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September is National Disaster Preparedness month

September is National Disaster Preparedness month

Disaster can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross encourages everyone to take the first step during National Preparedness Month and create a disaster plan for their household that can keep people safe in an emergency.

“Having an emergency plan is an important step so everyone in the household knows what they should do if something happens,” said Martha Reed, Regional Disaster Program Officer. “We believe people should mark National Preparedness Month by creating or updating their plan.”

As we recently saw throughout central and eastern Washington, flash floods and severe weather can strike quickly, leaving residents with only moments to evacuate in some cases. Every second counts during a disaster so the best time to prepare is before one hits.

The Spokane Regional Health District is also participating in National Preparedness Month with a different, but important message every week. They'll be providing resources online and on social media to assist families with the following themes:

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Public comment needed on Mt. Spokane State Park expansion

Public comment needed on Mt. Spokane State Park expansion

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is inviting the public to comment on two proposals for Mount Spokane State Park.

The following are combined under one draft environmental impact statement which considers the potential impact of:

  • The expansion of Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard park, adding one ski lift and seven ski trails in a 279-acre area.
  • A formal land classification and reclassification of a portion of the state park known as the Potential Alpine Ski Expansion Area (PASEA).

The deadline for comments is September 15.

You can find more information on the proposals, the draft environmental impact statement documents and a link to submit your comments here.

Working 4 you: Americans working more than 40-hour weeks

Working 4 you: Americans working more than 40-hour weeks

For many Tuesday means back to work after the Labor Day weekend. But for many full-time employees, they may still be clocking in close to 40 hours this week.

A new study suggests most full-time employees are logging more than 40 hours per week. Gallup's annual Work in Education Survey shows that many people could be working a full workday longer each week.

Some experts believe the reason for this is some people might be more resourceful, while for others, it may be part of their pay structure.

Employees paid by the hour are sometimes restricted in the amount of time they can spend on the job because of limits on overtime. That's typically not an issue for salaried employees, so they are more likely to log more hours at the office.

Gallup's survey found about half of the adults it surveyed say they work 47 hours a week, on average. Nearly one in ten say they work even more, at least 50 hours a week. And 18 percent they work 60 hours a week or more.

So, if you're a full-time employee but actually work less than 40 hours a week, you're in the eight percent minority.

American Heart Association needs you!

American Heart Association needs you!

The realization that heart desease runs through your family tree is something that can't be ignored. I now have to share that info and the dangers with my kids and those around me. 

Those around me are all of you! I have a way to share my story but thousands won't here me. The National Heart Association and the Spokane Chapter are reaching the rest hopefully. 

Research, outreach and teaching all take funds and they need our donation. Please click here to donate or join our team for the walk coming September 13th at 9am. 

Clock Tower meadow with the Walk/5k Run (a Bloomsday qualifier) starts at 10am










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Record breaking year for Pig Out in the Park

The 35th annual Pig Out in the Park is in the books and it was a good year for food vendors and the downtown area.

Event organizer Bill Burke says the food festival has a $4.1 million dollar economic impact on the city.

"This has been the best Pig Out ever," Burke said. "Obviously people were excited for this one because they showed up in droves."

Burke says about 112,000 people came to eat and watch the bands. He adds there were about 20,000 more people in attendance this year than last. He attributes the growth to better marketing outside the Spokane area.

"We saw an increase from Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, from Oregon, from British Columbia, we saw people out of Alberta this year," Burke said.

For venders like Daniel Miranda, who owns the Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog Stand says they did very well.

"We're all really tired," Miranda said. "But it's been a great week, like I said before it's the crowd that kind of keeps you going."

He says he was surprised to see how their new bacon wrapped corn dog did.

Man in critical condition following downtown Spokane fight

A man is in critical condition after a fight between two people in downtown Spokane Sunday morning.

The incident occurred near Sprague and Stevens just before 2:30 a.m.

Spokane Police patrol officers responded to the report of an assault. Officers arrived on scene and medics were immediately called to treat one man who had been involved in the altercation and was unresponsive.

According to witnesses, the injured man walked out in front of a taxi and started the confrontation. Spokane Major Crimes detectives are investigating the incident.

No arrests have been made and all parties involved are accounted for.

Anyone who may have witnessed the event and has not yet been contacted by police is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

Spokane Labor Day closures

A number of closures could affect your Labor Day plans on Monday.

Spokane City Hill will be closed along with other City facilities, including the Municipal Court. The garbage transfer stations and the Waste-to-Energy facility will also be closed.

Parking meters don't have to be fed on Labor Day.

Garbage pickup and curbside recycling will be one day late all week. Friday's pickup will occur on Saturday.

All Spokane Public Library branches will be closed on Monday. The Eastside, Hillyard, and Indian Trail branches will also be closed on Tuesday.

The Spokane City Council will not meet for the week of Sept. 1. The next meeting is Monday, Sept. 8.