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Wineries celebrating with special events

Not that you need one, but there are a handful of excuses to stop by a local winery in the next week or so. Whitestone Winery in Wilbur, Wash., will host its annual harvest party Saturday. Winemaker Michael Haig promises Eggers Meats sausages from the grill, a taste of wines from the barrels and the latest release of the winery’s Pieces of Red.

Wash. bans Capitol holiday displays, tree to stay

The Christmas tree can stay — but no more Nativity scene. That’s the word from Washington’s Capitol, where protests erupted last winter over competing private holiday displays.

Man finds truckful of stolen belongings

Donnie Spivey went to bed Tuesday night praying for a miracle. The church pastor and his family, en route from British Columbia to Florida, lost their possessions when their rented, locked U-Haul was stolen from a Spokane Valley motel parking lot last weekend.

Family hopes for miracle in U-Haul heist

A family that lost everything when a moving truck was stolen from a Spokane Valley motel parking lot will stay in the area at least another day as support pours in from around the Inland Northwest.

AAA expects increase in holiday travel

A three-year decline in Memorial Day travel is expected to reverse itself this weekend with a small increase in the number of Americans hitting the road, rails or skies. The American Automobile Association is predicting that 32.4 million Americans will travel this holiday, an increase of 1.5 percent from the 31.9 million who traveled last year.

Chinese New Year

Chef Raymond Kong and Hui Xu, owners of the China Garden restaurant, say that the Chinese New Year holiday is about family and food, not necessarily in that order. Read the story.

Taking toy tradition for a holiday spin

DEER PARK – When 84-year-old Robert Forman spins a small, dented brass top on Christmas Eve, it will move for a matter of seconds. But for Forman, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the spinning of the top has spanned decades.

Have a Green Holiday with budget-friendly gifts

'Tis the season to draft your gift list, and you need something that will suit everyone -- from your always-on-the-go brother to your happy-at-home aunt. You need something special for each and, of course, homemade would be perfect. Something fresh and unexpected, customized, yet easy on your pocketbook. And while you’re at it, something environmentally friendly as well.

Sales slow to a crawl

Not even Santa showed up for work Thursday. Most days, the downtown Santa at River Park Square’s Christmas photo station is swarmed by parents and kids. Santa was probably taking refuge at the North Pole. The few shoppers who traveled downtown after Wednesday and Thursday’s snowfall found no sign of St. Nick and many shuttered stores.

Holly jolly tamale

Standing near a giant stainless steel bowl of the mixer in the De Leon Foods kitchen, one might mistake tamale making as a current culinary fad. Mario De Leon empties a 50-pound bag of corn flour into the bowl, adds a scoop of salt and another of baking powder. With the whir of mixing blades drowning out voices in the kitchen, it’s easy to forget that he is following a tradition that can be traced back to the ancient Aztecs.

Brightening season for military families

Getting ready for the holidays has been tough for Cheryl O’Boyle, whose husband Matthew is serving with the Army National Guard in Iraq. “There’s time you just don’t want to deal with it,” she said in an interview this week.

Atheists’ sign stolen, revving up controversy

OLYMPIA – The controversy over an atheist group’s display in the state Capitol continued Friday, as a thief made off with the sign, which was dropped off hours later at a Seattle radio station. By late Friday afternoon, state police had recovered the metal sign – now sporting a crease in the middle – and returned it to its perch in an alcove on the Statehouse’s third floor. It sits alongside a Nativity scene, near the 30-foot, gift-surrounded “holiday tree” in the rotunda.