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Stories tagged: summer

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 24, 2019

Snow eases drought concerns in Washington, Idaho, to a degree

Idaho and Washington could be headed for an abnormally dry summer. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently issued a climate prediction showing a worsening outlook for drought across the …

100 deaths reported on Idaho roads during summer

More traffic deaths happen during the summer than any other time of year. Idaho State police say they responded to a fatal accident nearly every day this year during a …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018

Unhealthy, smoky air prompts health warnings, forces closure of Spokane pools

The city’s six public swimming pools will be closed while choking conditions persist in Spokane, limiting access to a free relief from potential record-breaking heat. The city’s splash pads will …

Reader Photo: Summer’s in full swing

A boy flies through the air above Fish Lake while his friends watch from below. Photographer Melaine Williams captured this quintessential summer shot during the first weekend of July.

Mama Bear Moxie: Free things to do with your kids this summer

When you are a stay-at-home mama with little ones in the house it can be hard trying to plan fun things to do on a shoestring budget. I remember those …

House Call: Be mindful of the heat as summer gets warmer

Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke are related to each other but vary in seriousness. All three are typically caused by exercise or other strenuous activity in hot environments.

Free and cheap: Summer activities that won’t break the bank

The sun is up and school is out, and for Spokane residents, there are summer activities aplenty. Here are some top picks that can be enjoyed without emptying your wallet.

Mama Bear Moxie: Keep back to school shopping in August

Summer vacation has just started and already there’s a catalog on my counter trying to convince me to purchase a backpack. I’ve barely finished unloading a forest full of crumpled …

Mama Bear Moxie: Don’t sweat the summer planning

Summer is upon us and it has mamas all over in a frenzy. Working moms have to make other plans for childcare or enroll their kiddos in every-summer-camp-known-to-man to keep …

Spokane area pools hold open houses Saturday for free swim registration

Eager swimmers will be able to sign up Saturday at the city’s six municipally owned pools for free entry this summer, the first time everyone can get in without paying …

Lake City library opens temp summer site

Lake City Public Library in Coeur d’Alene will open June 18 in temporary summer quarters at Skyway Elementary, while maintenance occurs at its Lake City High School location.

Legislative panel unanimously backs call for special session on water rights

Lawmakers from both houses and both parties agreed Wednesday that Idaho needs a special legislative session this summer to deal with a long-simmering water rights fight in the Treasure Valley.

This Pasco teacher’s summer plans will save her life

Johnson, 56, has a kidney condition and needs a transplant. And she learned earlier this month that she’ll get one – thanks to her good friend Mary Frances Lembo, who’ll …

Paul Turner: The cure for condiment fever

The unofficial start of summer arrives with a question.

Kickoff to summer: Your guide for the Memorial Day weekend

The official start of summer may not arrive for another three weeks, but unofficially, it’s hard to point to a better kickoff than Memorial Day weekend.

UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018

Airlines prepare for an expected record number of summer passengers

A record 246.1 million passengers are expected to fly during the season, a 3.7 percent increase over a record set last year, according to Airlines for America, a trade group …

UPDATED: Mon., April 30, 2018

Get ready for the most expensive driving season in years

Crude oil prices are at the highest level in more than three years and expected to climb higher, pushing up gasoline prices along the way.

Free swimming gets Spokane Park Board approval

For the first time in more than three decades, visitors to Spokane’s swimming pools won’t need to pay to get in the gates. The Spokane Park Board approved the elimination …

Oregon’s warm winter raises fear of summer drought

If winter weather doesn’t arrive soon, Oregon could be facing a summer drought.

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017

Monarch butterflies might vanish from Northwest summers

Children in the Northwest might not see the fluttering orange and black wings of a Monarch butterfly on a summer day a few decades from now.

Before summer ends, ease back into a school routine

It’s still summertime but mid-August introduces a ripe time for some back-to-school readiness. Children benefit from a slow return to structured routines, such as going back to an earlier and …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017

U.S. colleges help foreign students wary of traveling home

Adelphi University is among a number of U.S. schools that offered housing, employment or other help to accommodate international students who stayed because of the concern and uncertainty surrounding U.S. …

House Call: The bounty of summer in the Northwest

Warm weather for hiking and camping, light late into the evening that allows for more time outdoors after work for exercising or entertainment, and a region that produces a buffet …

UPDATED: Sat., June 24, 2017

City places heavy trucks outside Hoopfest in new security move

In light of recent terror attacks involving vehicles mowing down pedestrians, Hoopfest has placed large trucks surrounding the festival this year as a protective measure.

UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017

Steve Christilaw: Baseball makes summer best time of year

The official start of summer is here and boy is it a welcome sight.

UPDATED: Fri., June 16, 2017

Summer vacation? Lots of Americans say they can’t afford it

Forget frequent flier miles, last-minute getaways and even road trips. Nearly half of Americans say they won’t be taking a vacation this summer, mostly because they can’t afford it, according …

BBB Tip of Week: Ensure vacation rental scam doesn’t spoil summer fun

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Spokane schools to offer free summer meals to all children under 18

Spokane Public Schools will be offering free meals for children throughout the summer, according to a news release.

Hawaii, parts of Southeast, Southwest face summer wildfire risk

Forecasters say Hawaii and pockets of the Southeastern and Southwestern United States could face above-normal danger of significant wildfires this summer.

UPDATED: Mon., May 29, 2017

Get ready for busy travel season; airlines could set record

If you’re planning a big vacation trip this summer, move over. You’re going to have lots of company.