Local News

Fairchild's Future

Representative Cathy Mcmorris-Rodgers has been meeting with military and state leaders to discuss efforts to bolster Fairchild Air Force Base. One of the key topics at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois yesterday was replacing the aging K-C 135's. Boeing was awarded a 35-billion dollar contract to build the next generation of tankers and McMorris-Rodgers says she wants to make sure those new tankers are based at Fairchild as quickly as possible.

WSU's Visit To Fairchild

Washington State University plays Utah in college football November 19th as part of W-S-U Armed Forces Day....and yesterday, the coach and athletic director rewarded some of fairchild's airmen with complimentary tickets. Paul Wulff and Bill Moos also received a tour of the air base and tried their hands at flying in a stratotanker flight simulator. They had lunch with WSU alumni in the Warrior Inn dining facility on base and hung out in hummers with the Army National Guard.

WSU Veterinary Hospital Reopens

The outbreak of equine herpes virus has ended, and the Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital is again accepting horses. The university says the hospital underwent a major cleaning and sanitation process. Horses will also be examined before they are admitted as an extra precaution. The university said Yesterday that since there have been no new cases they are able to reopen ahead of schedule. There have been no new cases of the virus in Washington in two weeks.

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.

Eddie Vedder's Ukulele Raises Money For Ferry County Trails

An auction of a ukulele signed by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder ended on Sunday night with a high bid of $17,100. All proceeds from the auction are going to Ferry County Rail Trail Partners that will support the planning and development of the County's 25-mile rail trail project. A handwritten note from Eddie Vedder accompanied the auction:"To whom it may concern, This note goes along with the four string Kamaka ukulele that I'm hereby donating for a good cause with regards to Ferry County ". Vedder also states that the ukulele was used during the recording of his new critically acclaimed solo record Ukulele Songs. The note finishes with "I hope it finds a good home and is able to help keep the country country." - Eddie Vedder

Liberty Belle Crash Lands and Burns Near Chicago

The Liberty Belle B-17 Bomber, also known as a "Flying Fortress" visited Felts Field in 2010 and 2009 for its annual national tour. It offered flights to paying passengers and tours to curious Spokane residents. UPDATE (12:12 p.m.): It was not the same one that visited earlier this month. It crash landed near Chicago this morning. The pilot had reported an engine fire so he brought it down in a cornfield near Highway 71 and Minkler Road. It burned in a field four miles southeast of Aurora Municipal Airport. All seven people on board made it off the plane safely.

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).

Stevens County Candidate Filing Statistics

Today is the last day in the State of Washington to file your candidacy for available positions. If you've ever had the slightest inkling of having your name displayed on row after row of yard signs on heavily traveled arterial, it's not too late! Just visit your county's election office online to file.The following statistics are from Thursday's final filing numbers. The current stats could be different and will change as Friday progresses. The original state wide numbers did not include King, Kitsap or Yakima county since they do not use the state's standard filing system. Those three counties were counted by hand and added in manually.3,145-ish candidates

Spokane County Candidate Filing Statistics

Today is the last day in the State of Washington to file your candidacy for available positions. If you've ever had the slightest inkling of having your name displayed on row after row of yard signs on heavily traveled arterial, it's not too late! Just visit your county's election office online to file.The following statistics are from Thursday's final filing numbers. The current stats could be different and will change as Friday progresses. The original state wide numbers did not include King, Kitsap or Yakima county since they do not use the state's standard filing system. Those three counties were counted by hand and added in manually.3,145-ish candidates

Spokane Country Fair Celebrating 60 Years

June 8th, 2011 Spokane Washington: September 9-18 the Spokane County Interstate Fair will celebrate its 60th Anniversary at its current location of Broadway and Havana. Rich Hartzell, the Director of the Spokane County Interstate Fair & Expo Center stated: "We are very excited about our entertainment lineup in celebration of our 60th anniversary of the fair. Our goal was a wide variety of acts that would attract multiple generations."Each year the Fair staff works hard to provide a multi-generational fun line up of entertainment. In honor of the diamond anniversary of the Spokane County Interstate Fair we have a 10 day Grandstand Entertainment lineup that really sparkles. Our entertainment lineup is listed below. Tickets for all Grandstand Events will go on sale July 11th and can be purchased through all Tickets West outlets (800-325-SEAT) or at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center located at 404 North Havana Street, Spokane. Those interested in purchasing tickets to selected events sooner than July 11th can keep their eyes and ears open for pre-sale opportunities!

Coinstar Kiosks Coming To Safeways

Got a pile of change you don't know what to do with? Soon you'll be able to take it to your area Safeway. Coinstar kiosks are coming to Safeway stores across the country. Coinstar is a Bellevue based company that

Car Prowling Suspect Stabs Homeowner In The Hand

A north Spokane County homeowner who confronted a car prowler Thursday morning was stabbed in the hand.Deputies say it happened around 5:15 a.m. in the 1500 block of East Center, near Northwood Middle School.The homeowner spotted the car prowler trying to break into his car and went outside to confront him. The thief ran off and got into a getaway car with a young woman also inside.

Humane Society Increasing Existing Reward for Poaching Incident

It's been over three months since it was discovered that a golden eagle was shot on Weissenfels Ridge, approximately 4 miles east of Anatone. A necropsy performed at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Forensics Laboratory determined that the bird had been killed with a shotgun. The Humane Society of the United States and the Human Society Wildlife Land Trust are now adding $1,000 to the already existing reward $1,500 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife. The cash will be rewarded for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing the golden eagle."Poachers callously disregard the laws in place to protect wildlife," said Dan Paul, Washington state director for The HSUS. "The Humane Society of the United States thanks the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for working tirelessly to bring wildlife violators to justice."Shooting an eagle is a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act as well as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Penalties for violating the eagle act can include up to one year in jail and a $100,000 fine per individual or $200,000 per organization. Penalties for violating the treaty act includes between six months and up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $250,000 per individual , depending on whether an individual is convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony.

Tales from the Scanner: Meddling Kids, Skunks and Bouncers

Noise Complaint: Reporting party says kids outside are screaming and playing basketball. They are trying to sleep. Deputy responded. (June 3rd at 11:15 p.m. in Clarkston, Washington) Reporting party says a skunk has made a den along her driveway. she can't leave the house without it spraying. (June 4th at 3:36 p.m. in Clarkston, Washington)

Free Fishing across Washington this Weekend

Don't worry this weekend if you don't have a fishing license in Washington state.  It's a free fishing weekend Saturday and Sunday, June 11th and 12th.All weekend long you don't need a permit to fish in any open waters.  You also don't need to worry about getting a vehicle parking permit to park at any of Washington's 600 water-access sites.Of course be sure to follow all rules and regulations such as size and bag limits.

Lewiston Needs Input for Downtown Revitalization

The City of Lewiston needs your input on the future development of downtown.  The Lewiston Urban Renewal Agency is funding the project which will rebuild 1st and 5th streets.The improvements will support future development of the Twin City Foods property.  This area was identified as the top priority last fall at a meeting of downtown property and business owners.Developers are asking for public input Tuesday, June 14 at noon on the 2nd floor of the Bell Building.  The engineering firm in charge of the project will present potential designs.

One Dead Following SR 26 Crash near Colfax

One person has died in the wake of a two-car collision on Highway 26 12 miles west of Colfax.The crash was reported around 6:20 p.m. Monday night near milepost 121, and forced all traffic to be detoured around the crash scene.Two hours after the crash the Whitman County Chaplain advised that one of the people injured in the crash had died at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

Barbecue Fire Leads To Evacuation At The Whimsical Pig

Firefighters made quick work of a fire which started on a balcony at The Whimsical Pig apartments in Spokane Valley Monday night.Crews arrived on scene around 6:45 and contained the damage to one or two units.Their initial investigation reveals a barbecue likely caused the fire.

Help Offered For First Time Home Buyers

The Washington State Housing Finance Commission is offering two First time Home Buyer Seminars this week.  The seminars will take place on Tuesday, June 7, and Thursday, June 9, at Guild Mortgage located at 12209 E Mission Avenue, Suite 7, in Spokane Valley.  The classes start at 6:00 pm, are free and open to the public.  These seminars are for anyone thinking about buying their first home or anyone who has not owned a home in the last three years. The classes will include information about the Finance Commission's low-interest rate House Key State Bond first mortgage program, down payment assistance and other loan programs.