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UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 6:23 a.m.

New public art sculptures, co-designed by local artist who died in windstorm, installed at Spokane’s Gateway Bridge

Steely and mirror-like, the new sculptures on either side of Spokane’s new pedestrian bridge are, quite literally, places of reflection.

Windstorm 2015 revisited: From nightmare to dream home for one Spokane family

Teresa Aitchison and her sons are back in their home after last November’s windstorm blew a ponderosa onto the roof. They rebuilt, with Aitchison acting as the contractor so she …

Low-income homeowners can get help clearing windstorm debris from their yards under new program

Low-income homeowners in the city of Spokane can get help clearing tree branches and stumps left over from last year’s major windstorm through a new initiative funded by the city.

Hundreds of homeowners still await repair after last November’s wind storm

Hundreds of homeowners are still waiting for repairs nearly eight months after a windstorm tore through the region. While roofing companies, general contractors and insurers work to get people’s homes …

Windstorm damages add up for Avista

Last November’s gale-force windstorm did nearly $23 million in damage to Avista’s electric distribution system.

Obama signs second disaster declaration for Idaho

President Barack Obama has signed a second disaster declaration for Idaho and ordered federal aid.

211 service got a workout during November windstorm

Just about everyone knows to dial 911 in the event of an emergency. But there’s another three-digit number that provides callers with critical information about health and human services, as …

Home repair should include asbestos check

Two recent windstorms left many Spokane-area homes with damaged roofs and eaves. As homeowners begin the process of hiring contractors or doing their own repairs, they should be on the …

In windstorm aftermath, arborists suggest evaluations before removing more trees

As students started their journey home on Nov. 17, a towering pine collapsed on a parked car just outside Jefferson Elementary School. Teachers and school leaders hurried children back inside …

N. Idaho counties to get federal disaster aid

Local governments in North Idaho will get federal aid to help with damage from last month’s windstorm.

Spokane cemeteries still cleaning up from windstorm

A month after a windstorm blew through Spokane, root balls still tower over graves at some Spokane cemeteries.

Gardening: Windstorm provided easy access to boughs for decorations

With all the wind-damaged branches on the ground this year, making swags, wreaths and decorating empty garden containers for winter should be really easy.

City collects 3,000 tons of storm debris

Spokane waste site accepted 3,000 tons of windstorm debris, according to a city press release.

Damage estimates for windstorm weeks away

Damage estimates for Spokane area from the Nov. 17 windstorm still being tallied.

Windstorm 2015 by the numbers

From the loss of power and trees downed to cancelled days of school and filled hotels downtown, here is a by-the-numbers look at the windstorm that hit Spokane nearly two …

Windstorm taught us we’re all connected, either by electricity or concern

The windstorm stretched Spokane’s citizens and infrastructure to the breaking point, but it also revealed an undercurrent of humanity and strength.

At least 5,000 not expected to have power by Thanksgiving

With the possibility of thousands in Spokane still without power on Thanksgiving Day, officials are asking for additional help feeding those in the dark. Gov. Jay Inslee tours the damage …

Spokane schools will be closed Tuesday

Spokane Public Schools canceled school Tuesday following extensive damage from the Nov. 17 windstorm.

Windstorm topped 1996 ice storm in number of customers affected

As last Tuesday’s winds approached hurricane-force speeds, Debbie Simock was sitting in an emergency meeting at Avista’s corporate headquarters. Every 10 minutes, the company’s online outage map refreshed, showing thousands …

Avista says repairs may take three more days

One in five Avista customers in Spokane County remains without electrical service five days after a powerful windstorm toppled trees and power lines across the region.

Getting by without power hits the poor harder, resident says

Matthew Watters, who lives in a Housing and Urban Development subsidized apartment complex with his 9-year-old son, thinks the outages disproportionately impact the poor.

Windstorm caught KPBX in the middle of its move

KPBX is on the air with the aid of a home generator after the station’s main generator had already been moved to its new headquarters.

Wood smoke levels creating unhealthy air

Unhealthy levels of pollution from wood smoke are expected in Spokane County this evening, according to the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency.

No takers at Red Cross shelter in Kootenai County

American Red Cross didn’t get any takers Thursday night at a Kootenai County shelter for residents impacted by the power outages.

One of Idaho’s “Big Trees” fell in windstorm

The city of Coeur d’Alene lost part of its horticultural heritage when a historic tree fell on a historic house. A hybrid mountain ash listed in Idaho’s Big Tree registry …

Don’t burn downed trees, Spokane clean air agency says

The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency recommends against burning the green, wet wood from Tuesday’s windstorm. It won’t produce much heat.

Roofing contractors swamped with calls from storm damage

The area’s roofing contractors have been deluged with phone calls about wind damage following Tuesday’s storm.

Miners stuck underground during wind storm

The night shift at the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho, was stuck underground when the mine lost power during Tuesday’s windstorm.

24,000 still without power in North Idaho

Almost 24,000 North Idaho homes and businesses remain without power from damage caused by Tuesday’s powerful wind storm, three utilities reported Thursday morning.

Cold nights, sunny days arrive on heels of massive windstorm

Cold air is heading into the Inland Northwest even as thousands of residents cope with life without electrical power and heat.