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Spokane HOPE School to host 2nd Annual Hear Me Run Spokane 5K

Spokane HOPE School to host 2nd Annual Hear Me Run Spokane 5K

On April 18th, 2015, the Spokane HOPE School will host the second annual Hear Me Run Spokane 5K at Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane beginning at 9:30 a.m.

All net proceeds will go directly to Spokane HOPE (Hearing-Oral Program of Excellence) School, a non-profit organization that works toward building brighter futures for children who are deaf or hard of hearing on their journey to listen and talk.

The event welcomes all ages and includes a chip-timed 5K run, kid's activities, awards, raffles, food, and more. The top overall male and female will both receive a 1st place trophy.

The cost to participate in the run is $30.00 for participants 13 or older, $17.50 for children aged 6-12, and free to all children ages 5 and under. All paid participants will receive a T-shirt with their registration.

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61st Annual Boat Show arrives in Spokane Feb. 4

61st Annual Boat Show arrives in Spokane Feb. 4

The Spokane Interstate Fair and Expo Center will host the 61st Annual Spokane Boat Show for five days from Wednesday, February 4th, through Sunday, February 8th.

This year's show these is "Only in a Boat", and will consist of nearly 180,000 square feet of exhibit space. Over 50 major vendors will be in attendance, representing new model boats and accessories from around the nation.

"Visitors to the 61st annual Spokane National Boat Show will see all the new makes. There are mega sized cruisers, speedy sport runabouts, pontoon party boats, fishing boats, and personal watercraft," Scott Thompson, the event's general manager said. "They will find major dealers representing docks, boat accessories, ski and fishing gear."

The Spokane Yacht Club is sponsoring the event, and said the boat show is a great time to by because deals offer significant "Boat Show Only" discounts during the event. 

This year, tickets will cost $10 for adults, $5 for youth 12-17, and kids under 12 are free.

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.

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.

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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.

 

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.?