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SPOKANE — Spring flowers can get a bad rap when it comes to the season of itchy, watery eyes and exacerbated asthma, but biologists from Eastern Washington University and Washington State University say it's mostly wind pollinators to blame for allergy season. Unfortunately, wind pollinators…

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I have great admiration for those with the inner sense peace to take life as it comes and accept the disasters and foibles with as much grace and dignity as successes. They are truly the happiest and most content people on earth.

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WENATCHEE — Patrick A. Bucknum was recently installed as the new Wenatchee Stake president by Elder Scott D. Whiting, a general authority of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and sustained by local church members.

Drinking water contaminated with even moderate levels of arsenic may lead to harmful thickening of the heart’s main chamber walls, a new U.S. study suggests.

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It only took one episode of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, the international decluttering guru, to make me a fan. Because I knew the KonMarie method of purging and organizing would be life-changing, I began keeping a diary as I embraced minimalism.

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Confluence Health, Wenatchee

Attic Dusters: 11:30 a.m. May 21, Smitty's Pancake House 1621 N. Wenatchee Ave. Apple Blossom's 100-year history will be focus of program. Contact: Darlene Spargo, 662-1271

Dear Abby: My father recently passed away. I wanted to be sure I was appropriately dressed for his funeral, so I shopped for the most conservative outfit I could find. When I arrived at the service, I was taken aback by what my sister-in-law was wearing. I told her I didn’t think her dress w…

Dear Abby: My husband and I are seniors who look forward to visits from our adult children. The problem is our oldest son. He visits every few months and leaves belongings behind. He uses our guest room, where he has claimed much of the closet, several dresser drawers, the guest bathroom van…

Dear Abby: I have a former co-worker whose husband was just released from a psychiatric facility. He had threatened to kill himself and take the entire family with him. I met him before the incident. He did not seem balanced then, and I was uncomfortable being around him.

It’s a typical Thursday at Cascade Medical, and Nursing Director DeAnna Griggs is charging ahead, cradling a folder and her coffee mug, to her next appointment —an infection control meeting about a new partnership with University of Washington.

Most of us are interested in doing our part to reduce our negative impact on the environment. No one likes pollution, litter, wasting resources or wasting money on inefficiency. Which might be why lists that exclaim, “20 EASY ways to go green!” might be popular. While those lists may include…

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Dear Abby: My husband and I have been together for 12 years. I have a daughter from a previous relationship who is now 16. They have had their ups and downs. What irritates me to no end is, my husband tattles on my daughter.

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Dear Abby: My husband and I live in a nice home in the desert Southwest with an in-ground pool and guesthouse. Our friends and relatives from back east have an open invitation to visit whenever they please. We enjoyed these visits until recently.

Dear Abby: My husband suffers from migraines and has never been happy in any job he’s had. He has tried every available treatment for his migraines, to no avail. He still has them daily. I think they may be partly psychological.

Dear Abby: My mother is 86 and drives everyone in the family crazy when we have to spend time with her. She says things that make people cringe. She’s racist, homophobic, judgmental and critical of everybody and everything.

Dear Abby: My mom has never been what you would call a housekeeper. Dad did all the shopping, cooking and cleaning. As a child, I remember our house always being a mess. Mom worked, and I don’t know why she never felt like she needed to clean up after herself. My dad would straighten up afte…

Dear Abby: I have been happily married for more than 40 years. Since he retired a couple tof years ago, it has come to my attention that he has been getting mail at a separate private mailbox. I don’t see a good reason for this, and it is weighing on me heavily.

Dear Abby: My sister “Thea” has distanced herself from the family. I understand why she did. Our parents were mentally, physically and emotionally abusive while we were growing up, with one who instigated the issues and the other taking it out on us kids.

Anyone frustrated by irrigation’s complexities of fittings, drippers and sprinklers might find relief by attending the free Simple Irrigation Repairs workshop presented Saturday, May 18. It takes place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Community Education Garden, 1100 N. Western Ave. in Wenatchee.

Roscoe, a 6-year-old Maine Coon and Wenatchee Valley Humane Society rescue, looks down on his family from the heights of forbidden bookshelf space. Roscoe belongs to Kris and Donna Tyson of Wenatchee.