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Residents can still visit SNAP website for help with Energy Assistance

Residents can still visit SNAP website for help with Energy Assistance

SNAP still has many appointments available for Spokane County residents who need energy assistance.

 

Earlier this year, SNAP said residents across Spokane County were clamoring for help with energy bills as unseasonably cold weather descended upon the region in mid-autumn. The first series of SNAP Energy Assistance appointments opened in late September and were soon filled.

 

Now, with mild conditions defining the first phase of winter, SNAP has reported that the rush of residents seeking help has fallen off. SNAP opened its second round of Energy Assistance appointments on Tuesday, December 16th, but still has around 1,200 appointments available on the SNAP website as of December 19th.

 

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City offers variety of options for disposing old Christmas trees, including free curbside pickup

City offers variety of options for disposing old Christmas trees, including free curbside pickup

The City of Spokane will provide its citizens with several options to get rid of their trees once the holidays come to a close. The City also has tips on how to dispose discarded ribbons, tags, boxes and bags.

 

On Monday, December 29 through Friday, January 16, Spokane's Solid Waste Collection Department will offer free curbside pickup for its costumers. Once all the decorations are removed from the tree, residents can place their fresh-cut trees at least three feet away from the refuse cart and recycle bin on their regularly scheduled garbage pickup days. The City will not accept artificial or flocked trees for this service.

 

The City will accept trees up to 6 feet in height; if they’re taller than that, they will need to be cut in half. Loose branches may be bundled next to the tree not to exceed six feet. Trees collected curbside will be chipped and composted.

 

Spokane Police forge bond with local youth

Spokane youth and police officers reunited on Thursday to celebrate the completion of the department's program to build a stronger bond between the two parties.

"I would say that I learned a lot and if I didn't go here I would probably still be iffy about police officers," Elizabeth Alkana, a junior at North Central High School said.

She was one of the roughly 100 students who participated in Spokane Police Department's Youth and Police Initiative (YPI). Over the past year, area youth and police officers have been meeting in sessions to promote more positive interactions in the future. By having open discussions, doing team-building exercises and recreating law enforcement scenarios, youth and police find new ways to enhance community policing. There was nine sessions to cover all areas of the City of Spokane.

?I've been more convinced at how successful the program is no matter what demographic we're dealing with,? Officer Ben Green said. ?We've seen tremendous success.?

When Green and Alkana were first working together during the April session at the West Central Community Center, it wasn't on the greatest terms.

Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS wants to warn pet owners of the hazards the holidays can bring to your four legged friends.


 

"Things that make the holidays a great time of year - cookies, presents, and a house full of company - can actually be hazards to our four-legged friends," said Nancy Hill, Regional Director of SCRAPS. "We advise pet owners to take a minute to make sure their house is pet friendly."


 

According to SCRAPS, here are a few holiday items that can be particularly harmful to pets:


 

  • Holiday Lighting and Candles

SCRAPS said these are especially dangerous to pets that like to chew. Electrical shock can occur when a pet chomps down on an electrical cord, causing tongue lacerations and possible death. SCRAPS suggests using LED candles instead of actual flames and place them into hard-to-reach places so that pets can not access them.


 

  • Gift Wrap Ribbon

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Giving Mob helps with Christmas Wish surprise

KXLY's friends at 92.9 KZZU had the biggest day of their Christmas Wish Program on Wednesday.

The radio team was on the air for twelve hours straight making holiday wishes come true. It's the 19th year of Christmas Wish, and a new part of Dave, Ken, and Molly's Christmas Wish Program is called the "Giving Mob."

Wendy Simpson was bombarded unexpectedly by friends and complete strangers on Wednesday afternoon.

"I was so surprised and overwhelmed and thankful," Simpson said.

More than 20 people interrupted Wendy while she was out to lunch, and one by one showered her with Christmas gifts.

"I think she totally enjoyed it," said participant Lisa Erickson,�"She was surprised, shocked, and pleased."

Lisa explained: "Her family lost the father who was the sole bread winner to cancer."

The�radio show organized the mob, and Spokane residents showed up to surprise�Wendy on Wednesday.�

"Never in a million years I thought anything like that would happen," Wendy said.�"It's been a long, tough battle."

STCU awards total of $5,000 to help teens make a difference

STCU awards total of $5,000 to help teens make a difference

A group of students from Mead High School will receive $2,500 through STCU’s Hundred Dollar Project, for making blankets for foster children at the Hutton Settlement.

 

Another Mead group received $1,500 for a separate project to help kids at Sally’s House, while a group from Coeur d’Alene’s Lake City High School received $1,000 for a literacy project.

 

See videos produced by the three winning teams at hundreddollarproject.org.

 

Spokane honored as the 2014 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community by RRCA

Spokane honored as the 2014 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community by RRCA

Today, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) announced that Spokane has been named its 2014 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community. The RRCA said that Spokane's amazing credentials, and ability to meet the award's criteria made it the clear choice for this award.