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Students to compete in Citizenship Tournament finals

Students to compete in Citizenship Tournament finals

After months of learning the ins and outs of government, 15 Washington students will put their knowledge to the test in the conclusion of the first Citizenship Tournament from former Congressman George Nethercutt.


The Nethercutt Foundation Citizenship Tournament aims to get students more involved in the democratic process. Over the past year, more than 550 students from 40 schools have been completing civic activities to get one of five spots for 4th, 8th and 12th in the finals on Saturday.

Neighbors face off over transitional housing

Neighbors face off over transitional housing

Ask Terri Mayer, executive director of Open Gate if she expected Wednesday night's open house to go the way it did and she'd say--

"No., not at all," Mayer said.

The meeting was planned by Open Gate so the Westview community could share concerns about their new transitional house moving into the neighborhood. Open Gate is a program that provides housing for offenders just release from prison.

"I've just never seen so many angry people over people's lives," Mayer said. "It's just amazing."

Roughly one hundred people were in attendance, giving new meaning to what it means to be a community united.

"In Westview we value permanent residency," one person said. "We value the chance to get to know our neighbors and know who they are to build the community to grow together, to trust each other and that opportunity does not exist with this house."

The residents were mostly upset that they were blindsided by the opening of the home.

"When you look up the definition of 'felony' those are the people that you don't want eight blocks away from our elementary school," Katie Grote said.

Daniel Arteaga guilty of killing Kim Schmidt

Daniel Arteaga guilty of killing Kim Schmidt

It took a jury about two hours Wednesday to find Daniel Arteaga guilty of killing his girlfriend Kim Schmidt on New Year's Eve 2011.

Wednesday morning prosecutors started its closing arguments with Arteaga's 911 call after Schmidt's mother found her daughter's body in her north Spokane home. Deputy Prosecutor John Love contends the recording was the very first sign Arteaga was responsible for Schmidt's murder.

"Uh, report of a dead body." That is how Daniel Arteaga described the woman that he loved for six and a half years and he just spent a night having sex talking about their relationship," Love said.

Prosecutors said Arteaga's "relationship" with Schmidt was over and when he realized Schmidt wanted to spend the first day of 2012 with a new man and a new way of life he wasn't about to let that happen.

"Daniel Arteaga was being replaced. He was on the way out and he didn't like it," Love told the jury.

The quick verdict the jury handed down to Arteaga came as a relief to Toni Schmidt, Kim Schmidt's mom.

'Sharknado' producers bring zombie apocalypse to Spokane

'Sharknado' producers bring zombie apocalypse to Spokane

They're coming to get you, Spokane. Local production company North by Northwest is helping to bring the zombie apocalypse to the Inland Northwest later this year.

This fall, the SyFy Channel will premiere "Z Nation," a new, 13-episode series that will be filmed on-location in Spokane.

The Asylum, which produced "Sharknado", and Go 2 Digital Media are producing the series, which is being helmed by Karl Shaerfer, who was the co-executive producer for the SyFy TV series "Eureka."

Filming in Spokane will mean local talent will be needed to help flesh out the apocalypse, so 1,200 extras and 200 actors will be hired in the coming month. Rich Cowan, with North by Northwest, said this production could make a large financial impact in Spokane.

"Doing a series you have many, many months of work for the crew and then you have a second year and then a third year and then on. So it's a game-changer for production here. Sustainable jobs here in Spokane," he said.

Local plant sales kick off gardening season

Local plant sales kick off gardening season

Local gardeners are eager to get their green thumbs to work planting this season. Here are some upcoming garden sales to get your beds on track to bloom.


The Associated Garden Clubs Annual Plant Sale 2014, April 26 & 27, Manito Park; details on Facebook

 

Spokane named Runner Friendly Community

Spokane named Runner Friendly Community

The Road Runners Club of America has named Spokane a Runner Friendly Community for 2014.


RRCA selects Runner Friendly Communities based on specific criteria that includes community infrastructure, community support, and local government support for running. The RRCA adds that these communities have a track record of businesses and organizations working together to promote running for exercise and sport.

Inland Northwest sees dusting of snow

Inland Northwest sees dusting of snow

Residents of Eastern Washington and North Idaho saw a light dusting of snow Wednesday morning.

Snow is expected to fall early Wednesday morning then turn to rain.

The rain is expected to last through Friday, then warm up and dry off for the weekend.