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Landers column goes hog wild

Human beings would have gone the way of the dodo without critters. Along with suffering through evolution shivering, starving and lonesome, we also would have been at a loss for words. People would have clammed up without quick images of speech, such as runs like a deer, quiet as a mouse or sly as a fox.

Landers goes hog wild with column

Animal-based phrases are rooted in our language. They have become clichés hawk-eyed editors delete. Nevertheless, the public continues to pass them through the generations.

Winners named in 2012 High School Outdoor Writing Contest

A story by Kyle Hansen, a junior at West Valley High School, has been judged the best of 214 entries to win The Spokesman-Review’s 2012 Outdoor Writing Contest for high school students. Hansen, who also won the competition last year, is the second two-time winner in the contest’s 27-year history. The first was David Smith, also of West Valley, in 1987 and 1988.

Outdoor Writing Contest: Superfund time on the Duwamish

There’s no bonding experience quite like a father-son fishing trip. I recall canoeing in Z Canyon with Dear Old Dad, interrupted by nothing but the distant hush of the falls, and by the swish and plunk of a paddle brushing the glassy water.

Outdoor Writing Contest: Detail’s in the Devils

In eighth-grade earth science we learned all about mountains. Sitting on top of the molten core of the Earth, continent-sized tectonic plates drift imperceptibly due to currents in the magma beneath them.

Citizen journalist class being offered

The Spokesman-Review and the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University will provide a one-day training workshop in February for qualified rural journalists and citizen bloggers in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. The free workshop, which will be held at The Spokesman-Review, is open to 20 citizen journalists or bloggers interested in increasing their knowledge of writing, reporting and photojournalism, as well as to network with other writers and journalists.

High School outdoor writing contest deadline Nov. 15

It’s time for high schoolers to begin thinking about fame, fortune and the great outdoors. The Spokesman-Review once again is joining the Outdoor Writers Association of America in sponsoring a contest for youth outdoor writing.

Test: Most students not proficient in writing

Just a quarter of eighth and 12th grade students in the United States have solid writing skills, even when allowed to use spell-check and other computer word-processing tools, according to results of a national exam released today.

The draw of the unknowable

The story of Sir John Franklin’s doomed 19th-century expedition in search of the Northwest Passage is full of mysteries. The last thing novelist Gregory Spatz wanted to do was solve any of them. Spatz – whose new novel, “Inukshuk,” winds a modern tale around the Franklin expedition – is less interested in the easy answer than the continually deepening question. The expedition provides plenty of those, given that everyone involved died of causes that are still mostly guessed at.

Many readers keep cursive alive

Penmanship apparently is a passion for many Spokesman-Review readers. Two solicitations for handwriting samples brought more than 400 responses in the mail, mostly from Inland Northwest residents sharing their own pen-on-paper work.