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In brief: Illia Dunes area closed for cleanup

Cleanup continued Friday at the Illia Dunes area along the Snake River downstream from Lower Granite Dam after last weekend’s college-age crowd of about 3,000 left the popular recreation site marred by trash.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the Snake River shoreline in that stretch, closed the area until it can finish the cleanup, which includes clearing submerged glass from the shoreline and testing water quality.

Signs warn that glass is prohibited, but that rule, among others, was not observed last weekend, said corps spokesman Bruce Henrickson.

Volunteers have offered to help clean up the mess, but for safety reasons the corps is using only volunteers it has organized, he said.

No decision had been made Friday afternoon on whether the area will be open during the Labor Day weekend.

Corps officials said they will be reviewing whether they should adopt a policy of prohibiting alcohol use at the site, as it has at some of its developed recreation sites along the Snake River.

Ruptured gas main forces evacuation

Road construction crews on 29th Avenue and South Latawah Street hit and ruptured a large natural gas main Friday, resulting in the evacuation of homes and businesses near the site.

The Spokane Fire Department evacuated both sides of 29th from South Grand Boulevard to South Lamont Street while Avista Utilities crews worked to shut off the six-inch main. Roads near the site were shut down to traffic. Evacuees were allowed to return after a few hours.

Among the businesses evacuated were a school and an assisted-living center.

Spokane man wins $200,000 in lottery

A Spokane man has won a $200,000 prize in the Washington Lottery.

Joe Medina won the top possible prize in the Casino Nights scratch ticket game this week, the Washington Lottery announced in a Friday news release.

“I am trying to talk my wife into going to Hawaii for two weeks,” Medina said in the release. “It will be our first time, so hopefully it won’t be too difficult to convince her.”

The winning ticket was purchased at Chevron Food Mart, 3602 E. Sprague Ave.

Cars donated to two abuse victims

YAKIMA – Two single mothers who were victims of domestic violence are recipients of cars donated by a Yakima car dealer.

The women and their children are currently living in YWCA Yakima transitional housing. The vehicles are intended to foster self-sufficiency.

Steve Hahn, who owns a Volkswagen, Audi and Kia dealership, was to deliver the vehicles to YWCA Yakima on Friday.