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Paul Turner: Let’s say you wake up and discover no one has heard of Hoopfest. What would you do?

What if you woke up one day in a version of Spokane where there are no events calling themselves this or that “fest,” and no one has thought of the …


Paul Turner: YouTube misbehavior is opportunity for Spokane

Judging from YouTube, Spokane is the city where parents don’t get into fights at Little League games. Could this be a slogan?


Paul Turner: Doomsday secret didn’t spoil summer for the neighborhood kids

There’s something special about these longest days of summer.


Paul Turner: Let’s make kids bored again this summer

Some of us are concerned that kids in Spokane have lost their edge when it comes to complaining about being bored. The solution? Try a conversation about local current events.


Paul Turner: There’s a conspiracy against people writing checks

The last couple of batches of checkbooks I have received are all but impossible to use. It’s a plot. I see that now.


Paul Turner: We all have a different way of welcoming summer

Opinions vary about just when summer begins.


Paul Turner: Finding others who dislike camping is a secret – until now

Though it might seem disloyal to my closeted tribe, I thought I might take this opportunity to reveal a few of the ways we camping unenthusiasts make ourselves known to …


Paul Turner: In the grip of climate change cynicism

It’s kind of liberating to embrace the likelihood that we are doomed. I mean, it puts things in perspective.


Paul Turner: Your approach to dandelions may say a lot about your personality

In the lawn-loving Spokane area, your attitude about dandelions can almost amount to a distinct personality profile.


Paul Turner: Losing your phone in the woods would be un-bear-able

As you know, today is the unofficial start of portable toilet season in the Inland Northwest.


Paul Turner: Yes, the sun is shining. Yes, you still have to go to work.

It’s that time of year again when people who work indoors gaze out the window at some sun-dappled scene and say, “It’s too nice outside to be cooped up in …


Paul Turner: Breaking up with church is a deeply personal decision

People stop going to church for all sorts of reasons.


Paul Turner: Seniors aren’t simpletons, but that doesn’t mean they can’t use a little phone help

If you have elderly friends or relatives who live alone, it might be time to have the talk. No, not about giving up the car keys. This one is about …


Paul Turner: How many cows will it take to pay my property taxes?

If Spokane County allowed for payment of property taxes through some sort of barter system, what could we offer?


Paul Turner: You can run from Spokane, but you can’t escape it

As you contemplate your 2019 family vacations, there’s something you probably ought to keep in mind.


Paul Turner: Florida man’s got nothing on Spokane man

You might have encountered “Florida Man” – the internet buzz phrase focusing on the misadventures and criminal antics of various thusly described Sunshine State ne’er do wells.


Paul Turner: Problems don’t just melt away with the snow

I hate to be the one to break it to you.


Paul Turner: The keys to calling Spokane your hometown

How long do you have to live in or near Spokane to establish your claim to this being your hometown?


Paul Turner: Maybe the next mayor candidate should come from a print newsroom

Just about every time someone mentions the possibility of a person with a TV news-reading background running for mayor of Spokane, I have the same thought.


Paul Turner: Do you know Mark Few?

It’s that time when distant acquaintances take special note of the fact you live in or near Spokane. Happens every March when the NCAA Tournament nears.


Paul Turner: What do eight out of 10 Spokane transplants have in common?

Perhaps you saw that story about eight out of 10 newcomers to Seattle having a bachelor’s degree or higher. But what can be said of transplants to our area? What’s …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:24 p.m.

Paul Turner: If you hate winter, why not move somewhere warm?

What’s stopping people from waving goodbye to something that, as they have been known to point out, clearly makes them unhappy? Here are a few theories.



Paul Turner: Shoveling snow makes one wonder

All sorts of questions come to mind when you’re shoveling snow.


Spokane’s favorite wintertime sport? Hint: Snow in Seattle

There’s no question about Spokane’s favorite wintertime spectator event.


Paul Turner: Tips for avoiding Beatlemania

Apparently there is some disagreement about just which population subset is at the center of the American experience.


Paul Turner: Just how different is a Spokane childhood really?

I suppose many longtime Spokane residents who did not grow up here have wondered.


Paul Turner: This Saturday we should look to Spokane marmots for winter prognostication

Let’s turn to marmots this Groundhog Day in what we could call ‘New Punxsutawney’


The Slice: Perhaps the bulk food bins will provide some camouflage

Avoiding acquaintances in the grocery store doesn’t make you a bad person. It just means you’re not in the mood for a stop-and-chat.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 26, 2019, 4:26 p.m.

Turner: On being the ‘afterthought’ city – it’s a known issue

Late last week, I stumbled upon the perfect all-purpose saying for life in Spokane.