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A city of eastern Washington near the Idaho border on the falls of the Spokane River, about 160 km (100 mi) long. Settled on the site of a trading fort established in 1810, Spokane is a trade and processing center in an agricultural, lumbering, and mining region.
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(Placename) a city in E Washington: commercial centre of an agricultural region. Pop: 196 624 (2003 est)
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a city in E Washington. 186,562.
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Noun1.Spokane - a city in eastern Washington near the Idaho border
Evergreen State, WA, Washington - a state in northwestern United States on the Pacific
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Not long after their return, however, further accounts were received, by two wandering Indians, which established the fact that the Northwest Company had actually erected a trading house on the Spokane River, which falls into the north branch of the Columbia.
I take issue with Savage's portrayal of Spokane. He says Spokane "is not an easy place for gays or African-Americans or Democrats or Jews or atheists to live." As a gay Jewish (sometimes atheistic) Democrat, I have lived happily in Spokane for almost a decade.
Homosexual activists in Spokane, Washington, "are planning to create a neighborhood of gay-oriented homes, businesses and nightlife--a development religious conservatives contend would clash with Spokane's family-centered culture," reported AP on January 22.
Northwest Division MTNA competitions were held at Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, January 14-16.
The reservoir behind the dam covers land on the Colville Reservation along the Columbia River and land on the adjacent Spokane Reservation along both the Columbia and Spokane rivers.
Last night a spokesman for the Washington diocese of Spokane promised it would do all it could to settle any civil actions arising from the alleged abuse.
SPOKANE, Wash.-Debbie Mumm has signed a licensing deal with Zak Designs for melamine and ceramic tabletop, casual flatware, acrylic drinkware, coffee tumblers and children's dinnerware to be introduced in 2003.
But he insisted that "we only do this type of enforcement at the request or behest of neighboring businesses or government officials in that area"--in this case, the Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Privratsky served as the celebrity starter for 45,753 runners at the 26th Bloomsday road race in Spokane, Wash.
Owner: Rockwood Retirement Communities, Spokane, Wash.
"It is a singular fact," noted one Spokane, Washington, committee in 1909, "that the people of the Inland Empire center their pride in the term 'Inland Empire' and hold the Inland Empire in their affections above their affections for their state." The term represented a set of regional bonds that tied people and place together.
Eighteen of the 38 human isolates were from two foodborne outbreaks (Spokane, Washington, 1997; and Washington, D.C., 1998) and one waterborne outbreak (Minnesota, 1997) with well-defined infection sources (7-9).