Six players scored and the Spokane Chiefs won their fourth straight game with a 6-1 victory over the Everett Silvertips on Wednesday night at the Arena – giving coach Don Nachbaur his 500th win as a coach in the WHL.
Joe Peak remembers the first time he walked into the Snakepit. A jewel-bedecked woman tended the bar. Paintings and posters and Western memorabilia covered the walls and hung from the ceiling. Smoke filled the air. It was January 1978, “The bar was three deep with loggers and miners,” Peak said. “It was surreal, it really was. A pretty rowdy bunch.” Weeks later, he owned the place. But for the first time in forever, the future of the Snakepit, est. 1880, is in doubt.
Spokane got three new city council members and a new council president in what may be the largest cadre to be sworn in at the same time. The new council president is Ben Stuckart, who edged Dennis Hession to succeed Joe Shogan and the new council members are Steve Salvatori, Mike Fagan and returning member Mike Allen.
Olu Ashaolu scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as hot-shooting Oregon beat Washington State 92-75 on Thursday in the Pac-12 Conference men’s basketball opener for both teams played at the Spokane Arena.
Gonzaga dominated from start to finish, routing Portland 90-51 Wednesday in the West Coast Conference men’s basketball opener for both teams. A full house of 6,000 at the McCarthey Athletic Center witnessed Gonzaga’s easiest win of the season and its most lopsided victory over the Pilots since a 47-point blowout in 1999.
Mary Lentz feels an understandable pride in what’s happened at a Deer Park storefront known as The Center — even though her husband, Del, died a year ago while working on the project. The center has pool tables, foosball tables, air hockey — even skateboard ramps — and its giving kids in town a place to go, hang out, have some fun, and get a meal. If they take in a message about Jesus Christ, Lentz says, all the better, but it’s not a requirement.
There was community-wide shock when an impact on the football field took the life of high school student Drew Swank, who played for Valley Christian. Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, a gathering at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center honored Drew, and his family, for the donation of his organs. For the gift, Drew’s image will be one of many on a Rose Parade float honoring organ donors. At Friday’s gathering, his family and friends added to the floral image, or “floragraph” of Drew that will be designed into the float.
Seventy years ago, the Japanese military launched a deadly attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawai’i. More than 2400 people were killed, mostly sailors, but also a number of soldiers and Marines. The event catapulted the United States into the Pacific theater of World War Two. At Pearl Harbor, and around the nation, survivors, veterans and others gather to honor the dead.
Officials at Washington State University introduced their new football coach, Mike Leach, at a press conference Tuesday in the student union building. Leach arrives with a portfolio that includes a decade of success at Texas Tech.
In the ruins of the Dybdall Gristmill on Lake Chapman, south of Cheney, is the story of the hard work and resourcefulness of Ole Dybdall and the milling business he built on the property in the first half of the 20th century. After taking over the property in 1896, Dybdall built the multi-stage mill that was powered by water running though a flume. Multiple spinning shafts and pulleys moved the power to various places in the mill and displaying the sophisticated engineering involved in the design and operation. For more than 40 years, farmers hauled wheat down the dusty country roads to Chapman Lake to be ground into flour. According to the Historic Preservation Office of Spokane and Spokane County: “At its peak in the 1920s, the Dybdall Grist Mill produced 30 barrels a day. As a result of its eight-stage roller grinding process (in comparison to the standard six-stage process), the mill was well-known throughout the area for the finest baking flour available.” A historical photo of the mill can be seen www.historicspokane.org Look under “listed properties” for the Dybdall Gristmill.
Keith Price threw three touchdown passes to become Washington’s all-time single-season leader in that category, the final one a 22-yard toss to Chris Polk, and Washington held off rival Washington State 38-21 on Saturday night to win the 104th Apple Cup.