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  • SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2012

    WSU instructor: Activist nurses crucial to health care reform

    A month ago, Lynnette Vehrs, a registered nurse for more than three decades, visited with legislators during Nurse Legislative Day in Olympia. Student nurses accompanied her. She urged the students …


  • SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2012

    Terminal cancer can’t shake Supreme Court Justice’s spirit

    Mary Fairhurst, a Washington state Supreme Court Justice with deep Spokane roots, is living with terminal colon cancer. It could take her life in six months or a year – …


  • SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2012

    Robideaux: To thrive in this economy, you have to evolve

    In the new economy, professions won’t run in families as easily as they once did. Generations of doctors, lawyers and small-business owners might soon seem an old-economy relic. Andy Robideaux, …


  • SATURDAY, OCT. 1, 2011

    Avista economist sees the good amid the gloom

    Randy Barcus, chief economist for Avista, is a repeat visitor in this Wise Words interview space. The reason? More than a year ago, Barcus, 64, predicted with uncanny accuracy what …


  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 3, 2011

    Wise Words: Psychologist and academic pursued hobby, creating successful second career and legacy

    Myles Anderson, 70, was inducted last month into the Washington Wine Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser, Wash. Anderson, co-owner …


  • SATURDAY, AUG. 6, 2011

    Prepared for the worst, he’s in with the best

    Larry Rider, deputy chief of Spokane Valley Fire Department, has lived his entire life within five miles of his fire-station office at 10319 E. Sprague Ave. Rider, 54, has worked …


  • SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2011

    an activist for the ages

    Dr. George Rice, 75, delivered more than 3,000 babies in his 26-year medical career in Spokane. He helped the smallest among us start life and now, in his retirement, he’s …


  • SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2011

    Anxiety busters: Deep breathing and kindness

    At the beginning of the recession, Kent Hoffman, a 63-year-old Spokane psychotherapist, suggested that The Spokesman-Review publish regular stories about kind acts to counter the anxiety people were feeling as …


  • SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2011

    This gifted professor practices what she preaches

    Margo Long, 65, founded the Center for Gifted Education and Professional Development at Whitworth University 36 years ago. She’s retiring this month as director of the center, but Long will …


  • SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2011

    For Julie Farley, beauty is heart deep

    Julie Farley’s small business in downtown Spokane, The Make-up Studio, where women come for makeup lessons and sessions, will celebrate its ninth anniversary this year. Two years ago, Farley, 53, …


  • SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011

    Three decades as a public servant generates patience, wisdom

    Maggie Miller-Stout, superintendent of Airway Heights Corrections Center, has worked for the state of Washington for 36 years – the past 12 in the top spot at a prison where …


  • SATURDAY, FEB. 5, 2011

    Wise Words with Ted Solomon

    Ted Solomon owns Digital Scanning and Imaging in Spokane Valley. The company scans and preserves documents involved in commerce and government. During the housing boom, the company’s growth reflected the …


  • SATURDAY, JAN. 1, 2011

    Weathering the storm

    At 67, George Maupin is the oldest person on camera in “local” television. The weatherman is part of the team on KHQ’s morning news show, which airs Monday through Friday.


  • SATURDAY, JAN. 1, 2011

    Wise Words with George Maupin

    At 67, George Maupin is the oldest person on camera in “local” television. The weatherman is part of the team on KHQ’s morning news show, which airs Monday through Friday. …


  • SATURDAY, DEC. 4, 2010

    Wise Words: Retiring WSU dean helped pioneer distance learning

    In 1985, mass use of e-mail and the Internet was 10 years away, and most people still rented, rather than owned, VCR machines to watch movies on. Yet Samuel H. …


  • SATURDAY, DEC. 4, 2010

    Wise Words with Muriel Oaks

    Muriel Oaks, newly retired dean of WSU’s Center for Distance and Professional Learning, helped bring WSU into the 21st-century with learning dependent on innovation, creation — and technology In this …


  • SATURDAY, NOV. 6, 2010

    Acts of compassion

    Dr. Arch Logan is the medical director at the House of Charity’s clinic in downtown Spokane. He volunteers four to five days a week at the shelter, where homeless and …


  • SATURDAY, NOV. 6, 2010

    Wise Words with Dr. Arch Logan

    Dr. Arch Logan is the medical director at the House of Charity’s clinic in downtown Spokane. He volunteers four to five days a week at the shelter, where homeless and …


  • SATURDAY, OCT. 2, 2010

    Strength through loss

    Mary Anne Ruddis, executive director of Candlelighters of the Inland Northwest, works with parents whose children have cancer. ¶ But she rarely shares her life story, unless she believes it …


  • SATURDAY, OCT. 2, 2010

    Wise Words with Mary Anne Ruddis

    Mary Anne Ruddis, executive director of Candlelighters of the Inland Northwest, works with parents whose children have cancer. But she rarely shares her life story, unless she believes it will …


  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 4, 2010

    Staying positive

    Carol Stueckle, former mayor of Colfax, recently lost her job with a hospital foundation. She cried for several days, then she got busy creating an event-planning/fundraising/motivational speaking business she named …


  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 4, 2010

    Wise Words with Carol Stueckle

    Carol Stueckle of Colfax is launching a business at age 72. In this Wise Words in Troubled Times interview, she explains where she got the courage to do it.


  • SATURDAY, AUG. 7, 2010

    Forecasting better times

    Randy Barcus, chief economist for Avista, is known for delivering economic forecasts in language everyone can understand. He’s worked for Avista since 1979, studying the economy’s booms and busts and …


  • SATURDAY, AUG. 7, 2010

    Wise Words with Randy Barcus

    Randy Barcus, chief economist for Avista, is known for delivering economic forecasts in language everyone can understand. He did just that in a Wise Words interview with Rebecca Nappi of …


  • SATURDAY, JULY 3, 2010

    Wise Words with Cathy and Mike Sacco

    Cathy Sacco and Mike Sacco talk about gratitude in this recent “Wise Words in Troubled Times” interview.


  • SATURDAY, JULY 3, 2010

    Focusing on the positive

    Long before this Great Recession, Mike and Cathy Sacco were living the deeper values now emerging for many in these tough economic times. They are grateful. They value people over …


  • SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 2010

    It’s all about service

    During the recession, it’s been business as usual at River Ridge Hardware and Rental on Spokane’s North Side. Sales took just a slight dip, and no full-time employees lost their …


  • SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 2010

    Wise Words with Scott Banick

    This is the complete transcript of the “Wise Words in Troubled Times” interview with Scott Banick, manager of River Ride Hardware & Rental in North Spokane.


  • SATURDAY, MAY 1, 2010

    Embracing transition

    OJ Cotes, an educator in Spokane since 1965, has spent the past decade at Whitworth University preparing teachers-to-be for the modern classroom. She’s known for her high standards in the …


  • SATURDAY, MAY 1, 2010

    Wise Words with OJ Cotes

    This is the complete transcript of the May 1, 2010 “Wise Words in Troubled Times” interview with OJ Cotes, a longtime Spokane educator.


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