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Curtain Could Close for Interplayers

Curtain Could Close for Interplayers

Big things have been happening at the Interplayers Theatre in Downtown Spokane. In the last year and a half they have seen both physical and administrative remodels. However, it may not have been enough to keep the non-profit a float, and now Interplayers has until May 31st to raise $150,000 to keep the curtain from closing for good.

 

When Pamela Brown took over as Executive Director in the fall of 2011 she was greeted by an administrative nightmare. There were no books, and the records from 30 years of board meetings were in disarray. The theater was $80,000 in debt and the building was in desperate need of repair. Brown, along with Artistic Director, Reed McColm, went to work and the results are extraordinary.

 

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Catfishing In Manito Park

Catfishing In Manito Park

A day of hunting a Heron turned into something much more for Spokane photographer Eric Strate. Last May Strate was armed with his camera stalking a Blue Heron at the pond at Manito Park.

“I knew he liked to hangout in that end of the pond,” said Strate, pointing to the west end. “I was kinda doing the Elmer Fudd hunt you know, four little steps, sneaking up on him.”

His stealthy-Fudd approach worked. Strate was able to get very close to the Blue Heron and then something else caught his attention.

“An osprey was circling at the other end,” said Strate.

From his experience of photographing osprey along the Spokane river, he knew the massive bird was about to go fishing.

“At that point I was just scrambling to get my camera ready.”

Mother speaks out about toddler's death

The mother of a Spokane toddler, who died from blunt force trauma to the head, is�speaking out about the�death of her 18-month-old son, Rylee Castner.

Rylee�died on�March 31st.� On Monday the Spokane Medical Examiner ruled his death a homicide.

Rylee's�mother, Cassie Castner, says on�March 30th�Rylee was fine when he woke up. Later in the morning, Cassie says she took a shower and made breakfast so her boyfriend watched Rylee and her other son downstairs.

"I heard some crying but it wasn't like painful crying, it just sounded like he was being cranky," Cassie said.

Cassie says the crying only lasted a few minutes. When she came downstairs a little while later, Rylee was asleep in his crib. She took the sleeping toddler to a barbecue and things quickly took a turn for the worst.

"We took him to the�barbeque and immediately went and talked to my mom and had her check him out when we started seeing the bad signs and bruising we called 911," Cassie said.

Prosecutor prepared to pack pistol

The lines are long for people hoping to get concealed weapons permits at the Public Safety Building, but those in line Tuesday might've been surprised to know one of the other people waiting to get a permit was Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker.

Tucker thinks it's time he starts carrying a gun, but it's not the first time he's packed a revolver. Before he was prosecutor, Tucker was a Washington State trooper.

If he's going to pack a gun he wants to make sure its nice and legal.

"Yep, I need one to carry one legally so I'm going to need to read through the rules and make sure I'm okay with them and then do everything by the rules," Tucker said.

Tucker is not the first prosecutor to hand over $52 for a concealed weapons permit, but he is the most recognizable and therefore a potential target.

"Well it's kind of a sign of the times, you read the paper and there have been a couple of prosecutors killed down in Texas, basically murdered in their own home, and one of them even on the way to work, so I don't think we're safe anywhere anymore and it's just time to be ready for things if I can be," he said.

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U.S. Air Force to Host Open House

U.S. Air Force to Host Open House

The U.S. Air Force is replacing some of their primary refueling air crafts and with the change they are considering where to house the replacements. Fairchild Air Force Base is on the list of potential new homes for the KC-46A aircraft. But before the U.S. Air Force makes a final decision they are holding open house meetings to educate the surrounding communities about the aircraft.

 

Locally, the open house will be held at the Lincoln Center in Spokane on April 16th. The purpose of the event is to educate the public on the move of the KC-46A aircraft and to give them a chance to ask questions about the impact it could have. There will be no formal presentations made, but Air Force personnel will be on hand to answer questions. Public comments and input are encouraged as it will help the Air Force make a more informed final decision.

 

College Bound Scholarship Available for WA Students

College Bound Scholarship Available for WA Students

A state funded scholarship program is making the burden of affording higher education easier for low income families. Students apply for the program in the eighth grade and this year's dead line is on the horizon. Applications for the College Bound Scholarship Program are due on June 30th.

 

To qualify for the program, the student's family must meet one of four income standards and still be in the required income bracket when they file their FAFSA their senior year of high school. The income standards include students who are eligible for the free or reduced lunch program, if their family receives basic food or TANF benefits, or if the family makes below a certain income depending on size. Students who are in foster care are automatically eligible.

 

New ordinance opens city positions for appointment

Major reorganization changes are sweeping�City Hall after the Spokane City Council voted 4-3 to change the city's employment structure Monday evening.

Under the new organization structure, 6%�of the city's workforce can be appointed by city leaders. The city says these changes will create more flexibility within city government but some say it supports nepotism and could lead to government corruption.

"With assistance from our Civil Service Department and the existence of the city's Ethics Committee, I believe that concerns that evolve because of the nepotism and the�cronyism can be eliminated or minimized," Councilman Mike Fagan said.

"All good policy making is balanced, this policy feels out of balanced to me," Councilman Jon Snyder said.

Currently, police and fire can only appoint two people in their entire departments but�under this change they'll now be able to appoint up to 14.

The city says the ordinance doesn't immediately create the positions, it simply puts the framework in place.