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Tuesday, December 10, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.