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EPA, Kaiser cleanup of former smelter in Mead shows evolution in environmental understanding

In the early 1970s, park officials and neighborhood advocates rejoiced in the addition of a new public park where an outfall pipe from the Kaiser smelting plant met Deadman Creek. Fifty years later, environmental regulators and the former owners of the property are trying to stop that flow, based on new knowledge about the harm of asbestos and other chemicals. 

Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour goes virtual

The Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour, now in its 13th year, will be a virtual event next month due to COVID-19, co-founder Gina Freuen announced Wednesday. The show opens Sept. 26 at 8 a.m. at littlespokanestudios.com, with more than three dozen regional artists participating. 

Tour gives art lovers a chance to visit studios

Ruly Deen will be among 40 artists participating in the 12th annual Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour on Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The event is a fine art festival with a genuine, local vibe. Like a Green Bluff for art lovers. And it’s free.

Little Spokane shuttle service starts in July

A popular shuttle service that ferries boaters from the Nine Mile takeout to the St. George’s put-in on the Little Spokane River will start July 6 and run through Sept. 1. The service runs Saturdays and Sundays.

Landmarks: Remnants of historic flour mill now part of Camp Dart-Lo

When Lafayette Dart walked to Spokane Falls from Walla Walla in 1879, he met up with his brother Herb, who had preceded him, and the two went to work at the Frederick Post flour mill in the young city. Before long the enterprising pair built their own mill on the north bank of Little Spokane River, just a half-mile downstream from what is now the Wandemere Golf Course on the far north side of Spokane.

Little Spokane River shuttle service starts Saturday

WATERSPORTS – The Little Spokane River shuttle service for paddlers will resume this summer with an expanded season that starts on Saturday July 2 and will run hourly on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., through Sept. 3. The shuttle is operated by Spokane Parks and Recreation...

Lands Council plans restoration of Feryn Conservation Area

Wetlands that are home to a variety of waterfowl along the Little Spokane River will get a bevy of new foliage this fall. The Feryn Ranch conservation area east of Mt. Spokane High School will host a number of volunteer groups over the next couple months, who will plant a variety of saplings and shrubs aimed at restoring the streambed of Peone Creek. The groups will work under the coordination of the Lands Council, which is using state grant money to support the project.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Spokesman-Review’s critic gave a thumbs-up to the locally made film “A Matrimonial Mixup,” written by and starring Spokane “society maid” Miss Virginia Lee Riblet.