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Construction severs trails on conservation land

SPOKANE, Wash. - A construction crew blazed a mile-and-a-half road through the High Drive bluff, on conservation land, confusing both citizens and the city.

The popular trails, just north of The Creek at Qualchan Golf Course and east of Highway 95, were severed by the construction.

The problem is, the action wasn't authorized. The city was aware of a project by “First Tee Northwest,” a nonprofit to get kids interested in golf early, to build a small par 3 adjacent to The Creek at Qualchan.

This week, construction kicked off, without the city's final approval.

“We're sending out all of our risk management folks to assess the damage,” said Leroy Eadie, Director of Parks and Recreation. “I don't know at this point if there's going to be fees and fines—we'll see how that work goes.”

Fines or no fines, the damage done to the beautiful hillside appears, at least now, to be extreme.