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Sandpoint High alumnus Luke Mayville led Medicaid initiative effort

Luke Mayville was a junior at Sandpoint High School when the 9/11 attacks happened in September of 2001, and his English teacher, Marianne Love, encouraged the quiet, high-performing student to read his essay on the attacks in front of a school assembly just a few days later.

Huckleberries: Uneasiness between sexes extends to handshakes

My Huckleberries Wednesday begins with a discussion that we had here recently. The discussion began with Melissa Luck's question: "Do you shake hands with women?" Some do. Some do only if a woman initiates the handshake. Some just wanna hug.

Huckleberries: Dealing w/cowgirl blues

Huckleberries print today spotlights the aftermath of that mini-avalanche of roof snow that hit former SReporter Erica Curless and SR business reporter Becky Kramer at the Women's Souper Bowl on Mount Spokane Sunday.

A massage can chase away cowgirl blues

Even cowgirls get the blues – and bumps – when clobbered by a mini-avalanche while enjoying a day out on cross-country skis. When horse whisperer Erica Curless was hit by snow sliding from a roof at the annual Women's Souper Bowl event on Mount Spokane, she picked herself up, headed to her masseuse, cowboy boots, spurs, Yaktrax and all.

All roads lead to Sandpoint

Marianne Love/Slight Detour has a theory that all roads lead to Sandpoint. Marianne, the long-time journalism instructor at Sandpoint High, chronicles the many former and present Sandpoint residents who have made an impact around the world. Sandpoint High counselor Jeralyn Mire is the latest Sandpointer to make a splash.

Website’s claim that Coeur d’Alene teachers worst-paid in U.S. isn’t quite right

The claim by national online site Career Trends by Graphiq were startling, depressing – that the average pay for high school teachers in Coeur d’Alene are the worst in the nation. Numero uno of 75 cities mini-profiled. Only spokeswoman Laura Rumpler of the Coeur d'Alene School District also said the claims were hogwash. The average pay of the district's high school teachers is actually $9,000 above the amount cited by Career Trends.

Huckleberries: Huckleberries: When in doubt, vote for Pedro

If you don’t like the two main candidates for the U.S. presidency in Idaho, you can select one of six other choices on the ballot including Libertarian Gary Johnson and Independent Jill Stein. Or you can write in one of 37 other names that have been certified by the Idaho Secretary of State as write-in candidates, including six from Idaho. Or you can vote for Pedro.

Huckleberries: To Times travel writer, nowhere is a state of mine

New York Times travel writer Rachel Levin has officially pinpointed the “middle of nowhere” to be in central Idaho (despite those of you who thought it was in the greater Athol area). According to the Gray Lady reporter, the middle of nowhere is Stanley, Idaho, squeezed between the Salmon River of No Return and the Sawtooth Mountains. In a Wednesday article, Levin writes: “The ‘Entering Stanley, Idaho’ sign seemed more like a friendly warning than a welcome. ‘Population 63,’ it read, as if to say: Congratulations, you’ve made it to the middle of nowhere.

Huckleberries: Now that’s what I call an appetite for news

North Idahoans know that huckleberries are delicious – the state fruit, if not a certain column by that name. The latter has helped put bread on my table since January 1985. But I’ve never heard of it being served as a main course for anyone’s supper. In her relatively short time with The Spokesman-Review, Cindy Hval achieved something that neither I nor any other columnist/reporter has. She wrote an article that was so good that a reader called to say that he’d eaten it. Cindy, for those keeping score at home, also subs for me during my vacations from the Huckleberries Online blog.

Huckleberries: Lingering effects of hammer attack difficult

Often, readers move on quickly after a horrific accident or crime, while victims are left to deal with injuries and shattered lives. Take Yvonne Wallis, for example. She was one of the four victims of that hammer attack by a deranged Bayview neighbor pre-Christmas 2010. Daughter-in-law Patty Heath died in the attack. Suspect Larry Cragun is in jail awaiting trial.

Listening promotes thinking

First, you should know that Marianne Love admits that she taught George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” and “1984” during her years as a Sandpoint High instructor. Therefore, she knows the difference between indoctrination and diversity of ideas. In her Slight Detour blog, Marianne recalls fondly that the best class discussions involved different views, offered by students under rules of civility that she occasionally enforced. Why am I telling you this? Marianne believes that parents and ideologues threatened by President Barack Obama’s address to students Tuesday are afraid their children will learn to think for themselves. “Listening to a speech by President Obama or Dick Cheney or Rush Limbaugh or any other politically charged big name whose face or voice constantly shows up on the air waves is not gonna plant a poisonous seed in children’s minds,” writes Marianne. In fact, she continues, “listening to advice or speeches from parents is not gonna necessarily guarantee that little Johnny or little Jane will go forth loyally espousing Mommy and Daddy’s philosophies.” So what advice did this astute educator suggest? Let the kids listen to Obama. Or Rush Limbaugh. Or John McCain. Then, discuss their speeches around the dinner table. Bingo. Small world