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UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019, 11:29 a.m.

Crews work to stop Colville Reservation fire from jumping the Columbia, prepare for the possibility it will

The main source of Spokane’s smoky air, the Williams Flats Fire, reached the shoreline of Lake Roosevelt on Thursday morning. As of noon, it had burned 34,178 acres and was …


Friends, relatives remember Bob Wynecoop, author of tales about growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation

Bob “Chick” Wynecoop, who chronicled his childhood on the Spokane Indian Reservation in the book “The Way It Was According To Chick,” died on Nov. 24 at the age of …


UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019, 11:38 p.m.

Newmont Mining asks to relax radiation cleanup standards at Midnite Mine on Spokane Indian Reservation

The company responsible for cleaning up the Midnite Mine on the Spokane Indian Reservation has asked the federal government to relax cleanup standards for radiation at the defunct uranium mine.


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

Sherman Alexie declines literary award

Sherman Alexie has declined the Carnegie Medal he received last month, the American Library Association told the Associated Press on Friday.


Evacuation levels lowered for wildfire near Wellpinit

Evacuation levels were lowered Sunday morning for the Cayuse Mountain wildfire 8 miles south of Wellpinit on the Spokane Indian Reservation.


Officials say Stevens County wildfire is arson

A wildfire that has scorched nearly 100 square miles in Stevens County was started intentionally, the Bureau of Indian Affairs said Friday. “This fire has done a tremendous amount of …


Fire crews make progress

Fire crews Monday night reported a frustrating yet productive day battling the blazes in Washington that now consume an area about the size of Rhode Island. Heavy smoke covered much …


Stevens County fire crews, homeowners battle to save homes

ADDY, Wash. – Several blazes in Stevens County stretched fire forces thin early Saturday as they battled massive flames. “We dealt with a fire that was probably 4,000 acres, and …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 15, 2015, 9:06 p.m.

Man dies in Stevens County fire evacuation; several homes lost

The Colville Complex fire stretched state and local fire forces thin over night, driving some homeowners to battle the flames themselves.


Healthy help

WELLPINIT, Wash. – Chico Corral’s work history is scoured into his lungs. Chest X-rays for the 84-year-old show scarring from the dust he inhaled during two decades as a uranium …


Cleanup of Midnite Mine on reservation to begin by 2015

Newmont Mining Co. expects to begin cleanup of a defunct uranium mine on the Spokane Indian Reservation by 2015. The company is working on design proposals for the remediation of …


S-R honored for series on mine, tribe

A two-day Spokesman-Review series of stories and photos about uranium mine radiation and high cancer rates on the Spokane Indian Reservation was the best environmental reporting in a metro Northwest …


Former deputy accused of raping inmate at Spokane Indian Reservation jail

A former jail deputy on the Spokane Indian Reservation is accused of raping an inmate. Clifford Arlen Matherly, 35, was arrested at a gas station in Chewelah, Wash., on Monday, …


Chico Corral blames uranium industry for failing health

Chico Corral couldn’t get away from the dust. After the daily blasting, yellow-brown grit hung in the air at the Midnite Mine, an open-pit uranium mine on the Spokane Indian …


Spokane Tribe members worked gladly in uranium mines

When there’s a funeral on the Spokane Indian Reservation, Harold Campbell puts on his grave-digging hat, collects his tools and heads to the cemetery. Over the past 30 years, the …


Stevens County aquifers mapped

The U.S. Geological Survey has mapped the aquifers in the Chamokane Creek Basin in southern Stevens County, giving a more accurate picture of how streams and groundwater interact.


Former agent wins judgment against BIA

A former federal law enforcement agent, who was fired after he investigated police corruption on the Spokane Indian Reservation, has won a $400,000 lawsuit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs …


Man sentenced in slaying

Norman “Griz” Ford called “I love you, son” to his 3-year-old as he left a federal courtroom Thursday to serve a 17 1/2-year prison sentence for his part in the …


Native American radio show draws a large following

On the Spokane Indian Reservation, young people have to sit in their cars to hear the fading signal from a low-power community radio station 50 miles away. They’re listening to …


Man gets 35-year sentence for murder

Joey Jake Moses, one of two men involved in a 2006 home-invasion murder on the Spokane Indian Reservation, was sentenced Thursday to 35 years in federal prison by U.S. District …


Accused killer says he never fired the gun

Accused murderer Norman “Griz” Ford Jr. told a federal jury Wednesday he kicked in the door at Gary Flett Jr.’s home but did not fire a 9mm handgun that fatally …


Judge refuses to dismiss Ford case

U.S. District Court Judge Edward Shea on Tuesday rejected a defense motion to dismiss a first-degree murder charge and two companion counts against Norman “Griz” Ford Jr., who is on …


Ex-cop says Ford confessed to killing

A former police officer who’s now medically disabled told a federal jury Friday that Norman “Griz” Ford Jr. confessed in a living room conversation in North Spokane to killing Gary …


Killer’s girlfriend testifies

The girlfriend of confessed killer Joey Moses told a jury Thursday she secretly wore a “wire” and agreed to have cell phone conversations recorded as she helped federal agents build …


Witness says he gave gun to Ford

Confessed murderer Joey Jake Moses told a jury Wednesday that he vomited immediately after firing the first few bullets that took the life of Gary Flett Jr. in a 2006 …


Spokane reservation murder trial gets under way

A 31-year-old man is on trial in U.S. District Court, charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and using a firearm in a crime of violence on the Spokane Indian Reservation. …