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Back to School

Kris Dinnison stepped back to her teen years to become a novelist
A fleeting thought one day, scribbled into a journal: A girl who works in a record store. Yet this eight-word idea, jotted among pages of to-do lists and scattered musings, was meant to be something much bigger.

Love of the Game

A lifelong Spokane Indians fan looks back on his favorite summers
Indians baseball has played a major role in my life since childhood and — calendars be damned — the start of another season always signals the official start of summer in the Stalwick household. Count me among the many local baby boomers who tremble at visions of our 76 Union or Darigold baseball cards of the early 1960s Indians.

HOLIDAY | Fun On The Fourth

Culture Digest
Fourth of July in Spokane Free, Riverfront Park

For Your Consideration

Support for fire victims, Women's World Cup and a jazzy must-see documentary
CHARITY | Fueled by rapid wind and extreme heat, fire broke out near Wenatchee on Sunday, taking out dozens of homes and city structures in its orange-and-black wake. Hundreds of people have already evacuated the area, and with temperatures set to rise this weekend, the future is uncertain.

Outlandish Questions

Distilled: A shot of life
I wanted to hate the Volstead Act.

Hikes Every Local Should Do

The Outdoors Issue
1 - Iller Creek / Stevens Creek, Dishman Hills Conservation Area Best for: Moderate hiking/walking and trail running.

No Bike Left Behind

"No drop" bike rides and routes to experience this summer
Bicycling doesn't have to be a solitary sport, a lone cyclist on dusty country roads.

Born to Walk

Put one foot in front of the other until you find what you've been missing
We were out of water. Had been for three hours, maybe longer.

In the Spotlight

ESPN is coming to town to let the world know about Hoopfest
We take Hoopfest for granted. For some Inland Northwesterners, it's just something you do.

Trickle Down Toughness: Dad, drink, basketball and the strange courage of an old man

Distilled: A shot of life
When I think of the term "distilled," I think of my grandpa, Herbert, in the hills of Montana during Prohibition, brewing moonshine. Many of my family's most cherished memories, at least for the men, have to do with the often ridiculous and humorous nature of the stories that surrounded drinking, bar fighting and the effects of strange distillery.

The Dream Team

Meet the Spokane squad who will defend their home turf
As the entries for the Hoopfest elite men's field rolled in, they featured some excellent teams, which is what you want at a high-profile event with ESPN looking over your shoulder. Those teams, though, all hailed from places like Chicago or Los Angeles or the other side of the Cascades.

A Night's Work

How downtown Spokane transforms into Hoopfest in a matter of hours
Rob Davis and his team are efficient on the basketball court. Not with their ball movement or free-throw percentage.

Naming Rights (and Wrongs)

We looked over several thousand team names to find the best puns, insults and booze jokes
Adios Pantalones It takes a special breed of baller to publicly proclaim his or her ability to, as announcer Bill Raftery likes to say, leave "a little lingerie" of the opponent on the court after a killer crossover.

Got Hops?

Hoopfest adds Friday activities that blend the practical and the tasty
Some hardcore ballers can consider it carbo-loading for the weekend. Some casual players might call it a necessary aspect of any semi-athletic activity.

Revival on Ninth Avenue

The Woman's Club of Spokane was almost lost to history, but with new leadership, it's catching up to modern times
While other women's clubs across the U.S. are fading away, Spokane's 108-year-old chapter is experiencing a rebirth. This fresh breath of life is visible in the newly planted, blossoming rose bushes bordering the brick facade of the clubhouse at the corner of Ninth and Walnut.

REMEMBRANCE | Gunther's Greatness

Fond memories of a vital part of Spokane's classical community
So how did one of the most respected and famous musicians in all of America find his way into a 30-year relationship with the Inland Northwest? Gunther Schuller was engaged to conduct the Spokane Symphony just at the moment of an intense public disagreement between Symphony musicians and then-Music Director Donald Thulean.

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