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UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 25, 2019, 5:57 p.m.

Mechanical bull champion signed up on a whim, but the contest was no bull

Washington State University equestrian team coach Laura Moore walked away with a $4,000 and a championship belt buckle at the mechanical bull riding “world championship” held at Spangle’s Harvester Restaurant …


Ski expansion fight over, old growth hike gains appreciation

After about 74 acres of land were cleared for new ski runs that opened in December, the Land Councils Old Growth Hike shifted focus from advocating against the expansion to …


Drone war takes flight, raising stakes in Iran, US tensions

A drone war has taken flight across the wider Middle East, raising the stakes in the ongoing tensions between the U.S. and Iran.


Tacoma landmark church to be demolished

The Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Tacoma is slated for demolition because it is too dangerous to occupy and needs millions of dollars in repairs, the News-Tribune reported.


Trump sends mixed messages to China on trade war

President Donald Trump is sending mixed messages about the U.S.-China trade war as leaders at a global summit in France push him to ease frictions with Beijing over tariffs and …


High-stakes gamble: Iranian envoy gets surprise G-7 invite

A top Iranian official paid an unannounced visit Sunday to the G-7 summit and was headed to the building where leaders of the world’s major democracies have been debating for …


Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh making long-shot GOP challenge to Trump

Joe Walsh, a former Illinois congressman and tea party favorite turned radio talk show host, has announced a challenge to President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020.


100 years ago in Spokane: Local airline industry gets boost; Cedar Creek wildfire spreads

Spokane’s brand-new passenger airline industry got another boost when Lt. W.T. Barnard, former army pilot, announced that he was instituting service, according to the Spokane Daily Chronicle.


Front & Center: Pyrotechnician finds reward in the roar of the crowd

Rich Vaughan discovered his passion for fireworks 36 years ago when he and a buddy attended a Fourth of July celebration in Kettle Falls.


Police Guild watches its watchdog, escalates protest against investigation into violent arrest

In an escalation of its protest against an investigation into a violent February arrest, the Spokane Police Guild has filed a public records request for the communications of numerous city …


The Dirt: South Hill to gain 12-unit apartment complex

County commissioners voted unanimously to remove a 450-acre site from a designated no-shooting area west of Fairchild Air Force Base and bounded by McFarlane Road to the north and Thorpe …


The School Year Ahead: LC construction project will offer big payoff next year

Work is well under way on a $23.5 million project that will transform Lewis and Clark High School in time for the first day of school – in 2020.


Tom Kelly: Older homeowners tend to be prime scam targets

Mortgage fraud is not on the uptick. However, be wary of investors willing to take over your payments or attempting to persuade you to subordinate your position on a loan.


Business Beat

Architecture ALSC Architects in Spokane has rehired Doug Kasman as a specification writer. He has more than 30 years of experience in the industry.


Shawn Vestal: In the congressional void on gun safety, we offer kids a political education with drills and bulletproof backpacks

When my son enters seventh grade this week, he’ll be entering another year of education, via lockdown drill, about the political soul of this country. Another year of discovering implicitly …


BBB Tip of the Week: Use caution when asking for auto dial from your smart device

We can use this technology to dial phone numbers for us. But, every once in a while, this goes horribly wrong and your smart device sends you to a scammer’s …


The School Year Ahead: Laid-off Spokane teacher puts future in her own hands in opening preschool

All the signs pointed Krista Hastings toward this idyllic spot on the Glenrose Prairie. The most poignant was the nameplate on the door of her second-grade classroom at Wilson Elementary …


The School Year Ahead: After unsettled spring, Spokane elementary teachers prepare to juggle new classrooms, more students

With classes scheduled to begin on Thursday, problem-solving is happening in every building in Spokane Public Schools. Teachers and administrators are forming new teams and finding new efficiencies, because there …


Paul Turner: Heading back to school? Take it from me, it could always be worse

Want to make a great first impression in high school? We have a coliform for that.


Motley Fool: Learn your Alphabet

Alphabet, parent of Google, is an appealing candidate for your portfolio, with a huge defensive moat and investments in a range of promising businesses.


Even before photo op of G-7 allies, sharp elbows come out

The posturing by leaders of the G-7 rich democracies began well before they stood together for a summit photo.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

Pete Buttigieg making faith-based appeal to voters in 2020 presidential bid

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is making a faith-based appeal to voters, evident by regular references to his Christian beliefs.


Strip down, saddle up: Naked bikers hit Philadelphia streets

Hundreds of Philadelphia bicyclists gathered in a park on Saturday to disrobe before saddling up and setting off on the annual Philly Naked Bike Ride.


Democrats quash climate debate push from activists

The Democratic National Committee is quashing a push from climate activists and some national party members who want a 2020 presidential primary debate devoted exclusively to the climate crisis.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019, 6:41 p.m.

Brazilian troops begin deploying to fight Amazon fires

Brazilian troops deploy in the Amazon to help fight fires that have swept parts of the region.


Former members of Trump’s Doral golf club may wait the rest of their lives for refunds from the president

Golfers who quit their memberships at Trump National Doral could be waiting to get their membership fees refunded for the rest of their lives.


Sheriff’s office investigating Spokane Valley shooting during argument about dog

The victim of the shooting, who was not injured, told investigators he was in an ongoing dispute with a man who had stayed at his home for a couple weeks.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019, 5:12 p.m.

As migrant workers decrease, Idaho farmers struggle

The number of migrant workers has declined nationwide, and many of those workers who are here now are on an H-2A visa, which allows farmers to bring in foreign workers …


Driver uninjured after South Hill crash that knocked down utility pole

A man fell asleep while driving, struck a utility pole, flipped his car, had the pole fall on his car but suffered no injuries Saturday afternoon, according to Spokane Police …


Virginia marks 400th anniversary of slave ship arrival

They faced the sunrise to the rhythm of drums and waves on a windswept beach, dozens wearing white, near the spot where the first enslaved Africans arrived at the English …