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Family safe after fire damages home

A Spokane family is safe after their house went up in flames thanks in part to the family dog. 

The fire broke out Sunday evening near the intersection of 37th and Freya. 

Spokane firefighters say there is damage throughout the entire house, mostly to the garage and attic. Fire crews say the family was able to get out safely because their dog and smoke detectors alerted them of the fire. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

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City to give away 2,000 trees to Spokane residents

City to give away 2,000 trees to Spokane residents

 

Looking to green up your home's landscaping?

 

In an effort to reduce stormwater runoff through planting trees, the City of Spokane and its partners will be giving away 2,000 trees as a part of the Residential Tree program. 

 

Spokane residents can receive up to two free trees at the two giveaway events in 2015. The first event is set to be held on April 17th and 18th, and a second event will happen near the end of October. Approximately 1,000 trees of a variety of species will be offered at each event.

 

The City's Office of Neighborhood Services is working with three local nurseries that will have the tree stock available on the day of the event.

  • Blue Moon Nursery: 1732 S. Inland Empire Way Spokane, WA 99224
  • Spokane Conservation District: 210 N. Havana St. Spokane, WA 99202
  • Home Fires Nursery: 2919 S. Geiger Blvd. Spokane, WA 99224

 

SNAP recruiting ombudsman volunteers

SNAP recruiting ombudsman volunteers

 

The Eastern Washington Long Term Care Ombudsman program, operated by SNAP, is recruiting new volunteers specifically needed in the communities surrounding Spokane. Over 150 nursing homes, assisted living or long term care facilities in our region do not have a local ombudsman resource for the residents, families, and staff to assure that residents receive quality care.

 

SNAP is looking for volunteers who can spend four hours a week to offer added protection to vulnerable adults in the community. Certified ombudsman offer a listening ear to residents and a voice for those who may not be able to speak for themselves. SNAP needs volunteers to work with the residents, family and staff of their local long term care facility to help address issues early, preventing bigger problems and possible neglect. The volunteer will visit long-term care facilities on a regular basis, talk to residents and try to resolve their needs. 

 

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

 

Registration for the world's largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament is now live!

 

Entry forms for Spokane Hoopfest 2015 are available online at register.spokanehoopfest.net. Hard-copy entry forms are also available at any Bruchi's Cheesesteaks and Subs or Yokes Fresh Market northwest locations. 

 

This year Hoopfest will celebrate its 26th year as a Spokane institution. Every year the tournament brings approximately 28,000 players and 225,000 spectators to the streets of downtown Spokane.

 

Registration to the tournament is guaranteed to teams that register prior to May 11th. Forms and entries to those who register late are only granted based on space availability with an additional $20 late fee through May 25th. Nonetheless, Hoopfest organizers recommend playing it safe by registering early.

 

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Proposition for new libraries to appear on the August ballot

Proposition for new libraries to appear on the August ballot

 

A new resolution will put a proposition on Spokane County resident's ballots to help finance new and expanded libraries in the greater Spokane Valley and Millwood areas.

 

The resolution, adopted by the Spokane County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, places a proposition on the August 4, 2015 ballot that would more than double the public library space in the greater Spokane Valley and Millwood by authorizing construction of the following:

  • A new 30,000 sq. ft. Spokane Valley Library on Sprague Avenue adjacent to the property where the City of Spokane Valley is considering expansion of Balfour Park, creating a library/park combination. This library construction is estimated at $14.5 million
  • A 10,000 sq. ft. library in Veradale/Greenacres on Conklin Road one-half block south of Sprague, estimated at $5 million
  • A 6,000 sq. ft. expansion of the Argonne Library, estimated at $1.5 million
  • A repurpose of the existing 60-year-old Spokane Valley Library, estimated at $1 million

 

Whitworth to honor former trustee Carol Wendle with Distinguished Community Service Award

Whitworth to honor former trustee Carol Wendle with Distinguished Community Service Award

 

Whitworth University will formally recognize former trustee Carol Wendle for decades of exemplary service to the Spokane community in a special ceremony April 27th.

 

Wendle has been instrumental in a wide range of community and volunteer initiatives for over 40 years in Spokane, generally related to education and in support of children and youth. She served on the Spokane Public Schools board for 11 years; was a founding member of Spokane’s Chase Youth Commission; was a member of Whitworth’s board of trustees and served as its vice chair; and served with the Joint Center for Higher Education, a position appointed by the governor of Washington state. Wendle currently serves as a trustee for the Hutton Settlement, a role she has held since 1974.

 

Local filmmakers encouraged to gear up for upcoming 50 Hour Slam Inland Northwest Film Festival

Local filmmakers encouraged to gear up for upcoming 50 Hour Slam Inland Northwest Film Festival

 

Local filmmakers will have the opportunity to challenge their skills and creativity at the 5th Annual 50 Hour Slam Inland Northwest Festival. The official kickoff will begin at on Friday, March 27th at 7:30 p.m. at the KSPS Studio at 3911 S. Regal Street in Spokane.

 

Doors for the competition will open at 6:30 p.m. and be closed promptly at 7:30 p.m. Filmmakers will then be given the competition's secret criteria, official rules, and will need to fill out an official entry form.

 

Filmmakers will then have exactly 50 hours to complete a 3 - 6 minute movie; starting from the writing and development process all the way to the final editing stage. The competitors will be encouraged to experiment and push their talents to create a unique and entertaining piece for their entry.

 

Completed projects must be returned Sunday, March 29th at the Saranac Public House at 21 W. Main Avenue. Exact time TBA.