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Gardening: Annual symposium focuses on what’s happening in the soil

One of the classes at the annual Cabin Fever Symposium will cover mushroom identification. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
This year’s event features Mary Robson of Port Townsend, Washington, as the keynote speaker. Robson will be telling the story of how roots work with a little help from their friends, soil fungi and bacteria. Robson is a master storyteller when it comes to explaining how things work in the garden. She combines her years as a WSU extension horticulture specialist, author, writer and gardener to narrate the story behind the science and the beauty of the microorganisms in the soil’s rhizosphere.

Landmarks: Pleasant Prairie barn a monument to farm life

The Koch barn was built in 1892. (Stefanie Pettit)
The tall red barn out on Pleasant Prairie can easily be seen from a distance, not just because of its sharp contrast to the snow on the ground but also because it stands atop a rise and serves as a visible landmark for those driving along Bigelow Gulch Road. The Koch Barn, on the Spokane County Heritage Barn Register, was constructed in 1892, two years after the large farm house just north of it was built. The 400-acre property on which the barn sits was originally railroad property.

Steve Christilaw: Start of the baseball season is a time full of wonder

Feb. 27, the opening day of the high school baseball and softball season will be here before we know it and winter is showing few signs of leaving any time soon. But it’s just a matter of time – especially if you’re one those folks who believe the happiest day of the year is the opening day of the baseball season.

Chico, an adoptable dog

Chico is available for adoption from the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service. (Karen Fosberg / Karen Fosberg / SCRAPS)
Chico is available for adoption from the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service. Shelter workers said Chico is a high energy dog who needs an active owner.

Somebody Needs You

The goal of Somebody Needs You is to match donors with the specific requests of needy Spokane residents.

2017 FBLA Northeast Region Winter Conference

Future Business Leaders of America students from Cheney, Freeman and Liberty high schools recently competed in the 2017 Northeast Region Winter Conference, which was held at Eastpoint Church in Spokane Valley. Students who place in the top six are eligible to compete at the State Business Leadership Conference April 19-22. Cheney High School

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Europe Tour 2017: Chapter Five

SARAJEVO, Bosnia Herzegovina - Week four of my four months of travel throughout Europe is now in the books. The official count for my journey without adult supervision is five ...