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Session will address oil spill cleanup plan

A proposal to update oil spill response plans for the Spokane River will be discussed Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Spokane Public Library, 906 W. Main.

Employees from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington Department of Ecology will run the workshop.

For more information, contact Todd Hass at (360) 407-6396 or thas461@ecy.wa.gov, or visit www.ecy.wa.gov.

Level 3 sex offender registers as transient

A level 3 sex offender considered likely to reoffend has registered as a transient in the area, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Elijah P. Stanford, 47, was convicted in 1998 and served 68 months in prison for first-degree child molestation in Walla Walla County.

Stanford is white, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 350 pounds, with red hair and blue eyes. His right middle finger is missing.

He is not wanted by law enforcement at this time.

Remediation begins at City Parcel site

Workers last week began cleaning up contamination at the former City Parcel site in North Spokane, part of a remediation project expected to cost roughly $750,000.

A contractor will remove asbestos from the 18,400-square-foot building, 708 N. Cook St., before the structure is demolished, according to a Washington state Department of Ecology news release. Soils contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) then will be removed.

The department previously reached a $277,000 settlement with current and past building owners. The state will pick up the rest of the tab.

The parcel became contaminated with PCBs before 1980, when it was used to repair and recycle electrical transformers.

Dust control and air quality will be monitored during demolition. Work is expected to be completed by August, after which a 6-foot-high fence will be installed.

District offering scholarship help

Assistance with college tuition and books is available to eligible seventh- through ninth-graders in Spokane Public Schools, and now to sixth-graders at schools where at least 40 percent of the children fall below the federal poverty level.

The College Bound scholarships target low-income families or children who are in foster care, said Terren Roloff, a district spokeswoman. “Students who sign up for the scholarship promise to graduate from high school, demonstrate good citizenship and stay crime free,” she said.

Sign-up events are being held Tuesday at Rogers High School, 1622 E. Wellesley Ave., and Thursday at Lewis and Clark High School, 521 W. Fourth Ave. Pizza will be provided starting at 5:30 p.m., Roloff said. Volunteers will be available to help kids sign up from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information, call (888) 535-0747 or go to www.hecb.wa.gov/ collegebound.

Meeting will cover plan for homeless

The public is invited to the first of a series of town hall meetings to review the homeless plan for city of Coeur d’Alene.

The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 5:30 p.m., at Coeur d’Alene City Hall, 710 E. Mullan Ave., in the old council chambers.

The city’s Committee on Homelessness has been working for about a year to develop a plan, which calls for ending homelessness in Coeur d’Alene within 10 years.

Paul Carlson, the regional head of Housing and Urban Development, will be available for questions, as will committee members.

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