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Spokane Police search for coffee stand robbery suspect

A man believed to be responsible for two Spokane coffee stand robberies in the past two days is still at large as of Sunday evening. Spokane Police are looking for a man described as an African American in his 20s or 30s.

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Warm weather delaying opening of Riverfront Park's Ice Palace

A warmer than average fall is keeping the Riverfront Park Ice Palace from opening. The rink was planning to open on Oct., 22nd, but says it's pushed the opening day back to Oct.. 29th, pending cooler weather.

Officials with the rink say they need 6�or more�days of cooler weather, and then a stretch of average fall temperatures for the ice to form and stick around.�

The delay has sent more business to other indoor ice rinks like Eagles Ice-A-Rena.

"We will accommodate," Manager Josh Wattam said. "A lot of people don't like skating super late, but we will stay open till midnight if need be."

He says this is the first time he has ever seen a delay in opening the Riverfront rink.

"It is definitely having an impact," Wattam said. "Usually they are able to get their ice in already but it's just the strange weather."

Zombie Hike returns to Riverside State Park

Zombie Hike returns to Riverside State Park

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Riverside State Park Foundation invite the public to attend the third annual “Return of the Zombies” hike in Riverside State Park.

The annual pre-Halloween event takes place from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Riverside State Park 7-Mile Airstrip, 7903 W. Missoula Road, in Nine Mile Falls.

Touted as the “scariest half-mile hike ever,” the event is open to all ages. Admission to the haunted zombie hike is $10 for adults; $5 for youths age 3-12; and free for children under 3. Adults are issued a flashlight, and kids ages 3 to 12 receive a glow-in-the-dark bracelet that come with the admission fee. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Pets are not allowed at the event.

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

When you hear vegan, what's the first thing that pops into your head? It's probably not “sexy,” but that's what PETA is trying to change with their current competition for Sexiest Vegan over 50. The field has been narrowed down to just 14 men and women from around the US and one of them is from right here in Spokane.

Atania Gilmore is marking her two-year anniversary as a vegan this month. She's a runner and says it was another runner's book that encouraged her to make the change for what she calls selfish reasons.

“As a runner you're always looking for an edge,” she said.

Gilmore says it was “Eat and Run,” a book written by ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek that inspired her. In the book, Jurek explains that his record setting speeds to his vegan diet.

“I'm a turtle when I run,” said Gilmore. “I wanted to be faster so I thought it was worth a try.” So she decided to give it a try for the 30 days leading up to Thanksgiving and see if it made a difference.

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Working 4 you: Saving on holiday travel

Working 4 you: Saving on holiday travel

Thinking about planning a trip for Thanksgiving? Now might be the time to get moving.

When it comes to booking Thanksgiving airfares, travelers don't get too much flexibility around the Thursday holiday.

The days with the highest fares are the days the most people want to travel. That's the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after. So, it may not be your first choice, but you can usually find the best fares on Thanksgiving day. Maybe a morning flight can get you on the ground for a turkey dinner.

But, if you know which day you want to fly, book it now.

According to Consumer Reports, fares rise in October by about $3 for every day you wait to book a flight.

Finding the best price on tickets often means searching the most options.

Consumer Reports recommends making that search easier by using a website that pulls airfares from multiple sources, like Kayak, Expedia and Travelocity.

A connecting flight may save you some money, but some travel experts prefer a nonstop in colder weather when cancellations may throw off holiday plans.

700 seasonal jobs available in Spokane

It's that time of year again when companies beef up their staff to get ready for the busy holiday shopping season. Many companies in Spokane already have their advertisements up, looking for their holiday helpers.

?This time of year is when we start to look for good employees, especially sales people,? Darian Jorden, store manager of Aspen Sound said.

Aspen Sound has three locations in the Inland Northwest. Jorden said they'll likely hire three additional people for full-time work for the season.

"We usually don't mess around with the part time stuff," Jorden said. "We want somebody that is here, we want somebody that is going to be here the who time and really focus on what we have."

Aspen Sound is one of the many employers in Spokane that are starting to hire. There's more than 700 seasonal jobs listed on SimplyHired.com, a website that pulls links to job postings. Many of the listings are for department stores like Target, Macy's and Nordstrom. While a majority of the positions are for retail, there are other options such as stocking and delivering.

Free health services from EWU at Senior Smile day

Free health services from EWU at Senior Smile day

Students and staff from Eastern Washington University's health sciences program are donating their time and talents next weekend for the annual Senior Smiles Day.

From 9 am – 3 pm on Friday, October 24 anyone 55 and over and on a fixed income is welcome to come to the EWU Dental Hygiene Clinic on the University District Campus for the following services:

  • Free flu vaccinations
  • Oral cancer screenings
  • Gait screening
  • Hearing test
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Medication and nutrition consultation
  • Fall prevention workshops

Participants are asked to reserve an appointment by calling (509) 919-3045 or visiting the Senior Smile website.