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Bed races, parade kick off annual Valleyfest

It’s down to the wire for 10 teams of bed racers pumping up tires and tightening the last wing nuts before Friday evening’s bed races – the official kickoff for Valleyfest. Teams have been busy applying WD-40 to squeaky parts ...

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Business program focuses on young

The Young Entrepreneur Power Program will host an orientation meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The program helps individuals age 17 to 24 start or expand businesses. During the orientation, participants will be able to sign up for classes to help develop a business plan and learn about loans.

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Cross country races out of the gate

Central Valley has built itself into a perennial cross country power by stressing a team approach to what too many consider an individual sport. This year the Bears are picked to battle with North Central and Ferris for the Greater ...

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Front Porch: Sons writing their own stories now

When a new friend commented that it must be hard having my two oldest sons gone from the nest and completely independent, a book metaphor immediately sprung to mind. “Not really,” I said. “I’m blessed to have been able to write their introduction and the first few chapters, the rest of their stories are their own to tell.”

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Pigeon Red Flowering Cabbage, pictured here, is a hearty plant with great color. The plant’s leaves come in purple, green, yellow and white. (Brian Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Gardening: Later frosts mean more time to garden

There was a time not so long ago that our region didn’t have a fall gardening season. The frosts usually showed up by the middle of September and finished off the garden. Since about 2000 however, frosts have been coming much later into September and even as late as the end of October. It’s still a gamble though but one worth taking if you plan ahead.

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Somebody Needs You

The goal of Somebody Needs You is to match donors with the specific requests of needy Spokane residents. The list of requests is coordinated by the Volunteers of America in cooperation with recognized social service agencies in Spokane. If you ...

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Mount Rainier, southeast of Seattle, is a magnet for lenticular clouds. (Drew Perine / Drew Perine News Tribune)

Weathercatch: Saucer-like clouds can hover over summits for hours

Lenticular clouds (Altocumulus lenticularis, meaning lentil-shaped in Latin) mostly develop among the crests and valleys of mountainous terrain. They are associated with waves in the atmosphere that form when moist air flow is forced up, over and partway down a mountaintop. The moist air cools, causing it to condense into a disk-shaped cloud.

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 20, 2016

Libertarian hopes to upset party in Spokane’s historically Democratic 3rd Legislative District

For Libertarian Randy McGlenn II, the best way to get something done is to do it yourself. After years of watching voters elect Democratic leaders in the 3rd Legislative District, and after years of hearing stories of residents feeling they weren’t being represented, the longtime IT worker decided to run against incumbent Democrat Marcus Riccelli in 2014. He didn’t make it out of the primary, earning less than 8 percent of the vote.

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 15, 2016

Senior meals

For the week of Sept. 19-23. Monday – Option 1: Beef stroganoff with pasta, steamed vegetables, roll, fruit. Option 2: Fishwich, steamed vegetables, roll, fruit. Tuesday – 1: Meat loaf with mashed potatoes and gravy, steamed vegetables, roll, fruit. 2: ...

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Cindy Hval

Cindy Hval

1,000 birthday candles: Senior center honors centenarians

It’s a good thing they didn’t light all the candles on the birthday cakes at the Southside Senior and Community Center on Tuesday. After all, 1,000-plus candles is a lot of firepower. The center hosted a luncheon to honor 10 Spokane residents 100 years and …

Pat Munts

Pat Munts

Gardening: Prepare your garden for winter storms

It looks like we dodged the windstorm last weekend. It changed course slightly and stayed further off the coast than predicted, thereby lessening the wind damage. While this one missed us, the next one might not. Here are a few tips for preparing your plants …


Weekend Wild Card — 10.22-23.16

Half the leaves are done from my beautiful clump birch in the front yard. I'll wait until they're all down to rake some out into the street and the rest ...

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