Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Day 42° Partly Cloudy


Staff > Features > Kimberly Lusk > Stories
Kimberly Lusk
Kimberly Lusk (509) 459-5457

Kimberly Lusk joined The Spokesman-Review in 1998. She currently is the Deputy Features Editor and a features page designer.

Most Recent Stories

A&E >  Books
Feb. 21, 2021, 2 p.m.
When Dori Hillestad Butler’s adult daughter visited for the first time after adopting a cat, it was obvious her childhood dog – who still lives with Butler – noticed there was a newcomer in the family.

A&E >  Books
Feb. 14, 2021, 2 p.m.
Happy Birthday, George: The official federal holiday is Washington's Birthday for our first president. After George Washington's death in 1799, people used his birthday – Feb. 22, 1732 – as a day of remembrance. It became a federal holiday in 1885. 

News >  Family
Feb. 13, 2021, 3 p.m.
Cupid has lots of help this year. More than 300 Inland Northwest children entered this year’s Valentine’s Day coloring contest. And, boy, did the judges feel the love. In the 0 to 4 age group, there was lots of color.

News >  Family
Feb. 8, 2021, 4 a.m.
When she was growing up in southern China, Lunar New Year celebrations were joyful and noisy affairs, said Weiling Zhu, president of the Spokane Chinese Association. "It's a big thing," she said. "It's a family gathering and celebration."

News >  Family
Feb. 7, 2021, 11 a.m.
A is for arrow, aspen or above the fog. V is for vine, view or valley. These are just a few of the submissions we received last week as part of the A to Z Scavenger Hunt sponsored by The Spokesman-Review and Dishman Hills Conservancy.

News >  Family
Jan. 31, 2021, 2 p.m.
There's a new kid in the YouTube neighborhood, and she's from North Idaho. Mopsy was created by Matt and Lily Edwards to be the feminine answer to Blippi, a YouTube personality their children love watching. The family moved to Hayden from Los Angeles.

News >  Family
Jan. 24, 2021, 2 p.m.
For anyone looking for help choosing new picture books to read with children, librarians and other staff at the Spokane County Library District are ready to help. Much of that help is available even if you don't have a county library card. "There's so many books out there, you can get overwhelmed," librarian Mary Ellen Braks said.

News >  Family
Jan. 24, 2021, 11 a.m.
E is for edge. U is for uphill. Z is for zipper. These are just a few of the submissions we’ve received as part of the A to Z Scavenger Hunt sponsored by The Spokesman-Review and Dishman Hills Conservancy. To play along, go outside and find something that represents each letter of the alphabet.

News >  Family
Jan. 17, 2021, 3 p.m.
While Spokane’s annual rally and march honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. won’t be happening, thanks to the pandemic, there’s still plenty to do to honor his life and legacy. The Rev. Happy Watkins, paraphrasing one of King’s sermons, called on each person to be “a drum major for peace, a drum major for justice, a drum major for righteousness.”

News >  Family
Jan. 10, 2021, 2 p.m.
With the coronavirus pandemic canceling most in-person events, the libraries are figuring out ways to share the joy of the arts with patrons. "Folks really enjoy the act of creation and sharing those creations," said Erin Haight, a technology programs specialist at the Lab at the North Spokane Library.

News >  Family
Jan. 10, 2021, 11 a.m.
E is for edge. U is for uphill. Z is for zipper. These are just a few of the submissions we’ve received as part of the A to Z Scavenger Hunt sponsored by The Spokesman-Review and Dishman Hills Conservancy. To play along, go outside and find something that represents each letter of the alphabet.

News >  Family
Dec. 28, 2020, 4 a.m.
Baby, it's cold outside. So throw on some layers and get ready to explore. To encourage families to do just that, The Spokesman-Review and Dishman Hills Conservancy are hosting an A to Z Scavenger Hunt. "Going outside gives us exercise, enjoyment and connection to the real world," said Jeff Lambert, executive director of the Dishman Hills Conservancy.

News >  Family
Dec. 21, 2020, 4 a.m.
Brightly decorated mittens brought an extra dose of holiday cheer when the judges at The Spokesman-Review gathered (masked, of course) last week. There were so many beautiful mittens to choose from, and here are the winners of this year's mitten coloring contest. In the ages 0-4 category, winners took advantage of a whole rainbow of colors.

News >  Family
Dec. 20, 2020, 10 a.m.
The stars are aligned. Well, actually, it's the planets. On Monday, Jupiter and Saturn will be as close together – as seen from Earth – as they've been in centuries. "They'll be so close together, it'll be hard to tell them apart," said John Whitmer, astronomy instructor at Spokane Falls Community College.

News >  Family
Dec. 13, 2020, 2 p.m.
For some families, decorating the tree is a walk down memory lane. There are ornaments brought home from travels, made by little hands at school and purchased to commemorate occasions or accomplishments (baby's first Christmas or a new house). Maybe there's a shark or three because sharks are a child's favorite animal.

A&E >  Art
Dec. 6, 2020, 11 a.m.
The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture has found a way to serve up the flavors of a Campbell House Christmas, though as with much of life this year thanks to the pandemic, it's going to be different.. Hulda the cook will still be there, and there will still be cookies. But this year, the event will be outside. 

News >  Family
Nov. 29, 2020, 3 p.m.
The elves at Santa Express are learning new ways to bring Christmas joy this year – and keep fundraising for the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. The annual pop-up shop is a spot where kids can find gifts for the special people on their list. In a more typical year, children would go to a physical store with a list of people and a budget.

A&E >  Movies
Nov. 22, 2020, 2 p.m.
This year, while the pandemic keeps families at home, the Kiddomatic Film Festival is aiming to give children a glimpse of what life is like in other cultures and countries. "It's kind of like traveling, even though we're in this virtual land," said Carrie Richer, director of film festivals at the Roxy Theater in Missoula.

News >  Family
Nov. 15, 2020, 2 p.m.
For many, it starts with the discovery of a painted rock. Alla Cornwell, who lives in the Shadle neighborhood, found her first rock on a gas pump while filling her car more than a year ago. "I thought, 'This is so cool,' " she said. "From there, it just sucked me in." She now paints rocks with her daughter, grandchildren and friends.

A&E >  Books
Nov. 8, 2020, 2 p.m.
One of the important things that books do is provide windows and mirrors, said Sheri Boggs, youth collection development librarian at the Spokane County Library District. That means readers are able to see into other experiences and cultures in some books, while in others they see reflections of their lives.

News >  Family
Oct. 26, 2020, 4 a.m.
It was a colorful harvest this year. Nearly 200 area children (and a few adults) turned in some pretty spooky squashes. It was a tough job, but the judges at The Spokesman-Review picked their favorite pumpkins.  In the 0-4 category, Grace Blair charmed judges with her dotted pumpkin. Grace is 3 and lives in Mead.

News >  Family
Oct. 25, 2020, 5 p.m.
Ghost stories are a year-round experience at the Spokane Public Library. Not only are books and movies about ghosts always on the shelf, but a lot of people also come to the library's Northwest Room to learn about the ghosts that share their homes, said librarian Vanessa Strange.

News >  Family
Oct. 18, 2020, 3:30 p.m.
A plastic pop bottle makes a great mini laboratory. That's what Lynn Brunelle discovered when she was head writer for "Bill Nye the Science Guy." As she and her colleagues talked at writers meetings, she kept using her water bottle to help demonstrate whatever experiment she was talking about.

News >  Family
Oct. 11, 2020, 2 p.m.
Each year when the organizers of the One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival choose the theme for the event, they consider "What are the things that are resonating in the country today?" said executive director Josephine Keefe. This year it was the coronavirus pandemic, which Keefe said has hit Indian Country particularly hard.

News >  Family
Oct. 4, 2020, 4 p.m.
Sometimes your pup deserves a special treat. While there are plenty of commercially produced options, there are lots of recipes for making treats at home, said Raelynn Farnsworth, a clinical associate professor at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.