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News >  Home and garden

Gardening: Use insecticidal soaps for plant’s good health

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Now that the frozen ground and a light dusting of snow has shut down the outdoor gardening season, it’s time for the reading and study season we all wait for. Preferably in a comfy chair with your lap warmed by a dog or cat. With that in mind, I want to spend several columns over the next few months on topics that will help you understand some more technical garden topics.
News >  Travel

Moroccan memories: Travels through the North African country yield much more than desert sands

True, Morocco is largely a desert country. But during our two-and-a- half-week visit in early October, as we traveled through most of the North African country’s 1,200-mile length, we discovered that Morocco consists of far more than sand. It boasts vast mountain ranges, cities teeming with verdant gardens amid their millions of inhabitants and even a 1,100-mile-long coastline.
News >  Home and garden

Ask the Builder: Will I get shocked? That is the question

Tim, it’s a very long story, and don’t think I’m crazy. I’m building a new home and wondering if I can install all the electrical wiring myself. It’s not a big home, but it’s got all the things going on you’d normally have in a home, including quite a few three- and four-way switches.

News >  Family

‘It’s about inspiring people’: Astronomer spends months gathering visual elements for his films

The images are out of this world, but, for José Francisco Salgado, the music comes first. Salgado is an astronomer who creates films to accompany orchestral music. This weekend, he’ll present three of those films with the Spokane Symphony. Sharing the stage with him will be astronaut Anne McClain. The program will feature “Un Bal,” a movement from Hector Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique”; “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy; and Gustav Holst’s “The Planets.” “It’s a beautiful presentation of things in the solar system,” Salgado said.
News >  Home and garden

Gardening: Houseplants back in house after summer outing

Like many of you, I allow my houseplants to spend the warm summer on our deck. My collection includes a large jade plant, three equally large Christmas cacti and a real Southwestern desert cactus; all with family histories. While they were outside, they got plenty of light, water and air. Now that they are back inside, it’s a different story.
News >  Home and garden

Celebrity party planner Bryan Rafanelli shares his secrets

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 27, 2019

The Obamas’ purple-and-chartreuse English garden-themed state dinner for the British prime minister at the time, David Cameron. A lavish wedding in a sultan’s palace in Istanbul under arches of hanging wisteria. A magical Winnie the Pooh storybook ball featuring a giant beehive and hundreds of bottles of honey.
News >  Home and garden

Gardening: Bird losses alarming in North America

The numbers were stunning. Nearly 2.9 million songbirds have disappeared from North America’s forests and grasslands since 1970. About 90% of those losses are coming from just 12 families of birds we all know well including sparrows, blackbirds, warblers and finches. The study was done by a consortium of bird researchers including the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and was published online in Science Magazine this past September.
News >  Health

Homeless people find friends, ease stress in tai chi class

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

A tai chi class in Salt Lake City is more focused on building a community for homeless people than mastering martial arts moves. People have said the class helps them relieve stress, build a routine and make friends. Bernie and Marita Hart began teaching the class three years ago as Utah’s homeless population increased, and the need emerged for such activities.
News >  Family

Disney on Ice acrobat: ‘We’re doing it for the kids’

In the show, the hunt is on for Tinker Bell, who’s missing after Captain Hook tried to steal her magic. That search winds through several Disney stories, including “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Moana,” “Toy Story” and “Coco.”