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Lawsuit blames U.S. government for water contamination around Fairchild Air Force Base

The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Spokane, alleges Fairchild Air Force Base officials used the fire retardant recklessly and failed to warn neighbors of its “inherently …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 12:02 p.m.

Flood victims get food and water; rain spreads to Northeast

Stranded by Florence’s epic floods days after the hurricane hit North Carolina, Wilmington residents lined up by the hundreds Tuesday for free food, water and tarps, while officials managed to …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 3, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

How can we get uranium from seawater? One Idaho scientist has an idea: altered yarn

Chen Wai is president of LCW Supercritical Technologies, a company based in Moscow, which develops green technologies for environmental and materials research. Together with researchers at the Pacific Northwest National …


Indian Canyon golf course scheduled to reduce holes as golfers pay back loan to fix watering systems

The Spokane City Council this week approved the first of three anticipated loans that will be paid back to the city from fees charged golfers at the four municipal courses. …


‘Probable cause’ doesn’t apply to boaters: Safety checks help prevent boating deaths

No matter how straight people steer their boats, they still might be pulled over by law enforcement officers on the water for safety checks.


The quiet threat to Idaho’s water

Invasive species are classified as animals or plants that are not native to an area. The invasive species outgrow and out-compete native species and dominate an ecosystem because these new …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 3:40 p.m.

Spokane agrees to sell water to Medical Lake to help out in the summer

Spokane water may flow next summer to the parched West Plains town of Medical Lake during the dry summer.


UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 9:43 a.m.

Death toll in Missouri duck boat accident rises to 17

Divers found four more bodies Friday in a Missouri lake where a duck boat packed with tourists capsized and sank in high winds, bringing the death toll to 17 in …


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 10:21 a.m.

Spokane water denied to Five Mile Prairie land owner who sold land for pump station

City lawmakers say their hands are tied by local and state regulations that limit where they can extend water service. Ginny Beadle’s application was denied, despite part of her land …


Utility bills will pay for Howard Street bridge construction in Riverfront Park

The city had originally intended to use utility dollars to replace the so-called “Blue Bridge” in Riverfront Park, but that replacement was determined not to be needed. Instead, green bond …


Bonneville High water shut off due to lead in sink

Bonneville High School shut off its drinking fountains after a test a week ago found a high level of lead in the water in a home economics room.


Spokane to consider extending water service to Indian Trail, Beacon Hill developments

Amid the threat of legal action and opposition from neighbors, the Spokane City Council will consider three applications Monday to receive city water in areas beyond municipal borders and areas …


Boating with your bud

There’s nothing like water to relax you.


Oregon official apologizes after cryptic emergency alert

The head of Oregon’s emergency management agency has apologized after a cryptic emergency alert was forced out to cellphones in and around Oregon’s capital city, displaying the words “Civil Emergency” …


UPDATED: Sun., May 27, 2018, 3:25 p.m.

Aquifer falling, central Washington farmers ask: Where will the water come from?

Schemes to irrigate central Washington have stalled and unraveled for more than a century. New efforts are underway to divert water from the Columbia or other sources, but uncertainty remains.


Officials offers safety tips during water recreation

Whether it’s fishing, rafting or taking the family on the river or lake for a nice afternoon, watersports are a seasonal mainstay in the region. However, dangers can lurk in …


UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 9:05 a.m.

Spokane residents could save up to $500 on utility bill for reducing yard turf

In a move aimed at reducing the amount of water residents use to irrigate their lawns during the dusty summer months, the city of Spokane is offering an annual rebate …


Is your kid getting enough to drink? Here’s what you need to know about hydration

Adequate hydration is essential for growing babies, toddlers and kids. As with adults, water is necessary for their body’s daily activities. Because of their smaller size, though, children are more …


UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018, 9:59 a.m.

New study shows high uranium levels in some wells in northeastern Washington

Wells in northeastern Washington frequently have high uranium concentrations, sometimes as much as 40 times the level considered safe for drinking water. A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey …


Humans are causing massive changes in the location of water all over the Earth, NASA says

A 14-year NASA mission has confirmed that a massive redistribution of freshwater is occurring across the Earth, with middle-latitude belts drying and the tropics and higher latitudes gaining water supplies.


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 11:38 a.m.

Genesee reports high nitrate levels

The city of Genesee is advising residents not to give water to infants less than 6 months old, as nitrate levels in the city’s water system have exceeded the state’s …


UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018, 9:35 a.m.

Neighbors of Fairchild Air Force Base sue makers of toxic fire retardant, including 3M Co.

The plaintiffs claim they have suffered from an array of serious health problems caused by the water contamination, which resulted from decades of foam runoff from a training site on …


Spokane, Airway Heights close to new water deal following well contamination

The two-year agreement will cap the amount of water Airway Heights can use from the Spokane aquifer and give the city time to address a long-term solution for well contamination …


UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018, 2:20 p.m.

Spokane considers burning sewer sludge after outcry over fertilizer use

A study expected to be finished by the end of the year will explore the possibility of incinerating the solid material left over at the city’s waste water treatment plant …


UPDATED: Sun., March 4, 2018, 4:10 p.m.

Russian presidential candidate Sobchak is doused with water

Russian presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak’s campaign office says she was doused with water and knocked to the ground in an assault on Sunday.


Spokane lawmakers, water experts plan forum Tuesday night to discuss aquifer health

After several local governments expressed interest in buying some of Spokane’s water, city lawmakers are planning on forum to address the health of the region’s aquifer and the availability of …


Tests show high lead levels at 4 Flint schools, care centers

Only four schools and care facilities in Flint had elevated levels of lead in their water during recent tests, though one school district refused to allow the testing as the …


Michigan scrambles to address chemical contaminants in water

While the city of Flint still recovers from a lead-tainted water crisis, Michigan is scrambling to combat potential health risks in other tap water that stem from chemicals long used …


Groups accuse Flint of violating legal settlement over water

Plaintiffs in a landmark legal settlement related to Flint’s lead-tainted water have asked a federal judge to intervene because they say city officials have repeatedly ignored requirements that allow monitoring …


Development to resume in parched Little Spokane Watershed

Spokane County will resume issuing construction permits in the Little Spokane Watershed, more than a year after permitting was stalled by a controversial court decision, state and county officials said …