Author: Tori Brunetti

Pools Ready For Swimmers, But Mother Nature Is Not

Spokane County's aquatic centers opened at 10:30 Friday morning ready to welcome in kids anxious to start their summer with a splash, but Mother Nature has not been cooperating with getting the summer started off right.

Something in the Water at KXLY!

We've heard the question several times over the last few months: What's in the water at KXLY? I can't blame people for asking, as it seems everywhere you turn here, you find another pregnant woman!I have to admit, I started it all back in late November. I announced to the world that my husband and I were expecting our second child in June. Annie Bishop was next - she was expecting her second child in September. Then, the floodgates opened. Next, producer and weather anchor Kate Hudson shared the news: she's pregnant with her first child and due the same day as Annie! Finally, it was almost a joke when Tori Brunetti told us she, too, was expecting. Baby fever is running rampant in our newsroom, much to the chagrin of our boss and co-workers. We had two more expectant parents: reporter McKay Allen celebrated the birth of his first son a few weeks before he left for Utah and our assignment editor Beth is adopting a little boy this fall.I'm on the homestretch now; my son will be born via c-section on Wednesday. Tori is taking her baby bump back to Colorado to be closer to family and her last day is tomorrow. So, the four of us took a break from gestating and newsroom duties and posed for a preggo picture.

Spokane Teachers Relieved To Be Returning Next Fall

All 238 teachers that received layoff notices found out officially Thursday morning they will have jobs next school year and the school board decided not to increase class sizes at the elementary and middle schools.

Hecla To Pay $263M To Settle Superfund Lawsuit

After 20 years of legal wrangling, the largest mining company in Idaho's Silver Valley will pay $263.4 million plus interest to settle one of the nation's largest Superfund lawsuits.The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday announced that Hecla Mining Co., of Coeur d'Alene will pay the money to the U.S., Idaho and Coeur d'Alene tribal governments for releasing mining wastes into the environment.The agreement was filed in federal court in Boise, Idaho Monday.

Bloody Rampage Ends After Dog Pack Killed

After months of bloody attacks and more than 100 farm animals dead the Stevens County Sheriff's Office says the suspects have been killed.Three dogs, identified as members of a pack of killer dogs, are dead. Two were killed this last weekend by a landowner whose animals had been attacked.  A third was shot when it charged a hunter.Relief is the best way to describe how people are feeling. For the past three months folks living in the area have been on edge, never knowing when or where this pack of dogs was going to strike next.

Editing Home Video

Do you have a lot of old home videos lying around the house? Make use of those home videos that you have lying around. Learn how to create a family film using state of the art video editing software and your home videos. Requirements: You must have video on miniDv, CD, thumb drive or hard drive to participate in this workshop. Video on CD, thumb drive or hard drive must be in a compatible format such as a .mov, avi or .wmv. Click here to register online, or call Elisha at 744-0972 to register for this free class on June 16th at 5:30pm. is a nonprofit organization located at 1317 W 2nd Ave. Spokane.

The Fragile State of the Honey Bee

The honey bee population has been declining over the past 50 years.  The honey bee pollinates between 15 and 30 percent of the plants we use for food here in the United States and if this decline continues we could see the end of some fruits and vegetables from our food supply.  With this in mind, The West Plains Beekeepers Association and EWU Student Activities are presenting "Queen of the Sun" an award winning film concerning the fragile state of our honey bees.  The film will be presented in the JFK Auditorium, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, on June 18 at 7pm.  There will be a question and answer session after this free movie. 

Local Filmmaker Wins An Indie

The Arena Kings reign supreme, and Dan Barth knew it all along.  Barth, of Storyteller Media won the prestigious Indie from The Indie Fest. The award was given for Barth's feature documentary movie, Arena Kings, which tells the story of the 2010 Spokane Shock. According to the judges at Indie Fest, Arena Kings features exceptional cinematography, editing, sound and script which was why Arena Kings won the Indie. "Being that the movie is about an arena football team from Spokane, Washington and the judging panel for Indie Fest is made up of members from the film industry it is particularly gratifying to win. It means the story I was trying to tell was accurately conveyed," said Dan Barth after winning.

The Park Bench is open

 It must be Summer because the Park Bench in Manito Park is open!  They have a great menu of sandwiches, ice cream and a varity of drinks. Their hours are Monday - Thursday  8am to 4pm,  Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday, Sunday 8am to 7pm.  

Kick-Off Summer With A Free Visit To A National Park!

Start summer with a free visit to a national park!  The National Park Service is waiving all entrance fees on June 21 – the first day of summer. Additional fee free days in 2011 are National Public Lands Day (Saturday, September 24) and Veterans Day weekend (November 11-13).

Love Triangle Stabbing

Trial gets underway this week in Spokane Superior Court for a man who police say was stabbed in a break-in late last year. Police say Robert Mcqueen broke into his estranged wife's home to find her in bed with a new lover. The man grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Mcqueen several times. Mcqueen is about to stand trial on a burglary charge. Police decided to charge Dumont Whitt, the man who stabbed Mcqueen, saying he was trying to get rid of the competition. He pleaded guilty to second degree assault and was sentenced to two months in jail shortly after the December 28th incident.

Record Cold Start To Thursday

We've added another weather record to our growing list for 2011.  The morning low at Spokane International Airport  for June 9th was 39 degrees.  The previous record of 40 was set in 1999.  Records have been kept in Spokane since 1881.  Meanwhile, we have yet to hit our first official 80 degree (or higher) day in Spokane.  The record for the latest 80 degree reading is June 13th, and based on the 7-day outlook, that record is also in jeopardy.  Stay tuned....

Spokane Singer Rising Star

A Spokane pop-rocker is making the airwaves across the country with his latest single "Runaway." Jerad Finck is an award winning musician from the Lilac City with a sound all his own. According to his website, "Finck's sound is accessible and endearing but also forward-thinking, moving the music up a notch and setting a new bar."

Short Supply Leaves Cancer Patients Without Life-Saving Drugs

It's an emotional roller coaster that cancer patients have been on for nearly a year: First they are hit with the terrifying news they have cancer but then good news, it can be treated, followed by more bad news that the drug they need is not available.

Food and Fun in Sandpoint

What kind of food are you in the mood for? On June 16th, you won't have to decide because you'll get to sample all the best restuarants and breweries Sandpoint has to offer in one night! The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Summer Sampler Thursday, June 16th at Farmin Park in downtown Sandpoint.

Stevens County Dog Pack Strikes Again

The pack of wild dogs terrorizing animals in southern Stevens County is getting more aggressive, having killed a 350-pound llama Tuesday night on Casberg Borroughs Road in Deer Park.

Spokane Shoppers Reluctant To Spend Money

Another sign the economy might be taking longer to recover than we hoped: The Federal Reserve said people are not adding to their credit debt. That's a key indicator people are reluctant to spend money right now.