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Nov. 20, 2019, 4 p.m.
A Spokane Valley Fire Employees Scholarship recipient in 2013, Alexis Skjelbred became a Spokane nurse a few years later. She’d once abandoned that dream after high school academic struggles. A cardiac nurse now, she’s had the chance to personally thank some of those firefighters.
Nov. 17, 2019, 5 a.m.
A new initiative is spotlighting the high rate of Spokane County domestic violence, a trend that’s also increased the workload for processing protection orders. About a year ago, the Spokane County Clerk’s Office launched a program to speed up the sending of legal protection order details to law enforcement, with two workers entering information electronically as documents are approved.
Nov. 16, 2019, 2 p.m.
River City Kitchen, a new commercial kitchen, opened a few weeks ago inside the Spokane Intermodal Center. Owner Clay Cerna will offer rentable space as an incubator for food and beverage entrepreneurs to create products for the region’s restaurants and farmers markets.
Nov. 13, 2019, 4 p.m.
Do you really know your family health history, or are you guessing when the doctor asks? With the upcoming holidays, take a moment to ask relatives about past conditions – from diabetes and cancer to heart issues. Write it down, tell your physician, and act on what you can do to reduce risk factors.
Nov. 6, 2019, 4 p.m.
With medical concerns about “sitting disease,” standup desks or adjustable sit-stand stations are increasingly popular for desk workers. While it gives employees chances to change positions, there are mixed results in studies on actual health benefits. Local experts say it is the movement that counts.
A miracle for Mariah: Advances in cystic fibrosis treatment offer hope for former resident of Spokane ValleyNov. 2, 2019, 5 p.m.
Mariah Hanley, who grew up in Spokane Valley, learned early that her chances to lead a long life were slim because of cystic fibrosis, a progressive and frequently fatal genetic disease of the body’s mucus glands. But a few months ago, a doctor told Hanley, now 26, that she should start planning for retirement. A new breakthrough drug is changing the dialogue for CF patients.
Nov. 1, 2019, 5 p.m.
Lesa Delisi has found success in Spokane bringing colors to canvas for wildlife acrylic paintings. But Delisi isn’t alone in a family with two sisters and two brother who are artists, along with their father, Oleg Stavrowsky, 92, a well-known Western artist.
Oct. 30, 2019, 5 p.m.
Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Alexi Matousek is new to Providence Spokane Heart Institute, but people might recognize him from NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” 2017 city finals in Cleveland. Matousek also does Haiti rural health work.
Oct. 23, 2019, 5:53 p.m.
Nearly a decade ago, Nicholas Carr published “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains,” which offered a deep look at how digital technology impacts the brain. The book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, but it wasn’t the final word on a constantly changing subject.
Oct. 23, 2019, 5 p.m.
On Nov. 6, two Spokane orthopedic surgeons plan to join a U.S. volunteer medical team in Cuba to perform about 65 joint-replacement operations for arthritis patients.
Oct. 16, 2019, 5 p.m.
Between trick-or-treat fun and candy canes, kids aren’t likely to resist sweets this time of year. But there are tips for parents to help with better choices. Experts note the best to worst, timing and frequency.
Oct. 14, 2019, 5 a.m.
With recent national attention on childhood obesity rates, newly released data for Washington show that 7,100 youth ages 10-17 are obese. The state’s rate for this age group is 11%, ranking Washington as the sixth lowest in the U.S.
Oct. 12, 2019, midnight
This year, Gonzaga University history professor Andrew Goldman is testing classroom applications for new virtual-reality technology with viewpoints of ancient civilizations based on archeological evidence. The work is being led by archeologists with Lithodomos VR, an Australian company.
Oct. 9, 2019, 5 p.m.
Recent grants are backing dental initiatives to reduce rates of tooth decay in Spokane County. Strategies include a school program for teeth cleanings and sealants, partnering with physicians to recognize dental decay earlier and increasing access to Medicaid for adults and seniors.
Oct. 4, 2019, 5 p.m.
What’s scary popular this year for Halloween costumes? Some parents go over the top.
Oct. 2, 2019, 5 p.m.
Yoga in the Cathedral is held once a month on a Sunday afternoon in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on Spokane’s South Hill. The popular sessions, which began in 2015, are open to anyone in the community.
Spokane domestic violence survivor credits vigilant friends, co-workers for helping her escape abuseSept. 30, 2019, 5 a.m.
“People need to ask the questions and make sure someone has a safe place,” said Desiree Lancaster, who survived years of abuse by an ex-husband. “I’m truly blessed I have so many people who helped me, and each of them didn’t let me back down.”
Sept. 28, 2019, 11 p.m.
Rich Gortsema of Spokane has built hot rod dreams for decades, and this weekend he received statewide recognition. Gortsema was inducted into the Washington State Hot Rod Hall of Fame as 2019 Builder of the Year in Lynnwood, Washington.
Sept. 27, 2019, 4 p.m.
Holiday early birds, you know them. They already have most or all their Christmas gifts stashed. But with less than 100 days until Dec. 25, you might consider some steps now – especially around handmade creations or to update decorations. Here are some tips from a few early birders.
Sept. 25, 2019, 5 p.m.
It can be tricky talking to teens about sensitive topics, yet doctors need to draw answers from them for adolescents’ health issues. Each fall, North Central High School drama students do role-playing scenarios to help first-year Spokane medical students in University of Washington School of Medicine.
Sept. 20, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Mead High School graduate Nathan Isaac, a cancer survivor, has designed hats and beanies recently stocked at five flagship REI stores and online. A percentage of sales from Stalyon products will bring professional outdoor adventure photos to young cancer patients.
Sept. 18, 2019, 5 p.m.
Beats & Rhythms in Spokane offers activities, mentors and continuing support to families and their children with congenital heart conditions. Volunteer outreach typically starts with a hospital visit.
Sept. 13, 2019, 5 p.m.
September is family preparedness month, when residents are urged to take steps such as storage of necessary items in the event of severe storms and disaster events. From stocking a disaster kit to developing a family emergency plan, here are some tips for Inland Northwest residents.
Sept. 12, 2019, 5 a.m.
Seconds into a conversation, Toni Lodge taps into humor. She’s a natural storyteller, too. But other clues about Lodge soon surface, such as her tenacity and passion for community when talking about the past 30 years of her work in Spokane.
Sept. 6, 2019, 4 p.m.
Cycling safety is something parents can model and teach kids starting at around age 5, said Bill Bender, SpokeFest president and recently retired neurologist. The group promotes cycling and safety year-round, offering activities beyond its annual Spokane ride this Sunday.