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Auto shop owner prizes education for employees, community

Ken Wanless, owner of Downtown Auto Specialists in Spokane, has been selected as one of the five winners of a Working Forward Small Business Award from Synchrony Financial. (Courtesy of Synchrony Financial / Courtesy of Synchrony Financial)
Ken Wanless, owner of Downtown Auto Specialists, won a $20,000 Working Forward Small Business Award from Synchrony Financial. With it he’ll pay for training for his employees, and set up a scholarship fun for military members to pursue skilled trades after leaving the service.

Sledding fun often found close to home

Sledding hills have much in common with good fishing holes: When you know of a good one, you keep it to yourself. Nothing spoils a good sledding hill like having a big crowd of sledders turning it into a downhill demolition derby.

Pat Munts: Garden design trending toward free-form and casual

As the sugar plums dance out of our heads and the holidays fade away, we gardeners are going to have to find something new to dream, scheme and plan for over the next couple of cold, snowy months. Here are some of the hot new trends that garden designers around the country are putting into their clients’ gardens in 2017.

Education notebook: Mt. Spokane High School DECA club raises $5,300 for Second Harvest Food Bank

For the third year in a row, Mt. Spokane High School’s DECA club has won the Tackle Hunger competition, which raises money for Second Harvest Food Bank. This year, the club raised more than $5,300, which would provide 26,500 meals. The school received a trophy and a scholarship donation from Darigold. In the last three years, Mt. Spokane DECA has raised more than $10,000 for the food bank.

Feature Creature: Cane is an adoptable dog at SCRAPS

Cane, a mastiff mix, is “full of potential,” SCRAPS volunteers say. (Karen Fosberg / Courtesy photo)
Cane is available for adoption at Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service. Shelter workers said he’s “an adorable, silly guy that is full of potential.” Cane knows how to sit, shake and roll over, but will benefit from training. He needs to be watched with other dogs. Refer to the pet’s ID number when contacting SCRAPS with questions about one of the adoptable pets. If you are interested in this dog or any animal at SCRAPS, call (509) 477-2532 or come by the shelter 6815 E. Trent Ave. in Spokane Valley. Dog adoptions are $87.04 and include spay or neuter, first set of vaccinations, health check, microchip and first year’s license.

Students support young patients

For the second year in a row, high school students at Northwest Christian Schools have delivered PICC Pal pillows, which go between a peripherally inserted central catheter line and the patient’s skin, to patients at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. The school’s Future Business Leaders of America class also teamed with the Crusaders boys and girls basketball teams to raise money for gifts for teens undergoing long-term treatment at Sacred Heart.

Valley police get $100,000 grant for crime prevention programs

Spokane Valley Police Chief Mark Werner brought money to the table when he told the Spokane Valley City Council that the Spokane Valley Police Department has received a $100,000 state grant to be used for crime prevention. The Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office each got a similar amount.

Flaming truck spotted driving on Interstate 90

Multiple calls of a burning semi driving eastbound on Interstate 90 were received just after noon on Dec. 14, prompting a response from the Washington State Patrol and the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

Vote for free films in park

Voting is open for the 2017 Movies in the Park in Spokane Valley. The free movies will be screened July 14, July 28 and Aug. 11. Voters will get to pick three movies: two from a list of family movies and one from a list of water-themed movies.

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Parting Shot — 7.24.17

President Donald Trump waves to the crowd after speaking at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in Glen Jean, W.Va., Monday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Targeting the idiot market

Part of the Spokane movie-going experience, at least in the theaters I visit, involves sitting through commercials before the film. One, from the very people who bring us these sponsored ...