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Bloomsday 2015 registration is now open

Bloomsday 2015 registration is now open

There are four months until the 39th annual Lilac Bloomsday Run, and to help fortify New Year’s resolutions to get in shape, early bird registration for Bloomsday is now open at www.bloomsdayrun.org. Those who sign up by February 8th will have a chance to win one of three Apple iPad mini 3 tablets courtesy of Strong Solutions—an Apple Authorized Reseller and Service Provider at 1718 E Sprague Ave.

“Although it is cold and a bit daunting to venture outside at times, the days are getting longer and in a little more than a month’s time the first buttercups will rise, as will the legions of normal folk like you and me getting ready for the challenge and thrill of Bloomsday ,” said Lilac Bloomsday Association President Steven Jones. “Use your early Bloomsday registration to provide the incentive to get up and move toward a fitter you in 2015. Sign up now and get ready to join 50,000 of your friends and neighbors in our annual moving celebration of life and community. Of course, winning one of three Apple iPad mini 3 tablets would be pretty awesome too.”

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Mt. Spokane celebrates January 2015 by offering discount to first time skiers and snowboarders

Mt. Spokane celebrates January 2015 by offering discount to first time skiers and snowboarders

The month of January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and Mt. Spokane is celebrating by offering a discount to first time skiers and snowboarders.

 

This package is a once-a-year deal on Mt. Spokane's EZ-Ski or Ride Package. Normally $119, the package will now cost only $99.

 

This package includes:

  • A first lesson that includes a lift ticket to Chair 5 (beginner hill)

  • Second and third lessons that include an all-mountain lift ticket

  • Rental gear including skis or snowboard, boots, and poles. Helmets are available to rent for $8 per day.

 

INBC reaches safe levels of O-negative and O-positive blood

INBC reaches safe levels of O-negative and O-positive blood

The Inland Northwest Blood Center announced good news on Thursday regarding the levels of O-negative and O-positive blood. The only supplier of blood for area hospitals reported that the supply of these types of blood has reached safe levels.  INBC said that thanks to the donors who have rolled up their sleeve to give blood, they have seen nearly 500 type O donors since Monday. This is a huge response that has brought the blood supply up a remarkable 90% in the last few days.

INBC reminded donors the need for blood does not go on vacation. They urge donors who have made an appointment to keep them in order to ensure blood supply remains at needed levels. INBC needs 200 donors every day, with nearly 90 of those being type O.

Flu activity continues to rise in Spokane County

Flu activity continues to rise in Spokane County

The Flu claimed the life of a Spokane County adult this week—eastern Washington’s second flu-related death this season. The male resident was in his 60s.


"Sadly, this is an example of how serious flu can be," said Dr. Joel McCullough, Spokane Regional Health District’s health officer. “Your best chance at protecting your loved ones, and yourself, from flu is to get a flu shot.”


The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. Flu vaccines are designed to protect against the main flu viruses that research suggests will be the most common during the upcoming season. Three kinds of flu viruses commonly circulate among people today: influenza A (H1N1) viruses, influenza A (H3N2) viruses, and influenza B viruses.


According to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), so far this year, the dominant flu virus has been H3N2, and of the tested samples, about half have drifted slightly away from the vaccine formula. This is the same trend seen nationally.

 

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Spokane agencies partner to issue cold weather health advisory

Spokane agencies partner to issue cold weather health advisory

With the coldest weather of the winter season so far expected today through Wednesday, Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD), City of Spokane and Spokane County are issuing this health advisory to warn the community about the dangers of exposure to cold conditions. Exposure to cold temperatures can cause serious or life-threatening health problems. Infants and the elderly are particularly at risk, but anyone, including animals, can be affected.

 

Thief steals iPad from developmentally disabled man

A case of theft solved thanks to viewers and members of the community.

Tuesday we told you about an iPad that had been stolen right out the hands of disabled young man.
That evening that device was returned to its rightful owner.

For Matthew Lavoie, that iPad wasn't just a tablet, it was a way for him to communicate with others. Matthew is developmentally handicapped and has trouble speaking.

The theft happened around 10:15 Tuesday morning at a Walgreens on the South Hill. Police say a man walked up to the car Thomas was in and stole the iPad.

Thomas' mother, Lara Lavoie said her son was listening to Christmas music in the parked car when the thief somehow convinced him to open the car door. That's when she thinks the tablet was stolen. Thomas uses a $200 app on the device to help him communicate.


"He's so trusting he never would have thought in a million years that someone was going to do that," said Lara Lavoie.