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Residents can still visit SNAP website for help with Energy Assistance

Residents can still visit SNAP website for help with Energy Assistance

SNAP still has many appointments available for Spokane County residents who need energy assistance.

 

Earlier this year, SNAP said residents across Spokane County were clamoring for help with energy bills as unseasonably cold weather descended upon the region in mid-autumn. The first series of SNAP Energy Assistance appointments opened in late September and were soon filled.

 

Now, with mild conditions defining the first phase of winter, SNAP has reported that the rush of residents seeking help has fallen off. SNAP opened its second round of Energy Assistance appointments on Tuesday, December 16th, but still has around 1,200 appointments available on the SNAP website as of December 19th.

 

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City offers variety of options for disposing old Christmas trees, including free curbside pickup

City offers variety of options for disposing old Christmas trees, including free curbside pickup

The City of Spokane will provide its citizens with several options to get rid of their trees once the holidays come to a close. The City also has tips on how to dispose discarded ribbons, tags, boxes and bags.

 

On Monday, December 29 through Friday, January 16, Spokane's Solid Waste Collection Department will offer free curbside pickup for its costumers. Once all the decorations are removed from the tree, residents can place their fresh-cut trees at least three feet away from the refuse cart and recycle bin on their regularly scheduled garbage pickup days. The City will not accept artificial or flocked trees for this service.

 

The City will accept trees up to 6 feet in height; if they’re taller than that, they will need to be cut in half. Loose branches may be bundled next to the tree not to exceed six feet. Trees collected curbside will be chipped and composted.

 

Salvation Army to host annual Christmas Eve dinner with the help of Milk Bottle restaurant

Salvation Army to host annual Christmas Eve dinner with the help of Milk Bottle restaurant

The Salvation Army will once again host their annual Christmas Eve dinner. Along with the Salvation Army itself, the owners of Spokane's Milk Bottle restaurant, Ed and Kris Ritchie, will play a prominent role at the event.

 

The Ritchie’s, along with Salvation Army staff and other volunteers, give their time and money to put
on the dinner, which is free and open to the public. The dinner will be held on December 24th, and will be served on a first come, first served basis. A Christmas Candlelight Service will take place after the dinner.


The Ritchie family started volunteering at the Salvation Army in 2011, just months after their famous
Milk Bottle restaurant on Garland Avenue nearly burned to the ground. While they were waiting for
their business to re-open, the Ritchie’s helped with both the Salvation Army Food Bank, and around the Salvation Army campus. When they learned of the need for some extra help at the Christmas Eve
Dinner, they stepped up and took on leading roles.

Working 4 you: Last-minute Christmas deals

There is only six days left to Christmas (as of Friday) and if you've procrastinated your Christmas shopping, retailers are rolling out some last-minute deals to get you through their doors.�

Saturday is expected to be the biggest shopping day of the year. Some retailers are going to extremes, like staying open around the clock and offering a new round of doorbusters, to get you shopping. Retail experts say Saturday won't see quite the same sales as Black Friday, but you'll find more offers, like free gift wrapping or "buy one, get one."�

JC Penney is hoping a new round of doorbusters will get you in the store. Stores will be offering savings on jewelry, a coffeemaker and Disney dolls, just to name a few items. You can also find an array of coupons on the retailer's website for additional savings.�

Target is extending it's hours leading up to Christmas, staying open as late as midnight on some days. If you missed savings on big electronics on Black Friday, Target is offering deals on HDTV's, Playstation 4's and tablets until Christmas Eve. You can also order items for same-day store pickup as late as Christmas Eve.�

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Nethercutt voices support for strengthened ties with Cuba

On Wednesday, President Obama announced the United States would begin to strengthen diplomatic ties with Cuba, including adding an embassy and allowing more Americans to visit.

Former Washington congressman George Nethercutt, who served five terms representing the 5th district,�began to restore trade relations with Cuba more than a decade ago.

In 2000, Nethercutt authored a bill entitled the Trade Sanctions Reform Act, which is still in effect�today and�allows Cuba to purchase food and medicine from the United States on a cash-only basis.

"My sense was, food and medicine shouldn't be used as weapons in foreign policy. Let's not starve the Cubans or keep them from getting medicine, just because we don't agree with their government," says Nethercutt.

He adds that he supports the new relationship with Cuba, citing mutual benefits.

"There's�11 million people and millions of Americans who can benefit by having a relationship, being able to sell our products to Castro, to the Cubans."

Kiplinger’s ranks Gonzaga 18th best value among private universities in West/Southwest

Kiplinger’s ranks Gonzaga 18th best value among private universities in West/Southwest

Gonzaga University was named the No. 18 Best College Value among private universities in the West/Southwest for 2015 and the No. 36 Best College Value among private universities nationwide by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.

 

Factors contributing to Gonzaga’s exceptional value include: academic competitiveness, strong four-year graduation rate, student indebtedness (at graduation), cost and financial aid, and academic support.

 

Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS wants to warn pet owners of the hazards the holidays can bring to your four legged friends.


 

"Things that make the holidays a great time of year - cookies, presents, and a house full of company - can actually be hazards to our four-legged friends," said Nancy Hill, Regional Director of SCRAPS. "We advise pet owners to take a minute to make sure their house is pet friendly."


 

According to SCRAPS, here are a few holiday items that can be particularly harmful to pets:


 

  • Holiday Lighting and Candles

SCRAPS said these are especially dangerous to pets that like to chew. Electrical shock can occur when a pet chomps down on an electrical cord, causing tongue lacerations and possible death. SCRAPS suggests using LED candles instead of actual flames and place them into hard-to-reach places so that pets can not access them.


 

  • Gift Wrap Ribbon