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Gardening: Spokane Edible Tree Project’s workshop series gets tree owners ready for annual gleaning

The Spokane Edible Tree Project has gleaned over 100,000 pounds of apples, pears, plums, peaches, raspberries and blueberries from Spokane backyard trees since its inception in 2013. The Tree Project …


Shawn Vestal: ‘Determinants of health’ can come down to the neighborhood

Where you live can have a big influence on your health.


Eye on Boise: New school funding formula unveiled, lawmakers roll up sleeves

After three years of study, research, input and work, the Legislature’s interim committee that worked on a new approach to dividing Idaho’s school funding among schools across the state handed …


Sue Lani Madsen: Housing Policy Forums, the end of the beginning

Spokane Councilman Breean Beggs described it as “the end of the beginning.” In opening remarks at the last in a series of four housing policy forums, Beggs pointed to the …


Eye on Boise: All told, far more raised, spent on ballot measures than governor’s race

The final numbers are in, and campaign fundraising and spending on two ballot measures this fall far exceeded the amounts spent by both leading candidates for governor.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018, 12:55 p.m.

Faith and Values: Traditions, both constant and changing

The holidays have a way of being both joyous and wistful. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of spending Thanksgiving and Christmas with my family. We usually celebrated it …


Spin Control: Awards time for the highlights and lowlifes of the 2018 election

With most counting finished for the 2018 election and very few races still in doubt, it seems appropriate to pass out the awards for the highlights and lowlifes of the …


Faith and Values: Stepping stones in a life of religious reporting

I’m often asked why I became a religion reporter.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 7, 2018, 3:56 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Heroism under fire earned Puyallup native Medal of Honor

Following a widespread review of military decorations in the post-9/11 years, Ronald Shurer II was awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest honor for military valor.


Sue Lani Madsen: Log it, graze it or watch it burn

Three million acres burning, smoky skies blotting out the sun, businesses closed as people stay indoors to escape wind-driven emissions from a thousand small fires.


Paul Turner: What if, Spokane?

I’m sure you noticed the entertaining series of stories The Spokesman-Review sports section presented this summer in which several “What if?” scenarios were explored.


Eye on Boise: More Russia hearings coming

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, and Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced last week that their committees will …


Sue Lani Madsen: Resolution on nuclear-free community a distraction from city priorities

Sandwiched between a resolution on a $77 million bond proposal for library projects and an ordinance vacating an alley is a resolution declaring Spokane a nuclear-free community and calling for …


UPDATED: Sun., July 1, 2018, 4:22 p.m.

Jim Camden: Would your ancestors be legal immigrants by today’s standards? Not all of mine would

OK, I admit it. My grandfather came to the United States illegally more than 100 years ago. He faced an easier time than today’s immigrants and absolutely no repercussions for …


Paul Turner: The thoughts that follow in the wake of violence

This is a nation populated with an alarming number of broken, unhinged people. Many of them have guns. You knew that. But have you considered what it’s doing to the …


Paul Turner: Enough about your caffeine addiction

Speaking on behalf of those of us who are not addicted to coffee, there’s something I’d like to say to a few of those who are. Shut up already.


Eye on Boise: No fines for late reporting by Ybarra, McGeachin

Two GOP nominees for statewide office, one of them an incumbent, missed the post-primary campaign finance reporting deadline, but Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney said he’s not planning to …


Faith and Values: Striking out in unexplored territory

For many people, June is Graduation Month. Our spiritual journeys can reflect a similar range of possibilities.


Paul Turner: Good luck keeping kids to their books this summer

What are adults using in 2018 to scare kids into making academic progress over the summer?


Paul Turner: Questions for my father

Father’s Day doesn’t lose its significance just because your own father is gone.


Eye on Boise: Risch skips fire hearing, speaks out on international affairs

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, on which U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, serves, held a hearing last week on the upcoming wildfire season, but Risch didn’t show up.


Paul Turner: Finding that Spokane connection

Here in Spokane, two strangers might not want much to do with one another. But place those same individuals in Florida or Texas wearing their Cougs shirts and, well, you …


Shawn Vestal: A new generation keeps the spirit of local journalism alive

The third issue of the city’s newest newspaper was put to bed this week, full of stories from the staff of enterprising young – emphasis on


Eye on Boise: To house a governor…

To make up for the state’s lack of a governor’s mansion, Idaho pays its governor a $4,500 a month housing allowance, which in current Gov. Butch Otter’s case is $54,000 …


Paul Turner: Rethinking that new Spokane slogan

Once in a while a reality check seems in order.


Shawn Vestal: The state of Liberty may not have a shot, but it’s heady fiction

As the concept of an Eastern Washington “Liberty State” – a far-right fantasyland of God, guns and free-cattle-grazing envisioned by Spokane Valley conservatives – evolves from a bad 100-year-old idea …


Paul Turner: We all know what the leaf blower is really saying

The desire to make noise – specifically, the urge to produce a racket with arguably unnecessary power tools while working out in the yard – is one of Spokane’s particular …


Paul Turner: I’d say 50-plus years qualifies as a long-term relationship

Peggy and Dick Leupp met in a church choir.


Getting There: Though long past its heyday, the Felts Field ‘aeroport’ still serves its city’s planes

Just a few years after it was named Felts Field, Spokane’s first municipal airport was bragging about its great and swift business.


Paul Turner: A lexicon for backyard smoke signals

On two different occasions, I’ve had neighbors come over to see if our house was on fire.