Fans of science fiction, fantasy, and related genres of movies, literature and games gathered to revel in the fantasy of their choice at SpoCon 2011, Spokane’s own sci-fi convention at the Doubletree Inn. Although the costumes display the artistry and depth of each participant’s chosen fantasy, everyone involved left the real world at the door and connected with fellow self-professed “geeks” without fear of judgement from outsiders.
The Navy SEALS who died aboard a downed helicopter in Afghanistan came to the special forces from far-flung corners of the country. Thirty Americans - 22 of them SEALS - and eight Afghans were killed Saturday when a rocket-propelled grenade fired by a Taliban insurgent downed their Chinook helicopter en route to a combat mission. All but two of the SEALs were from SEAL Team 6, the unit that killed Osama bin Laden, although military officials said none of the crash victims was on that mission in Pakistan against the al-Qaida leader. Here are the stories of some of the fallen.
The Army National Guard demonstrates their Homeland Response Force, a newly-funded quick-response team that will provide security, medical, decontamimation and search-and-rescue capabilities, on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011. The HRF a team of 500 or so Guard members, will be an intermediate response to a major incident and will bring security, medical, decontamination and search and rescue capabilities.
The Wednesday morning blaze near Magnesium Road and Division Street destroyed 23 units in an apartment building. Twenty-two units were occupied, and all residents escaped unharmed, fire officials said.
It was perfect weather for Liberty Lake’s community festival at Pavilion Park. There was live entertainment, games for kids, many booths for commercial and non-profit entities, a car show and food vendors.
Walls of mud barreling down a hill buried 10 college students sleeping in a resort cabin and flash floods submerged the streets and subway stations in Seoul, killing at least 36 people Wednesday in South Korea’s heaviest rains this year.
As police officers continue their investigations on Utoya island and search the house of Jens Breivik, the father of Anders Behring Breivik, people gather to remember the victims of Friday’s bomb attack and shooting massacre in Norway.
Associated Painters recently opened their Spokane location in a specially-designed hangar at the Spokane International Airport. It is a branch of Rod Friese’ business which started at Paine Field in Everett. The business paints airplanes, many of them airliners from Southwest or Alaska/Horizon airlines. It takes about a week to strip all the paint from the aluminum skin of the plane, then repaint it with great attention to detail.
Space shuttle Atlantis and the four astronauts return from the International Space Station on Thursday, July 21, 2011, bringing an end to NASA’s 30-year shuttle journey. STS-135 is the final shuttle mission to the orbital laboratory. NASA is ending its shuttle program with Atlantis’ successful space station resupply mission. It is the 135th flight in shuttle history.
The landing of about a dozen canoes from the south was one leg of the annual journey of tribal canoes from throughout the Salish Sea, heading to Swinomish, Wash. About 100 tribal canoes are expected to arrive there on July 25. Pacific Northwest tribes revived the canoe tradition in 1989 of bringing together to celebrate the connection to salmon, water and each other. It became an annual event in 1993.
After straying into a village, a leopard attacks several villagers, including at least four guards, before being caught by forest officials, according to news reports at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara, on the outskirts of Siliguri, India. The leopard, which suffered injuries caused by knives and batons, died later in the evening at a veterinary center.
The Asian Cafe and Bakery features the food from Central Asia including Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakistan and Tajikistan. The bread and samsi pastries are baked in the traditional tandoor ovens. The breads actually stick to the walls inside the oven as they bake.
A joint memorial service was held Saturday, July 16 at Lake City Community Church to remember Sgt. Nathan R. Beyers and Spc. Nicholas W. Newby, two Coeur d’Alene men killed in the same explosion July 7 in Baghdad, Iraq.
The Coeur d’Alene community turns out to honor fallen soldier, Spc. Nicholas Newby, as his body was carried in a procession from the Coeur d’Alene airport to Yates Funeral Home. Newby died in an expolosion in Iraq and his remains were returned for burial.
For over 75 years, Blau Oyster Co. has relied on Washington state’s cool clean waters to grow the plump oysters that are as prized in the Northwest as salmon and orcas. But too much pollution from animal and human waste has been washing into Samish Bay in north Puget Sound, prohibiting shellfish harvests 38 days already this year.
Ted Nugent, rock star and zealot sportsman, played a concert at The Knitting Factory, July 7, 2011, in Spokane, Wash., but not before he gave an interview to the S-R on topics including his music, guns, hunting, politicians and the American way.