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  • Ballers Club in Spokane helps kids learn sports, core values

    A line of boys in red jerseys sprints across the floor. The fastest ones reach the gym’s wall and turn back, then begin clapping for their teammates who still are …


  • 100 years ago in Spokane: Butcher-turned-preacher advocates temperance

    From our archives, 100 years ago The Rev. Billy Williams took a different approach to temperance evangelizing at the YMCA before a large crowd.


  • In brief: Meeting to examine proposal for county hoarding task force

    The public is invited to an organizational meeting June 2 for a proposed Spokane County Hoarding Task Force. Similar hoarding task forces exist across the country to provide a directed …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago A party of 21 boys, age 12 to 16, returned to the Spokane YMCA after a four-day, 80-mile hike.


  • Course of action to stop diabetes

    Toni Pille lives on a 40-acre farm in Espanola, north of Medical Lake, where she and her husband raise sheep, cut hay and eat local: potatoes they grow, meat from …


  • Area youth coaches taught how to address concussions

    Youth football coaches sat around a room Saturday at the Spokane YMCA and had safety regarding concussions drilled into their heads. Head-injury awareness has been heightened in what many view …


  • Livestrong at YMCA helps cancer patients move toward fitness

    It was like many beginning yoga classes in most ways. Students gathered in a studio at the downtown YMCA raised and stretched their limbs in wobbly formation, their instructor at …


  • Community outreach

    When Steve Tammaro came to Spokane in June 2012 to be the YMCA’s president and chief executive officer, he already had 40 years’ experience working with the organization. “We do …


  • Ex-Liberty Lake pastor starts prison term for child porn

    A former Liberty Lake youth pastor and YMCA swim coach who distributed child pornography is scheduled to begin a five-year federal prison sentence in Sheridan, Ore. Lonnie W. Castillo, 50, …


  • Camp Reed directors strive to enrich lives of children, staff

    A century ago, the local YMCA had a summer camp program, but no permanent site. Boys would take streetcars to the end of the line in Hillyard, then set off …


  • Photo: New ponderosas adorn former YMCA site

    Grove of trees also honors the late Susie Stephens: Nancy MacKerrow holds a picture of her daughter, Susie Stephens, in front of 10 newly planted ponderosa pine trees on Wednesday …


  • Mayor, officials endorse Chase commission plan

    Spokane’s youth programs would remain independent from other nonprofit groups under a new plan that has support from Mayor David Condon. Former Mayor Mary Verner, whose 2012 budget eliminated the …


  • YMCA demolition $250,000 over budget

    The city of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department is more than $250,000 over budget on the demolition of the old YMCA building in Riverfront Park. But the department thinks it …


  • Sheriff gets $128,000 for gear

    Spokane County commissioners gave Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich $128,223 from reserves Tuesday – about one-third of the amount he requested for equipment and software. Knezovich requested $372,631 last week, but commissioners …


  • State pulls Park grant

    The future of a proposed white-water park in the Spokane River just downstream from downtown is in danger after state officials decided to pull a grant that was supposed to …


  • City ready to toss Expo-era sculpture

    When noted Pacific Northwest artist Charles W. Smith was creating a sculpture in what became Riverfront Park, he was often asked what it represented. “Nothing,” he told a Spokane Daily …


  • Travel way narrowed on park span

    Riverfront Park officials have blocked the sidewalks along the powder blue bridge overlooking Spokane Falls after engineers determined the edges of the span no longer can be assured of holding …


  • Demolition of old YMCA set to begin this month

    The former downtown YMCA will begin to fall this month after more than five years of debate on the building’s fate. The Spokane Park Board this week approved a $574,700 …


  • YWCA’s riverfront land sold for $3.2 million

    Spokane’s YWCA finally has sold its prime riverfront campus. The property, which overlooks the North Channel of the Spokane River, sold Dec. 9 for $3.2 million to The Falls, said …


  • YWCA sells riverfront building for $3.2 million

    The deal completes six years of work by the YMCA and YWCA to sell their former downtown properties to raise money for joint campus on North Monroe Street.


  • Commission: YMCA ineligible for historic listing

    The former YMCA in Riverfront Park is headed for a date with the wrecking ball. The Spokane City-County Historic Landmarks Commission voted 9-0 on Wednesday that the building is not …


  • Commission rejects historic designation for old Y

    The former YMCA in Riverfront Park is headed for a date with the wreaking ball. The Spokane City-County Historic Landmarks Commission voted 9-0 on Wednesday that the building is not …


  • Old YMCA worth saving? Landmarks panel to decide

    It could be the final chapter for the former downtown YMCA. Or it could be the start of more painstaking, political maneuvering.


  • YMCA shortens its name by three letters

    Just call it the Y. The venerable YMCA, known by the acronym alone for generations, has rebranded itself with the single letter – a truncation many members already use.


  • Spokane council OKs conservation funds for YMCA

    A sharply divided Spokane City Council on Monday finally agreed to tear down the vacant downtown YMCA and blend the waterfront parcel into Riverfront Park. It took a year of …


  • Vote on Y’s future expected to be close

    A creature lurking in the YMCA’s basement has caused a renewed examination of the Y by city officials days before they could make a final decision on the building’s fate. …


  • Council shifting on future of Y site

    Support appears to have grown on the Spokane City Council to bring open space to the site of the downtown YMCA. A slight majority said this week that they lean …


  • Spokane council members not keen on YMCA options

    Spokane City Council members are poised to reject Spokane County’s offer to buy the vacant Riverfront Park YMCA, a decision that could force the city to sell parkland or raise …


  • Original bidder wants YMCA

    The developer who originally wanted to build a 12-story condo tower on the site of the former downtown YMCA has submitted one of three proposals for redeveloping the facility under …


  • Incoming parks director talks about what he sees ahead for Spokane

    The Spokane City Council is scheduled tonight to appoint Leroy Eadie, the city’s former planning director, to head the city’s parks system. Eadie has been acting parks director since October. …

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