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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 >  Spokane

In brief: Garden writer Mulvihill plans English garden tour

Susan Mulvihill, who writes a garden column for The Spokesman-Review and is co-author of the “Northwest Gardener’s Handbook,” will lead a tour to visit several beautiful gardens in England next summer. The garden tour June 30-July 11 will include Prince Charles’ Highgrove Royal Gardens, Abbey House Gardens, Sudelely Castle, Kiftsgate Court, Wollerton Old Hall and the Hampton Court Garden Festival.
News >  Education

Oaks Academy to expand, serve 150 more students

When the Oaks Classical Christian Academy was first founded, it had just 33 students in a church on the border of Spokane, and Spokane Valley, which had not yet become a city. Twenty-three years and several moves later, it now has 332 students and will soon build its permanent home.
News >  Spokane

WSU cares for low-income people, pets: Annual free clinic provides basic treatment, vaccines

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019

Washington State University Spokane will host its fourth annual “Healthy People, Healthy Pets” event Friday to provide health care services to homeless and low-income people and their pets. The event, hosted by the WSU College of Nursing and College of Veterinary Medicine, will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. on the WSU-Spokane campus. There is a two-pet maximum per person and family, and no appointment or documentation is necessary.
News >  Washington

Bellevue teen who died at WSU fraternity was ‘a comet that came and went’

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019

Samuel Martinez’s eyes crinkled when he smiled. He had a dry sense of humor, adored his cat named Snow and went out of his way to do community development projects in Mexico and volunteer at local organizations. More than anything, he loved to play sports. In a photo from high school, Martinez is in a scarlet jersey and looks gleeful on a soccer field after scoring a goal with his Newport High School team.