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Treva Lind

Treva Lind

Current Position: features writer

Treva Lind joined The Spokesman-Review in 2016, after 12 years working as a correspondent. She is a reporter for Features covering aging and family issues.

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Longtime Pullman optometrist wants to see profession do more for frontline health

Optometrists can see more than just vision needs, potentially also glimpsing signs of early diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol issues. Longtime Pullman optometrist Jim DeVleming has worked in state and national in leadership roles to raise awareness and also to advocate for the profession to evolve, including the ability after training to offer simple laser treatments now allowed in 10 states. It's called full-scope contemporary optometry.

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Nonprofit launches to offer weekly grief support for children after death of a parent

A new child grief support nonprofit, R.I.S.E. Northwest – the acronym being for Resilience Is Strength and Endurance – is scheduled to start its Spokane programs in early October, said founder Tracy Gyllenhammer. She hope the services will fill a void by offering free support programs for children and teens who are grieving the loss of a parent. Serving ages 5-18, the nonprofit is offering two separate programs: Team R.I.S.E. and Camp Cope, with no-cost enrollment now open. Both have a built-in peer focuses, because that grief is a lifelong journey for children, Gyllenhammer said.

Escaping long ago, CJ Curtis and her coffee shop help survivors of sex-trafficking

CJ Curtis is the creative force behind the Garden Coffee & Local Eats in Spokane Valley. She designed the space to draw people together for coffee, healthy foods and a calm vibe. She also applies some store proceeds to help survivors who escaped sex-trafficking, with 88 cents from the sales of certain items toward the rescue work of HRC Ministries, a local nonprofit providing shelter, skills training, counseling and therapy. What people may not know is that Curtis long ago escaped herself.
News >  Crime/Public Safety

‘It’s happening with younger and younger people’: UW expert talks about keeping youth safe amid rise in fentanyl use and overdoses

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 22, 2022

With 27 years in the opioid addiction field, Caleb Banta-Green said he didn't think it could get as bad as today's dramatic hike in fentanyl use statewide. Another difference is that fentanyl is killing people from accidental overdoses in higher numbers than any other drugs, he said. For a recent Gonzaga University talk about strategies, he compiled Spokane reports showing that fentanyl deaths from accidental overdoses spiked in 2021, far surpassing methamphetamine, heroin or cocaine causes. It mirrors trends across Washington.
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Fentanyl crisis speech set for Gonzaga on Tuesday

Offering tips to protect people from illicitly-made fentanyl, an expert will speak on "The Fentanyl Crisis: How to Keep Loved Ones Safe" at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Spokane on the Gonzaga University campus. Prior registration is required to attend in-person at The speaker is Caleb Banta-Green, acting professor in psychiatry and behavioral health sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Book tells of mercy and madness in life of Spokane’s first female physician

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 15, 2022

Respect, then tragedy, dominate the life of Spokane's first female physician, who by1888 became esteemed for her expertise in health care and philanthropic work, but it all seemed to unravel after a son's death and arson conviction. Now, Latham's life is covered in a new book, “Mercy and Madness: Dr. Mary Archard Latham's Tragic Fall from Female Physician to Felon." Author and Spokane resident Beverly Lionberger Hodgins cares about more than just history. She's a distant relative of Latham's.

Sixty years of caring: Sister retiring from Sacred Heart gets parade send-off

Sister Rosalie Locati accepted a call 22 years ago to encourage caregivers, regularly wandering the hallways and nooks of Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. This week, she retires after 60 years of service, including early as a teacher and years mentoring Washington State University students. At Sacred Heart, she gained respect for compassion and humor, and Friday, Locati reluctantly agreed to some fuss over her. Staff organized a parade send-off, with her in a convertible.
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Grant will help Spokane’s Goodheart Behavioral Health reach more Native Americans

More access to mental health services with a cultural focus – and tools to address trauma – are among issues facing Native Americans who are struggling, said counselors in a Spokane program. They're also fighting a fentanyl crisis. Now, the American Indian Community Center's Goodheart Behavioral Health program is able to add mental health counseling, through UnitedHealthcare's $150,000 grant.
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Wise buys: Parents paying more for back-to-school essentials look for solutions

Parents nationwide are juggling expenses as inflation makes it costlier to buy this year's requested list of classroom supplies – from pens and paper to folders and glue sticks. Some parents here are waiting to buy items to stretch the monthly budget, or if they're in West Valley and have an elementary student, that district is among some using federal relief money to buy basic school supplies for children.
News >  Higher education

WSU study indicates eye testing could help screen children for autism at ‘critical window’ of toddlerhood

Technology that measures how eye pupils respond to light is showing promise in research as a pediatric screening tool for autism – with a goal for interventions as young as toddler ages, said a Washington State University researcher. Autism spectrum disorder affects communication and social interactions with others, but children on average aren't diagnosed until age 4, which misses crucial times when they're developing language and speech.
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Hospice group starts memorial butterfly release as an outlet for grief

On an early August evening, 50 butterflies were released from mesh containers into a Coeur d'Alene garden, as families listened to music and watched the insects fly. In many cultures, legends described butterflies as symbols of rejuvenation, hope and rebirth. Some oral traditions referred to them as being able to take messages to deceased loved ones.
News >  Agriculture

‘There will be an eighth generation’: Two brothers and their parents harvest wheat, bluegrass seeds and heritage on their family farm

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 15, 2022

Green View Farms has sixth and seventh generations working on acreage that includes an 1878 homestead site, near Fairfield, Wash. Today, the farm grows different crops but predominantly wheat and bluegrass seed, the latter requiring years of tinkering to produce better yields without burning. A byproduct of grass straw also is growing in demand. Lonnie and Marci Green's sons Jordan and Derek are slowly taking on more responsibilities.
News >  Agriculture

Evolving farming industry finds ways to keep up production of bluegrass seed in Washington

A future for regional Kentucky bluegrass seed production looks green again. There are gains in developing new grass seed varieties that can produce yields up to about four years, along with a market in livestock food production and overseas demand for grass straw, said Paul Dashiell with Seeds Inc. The industry had to adapt after a ban against field burning, a previous practice to increase yields that ceased in the 1990s in Washington, and around 2007 in Idaho except on some tribal land.
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At 43, Coeur d’Alene figure skater lands dream spotlight in national showcase

As a teenager, Jackie Charlebois dreamed of national shows as a figure skater. That looked promising when a prominent coach asked her to train with him in Florida. A year's work with figure skating choreographer Doug Mattis ended when illness forced her to go home. Charlebois packed her skates away for more than 20 years, but now, at age 43, she's made a comeback – so well that she has landed on ice again in a national spotlight for two years in a row.
News >  Features

Is the future of youth baseball in jeopardy?

With fewer young kids in summer recreational baseball compared with 20 years ago, the trend is concerning to Spokane Valley Baseball League president Bill Kreider, who wonders if traditional ballpark play during the season's warm days is fading away.
News >  Features

‘Pickleball should bring you joy’: State’s official sport picks up in Spokane and here’s where to play it

UPDATED: Mon., July 25, 2022

Pickleball is picking up in Spokane. About 4,000 players regionally are part of Spokane-based PNW Pickleball Association, started four years ago. More resources help people find spots to play via USA Pickleball Association, Facebook groups and the association's Pickleball Playground site. The city plans more courts at area parks. Pickleball became the state's official sport June 9.