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Council delays traffic alterations until spring

The Millwood City Council decided to delay any action on traffic concerns regarding Fowler Road and Empire Avenue until spring during its meeting Monday night. This decision came after a brief presentation made to the council by Matt Gillis, project manager for engineering firm Welch Comer and Associates. Gillis’ report focused on the findings of the firm’s October independent traffic study.

Detractors line up against state’s Spokane River plan

The latest plan to limit algae-producing phosphorus in the Spokane River is drawing critics from all directions as Washington officials consider whether to move ahead with it. One company that discharges phosphorus in its wastewater, Inland Empire Paper Co., says new pollution limits might put it out of business. Avista Utilities says it would be on the hook for pollution it doesn’t cause. City officials in Idaho say Washington regulators are overstepping their authority by setting limits for wastewater plants across the border.

Even after the blast, well, they’re still having one

Dynamite isn’t your usual garden building tool. Unless you live on top of a basalt cliff and want to be closer to the view. That’s all Stan and Donna Canter wanted to do at their home north of Wandermere. What they ended up with was a tropical paradise in the middle of the pines and dry grass meadows of a former cattle ranch. It’s no wonder they won the August Garden of the Month from the Inland Empire Gardeners.

Even after the blast, well, they’re still having one

Dynamite isn’t your usual garden building tool. Unless you live on top of a basalt cliff and want to be closer to the view. That’s all Stan and Donna Canter wanted to do at their home north of Wandermere. What they ended up with was a tropical paradise in the middle of the pines and dry grass meadows of a former cattle ranch. It’s no wonder they won the August Garden of the Month from the Inland Empire Gardeners.

Millwood council orders more study of traffic speeds

Amid conflicting comments from Millwood residents regarding alleged traffic problems, the Millwood City Council unanimously approved seeking additional traffic data on Fowler, Empire and Butler roads Monday night at the regular City Council meeting. “Our streets are so narrow,” Millwood resident Richard Gardner said. “If a little child or dog comes out on the street, at 25 mph you hardly have any time to stop.”

Kaleidoscope of color offers reprieve from winter palette

This time of year, Spokane’s landscape usually has turned to shades of tan and brown. Most blooming plants have taken a hiatus with the recent heat and will come back around after it cools off. Not in Dixie and Allan LeTourneau’s yard, though. You could see the brilliant purple and pink Wave petunias a block away. Didn’t have to go hunting for that house number.

Colorful yard offers reprieve from winter’s bleak palette

This time of year, Spokane’s landscape usually has turned to shades of tan and brown. Most blooming plants have taken a hiatus with the recent heat and will come back around after it cools off. Not in Dixie and Allan LeTourneau’s yard, though. You could see the brilliant purple and pink Wave petunias a block away. Didn’t have to go hunting for that house number.

No new bids for Ridpath

The top two floors of the Ridpath Hotel again failed to attract a bidder in a national auction that closed Saturday, but a former Empire Ford dealership property on West Third may be changing hands, said Jon Jeffreys, one of the NAI Black associates handling the properties. The Ridpath floors and the adjacent former YWCA Building were first put up for auction this spring. Although there were no bidders, Jeffreys and fellow associate Mark McLees said at the time the level of interest justified a second go-round that would give potential buyers more time to inspect the property and arrange financing.

Old locomotive brings grandeur of rails to life

For the first half of the 20th century, Union Pacific locomotive No. 3206 pulled cars carrying passengers throughout the Inland Northwest. Today, it stands at the head of a seven-car museum train at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center. During certain events at the fairgrounds, the museum train is open, and for $1 people can take a self-guided tour of the glory days of railroading.

Crashed FedEx plane operated by CdA company

LUBBOCK, Texas — Officials say a FedEx cargo plane landing at a Lubbock, Texas, airport veered off the runway, crashed and caught fire, but that both crew members walked away from the plane. The plane was operated by Coeur d'Alene, Idaho-based Empire Airways under contract with Memphis, Tenn.-based FedEx Corp.

Torch may have sparked blaze at warehouse

A cutting torch being used to rebuild a collapsed awning may have sparked the three-alarm fire Tuesday at a cold storage business that took 14 of the city’s 17 fire rigs to bring under control in east Spokane. It took three hours for firefighters to contain the midmorning blaze at Empire Cold Storage, 3857 E. Olive St.

Paper mill upgrade cuts costs, emissions

New equipment for converting wood chips into pulp will reduce natural gas consumption at the Inland Empire Paper Co. by as much as 75 percent and carbon dioxide emissions by 33,000 tons annually, President Wayne Andresen said Monday. The $40 million investment will also allow the mill to slightly increase output, to about 570 tons per day, Andresen said.

Fire at Empire Cold Storage

A cutting torch being used to repair an awning sparked a three-alarm fire at Empire Cold Storage & Frosty Ice near the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008. Fire officials were keeping a close eye on two anhydrous ammonia tanks that were threatened by the blaze. Three employees inside the building escaped unharmed, officials said.

Man dies after shop fire

A man who apparently lived for more than a decade in leased space at Empire Auto Body in northeast Spokane died there Wednesday in a fire caused by a woodstove. Neighboring business owners told fire officials the man they knew only as John lived in one of eight leased spaces in the building at 3122 E. Gordon Ave.

Fire at auto body shop kills one

A man has died in a shop fire this morning at Empire Auto Body, 3122 E. Gordon Ave., fire officials said. Reports of fire came in about 6:55 a.m. The man was found inside the shop among "a bunch of junk," said Spokane Fire Chief Bobby Williams.

Council endorses Empire sale

In other business Tuesday, the council heard a report about the proposed sale of nonprofit Empire Health Services, which operates Valley Hospital and Medical Center, to for-profit Community Health Systems Inc. Afterward, the council agreed unanimously to endorse the sale as a means of saving the Spokane Valley hospital. Munson said each council will sign a letter urging the state Department of Health to approve the sale.

Coalition questions bidder’s Empire plans

Community Health Systems' plan to purchase Empire Health Services leaves some questions unanswered and lacks a firm commitment from the buyer to the public's interest, according to a review of the proposed sale by a coalition of concerned citizens. The application lacks details about how the Tennessee-based for-profit corporation intends to improve finances at Empire Health's two Spokane-area hospitals, Deaconess and Valley Medical Center, said Amy Freeman, a public interest attorney and member of the legal team put together by the Protect Our Hospitals Coalition.