Author: Camille Troxel

The Man Under The Hat

For over 30 years Mike Means has been a vendor at sporting events all over the area.  He wears a very recognizable hat and has a booming voice, we introduce you to the man tonight.

Dickau Is More Than Just Hair

The Gonzaga alumni game is coming up Friday night as part of Hoopfest weekend.  Every day this week we will track down a former player, today we focus on Dan Dickau.

Spokane crushes Colorado, picks up win No. 10

The Empire (10-2, 8-1) went on the road in Week 15 of the 2016 Indoor Football League season and defeated the Colorado Crush (2-11, 0-7) by a final score of 55-44 at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland.

Summer music returns to Browne's Addition

Summer is officially here and it's time once again for the Browne's Addition Summer Concert Series. The music kicks off in Coeur d'Alene Park on July 3, and all concerts go from 6 pm to 8 pm.Here's a list of this summer's shows:

Manito listed among best parks in U.S. for second year

Manito Park has once again been named one of the best parks in the United States. For the second year in a row, the Spokane gem has made the Top 25 Parks in the United States list from TripAdvisor. This is the second year of the travel website's. The awards are determined by the quantity and quality of traveler reviews in each category. Categories include Best Hotels, Best Destinations, Best Beaches, Top Landmarks, and, or course, the Top 25 U.S. Parks.

County libraries offer free shred day Saturday

The Spokane County Library wants to help you fight identity theft with a free shred day this Saturday. Both the North Spokane Library and the Spokane Valley Library locations will be hosting a shred. Paper documents, computer hard drives, disks, and tapes are able to be disposed of safely while protecting your important information. DeVries Business Services is providing the document destruction and says there's no need to remove credit cards, staples or other metal fasteners.

Riverfront Park becomes wi-fi hotspot

Just in time for one of the biggest event of the year, Riverfront Park is becoming a wi-fi hotspot. The park teamed up with Ptera of Liberty Lake to implement the wi-fi connections. Park goers will be able to enjoy 45 minutes of free access and will have the ability to purchase additional time. The project will be completed in two phases, with the initial phase ready to go in time for Hoopfest next weekend. Coverage will create a triangle from City Hall to the INB Performing Arts Center to the Pavillion and Clock Tower meadow. Right now, only outdoor locations will be covered.

Mural team looks to Spokane kids for inspiration

Spokane's railroad underpasses are in the process of getting a facelift, and one of the art teams involved wants to hear the ideas of the next generation. The SUMAC Project is calling for submissions from local kids to help them design the mural that will revamp the walls of the Howard Street underpass. The Spokane Urban Mural Artist Collaboration, or SUMAC, is one of the teams selected by Art Fund Spokane to repaint one of several railroad underpasses with new murals. SUMAC will begin their work on the Howard Street underpass at the end of July, but is looking for a little inspiration before they get started. They've called for art submissions from the children of Spokane, ages  six to 10. SUMAC wants to know what Spokane's slogan, "Near Nature, Near Perfect" means to them. SUMAC will use the submissions as inspiration to create their contemporary mural. The call for submissions states that SUMAC wants to celebrate "the ideas of Spokane's next generation."

Garbage Goat plans 40th birthday bash

If you've been to Riverfront Park since it was built in 1974 then chances are you've fed some trash to the Garbage Goat. He's a Spokane icon, and on Saturday he's headed over the hill for his 40th birthday. Garbage Goat was created in an effort to keep the new park clean and litter free during the World's Fair months. He was sponsored by the Spokane Women's Council of Realtors as a fun and unique way to encourage cleanliness and environmental awareness. Sculpted by Sister Paula Mary Turnbull, Garbage Goat was installed at the end of April, 1974.While he's beloved by almost everyone, Garbage Goat has seen some controversy in his 40 years. Dairy goat farmers weren't pleased about his diet of trash, according to . They wrote letters protesting, saying the public needed to be educated on the proper diet for a goat so they would stop trying to feed their trash to live goats. To appease the farmers, a sign was installed next to Garbage Goat describing the proper diet for a goat and describing it as "a most economical, true ecological animal."

Public comment sought on Grant County shoreline project

From the Washington State Department of Ecology:A to manage shorelines along six rivers and 80 lakes including portions of the Columbia River and Banks Lake within Grant County is open for comment through the Washington Department of Ecology.

EWU announces new president

Eastern Washington University announced a new president on Monday. Mary Cullinan, PhD, will be the 26th president of the university effective August 1.Currently, Cullinan serves as the present of Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. She's been the president there since 2006. "We are thrilled to have someone of Dr. Cullinan's caliber come to Eastern Washington University," said Paul Tanaka, Board of Trustees Chair. "Her tremendous academic and leadership experience, along with her focus on student success, make her an ideal choice to serve as president of Eastern."

Family fun provided in Moscow's East City Park

From the City of Moscow:Are you looking for a fun, family friendly summer activity that is free?  Head down to  Entertainment in the Park at East City Park in Moscow on Thursday nights!  The fun begins Thursday, June 19th from 6pm - 8pm and features fun activities, great performances, and live music.

Dogs not allowed at major downtown events

Summer is here and that means lots of fun events in Riverfront Park. However, it also means its time to leave your family dog home during major community events held in the park.The City of Spokane Event Pet Ordinance, SMC 10.03.110, prohibits dogs and other pets at large events in Riverfront Park. This does not apply to service animals. The City wants to remind pet owners that their animals are safer, and likely happier home away from the excessive crowds.