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Gardens evicted over water safety

Two community gardens located on Spokane Water Department property will have to move by the end of the year. The Hillyard Garden – also known as the Pump House Garden …


Death linked to pet hedgehog

A Spokane man in his 90s is the first person to die in a national outbreak of salmonella infection that’s been traced to contact with hedgehogs, the Spokane Regional Health …


First flu-related death of season in Spokane

A Spokane County woman in her 80s died this week from the flu, marking Eastern Washington’s first flu-related death this season.


Flu on rise in area after East hit hard

As influenza sweeps the nation, local health officials are bracing for the season’s peak to hit the Inland Northwest. While most of the nation is seeing elevated flu activity, the …


Pertussis death prompts warning

The Spokane Regional Health District is reminding everyone to get a pertussis vaccine along with a flu shot after a King County infant died from whooping cough last week. Health …


Refugees’ group harvests fruits and vegetables for needy

In the summer of 2011, two East Central women, both refugees, came up with the idea of harvesting neighborhood fruit that otherwise wouldn’t be used, and donating it to the …


Early shots best for flu

As the number of whooping cough cases in Spokane County drops, health officials continue pressing the case for immunizations, including this year’s flu vaccine. Mark Springer, an epidemiologist with the …


East Central offers first youth cafe

In talking to young people 14 to 18 years old in East Central, Spokane Regional Health District’s Peggy Slider heard one common complaint: There is no place to hang out. …


Public Health Clinic not part of 2013 district budget

Spokane County’s Public Health Clinic is a candidate for closure next year, as fewer patients rely on the services it provides and budget cuts loom. The proposed closure is yet …


First Spokane-area flu case confirmed

A man in his 40s was confirmed to be the first Spokane-area case of the flu, a news release from the Spokane Regional Health District said.


Persistent pertussis

Whooping cough has spread across Spokane County during the summer, surprising health officials who expected numbers to drop once kids left school. No one has died.


Experts identify multiple factors prevalent in less healthy areas

The Spokane Regional Health District’s report is its first attempt to measure the effects of several “social determinants of health,” and it’s meant to be the first step in a …


Easy to see differences in well-being among neighborhoods

We have a lot of gaps in this country. There’s the achievement gap in schools. The income gap. The opportunity gap.


Health district takes safety online

People prefer to learn about food safety in their pajamas – or at least from their home computers. Earlier this year, the Spokane County Regional Health District’s food safety program …


East Central Community Garden entering fourth season

There’s a bright purple bunch of blooming chives in the middle of East Central Community Garden. Raspberries climb the chain-link fence and on this Friday volunteers are putting woodchips down …


Pertussis shows persistence

The whooping cough epidemic plaguing other counties in Washington has been slow to reach the Inland Northwest. While numbers in West Side counties continued to climb at the end of …


Tips for preparing emergency supply kit

The Spokane Regional Health District encourages residents to put together an emergency supply kit and have a family emergency plan in case of fire, flooding, severe storms or other emergencies. …


City appointees fill spots on boards, commissions

The Spokane City Council on Monday filled positions on about 25 boards and commissions that have seats reserved for city elected leaders. Some seats are advisory or liaison positions, others …


Budget cuts have public health agencies slashing staff, services

The steady erosion of public health funding and services in Washington has spurred a statewide review of how shrinking agencies can adapt to meet the growing needs of communities with …


Health district funds chopped 8.7 percent

Local public health officials voted Wednesday to cut 8.7 percent from the Spokane Regional Health District’s budget for next year. The move, announced last month, included several layoffs and changes …


Shriners renewing cleft lip, palate care

Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane is restarting its cleft lip and palate program next year and seeks to take over a successful Spokane County program that’s threatened by budget …


Baby could fall through hole in safety net

When Michelle Casey received the first ultrasound of her second pregnancy, she got some unexpected news. Her daughter had a bilateral cleft lip and palate. The ultrasound technician reassured her, …


Fundraiser fined for barbecue

Barbecue – busted. Mary Beth Conklin had organized Riverside High School’s annual homecoming tailgater to raise funds for the senior all-nighter – a tradition welcomed by the small community north …


Health district weighs cuts

The Spokane Regional Health District proposed cutting some programs for children with special needs and eliminating its water testing lab as it tries to make do with $2.1 million less …


Health district looks to cut programs for kids, water

The Spokane Regional Health District proposed cutting some programs for children with special needs and eliminating its water testing lab as it tries to make do with $2.1 million less …


West Central grocery keeps options healthy

There is a new corner grocery store and a new café in West Central. Parkside Grocery and the Monkey Business Café have just opened across the street from the Cannon …


Nurse program expands to Idaho

A program proven to improve the lives of low-income, first-time mothers and their babies will be offered in Kootenai and Shoshone counties within the coming year, thanks to a cross-state …


Getting There: County weighs mandatory bike helmet-use law

As deputies describe it, the 6-year-old boy hit by a truck in Newman Lake on July 28 bounced between the Dodge’s undercarriage and the asphalt like a pinball. The boy’s …


Refugees distribute fruit harvested from backyard trees

Mature fruit trees are a common sight in the East Central neighborhood. Some of the trees were originally planted on the small farms that were there in Spokane’s earliest days. …


Hearings planned on methadone clinic in Spokane Valley

A California company is planning to open a private-pay methadone clinic in Spokane Valley as the waiting list to enroll in the county’s only other such drug addiction program lengthens. …