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Stories tagged: Spokane River

UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018, 10:07 p.m.

One dead, two injured after guided white water raft capsizes on Spokane River at Bowl and Pitcher

One person died and two were injured when a guided-tour raft overturned Tuesday afternoon on the Spokane River near the Bowl and Pitcher area of Riverside State Park.

Minutes from everywhere, the Spokane River offers a range of adventures

On this particular stretch of the Spokane River, it’s not hard to imagine oneself in a remote wilderness. One far from cars, people or any of the other various demands …

Playing by the rules: ‘Do’s and ‘don’t’s in Spokane’s park system

Recent rule changes outlawed camping, prohibited pot smoking and created new hours for the city’s park system. Here are some other regulations to know within the city’s neighborhood parks.

UPDATED: Fri., June 1, 2018, 10:46 p.m.

Weeks after crash, body and vehicle recovered from Spokane River

As crews worked Friday to recover a vehicle submerged in the Spokane River, dozens of onlookers – many claiming a man was still inside the white SUV – stood anxiously …

UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 9:05 a.m.

Spokane residents could save up to $500 on utility bill for reducing yard turf

In a move aimed at reducing the amount of water residents use to irrigate their lawns during the dusty summer months, the city of Spokane is offering an annual rebate …

Then and Now: The steel Monroe Street Bridge, 1892-1909

The first Monroe Street bridge, built by Spokane Cable Railway and partners, cost $42,000 and opened in 1889. Two other iterations followed, the last being the concrete bridge we see …

Getting salmon above Grand Coulee Dam could lead to fishable population in the Spokane River, tribes say

Getting salmon and steelhead over Grand Coulee Dam could someday bring back a recreational fishery to the Spokane River, local tribes say.

Before the falls: Spokane and the history of river cities

The falls are beautiful, they’re powerful and they’re the reason for the city. Spokane is one of a small number of American cities that have falling water in their hearts, …

UPDATED: Fri., April 13, 2018, 9:59 a.m.

Proposed Spokane River rules concern and anger some experienced paddlers

The Spokane City council will likely vote on a revised city ordinance governing the use of the Spokane River.

UPDATED: Sat., April 7, 2018, 9:41 p.m.

Dirt stockpile changes could contribute to $400,000 overrun for Liberty Park stormwater tank

City engineers said they had a verbal agreement to store dirt removed ahead of construction of a 2-million

UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 6:59 a.m.

Inland Empire Paper exceeded permit limits for Spokane River pollution in 2016

A Millwood company discharged more pollution into the Spokane River than its permits allowed on several days over the past two years.

Spokane River conservationists, state officials settle lawsuit over polluted Latah Creek

A 2015 federal lawsuit filed by the nonprofit Spokane Riverkeeper organization has led to a 10-year cleanup plan for Latah Creek, one of the major tributaries into the Spokane River. …

UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018, 2:20 p.m.

Spokane considers burning sewer sludge after outcry over fertilizer use

A study expected to be finished by the end of the year will explore the possibility of incinerating the solid material left over at the city’s waste water treatment plant …

UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 3:32 p.m.

Beavers chewing up trees at water’s edge along Riverfront Park

If you’ve walked along the Centennial Trail in the past several months, it’s likely you’ve seen efforts by humans to stem the tide of voracious beavers. They’re eating trees they …

Spokane River Keeper presents “Not just about fish”

Spokane River keeper Jerry White, Jr. will lead a guided ramble through the Hangman Creek on Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m.. During the walk of less than one mile, White will …

Spokane River Clean-Up takes place on Saturday

The annual Spokane River Clean-Up is Saturday.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Mayor David Condon puts focus on river, city’s kindness in State of City address

Approaching his final two years in office, Mayor David Condon said the focus of his administration would be on re-establishing the Spokane River as the centerpiece of the city’s economic …

100 years ago in North Idaho: Coeur d’Alene River overflows, aweeping away bridges from Cataldo to Harrison

The Coeur d’Alene River surged over its banks and swept away every county bridge from Cataldo to Harrison. “Rivermen and loggers are battling the most treacherous series of log jams …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 10:39 p.m.

City moving forward with final three projects to stop raw sewage from flowing into Spokane River

Two traditional stormwater tanks and one “matrix” of underground filtration chambers are currently being bid on by area constructions firms. The city hopes to award contracts by the end of …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

Mayor David Condon unveils stormwater exhibit during children’s storytime

While the tots’ attention was focused on the magnetic toy and Ribby the Redband trout, the city is moving toward the finish line on its massive stormwater tank project that …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 9:17 p.m.

Boat wakes, illegal buoys on the Spokane River cause a splash that ripples all the way to Boise

There are more than 70 illegal, unpermitted buoys on the Spokane River from Lake Coeur d’Alene to the Post Falls Dam that homeowners have put out to try to slow …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 10 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers bill speeding up hydropower dam licensing clears U.S. House

The congresswoman said in an interview before the legislation passed Wednesday the goal is to increase access to renewable energy by making it easier to build and re-license dams.

City approves plans for two towers overlooking Spokane Falls

A plan to build two 13-story towers on just over 2 acres of land overlooking the Spokane Falls has been approved by the city’s hearing examiner, who said the proposal …

Pollution limits in Spokane River prompt city officials to seek reprieve from EPA

Mayor David Condon told the City Council this week he has been discussing the possibility of a workaround for environmental guidelines on carcinogenic chemicals being discharged into the Spokane River …

Then and Now: Railroad tracks on Havermale Island

One of the city’s biggest roadblocks for Expo ’74 was the tangle of steel rails that snaked across Havermale Island and along the shore of the river.

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 10:21 p.m.

Hundreds of volunteers descend for annual Spokane River cleanup

Every year for 14 years, tons of trash have been scoured from Spokane’s namesake waterway by hundreds of volunteers dedicated to making the river safer and more beautiful for everyone.

Crane used to remove rock and garbage from Monroe Street Dam on Spokane River

Workers moved a large crane to the banks of the Spokane River near the Monroe Street Dam to move gravel and cobble that has clogged the dam’s intake structure.

Lands Council looking for volunteers for river cleanup

The Lands Council seeks the community’s help in cleanup a stretches of the Spokane River on Sept.16.

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 5:55 p.m.

Father, daughter rescued from Spokane River Sunday after being stranded on rocks

The Spokane Fire Department rescued a father and daughter who were stranded on rocks in the Devil’s Toenail area of the Spokane River Sunday afternoon.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 6:59 a.m.

Trio stands up to paddle Spokane River’s 112-miles in four days

A trio has become, as far as they know, the first adventurers to run the entire 112-mile length of the Spokane River on stand-up paddleboards.