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Hot temps have SCRAPS cracking down on animal endangerment

With temperatures hitting the century mark it could make for dangerous conditions for people and pets, so SCRAPS is working to crack down on animal endangerment.

Finding animals in cars still remains their top priority but SCRAPS is also targeting animals that are outside playing fetch and running and letting their owners know of the consequences that come with it.

In the SCRAPS building animal control officers were busy Tuesday discussing their plan for the 10-day outlook. With temperatures staying in the 90s this is going to be a busy time for them. On Monday officers responded to 12 calls for service for either pets in cars or just to check on conditions.

They'll be actively looking for animals in the heat and informing owners that it could have deadly consequences. Just two weeks ago a dog chained to a fence died from what was believed to be heat stroke. They're making sure that doesn't happen again and working to prevent it.

Voters to decide on street, park funding in November

Spokane voters will decide in November if they want to improve our streets and make big upgrades to Riverfront Park.

The Spokane City Council voted 6-0 Monday night to put the streets and Riverfront Park plans on the November ballot.

If approved, current streets and park funding would remain in place, giving the city $60 Million to improve Riverfront Park and $25 Million to spend on street upgrades.

Boil-water advisories over for some after storm

Boil-water advisories over for some after storm

Health advisories asking residents to boil their drinking water after last week's storm have ended in two of six impacted areas now that power has been restored and lab tests show the water is safe to drink.

Boil-water advisories in Spokane and Pend Oreille counties have ended, specifically:

  • 333 resdients of Chattaroy Valley Mobile Estates in Chattaroy.
  • Sandy Shore and Sandy Meadows water system customers in Pend Oreille County.

The following four water systems in three counties remain on boil-water advisories:

Carlton Complex Fire officials say no more donations!

Carlton Complex Fire officials say no more donations!

It turns out there can be too much of a good thing. According to the official Carlton Complex Fire blog, the community has overwhelmed community groups with their donations.

Effective immediately, physical donations of clothing, books, toys and more will no longer be accepted.

Okanogan County resources no longer have the space to store additional donations or the manpower to sort them. All donations currently being sorted are more than enough to cover what's needed – they are being transported to a central location and then distributed to members of the community from there.

If you would still like to offer assistance to victims of the Carlton Complex fire, please consider a cash donation to the Apple Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross or other local charities. You can also donate cash for fire victims at any North Cascades Bank.

Working 4 you: Just how good for you is running?

Working 4 you: Just how good for you is running?

Good news for runners.

A new study shows the benefits of running for your health, but this study says it doesn't matter if you're a 15-minute miler, or an elite marathoner. The benefits are still the same.

According to the study running, even for a few minutes a day, can reduce your risk of death from heart disease compared to those who don't run at all. That study was published this week in the journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Researchers studied some 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15 year period. They noted their overall health, if they ran and how long they lived.

Compared to non-runners, investigators found those who ran had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes, and a 45% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

In fact, runners on average lived three years longer compared to those who did not hit the pavement.

When data was broken down by age, sex, body mass index, smoking and alcohol use, the benefits were still the same. And the speed at which runners ran made little difference.

Working 4 you: Officials warn of beach dangers after tragic accident

Working 4 you: Officials warn of beach dangers after tragic accident

Millions of Americans are flocking to the beaches on these hot summer days, and officials are sending out a new safety warning. But this warning has nothing to do with sharks or rip currents, this warning is all about the sand.

The warning comes after a terrible tragedy at a northern California beach. It's probably something you've seen people do over and over.

Rescue workers say Adam Pye, a recent college graduate, died last week, buried alive inside a ten-foot deep hole he dug in the sand.

Dozens of beachgoers frantically tried to reach him, but it was too late.

And this isn't the first incident of its type to spark such a warning.

Back in 2011 it took firefighters 27 minutes to rescue a 17-year-old boy who survived being buried in a seven-foot deep tunnel.

But in 2012 a 12-year-old New Jersey boy wasn't so lucky. He died after being trapped in a tunnel he dug with his brother.

And officials want you know that a deadly situation like this happens in seconds, but it can be prevented.

Mail carrier on unpaid leave, accused of stealing mail from customers

Mail carrier on unpaid leave, accused of stealing mail from customers

A Spokane mail carrier is on unpaid leave tonight, under investigation for stealing mail from the customers on her route. The specific charges are "delay or destruction of mail," and "theft of mail matter by an officer or employee."

According to co-workers, the woman was caught after she took her private vehicle to a garage for repairs and mechanics found mail addressed to other individuals.

The mechanics thought they were only turning in a mail thief, but investigators quickly learned the suspect was a postal worker herself.

The United States Postal Service says theft by carriers is very rare. In 2013, only 339 were fired for the crime out of a half-million employees. Much more common is non-employee thieves who steal mail from boxes after it's been delivered.

"If you see anyone out there tampering with a mail box, who is not a postal carrier and you know should not be at that mailbox, you need to immediately report it to crime check," said Robbin Darst with USPS.

The USPS says all potential victims have been notified of the carrier's actions.

If convicted she faces up to five years in federal prison and $250 million in fines.