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Paul Turner


Spokane, WA, United States

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Past articles by Paul:

Paul Turner: Hallmarks of a Spokane Christmas

There are Spokane residents who don’t know what Christmas is like here. → Read More

Paul Turner: Spokane family rivalries

There’s a little problem with the picture of Spokane as one big, happy family. → Read More

Paul Turner: The pie that divides us

Spokane is torn in two, but it is not politics that divides us. → Read More

Paul Turner: Spokane resents public sector wages

There are a number of things that make people in Spokane angry. But I can tell you what’s near the top of the list: Public employees making high salaries. → Read More

Paul Turner: Street Music Week is back this week and deserves your support

Street Music Week is practically a Spokane institution. And it’s not just a downtown thing. You can hear performers in the Garland District and Coeur d’Alene. → Read More

Paul Turner: On your calendar or not, D-Day worth remembering

D-Day used to be marked on calendars like Christmas or Thanksgiving. → Read More

Reversing Bloomsday’s lagging participation begins with a first step

You can single-handedly save Bloomsday. → Read More

Paul Turner: There’s the signpost ahead, your next stop, Spokane

You’re traveling through Eastern Washington, a region not only of winter wheat and apples but of Gonzaga basketball. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of the Idaho stateline 35 miles east on I-90. That’s the signpost ahead, your next stop, Spokane. → Read More

Paul Turner: If Spokane bugs you, try living in the Midwest

What’s the absolute best thing about Spokane? Hard to say. → Read More

Paul Turner: April showers soak Spokane’s claim of being on the dry side of the state

Upon announcing an intention to move to the state of Washington, a high percentage of Spokane transplants heard the same thing: “Rains a lot out there.” → Read More

Paul Turner: Defending the ‘Empire’ against the ‘Northwest’

There are good people in our midst who will go to their graves saying this is the Inland Empire, not the Inland Northwest. → Read More

Paul Turner: Why is basketball so important to Spokane?

It’s March. The season to recognize that college basketball is a Spokane area obsession and ask ourselves why. → Read More

Paul Turner: Who has the grit to take on the wild frontier?

Like other residents of the West, some of us here in the Spokane area will eventually ask ourselves a big question. → Read More

Paul Turner: Spokanite, Spokanian, Spokanoid? Maybe it’s time we settle on a name

I’ve been writing about this longer than some of my colleagues have been alive. And yet, the matter remains unresolved. What do you call a Spokane resident? → Read More

The gift of time: Tom Sherry and his turkey drive

Since 2000, KREM meteorologist Tom Sherry has been the face of Spokane’s Thanksgiving meal distribution. → Read More

Vietnam vets remember things that sometimes get missed

Ken Burns’ latest documentary for PBS focuses on the war in Vietnam. While the 10-episode series likely will be illuminating and thoughtful and balanced, it won’t be all-encompassing. Because when it comes to large historic events, sometimes it all comes down to “You had to be there.” → Read More

Little red wagons still making big impression

As the iconic Radio Flyer Wagon turns 100 this month, we share reader photos of the fun memories made with those beloved toys. → Read More

Paul Turner: Gonzaga basketball was a gift to our community

Spokane will never be the same after this group of young men won – and lost – with grit, pride and heart. → Read More

Paul Turner: Incredible atmosphere for Spokane, Gonzaga glory

You saw it. But Nick Russell heard it. He was one of the thousands of Zags fans making noise. A lot of noise. One of Spokane’s biggest days played itself out in a throbbing atmosphere of loud and louder. → Read More

Gonzaga chaplain keeps spiritual perspective – and vows no technical foul

The Rev. Frank Case, 79, pads slowly through the narrow lobby at the Westin Hotel in downtown Phoenix, looking very much like an emissary from the Northwest. → Read More