soggy June, drier days expected across region

As of early Tuesday, more rain was falling across the Inland Northwest. This month will be one of the wettest in recorded history for many areas across the region. The …


Summer’s officially here; it may finally warm up

Today is the first full day of summer across the Inland Northwest. Summer officially began Wednesday at 4:09 p.m. The summer solstice is when the sun’s rays are directly overhead …


Do Your Part: Be a green beach bum this summer

Are you one of millions who will enjoy some of the summer sun at the beach? Did you know that some of the choices we make at home and while …


Mann: Expect average flooding, warm and dry summer

At this time of year, the Inland Northwest usually sees its greatest risk of high waters. Melting snowpacks and occasional torrential rainfall increase the threat of flooding, often in the …


Warm autumn gives gardeners and growers a reason to smile

Late summer heat and lingering mild weather in October have helped make up for a slow start to the Inland Northwest’s growing season. The current spell of warm days and …


Shawn Vestal: Pools are closing; have we gone off the deep end?

Summer has finally arrived in Spokane, just in time for the city to close the pools. Well – close the pools to people, that is.


Doug Clark: Hot times or bummer summer?

Is your summer as juicy and succulent as a plump hot dog off the grill? Or is your summer more of a sad, deflated Anthony Weiner?


Holiday comes on opening of fire season

SEATTLE – The National Weather Service says Washington residents will soon forget the cool, wet spring they’ve been complaining about, because they are forecasting a warm, dry summer for the …


Clark: Barely legal LaBoata helps ring in LaSeason

It’s the first day of summer. Our recluse of a sun has finally deigned to grace us with His Presence.


Region catching up with dog days of fall

I think Mother Nature got her seasons mixed up. While fall officially started last week, the past week’s weather pattern would indicate otherwise. A large upper-level ridge of high pressure …


Economics shouldn’t jeopardize kids’ safety in the water

The reminders come every year, sometimes as tragedy, sometimes as relief. A child drowns, or almost does. Last week, there were two near misses – a 3-year-old girl at Witter …


Sun protection becoming fashionable

The amount of clothing many of us wear in summer is, understandably, inverse to the temperature. Matters of decency aside, that might not be a problem if we wore enough …


And again: When it comes to safety, nothing beats sunscreen

The word of the day should be rubbed on your arms, smeared on your legs, massaged into your scalp and shoulders. It should be dabbed across the bridge of your …


Summer of hopes, dreams

The official start of summer is still a couple of weeks away. But some in the Inland Northwest have their to-do lists ready and waiting for the season. “Build a …


Savoring summer

One of America’s cherished myths about summer holds that the season is for the young. Perhaps this notion is shaped by the school calendar. Or maybe it stems from pop …


The summer of death by a thousand bites

I don’t know about you, but the soundtrack to my summer has sounded like this: “Bzzzzzzzzz, bzzzzz (expletive), SLAP, SWAT.”


Dads give summer its shine

Maybe you remember your father showing you how to bait a hook, the tang of his Dutch Masters Perfecto and Aqua Velva clashing with the dank pungency of a leaky …


Protection from sun always tops the list

The snow has melted off our driveway, the garden is in and I cannot get enough of our Eastern Washington sunshine. Time to be outdoors with family and friends! On …


Avoid discomfort; use sunscreen

While the best way to deal with sunburn is not to get one – think sunscreen, limited midday exposure and hats – here’s what to do if you get baked: …


No break for the brain

It’s almost summer vacation time, but even when school is out, learning still will be very much in. Summer vacation, educators say, is no time for parents to let their …


Silverwood Theme Park

So your travel budget this summer may not let you afford a trip to play somewhere far away. Luckily for you, the Northwest’s largest theme park is nearby, just north …


Janet Evans

Her brothers inspired Janet Evans. Photo by Associated Press