Gardening: Gift ideas gardeners will really dig

<p><p>Gardeners, especially those who have gardened for a long time, can be hard to shop for at Christmas. They already have every tool, book and garden gizmo.</p></p><p><p>Just ask my husband. One year he bought me the front bumper for my Troy-Bilt rototiller. Next it was a digging fork. Now it’s just a card with money…Continue Reading

Weathercatch: While we froze, Alaska baked fostered by kind in jet stream

<p><p>Eight years ago this week, the Inland Northwest shivered through a blast of Arctic air as Alaska experienced record-breaking warmth.</p></p><p><p>This upside-down weather pattern compounded the oddness of us being mired in a deep freeze when it was only the first week of December.</p></p><p><p>On Dec. 5, 2013, the National Weather Service in Spokane issued a wind…Continue Reading

Norovirus outbreak hits Spokane homeless shelter House of Charity

<p><p>The House of Charity is on lockdown due to a suspected norovirus outbreak that forced the shelter to close itself off to new guests.</p></p><p><p>The emergency homeless shelter stopped accepting new people on Dec. 1 and there is no definite timeline for when it will resume normal operations, but public health officials are optimistic the worst…Continue Reading

Mike Hopkins says UW men’s basketball team still not practicing after positive COVID-19 tests, putting Sunday’s game vs. Gonzaga in question

<p><p>Washington men’s basketball coach Mike Hopkins spoke publicly Monday night for the first time since the Huskies suspended activities due to positive COVID-19 tests within the program.</p></p><p><p>On his weekly radio show on KJR, Hopkins said several players were placed into a 10-day quarantine, but did not specify how many players tested positive for the virus.…Continue Reading

Remains of U.S. soldier killed in Korean War identified

<p><p>HARTFORD, Conn. – Beverly Guliuzza was overcome with a mix of shock, sadness and relief when military officials told her they had identified the remains of her brother, Benjamin Bazzell, an Army corporal who went missing in action during the Korean War in 1950 when she was just 12.</p></p><p><p>The notification to Guliuzza, now 84 and…Continue Reading