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Spokane leaders honor 141st ARW for Oso relief efforts

Spokane leaders honor 141st ARW for Oso relief efforts

Local leaders have honored members of the 141st Air Refueling Wing for their efforts in helping with search and recovery operations in Oso in the wake of the deadly mudslide last month that claimed 41 lives.

More than 70 airmen from Fairchild Air Force Base responded to Oso within days of the mudslide and spent their time assisting in the search and recovery efforts. One of those airmen was Sergeant Caleb Guthimiller, who deployed to Oso four days after the slide hit.

"I didn't expect anything like what we saw. I don't think anything could prepare you for the amount of mud and debris that was moved down there," he said.

"The best way to describe it is almost like quick sand. Every step was quite a struggle, every time you had to take a step to search. A lot of it was done literally on hands and knees in some areas because you would sink so deep you couldn't hardly get out of it," he added.

Guardsmen with the 141st spent 10 days in Oso.

Spokane named Runner Friendly Community

Spokane named Runner Friendly Community

The Road Runners Club of America has named Spokane a Runner Friendly Community for 2014.


RRCA selects Runner Friendly Communities based on specific criteria that includes community infrastructure, community support, and local government support for running. The RRCA adds that these communities have a track record of businesses and organizations working together to promote running for exercise and sport.

Steam Plant glows pink for Race for the Cure

Steam Plant glows pink for Race for the Cure

Spokane is gearing up to Race for the Cure on Sunday, and this week a Spokane landmark is acting as a visual cheerleader for those racing. The smoke stacks of The Steam Plant Grill are glowing pink every night to remind people about Sunday’s important race and fundraiser.

Civic Theatre invites community to join Torchlight Parade

Civic Theatre invites community to join Torchlight Parade

The Spokane Civic Theatre is looking for volunteers to join them in the Spokane Lilac Torchlight Parade on Saturday, May 17th.


Volunteers will get to choose costumes from the Civic’s extensive costume shop, and will be asked to carry signs and dance during along the parade route. There will be four practices before the parade, and the first one is on Thursday, April 24th.

Egg hunt for dogs (and children)

Egg hunt for dogs (and children)

Have you heard? The Easter Bunny is set to arrive in Spokane on Saturday, April 19, and make a stop at SpokAnimal’s Dog Park at High Bridge. He will hide plastic eggs filled with dog treats and pose for photos with the kiddies.

If you want to participate in the hunt, there is a suggested $10 per dog registration, and begins at 9am in the parking area. Dog park regulars should be aware that the upper dog park will close at 9am to get ready for the Bunny’s arrival , then reopen for the hunt at 10am along with free kids’ activities. Three golden eggs will be hidden somewhere in the upper park with egg-stra special prizes inside.

The SpokAnimal Dog Park at High Bridge is located at 163 South A Street in Spokane’s Peaceful Valley. All proceeds raised from the event benefit the park’s on-going cleanup and maintenance. For updates and activities become a fan of SpokAnimal’s Dog Park at High Bridge on Facebook

Hoopfest in need of Court Monitors

Hoopfest in need of Court Monitors

Want to be a part of Hoopfest 25, but don’t have a team? Volunteer to be one of 650 Court Monitors that make each game a slam dunk.


The best thing about being a Court Monitor is that almost anyone can do it, regardless of basketball experience. Hoopfest provides all the training you need at evening training sessions scheduled for mid-June. Another way to make Hoopfest great as a Court Monitor is to recruit a friend to be your scorekeeper. Together you can make sure each game is fun for everyone.

SpokeFest has grant available to promote bicycle education

SpokeFest has grant available to promote bicycle education

Bicycle enthusiasts will participate in the 7th annual SpokeFest in September, but the non-profit has more to offer than the one day event. SpokeFest has a grant available for schools or other nonprofits to use for bicycle education.


“We really just want to get the word out that it’s available,” said Anna Bresnahan, Marketing Chair for SpokeFest.