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Local troops to spend Saturday "Scouting For Food"

Local troops to spend Saturday "Scouting For Food"

Troops of Scouts will be out in force Saturday working with the Second Harvest Food Bank to help feed hungry families across the area as part of the "Scouting For Food" effort.

This year a number of different programs that serve families in need have seen drastic cuts. SNAP and food stamp programs both lost funding at the beginning of this month, meaning families already struggling will lose approximately 15 to 20 meals a month. That slack is going to have to be picked up by local food banks.

"For people that are vulnerable and that are already struggling to make ends meet, it is going to be a greater challenge for them and consequently we believe more people will turn to their neighborhood food banks for assistance," Melissa Cloninger with Second Harvest Food Bank said.

Most people are surprised to learn that despite a measurable improvement in the economy since the recession food banks are still being hit hard, she added.

"We have increased our distribution of donated food to the neighborhood food banks that we serve by almost 70-percent over the last four years," Cloninger said.

Sign up for alerts from the Spokane Police Department

Sign up for alerts from the Spokane Police Department

The Spokane Police Department is providing citizens with more information about crime in their neighborhood with the E-lert email system.


It’s simple to sign up, all you have to do is provide the police department your name and email address. From there you select the neighborhood that you would like to receive alerts about.

Police continuing search for Life Center crash driver

Life Center Church officials continue to patch up their damaged church sanctuary as Spokane Police are pressing with their investigation to find the driver who may have intentionally rammed the church.

The crash happened before dawn at the church, located at Government Way and Ft. George Wright Drive in northwest Spokane on Tuesday.

Police said they could find no signs of braking; in fact it looks like the driver positioned himself in the parking lot so he could get up a lot of speed before slamming into the church wall, and where he impacted the building suggests the driver may be familiar with the interior layout.

From the outside it looks like the driver simply chose the path of least resistance, picking a spot with no landscaping to block his path. However, from the inside, the vehicle was steered directly into the sage, taking out band equipment, amplifiers, a very ornate backdrop and then several front row pews.

Church leaders are at a loss to explain why someone could be so destructive.

Low voter turnout decides council races, ballot meaures

Low voter turnout decides council races, ballot meaures

On Tuesday night, a low percentage of voters turned out to send a new face to Spokane City Council and were deciding who would be the new mayors for both Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls.

With 75-percent of ballots counted in Spokane County, the results for Spokane's three city council seats are in and Candace Mumm will be the new face in council chambers.

Voters Tuesday resoundingly decided to give Jon Snyder a second term in office; Snyder the incumbent soundly trounced former state legislator John Ahern, 64 percent to 36 percent for Council District 2, Position 2.

"I think that we're going to get the police and firefighters staffing back up with this new budget," Snyder said at his victory party at the Public Market. "I'm really happy that the mayor's budget has done a 180 from last year and we're restoring those cuts."

Spokane companies donate services to Capitol Christmas Tree

Spokane companies donate services to Capitol Christmas Tree

The Capitol Christmas Tree stopped in Spokane and Colville Tuesday as part of a 26 city tour that will end on November 25th on the Capitol Building lawn in Washington D.C. For many in the Northwest, the tree is a symbol of pride for the community and two local companies couldn’t agree more and have donated services that are helping the tree get to the nation’s capitol.

AAA launches annual Soap for Hope drive

AAA launches annual Soap for Hope drive

AAA Washington has kicked off it’s 6th annual Soap for Hope donation drive. AAA locations across Spokane and Coeur d’Alene will be collecting much needed toiletry items for several local charities throughout the month of November.

A little more snow in Spokane forecast

A little more snow in Spokane forecast

Many people in the Spokane area were surprised at Sunday morning's dusting of snow.

The National Weather Service says they're likely to see more Tuesday night. But forecasters say any accumulation will be less than half an inch and it won't last long as the precipitation turns to rain on Wednesday.

The Weather Service says Western Washington can expect periods of wind and rain through the week.