• The cost of a dog

    The purchase of a pet is only the beginning

    By Kaylee Brewster

    I always had a dog growing up, and life didn’t seem complete without one, so when I moved out on my own getting a dog was at the top of the list. My mom warned me that dogs are expensive...

  • Pets as presents: Proceed with caution

    By Stone, Mary

    If there’s something cuter than a puppy (or kitten, or bunny) spilling out of a bow-topped gift box into the arms of a delighted child — well, there isn’t. And maybe that’s why, despite the advice of many experts, giving pets at Christmas continues to be something of a tradition. With the cost of care — including food and routine veterinary visits — averaging between $1,200 and $1,500 annually for a dog, “you need to really sit down and consider this very carefully,” said Charlie Powell, spokesperson for Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine...

  • A toolkit for coping

    Disability Action Center releases mental health videos

    By Stone, Mary

    Production of a set of videos meant to help young people cope with stress and anxiety was thwarted by the stressful and anxiety-inducing events related to the pandemic, but the project now is complete, and the results are live on YouTube. Disability Action Center NW recently released four “Mental Health Toolbox” videos that focus on the importance of self-care, maintaining healthy schedules, practicing mindfulness and creating a portable “sensory tool box.” Each video is designed to provide hands-on tips for immediately addressing stress and anxiety, something needed now more than ever, project coordinator Vicki Leeper said...

  • ‘Robin Robin’ is a claymation celebration

    By Kaylee Brewster

    “Robin Robin” is a short and sweet story about belonging and Christmas wishes. The stop-motion short film by Aardman Studios (“Shaun the Sheep,” “Wallace and Gromit” and “Chicken Run”) tells the story of a bird raised by mice who desperately wants to be a regular mouse...

  • Annual UI Jazz Choirs Holiday Concert back in person and livestreamed

    Hundreds of high school singers from throughout the region will join students and faculty from the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of Music for the annual Jazz Choirs Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. Friday (Dec. 10) in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center in Moscow...

  • Stream on Demand

    What's new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max, and other streaming services the week of December 9

    By Sean Axmaker

    Top streams for the week Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) are back in "And Just Like That..."