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News >  Spokane
July 13, 2008, midnight
Animal control officers could euthanize unlicensed cats as soon as they’re picked up, if an ordinance on the Spokane City Council’s agenda Monday passes. Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service is due to take over animal control in the city by 2010. The proposed ordinance is the first step toward aligning pet regulations in the city and the county.

News >  Spokane
July 7, 2008, midnight
Spend any time on a bike, for fun or commuting, and at some point when you're facing that big old hill on your way home, you're bound to wish for a ride that's solely downhill. The Route of the Hiawatha is exactly that, unless you decide to ride all the way back up after finishing the 15-mile descent from Taft, Mont., to Pearson, Idaho.

News >  Spokane
July 7, 2008, midnight
If your household includes a speed-crazy teen who's not old enough to drive a car yet, here's an idea: Take the family go-kart racing. At FastKart, anybody can let loose that inner Dale Earnhardt Jr., racing around the indoor track while friends and family cheer from the sidelines. For the less adventurous, the place has a wide selection of arcade and table games.

News >  Spokane
June 30, 2008, midnight
If you live in the Inland Northwest, chances are you've already been to Ritzville. Driving on Interstate 90 you've stopped for coffee or gas, travel weary, your mind already at your final destination miles and miles away. The next time you stop, plan for a longer break and discover what's really there – just off the interstate.

News >  Spokane
June 30, 2008, midnight
Deb Copenhaver is a legendary rodeo rider. Born and raised in Wilbur, Wash., his riding career took him to famous rodeos in Cheyenne, Calgary, Fort Worth and many other places during rodeo's golden age of the 1950s. In 1999, his lifelong achievement won him a spot in the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame.

News >  Spokane
June 23, 2008, midnight
There are many reasons why Idaho is called the "Gem State," and one of them can be washed right out of the mud at the Emerald Creek Garnet Area, seven miles into the St. Joe National Forest west of Clarkia. Here, you can dig and sift and wash all day – or as long as your back will hold up – looking for star garnets in the rough. And, you can take them home at the end of the day.

News >  Spokane
June 23, 2008, midnight
When it comes to road trips, some people like to plan every detail. The maps come out weeks in advance, and the Internet is scanned for good deals and hotel coupons. Estimated arrival and departure times are set, itineraries are published on the fridge and the pressure to have a "fun vacation" is wearing on everyone's nerves long before anyone leaves the house. So here's another way: It's called a "right-left-straight adventure." All you need is a car, some food and a vague idea as to when you'd like to return home.

News >  Spokane
June 17, 2008, midnight
Today is a special day for the Eliow family: They'll have dinner together under their own roof for the first time. Georges Eliow and Akout Agang are Sudanese and members of the Dinka tribe. In 1987, a civil war forced them first to leave their home and later to leave their country via separate routes: Eliow ended up in a refuge camp in Syria before moving to Lebanon; Agang walked for two months to meet him in Beirut – but she had to leave her then 2-year-old son, Eliow Jok Eliow, behind with family in North Sudan.

News >  Spokane
June 16, 2008, midnight
There is no better time than summer to really get to know a city. Many of us are creatures of habit, driving the same way to work, picnicking at the same park and taking the same evening walk, so here are a few pre-planned routes to get you out of the daily rut:

News >  Spokane
June 16, 2008, midnight
To discipline a llama, just send it on "timeout." At least that's the method Monica Phillipy applies when her llama Little Dude begins to show a bit too much attitude. Not that Little Dude seems to listen.

News >  Spokane
June 9, 2008, midnight
Hercules. Galena. Lucky Friday. Star. Sierra. They sound like the names of racehorses, but in North Idaho's Silver Valley everyone knows these are the mines that have shaped the area's boom and bust cycle since the 1800s. At the center of the Silver Valley – or as locals like to say, "at the center of the universe" – sits Wallace.

News >  Spokane
June 9, 2008, midnight
You can't exactly grab a tiger by the tail, but you can get pretty darn close to the big furry creatures at Cat Tales, a private zoological park north of Spokane. Cat Tales opened in the summer of 1991 with four big cats – those who haven't been there since will have a hard time recognizing the place today.

News >  Spokane
June 6, 2008, midnight
Most people know him simply as "that guy who did the runners at City Hall" or maybe "the guy who did those horses out by Vantage." Few could pick him out of a lineup.

News >  Spokane
June 2, 2008, midnight
On a Thursday morning, the Dishman Hills Natural Area is one of the quietest places in Spokane. A couple of cars sit in the parking lot. Walk through the log building at Camp Caro, and the traffic noise from Sprague Avenue and scratching intercom from car dealerships fade in the background.

News >  Spokane
May 28, 2008, midnight
Coeur d'Alene School District 271 is considering a policy change that would ban students' use of cell phones from the moment they walk on campus until the final dismissal bell, including during lunch and breaks. A draft of the proposed policy is making the rounds among the 17 schools in the district.

News >  Spokane
May 28, 2008, midnight
Timothy J. Rubertt, who died suddenly on May 16, is missed terribly by family, friends and fellow Marines. But there also are hundreds of children around the Inland Northwest who will miss him, even though many never met him. As the Spokane coordinator of the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program for the past 18 years, Rubertt put gifts in the hands of needy kids who'd otherwise get very little for Christmas.

News >  Spokane
May 26, 2008, midnight
Once upon a time there was a zoo in Spokane's Manito Park. Goats and kangaroos, bobcats and bears, bison and mountain lions were some of the wild animals people could see there. At the center of the zoo, in front of the bear cages, sat a little concession stand that catered both to humans and animals. "Built in 1923, the 'peanut shack' sold snacks for park visitors and peanuts for the monkeys. It is located at the intersections of Manito Place, Tekoa and Loop Drive, once the site of a natural pond," write Tony Bamonte and Suzanne Schaeffer Bamonte in their book "Manito Park: A Reflection of Spokane's Past."

News >  Spokane
May 23, 2008, midnight
If penguins migrated through the Idaho Panhandle, they'd have the perfect layover in Wallace. Across the river from the Wallace Inn sits a pile of snow so high it's visible from Interstate 90. Sure, it's cratered and crusty, but that doesn't mean the pile can't be good for something other than gawking: The Wallace Business Community Association is taking wagers on when the snow will be gone in a contest called The Big Snow Melt.

News >  Spokane
May 23, 2008, midnight
All-event ticket packages for the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane will go on sale at 10 a.m. May 31. The all-event package costs $595 and includes a ticket to at least 16 skating competitions between Jan. 15 and Jan. 23, 2010.

News >  Spokane
May 19, 2008, midnight
When you think of blind people and dogs, the first thing to come to mind is probably a Seeing Eye Dog and the last thing is perhaps the Iditarod. That's until you meet musher Rachael Scdoris.

News >  Spokane
May 12, 2008, midnight
More than 150 women were treated to a Mother's Day lunch hosted by Volunteers of America at the Red Lion Inn at the Park on Sunday, where they also got a chance to dance the Macarena. The theme at the "I Remember Mama" lunch was Mexican, but what participants said really mattered were not the table decorations, handmade paper-flower corsages, chicken enchiladas, chips and salsa, or gift bags – it was the time spent socializing.

News >  Spokane
May 12, 2008, midnight
Kevin Tsuchida is a precocious boy. A fourth-grader at Wilson Elementary School, the 10-year-old has a vocabulary like an eighth-grader. He doesn't simply like dinosaurs, he studies paleontology. He's not just into bugs, he enjoys entomology. He doesn't have a rock collection – no, he's interested in geology.

News >  Features
May 11, 2008, midnight
AIDS and Africa are so closely connected it's difficult to talk about one without the other. Children are dying every day, the retroviral drugs are too expensive for most African clinics to purchase and distribute, and entire villages are now without a single adult person in them. It's overwhelming and sometimes it's just easier to tune it all out. Next weekend, World Vision – a Christian relief organization that is dedicated to helping children living in poverty – brings a unique opportunity to tune in on a very personal level, when the exhibit "World Vision Experience: AIDS" goes up at First Presbyterian Church.

News >  Spokane
May 5, 2008, midnight
Bloomsday founder Don Kardong said the question he gets asked most often is: So, what do you do the rest of the year? "When you think about it, that's kind of silly. It's not like I only work one day the entire year," he said about his job as director for one of the biggest road races in the world.

News >  Spokane
May 5, 2008, midnight
When Mary Rosner and her two friends Penny Simonson and Luanne Castoldi made a deal to do the Valley Girl Triathlon as "The Big Ass Losers" back in 2006, Rosner never dreamed that was a step toward getting on NBC's "Today." This morning, between 10 and 11 a.m., the Spokane Valley woman is scheduled to chat with Kathy Lee Gifford on national TV about how to lose weight and keep it off.