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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16, 2015

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 have an item to donate, please contact the social service agency directly. Donors who can deliver items are especially appreciated. If someone you know needs help, contact a local social service agency provider.

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Storm cleanup cost city about $300,000

With flags flapping loudly as the wind picked up outside City Hall Tuesday evening, the Spokane Valley City Council wrote a nearly $300,000 check to cover the cost of cleanup after the November windstorm. Last week, City Manager Mike Jackson ...

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Front Porch: Trust me, I can miss it 

I’m making a list and checking it twice. At the top of my naughty list are people who tell me, “You can’t miss it. It’s easy to find!” This is what I’m told almost every time I schedule an interview ...

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Gardening with Pat Munts: Have arborists assess storm-damaged trees

One of the biggest problems that has emerged after the cleanup is that some trees have been uprooted but not enough to topple them. Again spruces seem to be the hardest hit. The trees will be leaning at an unnatural angle and their loosened root ball may have raised soil up on the windward side of the tree. While the trees might survive, they are at strong risk of falling under the weight of an ice storm or a heavy wet snow later this winter.

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Jacob Johns poses for a photo Thursday with a selection of his artwork  at McCarthy Art Company in Spokane. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Prison time helped artist find clarity 

At 17, Jacob Johns held the lifeless body of his younger brother in his arms, trying to revive him. His brother’s suicide left Johns feeling helpless and he stepped onto a reckless path. While driving drunk on his way home ...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 8, 2015

Council funds city’s first greenway 

Spokane will get its first greenway, a type of street with little car traffic that prioritizes pedestrians and cyclists. Or, as Councilman Jon Snyder puts it, a greenway is “not the funnest place to drive, but much easier to walk ...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 3, 2015

Cindy Hval

Cindy Hval

Front Porch: Hissy fit over paper’s cat snub unwarranted

Complaints about media bias abound. Just about every week you’ll see a letter to the editor claiming that this newspaper leans to the left or reveres the right. Someone’s event/candidate/nonprofit was slighted and bias is to blame.

Stefanie Pettit

Stefanie Pettit

Landmarks: Barn stands tall, 100 years later

The Painter barn is easy to see from a distance. It stands tall out in the Palouse, some 16 miles southwest of Cheney. It has been there for 100 years and remains today what it has always been, a working barn.

Pat Munts

Pat Munts

Gardening: Native plants help pollinators thrive

“Pollinator Friendly Gardening” devotes whole chapters to what pollinator insects need to thrive in a garden: water, shelter and food. It also addresses the fact that gardens planted with native plants attract and keep larger populations of pollinators than a garden full of conventional plants.

Steve Christilaw

Steve Christilaw


Morning links: WSU hosts Arizona State

Today's college basketball game between Arizona State and Washington State will be televised on the Pac-12 Network at 3:30 p.m. We've got our preview of the Sun Devils for you ...

TGIF Wild Card — 2.5.16

I find myself eyeing my garden spot in the back yard every morning when I first wake up. I have plans for some changes there. But I did much of ...

The week that was…

Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” rounds up the happenings of the fourth week of this year’s legislative session, from Medicaid expansion to tax cuts. Melissa Davlin interviews House Health & Welfare Chairman ...

5 education reads found in the last 7 days

More education writing. This week covers imposter syndrome, (especially among high-achieving students of color) the five folk looking to run the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (what a ...

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