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They’re still tight

For half a decade, the Hepton name was synonymous with success at Central Valley. From Courtney’s first basketball season as a sophomore in 1989-90 through Kristin’s senior season in 1993-94, …


Then & Now: CV’s Hepton sisters

For half a decade, the Hepton name was synonymous with success at Central Valley. From Courtney’s first basketball season as a sophomore in 1989-90 through Kristin’s senior season in 1993-94, …


Then and Now: Dairy dreams

Brothers George and David Brown wanted to make it big in the butter business. They journeyed to Spokane in 1888 and formed Hazelwood Farms, named after their father’s farm in …


Then and Now: Monroe Street

The year 1891 was monumental for the town of Spokane Falls, which voted to change its name to Spokane – perhaps to sound more sophisticated and less rustic. Electricity was …


Then and Now photos: City Market

An advertisement in a 1911 edition of the Spokane Chronicle declared that the City Market, at Second Avenue and Stevens Street, was built for the “economical housekeepers of Spokane.” The …


Then and Now photos: Loma Vista homes

Homes were selling fast in the Loma Vista neighborhood in North Spokane in 1950. New schools, including Madison, Adams and Hamilton, were being built. The Spokesman-Review reported that year that …


Then and Now photos: Review Tower

The Rev. Thomas G. Watson, a Presbyterian missionary from Waukesha, Wis., stepped off a train in Spokan Falls, as Spokane was then known, in 1883 to start a new church …


Then and Now: Empire start

When the office block was built on the southwest corner of Lincoln Street and Riverside Avenue in 1900, it was named the Empire State Building in honor of New Yorker …


Then & Now: Lisa Comstock-Schultz

When Eastern Washington University’s diminutive point guard Chene Cooper this year became the women’s basketball all-time assist leader at the school, she broke a record that had stood for more …


Then and Now photos: Legion Building

It’s been called the Metals Building, the Assemblee Building and the American Legion Building. Spokane industrialist F. Lewis Clark built the elegant Renaissance Revival structure at West Riverside Avenue and …


Former Eagle Tony Brooks stars in commercial

After his days as a standout wide receiver at Eastern Washington, Tony Brooks has built a successful career as a State Farm Insurance agent, which in turn allowed him to …


Then and Now photos: Historic hub

The dusty town of Spokane Falls, Washington Territory, was booming with railroads, timber and mining in the late 19th century as black settlers came looking for opportunities and a place …


Family resemblance

Just from their experience in Spokane it might seem as if success came easily to Kirsti and Soren Olson. They had the charmed lives of standout students and athletes at …


Then and now: Kirsti and Soren Olson

Siblings Kirsti and Soren Olson have followed a similar path in life from high school standouts to college volleyball and now to the same profession as orthopedic surgeons.


Photos Then & Now: Corner of Riverside and Wall

Edward Herbert Jamieson, an attorney who settled in Spokane in 1882, founded Spokane Abstract Co. and built a two-story brick building on the southwest corner of Riverside Avenue and Wall …


Photos Then and Now: Bright city night

When a Spokane Chronicle photographer made a nighttime photo of South Stevens Street curving into West Ninth Avenue in 1966, Spokane was a bustling business center. Aluminum, timber products, chemicals, …


Staying involved

The piece of paper is weathered, dating back to the 1984-85 Greater Spokane League basketball season. The crude chart by this sportswriter was discovered recently and provided a week-by-week update …


Then and Now: Bill Ames

University High’s Bill Ames, class of 1985, finished second in GSL scoring all-time behind Terry Kelly with nearly 1,200 points. Ames also set the GSL career rebounding record. Today, he …


Public transit turned Spokane into urban center

The streetcar parade of 1936 marked the end of an era and showed that Spokane held its lumbering streetcars in great affection even as the public bus, more versatile and …


Then & Now photos: Millwood, oldest city in Valley

The town of Millwood was orignally named Woodard Station for a train stop on the Coeur d’Alene Spokane Railroad at the edge of Joseph and Seth Woodard’s land. The Woodards …


Then & Now: Interstate 90 transformed a region

The interstate highway is something baby boomers and younger people take for granted. And though President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation to fund an interstate highway system June 29, 1956, …


Then & Now: Armory building

The cavernous state armory building at 202 W. Second Ave. in downtown Spokane, built in 1909, once housed the Washington National Guard. Historian Carolyn Hage Nunemaker writes that it was …


Then and Now photos: The Clocktower

The iconic Riverfront Park Clocktower was completed in 1902 as the centerpiece of the Great Northern Railroad depot. For decades it cast its shadow over Spokanites rushing to board trains, …


Historic stretch near courthouse still bustling

Despite the Great Depression, Spokane was growing and building to the north, up the corridors of Monroe, Washington, Howard and Division streets. The last of Spokane’s streetcars was retired in …


Idaho’s oldest building remains a sacred place

In the early 19th century, the Native Americans who lived in villages along the St. Joe River, Coeur d’Alene Lake and the Spokane River heard stories from passing travelers that …


Photos Then & Now: Cougars’ playing field

Washington State University’s Martin Stadium first took shape as Soldier Field in 1892 and became Rogers Field in 1902. In 1970, some of the football stadium’s 1930s-era wooden bleachers were …


Then & Now photos: Priest River

Most people see the town of Priest River, Idaho, population 1,750, while en route to cabins and campgrounds on Priest Lake. But the town has a rich timber and railroad …


Then & Now: Lake CdA has long been airport to motorized birds

Although Coeur d’Alene’s Weeks Field was among Idaho’s first airports, seaplanes have long been common on Lake Coeur d’Alene. They have been used for commercial purposes such as scouting timber …


Tracking a new career

Early in what passed for spring this spring, Danielle Ayers- Stamper returned to her old stomping grounds. The former three-sport star for LaCrosse- Washtucna was at track practice, where little …


Happy on bench

As an assistant coach with the NBA’s Boston Celtics, Kevin Eastman’s typical work day consists of very little that is typical. Long sessions in the film room, daily practices, game …