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Spokane voters to decide on Riverfront Park revamp

Even though election day is just over a week away, some Spokane residents have already cast their vote on whether or not to give Riverfront Park a $60 million facelift.

"It needs some updates,? Lori Sherfey, a frequent park goer said. ?I mean everyone likes to go places that are new and fresh it keeps things fun and exciting."

Proposition 2 would not require new taxes. However, it would extend the current streets and parks tax, 91 cents per 1000 dollars on assessed property value by twenty years. The City of Spokane has come up with a strategic refinancing plan, making it so it can be paid off without a tax increase.

?We've very enthusiastic about voting for anything that improves the park and roads or anything like that," James Schoepflin, Spokane resident said.

As of now there is no organized opposition to the bond. Some people that KXLY4 spoke with on Monday said that City's time and energy should be put somewhere else, while others feel the park is fine how it is.

?Anytime that there's something that might cost a little more money people discuss it of course," Schoepflin said.

Pop culture fans line up for Pac Con Spokane

Local comic and pop culture fans are coming together this weekend for Pac Con Spokane. Pac Con Spokane is the region's largest pop culture and comic convention attracting fans of television, film, comics, anime, art, collectibles, and costuming from around the region.

Participants say it's a great time to come together around shared interests and meet new people in an accepting community environment.

"It's a fun place where people can feel welcome," said participant Matt Van Blaricomb. "If it's a first timer's event, people are going to make them feel welcome, if you're a returner, you get to see your friends."

Van Blaricom dressed as Doc Ock from Spider-Man for the convention. He said he loves coming to conventions because there is so much to see.

"I love going through the artist allies," he said. "I'm in school to study cartooning, so getting to see other peoples artwork is just phenomenal. I love supporting up-and-coming artists."

Pac Con Spokane boasts rows and rows full of venders, artists, and exhibits. But the most exciting thing for these participants are the celebrity sightings.

The crush begins for local wine makers

The key to any good bottle of wine is high quality grapes. Barrister winery in downtown Spokane will use 85 tons of them to create 60,000 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and more.�

"We get our grapes basically from the Columbia River Basin. Walla Walla on the East side, all the way to Tri-Cities and Prosser and up to Mattawa," says Barrister winemaker Michael White.

The "crush" is a time honored tradition in wine making. When the grapes finally arrive and begin their journey to your glass.

First, rocks and debris are removed by hand before the de-stemming process begins, which requires a specialized machine.

From there, the grapes are gently crushed between two automated rollers.

"We try to adjust it so it just kisses the grapes and pops them open. We don't want to damage those skins because that's where the tannin comes from. We like our wines to have soft, gentle tannins," says White's wine making partner Greg Lipsker.

The grapes now resemble raisins. During fermentation, yeast converts the sugar to alcohol and carbon dioxide.

Working 4 you: Study shows 40% of Americans harassed online

For the past 25 years, the internet has opened countless possibilities for human interaction, but that interaction also has a darker side.�

A new survey from Pew Research appears to the be the most detailed study yet looking at how people treat each other on the web.�

The Pew study covers more than 2,800 web users and 40 percent of them said they had personally experienced online harassment.�

The harassment breaks down into two categories: the first including things like name-calling and embarrassment.�

Pew said about one in four people surveyed said they've been called offensive names and that it's so common that people say they often just ignore it.�

Then there's more serious harassment, including things like stalking, physical threats and sexual harassment.�

The Pew study says women experience this second kind of harassment more often than men. Twenty six percent of women age 18 to 24 said they had been stalked online.�

This study says social media is where a lot of people find the most unsocial behavior. Two out of three people who said they'd been harassed online say it happened most recently on a social media website or app.�

Working 4 you: Avoid ticket scammers

Consumers have plenty of reasons to want to buy tickets for events, with the NFL well underway, holiday shows right around the corner and not to mention plenty of fall concerts. But that also means more opportunities for scammers.�

The internet gives consumers so many options to buy big tickets that it's no only important to find the best deal, but to find a legitimate seller or re-seller who won't leave you on the outside looking in.�

No matter where you buy your tickets, the National Consumers League recommends buying them with a credit card. That will give you the best protections against possible unfair or unauthorized charges.�

So, how can you be sure you're buying from a legitimate source?

The NCL recommends �that you buy tickets from sites that guarantee those tickets, and will replace or refund them if you get the wrong tickets, get invalid tickets or if an event is cancelled.�

The Better Business Bureau also says to search the ticket location ahead of time. Find out where your section, row and seat number are. Then you won't be disappointed by an obstructed view or worse, a seat that doesn't even exist.�

Parks and streets measures on November ballot

The streets and Riverfront Park plan is on the November Ballot and, 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 upgrades to Spokane streets.

The master plan for Riverfront Park includes a promenade on Howard Street, a new and improved carrousel, moving the ice rink to the edge of the park, and creating a destination playground.

Residents in favor of improving the park said they'd like to see Riverfront Park get this makeover to help keep Spokane's downtown vibrant and thriving.

"I don't think there's anything wrong with the park," explained�Spokane resident Theo Anderson.�"I like the garbage goat and the sculptures of the runners. It's a really nice park, but�I think it's good to keep the momentum going and make it better."

Resident Taylor Main agreed, saying, "I think Spokane is on their way to becoming a bigger city, so the more you can attract people downtown with entertainment with better parks is better for Spokane."

The Spokane City Council voted unanimously over the summer to allow the two measures to go to a vote.

City Council lays out Spokane's legislative priorities

How do you think state tax dollars should be used in Spokane? The city council has and an idea and they put it in writing at Monday nights council meeting.

People advocating for both the University of Washington and Washington State University shared why they thought their medical programs should be on the city's legislative agenda.

Each year the city writes up a list of things they want legislatures to focus on in Olympia.

This year, WSU's $2.5 million in start-up funds for an accreditation for a new medical school is a top priority.

A little further down the list is the University of Washington's Spokane medical program's expansion.

Those advocating for the university of Washington say they want to send a unified message, that both programs should have an equal priority.

WSU advocates say a four year program has more benefits to the city.

"The only thing we are really missing in this health care operation in Spokane is an accredited medical school, this is the final piece." Dean and Associate Professor of WSU Medical Sciences Ken Roberts said.