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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Not everyone giving thanks for turkeys in Spokane

It seems that a turkey invasion is underway, with groups of them frequenting the South Hill, Spokane Valley and the North Side. Several flocks of the birds – technically known as rafters – have set up camp in the neighborhoods around Manito Park, Cannon Hill Park and Cliff Park.

Video shoot will honor community contributors

Not too long ago, someone shared a video of a song called “Nothing More,” by Alternate Routes with Deb Barnes. “I became obsessed with it,” said the chairwoman of the Manito-Cannon Hill Neighborhood Council. She thought the lyrics were positive, and it spoke to her about people who step up to solve problems and get things done.

Monster Dash 5k and Kids’ Fun Run

Dressed in Halloween costumes, hundreds of runners took part in the 2014 Monster Dash 5k and Kids' Fun Run held Sunday in Manito Park.

Manito Mirror Pond improvements underway

Most of the water in the Mirror Pond of Manito Park has been drained, leaving behind a bright green scum floating on top of what’s left. Ducks swim through it, kicking up a trail of brown sediment as they paddle across. It may not be pretty now, but Friends of Manito and the city of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department are working to change that. Fondly known as the “duck pond,” the Mirror Pond is getting an upgrade.

A day of old-fashioned fun – really old-fashioned

The cats will be flying Saturday at Manito Park. A catapult hauled in for the Children’s Renaissance Faire will be loaded with stuffed toys for hurling demonstrations, just one draw at the annual event that packs arts and crafts, music and fairies into a few hours.

Study: Stormwater not to blame for Cannon Hill Park pond’s cloudiness

Cannon Hill Park may be a beloved and classic example of an Olmsted Brothers park on Spokane’s South Hill, but the pond at its center has quickly become a point of contention for its neighbors. This summer, the pond became muddy and opaque, leading local residents to question why. Some of them blamed swales along nearby Lincoln Street, said Park Director Leroy Eadie.

In the Garden: Fundraiser benefits Mirror Pond

Over the past 23 years, volunteers with the nonprofit The Friends of Manito have raised nearly $700,000 toward the group’s mission of helping preserve and improve Manito Park. They are raising funds to restore Mirror Pond, a feature located in the lower park that many know simply as “the duck pond.”

Summer Games gives adults a chance to play like children

Before explaining the rules of noodle tag last week on a grassy play field at upper Manito Park, fitness trainer Nicole Kuhn led a group of women through stretches and a principle behind Summer Games, her recess-for-grownups series: Players of noodle tag, or island ball or trash can kickball or any other playground game in their future, should play at their own pace. Can’t run another step? Slow down. Some parts of the field too aggressive? Hang out in another part.

Briefs: Grant to EWU helps students from migrant farm worker families

CHENEY – Eastern Washington University received a $2.12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support students who come from migrant farm worker families. It’s the third time since 2002 that EWU has received a College Assistance Migrant Program – or CAMP – grant. During that same time, 300 EWU students have benefitted from the federally funded college assistance program.

Travelers’ comments put Manito Park on top 25 list

TripAdvisor.com has released its 2014 Traveler’s Choice Awards and it includes Manito Park, which was named one of the top 25 parks in the country. Other winners include New York City’s Central Park and Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

Pick for families:

Families are invited to hit the streets Wednesday evening, minus their motor vehicles. The Summer Parkways event closes 4 miles of streets on the South Hill to cars and trucks and opens them up to bikers, inline skaters, stroller pushers, skateboarders, walkers, runners and anyone else moving on human power.

Gracie Snider’s Candlelight Vigil

More than 500 people came to Manito Park, May 7, 2014, to remember 10-year-old Gracie Snider who was killed in a traffic accident Saturday on her way home from a soccer match. Most came because they knew Gracie or were involved in soccer, but some were there simply because they felt they needed to be there.

Feeding ducks at Manito Park still a problem

The Mirror Pond at Manito Park still has a duck-feeding issue. It’s not as bad as it was before the big duck roundup in 2008 when Parks Department staff corralled and relocated 35 domestic ducks that were living off bread handouts in the pond.

Feeding ducks at Manito Park still a problem

The Mirror Pond at Manito Park still has a duck-feeding issue. It’s not as bad as it was before the big duck roundup in 2008 when Parks Department staff corralled and relocated 35 domestic ducks that were living off bread handouts in the pond.

Spokane’s Cannon Hill Park has pondwater predicament

Twenty-four hours a day for most of the year, water pours from a spigot on the south side of the Cannon Hill Park pond. “We’re losing millions and millions of gallons out of that pond every year,” said City Councilman Mike Allen, who serves on the Park

Gaiser Conservatory aglow with holiday lights

The holiday lights will be twinkling at Gaiser Conservatory beginning Friday as the Friends of Manito once again celebrate the season by decorating trees, flowers and succulents with more than 30,000 lights. The lights were first put up in 1994 and a pre-holiday visit has become a tradition for many.

Landmarks: Duncan’s colorful vision still blooms

Is there a garden anywhere in Spokane as meticulously kept and as beautiful as the formal Duncan Garden at Manito Park? During the warm weather months, this gem of the city parks is alive with color and busy with visitors. And it is also an interesting part of Spokane’s history, beginning in the early years of the 1900s when Charles Balzer, first superintendent of what was then Montrose Park, discovered that the site where the garden now stands was filled with rich loamy soil. He had 42,500 wagon loads removed for gardens in parks throughout the city, leaving behind a sunken space the length of two football fields. In 1910 John W. Duncan, assistant park superintendent for the Boston Park System, was hired to improve and operate this fledgling park on Spokane’s South Hill. He did that for the next 32 years.