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Brush fire burns in Mirabeau Park Natural Area

A brush fire broke out yesterday afternoon in Mirabeau Park Natural Area in the Spokane Valley behind the YMCA. The fire broke out in the afternoon and crews from the Spokane Valley Fire Department were able to quickly extinguish the fire. The fire was only 50 feet by 100 feet in size and was moving very slowly. As of now, the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Do You Know When To Go To The ER?

How do you know when to go to your doctor vs. urgent care vs. the emergency room? You can find out. You're invited to a special Healthy Woman Lunch and Learn. It's a lunchtime discussion with a Spokane Valley Hospital Emergency Room physician about appropriate times to seek ER care for you and your family, It's Thursday, September 22nd from noon to 1 pm at the Valley Hospital Education Center. Lunch is free and there are door prizes!

Hitch A Ride To Valleyfest

The build-up to Valleyfest is already well underway, with events planned all week in anticpation of Saturday's main event at Mirabeau Park.  Anyone who's been to Valleyfest knows the only downside to the event is getting there.  If you're not an early bird on Saturday morning, you'll probably end up parking several hundred yards away and hoofing it down Mirabeau Parkway.  Not a big deal, unless you're herding a gaggle of kids, as many people are.So here's some good news: This year, all you have to do is make it to the Valley Mall, and the Spokane Transit Authority will take it (meaning you and your brood) from there.  The STA will be providing shuttle service from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. this Saturday only for just 75 cents a person.  There are three pickup/dropoff locations at the Valley Mall.  Check out the map below and the for more information.

Lewis County Sheriff's K-9 passes away after retiring from five years of service

For five years, Lewis County K-9 Sgt. Jason Davis had Bruno. The Sheriff's Office dog passed away on September 13th during the first few months of his retirement.He was 2-years-old when Davis first met him. Bruno spent the first years of his life being trained in the Czech Republic for narcotics detection, apprehension, tracking, evidence retrieval and handler protection. Davis described his dog as his dearest friend."He proudly and unselfishly gave unconditional service to those around him," wrote Davis. He continued, " He loved his job and on his last night of life, sick and worn down, made one last bolt to the area he had trained in so many times. It was an honor and a privilege to have served with such a dedicated, loyal partner and best friend. "

The Daily Evergreen recaps their favorite headlines from the weekend

Daily Evergreen Editor-in-Chief Kari Bray and staff reporter Kaitlin Gillespie compile the week's best stories published in the Washington State University student-run newspaper. For more, see their website at dailyevergreen.com or follow them on Twitter at @Dailyevergreen.

WSU Receives Largest Gift in History from Apple, Pear Growers

Washington State University will soon receive the largest single gift in university history from apple and pear growers throughout the state. The growers have agreed to make a historic investment of $27 million over the next eight years to support tree fruit research and extension at WSU. "A gift of this magnitude is truly transformational," said WSU President Elson S. Floyd. "In partnership, WSU and growers will work to ensure the industry continues to be a leader in the global market.

Southeast Spokane County Fair

Another beautiful weekend coming up!  Why not head south on Hwy 27 and visit the Southeast Spokane County Fair in Rockford.  There's plenty to see and do.  If you're up early enough on Saturday morning you can join the Harvest Hustle Fun Run, or at 10:15 there's the Children's Parade followed by the Grande Parade.  There are plenty of booths, animals and magicians, with pie eating contests and variety shows, but I think the most amusing might just have to be Cow Chip Bingo. The Fair starts on Friday, September 23 and runs through Sunday, September 25.  It's a great opportunity to spend with family and make some memories. 

Ride To Fight Cancer

Throw on the leathers, rev up the engine, and join other bikers (and wanna-be bikers) for BFC Spokane Falls Chapter's first charity ride.  BFC is Bikers Fighting Cancer, a group of people who like riding motorcycles and make it their mission to support children with cancer and their families.The ride starts on Saturday, September 24th at 11 a.m. They'll start at the Lone Wolf Harley Davidson and end at Spokane Valley's Hooters. They'll begin with a 9 a.m. breakfast followed up by a 10 a.m. registration. There's a $20 registration fee. Call 509-218-5228 or 509-995-6505 for more information!

Ron's Has a Birthday , YOU Get a Gift

One of the Spokane area's longest-established fast food restaurants is celebrating an impressive 53 years in business, by giving you the fries on September 24th. Owned and operated for 37 years by Joe Genova and named after his eldest son, Ron's was one of the area's first fast-food eating establishments. The original building was designed by Joe Genova and built on the land where his childhood home once stood. Since its inception, Ron's Drive-Inn has been known for fresh ingredients and friendly service."We are celebrating another year of great food and service— and honoring one of the Spokane area's best-loved landmarks," said owner, Denny Hegewald. "It is hard to believe that we have been serving the Valley for 53 years".Come join Denny and the rest of the crew September 24th at 12502 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley, WA and enjoy a sandwich or beverage and get your free small fry.

Rescued dogs now up for adoption at SCRAPS

The rescued dogs from a hoarding situation in Spokane Valley are now up for adoption. Last Thursday, fourteen small dogs were found living in a passenger van parked at the Spokane Valley Branch of the county library district.SCRAPS estimated that the dogs would be up for adoption on Wednesday, but after hard work from volunteers to clean up the dogs, they were set up for adoption at Noon on Monday.After an hour of open adoption, SCRAPS reported that five of the 14 dogs had been adopted.

WSU's campus produce market still open until mid-October

We're nearing the end of farmer market season. Most markets shut down in mid-October due to lousy weather and lack of produce. In Pullman, you can take advantage of a few more weeks of WSU's campus market. Like most, they'll be shutting down in mid-October.Every Wednesday since late August, WSU Organic Farms has been visiting the Terrell Mall selling organic produce from their 3-acre farm a mile and a half away from campus. Farm manager and instructor, Brad Jaeckel, says it's a way to have a presence on campus.

Neighbors Fight Field Fire

Spokane Valley fire crews responded to a small fire in a farm field in the Ponderosa neighborhood late Sunday afternoon.The fire started around 4pm. Neighbors in the area of Cimmaron Road and Sunderland Drive say before they saw smoke from the fire, they heard some kind of pop or small explosion. There were no vehicles in the area at the time of the fire. One neighbor ran to the fire with a shovel and started fighting it. The owner of the property drove his tractor to the scene and started tackling it before firefighters arrived. 

Broadband project gains funding for three more years in Idaho

Idaho's broadband project grant will be extended an additional three years. The Department of Administration announced yesterday their final approval of a $2.65 million grant to extend broadband mapping and a planning initiative for Idaho.For the past two years the project has been collecting data from broadband service providers to create an interactive map of where high-speed internet exists and where it doesn't.High-speed internet certainly doesn't exist in Pocatello. The New York Times reported that Pocatello, Idaho is the slowest city in the country.

Asotin mayor sends out public invitation to former Sheriff's memorial dedication

An official invitation from Asotin mayor, Jim Miller, invites the community to the upcoming memorial dedication for former Sheriff, John Wormell. We wrote about this earlier this week announcing the September 26th memorial. They're looking for more public officials to speak at the event. They're asked to contact Asotin's city clerk.Event Details: The memorial dedication begins at 11 a.m. near the intersection of Filmore and Second Street on September 26th in Asotin.

Sheriff's Office warns of fraudulent Craigslist listings

Nez Perce Sheriff's Office wants citizens to know that they have received two reports of fraudulent residential listings through Craigslist.The two listings, advertising either houses or apartments for rent in the Lewiston and Clarkston area, establish contact with interested parties requesting money for a deposit or rent to addresses outside the United States.The Sheriff's Office added that the victims are then told the owners are on a trip, vacation, etc, and the money needs to be sent out of the country. Once the money is received, the suspects will mail the key to the victims.

Fourteen small dogs were found being hoarded inside a passenger van

(Updated 10:41 p.m.) - Animal protection officers responded to a case of animal hoarding on Thursday. SCRAPS says fourteen small dogs were found living out of a passenger van parked at the Spokane Valley Branch of the county library district.The living situation for the dogs revealed to be even worse on the inside. The nine adult dogs and five puppies were saturated in urine and their own feces. The animals were kept inside the van among excrement-soaked animal crates, clothing and garbage. Officers could smell a distinct odor even before the owner opened the van door.

Fire department responds to three early morning suspected arson fires

Spokane Valley firefighters responded to three separate incidents Friday morning that are being labeled as suspected arson. They say the fires were intentionally set because Mako, the Department's accelerant detection dog found accelerants at each of the incident scenes.Google Maps:

The Daily Evergreen recaps their favorite headlines from the week

Daily Evergreen Editor-in-Chief Kari Bray and staff reporter Kaitlin Gillespie compile the week's best stories published in the Washington State University student-run newspaper. For more, see their website at dailyevergreen.com or follow them on Twitter at @Dailyevergreen.

Spokane's Oktoberfest releases list of featured beers

Spokane's 2nd Annual Oktoberfest is quickly approaching and a list of featured beers is out for your perusal. Breweries from all over the state will be rolling into town to show off their brewskies including quite a few from Eastern Washington. Some of the more well-known breweries in Washington participating in the festival include: Elysian Brewing, Iron Horse Brewery, Mac & Jacks Brewery and Redhook Brewery.The beer tasting festival is next week, September 23rd to the 24th starting at 4 p.m. on Friday and Noon on Saturday. Word on the street there will be live Bavarian music. Here's the beer from our neck of the woods:

Sesitshaya Marimba Band

As an old African saying states -"if you can walk, you can dance; if you talk, you can sing" so come join the eight women musicians of the Sesitshay Marimba Band and enjoy the happy sounds of music from Zimbabwe and other African countries at the Tekoa Empire Theatre in Tekoa.  The show is September 17, at 7pm.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. 

LGBT activists will stage a protest next week asking for more federal and social equality

LGBT civil rights activists will be staging a protest next Tuesday at Moscow's Friendship Square.GetEQUAL Idaho is a state branch of the national direct action organization.They represent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenders through what they call "bold action". They later describe it as "direct action and non-violent civil disobedience."Their Tuesday protest targets the end of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," policy. They believe even though its end is a significant victory, it's insufficient. They're asking for full federal and complete social equality of the LGBT community.