Voting hasn't even ended, but the Lands Council is confident of their victory

It may be a little early to announce victory, but The Lands Council has chosen a date to plant 10,000 Ponderosa pines. If they become a finalist in the Tom's of Maine's contest, with the large sum of money they receive they'll plant pines in various Spokane locations on October 22nd of this year. They're calling it Reforest Spokane Day. "It takes a lot of planning, but were confident that we're going to make it in the top six," Lands Council executive director, Mike Petersen said. The top finalist would receive $50,000 and the remaining five would receive $20,000. If they win the 50 grand, Petersen says that will pay for everything including snacks and lunches for the 500 needed volunteers. If they only get the 20 grand, they'll still plan on planting 10,000 trees. 

Hart Field Preservation files suit against Spokane Public Schools

The Hart Field Preservation is filing suit against Spokane Public School District 81 today.The history of the lawsuit started in 2009 when voters approved a SD81 bond that would authorize the district to modernize schools.The Hart Field Preservation organization says that relocating Jefferson Elementary to 37th and Manito Boulevard does not constitute the definition of modernize.

Brownes Addition neighborhood council to discuss the future of Artfest this evening

Safety issues surrounding the annual Artfest are the concerns of the Brownes Addition neighborhood. They'll be discussing the future of Artfest at their monthly neighborhood council meeting tonight. Rumors surrounding the event potentially moving to Riverfront Park have been circulating the community. The Brownes Addition Twitter even called this discussion:

Wildlife uses Deadman Creek culvert under North Spokane Corridor

Compared to some highways that lack the system, the North Spokane Corridor has an animal safety feature that protects them and the drivers above. Construction crews installed a thirty foot arched culvert over Deadman Creek where the two highway meets. Along with the culvert, they installed a motion-activated camera."We installed a motion-activated camera to see if the local wildlife would make the change in their wandering habits from crossing the busy highway to the new, wider and taller route," wrote Al Gilson, in his latest WSDOT blog entry.

Timeline Of Harpham Plea Hearing

A plea hearing was held Wednesday morning for Kevin Harpham, the man who attempted to bomb the MLK Day Unity March in January. The following is a timeline of tweets from the courtroom during that proceeding.

Like Ponderosa Pines? This Plan's For You

Growing up in Michigan, "Ponderosa" meant one thing: inexpensive buffet dining.  I didn't see my first real-life Ponderosa Pine until I moved to Spokane in 1998.  Now, I'm surrounded by them in my old-growth neighborhood.  They're towering, stately, and to me, epitomize the majestic natural beauty of the Inland Northwest.  Now, there's a plan to bring more Ponderosas to Spokane - 10,000, to be exact.  The Lands Council's ambitious proposal would have 500 volunteers plant 20 trees apiece in a single day.  To pay  for "Reforest Spokane Day," the Lands Council needs your vote to win a community improvement contest sponsored by , the natural beauty products company.

State parks hope to recover lost funds with Discover Pass

In order to make up for the lost funds from the general fund, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife managed lands are requiring Discover Passes for recreator vehicles.The $30 passes are projected to earn the state about $65 million in revenue over the next two years. That number is similar to the $64 million taken out of the general fund for state parks.The Tri-City Herald reports that during the first month of the state's Discover Pass, they saw a 50 percent drop in visitors at Sacajawea State Park in Pasco.

Harpham To Change Plea Wednesday

Kevin Harpham, the man suspected of planting a bomb along the Unity March route on Martin Luther King Jr's birthday in January, is going to change his plea Wednesday morning.

Last Chance to See Leo!

If you haven't had a chance to visit the Leonardo da Vinci exhibit at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture you might want to put it on your calendar for this weekend. The exhibit will be on display until Monday, September 5th.

SWAT Raid Recovers Stolen Guns

A Spokane SWAT raid on the south hill last night turned up several stolen assault rifles. Just after 8:30 last night, the SWAT team executed a search warrant at a home on the 3300 block of East 35th Ave. Once inside, detectives recovered six to eight guns stolen from several homes in the Spokane Valley last week.

Northside Farmers Market

Greenbluff is a true treasure in the Inland Northwest, but getting out there isn't always exactly the easiest task. So the Spokane Northside Farmers Market makes getting local, fresh produce easier for you. You can check it out every Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm until mid-October.  You can check it out Saturday mornings too.  It's at Franklin Park Mall, across from Franklin Park on North Division. Here's a list of the goods:

Scrappy the Broccoli hopes to promote a new food scrap recycling program

Every year Pig Out in the Park takes over Riverfront Park. Along with some new food vendors like Mommy G's grilled cheese truck, Scrappy the Broccoli will be wandering Pig Out in the Park next weekend. Wait, who is that? Well, he's a new mascot being adopted by Spokane Regional Solid Waste System. They're hoping he'll promote their new food scraps recycling program. He's cheerful, he's green and he's a stalk of broccoli.He's no Recycle Man yet, but he'll be stamped onto the t-shirts of Team Scrappy, volunteers from the Master Composters/Recyclers program. They'll be busy all weekend helping foodies separate their meal leftovers from non-recyclable items like plastic ware and utensils.

City facilities closed during Labor Day, but state liquor stores will remain open

Americans have been celebrating Labor Day for over 100 years. The first observance was on September 5th, 1882 in New York in accordance with the Central Labor Union. It became a nationwide holiday in 1884 after 23 other states had already adopted the holiday in honor of workers.Here in Spokane we celebrate it with some businesses taking the day off and free parking in downtown Spokane.City Hall will be closed along with other city facilities including Municipal Court, libraries, garbage transfer stations and the waste-to-energy plant. Garbage pickup will be a day late. As usual, city council meetings for the day are canceled and will continue the following week.

Spokane Tribe's annual pow wow still poised to happen even after Riverfront Park Powwow cancellation

Representatives from the Spokane Tribe of Indians hope to communicate that the Spokane Tribe's annual pow wow, the 97th Annual Spokane Tribal Pow Wow is still poised to happen.Public relations director, Jamie Sijohn, says that the cancellation of the Riverfront Park Powwow held in downtown Spokane and sponsored by the area Tribes including the Spokane Tribe has led to some confusion regarding the pow wow held in Wellpinit.The Riverfront Powwow after facing financial concerns in the past few years had to finally cancel for the first time in 25 years.

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.