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Federal judge denies Monsanto’s request to dismiss Spokane River PCB lawsuit

A lawsuit by the city of Spokane against Monsanto over pollution in the Spokane River can go forward, a federal judge in Spokane ruled.


Death of a woman whose body was found in Spokane River Friday ruled a suicide

The death of a woman who drowned in the Spokane River, and whose body was found early Friday morning, has been a ruled a suicide by the Spokane County Medical …


100 years ago in Ferry County: Theater in Republic destroyed, business district threatened by fire

From our archive, 100 years ago


Body found in Spokane River near Peaceful Valley

A woman’s body was found in the Spokane River near the Peaceful Valley neighborhood early Friday morning.


Scientist studying mushrooms’ ability to protect Spokane River from PCBs

A research project funded by the city of Spokane is looking at whether mushrooms could help clean up PCBs from stormwater before it gets into the Spokane River.


Tom Soeldner: Spokane River needs our help

We gather at the river: powwows, Pig Out in the Park, concerts, sporting events, even an international exposition. The Spokane River, its waterfalls, and the gorge downriver from Monroe Street …


Nine Mile upgrade part of Avista’s plan to keep dams humming

Avista just spent $77 million on new generating units for Nine Mile Dam. Big capital projects are driving the utility’s request for higher rates next year, Avista officials said.


Water conservation encouraged as river flows drop

Flows are dropping in the Spokane River, and environmental groups are encouraging local residents to conserve water.


Spokane River open for boaters under the Sullivan Bridge

The Spokane River is now open to floaters and boaters who want to pass underneath the Sullivan Bridge in Spokane Valley.


In brief: River access limited at Upriver Dam

Public access to the Spokane River below Upriver Dam has been scaled back because of vandalism, City Utilities staffers say.


State adopts ‘fish consumption rule’ after years of debate

Washington state regulators have adopted new clean-water rules tied partly to how much fish people eat, ending years of heated debate over how clean the state’s waters should be.


Spokane City Council asks voters to determine if coal, oil trains should be fined

The ordinance before voters in November cites concerns about a derailment polluting water in the Spokane aquifer and Spokane River. City Councilmember Breean Beggs said he believes Congress has given …


Paddleboard craze afloat on the Spokane River

Stand up paddleboarding is the new water sport craze on the Spokane River and other Inland Northwest waterways. A handful of companies offer instructions and equipment rentals.


Blackwell Island property won’t be sold, Coeur d’Alene mayor says

The city of Coeur d’Alene says a piece of public property fronting the Spokane River on Blackwell Island won’t be sold, according to a news release.


Drawdown planned for reservoir behind Little Falls Dam

The reservoir behind Little Falls Dam on the Spokane River could drop as much as 6 feet beginning Sunday.


Spokane River discharge permits available for review

Permits that allow the city of Spokane, Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District and Kaiser Aluminum to discharge treated wastewater into the Spokane River are being updated by the Washington …


Coeur d’Alene officials may sell riverfront land to finance City Hall upgrade

Julie Dalsaso launched her kayak from Blackwell Island on Monday afternoon, using the brief paddling excursion on the Spokane River to demonstrate the value of a small piece of public …


Reservoir levels will fluctuate during turbine tests for Nine Mile Dam

Water levels in the reservoir behind Nine Mile Dam on the Spokane River will flucuate when Avista Utilities starts testing new turbines for the dam’s generator.


Spokane Valley man dies from apparent drowning in Spokane River

A Spokane Valley man died from an apparent drowning Saturday evening in the Spokane River in Post Falls. Michael Williams, 25, was pronounced dead at Kootenai Health.


Man found dead in Spokane River identified

The man found in the Spokane River near East Mission Avenue Sunday afternoon has been identified as James Gilmore, 27.


Ross Point facility on Spokane River targeted for upgrades

The Ross Point Recreation Site on the Spokane River in Post Falls is targeted for some upgrades.


Police investigate body found Sunday in Spokane River

Spokane Police Major Crimes Detectives are investigating a body found Sunday morning in the Spokane River south of Mission Park. No details were released on the dead person or the …


Tribes end canoe journey at Kettle Falls, celebrate hope of salmon’s return

Paddlers from the Colville, Coeur d’Alene, Spokane, Kootenai and Kalispel tribes arrived in dugout canoes at Kettle Falls on Friday after making journeys similar to the trips their ancestors might …


Paddlers from the Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and Colville tribes meet at confluence

The Colville Confederated Tribes’ dugout canoe was getting some adjustments Sunday night on a beach near the confluence of the Spokane and Columbia rivers. The cedar canoe was made in …


Muddy waters: Hangman Creek cleanup essential to Spokane River health

Hangman Creek’s muddy water contributes to water-quality issues in the Spokane River; new efforts are underway to clean up the creek.


Public helps identify man found in the Spokane River

Tips from the public have allowed the Spokane County Medical Examiner to identify a man found in the Spokane River Saturday.


Coeur d’Alene cyclist died in crash near Spokane River, police say

A man found dead near the Spokane River in Coeur d’Alene apparently died from a bicycle crash, police said Thursday. Ronald Scott Winkler, 74, of Coeur d’Alene, was found dead …


Medical examiner asks for help in identifying man found in Spokane River

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a body found late last week in the Spokane River. The man was found across from …


Coeur d’Alene Tribe members begin 100-plus mile journey in dugout canoe

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe began a 100-plus mile journey in a dug-out canoe Tuesday. Tribal members will paddle the length of the Lake Coeur d’Alene, down part of the Spokane …


Body found along Spokane River in Coeur d’Alene

Coeur d’Alene Police are investigating a body found on the banks of the Spokane River near the Highway 95 bridge around noon Tuesday.