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Fire crews extinguish fire at Colbert home

Fire crews extinguish fire at Colbert home

Fire crews were able to put out a fire at a home in Colbert before it did any serious damage.

The fire broke out at the 20600 block of N. Bernhill Rd.

No one was home at the time of the fire and no one was hurt.

A person driving by called to report the fire after seeing smoke around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Crews put out the fire and say there is little damage to the home.

They still have no word on what caused the fire.

More Spokane-area responders deploying to Oso mudslide

More Spokane-area responders deploying to Oso mudslide

The number of dead and missing continues to rise in Oso with 28 confirmed fatalities, but so do the number of people from the Inland Northwest being sent there to help with the recovery and relief efforts.

Some of those who deployed to the area are members of the Washington Air National Guard based at Fairchild Air Force Base, some of whom said they were more than happy to help with recovery efforts in Oso. Staff Sergeant Michael Cohan said the toughest part for him was not being able to do enough to help the victims.

The symbol of hope and freedom, Cohan retrieved a tattered American flag from the mudslide debris. Like the close knit community in Snohomish County, the flag was battered but not broken.

"Surprised to see how much of that flag was still intact," Cohan said.

Help continues to pour into Snohomish County from across the state.

"So many different agencies working so diligently to try and help bring closure to the families and its just truly amazing to see," Captain Kevin Wolf with the Washington Air National Guard said.

Spokane schools could see longer days as soon as this fall

Spokane schools could see longer days as soon as this fall

Washington state is requiring longer school days for the 2015-2016 school year, but Spokane Public Schools is considering making the change as soon as this fall.

The new schedule will mean up to an additional 30 minutes of school depending on the grade.

"The board mandated that the administration do it, the administration has been in this negotiation for that extended day," Kevin Morrison, director of community resources for Spokane Public Schools, said.

Morrison said part of the process is receiving feedback on whether or not the change should be implemented a year early.

"I think over a thousand responses and it's pretty close to 50-50," he said.

Spokane's school day is on the shorter side compared to others in the state and nation and the change would adjust that, adding 30 minutes to the elementary school day and six minutes to the high school and middle school day.

The district's hope is that more time for instruction would mean increased student achievement. However, some parents like Amber Rushing think otherwise, saying that's too much time for a nine-year-old to sit still.

Spokane Police investigating northside shooting

Spokane Police are investigating a shooting Tuesday afternoon after a man was driven in a private vehicle to Holy Family Hospital with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The shooting allegedly happened in front of a residence in the vicinity of the intersection of Grace and Thor. The victim, who suffered a single gunshot wound, was taken by private vehicle to Holy Family Hospital for treatment of his injury.

Spokane police first heard about the shooting when the victim was already on the way to the emergency room. By then a friend had taken the wheel and the man was describing his wounds to dispatchers.

"About 12:20 this afternoon we received a 911 call from a male in his thirties who said he had been shot, he wasn't exactly sure of the location where he had been shot although he thought it was somewhere the river and Spokane Community College," Spokane Police Lt. Dave McCabe said.

Police interviewed the victim's friend in the emergency room who directed officers back to the home where it appeared someone may have tried to wash blood off a spot in the driveway.

Hoopfest selects Santangelo as next director

Hoopfest selects Santangelo as next director

Sources close to KXLY confirm former Gonzaga Bulldogs standout Matt Santangelo, who helped lead the Zags on their 'Cinderella story' Elite Eight run in 1999, has been tapped to take over as executive director for Hoopfest.

Hoopfest officials would not confirm Santangelo's hiring, but did confirm a formal announcement will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

"The new Executive Director has a passion for basketball. He is looking forward to leading Spokane Hoopfest Association programs and will work closely with Rick Steltenpohl and the seasoned staff through Hoopfest 25 to ensure a successful transition," said Spokane Hoopfest Co-Founder Rick Betts in a media release.

Santangelo, 36, was a junior guard on Dan Monson's 1999 squad that earned a berth to the NCAA tourney that tore through the competition, making it all the way to the Elite Eight where they fell to the eventual tourney champions from Connecticut.

Get moving with National Walking Day at Riverfront Park

Get moving with National Walking Day at Riverfront Park

Do you spend most of your day sitting? Well, the American Heart Association wants to change that, and you can start with the National Walking Day celebration at Riverfront Park on Wednesday morning.

American Heart Association of Spokane is inviting the entire community to jumpstart their fitness by joining them for a mile long group walk. The walk kicks off at the Clocktower at 11 am. The City of Spokane will also read a Walking Day Proclamation.

Waldref talks Logan neighborhood on Council Connections

Waldref talks Logan neighborhood on Council Connections

From the City of Spokane:

The next edition of Council Connection, the cable television program featuring Spokane City Council members as hosts, will be shown live, Thursday, April 3rd, at 6 pm on CityCable 5. Council Member Amber Waldref, District 1, will host the program titled Increasing Logan Neighborhood Vitality.