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Grand Spokane Marmot Beard Contest

Here's an email that arrived this morning from Steve Hintyesz.

"Hello Paul,

"I watched a pretty funny story yesterday about men growing beards and then shaving them into shapes of animals. I think this would be a great charity fundraiser for the downtown and Garland district music festivals to raise money for the Spokane Food Bank. This is a little late this year, but the Grand Spokane Marmot Beard Contest, along with great music (could be a hit). We probably have to wait a year, since the stubble we have now will not even qualify for a chipmunk."

Sporting clays event to boost local Boy Scouts

SHOOTING — Here's a classy event, a good time and a chance to hone shotgunning skills on the fascinating sporting clays course at Double Barrel Ranch south of Mica Peak.

What: 5th Annual Sporting Clays for Boy Scouts, with competitoin, food, prizes.

When: Sept. 14.

Where: Double Barrel Ranch south of Mica Peak

Who: Open to single shooters and teams, sponsored by Inland Northwest Council of Boy Scouts.

Pre-register: 325-4562; www.nwscoutshoot.org

Fundraiser going on for homicide victim

Friends and family of homicide victim Evon M. Moore are holding a car wash today to raise money for her memorial. Moore's daughter, Tarah Krivenko, said she expects to be at West Buckeye Avenue and North Division Street for several more hours today, along with Moore's partner of 10 years, Marzelle Gower.

Krivenko said donations have been coming in none stop, and strangers have volunteered to help.

Spokane police still are trying to determine how Moore (pictured) ended up dead behind an east Spokane warehouse on Saturday, and who put her there.

She was studying at Spokane Community College to be a legal administrative assistant. Moore's memorial is set for Saturday at 10 a.m. at Ball & Dodd Funeral Home, 5100 W. Wellseley Ave.

Deputies to work at Red Robin for charity

Law enforcement will work as waiters at Red Robin Saturday to raise money for the Special Olympics.

Uniformed Spokane County sheriff's deputies will assist regular wait staff at the Spokane Valley Red Robin, 14736 E. Indiana Ave., from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tips earned during the event will support the Special Olympics program in Washington State.

The downtown and North Spokane Red Robin restaurants also are participating.

SCOPE volunteers also will be at the Spokane Valley location to register children in the Operation ID program. Vital statistics and the child’s photograph are loaded onto a computer disk which is then provided to parents. Should the child ever go missing, the disk can be provided to law enforcement to speed the recovery process.

Information regarding the new Spokane County jail project also will be on display at the Valley restaurant.

Raising money on Sept. 11

If one stays around politics long enough, one will see things flip 180 degrees. Case in point: the suggestion that if a candidate for the U.S. Senate holds a fund-raiser on Sept. 11, it is a crass move that shows a lack of sensitivity for the lives lost to terrorism in 2001.
Thus was it labeled in 2003 by conservatives, when Sen. Patty Murray held a fund-raiser on the second anniversary of the attacks. “Says a great deal about Sen. Murray’s judgment and priorities,” huffed then-state GOP Chairman Chris Vance. Some members of the conservative blogosphere voiced – sometimes thundered – their opprobrium.
Republicans offers no such condemnation, however, for the s “Let’s Roll on to Victory” fund-raiser Saturday to be sponsored by a Gig Harbor GOP group featuring Dino Rossi.
(Note: An earlier version of this post described it as a Rossi fund-raiser; it’s not. His staff said he was just accepting an offer to speak.)
Not surprisingly, the other side does. Liberal blogger David Goldstein of Horse’s Ass suggested Rossi’s event will “cheapen the memory of the attack by expropriating it for political gain.”
Who’da thunk Goldy would someday channel Vance?

Money, tips sought after fundraiser robbed

The city of Spokane’s Parks and Recreation Department is urging the public to donate to the Northeast Youth Center after a fundraiser was robbed on Saturday. 

The benefit car wash at the Yoke’s parking lot on North Foothills Drive aimed to raise money to send low-income kids to camp this summer, but a man stole the cash box about 2 p.m. and fled in a waiting car, described as a burgundy Chevy Lumina.

The cash box was later found, empty.

“Saturday’s fundraiser was the only one scheduled to raise the needed funds to send kids to camp,” the Parks and Recreation Department said in a news release.

“The need remains.”

To help the Northeast Youth Center, mail or bring donations to the Parks and Recreation reception desk on the 5th floor of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. An account also has been set up at Banner Bank. For more information, click here.

Anyone with information on the robber, described as white, 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-11, 170 to 185 pounds, with dark hair, should call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233. He was wearing a blue shirt and dark pants. The driver was a black woman, and there was another woman in the car.