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Winter trout lakes open for fishing; ice just beginning to form

FISHING -- Hog Canyon and Fourth of July lakes -- two area winter fishing lakes -- opened Friday and anglers are finding some bright, feisty rainbows. Traditionally, the winter lakes have opened Dec. 1, but this year the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife began...

What does freedom mean to you?

People with a wide variety of beliefs and backgrounds came together in Riverfront Park on Saturday to celebrate the Fourth of July. As they sat in the shade with their cones of shaved ice, we asked a few what freedom means to them. Craig Amoth: “I appreciate the fact that I have the same opportunities as everybody else, to better myself if I choose to. If I stay focused on what I want to do, I can do that. And if I choose not to, I can choose not to also and just lay back. I appreciate the opportunity that freedom gives me.”

Entertainment Fireworks manager has blast lighting up skies

Last week was the busiest of the year for Rich Vaughan. He’s the eastern regional manager of Entertainment Fireworks, Inc., the company that created the Fourth of July shows for Riverfront Park and Coeur d’Alene, as well as more than 40 other shows throughout Eastern Washington and North Idaho. The company also does the home games for the Spokane Indians baseball team.

Robert J. Samuelson: U.S. political system a work in progress

WASHINGTON – I am reading historian Gordon Wood’s splendid “Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815.” It is an ideal companion for this July Fourth weekend because it reminds us of the great continuities in our politics and national condition. Dynamic social and economic change, concern for the middle class, poisonous politics, bad policies, flawed leaders – they were all there two centuries ago, just as now. There’s a lesson here, though perhaps not the one you suspect. Dynamic change? In 1800, the 5.3 million Americans (nearly a fifth were slaves) had increased by more than a third since 1790. They were moving west at a prodigious pace. Before the Revolution, the Kentucky territory had few settlers; by 1800, the state of Kentucky (1792) had 220,000. Americans uprooted often and routinely occupied land they didn’t own. President George Washington concluded that nothing “short of a Chinese wall, or a line of troops” would stop the squatters.

Four generations gather to raise flags to honor WWII vet

For 95-year-old Jerry Weed, the flag of the 82nd Airborne Division was right where it belonged on the Fourth of July – overlooking his son’s neighborhood, waving along with the American colors. Bill Weed, Jerry’s son, erected a 25-foot flagpole in his front yard in honor of his father, a former paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division that participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy just more than 70 years ago.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Drenching rain put a damper on the Fourth of July celebrations. Even the big fireworks display at Natatorium Park was canceled.

Quiz will help you brush up on your U.S. patriotism

So, you think you’re a good patriot. The flag pin on your lapel says “Made in America.” You sing “The Star Spangled Banner” before baseball games without looking at the words on the Jumbotron. You chanted USA during the World Cup even though you don’t understand soccer. On July Fourth, we all bleed red, white and blue. But before heading off for hot dogs, apple pie and fireworks, try your hand at our annual Independence Day Trivia quiz. It has 13 questions, one for each rebel colony. They start easy, and get a little tougher. Answers are provided on page A12.

Liberty Lake to host July Fourth events

It would be difficult to find a place more appropriate to celebrate our nation’s independence than a lake named Liberty. The Friends of Pavillion Park in Liberty Lake will present its annual Fourth of July celebration starting today.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Rev. J. Neilson Barry, of Spokane, tried to warn parents about the menaces of the annual injury festival called the Fourth of July.

Granitas are an easy, grown-up variation on snow cones

As cool as ice cream but lighter and more refreshing, granitas are quite possibly the perfect summertime treat. While they aren’t as dense or as heavy as ice cream, they still offer plenty of intense flavors. And the semi-frozen dessert is super-simple to make from scratch.

July 5th show

Sometimes, even America gets a belated birthday greeting. That was the case in Republic, Wash., where the Chamber of Commerce had to postpone the town’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show after the truck delivering the fireworks broke down.

Floating Fourth

The horde of floating craft looked like a cross between “Waterworld” and a Macy’s parade. As they have for decades, boaters on Loon Lake decked out their watercraft in stars and stripes and topped the event off with a war of water balloons as they paraded along the docks on Independence Day. “I was raised on the lake,” Shelly Weiland, of Spokane, said Thursday. “This is our favorite holiday of the year.”

Loon Lake celebrates Fourth with boat parade

The horde of floating craft looked like a cross between “Waterworld” and a Macy’s parade. As they have for decades, boaters on Loon Lake decked out their watercraft in stars and stripes and topped the event off with a war of water balloons as they paraded along the docks on Independence Day.