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Liberty Lake Library livestreams story times to stay connected with children

The Liberty Lake Library has begun offering live story times on Facebook twice a week as it searches for ways to continue providing services to the people who usually walk …


UPDATED: Fri., April 10, 2020

Nancy Compau, guardian of the Northwest History Room who shared her love of local history with Jimmy Marks and the rest of Spokane, dies at 84

Nancy Gale Compau was one of Spokane’s most knowledgeable local historians, known for her generosity with her time, her advocacy for historical preservation and her belief that all peoples’ stories …


Weathercatch: March’s exit – Mother Nature threw the kitchen sink at us

You know how March supposedly comes in like a lion and out like a lamb? Not this year.


SCRAPS partners with Home to Home website to find new homes for people’s pets

The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service has found a new way to help animals find a home, without them ever setting a paw inside the animal shelter.


Front Porch: Chronicling quarantine life

Unlike many writers, I don’t journal. I write for a living, so by the end of the day I’m all out of words.


UPDATED: Thu., April 9, 2020

With Ham on Regal cut short, Ferris parents find community in a new production: a home drive-in theater

After the COVID-19 pandemic halted the 57th year of Ham on Regal at Ferris High School, the “baker’s dozen” of involved parents, as they call themselves, wanted to stay connected. …


GSC Meals to bring 7 meals once a week

The Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels has begun delivering seven frozen meals one day per week to each recipient, the nonprofit announced Monday. The group changed its daily hot …


509 FOOLS, firefighters nonprofit, Spokane County

A local nonprofit organization created by and dedicated to firefighters has stepped away from its usual mission to provide enhanced training for firefighters to step in and help the community …


Walkers emerge from pandemic caves to stretch their legs

Change of pace: On a semi-clear day the past weekend, people take walks on the trails at James T. Slavin Conservation Area to stretch their legs and bask in the …


Pinecroft Mobile Home Park approved for new water system

Residents of Pinecroft Mobile Home Park have been drinking bottled or boiled water since July of last year, but the park just started building a new water system, which park …


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‘This will pull our communities together’: Woodward sees tough first 100 days optimistically

Today marks 100 days in office for Woodward, a longtime television news anchor elected mayor on a campaign that promised to address concerns, now seemingly distant, of downtown crime and …


On the Front Lines: Sonnenberg’s manager focuses on customers amid ‘absolutely crazy’ rush

With the coronavirus pandemic in full force, Sonnenberg’s has been extremely busy for over a month. “It’s been absolutely crazy,” Dan Englehart said. “They want to get a big quantity …


UPDATED: Wed., April 8, 2020

‘I felt compelled to help”: Surge of ex-nurses seeks refresher course at WSU Spokane

A refresher course for nurses who have let their licenses lapse is seeing a surge of applications at Washington State University’s College of Nursing in Spokane.


King County faces 2 outbreaks at once, as hepatitis A spreads amid coronavirus pandemic

A local outbreak over the last several months has showed their concerns were justified. More than 100 people have been sickened by hepatitis A in King County since the beginning …


UPDATED: Wed., April 8, 2020

Spokane-area leaders discuss masks, rent, housing issues during first telephone town hall

Local public officials faced questions on the economy, whether a CDC recommendation to wear a mask or face covering would be enforced and what leaders were doing about housing issues …


UPDATED: Wed., April 8, 2020

‘Plenty of space’: Sacred Heart ready to take more COVID-19 cases should the need arise

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center has 80 intensive care unit beds it could use to treat an influx of COVID-19 patients, should the need arise.


Spokane district vows continued support for students during closures

In the wake of Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision Monday to close all schools for the rest of the academic year, Spokane Public Schools Superintendent Shelley Redinger promised to offer more …


UPDATED: Wed., April 8, 2020

HHS: Federal stocks of protective equipment nearly depleted

The Strategic National Stockpile is nearly out of the N95 respirators, surgical masks, face, shields, gowns and other medical supplies desperately needed to protect front-line medical workers treating coronavirus patients.


UPDATED: Wed., April 8, 2020

Spokane Valley house fire displaces family of 4, injures firefighter

A house fire in Spokane Valley displaced a family of four and injured a firefighter Wednesday afternoon.


UPDATED: Wed., April 8, 2020

12 more COVID-19 cases confirmed in Spokane County as officials re-emphasize distancing

Spokane County has 239 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 15 people still in the hospital receiving treatment.


UPDATED: Wed., April 8, 2020

Providence nurse explains how PPE works – and why health care workers need so much of it

Providence ICU nurse Christa Arguinchona walked reporters through exactly what putting on and taking off personal protective equipment safely looks like on Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., April 8, 2020

Big banks criticized for slow uptake but now processing SBA loans

While community banks were the first to offer a lifeline to local businesses through a $349 billion program set up by the U.S. Small Business Association, national bank chains have …


UPDATED: Wed., April 8, 2020

EWU sociology professor urges people to ‘choose compassion’ to combat anti-Asian discrimination

Eastern Washington University Sociology Professor Pui-Yan Lam remains hopeful despite an increase in anti-Asian discrimination and hate crimes across the world as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic.


UPDATED: Wed., April 8, 2020

Schools can waive some high school graduation requirements, State Board of Education says

The State Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday afternoon that will give school districts the flexibility to waive certain state credits for graduation.


UPDATED: Wed., April 8, 2020

Northwest Passages Virtual Forum: State Commerce Director Lisa Brown says workers, businesses should check which benefits they’re eligible for

Some late fees and penalties have been waived, and requirements for workers to receive unemployment benefits have changed during the pandemic, Brown said as part of the ongoing series of …


UPDATED: Wed., April 8, 2020

Virus outbreak delivers tech darlings a harsh reality check

Just as the coronavirus outbreak has boxed in society, it’s also squeezed high-flying tech companies reliant on people’s freedom to move around and get together.


UPDATED: Wed., April 8, 2020

Police continue enforcing camping laws, but as ‘last resort’

The Spokane Police Department says it will continue to enforce the city’s laws against camping on public property and sitting or lying on downtown sidewalks during the daytime –but only …


Kootenai Health finalizes purchase of Clearwater Valley, St. Mary’s hospitals in Idaho

Kootenai Health has finalized the purchase of Clearwater Valley and St. Mary’s hospitals in north central Idaho.


UPDATED: Wed., April 8, 2020

Spokane Veterans Home resident dies from COVID-19; employee who tested positive cared for 2 resident cases

A resident of the Spokane Veterans Home who was previously in end-of-life care died from COVID-19 Wednesday, according to the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.