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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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.