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Encyclopedia > Spokane, Washington
City of Spokane
Downtown Spokane as seen from Palisades Park looking east.
Downtown Spokane as seen from Palisades Park looking east.

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Nickname: The Lilac City
Motto: Near Nature. Near Perfect.
Location of Spokane in Spokane County and Washington
Location of Spokane in
Spokane County and Washington
Coordinates: 47°39′32″N 117°25′30″W / 47.65889, -117.425
Country United States
State Washington
County Spokane
Government
 - Type Mayor-Council/Strong Mayor
 - Mayor Mary Verner
Area
 - City 58.5 sq mi (151.6 km²)
 - Land 57.8 sq mi (149.6 km²)
 - Water 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km²)  1.3%
Elevation 2,376 ft (724 m)
Population (April 1, 2007[1])
 - City 202,900
 - Density 3,387.0/sq mi (1,307.7/km²)
 - Metro 451,200
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 509
FIPS code 53-67000[2]
GNIS feature ID 1512683[3]
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Website: www.spokanecity.org

Spokane (pronounced /spoʊˈkæn/) is the largest city and county seat of Spokane County, and is the metropolitan center of the Inland Northwest. It is located along the Spokane River in Eastern Washington about 20 miles (32 km) from the Washington-Idaho border, and about 229 miles (369 km) East of Seattle. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 236 pixelsFull resolution (3006 × 888 pixel, file size: 887 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links SpokaneCitySeal. ... // A nickname is a name of an entity or thing that is not its proper name. ... For other uses, see Motto (disambiguation). ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... 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The city was settled in 1871 as "Spokan Falls" (without an 'e' at the end), drawing on the Native American tribe known as the Spokane, which means "Children of the Sun.”[6] The city's name is often mispronounced "Spo-CAIN", while the correct pronunciation is "Spo-CAN". Spokane's official nickname is the 'Lilac City', named after the flowers that have flourished since their introduction to the area in the early 20th century. Spokane flag The Spokomptin (or Spokan) are a Native American people in the northeastern portion of the U.S. state of Washington. ... Look up lilac in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


According to 2007 State of Washington Census estimates, Spokane has a population of 202,900[7], making it the second largest city in Washington, and the fourth largest in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, after Seattle, Portland, and Boise. 451,200 residents live in Spokane's official metropolitan area, Spokane County, as recognized by the U.S. Census. With neighboring Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, the city is unofficially a part of the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene metropolitan area, which accounts for a population of nearly 625,000 people, the fourth largest in the Pacific Northwest after Seattle, Vancouver, and Portland. For the capital city of the United States, see Washington, D.C.. For other uses, see Washington (disambiguation). ... The Pacific Northwest from space The Pacific Northwest, abbreviated PNW, or PacNW is a region in the northwest of North America. ... Seattle redirects here. ... Nickname: Location of Portland in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country State Counties Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Type Commission  - Mayor Tom Potter[1]  - Commissioners Sam Adams Randy Leonard Dan Saltzman Erik Sten  - Auditor Gary Blackmer Area  - City 376. ... Boise redirects here. ... Spokane County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... The United States Census is a decennial census mandated by the United States Constitution. ... Coeur dAlene (pronounced ) is the county seat and largest city of Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... For other uses, see Vancouver (disambiguation). ... Nickname: Location of Portland in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country State Counties Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Type Commission  - Mayor Tom Potter[1]  - Commissioners Sam Adams Randy Leonard Dan Saltzman Erik Sten  - Auditor Gary Blackmer Area  - City 376. ...

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History

Main article: History of Spokane
Spokane Falls ca. 1895

Spokane Falls was a gathering place for the area's indigenous people due to the abundance of salmon in the Spokane River. The first European settlement at Spokane Falls was a fur trading post operated by the British North West Company and, later, the Hudson's Bay Company. Known as "Spokane House", or just "Spokane", and located just below Spokane Falls, it was in operation from 1810-1826.[8] After the North West Company was absorbed into the Hudson's Bay Company the operations at Spokane House were shifted to Fort Colville, although the Company remained active in the Spokane region.[9] The first American settlers came in 1871. They were two squatters named James J. Downing and Seth Scranton who built a small sawmill on a claim located near the south bank of the Spokane Falls. James N. Glover and Jasper Matheney, two Oregonians who were passing through the region recognized the value of the Spokane River and its falls. In 1873 Glover purchased the sawmill and the claim from Downing. He later purchased some more property from Scranton on the north end of the falls. Glover eventually bought out his partner Matheney and opened Spokane's first bank. Glover is considered the founding father of Spokane and later became one of its first mayors as well. // [edit] 1870-1890: Creation & Expansion In 1873 James Glover bought the Spokane Falls area for $1600 from two men who lived there, Seth Scranton and JJ Downing. ... Spokane Falls is the name of the water feature on the Spokane River in downtown Spokane, Washington. ... For other uses, see Salmon (disambiguation). ... The Spokane River is a tributary of the Columbia River, approximately 100 mi (161 km) long, in northern Idaho and eastern Washington in the United States. ... An Alberta fur trader in the 1890s. ... For the grocery chain, see The North West Company The North West Company a fur trading business headquartered in the city of Montreal in British North America from 1779 to 1821. ... Hbc redirects here. ... Indian camp at Fort Colville by Paul Kane. ... Spokane Falls is the name of the water feature on the Spokane River in downtown Spokane, Washington. ... Image:Jamesnettleglover. ...


Camp Spokane was established by the U.S. Army at a location 56 miles (90 km) northwest of Spokane on October 21, 1880 to protect the construction of the Northern Pacific Railway, and to secure the location for U.S. settlement. By 1881, the Northern Pacific Railway was completed at this point, bringing European settlement. The city of Spokan Falls (without an 'e'; the 'e' was added in 1883) was officially incorporated on November 29, 1881.[10] In 1891, the name was changed to Spokane.[11] The President of the first City Council was mill owner and Methodist minister Samuel G. Havermale. The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1880 (MDCCCLXXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... The Northern Pacific Railway (AAR reporting marks NP) was a railway that operated in the north-central region of the United States. ... is the 333rd day of the year (334th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1881 (MDCCCLXXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Samuel G. Havermale (1824 - 1904) was a notable Methodist minister and pioneer of Spokane. ...


The Great Fire

In the summer of 1889, a fire destroyed the city's downtown commercial district. Due to technical problems with a pump station, there was no water pressure in the city when the fire started. When volunteer fire fighters attempted to quench the flames, they found their hoses were unusable. Eventually winds died down and the fire exhausted of its own accord. 27 blocks of Spokane's downtown were destroyed. Year 1889 (MDCCCLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... For other uses, see Fire (disambiguation). ...


While the damage caused by the fire was a devastating blow, Spokane continued to grow. Just three years after the fire, in 1892, the Great Northern railroad reached Spokane and built a rail yard that made Spokane a transportation hub for the area. The first rail yard, built by James J. Hill, was completed in 1902. The clock tower currently in Riverfront Park was built as part of the depot and is one of the biggest in the Northwest, with each of its clock faces measuring 9 feet (2.7 m) across. The clock tower is the only part of the depot that remains standing to this day. Year 1892 (MDCCCXCII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... A Great Northern train pauses for the photographer four miles west of Minot, North Dakota in 1914. ... A rail yard, or railroad yard, is a complex series of railroad tracks for storing, sorting, or loading/unloading, railroad cars and/or locomotives. ... James J. Hill at about age 35, ca. ...


1974 World's Fair

The clock tower and pavilion in Riverfront Park. The pavilion is from Expo '74, while the clock tower was part of the old railroad depot.
The clock tower and pavilion in Riverfront Park. The pavilion is from Expo '74, while the clock tower was part of the old railroad depot.

Spokane hosted the first environmentally themed World's Fair in Expo '74, becoming the then-smallest city to ever host a World's Fair. This event transformed Spokane's downtown, removing a century of railroad industry that built the city and reinventing the urban core. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2000x1272, 588 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Spokane, Washington Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2000x1272, 588 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Spokane, Washington Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... The historic Blue Marble photograph, which helped bring environmentalism to the public eye. ... Expo 74 was an environmentally themed Worlds Fair hosted in 1974 by Spokane, Washington, the smallest city ever to host a Worlds Fair. ...


Many of the structures built for the World's Fair are still standing and in use. The United States Pavilion sits next to an IMAX theater, and the Washington State Pavilion became the INB Performing Arts Center. The Expo site itself became the 100 acre (40 ha) Riverfront Park, containing, among other features, the U.S. Pavilion, the turn-of-the-20th-century (and meticulously preserved) Looff Carousel, and the Great Northern Railway clock tower, the last remnant of the vast rail depot that was demolished for Expo '74. The U.S. Pavilion and the clock tower are prominently featured in the park's logo. Worlds Fair is any of various large expositions held since the mid-19th century. ... IMAX theatre at the Melbourne Museum complex, Australia BFI London IMAX by night IMAX (short for Image Maximum) is a film format created by Canadas IMAX Corporation that has the capacity to display images of far greater size and resolution than conventional film display systems. ... A hectare (symbol ha) is a unit of area, equal to 10 000 square metres, commonly used for measuring land area. ...


Downtown Urban Renewal

Skywalks in Downtown
Skywalks in Downtown
Main article: Downtown Spokane

Downtown Spokane has undergone a major rebirth in recent years after the completion of River Park Square Mall. The historic Davenport Hotel underwent a major renovation in 2002 after being vacant for over 20 years. The project was funded by local entrepreneur Walt Worthy, who also added a Safari-themed 20 story tower to the hotel in 2007. Other major projects include the renovation of the Holley Mason Building, the building of the Big Easy concert house, the renovation of the Montvale Hotel and the historic Fox Theater (now home to the Spokane Symphony after its renovation), numerous new condo buildings, and renovations of historic, older brick buildings that will house both condos and business. Also, the Spokane Convention Center just finished a major expansion which helped host the 2007 US Figure Skating Championships. All new skyscrapers built in Spokane are subject to city height restrictions. Recently, a local developer (Rob Brewster) has proposed building the new VOX Tower which, if approved, will become the tallest building in Spokane. In all over 500 projects worth over $2 billion dollars are taking place in downtown. [2] A skyway is a path that is traversed without touching the ground. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Hall of the Doges by photographer Peter Hassel The Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington was commissioned by a group of Spokane businessmen. ... The Montvale Hotel is a boutique hotel in Spokane, Washington. ... The Fox Theater in Spokane, Washington is a 1930 Art Deco movie theater currently being restored. ... The Spokane Symphony is a seventy-piece orchestra based in Spokane, WA that performs more than sixty concerts per year for more that 150,000 listeners. ... The Group Health Exhibit Hall at Night. ... The U.S. Figure Skating Championships is an annual event organized by U.S. Figure Skating. ...

Panorama of Downtown Spokane looking north. Taken from the Deaconess Medical Center parking garage

Kendall Yards

The new Kendall Yards development on the northside of Downtown Spokane along the Spokane River will become one of the largest construction projects in the city's history. The proposed development will directly connect to downtown with bridges across the Spokane River and blends residential and retail space with plazas, and walking trails. Phase I of the development will incorporate about 500 residential units and 500,000 square feet (50,000 m²) of non-residential use. Town homes, condominiums, and apartments will comprise the residential makeup. Upon completion, the nearly 80 acre Kendall Yards project will include up to 2,600 residential units and up to one million square feet of commercial, retail and office space. [3]


Spokane and its metropolitan area

Spokane at night from the southwest
Spokane at night from the southwest

Spokane is located at 47°39′32″N, 117°25′30″W. The City of Spokane covers an area of 58.5 sq mi (151.6 km²). Spokane is surrounded by many unincorporated communities (and several incorporated cities), which make up the suburbs of Spokane. They include Airway Heights, Cheney, Mead, Colbert, Spokane Valley, Millwood, Nine Mile Falls, and Liberty Lake. Across the border in Idaho, are Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene. Airway Heights is a city in Spokane County, Washington, Just West of the city of Spokane. ... Cheney (pronounced chee-nee ) is a city in Spokane County, Washington, United States. ... Mead, Spokane County, Washington State. ... Spokane Valley, Washington is a newly incorporated city in Spokane County, Washington. ... Millwood is a town located in Spokane County, Washington. ... Nine Mile Falls is located, as the name implies, 9 miles from Downtown Spokane at a falls on the Spokane River. ... Liberty Lake is an incorporated city in Spokane County, Washington USA near the Washington state line between Spokane, Washington and Coeur dAlene, Idaho. ... Post Falls is a city in Kootenai County, Idaho, United States near the Idaho state line between Spokane, Washington, and Coeur dAlene, Idaho. ... Coeur dAlene (pronounced ) is the county seat and largest city of Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. ...


Neighborhoods

Much of Spokane is reflected in its large variety of neighborhoods. Neighborhoods range from the late Victorian-era style Browne's Addition, to the Davenport Arts District of Downtown, to the more contemporary neighborhoods of North Spokane. Virtually every social class is represented. Some of the neighborhoods are officially recognized by the city, while others are not, but are commonly thought of as distinct neighborhoods by residents. Spokane, Washington has a variety of neighborhoods, ranging from the late Victorian-era to the ultra modern, with every social class represented. ...


Spokane's neighborhoods are gaining attention for their charm and character, as illustrated by the city being home to 18 recognized National Register Historical Districts, the most of any city in the Northwest. [4] The districts include: Browne’s Addition, Corbin Park, East Downtown Historic District, Fort George Wright, Four Corners, Hillyard Historic District, Marycliff-Cliff Park, Mission Avenue, Nettleton's Addition, Ninth Avenue, Peaceful Valley, Riverside Avenue, Rockwood, Desmet Avenue Warehouse, and the West Downtown Historic Transportation Corridor.There are also more than 1,300 individual properties on the National Register in Spokane County.


Geography and climate

The Spokane Falls going through Riverfront Park downtown.

Spokane is located at the eastern edge of the Columbia Plateau's wheat farms and steppe, where they meet the forested Rocky Mountain foothills, the Selkirk Mountains. The Spokane River, a major tributary of the Columbia River, passes through the city, tumbling through a series of falls in the middle of downtown. This article is about the ecological zone type. ... Rocky Mountain National Park (photo courtesy of NPS) View of Colorado Rockies. ... The Selkirk Mountains are a mountain range originating in Idaho and Washington, and extending into SE British Columbia. ... The Spokane River is a tributary of the Columbia River, approximately 100 mi (161 km) long, in northern Idaho and eastern Washington in the United States. ... The Columbia River (French: fleuve Columbia) is a river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. ...


Downtown Spokane is at an elevation of about 1,890 feet (576 m) above sea level, while the rest of the city varies by nearly 1,000 feet (300 m). The lowest elevation in the city of Spokane is the northernmost point of the Spokane River in Riverside State Park within city limits at 1,608 feet (490 m). (As a state park, its territory continues further downstream.) This is located next to the 7900 block of Aubrey L. White Parkway. The highest elevation is on the northeast side near the community of Hillyard, though closer to Beacon Hill and the North Hill Reservoir at 2,591 feet (790 m). As both extremes are located on city boundaries, any further annexations in these areas will likely result in a revision. The Spokane River is a tributary of the Columbia River, approximately 100 mi (161 km) long, in northern Idaho and eastern Washington in the United States. ... Hillyard, Washington was a town in Spokane County, Washington which existed as a separate town between 1892 and 1924. ...


Spokane has the quintessential four-season climate, being in the continental and semi-arid zone. Winters are cold, averaging 50.4 inches (128 cm) of snow per year, while summers are pleasantly warm and sunny with high temperatures usually between 80 and 90 degrees, only rarely getting into the 100's. Low humidity and cool evening temperatures make summers in this region quite comfortable. The Cascade Mountains to the west shield the city from the direct modifying effect of Pacific Ocean air, giving the region less than half the rainfall of its west side neighbor Seattle, and the Rocky mountains to the east help to protect it from the worst effects of Arctic air in winter. Precipitation is concentrated in the cooler half of the year, with the summer typically having dry and stable weather. “Cascades” redirects here. ... For individual mountains named Rocky Mountain, see Rocky Mountain (disambiguation). ...

Weather averages for Spokane, Washington
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 32 (0) 39 (4) 47 (8) 57 (14) 66 (19) 79 (26) 83 (28) 82 (28) 73 (23) 58 (14) 41 (5) 33 (1) 54 (12)
Average low °F (°C) 20 (-7) 25 (-4) 29 (-2) 35 (2) 43 (6) 49 (9) 55 (13) 54 (12) 46 (8) 36 (2) 29 (-2) 22 (-6) 37 (3)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.5 (63.5) 1.5 (38.1) 1.5 (38.1) 1.1 (27.9) 1.5 (38.1) 1.3 (33) 0.6 (15.2) 0.7 (17.8) 0.8 (20.3) 1.2 (30.5) 2.1 (53.3) 2.3 (58.4) 16.9 (429.3)
Source: Weatherbase.com[12] {{{accessdate}}}

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 58.5 square miles (151.6 km²), of which, 57.8 square miles (149.6 km²) is land and 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²) (1.30%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ...


Demographics

As of the 2006 census[2] estimates, there were 198,081 people,[13] 81,512 households, and 47,276 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,387.0 people per square mile (1,307.7/km²). There were 87,941 housing units at an average density of 1,522.6 per square mile (587.8/km²). Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ...


The most recent ethnic percentages as of 2005 [5] are 88.9% White, 4.4% Multiracial, 3.5% Hispanic, 2.5% Asian, 2.0% African American, 1.5% Native American, 0.6% from other races 0.2% Pacific Islander. 20.7% were of German, 10.8% Irish, 9.6% English, 6.8% United States or American and 5.8% Norwegian ancestry according to Census 2000. Ukrainian, Russian and other eastern European immigrants make up around 4% of the White population. The term white American (often used interchangeably and incorrectly with Caucasian American[2] and within the United States simply white[3]) is an umbrella term that refers to people of European descent residing in the United States. ... Actress Halle Berry was born to a white mother and a black father The terms multiracial and mixed-race describe people whose parents are not the same race, or the descendants of such mixed people. ... Hispanic (Spanish: ; Portuguese: ; Latin: , adjective from Hispānia, the Roman name for the Iberian Peninsula) is a term that historically denoted relation to the ancient Hispania and its peoples. ... An Asian American is a person of Asian ancestry or origin who was born in or is an immigrant to the United States. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... For other uses, see Native Americans (disambiguation). ... // Demographics in 2000 US Census Pacific Islander Americans represent the smallest group counted on the 2000 US Census. ... A stereotypical German The Germans (German: die Deutschen), or the German people, are a nation in the meaning an ethnos (in German: Volk), defined more by a sense of sharing a common German culture and having a German mother tongue, than by citizenship or by being subjects to any particular... This article is about the English as an ethnic group and nation. ... The United States 2000 Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ...


There were 81,512 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.3% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.0% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.98. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $32,273, and the median income for a family was $41,316. Males had a median income of $31,676 versus $24,833 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,451. 15.9% of the population and 11.1% of families were below the poverty line. 19.3% of those under the age of 18 and 9.6% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. Per capita income means how much each individual receives, in monetary terms, of the yearly income generated in their country. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Since February 2005 the Spokane metro area has seen an influx of new residents, drawn to the region by its natural beauty, its wealth of recreational activities, its relatively low cost of living and its vibrant job market. Spokane was #49 on the Men's Journal 2005 "50 Best Places to Live" list,[14] #5 on the Forbes Magazine 2005 "Safest Places to Live" list,[15] and #35 on the Inc. Magazine 2005 "Top US Cities for Doing Business" list.[16]


Government

Spokane City Hall

The City of Spokane operates under a Mayor-Council form of government, also referred to as "Strong Mayor." It switched to a Strong Mayor system in January 2001, after 40 years of running under a Council-Manager system.[17] Mayor-Council government is one of two variations of government most commonly used in modern representative municipal governments in the United States. ... The council-manager government is one of 2 main variations of representative municipal government (for contrast, also see Mayor-Council government). ...


The Mayor of Spokane is Mary Verner. She was formerly on the City Council for four years and became the new mayor on November 27, 2007 replacing Dennis P. Hession, who conceded on November 9th, 2007. Hession became mayor on December 16, 2005 after the recall of the late Jim West who was forced from office after a gay sex scandal that made national headlines. The City Council consists of seven members: two elected from each of three districts, plus a president elected at large. The current City Council President is Joe Shogan. Mary Verner (born August 13, 1956) is an American politician, a member of the Democratic Party, and Mayor of the City of Spokane, Washington. ... is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Mayor pro tem Hession Dennis P. Hession is mayor pro tem of Spokane, Washington. ... is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... James Elton West (March 28, 1951 – July 22, 2006), best known as Jim West, was an American politician. ... For other uses, see President (disambiguation). ...


Spokane is in Washington's 5th congressional district, and is currently represented by 2nd-term Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (a Republican). The Fifth Congressional District of Washington encompasses the Eastern Washington counties of Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Lincoln, Spokane, Adams, Whitman, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin. ... Type Bicameral Speaker of the House of Representatives House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Steny Hoyer, (D) since January 4, 2007 House Minority Leader John Boehner, (R) since January 4, 2007 Members 435 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party... Fifth Congressional District of Washington Cathy McMorris Rodgers is a Republican politician. ... GOP redirects here. ...


See also: List of mayors of Spokane, Washington This is a List of Mayors of Spokane, Washington. ...


Economy

In the late 1800’s, gold and silver were discovered in the Inland Northwest. The area is now considered to be one of the most productive and reformed mining districts in North America.[18] Natural resources have traditionally provided much of the economic activity for the Spokane area, a major center for the timber, agriculture, and mining industries in the region. A number of manufacturing companies have located in Spokane, drawn by the easy access to raw materials and cheap hydroelectric power. Finished wood products, metal refinery and fabrication, and food processing are among the leaders in manufacturing. The outlying areas are part of an abundant agricultural system, providing a large amount of the nation's apples, peas, hops, pears, asparagus, lentils, soft wheat, and sweet cherries. A number of wineries and breweries also operate in the area. These industries continue to be important elements in the local economy, but in recent years the economy has diversified to encompass high-technology and service companies. Health-related industries employ more people than any other industry in Spokane. The city provides specialized care to many patients from the surrounding areas, as far north as the Canadian border. Spokane serves as the hub for the service industries, and the wholesale and retail trade center of the 80,000-square-mile Inland Northwest region.


The educational services industry employed the most workers in 2002 with more than 17,000 jobs.[19] Other productive industries include construction and mining, manufacturing, transportation, communication and networking utilities, finance, insurance, real estate, health care, and government.[20]


Education

Main article: Education in Spokane
Gonzaga University
Gonzaga University

Spokane Public Schools (Distrct 81) is the main and largest public school system in Spokane, serving roughly 30,000 students. Two other significant public school districts in the Spokane area are Central Valley School District, and Mead School District, serving approximately 12,000 and 9,100 students, respectively. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 256 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) St. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 256 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) St. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Mead School District is a public school district located north of Spokane, Washington. ...


Spokane is home to many higher education institutions. They include the private universities, Gonzaga and Whitworth, and the public Community Colleges of Spokane system. While Spokane is one of the larger cities in the U.S. to lack a main campus of a state-supported university within its city limits, Eastern Washington University, Washington State University, and University of Washington (through EWU) operate satellite campuses alongside Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute (SIRTI) at the Riverpoint Higher Education Park (more commonly known as the "Riverpoint Campus"), just adjacent to downtown. Gonzaga University is a private Catholic university located in Spokane, Washington. ... Whitworth University is a private Christian liberal arts college located in Spokane, Washington that offers bachelors and masters degrees in a variety of academic disciplines. ... The Community Colleges of Spokane is a community college district based in Spokane, Washington USA. It comprises of Spokane Community College, Spokane Falls Community College and the Institute for Extended Learning. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... Eastern Washington University is a public comprehensive state university. ... Washington State University (WSU) is a major public research university in Pullman, Washington. ... The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is a public research university in Seattle, Washington. ...


The main EWU campus is located 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Spokane in Cheney, and WSU is located in Pullman about 65 miles (105 km) to the south. Cheney (pronounced chee-nee ) is a city in Spokane County, Washington, United States. ... Pullman is located at (46. ...


Infrastructure

Healthcare

Deaconess Medical Center.

Spokane is the hub for medical services in the Inland Northwest. The region's healthcare needs are served primarily by Seattle-based Providence Health & Services and Spokane-based Empire Health Services, two non-profit organizations who run the two biggest hospitals in Spokane, Sacred Heart Medical Center, and Deaconess Medical Center, respectively. Both hospitals are Level II trauma centers and work together by alternating weeks of being the designated trauma center in the area. The two hospitals, along with a majority of Spokane's major health care facilities are located on Spokane's Lower-South Hill, just south of Downtown. The close proximity of the hospitals and many doctors offices and specialized clinics scattered around this area, form what is known as the "Medical District" of Spokane. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Inland Empire (Pacific Northwest). ... Seattle redirects here. ... Providence Health & Services is a network of 29 hospitals (and other healthcare related facilities) spanning the states of Alaska, Washington, Montana, Oregon, and California on the United States west coast. ... There are two hospitals called Sacred Heart Medical Center: Sacred Heart Medical Center (Spokane) Sacred Heart Medical Center (Eugene) ... In the United States a Level II trauma center provides Emergency medicine to trauma patients who do not need the services of a Level I trauma center. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Healthcare in Spokane is considered excellent, and the level of service attracts patients from beyond the region. Deaconess Medical Center has been ranked one of the Top 100 Heart Hospitals in the nation 5 times in the last 8 years by Solucient, and is ranked #1 in Washington for overall cardiac services by HealthGrades.[21]


In 2003, Sacred Heart Medical Center opened the first and only major Children's Hospital in Eastern Washington.


Other hospitals in the Spokane area include Holy Family Hospital (on the north side), and Valley Hospital and Medical Center (in the Spokane Valley. Spokane Valley, Washington is a newly incorporated city in Spokane County, Washington. ...


Transportation

Roads and Highways

For its city streets, Spokane uses the very common street grid that is oriented to the four cardinal directions; north, south, east, and west. The median streets are Division St. (running north-south, dividing east and west), and Sprague Ave. (running east-west, dividing north and south). The grid plan is a type of city plan in which streets run at right angles to each other, forming a grid. ... Cardinal point redirects here. ...

I-90 as it descends down Sunset Hill into Spokane

Spokane is primarily served by Interstate 90, which runs east-west from Seattle, through Downtown Spokane, and eastward through Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, and onward to Coeur d'Alene. Although they are not limited access highways like I-90, US 2 and US 395 enter Spokane from the west via I-90 and continue north through Spokane via Division St. The two highways share the same route until they reach "The Y", where US 395 continues northward to Deer Park, and US 2 branches off to the northeast, continuing to Mead, Colbert, Chattaroy, Newport, and Sandpoint. Interstate 90 (abbreviated I-90) is the longest interstate highway in both the United States and world at nearly 3,100 miles (5,000 kilometers). ... Deer Park is a city located in Spokane County, Washington. ... Mead, Spokane County, Washington State. ... Newport is a city located in Pend Oreille County, Washington. ... Sandpoint Sandpoint is a city in and the county seat of Bonner County, Idaho, United States. ...

View of a graded section US 395 NSC. This is the north terminus of the project.
View of a graded section US 395 NSC. This is the north terminus of the project.

Over the past decade, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has aggressively improved local highways to keep up with the region's growth and to try to prevent congestion problems that plague many large cities around the country. In 2005, the WSDOT completed the first two phases of its I-90 Spokane-Idaho State Line widening project. Currently the Interstate has been widened to six lanes through Spokane Valley, but another $166 million in funding is still needed to widen the last segment between Sullivan Road and the Idaho state line.[22] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Washington State Department of Transportation, or WSDOT, led by a Secretary and overseen by the Governor, is a Washington governmental agency that constructs, maintains, and regulates the use of the states transportation infrastructure. ...

Main article: U.S. Route 395 North Spokane Corridor

The Department of Transportation is also constructing the US 395 North Spokane Corridor. When completed, the corridor will be a brand new 10.5-mile (16.9 km) long limited access highway that will run from I-90 in the vicinity of the Thor/Freya interchange northward through Spokane, meeting the existing US 395 just north of Wandermere. Aside from the construction of I-90 itself, this is the largest road construction project ever to be implemented in Spokane. The north-south freeway is expected to take over $2 billion to complete (over $3 billion if inflation is factored in). The first segment of the freeway is scheduled to be open in 2009. The rest of the freeway will be built when funding is available. With full funding, the roadway is expected to take 10 years to complete.


Public transportation

STA Bus
STA Bus
STA Plaza in Downtown.
STA Plaza in Downtown.

Before the influx of automobiles, people got around by using Spokane's streetcar system. Many of the older sidestreets in Spokane still have visible streetcar rails embedded in them to this day, as they were never removed.


Today, mass transportation throughout the Spokane area is provided by the Spokane Transit Authority (STA). STA currently operates approximately 160 buses and has a service area that covers roughly 371 square miles. A large percentage of STA bus routes originate from the central hub, the STA Plaza, in Downtown Spokane. Passengers who stop at The Plaza can transfer to virtually any other of Spokane Transit's routes. Spokane Transit Authority, more commonly Spokane Transit or STA, provides mass transit services in the Spokane County Public Transportation Benefit Area. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In the late-1990s, talk of constructing a rapid-transit system became popular. Although bus rapid transit was considered, constructing a light rail system was the preferred alternative. The proposed light rail line was to run from The Plaza eastward through the Spokane Valley to Liberty Lake, with future extensions from The Plaza to Spokane International Airport, Liberty Lake to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and a line running in the median of the currently-being-constructed, North Spokane Corridor. In 2005, the $263 million project was narrowly defeated by voters, shelving the project for the time being. A non-profit, non-partisan citizens group, The Inland Empire Rail Transit Association (also known as InlandRail), was created to continue the public dialog.[23] This article is about high-capacity bus transit systems. ... This article is about light rail systems in general. ... Spokane Valley, Washington is a newly incorporated city in Spokane County, Washington. ... Liberty Lake is an incorporated city in Spokane County, Washington USA near the Washington state line between Spokane, Washington and Coeur dAlene, Idaho. ... Spokane International Airport (IATA: GEG, ICAO: KGEG, FAA LID: GEG) is a public airport located five miles (8 km) southwest of the central business district of Spokane, a city in Spokane County, Washington, United States. ... Coeur dAlene (pronounced ) is the county seat and largest city of Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. ...


Spokane has rail and bus service provided by Amtrak and Greyhound via the Spokane Intermodal Center. The city is a stop for Amtrak's Empire Builder on its way from Chicago. Through service continues once a night to both Seattle and Portland, Oregon, a reflection of the old Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway. Vermonter at the Brattleboro, Vermont, station, 18 March 2004. ... This article is about the US bus line. ... Connections Greyhound Lines, Northwestern Trailways, Spokane Transit Authority, Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach Parking Yes; paid Baggage check Yes Other information Rebuilt 1994 Accessible Code SPK Owned by City of Spokane Traffic Passengers (2006) 41,862 (Amtrak) 2. ... Empire Builder is a train route operated by Amtrak in the Midwestern and Northwestern United States. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... Nickname: Location of Portland in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country State Counties Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Type Commission  - Mayor Tom Potter[1]  - Commissioners Sam Adams Randy Leonard Dan Saltzman Erik Sten  - Auditor Gary Blackmer Area  - City 376. ... Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway coach at Snoqualmie, Washington (Northwest Railway Museum collection) The Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway (AAR reporting marks SPS) was a United States-based railroad incorporated in 1905. ...


Airports

Spokane, Eastern Washington and North Idaho are served by Spokane International Airport, which has no international flights (except to Canada), but is still the second largest airport in the state of Washington. The airport lies west of the city, and is a 10 minute drive to downtown. The international airport three letter designation is GEG, a result of the legacy Geiger Field days. Geiger is now a National Guard landing field and general aviation. For the city, see Spokane, Washington For the county, see Spokane County, Washington For the Native American tribe, see Spokane (people) or Spokane Indian Reservation For the movie, see Spokane (2004) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... For the university, see Eastern Washington University. ... The Idaho Panhandle is the northern region of the U.S. State of Idaho that encompasses the ten northernmost counties of Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, Shoshone. ... Spokane International Airport (IATA: GEG, ICAO: KGEG, FAA LID: GEG) is a public airport located five miles (8 km) southwest of the central business district of Spokane, a city in Spokane County, Washington, United States. ...


Felts Field is a general aviation airport serving Spokane County and is located in east Spokane along the Spokane River. Felts Field served as Spokane's primary airport until SIA was built. Today the terminal building, among others at the airport, still stand and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Felts Field Airport (IATA: SFF, ICAO: KSFF) is a public airport located 4 miles (6. ... Spokane County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... The Spokane River is a tributary of the Columbia River, approximately 100 mi (161 km) long, in northern Idaho and eastern Washington in the United States. ... A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ...


Sports

Club Sport League Stadium (or Arena)
Spokane Chiefs Ice Hockey Western Hockey League (U.S. Division) Spokane Arena
Spokane Indians Baseball Northwest League (Eastern Division) Avista Stadium
Spokane Shock Arena Football af2 (American West Division) Spokane Arena
Spokane Spiders Soccer Premier Development League (Northwest Division) Spokane Falls Stadium
The Spokane Arena is the home to the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL, and the Spokane Shock of the af2.

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Spokane hosted the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournaments in 2002 (Women's), 2003 (Men's) and 2007 (Men's) at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The Tournament will again be held in Spokane in 2008 (Women's). The Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena is a 10,455-seat multi-purpose arena in Spokane, Washington. ...


Spokane hosted the 2007 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and set a record for attendance, selling nearly 155,000 tickets and passing the previous mark of 125,000 set by Los Angeles. Fans, analysts and athletes, including Ice Dancing champion Tanith Belbin, spoke highly of the city's performance as host, which included large, supportive crowds. Spokane was also a candidate city for the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships, losing its bid to Los Angeles. Skating analyst Dick Button said that Spokane should host that event in the future. On May 5, 2008, it was announced that Spokane will once again host the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 2010 - ending 18 days before the start of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. The U.S. Figure Skating Championships is an annual event put on by the United States Figure Skating Association. ... Tanith Belbin (born July 11, 1984 in Kingston, Ontario) is a Canadian-American ice dancer. ... For the 2008 competition, see 2008 World Figure Skating Championships. ... Richard Totten Dick Button (born July 18, 1929 in Englewood, New Jersey) is an American former figure skater and a well-known long-time skating television analyst. ...


During basketball season, one of the toughest tickets in town is to see the Gonzaga University Bulldogs, who regularly sell out their home games in the recently built McCarthy Arena on the Gonzaga campus, just north of downtown.


The Spokane Arena is also the perennial host to the State 'B' Basketball Tournament, which brings athletes and fans from many of Washington's smaller high schools to town. With the split of the 'B' classification in 2006, beginning in 2007 the city will be host to the State 2B (the state's second smallest class) Basketball Championships.


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Parks and recreation

In 1907, Spokane's board of park commissioners retained the services of the Olmsted Brothers to draw up a plan for Spokane parks. Today, Spokane has a system of over 75 parks totaling 3,500 acres (14 km²), with parks ranging in size from the quarter-acre Skeet-So-Mish Park playground to the 464-acre (1.88 km²) Palisades Park conservation area. Some of the parks in Spokane’s extensive park system are listed below: The Olmsted Brothers company was an extremely influential landscape design firm in the United States, formed in 1898 by step-brothers John Charles Olmsted (1852-1920) and Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. ...

  • Riverfront Park, created after Expo '74 and occupying the same site, is one hundred acres in downtown Spokane and the site of some of Spokane's largest events. The park has views of the Spokane Falls, and holds a number of civic attractions, including the Skyride (a recently rebuilt gondola that carries visitors across the falls from high above the river gorge), the 5-story IMAX theater, and numerous rides and concessions. Various festivals are held in the park throughout the year. A new "Great Gorge Park," originally designed by the Olmsted Brothers, is being proposed as an extension of Riverfront Park along the deep river gorge through the Peaceful Valley neighborhood.
    View of the Duncan Garden at Manito Park.
  • The Centennial Trail has over thirty-seven miles of paved trails running along the Spokane River and across the metropolitan area for running, walking, bicycling or inline skating. Informational signs and parking are provided along the trail, which runs from west of Spokane into Idaho.
  • Highbridge Park and People's Park: These two parks are located in Peaceful Valley, where it meets Hangman creek.
  • Downriver Park, near Riverside State Park and Downriver Golf Course, has a championship 21-hole disc golf course adjoining the Spokane River. Another 18-hole disc golf course can be found in High Bridge Park, near downtown.
  • City-owned golf courses include: The Creek at Qualchan, Indian Canyon, Esmerelda, Downriver, and Hangman golf courses. In addition, the Spokane Country Club and Manito Country Club offer private memberships to their own courses. Spokane County also runs a number of public courses
  • In the summer Spokane residents may visit Lake Coeur d'Alene, Priest Lake, Lake Pend Oreille, or one of the other nearby bodies of water. The Spokane area has 76 lakes and numerous rivers, where various water sports, fishing, camping, and rafting take place.
  • In the winter, Spokane residents have access to five ski resorts within a few hours of the city. A non-profit organization operates nearby Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park. Mt. Spokane also has trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and dog sledding. During the non-winter months, hikers and mountain bikers use the trails.
  • Travelling the scenic Hiawatha Trail just 56 miles (90 km) east of the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene area is a popular destination for cycling.

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Events and activities

Spokane is home to a number of annual events and attractions that draw people from a large surrounding area:

  • The Lilac Bloomsday Run, a 7.46-mile (12.01 km) race for walkers and competitive runners, is the largest timed road race in the world, typically drawing about 45,000 participants.[24] It is held on the first Sunday of each May.
  • Hoopfest is the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the world. It is held the last weekend in June, and has a variety of participants, from kids, teens, and adults to former college and NBA players, in their respective brackets. Started in 1989 with just 300+ teams, the event now annually averages more than 25,000 participants or around 6,000 3-4 person teams [6].
  • Each April, Japan Week celebrates the sister-city relationship with Nishinomiya, Hyogo, demonstrating the many commonalities shared between the two cities. Students from the Spokane campus of Mukogawa Institute, Whitworth University, Gonzaga University, Spokane Falls and Spokane Community College organize an array of Japanese cultural events, in addition to a number of others that take place around the city.
  • The Garland Village Arts & Music Festival takes place the second Saturday each August. 2008 will mark the 6th annual street fair. More information can be found at The Garland Village.
  • Pig-Out In The Park is an annual summer festival celebrating the joy of food. Local restaurants set up booths all around Riverfront Park. Visitors can browse for food and listen to local bands perform. It is traditionally held over Labor Day weekend in early September.
  • Tour Des Lacs is a two-day benefit bike ride that takes place in September. The route takes riders from Spokane to Coeur d'Alene and back, and includes short route options along the Centennial Trail. Routes vary in length from 80 to almost 200 miles (320 km) and include breakfast, dinner, and food stops.
  • Spokane is also home to a National Historic Landmark hand-carved carousel, created in 1909 by Charles I. D. Looff as a wedding present for his daughter. The carousel still operates in Riverfront Park, downtown, where riders can participate in an old-time ring toss. The carousel continues to offer a free ride to the rider who grabs the brass ring.
  • The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture houses a large collection of Native American artifacts as well as regional and national traveling art exhibits. Located in Browne's Addition amid the mansions of Spokane's late 19th-century golden age, the Museum is in a secluded setting a few blocks from the center of downtown.
  • The Spokane Symphony performs a full season of concerts in the refurbished 1931 art deco Fox Theater, while the Spokane Jazz Orchestra is the oldest performing jazz orchestra in the United States.
  • Ballet Spokane [7] is Spokane’s professional ballet company, presenting a regular season of ballets and dance concerts. Events include Diamonds & Divas, First Night Spokane, Hot August Nights, Allegro, Baroque and Beyond and Ballet Romantica. The company performs at a variety of venues across the Spokane area, including the Bing Crosby Theatre, the Fox Theater, the Central Valley Performing Arts Center and others.
  • The Spokane International Film Festival, [8] which runs approximately ten days each February, is a small, juried festival of features, documentaries and shorts from around the world. Films have been produced during the past two years but have not yet been commercially released for wide distribution. A major attraction of the festival is the presence of the filmmakers and stars themselves as guests.
  • The Sasquatch Music Festival [9] is a three-day rock music festival held every Memorial Day weekend at the Gorge Amphitheatre, roughly halfway between Spokane and Seattle in George, Washington. The festival attracts both well-known and emerging artists. The 2008 line-up features more than 40 artists, including R.E.M., Modest Mouse, The National, Okkervil River, Deathcab For Cutie, Throw Me The Statue, M.I.A., The New Pornographers and Ozomatli. The Gorge Amphitheatre, near the Columbia River in Central Washington, is a nine-time winner of Pollstar Magazine’s award for Best Outdoor Music Venue.
  • Get Lit!, [10] produced by Eastern Washington University Press, is the Northwest's premier annual literary festival for readers and writers, featuring author presentations and readings, writing workshops and panels, author visits to schools throughout eastern Washington and into northern Idaho, youth poetry slams, and more. Many events are free to the public. The festival, which runs for a week each April, has attracted such literary greats as Kurt Vonnegut, Salman Rushdie, Garrison Keillor, Dave Barry and David Sedaris.
  • The Spokane Folklore Society hosts its annual Fall Folk Festival the first full weekend of November at the Spokane Community College.
  • Mobius is a science center and children's museum.
  • The Spokane Pride Parade happens every June downtown drawing gays and lesbians and their supporters.
  • The Spokane Gay & Lesbian Film Festival happens every November celebrating the gay and lesbian community through film.
  • The Spokane Hempfest takes place for a weekend in August at Riverfront Park and attracts thousands of people to the park each year.

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Culture

  • Spokane Art Districts- The first Friday of every month is dedicated to the Spokane Art Walk. Galleries during this period stay open longer and hold artist receptions. Galleries such as the Lorinda Knight, host performance art as well as visual. Spokane has two main art walk dates; the first Friday of February and October. During These two months, crowds are unusually big in the art district. Spokane's art districts are located in the Davenport District, the Garland Village, and a recently formed art district in 1800 E. Sprague.
  • The Davenport District, home to many art galleries, including Goodworks Co-op, beneath the infamous Ella's Supper Club, which projects silent black and white movies on the back of the Fox Theater each night.
  • The Fox Theater recently re-opened, restored almost to its exact original Art Deco state. This establishment seats more than the Bing Crosby Theater. Despite its regal appeal prices are still reasonable, $9 for students.
  • The Garland District is home to Galleries and shops such as The Milk Bottle and Ferguson's, where parts of Benny and Joon, featuring Johnny Depp, was filmed.
  • Northwest Glass Society located in the Spokane Valley featuring glass art in the on site galley by local and regional glass artists such as; William Hagy,Joel Nelson, Rick Lemly, Spencer Erlendson,and Jo Schmitt. This non-profit glass studio was founded in 2005 by instructor William Hagy to offer those in the community professional lampwork, and glass education.
  • A Cat's Eye Gallery lies between the Garland Village and Davenport District. It's building was built somewhere between 1898-1900, it was the first animal hospital in Washington State. Later the building became a brownie baking company. Since 1998 it's served as a studio/gallery for 35 artists, including Sam White, Marcia Dukes, Conrad Bagley, John Belmore and Lydia Quinn. This space offers classes of figure drawing, glass and ceramics. A Cat's Eye Gallery is also affiliated with Events such as Glass on the Grass, First Night Spokane, Turned-Thrown-n-Hammered, as well as Art-n-Living/Thin Air Radio.
  • 1800 E Sprague Art District is a recent surge of galleries/studios as of 2004. The Object provides space to many artists, as well as 'Out There' Magazine. This gallery as well as it's counterpart across the street serve to emerging artists of medias such as Gorilla art, Noise art, and Modern Art.

In popular culture

Several motion pictures have been set and filmed (at least partially) in Spokane, including:

  • Why Would I Lie? (1980)
  • Vision Quest (1985), (also a novel by Terry Davis)
  • Benny & Joon (1993), with Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson and Oliver Platt.
  • Shadow of Fear (2004),
  • Hangman's Curse (2003), a movie adapted from the book with the same title by popular Christian author Frank Peretti,
  • Mozart and the Whale (2005), with Josh Hartnett and Radha Mitchell
  • The Cutter (2005) with Chuck Norris
  • End Game (2006) with Cuba Gooding Jr. and Burt Reynolds.
  • The Family Holiday (2007), with Dave Coulier.
  • Home Of The Brave (2007), with Jessica Beil, Samuel L. Jackson, Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent) and Christina Ricci

The Comedy Central series Dog Bites Man was set in Spokane. Why Would I Lie? is a movie about a compulsive liar filmed in 1980 in Spokane, Washington and starring Treat Williams. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Right Honourable Terry Davis (born January 5, 1938) is a British politician, and former Member of Parliament for the Labour Party for the Birmingham, Hodge Hill constituency. ... Benny & Joon is a 1993 romantic comedy about how two misfits, Sam (Johnny Depp) and Juniper/Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson), find each other and fall in love. ... Shadow of Fear is the 19th episode of the Supermarionation television series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. ... Hangmans Curse is a 2001 Christian science fiction novel by Frank E. Peretti. ... Mozart and the Whale is a 2005 feature-length motion picture starring Josh Hartnett and Radha Mitchell, and directed by Petter Næss. ... The Cutter is a film to be released in 2005, starring Chuck Norris. ... End Game is a 2006 action thriller directed by Andy Cheng. ... Comedy Central is an American cable television and satellite television channel in the United States. ... For the journalistic expression, see Man bites dog (journalism). ...


In an episode of the TV show Coach, Hayden Fox (Craig T. Nelson) is lauded as "The Man from Spokane" in an over-the-top presentation. Nelson is a one time Resident of Spokane. He graduated in 1962 from Lewis & Clark High School. Coach is a popular American television sitcom that aired for nine seasons on ABC from 1989 to 1997. ... Craig T. Nelson (born Craig Richard Nelson on April 4, 1944 in Spokane, Washington) is an American actor. ...


Also, the movie Home of the Brave with Samuel L. Jackson and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is set and takes place partly in Spokane. Home of the Brave is a 2006 drama film following the lives of four American soldiers in Iraq and their return back to the United States. ... Samuel Jackson redirects here. ... 50 cent redirects here. ...


The popular support tool "Spokane" draws its name from the fact that key developers were in the city when the project was devised.


In an episode of Frasier, Dr. Frasier Crane travels to Spokane to broadcast his show from a talk radio station there. There are two references to the "horses on the Looff" in this episode.


In a story arc of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, architect Ted Mosby is designing an 80 story skyscraper for downtown Spokane. This article is about the broadcast network. ... How I Met Your Mother (or HIMYM) is an American situation comedy that premiered on CBS Broadcasting on September 19, 2005. ...


Noted YA author and former Spokane Mental Health therapist Chris Crutcher has centered a few of his award-winning novels in Spokane, notably 1995's Ironman. Chris Crutcher is a contemporary American fiction writer and a family therapist. ...


Most recently Mtv cameras will soon begin filming a new show about local teens and their first year after graduating high school. This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ...


Notable people

Musicians

Artists Jim Boyd is a singer/songwriter and actor and member of The Jim Boyd Band on the Colville Indian Reservation in Washington. ... The Native American Music Award, commonly known as The Nammy is an award given to outstanding musical performance by Native Americans. ... Michael Clarke (born Michael James Dick) (June 3, 1933 – December 19, 1993), was an American musician, best known as the drummer for the 1960s rock music group The Byrds from 1964 to 1968. ... Not to be confused with The Birds (band). ... Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American popular singer and Academy Award-winning actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death in 1977. ... For the founder of Big Y Foods, see Big Y. Paul DAmour (born May 12, 1967 in Spokane, Washington) was the original bassist for Tool. ... Tool is an American rock band that was formed in 1990 in Los Angeles, California. ... Thomas Hampson (born June 28, 1955, Elkhart, Indiana) is an American opera singer (baritone). ... Myles R. Kennedy (born November 27, 1969) is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Spokane, Washington, currently fronting US rock band Alter Bridge, the brainchild of former Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti. ... Alter Bridge is a band formed by former members of Creed and vocalist Myles Kennedy. ... George Lynch (b. ... Dokken is an American heavy metal and hard rock band which was formed in 1976. ... Lynch Mob are a band featuring former Dokken guitarist George Lynch, who has been the bands only permanent member. ... The Chad Mitchell Trio was a popular folk music group during the 1960s. ... The Chad Mitchell Trio was a popular folk music group during the 1960s. ... Craig Montoya is the bassist of Tri-Polar, a Northwestern rock band and was the bassist for the rock band Everclear. ... Everclear is a rock band formed in Portland, Oregon, USA, in 1992. ... Patrice Munsel (born May 14, 1925) is an American coloratura soprano, the youngest singer who ever starred at the Metropolitan Opera, nicknamed Princess Pat. She was born in Spokane, Washington. ... Billy Lee Tipton (December 29, 1914 - January 21, 1989) was a United States jazz pianist and saxophonist. ...

Sports Sherman Alexie Sherman Joseph Alexie, Jr. ... Harold Balazs (pronounced blaze), born in Westlake, Ohio in 1928, is a Mead, Washington sculptor and enamalist. ... Kenneth Callahan born in Spokane, Washington (1905–1986), was a noted 20th century artist and a founder of the Northwest School. ... The Northwest School was an art movement that was based in small-town Skagit County, Washington, and was at its peak in the 1930s and 1940s. ... David Eddings (born July 7, 1931) is an American author who has written several best-selling series of epic fantasy novels. ... The Belgariad is a five book fantasy epic written by David Eddings. ... Mike Krahulik (left) and Jerry Holkins Mike Krahulik (born September 25, 1977) is the artist who draws the popular webcomic Penny Arcade. ... Penny Arcade is a popular webcomic. ... Kenn Nesbitt is a childrens poet[1]. He writes for poetry4kids. ... Jess Walter is an American author of four novels. ...

Actors Jeremy David Affeldt (born June 6, 1979) is a pitcher for the Kansas City Royals. ... Edward Arthur Brandt (February 17, 1905 in Spokane, Washington - November 1, 1944 in Spokane, Washington), is a former professional baseball player who played pitcher in the Major Leagues from 1928-1938. ... Neil Everett Morfitt now known as Neil Everett, is a sportscaster for the ESPN cable network. ... Jan-Michael Charles Gambill, who was born on June 3, 1977 in Spokane, Washington, USA, has been a professional American tennis player since 1996. ... Tennis balls This article is about the sport, tennis. ... Jason Douglas Thunderfoot Hanson (born June 17, 1970 in Spokane, Washington) is an American football placekicker for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... NFL redirects here. ... Edgar Leon Kirkpatrick (born October 8, 1944 in Spokane, Washington) was a Utility Player for the Los Angeles/California Angels (1962-68), Kansas City Royals (1969-73), Pittsburgh Pirates (1974-77), Texas Rangers (1977) and Milwaukee Brewers (1977). ... Chad Little Chad Little (born April 23, 1963 in Spokane, Washington) is a former NASCAR driver. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... Adam John Morrison (born July 19, 1984, in Glendive, Montana) is an American professional basketball player with the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association. ... Mark Robert Rypien (born October 2, 1962 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) was a American football player. ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... Ryne Dee Sandberg (born September 18, 1959 in Spokane, Washington), nicknamed Ryno, is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball who spent nearly his entire career with the Chicago Cubs. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... Tom Sneva (full name Thomas E. Sneva) won the 1983 Indianapolis 500. ... Indy 500 redirects here. ... This article is about the professional basketball player. ... Bob Cousy Point guard (PG), also called the one or the ball-handler, is one of the standard positions in a regulation basketball game. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... NBA redirects here. ... Gonzaga University is a private Catholic university located in Spokane, Washington. ... Cory Withrow (born April 5, 1975) is an american football center. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Americas Finest City Location Location of San Diego within San Diego County Coordinates , Government County San Diego Mayor City Attorney         City Council District One District Two District Three District Four District Five District Six District Seven District Eight Jerry Sanders (R) Michael Aguirre Scott Peters Kevin... Chargers redirects here. ... The University of Idaho is the states prominent institution of higher learning, located in the rural city of Moscow in Latah County. ... The 1977 NFL Draft Round One Categories: | | ... City Seattle, Washington Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz, and Taima the hawk League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference (1976...

Politicians William Lyle Richardson (May 7, 1922 – February 25, 2006), who adopted the name Darren McGavin, was an American actor best known for playing the title role in the television horror series Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and also his portrayal in the movie A Christmas Story of the grumpy father given... Darren McGavin as Kolchak in The Night Stalker (1972) Kolchak: The Night Stalker is a television series that aired on ABC in 1974, about a newpaper reporter -- Carl Kolchak, played by Darren McGavin -- who investigates crimes with mysterious and unlikely causes that the proper authorities wont accept. ... For the Christian Christmas story, see Nativity of Jesus A Christmas Story is a 1983 film based on the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author and raconteur Jean Shepherd, including material from his books In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash and Wanda Hickeys Night of... Craig T. Nelson (born Craig Richard Nelson on April 4, 1944 in Spokane, Washington) is an American actor. ... Coach is a popular American television sitcom that aired for nine seasons on ABC from 1989 to 1997. ... The television crime drama The District aired on CBS from October 7, 2000 to May 1, 2004. ... The Incredibles is a 2004 American Academy Award-winning computer-animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures, centering around a family of superheroes. ... Julia Sweeney (born October 10, 1959 in Spokane, Washington) is an American actress and comedian who lives in Hollywood, California. ... Pat was an androgynous fictional character created and performed by Julia Sweeney for the American sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. ... SNL redirects here. ... Tongolele, (born 3 January 1932) born Yolanda Ivonne Móntez Farrington and also known as Yolanda Montes, was an exotic dancer and starred in many Mexican films from the 1940s through the 1980s. ... Trevor St. ... One Life to Live (OLTL) is an American soap opera which has been broadcast on the ABC television network since July 15, 1968. ... Dyan Cannon (born Samille Diane Friesen on January 4, 1937) is a three-time Academy Award-nominated American film and television actress, director, screenwriter, editor, and producer. ... Number One or number one is used in a variety of meanings: // 1 (number) Number One (song), a single by rapper Nelly Number Ones, an album by Michael Jackson Number One (Pist. ... Paul Johansson (born on January 26, 1964 in Spokane, Washington) is an American actor, best known for playing Dan Scott in The WBs television series, One Tree Hill, and best known for his roll as Nick Wolfe in the short lived TV series Highlander: The Raven, a writer and... One Tree Hill is a teen television drama created by Mark Schwahn that premiered on September 23, 2003 on The WB Television Network. ... Michael Winslow (born September 6, 1958 in Spokane, Washington) is an American actor and comedian known as the Man of 10,000 Sound Effects for his ability to make realistic sound effects using only his voice. ... Police Academy is a long-running series of comedy films, the first six of which were made in the 1980s. ... Spaceballs is a 1987 science fiction spoof movie written, starring and directed by Mel Brooks. ... This article is about Disneys 1994 film. ... Scar is a fictional character in Walt Disney Pictures popular 1994 animated movie The Lion King. ...

Other Ryan C. Crocker, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Clark Crocker (born on June 19, 1949 in Spokane, Washington) is the current United States Ambassador to Iraq. ... This page is about negotiations; for the board game, see Diplomacy (game). ... This is a list of ambassadors from the United States. ... Thomas Stephen Foley (born March 26, 1929 in Spokane, Washington) is an American politician of the Democratic Party, having served as the most recent Democratic speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and ambassador to Japan. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... It has been suggested that Speakers of the House be merged into this article or section. ... Type Bicameral Speaker of the House of Representatives House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Steny Hoyer, (D) since January 4, 2007 House Minority Leader John Boehner, (R) since January 4, 2007 Members 435 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party... Samuel G. Havermale (1824 - 1904) was a notable Methodist minister and pioneer of Spokane. ... Eric Johnston (December 21, 1896 – August 22, 1963) was a motion picture association executive. ... The United States Chamber of Commerce is the worlds largest not-for-profit business federation, representing 3,000,000 businesses (via its Federation of local chambers and association members. ... MPAA redirects here. ... George R. Nethercutt, Jr. ... GOP redirects here. ...

See: Category:People from Spokane Sue Herera is a television reporter for the CNBC financial television network. ... For other persons named David Lynch, see David Lynch (disambiguation). ... This article is about the television show. ... Eraserhead (released in France as The Labyrinth Man) is a 1977 surrealist-horror film written and directed by David Lynch. ... This article is about the David Lynch film. ... For the street in Los Angeles, see Mulholland Drive. ... Walter Houser Brattain (February 10, 1902 – October 13, 1987) was a physicist at Bell Labs who, along with John Bardeen and William Shockley invented the transistor. ... The Nobel Prize (Swedish: ) was established in Alfred Nobels will in 1895, and it was first awarded in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Peace in 1901. ... Madonna Buder (born 22 July 1930) is a Catholic nun from Spokane, Washington. ... Kirtland Kelsey Cutter (August 20, 1860–1939) was a 20th century architect in the Pacific Northwest and California. ... Rick Rydell (born Rick Green, September 29, 1963 in Seattle, Washington) is an American radio talk show host. ... Talk radio is radio format which features discussion of topical issues. ... KJRB, also known as 790 K-FAN, is a sports talk radio station in Spokane, Washington. ... KZZU, also known as 93ZOO-FM, is a Top 40 outlet in Spokane, Washington. ... KKZX is a Classic Rock outlet serving the Spokane, Washington area. ... Photo of Cyan Worlds Cyan Worlds, Inc. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... This article is about the Myst franchise. ... Founder of Fathers Day ... Chief Spokane Garry Spokane Garry was born approximately in 1811 at the Marian Indian village at the junction of the Spokane and Little Spokane River. ... American Civil War Colonel ... Wilder Graves Penfield (January 25/26, 1891 - April 5, 1976) was a American-born Canadian neurosurgeon. ... Irwin A. Rose (born 16 July 1926 in NY) is an American biologist. ... Phil Hill, better known as UFO Phil, has gained moderate fame and a cult-following as a novelty songwriter and purveyor of short, comedic internet videos. ... Coast to Coast AM is a late-night syndicated radio talk show in the United States which deals with a variety of topics, but most frequently ones that relate either to the paranormal, or to alleged conspiracies. ... Dr. Demento is the stage name of Barret Eugene Hansen (born April 2, 1941),[1] a radio disc jockey specializing in novelty songs and pop music parodies. ... John F. Babcock (born July 23, 1900) is the only known surviving veteran of the Canadian military to have served in the First World War. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... Mike Krahulik left and Jerry Holkins right Keith Gerald Jerry Holkins (born February 6, 1976), is the writer of the webcomic Penny Arcade. ...


Local media

Print media

The Spokesman Review.
The Spokesman Review.

Spokane is serviced by a variety of print media. Newspaper service includes its only daily newspaper, The Spokesman-Review; the weekly alternative newspaper, The Pacific Northwest Inlander; the bi-weekly business journal, The Spokane Journal of Business; the bi-weekly GLBT paper, Stonewall News; a monthly outdoor activities paper, Out There Monthly; and the monthly paper covering the Garland neighborhood, The Garland Times. Spokane also has several community magazines, The Finger, a quarterly magazine for the disillusioned; Communist Manifesto Weekly, a not so communist publication by former staff members of The Finger who became addicted to 4chan /b/; Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living, a monthly home and lifestyle magazine; "The Spokane Sidekick a bi-weekly arts & entertainment guide; The Word, a monthly humor publication. Northwest Woman Magazine and The Family Guide, Northwest Woman is a bi-monthly regional publication designed for women in the Northwest. The Family Guide is an annual publication distributed through the Spokane and Coeur d' Alene grade schools and is full of local resources to celebrate and strengthen family life in the Inland Northwest. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 355 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (474 × 800 pixel, file size: 136 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The front page of The Spokesman-Review (27th July 2005) from Newseum This image is of a scan of a newspaper page or article, and the... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 355 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (474 × 800 pixel, file size: 136 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The front page of The Spokesman-Review (27th July 2005) from Newseum This image is of a scan of a newspaper page or article, and the... Print media includes newspapers, magazines, and the like. ... The Spokesman-Review is a daily newspaper based in Spokane, Washington and is the citys only daily publication. ... The Pacific Northwest Inlander is a free weekly newspaper published in Spokane, Washington and circulated throughout the Inland Northwest, covering local news and culture. ... LGBT (or GLBT) is an acronym used as a collective term to refer to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people. ... Outdoor activities usually mean activities done in nature away from civilization, such as hill walking, trekking, canoeing, kayaking, climbing, caving, and arguably broader groups such as watersports and snowsport. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Television

The geographic region served by Spokane television broadcasts is among the largest in the nation. It is the television broadcast center for much of eastern Washington (except the Yakima, Tri-Cities area), north Idaho, northwesten Montana, northeastern Oregon, and parts of Canada (by cable television). Montana and Alberta, Canada are in the Mountain Time Zone and receive Spokane broadcasts one hour later by their local time. The major network television affiliates are: Yakima is a the county seat of Yakima County located in central Washington. ... Central Richland as seen from the Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve. ... For other uses, see Idaho (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Cable TV redirects here. ... For other uses, see Alberta (disambiguation). ... Mountain Standard Time (MST) is UTC-7, Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) is UTC-6 The Mountain Time Zone of North America keeps time by subtracting seven hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-7) during the shortest days of autumn and winter, and by subtracting six hours during daylight saving time...

It also receives transmissions from Idaho Public Television's KCDT-TV channel 26 (PBS) based in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. KREM-TV is the CBS affiliate serving the Spokane, Washington–Coeur dAlene, Idaho television market. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... KXLY-TV (channel 4, digital channel 13) is the ABC network affiliate in Spokane, Washington. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... KHQ-TV, also known as Q6, is the NBC affiliate for Spokane, Washington. ... The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... KSPS-TV, channel 7, is the PBS station in Spokane, Washington. ... PBS redirects here. ... KXMN-LP, channel 11 (digital channel 4. ... MyNetworkTV (sometimes written My Network TV, and unofficially abbreviated MyNet, MyTV, MYN-TV, MNT, or MNTV) is a television network in the United States, owned by the Fox Broadcasting Company, a division of News Corporation. ... KSKN (CW22) is the CW affiliate for Spokane, Washington. ... The CW Television Network, normally abbreviated to The CW, also known as The New CW in its first season of the network, is a television network in the United States launched during the 2006 television season. ... KAYU (Fox 28) is the Fox television affiliate for Spokane, Washington, owned and operated by Stainless Broadcasting Company. ... FOX redirects here. ... KGPX is an i network television station in Spokane, Washington, owned and operated by ion Media Networks (the former Paxson Communications). ... ION Television is a broadcast and cable television network first broadcast on August 31, 1998 under the name PAX TV (early on in its development, it was called PaxNet). ... KQUP, UPN 24 is a UPN affiliate licenced to Pullman, Washington, but serves the Spokane, Washington area. ... The Retro Television Network is Equity Media Holdings Corporations system of television stations primarily airing classic television programming from the 1950s through the 1980s, such as My Three Sons, The Wild Wild West, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., and Laverne and Shirley. ... Pullman is located at (46. ... The Trinity Broadcasting Network, or TBN, is the largest Christian religious television network in the world and is headquartered near Los Angeles in Costa Mesa, California with studios near Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Irving, Texas and near Nashville in Hendersonville, Tennessee. ... KTBN (Channel 40) is the Santa Ana, California-licensed flagship television station of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, a religious broadcaster. ... Idaho Public Television(Also known as IdahoPTV) is a PBS member network of stations covering the state of Idaho. ... PBS redirects here. ... Coeur dAlene (pronounced ) is the county seat and largest city of Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. ...


Radio

See also: :Category:Spokane-Coeur d'Alene radio stations

Spokane has one low power (LPFM) community radio station - KYRS-LP. KYRS serves the Spokane area with progressive perspectives, filling needs that other media do not, providing programming to diverse communities and unserved or underserved groups. Low-power broadcasting is the concept of broadcasting at very low power and low cost, to a small community area. ... Thin Air Community Radio (KYRS-LP) serves the Spokane area with progressive perspectives, filling needs that other media do not, providing programming to diverse communities and unserved or underserved groups. ...


According to Arbitron, Spokane is the 92nd largest radio market in the United States with 480,800 age 12 and over [11]. Arbitron is a radio audience research company in the United States. ...


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Sister cities

In the cultural exchange program known as "Sister Cities" Spokane is twinned with: Sign denoting twin towns of Neckarsulm, Germany Town twinning is a concept whereby towns or cities in geographically and politically distinct areas are paired with the goal of fostering human contact and cultural links. ...

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  • Category:Buildings and structures in Spokane
  • Spokane House
  • Zip's Drive In

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