August 11, 2007 in Voices

In brief: Dodgefest this weekend

The Spokesman-Review
 

The Spokane Valley Dodgefest dodgeball tournament returns today and Sunday at Sullivan Scoreboard, 205 N. Sullivan Road, for its fourth consecutive year of play.

Dodgefest is the world’s largest outdoor, on asphalt, in steel cages dodgeball tournament. Three-time defending champions Team Hillyard will return to take on the competition as four-person teams duke it out for the title of world dodgeball champion.

Organizers said the tournament is the Spokane Valley’s answer to other local annual events such as Bloomsday and Hoopfest.

In addition to dodgeball games, there will be a barbecue, and music will be going on throughout the day. The games begin today at 10 a.m., and continue Sunday around 11. For more information, call Phil Seifert at 218-1522 or Scott Reckord at 599-2744.

OPPORTUNITY

Museum plans fundraiser

A 1950s themed fundraiser for the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum takes place Aug. 25.

From 6 to 11 p.m., the museum at 12114 E. Sprague Ave. will feature food, dancing, classic cars, a raffle and beer garden.

“American Graffiti” will be show at dusk during Hot August Night, as the event is known.

Adult admission is $15.

To contact the museum, call 922-4570 or visit www.valleyheritage center.org.

Fire District 8 seeks volunteers

Fire District No. 8 south of Spokane Valley is looking for volunteers to join its ranks.

An orientation session for volunteer firefighter applicants takes place Tuesday, and the department is also looking for people to help with educational programs, clerical tasks and other support services.

Firefighter candidates take a physical ability test Aug. 18, followed by interviews and training beginning Sept. 19.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, live in or near the district and complete the application process.

For more information, visit www.scfd8.org or call Deputy Chief Lonnie Rash at 926-6699.

Spokane Valley

Explosive device stalls traffic

A pop-can-sized container of smokeless black powder stopped traffic on Trent Avenue near the Idaho state line Wednesday morning.

Highway workers discovered the device about 8:55 a.m. and notified a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy working nearby. The deputy in turn called Deputy Brett Pierson and Sgt. Matt Lyons of the Spokane City/County Explosives Disposal. The bomb detectives concluded the explosive was probably active and made it inoperable.

The identity of the person who constructed and left the device is unknown, but the investigation continues.

– From staff reports

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