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Tuesday, October 20, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Falling into fall: Where to go to view the area and season’s vibrant colors

Autumn glows in the Inland Northwest. You can thank our region's variety of trees with leaves morphing into vivid hues of yellow, orange and red – typically peaking mid-October. We have another bounty: Plenty of places for families to go on walking or driving tours to view all those fall colors.

Choosing to own: Low rates, down payments mean first-time homebuyers have options

Kieley Fox had had enough of cycling through rentals and living with her parents. The 41-year-old single mother found out she was pre-approved for a line of credit that enabled her to buy a new home near Finch Arboretum, making her part of a growing contingent of first-time homebuyers getting into the market even as supply remains low.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago In an event with lasting repercussions for all Spokane nature lovers, John A. Finch, 61, pioneer Spokane mining man and businessman, died suddenly at his summer home in Hayden Lake.

Three bills in Washington would create new license plate designs

OLYMPIA – Washington drivers can choose from 47 specially designed license plates that support causes including breast cancer research, orca preservation, square dancing and lighthouse restoration. And drivers may soon have even more choices.

Landmarks: Finch Arboretum has been wowing visitors for years

Tree expert Ed Lester and professional gardener Sally Sullivan got together on a crisp autumn morning recently to compare notes about the history of the John A. Finch Arboretum – a 65-acre botanical treasure at 3404 W. Woodland Blvd. What became clear in their discussion at the Woodland Center at the arboretum – named for mining magnate and amateur botanist John A. Finch, from whose estate the $250,000 gift came in 1947 to finance development of the arboretum – was that there is some considerable credit due also to Daniel Dwight for locating this outdoor nature classroom at the site.

Autumn is showtime for arboretum

When we think about Spokane parks, Manito and Riverfront are probably the first two that come to mind. But there is a hidden gem that is well worth a visit – especially now that autumn is here – and that is Finch Arboretum. Located on the west side of town between Interstate 90 and Sunset Hill, this park is situated on about 65 acres. Arboretums are traditionally collections of trees but Finch Arboretum offers so much more than that.

Festival to teach composting

The Spokane Master Composters/Recyclers will hold a Compost Fair on Oct. 27 at Finch Arboretum, 3404 W. Woodland Blvd. The fair is part of the Fall Leaf Festival, and runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Free course on pruning methods planned at Finch

The Spokane Urban Forestry and the Spokane Conservation District will hold a free course on Friday at Finch Arboretum, 3404 W. Woodland Blvd., from 9 a.m. to noon, teaching the ins and outs of pruning. The program will teach participants pruning objectives, tree biology, proper pruning cuts and types of pruning. The class will focus on training young trees for form and structure and will include classroom learning followed by an outdoor hands-on training.