Paige Van Buren joined The Spokesman-Review in June of 2023 as a summer high school intern as part of the Teen Journalism Institute through a grant from Bank of America. She is a senior at Ridgeline High School in Liberty Lake.
There is no comfort zone when climbing Mount Adams, the second-highest peak in Washington. The area looks like an alien landscape, the hike is difficult and there’s no restrooms or running water. But reaching the top is beyond rewarding.
Tacked to the walls of Holmes Elementary School’s cafeteria Tuesday morning were posters of different biomes, drawings of animals in their habitats and paintings of the earth done on paper plates. At the lunch tables, students were performing science experiments, crafting, eating breakfast and socializing, all activities encouraged and enabled by Camp Imagine, a program run by Spokane Public Schools.
The pop culture phenomenon “Barbenheimer” has been blowing up the box office and pulling in waves of enthusiasm across the globe. In Spokane, that story is playing out on a similar scale, with pink-clad ticketholders hopping from one blockbuster to the next in the same day.
The Napolitano family opened their downtown gelato shop, Tre Palline Gelato Napolitano, in 2022. They have added two new locations this summer in Spokane Valley and Cheney. And on Thursday, the Napolitanos obtained a lease for another shop on the North Side.
For one of The Spokesman-Review’s high school reporters this year, it’s not journalism, but her general love for reading and writing that drew her to the internship. Isabelle Parekh is particularly passionate about literature.
With another Hoopfest on the books, organizers of the legendary basketball tournament and other major local events said they’re hopeful the Spokane area is getting back on track after the COVID-19 pandemic.