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Photoboxx looks to plug into Instagram market

200 million people worldwide have heard of Instagram, the picture sharing social media app that boasts more than 20 billion photos shared using its software. Now a local company called Photoboxx is looking to tap into that global market.

Here's how Photoboxx works: Say you're planning an event, a guest at the event can snap a picture on Instagram using a specific hashtag and then, about a minute later, the picture prints out on a photobox. Your guest gets to keep the print and you have endless possibilities for marketing not only your event, but your brand.

Owners Michael Fisk and Devon Lind spent about a year, and plenty of their own money starting Photoboxx and the concept behind it is pretty simple.

"At an event people are already taking photos. They are taking pictures with their camera but there is no real incentive for them to use that company or the brand for that event's hashtag," Fish said.

Photoboxx gives them an incentive as the people taking pictures get to keep their Polaroid-like print. But the business side of Photoboxx is maybe the best part

Hoopfest in need of Court Monitors

Hoopfest in need of Court Monitors

Want to be a part of Hoopfest 25, but don’t have a team? Volunteer to be one of 650 Court Monitors that make each game a slam dunk.

The best thing about being a Court Monitor is that almost anyone can do it, regardless of basketball experience. Hoopfest provides all the training you need at evening training sessions scheduled for mid-June. Another way to make Hoopfest great as a Court Monitor is to recruit a friend to be your scorekeeper. Together you can make sure each game is fun for everyone.

SpokeFest has grant available to promote bicycle education

SpokeFest has grant available to promote bicycle education

Bicycle enthusiasts will participate in the 7th annual SpokeFest in September, but the non-profit has more to offer than the one day event. SpokeFest has a grant available for schools or other nonprofits to use for bicycle education.

“We really just want to get the word out that it’s available,” said Anna Bresnahan, Marketing Chair for SpokeFest.

Pot professionals hold seminar for anyone interested in the "Canna-Biz"

Pot professionals hold seminar for anyone interested in the "Canna-Biz"

Legal weed took center stage at the Bing Crosby Theater downtown on Wednesday night. Three experts hosted by The Inlander made the trip to answer questions from the public about the opportunities and hurdles ahead.

Matt Cohen, the pioneer of medical marijuana farms called Washington 'ground zero.' Cohen was a consultant for the state with drafting regulations for Initiative 502.

"I like the law in Washington over any other law in any other state or country so far," Cohen said.

Cohen graced headlines in 2011 when federal agents raided his Northern California medical marijuana grow operation, despite actively working with local and state law enforcement to comply with regulations. His hope is that Washington will be positive role model for other states to follow.

"I think the market is going to have an ability to thrive," Cohen said. "It's going to be regulated very tightly, there's going to be a lot of tax revenue. I think it's going to be a successful program."

Spokane Parks Foundation holding Expo '74 Gala

Spokane Parks Foundation holding Expo '74 Gala

The Spokane Parks Foundation is throwing a party to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Expo '74.

The "Expo '74 Celebration and Gala" will be held on May 3, 2014 at the Spokane Convention Center.

The cocktail reception and entertainment will go from 6-7 p.m. Dinner and program are scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. Dessert and drinks will follow.

You can purchase tickets to the event through TicketsWest. Tickets cost $74.

Blake Shelton's Ten Times Crazier Tour coming to Spokane

Blake Shelton's Ten Times Crazier Tour coming to Spokane

Blake Shelton's Ten Times Crazier Tour is is making it's way to Spokane in September.

Tickets go on-sale Friday, April 25 at 10:00 a.m. at the Spokane Arena Box Office, all TicketsWest Outlets, at TicketsWest.com or by calling 800-325-SEAT.

Press release:

Just off the heels of his sold-out Ten Times Crazier 2013 Tour, Blake Shelton wants everyone to know that the crazy will continue in 2014. The Country singer and star of NBC’s The Voice is hitting the road on his 2014 Ten Times Crazier Tour, and will perform live at the Spokane Arena on Thursday, September 18! Joining Blake Shelton on tour will be The Band Perry, Neal McCoy and Dan+Shay.

Spokane police arrest suspect in Monday night stabbing

Spokane police have made an arrest in connection with a stabbing at the Bel Franklin apartments Monday night.

Police arrested 26-year-old Edward Bobby Donoian on charges of first-degree assault.

Officers believe Donoian confronted the victim at his apartment at the Bel Franklin on Division and Spokane Falls Blvd. and stabbed him. The victim also stabbed Donoian.

Donoian fled the scene and was located near 600 N. Riverpoint Blvd.

Police say the stabbing was not random.

Donoian will appear in court Thursday afternoon.