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City council considers crosswalk ordinance

It was a tragic event that has helped spark a proposed solution to cross walk safety in Spokane.

"I saw a car hit two babies and a mom and I saw the baby and her mom literally fly in the air," said Michelle Lee, witness.��

Five year old Elayna Burrows-Gust died last fall after being struck by a car along Monroe Street. She, along with her older brother, followed their mom into the street. The family was not using a crosswalk.

Council Member Candace Mumm said Elayna's story helped inspire the new proposed crosswalk ordinance.

"It seems walkability is the new thing, everyone wants to be able to have more places to walk and make it safer, and make it really clear to drivers that pedestrians have the right of way at intersections," said Council Member Mumm.

The proposed plans include updating crosswalks at business center, arterioles next to schools, parks and other high pedestrian traffic areas.

"Such as Monroe, and of course downtown where it's very busy and the new East Sprague target area development will also qualify," said Council Member Mumm.

Volunteers needed for SNAP ombudsman program

Volunteers needed for SNAP ombudsman program

SNAP is largely known for their services helping low-income individuals and families, but did you know they also offer a vital service for the elderly?

Lisa Petrie has been the regional Long Term Care Ombudsman for Eastern Washington since 1990, responsible for overseeing 284 nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family homes across Spokane, Pend Oreille, Ferry, Stevens and Whitman counties.

“This population is so very vulnerable, and it's so hard for them to speak up for what they need. The ombudsman is that voice,” said Petrie. “The whole idea is to visit with residents and make sure that they have the quality of care and quality of life that they deserve. Residents have rights, and we make sure they know that.”

Petrie has 38 volunteers that all make weekly and monthly visits to facilities from Colville to Colfax, getting to know the staff and residents. From their official paperwork, the responsibilities of ombudsman include:

Pizza 4 Pups at Monteray Cafe

Pizza 4 Pups at Monteray Cafe

The Monteray Cafe is teaming up with the Spokane Humane Society to present Pizza 4 Pups.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 20th, from 11:00 am to 2:00 am the Monteray Cafe will be donating 20 percent of all sales to the animals of the Spokane Humane Society.

You can also join team members from the Spokane Humane Society for Yappy Hour from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm for food and drink specials, door prizes, SHS swag and a howling good time.

“Misty, Ray and the crew from the Monterey Cafe are sending a strong message to our community members that they care about the needy animals in Spokane,” said Dave Richardson, Executive Director. ”Our life saving work is made possible through the generosity of businesses like The Monterey Cafe and individuals who turn their care and concern into action. Make the Monterey Cafe your date night with a purpose and share your love with critters in need.”

Dog days of summer at Spokane pools

Dog days of summer at Spokane pools

This Saturday is the last day for swimmers to enjoy the Spokane City Aquatic Centers before the dog days of summer! Beginning Sunday, pet owners can bring their pooches to dive, swim and frolic with other canine water enthusiasts in the 4th Annual Doggie Dips to benefit SpokAnimal and the Spokane Parks Foundation.

For $10 dogs can spend time poolside playing fetch, doing doggie paddle laps or just working on their tan. For the past three years SpokAnimal has used the funds from the popular event to help maintain and enhance the SpokAnimal Dog Park at High Bridge. This year, the Doggie Dips fall within SpokAnimal's participation in the ASPCA Rachael Ray 100k Challenge and there will be special games, photos and prizes incorporating the SpokAnimal Lifesaver Challenge theme into the fun.

Dog owners may pre-register for one of more Doggie Dips through Spokane Parks and Rec or pay $10 at the pool the day of each event. Dogs must be well-mannered, healthy and attended to by an owner who has proof of an up-do-date rabies vaccination. Dogs without a current certificate may be turned away.

Working 4 you: There's been another data breach, now what?

Working 4 you: There's been another data breach, now what?

Data breaches seem to be becoming the norm, and there's another consumers need to be aware of. Millions of people's personal information is at risk after hackers targeted a hospital network.

Community Health Systems announced the breach yesterday in a regulatory filing. The organization operates 206 hospitals in 29 states across the country.

It says hackers in China have stolen data on 4.5 million patients. The breach happened sometime in April and June this year.

The hackers accessed patients' names, social security numbers, addresses and phone numbers.

Anyone who received treatment from a network-owned hospital in the last five years is affected. People who were referred there by a doctor are also impacted.

The large data breach puts these people at a heightened risk of identity fraud.

But, experts say there are steps to take to make sure your identity stays safe.

First, if you think your SSN has been stolen, contact the three major credit-reporting agencies. They are Equifax, TransUnion and Experian. Tell them your social has been stolen and each will give you a free copy of your credit report.

Spokane council approves convention center skywalk

The Spokane City Council approved a permit Monday for a downtown skywalk.

The Spokesman-Review reports it will be the first new skywalk in the city in 20 years.

It will connect the convention center with the Grand Hotel Spokane, a 15-floor hotel under construction across the street.

The $1.5 million elevated walkway will be paid for by the Spokane Public Facilities District, which owns and runs the convention center.

The first Spokane skywalk was built as part of the redevelopment prior to Expo '74. Fifteen skywalks currently connect downtown buildings in Spokane.

Benson brothers bringing downtown to life through art

Benson brothers bringing downtown to life through art

If the Maple Street train overpass is part of your daily commute you've probably noticed the new mural there.

The Spokane Arts Commission has four groups of local artists beautifying downtown and they're actually looking for more.

On Monday, brothers Todd and Cain Benson are putting their finishing touches on their mural at Second and Maple; they've put a lot of man hours into it but it's work they're happy to do.

They say this is their gift to the city of Spokane.

The Benson brothers are working on the downtown mural project this summer, a city effort to clean up graffiti and brighten the downtown scene, but for Cain and Todd it has become so much more than that.

"You don't really think about it when you are creating it, but the amount of support we have got from the community, they have really made us feel a part of it and that has got to be the best part," Todd Benson said.

These guys are extremely humble, and through this project they've gained a lot of respect from the public and other artists.

"When I saw it it was incredible, I was just speechless," Eric Seiser said.