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Kansas man doesn’t regret giving up $1 million ticket

A Kansas man who returned a $1 million lottery ticket to a customer who left it on a store counter says he has no regrets about giving up the prize …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 3:52 p.m.

A 123-year-old quilt reunites family from Pine City with relatives in California

When Patricia Dalton was going through her deceased mother’s belongings at her home in Arroyo Grande, California, she found an unfinished crazy quilt. Mismatched patches of leftover fabric had been …


Yarn sought for making hats, scarves for needy

What’s the best time to being knitting hats and scarves for a cold winter? Of course it’s in the middle of the longest streak of 90-degree days anyone can remember. …


Annual event adds a parade

New this year will be a Unity in the Community Parade that will begin at 9 a.m. on the southeast corner of Stevens Street and Spokane Falls Boulevard.


UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017, 4:56 p.m.

Old brick oven ready for new mitts: Bread baker ready to pass it on – for dough

For the past 19 years, Mary Lee Abba-Gaston has been teaching bread baking classes out of a huge old electric Rainier brick oven she purchased from Mount St. Michael’s. Now …


UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017, 2:11 p.m.

Spokane Valley woman’s Bavarian-style model house keeps hometown close to her heart

She was just 11 years old when Allied bombs started falling on her hometown of Grafenwoehr in Germany. Home to a large and at the time German military installation Grafenwoehr …


Prom dress donation business gets new owner and renewed energy

Spokane organization donates fashionable prom dresses and gowns to young women in need


Vocal Point: Stranger’s offer of jacket a warm gesture

That bit of offered kindness beats reading a book full of life affirmations.


UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 12:09 a.m.

Love Stories: Spokane couple’s bond spans decades and continents

After that first meeting, Evelyn Anderton called her friend and said, “Gayle, that’s my husband. I don’t know how, but he’s going to be my husband.”


Citizen Journal: Quilting group donates work to Lilac Festival

The quilt will be auctioned to raise money for scholarships.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 3:44 p.m.

Love Stories: Love grew in farm country

It seems Ken and Veva Jean Hames were meant to be together. They met at Rosalia High School and quickly became an item, though Ken isn’t exactly sure how that …


Front Porch: Another troubled bird happily recovered

I don’t know how to rescue a bird precisely, but I do know how to get one to places where they can be saved. I am happy to provide transport.


Meet the members of the 2017 Lilac Court

One of the seven becomes queen on Sunday.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 3:16 p.m.

Spokane Lilac Festival queen coronation will be Sunday

After rounds of speeches and interviews, the Lilac Festival will crown its queen on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017.


Auto shop owner prizes education for employees, community

Ken Wanless, owner of Downtown Auto Specialists, won a $20,000 Working Forward Small Business Award from Synchrony Financial. With it he’ll pay for training for his employees, and set up …


Sledding fun often found close to home

Sledding hills have much in common with good fishing holes: When you know of a good one, you keep it to yourself. Nothing spoils a good sledding hill like having …


Giving and re-gifting to charities booms as end of tax year looms

Few events stimulate charitable giving like the end of the year. The holidays put some in a generous mood; others are motivated by the desire to gather up one more …


Pet food drive benefits Meals on Wheels clients

Cheryl Barnes usually takes on a volunteer project between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and this year she decided to do something good for animals.


Christmas tree lighting at U-City kicks off annual Celebration of Lights

The Rotary Club of Spokane Valley is lighting its Christmas tree one last time in the U-City Parking lot on Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. when it kicks off its …


Future City competition lets middle school students design cities

A Washington State University researcher wants middle school students to design the cities of the future.


New app tracks Spokane students on their school bus

Spokane Public Schools is implementing Z Pass, a program which checks students on and off school buses. Parents can then see on their cellphones where their children last were.


Tons of apples gleaned keep the food banks full

It’s peak apple season and across the area a large crop is weighing down neighborhood trees. At the Resurrection Community Garden behind the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection on East …


Bed races, parade kick off annual Valleyfest

Valleyfest begins with bed races at 6:15 p.m. Friday followed by the Hearts of Gold Parade at 7:30 p.m. Both start at North Gillis Road and Sprague Avenue.


Memorial to veterans, families graces Spokane Valley yard

One could say Christina Heston returned home to a monumental surprise when she found a beautiful memorial to military members and their families on her Spokane Valley front lawn.


Spokane teens volunteer at Greek refugee camps

After graduating in 2015, Spokane natives Cameron Conner and Grant Gallaher packed their tent and embarked on a volunteer mission that would take them to refugee camps near the Greek-Macedonian …


Oregon parents welcome identical triplet girls in rare event

Logan Brown-Fletcher and Amber Hills, 19-year-old high school sweethearts and first-time parents from Newberg, Oregon, welcomed identical girl triplets Raelyn, Avery and Elaina on Monday. Their neonatologist, Dr. Craig Novack, …


Philadelphia tells residents: Don’t swim in dumpster pools

Philadelphia is urging residents not to swim in dumpsters after a rented trash bin was filled with fire hydrant water and transformed into a pool.


This Christmas workshop needs more than one day

For volunteer Marisa Van Wormer, Operation Christmas Child is a year-round ministry. This year in May, that ministry took her to Zambia, where she helped distribute shoeboxes filled with gifts …


Volunteer equine mounted patrol works to prevent crime

Spokane Sheriff’s Department volunteer mounted patrol unit takes its horses to the mall


Women and Children’s Free Restaurant closer to fundraising goal

The Women and Children’s Free Restaurant and Community Kitchen is one step closer to a $2 million fund-raising goal after receiving a $5,000 grant from Avista Foundation, the community investment …