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SKY WATCHING -- In case, like most people, you need to sleep in order to function the next day, enjoy the northern lights vicariously in this short video featuring time-lapse photography by Spokane photographer Craig Goodwin. The images were shot Sept. 27 north of Wilbur,...
It was a chase like no other as a man fleeing from Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies swam in the Columbia River for three hours Thursday with a boat containing deputies and a Washington State Patrol trooper trailing behind him.
The Keller Ferry will undergo permanent repairs this weekend to a hairline crack in the hull below the water line. The work will put the ferry out of service starting at 7 p.m. Friday until Monday morning if the repairs go as expected.
KELLER FERRY LANDING – The MV Sanpoil on Wednesday slipped away from her south shore terminal, quietly gliding across the Columbia River on her maiden voyage. “Ah, this is nice,” said Dolly Brudevold, a teacher at Keller Elementary School and a regular commuter on the 1.5-mile crossing for State Highway 21.
Rock mining in the Marshall area of southwest Spokane County is putting dozens of heavy loads on Cheney-Spokane Road, and residents of the area said they are concerned about public safety. Knife River Corp., which operates in 17 states, has moved production to an old gravel mining area north of the two-lane road.
Spokane International Airport taxiways are being rebuilt over the next two years, in part to give arriving planes quicker access to terminals. The work on the $15.7 million project starts this summer and will continue in 2014.
Spokane drivers continue to ignore cellphone laws despite the risk of a $101 ticket. State troopers and other officers cited 1,448 drivers in Washington May 20 through June 2. That’s more than the 1,059 tickets handed out last year during the annual “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign.
For more than 30 years, the eastern section of an old railroad right of way in the heart of Spokane Valley has sat unused. Spokane County bought the land in 1980 for a major sewer interceptor.
The historic Fancher Beacon tower that once held a powerful rotating light for early aviation is now gone from atop Beacon Hill in east Spokane. Named after Maj. John T. Fancher, the beacon was erected in 1928 just months after his death at an air show in Wenatchee and named in his honor.
An expert on transportation in the U.S. says communities can save money and create greater vitality by rethinking the way they use transportation dollars. By emphasizing alternatives to the automobile, cities will become friendlier places with less congestion, author Jeffrey Tumlin said.
A Seattle shipyard has won a $9 million bid to build a replacement for the small ferry boat that carries traffic across the Columbia River north of Wilbur, Wash. The Martha S. has been in service since 1948, carrying up to 12 cars in a crossing.
OLYMPIA – Two questions for the big thinkers out there: Do you have an idea how to improve Washington state in the future? Do you think it would stack up so well to other folks’ ideas that it could make the top 100? If so, a group calling itself 100 Ideas for Washington’s Future has a deal for you.
OLYMPIA – The two legislative committees trying to decide how to spend nearly $9 billion on transportation over the next two years “largely agree” on how to spend it, Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen said Tuesday. Neither would seek an increase in the gasoline tax this year, although some members of both panels say that could happen in 2012. Both would spend nearly $72 million on the next phase of Spokane’s north-south freeway.
OLYMPIA – Washington voters will not be asked to raise gas taxes or any other tax related to roads this fall. 2012, however, could be different. As they announced the House proposal for an $8.9 billion transportation budget, the chairwoman and top Republican on the House Transportation Committee agreed Monday that there’d be no ballot measure sent to voters asking for a tax increase to pay for more road projects this year.
The Keller Ferry across the Columbia River will go back into service at 6 a.m. Friday after spending a month in dry dock for maintenance, repairs and inspections.
The Keller Ferry on state Highway 21 north of Wilbur has reopened after repairs this morning closed it for three hours.
The ferry that provides vehicle service across Lake Roosevelt north of Wilbur is returning to service today at noon after a leak was discovered last week.