Author: Anna Izenman

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.

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.

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

First annual Market Street Harvest Fest in Hillyard

The Greater Hillyard Business Association, a local non-profit, is hosting the first annual Market Street Harvest Fest in the historic Hillyard Business District.It kicks off with a benefit breakfast, "The Coldest Breakfast in Spokane," with 100 percent of the proceeds going to benefit local heroes at the Fairchild AFB Family Advocacy Center.The festival also includes "Kids Fest," with live entertainment and activitities, craft beer and wine tasting for the adults and live music by Christy Lee and the Eleven 18, Tommy G and The Cary Fly Band. There are also a variety of local vendors turning out, including the Spokane Food Truck Association and the Farmers Market by Greenbluff.

Police searching for hit and run suspect

The Spokane Police Department is investigating a hit and run collision that injured a 15-year-old boy, and asking the public to help locate the vehicle and driver.Just before 8 am, officers responded to the report of a vehicle/pedestrian crash near Garland and Washington.The pedestrian, a 15-year-old male, was on a skateboard headed southbound on Washington in the street at the time of the crash. He was struck by a vehicle, described as a red Ford Focus, also heading southbound on Washington. The vehicle's mirror struck the teen, knocking him down and causing him to fracture his back.

Mobius Children's Museum Fall event schedule

Mobius Children's Museum has announced their Fall schedule of classes and events for October and November. No pre-registration is needed. You can call the museum at (509) 321-7121 for more details. 

Craft beer and cookie festival to support Girl Scouts

When you think about a beverage to pair with your favorite cookie it's usually milk that comes to mind, right? But what about trying craft beer instead?This Saturday marks the second annual Craft Beer & Cookie Fest, combining local craft brewery beer with Girl Scout Cookies to raise funds and awareness for Girl Scout scholarships, camperships and leadership programs. The fest is from 4-7 pm on October 11th at the Girl Scout Program Center, 1404 N. Ash St. here in Spokane.It's a unique experience, where local craft breweries have paired a Girl Scout cookie of their choosing with one of their craft beers. Celebrity pourer Matt Santangelo, Executive Director of Hoopfest, will assist in pouring beer from featured breweries including Iron Goat Brewing, Ramblin' Road Craft Brewing, English Setter Brewing and Lagunitas.

ALERT Spokane testing notification system through Thursday

If you have registered your landline or cell phone with the emergency "ALERT Spokane" system, don't be surprise if you get a call today or tomorrow.From 7 am to 7 pm through Thursday, October 9 the emergency notification system will undergo a series of tests. When you answer the call, you should hear the following message: "This is a test of ALERT Spokane. This is a test message only. Thank you."ALERT Spokane is used to send a recorded telephone or email message to residents and businesses within the county that are impacted by, or in danger of being impacted by, an emergency or disaster. If you have not registered your phone number, please go to .

Free anti-bullying workshops from Freewind Martial Arts

For the next two weekends Freewind Martial Arts is sponsoring free youth empowerment and anti-bullying workshops.The classes will be held at at their Moses Lake studio, 3426 Citation Road NE.On both Saturday October 11 and 18, classes will be held in two sessions for age groups 6-11 and 12+. Younger kids are invited to the morning session from 11 am to 12:30, and older kids in the afternoon from 2-4 pm.

Garland Theater launching horror movie series for October

The Garland Movie Theater is getting into the Halloween spirit with a movie series designed to scare you out of your seat.Every Saturday during the month of October, the Garland will be screening a different, surprise horror movie at midnight. You'll have no idea what's playing until the lights go down – except for Saturday the 25 for a traditional holiday showing of the Rocky Horror Picture show. Costumes and props strongly encouraged!Tickets are just $2.50 or free if you spend $10 at the Bon Bon before curtain call.

GoFundMe account to equip K9 Laslo with bulletproof vest

A bullet proof vest is a key piece of safety equipment for any two-legged law enforcement officer, but unfortunately it can be hard to find room in the budget to outfit the four-legged ones.The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking for help from the public to please donate a few extra dollars and cover the cost of a bulletproof best for K9 Laslo.Carla Blazek from K9 Support NW has set up a GoFundMe account to raise the necessary $3,500. A similar fund done earlier this year helped outfit K9 Deacon with the Sheriff's office, and Laslo is already well on his way with $635 raised in just the last two days. You can make a donation .

Wolf management meeting in Colville Oct. 7

Want to weigh in on the hot topic of wolf management activities? There's a public meeting next Tuesday, October 7 in Colville with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.The meeting takes place from 6-9 pm in the Colville Ag Trade Center at the Northeast Washington Fairgrounds, 317 West Astor Ave.WDFW officials will provide information on recent wolf attacks on livestock in the region, and on the packs involved in those incidents – the Huckleberry pack in Stevens County and the recently discovered Profanity Peak pack in Ferry County.