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Past articles by Pia:

Adjusting to gluten-free diet has been challenging, expensive – and rewarding

In April of 2019, my doctor called and told me I had celiac disease. I will spare you the runny details of the digestive distress that was an almost daily companion for the 10 years leading up to this call, digestive distress that followed me on planes, into cars, on bike rides and through my horseback riding career. → Read More

In Lincoln City it was a quiet eclipse weekend – until it was over

Through the weekend, bartenders, ice cream vendors and restaurant owners waited for the crowds of eclipse watchers who were supposed to descend on the beach community here. But it was almost like no one showed. → Read More

Spokane Valley city attorney presents snow-removal proposal

It seemed too hot outside to talk about snow removal Tuesday evening, but that’s when the Spokane Valley City Council took another look at a snow removal ordinance that’s been batted around for some time. City Attorney Cary Driskell made the presentation of a reworded ordinance that will allow the city to fine property owners who don’t shovel their sidewalks. → Read More

Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins faces two challenges in re-election bid

The 2017 city council election in Spokane Valley has turned into a barnstorm of many new faces challenging incumbents. The five open seats have attracted 13 candidates resulting in two contested primary races, one of which is the race for position 1, held by Mayor Rod Higgins. → Read More

Hundreds of square dancers bring festival to Spokane

Ask a square dancer, and they’ll tell you their hobby is about much more than the colorful handmade dresses. It’s about having fun and getting together with people from other states. And dancers can wear whatever they want. More than 800 dancers from six western states and Canada are expected to attend the 2017 Washington State Square Dance Festival, held at the Spokane County Fair and Expo… → Read More

Dance studio celebrates 60 years of teaching Spokane how to dance tap, jazz and ballet

When you pull up in front of Bleker School of Dance on Dean Avenue in Spokane Valley, nothing gives away the large dance studio built behind the classic rancher that’s home to the school. For generations, thousands of Spokane-area children and young adults have made their first plie and taken their fist wobbly steps in tap shoes at Bleker School of Dance, which holds its 60th recital at… → Read More

GU gets certified as honey bee-friendly campus

Some Gonzaga University students are buzzing about something other than Zags basketball. Honey bees. → Read More

Tens of thousands turn out for Bloomsday 2017

Tens of thousands turn out for Bloomsday 2017 UPDATED: Sun., May 7, 2017, 4:52 p.m. Bloomsday participants flood across the Bloomsday finish line on the Monroe Street Bridge, May 7, 2017. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review) The sun came out at exactly the right moment, with the main Bloomsday starting groups were ready to go. Runners, walkers, chair rollers and strollers participated in Sunday’s… → Read More

Washington State DOT touts roundabouts

If you count the number of roundabouts then Washington is among the top three circle-happy states in the nation, after Wisconsin and Georgia. → Read More

Riverfront Park pavilion, an icon of Expo ’74, to undergo extensive renovation

The iconic centerpiece of Expo ’74 – the U.S. Pavilion – will undergo an extensive renovation, potentially starting early next year. The Spokane Park Board approved a contract to design and construct the pavilion this month, and details about the pavilion’s future will soon be decided. → Read More

Longtime North Central High drama teacher will take his final bows

There was that one time when a foreign exchange student didn’t realize that “dress shoes” were men’s shoes, not shoes for women to wear with a dress. And that one time when the dog that starred in the production ran away during a break. Or the time a student was told to “kiss the microphone” so people could hear him better and he delivered by planting a big old smooch on mic. “There are always… → Read More

Spokane Valley gets closer to snow removal ordinance that includes fines

The city of Spokane Valley is working on a snow removal ordinance which may just be ready before the snow starts to fly again, as city attorney Cary Driskell dryly remarked. → Read More

Spokane Valley Heritage Museum opens World War I exhibit honoring local veterans

Spokane Valley Heritage Museum opens World War I exhibit honoring local veterans and sharing local connections to “The European War.” → Read More

Spokane Valley approves non-discrimination resolution; councilman declines to serve on human rights task force, citing abortion

Spokane Valley approved a non-discrimination resolution at City Council meeting Tuesday evening. → Read More

Spokane Valley garbage truck driver collects rewards, too

Scott Talley has been at the wheel of a garbage truck for 19 years and just won “best driver of the year” in the Northwest. → Read More

Racist posting draws political ire and distracts from Spokane Valley community event

A racist Facebook post cast a shadow over the Recreation Against Racism event held Sunday at the HUB Sports Center in Spokane Valley. → Read More

A 51st state, called Liberty, would have political clout and an ag-based economy

Even though sponsors admit the idea to create a 51st state called “Liberty” doesn’t have a chance, it’s an interesting exercise to see what such a state would look like. → Read More

Valley moves ahead with plans to widen lanes on Mission

Mission Avenue improvement project moves on without a roundabout. → Read More

Spokane Valley Library to open “express branch” at the Spokane Valley Mall

The Spokane Valley Library plans to open an express location at Spokane Valley Mall before summer. → Read More

Valley police get $100,000 grant for crime prevention programs

Spokane Valley Police Chief Mark Werner brought money to the table when he told the Spokane Valley City Council that the Spokane Valley Police Department has received a $100,000 state grant to be used for crime prevention. The Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office each got a similar amount. → Read More