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Spokane County uses COVID-19 aid to launch $10.8 million hospitality grant program

Spokane County Commissioners approved $10.8 million in federal COVID-19 aid for a new grant program that will offer assistance to struggling hospitality businesses. The application for the grant opens next week and only restaurants, hotels, event venues and other businesses related to hospitality and leisure activities are eligible. 

Coeur d’Alene City Council votes to require masks in public

Despite public opposition, the council voted 4-2 on a mandate that requires face coverings in indoor or outdoor public places, with certain exceptions, such as children under the age of five or people with medical conditions.

Utility says its equipment might have sparked California blaze

A fast-moving wildfire forced evacuation orders for 60,000 people in Southern California on Monday as powerful winds across the state prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands to prevent utility equipment from sparking new blazes.

Panhandle Health Board rescinds mask mandate in Kootenai County

Two north Idaho counties, Kootenai and Boundary, moved to the substantial COVID-19 risk category, or Red, due to increasing test positivity rates and worrisome limited hospital capacity, Panhandle Health District announced Thursday.

What if your ballot hasn’t arrived? Take your cue from this Liberty Lake woman

After Gail Gering didn't receive her ballot this month, she called the Spokane County Elections Office to find out why. Her story should urge all voters to be diligent about checking their registration status, and contact local election officials if they haven't received their ballot by the middle of this week. 

EPA, Kaiser cleanup of former smelter in Mead shows evolution in environmental understanding

In the early 1970s, park officials and neighborhood advocates rejoiced in the addition of a new public park where an outfall pipe from the Kaiser smelting plant met Deadman Creek. Fifty years later, environmental regulators and the former owners of the property are trying to stop that flow, based on new knowledge about the harm of asbestos and other chemicals. 

California heat wave prompts power shutdowns, fire danger

More than 50,000 California utility customers were without power and others around the state were urged to conserve electricity Thursday amid a fall heat wave that brought another round of extreme wildfire danger.