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Health District special meeting set

This isn't strictly a Spokane Valley issue, but there has been widespread interest in the proposed budget cuts at the Spokane Regional Health District. Staff and program cuts are included in the $2 million reduction. The special meeting will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the District's first floor auditorium at  1101 W. College. A vote on the budget could take place at the special meeting or at the next regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 1.

Difference between movies and reality

I asked Kim Papich, public information officer at the Spokane Regional Health District, what she thought was the most unrealistic aspect of the movie "Contagion."

And after stressing that deadly contagious disease outbreaks can and do happen, she said the people in the movie were too good-looking to reflect the real world.


Don’t be creeped out by ticks; be proactive

CREEPY CRITTERS — With a local girl being diagnosied with Rocky Mountain spotted fever, it's worthwhile for outdoors enthusiasts to reup our precautions against tick bites.

Following is my Thursday column on ticks and precautions against tick bites.  However, the following blog version includes numerous links for more information about tick-borne diseases, treatments and precautions.

Read on to check it out.

Health district on the hunt for workplace smoking

The Spokane Regional Health District has begun its own kind of emphasis patrol, seeking to find, educate and if necessary, punish businesses that violate the state’s Smoking in Public Places law. The health district is adding a part-time staffer to investigate an additional 40 complaints a month.

The law, which took effect in 2005, made it illegal to smoke inside any public building or place of employment, and within 25 feet of entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes. The public is encouraged to report businesses that aren’t complying, at (509) 232-1707, or online at www.srhd.org/services/tobaccolaw.asp