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Tuesday, November 12, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

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Channel depths won’t be dredged

Coeur d’Alene developer Duane Hagadone no longer plans to dredge the deepest part of the Blackwell Island channel, acknowledging the potential for releasing heavy metals into Lake Coeur d’Alene and …


Blackwell dredge plan still alive

Coeur d’Alene businessman Duane Hagadone is still working on plans to dredge the Blackwell Island channel at the head of the Spokane River. He has told federal officials he will …


Hagadone withdraws dredging proposal

Timing problems with state and federal agencies caused Duane Hagadone on Tuesday to withdraw his proposal to dredge Blackwell Island and expand the marina, but he is far from giving …


Dredging project faces new hurdle

Duane Hagadone may have to do more tests to prove that dredging Blackwell Island won’t harm the environment. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers experts are reviewing soil samples and other …


Council OKs annexing Blackwell Island

Blackwell Island is coming to town as the Coeur d’Alene City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to include the property in the city limits. Council members praised owner Duane Hagadone for …


DEQ lists rules for possible dredging

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality released Friday the conditions local businessman Duane Hagadone must meet to ensure that heavy metals aren’t released in Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane …


Lack of water plan stalls Blackwell Island dredging

The Idaho Department of Lands denied Duane Hagadone’s request to dredge Blackwell Island channel Tuesday because of insufficient details about the project’s impact on water quality and fish habitat. Hagadone …


Hagadone Corp. vows more water access

The public would gain more access to Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane River if Coeur d’Alene agrees to include part of Blackwell Island in its city limits, Hagadone Corp. …


Hagadone touts dredging plan

Dredging the Blackwell Island channel will improve the environment by removing heavy metals and decreasing erosion, Hagadone Corp. officials told a state examiner Thursday night. “Nobody has more to lose …


Hearings on projects scheduled

Tugboats will continue to haul logs on Lake Coeur d’Alene even though the fleet’s new owner is asking Coeur d’Alene to include the former Foss Maritime property and marina in …


Soil may need to be capped

Preliminary soil samples show that sediment in the Blackwell Island channel may have lead levels high enough to require the dirt to be capped so it’s not ingested by children …


Soil removal troubles officials

Coeur d’Alene Parks Director Doug Eastwood was surprised recently to find a 25-foot hole where a city park is planned to serve residents of a new housing development off Atlas …


Editorial: Proceed cautiously on Blackwell plans

It won’t be long until the transformation of Blackwell Island begins. For decades, the island at the confluence of Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane River has been ill-treated or …


Dredging up worries

Local businessman Duane Hagadone wants to dredge the channel west of Blackwell Island, making it wider and deeper, as part of a planned expansion for the Marina Yacht Club. Marina …


The $5 Million Question Experts Wrestle With How To Get Biggest Benefit For The Buck From Tatoosh Oil Spill Settlement

1. A common murre returns to its nest on one of Tatoosh Island’s sheer cliff faces. The island, on the northwest tip of Washington, is home to the state’s only …


Controlled Burns Won’t Violate Epa Standards Use Of Fire As Forest-Management Tool, Exempt Federal Burns Concern Chenoweth

Small controlled burns in the nation’s forests - designed to prevent larger wildfires - won’t force states out of compliance with clean-air regulations, federal officials said Tuesday. But increased use …


Ge Hauls Contaminated Soil From Spokane Superfund Site

General Electric Co. is hauling 700 dump truck loads of contaminated soil from an east Spokane site where the company repaired transformers for 19 years. GE is spending “in excess …


Council Opposes Trucking Uranium Symbolic Decision Comes After Emotional Testimony From Native Americans

Emotional testimony from Native Americans and environmentalists helped convince the City Council on Monday to formally oppose trucking uranium-laced rubble through Spokane. The council voted 4-1 to adopt a resolution …


Lead Expert Says River Likely Toxic Health Care Professionals Warned To Prepare For Lead-Poisoning Cases In Washington State

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Spokane River Probably Toxic, Says Expert Doctors Advised To Count On Cases Of Lead Poisoning

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Hanford Admits Groundwater Threat Radioactive Waste Has Leaked Deep Under Tanks

For the first time, Hanford officials admit that radioactive waste has traveled deep under leaky storage tanks and may have reached the groundwater. “According to new measurements, we’ve determined it’s …


Settlement Reached In Kaiser Flap Company Will Pay $35,000 To Settle Pollution Lawsuit

Kaiser Aluminum Corp. and an Eastern Washington environmental group have settled a dispute over alleged water pollution at the Mead aluminum smelter. Maintaining it did not pollute a stream that …


Officials Defend Clean Water Plan Conservation Groups’ Suit Seeks Faster Pace, Broader Scope

Federal and state water quality officials say they have produced a reasonable plan of action and want a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by conservation groups over polluted waterways …


Panel Burning At Both Ends Renegade Field Burning Divides Panel Charged With Phaseout

The committee responsible for implementing Washington state’s three-year grass-burning phaseout is divided over the issue of renegade field burners. Some committee members, including Spokane County Commissioner Steve Hasson, say farmers …


Group Delivers Videos On Pollution Dangers

A Spokane-based environmental group has launched a public awareness campaign on the dangers of heavy metals pollution and what can be done about it. Last weekend, volunteers for the Inland …


Idaho Heavy Metals Invading Washington Drinking Water Safe, But Metals Pose Hazard To Aquatic Life

A century of mining in Idaho’s Silver Valley poisoned children and sent millions of tons of toxic wastes into Lake Coeur d’Alene. Now, some of Idaho’s mining legacy is reaching …


Volunteers Opposing Exotic Trees Of Heaven

Volunteers have planted 13 evergreens and about 60 seedlings at Boise’s Hulls Gulch Nature Preserve, the first volley in a battle against trees of heaven. “We like to refer to …


Cleanup Effort Rejuvenating Canyon Creek Project Replaces Tons Of Mine Waste With Trees, Rocks, Native Vegetation

When Barbara Kitchen used to drive up Burke Canyon, she never thought twice about the barren, rocky valley floor peppered with ugly black stumps. “That’s just how it’s always been,” …


Tugboat Fleet Unable To Move Leaking Tanker

A fleet of tugboats failed on Tuesday to refloat a stranded supertanker, which has leaked an estimated 8.8 million gallons of oil near an important wildlife haven. Despite a tide …


Heavy Seas Block Efforts To Save Tanker

Tug boats attemps to assist the listing oil tanker Sea Empress off the coast of Wales on Sunday. Photo by Associated Press