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Sunday, January 19, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Getting There: Local crews largely stick to salt to deice area roads

The search for deicers that don’t involve salt – and, by extension, don’t corrode cars or contaminate water bodies – have led some states and researchers to experiment with a range of novel substances. But the crews in and around Spokane are sticking, almost entirely, to a more traditional substance: salt.
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Shawn Vestal: Obituaries paint portrait of community

One obituary is a portrait of a life. Several taken together, though, create a portrait of a community. Recent obits in the S-R have told the stories of tavern owners and music professors, auto parts dealers and train engineers, full-time moms and construction workers.

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Spin Control: How to keep tabs on lawmakers, legislative issues from miles away

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 12, 2020

The Legislature begins its 2020 session Monday, and while the lawmakers will spend most of the next two months some 300 miles away, there are ways a person with a particular concern, issue or pet peeve can keep tabs on them without making the trip across the state, over a snowy pass and through metropolitan Puget Sound traffic.
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Sue Lani Madsen: The ultimate surprise medical bill

As of Jan. 1, teenagers who have to be reminded to feed the dog and take out the trash are in charge of their own health care when it comes to sensitive matters. But parents are still responsible for the bills. That’s a result of Senate Bill 5889, which adds more legislative bricks to the increasingly bureaucratic walls dividing parents and children in Washington.
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Sue Lani Madsen: Investing in soil health is an investment in the future

Investing in soil health is an investment in future generations continuing to eat, according to David Montgomery, a University of Washington geologist. His first book, “Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations,” looked at the consequences of ignoring soil health. He recently published “Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life.”
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Rob Curley: Making hoops history under the Pavilion’s new lights

There are so many examples of Gonzaga’s game-changing moments that many folks can rattle them off with almost no thought. There’s Casey Calvary’s tip-in against Florida in 1999 that launched one of the longest continuous NCAA Tournament streaks in all of college basketball. It almost seems like yesterday, except no current Zags player had been born when Calvary was shattering backboards on national TV.