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Spokane to host 2015 NCAA Women's Regional

Spokane to host 2015 NCAA Women's Regional

Washington State University and the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena have been selected to host one of four regional sites for the 2015 NCAA Division Women's Basketball Championship.

This marks the fourth time in eight years the Cougars will have hosted a women's regional.

The NCAA has not yet announced the official dates, but has confirmed it will take place over two days from March 27-30.

“We have had great success in hosting past events in Spokane and when the NCAA asked if we could host the 2015 Women's Regional we were happy to do so,” said senior associate director of athletics John Johnson. “Partnering with the tremendous staff at the Spokane Arena and general manager Matt Gibson, along with the Spokane Public Facilities District, we look forward to hosting another tremendous even in 2015.”

In addition to Spokane, the remaining three regional sites are Albany, New York, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Greensboro, North Carolina.

A first-timers guide to legal recreational marijuana

A first-timers guide to legal recreational marijuana

Legal marijuana sales kicked off Tuesday across Washington, including at one of three confirmed stores here in Spokane, with enthusiasts in line hours before opening.

But what about the curious among us who have never taken a puff in our lives, but are ready to give it a try now that it's legal and easily accessible?

“It can be a little alien if it's their first time,” said Green Leaf customer service representative Chad Welsh. “To walk in here and think 'What are these devices?' and 'What is your product all about?'”

A big part of Chad's job is to help guide first-timers through the experience, with tips on the product, how to smoke and what to smoke with. I also spoke with Daniel Wendling, general manager at Piece of Mind and assistant manager at the licensed pot shop Satori just next door, and put together a how-to of sorts for the first time smoker.

 

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Crossfit Rewired honors local fallen soldier with workout

Crossfit Rewired honors local fallen soldier with workout

“If you have been given this letter, this means that I did not make it through deployment.” That sentence began the final goodbye from 20-year-old PFC Jarrod Allen Lallier to his family shortly after he was killed in action two years ago.

“Express my story with everyone, and hopefully I can somehow change someone's life,” he ended. And that's exactly what happened Thursday at Crossfit Rewired in north Spokane. Everyone who walked through the doors heard Jarrod's story, including his final words, before participating in a customized hero workout – each number of reps or timed set linked to Jarrod.

“The numbers six, 18 and 12 represent the date he was killed in Afghanistan – June 18, 2012. Twenty is how old his was, which is [the time] for the L-sit hold,” said gym owner and lead coach Adam Ludlow. “And as far as the movements go in this workout, he kind of loved and hated all the running and there's definitely a lot of core work because, according to his family, he was kind of bragging about the six-pack he was getting since joining the Army. We wanted to honor him with that.”

Eastern Washington 4th of July celebrations

Eastern Washington 4th of July celebrations

Looking for 4th of July fireworks in your community? Check out the list we've compiled for you:

 

Adams County:

  • Othello – Lions Park at 10:00 pm

Asotin County:

  • Clarkston – Adams Field, Clarkston High School at 10:00 pm

Benton County:

  • Benton City – Little League Fields at Dusk
  • Kennewick – Columbia Park at Dusk
  • Prosser – Prosser High School at 10:00 pm

Columbia County:

None listed

Douglas County:

  • Watervillw – NCW Fairgrounds at 10:00 pm

Ferry County:

Riverfront Park 4th of July Celebration

Riverfront Park 4th of July Celebration

Fourth of July festivities in Spokane's Riverfront Park kick off in less than 24 hours, with all-day fun for kids and kids at heart. And to make sure you don't miss a thing, we've compiled a list of all the day's activities in one easy-to-find place.

 

Clocktower Stage

  • Noon – Square Dancers
  • 2:00 pm – Spokane Aerial
  • 4:00 pm – Blue Door Improv

 

Lilac Bowl Stage

  • 2:00 pm – Steven King
  • 7:30 pm – Opening Ceremony
  • 8:00 pm – Spokane Jazz Orchestra
  • 10:00 pm – Spokane Tribe of Indians Fireworks Display

 

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Riverside State Park wants to make you Happy

Does visiting Riverside State Park make you Happy? That's the theme of a new music video they debuted this week.

Featuring a funky park ranger who isn't afraid to bust a move and hundreds of volunteers dancing to the hit song Happy by Pharell Williams, the video has already been viewed 12-hundred times since it was posted last Friday.

Anyone with a keen eye will also be able to pick out some of their favorite locations in the park, and maybe even a guest appearance by none other than Smokey Bear.

Riverside State Park is a 14,000-acre camping park along the Spokane and Little Spokane rivers. The park supports a wide variety of recreational activities and is rich in history.

Freshwater marshes, running rivers and beautiful countryside make up the terrain. The park also includes the Nine Mile Recreation Area which is available for camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing and boating.

Local agencies partner up for drowning prevention

Local agencies partner up for drowning prevention

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is teaming up with the Spokane Regional Health District and the Inland Northwest Drowning Prevention Coalition to stress the importance of life jackets and swimming safety measures.

With the holiday weekend approaching, the agencies are partnering to remind residents that preventing drownings is as simple as putting on a life jacket.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists failure to wear a life jacket as among the top reasons people drown, along with lack of swimming lessons, alcohol consumption and lack of supervision.

Half of drowning victims in Washington state did not intend to be immersed in water. Instead, they were fishing near a river or riding in a boat but slipped and fell in cold or swift water.

The partners are working together to boost safety, even offering 25 percent off coupons for a life jacket from Big 5 Sporting Goods which you can find here.