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EWU to host panel discussion on Ebola epidemic

EWU to host panel discussion on Ebola epidemic

Eastern Washington University will host a panel discussion on the Ebola epidemic on Thursday, November 20, from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

The panel will cover the disease ecology of Ebola, cultural and social issues that affect its spread in the current epidemic in West Africa, and the public health response to the epidemic and impact on the U.S.

The panel is hosed by Health, Wellness and Prevention Services in collaboration with EWU's faculty partners and the Spokane Regional Health District.

The event's speakers will be Dr. Kristian Magori, faculty member EWU's Biology Department, Dr. Jerry Galm, faculty member in the university's Anthropology Department, and Mark Springer, epidemiologist with the Spokane Regional Health District.

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Gonzaga accounting students need votes to make national finals

Gonzaga accounting students have made the PWC National Accounting Case Competition Semi-Finals, but they need the public's help to move on to the national finals.

Gonzaga's team was selected as one of five schools given the chance to move on to the competition's national finals via a social media competition. The other teams competing in this competition are Villanova University, University of Texas, University of Connecticut, and University of Arizona.

Each of the teams had two days to post a video to the PWC Facebook page. At the end of the week, the video with the most votes will move on to the national finals competition in New York City.

Climbing accident leaves Cheney H.S. grad dead

A Cheney High School graduate has been found dead after a fall on Middle Sister in Central Oregon.

39-year old Benjamin Newkirk of Bend, Oregon was found Sunday morning after a multi-day search that was complicated by extreme weather.

Lane County Search and Rescue says Newkirk was climbing Middle Sister with another climber on November 12 when he fell off the west side of the south-east ridge around 10 p.m.

Search and Rescue teams from several counties battled near white out conditions as they searched for Newkirk.

His body was spotted 800 to 900 feet below where he fell.

Once located, Search and Rescue personnel performed a technical recovery using ropes and other equipment to transport Newkirk 6/10th of a mile to an area where he could be transported back to Eugene to a Medical Examiner.

Newkirk is reported to have been an experienced climber.

He graduated from Cheney High School in 1994.�

Gov. Inslee proclaims Nov. 17-23 Global Entrepreneurship Week in Washington State

Gov. Inslee proclaims Nov. 17-23 Global Entrepreneurship Week in Washington State

Governor Jay Inslee proclaimed Nov. 17-23, 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) in Washington. This third annual celebration of entrepreneurship and startups will feature more than 100 local education and networking events in all 39 counties – surpassing the reach of any other state program. More events take place year-round in Washington.

Thousands of budding entrepreneurs are expected to attend GEW 2014 events, according to coordinators at the Washington State Department of Commerce. Activities cover a wide range of topics, from how to create a business plan to finding funding.

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NNDF to host its Second Annual Native Business Awards Gala

NNDF to host its Second Annual Native Business Awards Gala

The Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF) will be holding its Second Annual Business Awards Gala Dinner on Friday, November 21st, at the Northern Quest Resort in Airway Heights.

The event will honor three members of the local native community for their work on behalf of native business development.

The Eagle Award will be given to honor the Native Business of the Year, the Salmon Award to honor the Native Purchaser of the Year, and the Bear Award for the Native Business Advocate of the Year. Those receiving these prestigious awards will be announced at the event.

Renowned singer, dancer, and speaker Randy Wood will headline this year's entertainment. Wood's awards include a 2002 Grammy and JUNO award for his first solo album. His third album won Best Traditional Album at the 2005 Native American Music Awards. His second Grammy nomination came in 2006 for his song “Our Love Will Never Die”.

State Parks invites people to go ‘deep’ into Rockport State Park

State Parks invites people to go ‘deep’ into Rockport State Park

This winter, staff and volunteers from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer guided hikes through the ancient, old growth forest at Rockport State Park.

The Deep Forest Experience hikes take place between 10:00 a.m. And 2:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from December 5 through February 15, at Rockport State Park. The park is located just off the North Cascades Highway (Hwy 20), .06 miles west of the town of Rockport.

Zombie Hike returns to Riverside State Park

Zombie Hike returns to Riverside State Park

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Riverside State Park Foundation invite the public to attend the third annual “Return of the Zombies” hike in Riverside State Park.

The annual pre-Halloween event takes place from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Riverside State Park 7-Mile Airstrip, 7903 W. Missoula Road, in Nine Mile Falls.

Touted as the “scariest half-mile hike ever,” the event is open to all ages. Admission to the haunted zombie hike is $10 for adults; $5 for youths age 3-12; and free for children under 3. Adults are issued a flashlight, and kids ages 3 to 12 receive a glow-in-the-dark bracelet that come with the admission fee. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Pets are not allowed at the event.