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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 …


Love story: Hit and miss, lots of bliss in Dick and Dody Dodd’s 60 years of marriage

The bumpy roads they traveled together might have derailed many couples, but 60 years after their elopement, Dick and Dody Dodd say they’re glad they didn’t give up when times …


Feature creature: Ruby needs a one-pet home

This loving gal is somewhat cautious around new people, the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service said in a news release.


Forces of nature: Doctors linking environment, climate change to health issues

A small but growing number of physicians are discussing publicly their concerns about climate change and environmental factors impacting people’s health. They include some physicians in Spokane seeing impacts from …


Extra doses of care for pets: Products can help keep animals safe and happy

For many residents, dogs and cats are part of the family. People have more choices to protect or enhance pets’ lives. CBD pet products are on the rise. Regional fire …


Love story: Soul mates since they were in second grade: Clarks celebrate 66th anniversary

They met in the second grade at McKinley School and never looked back.


Somebody Needs You: Variety of home items sought

Three families seek living room and bedroom furniture and kitchen, bath and laundry items


Feature creature: Cami needs new home

is an energetic and happy dog who is looking forward to meeting and going home with his new family


Tracking smarter health apps: Use your phone as tool to help with medical, fitness needs

While it’s not so smart to rely on Dr. Google, a growing number of tools via your smarthphone is helping to track, manage and detect health issues.


President’s Council award recognizes ‘Sit and Be Fit’ creator

Spokane’s Mary Ann Wilson, founder of the “Sit and Be Fit” public television show, has received recognition as a 2019 recipient of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition …


Gym bag magic: How to pack for going from workout to work

What are essentials to pack in a gym bag if you’re going from an early morning workout, then directly to work, or maybe to a lunchtime workout? Fitness fans pack …


Fourth trimester: Earlier postpartum care for new moms

Dialogue has increased around the term fourth trimester regarding a new mom’s health needs after a birth and how the baby is adjusting. There have been recent books and publicity …


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019, 10 p.m.

Advice for July 4: Let your summer cookouts sizzle, not spoil

While you’re celebrating with fireworks, camping and park concerts, be aware it’s also a time when illness-causing bacteria can sneak into this season’s food to spoil all the fun. The …


Clue-solving: Spokane libraries unlock escape rooms

As a trend, Spokane-area libraries are offering sessions of escape rooms as a youth summer activity. Filled with education and puzzle-solving, the sessions are a way to celebrate the game’s …


UPDATED: Thu., June 27, 2019, 7:04 a.m.

Spokane clinic gives patients with neurological diseases options to join clinical trials

Since 2018, a Spokane biomedical research company has waded into multiple clinical trials to find treatments to slow or more effectively fight neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. With more …


Embrace the boredom: How kids can benefit from unstructured time in the summer

More parents and educators are heralding the benefits of summer boredom, at least partly this season, to build kids’ creativity, curiosity and other skills. While activities are good, they advocate …


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 10:02 a.m.

Do you snore? Reasons to see a doctor

Snoring should get checked if it gets louder and has symptoms such as gasps for air or interrupted breathing. Health experts are less concerned about what’s called primary snoring as …


Filling in the family gap: Spokane Kinship Navigator support group helps those who are helping family

Amelia Hudak, 64, could have rested in retirement with her child-rearing days long behind her. That all changed a year ago because her now 7-year-old granddaughter needed her. “Drugs, domestic …


Cooling chemo-related hair loss with new device at Spokane Cancer Clinic

Summit Cancer Centers in Spokane has started offering patients a new procedure, using a Paxman Scalp Cooling System cap for minimizing hair loss during chemotherapy.


Summer unplugged: A parents’ guide for helping kids go screen-free

Families should set boundaries for unplugged time, with research backing the need to relax and regularly get away from screen time. Maybe you’ll pick up a book or conversations more …


Talking diabetes with a kid’s charm

Two Spokane friends Curtis Jones, 13, and Ella Ludwig, 12, talk about life with Type 1 diabetes. Curtis will be a youth delegate in July talking to U.S. Congress members …


God Squad helps Airway Heights neighbors remove junk

God Squad is a nondenominational Airway Heights volunteer group that helps neighbors – many who are disabled or low-income – clean up yard junk. Otherwise, they’d face city code violations …


Flexing fitness with ClassPass

Changing up exercise routines helps boost fitness while stemming boredom. Now there’s ClassPass, a monthly subscription app recently available in Spokane to book classes at a network of boutique fitness …


Lining up: WWII veteran gets treated to breakfast every day at Post Falls diner

Post Falls resident Dan Rankin, 95, served his country during WWII and now customers at Dueling Irons Restaurant regularly pay for his daily breakfasts there. Since his story went viral …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 5:02 p.m.

Explanting breast implants: Women cite autoimmune ailments

Federal officials held a recent hearing about breast implant safety, and heard testimony from women who cited breast implant illness with mostly autoimmune problems such as joint and muscle pain …


New CHAS clinic offers integrated care for seniors, complex medical cases

In December, CHAS opened its North Central Clinic, focused on health care for patients above age 60. It’s the only CHAS clinics with a senior focus including chronic disease management, …


Launching foster success: Nonprofit coaches youth as they transition from foster care to college, workforce

A new statewide program called Launch Success supports foster youth after high school to help them transition into adulthood up to age 26, including coaches who help them with work, …