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Visit Spokane to host Twitter chat on April 3 using #SpringInSpokane

Visit Spokane to host Twitter chat on April 3 using #SpringInSpokane

 

Visit Spokane will host a special Twitter chat on Friday April 3rd from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Those who participate in the chat using the hashtag #SpringInSpokane will have a chance to win a pair of passes to the Spokane Falls Skyride.

 

Visit Spokane, whose twitter handle is @VisitSpokane, will tweet a series of questions during the hour chat around the topic of spring in Spokane. Two individuals who reply to the questions using #SpringInSpokane will be randomly selected to win the Spokane Falls Skyride tickets.

 

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Blooming Artists to raise money for the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery April 3

Blooming Artists to raise money for the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery April 3

 

Artwork created by the children at the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery will be on display at Express Employment Professionals for a unique First Friday event.

 

Children visiting the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery have been drawing, painting, and coloring canvases since the beginning of March, and now their artwork will be on display and for sale to help benefit the nursery.

 

On Friday, April 3rd from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. the artwork will be displayed and sold at Express Employment Professionals, 311 W. Main Avenue, in Downtown Spokane as part of a "Blooming Artists" gallery. 100% of the proceeds will go toward continued support of the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery's cause.

 

Humane Society needs help preparing for an abundance of kittens

Humane Society needs help preparing for an abundance of kittens

 

Spring is the time of year an abundance of kittens arrive at the Spokane Humane Society. To prepare themselves for the hundreds of homeless kittens that will need their help this season, the Spokane Humane Society has planned ways to raise funds and interest throughout the month of April.

 

From April 1st through April 16th, the Spokane Humane Society will have donation bins at both Northwest Seed and Pet locations.

 

According to the Humane Society, items needed for for the care of these foster kittens are as follows:

  • Kitten Milk Replacer (KMR)
  • Heating Pads
  • Pate` style wet kitten food
  • Bottles
  • Small Litter Pans
  • Nutrical
  • Mineral Oil
  • Pure Lemon Juice
  • Small Blankets Recycled plastic containers (for pet food)
  • Karo Syrup
  • Baby Rice Cereal
  • Small dishes
  • Powdered Goats Milk
  • Laxatone
  • Gallon zip lock bags

 

Spokane Bike Swap coming April 11 and 12

Spokane Bike Swap coming April 11 and 12

 

The Spokane County Fair and Expo Center will be overflowing with bikes and bike related gear on April 11th and 12th for the fourth annual Spokane Bike Swap.

 

Over 700 bikes are anticipated to be consigned and over 50 exhibitors, including ten local bike shops, will be present at this year's bike swap. In an attempt to promote safety, bike helmets will be given away to every child that buy and bike in the bike corral. Last year, 173 helmets were given away, and even more are expected this year.

 

The Spokane Bike Swap is presented in collaboration with Spokane County's Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Efficiency Act. The CTR program works to reduce traffic congestion, air pollution, and petroleum consumption. One of the ways the CTR does this is by educating and getting citizens comfortable with riding bikes around Spokane County.

 

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Tourists trek to Spokane for Sweet 16

Basketball fans from across the nation descended upon the Spokane Arena for Saturday's Sweet 16 games.

"We came in from Seattle yesterday," said fan Helen Speegle.

"Ten to twelve hours," Heidi Cummings said about her group's travel time. "We came from different parts of Montana."

The locals however, we're happy they didn't have to travel at all.

"I think a lot us didn't even think they'd make the tournament this year and to achieve the first two games. They can play with anybody when they're playing hard," said Gonzaga Fan Karl Bolt.

Those in attendance appreciated the finer points that come with the women's game.

"It's usually faster because the men's game is the 35 second between basket time," said Speegle. "They grind it out and woman have to pass the ball. They don't play above the net so much."

No matter who they're rooting for, all the fans are hoping their teams advance to Elite-8 on Monday.

"We're excited to take in some games and we're thrilled that it's so close that we can watch some games," said Cummings.

Spokane recognizes certain businesses for excellent management of wastewater

Spokane recognizes certain businesses for excellent management of wastewater

 

On Thursday the City of Spokane recognized local businesses that have excelled in the management of wastewater generated as part of their processes.

 

"We want to recognize these businesses for being good stewards of the environment and helping the City operate its wastewater treatment system efficiently," said Rick Romero, the City's Utilities Division Director. "We appreciate all the work that has been invested in these efforts."

 

The recognized businesses achieved 100 percent compliance with requirements in their industrial wastewater discharge permits for 2014. Businesses are required to have such permits either because they produce a large volume of wastewater or because they discharge pollutants that can disrupt wastewater treatment processes.

 

These outstanding organizations include:

WA Senate approves WSU med-school bill

WA Senate approves WSU med-school bill

 

In a resounding bipartisan vote on Wednesday, the Washington State Senate gave final approval to a bill paving the way for a new medical school in Spokane to be operated by Washington State University.

 

The Senate approved House Bill 1559 by a vote of 47-0. Gov. Jay Inslee has five days to act or it becomes law without his signature.

 

Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, sponsor of an identical bill that passed the Senate earlier this month said the measure heralds a new era of economic development for Spokane and will go a long way toward relieving a statewide shortage of physicians.