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Wed., May 24, 2017, 1:36 p.m. | Search

Fab 4 friends reunite for Mother’s Day

Wed., May 24, 2017, 1:26 p.m.

Annie Holcomb, of Spokane Valley, center, the “Italian Mama,” is pictured with her daughter, Carol Millard, right, of Hobe Sound, Fla.; and Carol’s childhood friends, clockwise from left, Sharon Thompson of Tacoma; Linda Smith of West Medical Lake; and Sandy Scheer of Atascadero, Calif. Not pictured are: Sandy’s “Swedish mom,” May Fierce-Johanson,  and Sharon’s “Swedish mom,” Wanda Thompson, both of north Spokane;  and Linda’s “English/Irish mom,” Dorothy Parsons, of south Spokane. (Courtesy of Sharon Thompson)
A group of four women reunited in Spokane over Mother’s Day weekend to honor their mothers and a friendship that has lasted over six decades.

Freeman Scotties seek first state championship game

UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 1:04 p.m.

The third time is a charm for the Freeman Scotties. Freeman takes on Cedar Park Christian of Bothell in the semifinals of the state Class 1A baseball tournament Friday at Yakima County Stadium.

Steve Christilaw: Best coaches teach athletes to excel

Wed., May 24, 2017, 1:02 p.m.

Liz Wardsworth is never going to mince words. I called her the other day to see how her University High School track and field athletes had fared at the regional meet, and to figure out who was headed on to the state meet this weekend. “This is going to be a short conversation,” she said.

Agency spells out rules, safe practices for backyard fires

UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 12:32 p.m.

A metal fire pit is set up in a Hayden garden on June 24, 2014. The Spokane Clean Air Agency is emphasizing outdoor burning safety and clean-burn tips as backyard fires are becoming more popular, a spokeswoman said. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
The popularity of backyard fires appears to be growing, especially with metal backyard fire pits. Now the Spokane Clean Air Agency is spelling out the do’s and don’ts for safe, legal burning

Concert will showcase Indian music

UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 12:43 p.m.

The South Asia Cultural Association of Spokane will be hosting a Jugalbandhi concert on June 2

Front Porch: Sexism in society lingers behind a smile, Stefanie Pettit writes

UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 12:51 p.m.

President Donald Trump, sitting next to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, speaks during a working lunch with ambassadors of countries on the United Nations Security Council and their spouses, Monday, April 24, 2017, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (Susan Walsh / AP)
With major news events happening rapid-fire and assaulting our brains daily, it’s hard to keep track of what went on even a few days ago, no less a few weeks ago. With that said, what I’m about to mention may seem of lesser importance in light of everything that’s transpired since, but I still think it needs airing.

Inside Spokane’s best Airbnbs

UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, noon

Bekha Davis is the owner of The Funky House in Millwood. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
For less than $200 a night visitors to Spokane County can stay in a home with a helipad on the roof, a converted historic electrical substation, or accommodations with Disney flair. It’s all part of the new travel wave led by the likes of lodging upstarts Airbnb and VRBO.

100 years ago in Otis Orchards: Sheriff called to put down Wobbly riot

Wed., May 24, 2017, midnight

The Spokane County sheriff was urgently summoned to put down a “riot” by members of Industrial Workers of the World who were laying pipe for the Otis Orchards irrigation district, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported on May 24, 1917. (Spokesman-Review archives)
The Spokane County sheriff was urgently summoned to put down a “riot” by members of Industrial Workers of the World (the Wobblies) who were laying pipe for the Otis Orchards irrigation district. The trouble began when a “flunkey” in the cook house was fired for allegedly destroying food. More than 100 laborers, all Wobblies, then demanded that the contractor reinstate the flunkey and fire all non-Wobblies.

Spokane region’s short-term rental regulations uneven

Wed., May 24, 2017, midnight

Like many cities nationwide, Spokane had a fitful start permitting short-term rentals. In early 2014, the city began issuing cease-and-desist letters to property owners advertising overnight stays online, saying local laws did not allow room-sharing services outside of regulations for bed and breakfasts, which were only allowed to operate in historic properties.

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