McMorris Rodgers To Hold Town Hall Meeting

Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers will host her annual public town hall in Spokane on Wednesday, August 31. If you'd like to express your opinions about jobs, government spending, health care, energy, and national security then you may want to attend the meeting. A lottery system will be used to take questions. Those who wish to ask questions will be given a ticket once they enter the room. During the event, if that person's ticket is selected, they will be asked to proceed to the nearest microphone where they can publicly direct their question to the Congresswoman. The town hall meeting is being held at the located at 1316 N. Lincoln in Spokane starting at 6 p.m. 

South Side Resident Attacked in Home Invasion

Around 5 am  this morning, a man was attacked and robbed in this home on the 3800 block of East Bellerive Lane. Police believe this was an isolated incident and are looking for the two robbers.

Copters Come to Hiker's Aid

A Spokane man is recovering after breaking his leg in a remote canyon while hiking. First responders airlifted the man by helicopter, after hiking 6 miles to reach him from their landing area.

High Drive Bluffs to discuss fire risk abatement at upcoming workshop

Residents concerned for fire safety at Spokane's High Drive bluff are invited to participate in an open-discussion of forest health next Wednesday, August 31st.A workshop hosted by WSU Spokane is being held to focus on a plan to reduce fire risk on the bluff and for neighboring homes."We've been working with a group of volunteers that live near the bluff. It's been a process. Their priorities have been trail maintenance, fire risk abatement and weed management," WSU extension agronomist, Diana Roberts, Ph.D, said. She continued, "We definitely want more people involved. It's open to anyone interested."

Spokane Police joins Twitter

Spokane Police Department has joined Twitter. The news comes four months after their neighboring police department in Coeur d'Alene joined the Twittersphere.Their first tweet discussed the call for help to identify the vehicle that be related to the death of Evon Moore near Ralph St. and Riverside Ave. on August 13th. They hope to use their Twitter presence as another way to get the latest info to the community straight from the Department.So far they've reached 25 followers. Follow them at .

Havre train derailment delays Amtrack passenger trains

A train heading eastbound from Spokane to Minneapolis derailed around 2 p.m. on Sunday. The BNSF train car derailment happened four miles east of Havre, Montana. that two BNSF employees were sent to the hospital. The route was shut down for the night while crews could clear the tracks.

Lace Up Your Running Shoes!!

Lace up your running shoes and grab a water bottle because the Windermere Half Marathon and Marathon is now accepting applications for next years race! The 4th annual Windermere Half Marathon and Marathon will take place May 19th, 2012. Even though the race is nine months away, if you register before September 30th you'll get a deal on registration fee.

Local Volunteers Help With Irene

As Hurricane Irene and all her fury whips across the East Coast thousands of Red Cross volunteers, including several from the Inland Northwest travel into the disaster zone to help those affected by the storm.

Happy Homecoming For Local Soldiers

It was a happy homecoming Friday night at the Spokane International Airport as dozens of local soldiers deployed for a year reunited with their families.

Downtown piano bar expanding their business to include a lounge

The downtown piano bar, Gibliano Brothers, 718 W. Riverside, is expanding their business to include a lounge in a space adjacent to their current occupancy. The lounge, dubbed the GB lounge, will feature storefront visibility on Riverside Ave. The lounge is expected to open on September 8th.Jason Kostelecky, marketing director for the two-year old bar, says the concept includes pool tables, flat screen televisions and additional 100 occupancy capacity.Customers in the lounge will be able to view the piano bar section and performance through the feature television sets on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The business hours will not be changing. As usual, the bar is closed on Sundays.

Out of the Darkness and Silence

The Miracle Worker, the story of Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, has returned to Spokane for a short time.  This is your opportunity to see the inspiring story come to life as Annie Sullivan comes into Helen Keller's world of darkness and silence, having been left blind and deaf from a childhood illness.  With Annie's persistance the doors to Helen's world are unlocked and Helen learns to communicate with the world outside her own. Helen is played by Caroline Slater and Paige Kubicek and Annie Sullivan is played by Sarah Denison.  The play is directed by Patty Duke who played Helen Keller in 1962 and received an academy award. 

Kiddie pools aren't as popular as originally theorized

It was a mere theory that kiddie pools sales would increase during the looming closure of city pools for the summer, but I was wrong. Phone calls to local general stores resulted in the same thing. Most said their sales were about the same as last year with little demand.Pat Conley, Spokane Valley White Elephant store co-manager said, "This year's weather hasn't done it. Last year we never ran out, but we went through several."

Some city pools will remain open longer this summer

Updated - 2:27 p.m. - You've probably checked out the weather report for the next few days and are wondering why the pools are being shut down so early. There are certainly not enough kiddie pools to accommodate every user of the city pools. There actually isn't. However, the city plans to keep some of the pools open a little longer this summer.

Feeding the Desire to Learn

Students and staff at Holmes Elementary, Logan Elementary, and Stevens Elementary will be offered a free healthy breakfast this school year.

Swimmers Get to Enjoy More Pool Time in Spokane

With temperatures climbing into the 90's, a lot of people are running to the pools to cool off. Comstock and Hillyard aquatic centers and Shadle and Liberty pools are all closing their doors to public swimming Saturday, but Cannon pool will be open through September 10th for open swim.

Downtown Spokane Pow Wow Canceled Due To Lack Of Funding

Every year, the Native American community in the Inland Northwest hosts the Spokane Falls Northwest Encampment and Powwow at Riverfront Park. Citing financial concerns this year, they've had to cancel the event, which was supposed to be this weekend.

Chism Files New $10 Million Lawsuit

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled state patrol detectives committed judicial deception when they arrested Todd Chism a year before on child pornography charges.

Salvation Army in Need of Backpacks Now

Due to high need this year, the Salvation Army has run out of backpacks for young children headed back to school. The group is hoping for donations from the community so they can continue to provide school supplies for the kids.