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Forces of nature: Doctors linking environment, climate change to health issues

A small but growing number of physicians are discussing publicly their concerns about climate change and environmental factors impacting people’s health. They include some physicians in Spokane seeing impacts from …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019, 10:30 p.m.

More evacuations ordered on Colville Reservation due to wildfire that’s expanding, making Spokane air unhealthy

Temperatures soared in Spokane on Wednesday to 98 degrees, the highest recorded temperature this summer, as wildfire smoke settled across the region. That made air quality unhealthy. And conditions are …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 10 p.m.

Air quality worst in country; heat advisory issued for Spokane

Smoke from a growing fire on the Colville Indian Reservation continued to blow into Spokane on Tuesday, causing air quality to be unhealthy for some groups including children and the …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 4, 2019, 9:29 p.m.

Forecast is hot and hazy early this week as crews battle large wildfire on Colville Reservation

Spokane got its first whiff of the 2019 wildfire season Saturday night, and wind could continue to bring widespread haze south from a wildfire on the Colville Indian Reservation in …


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 9:04 a.m.

As they prepare for smoke season, Spokane leaders consider adding more air monitors and protections for homeless

The main focus of today’s Smoke Ready Communities Day – a collaboration of the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency, Spokane Regional Health District and Greater Spokane Emergency Management – is …


Seattle to open smoke shelters for ‘new normal’ summer fires

Ahead of a Western wildfire season expected to be again worse than average, officials in Seattle announced Wednesday that five city buildings would be outfitted to serve as havens where …


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 5:01 p.m.

U.S. air quality is slipping after years of improvement

America’s air has been steadily getting cleaner, but the last two years that’s not been the case with more unhealthy air.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 9:16 p.m.

Grant County fire is nearly finished as Spokane air returns to ‘good’

The 243 Command Fire in Grant County that spewed smoke across Eastern Washington earlier this week has entered its final throes of life.


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 10:54 p.m.

Grant County’s 243 Command Fire saw some growth because of overnight winds; air returns to ‘moderate’ in Spokane

A day after it made Spokane’s air quality the worst in the country, Grant County’s 243 Command Fire saw some overnight growth spurred by strong westerly winds.


Clean air agency members counter Spokane council president’s criticism, cite Stuckart’s conflict of interest, ignorance of agency’s role

Board members of the local clean air agency say Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart has inappropriately injected politics into the regulatory process and accused him of being beholden to …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 8:28 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: On climate, we ignore Chapter 24 at our peril

Hotter, drier, smokier summers. More rain and less snow in the winters. Droughts, overflowing rivers and coastal surges. Sunburned apples and softer berries. More heatstroke and Lyme disease. Less skiing …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018, 8:18 a.m.

Wake up and smell the moderately clean air

Spokane woke up on Friday to the cleanest air it’s had for days. Two of the four air quality monitors in Spokane County were registering “good” air at 7:35 a.m. …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 4:29 p.m.

Expect a brief reprieve of smoke Thursday night

Spokane may soon get a reprieve from the lingering haze of wildfire smoke, but it’s likely to be short-lived.


An otter in Seattle has asthma, but her trainers were ready as smoke settled over region

Puget Sound is barely visible through the glass windows of the Seattle Aquarium otter tank during afternoon feeding time — a thick layer of haze obscures the view. But, Mishka, …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 7:36 p.m.

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.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

Air quality predicted to stay in moderate-to-unhealthy range Wednesday

Northeast winds dispersed much of the smoke that hung over Spokane on Sunday and Monday, but the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency predicts a directional change could bring more smoke …


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 …


Shawn Vestal: Will smoke wake us up to climate change?

While some politicians are trying very hard right now to remain blind to the role of climate change in wildfires, the fact that global warming is driving the growth of …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 10:41 p.m.

Spokane wakes up to worst air in the country; some trash collection delayed

Spokane was reported to have the worst air quality in the nation Monday morning, and although conditions had improved by the afternoon, experts said there would probably be smoke in …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 17, 2018, 8:21 p.m.

The air in Spokane is the best it’s been in days

The air in Spokane is bad. But not as bad.


With air quality hovering at the unhealthy range, Spokane weighs its exercise options

The question hung as heavily as the air over Spokane on Thursday: Should I run outside or stay indoors?


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 7:35 a.m.

For third day in a row, Spokane’s smoky air measures in ‘unhealthy’ category

Air quality in Spokane remains in the “unhealthy” category for the third straight day.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018, 10:03 p.m.

Spokane starts Tuesday morning with unhealthy air

Spokane woke up to unhealthy air for the second straight day on Tuesday.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 13, 2018, 5:12 p.m.

Air quality ‘unhealthy’ in Spokane, North Idaho, Northeastern Washington

Wildfire smoke that has blanketed Northeastern Washington and North Idaho, creating unhealthy breathing conditions, is expected to linger through much of the week, experts said.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

Unhealthy, smoky air prompts health warnings, forces closure of Spokane pools

The city’s six public swimming pools will be closed while choking conditions persist in Spokane, limiting access to a free relief from potential record-breaking heat. The city’s splash pads will …


Oregon businesses hit hard by cancellations due to smoke

Wildfire smoke in southern Oregon is forcing organizations that are dependent on tourist dollars to scramble for other options.


Study: National parks get fewer visits when pollution rises

Visitors appear to be steering clear of some U.S. national parks or cutting visits short because of pollution levels that are comparable to what’s found in major cities, according to …


UPDATED: Wed., July 18, 2018, 9:49 p.m.

Air conditions in Spokane remain moderate, but could change with renewed fire activity

As hot, dry temperatures continued throughout the day Wednesday, air quality forecasts remained in the moderate health quality range.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 5:49 p.m.

Report: Oregon’s inspection backlog endangers air quality

State auditors say the state environmental agency’s backlog of inspections and permits could endanger Oregon’s air quality and residents’ health.


Stagnant air causing health concerns in Salmon area

Idaho officials say air quality is in the unhealthy range in the east-central Idaho town of Salmon and surrounding area due to stagnant air that has elevated pollutant levels.