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Rural Resilience: Bob and Jane Faller

What Republic lacks in medical services and big-town accouterments it makes up for in rural resilience. Bob and Jane Faller are fiercely independent like most of the hardy individuals in this northeast corner of the state where Colville is the closest town with a Wal-Mart and Spokane is considered the big city. The Fallers returned to Ferry County eight years ago after living on the West Side and building a house that resembled a barn. View second installment of Rural Aging: A fall separates Bob and Jane Faller

Kokanee spawning

Fall colors come on more than trees. Some local creeks are full of scarlet this time of year, as kokanee make their way to spawning grounds. The bright colors, big teeth and hooked jaw that the males develop this time of year are signs of reproductive fitness. The "brightest, baddest" kokanee are the ones that intimidate other males, snag the best patches of gravel and spawn successfully, said Ned Horner, a retired fisheries biologist.

Thunderstorm damage Saturday evening

Another strong thunderstorm hit the northern parts of Spokane and Spokane County Saturday evening, downing trees and power lines and sparking many brush fires.

Worst week: Fairchild Air Force Base

Twenty years ago this month people at Fairchild Air Force Base and nearby Spokane were recovering from shock, dealing with grief and wondering "what next?" On June 20, a former airman recently discharged for erratic behavior had killed four and wounded 22 at the base hospital before he was shot dead. Four days later, with most of the wounded in hospitals and the base holding funeral services for two of the shooting victims, Fairchild's last B-52 tilted at a sharp angle and slipped from the sky while practicing for an airshow, killing all four onboard as it was engulfed in a ball of fire.

From the Archives: Fires in Spokane

Spokane has seen its share of spectacular fires through the years, and The Spokesman-Review archives are full of the evidence.

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Ruby Ridge standoff: A timeline

Federal authorities surrounded Randy Weaver’s mountaintop cabin in 1992 near Naples, Idaho, for 11 days following the shooting of a federal marshal.

Hiking Canada’s Lake O’Hara

The 45 miles of trails in the basin around Lake O'Hara in are among the most scenic and coveted treks in Canada's Yoho National Park. Strict quotas allow no more than about 150 hikers a day into the area to help prevent the fragile alpine meadows and lakes from being loved to death. Explore the area in these photos by Outdoors editor Rich Landers, as he eventually leads you around the dramatic Lake O'Hara Alpine Circuit, one of the classic hikes in the Canadian Rockies.

Behind the Frame: Sunset Road

On West Medical Lake Road, power poles are silhouetted against a blazing red-orange sky Monday, Sept. 19, 2011.

Carissa’s journey

Carissa Outen is cancer-free and ready to start classes at Gonzaga University. Take a look back at Carissa's senior year in 2010.

Spokane River photos

Check out these creative, colorful, dramatic photos of the Spokane River taken by the staff photographers at The Spokesman-Review

Bickleton, Wash.

In the tiny town of Bickleton, Wash., the one school seems to do everything right. Nearly all students go on to some kind of post-secondary education.

Manas Transit Center

Manas Transit Center, where hundreds of airmen and women from Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane are regularly deployed, is a key supply and refueling hub for U.S. and coalition combat operations in nearby Afghanistan. Photographer Colin Mulvany and deputy city editor David Wasson recently visited the base on a tour arranged by the U.S. Air Force.

Humanitarian visit in Kyrgyzstan

Airmen from the 92nd Air Refueling Wing out of Fairchild Air Force Base made a humanitarian visit to the Solnyshko preschool in Vasilievka, Kyrgyzstan, on Monday, Oct 18, 2010. The children received donated winter coat, balloons and stuffed animals, as well as the visitors' attention. Military servicemen and -women from the Manas Transit Center have been volunteering regularly at schools, orphanages and women's centers in communities near the base. Read more in Thursday's edition of The Spokesman-Review.

Powder puff football

Powder puff football is a homecoming tradition, but finding a game is hit and miss.

Bishop Cupich installation

Bishop Blase Cupich was installed as the sixth leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010.

Remembering Vernon Baker

More than 600 people, military and civilian alike, traveled to St. Maries, Idaho, on July 31 to honor Vernon Baker, the World War II veteran and Medal of Honor recipient who died earlier this month of complications from brain cancer.