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Thursday, May 6, 2004


Here's a list of all stories that were posted online May 6, 2004

Terror trial testimony turns hateful
Jurors in Sami Al-Hussayen's terrorism trial appeared shocked Wednesday by a barrage of anti-Jewish, anti-American and anti-Israel rhetoric read to them from the work of an extremist Saudi sheikh and a Middle Eastern poet. Related stories

Weather helps out California firefighters
CORONA, Calif. -- Firefighters got help from cooler weather and diminishing winds Wednesday as they tried to contain a trio of wildfires that have burned ore than 22,000 acres and destroyed at least 14 homes in Southern California.

Cruise line to add waste-cleaning equipment
MIAMI -- Royal Caribbean will add equipment to its line of cruise ships to better clean sewage and wastewater before it is dumped into the ocean, officials said Wednesday.

Athens blasts heighten Olympic security concerns
With Greece's top law enforcement official in Washington to calm jittery officials, three bombs went off in Athens Wednesday, heightening fears about security preparations for the Olympic Games that begin in 100 days.

Reports: N. Korea has new missile
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea is preparing to deploy a newly developed intermediate-range ballistic missile that has a range sufficient to reach U.S. bases in Guam and possibly Hawaii, South Korean newspapers reported earlier this week.

Powell offers praise for Haiti's Latortue
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Colin Powell met Wednesday with Haitian Prime Minister Gerard Latortue and praised him for bringing stability to the Caribbean nation following the upheaval two months ago.

Groundbreaking set for trade center site
Saying New Yorkers can "begin to reclaim our skyline,'' Gov. George Pataki on Wednesday set a July 4 date to break ground on the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site.

Taliban fighters kill Britons, translator
Two British security contractors and their Afghan translator were killed by Taliban fighters as they traveled in a remote eastern part of the country to help the United Nations prepare for elections in September, Afghan and U.N. officials said Wednesday. Related stories

Shelves collapse, killing 11 workers
Storage shelves stacked high with garlic collapsed in central China, burying 30 workers and killing 11 of them, state media reported today.

Soldier dies when military truck rolls
One American soldier was killed and 16 others injured Wednesday when their truck veered off the road and rolled over near the Afghan capital, the U.S. military said. Related stories

Doctors remove six nails from worker's head
LOS ANGELES -- A construction worker had six nails driven into his head in an accident with a high-powered nail gun, but doctors said Wednesday they expect him to make a full recovery.

New Jersey couple face charges of starving their four adopted sons
CAMDEN, N.J. -- A couple accused of starving their four adopted sons were indicted Wednesday by a grand jury, a prosecutor said.

Bulldozer uncovers 5-foot elephant tusk
Scientists believe a 5-foot tusk found in a quarry may have belonged to an elephant that lived more than a million years ago.

Sale of 1905 Picasso breaks auction record
Pablo Picasso's 1905 painting "Boy with a Pipe'' sold for $104million Wednesday at Sotheby's, shattering the record for an auctioned painting.

Drug store executive urges legal imports
The head of a major drug store chain said Wednesday that prescription drug imports should be legalized, one more signal that the federal government and the drug industry are backing off their long-standing efforts to block states from providing Internet access to lower-cost drugs from Canada.

Bacardi puts twist on community's name
Here's a new Bacardi recipe: Take a small community near Atlantic City, add $5,000, and for half a month, you've got a locality named after a cocktail.

Coaches disciplined for ' crybaby award'
The coaches of a middle school basketball team who humiliated one of their players by giving him a "crybaby award'' will likely face disciplinary action from district officials.

Bush asks for $25 billion more for war
The Bush administration asked Congress Wednesday for a $25billion down payment for next year's U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, a retreat from the White House's earlier plans not to seek the money until after the November elections. Related stories

Kmart’s revival
ROSEVILLE, Mich. -- A year after emerging from bankruptcy, Kmart Holding Corp. has managed to regain its financial health and the confidence of investors. The hardest part of its recovery is yet to be achieved: winning back shoppers.

Judge denies Stewart motion for new trial
NEW YORK -- A federal judge refused to grant Martha Stewart a new trial Wednesday, dismissing claims that a juror lied to conceal a bias against the celebrity homemaker.

Consumers already feel rate hike
WASHINGTON -- Consumers won't have to wait until this summer to see what kind of impact a Federal Reserve decision to move to higher interest rates would have on their pocketbooks. The Fed's policy of telegraphing its intentions has already sent consumer rates higher.

Local gurus can help businesses rev up their sales
Jack Bunton opened Ram Engines in 1975, and through the 1980s and into the 1990s built the shop on North Freya into an $11 million business that employed more than 100 workers. But business slipped as imports took more and more of the market. The recession, exacerbated by the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, pushed Ram toward the brink.

Huge restaurant warehouse in the works in Post Falls
POST FALLS -- Sysco Corp. broke ground here Wednesday on a 120,000-square-foot warehouse that will serve restaurants in three states.

Need a number? Just follow your nose
COEUR d'ALENE - The aroma of orange rolls, a signature menu item at Beverly's Restaurant at the Coeur d'Alene Resort, will waft out of Hagadone Directories' 2004-2005 phone books.

Business News

Earnings decline at WestCoast
WestCoast Hospitality Corp. reported a loss of $2.7 million, or 21 cents a share, for the first quarter ended March 31. During the first quarter of 2003, the Spokane company reported a loss of $2.4 million, or 19 cents a share, according to an earnings report released Wednesday.

Starbucks opening leaves bitter taste on neighborhood
PORTLAND -- Coffee giant Starbucks has been trying its best to promote socially responsible corporate policy on grower rights and environmental ethics, but it apparently fell on deaf ears in a neighborhood where devotion to social causes runs high.

Rate worries stifle market advance
NEW YORK -- Wall Street, unable to shake a lethargy induced by interest rate worries, wobbled to a mixed finish Wednesday as investors shrugged off a $10.5 billion bank merger and a bullish upgrade of Dell Inc.

Budget cuts school parents in hard knocks
Not painting school buildings could save $220,000. Reducing the district's security officers could save $120,000. Eliminating some high school extracurricular programs could save $100,000.

Worm zaps computers at GU
Finals week and a computer worm both hit this week at Gonzaga University. Chris Odle spent 10 hours trying to get his laptop to work properly while other college students studied for finals.

Discs that skip could be suffering 'CD rot'
Dan Koster was unpacking some of his more than 2,000 CDs after a move when he noticed something strange. Some of the discs, which he always took good care of, wouldn't play properly.

President calls mistreatment of Iraqi inmates 'abhorrent' but stops short of offering apology
Acknowledging mistakes but stopping short of an apology, President Bush told the Arab world on Wednesday that Americans are appalled by the abuse and deaths of Iraqi prisoners at the hands of U.S. soldiers. He promised that "justice will be delivered.'' Related stories

Worried about stronger U.S. attacks, Shiite leaders call on al-Sadr to disarm, leave Najaf
U.S.-led forces launched their biggest assault yet against militiamen loyal to a radical Shiite cleric, raiding hideouts in several cities Wednesday and clashing with gunmen in the world's biggest cemetery. At least 15 Iraqis and a U.S. Related stories

Bush joins evangelists on national prayer day
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's participation in a National Day of Prayer ceremony with evangelical Christian leaders at the White House will be shown tonight, for the first time in prime-time viewing hours, on Christian cable and satellite TV outlets nationwide.

Kootenai plans hearing on rock mine
The public is getting one more shot to comment on a proposed 490-acre rock mine near Stateline, Idaho.

State leads nation in high-tech patents
BOISE -- The Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory and the state's electronics manufacturers have put the state first nationally for generating high-tech patents, the National Science Board reports.

10 years in prison over plot
Was Amber Urbat stone-cold serious when she talked about hiring a drug addict for as little as $25 to kill a former lover she feared was taking one of her children away for good?

Local banks set to expand
A lthou-gh Internet and ATM use are making personal banking more convenient all the time, banks still rely on visibility and the personal touch to attract and retain customers. And, of course, as our area grows, so do they.

Voters approve 2-year supplemental levy
Voters here ovewhelmingly passed a two-year supplemental school levy for nearly $2 million on Tuesday night. "I am pleased with the confidence that patrons of this community have in their schools,'' Kellogg School District Superintendent Greg Godwin said in a press release.

GOP gala raises record $48.5 million
WASHINGTON -- President Bush helped the GOP raise at least $38.5 million Wednesday at its annual gala -- all of it in donations limited in size -- and smash a onenight record set when political parties could still rake in large corporate contributions.

Alliance will join water case
LEWISTON, Idaho -- The Idaho Supreme Court is allowing the North Central Idaho Jurisdictional Alliance to participate in a case dealing with conflicting claims to Snake River Basin waters.

Idaho Power purchase plan wins approval
BOISE -- State regulators have agreed to let Idaho Power Co. purchase energy from a proposed operation located at the old Boise Cascade plant near Emmett.

Political lines more deeply drawn
WASHINGTON -- The roots of political gridlock in Washington and of the hyper-partisanship dividing “Red and Blue America” came into view at the end of April.

Drug-plan costs demand inquiry
Our View: Real purpose of Medicare reform lost in fog of politics.

Medical cost means more than money
If you ask most people about the cost of medical care, they may tell you how much they have to pay per visit to their doctor's office or the monthly bill for their prescription drugs. But these are not the costs of medical care. These are the prices paid.

And another thing. . .
If there's a demand, there's a supply there somewhere. Spokane County has slipped five places in an important state ranking. Once second in the state in terms of meth lab busts, we now are in a tie for seventh.


Why assault Russian immigrant?
Let me understand this (Spokesman-Review, April 24). A Russian immigrant woman, who speaks little English (and none under stress), is shot by a police officer's stun gun 12 times in 91 seconds for failure to sign a citation (which she obviously didn't understand).

Protestors allege assault, civil rights violations
Spokane Police are investigating a report that two men were assaulted because two other men didn't like the anti-war messages they were displaying on posters.

Sawtooth upholds grazing decision
KETCHUM, Idaho -- The Sawtooth National Recreation Area is standing by last year's decision to reduce grazing by more than a third on the Upper and Lower East Fork allotments in the White Cloud Mountains.

Lawyer wrote letters backing prosecutor
The defense attorney who reached a plea deal for Sean Fitzpatrick previously wrote a public letter of support for Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker.

Four indicted in 'B.C. bud' smuggling scheme
Two Spokane men and two others from Canada are scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court on Friday to face federal drug-smuggling charges.

Inventor's game system doesn't require batteries
Body 29:8,13:10 Column Body S pokane inventor Charles Smaltz has come up with this wild twist on the whole video game craze.

Officials testify that National Jury Week is time to say thanks
Calling them the most important people in the judiciary, Spokane County court officials would like to say to past and present jurors: Thank you.

Accuracy watch
Name misspelled - James Bellatty is the Washington Department of Ecology's water quality manager in Spokane. Because of a reporting error, his name was misspelled in Wednesday's edition.

Officer attacked in teen group home
A 14-year-old boy living in a Spokane Valley group home allegedly went on a rampage Tuesday and injured a police officer.

Girl beaten unconscious at middle school dance
A 14-year-old girl was beaten unconscious on the dance floor by several other girls at a chaperoned school dance for middle school honors students, police say.

Department of Ecology to reinstate fees for dam inspections
OLYMPIA -- After 70 years of inspecting water storage dams for free, the Department of Ecology plans to reinstate fees for more than 300 dams that pose the greatest risk to people and property.

Logging truck tips, spills logs into street
For the second time in as many months, a logging truck spilled its load while rounding the corner at Northwest Boulevard and Seltice Way.

County retains septic tank rules
Spokane County Commissioners voted Tuesday to keep a shoreline area requirement that septic tank systems be at least 10 feet above groundwater.

Woman flown to Seattle hospital after fire
An early morning fire sent an elderly woman to a Seattle hospital with severe burns over half of her body, city firefighters said Wednesday.

Yakama Nation buys juice plant
The Yakama Nation announced Wednesday it has purchased a former juice plant in Selah to bottle apple juice, with plans to expand to other products in the future.

Striping continues in city
Street crews will continue today striping the Maple/Ash corridor near downtown. The work between Boone and Second avenues is scheduled between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Fire destroys home near Newport
A Pend Oreille County family's home was destroyed by fire Tuesday night. No one was in the mobile home near Diamond Lake at the time, and no one was injured. The occupants, a woman and her two adult children, later took shelter with a friend.

Assault reported at RV park in CdA
A woman visiting Coeur d'Alene was blinded with soap and assaulted as she showered in a private RV park restroom Tuesday night, but her screams drove the attacker away, Coeur d'Alene police reported Wednesday.

Audubon list of birds at risk
A list of birds at risk in Washington state, broken down by the severity of threats to their habitat and survival:

Murray campaign raises $8 million -- so far
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray is raising record amounts from campaign contributors as she prepares for the fall race against likely Republican challenger George Nethercutt.

Seattle tent city delays moving date
SEATTLE -- The scheduled move of a tent city for homeless people has been delayed nearly two weeks at the request of the King County Council.

Seattle mayor seeks federal money to fix Alaskan Way Viaduct
WASHINGTON -- In what is becoming a familiar ritual, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels came to the other Washington on Wednesday, seeking federal money to replace Seattle's earthquake-damaged Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Oregon resort town wrestles with tourism
CANNON BEACH, Ore. -- A controversial ordinance that would ban homeowners from renting out their house for less than 14 days at a time drew hundreds in this coastal tourist community to a hearing.

Nethercutt plans big names for election 'kickoff'
Rep. George Nethercutt will bring two "name'' Republicans to Washington this month as he tries to raise money for his run against Sen. Patty Murray.

Parker, Spurs turn away Lakers
Tony Parker gave the San Antonio Spurs a big cushion early, and when the Los Angeles Lakers made a move it was Parker who snuffed it out.

Wildcats come through
Mt. Spokane girls track coach Annette Pedersen was stressed prior to the Greater Spokane League championship quad meet hosted by the Wildcats. So she took action.

Bulldogs will tip off one last time May 15
The greatest senior class in the history of Gonzaga University men's basketball has agreed to take one final bow.

Some fishing areas close on Columbia, Snake rivers
Spring chinook salmon fishing hasn't necessarily been red hot in the mid-Columbia and lower Snake rivers this spring, but combined with lower-than-expected returns, anglers have done well enough to force the closure of several areas.

Twins pick on Pineiro for victory
SEATTLE – The one lineup that might cure Joel Pineiro is his own, and the one pitcher that might bring life to the Seattle Mariners' hitters is a guy they can't face – Pineiro. Related stories

Piazza belts milestone home run
Mike Piazza broke Carlton Fisk's major league record for home runs as a catcher Wednesday night, hitting No. 352 in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants.

Wednesday’s games
Astros 6, Pirates 2: At Houston, Roger Clemens became the first six-game winner in the majors to lead Houston over Pittsburgh. Clemens won his 316th career game, putting him only two behind Phil Niekro for 14th place. He gave up two runs on five hits. Jeff Kent, Lance Berkman and Morgan Ensberg each drove in two runs to lead the Astros.

M’s outlast Twins in longest game of season
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners would rather win in nine innings. Randy Winn scored on Scott Spiezio's grounder in the 16th inning to give the Seattle Mariners a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night in the longest game in the major leagues this season. Related stories

WAC tries expand to nine, could include Idaho
The Western Athletic Conference is likely to expand, but it appears that a decision isn't imminent.

On the air
For Thursday, May 6, 2004

National Sports

Medicine Hat sweeps Everett to win WHL championship
Darren Reid scored three goals to help the Medicine Hat Tigers overcome a two-goal deficit and beat the Everett Silvertips 4-2 Wednesday in Everett to win the Western Hockey League championship series 4-0.

Today’s menu

Off-track betting
Coeur d'Alene Casino: Dog racing ,first post 9:05 a.m.; horse racing, first post 9:25 a.m.

3 Pirates earn all-conference
Sophomore pitcher Jo Sonnett, junior outfielder Andraya Robertson and senior infielder Laura Romag, all of Whitworth College, were named to the all-Northwest Conference softball first team, the conference announced Wednesday.

T-Wolves clinch tie for IEL
Along the way to claiming at least a share of the Inland Empire League title Wednesday, the Lake City Timberwolves wore out a path to and across home plate.

Vikings win IEL softball championship
COEUR d'ALENE – Whoever coined the term “sophomore jinx” never heard of Coeur d'Alene High 10th-graders Brianna Robson and Heather Helmhout.

Mt. Spokane advances, ends U-Hi’s season
Brett Hite is a goalkeeper's nightmare. As one of the Greater Spokane League's leading scorers, University's Hite poses a serious threat – especially to a team that had yet to capture a postseason win.

Top not out of his reach
Ask St. George's tennis coach Jeff Urie how good senior Ben Hough is and Urie deadpans: “He stinks.”

A perfect moment for EV’s Montgomery
Spring Montgomery was born, appropriately enough, in the spring. Because it is in the spring that the East Valley pitcher's talents blossom.

They are champs in their own right
It's easy to be cynical. It's easy to preach. It's easy to be a jerk.

Weaver hopes for third win in Modifieds
On one hand Colville's Mark Weaver was overjoyed with winning his first Northwest Modified Series main event since 1989 two weeks ago at Spokane Raceway Park.

Official records
For Thursday, May 6, 2004

Farewell, Fabio
As a 26-year-old Brazilian conductor just completing his studies at the Juilliard School in New York, Fabio Mechetti had no idea where Spokane was.

‘Friends’ to the end
A wedding killed “Frasier.” Parenthood ruined “Mad About You.” Fonzie jumped over the shark and that was the beginning of the end of “Happy Days.”

Meriwether won’t be too pleased
“My mother was born in Lewiston, Idaho, and often spoke of it,” wrote Spokane's Darlene Brice. Related stories

Age spots will plague most people
Dear Dr. Gott: I am 94 and have had a chronic skin problem since my 70s: two spots of ugly gray growths, each the size of a nickel, on my chest. I feel an itchy burn, but my doctor simply suggests moisturizing cream. What is my problem and what is the remedy?

Aries (March 21-April 19) •••• – Expansion is the name of the game. You could find someone to be overwhelming at work, as he or she spouts one idea after another. You could find yourself running here and there. Stop. Sit down and think before you leap.

Moore’s ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ looks too hot for Disney
Michael Moore is in hot political water again with his new “Fahrenheit 9/11.” The Walt Disney Company is blocking its Miramax Films division from distributing the documentary, which criticizes President Bush's handling of Sept. 11 and connects the Bush family with Osama bin Laden.

On today's deal from the Dyspeptics Club, West led the spade king against three no-trump, and the defense cashed four spade tricks, North, East and South each discarding a club on the fourth round. West continued with a heart, which declarer won in dummy in order to play the king and queen of diamonds. When East showed out on the second, that led inexorably to a one-trick defeat for declarer.

Mom may be coerced to sell family home
Dear Annie: Last summer, a widow (I'll call her “Betty”) expressed an interest in buying my parents' house, which my father built with his own hands. When he died a few years ago, my 83-year-old mother put her name on a list for an apartment in a nearby retirement complex. However, Mom became ill, and she was no longer eligible for the apartment. She has since decided to stay in the house until she finds a better place.

String Quartet finale features Majewski
Concertos turn up more often in symphony concerts than on string quartet programs. But each season the Spokane String Quartet finds a way to feature one of its guest artists in a concerto performance.

First Friday expands into two new venues
Two new venues have been added to the lineup for this month's First Friday art walk. Interplayers and Brooklyn Deli are the latest downtown businesses to turn their walls into exhibit space for Inland Northwest artists.

Songs of life
Reed McColm has better-than-average credentials to be the director of the new CenterStage dinner theater show, “Closer Than Ever,” featuring the songs of Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire. “I was actually in the room when some of these songs were written,” said McColm, a theater pro who divides his time between Spokane and West Yellowstone, Mont., where he runs a theater.

Raney helps SJO finish on high note
The Spokane Jazz Orchestra caps off its 29th season with an appearance by Grammy-nominated vocalist Sue Raney on Saturday night at The Met.

L.M. Boyd Trivia
• Q. What's the most important thing in a marriage? A. Research in our Love and War man's files turns up “the one pronouncement accepted by more matrimonial counselors than any other.” It reads: “After love, the most essential characteristic of a happy marriage is the ability to confide fully, freely and frankly with each other.”

Big farewell planned for ‘Friends’
As you already know, unless you've been living in a cave in Tora Bora for the last few weeks, tonight we're all about “Friends.”

‘10.5’ helps NBC gain shaky ratings victory
Impressive ratings for NBC's earthquake tale “10.5” helped the network eke out a victory over CBS in the first week of the important May ratings sweeps.

Mechetti’s departure leaves many memories
The most often told story about Fabio Mechetti comes from his year as the orchestra's associate conductor in 1984-85. He conducted a SuperPops concert with Mason Williams that required the orchestra members to shout “Fresh Fish!” at one point.

Mother’s Day dinner concert planned
Guitar virtuoso Adrian Legg presents a dinner concert Sunday at CenterStage, 1017 W. First Ave.

‘Joey’ premieres in the fall
Joey Tribbiani is getting ready to say “How you doin?' ” to a whole new family.

The North Side Voice

Accuracy watch
Due to a typographical error, Our Lady of the Rosary was misidentified in the Religion Notebook in the April 29 North Side Voice.

West Central holds on to past
The West Central neighborhood is an area of contrasts. While many residents transition in and out of rental housing managed by absentee landlords, there are also homeowners who have lived there for decades.

Motorcycle group plans safety rally
The Lilac City Wings, a local chapter of the National Gold Wing Touring Association, will hold a motorcycle rally to promote motorcycle safety month and to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Northwest residents can pick up free dump passes Saturday
The Northwest Neighborhood Association will issue half of its 106 free dump passes to members of the neighborhood Saturday at 9 a.m. at the COPS Northwest Shop, 2215 W. Wellesley Ave., Suite D, next door to the laundry at Shadle Center.

Business/technical clubs
American Society of Women Accountants < 6>meets the third Thursday of each month, 5:30 p.m.; dinner at 6:15 p.m. with a speaker, at Red Lion Hotel at the Park.

St. George's' senior Colin Hill named Presidential Scholar
Colin Hill, a senior at St. George's School and the son of Dr. Dean and Judy Hill, Spokane, has been named a 2004 Presidential Scholar.

Today BOLD(CTRL-PLUS) |ens|SPRINT (Students, Parents, Responsible, Integrated, Nuturing, Teaching) Events < 6> An orientation for this middle-school parent participation program is planned for 7 p.m. at Shaw Middle School, 4106 N. Cook. Equity Awards for students and adults will be next Thursday, 6 p.

Somebody needs you
The goal of Somebody Needs You is to match donors with the specific requests of needy Spokane residents.

Service clubs
Altrusa International of Spokane < 6> Service organization for men and women. Call 624-1654. Greater Spokane Elks Lodge 228 < 6> Meets second and fourth Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., 2605 N.

Students see cancer effects
Childhood photos of Rick Bender show a cute little boy in his baseball uniform, smiling from ear to ear.

Oldest church in Spokane to celebrate 125 years
On May 23, Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ, 411 S. Washington St., will celebrate 125 years of existence.

Keeping community healthy
Five-year-old Kendall Petersen clutched a stuffed animal as he told nurse practitioner Chris Riebe goodbye. In less than an hour, he was given a medical checkup, immunizations, an eye exam and a dental screening with a fluoride treatment. He only had to walk a few feet to visit the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile parked in front of Trent Elementary last week.

New fire station costs higher than expected
Increases in the cost of steel and wood have led to higher-than-expected bids for a new neighborhood fire station near Browne's Addition.

Special interest clubs
American Legion Frank Starr Post 47 < 6> meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Seventh and Main Street, Colville. Contact Commandant Korn at 685-9680.

Ponderosa pioneer
Lloyd Phillips has done it all on his farm on the edge of Spokane Valley in the Ponderosa neighborhood. He grew wheat, hay and corn. He ran a dairy and raised beef cattle. He also raised a bumper crop of homes, creating the neighborhood that surrounds Ponderosa Elementary from scratch. His parents bought 20 acres of land in 1908 and began farming, slowly adding acreage.

Eagles eye post season
The Lakeside Eagles finished third in the Washington 2A baseball championship tournament in each of the last two years, but after last season, coach Matt Sullivan lost seven senior starters and, in Brandon Bowker and Greg Smith, two of the top pitchers in the state.

Senior dancing
Dance with Live Music < 6> With the Glenn Allen Trio, first Wednesday of every month, 1-3 p.m. Hillyard Senior Center, 4001 N. Cook St. For more information, call 482-0803.

Community service
Attendant Care Registry < 6> Free service matching disabled adults and children with personal-care providers, sponsored by Coalition of Responsible Disabled. Call 326-6355.

The South Side Voice

Neighborhood updates
Neighborhood council meetings The Rockwood Neighborhood Council will meet at 7 tonight in the Guild Room of the Jewett House at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave.

Love of horses
When Heritage Arabian Farm owner Bill Felsted approaches, Panajah trots over for a nuzzle. Felsted, 65, doesn't hold back his pride in describing the dozens of Arabians kept on the 54-acre ranch near Hangman Valley.

Social/recreational BOLD(CTRL-PLUS) |ens|River Ridge Association of Fine Arts < 6> meets every fourth Wednesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. at Spokane Art Supply. Call 326-4160.

Care in planting tree can prevent headaches later
Planting a tree is like pouring the foundation for a house. If it isn't done right, then it jeopardizes everything that comes after it.

Public can comment on school designs
It's time to design. Thanks to the passage of Spokane Public Schools bond in March, preparations for the construction of three elementary schools are under way.

Plant sale to benefit the blind
The Delta Gamma Sorority Alumnae Group will hold its annual plant and flower sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. next Thursday at Camyn's Greenhouse and Garden Center, 4317 S.

Veterans Outreach Center < 6> free counseling for male and female veterans sexually assaulted or harassed during their military service, and for war zone veterans and significant others. Call 444-8387 for an appointment.

Senior games
Bridge, Bingo, Scrabble, Pinochle < 6> Southside Senior Activity and Community Center, 27th and Ray. For dates and times call 535-0803.

Cardinal J.D. Kottwitz takes hurdle challengs in stride
Video Hits One television, popularly known as VH-1, regularly airs a show called "Driven'' about a pop star's desire to make it to the top.

Diane Joss win Hangman event
Hangman Valley Ladies 18-Hole Club golfer Diane Joss won the game of the day during a recent outing for the group.

Mothers always face an unfinished task
As Mother's Day approaches, my thoughts turn to the one truth harbored deep inside a mom's heart: Our work is never done.

Children know Mom holds her own embarassments
Some mothers comfort their children with Band-Aids or homemade cookies. I have another tool in my medicine bag.

Edna Darroch remembered as a 'genuine, wonderful person'
Edna Darroch balanced her homemaker duties and community activism like a tightrope walker. In an era when women were pigeonholed into June Cleaver roles, Darroch worked to ensure that women had a say in local politics.

Make your own green cord
Q. Do you know why it is apparently impossible to buy outdoor heavy electrical cords in a dark green color? I have an electric outdoor grill and don't want a garish color such as yellow or orange so that the cord won't be so obvious.

Center needs donations for fund-raisers
The Spokane Valley Community Center needs help with its two biggest fund-raisers. A Bow Tie Affair, a semi-formal dinner being held for the first time this year, and the center's golf tournament are approaching in June and July and organizers need donations to use for prizes and raffles.

East valley middle school honor roll
The following students have been named to the second trimester honor roll at East Valley Middle School.

Whale scene will be lost to remodeling
Students, teachers and alumni of South Pines Elementary School are learning that murals can be fleeting works of art.

Freeman's Kelsie LaShaw having fun with track
Kelsie LaShaw creates a special sound during a race. A staccato pop made by her lightweight shoes with little metal spikes as they carry her down the track. She sounds as fast as the stopwatch says she is.

Knights baseball team faces another tough week
East Valley's baseball team survived one obstacle-filled Greater Spokane League week. Another awaits.

Register now for summer camps
The Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation Department is now taking registrations for summer programs, including day camps, early childhood programs, sports and more.