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In brief: Races, rides, more await fair fans today

Here’s a sampling of what’s happening today at the Spokane Interstate Fair:

9 a.m. – Youth dairy goat judging. Livestock barns.

10 a.m. – All exhibit buildings open. Various demonstrations and musical performances throughout the day.

11:30 a.m. – Racing pigs; additional heats at 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. North Lawn.

Noon – Carnival rides and amusements open.

1 p.m. – Kids’ mutton bustin’; additional competitions at 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. North of Grandstands.

1:30 p.m. – Butter churning demonstration. Steam and Gas Area.

2 p.m. – Antique tractor pull contest. Steam and Gas Area.

4 p.m. – Youth market stock auction. Swine Barn.

7 p.m. – Tribute concert, Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles concert; tickets $5 to $8 in addition to fair entrance fees. Grandstand Arena.

Admission is $10 for adults; $7 for kids and seniors. The fair runs through Sept. 15 at Spokane County Fair and Expo Center at Broadway Avenue and Havana Street in Spokane Valley.

Fund aims to help Isamu Jordan’s sons

A fund has been created for the sons of Isamu Jordan, the Spokane musician and writer who died last week.

Jordan was found dead Thursday in his home. He leaves behind a wife and two young boys, Caleb and Si. The fund will support the boys’ education.

“Isamu was an amazing father and his boys were everything to him,” the fundraiser page reads. “This fund will help ensure their higher education and other needs can be met.”

Jordan was a music writer for The Spokesman-Review, as well as a musician and DJ. There has already been an outpouring of support, with $4,730 raised for the family in just a day. To donate, visit campaigns/0ayGd.

Trooper’s car struck by fleeing driver

An impaired driver who fled law enforcement struck a trooper’s vehicle Saturday morning, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Trooper Morgan Mehaffey was in pursuit of Luis M. Denobrega, a 24-year-old from Olympia, at 11:29 a.m. in Spokane Valley after he ran a red light and refused to pull over, according to a WSP news release. Denobrega was traveling northbound on Pines Road when he struck a vehicle at Indiana Avenue. After the collision, Denobrega continued northbound, turning east on Grace Avenue to Cherry Street with Mehaffey still in pursuit. Denobrega stopped, put his pickup truck in reverse and struck the front of Mehaffey’s car, the WSP said.

Denobrega was taken into custody without further incident, according to a news release. The woman in the first collision suffered minor injuries. Mehaffey was not injured.

Denobrega faces charges of driving under the influence, hit and run, felony eluding a law enforcement officer and second-degree assault, the WSP said.


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