Sandra Hosking

Sandra Hosking is a professional editor, writer, playwright, and photographer based in Spokane, WA, USA. Publishing credits include The Spokesman-Review, Journal of Business, Glass International, Corrugated Today, 3 Elements Review, Cirque Literary Journal, Edify Fiction, and more. Her plays have been performed in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Canada, New Zealand, and elsewhere. Hosking holds an M.F.A. in theatre/playwriting from the University of Idaho and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Eastern Washington University. Contact:

Alliance Machine Systems New Robotic Load Former & Specialty Folder Gluer

Alliance Machine Systems International LLC is introducing a new robotic load former to the corrugated market that reduces labor and increases efficiency. The Raven robotic Loadmaster™ is part of Alliance’s Raptor line and offers a more cost-effective and efficient way of load forming, compared to manual methods. Alliance also provides value-added machinery for the manufacturers of very large boxes, such as cargo or pallet containers, and has extended the size range of the J&L product line. The Mark5 jumbo folder-gluer can accommodate boxes up to 210 inches across.

2019 Rising Stars James Krejci - VP builds connections through podcast series

It’s not just about the numbers for banker James Krejci. It’s about the relationships. “You have to be able to manage the interaction with customers and the people side of it, but in order to do it very well, you have to understand the numbers side, and so that’s where I think you get a successful banker,” he says. Krejci, 30, is a vice president and commercial relationship manager with First Interstate Bank in downtown Spokane.

HDG Architecture: Making a modernist mark

Armando Hurtado and Joshua Hissong knew they were taking a risk when they started Hissong Design Group LLC in 2010, during the throes of a recession. Being a startup in tough economic times taught them to operate leanly and motivated them to take on a variety of projects, they say. Today, the company, which does business as HDG Architecture, designs restaurants, apartment buildings, financial institutions, offices, residences, and more. It gains its projects largely though referrals and repeat business.

Finding her own path to success: On Track senior Jaeylin Snyder didn’t give up on her education

The future is Jaeylin. While the name her mother invented doesn’t have an official meaning, Jaeylin Snyder plans to create that meaning for herself. “I’ve always tried to reimagine what that word means. It’s what you make of it,” Snyder said. “The future is Jaeylin.” This senior at Spokane’s On Track Academy presents herself as a confident, driven young woman who often can be found reading, crocheting and working at Home Depot.

Hutton Settlement sustains founder’s mission

When Idaho mining mogul Levi Hutton established the Hutton Settlement in Spokane Valley 100 years ago, he set up a business model that he hoped would sustain the home for orphaned children for at least 250 years. Then, the settlement was supported by earnings from real estate holdings that included the Hutton Building, the Fernwell Building, City Ramp Garage, and a small building at Second Avenue and Washington Street.

Dreaming of spring melodies: Men’s vocal group Pages of Harmony marks nearly 70 years

For nearly 70 years, Spokane’s Pages of Harmony has been singing and entertaining, a cappella style. The men’s vocal group will present its spring show, “Day Dreamin’,” on Saturday, May 11, at 3 p.m. at Valley Assembly Church. The family-friendly show will feature performances by Pages of Harmony’s chorus and quartets, as well as numbers by guest singing groups from Spokane Falls Community College, Sweet Adelines and others.

Democratic group teaches political skills to emerging women leaders

Spokane Valley’s Mary May might have lost her bid to be a state representative last November, but she didn’t throw her signs away. Following her loss, which was the first time she had run for public office, she decided to enroll in Emerge Washington’s 2019 training course. “After the election I realized that there’s so much I didn’t know and still don’t know,” said May, a former city planner who now works for Community Frameworks.

Inland Northwest Concerned Scientists group aims to connect experts with the community through Science Cafes

At a recent Science Cafe event, organized by the Inland Northwest Concerned Scientists, attendees happily consumed refreshments while some chatted about Superworms or hissing cockroaches. Featured speaker Javier Ochoa-Reparaz, Ph.D., an assistant professor of biology at Eastern Washington University, explained the connections between microbes in one’s gut and the brain to about 50 people at Mobius Science Center.

Southside Community Center presents forensic artist-author Carrie Stuart Parks in Book It series launch

Spokane’s Southside Community Center’s inaugural Book It! will feature forensic artist and author Carrie Stuart Parks. The event, titled “Using Art to Solve Crime,” will be Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. The Book It! series aims to engage the community and promote cultural literacy. “In a broader sense ‘to book it’ means to get moving. In our new forum series, we want to get our minds in motion through exposure to creativity, imagination and ideas,” the mission statement says. (Image courtesy of Stuart Parks)
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