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Spokane neighborhoods can apply for new 'Greening Neighborhoods Grants' starting March 1

Spokane neighborhoods can apply for new 'Greening Neighborhoods Grants' starting March 1

The City of Spokane is putting the call out for more projects meant to green and beautify its neighborhoods.

On March 1st, Spokane's Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS) will begin accepting new applications for Greening Neighborhoods Grants.

Neighborhoods can receive a maximum of three grants of up to $5,000 each. Grant projects must include designs that involve planting trees, shrubs, grasses, and other native perennials through a neighborhood volunteering event.

This year, ONS is encouraging neighborhoods to include more trees in their design projects by creating a Competitive Grant Criteria. This criteria will give points to projects that plant trees, leverage funding by working with local neighborhood organizations for donations, and create volunteer events.

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Spokane Police investigate shooting at Hillyard Safeway

A shooting in a busy parking lot caused panic Monday night in Hillyard.

It happened around 7 Monday night outside of the Safeway grocery store at 3900 North Market Street.

Police say a lot of people heard and saw what happened.

Dispatch was flooded with calls of shots being fired, officers just south of the area also heard the shots.

Spokane Police talked to several witnesses when they arrived.

Many witnesses reported people running from the area when the shots were fired both on foot and fleeing in their vehicles.

Some of the witnesses that fled on foot were tracked down with K-9 officers.

As of right now police do not believe there were any injuries.

Officers have checked with area hospitals and there have not been any reports of potential victims.

Spokane Police say considering the high traffic of the area, this could have ended a lot differently.

City considers changes to Master Bike Plan

City considers changes to Master Bike Plan

Spokane's Planning and Development department is proposing changes to the Master Bike Plan for Spokane and is seeking public feedback on the changes.

 

According to the city, the amendment affects both text in Chapter 4 (the Transportation Chapter) and to Map TR 2, the Planned Bikeway Network Map. One of the major changes calls for adding bicycle facilities to the Bike Plan. That includes already-completed facilities such as the Dwight Merkel Park trail loop and the Spokane International Airport bike lane loop and forthcoming projects on the Centennial and Fish Lake trails. The amendment also provides text changes to describe a new Neighborhood Greenway classification.

The City’s Planning and Development department is proposing changes to the Master Bike Plan for Spokane and is seeking public feedback on the changes.

 

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Spokane boxer qualifies for Olympic trials

The USA Boxing Team is calling Patrick Ferguson ?Spokane's own version of 'Rocky'? after this weekend's Elite National Championships at Northern Quest Casino. The 23 year old entered the tournament with only 10 fights under his belt and walked away with a gold medal and Olympic trials berth.

?I thought it was a long shot,? Ferguson said. ?I always thought there's a possibility.?

Ferguson started boxing only two years ago. Before he was training with Boxfit in Spokane, he was practicing in the backyard with friends.

?We could barely jump rope for a like minute, a minute straight that was it,? Ferguson said.

On Friday, Ferguson went up against 2014 silver medalist Sardius Simmons of Flint, Michigan in the quarterfinals and delivered a technical knockout to send him in the finals on Saturday. Fans cheered loudly as he closed the competition with a unanimous decision to win against Vardan Khachatrian, earning him a gold medal and the next step in the road to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

?Kind of like a theory proven,? Ferguson said. ?Work hard, work hard and stuff will be given to you.?

Local schools rally for special election bonds and levies

Ballots for the February 10th Special Election are starting to find their way into mailboxes around the county. Many parents, like Kris Jeske, are asking you to bubble in 'yes' for education bonds and levies.

"I was so happy to see their support for all of the school districts here today because really it benefits the larger region," said Jeske.

Jeske has a 2nd and 7th grader in the Spokane Public School system. He says one of the reasons he and his wife chose Spokane to raise their family 15 years ago, was because of the public education.

"I think we have a wonderful school system here in Spokane and we want to keep it strong," said Jeske.

Five school districts have bonds on the ballot and 13 have levies. Saturday's rally organizer, Alisha Benson put it simply, "Levies are for learning. So levies cover things like their stem programs, arts music, drama, extra curricular activities and sports. Really all those things are so important for creating a well rounded student."

Spokane School District makes choosing schools easy with Enrollment Fair

Do you want your child to go to a school other than the one in your neighborhood? Spokane Public Schools is making that process easier.

Many students go to their neighborhood school and do just fine there, but as parent know, every child's learning style is different, and their neighborhood school might not be the best fit. On Saturday, Spokane Public Schools held an Enrollment Fair to give parents a better idea of their options.

Spokane parent Victoria Van Inwegen came to the enrollment fair to learn more about all the schools she could send her son to next year. ?

"I am honestly amazed the school district has put this together," she said, "because it's impressive how many choices there are for our students in the public school system."

Some of the more than twenty schools featured at the fair included Spokane's Community School, the new Institute of Science and Technology at North Central High School, Spokane's Montessori, and the two new Charter schools.

These options are exciting for Victoria, who is looking for the perfect school for her incoming 7th grader.