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Former WSU Cougar Hired As Volleyball Coach For Lewis-Clark State

Lewis-Clark State College has hired LaToya Harris as their new head coach for the women's volleyball team.  Harris was a standout volleyball player at Washington State from 1999-2002 and was a teammate of the former L-C State volleyball coach, Jen Greeny.  Greeny resigned last month to become the volleyball coach at WSU. Harris comes to L-C State from Sam Barlow High in Gresham, Oregon.  At Sam Barlow High, she compiled a 55-28 record in conference play and her teams advanced to the Oregon State Tournament twice. Harris will begin her new duties on April 25 and takes over a program that has won four straight Frontier Conference titles.

Secretary Of Defense To Speak At WSU Spring Commencement

Robert M. Gates, the United States Secretary of Defense, headlines the list of speakers at Washington State University's Spring Commencement Ceremony on May 7, 2011.  The event will be held at the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum.   He will be joined by Admiral John Scott Redd and R. James Cook, WSU Dean and Professor Emeritus. Gates will address the graduates from the College of Liberal Arts and The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. 

A New Neighborhood Park Planned For Greenacres

What was historically alfalfa fields, is now going to transform into City of Spokane Valley's newest park: Greenacres Park. The park will be located on the northwest corner of Boone Ave and Long Road and will cover 8.3 acres. Construction will begin between mid-May and the beginning of June. They plan to have the first phase of construction finished by this fall. That first phase will include turf and irrigation of the site to be the foundation for a sand and water play area. Other features of the park will include an amphitheater, a large picnic shelter, a multi-use playground with a splash pad and a concrete walking path tracing the perimeter of the park. 

Car Prowling on Pines Road

One reader emailed KXLY to spread awareness of car prowlers in one particular area of Spokane Valley. Early one morning, Sarah H. left her apartment complex on Pines Rd. to walk to her car. She  described her vehicle as, "decent looking". That's when she found her back passenger window broken and the dashboard ripped out. Multiple items had been stolen totaling up to $600. After making a report to the police, she starting asking, "Why did this happen?" She didn't think she was in a questionable neighborhood or that she had any enemies. Why would someone want to viciously attack her car?

Lewiston Police Seek Pain Clinic Vandal

Lewiston Police hope someone will recognize a man who vandalized a pain clinic Saturday night. Surveillance video shows a man in a white tank top and jeans repeatedly smashing and throwing things at the Interventional Pain Consultant Clinic on Juniper Drive. He left behind more than $5,000 worth of damage. To see the video and see how you can report a crime tip by email or by phone, click here for the.

New vaccine may protect wild sheep

A new vaccine for wild bighorn sheep shows early signs of promise but still faces several obstacles, a researcher at Washington State University says. WSU professor Sri Srikumaran began testing a vaccine for pneumonia in bighorn sheep earlier this year at his research facility in Pullman. In February, Srikumaran inoculated four bighorn sheep with an inactive form of the leading pneumonia-causing pathogen in the sheep. All four survived the exposure, but sheep that did not receive the vaccine died within two days, Srikumaran said.

Scuba Diving at WSU: It's Kind of a Big Deal

Apparently Washington State University has one of the most successful scuba diving programs in the nation. According to Google Maps, there isn't an ocean or large lake within a hundred miles of Pullman, Washington, but there is a huge swimming pool on campus that has been the classroom for more than 4,000 students.  is taught by Barry Moore, who first dived into the program in 1980 to complete his master's degree in environmental science. He used his education from diving to collect samples for research he was conducting on phosphorus movement through lake sediments into underwater plants. After earning his instructor's certification, he began running the program in 1982.

Idaho Army ROTC cadets participate in spring FTX

An attempt to bring a local tribal chieftain in for questioning peacefully ended in a firefight, pitting U.S. soldiers against mujahideen fighters loyal to the chieftain on Saturday. Today's headline from the war in Afghanistan? Not quite. The soldiers were actually a group of more than three dozen Army ROTC cadets participating in their spring field training exercise (FTX) at Camp Grizzly near Harvard, Idaho over this last weekend.The cadets are members of the Chrisman Battalion of the . While the junior-year cadet / students led their fellow students, the senior-year cadets acted as mentors and observers. The entire event was supervised by the ROTC Cadre, led by Lieutenant Colonel Jay Gardner, an artillery officer and professor of military science at the University of Idaho.

Coffee Shop Fights Cancer

The Daily Grind will continue to raise money for their Relay for Life Team, one of 55 teams in Pullman.  Relay for Life is a well known event for the American Cancer Society.  Team members take turns walking or running around a track.  The event will start at 6pm April 22nd and end at 8am April 23rd at Pullman High School.  Until the actual Relay for Life, the Daily Grind will sell PartyLite candles.  Fifty percent of the proceeds from these sales will go directly to the team.  There will also be paper cups that can be bought and decorated for $1.  The cups will be displayed in the window to advertise the team's efforts.

Spokane Valley Man Creates Amazing Sculptures

When you walk into Arturo Morando's workshop in the Spokane Valley the first thing you see is amazing art work the next thing you feel is Arturo's love."I love what I do, this comes from heart, this is not work to me," says Morando. Morando makes statues out of concrete and clay in his workshop located on his property at his Spokane Valley home. Everything he does is from scratch and made by hand. Some of his work can take more than a year to complete.

Closing Day For Local Ski Resorts

Ski and snowboard season is officially over for most Inland Northwest ski resorts. Lookout Pass, , and closed their slopes at the end of the day Sunday, April 10th.

Fairchild Employees Breathe Sigh Of Relief After Government Agreement

President Barack Obama says a last-minute deal with congressional leaders to avert a government shutdown happened because "Americans of different beliefs came together." The shutdown would have threatened many military jobs including those at Fairchild Airforce Base. KXLY4's Annie Bishop has the story.

Safer Railroad Crossing in Medical Lake

A heavily used railroad crossing in Medical Lake will soon be much safer for drivers thanks to a state grant. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission recently announced it will use a $5,000 grant to make significant upgrades to the railroad crossing on State Route 902 near Medical Lake. The improvements include upgrading warning signals, new cantilevered-mounted lights and cross buck signs.

Dishman Hills Service Project Tommorow

Volunteers from around Spokane are converging on the Dishman Hills tomorrow to clean, prune and plant.  Spokane County Parks & Recreation, REI, and the Dishman Hills Natural Area Association are co-sponsoring the effort to build trails, clear illegal campsites and plant trees. More than 250 volunteers are expected including the Spokane Mountaineers, Inland Northwest Land Trust, Gonzaga University, and the Sierra Club. If you plan to join the effort, you're encouraged to bring your own tools, bottled water and work gloves. Check-in starts at 9:30 at Camp Caro, for details and registration click here.

"Discovering Spring" at Discovery Playground

Discovery Playground opened last May, but already it's been "loved to death", according to Mike Stone, Director of Parks & Recreation. "It's had a tremendous response from the public," Stone said, "It's unique to this region and it has attracted a lot of users."

Spokane Indians Looking To Hire Staff For Upcoming Season

The Spokane Indians are looking to hire game day staff for the 2011 Season. Interested appplicants should attend the on April 16th from 10 am until 12 pm at .  The job fair will consist of a 30 minute tour of the facilities followed by descriptions of the open positions.  After the tour, applicants who bring along a resume will then have an opportunity to arrange an interview.  All applicants who bring a resume will receive an interview, either on the day of the job fair or during the following week. 

Residents Baffled by Graupel

It's not snow.  It's not hail.  It's something in-between, and it's been falling all over the Inland Northwest this week.  It's GRAUPEL.   Most folks confuse graupel with hail or snow, but there is a difference. The American Meteorological Society Glossarydefines graupel like this: Heavily rimed snow particles, often called snow pellets.  Hail, on the other hand, is defined like this: Precipitation in the form of balls or irregular lumps of ICE always produced by convective clouds, nearly always cumulonimbus.

Volunteer Opportunity: Meals on Wheels

Last month Spokane Valley Meals on Wheels, delivered 9,236 meals to the homes of seniors and served 6,764 meals at their on-site location. All of that was accomplished with the help of volunteers. According to Pam Almeida, Executive Director of Spokane Valley's Meal on Wheels, it's not enough. To volunteer, it doesn't take much. "We need 20 more volunteers,'" explained Almeida. "They would be delivering meals on every route through out the city and Spokane County. They can do it once a week or month. They'll deliver to about 10-15 people."

Farmer's Love/Hate Relationship With Rain

For dry land farmers, rain is the lifeblood of a bountiful crop.  But as with everything, too much of a good thing, can be bad. The winter wheat crops on the Palouse are emerging from their winter sleep with plenty of moisture in the ground.  This springs rain has been good for the crop, but if the wheat doesn't get a chance to dry out, wheat rust will become a problem.   Wheat rust is a fungal disease that can cause crop loss of up to 20 percent. , who's family has been farming land near Colfax for 70 years says he's seen a little rust already forming.  The second problem all the spring rain has caused is the fact that farmers are unable to work in the fields because the soil is so saturated.  That means winter wheat crops have to be sprayed from the air and spring wheat crops can't be seeded.

City Gauging Community Satisfaction

The City of Spokane Valley wants to hear from you about how the city is functioning and what they can do better.In the coming week, 1,200 people in Spokane Valley will redceived postcard surveys in the mail, telling them they've been chosen at random to take part in a citizen survey. The following week, those households will receive a copy of the questionannaire.Citizens will be asked to rate the city on quality of life, safety and satisfaction with city services. The survey will ask about age, income level, housing and other information, but the responses are anonymous.

Summer Street Resurfacing Outside Trailhead Golf Course

The latest issue of the Liberty Link [.PDF], a Newsletter for Liberty Lake Citizens, discusses the upcoming plan to resurface seven residential streets this summer. No dates have been set but according to Andrew Staples, City Engineer, scheduling for resurfacing will be announced next month.  ?