Nina Culver, SpokesmanReview

Nina Culver


Spokane, WA, United States

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Past articles by Nina:

Shamerica Nakamura brings community together one high school student at a time

Shamerica Nakamura spent much of her childhood on the move thanks to her father’s military career. When she arrived in Spokane, she never intended to stay for long, but found herself drawn to working with children and youth, first with the Boys and Girls Club and then with Spokane Public Schools. → Read More

Kay Olson went back to school at 42 and went on to become an 'extraordinary champion' for local COVID vaccine access

When Kay Olson was fresh out of high school, she had to choose between working to pay her bills or continuing school. She chose work but never lost the desire to continue her education. Decades later, she went back to school and decided to become a nurse. → Read More

Spokane Valley City Council hears pitch for new ice rink to boost tourism

The city of Spokane Valley is in the early stages of exploring whether there is enough demand in the area to support a new indoor ice rink. → Read More

Chaos reigned at Sacajawea Middle School on Friday as he took first steps on new leg

A group of Sacajawea Middle School students lifted and supported Chaos, a Cane Corso dog who hits the scale at 120 pounds, as he first attempted Friday to walk on his new prosthetic leg. They cheered as he took his first tentative step forward. “Yay, good boy, good boy!” → Read More

Gonzaga offers free math tutoring for K-12 students: 'We do it just for love'

It’s not unusual for students to struggle with new math concepts, whether multiplying fractions or solving for X. For more than 20 years, students at Gonzaga University have been trying to help K-12 students in the community polish their math skills by offering free tutoring. The tradition begins anew later this month as the weekly sessions resume. → Read More

Making spirits bright, even when money is tight: Christmas Bureau helped thousands of residents this year

Thursday was the last day the Christmas Bureau was open, and Vincent Lozano wasn’t about to miss it. → Read More

Library summer reading programs can lead to prizes

Summer means summer camps, playing outside with friends, camping, swimming, vacations and reading. Yes, reading. → Read More

Riverside golf aces play despite young program, COVID limitations

The Riverside High School golf team had a banner year despite being only 3 years old, with half of that spent shut down or with limited playing time because of COVID-19. The boys team were league champions plus a team advanced to the district competitions and one boy and one girl made it to state. → Read More

Fostering togetherness: Sullivan Park Care Center residents partner SpokAnimal to give temporary home to senior dogs

Cuddlebug roamed the halls of Sullivan Park Care Center in Spokane Valley, stopping to visit residents, receiving pets and getting the occasional treat. → Read More

Chase Youth Awards highlight student achievements Thursday night in Spokane

Friends, family and teachers packed the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox on Thursday night to find out who among the dozens of nominees would be awarded a 2022 Chase Youth Award. The prestigious awards are given out annually to children and teens who have made a difference in the community through their actions. → Read More

'It’s not the fish, it's the whole practice of abstaining': The 40 days of Lent

Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. → Read More

Women of Achievement: Groundbreaking Navy officer will headline annual YWCA luncheon

Michelle Howard didn’t grow up planning to shatter every glass ceiling the Navy had. → Read More

Spokane County Fire District 8 therapy dog

Spokane County Fire District 8 will soon have a new member of the crew – a friendly miniature Golden Doodle named Pierce. → Read More

Nancy Mahoney worked to give support to others in the work place

When Nancy Mahoney studied accounting at the University of Idaho in the 1970s, she didn’t give much thought to the fact that there were only 10 women among the 50 who earned a degree in accounting in her class. → Read More

Central Valley teacher, students revel in collecting stuffed animals for Christmas Bureau

Central Valley High School teacher Alan Wardsworth has spent the past decade organizing a stuffed animal drive at his school to benefit the Christmas Bureau. → Read More

Christmas Bureau gifts offer solace to families struggling to pay rent, groceries, bills

Leslie Ward took advantage of a rare day, when all of her children were in school, to visit the Christmas Bureau. → Read More

New Christmas Bureau volunteers keep the staff fed and ready to help

JoNell and Tom Edlin have a long history of volunteer work, so it was only a matter of time until they found their way to the Christmas Bureau. → Read More

Clear vision: Volunteer Alco Canfield may be blind but she is grateful to help make Christmas special this year

Alco Canfield is one of the many new volunteers who signed up to help at this year’s Christmas Bureau to give out food vouchers, toys and books to families in need of a little boost at Christmas. → Read More

'You are the Christmas Bureau': As donation drive nears opening, volunteers get a crash course in holiday cheer

Christmas Bureau volunteers gathered Thursday to learn their way around the new building at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center and be trained in their assigned tasks. → Read More

Girl Scout hopes to brighten people's day at Parade of Lights on Dec. 11 in Spokane Valley

Christmas is a festive time of year, and holiday light displays seem to brighten the dark evenings and people’s spirits. → Read More