Our network

Mayor asks for community feedback to mark 1000 days in office

Mayor asks for community feedback to mark 1000 days in office

Spokane Mayor David Condon celebrated his 1000th day in office Saturday, September 27 and he wants to know what you think of his performance so far.

“We've been moving rather quickly and, for some, not quickly enough, to make Spokane safer, stronger and work smarter,” said Mayor Condon during his weekly media briefing Monday morning. “We recognize that there is still a lot of work to do and be done over the years to come and, in doing our work, we have placed a priority on citizen engagement.”

Mayor Condon says the citizens of Spokane have been a great resource for ideas and feedback about the city's priorities, and they want to continue using your input as a guide to future success. For the next two weeks, the city wants you to rate their performance in an online survey.

“We want to know how the community rates our performance; if our work remains aligned to your priorities and where you would like us to direct our attention in the future,” said Mayor Condon.

You can find the survey online at www.spokanecity.org.

Community Sponsors

Are you interested in promoting your business to local customers?

Working 4 you: Why you should fix your pets

Working 4 you: Why you should fix your pets

America grew up hearing Bob Barker's reminders to spay and neuter your pets, and veterinarians agree, sterilization is important. But why?

According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are an estimated six to eight million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. About half of those get adopted, but sadly the other half have to be euthanized.

The primary reason for spaying and neutering your pets is population control. Every year around one million dogs are euthanized, simply because they have no place to go.

And vets say you should get your pets fixed, whether they play inside or outdoors.

But spaying and neutering doesn't only help the population of unclaimed kitties and puppies, most research finds that pets who get sterilized at a young age actually live longer, healthier lives.

Vets say that by spaying or neutering your pets, you can avoid a lot of costly medical complications in the future caused by infections.

Veterinarians say you should get your pets fixed when they are two to six months old.

Working 4 you: How much will America spend on Halloween?

Working 4 you: How much will America spend on Halloween?

Fall is here and that means retailers and shoppers are turning their attention to Halloween. But will consumers be willing to spend as much this year on costumes and candy?

Stores like Target and Walmart are already gearing up for the Holiday. And if you feel like it's just a little too early to get ready for Halloween, you may be surprised to hear that one-third of Americans say they'll be making their holiday purchases before October 1st.

Halloween is the last major retail event before the big holiday rush. It can offer retailers clues on how willing Americans will be to open their wallets, and how stores should approach holiday inventory, discounts and deals.

Many shoppers say the U.S. economy is still weighing heavily on their minds. one in five people say it will make an impact on how they approach holiday spending.

But it may not affect it as much as you'd think.

New numbers from the National Retail Federation show most consumers won't be afraid to spend on Halloween this year.

So, how much will the average American be spending?

Chiefs prepared for home opener

Chiefs prepared for home opener

Saturday night the puck drops at the Arena as the Spokane Chiefs face the Tri-City Americans for their home opener, where the home team will be playing for a very special group of people.

The Chiefs last faced the Americans in Kennewick last weekend, and came home with a 4-2 victory, something they're looking to repeat on the ice at the Arena Saturday night.

"Excited to see some new blood in a Chiefs uniform," Jay Stewart with the Chiefs said Friday morning. "We have got a lot of new elements going on here at the Arena and with the team and to get some new players I think I am pretty excited about that."

At the game Saturday evening the Chiefs plan to honor a special group of fans in the crowd.

"We're going to recognize 27 firefighters out on the ice. They had such a long hard summer and they do so much in the community. It's just our small way of saying thank you to those firefighters," Stewart said.

The Chiefs want the community to come on down to the Arena Saturday not only to catch the game but to help honor our area firefighters. The puck drops at 7 p.m.

Community Sponsors

Are you interested in promoting your business to local customers?

Dept. of Natural Resources lifts statewide burn ban

Dept. of Natural Resources lifts statewide burn ban

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources announced Friday that the statewide burn ban on DNR-protected lands has been removed. Fire danger has been reduced by the recent rainfall and moderating temperatures.

Restrictions set by local authorities are not affected by DNR's actions. Additionally, while conditions no longer warrant a statewide burn ban, some local areas may still remain dry. Anyone who plans on burning should check with local authorities beforehand.

You can also always find the latest on your local fire restrictions here.

Calling all kids, Mr. Yuk needs you!

Calling all kids, Mr. Yuk needs you!

Calling all Washington kids, Mr. Yuk needs your help! The lovable mascot of the Washington Poison Center wants children to send in their best artwork for the 8th annual statewide Poison Prevention Poster Contest.

The Washington Poison Center uses the contest to reminder parents and children to be vigilant about poisons and drugs. The winning poster will be part of the 2015 Poison Prevention Week campaign celebrated across the state during the third week in March.

The Poison Center is looking for young artists to create poison safety awareness through eye-catching posters displaying suggestions on how Mr. Yuk helps them avoid being poisoned. The contest is open to children ages 6 to 12 in Washington State. The top prize earns $500, a visit from Mr. Yuk to their school or program, a trip to the Capitol to meet their legislators and having their winning design featured as the poster for Poison Prevention Week. Four runners-up will receive $100 in the mail, and all contest participants will receive a gift from Mr. Yuk in the mail.

Vote for 2nd Harvest to receive $60,000 grant

Vote for 2nd Harvest to receive $60,000 grant

As Hunger Action Month come to a close, Second Harvest is asking for the public's help in a contest that could net them a $60,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.

Fifty food banks across the nation will be selected for one of the grants based on the number of online votes they receive by October 5. Currently Second Harvest has barely more than 100, while the leaders are all in the thousands, but with nine days left to vote there's still time for a comeback.

Second Harvest is the only food bank in Washington state competing in the contest which began September 15.

Walmart is teaming up with acclaimed chef, cookbook author and TV host G. Garvin, and calling on the public to support their local food banks by voting online at www.Walmart.com/fighthunger.