Andrea Glass was on her way home for a quick change of clothes when she saw the smoke pouring from her roof on the South Hill. “I was like, ‘Oh no, that looks like our apartment,’ ” the 24-year-old said.
Fire crews said a small blaze at a Mormon church Tuesday afternoon was intentionally set. Spokane Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said a sign hanging on the back of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 732 W. Indiana Ave. was set on fire around 2:10 p.m.
International fashion retailer H&M is opening a store at the Spokane Valley Mall next month. That scream you just heard was a collective cheer from just about every teenager across the Inland Northwest.
Local farmers markets are encouraging people who receive money from federal food assistance programs to spend their dollars on healthy, local foods. Most Spokane-area farmers markets have accepted Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits – formerly known as food stamps – for years. But through the end of this growing season, three markets are offering match dollars as an incentive for people to use their SNAP money at the markets.
The Community Health Association of Spokane is expanding services in Spokane Valley as it prepares for an influx of patients if the Affordable Care Act survives after the November elections. With a one-year, $100,000 grant from the Health Sciences and Services Authority of Spokane County, CHAS will open a new urgent care center somewhere near Valley Hospital early next year.
Spokane police were searching Friday for a person of interest in a deadly shooting Thursday morning at a downtown hotel. Kevin Heaton, 35, has an extensive criminal history and should be considered “armed and dangerous,” police said in a news release.
A father jumped into the Spokane River from the Washington Street bridge to rescue his 23-month-old son after the toddler fell off the bridge Thursday afternoon. Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said the boy was taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, a far different ending than the usual responses to that area, he said.
Evacuation notices have been lifted in the Grand Coulee area, where the Barker Canyon wildfire complex destroyed three homes and nine outbuildings since it began last weekend. Karen Ripley, spokeswoman for the Interagency Incident Management Team, said no one has been injured by the two wildfires – Barker Canyon and Leahy – that make up the Barker Canyon Complex.
Three wildfires have burned about 100,000 acres west of Spokane, keeping hundreds of firefighters busy trying to corral the blaze and protect homes and other buildings. Smoke-filled skies prompted health concerns as air quality worsened.
The audience for Wednesday’s Cirque du Soleil performance will be the first to see a show at the Spokane Arena under new lights. The Spokane Public Facilities District, which owns the arena, recently finished a million-dollar project to replace all the lighting in the arena bowl.
Several local artists are trying to make their mark on Spokane’s neighborhoods. With professional backgrounds in graphic design, the five artists created brands and logos for a handful of neighborhoods, including the South Hill, Browne’s Addition and Peaceful Valley.
It looked like a store threw up on the lawn of a North Spokane home Wednesday, one Spokane County sheriff’s deputy commented, after law enforcement officers uncovered a large cache of stolen goods. Washing machine-sized boxes filled with shoes. Electronics stacked waist-high. Landscaping equipment scattered across the grass.
Sheriff’s deputies raided a housing unit at 415 E. Montgomery St. on Tuesday, and on Wednesday they were still sifting through $200,000 in stolen goods found inside the house, sheriff’s Deputy Craig Chamberlin said.
Barbara Towey knows most people don’t go to food fairs and outdoor concerts for the fruit. But that hasn’t stopped her from offering a healthier substitute for fried Twinkies and bacon cupcakes so often found at those events.