Spokane

John Waite Shares His Thoughts on the General Election

City council district one saw the most candidates this election cycle in Spokane County. Six candidates were eager to fill the seat of councilman Bob Apple whose term is up. Council district one also saw the lowest voter turn out.It was the only city council race that had a primary and not even that perk could attract voters.

Barbara Lampert Shares Her Thoughts on the General Election

Some say Spokane is cursed. Voters have not re-elected a mayor since David Rodgers in 1973. the release date of Dark Side of the Moon was the same year. By running against Verner, candidates would opt in to continue the streak. Four lined up to race against Verner. Voters chose Condon to oppose her.

Steve Corker Shares His Thoughts on the General Election

The reign of Council President Joe Shogan is nearing an end, but who will sit in that center chair in City Hall's council chambers?The primary ballot listed four candidates hoping voters would give them a chance. The top three results were close, but Steve Corker came in third out of the four.

Spokane County Under Burn Ban

There's a burn ban in effect tonight in Spokane County. Today, the Spokane Regional Clear Air Agency announed a 24 hour ban on any wood or pellet stove, fireplace or fireplace insert. Outside burning is also banned. The Clean Air Agency says stagnant weather conditions are forcing the ban. It says smoke particles accumulate in the air in weather like this and fine smoke and dust particles can lodge deep in the lungs causing health problems. The ban will remain in effect at least until 11 tomorrow morning.

Spokane Public Schools Will Submit Jefferson Elementary Permit

The school district is hosting yet another community meeting with public comment for Jefferson Elementary. This time, the public comment counts. Kind of. It will be summarized and recorded for the hearings officer who will decide whether or not to grant the school district with their conditional use permit when they apply next week.Greg Brown, Spokane Public School capital projects director, says it's not a public comment testimony, but it covers all the issues before the project is submitted for a permit.Brown added that this kind of public comment meeting is not required, but they're doing this to address Jefferson Elementary conflicts. This is a catch-all for possibly new neighbors and those hoping to learn more.

Join Local Campaign Candidates During Election Night

It's the eve of this year's general election. It's considered an off-year election, but on Tuesday, the Spokane County elections office will be busy counting your ballots.If you don't want to watch the results roll out at home, you have a couple choices on Tuesday night. If you're a political junkie and hoping to find a candidate party to crash, we've made it easy for you and created this handy dandy map.

Diaper Drive Will Benefit Inland Northwest Babies

Diapers are a basic necessity for babies, but there are many mothers who are unable to afford this basic need for their little ones and so Acceleration Physical Thereapy is having a Diaper Drive to benefit Inland NW Baby.The drive is already in progress and will continue until November 18. Please bring your diapers to Acceleration Physical Therapy, 7407 N. Division Suite B, Spokane.For more information call: (509) 448-9358 or visit . 

In Brief: Dempsey's Brass Rail Closed Indefinitely

Dempsey's Brass Rail, a popular downtown club, announced they will be closed until further notice.A post on their Facebook page says the owner of Dempsey's, Larry Brown, is suffering a health issue.More than 40 comments on their showed support for the owner.

Spokane Realtors Keep The Clubhouse Open

Late last week, I emceed an event at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital, at the Clubhouse. To be honest, I hadn't really heard of the Clubhouse. I didn't know what it was, who's behind it... nothing. Well, let me tell you, it is a really cool and important place for our community! I walked into the big, bright, colorful room on the 4th floor of the Children's Hospital, to find a place where children can go to play while a family member is being treated at the hospital.

Joshua Redman Performs With Whitworth Jazz Ensemble

World renowned saxophonist Joshua Redman gave a special performance with the Whitworth University Jazz Ensemble Saturday evening. Redman performed several jazz standards, as well as some of his own songs, including "Hide and Seek" and "Can't Dance".  The concert also featured soloists from Whitworth, who played alongside Redman.Redman, who says he doesn't play these kind of shows often, was impressed with the Whitworth students' abilities. "From the first downbeat," he says, "I knew everything was going to be okay. More than okay."

Rockwood Offering Free Pre-Screening During National Diabetes Month

Type II diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.  Unfortunately, it's also under diagnosed among the group that's most at risk.  Among children, type II diabetes is most common in kids who are overweight, of non-Caucasian descent, and have a family history of diabetes.  If you're the parent of a child   who has these risk factors, and are concerned your child may have diabetes, Spokane's Rockwood Research Center is here to help.  During the month of November, Rockwood will offer pre-screening for children for type II diabetes at no cost.  Just call the Rockwood Research Center at 509-342-3180 to schedule a pre-screening.For more information, check out or www.. 

Veterans Will Ride for Vets, Hosting Annual Fundraiser

Big Cat Daddy, media representative for Combat Vet Riders, just called the newsroom to tell us about their upcoming "Pass the Helmet" fund drive.His grizzled voice was a nice addition to a morning cup of coffee. He and his combat vets will be out at the downtown Spokane Global Credit Union, located at 726 West Riverside Ave., on Saturday morning, collecting funds for veterans in Spokane and Lewiston.Weather permitting, they'll ride their motorcycles out to the location. They'll be out there first thing at 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Wrong Way Crash Sends Two to Hospital

(Updated: 12:00 p.m.) - A head on crash along Southeast Boulevard clogged up traffic around the intersection of 29th Thursday afternoon.A driver was speeding the wrong way down the street in a Honda CRV when he struck a FedEx delivery truck. Before that he almost hit one of our newsroom producers. Joseph Suttner, producer, had to swerve out of the way to avoid a collision with the wrong way driver.

Spokane National College Fair

There are a lot of decisions in life and when you are young and in high school one of those decisions is choosing which college to attend.  Or, if you are attending a community college and still haven't decided, but are planning to transfer to a four year college and need a little help - why not attend the National College Fair in the Spokane Convention Center on November 8. There will be representatives from more than 140 colleges on hand to answer questions and explain their academic programs to you as well as informational workshops to attend.  Admission is free and the College Fair is open from 9am to noon and from 6pm to 8pm. You may register now at or for more information .

FB Reaction to Officer Conviction

Reaction to the conviction of Spokane Police Officer Karl Thompson is playing out on Facebook. Thompson's co-worker set up the "We Support Karl Thompson" Facebook page in 2009. And now, there's a page supporting the Zehm family. Posts range from love and support to absolute hate for Karl Thompson.On the "We Support Karl Thompson" page, one fan wrote "we believe in you and know that you deserve our admiration and respect... this comes from knowing you for years and appreciating the fine officer and man that you are."But since the conviction yesterday, many people against Thompson and the idea of supporting him have responded with things like "This is as disgusting to most everyone I know as it would be to you folks if we were to support someone who killed a police officer.

City Officials Celebrate New Riverfront Park Conservation Area

City officials met today in Riverfront Park to celebrate the new conservation area on nearly 40,000 square feet of land.The public green space doesn't look like much now except for a few scattered trees, but it will grow. With no building to obstruct the view, Spokane residents can see the river from a new view.Mayor Mary Verner shared, "Today we get to see what this was like before the old Y building was built."

Dream Still Alive For Former Owners Of El Mercdo Del Pueblo

For Gilda and Fred Meyer opening the Mexican grocery store, "El Mercado Del Pueblo"  about two years ago was a dream come true. But after a lot of struggles the couple has decided to sell the business that stands at 1814 N. Division . "We took a little more than 350 thousand dollars of Fred's retirement to open the  the store. Yes the economy hurt us but I think that if we would have had some media coverage we maybe could have hung on.  We made some mistakes  but we might have survived," said Gilda Meyers.El Mercado del Pueblo features authentic Mexican food as well as groceries and a full service Mexican Bakery. "The new owners are retired from the Air Force, they may make a few changes," said Gilda.It hasn't been an easy year for the Meyers. Fred's mom was recently diagnosed with Colon Cancer and his step dad has been in and out of the hospital. Freda and Gilda also had to give up their house on 5 mile in Spokane to keep the store going. Despite the challenges Gilda says she has no regrets about opening the store. "The most satisfying thing is we were able to give some people jobs and recognition for there work we have a great cook in the kitchen and a great baker, " said Gilda.

Dog House Cafe Opens For Day and Late Night Business

One block of West Sprague has its fair share of food trucks and across the street, music and day-time food venues, but what happens when the night comes to an end?Dog House Cafe has a solution. Their brand new cafe."After they're done partying and having a good time, they can sober up here," manager, Julian Baird explained. He added: "We're closer than Shari's."

In Brief: Students Stay Up Late for Midnight Basketball

Middle school students are going to be up pretty late playing basketball on Saturday. It will be so late, dare I say, it could be past their bed time. It's a school event so it's okay.Students will be competing for a 3-on-3 basketball after creating their own league with the help of the Spokane Hoopfest Association. They won't turn into pumpkins because their Midnight Basketball only goes until 11 p.m.Their event, which also features workshops focused on education, goal setting and diversity, begins at 4 p.m. at Rogers High School.

Mythbusters: Science In Action

The dynamic duo who call themselves the "MythBusters" are bringing their live show to the Inland Northwest.The MythBusters show will feature co-hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage presenting on-stage experiments, video highlights from their show, detailed explanations of their experiments and audience participation.

Cool New Place To Shop For Foster Families

Foster families have a cool new place to get some great clothes and things for their little ones (including relative placements). The Clothing Perk is open in a new location in Spokane Valley. It's at 9212 E. Montgomery, the same complex you can find Teen Closet and Safety Net. The Foster Parent Association thinks you'll love the new Perk. Volunteers have arranged everything by sizes in various rooms with a playroom for kids, while you shop for them.

Don't Let #Snowkane Keep You Indoors

Rumors of #Snowkane are just around the corner is a frightening thought. De-icer and snow plows were spotted on the South Hill this morning, but there were no sightings of snow. I've still got my snow shovels handy. 

CYT-Spokane Presents "Annie"

Leapin' Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine takes centerstage in one of the world's best-loved musicals. "Annie" is a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan.In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new family and home in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy.Cathy McKinney directs this student cast and crew of over 70 students who are currently enrolled in CYT's theater arts training classes.

Calling All Artists: It's a Full Response Art Contest

Time to whip out the crayons and colored pencils. Or sharpies or Photoshop. Or finger paint. Choose your method. Spokane Fire Department is depending on you.Fire Station 2 located in northeast Spokane is looking for an artist to design a work of art that will serve as insignia for printed products. Not sure if you're in the area? If you're located in one of these neighborhoods, Fire Station 2 services you: Hillyard, Bemiss, Chief Gary Park, Minnehaha, Logan and Lidgerwood.For over a 100 years, the station has serviced the community. In modern days they use their platform ladder truck, paramedic engine and rescue boat with specialized water rescue equipment.