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Condon heading to D.C. to meet with legislators; will bring delicious treat

Condon heading to D.C. to meet with legislators; will bring delicious treat

 

Mayor David Condon is heading to Washington D.C. on Tuesday for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, but not without a treat from a Spokane success story.

Transitions for Women announced Friday that the mayor will be taking some pecan toffee bars from New Leaf Bakery-Cafe – a job training program for low-income and homeless women – with him to “share with legislators.”

“We're quite pleased about it,” Janie Borgan, program director, said. “I know that they'll really enjoy it. It's a nice tangible representation of the work that goes on at Transitions.”

Allen Schmelzer, the associate planner for Spokane Community Housing and Human Services, said the pecan bars were chosen because they are an “excellent example of the kind of things that are accomplished with those funds.”

Cheney man dying of cancer fulfills dream of meeting NBA superstar

Cheney man dying of cancer fulfills dream of meeting NBA superstar

 

Long before Joey Cawyer, of Cheney, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer he was a LeBron James fan.

“Joey has loved LeBron since his senior year in high school at St. Vincent-St. Mary's (High School in Akron, Ohio),” one of Joey's best friends Drew Peterson said.

When Peterson and Thang Nguyen realized that their friend didn't have much time left they decided to attempt something special: To arrange a meeting with his favorite NBA player.

“Our friend tried to write LeBron on Facebook, but with those fan pages you never know who's behind those,” Peterson said.

Snow, freezing temperatures head to WA

Some of the coldest temperatures of the winter so far are forecast in the next few days in Washington.

The National Weather Service says nighttime lows will drop below freezing through the middle of next week in Western Washington with highs in the 30s and 40s.

Eastern Washington lows are expected in the single digits over the weekend with highs in the 20s and 30s.

Forecasters say there's a chance of snow flurries Saturday night in Western Washington and minor snow showers in Eastern Washington, but the outlook is for mostly dry weather for the next five or six days.

LGBTQAI community reacts to Spokane being named third gayest city

LGBTQAI community reacts to Spokane being named third gayest city

 

The Advocate – a LGBT magazine – listed Spokane as the third “gayest city in America” in its issue that came out Wednesday.

“As much as we love fabulous soirees and mimosa brunches, there much more to LGBT life than that,” the article by Matthew Breen starts. “We live in little burgs and big cities and tons of places in between – so we're looking at the in-between.”

Spokane received seven points for having “LGBT elected officials,” according to Victory Fund endorsements, although all seven members listed by the group preside over jurisdictions on the West Side. The Lilac City got its biggest boost – five points – from recently passed legislation legalizing same-sex marriages. Also, the city received a point for “fabulous shopping” - namely the Pottery Barn downtown (718 West Main Avenue).

Runner's Soul to host Sandy Hook Run/Walk

Runner's Soul to host Sandy Hook Run/Walk

 

Runner's Soul Spokane will host Strides for Sandy Hook Run/Walk to raise money for the victims of the tragic elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

The race will be held Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. and will start at Ripples/Red Lion River Inn (700 North Division). Funds raised will go toward the Sandy Hook Memorial & Scholarship Fund. Minimum donation is $28.

Registration includes a long-sleeve finishers shirt.

“Late registration will be available on the day of the run” at the hotel, according to news release. Late registrants will not receive a shirt.

An Italian buffet provided by the Red Lion will be offered after the race for $5 a person. Plaques will be given to the first, second and third place finishers of the men's and women's divisions. There will also be door prizes.

Taima the Hawk trains, lives in Spokane

Taima the Hawk trains, lives in Spokane

 

Little-known fact: A key member of the Seahawks resides in the Spokane area.

Taima the Hawk, the 7-year-old African Augur Hawk that leads the team out of the tunnel before every home game, makes David Knutson's Spokane farm home.

Knutson, a master falconer, attends every Seahawk home game, training camp, organized team activity and team event east of the Cascades – logging “at the very least” 65,000 miles during that span.

Knutson's work with Taima (pronounced: TAY-ma) starts long before the regular season because the bird needs to be prepared for the thousands of people touching him and the array of stimuli that could startle an untrained bird.

Special jazz show at The Fox

Special jazz show at The Fox