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Battle brewing over bed and breakfasts

Battle brewing over bed and breakfasts

A battle over bed and breakfasts has sparked in Spokane, pitting new online rentals against longtime business owners, and now the City of Spokane is getting in the middle of it.

The Marianna Stoltz House in the Logan neighborhood offers rooms to guests and bed and breakfast connoisseurs.

"It's a wonderful old house in a wonderful neighborhood," owner Phyllis Maguire said.

Maguire has run the business for 27 years. She says she's paid her dues and abided by regulations.

"My dishwasher has to be 150 degrees," Maguire said. "My tap water can't be more than 120 degrees."

If you want a different place to stay, a website like Airbnb.com may suit your needs. There are entire homes or just rooms for rent. You only have to book for one night too.

Rebecca Mack owns several properties she lists on Airbnb.com.

"During Expo ('74) the city residents were encouraged to do exactly what we're doing. To invite people into their homes and make Spokane a welcoming accommodating place for visitors," Mack said.

But Maguire argues these 'overnights in homes' are trying to do what she's doing, without the legal paperwork.

Thousands enrolled for insurance through Washington, Idaho health exchanges

Thousands enrolled for insurance through Washington, Idaho health exchanges

President Obama announced Thursday eight million people have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, while enrollment numbers in Washington and Idaho have been relatively high so far,

According to Washington's insurance commissioner, 146,000 people signed up for private insurance in the first six months. In Idaho, 44,000 people signed up, making the Gem State second in the nation per capita. So why has it been so successful in our two states? Washington and Idaho created their own state-run exchanges, while many states didn't and rely on the federal government.

Washington and Idaho have their own online marketplaces for families to shop for insurance and, despite some challenges like website issues, they've proven to be effective in enrolling people for health care.

Deanna Davis with Better Health Together said sign-up numbers in eastern Washington were higher than expected.

"We did triple enrollments than what we projected to do in our 14 country region," Davis said.

Online farmers market adds new smartphone app

Online farmers market adds new smartphone app

Purchasing produce straight from the farm just got easier. Northwest Farm Fresh is taking their online farmers market and putting it in the palm of your hand with a new smartphone app.


Northwest Farm Fresh said in a press release that the new app was a natural next step for the virtual farmers market with more and more people using their phones to shop online. The free app is available in both the Google Play store and iTunes, just search NW Farm Fresh.

Local chess club team celebrates recent wins

Local chess club team celebrates recent wins

The Northwest Christian Chess Club is celebrating big wins at recent tournaments.

The team of NWC elementary students won the top team award at the K-6 level as well as several individual awards won by Ryan Waters and Ethan Naresh.

Take a look at the attached press release for more on the team's impressive accomplishments.

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Photoboxx looks to plug into Instagram market

Photoboxx looks to plug into Instagram market

200 million people worldwide have heard of Instagram, the picture sharing social media app that boasts more than 20 billion photos shared using its software. Now a local company called Photoboxx is looking to tap into that global market.

Here's how Photoboxx works: Say you're planning an event, a guest at the event can snap a picture on Instagram using a specific hashtag and then, about a minute later, the picture prints out on a photobox. Your guest gets to keep the print and you have endless possibilities for marketing not only your event, but your brand.

Owners Michael Fisk and Devon Lind spent about a year, and plenty of their own money starting Photoboxx and the concept behind it is pretty simple.

"At an event people are already taking photos. They are taking pictures with their camera but there is no real incentive for them to use that company or the brand for that event's hashtag," Fish said.

Photoboxx gives them an incentive as the people taking pictures get to keep their Polaroid-like print. But the business side of Photoboxx is maybe the best part

Hoopfest in need of Court Monitors

Hoopfest in need of Court Monitors

Want to be a part of Hoopfest 25, but don’t have a team? Volunteer to be one of 650 Court Monitors that make each game a slam dunk.


The best thing about being a Court Monitor is that almost anyone can do it, regardless of basketball experience. Hoopfest provides all the training you need at evening training sessions scheduled for mid-June. Another way to make Hoopfest great as a Court Monitor is to recruit a friend to be your scorekeeper. Together you can make sure each game is fun for everyone.

SpokeFest has grant available to promote bicycle education

SpokeFest has grant available to promote bicycle education

Bicycle enthusiasts will participate in the 7th annual SpokeFest in September, but the non-profit has more to offer than the one day event. SpokeFest has a grant available for schools or other nonprofits to use for bicycle education.


“We really just want to get the word out that it’s available,” said Anna Bresnahan, Marketing Chair for SpokeFest.