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Brush fire burns three acres near Nine Mile Falls

Updated - 9:38 a.m. Firefighters suspect an abandoned stolen truck that caught on fire is to blame for the scorched five acres of trees and heavy brush near Pacific Park Drive this morning. Neighbors first reported the brush fire around 2:30 a.m.Fire officials say the fire started at the bottom of a hill and came within 100 feet of homes. Spokane Fire District #9 quickly responded and contained the fire by creating a wet line around it.

Zipcar partners with WSU to offer car-sharing

Washington State University has contracted Zipcar, Inc. to offer 24/7 car-sharing opportunities on its Pullman campus. The paid membership for the program offers WSU students, faculty and staff the ability to reserve and access a car. WSU members pay a $35 annual fee, and rates on campus Zipcar vehicles start as low as $8 per hour and $66 per day. The hourly and daily rates also include roadside assistance, gas, parking and up to 180 miles of driving per day."The Zipcar program on campus is intended to provide students, faculty and staff with alternative travel options, while also helping the university reduce its carbon footprint by reducing the number of cars driving around campus" said Matthew Malloy, vice president of global university operations at Zipcar. "We hope the program will also help support student, faculty and staff involvement in the local community and in off-campus endeavors."Zipcar has partnered with more than 230 universities in North American including regionally: University of Puget Sound, University of Washington and Portland State University.

Department of Fish and Wildlife approve cougar hunting regulation amendments

Updated - 2:26 p.m. - The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved amendments to cougar hunting regulations that would increase cougar hunting opportunities without the aid of dogs in six different counties. The approval was made today during a conference call just days after their Wolf Conservation and Management Plan special meeting.A pilot project that authorized cougar hunting with the aid of dogs was not extended by Legislature this year. WDFW recommended an increase in cougar hunting opportunities without the aid of dogs in Klickitat, Chelan, Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties in order to continue meeting management objectives in those areas.

Mob breaks out in a fight over a woman's love

Wars have been started over women, it could be said that one almost started in Spokane Valley between a woman's two suitors, her ex-boyfriend and current boyfriend. They scheduled a fight with 20 or more people for Wednesday morning at a home in the area of Fourth and Sullivan.It began when one combatant arrived to find the other having a party with friends and what they're calling allies, in attendance. He left the party, but came back with his own group of friends where they agreed upon a fight in the street outside the home.Officers arrived to the disturbance call around 4 a.m. and found the mob still fighting, but by this time they had ended up in the parking lot of the Global Credit Union parking lot, about a block away from the fight origin. Officers spent the next five hours chasing down fleeing participants.

Police identify Wednesday's loud "boom" as an IED

Spokane Valley police say it was an IED that detonated on Wednesday night near the area of Sprague and Robie. Numerous residents in the area called 911 that evening saying they saw a bright flash and heard a loud "boom".The remnants of the device were recovered by Police and submitted as evidence to the Sheriff's Office forensics unit for further examination. Officers hope to recover fingerprints or other evidence that may lead to suspects.

Nine Mile Brush Fire Threatened Homes

Firefighters suspect an abandoned stolen truck that caught on fire is to blame for the scorched five acres of trees and heavy brush near Pacific Park Drive this morning. Neighbors first reported the brush fire around 2:30 a.m. Officials said it was a difficult fire to fight because it was located in a heavily wooded area. Firefighters from the city, county and DNR spent the day mopping up hot spots and continuing their investigation.

The Technicolor Heart returns to WSU's campus

Generations of students have learned to either love it or hate the big blue heart that stands proudly along Stadium Way. Last October it left Pullman on loan to the Fredrik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan where it became a popular part of their exhibition and in weddings.Debby Stinson, WSU Museum of Art public relations manager, said: "Every weekend there were brides taking their pictures with it. It was received completely different halfway across the United States."

Airway Heights Rollover Crash Alcohol Related

A rollover crash in Airway Heights Thursday night was alcohol related, according to police.The crash happened just before midnight near Hayford road.  Police said the female driver lost control while driving down the street and rolled her vehicle off the road.The woman was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Mail Thieves Target Spokane Valley Neighborhood

A Spokane Valley neighborhood was hit by mail theft this week. Neighbors found their letters and bills strewn across a three block area and now has them thinking about the security of their mailboxes.

Crosswalk Improvements

Spokane Valley students are going to more safe this year as they walk to and from school. The City is making improvements to Broadway as part of the Broadway Avenue Safety Project. The improvements include "Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon" (RRFB) set to be installed at the Centennial Middle School crosswalk at Broadway and Ella. The beacon uses flashing lights to alert drivers pedestrians are using the crosswalk. The City will also install a traffic island near Ness Elementary School at Broadway and Farr. The project will install school zone speed limit signs and flashing speed indicator signs at Broadway and Pierce. Construction is underway right now. It's expected to wrap in October and expected to ensure the safety of pedestrians.

Benefit Car Wash For Murdered Spokane Mother

Drivers along Divison Street are getting a fist hand look at the number of people affected by the murder of a Spokane mother. That's where friends and family are trying to raise money for Evon Moore's funeral, which is Saturday, by holding a 2 day car washing event.

"No Veteran Left Behind" 2nd Annual Poker Run

To be honest with you, I had no idea what a Poker Run was until I looked it up on Wikipedia, now I am hoping I am a bit more educated.  With that being said, there is one happening this weekend, August 20th, in Deer Park with a portion of the proceeds  benefitting  the Inland Northwest Honor Flight.  The event is open to all; Hot Rods, Classics, Clunkers, or Campers - whatever you ride!  Ride maps will be available at the Run Day Safety Meeting at 9:30am with the Ride starting at 10:00am.  The 1st Card will be at the Eagles Lodge in Deer Park, which will be open at 8am; 2nd Card, American Legion in Chewelah; 3rd Card, American Legion in Cusick; 4th Card, Club Rio in Newport; 5th Card, Mule Shed in Riverside.  You're welcome to join at any point along the Ride.  After the Ride, plan on attending the BBQ complete with a band.  There's also free camping, RV hookups and a dump station.  Contact information: 509-951-3763, 509-720-6259 or 509-951-5112.  

Spokane Valley Fire Department hosts their next station open house this weekend

During the Spokane Valley Fire Department's open house at Station #4 last weekend on August 13th, about 75 community members stopped by during the three hour span. Suggestions for renaming the station came in from community members. They received 17 total submissions including one from a young boy who wanted the community to name it after his last name."Some people were just happy with it being Station #4," Bill Clifford, assistant Fire Marshal, said. He continued, "We'd be okay with calling it the Otis Orchards Station, but the Department wants the community to name it that."

Puppy found in Stevens County makes its way for medical treatment in Nelson, B.C.

Nearly two years ago, a puppy originally called Thumper was found at Jumpoff Joe Lake off of Highway 395 south of Chewelah, with a broken foot and lowered immune system. He was found by a young couple who took him to the Colville Pet Refuge where he was treated. An increase in pets at the Refuge transferred him to Nelson, B.C. at the Kootenay Animal Assistance Program where he was then adopted.

Spokane Valley Fire Department joins Twitter for major incident notification

Similar to the already existing Spokane Fire Department Twitter feed, Spokane Valley Fire Department has joined the Twittersphere to provide notifications for major incidents and well as other media announcements. It will cover calls throughout its dispatch area and feature the location and type of dispatch incident. Already today there has been a hazmat investigation at E. 26th Ave. and S. Vercler Rd, a vehicle fire at  Rd. and a brush fire along