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Willard seeks WATCH D.O.G.S.

Willard Elementary is looking for a few good men to join their WATCH D.O.G.S. Dad of Great Students aims to have at least one father figure in the school every day this school year.

 

“It's about bringing positive male role models into the schools,” said Jody Budge, WATCH D.O.G.S. Coordinator at Willard. The program is a national effort by the National Center for Fathering and has dads and other father figures in 3,156 school in 46 states. Willard is one of two schools in Spokane with the program.

 

County libraries answer your healthcare questions

County libraries answer your healthcare questions

From the Spokane County Library District:

Spokane County Library District announces a series of informational sessions designed to help you learn about the new way to get health insurance. 

Learn about WaHealthPlanFinder, the new online marketplace where you can: compare brand new health plans side-by-side, find out if you're eligible for tax credits or financial help, get answers to your questions, and enroll in a plan that fits your needs and budget.

Spokane County Library District has partnered with Washington Health Plan Finder to offer community informational sessions at Spokane Valley Library and the North Spokane Library. The providers of this program will have full information for small business and individual insurance.

Spokane community centers hosting open house and tour

Spokane community centers hosting open house and tour

The Spokane Youth and Senior Centers Association is holding a group open house tour of the nine youth and senior centers in Spokane. Community members are invited to stop by any and all of the centers on Wednesday evening to learn more about the activities and programs they offer.

SYSCA has five senior centers, three community centers and one youth center as well as operating Project Joy, and entertainment group comprised of citizens 50 and over that provides entertainment for care centers and retirement complexes. Each location will be providing tours, slide shows, games and information about center activities.

Visitors can pick up a passport at each location and have it stamped. Each stamp will enter you to win the grand door prize, a golden sapphire gem. Each center will draw a name to be entered in the final drawing. The tour is on Wednesday, October 9th, from 3pm-8pm.

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Despite confession, sex offender claims he didn't molest five-year-old

A Spokane sex offender doesn't have the ability to control his impulses when he's gambling or around pre-teen girls, according to prosecutors at the trial of Richard Payne.

Payne, a registered sex offender, took the stand in his own defense Monday in the last days of his trial which, if convicted, could result in him being sent to prison for the rest of his life.

The worst thing about taking the stand in your own defense is that it opens yourself up to cross-examination by the prosecution and sometimes the state's questions can do more damage than the defendant's best answers.

Payne went fishing on July 21, 2012, the day he allegedly molested a five-year-old girl at NorthTown Mall. Monday morning on the witness stand he told the jury after driving to the Coeur d' Alene River he wound up at the Coeur d' Alene Casino where he lost his entire paycheck.

"After losing that money how did you feel?"

"Well I was sick. I was upset. It wasn't the first time I had done this in fact this gambling was a problem of mine," Payne said on the stand.

Albertsons provides military families a grocery discount

Albertsons provides military families a grocery discount

In an effort to help out local military families impacted by the government shutdown, Albertsons stores across Washington and Idaho will be offering military families a discount on their grocery bills.

On Monday and Tuesday, October 7th and 8th, Albertsons will host Military Discount Days. Families that present a valid military identification will receive a 10 percent discount on the grocery bill.

Vets reconnect with fallen comrades at Vietnam Memorial Wall replica

A replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall is in Spokane this weekend at the Greenwood Memorial Cemetery off of Government Way.

The mobile wall is 360 feet long, it's�traveled thousands of miles, and carries more than 58,000 names with it.

Tom Hall came for three of them.

"Now there's an actual tribute to these people who gave so much," said Hall.

Hall was in Vietnam as a pilot from 1968-73.�Three members from his training course were killed in the war, including his roommate.

"It's been 45 years for some of these friends who were lost and it still gets me when I see their names again," said Hall.

Every day the wall�is here,�the 84 Spokane men and women who lost their lives will be�honored.�Their names read aloud, followed by a bell.

Dave Rosenbeck knew three people on the wall as well.

"I got their names and I've seen it, and�I think I'll just put it all past now with just memories. I'll probably never visit the wall again," said Rosenbeck.

Grieving is different for everyone.�For some of these people, a long wall standing 8-feet high is helping heal after all these years.

Westview recognized for design

Westview recognized for design

The design team behind buildings at Eastern Washington University and Gonzaga University have won an award for Westview Elementary School. ALSC Architects received an urban design merit for their work on the school from Spokane City Hall and the city's Design Review Board.

 

The 58,000 square foot Westview was designed and built keeping the environment in mind and using sustainable measures. Spokane Public Schools said that this benefits the school district by lowering costs and provides a teaching tool for students to learn about a healthy environment.

 

ALSC Architects also remodeled Senior Hall at EWU and the Gonzaga Kennedy Apartments as well as Martin Stadium at WSU and the Spokane Arena. The group is currently working on the renovation of Mullan Road Elementary School.