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Mock medical drill Wednesday in Spokane

UPDATED: Tue., April 10, 2018, 10:11 p.m.

If you see medical providers in space suits swarming Spokane International Airport on Wednesday, don’t panic. It’s just a drill.

Looking for Hawaiian rainbows? Start with a tour of the Big Island’s waterfalls

HILO, Hawaii – The first time you fly into the Kona Coast on Hawaii’s Big Island, you’ll be struck by two things: the nearly relentless sunshine (moderated by volcanic smoke that locals call “vog”) and the vast, barren fields of black lava rock stretching northward, more testimony to this island’s active volcanoes. The first time you cross the island to the town of Hilo, you’ll likely notice two different things: (A) It rains. A lot. (B) It’s very green.

In the Garden: Give beneficial bugs a home in your garden

Organic gardener want to avoid using chemicals for dealing with troublesome insects. Fortunately, when it comes to the insect world, the bad guys are in the minority – of all the insects out there, 99 percent of them are either beneficial or benign.

Spokane author Sarah Mackenzie touts years of family read-aloud time

Spokane author Sarah Mackenzie offers tips on how families can set aside a few minutes each week for continuing to read aloud as a family – well past children’s early years – for benefits such as improved relationships, conversations, and gains from hearing out loud a book’s grammar and rich language.