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UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 11:15 p.m.

4-year-old boy pulled from Spokane River dies

A 4-year-old boy went missing near the Downriver Disc Golf Course Tuesday evening and was later pulled from the Spokane River.


UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017, 5:28 p.m.

Rescuers convince distraught man to climb out of Spokane River

A rescue team spent nearly an hour trying to coax a distraught man out of the Spokane River as he waded in shallow water Tuesday afternoon, drawing attention from neighbors …


UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017, 2:15 p.m.

Spokane River recreation offers fun, beauty

The Spokane River provides a steady flow of distinction to downtown Spokane, and a healthy splash of fun. Few cities can claim a natural asset that puts the business district …


Hikers relish Little Spokane River Natural Area, new trail additions

The Little Spokane River Natural Area has been a haven for flora, fauna and people who appreciate them for decades, and a vastly improved hiking trail system is enhancing the …


High school researcher finds microplastics in Spokane River fish

A Spokane high school student applied the “think global, act local” concept to his senior science project and discovered the seeds of a giant ocean problem in the guts of …


Four people rescued from Spokane River; city recommends life jackets

Emergency personnel rescued four people who were clinging to a tree in the Spokane River on Saturday afternoon.


UPDATED: Sat., June 3, 2017, 7:24 p.m.

Inner tubers rescued from Spokane River; empty kayak spurs search along banks

Firefighers from Spokane and Spokane Valley Fire Departments fished a group of inner tubers out of the Spokane River Saturday after they became entangled with clump of low-hanging tree branches.


UPDATED: Sat., May 27, 2017, 6 p.m.

Two rescued from the Spokane River in separate incidents

Two people were plucked from the Spokane River Saturday in separate incidents in Spokane Valley and Post Falls.


100 years ago: President Woodrow Wilson calls for the draft

President Woodrow Wilson issued a “selective draft” proclamation, calling for registration of all American men between the ages of 21 and 30.


Field Reports: Chukar Challenge event for all gun dog breeds

The annual hunting dog event that pits flushers against pointers is set for June 9, hosted by the Spokane Bird Dog Association. It’s all in the name of good times, …


100 years ago in Spokane: Amidst flooding, Natatorium Park bridge collapses; 2 German families ordered to move

The Spokane River rose another 6 inches and Lake Coeur d’Alene rose another 9 inches in the worst flooding since 1894. Floodwaters spread out over “private grounds and city streets …


UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 5:26 p.m.

Man rescued from tree in Spokane River at Kendall Yards

A man was rescued from a tree on the edge of the Spokane River in Kendall Yards Tuesday afternoon.


UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017, 12:01 p.m.

A legacy in land and water: Longtime activists John and Rachael Osborn moving to Vashon Island

After decades at the forefront of contentious environmental battles, John and Rachael Osborn are ready for some downtime. The longtime activists are leaving Spokane for Vashon Island and semi-retirement.


UPDATED: Fri., April 21, 2017, 10:14 p.m.

Conservation Futures program buys land, Spokane River shoreline from the Sisters of the Holy Names

The purchase of land on Fort George Wright Drive, including 4,500 feet of Spokane River frontage, from the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary is complete.


UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 11:28 p.m.

City declares Spokane River open after water drops below flood stage

With flows dropping below official flood stage, the city of Spokane lifted its emergency closure of the Spokane River on Thursday. However, whitewater paddling and rafting enthusiasts still are out …


UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017, 7:27 p.m.

Woman who fell from Riverfront Park pedestrian bridge committed suicide, medical examiner’s office rules

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled a woman’s death a suicide after her body was pulled from the Spokane River on the evening of March 20.


UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017, 7:39 p.m.

Police need help identifying woman who jumped in the Spokane River

Police are looking for help identifying the woman who jumped to her death off a pedestrian bridge over the Spokane River in Riverfront Park on Monday.


Changes along Spokane River may be affecting flood conditions

The highest flow on the Spokane River in 20 years is showing evidence that the river may be changing


UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017, 6:01 p.m.

Spokane River access closed throughout Spokane County due to raging water

Spokane Valley is joining the city of Spokane in closing access to the Spokane River within city limits, citing high water and swift currents.


UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 11:11 p.m.

Flooding emergency declared as Spokane River reaches near-record highs

As the Spokane River continues to rise until its eventual cresting sometime late Tuesday or early Wednesday morning, residents in flood-prone areas are preparing for the worst.


UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 8:58 p.m.

Emergency crews pull body from Spokane River near Canada Island

Emergency crews pulled a body from the raging Spokane River near downtown Monday afternoon.


UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 10:59 p.m.

Volunteers work to save Peaceful Valley home as Spokane River floods

When Mary Jo Faulhaber saw water from the Spokane River creeping onto her property and threatening to flood her basement this morning, she called her good friend and ex-neighbor Heidi …


Then and Now: Flooding in Spokane – it’s been worse

As authorities monitor flooding this week around the Spokane region, the damage sustained can’t compare to some of Spokane’s worst flooding seasons. There have been many years where floodwaters have …


UPDATED: Sun., March 19, 2017, 8:05 p.m.

As local waterways swell with spring runoff, residents tread carefully

For the first time since 2012, the Spokane River, which hits flood stages at 27 feet and normally sits around 22 feet, has risen above 27.5 feet.


This time of year, the ‘soul’ of the Spokane river returns – its ‘fast water’ offering a look into the past

When Barry Moses stares at the roiling spring waters of the Spokane River, especially near the dams, he sees what he calls “a shadow of the history of how things …


That place where ghosts of salmon jump

Commissioned as public art when the Spokane Public Library moved to its building with a view over the Spokane Falls, this poem by Sherman Alexie honors the falls, and their …


UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 3:46 p.m.

Down by the riverside, Spokane found its heritage

The Spokane River’s falls drew Native tribes for millennia. And then came the settlers, who gradually came to treasure the natural beauty at the heart of Spokane.


UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017, 7:18 a.m.

Flood waters inch closer to homes along Williams Lake, Little Spokane River

Rain, melting snow and saturated soil have all combined to create flooding problems for residents across the Inland Northwest.


UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017, 6:15 p.m.

Tipped canoe with 5 overboard leads to search of Spokane River, Latah Creek

Five people borrowing a friend’s canoe turned into hours of scouring the Spokane River and Latah Creek for emergency crews this afternoon.


UPDATED: Tue., March 14, 2017, 10:57 p.m.

Rivers, streams and lakes rise to flood stage across Spokane region

Rivers, streams and lakes were rising to flood stage on Tuesday across the Inland Northwest with the peak runoff likely to arrive on Wednesday and into the weekend.