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Hospice group starts memorial butterfly release as an outlet for grief

On an early August evening, 50 butterflies were released from mesh containers into a Coeur d'Alene garden, as families listened to music and watched the insects fly. In many cultures, legends described butterflies as symbols of rejuvenation, hope and rebirth. Some oral traditions referred to them as being able to take messages to deceased loved ones.

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At 43, Coeur d’Alene figure skater lands dream spotlight in national showcase

As a teenager, Jackie Charlebois dreamed of national shows as a figure skater. That looked promising when a prominent coach asked her to train with him in Florida. A year's work with figure skating choreographer Doug Mattis ended when illness forced her to go home. Charlebois packed her skates away for more than 20 years, but now, at age 43, she's made a comeback – so well that she has landed on ice again in a national spotlight for two years in a row.
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5 ways to spot sick and dangerous trees before they damage your home

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 2, 2022

Trees give much-needed shade during the summer, which is particularly welcome in times of record-high heat. But mature trees also can harbor dead branches, faulty roots and rotting bark, creating a perfect recipe for dangerous and costly property damage, especially during stormy weather.
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‘Pickleball should bring you joy’: State’s official sport picks up in Spokane and here’s where to play it

UPDATED: Mon., July 25, 2022

Pickleball is picking up in Spokane. About 4,000 players regionally are part of Spokane-based PNW Pickleball Association, started four years ago. More resources help people find spots to play via USA Pickleball Association, Facebook groups and the association's Pickleball Playground site. The city plans more courts at area parks. Pickleball became the state's official sport June 9.
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Helium isn’t just for balloons. It’s a valuable technology resource.

UPDATED: Tue., July 19, 2022

Kids may know that balloons are bad for wildlife. This is because, when it's filled with helium, a balloon can travel many miles into the sky before it loses the ability to float. When it falls back to Earth, the string, rubber or Mylar becomes a hazard for birds, turtles and many other creatures that can become tangled in or choke on what they mistake for a tasty treat.
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Cruisin’: Mild Riders Scooter Gang tours Spokane’s rural routes topping just under 40 mph

UPDATED: Mon., July 18, 2022

Friends Ruben Villarreal and Tiffany Patterson started Mild Riders Scooter Gang about a year ago for rural-road weekly rides on scooters that typically have maximum speeds of 40 mph. In June, Villarreal had his 2019 Honda stolen, so club members and friends rallied on GoFundMe to raise dollars so he could get a new one. Villarreal is back in the saddle with a 2023 Honda Metropolitan.
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Couple’s long journey marks 50-year marriage, 25-year heart transplant survival

It's a long way between Fiji and Spokane, and one longtime couple measures that beyond just physical distance. Jay and Jo Lal celebrate multiple milestones this year: 50 years of marriage, 25 years since his heart transplant at Sacred Heart Medical Center and more than 32 years here. He grew up in Fiji while she was raised in Australia, but today, they count being in this city with its medical care among their blessings.

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