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Wednesday, April 24, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Rob Curley: ‘Orange’ you ready for the Sweet 16?

The good part about being an editor is that you typically see lots of the country, as you move from newspaper to newspaper. That’s also kind of the bad part, too. But not this week. And especially for those heading to Southern California to see Gonzaga in the Sweet 16.

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A stop off the San Francisco coast, on the way to the ‘white shark cafe’

The boat rose and fell relentlessly, one ocean swell after another. I leaned over its stern, fixing my eyes on the decoy floating a few yards away. I had watched it for hours, barely glancing at the elephant seals hauled out on the nearby island. In my eagerness to see who might nibble on the bobbing object, I was reluctant to look away for even a moment.
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Historic hideaways: Five historic hotels with guided tours that bring the past to life

For travelers who seek out historic hotels, learning about a property firsthand and from an expert is a lovely perk. No brochure or website can make history come alive – or indulge questions – the way a human guide can. In fact, for many travelers, guided tours are the highlight of trips to such iconic properties as the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, which served as a secret bunker for members of Congress, or the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, which has a rich history both as a resort built by an automobile magnate and as the inspiration for the Stephen King novel “The Shining.” The following lodgings, all featured on the Historic Hotels of America website (, offer guided tours of their fascinating properties, making your time there a truly memorable experience.
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Getting the good kind of chills on a winter visit deep in Alaska

It’s not only the dogs that are hardy. So, too, are the people in Alaska’s interior who endure long, dark and shockingly cold winters. In January 1934, the air temperature – the wind chill index wasn’t yet invented – plunged to minus 66 degrees. Subzero temps are so common that Fairbanks schools don’t keep kids indoors for recess unless it’s at least 20 below.
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Going to Bali? Have fun, but contribute too

You can overlook the problems, or engage with them, as we tried to do on our trash walk. But however you experience Bali, you will be charmed by its spiritual people, its intense beauty, and its tropical melange of fecundity and decay.