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Plant-lovers grow a business

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

Parrish & Grove Botanicals owners Amanda Parrish left, and Chelsea Updegrove pose for a photo in their storefront on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at Saranac Commons in Spokane, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
The newest shop in Saranac Commons offers a bright burst of color in the midst of dreary winter white. Parrish & Grove Botanicals, owned by Amanda Parrish, 30, and Chelsea Updegrove, 27, opened Nov. 19.

Spokane woman has rich history

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

Yamamoto (Photo by Stefanie Pettit)
There was just something in her voice that moved me to want to meet her. We were talking on the phone about another story I was working on when I asked if we could talk further in person. I wanted to write about her as well.

Lilac Festival picks princesses

Wed., Dec. 21, 2016, 11:20 a.m.

The members of the 2017 Lilac Court are, from left, Marissa Minton West, Valley High School; Ava Beck, Lewis and Clark High School; Summer Reid, Ferris High School; Taylor Bastian, Mt. Spokane High School; Hannah Mumm, Central Valley High School; August Corppetts, Gonzaga Preparatory School; and Olivia Marx, Rogers High School. (Photo courtesy of the Spokane Lilac Festival)
The Lilac Festival picked its princesses on Dec. 10. From them, a queen will be chosen in January.

Students’ model villages have holiday spirit

Wed., Dec. 14, 2016

The dog from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was created using marshmallows and pretzels as part of “WhoVille” at InTec on Tuesday, Dec.13, 2016. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
Students at InTec in Spokane Valley decided to build gingerbread villages as a fun pre-Christmas project that would let them use a variety of skills they’ve picked up over the year.

Cinder, an adoptable dog

Wed., Dec. 14, 2016

Cinder (Karen Fosberg)
Cinder is available for adoption at the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service. Shelter workers say she is extremely smart. She can open doors and latches and can jump 6 feet high. Cinder will need an active owner who can work, train, and play with her.

East Valley coach is always looking for top competition for his grapplers

Wed., Dec. 14, 2016

Randy McDonald, a 126-pound wrestler at East Valley High School, takes down assistant coach Todd Slatter during practice Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, at EVHS. McDonald has placed three times in the state tournament and is looking for another high finish this season. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
When you coach a successful Class 2A wrestling program, you seek out opportunities to wrestle the top teams and the top wrestlers your kids will face at the end of the season. “There aren’t a lot of tournaments where we get to see a lot of the top Class 2A teams,” East Valley coach Craig Hanson said. “We’ve been trying to get into the Ellensburg tournament for years because that features all those top Central Washington 2A teams, but we keep getting denied.”

Gardening:

Wed., Dec. 14, 2016

Last Sunday morning our pack of usually rowdy gray squirrels was hanging out in the backyard chasing each other up and down trees and around the yard defending their turf. They are a scrappy bunch and are rarely willingly sharing space on the feeder with each other. Not so this morning. They know what my husband looks like and as soon as he dumped their regular can of sunflower seeds on the feeder, two of them declared a truce on the feeder and chowed down.

Somebody Needs You

Wed., Dec. 14, 2016

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

Santa plans visits to Fire District 9

Wed., Dec. 7, 2016, 3:28 p.m.

Santa Claus will be visiting neighborhoods in Fire District 9 with the help of firefighters starting Friday. Fire District personnel will be collecting nonperishable food items for the Mead Food Bank.

Somebody Needs You

Wed., Dec. 7, 2016, 3:22 p.m.

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

Ask Santa to spill his secrets

Wed., Dec. 7, 2016, 9:35 a.m.

Photographer Deke Cloyd takes photos while Santa Claus poses with a schnauzer named Madison on Monday at the South Community and Senior Center. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Kids of all ages can have a hot breakfast and pose for a photo with Santa in one of his spare sleighs. If breakfast isn’t your thing, other opportunities to whisper Christmas wishes are scheduled – and even furry friends can get into the act.

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