Joggn' for the Noggn' set for Saturday

A Spokane woman's personal crusade to raise awareness about brain tumors has turned into a successful fun walk/run set for this Saturday. In 2008, Joan Ambriz was diagnosed with a non-cancerous brain tumor.  Soon after she was diagnosed she underwent a 16 hour surgery to remove the mass.


Writing a review about a musical that has received 35 awards and been deemed "The best musical of the decade" by Entertainment Weekly is intimidating. What can I say that hasn't already been said about WICKED? Because of all it's accolades, the Grammy, the Tonys, I shouldn't have been surprised when the house was packed this afternoon, nearly 2,700 seats filled at the INB Performing Arts Center on a Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. You know the show is good when people are cutting class, work and who knows what to see it. If you don't already know the gist of it, .  Courtesy of the WICKED . Now, that that's clear. Here are my two cents.

"Just Released: The List of Breweries Pouring at the Washington Brewers Festival"

If you're traveling to the "far west" June 17-19th, you can still get a taste of home. You'll be following over two Eastern Washington breweries: Golden Hills from Airway Heights and Northern Lights from the university district. Those appear to be the only representation of Eastern Washington breweries at the Washington Brewers Festival.

"Summary of City Charter Amendments"

For those living in the city of Spokane, this August primary, you'll be voting on twelve different proposed charter amendments contained in eleven ballot propositions. They were discussed at Monday's city council meeting. You can read the recap at Councilman Jon Snyder's blog. Today he posted a summary of the propose charter amendments as described by City Council Attorney Mike Piccolo.

Neighborhood Group Wants a Second Open Forum at City Council

Neighbors 4 Neighborhoods met Wednesday morning to unanimously pass their first initiative to request that a second open forum be added to the beginning of City Council meetings. They spent that evening visiting various neighborhood council meetings in the City of Spokane to gain their endorsement. At the Comstock neighborhood council meeting, all members voted in favor with no opposition.

Seen on the South Hill

While en route to the Comstock Neighborhood Council Meeting, I spotted this unusual "lost cat" sign across from the Starbucks at 37th and Grand. Luckily, I didn't see that cat while I was out and about. I've seen a lot of lost cat signs in my day. This didn't come anywhere close to Missy the Missing Cat, but it was still a humorous sighting in the upper South Hill.

Hot Dogs At "Wild Dawgs" Are Now More About The Taste

  Serena Belsby figured she'd get some flack for the logo she uses for her restaurant "Wild Dawgs" but she never anticipated how much. "It was crazy, I had people come out against it but overwhelmingly people say it's something fun and not offensive," says Belsby.

Want a Tree?

The Spokane Urban Forestry, a program tied to the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation, is looking to plant new trees in the yards of neighbors affected by the construction on South Grand from 29th to High Drive.Angel Spell, Urban Forester, said to the attendees of the Comstock Neighborhood Council meeting, that neighbors will be canvassed this summer to find interest in who would like a tree. Space is a requirement in the official decision on who gets a tree.Side streets, one to two blocks in from Grand, also have an opportunity to receive a tree from the program.

Stay Out Of The River!

SPOKANE-- What a sight!  The Spokane River is raging through Riverfront Park.   I saw dozens of people out taking pictures and walking the bridges Wednesday afternoon. It is so high that it is spraying pedestrians on several of the park's bridges. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Spokane River in downtown.  As of Wednesday afternoon, it is less than 2" below flood stage and is expected to rise above flood stage later tonight.  For up to the minute updates on river flows and forecast

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Visiting Sandpoint and Spokane

There were numerous exclamation marks following the sentence, " I just drove up here with RFK Jr," as cried out by the Spokane Riverkeeper, Bart Mihailovich in a recent instant message. Let me translate. He just drove up to Sandpoint with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to the Panida Theater presentation of "Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper presents Robert K. Kennedy Jr."Kennedy, the founder and President of the international , is visiting Sandpoint tonight to support the work of Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper and discuss critical water issues around the globe. On Thursday, May 19th,

Photo Essay: Riverfront Park

It's finally starting to feel like spring. Before we know it though, it's going to be summer, but that's another complaint for another time. If you haven't already, head downtown and to see just how beautiful it is around the river and the park. Flowers are blooming... People are out and about. It's the perfect time to eat your lunch under the totem pole just near the foot bridge. Be cautious of those seagulls though. They look hungry. As for the video above, there's a red soccer ball that can't seem to escape the Spokane River. For those that are curious, the photos below are treated with the iPhone app, CrossProcess.

Sweet New Shop To Open In RPS

The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory  will open this spring in River Park Square. The gourmet chocolate and confectionery retailer will be located on the main level near the concierge desk.Spokane natives Aaron and Rachelle Blackmer, along with Aaron's parents, Bruce and Candice Blackmer, currently own the Spokane franchise and a second location in the Spokane Valley.

It's Not Just A Computer Lab

A new computer lab at school might not seem like a big deal considering kids have access to the internet almost 24 hours a day, between their home computer, cell phones, and access at school. However, a new lab at Glover Middle School and one at Chase Middle School is doing more than allowing kids to surf the web. It's helping them build for their future. Comcast dedicated a $25,000 grant to the new labs and career centers. Each has three computers and a printer and is designed to help students choose a potential career path, allowing them to research what that might be and then choosing the appropriate classes for high school and into college.

Going To INB Saturday? Be Prepared For Wicked Traffic (And Judgment Day, Too)

WestCoast Entertainment has a suggestion for people planning to see Wicked at the INB Performing Arts Center Saturday night.The Lilac Parade is also going to be happening in downtown Spokane Saturday night, so WestCoast recommends that anyone heading to the show gets down there early to avoid the congestion.They will be closing the theater 10 minutes before the opening curtain so if you're not inside, they'll keep you out until a few minutes into the show and you don't want to miss the beginning of the show.

Extreme Team Hard at Work on a Yard and then some.

The Extreme Team helps those who can't get the work done on their home due to a lack of funds and or ability. Lila and Toni, mother and daughter, fit that profile. Both have arthritis and Lila is pushing 81, the stairs and the stuff have worn her out.  Her other daughter Dale nominated them for a backyard at the Premier Home Show a month ago and they were chosen, so we showed up. Hundreds of people will donate time, money and materials to get this yard in shape by this Thursday. We will reveal the finished work to them live on KXLY News@6. Watch Good Morning Northwest starting at 5am Wednesday and Thursday...a great way to start your day.

Purse Snatchers Target South Hill Shoppers

Spokane police are searching for a pair of purse snatchers who've been working local grocery store parking lots and prey on women distracted by their young children.The suspects are apparently spending a lot of time staking out busy shoppers.Kim Yahne spotted the couple sitting in their car back on May 7 at the South Hill Safeway on 29th Avenue and thought they looked suspicious.

Charter Changes on the Ballot in August

When was the last time council members Corker, McLaughlin, Rush and Snyder constituted a majority on a 4-3 vote? Probably never. They did last night in regards to changing language in the Parks Department's condemnation powers. This is just one of the charter changes be worked on by the council. You'll be able to vote on these changes on the August primary ballot. Councilman Jon Snyder recounts last night's city council meeting in his Tuesday morning recap.

Spokane Author's Book to Become Jack Black Movie!

The latest book by Spokane author Jess Walter will hit the big screen - and, a major Hollywood actor has signed on to be part of the project!Ealing Metro International and Prescience will finance and sell worldwide rights on Bailout, based on Walter's book The movie will be directed by Michael Winterbottom and star Jack Black; shooting is scheduled to get underway in August.

Park Bench Cafe Opens for the Season Friday!

Grab your wallet, your dog and your appetite! One of my favorite Spokane traditions opens for the season Friday with a full schedule of live music planned for the summer.The Park Bench Cafe in Manito Park will operate first on limited hours (9am - 3pm) and will expand to full summer hours in mid-June.The Park Bench will offer free music on Friday nights starting June 3rd. They'll offer wine, beer, discounts, free coffee and popcorn during the evening concerts. In addition to the new features, the Park Bench will continue to offer free dog treats and water and, as the city's press release notes, "free smiles."

Spokane To Particpate In International Ride Of Silence

Spokane cyclists will be riding in silence this Wednesday evening.  The Ride of Silence, which is held in cities across the world to honor those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roads, occurs every year on the third Wednesday in May.  Participants are asked to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride.  The 3.4 mile ride begins at 6pm at the corner of Riverside and Howard.  With no sponsors or registration fees, organizers hope people will be encouraged to come out and support their message of sharing public roadways. For more information, contact Jeanna Hofmeister, 509-742-9372 or   You can also visit

Delta Gamma Garden Fair

The Annual Delta Gamma Garden Fair and Plant Sale is Thursday May 19th at Liberty Park Florist  from 9am to 5:30pm.  This sale benefits Lilac Services for the Blind and our Service for Sight Projects.  The weathercast for Thursday is Sunny with partial clouds but no rain.  Liberty Park Florist is located at 8th and Perry and has been a family business since 1928.   

Spokane Indians, Banner Bank, and High School Grads

In a state, where the cost of higher education is on the rise and tuition seems an almost impossible feat, five local kids have a reason to celebrate tonight. Banner Bank and the Spokane Indians have granted five deserving high school seniors with college scholarships. The recipients are Victoria Karschney from Ferris, Haleigh Miller from Central Valley High School, Anh Phan from West Valley High School, Courtney Robbins from Deer Park, and Hope Wagner from East Valley High School. The $500 scholarships were awarded on achievements in scholarship, leadership, character and community involvement. 500 bucks might seem like a small chunk of change when you consider the price of tuition at Washington State University, for example, is expected to hit well over $10,000 in the next couple of years. Yet still, there's something to be said about community helping community. While these students might have some loans to pay back by the time they're done with school, they may also remember the people who helped them get through it, the community that stepped up to support them through their college years.