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Wagstaff Inc. recognized as Employer of the Year for creative recruitment and retention programs

Wagstaff Inc. was named the 2018 Employer of the Year by the Association of Washington Business. The statewide award recognized the company’s efforts to recruit and retain employees through competitive …

Difference Makers: Chris DeForest helps property owners protect their legacy and their land

About 17,000 acres has been preserved as open spaces through the efforts of the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy – most of it under Chris DeForest’s leadership.

Santa Claus continues decades-old tradition of visits to Spokane malls

The technology and requests may be different than they were at the old Crescent or Bon Marche department stores, but children still line up every year to bend the ear …

Musicians bring Christmas spirit to those waiting at the Christmas Bureau

The Christmas Bureau is closed now, but every day that it was open singers and performers filled the building at the Spokane County Fairgrounds with the sound of music.

Paul Turner: Tips to outwit holiday package thieves

So here’s my better-late-than-never report on how to keep thieves from stealing packages from your front porch.

Why are paper Christmas cards still a thing? Millennials, for once, are to thank.

Old-fashioned paper greeting cards, delivered via snail mail, remain a holiday staple.

Answers to 12 Trivias of Christmas quiz

Here are the answers to Spin Control’s annual 12 Trivias of Christmas quiz.

Shawn Vestal: McGrath says it’s a nice bridge, but…

It is, George McGrath acknowledges, a very nice bridge – this span that he has pugnaciously insisted on calling the Bridge to Hookerville.

Spin Control: Can’t join in any reindeer games? Try 12 Trivias of Christmas

To celebrate rather than castigate, Spin Control offers its annual 12 Trivias of Christmas, a tradition call for a seasonal halt to political wrangling.

100 years ago in Spokane: Soldiers and sailors clear socialist meeting hall

About 60 soldiers and sailors, home on furlough, walked into a gathering of Spokane socialists and ordered everyone to leave.

Motley Fool: Calling on Verizon

Verizon has been laying the expensive framework for its 5G network, which has launched in limited markets. That’s great for long-term investors.

BBB Tip of the Week: How to recognize and avoid holiday scams

As shoppers set records on spending, Better Business Bureau urges consumers to be prepared for scammers looking to take a bit of your holiday cheer.

Tom Kelly: Revisiting how our nation participates in housing

If the government was removed from home financing, special category loans would need to be included in any new system. We simply have to remember that special, by definition, means …

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 6:36 p.m.

Open and closed: shutdown’s varied impact on parks, tourists

The huddled masses are still able to visit the Statue of Liberty. The Grand Canyon is open for business. The government says other national parks “will remain as accessible as …

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 4:46 p.m.

Retired Spokane teacher knits, crochets hundreds of hats a year for charity

Seated in her living room between the fireplace and a window to her backyard on the South Hill, Nina Elsee knits hats. Every day.

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

At least 62 killed in Indonesia volcano-triggered tsunami

The death toll from a volcano-triggered tsunami that hit both sides of Indonesia’s Sunda Strait late Saturday has risen to 62, the country’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said.

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

Moroccans hold anti-terror vigil for slain Nordic hikers

Moroccans gathered Saturday in front of the Norwegian and Danish embassies in Rabat in a candlelight vigil to honor two Scandinavian university students killed in a terrorist attack in the …

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 4:46 p.m.

Spokane’s New Year’s fireworks display moving to 9 p.m.; First Night hopes to make comeback

Celebrate New Year’s at 9 p.m. Dec. 31 at Riverfront Park. The earlier time is meant to coincide with park activities, not necessarily New Year’s in New York.

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

Jennie-O recalls more than 164,000 pounds of ground turkey in widening salmonella outbreak

Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales is recalling 164,210 pounds of raw turkey because of possible salmonella contamination, the Agriculture Department says.

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 6:07 p.m.

Laura Ingraham taunted David Hogg over college rejections. He just said he got into Harvard.

In mid-December, Harvard’s early-entry candidates began logging on to the application status portal to learn whether they’d been accepted to one of the world’s most prestigious universities. But for one …

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 6:06 p.m.

Meghan McCain blasts Bill O’Reilly for tweet about Justice Ginsburg’s health

When John McCain announced he had a brain tumor last year, condolences and support came alongside the whispered speculations: How would the death of the Republican senator from Arizona change …

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 4:06 p.m.

Police seek missing 14-year-old girl

Police are seeking a missing 14-year-old girl last seen in Spokane Valley at about noon Friday.

Palestinian president to dissolve parliament, Hamas irate

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pledged on Saturday to implement a court ruling and dissolve the parliament controlled by his rival Hamas movement, triggering warnings of chaos from the Islamic militant …

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 4:49 p.m.

Kennewick teacher treasures gift from student with ‘nothing to give’ but cereal

Rachel Uretsky-Pratt is an elementary school teacher in Kennewick, Washington, so this time of year she gets a lot of gifts from students: chocolates, notes, jewelry.

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

Selling expendable Lincoln-collection items won’t erase debt

The acquisition of 1,500 documents and artifacts for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum a decade ago firmly established Illinois as a leading repository of all things Lincoln, the …

Federal program pays $1.4 million to pikeminnow anglers

Federal officials say a program that pays anglers to catch a predator that eats young salmon and steelhead resulted in more than 180,000 northern pikeminnows being caught and killed in …

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 6:40 p.m.

Partial government shutdown compounds risks for U.S. economy

Now in its 10th year, America’s economic expansion still looks sturdy. Yet the partial shutdown of the government that began Saturday has added another threat to a growing list of …

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

Syria sends reinforcements east after Trump’s pullout plan

Syrian troops have sent reinforcements to the eastern province of Deir el-Zour close to an enclave controlled by the Islamic State group and along the front with U.S.-backed Kurdish-led fighters, …

Aid ship with 311 migrants ignored by Italy, heads to Spain

Spain’s Foreign Ministry says it has given permission to an aid boat carrying 311 rescued migrants to set course for Spain after Italy and other Mediterranean countries did not answer …

Traffic stop leads discovery of 800 pounds of pot

Idaho State Police say a traffic stop in eastern Idaho led to the discovery of 800 pounds of marijuana worth more than $3 million.