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Residents can still visit SNAP website for help with Energy Assistance

Residents can still visit SNAP website for help with Energy Assistance

SNAP still has many appointments available for Spokane County residents who need energy assistance.

 

Earlier this year, SNAP said residents across Spokane County were clamoring for help with energy bills as unseasonably cold weather descended upon the region in mid-autumn. The first series of SNAP Energy Assistance appointments opened in late September and were soon filled.

 

Now, with mild conditions defining the first phase of winter, SNAP has reported that the rush of residents seeking help has fallen off. SNAP opened its second round of Energy Assistance appointments on Tuesday, December 16th, but still has around 1,200 appointments available on the SNAP website as of December 19th.

 

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Cheney Police Department arrest robbery suspect

Cheney Police Department arrest robbery suspect

A suspect was arrested Wednesday night in connection with a robbery at a Cheney convenience store. 

 

On December 16, 2014, at approximately 12:45 a.m., the Maverik gasoline and convenience store in the 2800 block of 1st Street in Cheney was robbed at gunpoint. According to the Cheney Police Department, the thief made away with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured during the robbery, and the suspect fled from the convenience store on foot.

 

Assisted by the Eastern Washington University Police Department, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, and Washington State Patrol, officers searched the surrounding areas using a canine and the SCSO helicopter, uncovering various items of evidence along with several clues, but no suspect.

 

Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS wants to warn pet owners of the hazards the holidays can bring to your four legged friends.


 

"Things that make the holidays a great time of year - cookies, presents, and a house full of company - can actually be hazards to our four-legged friends," said Nancy Hill, Regional Director of SCRAPS. "We advise pet owners to take a minute to make sure their house is pet friendly."


 

According to SCRAPS, here are a few holiday items that can be particularly harmful to pets:


 

  • Holiday Lighting and Candles

SCRAPS said these are especially dangerous to pets that like to chew. Electrical shock can occur when a pet chomps down on an electrical cord, causing tongue lacerations and possible death. SCRAPS suggests using LED candles instead of actual flames and place them into hard-to-reach places so that pets can not access them.


 

  • Gift Wrap Ribbon

Cheney Fire Department to put on annual Candy Cane Hay Ride Dec. 18

For the fifteenth time, Cheney firefighters will escort Santa through Cheney on a Candy Cane Hayride. The event will take place Thursday, December 18th.

 

Firefighters will start at the the Cheney Fire Station at 5:00 p.m. following the route towards the Salnave area, Around 6:15 p.m. they will head toward the North end of town. This year they will stop in the Safeway complex area for a short time arriving at about 7:00 p.m. The firefighter’s hope the stop at the Safeway complex will allow people who live out of town, or miss them in the neighborhoods, to catch up to Santa. The fire department pointed out it is important to know that all times are approximate.

 

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Medical emergency halts EWU playoff game

A medical emergency caused the Eastern Washington University football game to be delayed on Saturday.

Near the end of the 4th quarter, emergency crews responded to a spectator in the stands having a medical emergency.

Mary Cullinan, President of Eastern Washington University sent out the following statement:

"On behalf of the Eastern Washington University community, I send my heartfelt support to the student athlete whose father suffered a medical emergency in the stands during the final minutes of Saturday's football game in Cheney. Our thoughts are with the EWU student and his family during this very difficult time.

"I also am grateful to local emergency responders who quickly attended to the patient and performed CPR before transporting him to a Spokane hospital.

"EWU will not release the name or medical status of the individual involved without the consent of the family. Media inquiries regarding the status of the patient should go through EWU Deputy Police Chief Garry Gasseling at 509-359-6012."

Spokane Arts seeks artists to develop memorial honoring fallen heroes

Spokane Arts seeks artists to develop memorial honoring fallen heroes

Spokane Arts Fund, in partnership with the Gold Star Families, the City of Spokane, and the Spokane Public Facilities District seeks an artist, or artist team residing in Washington and Idaho, to develop a memorial honoring fallen heroes that have served post- 9/11.

 

The memorial will be sited on the south side of the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The selected artist or artist team will work with Spokane Arts Fund, The Spokane Public Facilities District staff, and the representatives from the Gold Star Families from design through construction of the project. During the design phase, representatives from the Gold Star Families will heavily inform the process.

 

The artist will work with Spokane Arts Fund, the Gold Star Families and the Spokane Public Facilities District to develop a permanent public art memorial for the Spokane Arena. The desired artistic approach will create a sculptural plaza that suggests a place where people will gather for a variety of observances and events. The artwork should represent and be inclusive of all Armed Services with particular attention to post 9/11 fallen heroes.

Family braces for daughter's kidney transplant

A young girl's life has been turned upside down from illness. Now she has a chance to get better, but her family needs the public's help.

The Harris family has been through the wringer when it comes to family health problems. They have a son with special needs, and the dad recently medically retired from the Airforce. Now, their youngest daughter, Maddyson, needs a new kidney.

7 year-old Maddyson may look and act like any other energetic first-grader, but nine months ago, her life was turned upside down.

"We were actually thrown into Maddyson's illness," her mother Tabitha explained.�"She was diagnosed March 19, 2014 with�end-stage kidney disease and congestive heart failure�and is requiring dialysis for�three days a week for�three and a half hours until she receives a transplant."

For Maddyson, the experience has been tough.

"Why don't you like it?" Tabitha asked.

"Because I'm scared," Maddyson replied. �

Since her diagnosis, the whole family dynamic has changed, from the seemingly simple things like where the family can eat or play, to the more serious, like unexpected medical expenses. .