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American Community Project stops in Spokane

When Dan Emery started the American Community Project, he wanted to learn why so many Americans are going hungry.

"Even though we're investing a lot of resources into the issue of hunger, over the last three years, the need grew from 12% of households being food insecure to 15%," said Emery.

So he enlisted the help of his friend Myles Chung, and the two embarked on a journey: traveling to all 48 continental states in 48 weeks on small scooters that go just 35 miles-per-hour. They hope to learn what people across the country are doing to combat hunger. Ironically, Emery said obesity is an important aspect of their research.

"Obesity is a cousin of hunger," said Emery. "They're eating empty calories, the non-nutritional food and some that is because, in some cases, the junk food is less expensive."

The pair advocates locally grown food, even encouraging people to grow their own.

"Try to get into the pleasure of planting your own food and cooking your meals and what not. It's very daunting at first. The preparation you have to go through to the these things together, but once you do it's really enjoyable," said Chung.

Whitworth readies campus for incoming freshmen

One of the largest classes in Whitworth University's history moved in Saturday. Parents and students would never have guessed the state the campus was in just a few weeks ago.

After only losing around seven trees after the first big storm, Greg Orwig, Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid, said Whitworth University was hit hard the second time around.

'We lost about 30 trees and then we took down about 30 or 40 more just because they showed some sign of vulnerability and we wanted to be extra safe," said Orwig.

The university estimates the damage was over $500 million. Insurance covered most of the cost, so the main concern was clean up.

Juliana Zajicek, a Whitworth student, said the aftermath was shocking.

"We were all kind of wondering how are they going to do this? The question was, are they going to make it to opening weekend?" said Zajicek

The university said they were going to do whatever it took.

"Our amazing ground crew has been working like mad for the last month to get ready for today," said Orwig.

Reports of gunman lock down Holy Family Hospital

Holy Family Hospital in north Spokane was under temporary lock down on Friday night after someone reported a man entering the building with a gun.

The call came into the Spokane Police Department around 7:40�P.M. Friday. A loss prevention worker at the Rite Aid located on Division Street just south of the hospital reported that he saw a man with a gun walking towards the hospital.

When police arrived, they locked down certain areas of the building, and searched each floor. Police didn?t find anyone, and re-opened the hospital about 45 minutes later.

"We feel pretty confident based on the number of officers we had searching the building, the thoroughness with which we searched it, as well as help from the Holy Family Security pointing us in the right areas, that he's not inside the building at this point," says Lieutenant Craig Meidl with the Spokane Police Department.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his late 20's. He's about 5'8'' with short hair and was seen wearing a purple t-shirt that may say "DC" on it, silver shorts and black and white shoes.

Park bathrooms closed for the season September 2

Park bathrooms closed for the season September 2

You may need to do a little extra planning the next time you head to a Spokane park. Even though the warm weather will draw large crowds, bathrooms in the majority of parks will close for the season on Tuesday, September 2nd.

Due to budget limitations, the annual restroom season only runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The closure includes all parks except Riverfront Park, Manito Park, the SE Sports Complex and the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex.

Portable toilets will be placed at more popular locations like Mission Park, Audubon Park, Comstock Park and Franklin Park through the end of October.

Top 10 things to do, see and eat at the Spokane County Fair

Top 10 things to do, see and eat at the Spokane County Fair

The Spokane County Interstate Fair is just one week away, and excitement is ramping up. It kicks off with Kid's Day on Friday, September 5 with free admission for everyone 17 and younger.

Hosted by Dave Smith Motors, their booth will be a wonderland of fun for kids including games, photos and giveaways including free passes to the Beck's Harvest House Corn Maze!

Photoboxx will have a booth up and running all day long to snap photos and post then on your instagram with the hashtag #StandUpToBullying.

There will also be a huge 22 foot piano for kids to dance on like the one in the classic movie, Big.

Of course the fair also features much more for kids and adults alike, and to help they have put together top 10 lists of things to do, see and eat.

 

Top 10 Free Things to Do and See:

  1. Over 15,000 entries in arts & crafts, agriculture, livestock, floral and grange displays and more.

Early morning fire hits unoccupied home

Early morning fire hits unoccupied home

Fire investigators are looking into what caused a fire to break out in an unoccupied home Friday morning.

The fire started at a home in the 800 block of East Joseph just before 5 a.m.

Firefighters say the fire was contained to mostly the basement.

At this time, they do not believe the fire was suspicious, but they say the windows were boarded up and no one lived in the home, leaving them to wonder how it could have started.

STCU, Liberty Foundation hosting finance seminars

STCU, Liberty Foundation hosting finance seminars

The Spokane Teacher's Credit Union is teaming up with the Liberty Foundation to host a series of financial management seminars at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library.

The first will be hosted on Wednesday, September 10 with two more following in October and November. All workshops are offered from noon to 1 pm in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Avenue, and come with a free lunch. Seating is limited, so register now at this link. You can contact STCU Community Relations for more information at (509) 344-2202.

  • Budgeting 101 – Wednesday, September 10
  • Organizing Your Finances – Wednesday, October 8
  • Protecting Your Credit Score – Wednesday, November 12