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Town of Tekoa condemns proposed closure of John Wayne Trail stretch

Well, pilgrim, we’ve got ourselves a bit of trouble in this here town of Tekoa. A part of the John Wayne Trail might be closed and some folks hereabouts are pretty riled up. That may be how the cross-state trail’s namesake would describe a controversy in Tekoa, where local officials recently learned the state might abandon a section of the trail from the Columbia River to Malden. Tekoa Mayor John Jaeger said the plan came as a complete surprise and the City Council passed a resolution this week to send a message of “Whoa!” to a chief supporter of the closure, Rep. Joe Schmick.

Travel: Milwaukee in a Weekend

The city of Milwaukee’s past is storied and diverse. Long known for its German heritage and beer-brewing legacy, and the pale brick buildings which gave it the “Cream City” nickname, the once-industrial hub has become a vibrant, culturally diverse destination that reflects the best of MidWest hospitality and contemporary urban sophistication.

Wisconsin governor announces deal for new $500M Bucks arena

Taxpayers would pick up half the cost of a new $500 million arena for the Milwaukee Bucks under a financial deal that would rely on current and former team owners for the rest, Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday in Madison, Wisconsin. Walker, a likely presidential candidate, has argued for months that it will cost the state more in lost income-tax revenue if the NBA moves the team from Milwaukee than it will to pay for a new downtown arena. Standing behind a podium with a sign that read, “Cheaper to Keep Them,” he announced the long-awaited deal. “The price of doing nothing is not zero. It’s $419 million,” Walker said. The plan includes $250 million already committed by the Bucks’ current and former owners. The other half will come from taxpayers, a contribution capped at $250 million. – AP

Brewers tab former infielder Craig Counsell as new manager

Former Milwaukee infielder Craig Counsell was hired Monday to manage the Brewers, about 12 hours after the team fired Ron Roenicke. A major league-worst 7-18, the Brewers lost 40 of their final 56 games under Roenicke. The skid included a late-season collapse last year, after they led the N.L. Central for nearly five months, and a 2-13 start this season.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago One of the “great engineering feats performed by man” – the Snoqualmie Tunnel of the Milwaukee Road – was completed and ready for traffic.

Former Brave Frank Torre dies

NEW YORK – Frank Torre, the World Series star who helped put little brother Joe on a path that led to the Hall of Fame, has died. He was 82. The Major League Baseball commissioner’s office said Torre died Saturday at a hospice in Palm Beach, Florida. He had previously received heart and kidney transplants, and had been ill in recent years with cancer.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane was entering what society columnist Betty Graeme called “a gay whirl” of a week, with three gala events. They were:

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Spokesman-Review editorial page was celebrating a new “epoch for Spokane” with the formal opening of a new transcontinental rail line through Spokane. It was a “union” line, a joint venture of the Oregon-Washington Railway & Navigation Co. and the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul, known as the Milwaukee Road. 

Brewers keep edge

The Milwaukee Brewers keep finding ways to stay atop the National League Central. Milwaukee has been alone or tied for first since April 5, but it’s been a high-wire act atop the division, especially since July 1.

In brief: Patrick Reed builds 2-shot lead at Congressional

golf: Patrick Reed held it together Saturday at Congressional to build a two-shot lead in the Quicken Loans National in Bethesda, Maryland, and put himself in an ideal position. He has never lost a PGA Tour event when he had at least a share of the 54-hole lead.

MLB notes: Ryan Braun’s change boosts Brewers

Now leading off for the Brewers ... outfielder Ryan Braun? It could have happened in spring training. But the Milwaukee slugger’s suggestion to manager Ron Roenicke went nowhere, giving Braun one less adjustment to make after returning from a 65-game drug suspension that ended his 2013 season early.

Dog days for Brewers: Hank gets his own bobblehead

The Milwaukee Brewers and their fans can look forward to the dog days this season. The Brewers announced Thursday that popular pup Hank will have his own bobblehead night in September. Hank is the little dog that wandered into the Brewers’ complex at spring training. The stray became the unofficial team mascot, and is now living in Milwaukee with the family of a club executive. Bobblehead Hank night will be Sept. 13 against Cincinnati at Miller Park. Brewers pitcher Brandon Kintzler says the team wants to help other animals in need. Part of the ticket sales from the bobblehead night will go to the “Hank Fund” at the Wisconsin Humane Society. – AP

Palouse section of old rail line to get master plan for trail

MALDEN, Wash. – A narrow, treeless corridor runs along scenic Pine Creek next to this tiny town in northern Whitman County. It maintains a level line as it moves off into the distance in both directions. Broken and abandoned structures stand as ruins in what was once a railroad switching area.