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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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State Supreme Court disciplines 2 lawyers

One Spokane lawyer has been disbarred and another suspended from practicing law for three years by the Washington State Supreme Court for separate transgressions regarding their clients’ finances.

It’s a Beach party for surging Chiefs

The Spokane Chiefs are hot, Kyle Beach is hotter. For the second straight game, the Chiefs won in overtime, a 3-2 decision over Everett before a Monday afternoon crowd of 4,829 at the Arena, their fourth straight win and eighth in the last 10 games.

Anemones, seagulls, tourists – oh, my

To borrow a “Seinfeld” line, I thought we had a deal with the seagulls. We throw them crumbs from our lunch on the beach – and they don’t poop on us. OK, I haven’t kept my end of the bargain. I shoo the beggars away, as I did on Cannon Beach recently. It was one of those rare days on the Oregon Coast: shining sun, temperatures in the 80s, little wind, and a tide far out far enough to allow my wife, daughter and me to search tide pools near Haystack Rock. A tourist yelled at my daughter for simply pointing at an anemone, which apparently is endangered. The aggressive woman was soon forgotten when a town volunteer who has shown dogs in Coeur d’Alene volunteered to take our photo in front of Haystack Rock. That’s when the gulls got their revenge. Ere Jenny the Volunteer snapped the photo, a gull overhead scored a direct hit on my new Portland Trailblazers cap. Such was the accuracy of the gull that the dropping hit nothing else. My wife and daughter laughed. I simply washed the hat off in a tidal pool, careful not to disturb the anemones, tourists or other creatures prone to aggressive behavior. Incredible Shrinking Clerk reports success

Chiefs make trade for Beach

Two games into the Western Hockey League season the Spokane Chiefs rolled the dice. Spokane gave up two defensemen to pick up one of the most talented – and controversial – forwards in the league.

Smelter funding beach cleanup

A Canadian smelter has agreed to clean up a beach near Northport, Wash., that’s become a symbol for a century’s worth of pollution dumped into the Columbia River. Black Sand Beach takes its name from the slag generated by Teck Resources Ltd.’s smelter in Trail, B.C. A thick deposit of the glassy, granular pollutant covers the popular swimming beach.

Silverwood Theme Park

So your travel budget this summer may not let you afford a trip to play somewhere far away. Luckily for you, the Northwest’s largest theme park is nearby, just north of Coeur d’Alene: Silverwood Theme Park, which is always happy to welcome visitors.

Silverwood to mark Tremors anniversary this weekend

Silverwood Theme Park in North Idaho will open Saturday. Now in its 22nd season, the attraction north of Coeur d’Alene will be open weekends only in May. Daily operations will begin May 30, and the Boulder Beach water park will open June 6. Silverwood marks the 10th anniversary of Tremors, its wooden roller coaster, this weekend with a discounted price of $19.99 general admission for all ages, saving adults $21.

Sanders Beach residents lose battle

Sanders Beach homeowners took a hit Thursday in the latest skirmish of the ongoing war over private property vs. the public interest. A hearing examiner for the Idaho Board of Land Commissioners recommended against allowing four families who own some of the city's most prized waterfront to build docks out into the lake from the beach the public once enjoyed.

Peace run makes Sandpoint stop

Here's your chance to carry a torch for world peace: Join a team of World Harmony Runners Sunday in Sandpoint. The relay runners will be bringing a lighted torch to Idaho after passing through Spokane earlier in the day. Runners from around the world participate in legs of the event every four years.

Officials hear proposals for Sanders Beach docks

Besides reducing public access and becoming a hazard for swimmers, proposed docks along Coeur d'Alene's popular Sanders Beach might not even float, opponents say. Attorney Scott Reed told an Idaho Department of Lands hearing officer Monday that homeowner Jerry Frank's proposed 6-foot-by-20-foot dock wouldn't sit in water deep enough to float. Reed and frequent Sanders Beach user Dave Moseley, who lives about a block north of the waterfront homes, said the dock would have to extend nearly 50 feet into the water to float, not the 22 feet proposed. Moseley said that by his calculations, the deepest end would sit in about two feet of water at the most, not enough to float a heavy cedar dock.

Swimmers keep their cool

After 30 years of winter swims in the frigid waters of Idaho and Montana, "Polar Bear" Rick Klin swears he doesn't get cold shivers or goose bumps. He beat everyone into the water at Coeur d'Alene's Sanders Beach on Tuesday, diving in moments before the official Polar Bear Plunge countdown was complete.

Backyard beach retreat

When a debilitating disease kept Karen Druffel from the ocean, she and her husband created a coastal oasis at home in Spokane. A few years back, Karen's rheumatoid arthritis nearly stopped her annual coastal trips. Bad spells sent her to bed for days. To help her convalesce, she and her husband, Joe, began planning a backyard retreat at their Browne Mountain home.

The Catala

Generations of children have played in the shadow of a rusted-out shipwreck on the beach near Ocean Shores, Washington. The Catala, built in 1925 in Scotland and ferrying passengers and freight up and down the Pacific Northwest coast for decades, went aground during a storm on New Year's Day in 1965.