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The Full Suburban: Making Santa’s naughty or nice list

In our family, there are a few Christmas traditions that are absolutely non-negotiable: Putting up the felt advent calendar that my mom made in the 1980s and was passed down …


Ask Dr. Universe: How do people name continents or places on Earth?

Our world is full of so many different places. They get their names in lots of different ways. One way a place might get a name is from the person …


Capturing vintage Spokane: Artist finds new focus after wife’s death

Images of Spokane’s past beckon Mike Forster, an artist drawn back to creativity through a lens. It was difficult for Forster to do any art after the death of his …



‘More confident and comfortable’: Women outnumber men for first time in judo class at Gonzaga

A Gonzaga University class, “Judo and Self-Defense,” has drawn a record number of female students with 10 women in a class of 15. Many women said they took the class …


Care comes full circle: Spokane Valley firefighters assisted nurse, and she has returned the favor

A Spokane Valley Fire Employees Scholarship recipient in 2013, Alexis Skjelbred became a Spokane nurse a few years later. She’d once abandoned that dream after high school academic struggles. A …


Culinary incubator: River City Kitchen caters to food entrepreneurs

River City Kitchen, a new commercial kitchen, opened a few weeks ago inside the Spokane Intermodal Center. Owner Clay Cerna will offer rentable space as an incubator for food and …


Tracking heredity: Family health history matters

Do you really know your family health history, or are you guessing when the doctor asks? With the upcoming holidays, take a moment to ask relatives about past conditions – …


Adjustable desks: Helpful or hype? It’s the movement that counts, local experts say

With medical concerns about “sitting disease,” standup desks or adjustable sit-stand stations are increasingly popular for desk workers. While it gives employees chances to change positions, there are mixed results …


It’s in their DNA: ‘We speak the same language about art,’ creative family says

Lesa Delisi has found success in Spokane bringing colors to canvas for wildlife acrylic paintings. But Delisi isn’t alone in a family with two sisters and two brother who are …


Doctors without borders: Spokane surgeons join mission to Cuba

On Nov. 6, two Spokane orthopedic surgeons plan to join a U.S. volunteer medical team in Cuba to perform about 65 joint-replacement operations for arthritis patients.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Sweet deluge: Treats are OK in candy season if balanced with nutrition, dental care

Between trick-or-treat fun and candy canes, kids aren’t likely to resist sweets this time of year. But there are tips for parents to help with better choices. Experts note the …


Virtual Pompeii: GU students time traveling in class using Lithodomos VR technology

This year, Gonzaga University history professor Andrew Goldman is testing classroom applications for new virtual-reality technology with viewpoints of ancient civilizations based on archeological evidence. The work is being led …


The Full Suburban: App could solve the problem of whack-a-mole bedtime

I was amazed a couple weeks ago when I read about Bob Burdett, the Spokane man whose Apple Watch automatically alerted first responders after he crashed his bike and was …


Family Fun: Art Salvage is recycling for the masses

Katie Patterson Larson sees potential where others might see trash. Case in point: On a recent tour of Art Salvage, the nonprofit she founded, she contemplated the colorful wires attached …


Feature creature: Gypsy

Gypsy is a very adventurous, playful dog who is a toy fanatic, according to the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service in a news release. Refer to the pet’s ID …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019

Classic tunes, dumplings fuel fundraiser at Green Bluff church during ‘Apple Days’

It’s fall on Green Bluff, and that means freshly picked apples making their way into dumplings at Green Bluff Community United Methodist Church. Seventy-three-year-old singer Merridee Joy McCarthy provided the …


These tricks are treats: Creating elaborate Halloween costumes

What’s scary popular this year for Halloween costumes? Some parents go over the top.


For community and reflection: St. John’s Cathedral hosts free yoga

Yoga in the Cathedral is held once a month on a Sunday afternoon in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on Spokane’s South Hill. The popular sessions, which began …


Christmas is many months of joy for holiday early birders

Holiday early birds, you know them. They already have most or all their Christmas gifts stashed. But with less than 100 days until Dec. 25, you might consider some steps …


Mead graduate, REI team to bring outdoors to hospitalized kids

Mead High School graduate Nathan Isaac, a cancer survivor, has designed hats and beanies recently stocked at five flagship REI stores and online. A percentage of sales from Stalyon products …


Planning, using available resources are ways to be prepared for disasters

September is family preparedness month, when residents are urged to take steps such as storage of necessary items in the event of severe storms and disaster events. From stocking a …


Pedaling safer paths for kids

Cycling safety is something parents can model and teach kids starting at around age 5, said Bill Bender, SpokeFest president and recently retired neurologist. The group promotes cycling and safety …


Supplements are big business, but study shows little impact to heart health, longevity

Billions are spent each year on vitamins in the U.S., but a massive new analysis again questions the benefit of most supplements to improve heart health or lengthen life. Johns …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 25, 2019

The Slice: Spokane’s swell, and we finally know it

When I started writing The Slice in August of 1992, Spokane had a thinner skin. At least that’s the way it seems. Back then, even the mildest form of subjective …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

Retiree Eileen Dugger, 65, has cross-country grit

Eileen Dugger, 65, lives near Diamond Lake and dreamed of cycling a popular coast-to-coast trek. Now retired, she completed the trip Aug. 11 assisted by husband Cliff Dugger, truck and …


Dancing like they’ve never danced before: North Star Senior Center’s new venue busier than ever

The North Star Senior Center has a new location for their weekly dances after more than 40 years and the dances are busier than ever.


Standing up for paddling safety: Life jackets, other precautions are encouraged

Stand-up paddleboards are increasingly popular. While fun, there are risks on the water. After four paddleboard-related drownings in the state this summer, the Washington State Parks Boating Program issued a …


Diggin in, digging out: Deborah Grenehalghe turned her hands toward soil to find peace

When domestic violence brought chaos, Deborah Grenehalghe turned her hands toward soil to find moments of peace. She wants to help other battered women experience quiet healing around growing plants …


Goal-setting groove: Milestone birthdays fuel lists of things to accomplish

People might set financial goals, maybe also work goals. But should you set personal goals toward having fun, following passions, getting in an adventure? Spokane resident Danielle Beaudine, 39, is …