Despite a damp spring and a relatively cool start to the summer, temperatures have slowly climbed to pool-going territory across the Palouse.

From early indications, families are returning in healthy numbers to local pools, which have made an extra effort this spring to make sure they have the lifeguards to keep swimmers safe.

While the past few years of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic upheaval has left some pools nationwide searching for more lifeguards, pools on the Palouse have found enough to open before the heat wave hits.

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