Light Notes

  • Mountaintop song feels heaven-sent

    Posted by Lucy Luginbill on January 18, 2015

    Badger Mountain invites hikers to experience a gentle climb to the top.

    For the child living inside each of us, mourning resonates for months – even years – with the slightest breath of a parent's memory. For one grief-stricken woman, a “small miracle” on a morning mountain hike gives her a new song.


  • Wartime love letters bring peace

    Posted by Lucy Luginbill on January 9, 2015

    Aleene and Bob Bush were married almost 65 years before her death in 2008.

    A WWII veteran from Richland remembers how letters from his wife were a lifeline during the war years. But one of the letters had him puzzling about a strange coincidence, even years later.


  • Refuge found in Fairchild Air Force Base rampage

    Posted by Lucy Luginbill on January 4, 2015

    Washington State Highway Patrolman Bill Dingfield and his wife, Ruth, hold hands at an award ceremony for his bravery in the 1994 Fairchild Air Force Base tragedy.

    A calm day at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane erupted in chaos on June 20, 1994. Washington State Highway Patrolman Bill Dingfield, now living in Kennewick, remembers his call home as he and his patrol partner sped to the tragic scene.


  • Letters bring more than timely surprise

    Posted by Lucy Luginbill on December 28, 2014

    The recipient of Cathy's check was so awed by the timing that they took a photo of it and the cost of the tires.

    With her job ending, a former Kennewick woman worried about her future. But when a surprising check came in the mail, Cathy decided to be “all in” on a promise she had made. What she did – and its impact – is the rest of the story.


  • Love brightens a family’s Christmas

    Posted by Lucy Luginbill on December 21, 2014

    Gary and Jael Cox celebrate an unexpected Christmas gift with their children in 2010.

    Richland resident Jael Cox remembers the 2008 economic crash and how it sent their family into poverty and despair while living on the west side of the state. But a "chance" meeting with an acquaintance from years earlier brought about a Christmas surprise.


  • Christmas glitz not main attraction for one child

    Posted by Lucy Luginbill on December 14, 2014

    This dazzling house brought carloads of visitors to this Spokane neighborhood in 2007 and still does today.

    The extravagantly decorated house attracted people from miles around. But when the family who had waited in a line of cars finally got up close, it wasn’t the lights that caught the little boy’s attention.


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