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OMWBE Get Certified Campaign to host educational workshops around the state Jan. 20-23

OMWBE Get Certified Campaign to host educational workshops around the state Jan. 20-23

The Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) has announced the office will  launching a statewide ‘Get Certified’ campaign starting January 20th intended to help more women- and minority-owned businesses win contracts with state and local governments.

 

The campaign will be held from January 20th through January 23rd. Activities will include conducting more than 35 educational workshops and other stops across the state to help boost understanding for small, diverse businesses regarding the benefits getting a variety of certifications – including OMWBE certification.

Area Get Certified Roadshow events will take place at the following:

Wednesday, January, 21st

  • Republic |10:00 a.m. |Ferry County PUD 686 S Clark Ave Republic, WA 99166
  • Kettle Falls| 2:00 p.m. | Sandy's Drive Inn 1045 U.S. 395
  • Colville | 5:00 p.m. Dept of Transportation Upstairs Meeting Room 440 North Hwy, North Roundabout

 

Thursday, January 22nd

Avista reports energy savings success from partnership with Spokane Public Schools

Avista reports energy savings success from partnership with Spokane Public Schools

Avista said energy improvements made to district school from their partnership with Spokane Public Schools (SPS) during 2014 have qualified for $237,189 in energy efficiency rebates and incentives. These are expected to save SPS approximately $65,000 in energy costs annually.

 

Since 2005, the school district has received more than $2.7 million in energy efficiency incentives as a result of this ongoing partnership.

 

According to Avista, the majority of projects in 2014 focused on the new Ferris High School building, which was built with energy efficiency in mind. It includes some of the following features:

River Park Square welcomes Holeshot Pizza and Brew

River Park Square welcomes Holeshot Pizza and Brew

River Park Square announced Tuesday that Holeshot Pizza and Brew LLC will be joining the food court in Spring of 2015. Holeshot will be located in the food court location previously occupied by Pizza Oven, and cater to Catering to the lunch and dinner crowds.

 

Holeshot Pizza and Brew LLC is a food court brick oven pizza restaurant with an adjacent beer and wine bar called, The First Turn.  According to River Park Square, Holeshot is designed around the concept of serving quality brick oven pizza cooked with speed and precision.

 

“We are excited to bring this new concept into the food court,” said Bryn West, general manager of River Park Square. “Holeshot will bring a fresh vitality to our food court and expand cuisine options available to our customers.”

 

The restaurant is themed after the owner's passion, motocross racing. Owner Kevin McRae said he wanted to create an environment that promotes the sport of off road motorcycle racing. Holeshot will serve a variety of pizzas, as well as pizza by the slice. Daily, fresh-made salads, will also be featured on the menu.  McRae is a 20 year resident of Spokane.

Spokane Roofing delivers timely Christmas gift for SNAP client in need

Spokane Roofing delivers timely Christmas gift for SNAP client in need

This year, the holidays were looking pretty bleak for 83-year-old Becky Sanchez.

The north Spokane resident was scrambling to get to her cancer treatment appointments while dealing with a chronically painful back and a history of heart problems. Despite her physical challenges, Sanchez continued to serve others by volunteering for the local VFW and gathering Christmas presents for kids at Shriner’s Hospital.

To top it off, the roof of Sanchez’s mobile home on Crestline Road was literally caving in.

Living on a fixed budget, Sanchez had no money to pay for badly needed repairs. Water damage to her roof made it so she couldn’t turn on the lights in her kitchen and hallways. With the snow, ice and rain of winter bearing down, Sanchez made a desperate call to SNAP, an agency that had helped her in the past.

City of Spokane collaborating with Walgreens on vaccine program

City of Spokane collaborating with Walgreens on vaccine program

The City of Spokane announced a collaboration with Walgreens to administer vaccines at no cost to patients. Available vaccines include flu shots and other Center for Disease Control-recommended immunizations to residents without insurance and those underinsured.

 

Beginning Thursday, December 11, Walgreens locations in Spokane can administer vaccines for pneumonia, whooping cough, chicken pox, shingles, MMR, meningitis and influenza to qualified individuals. No-cost immunizations are available at Spokane Walgreens locations daily during regular pharmacy hours with no appointment necessary and are subject to availability. Age, state and health -related restrictions may apply.

 

“Spokane is a very compassionate community, and that includes its community pharmacies,” said Spokane Mayor David Condon. “Walgreens has stepped up to provide assistance that can help improve the health of many in our community.”

 

Strideline knocks the (Spokane Skyline) socks off local charities

The Spokane office of Strideline, a Seattle-based sock company, is helping local charities—feet first. For the second year in a row, Strideline’s Spokane office, located in the east central community, recently donated $1,750 worth of its popular “Spokane Skyline” socks to the Spokane Midnight Basketball Association and another $1,395 worth of socks to the Tree of Sharing.Sam Talkington, Market Manager of Strideline’s Spokane office, says that these charities have special meaning for him.

Downtown Spokane offers many different activities tonight for First Friday

Downtown Spokane offers many different activities tonight for First Friday

Today is First Friday in downtown Spokane, and this month nearly 50 businesses are participating.

For local foodies, these are just a handful of the places available to check out tonight:

24 Taps will have 13 local craft beers available in a sampler flight to enjoy, and Chocolate Apothecary will offer cheese, wine, and chocolate pairings along with music from local singer-songwriter Alex Ishkov.

LeftBank Wine Bar and El Corazon Tasting Room will offer tastings throughout the whole bar along with photography by Al Hague and music from Sandpoint musician, Truck Mills.