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This is a year for many firsts, and add to the list a high number of inaugural encounters in cooking a turkey along with other holiday staples. You know – those traditional dishes enjoyed over at the house of family or friends, and perhaps you bring the rolls. Except this year. Many Americans will stay home because of pandemic concerns.
If a billionaire who has his name on a bunch of golf courses and buildings can get away with paying just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and just $750 again in 2017, well, anyone cranking out a 1040 on TurboTax has to be wondering what they’re doing wrong.
By some measures, the shrunken U.S. job market continued a solid recovery last month, with many employers recalling workers who had been temporarily laid off when the coronavirus erupted in the spring.
The main focus of today’s Smoke Ready Communities Day – a collaboration of the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency, Spokane Regional Health District and Greater Spokane Emergency Management – is to provide the community with information and resources to prepare for wildfire season, especially those people who are vulnerable.
Millions of people in the path of Hurricane Florence are frantically preparing for a monster storm that’s anticipated to make landfall as early as Friday afternoon. Residents in states from Virginia to Georgia – especially those who live in flood-prone areas or on the coast – must decide whether to stay or go.
Florida’s governor and Legislature promised a dizzying array of fixes following the devastation of last year’s hurricanes. But heading into a new storm season, the state has enacted only a few changes – the largest aimed at protecting seniors in nursing homes.
If an attack warning is issued, Guam residents should take cover quickly – in a concrete structure, preferably underground – and stay there until instructed otherwise, according to a fact sheet titled “Preparing for an Imminent Missile Threat.”
The April 17 tax filing deadline is right around the corner and, admit it, you're eager to take the dive and file your taxes online. Last year 73 million people — out of a total 136 million — paid taxes online; most of them were filed by tax professionals. But the fastest-growing category of filers is people using home computers to complete their taxes, according to IRS spokeswoman Nancy Mathis.
Rick Alexander talks with Idaho State Patrol Officer Jerry Oden after he lost control of his vehicle and rolled it on I-90 near Huetter at midday Tuesday. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review
Snow is piling up again on the hillsides above North Idaho streams that swelled into the Panhandle's worst flood in decades last February. But state and local emergency response coordinators who struggled to marshal resources during that $49 million disaster feel a lot better now as they watch the new snow falling. While they were widely praised for their work last winter - there were no deaths and relief generally came quickly - the flooding also revealed some problems in how Idaho copes with emergencies. Improved communication, new procedures and upgraded training since then already are paying off in more effective disaster response.
Ilsa Burmeister with her daughter, Sammy, feels like she and her family are prepared for future floods at their home along the Coeur d'Alene River. The family raised the foundation of their home 12 feet. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review