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Then and Now: Spokane River Shacktown

A population of transient workers and pensioners swelled to more than 100 residents after World War II, but the city’s boosters dismantled it shortly thereafter.


Then and Now: Greenacres, Washington

The planned settlement 10 miles east of Spokane was envisioned as a fruit-growing paradise. Irrigation canals were dug to draw water from Liberty Lake, but after several decades, the number …


Stormwater tank in downtown Spokane may cost an additional $2 million, won’t be online until summer

A number of factors led to the city requesting an additional $2 million to complete the project, including engineering difficulties as well as higher-than-projected costs for the public plaza on …


100 years ago in the Inland Northwest: Ice skaters drown in lake; man survives fall into river

Two separate incidents involving plunges into icy water were in The Spokesman-Review. One story had a happy outcome, the other did not.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Spokane fire crews rescue man from Spokane River

Spokane Fire Department crews rescued a man from the Spokane River below the Post Street Bridge early Thursday after a person near the bridge reported a man screaming for help …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

New redband trout sculpture in Peaceful Valley honors Spokane River’s past, future

Advocates for a healthy Spokane River gathered in Peaceful Valley on Wednesday to celebrate the installation of a newly commissioned sculpture of one of the river’s few remaining native species, …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 27, 2019

Deceased woman found floating in Spokane River identified, cause of death unknown

The deceased woman found in the Spokane River Friday morning was identified as Brandi Conner, 48, according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 22, 2019

Body found in Spokane River near Camp Sekani Friday morning

The body of a woman was found Friday in the Spokane River near Camp Sekani.


Ecology officials offer answers about controversial ‘variance’ for pollutants in Spokane River

State regulators hope to publish in the spring their proposed rules governing discharge of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, into the Spokane River. Businesses and governments say the limit imposed by …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 1, 2019

With rehabbed boat launch, group aims to reconnect people to Spokane River

A boat launch on the Spokane River has been loved back to life, thanks to a renovation that features a paved ramp, a gravel drive and parking spots.


Shawn Vestal: Plaza project helps erase the boundary between river and city

The plaza and these other riverfront projects are part of a thoroughgoing revitalization of the relationship between the city center and the Spokane River.


Then and Now: TraveLodge River Inn

Much of Spokane’s downtown railroad and industrial infrastructure was removed in preparation for Expo ’74. But some areas weren’t ready for redevelopment until after Spokane’s big moment on the world …


After six years of paddling over 200 tires, kayaker, volunteers clean them up

In an afternoon, a few dozen volunteers cleaned up about 200 tires that have been trapped underwater for years.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 26, 2019

‘A Place of Truths’: New downtown plaza teaches Spokane tribal history, river preservation

The city of Spokane debuted A Place of Truths Plaza downtown Friday afternoon. The $25 million project features public art from indigenous artists and a wastewater tank that will keep …


Explanatory signs to be intalled at sewer overflow tanks

Six signs describing how the city prevents sewage and stormwater from entering the Spokane River will be installed around town, according to permits issued by the city.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019

Limits on cancer-causing pollutants in Spokane River to be subject of EPA hearing in Seattle

The hearing follows an online webinar in late August, in which the agency laid out its rationale for revisiting a cap on polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, allowable in wastewater. The …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019

Neighbors sue over plans for park in Millwood on Spokane River

A group of residents led by Millwood City Council candidate Jay Molitor has sued the small city to stop plans for small parks that would provide access to the Spokane …


Then and Now: South channel

From drinking water to electricity generation to Expo ‘74, the south channel of Spokane River has fed the region’s growth and boasts a history of prominent names in development, including …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 1, 2019

Millwood City Council candidates disagree on riverfront property, creating a city police department

Jay Molitor is challenging Millwood City Council member Andy Van Hees for his seat in the November election and said he was inspired to run because of an ongoing community …


Standing up for paddling safety: Life jackets, other precautions are encouraged

Stand-up paddleboards are increasingly popular. While fun, there are risks on the water. After four paddleboard-related drownings in the state this summer, the Washington State Parks Boating Program issued a …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

Bond set for man accused of bringing pregnant girlfriend on high-speed chase

A Spokane County Superior Court Judge set suspect Casey R. Gillette’s bond at $60,000, taking into account his alleged June burglary of a gun and a motor-vehicle theft as well …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019

Man’s body pulled from Spokane River north of Greenacres Thursday afternoon

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies on Thursday pulled a man’s body from the Spokane River near Barker Road, north of Greenacres.


Unoccupied car found in Spokane River near state line early Tuesday

Firefighters responded to a car in the Spokane River near the state line early Tuesday morning.


Popularity of magnet fishing grows in Spokane despite muddy legal, ethical waters

Gaunt and heavily tattooed with smoke (from the cigarette dangling between his lips) nuzzling the bill of a filthy Portland Trail Blazers hat, Greg Pruett is about the last person …


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019

Spokane resident dies in cliff jumping accident at The Cove in Long Lake

A 22-year-old Spokane man died on Saturday after hitting a rock while cliff jumping at a popular site called The Cove at Fisk State Park property in Nine Mile Falls.


Millions of gallons of untreated runoff entered the Spokane River after major May rainstorm, report says

Twenty minutes of intense rain inundated the city’s subterranean stormwater retention system, sending millions of gallons of untreated stormwater runoff and sewage to flow directly into the Spokane River.


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019

Man who drowned in Spokane River identified

The Spokane County Medical Examiner identified the man who drowned in the Spokane River on Wednesday while inner tubing as Benjamin J. Cullipher. He was 56.


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019

Man’s body found near T.J. Meenach Bridge after report of missing tuber

The body of a man was found Tuesday afternoon on the bank of the Spokane River just south of the T.J. Meenach Bridge following reports of a missing inner-tuber. He …


Then and Now: Spokane Flour Mill

From the early milling business boom, only the Spokane Flour Mill still stands. It almost didn’t get going.


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019

State courts side with Spokane River advocates on summer minimum flow levels, protecting recreational use

Spokane River advocates say they got a major win in court Wednesday, assuaging some worries about summer flows dipping below adequate levels for recreational and business uses.