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Saturday, October 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Sales rep finds dream job

A basketball buddy helped Kyle McFarlane get his work-at-home gig five years ago. He had recently been married and wanted a job with more flexibility. McFarlane wasn’t looking specifically to …


Resistant turfs fend off necrotic ring

Is there a way to control necrotic ring (not fairy ring) in my yard short of digging it out and starting over? Kathy Arbuckle,


Commuter steers away from fuel costs

Each weekday Fred Anderson makes the 100-mile round trip trek from his condo in downtown Spokane to his job in Newport, Wash. For most people, the commute wouldn’t be worth …


Divide and conquer your perennials

Summer’s heat is gone. We’ve had a bit of rain that has perked up the gardens. The fall garden season is upon us. One of the major jobs is dividing …


Let your lawn renovation begin

What a summer. When it got hot in July, I was not looking forward to it being hot all the way to Labor Day. Not when we were trying to …


Local artisans strut their stuff for HGTV

Earlier this summer a crew from Home and Garden Television was in town filming local artists for “That’s Clever,” a how-to, step-by-step show which airs locally Monday through Friday. The …


Local growers make a difference

For Don and LaVerle McCandless, growing vegetables is an important part of life. Every year they coax tomatoes, zucchini, beans, cabbage, carrots and a dozen other vegetables out of their …


Welcome Home!

If you ask me, any space ought to be designed to include a place for stopping and dropping. I don’t mean the television room – a place to plant yourself …


Splashy mosaic gives pool new life

The varicolored greens of a tropical sea teeming with aquatic life make a brilliant backsplash to Jan and Tim Taylor’s backyard pool. Jan Taylor, a watercolor artist and retired business …


Lona and Ken Holm

As a child, Lona Holm rode horses along a five-mile stretch of state highway near Edgewood in Puget Sound. At most, she’d see one, maybe two, cars. “Now, it’s bumper-to-bumper …


A touch of the homeland

Viktoria Bruens has lived in a tiny house in Spokane for more than 30 years. She loves Spokane because the climate reminds her of where she grew up near the …


Dog ears merit close attention

Your dog is scratching her ears, tilting her head, or shying away when you go to pat her on the head. You look at her ears and notice one is …


Some real finds didn’t make trip to Roadshow

More than 6,000 people may have made the trip to the Antiques Roadshow on Saturday, but there are plenty of people around the area who didn’t make it. And they …


Time to break up iris to ensure beautiful blooms

In early June the irises put on their annual show. Their bold flowers in nearly every color of the rainbow are the mainstays of the summer garden. And now is …


Victorian’s secrets

Chris Bewick was tearing apart a ceiling in a second-story room of his South Hill Victorian when he heard an unexpected sound. “Crunching glass,” he says. It was February and …


Process of illumination

Patience, order and beauty are all qualities that illuminate the lives of John Briggs and Lori Kinnear – literally, in the form of exquisite Tiffany-style stained glass lamps that Briggs …


Couple find niche in candle business

The scent is heavenly in the Greenacres home of Vance and Debbie Barowsky. The aroma emanates from a few cozy candles placed throughout the house, and it wafts in fragrant …


Sports keepsake to hit Roadshow

It’s a sure thing that whole a lot of treasures will be taken to the Spokane Convention Center this Saturday to be evaluated by appraisers for the Antiques Roadshow. Family …


Condo project gets doctors’ care

A pair of Spokane doctors seems an unlikely development team for an edgy, industrial condo project under way in the city’s up-and-coming U-District. “We’re physicians — we haven’t ever even …


Lavender fields forever

Vivian Nielsen runs Garden Gate Lavender Farm with more than 2,500 plants. Not bad for a woman who could never keep her houseplants alive. “A lot of people think lavender …


The Owens family

Pursuing his dreams took Sean Owens far away from Spokane. Living his dreams brought him back. “The entire focus of my life was to become a pilot in the military,” …


Project spruces up downtown

Spokane’s urban business owners and residents can expect their environment to take on a more cohesive look next year when the Downtown Spokane Partnership implements a street enhancement strategy that …


Backyard refuge

Glancing through Don and Patricia Schelling’s picture window to the backyard beyond gives the impression that the couple lives in a nature preserve: Tall pines and large boulders dot the …


Bad year for plant mildew

It’s like a ghost creeping into the garden. Your roses, lupines, phlox and a dozen other plants begin to take on a white, dusty haze ruining the look of otherwise …


Better soil, watering can green up lawn

I’ve been meaning to e-mail you, and this morning in reading your article regarding grass maintenance, I decided to sit down immediately to ask you this question. We live in …


Iris keeps memory of boy alive

Jordan’s Joy is a pale blue, tall bearded iris with a hint of silver and a streak of deep-blue running through its ruffled petals. Named in memory for Jordan Mason, …


Businesswoman enjoys city living with rural accents

The main living area of Julie Koesel’s Spokane loft is stylishly spare, dominated by a black leather sectional opposite an impossibly long shelf lined with color photos of European street …


Centenarian teddy going to Roadshow

Growing up, Becky Kramarz remembers a lovely old stuffed bear on display in her aunt’s home. The bear, an original Steiff teddy bear, had been made in 1903 and was …


Recyled lighting adds brightness to life

After the sun goes down, Gene Domanico, age 84, enjoys sitting on his deck to watch the light play across the paths and flowers of his small yard. Domanico has …


Moisture sensors aren’t foolproof

Several of you wrote to ask where you could get the rain/humidity sensor I mentioned in my column a couple of weeks ago. Most good sprinkler supply houses should have …