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UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019, 3:49 p.m.

Neighbors sue over plans for park in Millwood on Spokane River

A group of residents led by Millwood City Council candidate Jay Molitor has sued the small city to stop plans for small parks that would provide access to the Spokane …


Then and Now: South channel

From drinking water to electricity generation to Expo ‘74, the south channel of Spokane River has fed the region’s growth and boasts a history of prominent names in development, including …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 1, 2019, 9:09 p.m.

Millwood City Council candidates disagree on riverfront property, creating a city police department

Jay Molitor is challenging Millwood City Council member Andy Van Hees for his seat in the November election and said he was inspired to run because of an ongoing community …


Standing up for paddling safety: Life jackets, other precautions are encouraged

Stand-up paddleboards are increasingly popular. While fun, there are risks on the water. After four paddleboard-related drownings in the state this summer, the Washington State Parks Boating Program issued a …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 7:49 a.m.

Bond set for man accused of bringing pregnant girlfriend on high-speed chase

A Spokane County Superior Court Judge set suspect Casey R. Gillette’s bond at $60,000, taking into account his alleged June burglary of a gun and a motor-vehicle theft as well …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019, 7:56 p.m.

Man’s body pulled from Spokane River north of Greenacres Thursday afternoon

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies on Thursday pulled a man’s body from the Spokane River near Barker Road, north of Greenacres.


Unoccupied car found in Spokane River near state line early Tuesday

Firefighters responded to a car in the Spokane River near the state line early Tuesday morning.


Popularity of magnet fishing grows in Spokane despite muddy legal, ethical waters

Gaunt and heavily tattooed with smoke (from the cigarette dangling between his lips) nuzzling the bill of a filthy Portland Trail Blazers hat, Greg Pruett is about the last person …


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019, 8:27 p.m.

Spokane resident dies in cliff jumping accident at The Cove in Long Lake

A 22-year-old Spokane man died on Saturday after hitting a rock while cliff jumping at a popular site called The Cove at Fisk State Park property in Nine Mile Falls.


Millions of gallons of untreated runoff entered the Spokane River after major May rainstorm, report says

Twenty minutes of intense rain inundated the city’s subterranean stormwater retention system, sending millions of gallons of untreated stormwater runoff and sewage to flow directly into the Spokane River.


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019, 8:39 p.m.

Man who drowned in Spokane River identified

The Spokane County Medical Examiner identified the man who drowned in the Spokane River on Wednesday while inner tubing as Benjamin J. Cullipher. He was 56.


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 9:28 p.m.

Man’s body found near T.J. Meenach Bridge after report of missing tuber

The body of a man was found Tuesday afternoon on the bank of the Spokane River just south of the T.J. Meenach Bridge following reports of a missing inner-tuber. He …


Then and Now: Spokane Flour Mill

From the early milling business boom, only the Spokane Flour Mill still stands. It almost didn’t get going.


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019, 5:46 p.m.

State courts side with Spokane River advocates on summer minimum flow levels, protecting recreational use

Spokane River advocates say they got a major win in court Wednesday, assuaging some worries about summer flows dipping below adequate levels for recreational and business uses.


Local governments, industries submit plans to limit pollution in Spokane River as conservation groups cry foul

The Department of Ecology has accepted applications from Spokane, Liberty Lake, Spokane County, Kaiser and Inland Empire Paper to avoid having to meet a standard for cancer-causing pollution that they …


UPDATED: Thu., June 27, 2019, 8:03 p.m.

Homeless man rescued from Spokane River as city workers clear his camp

A man was rescued from the Spokane River Thursday morning near the T.J. Meenach Bridge after Spokane police say he waded across the fast-moving water as code enforcement cleared away …


100 Years Ago Today: Railway inspector injured in derailment in Northport; Spokane agrees dynamite Fourth of July

E.H. Lewis made a critical mistake after crossing a railroad bridge with his car.


100 years ago in Spokane: Power company nearing final approval for dam at Bowl and Pitcher in Spokane River that would create 4-mile lake

The Spokane Daily Chronicle reported that the Spokane Valley Power Co. was going forward with plans to dam the Spokane River at Bowl and Pitcher, creating “a lake four miles …


Attorney General Bob Ferguson sues Trump administration over water quality standards in Spokane River

The lawsuit alleges violations of federal law in the EPA’s decision last month to lessen standards for pollutants allowed into Washington waterways. The decision, which comes two years after federal …


Industrial to incredible: Expo ’74 spurred beauty of Spokane River

Bill Youngs wrote a comprehensive book about the Spokane River and Expo ’74, “The Fair and the Falls,” and contends the drama and beauty of the falls cutting through downtown …


UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019, 10:15 p.m.

Body pulled from Spokane River on Saturday is man reported missing in May

A body pulled from the Spokane River over the weekend near Division Street is that of Richard G. Coffee, a 56-year-old man reported missing in May, the Spokane County Medical …


Avista advises property owners, boaters of fluctuating water levels over holiday weekend

Avista is advising shoreline property owners and boaters that water levels in the Spokane River above Post Falls Dam and Lake Coeur d’Alene will fluctuate because of predicted rain over …


UPDATED: Fri., May 10, 2019, 7:06 p.m.

EPA says it will revert to looser standard on PCBs in Spokane River, other Washington waterways

The notice comes a month after the agency said it posted in error a request for comments on a change to allowable limits for polychlorinated biphenyls, a known carcinogen that …


Plague of frogs: Five Mile property owners say stormwater pond is ruining their neighborhood

City documents indicate a local homeowners association is responsible for keeping up the single-acre stormwater feature behind Lori and Bill Moore’s home on Panorama Drive. But enforcement is lagging, and …


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019, 2:43 p.m.

The Falls development on north river bank to have three towers, plans state

The Falls project on the north bank of the Spokane River will have three towers, according to plans filed with the city’s Design Review Board.


Tribes, conservation groups cry foul after Trump administration signals rollback of Spokane River quality standards

The request for public comment on a plan to revisit allowable pollution levels in Washington’s waterways did not include notification to the state’s Department of Ecology or native tribes. The …


UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 8:03 p.m.

Sagging sewer pipes plague stormwater project in Peaceful Valley, could lead to road closures

It’s unclear to the city and the construction firm behind the work why pipes are sagging beneath the streets of the historic neighborhood, but it’s likely crews will need to …


UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 10:14 a.m.

A palatial pickle: Amway House’s fate rests on planning and zoning meeting

A palatial property commonly referred to as the ‘Amway House’ has stood vacant since entering the market a decade ago. The broker hopes to change that with a special use …


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019, 6:28 p.m.

Large fight prompts search of Spokane River

Police and fire personnel spent several hours Monday evening unsuccessfully searching for people who reportedly jumped into the Spokane River after a large fight broke out near Minnehaha Park.


UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019, 2:29 p.m.

Reader photo: Paddling into spring

With spring runoff starting to fill the Spokane River, kayakers take to the waterways. Melanie Williams took this photo of a group of kayakers west of Barker Road at the …