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Region’s health care facilities can drop mask requirement, but will they?

Come Monday, masks will be requested but not required at many health care facilities in the Spokane region. One exception is the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center, which still will require masks for all within its facility under current federal guidelines. Another contrast is just across the border, where Kootenai Health said that because of higher transmission rates, it so far will still require universal mask-wearing in its hospital. Generally elsewhere, the mask rules are more relaxed, as the state Department of Health announced ending its universal masking requirement April 3 for health care, long-term care and adult correctional facilities – because of statewide declines in COVID-19 cases and respiratory illnesses. A few contingencies still calling for masks include if a patient requests mask-wearing or someone has COVID or respiratory symptoms.

News >  Home and garden

Gardening: Mushroom kits bring the treasure hunt indoors

As a kid, our family would spend fall afternoons hunting wild mushrooms in the forests of the southeast Olympic Mountains. Our favorites were chanterelles, russulas and an occasional boletus. It was like hunting for the pot of gold among the salal, huckleberry and beds of fir needles. At that time of year, we always had bread sacks and a knife just in case we hit the jackpot. One time my husband and I stumbled onto a giant patch of chanterelles in the Oregon Cascades. After filling multiple bags and our coats, we descended on my mother-in-law’s kitchen, she wasn’t a fan of wild mushrooms, to cook up our golden treasures for winter.
News >  Local government

Getting There: Euclid Road bridge is still closed. But it’s reopening in September.

UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2023

The $3.6 million rebuild of a wooden bridge deemed structurally unsound four years ago is underway. Government, transportation and military officials gathered at the span over the BNSF tracks near the confluence of Euclid and Lyons roads earlier this month to celebrate the beginning of a project intended to eliminate traffic headaches for area residents. Current detours send motorists on to gravel roads and can bump up commute times by up to half an hour, and the closure has disrupted school bus routes and emergency response in the area. 

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