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How To Survive The Heat Wave

Jun 29, 2021
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BY CONNOR HENRICKSEN, THOM KOKENGE & COURTNEY FLATT, Northwest Public Broadcasting

A major heat wave is hitting the Northwest. Heat and its long-term effects kills more people in the U.S. than any other weather-related issue.

Now is the time to prepare. Here are some steps you can take to get ready.

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The unprecedented heat in the region this week poses some extra challenges for those with vegetable gardens.

 

With temperatures in the triple digits for the next several days in the Inland  Northwest many plants could stop producing food and blossoms, wilt or die.

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Spokane has broken its all-time record high temperature. At 4 pm the National Weather Service reported the temperature at its Spokane International Airport facility had reached 109.

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Spokane County has had three commissioners for most of its history as a government, but will have five elected by district starting next year.

A committee has been chosen to draw the lines for the new districts and has about five months left to complete the task. The group’s chair says they need feedback from the public now.

Official public hearings and information sessions start next month.

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The Washington State Patrol this year is revisiting the deaths of 31 troopers who lost their lives while on duty during the agency’s first hundred years of service.

Today [Monday] is the 68th anniversary of the death of a trooper who was killed in what is now Spokane Valley.

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The unusually hot temperatures in the Northwest are also bringing the possibility of more wildfires.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for the Columbia Basin, where a sagebrush and grass fire is burning near the Adams County town of Lind.

Several Northwest Cities Set Record High Temperatures

Jun 27, 2021
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Several Northwest cities set record high temperatures on Sunday. Those include Spokane, whose 102 degrees tied the record.

Omak and Ephrata set records with 109 degree temperatures. It was the third consecutive day for a record in Ephrata.

Former SFCC Broadcasting Teacher Remembered

Jun 25, 2021
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On Saturday, a memorial service will be held for a former Spokane community college teacher who played a small role in the history of Spokane Public Radio.

Richi Caldwell spent more than 40 years as an instructor at Spokane Falls Community College.

The broiling heat in the weekend forecast is forcing changes at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials underway in Eugene. Distance races are being shifted earlier in the day, but shorter events are staying put on the schedule in the peak afternoon heat.

Olympic hopefuls who train in the normally temperate Pacific Northwest are putting on brave faces and say they are prepared for the conditions.

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As temperatures approach record levels, the city of Spokane will open the Looff Carrousel in Riverfront Park as well as public libraries to those with no other option to escape the heat.

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Weather forecasters have warned for days of extremely hot weather headed our way this weekend. Steve Bodner from the National Weather Service said those toasty temperatures will stick around for several longer, threatening Spokane’s record for consecutive days in triple digits.

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A college student in Spokane is one of a handful of vaccinated people across the state to win a $250,000 prize for getting a shot.

In a news conference Thursday, the winner, only identified by the Governor’s Office as Marissa P, addressed the public alongside Governor Jay Inslee.

“Well like he said, my names Marissa, I’m from Spokane, I’m pre-nursing and I’m so honored to be here, I feel so blessed to be here. I just want to say stay healthy, stay safe and go get vaccinated.”

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Governor Jay Inslee announced Thursday that he is extending many eviction protections until September, but tenant and housing advocates are concerned that changes to the moratorium are confusing and could lead to a false sense of security.

Following the lead of Seattle, Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced a new three-month eviction moratorium, with exceptions, to replace an existing moratorium set to expire on June 30. The new expiration date will be September 30.

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A large energy storage project in Washington will have to reapply for important water quality certifications. The state recently denied the certification because officials didn’t have enough information about the Goldendale Energy Storage Project.

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Northwest farmers are pouring on the water to moisten soils ahead of the triple-digit temperatures and possible record highs expected this weekend.

As the temperature climbs, Drex Gauntt in Washington’s Walla Walla County has some baby sweet corn he’s pretty worried about.

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Spokane will soon have both men, and women’s professional soccer.

The coalition of businesses, local elected leaders and a professional soccer league that lobbied to have the new Spokane Public Schools outdoor stadium downtown announced that a pre-professional women’s team will be launching in Spokane next year.

Cindy Wendle, the president of United Soccer League Spokane said the women’s team will provide opportunity and role models for younger girls in soccer programs in the community, and is one of the 30 national leagues launching.

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The intense heat we’ll experience during the next several days may elevate the risk of wildfires, but forecasters don’t expect winds to be much of a factor in pushing smoke around the region.

A local fire chief is warning of a looming "humanitarian crisis" on the peninsula of Point Roberts in northwest Washington state. It's a strange predicament brought on by a money-losing supermarket and pandemic-related restrictions on crossing the U.S.-Canada border.

National Weather Service

Health and fire officials are expecting the region next week to experience both a heat wave and, potentially, smoke from wildfires – a dangerous combination that could cause a spike in both heat stroke and respiratory illnesses.

Washington Bucks The National Covid Variant Trend

Jun 23, 2021
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Washington health officials say the state is bucking the trend when it comes to which of the Covid variants is more prevalent here.

Our "On Asian America" Series Available For Listening

Jun 23, 2021
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If you missed the radio programs for our "On Asian America" series, you can listen online.

The series was created as a way to explore what it's like to live in the United States at a time of violence against people of Asian descent.

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Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward has chosen an outside advisor to assist her in addressing homelessness. This is a response to the resignations of several leaders in the city's Neighborhood, Housing and Human Services Department.

According to a news release Tuesday, Woodward has chosen Chris Patterson as a senior advisor on homeless issues. Patterson founded a mental health treatment service for youth and has worked under former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.

He also grew up in Spokane in foster care.

Vaccine shot
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As Washington state’s vaccination rate approaches 70%, many more rural counties are lagging behind. Health officials are hoping trusted relationships with physicians will close that gap.

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Most school children are out of school for the summer. Now it’s time for summer activities. With Covid-related restrictions going away in Washington on June 30, many children will take trips, go to summer camp and do other things without masks. What is safe and what precautions should families take?

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Washington State University’s medical school has had a big year. It graduated its first group of doctors in May. On Tuesday, it reached another milestone.

Many levels of government, private foundations and charities are handing out economic recovery grants these days. A Native-led nonprofit serving the Pacific Northwest is carving out a niche by offering grants specifically to help Indigenous communities and artists rebound from the uneven effects of the pandemic.

Cindy Wendle to Head Spokane United Soccer League

Jun 21, 2021
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Cindy Wendle, a Spokane businesswoman and a former candidate Spokane City Council President, will be the president of the United Soccer League Franchise in Spokane.

The United Soccer League was an advocate for Spokane Public Schools to build its new stadium downtown, and the organization will be the stadium’s first tenant.

Wendle has been heavily involved in Spokane County’s CARES Act program, is a board member of the Northeast Public Development Authority has been involved in local politics when she unsuccessfully ran for Spokane City Council President.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the state will drop all coronavirus-related restrictions by June 30 at the latest.

But Cassie Sauer from the Washington State Hospital Association says, even after that date, mask mandates will remain in effect in most, if not all, hospitals in the state.

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This week, teachers in north Idaho are learning a variety of new skills in math, science and technology to share with their students in the fall.
 
The state school superintendent’s office has brought back its STEM summer institutes after a year away because of Covid.

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