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US astronaut to spend 11 months in space, set female record

A NASA astronaut will spend nearly a year at the International Space Station, setting a record for women. Station astronaut Christina Koch will remain on board for about 11 months, until February – approaching but not quite breaking Scott Kelly’s 340-day U.S. record.

Valleyfest promises fan favorites and new events

Organizers of the 29th annual Valleyfest community festival being held this weekend are trying to encourage children to reach for the stars by bringing in a NASA exhibit to inspire them.

Council looks at costs associated with Valleyfest

At Tuesday’s meeting, council received a brief report from city staff outlining that Vallyefest costs Spokane Valley $25,774 in CenterPlace staff time, Mirabeau Park staff time and police department overtime.

Valleyfest fun on parade this weekend

Valleyfest begins Friday night with a bed race and a parade on Sprague Avenue. It continues Saturday and Sunday with dozens of community events, a family bicycle ride and a lineup of music on three stages spanning from Caribbean steel drummers to the Central Valley Strings Orchestra to headliner Men in the Making – replacing Peter Rivera who canceled for health reasons.

Locals, pros unite for magic of ‘Nutcracker’

For some Spokane children, visions of the Sugar Plum Fairy have been dancing in their heads since September. That’s when 81 children, ages 6 to 19, started rehearsing for this year’s production of “The Nutcracker” with the Spokane Symphony and the State Street Ballet, of Santa Barbara, California. Performances begin Thursday.

Valleyfest set to soar

Valleyfest celebrates its Silver Jubilee this weekend. Among those participating in the festivities: Students at Spokane Valley High School. They’re building a float for the Hearts of Gold parade of their school mascot, the Phoenix.

Zambian teachers attend two-week GU master’s program

When 25 lecturers from Charles Lwanga College of Education in the Republic of Zambia arrived in Spokane almost two weeks ago, the only thing that seemed familiar was the temperature outside. Chulu Lewis laughs at the comparison.

Store finds niche with crafters of Native American clothing

PLUMMER, Idaho – Peggy Mahoney always wanted to open a regalia store. She spent hours stitching intricate beadwork on the outfits that her husband and kids wore for powwows and other special occasions, and she knew plenty of other Native American families crafting heirloom-quality clothing that would patronize a local supplier.

Scout pursues skills, dreams

Jason Bernardi is an aspiring engineer. Or maybe a DJ. But then again, he might be a race car driver. The dreams of this 11-year-old Spokane boy are endless. Wednesday afternoon, one of Bernardi’s dreams came true when he accepted the Supernova Award. The Boy Scouts of America’s Nova and Supernova programs focus on encouraging interests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.

Love Story: He was smitten before first date

For some it takes just one look – for others one date. But Don Thomas didn’t even need that. “Before I ever went out with her I knew she was the one I was going to marry,” he said.