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Local partnership works to prevent drowning by offering discounts on life jackets

Local partnership works to prevent drowning by offering discounts on life jackets

 

As the weather continues to warm up, more and more boaters will be hitting the water.

 

To encourage safe boating, the Washinton State Drowning Prevention Network, Safe Kids Washington, and the Spokane Regional Health District have partnered with Big 5 Sporting Goods to previde 25% off coupons on life jackets.

 

These coupons can be used at any Big 5 Sporting Goods from April 1st through September 30th 2015 in Washington and North Idaho.

 

Coupins are available online on the Spokane Region Health District's website: CLICK HERE.

 

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.

 

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

 

Looking to go explore some Washington State Parks, but don't yet have a Discover Pass? Well, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer two free days in April.

 

Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to any of Washington's State Parks on April 4th, a springtime free Saturday, and Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22nd.

 

Free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. 

 

A Discover Pass is still needed to access WDFW and DNR lands on State Park free days.

 

Chief's win lottery, will select first overall in 2015 draft

Chief's win lottery, will select first overall in 2015 draft

 

Things are looking good for the Spokane Chiefs in the upcoming 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. The team won the first overall selection at the draft lottery on Wednesday afternoon in Calgary. The Chiefs acquired this pick from the Blades in a January 2013 trade.

 

This will be the second time in franchise history the Chiefs have been chosen for a first overall pick. In 2006, they used their first pick to acquire defenseman Jared Cowen out of Allan, Sask. Cowen went on to become the ninth overall pick in the NHL draft. He was selected by the Ottawa Senators, and went on to become a team captain and important member of Spokane's 2008 Memorial Cup Championship team.

 

Sweet Sixteen games set at Spokane Arena

Sweet Sixteen games set at Spokane Arena

 

The NCAA announced the game times for Saturday's Sweet Sixteen match-ups at the Spokane Arena on Monday. Those attending the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship at the Arena this weekend should note that there are two games on Sunday March 28th. Game number one will be played t 1:30 p.m. when Number 4 ranked Duke will take on Number 1 ranked Maryland.

 

Number 11 ranked Gonzaga will take on Number 2 ranked Tennessee at 4:00 p.m.

 

Additional information will be announced regarding the Elite Eight game that will take place on Monday, March 30 following the conclusion of the two games on Saturday.

 

Staff at the Spokane Arena encourage guests who have already purchased their tickets to collect their tickets at Will call early to avoid lines on Saturday. Will call tickets are available for pick-up at the Spokane Arena Box Office every day this week. The Spokane Arena Box Office is located at 720 West Mallon Avenue and is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

Foley Library Slam Dunk exhibit shares Gonzaga Basketball history and highlights

Foley Library Slam Dunk exhibit shares Gonzaga Basketball history and highlights

 

In celebration of this year's NCAA basketball tournament, Gonzaga University's Foley Center will present an exhibit on Gonzaga Basketball's biggest highlights throughout the years.

 

The exhibit, entitled "Slam Dunk: GU Basketball Highlights," will be on display for the entirety of the NCAA tournament, and is free and open to the public Monday-Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

 

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

 

Registration for the world's largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament is now live!

 

Entry forms for Spokane Hoopfest 2015 are available online at register.spokanehoopfest.net. Hard-copy entry forms are also available at any Bruchi's Cheesesteaks and Subs or Yokes Fresh Market northwest locations. 

 

This year Hoopfest will celebrate its 26th year as a Spokane institution. Every year the tournament brings approximately 28,000 players and 225,000 spectators to the streets of downtown Spokane.

 

Registration to the tournament is guaranteed to teams that register prior to May 11th. Forms and entries to those who register late are only granted based on space availability with an additional $20 late fee through May 25th. Nonetheless, Hoopfest organizers recommend playing it safe by registering early.