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  • Remodel revives aging building

    Tucked among a swath of historic homes on West Ninth Avenue, a 1950s apartment building is getting a new lease on life, thanks to a pair of developers with an …


  • Pesky aphids disappear within days

    Is there anything to help reduce the clusters of small gnats that hover over the lawn? Joan Hall, Suncrest


  • Striking bungalow looks like a keeper

    Amy Shook and Steve Korn have learned a lot about the Craftsman style since moving into their 1912 Cannon Hill residence four years ago. Entered into both the Spokane and …


  • Halloween tradition rarely rings hollow

    Isn’t it nice that there are some things that never seem to go out of style? Sure, trends come and go, but the basics stay the same. Halloween is one …


  • Dawn Lindblom

    Dawn Lindblom remembers the moment she knew she loved her work. As volunteer coordinator for a Minneapolis nonprofit, she’d spent the day with a group of college students, helping clean …


  • Mixology 101

    If you’ve been reading the style pages of glossy shelter magazines, you may have noticed that cocktails are back in style. When it comes to making cocktails at home, Cuisine …


  • Radical revival

    Bruce and Marge Kerwin spent much of the past two decades living and traveling abroad in some of the world’s most exotic and far-flung locales. Kuwait, Latvia and the Philippines …


  • Pet projects are her business

    Many of us are familiar with the frustration of trying to pose a family for formal pictures. Try doing the same thing with a group of family pets.


  • Austrian peas can enrich soil

    I have four large maple trees in my yard. Several years ago I had them trimmed. I rented a chipper and chipped the limbs on the garden and tilled them …


  • Plant bulbs now for flashy spring

    Want color next spring to brighten your dull, winter-trashed garden? Now is the time to plant spring bulbs. Tulips are one the most popular bulbs because they come in such …


  • School time equals playtime

    A reader called me the other day to celebrate. “I’m ready to get back out in the world,” she said with a laugh. “I need to have some fun.”


  • Dexter DuPont

    In a fog of grief, Dexter DuPont moved to Spokane. Devastated by the death last winter of his wife, the 72-year-old former actor packed his belongings into a 17-foot trailer …


  • Spokane firm lets the sun shine in

    “It’ll be a nice contrast to the chicken wire,” architect Sam Nystrom says, gazing two stories up at the unfinished ceiling of his new design firm in downtown Spokane. Nystrom, …


  • It’s never too early to be thinking green

    Kids these days. They’ve got the weight of the world – and the atmosphere – on their shoulders. When it comes to environmental issues, they’re caught between conflicting tensions, says …


  • Sales rep finds dream job

    A basketball buddy helped Kyle McFarlane get his work-at-home gig five years ago. He had recently been married and wanted a job with more flexibility. McFarlane wasn’t looking specifically to …


  • Resistant turfs fend off necrotic ring

    Is there a way to control necrotic ring (not fairy ring) in my yard short of digging it out and starting over? Kathy Arbuckle,


  • Cushing’s can sneak up on your dog

    Is your old dog drinking a lot of water and panting all the time? Does he have a thin coat? Maybe he is overweight with a potbelly. These signs are …


  • Commuter steers away from fuel costs

    Each weekday Fred Anderson makes the 100-mile round trip trek from his condo in downtown Spokane to his job in Newport, Wash. For most people, the commute wouldn’t be worth …


  • Horn presents mystery of note

    When he was just a toddler in 1944, Allen Gifford picked up his great-great grandfather’s brass cornet and put it to his lips. The moment was captured in a photograph. …


  • Divide and conquer your perennials

    Summer’s heat is gone. We’ve had a bit of rain that has perked up the gardens. The fall garden season is upon us. One of the major jobs is dividing …


  • Let your lawn renovation begin

    What a summer. When it got hot in July, I was not looking forward to it being hot all the way to Labor Day. Not when we were trying to …


  • Heat took toll on zucchini plants

    Last year, our zucchini did real well. Like many people, we couldn’t harvest them fast enough. This year, our zucchini plant looks great and is putting out a lot of …


  • Taking renewal into their own hands

    A new cafe specializing in gourmet tea might seem out of place among Spokane’s ubiquitous java huts and espresso stands. But a tea house amidst the dilapidated buildings and vacant …


  • They dropped serious cash

    When the Antiques Roadshow was in town, I spent several hours at the convention center on the set of the Public Television show. I talked with people who were waiting …


  • Rufus and Sheila Hoefer

    After moving 24 times during their marriage, retired Lt. Col. Rufus Hoefer gave his wife, Sheila, the option of moving anywhere she wanted from their last home in San Antonio, …


  • Local artisans strut their stuff for HGTV

    Earlier this summer a crew from Home and Garden Television was in town filming local artists for “That’s Clever,” a how-to, step-by-step show which airs locally Monday through Friday. The …


  • Local growers make a difference

    For Don and LaVerle McCandless, growing vegetables is an important part of life. Every year they coax tomatoes, zucchini, beans, cabbage, carrots and a dozen other vegetables out of their …


  • Feline leukemia cases decline

    The good news about the Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is now that kittens are routinely tested for it and vaccinated against it, the virus has declined in prevalance. FeLV is …


  • Linda Dellens

    As a teenager, Linda Dellens learned compassion while volunteering for the Special Olympics. “I remember so distinctly going to the Special Olympics events and seeing kids with bigger problems than …


  • Welcome Home!

    If you ask me, any space ought to be designed to include a place for stopping and dropping. I don’t mean the television room – a place to plant yourself …


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