Fairchild Air Force Base has claimed responsibility for groundwater contamination involving toxic, man-made fluorinated chemicals. To see how far the chemicals have spread, The Spokesman-Review is building a map based on information from West Plains residents who have had their wells tested.
In 1996, Spokane Valley resident Don Rhodewalt began cataloging homes built of river rock (or cobblestones) in Spokane Valley. Rhodewalt lived in a river rock home at 1105 N. Bowdish Rd. and he was fascinated by the building style, which he'd never seen before.
His criteria were simple: the house had to be located in Spokane Valley or nearby communities and a significant part of it had to be built out of river rock; a river rock foundation or rock chimney was not enough.
He cataloged the homes on this map - but died before he could finish the project.
The U.S. Department of Energy offers free, four-hour bus tours of the Hanford site. The tours discuss Hanford's role in the top-secret Manhattan project - the race by the United States and its allies during World War II to produce an atomic bomb before the Germans. The tours also discuss the long-running efforts to clean up the 586-square mile site's radioactive and chemical wastes. Map points are approximate locations of tour stops.