Author: Anna Izenman

Phone scam imitating WSU Police

Washington State University wants everyone to be aware of an ongoing phone scam targeting people across the state.There have been multiple reports of people receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be an official with the WSU Police Department. The caller demands money and threatens legal trouble if the funds are not sent. Most alarming is that caller ID shows the name and phone number from a legitimate police agency.WSU Police want you to know that they will never call anyone demanding money. Even if the caller is able to provide sensitive information (last four digits of social security number, address, date of birth, etc.) do not provide information to them.

Grant County Sheriff town hall meeting

Next Thursday, October 23, Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones is hosting a town hall meeting that the public is encouraged to attend.Sheriff Jones will talk about all aspects of public safety and crime prevention managed by his office, as well as be available for questions.This meeting is part of the sheriff's community outreach programs and is being held from 7-9 pm in the 4H building at the Grant County Fairgrounds, 3953 Airway Drive Northeast in Moses Lake.

Zombie Hike returns to Riverside State Park

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Riverside State Park Foundation invite the public to attend the third annual "Return of the Zombies" hike in Riverside State Park.The annual pre-Halloween event takes place from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Riverside State Park 7-Mile Airstrip, 7903 W. Missoula Road, in Nine Mile Falls.Touted as the "scariest half-mile hike ever," the event is open to all ages. Admission to the haunted zombie hike is $10 for adults; $5 for youths age 3-12; and free for children under 3. Adults are issued a flashlight, and kids ages 3 to 12 receive a glow-in-the-dark bracelet that come with the admission fee. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Pets are not allowed at the event.

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

When you hear vegan, what's the first thing that pops into your head? It's probably not "sexy," but that's what PETA is trying to change with their current competition for Sexiest Vegan over 50. The field has been narrowed down to just 14 men and women from around the US and one of them is from right here in Spokane.Atania Gilmore is marking her two-year anniversary as a vegan this month. She's a runner and says it was another runner's book that encouraged her to make the change for what she calls selfish reasons."As a runner you're always looking for an edge," she said.

Non-profit volunteer fair at Clearwater Casino

If you've been looking to get involved in the community, an upcoming fair at the Clearwater Casino is the perfect place to start.IdaVend broadcasting, with the help of the Clearwater Casino, is hosting the "Non Profit Connect Fair" on Friday, October 24.From 2-5 pm, the public is welcome to come and connect with nearly 100 local and regional non-profit organizations. Once there, individuals can learn how to volunteer for and organization as well as what function that organization serves the community.

Free health services from EWU at Senior Smile day

Students and staff from Eastern Washington University's health sciences program are donating their time and talents next weekend for the annual Senior Smiles Day.From 9 am – 3 pm on Friday, October 24 anyone 55 and over and on a fixed income is welcome to come to the EWU Dental Hygiene Clinic on the University District Campus for the following services:Participants are asked to reserve an appointment by calling (509) 919-3045 or visiting the .

Idaho food banks in need of milk

Idaho's food pantries have a crucial need for more milk, and the Great American Milk Drive wants to make it easy to donate a gallon with the click of a mouse.October is Idaho Hunger and Food Security Awareness Month, and United Dairymen of Idaho is encouraging people across the state to participate by making a $5 contribution for milk to their local food bank.You can visit and enter your zip code to ensure milk is delivered from the farm to a food bank in your community. You can also test "MILK" from your cell phone to 84465 to add a $5 donation to your phone bill.

Ice Palace opening delayed for warm temperatures

Mother Nature is forcing the Ice Palace in Riverfront Park to delay it's opening a week to October 29, and possibly even later."We are eager to have the Ice Palace open for everyone to enjoy and know we'll have some people disappointed the weather hasn't allowed us to open as originally scheduled," said Riverfront Park Assistant Manager Debby Dodson.This great warm weather isn't something that could have predicted four months ago when the planning process took place.

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.

Free admission Oct. 25 at Museum of North Idaho

Saturday October 25 will be the end of the season free admission day at the Museum of North Idaho from 11 am to 5 pm. This will be one of the last days to see the feature exhibit Power to the Farm which explores how Kootenai Electric Cooperative (KEC) brought electricity to North Idaho's rural areas beginning in 1939 and the impact it had on everyday lives. The exhibit, made possible by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council and assistance from Kootenai Electric Cooperative, will run through October 31st.Exhibits at the Museum include the new exhibit McEuen Park exploring the transformation of the area located at the base of Tubbs Hill from a highly industrialized area to recreational uses. The Mullan Road commemorating Idaho's first constructed road over the 4th of July Pass. The Scandinavians Settled Here looks at the Nordic influences in the region. Schitsu'umsh, The People Who Were Discovered Here gives a glimpse into the life of the Coeur d'Alene Indians through beadwork, tools, maps, stories and life lessons. When the Mountains Roared features stories and graphics about the 1910 Fire that destroyed millions of acres in Idaho and Montana. The original signal bells and steering wheel from the steamboat "Flyer" are exhibited along with photos and artifacts from steamboats that cruised Lake Coeur d'Alene. Come and discover the people and history that make our area what it is today.In conjunction with the October 25 free day historic walking tours with Robert Singletary will be offered for $10. The normal tour price is $15 per person. Departing from the Museum the Fort Sherman tour starts at 11 a.m. The downtown tour leaves at 1:30 p.m. The walking tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday until the end of October with special tours available by appointment. Call 755-1308.

Free IHOP Scary Face pancake on Halloween

Looking for a special way to celebrate Halloween with your Ghosts and Ghouls? IHOP wants to help kick off the festivities with a free Scary Face pancake for all kids 12 and under on October 31.From 7 am to 10 pm, each child can receive one of IHOP's buttermilk pancakes decorated with a whipped topping smiles and eyes and a strawberry nose. Then kids can use a kit of delicious toppings – eight pieces of candy corn and two mini Oreos – to finish decorating the face however they choose.If you can't make it on Halloween, don't worry too much – the Scary Face pancake is available as a regular menu item all month long.

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."

Spokane beauty queen with a heart of gold

A Spokane beauty queen hopeful wants to use her platform as Miss Nine Mile Falls to spread an important message about inner beauty and self respect to youth across the state.Rebecca DeLong says it was her rough high school experience that makes this message so dear to her heart."I was really badly bullied growing up," DeLong said. "I was told that I wasn't worth it, that I was fat and that I didn't have the look to be on the cheer squad. It really got to my heart."

Zombie Run fundraiser at Comstock Park Saturday

Dozens of local theater students are donating their time and resources to help pull off the second Apocalypse Corps event of 2014.After the success of this summer's Zombie Run in August, the volunteers are back for another one, this time in Comstock Park.As actors, writers and makeup artists, the volunteers have have a wide set of skills to help this be a successful fundraising event.

Watch for endangered runaway from Coeur d'Alene

Coeur d'Alene Police detectives are searching for endangered runaway 17-year-old Nicole Rene Agnew. She was reported missing by her mother on October 6th. She stated her daughter had run away from home on October 1, but been spotted as recently as October 7 in the Coeur d'alene City Park with a 22-year-old man named Derek Harrington.Nicole's mother believes Nicole may have left the area for Spokane, but could return and is using the City Link bus for transportation.Nicole is 5'8", 135 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

FEMA wants you to participate in earthquake drill Thursday

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging participation in a national earthquake drill this Thursday, October 16.FEMA says over 40 states are at risk of earthquakes, but surveys report fewer than one-third of adults have participated in a drill in the last year. That's why they're spreading the word about this year's Great ShakeOut."Past practice and previous participation in a drill can make all the difference in an emergency," FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said. "Everyone should know how to drop to the ground, cover themselves under a sturdy table or desk, and hold on to it until the shaking stops. It needs to happen with enough regularity that it becomes second nature during an actual earthquake.

Local high schools collecting safe driving pledges

Two local high schools are competing in a nation-wide campaign for the chance to win $100,000 grant and a private concert by Grammy nominated The Band Perry.This is the third year "Celebrate My Drive" has been hosted by State Farm Insurance, designed to lower the rate of fatal car crashes for teens 14-18 and unite teens, parents, school officials and community members around teen driver safety in a positive and celebratory way.Celebrate My Drive asks everyone 14 and older to make a safe driving commitment in support of their favorite school by visiting from October 15-24. The 100 schools to generate the most commitments will win a prize.

RSVP now for state-wide teleconference on I-594

Want to learn more about Initiative 594 on the November ballot this year? This is your chance to listen to, and ask questions of, state experts from the comfort of your own home.Today, October 14, at 6 pm the Yes on 594 campaign is hosting a tele-town hall with over 100,000 Washingtonians around the state to discuss the importance of closing the background check loophole.Initiative 594 would require everyone who purchases a gun to undergo a background check, no matter who they buy it from or where they purchase it.

Attempted lurings reported in Spokane Valley

The Spokane Valley Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to be on alert for suspicious activity. There have been multiple attempted lurings over the past five weeks in the same area of the Spokane Valley.Officers say there are three reports where a male as offered a ride to females, a younger looking adult and two juveniles. All incidents occurred between 7:15 and 6:30 am in the 13300 block of East Mission and the 13300 block of East Broadway.The man is described in his 40's or 50's, between 5'8" and 6' tall and 150 to 200 pounds. He is balding with white or gray hair on the sides and may wear glasses. His car is described as a red SUV-type, possibly a Ford, and he speaks with a heavy accent.

Help with world record attempt for Jack-O-Lanterns

Grab your gourds and get ready to carve! The town of Chewelah is going for a world record this year: the most lit, carved pumpkins on display at once.The Chewelah Chamber of Congress is asking everyone to help out. Light Up the Park is sponsored by the Chewelah Arts Guild who is also donating 200 pumpkins. Some of the other 1,200 pumpkins needed to set the record are being donated by the town's chamber of commerce, Safeway and Kiwanis Club – but the rest need to come from you."We're hoping people can bring several carved pumpkins each," says the event's co-chair. "We'd love to have uncarved pumpkins too, as many as we can get."

Police searching for witnesses to Saturday incident

Spokane Police are asking for the public's help, looking for more information about a stabbing that also involved a crash between a vehicle and a pedestrian.On Saturday night, officers responded to the report of a stabbing in the 2000 block of west 7th. The initial investigation revealed that two people had witnessed a domestic violence incident between a man and woman inside a vehicle, and were struck by the vehicle while trying to intervene. At some point, one of the witnesses stabbed the driver.Police say each person involved gave a different statement. The person who stabbed the driver fled the scene, but contacted police Sunday morning to give his statement. He is currently being treated for non-life threatening injuries related to being struck by a vehicle.

Take Back Your Life Expo

A unique expo this weekend wants to help women who have been affected, or know someone who has been affected, by domestic violence.This Sunday is the second annual Stop Violence Against Women Day – A Celebration of Life for Domestic Violence Survivors. To mark the day, local non-profit The Family Guide is hosting the Take Back Your Life Expo.The Expo will connect women with professionals and experts to start the healing process, and to connect people with resources, information and advice to regain control of their health, spirit, mind and finances again.

Memorial stones on sale for new Veterans plaza

Just in time for Veteran's Day, the town of Hayden, Idaho is installing a lasting memorial to loved ones who have served in the armed forces.Whether they are deceased, living, missing in action of under prisoner of war status, you can purchast a commemorative 12x12 paver brick to have engraved with their name and installed in the city's new PFC Robert J. Gordon Veterans' Memorial Plaza.The bricks cost $100 each. To qualify, the veteran must have been discharged under honorable conditions in the United States Armed Forces. A DD-214 or other qualifying identification of honorable service will be required.

Free flu vaccine walk-in clinics

Flu season is knocking on the door, but it's not too late to get your flu shot - especially if you can make it to one of three upcoming FREE clinics in north Idaho. The clinics are open to everyone 11 and older. Children 10 and younger must be seen by their primary care physician. No registration is neededOctober 22: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm at Benewah Medical Center