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S-R seeks families for budget profiles

Mortgage, heat, car payments, medical co-pays — the cost of everything seems to be going up. Or is it?

The Spokesman-Review is working on a package of stories and graphics that will look at how much things cost and how families budget their money to buy what they need and want.

We’re looking for two families to profile. Would you like to nominate your family? If so, you must be willing to talk about your household income and where it goes each month.

If that’s OK with you, please send us an e-mail at and give us your name and contact information.

Post Falls’ Hammond to run for Senate

Post Falls City Administrator Jim Hammond announced on Saturday he will run as a Republican for the state Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Dick Compton of District 5, according to a Web log.

Hammond made the announcement at a town hall meeting at the Post Falls Library.

Hammond is expected to face former legislator Ron Vieselmeyer in the primary election. Democrat Chuck Thomas is also expected to run.

For more information, check out Huckleberries Online by Dave Oliveria at

– Mike Prager

Famished puppies taken to shelter

Three starving puppies were rescued and turned over to a Spokane shelter this week, the third such incident involving animals in recent weeks.

A driver recovered three small severely emaciated dogs she found huddled together near Washington Street and Mission Avenue earlier this week, and turned them over to SpokAnimal C.A.R.E., shelter officials reported.

The pit bull crosses were about 3 to 4 months old, and weighed about half of what they should, shelter officials said.

Last week two dogs were rescued after a neighbor called to report they had been left alone for days in subfreezing weather with no food or water, chained to doghouses.

Also last week, three severely dehydrated and malnourished puppies were left abandoned at the shelter overnight.

SpokAnimal is concerned over the trend of “backyard breeders dumping unwanted puppies,” and the welfare of any littermates that haven’t been discovered yet.

Anyone with information about the owners of the rescued animals is asked to call the shelter at (509) 534-8133.

– Sara Leaming

Body found floating in Long Lake

A body found floating along the shoreline of Long Lake in Stevens County will be autopsied this week, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

The body was spotted at about 2:30 p.m. near Long Lake Park and Campground, which is near Tum Tum, Wash.

Officials recovered the body, but did not know the identity of the deceased person Saturday evening.

An investigation is under way, said LaVonne Webb, Stevens County undersheriff.

– Becky Kramer