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Centennial Trail moves towards completion

Good news from the City: A new section of the Centennial Trail has been completed along Summit Boulevard. I can't think of a better way to celebrate the 25th birthday of this local treasure than closing the gap at Mile 25 which extends from Bridge Avenue and Summit Boulevard to the intersection of Boone Avenue and Summit Boulevard. This will provide much better connectivity as it continues west from the new section installed by Kendall Yards last year.

The multi-use, 12 ft.-wide asphalt section features a new lookout offering views of the Spokane River below. Work on the .6 mile section began March 31 and is part of the federally funded Centennial Trail Gap Project. The project aims to complete gaps in the trail which inhibit the cohesiveness of travel for the Centennial Trail’s 2.4 million users each year.

(Note: This image was taken in November 2013 when the City Council voted to approve construction.)

Fire extinguisher used in self-defense, burglary suspect says

A man trying to break into a West Central apartment during a domestic dispute Tuesday morning says he used a fire extinguisher to protect himself from getting shot.

Alexander VanZandt, 23, is one of three suspects in an early-morning burglary that has prompted a suspect search by Spokane Police. Investigators say VanZandt, Jory Vallee, 24, and one other man were attempting to break in to an apartment where Vallee's ex-girlfriend was hiding from him just before 8 a.m. in the 1400 block of West Maxwell. Vallee had been thrown out of the apartment about 6 hours before, according to court documents, saying he'd return to attack those inside the apartment.

While the three men were trying to enter the apartment, a gun was fired into the door jamb. Court documents do not identify the shooter. But VanZandt said he grabbed a fire extinguisher and "sprayed into the apartment so he wouldn't be shot."

Four people, including the ex-girlfriend, were listed in the apartment at the time.

Officers responding to a phone call from within the apartment watched as VanZandt and Vallee ran from the backdoor of the apartment complex. The two were arrested about a block from the apartment after a foot chase.

A third suspect, described as a Native American male wearing a black T-shirt, gray shorts and a large black backpack in a news release from police, remains at large. Those with information on his whereabouts are asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

VanZandt and Vallee appeared in Spokane Superior Court on charges of first-degree burglary Wednesday afternoon. 

Free showing of “Urban Roots” tonight

Tonight at 6pm there's a free film showing and discussion to follow of Urban Roots at The Book Parlor 1425 W. Broadway Ave.

The documentary "Urban Roots" follows the urban farming phenomenon in Detroit. Urban Roots is a timely, moving and inspiring film that speaks to a nation grappling with collapsed industrial towns and the need to forge a sustainable and prosperous future. 

There will be information on the various local examples of urban farming and you'll learn how you can support and be involved with such efforts. Trailer after the jump.

West Central Marketplac​e is seeking vendors for 2012 Season

The West Central Marketplace provides neighborhood access to a wide variety of locally produced goods and services, including farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs grown within the West Central neighborhood. Managed by Project HOPE’s Riverfront Farm and Vinegar Flats Community Garden, the West Central Marketplace is actively seeking vendors for the 2012 market season. If you are a local farmer, gardener, artist, craftsperson or food producer seeking an outlet for your products, please consider joining them.