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Jim Meehan: Prairie Falls makes cool upgrade with scenic No. 14

Prairie Falls Golf Club is whole again with the unveiling of a new No. 14 that looks nothing like its predecessor. What used to be a long, quality par 5 …


UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018

Indian Canyon irrigation system first on list of improvements planned for city golf courses

Indian Canyon’s irrigation system won’t see its 86th birthday, and that’s reason for fans of the venerable golf course to celebrate. The antiquated system, installed in the early 1930s, requires …


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017

Cheney announces mandatory irrigation shutdown

The City of Cheney has issues a mandatory irrigation shutdown for residents and businesses to replenish water after a mechanical failure at a production well.


Body of missing man found in irrigation ditch

Authorities have found the body of a Moses Lake man who has been missing since late April.


UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017

Report: Washington growers should have plenty of water

If the weather cooperates this spring and early summer, there should be plentiful water for local growers, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation reports. In their March forecast, bureau officials estimate …


Save water by paying attention to soil, plant needs

As much as I’ve been enjoying these beautiful, sunny days, our unseasonably high temperatures are a little alarming. While I don’t have a crystal ball to predict this summer’s weather, …


Orchardist fined $73,530 for illegal irrigation during drought

A Columbia County orchardist is being fined $73,530 for illegally irrigating a 100-acre apple and pear orchard after being ordered to stop during Washington’s historic drought, state officials said.


Rich Landers: Rocky Ford Creek’s higher water level contrast to norm

Consider yourself an old timer if you’ve seen the St. Joe River this low in late June. The flows this week were 28 percent below the low-flow record set in …


Water management affects every living thing

California is dominating the headlines in this year’s drought, but other western states, including Washington, also have costly major ongoing issues with water management. Everyone’s affected in one way or …


Editorial: Don’t allow litigation to divert wise use of Columbia basin water

In July 2012, The Spokesman-Review editorialized enthusiastically in support of new ways of paying for major irrigation system expansions in the Columbia Basin. Enthusiastically, and prematurely.


UPDATED: Tue., May 20, 2014

Federal water can’t be used to irrigate marijuana

The U.S. Interior Department said Tuesday it doesn’t want federal irrigation water being used to grow marijuana in Washington, Colorado or anywhere else.


Farmers may soon get surface water

Surface water may be as close as ever for some Columbia Basin farmers who have been watching their groundwater slip away. The state Department of Ecology has water rights in …


Study: Summer water supply to dwindle

Population growth will ramp up demand for water in arid Eastern Washington over the next 20 years, even as climate change alters flows in the Columbia River and its tributaries, …


‘Water is the Story’

Irrigation gave life to Spokane Valley, and now the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum is giving new life to the area’s farming history with a special exhibit on irrigation. Bringing water …


Sprinkler systems to be installed at Minnehaha Park

Spokane parks irrigation specialists are taking on another sprinkler installation at Minnehaha Park during the off-season this fall and winter. The city Parks and Recreation Department has been using in-house …