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Spokane Police search for coffee stand robbery suspect

A man believed to be responsible for two Spokane coffee stand robberies in the past two days is still at large as of Sunday evening. Spokane Police are looking for a man described as an African American in his 20s or 30s.

Warm weather delaying opening of Riverfront Park's Ice Palace

A warmer than average fall is keeping the Riverfront Park Ice Palace from opening. The rink was planning to open on Oct., 22nd, but says it's pushed the opening day back to Oct.. 29th, pending cooler weather.

Officials with the rink say they need 6�or more�days of cooler weather, and then a stretch of average fall temperatures for the ice to form and stick around.�

The delay has sent more business to other indoor ice rinks like Eagles Ice-A-Rena.

"We will accommodate," Manager Josh Wattam said. "A lot of people don't like skating super late, but we will stay open till midnight if need be."

He says this is the first time he has ever seen a delay in opening the Riverfront rink.

"It is definitely having an impact," Wattam said. "Usually they are able to get their ice in already but it's just the strange weather."

Working 4 you: Saving on holiday travel

Working 4 you: Saving on holiday travel

Thinking about planning a trip for Thanksgiving? Now might be the time to get moving.

When it comes to booking Thanksgiving airfares, travelers don't get too much flexibility around the Thursday holiday.

The days with the highest fares are the days the most people want to travel. That's the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after. So, it may not be your first choice, but you can usually find the best fares on Thanksgiving day. Maybe a morning flight can get you on the ground for a turkey dinner.

But, if you know which day you want to fly, book it now.

According to Consumer Reports, fares rise in October by about $3 for every day you wait to book a flight.

Finding the best price on tickets often means searching the most options.

Consumer Reports recommends making that search easier by using a website that pulls airfares from multiple sources, like Kayak, Expedia and Travelocity.

A connecting flight may save you some money, but some travel experts prefer a nonstop in colder weather when cancellations may throw off holiday plans.

700 seasonal jobs available in Spokane

It's that time of year again when companies beef up their staff to get ready for the busy holiday shopping season. Many companies in Spokane already have their advertisements up, looking for their holiday helpers.

?This time of year is when we start to look for good employees, especially sales people,? Darian Jorden, store manager of Aspen Sound said.

Aspen Sound has three locations in the Inland Northwest. Jorden said they'll likely hire three additional people for full-time work for the season.

"We usually don't mess around with the part time stuff," Jorden said. "We want somebody that is here, we want somebody that is going to be here the who time and really focus on what we have."

Aspen Sound is one of the many employers in Spokane that are starting to hire. There's more than 700 seasonal jobs listed on SimplyHired.com, a website that pulls links to job postings. Many of the listings are for department stores like Target, Macy's and Nordstrom. While a majority of the positions are for retail, there are other options such as stocking and delivering.

Mayor Condon declines controversial salary increase

It was news that sparked controversy last week, but now Spokane Mayor David Condon says he is declining a salary increase.

Mayor Condon said city officials strive everyday to keep the City Government affordable and said he is declining the salary increase to show support for the ongoing public discussion about the cost of city government.

Mayor Condon's decision comes after he received scrutiny from the City Council last week.

In the proposed budget, Mayor Condon would make close to $180,000. To put that in perspective, that's more than Governor Jay Inslee's salary.

"As we have started this conversation over the last week, as I've talked to our citizens, the cost of government is at the top of their mind and it is mine," Condon said.

The 2011 voter-approved City Charter states that the mayor will make as much money as the highest paid city employee. Right now, that's Police Chief Frank Straub.

At first, the Mayor pushed back against the Council's complaints, citing the law, saying he was legally obligated to take the increase. But now, he says, under legal review he has figured out a way to not take the raise.

Spokane County ballots mailed today and tomorrow

Spokane County ballots mailed today and tomorrow

Heads up voters, the Spokane County Elections Office is mailing more than 275,000 ballots this week.

If you are a registered voter and do not receive a ballot by Friday, October 24, please contact the Spokane County Elections Office at (509) 477-2320 for a replacement ballot. If you are not a registered voter in the State of Washington, you have until Monday, October 27 to register in person at the Elections Office at 1033 W. Gardner.

If you are returning your ballot by mail, it must be postmarked no later than Election Day – Tuesday, November 4. It is important that you check the pickup time on the mail box to ensure you are not too late. If the last pickup of the day has already been made, please take your ballot to the county's ballot drop boxes located at all city and county libraries, the STA Plaza and the Elections Office. Drop boxes are opened on October 16 and closed promptly at 8 pm on Election Day.

Spokane Humane Society under voluntary quarantine

Spokane Humane Society under voluntary quarantine

The Spokane Human Society is placing itself under a voluntary, 14-day quarantine after receiving two animals infected with deadly and highly contagious diseases at the shelter.

The quarantine began immediately after a 1-year-old dog tested positive for Parvovirus and a 5-month-old kitten tested positive for Feline Distemper. Both are highly contagious viral diseases and are potentially life-threatening to their hosts.

“The closure will allow our cats and dogs to be properly observed,” said Executive Director Dave Richardson. “Our first priority is the health and well-being of the animals in our care at the shelter. Taking this measure will help reduce the chance of spreading the disease. We ask for the public's patience and understanding.”