Region chokes on smoke, final moments on stolen SeaTac plane and other headlines

click to enlarge The view from Inlander HQ is quite smoky today. - SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL
Samantha Wohlfeil
The view from Inlander HQ is quite smoky today.

ARTS & CULTURE: In a piece of her artwork up on a wall in the Marilee, Sierra Duran describes how buildings inspired by downtown fade into a woman's face, in part, she says, a comment on the struggles of falling in with the wrong crowd downtown.

"Some people do get really stuck down here if you get mixed up with the wrong people," she says. "There's a lot of drug abuse. That's the main reason I was stuck."

Learn how you can see artwork by Duran and other artists who are currently or formerly homeless at an upcoming Volunteers of America fundraiser.

NEWS: The rise and fall and rise of a pitch for a downtown Spokane stadium, explained.


'Sleepy' Spokane, wake up

Spokane got national attention this weekend after the Associated Press wrote about how cool we are.

Plane stolen at SeaTac ends in single death
The Seattle Times reports the final conversations Air Traffic Control had with a SeaTac employee who stole a plane this weekend as he flew over the Puget Sound, eventually crashing and dying in "a joyride gone terribly wrong."

Wildfire closes parts of Glacier National Park
A fire started by lightning this weekend has forced evacuations and partial closures of Glacier National Park, the Flathead Beacon reports.

Air quality unhealthy
Speaking of fires, there were plenty started over the weekend, leaving much of the region shrouded in smoke and making air quality unhealthy.

Norman Rockwell's America @ Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 12
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About The Author

Samantha Wohlfeil

Samantha Wohlfeil covers the environment, rural communities and cultural issues for the Inlander. Since joining the paper in 2017, she's reported how the weeks after getting out of prison can be deadly, how some terminally ill Eastern Washington patients have struggled to access lethal medication, and other sensitive...