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Boil-water advisories over for some after storm

Boil-water advisories over for some after storm

Health advisories asking residents to boil their drinking water after last week's storm have ended in two of six impacted areas now that power has been restored and lab tests show the water is safe to drink.

Boil-water advisories in Spokane and Pend Oreille counties have ended, specifically:

  • 333 resdients of Chattaroy Valley Mobile Estates in Chattaroy.
  • Sandy Shore and Sandy Meadows water system customers in Pend Oreille County.

The following four water systems in three counties remain on boil-water advisories:

Carlton Complex Fire officials say no more donations!

Carlton Complex Fire officials say no more donations!

It turns out there can be too much of a good thing. According to the official Carlton Complex Fire blog, the community has overwhelmed community groups with their donations.

Effective immediately, physical donations of clothing, books, toys and more will no longer be accepted.

Okanogan County resources no longer have the space to store additional donations or the manpower to sort them. All donations currently being sorted are more than enough to cover what's needed – they are being transported to a central location and then distributed to members of the community from there.

If you would still like to offer assistance to victims of the Carlton Complex fire, please consider a cash donation to the Apple Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross or other local charities. You can also donate cash for fire victims at any North Cascades Bank.

Thieves make off with trailer used to serve local veterans

The annual Veteran's Day Picnic, hosted by Point Man International Ministries, might be canceled this year after thieves stole the trailer of picnic supplies and equipment last week.

?There isn't a lot to show you right now because most of it is gone, ? said Michael Zorn, a Vietnam War vet who runs the small non-profit with his wife.

The large trailer, filled with thousands of dollars worth of food and service equipment, was outside Point Man International Ministries' storage facility in northeast Spokane on Wednesday night. On Thursday morning, neighboring businesses noticed it was gone.

The trailer has military insignia stickers on it, but was otherwise unmarked. Zorn thinks who ever took it knew what they were stealing.

?When people steal I don't really know whats in their minds except they are not willing to work,? said Zorn. ?They are more than likely into drugs or something.?

He knows that someone must have some information about the trailer's whereabouts, and hopes someone comes forward.

?We have got a lot of eyes around the community and if somebody would see it please let us know,? said Zorn.

Couple declares VW bus is not for sale

"They had a green, I think a light green color, a light blue and then this maroon color," Rod Lashley said.

The 21-window, rag top roof vehicle is usually the apple of Lashley's eye, but lately it's been the root of his pain.

"I sort of see people's interest, but boy were they making me miserable," Lashley said.

For the past five years, he and his wife, Debra have seen numerous people show up at their door daily asking if the bus is for sale.

"You're doing something, there's a knock on the door, the dogs are going crazy, you stop what you're doing and go answer the door and it's someone asking about the car again," Debra said.

Debra finally got fed up with the constant attention. Last week, they put up a sign on the bus that reads ?Not for sale. Don't ask. Don't call. Don't trespass. Do not knock.? So far, so good. Their plan to ward off avid Volkswagen fans has worked.

"At first it was nice, but your whole day is constantly interrupted," Debra said.

She said that they would get a minimum of six visitors a day before the sign was up. Some brought cold hard cash to prove the deal was real.

Working 4 you: Just how good for you is running?

Working 4 you: Just how good for you is running?

Good news for runners.

A new study shows the benefits of running for your health, but this study says it doesn't matter if you're a 15-minute miler, or an elite marathoner. The benefits are still the same.

According to the study running, even for a few minutes a day, can reduce your risk of death from heart disease compared to those who don't run at all. That study was published this week in the journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Researchers studied some 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15 year period. They noted their overall health, if they ran and how long they lived.

Compared to non-runners, investigators found those who ran had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes, and a 45% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

In fact, runners on average lived three years longer compared to those who did not hit the pavement.

When data was broken down by age, sex, body mass index, smoking and alcohol use, the benefits were still the same. And the speed at which runners ran made little difference.

Could last week's storm lower your taxes?

Could last week's storm lower your taxes?

If your property took a big hit during last week's storm, did you know your federal taxes could be impacted?

The Spokane County Assessor's Office is responsible for administering a state program for property that has been destroyed by natural disasters called “Taxpayer’s Claim for Reduction of Assessments resulting from Destroyed Real or Personal Property or Loss of Value in a Declared Disaster Area.”

Qualifying property owners will receive an adjustment to the taxes due for 2014, depending on the value of the remaining property. If the property is a total loss, then abatement (tax reduction or exemption) will be done for the remainder of the year.

Avista thanks customers, employees for patience and hard work after storm

Avista thanks customers, employees for patience and hard work after storm

Avista released a big thank-you today to all their customers impacted by last Wednesday's wind storm for their patience during repairs, and to their crews for working non-stop to get everyone back online.

Avista says last week's storm caused the worst damage to their system since a massive ice storm in 1996, nearly 20 years ago. This time around it took nearly 96 hours to restore power to the nearly 40,000 customers left without.

Now that all the power is back on, Avista is getting a better look at the damage. Preliminary numbers show that more than 120 poles had to be replaced after high winds toppled trees onto power lines and snapped poles. That's double their initial estimate.

Dispatchers worked around the clock to prioritize work and dispatch crews to areas of highest need, organizing nearly 14,000 outage reports from customers.