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Thursday, October 29, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Inland NW middle school girls try hand at industrial trades

Sophie Orndorff, an eighth-grader at Horizon Middle School, spent the day May 1 learning how to use a saw to cut wood, how to be safe around downed power lines and how to drill cement. “It’s been fun to see all the machinery,” Orndorff said. “It seems interesting. I don’t know much about construction.”

Heat is on for welders

For a group of Rathdrum high school students, the heat of competition Friday came from 5,000-degree cutting torches slicing through steel plates. Eleven students from Lakeland High School’s welding program took part in a timed exercise to determine which three will represent the school at a statewide competition in Boise next month.

Welding sparks started Taylor Bridge fire

OLYMPIA — The Department of Natural Resources has concluded that an August wildfire that caused $11 million damage was caused by sparks from welding or cutting work on a bridge southeast of Cle Elum.

Smoking sparks oxygen tubing fire

A Spokane Valley resident learned recently that cigarettes and oxygen don’t mix. The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to a call in the 100 block of North Tschirley Road on Monday after a woman’s oxygen tubing caught fire as she was smoking a cigarette, said Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Clifford. The woman’s son helped her out of her home and threw water on the couch, which had also caught on fire, Clifford said. The woman was not seriously injured.

Welding sparks blamed in fire

Sparks flying from a welding torch may be to blame for a blaze that destroyed a Spokane Valley man’s garage and heavily damaged his home Tuesday.

Construction Career Day

Construction Career Day held Tuesday and Wednesday at the Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds, showcases the work of the construction trades to an audience of 800+ 11th and 12th grades students from Eastern Washington. Construction professionals representing apprentices and journey workers lead hands-on experiences in heavy equipment operation and demonstrations highlighting the work of the various trades.