Snyder Recaps Monday's City Council Meeting

Did you know that your elected city council member, Jon Synder, blogs a Tuesday morning recap of Monday's city council meeting? He turns five-hour meetings into just a couple of paragraphs for you to read. Last night's major moments was the discussion of Kendall Yards and once again the Unified Development Code which has been plaguing the council meetings for weeks.

RiverLit Debuts Second Issue Next Week

The second issue of RiverLit is about to be released to the public. It's a quarterly literary arts magazine featuring Spokane-area poets and authors. It's run by the non-profit, Riverspeak, a Spokane-based community forum for new and established artists to share work, connect and build community.To celebrate the launch of the most recent issue of RiverLit, featured artists in the publication will read their work at the . The featured artists are listed below in a screenshot of the table of contents.

At Gonzaga, Future Army Officers Remaining Focused On Mission

For former, current and future soldiers, the death of Osama Bin Laden is significant and brings a feeling of relief.But it also reaffirms the mission they have been carrying out in the Global War on Terror for the past 10 years and that bin Laden's death in no way does means their job is done."It's important, it's significant, it's meaningful," Retired Lieutenant Colonel Alan Westfield, an Assistant Professor of Military Sciences at Gonzaga University, said.Osama Bin Laden's death is also personal for thousands of members of the armed forces, like Lt. Col. Westfield. Since 9/11, Westfield has helped prepare more than 200 men and women to serve as officers in the Army.

Get "Plugged In" To Electric Vehicles

So, you've heard all about the wonders of electric vehicles (EV's), but can't get over one lingering question: "what happens if I run out of juice while I'm driving?"Dan Davids is here to help answer that question.  Davids is the President of Plug In America, an EV advocacy group, and he helps communities determine what works when it comes to EV charging stations for homes, businesses, and out on the street.  Davids himself is living proof that EV transportation can work - he's been driving an all-electric car for more than four years.

Yanni to Play Tonight

Yanni is in town and will be performing tonight at the INB Performing Arts Center. His music has taken many turns over the years and being labeled New Age hasn't hurt in the least. Self tought on piano since age 6 and having left Greece when he was 16, there is a lot for him to pull from. You can call 1-800-325-SEAT or go to www.ticketswest.com .  Enjoy the show.

You're Invited To The Salvation Army Golf Tournament

The Spokane Salvation Army wants to invite golf enthusiasts to the 25th Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner Auction on Thursday, June 23rd, 2011.The tournament takes place at the Spokane Country Club at 2010 W. Waikiki Road.Individuals and businesses can donate $150 to $2,000 to play or it's only $50 to attend the dinner and auction.

Police: Drinking, Speed Led to South Hill Crash

Spokane Police say two men will be charged with vehicular assault for a crash on the South Hill Monday night. Police responded to a crash near 29th and Pittsburg just before 11:00. Witnesses saw two cars racing; both cars lost control. One of the cars, driven by 23-year old Vyacheslav Bychkov, crossed over into oncoming traffic and slammed into a tree. A woman who was riding with him was taken to the hospital, but is expected to be okay. The second driver, 27-year old Vicktor Larkin, crossed into oncoming traffic as well. He hit a pickup, flipped and his car rolled over onto its side. Police say the drivers were speeding and drinking before the crash.

April 2011 - One Of Our Coldest Ever

It was a 2nd place finish in a race most Inland Northwesterners wanted to avoid.   Spokane was just ONE DEGREE AWAY from clinching the record for the coldest April in history.   The average high temperature for April 2011 was 41.5 degrees, which is 5 degrees below average.  The record of 40.6 dates back to 1955.  Both 1955 and 2011 were La Nina years.  La Nina is the abnormal cooling of the sea-surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific, which has been influencing our weather pattern since late Fall of 2010.   New record low montly average temperatures were set at Coeur d'Alene, Ephrata, Ritzville and Wenatchee.  Long-range forecasts are calling for the cooler than average temperatures to continue through May.

Bowl For Kids' Sake

Bowl, eat pizza, enjoy time with friends, win raffle prizes and help a good cause while you're at it.  Talk about a fun way to spend your day.  And, Bowl For Kids' Sake allows you to do just that. The event is put on by Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Participants get sponsored to bowl and that money goes to the non-profit.  It's simple, it's easy, and it will make the world of difference in the lives of children who depend on BBBS.  The organization pairs children with a healthy, stable adult who spends one-on-one time with that child.  Something essential in the lives of some kids who can't get that one-on-one relationship anywhere else. Bowl For Kids' Sake is just a few weeks away.  You can sign up to participate or donate

Gonzaga Offers Chinese Language Classes To High School Students

Twenty Spokane-area high school students will receive the rare opportunity to study Chinese this summer at Gonzaga University, thanks to a $75,055 grant from Startalk, a federally sponsored program designed to foster interest in less commonly taught languages such as Chinese, Arabic and Hindi. Applications are due by June 10 for the five-week course that runs from June 27 to July 28. For application procedures or to download application materials, visit the program website: at http://www.gonzaga.edu/startalk.

60th Annual Junior Lilac Parade & Family Fun Fair

The Rotaract Club of Spokane is proud to host the 60th Annual Junior Lilac Parade on May 7, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. in downtown Spokane, WA .  The parade is Rotaract's largest community service project, as well as the nation's largest elementary and middle school marching band parade!

New Art At Local Bar

You may have seen Tiffany Patterson's work around Spokane. Your first reaction might be, "that's weird." During last week's Spokane for Japan fundraiser, she along with Darcy Drury, another artist, worked together for their very first collaborative painting.

Diabetes Clinical Trial Seeks Participants

If you have type 2 diabetes, you are wanted!  The Clinical Trials Research Team at Washington State University Spokane is looking for patients with type 2 diabetes to participate in one of three long-term clinical studies. Each of the trials involves the study of a medication and its effects on cardiovascular health. All studies are under the direction of Spokane physician Carol H. Wysham and College of Pharmacy assistant professor Joshua J. Neumiller.

Mayor Hosts Eat, Meet And Greet

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner is offering an eat, meet and greet event Monday night at Santé in downtown Spokane.Santé is not open on a Monday normally, but is making an exception for the mayor, who is running for re-election.

Another Successful Bloomsday In The Books!

SPOKANE-- What a beautiful day for a run!  Here's this year's race recap from Lilac Bloomsday Director Don Kardong: Withdrawal from the field of last year's winnersPeter Kirui and Lineth Chepkurui opened up both men's and women's racesin the final days before the race, but it would take until the finaldownhill slope for two runners to seize the opportunity and surge tovictory in the 35th running of the Lilac Bloomsday Run. Misiker Mekonninof Ethiopia and Simon Ndirangu of Kenya were both new to the Bloomsdaycourse, but both had a clear enough notion of where the finish line wasto outsprint and outlean all contenders in two hotly contested races.

High School Baseball At Avista

High school baseball players are getting a chance to play like the pros.  Avista Stadium will be home to the Greater Spokane League district playoff tournament starting Monday May 2nd.  Other tournaments will follow through the month of May.Director of Stadium Operations Justin Stottlemyre says "It's a unique experience for these high school players to compete on the same field as future major leaguers."The Spokane Indians open their season June 17th against hte Salem-Keizer Volcanoes at Avista.  For tickets go here.

Feds Continuing Crackdown On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Friday afternoon Governor Chris Gregoire vetoed part of a bill that would have overhauled the state's medical marijuana laws and allowed for dispensaries. Her action came the day after DEA agents raided at least four dispensaries around Spokane.Gregoire says she will not allow state workers to license marijuana dispensaries, because possessing or selling marijuana is a violation of federal law.Charles Wright, the owner of THC Pharmacy has rethought things in the wake of the raid on his dispensary. On Thursday he vowed to sell marijuana again, saying patients needed it and he was going to take a stand. On Friday he changed his tune, saying he was permanently closing his store.

Terrain Announces New Side Project

Terrain is still months away from their fourth annual art exhibition. In years past, their October event has always been jam packed with young people, featuring an upstairs beer garden and a lack of ventilation that produces a very hot and sweaty effect.According to their website, it's a juried exhibition celebrating the diversity of the region's emerging artists. Now that it's a well-known brand, they're seeking more opportunities.

Downtown Traffic is a Little Crazy

Be prepared for large amounts of pedestrian activity in downtown Spokane near the Convention Center. A large chunk of the 50,000+ may be headed downtown to pick up their Bloomsday packets. Officer Jennifer DeRuwe, Spokane Police Department, just sent us an update informing citizens to stay "aware of the increased amount of vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the area of the Convention Center." Motorists are struggling to find parking and are encouraged to park elsewhere and walk in. She continued, "Motorists traveling south on Browne near Spokane Falls Blvd will experience significant traffic delays due to the large crowds."The trade show is open until 8 p.m. this evening so this evening's commute may prove frustrating during rush hour in that area. Spokane Police Department officers are working traffic control in the area for the tradeshow. 

Spokane Music Artist Releases Her First CD

For Karrie O'Neill everything just seems to be coming together for the release of her first CD. "I've described it as a freight train that just keeps on rolling," says O'Neill, who's a Spokane native and North Central graduate.   O'Neill will play tonight at The White Room at 117. W Pacific, Doors open at 8:30.   O'Neill says her music is hard to descibe and isn't really sure where she fits in. It's a little bit of everything but all of her. "I think people will really like it once they listen, I try not to fill a mold,"said O'Neill.   O'Neill says she's gotten some great help on this Album. "I've got a great producer in Chris Lucas and I can't wait to take the stage with him," said O'Neill.    Listen To Her Music   http://www.karrieoneill.com/     

You Can Still Get Some Tux Deals For The Prom

Bevin Flewellin said picking out the color for his tux for prom wasn't really his choice. "Yep I have to make sure I match her dress so that makes it easy for me, she's wearing purple, " said Flewellin, a senior at Mt. Spokane High School.Flewellin is amongst the thousands of students around the country embarking on the prom. Kevin Cook, mangager of The Men's Wearhouse says you can still get a good deal. "Most of our tuxedos start around $49.00. We offer some really nice incentives. Our Prom Rep program has been a great promotion for us. Plus we can offer a lot of personal services, " said Cook.

Authorities Raiding South Perry Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Chanting "DEA Go Away!" supporters of medical marijuana met DEA agents and other law enforcement officials as they were raiding a South Hill medical marijuana dispensary Thursday afternoon.The DEA is raiding several medical marijuana dispensaries in Spokane in what Assistant US Attorney Tom Rice is describing as "Official Law Enforcement Action." Rice confirmed a raid was taking place at the THC Pharmacy in the South Perry District on the South Hill.Club Compassion, located at 1004 E. Bridgeport, was also being raided by authorities. An eyewitness reported that a third medical marijuana dispensary, located at the intersection of Market and Peone, was being raided as well. While not confirmed by law enforcement, podcaster Russ Belville aka "Radical Russ", was hosting a where he was updating a Rice would not comment on the nature of the "enforcement action" except to stay that is illegal to possess or sell marijuana in the United States.The Spokane Police Department acknowledged the situation in an e-mail from department spokesperson Jennifer DeRuwe which said, "Apparently the DEA is contacting local dispensaries today.  They are the lead agency and should handle all the media.  SPD may be on scene in a support role."A Spokane Police patrol car was spotted parked in the driveway of THC Pharmacy.

Bloomsday Trade Show

Downtown Spokane is about to be swamped with people.  The Bloomsday Trade show kicks off Friday morning at 11:30 at the Spokane Convention Center.

Fruitful Garden Gives More Than Food

On the banks of Hangman Creek in the Vinegar Flats neighborhood sits a small plot of land that produces for more than just vegetables. The  has a few things in the ground but is waiting for the threat of frost to pass before the real planting get underway.