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Upcoming construction closing access to airport

Upcoming construction closing access to airport

The contractor working on the Highway 2/Spokane Airport interchange has adjusted their schedule and issued a revised plan for on and off-ramp closures while workers grind out old pavement and lay a new asphalt surface.

The full closures are limited to single-lane ramp sections where the roadway will be blocked during the work. The most intense work will be scheduled during hours when traffic counts are lowest.

During the following days and hours, single-lane segments of on and off ramps leading to and from Spokane International Airport on Highway 2 and Sunset Highway will be fully closed. Signed detours will direct drivers to and from Spokane International Airport. Drivers should expect slow traffic, congestion and delays on the detour routes. Travelers are urged to allow plenty of extra time to reach their destinations during these periods to avoid missing flight connections.

There will be no work from 5 am Friday, August 29 until 7 pm Tuesday, September 2.


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WSU student planners feature rival school on cover

WSU student planners feature rival school on cover

Students at Washington State University did a double-take when they received their free student planners from The Bookie this week. The cover features a picture of a cougar, the iconic Bryan clock tower and a building that was a little harder to identify.

Down at the very bottom of the cover, with beautiful brick and elegant cherry trees is Savery Hall, a building located at the heart of the campus of WSU's sworn rival – the University of Washington.

Distraught manager Leslie Martin at WSU's bookstore The Bookie says they are aware of the problem and are working with the vendor to come to a solution. The planners are no longer being handed out, but the ones that have been released are not being collected.

There is no word on whether the school will receive a refund or whether a reprint with a corrected cover is in the works. Meanwhile, a photo of the planner is quickly making the rounds online drawing amusement and criticism.

Fans throw tailgate parties for Eastern's home opener

Fans throw tailgate parties for Eastern's home opener

Most would agree that there are three musts when it comes to tailgating: food and drinks, games and good company. At least that seemed to be the case on Saturday morning at Roos Field for the Eastern Washington University football home opener.

"It's just something that my dad and my mom do," Alex Bruder said. "This is what our fall revolves around... coming down for these games and supporting the team."

Alex Bruder and his family were part of the thousands of fans that came out early to celebrate before the game began. At their tent, the barbecue was on and drinks were flowing. While they were waiting for kickoff, cornhole was the game of choice.

"A bag on the board is one point, in the hole is three points and first one to twenty one wins," Bruder said.

While some tailgaters stuck with tradition, others deviated when it came to food.

"We are making breakfast," Brandon Kenworthy said.

EWU prepares to kick off college football at the Inferno

The Eastern Washington University Eagles kick off the college football season for the entire country on Saturday at Roos Field, and a game this big takes a lot of preparation.

To put the scale of the game into perspective, EWU usually reserves 70 parking spots for media on games day. At Saturday's game, there will be that many spots for ESPN alone. In all, the school has reserved 157 spots for media members.

Thousands of yards of cable are running along the field in every direction to bring The Inferno in to millions of homes. It's a games that is both a economic boost for the Spokane area, and name maker for Eastern.

?It's just a tremendous opportunity for the university, and really Cheney and greater Spokane to highlight this region,? said Bill Chaves, EWU Athletic Director. ?The community has been outstanding. We can't be any more thankful, but to have ESPN, the mother ship, here, 100 million homes, should be a lot of fun on Saturday.?

The fun kicks off with festivities in downtown Spokane on Friday night. Tailgating begins Saturday morning in Cheney at 8:30 am, and kick off to the sold out game at Roos Field is 12:30 pm.

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Avista hosting fall energy fairs

Avista hosting fall energy fairs

Avista is hosting a free energy fair to help homeowners manage their home energy bills, including demonstrations and free energy-saving materials to help keep homes comfortable and safe for the winter ahead.

It will be held Tuesday, August 26 from 3 pm until 6 pm at the Avista Pavilion in Coeur d'Alene's McEuen Park. People who attend the Avista Energy Fair will find the following benefits:

Demonstrations of how to install energy efficiency materials like rope caulk, window plastic and v-seal. Then receive free samples of these and other materials to install at home.

Complimentary food and beverages, door prizes and activities for the kids.

Speak with Avista staff and learn about low-cost and no-cost energy effiency tips.

Workshop on protecting your home from wildfires

Workshop on protecting your home from wildfires

The Washington Department of Natural Resources is co-hosting a seminar on August 26 to teach homeowners about protecting their homes from wildfires by creating defensible spaces. The use of appropriate building materials, tree management and landscaping practices may reduce the risk of fire damage to your property, especially if you live near a rural or natural area.

The workshop will be held Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 5720 S. Perry St. in Spokane.

The event is open to anyone interested. Registration is $10 and will be taken at the door. For more information contact:

Steve McConnell

WSU-Spokane County Extension

222 N. Havana St

Spokane, WA 99202

Phone: (509) 477-2175

Email: steven.mcconnell@wsu.edu