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Red Cross receives $200k donation for mudslide, wildfire relief

Red Cross receives $200k donation for mudslide, wildfire relief

The Washington chapter of the American Red Cross is $200,000 richer thanks to the generosity of Pizza Hut franchisee Emerald City Pizza.

Emerald City Pizza donated a percentage of its sales from 108 local restaurants to come up with the money which was presented at the Darrington community center Tuesday afternoon.

The money is specifically earmarked for mudslide recovery and wildfire relief efforts.

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Volunteers needed for SNAP ombudsman program

Volunteers needed for SNAP ombudsman program

SNAP is largely known for their services helping low-income individuals and families, but did you know they also offer a vital service for the elderly?

Lisa Petrie has been the regional Long Term Care Ombudsman for Eastern Washington since 1990, responsible for overseeing 284 nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family homes across Spokane, Pend Oreille, Ferry, Stevens and Whitman counties.

“This population is so very vulnerable, and it's so hard for them to speak up for what they need. The ombudsman is that voice,” said Petrie. “The whole idea is to visit with residents and make sure that they have the quality of care and quality of life that they deserve. Residents have rights, and we make sure they know that.”

Petrie has 38 volunteers that all make weekly and monthly visits to facilities from Colville to Colfax, getting to know the staff and residents. From their official paperwork, the responsibilities of ombudsman include:

Pizza 4 Pups at Monteray Cafe

Pizza 4 Pups at Monteray Cafe

The Monteray Cafe is teaming up with the Spokane Humane Society to present Pizza 4 Pups.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 20th, from 11:00 am to 2:00 am the Monteray Cafe will be donating 20 percent of all sales to the animals of the Spokane Humane Society.

You can also join team members from the Spokane Humane Society for Yappy Hour from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm for food and drink specials, door prizes, SHS swag and a howling good time.

“Misty, Ray and the crew from the Monterey Cafe are sending a strong message to our community members that they care about the needy animals in Spokane,” said Dave Richardson, Executive Director. ”Our life saving work is made possible through the generosity of businesses like The Monterey Cafe and individuals who turn their care and concern into action. Make the Monterey Cafe your date night with a purpose and share your love with critters in need.”

Dog days of summer at Spokane pools

Dog days of summer at Spokane pools

This Saturday is the last day for swimmers to enjoy the Spokane City Aquatic Centers before the dog days of summer! Beginning Sunday, pet owners can bring their pooches to dive, swim and frolic with other canine water enthusiasts in the 4th Annual Doggie Dips to benefit SpokAnimal and the Spokane Parks Foundation.

For $10 dogs can spend time poolside playing fetch, doing doggie paddle laps or just working on their tan. For the past three years SpokAnimal has used the funds from the popular event to help maintain and enhance the SpokAnimal Dog Park at High Bridge. This year, the Doggie Dips fall within SpokAnimal's participation in the ASPCA Rachael Ray 100k Challenge and there will be special games, photos and prizes incorporating the SpokAnimal Lifesaver Challenge theme into the fun.

Dog owners may pre-register for one of more Doggie Dips through Spokane Parks and Rec or pay $10 at the pool the day of each event. Dogs must be well-mannered, healthy and attended to by an owner who has proof of an up-do-date rabies vaccination. Dogs without a current certificate may be turned away.

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Working 4 you: There's been another data breach, now what?

Working 4 you: There's been another data breach, now what?

Data breaches seem to be becoming the norm, and there's another consumers need to be aware of. Millions of people's personal information is at risk after hackers targeted a hospital network.

Community Health Systems announced the breach yesterday in a regulatory filing. The organization operates 206 hospitals in 29 states across the country.

It says hackers in China have stolen data on 4.5 million patients. The breach happened sometime in April and June this year.

The hackers accessed patients' names, social security numbers, addresses and phone numbers.

Anyone who received treatment from a network-owned hospital in the last five years is affected. People who were referred there by a doctor are also impacted.

The large data breach puts these people at a heightened risk of identity fraud.

But, experts say there are steps to take to make sure your identity stays safe.

First, if you think your SSN has been stolen, contact the three major credit-reporting agencies. They are Equifax, TransUnion and Experian. Tell them your social has been stolen and each will give you a free copy of your credit report.

First West Nile infection of 2014 reported

First West Nile infection of 2014 reported

The Washington Department of Health has confirmed the first case of in-state West Nile virus since 2012.

A Walla Walla man in his 20's was exposed somewhere near his home and hospitalized. The infection was confirmed by testing at the Washington State Public Health Laboratories in Shoreline.

Two other Washington residents have been diagnosed with the infection this year, both both contracted the disease while traveling out of state. Additional reports of possible infections are currently under investigation.

“The mosquito samples that have tested positive for West Nile virus in eastern Washington this season are a reminder that the virus is here and we should protect ourselves,” said State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy. “The best prevention is to avoid mosquito bites – at home and while traveling.”

So far 34 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus in 2014, including:

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings

The Northwest Cancer Clinic will be offering Free Prostate Cancer Screening Wednesday August 20th, Thursday August 21st, and Friday August 22nd, from 4 pm to 6pm.

Local prostate cancer experts will be on hand to discuss key topics regarding prostate cancer and prostate cancer screening.

The Physician Volunteer Team includes:

  • Dr. Robert Chin – Radiation Oncologist, NWCC
  • Dr. Sheila Rege - Radiation Oncologist, NWCC
  • Dr. Eugene Hong - Radiation Oncologist, NWCC
  • Dr. Fred Foss – Urologist, Tri-Cities
  • Dr. Naeem Chavla - Urologist, Tri-Cities
  • Dr. Animesh Sahai - Urologist, Tri-Cities

The screening is co-sponsored by Quest Diagnostics.