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Auto shop owner prizes education for employees, community

Wed., Jan. 4, 2017, 10:26 a.m.

Ken Wanless, owner of Downtown Auto Specialists in Spokane, has been selected as one of the five winners of a Working Forward Small Business Award from Synchrony Financial. (Courtesy of Synchrony Financial / Courtesy of Synchrony Financial)
Ken Wanless, owner of Downtown Auto Specialists, won a $20,000 Working Forward Small Business Award from Synchrony Financial. With it he’ll pay for training for his employees, and set up a scholarship fun for military members to pursue skilled trades after leaving the service.

Sledding fun often found close to home

Wed., Jan. 4, 2017, 10:24 a.m.

Sledding hills have much in common with good fishing holes: When you know of a good one, you keep it to yourself. Nothing spoils a good sledding hill like having a big crowd of sledders turning it into a downhill demolition derby.

Pat Munts: Garden design trending toward free-form and casual

Thu., Dec. 29, 2016, 5:30 a.m.

As the sugar plums dance out of our heads and the holidays fade away, we gardeners are going to have to find something new to dream, scheme and plan for over the next couple of cold, snowy months. Here are some of the hot new trends that garden designers around the country are putting into their clients’ gardens in 2017.

Education notebook: Mt. Spokane High School DECA club raises $5,300 for Second Harvest Food Bank

Thu., Dec. 29, 2016

For the third year in a row, Mt. Spokane High School’s DECA club has won the Tackle Hunger competition, which raises money for Second Harvest Food Bank. This year, the club raised more than $5,300, which would provide 26,500 meals. The school received a trophy and a scholarship donation from Darigold. In the last three years, Mt. Spokane DECA has raised more than $10,000 for the food bank.

Steve Christilaw: 2016 provided joy and hope in local sports

Wed., Dec. 28, 2016, 4:28 p.m.

Staring down a new year is usually a daunting task. What you wish for in the coming dozen months has a lot to do with where you are and what you’re doing at the time of wish-making. The last hours of 2016 find me all over the map.

Feature Creature: Cane is an adoptable dog at SCRAPS

Wed., Dec. 28, 2016, 4:12 p.m.

Cane, a mastiff mix, is “full of potential,” SCRAPS volunteers say. (Karen Fosberg / Courtesy photo)
Cane is available for adoption at Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service. Shelter workers said he’s “an adorable, silly guy that is full of potential.” Cane knows how to sit, shake and roll over, but will benefit from training. He needs to be watched with other dogs. Refer to the pet’s ID number when contacting SCRAPS with questions about one of the adoptable pets. If you are interested in this dog or any animal at SCRAPS, call (509) 477-2532 or come by the shelter 6815 E. Trent Ave. in Spokane Valley. Dog adoptions are $87.04 and include spay or neuter, first set of vaccinations, health check, microchip and first year’s license.

Students support young patients

Thu., Dec. 22, 2016

For the second year in a row, high school students at Northwest Christian Schools have delivered PICC Pal pillows, which go between a peripherally inserted central catheter line and the patient’s skin, to patients at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. The school’s Future Business Leaders of America class also teamed with the Crusaders boys and girls basketball teams to raise money for gifts for teens undergoing long-term treatment at Sacred Heart.

Valley police get $100,000 grant for crime prevention programs

Wed., Dec. 21, 2016, 3:35 p.m.

Spokane Valley Police Chief Mark Werner brought money to the table when he told the Spokane Valley City Council that the Spokane Valley Police Department has received a $100,000 state grant to be used for crime prevention. The Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office each got a similar amount.

Flaming truck spotted driving on Interstate 90

Wed., Dec. 21, 2016, 11:25 a.m.

Multiple calls of a burning semi driving eastbound on Interstate 90 were received just after noon on Dec. 14, prompting a response from the Washington State Patrol and the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

Weird wintry mix – the day it graupeled outside

Wed., Dec. 21, 2016, 11:25 a.m.

Snow pellets begin to cover Highway 2 on the West Plains on Dec. 4. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
We in the Inland Northwest have been waist-deep in heavy snowfall predictions, but when was the last time you heard a forecast calling for a graupel storm? Probably never.

Gardening: Cold may help kill off pests, but also plants

Wed., Dec. 21, 2016, 11:24 a.m.

It’s been a long time since we had a good hard winter. We haven’t been this cold since 2010, and its barely past the solstice and the formal start of winter. Who knows what January and February will bring.

Vote for free films in park

Wed., Dec. 21, 2016, 11:24 a.m.

Voting is open for the 2017 Movies in the Park in Spokane Valley. The free movies will be screened July 14, July 28 and Aug. 11. Voters will get to pick three movies: two from a list of family movies and one from a list of water-themed movies.

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