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Humane Society needs help preparing for an abundance of kittens

Humane Society needs help preparing for an abundance of kittens

 

Spring is the time of year an abundance of kittens arrive at the Spokane Humane Society. To prepare themselves for the hundreds of homeless kittens that will need their help this season, the Spokane Humane Society has planned ways to raise funds and interest throughout the month of April.

 

From April 1st through April 16th, the Spokane Humane Society will have donation bins at both Northwest Seed and Pet locations.

 

According to the Humane Society, items needed for for the care of these foster kittens are as follows:

  • Kitten Milk Replacer (KMR)
  • Heating Pads
  • Pate` style wet kitten food
  • Bottles
  • Small Litter Pans
  • Nutrical
  • Mineral Oil
  • Pure Lemon Juice
  • Small Blankets Recycled plastic containers (for pet food)
  • Karo Syrup
  • Baby Rice Cereal
  • Small dishes
  • Powdered Goats Milk
  • Laxatone
  • Gallon zip lock bags

 

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Spokane Bike Swap coming April 11 and 12

Spokane Bike Swap coming April 11 and 12

 

The Spokane County Fair and Expo Center will be overflowing with bikes and bike related gear on April 11th and 12th for the fourth annual Spokane Bike Swap.

 

Over 700 bikes are anticipated to be consigned and over 50 exhibitors, including ten local bike shops, will be present at this year's bike swap. In an attempt to promote safety, bike helmets will be given away to every child that buy and bike in the bike corral. Last year, 173 helmets were given away, and even more are expected this year.

 

The Spokane Bike Swap is presented in collaboration with Spokane County's Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Efficiency Act. The CTR program works to reduce traffic congestion, air pollution, and petroleum consumption. One of the ways the CTR does this is by educating and getting citizens comfortable with riding bikes around Spokane County.

 

Tourists trek to Spokane for Sweet 16

Basketball fans from across the nation descended upon the Spokane Arena for Saturday's Sweet 16 games.

"We came in from Seattle yesterday," said fan Helen Speegle.

"Ten to twelve hours," Heidi Cummings said about her group's travel time. "We came from different parts of Montana."

The locals however, we're happy they didn't have to travel at all.

"I think a lot us didn't even think they'd make the tournament this year and to achieve the first two games. They can play with anybody when they're playing hard," said Gonzaga Fan Karl Bolt.

Those in attendance appreciated the finer points that come with the women's game.

"It's usually faster because the men's game is the 35 second between basket time," said Speegle. "They grind it out and woman have to pass the ball. They don't play above the net so much."

No matter who they're rooting for, all the fans are hoping their teams advance to Elite-8 on Monday.

"We're excited to take in some games and we're thrilled that it's so close that we can watch some games," said Cummings.

Spokane recognizes certain businesses for excellent management of wastewater

Spokane recognizes certain businesses for excellent management of wastewater

 

On Thursday the City of Spokane recognized local businesses that have excelled in the management of wastewater generated as part of their processes.

 

"We want to recognize these businesses for being good stewards of the environment and helping the City operate its wastewater treatment system efficiently," said Rick Romero, the City's Utilities Division Director. "We appreciate all the work that has been invested in these efforts."

 

The recognized businesses achieved 100 percent compliance with requirements in their industrial wastewater discharge permits for 2014. Businesses are required to have such permits either because they produce a large volume of wastewater or because they discharge pollutants that can disrupt wastewater treatment processes.

 

These outstanding organizations include:

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WA Senate approves WSU med-school bill

WA Senate approves WSU med-school bill

 

In a resounding bipartisan vote on Wednesday, the Washington State Senate gave final approval to a bill paving the way for a new medical school in Spokane to be operated by Washington State University.

 

The Senate approved House Bill 1559 by a vote of 47-0. Gov. Jay Inslee has five days to act or it becomes law without his signature.

 

Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, sponsor of an identical bill that passed the Senate earlier this month said the measure heralds a new era of economic development for Spokane and will go a long way toward relieving a statewide shortage of physicians.

 

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

 

Looking to go explore some Washington State Parks, but don't yet have a Discover Pass? Well, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer two free days in April.

 

Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to any of Washington's State Parks on April 4th, a springtime free Saturday, and Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22nd.

 

Free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. 

 

A Discover Pass is still needed to access WDFW and DNR lands on State Park free days.

 

Go Big Easter free celebration set for April 4 at Franklin Park

Go Big Easter free celebration set for April 4 at Franklin Park

 

Three local churches have joined together for a family friendly Easter celebration on Saturday April 4th at Franklin Park.


 

City Life Church, Rock of Ages Christian Fellowship, and Sozo Church have rented space at Franklin Park to host a Go Big Carnival and Egg Hunt. The free event will include free food, family friendly activities, and age specific egg hunts with thousands of Easter eggs. The majority of Eggs will be filled with the typical candy and toys, but some will contain prizes from local businesses.


 

Prizes will range from gift cards for free ice cream, local restaurants, and tickets to the arts, and an Apple TV.


 

"We have truly been blown away by the communities response in getting behind this event," said Mark Blair, lead pastor at Sozo Church. "For us, Easter is a celebration of Jesus giving His life for us, and so, as a church, we want to be like Him and give to our community."