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MONDAY, DEC. 7, 2015

December 1948: Looking west on Sprague Avenue from Howard Street, the streets of downtown Spokane are decorated for the holiday season. Each year, the glittering lights and decor were financed by consortiums of retail businesses eager to lure shoppers to the downtown area. But the first Christmases in Spokane were simple. (Photo Archive)

Then and Now: Spokane Christmas through the years 18 

The journals of the Lewis and Clark expedition show that the explorers exchanged simple Christmas gifts like tobacco, extra rations or a pair of moccasins while trekking through the West from 1803 to 1806. The first Christmas celebrations in the Spokane area may have been at the North West Company’s trading post, Spokane House, according to a Spokesman-Review story from 1928. Later, missionaries wrote of simple Christmas celebrations among the Indian converts in the 1830s and 1840s. The first account of Christmas in downtown Spokane was an 1874 gathering, where the entire population - five families with eight children - gathered. Early settler H.T. Cowley wrote, “Notwithstanding the drawbacks of securing anything but the barest necessities of life, it was resolved that winter to celebrate the holidays in the most elaborate manner in the command of the little community. Mrs. Glover, Mrs. Yeaton, Mrs. Cowley, Mrs. Swift and Mrs. Poole combined their resources and probably no more enjoyable Christmas tree and dinner and New Year’s dinner ever gladdened the hearts of the children who participated in it.”

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Warm hearts give so Christmas Bureau attendees can have warm hands

Thousands of adults who arrive at the Christmas Bureau each year are just there for their kids. They’re grateful for holiday gifts so their children can have a brighter holiday during otherwise tough times. The families also receive a $15 to $30 food voucher toward a holiday meal. While those adults don’t expect much for themselves, some extra warmth is heading their way this year. It’s tucked into a new project, called “Gloves of Love.”

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SUNDAY, DEC. 6, 2015

Two CdA officers involved in collision Saturday

Two Coeur d’Alene police officers and three other people were all taken to Kootenai Health and treated for minor injuries after a collision Saturday evening. The officers were driving near West Haycraft Avenue and U.S. 95 just before 7 p.m. when they saw another driver commit a traffic infraction, according to a news release. The officer driving the car activated the emergency lights and attempted to cross the highway to pull over the other car, the release said.

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President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Sunday night, Dec. 6, 2016. The president's speech followed Wednesday's shooting in San Bernardino, California, that killed 14 people and wounded 21.

Obama: Terror threat against US has entered ‘new phase’ 

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a rare Oval Office address, President Barack Obama vowed Sunday night the United States would overcome a terror threat that has entered a “new phase” as he sought to reassure Americans shaken by recent attacks in Paris and California. “I know that after so much war, many Americans are asking whether we are confronted by a cancer that has no immediate cure,” he said, speaking from a lectern in his West Wing office.

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The S-R’s most-viewed stories, photos last week

Most read(spokesman.com) 1. Avista mails gift cards to more than 3,000 customers 2. Woman’s DNA recovered in Spokane police sexual assault case 3. Spokane police Sgt. Gordon Ennis arrested for suspected sexual assault 4. Spokane Police Guild president has been ...

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Power restored to about 2,200 Avista customers 36 

About 2,200 Avista Utilities customers were without power Sunday afternoon after a transformer failed. Crews were able to isolate the faulty equipment that served a broad area from the South Hill to the Glenrose Prairie, and restore power around it ...

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Brenda Parker, a Christmas Bureau greeter, is pictured with her son, Charles Moore Jr. Parker, 51, of Coeur d’Alene, is taking several vacation days off from her Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center phlebotomist job to volunteer at the bureau. She hopes to spread smiles and offer hugs as someone who years ago faced a bleak Christmas as a single mom.

Christmas Bureau volunteer knows firsthand a little help can go a long way

Head to toe, Brenda Parker will wear holiday bling galore while working eight days as a greeter at the Christmas Bureau. Two felt reindeer will sway on her headband. She’ll wear bright holiday sweaters and elfish shoes with bells on her toes, all with the hope to bring smiles. She’ll also offer up plenty of hugs, and a dance or two to live Christmas music.

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Huckleberries: Sports fan laments KVNI programming change 

Count former Coeur d’Alene Councilman Mike Kennedy among those who lament the corporate decision to change the all-sports format of Coeur d’Alene’s KVNI AM radio station. Says Mike: “I like sports radio, live games, sports talk, whatever. It's a welcome refuge from the blather of political talk radio.” There is one silver lining for Mike. KVNI will still broadcast Seattle Mariners games. Which will be of interest until the M’s inevitably fall out of contention next fall.

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