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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16, 2015


Amanda Hamilton, right, carrying her daughter Charlotte, age 21 months,  meets her son Eli, center, age 6, at the bus stop Tuesday on the east side of Coeur d’Alene Park. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

New school busing system promises efficiency 

A new bus route system, implemented in September, centralizes pickup spots and reduces how far students have to walk, according to Spokane Public Schools officials. However, Amanda Hamilton, a parent in Browne’s Addition believes the new system is ignoring the realities of neighborhoods like hers.

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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 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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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9, 2015

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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Cindy Hval

Cindy Hval

Love story: Marriage lasted decades past mother’s prediction

Ruth Beck should have known it was true love when Herb Beck emerged from his hiding place beneath the cafeteria lunch table. Their high school in Eden, New York, had a Sadie Hawkins dance fast approaching and Herb was busy dodging girls anxious to tag …

Stefanie Pettit

Stefanie Pettit

Pat Munts

Pat Munts

Steve Christilaw

Steve Christilaw


Blogs

Game day for Zags, Mustangs

Big one tonight for Gonzaga and SMU at Moody Coliseum in Dallas. While the Zags (20-5) don't have any bad losses they are a little light on quality wins (two ...


Weekend Wild Card — 2.13-14.16

We're officially a week away from the 2016 Blogfest at Steve Widmyer's Fort Ground Grill. I'll be beating this drum for the next week. If I can find some photos ...



5 education reads found in the last 7 days

New, Reading-Heavy SAT Has Students Worried via The New York Times’ Anemona Hartocollis “For thousands of college hopefuls, the stressful college admissions season is about to become even more fraught. ...






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