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Bill assistance provided for Avista customers

Bill assistance provided for Avista customers

From Avista Utilities:


Winter has landed in the northwest and with it comes cold temperatures. The bitter temperatures alone can cause rising energy use and costs, but combined with the holiday season bringing visiting friends and family, more showers, cooking and other energy using activities, many customers will see higher utility bills in January. Knowing this, Avista wants to remind customers of the bill assistance tools available to help them.

Spokane yard waste collection ends in two weeks

Spokane yard waste collection ends in two weeks

News release from the city of Spokane:

 

Curbside yard and food waste customers have two more weeks to finish their fall yard cleanup before the City of Spokane suspends the service for the winter.

 

The optional City service runs from March through November.  The 96-gallon green yard waste cart can be filled with all manner of yard waste—grass, leaves, pine needles, pine cones, weeds, vines, thatch, plant trimmings, small amounts of sod, and branches. 

 

Avista Energy Fair in North Spokane

Avista Energy Fair in North Spokane

From Avista:

Edible Tree Project uses gleaning to help feed the hungry

Edible Tree Project uses gleaning to help feed the hungry

A young and up and coming non-profit wants to utilize food sources that are already growing around us to help feed Spokane's hungry. The Spokane Edible Tree Project plans to map and glean Spokane's fruit and nut trees to benefit organizations like Second Harvest.

 

“There's a lot of under utilized resources in our community,” said Kate Burke, founder of The Spokane Edible Tree Project. Still in early stages of development, Burke is drawing on similar tree gleaning projects from Seattle and Portland. Edible Tree will harvest produce from public trees as well as from trees that private property owners register with the organization.

 

The 24-year-old Spokane native has been working at Second Harvest for the last year through AmeriCorps VISTA focusing on projects like Plant a Row which encourages local gardeners to plant a few crops for the food bank distributor. Burke connected with the Portland Fruit Tree Project at a conference and they have been helping her get Edible Tree off the ground.

Workshop will answer questions for homeowners associations

Workshop will answer questions for homeowners associations

The Office of Secretary of State’s Corporations and Charities Division is sponsoring a homeowners association workshop in Spokane on Friday, October 4th.

The educational workshop, geared especially for homeowners association members and boards, is at the Spokane Convention Center from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. A free continental breakfast will be available.

The event’s featured presenter is Nathan G. Smith of Witherspoon-Kelley in Spokane. Smith is a magna cum laude graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law. His practice includes land use and real estate law. Smith counsels homeowner and condominium owner associations on preparing initial governing documents and amendments, regulatory compliance and association enforcement issues.

Paint In My Hair gives new life to forgotten decor

Paint In My Hair gives new life to forgotten decor

Occupying a building that has seen several vintage and antique shops over the years, and sitting at the end of the antique store dotted Monroe corridor sits a business that specializes in making the old new again. Paint In My Hair opened in 2011 and has been thriving ever since by making sure those old end tables of grandma's are rescued from the basement.

 

“I've always said that I'd never own my own business,” said Paint In My Hair Owner, Jessica Jochim. Her dad was a business owner, and the hours and time commitment was a deterrent for Jessica. It turns out that owning her business was the perfect fit for her family of six.

 

Jessica and her husband Justin were looking for a new source of income when they moved to Spokane while Justin was in graduate school at Eastern Washington University. The pair started bidding on storage lockers in hopes of finding lost treasures.

 

Spokane named among tidiest cities in America

Spokane named among tidiest cities in America

It doesn't matter if your home is a cluttered mess, or if everything is always in it's place, if you live in Spokane you happen to live in one of the tidiest cities in the country. The SpareFoot Blog released a list of the top ten tidiest cities and Spokane rounded off the list coming in at number 10.

 

The SpareFoot Blog is published bu the SpareFoot, Inc., a tech startup out Austin, Texas that specializes in self storage. The blog looked at the how much people spend cleaning supplies, how many maids and housekeepers are employed and at how many square feet of storage space is available in the 100 most populated metro areas in the U.S.

 

Spokane came in at number ten because of the amount of money Spokanites spend on cleaning supplies compared to their income. Albuquerque, New Mexico came in at number one because there is around 11 square feet of storage space per person and residents spend an average of $622 a year on cleaning supplies.