Author: Nicole Hensley

Construction starts Monday for 37th & Grand traffic signal

It's been a long time coming for a South Hill neighborhood, a traffic light at 37th and Grand Blvd.In a news release from the City of Spokane, they announce construction will begin on the traffic project next week. Crews will be out there on September 24 installing the 4-way light.Motorists driving through the area can expect some obstruction especially when school is in session at Jefferson Elementary.

12-acre corn maze opens this weekend in Hauser, Idaho

From the view of a helicopter, you can see the smiling scarecrow looking over 12 acres of corn. It's been sectioned off into a giant corn maze near the state line of Idaho and Washington.This is the ninth season for the corn maze in Hauser. Every year after the corn harvest is complete, it is sectioned into a squiggle of lines and this year it has 4.2 miles of path.The maze opens this weekend on September 21 with funds going to support regional non-profit groups. While you're there you can also pick a pumpkin from their pumpkin patch - just in time for Halloween.

City selects 21 traffic calming projects for neighborhoods

City officials have selected the next round of traffic calming projects likely to be constructed in the next year or so.The city narrowed down the list to 21 projects out of 74 submitted applications from neighborhoods. Project costs range from $3,500 to about $40,000 in cost that will be covered from "photo red" revenue.The projects include improvements for pedestrian and bicyclist safety and can install traffic circles, street striping, bike lanes, sharrows, etc. These types of projects were the expected result of revenue collected from the "photo red" program launched in 2008 at about ten intersections throughout the city.

Cliff-Cannon: Tree of the year walk and block party on Saturday

Saturday is a big day for neighbors of the Cliff-Cannon area. In the morning, they'll have a chance to vote for their favorite tree of the year and then have some afternoon fun at the annual block party.At 10 a.m., neighbors will meet at Polly Judd Park to check out the six trees that are nominated and neighbors will take a stroll around the block to vote for their favorite.In an email from the neighborhood council, the property owner of the winning tree will receive another street tree to be planted in front of their home or a space of their choosing.

Coeur d'Alene officer nearly misses deer, totals patrol vehicle

An officer with Coeur d'Alene Police Department was involved in a vehicle accident early on Wednesday morning after swerving to avoid deer in the roadway.Coeur d'Alene officials explained in a news release that around 1:35 a.m., Officer Jason Wilhelm was driving westbound on Interstate 90 near mile marker 13 when four deer crossed the freeway in front of him.His patrol vehicle, an unmarked 2007 GMC Envoy, struck the median and rolled on its side and slid along the freeway. The vehicle was totaled.

Detectives looking for similar Centennial Trail assaults

Since the recent arrest of a man suspected of attacking a woman on the Centennial Trail last week, detectives with Spokane Police are wondering if there have been similar assaults that have gone unreported. for attacking a woman running along the trail. He swam into the Spokane River and was immediately apprehended by officers.

Police investigation two overnight robberies

Coeur d'Alene Police are hoping to identify a man possibility connected to two robberies. Officers responded to a report of a robbery at the Tesora gas station, located at 2301 E. Sherman Ave. on Monday just before midnight.The female clerk told police the subject stopped by earlier around 11:36 p.m. to inquire about the price of cigarettes. He said he would return - and he did to rob the store. The man waited for other customers to leave and then around 11:57 p.m., he lifted his shirt to reveal a handgun tucked into his waistband.He was described as a white male, about 5'6" tall, 150 pounds with brown hair and stubbly sideburns. He was wearing blue jeans, a black hoodie zipper with a white ball cap on underneath and dusty black work boots.

List of changes for Schweitzer's 2012-13 winter season

Visitors to Schweitzer Mountain can expect some changes this upcoming 2012-13 season. A news release from the resort says they're putting in about $1 million in capital improvements to the facility.Some of the changes include improvements to the mountain's lifts and adjustments in the facility's amenities. Here's a list of some of those changes:

Motorcyclist injured near 32nd & Highway 27 following accident

A 51-year-old motorcyclist was injured this morning near the area of 32nd Avenue and Highway 27 after the driver of a pickup truck hit him.Spokane County deputies responded to the scene to learn the 16-year-old driver of the ‘94 Chevy pickup truck was attempting to turn left into a parking lot when he struck the motorcyclist.The motorcyclist was taken to the hospital with injuries. A news release from Spokane County Sheriff's Office said he sustained a broken leg and possibly broken ribs and wrist.

Wildfires continue to burn across state

AP Wires: Wildfires continued to burn in central Washington, aided by unseasonably warm temperatures.An inversion moved into the Wenatchee area Sunday evening, holding smoke in the region where 1,700 people are fighting a complex of wildfires burning about 51 square miles. Hundreds of people have been evacuated.

Spokane dermatologist wins settlement and apology from state

AP Wires: A Spokane dermatologist won a $600,000 settlement and rare public apology from Washington state health officials who went public with charges of drug abuse and medical fraud based on a bogus tip from his ex-wife.Agency officials say the payment to Dr. William "Phil" Werschler is among the largest settlements in decades by the state Department of Health involving a physician. The public apology might be the first of its kind.

More work days planned for High Drive Bluff

It still feels like summer, but don't let the season go to waste. This week's volunteer opportunity on the High Drive Bluff is a good way to get outside and get some fresh air.There's four more work days left in their schedule. Volunteers will meet this Wednesday at 6 p.m. for pruning. You'll see their banner near 32nd Avenue where they'll be starting.Don't forget to bring your own water and work gloves. The work day should take about two hours.

Nez Perce deputy attacked by dog during traffic stop

A Nez Perce County deputy was attacked by a dog in the 1000 block of Airway Avenue on Saturday afternoon.Officials have not identified the deputy that was attacked, but said in a news release they were bit during a traffic stop. The deputy shot the dog with his handgun in response, injuring the dog, but the animal is expected to make a full recovery.The deputy was transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center for treatment of the dog bit. The condition of his injuries are not known at this time.

Three choices available for Manito Blvd. & 29th crosswalk

A new crosswalk at 29th Avenue and Manito Blvd. is one of the projects recently selected for this year's traffic calming funds. The city told neighbors today in an email their project is one of 21 projects out of 74 that will be built.The submitted application from Comstock and Manito/Cannon neighborhoods details a requested crosswalk complete with striping and a raised design, but that design is up for discussion during an upcoming neighborhood council meeting.Because of the intersection's complexities - being a boulevard and having two bus stops - city engineers put together three options that neighbors can choose from.

Schools canceling Friday night games due to air quality

Smoke from central Washington and Idaho fires is expected to impact the region through the remainder of Friday. There's little to no winds floating through the region, so the National Weather Service expects the haze to sit in a stagnant pattern.The Department of Ecology has reported unhealthy air has been reported in Spokane Valley, Clarkston, Pullman, Ritzville and LaCrosse.Due to poor air quality conditions, some schools are cancelling their Friday night games. We're aggregating a list of games that have been canceled or postponed due to air quality. You can follow the full list as it is updated at our .

Spokane County Sheriff's Office K-9 Gordy passes away

Spokane County Sheriff's Office lost a member of their law enforcement family earlier this week. 10-year-old "Gordy" was the K-9 partner for Deputy Scot Nelson for eight years. He passed away on Wednesday evening from internal bleeding from a suspected and ruptured tumor.Spokesperson Craig Chamberlin described Gordy as a vital member of their office in a news release announcing the death.During a K-9 training earlier that day, Gordy became lethargic and he was later taken to a veterinary clinic. He passed around 7 p.m.

Pinging your way to a metal bounty

If you opened your ears around Riverfront Park on Friday afternoon, you could have heard the gentle ping, ping... ping - of metal detecting.Linda Scott has been searching for pieces of metal, lost or discarded for about five years. She belongs to the .

Governor Otter creates state economy council

AP Wires: Idaho aims to boost its residents' job prospects by intensifying involvement in an economic group that spans the U.S.'s Northwestern states and five Canadian provinces.Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter Thursday signed an executive order to create the Idaho Council of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region.

Shadle Park gazebo popular choice for late night activity

Late night activity at Shadle Park's gazebo has become a problem for officers in the recent weeks as they respond to more incidents at the park. from Spokane Police say they've been responding to assaults, parties and noise calls at the park. Alcohol containers, drug paraphernalia and discarded clothing are frequently found at the park.

Favorable wind conditions may reduce wildfire growth

AP Wires: Firefighters are hoping overnight efforts to burn dry grass and brush and dig lines will keep several Eastern Washington wildfires from growing.Favorable weather conditions with low winds enabled firefighters to burn dry fuels in advance of the flames at fires near Grand Coulee Dam and near Wenatchee.

Body found in Columbia River under Vernita Bridge

AP Wires: Another body has been discovered in the Columbia River near Mattawa, making it the third one in two weeks.The Grant County's sheriff's office says the body of a man was found on Thursday about 10 miles south of Mattawa. The body was found under Vernita Bridge.

Stolen custom truck takes a ride around Coeur d'Alene

AP Wires: A Coeur d'Alene man whose white Cadillac pickup truck with red flames on the hood was stolen over the weekend figured it would be found right away or the thief would be smart enough to get it out of town. Tom Fisher figured wrong. people saw the truck several times over the weekend before Fisher spotted it Monday at a restaurant a few blocks from where it was taken on Saturday.