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Rally for Rick

Rally for Rick

A Spokane man is asking for the public's support as he battles with stage four brain cancer. Rick Ecklel is 29 years old and has nearly 20 tumors in his brain, some as large as a golf ball. Because of this and his upcoming treatment, Rick is unable work and will have zero income for the duration of his battle.

How you can help:

This Sunday, September 21 you can help support Rick without missing a second of football by heading down to PJ's Pub at 1717 North Monroe. Events include both dart and pool tournaments, along with a karaoke showdown, silent auction and raffle for the chance to hit PJ's owner Meadow Frank with a pie.

If you would like to donate to Rick's cause, but are unable to make it to the fundraiser on Sunday, there is a GoFundMe account set up here. You can also donate items for the silent auction by contacting PJ's Pub at (509) 919-3788 or Brenda Baldwin at (509) 218-0119.

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Big changes coming for four Oz Fitness gyms

Big changes coming for four Oz Fitness gyms

Some big changes are coming to several Spokane gyms over the next few weeks. Vision Quest Sport and Fitness purchased four Oz Fitness gyms earlier this year and plans to spend this month rebranding and upgrading to become MÛV Fitness.

The business owners Chip Schwerzel and Jeff Carlson promise to honor all active Oz Fitness members under their current membership contracts and welcome them into their new club ownership and up-and-coming fitness facilities.

The owners are beginning the process of rebranding and revamping the Australian-themed gyms with new marketing and management, including putting $1 million into the clubs with updated and improved equipment.

The pair's previous clubs, Vision Quest Fitness Centers, were located in Western Washington and voted best of Western Washington three years in a row. They also maintain an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Spokane Police urging anonymous tipster to call back

Spokane Police urging anonymous tipster to call back

Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives are looking for the public to help them gain more information about a homicide at the Howard Johnson Motel on August 10.

The day after the crime, Spokane Police received two anonymous messages from the same person with information, and now detectives are asking that individual to contact them again and request to speak with Detective Barrington.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for anyone providing information that leads to an arrest in the indicident. Persons with information, including the anonymous tipster, should call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Manito Tap House

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Manito Tap House

Manito Tap House is bringing a taste of Munich to Spokane this Saturday, September 20th to celebrate their third anniversary.

“I wanted an entertaining theme for an event that best represents out spirit,” said Patrick McPherson, general manager and co-owner. “I have always felt Oktoberfest is underrepresented in the Inland Northwest, so we're bringing Germany's biggest party to Spokane.”

Saturday's beer maidens will be appropriately attired in outfits similar to what is worn in Munich. Authentic Rastal commemorative steins will also be available, with three German beers and three specialty taps to choose from.

Admission for adults is $12, or $15 for a commemorative stein and one free fill of beer. Festivities will also include three bands and a cornhole tournament with prizes. Teams can register at the bar for just $10, with proceeds going to 2nd Harvest and Children's Miracle Network.

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Grant County child hospitalized with possible enterovirus

Grant County child hospitalized with possible enterovirus

A Grant County child has been hospitalized with a severe respiratory that may be enterovirus D68. A test returned positive for enterovirus/rhinovirus, but was unable to distinguish between the two. Additional testing is being done at the Centers for Disease Control that will determine which it is, with results expected next week.

Grant County Health Officer Dr. Alexander Brezny issued a public health advisory to local healthcare providers and schools. The CDC has said this is a rapidly evolving situation. Previously EV-D68 has been rare in the U.S, but in other states the outbreaks are resulting in many children requiring ER visits and hospitalizations, mostly for breathing problems and severe asthma.

The virus spreads from person to person like a cold and has been causing mild to severe breathing illnesses (runny nose, cough, difficulty breathing) both with and without fever. Children with per-existing asthma may suffer worse infections. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for enteroviruses.

Merger announced for Lake City Playhouse, Interplayers

Merger announced for Lake City Playhouse, Interplayers

A major announcement from the Inland Northwest arts scene – Coeur d'Alene's Lake City Playhouse and Spokane's Interplayer's Professional Theatre have announced they are merging, with Lake City taking operational control.

Interplayers has presented live, professional dramas and comedies since it was founded in 1980, but financial challenges have remained persistent. Despite best efforts by management, staff and board members, Spokane's professional non-profit theater has found it difficult to attract the kind of support in the form of season subscriptions, individual ticket purchases, donations and corporate sponsorships that it needs to ensure sustainability. Unwilling to close, the Board of Trustees decided to seek support from another local theater.

Free dental care this Friday at NorthView Family Dental

Free dental care this Friday at NorthView Family Dental

Open wide and say,”ahhhh!” NorthView Family Dental is opening their hearts and doors this Friday for some pro bono dental work.

On September 19th, adults 18 years and older who are unable to receive dental work anywhere else is welcome to show up for their choice of a filling, extraction or cleaning.

Registration begins at 7:30 am. Only the first 100 patients are guaranteed to be seen on a first-come, first-served basis so everyone is encouraged to show up early. Patients should also dress appropriately for the weather and bring chairs, water and snacks as they may be waiting outside to be seen.

Work begins at 8 am and runs until 4 pm, with additional patients seen only if time allows.

The NorthView Family Dental offices are located at 5901 North Lidgerwood Street, Suite 225. For more information you can check out their website, or give them a call at (509) 489-2538.