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Stories tagged: spokane river

UPDATED: Fri., May 29, 2020

Spokane seeks input on water conservation plan that some call ‘first step,’ others call inadequate

A combination of rebates and economic incentives could reduce water use in the city by up to 5% through 2030. But the plan doesn’t include greater regulatory steps, like increased …

UPDATED: Thu., May 14, 2020

Man accused of headbutting Spokane police vehicle while being arrested

Spokane police say a man being arrested on a warrant Wednesday morning headbutted a police vehicle and said he was going to claim an officer hit him.

Improved hygiene during pandemic might be to blame for muckier wastewater coming out of Liberty Lake plant

The antibacterial soaps and bleach that people are using to sanitize themselves and their homes may be killing the bugs that are needed to treat sewage at the Liberty Lake …

Then and Now: Aubrey L. White Parkway

The road through Riverside State Park was named the Aubrey L. White Parkway in 1936 after a bookish young man from New Jersey with a head for business and a …

UPDATED: Tue., May 5, 2020

Teen driver rescued, man’s body pulled from car submerged in Spokane River

A teenage boy was pulled from the Spokane River after a car crash late Monday night.

Then and Now: Around the Monroe Street Bridge

In the early years of its history, the Monroe Street Bridge was surrounded by businesses that included breweries, flour mills and electricity generation.

UPDATED: Mon., April 27, 2020

Getting There: Post Street Bridge on the brink of 2-year closure for rehab

If you’re looking to linger above the Spokane River, watching spectacular and imposing waterfalls crash up- and downstream of you in the middle of downtown, without a single car buzzing …

Then and Now: Post Falls Lumber Co.

For most of the 20th century, there were several lumber mills along the Spokane River in Idaho. Tugboats would tow rafts of logs to the mills. One of the first …

Spokane police recover body from Spokane River near Kendall Yards

Spokane police recovered a body from the Spokane River just west of the Monroe Street Bridge near Kendall Yards Saturday morning.

UPDATED: Thu., April 16, 2020

Body recovered from Spokane River near Upriver Dam

The Spokane Fire Department recovered a body from the Spokane River Thursday morning near the Upriver Dam.

UPDATED: Tue., April 7, 2020

Pollution limits in Spokane River subject of Ecology online meetings Wednesday

The state is reviewing applications from five pollution dischargers seeking a temporary reprieve from federal limits on polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. Regulators will hold a pair of online meetings Wednesday …

Then and Now: Union Pacific rail yard

Now the site of the Kendall Yards mixed use development, the area northwest of downtown Spokane and the river was once home to the Union Pacific rail yard. The railroad …

UPDATED: Wed., March 18, 2020

Ecology Department will hold two online meetings in place of open house on pollution in Spokane River

An event planned for next Tuesday at Spokane Community College will instead take place online, part of a slate of public meetings put on hold because of the coronavirus spread. …

Area river advocates to be honored Friday at Winter Waters event

Several Spokane-area river advocates and professionals will be honored for their advocacy work Friday at the annual Winter Waters event.

Federal trial in Spokane’s pollution case against Monsanto delayed until July

The $283 million lawsuit has been delayed once again after being filed five years ago.

Former wastewater director: Spokane’s nearly $200 million sewer overflow tanks not big enough

Dale Arnold, who served as the wastewater director under Mayor Mary Verner and supported a more expensive plan to reduce pollutants in the Spokane River, said the new regime at …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

Spokane firefighters rescue woman from Spokane River near Maple Street Bridge

Spokane firefighters rescued a woman from the Spokane River near Maple Street Bridge early Tuesday afternoon.

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.