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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. 

Post Falls neighbors seek to stop development over aquifer concerns

A group of Post Falls neighbors who live on the south side of the Spokane River are challenging the approval of a 57-home subdivision on what was an abandoned hayfield in their neighborhood because they fear more septic tanks could endanger their drinking water.

Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour goes virtual

The Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour, now in its 13th year, will be a virtual event next month due to COVID-19, co-founder Gina Freuen announced Wednesday. The show opens Sept. 26 at 8 a.m. at littlespokanestudios.com, with more than three dozen regional artists participating. 

Priest River killer abducted man for help moving woman’s body, records say

Bradley M. Leader, 67, was arrested on Friday after a man flagged down a Priest River police sergeant and said Leader had kidnapped him the previous day, according to Bonner County court records. The man reported he had known Leader for 20 years, and Leader forced him to help move the body of 66-year-old Eveline Pederson.

Then and Now: Downriver bridge

The Downriver bridge opened in 1928, replacing at least two former bridges on the site that were inadequate for traffic to the nearby Army base. The current span, the T.J. Meenach Bridge, was completed in 1994. 

Ethiopia denies reports government has started filling dam

Ethiopia’s water minister denied reports Wednesday that the government had begun filling a massive hydroelectric dam that has caused severe tensions with Egypt and led some to fear military conflict, while Cairo swiftly asked for clarification.

Ongoing Latah Creek cleanup efforts receive $1.75 million boost from state

Latah Creek's pollution is due largely to agricultural runoff and soil erosion along its 60 miles stretching from west of Spokane down into north central Idaho. The Washington Ecology Department has issued a new round of funding intending to incentivize farmers to adopt methods that don't churn up the soil and stabilize creek beds.