Crystal Atamian

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One Week at Summer Camp Can Create a Lifelong Learner

Day camps let kids explore new interests, deepen learning, and make connections with mentors and friends outside of school. Julianne Clark is St. George’s School’s Summer Program Coordinator. She emphasizes camps not only give kids a chance to explore activities and subjects they really love, but also dip their toes in the water and try …

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What to Know Before Installing A Home Solar System

Some think that installing solar panels on your home only makes sense if you live in Nevada or the sunny southwest. Not true. Spokane’s solar potential is enough to pay for itself, according to Jeremy Patterson of Voltric Electric, a locally owned and operated business that provides electrical contracting services and installs solar panels. If …

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Two Lakes, One Trail: Hiking Montana’s Diamond and Cliff Lakes

Outside St. Regis, Montana are two beautiful lakes that are worth taking the time to explore. Diamond and Cliff Lakes are perched in an alpine cirque basin at 5,400 feet in Montana’s Bitterroot Divide. This moderate hike has only 500 feet of elevation gain and some of the best scenery in the area. Yet, sadly, …

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A Bird and a Baby: Confessions of a Sage Grouse Conservationist

Why are the things that leave us shaking and wide-eyed with fear or adrenaline the very things that define us and that we often love with a vengeance? Oddly, this describes my relationship with greater sage-grouse. My first experience with that chicken-like resident of sage brush country left my husband and I curled in the …

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