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Idaho engineer shares story of her ‘Mars’ adventure

A visit to Mars is still the stuff of best-selling fiction and big-budget Hollywood movies. But a North Idaho woman has played a real role in imagining the human experience on the fourth planet from the sun. University of Idaho graduate Sophie Milam participated in a NASA-funded project that simulated a Mars mission and studied the biological, social and psychological challenges of being isolated and confined for a prolonged period. She and five others spent eight months living in a small dome on the slope of Mauna Loa, a volcano on the Island of Hawaii.

New Spokane church going forward without Mars Hill

Each week more than 100 adults pour into a downtown Spokane church, unshaken by the knotty departure of their lead pastor, Mark Driscoll, and the recent news that their church wouldn’t be a Mars Hill Church satellite after all.  The Spokane church had been planning to officially open its doors to the community in January as the 16th Mars Hill church branch. The plan had been to live-stream Driscoll’s sermons on Sunday mornings.

Shawn Vestal: Real-life Geordi La Forge will speak at INB

It all started with Geordi La Forge. When Kobie Boykins was growing up, he had to engage in one of the crucial decisions facing young people interested in science and space: “Star Trek” or “Star Wars”? Boykins was a fan of both, but he was a “huge” fan of the second-generation Star Trek series, and in particular of La Forge, the chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise played by LeVar Burton.

Seattle megachurch Mars Hill dissolves; local branches urged to continue

SEATTLE – Two weeks after lead Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll resigned amid questions about his leadership, the Seattle megachurch he founded announced Friday it was dissolving its network of branches across four states. The church said on its website that the best future for its branches would be for them to becoming “autonomous self-governed entities.”

Embattled Mars Hill Church founder resigns

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle megachurch founder Mark Driscoll, who has been under fire amid questions about his leadership style and falling membership in his Mars Hill Church, has stepped down, the church announced on its website Wednesday.

Shawn Vestal: Even amid stormy seas, Mars Hill church plans to open

Seattle’s controversial Mars Hill megachurch has had a tough summer. Its flamboyant pastor has stepped away temporarily in the wake of some boorish comments about women and conflicts within the church. Mars Hill has recently closed and consolidated churches, and new internal battles are being reported almost daily on the West Side.

Mars Hill cuts branches, personnel as giving declines amid controversy

After 18 years of explosive growth, officials at Seattle megachurch Mars Hill say financial pressures in the wake of recent negative media attention are forcing them to cut staff and eliminate some branches, including consolidating three Seattle congregations, leaders announced Sunday. The church, which had blossomed to 15 branches in five states and had followers around the world, also plans to cut 30 percent to 40 percent of its paid staff of about 100. That staff already had seen layoffs last spring and a string of departures in recent weeks by pastors angry or uneasy about the church’s direction.

One final hot streak

If you haven’t taken advantage of the summer months to see some live music, the week ahead presents plenty of opportunities. We’re inching closer to the last gasp of summer, and in anticipation of the end of festival season, the music gods have granted us a week so jam-packed with music that it’s almost overwhelming. Here are some of your best live music options in the coming days, from burgeoning local artists to Grammy-winning superstars.

One final hot streak

If you haven’t taken advantage of the summer months to see some live music, the week ahead presents plenty of opportunities. We’re inching closer to the last gasp of summer, and in anticipation of the end of festival season, the music gods have granted us a week so jam-packed with music that it’s almost overwhelming. Here are some of your best live music options in the coming days, from burgeoning local artists to Grammy-winning superstars.

Protesters target Mars Hill Church’s founder

Dozens of demonstrators picketed outside Mars Hill Church in Bellevue on Sunday, with some former church members calling for the resignation of the megachurch’s charismatic founder, Mark Driscoll. The church Driscoll founded started as a Bible study class in his rented Seattle home in 1996. Today, the church says it has 6,000 members and some 13,000 attendees in 15 locations in five states, including 11 in Washington. The newest is to open this winter in downtown Spokane.

Mars Hill already attracting local members

Mars Hill Spokane won’t officially launch until early next year, but about 60 people from Spokane and North Idaho have already committed to becoming members of the Seattle-based megachurch. They’ll be taking over the First Covenant Church building, at 212 S. Division, and the congregation currently meeting there will move to the Garland District.

‘Veronica’ is just what fans ordered

Fan-demanded and fan-financed, “Veronica Mars” represents some sort of new movie-making paradigm. If you love something so much that you’d “pay to see that,” you can now turn that dream project into a big-screen reality by ponying up a piece of the production financing yourself. From a fan’s standpoint, that’s kind of cool. This movie caters to them.

Mars Hill Church eyes Spokane campus

Mars Hill Church – the Seattle-based megachurch made famous by its rapid expansion, high-tech outreach and its sometimes-controversial pastor Mark A. Driscoll – has plans to open its 16th satellite campus in downtown Spokane. “We just want people to meet Jesus,” said Miles Rohde, who will be the lead pastor of the Spokane church. “Spokane is getting younger, with lots of college kids coming and raising their families there. We have a message of the Gospel we want to communicate and we have an amazing lead pastor in Mark Driscoll and the message he’s able to convey biblically, and we want to share that in Spokane.”

NASA’s newest mission will study erosion of Mars’ atmosphere

Four billion years ago, rivers and lakes dotted the surface of Mars, their waters reflecting puffy clouds drifting in a blue sky, scientists believe. Now, it’s a dry, rusty rock that’s subject to fierce sandstorms, withering blasts of radiation and freezing temperatures that have frozen carbon dioxide to the planet’s poles.

It’s out of this world

Elementary students taking summer school in the Central Valley School District have been learning about space and our solar system during the district’s annual STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Academy. On Wednesday, fourth- and fifth-graders used robots to simulate the Mars Rover. They maneuvered the robots through a series of obstacles and answered questions about space.

Rock Doc: Meteorite makes impression on geologists

I think the most memorable single day of all my years as a student was the afternoon I got to examine moon rocks in graduate school. Rocks on Earth are exposed to water throughout their existence, and water breaks down mineral grains on a tiny scale. If you look at thin slices of rock under a microscope – a normal activity for geologists like me – you see this tiny breakdown at work. To use a technical term, the mineral grains appear “cruddy” because they are breaking down to minerals like clay due to the presence of water.