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UPDATED: Sat., July 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m.

Helping young non-readers love books: Librarians and others offer advice

For some, the idea of spending a lazy summer day at the beach or cabin with a good book sounds like heaven. But for a lot of kids, “they think …


Embrace the boredom: How kids can benefit from unstructured time in the summer

More parents and educators are heralding the benefits of summer boredom, at least partly this season, to build kids’ creativity, curiosity and other skills. While activities are good, they advocate …


Paul Turner: Let’s make kids bored again this summer

Some of us are concerned that kids in Spokane have lost their edge when it comes to complaining about being bored. The solution? Try a conversation about local current events.


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 10:36 p.m.

Hot weather poised to break Thursday heat record

With temperatures in the 90s, Spokane could see record-breaking weather this week.


UPDATED: Fri., May 31, 2019, 1:21 p.m.

Mama Bear Moxie: End of School Year Blues

It never fails that I start to feel this suffocating anticipation as the school year winds down and I know that summer is coming. Every year I find myself trying …


Paul Turner: We all have a different way of welcoming summer

Opinions vary about just when summer begins.


Grounded MAX jets could contribute to higher summer fares

The grounding of Boeing 737 MAX jets likely means that fare increases this summer will be larger than already expected and airlines will struggle to handle disruptions such as storms …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 24, 2019, 9:11 p.m.

Snow eases drought concerns in Washington, Idaho, to a degree

Idaho and Washington could be headed for an abnormally dry summer. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently issued a climate prediction showing a worsening outlook for drought across the …


100 deaths reported on Idaho roads during summer

More traffic deaths happen during the summer than any other time of year. Idaho State police say they responded to a fatal accident nearly every day this year during a …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

Unhealthy, smoky air prompts health warnings, forces closure of Spokane pools

The city’s six public swimming pools will be closed while choking conditions persist in Spokane, limiting access to a free relief from potential record-breaking heat. The city’s splash pads will …


Reader Photo: Summer’s in full swing

A boy flies through the air above Fish Lake while his friends watch from below. Photographer Melaine Williams captured this quintessential summer shot during the first weekend of July.


Mama Bear Moxie: Free things to do with your kids this summer

When you are a stay-at-home mama with little ones in the house it can be hard trying to plan fun things to do on a shoestring budget. I remember those …


House Call: Be mindful of the heat as summer gets warmer

Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke are related to each other but vary in seriousness. All three are typically caused by exercise or other strenuous activity in hot environments.


Free and cheap: Summer activities that won’t break the bank

The sun is up and school is out, and for Spokane residents, there are summer activities aplenty. Here are some top picks that can be enjoyed without emptying your wallet.


Mama Bear Moxie: Keep back to school shopping in August

Summer vacation has just started and already there’s a catalog on my counter trying to convince me to purchase a backpack. I’ve barely finished unloading a forest full of crumpled …


Mama Bear Moxie: Don’t sweat the summer planning

Summer is upon us and it has mamas all over in a frenzy. Working moms have to make other plans for childcare or enroll their kiddos in every-summer-camp-known-to-man to keep …


Spokane area pools hold open houses Saturday for free swim registration

Eager swimmers will be able to sign up Saturday at the city’s six municipally owned pools for free entry this summer, the first time everyone can get in without paying …


Lake City library opens temp summer site

Lake City Public Library in Coeur d’Alene will open June 18 in temporary summer quarters at Skyway Elementary, while maintenance occurs at its Lake City High School location.


Legislative panel unanimously backs call for special session on water rights

Lawmakers from both houses and both parties agreed Wednesday that Idaho needs a special legislative session this summer to deal with a long-simmering water rights fight in the Treasure Valley.


This Pasco teacher’s summer plans will save her life

Johnson, 56, has a kidney condition and needs a transplant. And she learned earlier this month that she’ll get one – thanks to her good friend Mary Frances Lembo, who’ll …


Paul Turner: The cure for condiment fever

The unofficial start of summer arrives with a question.


Kickoff to summer: Your guide for the Memorial Day weekend

The official start of summer may not arrive for another three weeks, but unofficially, it’s hard to point to a better kickoff than Memorial Day weekend.


UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

Airlines prepare for an expected record number of summer passengers

A record 246.1 million passengers are expected to fly during the season, a 3.7 percent increase over a record set last year, according to Airlines for America, a trade group …


UPDATED: Mon., April 30, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

Get ready for the most expensive driving season in years

Crude oil prices are at the highest level in more than three years and expected to climb higher, pushing up gasoline prices along the way.


Free swimming gets Spokane Park Board approval

For the first time in more than three decades, visitors to Spokane’s swimming pools won’t need to pay to get in the gates. The Spokane Park Board approved the elimination …


Oregon’s warm winter raises fear of summer drought

If winter weather doesn’t arrive soon, Oregon could be facing a summer drought.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, 8:04 p.m.

Monarch butterflies might vanish from Northwest summers

Children in the Northwest might not see the fluttering orange and black wings of a Monarch butterfly on a summer day a few decades from now.


Before summer ends, ease back into a school routine

It’s still summertime but mid-August introduces a ripe time for some back-to-school readiness. Children benefit from a slow return to structured routines, such as going back to an earlier and …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 3:08 p.m.

U.S. colleges help foreign students wary of traveling home

Adelphi University is among a number of U.S. schools that offered housing, employment or other help to accommodate international students who stayed because of the concern and uncertainty surrounding U.S. …


House Call: The bounty of summer in the Northwest

Warm weather for hiking and camping, light late into the evening that allows for more time outdoors after work for exercising or entertainment, and a region that produces a buffet …