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Avista Energy Fair next Thursday

Avista Energy Fair next Thursday

Avista is inviting the public to come learn about free energy-saving materials and meet with community partners at their Energy Fair next Thursday, September 25.

From 3-6 pm at the Northeast Community Center (4001 N. Cook) in Spokane, area residents will learn about energy efficiency, managing their home energy bills and more. The event includes demonstrations and free energy-saving materials to help keep your home comfortable and safe for the winter ahead.

“Each year our customers ask for help in managing their energy use and costs during the winter. It's never too early in the year for us to offer a broad range of ideas and demonstrations that will help residents keep the warm air inside and the cold air outside their homes,” said Ana Matthews, Avista's consumer affairs program manager. “This event provides a great way for customers to conveniently access Avista's many services. Information about payment options, energy assistance and energy efficiency will be especially helpful for those struggling to pay their bills.”

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Convention Center expansion nearing completion

Construction on the Spokane Convention Center expansion is set to be complete this winter, the $50 Million project set to add 92,000 square feet to the building.

Most of the steel and concrete work on the outside of the convention center is complete; what crews have left to do is hang the glass paneling that will completely cover the north side overlooking the Spokane River.

?This is about economic development; that is why we have a convention center,? Public Facilities District CEO Kevin Twohig said.

The last time he toured the construction site he counted 125 workers, which doesn't include the support staff needed to operate the construction companies involved in the project. Twohig expects around 400 jobs to be created from the expansion.

When voters approved the construction back in 2012 part of the agreement involved making improvements to the Centennial Trail.

?We have completely rehabbed the river bank between the King Cole Bridge and Division, we have taken out the invasive species and planted natural species,? Twohig said.

Controversy continues over proposed WSU medical school

Controversy continues over proposed WSU medical school

 The University of Washington released a scathing rebuttal this week to a report supporting the creation of a medical school for Washington State University, saying it contains “a number of deep flaws,” and is based on “faulty assumptions, omissions and erroneous data.”

WSU first approached consultant MGT of America in February to conduct a feasibility assessment for a new medical school based on the University's health sciences campus in Spokane. Specifically the assessment was to focus on the need for physicians in Eastern Washington, the best educational model to meet those needs, if current WSU resources were capable of creating a program to meet accreditation standards and the required time and resources to develop a new medical school.

Working 4 you: Breaking up with your bank

You've made the decision, it's time to break up with your bank, but are you ready to make the switch? If you're not careful when making the change, you can face steep fees for missed payments, unnecessary money transfers, or overdrafts.

There are plenty of reason to want to leave your bank, from high ATM fees to wanting better customer service. But, many people don't make the switch because they're worried about the work involved. And financial analysts say it takes some effort.

But they say to always make sure you tell your bank ahead of time. Not only can they tell you of any offers that might make you want to stay, but it will give them time to get things ready.

Now the groundwork is ready, and it's time to say goodbye.

According to Jonelle Marte, a financial reporter for The Washington Post, open your new account before you close the old one. This will give you time to set up direct deposit and get your new billing information out.

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Rally for Rick

Rally for Rick

A Spokane man is asking for the public's support as he battles with stage four brain cancer. Rick Ecklel is 29 years old and has nearly 20 tumors in his brain, some as large as a golf ball. Because of this and his upcoming treatment, Rick is unable work and will have zero income for the duration of his battle.

How you can help:

This Sunday, September 21 you can help support Rick without missing a second of football by heading down to PJ's Pub at 1717 North Monroe. Events include both dart and pool tournaments, along with a karaoke showdown, silent auction and raffle for the chance to hit PJ's owner Meadow Frank with a pie.

If you would like to donate to Rick's cause, but are unable to make it to the fundraiser on Sunday, there is a GoFundMe account set up here. You can also donate items for the silent auction by contacting PJ's Pub at (509) 919-3788 or Brenda Baldwin at (509) 218-0119.

Big changes coming for four Oz Fitness gyms

Big changes coming for four Oz Fitness gyms

Some big changes are coming to several Spokane gyms over the next few weeks. Vision Quest Sport and Fitness purchased four Oz Fitness gyms earlier this year and plans to spend this month rebranding and upgrading to become MÛV Fitness.

The business owners Chip Schwerzel and Jeff Carlson promise to honor all active Oz Fitness members under their current membership contracts and welcome them into their new club ownership and up-and-coming fitness facilities.

The owners are beginning the process of rebranding and revamping the Australian-themed gyms with new marketing and management, including putting $1 million into the clubs with updated and improved equipment.

The pair's previous clubs, Vision Quest Fitness Centers, were located in Western Washington and voted best of Western Washington three years in a row. They also maintain an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Spokane Police urging anonymous tipster to call back

Spokane Police urging anonymous tipster to call back

Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives are looking for the public to help them gain more information about a homicide at the Howard Johnson Motel on August 10.

The day after the crime, Spokane Police received two anonymous messages from the same person with information, and now detectives are asking that individual to contact them again and request to speak with Detective Barrington.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for anyone providing information that leads to an arrest in the indicident. Persons with information, including the anonymous tipster, should call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).