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Cookbook Review: ‘The Farmstead Egg Guide & Cookbook’

Quick look: Chicken keeping isn’t for everyone. This guide gives would-be hen owners an education in egg-laying and provides more than 100 fairly simple egg-centered recipes – from classics like scrambled eggs and eggnog to elegant asparagus with poached eggs and smoked salmon. What’s inside: This book is divided into two parts.

Middle school students hope to hatch trout eggs in river

East Valley Middle School students braved Friday’s rain to nest trout eggs in the Spokane River. “They’ll be hatched,” said eighth-grader Mark Tredway on his expectations for his next visit to the river. “I hope and plead they’ll be hatched.”

Bigger Easter egg hunt draws families to Grant Park

A false alarm set eager children loose moments before a fire engine was ready to honk the start of the third-annual Easter egg hunt at Grant Park. This was the biggest hunt to date for the event’s organizers, who scattered about 15,000 eggs throughout the South Perry District park for hundreds of children to snatch.

Clark: Bunny leads us down disappointing rabbit hole

I was sorry to hear that after a 32-year run, the Easter Bunny won’t be hiding any plastic eggs filled with tooth-rotting candy this weekend at Riverfront Park. Apparently there was a lack of a sponsor or a problem with the Easter Bunny’s agent.

Burger King using cage-free products by 2017

The movement by U.S. food corporations toward more humane treatment of animals experienced a whopper of a shift today when Burger King announced that all of its eggs and pork will come from cage-free chickens and pigs by 2017.


Vandals have once again struck the popular Discovery Playground in Spokane Valley, this time making off with a 5-foot-tall yellow fiberglass inchworm. Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation staff noticed the yellow inchworm was missing and its green companion was damaged on Wednesday. The inchworms were installed this spring in the Secret Garden area of the playground, which was designed to be accommodating to children of all physical ability levels. The playground has been well used since it opened in May 2010, but it also has been plagued with problems caused by vandals who seem to be as attracted to the brightly colored, larger-than-life plants and animals as the children are.

Time to sign up or shut up as initiative deadline nears

OLYMPIA – As Washington residents hit the parks, the malls and the supermarkets this holiday weekend, they may get a chance to take part in one bit of democracy central to most Independence Day weekends – the last big push to get signatures for ballot initiatives in this year’s election. Just as colonists struck a blow for freedom against tyranny 235 years ago with the Declaration of Independence, Washington residents can strike a blow for freedom to limit the use of gasoline taxes, give hens that lay eggs more room to move around, smoke marijuana without fear of arrest, require more training for people who care for the elderly and disabled, or buy liquor from privately owned stores.

At the top of the pecking order

Palouse Pastured Poultry chickens live outside, pecking for insects and foraging for alfalfa and weeds – most of the time. Unless it rains: Then the fair-weather birds like to tuck into one of the 10 covered but floorless “chicken tractors” in the farm field along Pine Creek near Rosalia. Or, if Allen and Emmy Widman’s 3 1/2-year-old son, Reed, gets his hands on them.

Playground eggs recovered

Two giant fiberglass eagle eggs taken from the Discovery Playground in Spokane Valley last month were recovered Thursday.

Illnesses multiply as egg recall expands

A salmonella outbreak that sickened hundreds and led to a nationwide recall of hundreds of millions of eggs from one Iowa firm will likely grow, federal health officials said today. That’s because illnesses occurring after mid-July may not be reported yet, said Dr. Christopher Braden, an epidemiologist with the federal Centers for Disease Control.

Want better butter and other treats? Try making it yourself

Last week, we sat down to a meal that was as close to locally-sourced as you can get. A light, fluffy, frittata, made with fresh eggs cheerfully donated by all the single ladies in the backyard hen house, tender just-picked salad greens from the lettuce and spinach growing in wine barrels on the patio and sweet, creamy, butter we’d just churned spread on saltine crackers.