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  • FEMA pays Spokane agencies millions for snowstorms

    Local governments, schools and nonprofit agencies in Spokane County have been reimbursed $5.7 million for their costs in responding to record snows that began in mid-December 2008 and continued through …


  • Snow triggers harsh memories of 2008 records

    One year ago today, the storm began. The Inland Northwest was pummeled with record-breaking snows that disrupted routines for nearly two weeks. Gene Yoakum said he remembers the storm well. …


  • Repairs waiting on insurer

    Even as the weather warms and summer beckons, Rich Clemson remains mired in last winter’s problems. His ire is directed at the Hartford Financial Services Group, one of the country’s …


  • Disaster declaration sought for December snow

    Gov. Chris Gregoire wants Spokane County and 32 others to be declared disaster areas so that residents and business owners can get assistance to repair damage from December snow and …


  • Obama declares storm disaster for Wash. state

    President Barack Obama declared a federal disaster Friday for the flooding, mudslides and avalanches in Washington state earlier this month.


  • Governor seeks storm help for businesses

    Gov. Chris Gregoire is asking the federal government to declare a statewide “economic injury disaster” for Washington’s businesses due to the heavy snow storms in December.


  • Winter storms present challenges, learning experiences

    Caller ID indicated my long-time Montana buddy, Dick, was on the line. He was obviously a man on a mission. His first words were: “Are you hurting? We heard you …


  • Load codes get new look after roof collapses

    As the Inland Northwest dug out from record snow, Steve Noll was more focused on what was on the ground, hampering travel and business, than what was above. That changed …


  • Spokane Schools to make up all five snow days

    Students in the Spokane Public Schools will have to make up all five snow days they got off during the record-breaking December storms, the school board has decided. Other school …


  • Storms wrought chaos, complaints and some successes

    It’s already been the toughest winter in Spokane in a generation. Schools and government offices closed. Businesses shut down during their busiest season. Buses were pulled from streets. Drivers had …


  • Snow deterred customers

    Spokane went from winter wonderland to wet dog smell in just a few days. The big snowstorms left behind miles and miles of crusty berms and piles of ashen snow. …


  • Season’s snowfall on record pace

    It’s another impressive season for snow totals at Spokane International Airport. As of early Tuesday morning, 80.3 inches of snow has fallen, almost double the seasonal normal. The average snowfall …


  • Plans to make up snow days in works

    For the second consecutive winter, Inland Northwest schools must decide how – and whether – to make up the days that were missed because of snow. Most districts canceled school …


  • Lots of snow, but just average Wash. snowpack

    You might think that the record-breaking snowfall so far this winter in Washington state would ensure there will be plenty of water to avoid drought when it melts this spring …


  • Our View: December storms got upper hand, never let go

    Near nature? Near perfect? Spokane has been way too near nature most of the past month, thank you very much, but the official response to snow problems has been far …


  • Moose crashes into N. Spokane basement bedroom

    A north Spokane couple that’s expecting a baby got an early arrival Thursday evening when a moose calf dropped into a bedroom through a basement window.


  • Students in Spokane Public Schools to make up day

    Students in Spokane Public Schools will attend school Jan. 30 to make up for missing Dec. 18 because of a snow, officials said today.


  • Snoqualmie Pass reopens in both directions

    Transportation officials reopened eastbound Interstate 90 through Snoqualmie Pass and plan to reopen westbound lanes at noon. Blewett Pass remains closed. White and Stevens passes are open. Traction devices are …


  • Some schools closed or delayed Friday

    List of school closures or delays.


  • West side flooding closes roads; Stevens Pass reopens

    Floods, mudslides and avalanches in the Pacific Northwest kept tens of thousands of people from their homes Thursday, brought most freight trains to a standstill and stranded hundreds of trucks …


  • North Idaho seeing worst of weather

    Spokane appears to have escaped the worst of the snowpack melt off and rain. Flood warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service for the Coeur d’Alene River in …


  • Local traffic smooth

    Traffic around Spokane and Coeur d’Alene is moving along smoothly on metro streets as well as Interstate 90, police say.


  • Cold, wet, sloppy mess

    After a month of record-breaking wintry weather, Wednesday’s big thaw busted up a few layers of snow and ice that have choked thoroughfares and threatened roofs with collapse. But the …


  • West Plains cities in emergency mode

    The cities of Cheney and Airway Heights were still in a state of emergency this week as yet another storm coated the region Sunday night. Cheney called out the National …


  • Boy Scouts become snow angels

    The phones are ringing off the hook at the Inland Northwest Council of Boy Scouts of America. Since Dec. 22 nearly 150 people have called asking for help with snow …


  • Refuge-seeking wild elk killed when barn collapses

    Schools were closed on Tuesday for fears of roofs collapsing, but a herd of elk in Pend Oreille County didn’t get the message. About 20 wild elk were in and …


  • Rain and snow melt a concern

    An ice jam was backing up the Palouse River in Colfax this afternoon, and debris was flooding across roadways in the Palouse region as a strong January thaw brought an …


  • Western Washington under weather too

    SEATTLE — Rain and high winds lashed Washington state Wednesday, causing widespread avalanches, mudslides, flooding and road closures from rapid snowmelt. At least three people were rescued by boat.


  • Flood warning extends through Friday

    Precipitation, melting snow and heavy traffic created a commuter’s nightmare Tuesday as the Inland Northwest began to emerge from its blizzard of holiday storms.


  • Schools battle loads of snow

    Uncleared sidewalks were the biggest problem for schools that opened Tuesday in Spokane. And roofs were the issue for some that didn’t. Many districts canceled classes Tuesday – extending winter …