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Whitworth celebrates $1.5 million gift from Dana and David Dornsife

Whitworth celebrates $1.5 million gift from Dana and David Dornsife

 

To celebrate a $1.5 million gift from Dana and David Dornsife,  Whitworth University will rename their Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement to the Dana and David Dornsife Center for Community Engagement on On Saturday, March 28th.

 

According to the University, The Dornsife's' gift will greatly bolster Whitworth's commitment to service-learning and supporting the university's mission in equipping its students to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity.

 

“Whitworth is truly humbled and honored by the Dornsife’s incredible gift,” said Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor. “I know that the entire Whitworth community will join me in thanking Dana and Dave for empowering the university to deepen its commitments to serving the Spokane community, and to providing our students with tremendous new opportunities to strengthen their moral and civic development through experiential education.”

 

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Spokane recognizes certain businesses for excellent management of wastewater

Spokane recognizes certain businesses for excellent management of wastewater

 

On Thursday the City of Spokane recognized local businesses that have excelled in the management of wastewater generated as part of their processes.

 

"We want to recognize these businesses for being good stewards of the environment and helping the City operate its wastewater treatment system efficiently," said Rick Romero, the City's Utilities Division Director. "We appreciate all the work that has been invested in these efforts."

 

The recognized businesses achieved 100 percent compliance with requirements in their industrial wastewater discharge permits for 2014. Businesses are required to have such permits either because they produce a large volume of wastewater or because they discharge pollutants that can disrupt wastewater treatment processes.

 

These outstanding organizations include:

WA Senate approves WSU med-school bill

WA Senate approves WSU med-school bill

 

In a resounding bipartisan vote on Wednesday, the Washington State Senate gave final approval to a bill paving the way for a new medical school in Spokane to be operated by Washington State University.

 

The Senate approved House Bill 1559 by a vote of 47-0. Gov. Jay Inslee has five days to act or it becomes law without his signature.

 

Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, sponsor of an identical bill that passed the Senate earlier this month said the measure heralds a new era of economic development for Spokane and will go a long way toward relieving a statewide shortage of physicians.

 

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

 

Looking to go explore some Washington State Parks, but don't yet have a Discover Pass? Well, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer two free days in April.

 

Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to any of Washington's State Parks on April 4th, a springtime free Saturday, and Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22nd.

 

Free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. 

 

A Discover Pass is still needed to access WDFW and DNR lands on State Park free days.

 

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Go Big Easter free celebration set for April 4 at Franklin Park

Go Big Easter free celebration set for April 4 at Franklin Park

 

Three local churches have joined together for a family friendly Easter celebration on Saturday April 4th at Franklin Park.


 

City Life Church, Rock of Ages Christian Fellowship, and Sozo Church have rented space at Franklin Park to host a Go Big Carnival and Egg Hunt. The free event will include free food, family friendly activities, and age specific egg hunts with thousands of Easter eggs. The majority of Eggs will be filled with the typical candy and toys, but some will contain prizes from local businesses.


 

Prizes will range from gift cards for free ice cream, local restaurants, and tickets to the arts, and an Apple TV.


 

"We have truly been blown away by the communities response in getting behind this event," said Mark Blair, lead pastor at Sozo Church. "For us, Easter is a celebration of Jesus giving His life for us, and so, as a church, we want to be like Him and give to our community."


 

Chief's win lottery, will select first overall in 2015 draft

Chief's win lottery, will select first overall in 2015 draft

 

Things are looking good for the Spokane Chiefs in the upcoming 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. The team won the first overall selection at the draft lottery on Wednesday afternoon in Calgary. The Chiefs acquired this pick from the Blades in a January 2013 trade.

 

This will be the second time in franchise history the Chiefs have been chosen for a first overall pick. In 2006, they used their first pick to acquire defenseman Jared Cowen out of Allan, Sask. Cowen went on to become the ninth overall pick in the NHL draft. He was selected by the Ottawa Senators, and went on to become a team captain and important member of Spokane's 2008 Memorial Cup Championship team.

 

2015 Spokane Gives Week kicks off with Cleaning from the Core on April 25

2015 Spokane Gives Week kicks off with Cleaning from the Core on April 25

 

The City of Spokane and the Downtown Spokane Partnership are looking for volunteers for the annual Cleaning From The Core (CFTC) event set for Saturday, April 25th. The event will kick off 2015's Spokane Gives Week, a community-wide initiative designed to encourage year-round volunteerism.

 

Every year, hundreds of volunteers spread across Downtown Spokane to clean streets, sweep sidewalks, remove trash, plant flowers, clean up graffiti and more. In 2014 over 400 CFTC volunteers helped remove 4,620 pounds of trash from the Downtown core. This year, the City is planning an even bigger cleanup effort with even more projects including the planting of 3,000 new tree seedlings along the Spokane River.