Articles by Kirsten Spears


Local venues become Karaoke clubs

The name Kobe is generally associated with basketball, but it is also famous in the realm of karaoke. Kobe is the sixth-largest city in Japan, and is recognized as the birthplace of amateur singers singing along with only an accompaniment. Since karaoke’s beginning, it has traveled the world over, reaching even Rexburg and Rigby, Idaho….

Reflecting on Jerry germs

“Jerry germs, Jerry germs, you’ve got Jerry germs,” the gro of eight-year-old girls chanted. “No I don’t!” I said with my hands on my hips.  “Megan drank after him, and I swear I was after Megan.” “Eww gross!  We can’t talk to her for the rest of the day,” the ring leader of the gro…

Community bowl-a-thon to benefit autism

Kristoffer Ricks communicates with a keyboard or by pointing at a board displaying the letters of the alphabet. Sandra Ricks, his mother, patiently waits with eagerness in her eyes as his fingers slowly touch the letters. He expresses his deepest desire to her: the opportunity to go to college. For 33-year-old Kristoffer, a college education…

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