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Tuesday, October 20, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Getting There: High Drive speed limit dropped to 20 mph

The Spokane City Council agreed to a plan to reduce traffic speeds near certain parks and park properties in town. That decision has caused some South Hill residents to question the inclusion of High Drive.

South Hill bluff conservation group to push purchase of bulldozed land

The group Friends of the Bluff, one of many organizations blindsided by the construction of a road the city deemed illegal last spring, has hopes that a central portion of the wooded ravine beneath High Drive will be bought by the city and preserved for future generations.

Restore High Drive bluff, seek answers

Despite some calls to leave the road there, mitigation and restoration are the right moves. A beloved natural area was illegally mutilated. Use of the road could cause further damage.

Wildflower bloom peaks along South Hill bluff trails

NATURE -- The showy bloom of arrowleaf balsamroot has turned portions of the South Hill bluff into a wild version of sunflower fields. The bloom is peaking under delicate white blossoms of serviceberry. There's no better time to hike the 25 miles or so of...

Another live tree hacked along South Hill bluff trails

PUBLIC LANDS -- Apparently we have an axe-swinging landscape terrorist on the loose who's getting some sort of warped pleasure from vandalizing live trees along the popular public trails on the South Hill bluff. Another ponderosa pine was crudely hacked down in the...

Fire below High Drive spurs neighbors, fire crews, aircraft into action

Sharon Anderson looked out the window of her South Hill home Monday afternoon to see a plume of smoke rising from the woods just beyond her deck. “I yelled ‘Fire!’ and I ran out, and he ran out to call 911,” Anderson said from her deck Monday evening along High Drive, motioning to her husband, Mark.

Fungus, pests take toll on region’s ponderosas

Patches of red needles on the ponderosa pine trees caught Kent Moline’s attention as he hiked the bluff below High Drive on Spokane’s South Hill this spring. He knew the trees should have already shed their dead needles and “I wondered if it was a pine beetle outbreak,” said Moline, a board member for the nonprofit Friends of the Bluff.