Timelines

Interactive chronologies of news, sports and historical events. Choose a timeline to explore the topic:

September 8, 2017

WSU coach history

History of coaches

August 30, 2017

WSU Bowl History

WSU Bowl History

August 17, 2017

A timeline of the Ruby Ridge standoff

A shootout between U.S. Marshals, Randy Weaver and his friend Kevin Harris led to an 11-day siege at Weaver's cabin on Ruby Ridge, near Naples, Idaho.

July 19, 2017

A brief history of Avista

On Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Avista Utilities announced it was being purchased by Canadian utilities company Hydro One for $5.3 billion. Here's a look at the history of the company from its beginning in 1889.

June 7, 2017

President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey

Former FBI Director James Comey is making his first public remarks since his dismissal on Thursday June 8, 2017 before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Here is a timeline of his interactions with President Donald Trump.

May 17, 2017

Air Force investigation into toxic chemical found in firefighting foam

Since the 1970s the United States Air Force has been investigating the use of perflorinated compounds (PFC) in firefighting foam. Despite numerous reports the PFC were harmful to humans and animals, their use wasn't discontinued until 2016.

May 9, 2017

The history of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation

During the height of WWII, the American government launched an ambitious project to develop a new type of bomb that could help bring an end to the war. The War Department selected the Hanford site as the location to build the reactors that would produce the plutonium needed to build the Atomic Bombs that were used in the Trinity test and the one that was dropped on Nagasaki.

April 27, 2017

Trump’s first 100 days in office

In his first 100 days, President Donald Trump has lived up to his promise to shake up Washington. Here's a look at key moments, according to Darlene Superville and Catherine Lucey of the Associated Press, from Trump’s first 100 days.

April 26, 2017

Davenport Hotel timeline

103 years after it opened, here's a look at the history of downtown Spokane's Davenport Hotel, hitting on years with major developments along the way that impacted the rise, fall and eventual re-emergence of the iconic business structure.

March 21, 2017

The Kala Williams Cold Case

Spokane police believe they have enough evidence to tie a felon with multiple sex crime convictions to a five-year-old murder. Prosecutors aren't so sure.

February 1, 2017

McCarthey Athletic Center timeline

Timeline of key moments at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

January 1, 2017

Gonzaga’s head coaches

Before Mark Few there was Dan Monson. Before Monson, there was Fitz. Before those well-known names, there were many more. Take a look back at GU's head coaches from the beginning.

September 8, 2016

Turmoil at City Hall

An explosive meeting with members of top police staff at the end of March 2015 kickstarted a Human Resources debacle that has left Mayor David Condon fighting a recall effort and allegations of ethical violations, as well as resignations of several administrators at City Hall. This timeline is being continuously updated as of September 2016.

September 1, 2016

2016 College football preview: Washington State Cougars timeline

Timeline of WSU football from athletic director Bill Moos’ trip to Florida in Nov. 2011 to receiver Gabe Marks’ decision to return for his senior season in Dec. 2015.

September 1, 2016

2016 College football preview: Eastern Washington Eagles timeline

Timeline of EWU football from the Eagles admission into the Big Sky on Dec. 10, 1986 to Cooper Kupp being named Player of the Year in Jan. 2016.

September 1, 2016

2016 College football preview: Idaho Vandals timeline

Timeline of UI football from hiring coach Paul Petrino on Dec. 3, 2012 to Aug. 2016.

September 1, 2016

2016 College football preview: Whitworth Pirates timeline

Timeline of Whitworth football from the emergence of quarterback Ian Kolste in Oct. 2013 to Aug. 2016.

January 19, 2016

The Case Against James Henrikson

James Henrikson is scheduled to enter a courtroom in Richland on Jan. 25, 2016, almost four years after his former employee Kristopher "K.C." Clarke vanished, and more than two years after South Hill businessman Doug Carlile was shot to death in what appeared a break-in gone awry. Investigators from Spokane, North Dakota and Canada have pieced together a case against Henrikson that alleges he's at the center of plots to kill several men he viewed as competitors, or obstacles to future wealth in both the legitimate oil business and the drug trade.

September 22, 2015

Frank Straub’s tenure as Spokane police chief

Police chief Frank Straub resigned under fire Sept. 22, 2015, amidst complaints about his leadership style and personnel moves.

June 15, 2015

Rachel Dolezal and the Spokane NAACP

Rachel Dolezal was elected president of the Spokane NAACP in November 2014. On June 15, she announced her resignation, following allegations that she had been posing as a black woman while her Montana family says she's white.

February 5, 2015

Delbert Belton murder case

World War II veteran Delbert “Shorty” Belton was beaten and left for dead Aug. 21 in his car at the Eagles Lodge parking lot in North Spokane. Belton, 88, died the following day at Sacred Heart Medical Center. Two 16-year-old boys, Demetruis Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard, were arrested separately in connection with the fatal beating, which Spokane police described as a robbery-turned-homicide. The case drew national attention.

January 21, 2015

Doris Nelson’s Little Loan Shoppe

Doris Nelson's payday loan business moved to Spokane in 2001. Eight years later, it was in financial ruin and investors worldwide had lost millions of dollars. As a court-appointed trustee looks to conclude years of legal wrangling over who should pay back whom, take a look back at the events that led to criminal charges, bankruptcies and clawbacks.

December 18, 2014

Department of Justice review of the Spokane Police Department

The push for a federal review of the Spokane Police Department's practices reached a fever pitch in the wake of Otto Zehm's death at the hands of former Ofc. Karl Thompson, Jr., in March 2006. Friday's announcement of the findings of a Department of Justice-led report on the department is the culmination of those efforts. Here are some key events that led to Friday's proceedings.

July 25, 2014

The Great Spokane Fire

The Great Fire of 1889 burned 32 city blocks in Spokane, causing an estimated $10 million in damage. Despite the devastation, the fire launched an economic boom that saw the construction of 150 buildings within the next year.

August 12, 2013

Thunderboats on Coeur d’Alene

A history of unlimited hydroplane racing on Lake Coeur d'Alene

July 30, 2013

Spokane Shock

The Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League has been in Spokane for eight, mostly winning, years.

March 12, 2013

Gonzaga’s remarkable tournament streak

This year will be the 19th straight year the Gonzaga Bulldogs have been to the NCAA basketball tournament, in a streak that began in 1999. The team had been to the tournament before, in 1995, when they knocked off Portland to win the West Coast Conference championship, then lost in the first round. Their run since then has included five visits to the Sweet 16 and two to the Elite Eight.

March 4, 2013

Gonzaga’s 2012-2013 season week-by-week

A timeline of the Gonzaga Bulldogs' 2012-2013 regular season, and the team's steady rise to a ranking of No. 1 in the country for the first time in the school's history.

December 5, 2012

Idaho fugitive arrested by North Dakota authorities

Nearly a year after a 10-year prison sentence ended for 57-year-old Mitchell Lee Walck, after he assaulted a corrections officer in a Montana jail, Walck fled from Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies during a traffic stop near Athol, Idaho, beginning a half hour pursuit that led to the kidnapping of a Rathdrum woman.

September 12, 2012

Walt Worthy and downtown Spokane

Spokane developer and hotelier Walt Worthy has been making deals on downtown Spokane real estate for years, most notably his purchase and renovation of the historic Davenport Hotel. On Wednesday, Worthy announced he would build a 700-room hotel across from the Spokane Convention Center which would provide up to 70,000 square feet of additional meeting space. Here are some milestones in Worthy's impact on downtown Spokane in recent years.

August 3, 2012

Standoff at Ruby Ridge

In 1992, a white separatist wanted by federal agents retreated with his family to a remote mountain-top in Idaho. Three people died in the standoff that followed, and the event became a defining moment in the rise of the radical right.

Story: Ruby Ridge carved niche in history

Gallery: Ruby Ridge standoff

April 26, 2012

A history of hats

As the Kentucky Derby approaches, we take a moment to explore hat styles through the years

April 23, 2012

Bloomsday History

A look back at every Bloomsday race since the very first, in 1977.
Historical information from Bloomsday / data gathered by Gina Boysun