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Rob Curley: Among the Christmas trees, Hutton Settlement’s Trevor McArthur finds place and purpose

It’s the smell. Not the warm and familiar fragrance of the trees, though he loves that scent as well.


Eye on Boise: The Idaho Legislature’s freshmen class is well-educated, mostly male, mostly GOP

When the Idaho Legislature convenes in January, 25 of its members will be brand-new, and that’s not counting two who were just elected after earlier being appointed and serving in …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 1:09 p.m.

Faith and Values: Stripping politics from Christianity

In 1981, Billy Graham warned evangelical Christians about a “wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right,” warning that the “hard right [had] no interest in religion except to …


Sue Lani Madsen: Initiative 1000 barking up the wrong tree

If you’re unfamiliar with the phrase, or with the acute hearing of dogs, a dog whistle refers to a sound pitched so high only a dog can hear it. When …


Getting There: The steep climb from Poverty Flats to Peaceful Valley

Residents of Peaceful Valley whose commutes have been disrupted by roadwork these past several months may take solace in the earlier chapters of their neighborhood’s history, when residents faced far …


Shawn Vestal: In a soldier’s journal, the story of war and what comes after

Orrin Gorman McClellan took his own life following an extended battle with the wounds that so many warriors bring home with them – post-traumatic stress disorder, likely traumatic brain injury, …


Sue Lani Madsen: The more things change…

Mom always said people don’t really change as they get older, they just get more and more like themselves. Apparently so do countries.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018, 1:15 p.m.

Paul Turner: 13 Christmas questions

So it’s December, time for the 13 Questions of Christmas in Spokane.


Eye on Boise: Idaho has incarcerated 223 for statutory rape since 1972

Gov. Butch Otter’s recent pardon of a man who had been convicted of the statutory rape of his underage girlfriend when he was 18 raised an interesting question: How many …


Paul Turner: Predictions for the next 50 years

How will things change in the next 50 years – not just in pro football but in American life?


Shawn Vestal: Gov. Inslee’s travel budget smudges the line between political and professional

It’s been a sea-to-shining-sea year for our peripatetic governor.


Faith and Values: Hospitality begins with the ‘other’ within

I tend to grow more and more impatient with the superficial ways we toss the word “hospitality” into our conversations. It is a very ancient, honorable word. But we domesticate …


Sue Lani Madsen: It’s all about the food – and the soil it grows in

Food, glorious food. The centerpiece of every holiday. Whatever your Thanksgiving tradition, food is the constant whether it’s turkey with sausage stuffing or vegan roasted pumpkin with riced cauliflower dressing. …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 23, 2018, 12:59 p.m.

Getting There: The winter gear you need as you climb Sherman Pass on your way to Thanksgiving dinner

Not much is known about the first Thanksgiving, despite the myths we’ve built up around the holiday celebrating gratitude, friends, family and fall.


Eye on Boise: Why the Ada recount will take a month or more

With recounts pending both for the College of Western Idaho levy, which failed by just 144 votes in Ada and Canyon counties combined, and the District 15 state Senate seat, …


Shawn Vestal: ‘Constitutionalists’ have some funny ideas about the Constitution

Scratch the surface of a “constitutionalist” – at least one of the Western anti-government variety – and what you often find underneath is an authoritarian. Or an anarchist.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 18, 2018, 2:21 p.m.

Rob Curley: At 90, Mickey Mouse still the symbol of a dream that wouldn’t quit

Strap on those Mickey ears you bought during your last vacation to Disneyland and let’s begin this little mouse tale.


Faith and Values: Why I don’t have the post-election blues

I don’t have the post-election blues. It isn’t because all my candidates of choice won. Because they didn’t. And it’s not because the measures I voted for passed. Because not …


Sue Lani Madsen: Child’s play – safe or sorry

Heading over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house next week will undoubtedly trigger a few family disagreements at the Thanksgiving dinner table. If not over politics, over …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 12, 2018, 7:45 a.m.

Getting There: Yielding and merging onto freeway aren’t the same. (You should know with changes coming to I-90.)

Little known fact: Those yield signs that motorists face when joining highway traffic? They mean yield.


Eye on Boise: When lawmakers convene, nearly a quarter will be new

When the Idaho Legislature convenes for its organizational session the first week of December, nearly a quarter of the 105-member Legislature will be new.


Shawn Vestal: Snow flies, and city is still seeking answers to shelter crisis

The temperatures had just peaked above 40 degrees on Wednesday, boosted by the bright sun.


Paul Turner: Time to burnish those Washington State bona fides

Today is the anniversary of Washington’s 1889 statehood.


Sue Lani Madsen: Sparring the Spokane way

There’s a tough match-up next Tuesday evening in the boxing ring at the Howard Street Gym. No fisticuffs expected, only fact checking and flourishes of humor for the fifth edition …


Shawn Vestal: McMorris Rodgers rode Eastern Washington’s red tide to victory

It wasn’t a wave, it was the tide. The regular, recurrent tide.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 5, 2018, 12:23 p.m.

Getting There: The future of pavement

Seers don’t generally gaze into the pavement to tell the future. Such visions are better found in a crystal ball, the bottom of a tea cup or in the palm …


Eye on Boise: All told, the props drew the most cash

The remarkable sums of money that have been poured into two ballot initiatives in Idaho this year – and one of them in particular, on racetrack betting machines – eclipses …


Sue Lani Madsen: Healthcare – it’s complicated

Health care reform has been a political slogan generator for over a decade. Repeal and Replace! Medicare for All!


Getting There: Big changes coming to Bigelow Gulch Road

Say hello to the Bigelow Gulch Urban Connector. Or at least, the beginning of the connector.


Paul Turner: The pie that divides us

Spokane is torn in two, but it is not politics that divides us.