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Unprecedented bad air? Smoky skies in Spokane this September among worst in decades

The Spokane Clean Air Agency had reported that poor air quality beginning Sept. 12 and lasting nearly a week was the worst recorded since a healthy standard for microscopic particles in the air was adopted in the late 90s. Now, a look at readings of blowing dust and smoke prior to that date indicates the prolonged period of soot-filled skies ranks among the worst conditions going back to the late 1980s. 

Wednesday morning air is rated ‘unhealthy’

After a slight break from “unhealthy” air quality readings during portions of Monday and Tuesday, the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency reported that Spokane awoke Wednesday to “unhealthy” air again.

Spokane’s air quality: You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers

The hazy days of August have become yet another season in Spokane. That time of year when the skyline is sepia-toned, when you wonder if that run is worth the hacking cough, or if the siren call of the lake is stronger than your desire to check the current air quality website every 15 minutes.

Air quality again in ‘unhealthy’ category

Incoming smoke on Friday pushed air quality to “unhealthy” in Spokane, the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency reported. Air quality in the region has been reaching the “unhealthy” or “unhealthy for sensitive groups” categories for more than a week in much of the region.

Ozone pollution persists in Spokane

Wood smoke and dust aren’t the only pollutants causing problems in Spokane. Ozone levels rise during the hot days of summer

Marijuana farm odor hurts neighbor’s property value near Cheney

Roger Bertsch can’t stand the smell that wafts from his neighbor’s property. Sometimes it’s barely detectable in the afternoon breeze. But sometimes, he said, the skunky aroma is so penetrating he can’t keep the windows open, let alone enjoy a meal on the patio.

Home repair should include asbestos check

Two recent windstorms left many Spokane-area homes with damaged roofs and eaves. As homeowners begin the process of hiring contractors or doing their own repairs, they should be on the alert for asbestos, the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency says.

Wood smoke levels creating unhealthy air

Unhealthy levels of pollution from wood smoke are expected in Spokane County this evening, according to the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency.