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Public comment needed on Mt. Spokane State Park expansion

Public comment needed on Mt. Spokane State Park expansion

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is inviting the public to comment on two proposals for Mount Spokane State Park.

The following are combined under one draft environmental impact statement which considers the potential impact of:

  • The expansion of Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard park, adding one ski lift and seven ski trails in a 279-acre area.
  • A formal land classification and reclassification of a portion of the state park known as the Potential Alpine Ski Expansion Area (PASEA).

The deadline for comments is September 15.

You can find more information on the proposals, the draft environmental impact statement documents and a link to submit your comments here.

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Police searching for Zip Trip robbery suspect

Police searching for Zip Trip robbery suspect

Police are looking for a man who robbed a Spokane Zip Trip Monday night.

The robbery occurred at the Zip Trip near Illinois and Perry just before 11 p.m.

Spokane police say the man showed a small pistol and demanded money and other items before taking off.

They say he was last seen heading north.

Police are not sure if he got into a car when he fled the scene.

The robber is described as a light-skinned African American male. Police say he is between 6-foot-2 and 6-foot-4. He is described as weighing between 250 and 270 pounds.

Police say he was wearing a mask covering the majority of his face and light blue coveralls.

If you have any information, call Crime Check at 456-2233.

Working 4 you: Americans working more than 40-hour weeks

Working 4 you: Americans working more than 40-hour weeks

For many Tuesday means back to work after the Labor Day weekend. But for many full-time employees, they may still be clocking in close to 40 hours this week.

A new study suggests most full-time employees are logging more than 40 hours per week. Gallup's annual Work in Education Survey shows that many people could be working a full workday longer each week.

Some experts believe the reason for this is some people might be more resourceful, while for others, it may be part of their pay structure.

Employees paid by the hour are sometimes restricted in the amount of time they can spend on the job because of limits on overtime. That's typically not an issue for salaried employees, so they are more likely to log more hours at the office.

Gallup's survey found about half of the adults it surveyed say they work 47 hours a week, on average. Nearly one in ten say they work even more, at least 50 hours a week. And 18 percent they work 60 hours a week or more.

So, if you're a full-time employee but actually work less than 40 hours a week, you're in the eight percent minority.

American Heart Association needs you!

American Heart Association needs you!

The realization that heart desease runs through your family tree is something that can't be ignored. I now have to share that info and the dangers with my kids and those around me. 

Those around me are all of you! I have a way to share my story but thousands won't here me. The National Heart Association and the Spokane Chapter are reaching the rest hopefully. 

Research, outreach and teaching all take funds and they need our donation. Please click here to donate or join our team for the walk coming September 13th at 9am. 

Clock Tower meadow with the Walk/5k Run (a Bloomsday qualifier) starts at 10am










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International students join Whitworth freshman class

International students join Whitworth freshman class

This past weekend 625 freshmen moved into the dorms at Whitworth University, the third largest freshman class in school history. It's an exciting time in many students' lives but imagine doing it as an international exchange student.

Students at Whitworth come from 25 different countries and this fall, in addition to one of the largest incoming classes in the university's history, they are also welcoming one of the biggest groups of international students. 24 international students will be starting at Whitworth this coming week, bringing the total number of foreign students to 80.

"We're really trying to base our international recruitment on a United Nations model. We don't want students from just one or two countries, we want a very diverse group of international students," Marie Whalen said.

Whalen says they have been doing a lot of outreach to grow the school's international interest. The ability to bring foreign students to Whitworth is a benefit for the entire student body as it allows every student to learn new cultures from Central America, Asia and Africa.

American Community Project stops in Spokane

When Dan Emery started the American Community Project, he wanted to learn why so many Americans are going hungry.

"Even though we're investing a lot of resources into the issue of hunger, over the last three years, the need grew from 12% of households being food insecure to 15%," said Emery.

So he enlisted the help of his friend Myles Chung, and the two embarked on a journey: traveling to all 48 continental states in 48 weeks on small scooters that go just 35 miles-per-hour. They hope to learn what people across the country are doing to combat hunger. Ironically, Emery said obesity is an important aspect of their research.

"Obesity is a cousin of hunger," said Emery. "They're eating empty calories, the non-nutritional food and some that is because, in some cases, the junk food is less expensive."

The pair advocates locally grown food, even encouraging people to grow their own.

"Try to get into the pleasure of planting your own food and cooking your meals and what not. It's very daunting at first. The preparation you have to go through to the these things together, but once you do it's really enjoyable," said Chung.

Whitworth readies campus for incoming freshmen

One of the largest classes in Whitworth University's history moved in Saturday. Parents and students would never have guessed the state the campus was in just a few weeks ago.

After only losing around seven trees after the first big storm, Greg Orwig, Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid, said Whitworth University was hit hard the second time around.

'We lost about 30 trees and then we took down about 30 or 40 more just because they showed some sign of vulnerability and we wanted to be extra safe," said Orwig.

The university estimates the damage was over $500 million. Insurance covered most of the cost, so the main concern was clean up.

Juliana Zajicek, a Whitworth student, said the aftermath was shocking.

"We were all kind of wondering how are they going to do this? The question was, are they going to make it to opening weekend?" said Zajicek

The university said they were going to do whatever it took.

"Our amazing ground crew has been working like mad for the last month to get ready for today," said Orwig.