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Front Porch: Tweeter atwitter over notoriety

When Spokesman-Review columnist/blogger Dave Oliveria started bugging me about Twitter, I scoffed at the notion that I needed any more social media in my life. Facebook already ate up too much of my time. Oliveria insisted that Twitter is far more valuable than Facebook when it comes to tracking and reporting breaking news.

Huckleberries: Rough landing for Green project

Developer Harry Green had big plans when he bought the old Louisiana Pacific mill site on the Spokane River back when. The 33-acre Post Falls Landing project was to become a legitimate downtown for Post Falls. It didn’t. Things have gone from bad to worse for Green, according to the Coeur d’Alene Press. A creditor is suing him for $8.2 million. He’s filed for Chapter 11 corporate bankruptcy. Now, a warrant has been issued for his arrest for failure to appear in court on a charge of selling alcohol without a license at The Landing marina. Green sent this explanation to The Spokesman-Review: “A ticket was issued to my Marina for sale of liquor on August 9, 2011. August 8, 2011, my Brother Tom died of cancer. Marina help sold two beers to officers August 9, 2011. For leaving the dock and store unattended help was released.  Notified of ticket just prior to November pre-trial, which was a surprise. My Brother Bill died of cancer after Thanksgiving and funeral mid-December.  I called prosecutor’s office requesting a continuance.  Prosecutor did not call back, so assumed continued.  I was shocked today when notified of warrant.” You know what they say about “assume.” Young and reckless

Front Porch: Aye, a toast to all things Scottish

In second grade at Jefferson Elementary, Mrs. Pendergast attempted to teach us about cultural heritage. She explained, “For example, my mother’s family is from Germany and my father’s family came from Ireland, so I’m half German and half Irish.” Excitedly, kids raised their hands to share their family backgrounds. I pondered what I knew of my own history, and when Mrs. Pendergast called on me I was ready.

Front Porch: Riding in the car with boys

I could tell something was wrong the minute he got into the car. His face was flushed and his eyes bright with unshed tears. As I slowly navigated the school parking lot, an avalanche of words tumbled out. “Alex went to California for Christmas break,” said Sam, 12. “And he’s not coming back!”

Front Porch: Christmas traditions move along

When Tevye and the cast belt out “Tradition” in “Fiddler on the Roof,’ they’re singing my song. I, especially, love the ritual, familiarity and comfort of holiday traditions. For me, it begins on the day after Thanksgiving. While many folks shop til they drop on Black Friday, I decorate til I drop.

Front Porch: Santa’s bag overflows with ideas

It’s that festive time of year. Holiday lights twinkle from the garland on our banister and glow on the Christmas tree. The Play-doh nativity set sits once again in the place of honor atop the piano. The delicious aroma of Christmas baking fills my kitchen – and emails from The International Parking Institute fill my inbox.

Huckleberries: Matching views to office sought can be tricky

Let’s play a game. Huckleberries will tell you where candidate John Green stands on issues. And you guess which office he’s seeking. Ready? On his Facebook wall, Green lists his stands on several issues, including the Second Amendment: “The Federal Government has no authority to regulate firearms within the State of Idaho.” And states’ rights: The 17th Amendment (removing the Legislature’s power to appoint U.S. senators) “should be repealed.” And taxation: “The ‘Internal Revenue Code’ is an abomination and an absurdity.”

Front Porch: Cramps, comments, and a crown

Wearily, I dumped my briefcase in the corner and shrugged my overnight bag onto the bed. I’d been away from home working on my book. As I sat down on the edge of the bed to shuck my shoes, a flash of glitter caught my eye. A sparkling tiara rested on my pillow.

Front Porch: Season, lives can change quickly

A northerly blast rattles the windows and threatens the few leaves still stubbornly clinging to our apple tree. The russet and amber brilliance of autumn is fading fast. Seasons change.

Front Porch: Fall veggies (or whatever) hard to beet

I’m in the midst of my annual identity crisis. Every autumn when area gardens burst with bounty, I toy with the idea of turning in my carnivore card and embracing vegetarianism. Crunchy carrots, tasty tomatoes and succulent squash please my palate. After gorging on garden goodness, I have no room for meatloaf or chicken cacciatore.

Front Porch: Feeling blue without a Bluetooth

I used to make fun of them. The people who walk through grocery stores, animatedly chatting with invisible friends. The folks at movie theaters with winking blue lights behind their ears. The self-important ones who cannot disconnect from their Bluetooth devices while dining out, visiting the library or exercising at the gym.

Huckleberries: In Spokane, charity can be expensive

Bogus. That’s the word Jeff Selle, of Post Falls, uses for that $175 citation issued by a Spokane County health inspector to Riverside High mom Mary Beth Conklin for a fundraising tailgater. Selle? He’s a top regional barbecuer, handling the tongs for Bent BBQ at several North Idaho events, including the third annual St. Vincent de Paul Steak Fry this summer. Specifically, Jeff tells Huckleberries: “In Idaho you can cook a charity fundraiser without having to purchase a permit, at all. And, if you are vending or catering for profit, you only pay $80 for a yearlong permit.”