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Friday, October 30, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Wildfire emerging west of Loon Lake

A 15-acre forest fire began emerging west of Loon Lake around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in an area under Washington State Department of Natural Resources jurisdiction.

Woman, 29, killed in head-on crash near Loon Lake

Brianna Arena, of Deer Park, was pronounced dead after her Toyota sedan crossed the centerline on U.S. Highway 395 and crashed into an oncoming Lexus SUV, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Family connections help couple take the plunge in the resort business at Loon Lake

For Spokane couple Jim and Katy Byrnes, purchasing the Shore Acres Resort in Loon Lake is not only about providing travelers with a place to unplug and enjoy nature, it’s about preserving family history. The Byrneses have come full circle in acquiring the Shore Acres Resort in May for $1 million. Jim used to spend summers there as a child, and Katy’s grandparents honeymooned at the resort in 1946.

Woman, 70, allegedly assaulted, held captive

A 31-year-old Loon Lake man is behind bars accused of assaulting with a machete a 70-year-old woman and holding her against her will after she refused to give him prescription pills. Kurtis R. Kenney faces potential charges of assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful detention and possession of a controlled substance in connection with the alleged attack on the woman, whom he called his grandmother.

Adventures await with night fishing for kokanee

Nighttime kokanee fishing has been good to excellent at Loon Lake for most of the summer. With the generous limit of 10, I’ve caught enough of these landlocked sockeye for several barbecues and I’ve even canned a few pints for kokanee sandwiches – which taste much like tuna sandwiches but without the mercury. I’ve been practicing catching kokanee at night for a long time, beginning in the early 80s when I lived at Loon.

In brief: Red Crass Memorial Fund Raiser on Saturday

Red Crass left behind a legacy of volunteerism in the outdoors, and he also left behind a lot of fishing gear. The Loon Lake resident, who died in 2009, was an avid fisherman and his gear has not found a new home. The Crass family hopes to rectify that with the Red Crass Memorial Fund Raiser on Saturday.

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.

Loon Lake Fourth of July Boat parade

Loon Lake property owners for the past 30 years have celebrated Independence Day by decorating boats, gathering in a group and parading the craft amidst all vacationers along the docks. Assaulting each other with water balloons up to water cannons, boaters compete for prizes for everything from the most patriotic to the most original boat decorations.

Riverside reduces local levy amount

After failing once this year, some school districts will ask voters again to approve levies to support programs, staff and materials not covered by state funding. At Riverside School District, Superintendent Roberta Kramer said the district isn’t asking for as much this time around.