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Post-fire generosity amazes, continues into 2018

As neighbors and strangers have volunteered to rebuild uninsured homes since the 2014 Carlton Complex Fire and 2015 Okanogan Complex Fire, Carlene Anders of Pateros said the communities affected are emerging closer and stronger.

From three years of coordinating the Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG), she is amazed by stories of survivors, volunteers and donors.

“Survivors who helped each other have recovered much faster.  When people helped, even if they were injured, they recovered faster because they felt connected,” she said. “Some who did not lose their homes found that helping others relieved their survivor’s guilt.”

The Okanogan County LTRG has videos recording stories and progress from fire to ashes to recovery online.  . . .read more

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Homeless Connect is one-day opportunity for people experiencing homelessness to access many resources in one place.
Editor’s friend visits home in Puerto Rico, reports on the conditions, takes solar kits.

Spokane Symphony conductor Eckart Preu chose churches for baroque concerts because they are fit that music genre.

Tyler Wiley, who overcame addiction at Oxford House, is starting an Oxford House in Lewiston.

Sheryl Kinder-Pyle, presbytery executive, introduces churches and region to ‘missional transformation.’
Editorial We are meant to live in community, be good neighbors, not be armed to kill

Recovery and rebuilding are still underway from wildfire disasters in the 2014 Carleton Complex Fire and 2015 Okanogan Complex Fire.

Teacher honored by NAACP Spokane said teachers need to teach curriculum so it is relevant to students of all races.

NAACP Spokane honors Pastor C.W. Andrews for 44 years of leadership at Calvary Baptist and in the community.

World Relief celebrates its welcoming the 10,000th refugee in the Inland Northwest since the office opened in 1989.


Fr. Solanus Casey, a Capuchan monk, was recently beatified in ceremony in Detroit.


As women gain voice in raising challenge for sexual harassment in the workplace, will it change the culture?