October 1, 2008 in City

Cameras set to catch red-light runners


A program to catch red-light runners starts this morning with cameras at three intersections – Browne Street southbound at Sprague Avenue, Hamilton Street northbound at Mission Avenue, and Division Street northbound and southbound at Francis Avenue.

The photo enforcement cameras, which operate 24 hours a day, capture still images and video of red-light runners. During the first month, violators will receive warning notices but no fines, Spokane police Officer Teresa Fuller said.

Citations carrying $124 fines will be issued after Nov. 1, Fuller said.

For more information on the program, call (509) 625-4181.

Jody Lawrence-Turner

Great Harvest baker Audrey Hansen dies

Audrey Hansen, a baker at Great Harvest on Spokane’s South Hill, died of cancer Tuesday. She was 51.

Hansen was featured in Spokesman-Review articles about cancer and her fundraising efforts to fight it.

Hansen survived breast cancer two years ago and lived cancer-free for a year before being diagnosed with liver cancer in May.

Friends are invited to share memories in a remembrance book at the bakery, 2530 E. 29th Ave.

Hansen managed the downtown Great Harvest before moving to the South Hill location. She’d worked for the company for about 15 years, said her business partner, Marsha Loiacano, who was also her life partner.

“She was probably the strongest person on this planet,” Loiacano said. “She was not going to quit until the very, very end.”

The store will start selling pink-frosted sugar cookies today, a tradition started by Hansen, in her remembrance. Proceeds benefit The Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation.

Meghann M. Cuniff

Spokane County

Toxic algae warning at Newman Lake

Toxic blue-green algae has been spotted near the Newman Lake Resort, leading to warnings for people and pets to stay out of water in that part of the lake.

The algae blooms tested at 191 micrograms per liter Monday, according to the Washington Department of Ecology.

Six micrograms per liter is the threshold before the algae is considered dangerous.

State Department of Health guidelines require warning signs to stay in place until the concentrations drop below the danger threshold for a week.

Humans can become ill from swimming in or drinking water with blue-green algae.

Contact can be fatal to animals.

To find out if a lake has a toxic algae outbreak, go to the state database: https://fortress. wa.gov/ecy/toxicalgae/ InternetDefault.aspx.

Becky Kramer

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