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The Bickett Building to give downtown a boost

The Bickett Building to give downtown a boost

From the outside, The Bickett looks like many buildings outside – old, brick and in need of a little TLC. On the inside, however, developer Jed Conklin and his band of construction workers have transformed the one-time hotel (and rumored brothel) into a streamlined work of art.

Standing at the bannister of the second floor, Conklin says they had a lot of work ahead of them when they first walked in.

“The entire building was open and full of pigeons,” he said. “The droppings were ankle deep in places, and the rain was pouring in.”

Amazingly, Conklin was able to salvage the original floors, now scraped clean and polished to a smooth finish without even a creak to give away its century of history. The original floor plans are still visible in the wood, outlining the four single-occupancy rooms that now make up each apartment.

“We wanted to save as much as we could,” Conklin explained. “Even the shelves are made of recycled lumber from somewhere else in the building.”

Monday update for Watermelon Hill Fire

Monday update for Watermelon Hill Fire

More than 300 fire crews are continuing to work on containing the Watermelon Hill Fire burning seven miles southwest of Cheney and four miles east of Interstate 90.

The fire started Saturday afternoon and quickly grew – numbers released Monday place the fire at 11,000 acres, 40 percent of which have been contained.

Level two and three evacuation notices for the fire have been lowered to level 1, with the exception of the Fishtrap Lake Resort which remains at a level 3.

Today fire crews expect to deal with winds from the southwest at 8-11 miles per hour, and the occasional gust of up to 16 miles per hour.

 

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CenturyLink 911 services impacted near wildfires

CenturyLink 911 services impacted near wildfires

As wildfires continue to burn across the state, 911 services in Omak, Okanogan, Oroville and Mallot are being stressed to the point that some callers are receiving busy signals when they call.

CenturyLink is asking customers to be patient and limit their calls to true emergency situations. Calls are going through, but it may take several attempts – and the few people calling, the greater the chance.

Meanwhile, CenturyLink says all 911 services along with local and long distance phone lines and internet services remain down in Mazama, Pateros, Twisp and Winthrop due to extensive fire damage in the area.

With destroyed fiber cables and equipment CenturyLink says they are unable to provide an estimated time for restoration and say customers should expect them to remain down for an extended period of time.

Military Warrior Support Foundation presents vet keys to new home

Military Warrior Support Foundation presents vet keys to new home

Christopher Adkins served in the Army for 10 years and was seriously injured by an improvised explosive device, and on Friday the former staff sergeant was given a big thank you for his service in the form of a mortgage-free house.

"I know I got hurt and I know I deployed but I didn't really think I deserved it," Adkins said.

Adkins and his fiancee Lacey Reeves pulled into their new home for the first time Friday morning, a long trip to Spokane that also involved a long road to recovery. He's healed from the wounds he sustained, both physical and mental, thanks to the Military Warrior Support Foundation and Bank of America.

And on Friday morning he was handed the keys to the house he, his fiancee and his three children will soon call home.

"Even now, we're standing in the house, this can't be true," he said.

A place to call their own in northwest Spokane, a far cry from the three bedroom apartment he and Lacey share with his mother back home in Auburn.

Spokane Police searching for suspect in Sunset Grocery robbery

Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives are asking for the public's help identifying a suspect who robbed Sunset Grocery on July 10.

Just before 10:30 pm Police received a report of a robbery at Sunset Grocery in the 1900 block of W. Sunset Boulevard.

The caller reported that a man had entered the store, indicated he had a weapon and demanded cash. He fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police arrived on the scene less than a minute after the call and quickly set up a perimeter but were unable to locate the suspect.

He's described as:

  • A white male
  • 5 feet, 4 inches tall
  • Black baseball cap, white and black bandana on his face
  • Red tennis shoes with white soles

Anyone with information related to the robbery is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy saves newborn

Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy saves newborn

A Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy is being credited with saving the life of a newborn infant Friday morning.

Deputy Randy Watts was on patrol around 1:40 am when he heard a medic call explaining a woman had given birth at her home but that the baby wasn't breathing. Deputy Watts was nearby and has basic medical training, so he sped to the home and was met by the newborn's father who led him upstairs.

Deputy Watts could see the child was purple and not breathing so he began administering rescue breaths and chest compressions until the child was attempting to breath on her own.

He then turned the child over and began striking her on the back to help clear the mucus from her nose and mouth. Once it was clear, Deputy Watts resumed rescue breaths and color began to return to the newborn's skin.

Hoopefest announces Bailee Neyland as new marketing director

Hoopefest announces Bailee Neyland as new marketing director

Bailee Neyland has been named Marketing Director for Spokane Hoopfest, joining Executive Director Matt Santangelo, who took over the organization’s leadership role in April.

Like Santangelo, Neyland is a Gonzaga alum who brings a great deal of enthusiasm for the event and opportunities Hoopfest presents for the Spokane community. She holds a Master’s of Business Administration and participated in the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program at Gonzaga during her undergraduate study.

Neyland brings with her a wealth of marketing experience from previous positions with Gonzaga University, Zak! Designs and Desautel Hege Communications, and has been widely involved in the Spokane community, having served as the Susan G. Komen Communications Chair, Secretary for the Communities in Schools Executive Committee, Board Advisor for the New Venture Lab and is a recent graduate of the Leadership Spokane program.