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  • More homemade treats that make great gifts

    More ideas for sweets and treats you can make at home and give as gifts.

  • Send us your favorite holiday light displays

    Once again, we’re putting together a list of area holiday lights displays – and we need your help. If you spot something particularly eye-catching, either in your neighbor’s yard (or …

  • Clark: Local characters revive tired Christmas tales

    Yeah. Yeah. We’ve all seen the Grinch. And that George Bailey makeover? That wonderful life has been done to death.

  • Dr. Hideg: Moderation key for the holidays

    We are in the midst of another holiday season of parties, dinners, fundraisers and other gatherings filled with friends, food and drink. In addition to larger portions, many holiday foods …

  • Help us map out area’s light displays

    Once again, we’re putting together a list of area holiday lights displays – and we need your help. If you spot something particularly eye-catching, either in your neighbor’s yard (or …

  • Be our guiding lights for holiday displays

    Once again, we’re putting together a list of area holiday lights displays – and we need your help. If you spot something particularly eye-catching, either in your neighbor’s yard (or …

  • Holidays time for survival as jobless benefits run out

    Shawn Slonsky’s children know by now not to give him Christmas lists filled with the latest gizmos. The 44-year-old union electrician is one of nearly 2 million Americans whose extended …

  • Holiday yard art helps retailers

    RALEIGH, N.C. — If you think inflatable snow globes are tacky, prepare to hold your well-mannered tongue. This year, it’s going to seem like “Tim the Toolman” Taylor has moved …

  • TSA urges Thanksgiving airport security compliance

    Holiday travelers dismayed by airport body scans planned protests at bustling airports today, while the head of the nation’s transport security agency urged passengers to comply with searches to reduce …

  • Whether by plane or car, prepare for holiday travel

    Travel nationwide over the Thanksgiving period is expected to increase by more than 11 percent to 42.2 million people, according to projections from the American Automobile Association.

  • Do Your Part: Keep waste under wraps at your holiday bash

    With the holidays fast approaching the plans for parties are already under way. From Thanksgiving dinner to a New Year’s Eve bash, it’s easy to throw a fabulous get-together without …

  • Some offices, services to close for holiday

    The following offices and services will be affected by the Labor Day holiday. • All Kootenai County city and rural garbage pickup will be one day late for the week.

  • Memorial Day weekend events

    The following events are taking place throughout the region over the Memorial Day weekend: Today

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day events

    The following regional activities and events will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

  • Toys, food plentiful, but cash gifts lag

    Holiday charity was a mixed bag in the Inland Northwest, with some 2009 goals being met and others falling by the wayside while the recession chugs along. Donations of food, …

  • More people will hit road this holiday season, group says

    Holiday travel is on the rise after two years of consecutive declines, according to automobile group AAA. The agency expects a 3.8 percent increase in all modes of transportation between …

  • The 12 myths of Christmas

    This is the time of year when grown-ups fret about sharing certain holiday truths with children. You know, revealing that stocking stuffers sometimes get regifted or admitting that there’s no …

  • Joy to the scales

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, when it’s oh-so-easy to begin to look a lot like Santa Claus. Sweet temptations are everywhere. The office, in particular, can be …

  • Gift of health keeps giving

    If I could give you one thing for the upcoming holidays, it would be perfect health. Unfortunately, it is not something that I can give to you or that you …

  • Retailers report surprise drop in November

    The nation’s retailers posted a surprise sales decline for November after two consecutive months of gains, as a modestly positive start to holiday shopping wasn’t strong enough to offset weak …

  • Healthier holiday treats

    If the thought of holiday cookies already has you planning your diet for the new year, take a deep breath and remember that a cookie on its own is a …

  • Charity’s goal inches up to $500,000

    Volunteers of America Executive Director Marilee Roloff once read something Oprah Winfrey said, and it has always stuck with her. When Winfrey was 12 and living on welfare with her …

  • Consumer group warns about toy hazards

    Holiday shoppers should look out for toy hazards such as small parts, loud sounds, soft plastics and lead contamination, consumer advocates warned today.

  • Presidents Day affects services

    Today is Presidents Day. As a result, many government offices and services will have the day off. Most banks will be closed. There will be no mail delivery, and federal …

  • World bids adieu to rocky 2008

    NEW YORK — Americans are having no problem saying goodbye to 2008 today, but the nation’s economic troubles made many of them less interested in giving it an expensive send-off.

  • Event rings in the new year by shredding the old

    NEW YORK – Should auld acquaintance be forgot? Or maybe shredded? In an event that organizers hope will become a New Year’s tradition, New Yorkers and tourists were invited to …

  • First Night revelry spreads eastward

    Bubbles are a fitting New Year’s Eve symbol – champagne and all of that – but they’ll play a particularly key role in this year’s First Night Spokane celebration. Among …

  • Ornaments spark memories of holiday traditions

    In the mid-1960s, when Lila and George Girvin’s four boys were young, Lila’s mother sent her an elaborate “God’s eye” ornament she’d made. God’s eyes – made of yarn woven …

  • On-the-water light show a delight

    The world’s tallest living Christmas tree and its 30,000 sparkling lights are only a small part of the holiday magic at The Coeur d’Alene Resort’s “Journey to the North Pole.” …

  • Visual arts warm things up for First Night

    There’s magic and promise in the air in the days between Christmas and New Year’s. From Friday through New Year’s Day, Art Fusion – a sparkling new addition to the …



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