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Tailgater co-owner convicted of fraud, embezzlement

The co-owner of the Spokane sports bar The Tailgater is in a San Diego jail, convicted of fraud, ID theft and embezzling half a million dollars.

Earlier this month, a California jury found Kyla Goff guilty of fraud, ID theft and embezzlement. Her bar, The Tailgater, located at 1221 N. Howard across the Spokane Arena, is now closed, with a For Lease sign out front.

Goff's conviction stems from another business she was running in 2008. Before she and her husband Clark opened The Tailgater, they spent a year and a half in San Diego running American Recycling.

The San Diego prosecutor said that between June 2008 and January 2011, Goff stole $340,000 from the business and took another $160,000 to pay bills, back taxes and buy plane tickets.

In 2011 the couple, along with a business partner, opened The Tailgater here in Spokane.

Charges against Kyla's husband Clark were dropped after his trial ended in a hung jury earlier this month.

Kyla Goff is facing up to three and a half years in prison when she's sentenced on Nov. 8.

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Rogers Gay Straight Alliance works to change misconceptions

Rogers Gay Straight Alliance works to change misconceptions

Members of Rogers High School’s Gay Straight Alliance gathered around the flagpole after school on Friday for a special ceremony. Together the group released 62 balloons to remember loved ones that members of the student body have lost.


The club has been selling the balloons all month as a GSA fundraiser and to promote their club in the school. Each balloon had a personal message attached from the students that purchased them to remember the loved one on their mind.

Be a kid again at the Fall Leaf Festival

Be a kid again at the Fall Leaf Festival

From the City of Spokane:


Rain or shine, dozens of volunteers from local organizations will be taking part in the annual Fall Leaf Festival on Saturday, October 26, at the John A. Finch Arboretum.

 

Two units destroyed in apartment fire

Two apartments were destroyed by fire in a complex near the intersection of Central Ave. and Mayfair St. Thursday morning.

The Spokane Fire Department said that some other units were affected by the fire. It's not known how many people were displaced.

A medical building where patients were undergoing chemotherapy was temporarily evacuated during the firefighting effort.

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One Year since Heart Attack...Hey world, How ya doin?

One Year since Heart Attack...Hey world, How ya doin?

After any event we tend to look back after a year and discuss; after a heart attack you look back every day.

It has been a year and many changes have taken place , my diet is better but not great. I haven't picked up a cigarette and that is by far my greatest accomplishment.

I walk more than I did and use my Y membership more. Ian at Oz Fitness got my road to fitness started and I thank him for that.

Heather Gabbert discussed nutrition and still shakes her head at me. My boys appreciate that I'm here but not me cause I'm Dad and that is just how it goes.

The difference is that I appreciate them and being on earth more.  I do tend to stop and take a few moments to let something good sink in. I'll take longer at a good meal and maybe extend a conversation further because I'm caught up in learning about other people and discussing serious to silly.

The stress is still there only in different forms...to all the medical establishments waiting for that final 5-10% of the bill, sorry groceries and gas first, you'll be fine but I will pay you, it's going to take time.

49th Annual Ski Swap starts Friday

49th Annual Ski Swap starts Friday

The Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol Ski Swap & Snow Show takes place October 25-27, 2013, at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center in Spokane, Wash. The Swap will feature thousands of new and used winter goods at discounted prices, as well as bonus discounts and a free lift ticket for guests who pre-purchase their admission tickets online in advance at www.skipatrolskiswap.com.

Morning Star becomes a Firewise Community

Morning Star becomes a Firewise Community

Chainsaws were buzzing at Morning Star Boys Ranch on Wednesday morning as crews worked to better prepare the land to defend itself against a wildfire. Morning Star teamed up with the Spokane Conservation District to become a Firewise Community and are hoping others in Spokane County will follow suit.