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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Service planned for hiker killed by fall at Painted Rocks

A celebration of life service is planned for a young Spokane woman who died recently while hiking with friends. The service for Lois Ordway-Fleck will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Spokane Faith Center, 3330 West Central Ave. Donations can be made in Ordway-Fleck’s honor at by clicking on her photo on the right-hand side of the homepage. Destiny Rescue USA is a Christian-based nonprofit that protects and rescues vulnerable children from abuse and trafficking, a cause Ordway-Fleck fought for. Ordway-Fleck, a 2012 Mt. Spokane High School graduate, died while hiking at the Indian Painted Rocks Trail in the Little Spokane River Natural Area Sept. 6.

Hiker who died recalled fondly

A recent Mt. Spokane High School graduate who fell hundreds of feet to her death was remembered Friday as a compassionate young woman who fought for social justice. A hiking outing of five friends Thursday night turned deadly when 18-year-old Lois Ordway-Fleck, of Spokane, fell off a cliff at the Indian Painted Rocks trail within the Little Spokane River Natural Area. She died of a skull fracture, the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office reported Friday afternoon.

Indian art in Riverside State Park

As people look for mini day trips to enjoy as the summer winds down, there’s an historic site in a most beautiful setting quite nearby that might just foot the bill – the Indian Painted Rocks area – just a quarter of a mile north of the Rutter Parkway Bridge over the Little Spokane River. The site – listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and given to the state’s park commission by landowners Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Hart Jr. – provides a parking lot, interpretive information and, of course, the rock paintings themselves, set back among the trees.