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Air quality in Spokane terrible
click to enlarge Smoky skies seen over the Maple Street Bridge Sunday afternoon. - SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL PHOTO
  • Samantha Wohlfeil photo
  • Smoky skies seen over the Maple Street Bridge Sunday afternoon.

Spokane was inundated Sunday with wildfire smoke from British Columbia, and unfortunately the super thick smoke is going to stick around through at least today, even as winds continue to push it south. The air quality has hit hazardous levels, meaning everyone is encouraged to stay inside and limit physical activities to avoid negative health impacts from the level of particles found in the air. (Spokesman-Review)

Pitting Yakima against pittie ban
If the Yakima City Council doesn't lift a ban on pit bulls this week the Yakima Humane Society says it won't continue to provide the city's animal control, saying the ban opposes their mission. (Yakima Herald)

Behind bars, not behind schedule
The Kootenai County Jail expansion is set to open in October. (Coeur d'Alene Press)

Wildfire taking "Going-to-the-Sun" too literally
The main highway through Glacier National Park, the Going-to-the-Sun Road, is being threatened by a wildfire that's been devastating parts of the park. (Associated Press)

Speaking of air quality
On Tuesday, President Trump could announce plans to reduce regulations on coal plant emissions with help from an Environmental Protection Agency employee who oversees air quality — even though he fought the EPA for years as a lawyer representing clients impacted by those rules. (New York Times)
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