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Spokane beauty queen with a heart of gold

Spokane beauty queen with a heart of gold

A Spokane beauty queen hopeful wants to use her platform as Miss Nine Mile Falls to spread an important message about inner beauty and self respect to youth across the state.

Rebecca DeLong says it was her rough high school experience that makes this message so dear to her heart.

“I was really badly bullied growing up,” DeLong said. “I was told that I wasn't worth it, that I was fat and that I didn't have the look to be on the cheer squad. It really got to my heart.”

DeLong says she struggled with both self harm and an eating disorder before entering the pageant track and making an important realization.

“It took me getting involved in pageants to realize that I need to love myself,” she said. That discovery and the pain it helped her to overcome is what is encouraging her to continue competing and hopefully launch her non-profit organization – tentatively named Girls United – in a few months.

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Zombie Run fundraiser at Comstock Park Saturday

Zombie Run fundraiser at Comstock Park Saturday

Dozens of local theater students are donating their time and resources to help pull off the second Apocalypse Corps event of 2014.

After the success of this summer's Zombie Run in August, the volunteers are back for another one, this time in Comstock Park.

As actors, writers and makeup artists, the volunteers have have a wide set of skills to help this be a successful fundraising event.

“We were researching local charities that may need some financial help, and we stumbled upon Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery,” said Apocalypse Corps founder Adin Haines. “After taking a tour of the facilities, I immediately fell in love. They are such caring people who give up their time to provide many different services to families in need and we wish to raise as much money for them as we can.”

Watch for endangered runaway from Coeur d'Alene

Watch for endangered runaway from Coeur d'Alene

Coeur d'Alene Police detectives are searching for endangered runaway 17-year-old Nicole Rene Agnew. She was reported missing by her mother on October 6th. She stated her daughter had run away from home on October 1, but been spotted as recently as October 7 in the Coeur d'alene City Park with a 22-year-old man named Derek Harrington.

Nicole's mother believes Nicole may have left the area for Spokane, but could return and is using the City Link bus for transportation.

Nicole is 5'8”, 135 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Coeur d'Alene police at (208) 769-2320.

FEMA wants you to participate in earthquake drill Thursday

FEMA wants you to participate in earthquake drill Thursday

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging participation in a national earthquake drill this Thursday, October 16.

FEMA says over 40 states are at risk of earthquakes, but surveys report fewer than one-third of adults have participated in a drill in the last year. That's why they're spreading the word about this year's Great ShakeOut.

“Past practice and previous participation in a drill can make all the difference in an emergency,” FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said. “Everyone should know how to drop to the ground, cover themselves under a sturdy table or desk, and hold on to it until the shaking stops. It needs to happen with enough regularity that it becomes second nature during an actual earthquake.

At 10:16 am local time, participants should do the following:

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RSVP now for state-wide teleconference on I-594

RSVP now for state-wide teleconference on I-594

Want to learn more about Initiative 594 on the November ballot this year? This is your chance to listen to, and ask questions of, state experts from the comfort of your own home.

Today, October 14, at 6 pm the Yes on 594 campaign is hosting a tele-town hall with over 100,000 Washingtonians around the state to discuss the importance of closing the background check loophole.

Initiative 594 would require everyone who purchases a gun to undergo a background check, no matter who they buy it from or where they purchase it.

Participants include former Bellingham Police Chief Don Pierce and domestic violence advocate Trese Todd who will discuss the loophole in our state and how Initiative 594 would close it.

The discussion will be moderated by Reverend Sandy Brown, president of the board of directors of the Center for Gun Responsibility and provide an important opportunity for voters to ask questions about background checks.

Take Back Your Life Expo

Take Back Your Life Expo

A unique expo this weekend wants to help women who have been affected, or know someone who has been affected, by domestic violence.

This Sunday is the second annual Stop Violence Against Women Day – A Celebration of Life for Domestic Violence Survivors. To mark the day, local non-profit The Family Guide is hosting the Take Back Your Life Expo.

The Expo will connect women with professionals and experts to start the healing process, and to connect people with resources, information and advice to regain control of their health, spirit, mind and finances again.

The Expo is this Sunday, October 19 at the Lincoln Center. It include a dessert and wine tasting event with local celebrities and guest speakers, live entertainment, a fashion show, complimentary mini-spa services, hourly giveaways, samples and more.

The event is free, but doubles as a fundraiser for local non-profits STOP Violence against Women and The Family Guide.

 

Mobius Children's Museum Fall event schedule

Mobius Children's Museum Fall event schedule

Mobius Children's Museum has announced their Fall schedule of classes and events for October and November. No pre-registration is needed. You can call the museum at (509) 321-7121 for more details.

 

Mobius Children's Museum Home School Classes, ages 4-8, 4-5 pm

Members: $15

Non-Member: $20

10/15 – Powerful Plants: What do you know about the plants that surround us? Why are they green? How do they survive and what do they eat? Plants help everything around us survive, so learn all about plants in this class and do a fun flower experiment!

11/12 – Outer Space: We’ll look at all the planets in our solar system and find out what ones are the largest, farthest, and how to tell them apart! PLUS, get ready to fly through space when we walk across the street to the Science Center for an exclusive Planetarium Show just for us!