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Upcoming construction closing access to airport

Upcoming construction closing access to airport

The contractor working on the Highway 2/Spokane Airport interchange has adjusted their schedule and issued a revised plan for on and off-ramp closures while workers grind out old pavement and lay a new asphalt surface.

The full closures are limited to single-lane ramp sections where the roadway will be blocked during the work. The most intense work will be scheduled during hours when traffic counts are lowest.

During the following days and hours, single-lane segments of on and off ramps leading to and from Spokane International Airport on Highway 2 and Sunset Highway will be fully closed. Signed detours will direct drivers to and from Spokane International Airport. Drivers should expect slow traffic, congestion and delays on the detour routes. Travelers are urged to allow plenty of extra time to reach their destinations during these periods to avoid missing flight connections.

There will be no work from 5 am Friday, August 29 until 7 pm Tuesday, September 2.

 

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WSU student planners feature rival school on cover

WSU student planners feature rival school on cover

Students at Washington State University did a double-take when they received their free student planners from The Bookie this week. The cover features a picture of a cougar, the iconic Bryan clock tower and a building that was a little harder to identify.

Down at the very bottom of the cover, with beautiful brick and elegant cherry trees is Savery Hall, a building located at the heart of the campus of WSU's sworn rival – the University of Washington.

Distraught manager Leslie Martin at WSU's bookstore The Bookie says they are aware of the problem and are working with the vendor to come to a solution. The planners are no longer being handed out, but the ones that have been released are not being collected.

There is no word on whether the school will receive a refund or whether a reprint with a corrected cover is in the works. Meanwhile, a photo of the planner is quickly making the rounds online drawing amusement and criticism.

One Year Later: Donations honor Shorty Belton

One year ago Friday, a Spokane World War Two veteran was beaten to death in his car in a Spokane parking lot. Friends and strangers are coming together to honor Shorty Belton, by donating to a cause close to his heart.

Belton was 89 years old when he was killed last August. He was waiting in his car outside the Eagles Club in North Spokane, when he was beaten by two men trying to steal his wallet.

The Gents Auto Club, former Marines and various Eagles Club groups started fundraising two weeks ago, so they would be ready to make donations on the anniversary of Belton's death. They held bake sales, raffles and car shows to raise $3200 for the Inland Northwest Honor Flight.

"He did serve our country and we really appreciate him serving," said Clara Rood, who helped organize the donations.

Turns out, Belton was nearly a recipient of Honor Flight donations himself.

"Shorty had been offered to go twice," Rood said. "But he declined because he figured there were people more worthy of going than him."

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Avista hosting fall energy fairs

Avista hosting fall energy fairs

Avista is hosting a free energy fair to help homeowners manage their home energy bills, including demonstrations and free energy-saving materials to help keep homes comfortable and safe for the winter ahead.

It will be held Tuesday, August 26 from 3 pm until 6 pm at the Avista Pavilion in Coeur d'Alene's McEuen Park. People who attend the Avista Energy Fair will find the following benefits:

Demonstrations of how to install energy efficiency materials like rope caulk, window plastic and v-seal. Then receive free samples of these and other materials to install at home.

Complimentary food and beverages, door prizes and activities for the kids.

Speak with Avista staff and learn about low-cost and no-cost energy effiency tips.

Workshop on protecting your home from wildfires

Workshop on protecting your home from wildfires

The Washington Department of Natural Resources is co-hosting a seminar on August 26 to teach homeowners about protecting their homes from wildfires by creating defensible spaces. The use of appropriate building materials, tree management and landscaping practices may reduce the risk of fire damage to your property, especially if you live near a rural or natural area.

The workshop will be held Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 5720 S. Perry St. in Spokane.

The event is open to anyone interested. Registration is $10 and will be taken at the door. For more information contact:

Steve McConnell

WSU-Spokane County Extension

222 N. Havana St

Spokane, WA 99202

Phone: (509) 477-2175

Email: steven.mcconnell@wsu.edu  

Meals on Wheels fundraiser this weekend

Meals on Wheels fundraiser this weekend

For the sixth year in a row, Meals on Wheels Spokane is hosting their annual fundraiser this Saturday in Millwood.

From 8 am until 3 pm, Millwood shuts down Dalton Street for food, festivities and fun benefiting Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels Spokane provides nutritional and social interaction for local seniors and their downtown location and for those who are homebound. They serve 500 meals daily and more than 116,000 each year.

Check out the schedule of events, you're sure to find something for everyone: