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Washington sees largest growth in population since 2008

Washington sees largest growth in population since 2008

Is your neighborhood beginning to feel a little crowded? According to the Washington office of Financial Management, the state population has increased dramatically in the past year by an estimated 1.5 percent. That's 85,500 people!

Washington's population has been growing at an increasing rate, mostly due to migration. In 2013 the state saw a net gain of 49,200 people moving into the state, more than double the 21,600 from 2012.

Net migration accounts for 57 percent of the state's population growth this year, with natural increase (births minus deaths) responsible for the other 43 percent.

Seventy-five percent of the state's total population growth occurred in the five largest metropolitan counties: Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish and Spokane who's economic activity continues to attract migrants.  

Want to drive a BMW? Donate blood at the Inland Northwest Blood Center

Want to drive a BMW? Donate blood at the Inland Northwest Blood Center

The Fourth of July is just days away, and the Inland Northwest Blood Center says their supplies are critically low.

  • 50% of needed O+ on the shelves
  • 30% of needed O- on the shelves
  • 70% of needed A- on the shelves
  • 70% of needed B- on the shelves

The need for blood doesn't take a vacation, in fact one out of every seven people who enter the hospital will need blood, so the INBC is launching a contest to encourage donors to roll up their sleeves. Everyone who donates at the INBC has the chance to enter to win a BMW for a year thanks to a one-year lease from Camp BMW.

You can call 1-800-423-0151 or visit www.inbcsaves.org to make an appointment at any of the following locations:

Spokane: 210 W. Cataldo Ave. (M/F/SA 7 am – 3pm, T/W/TH* 11 am – 6 pm)

Coeur d’Alene: 405 W Neider Ave. (M/F 7 am - 3 pm, T/W/TH* 11am–6 pm)

Firework sales blast off this weekend

Firework sales blast off this weekend

The Fourth of July is just a week away, and firework sales begin this weekend!

Washington State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy wants to remind residents to know the local laws before purchasing and discharging fireworks, and to make sure you are only using legal fireworks. This year, 937 licenses were issued for retail firework stands.

A fireworks ban has been in place in the unincorporated areas of Spokane County for 21 years, as well as Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney and Liberty Lake.

Fireworks are legal on private property in Airway Heights, Medical Lake and Deer Park.

Bottle rockets, missiles and firecrackers are illegal anywhere in Washington state.

In Coeur d'Alene, non-aerial fireworks are allowed on private property but not in public places like Tubbs Hill or City Park.

If you do find yourself in an area where fireworks are allowed, there are some guidelines you to keep in mind to make sure your family has a safe and fun Fourth.

Fairchild Air Force Base partners with WorkSource Spokane to connect veterans with jobs

Fairchild Air Force Base partners with WorkSource Spokane to connect veterans with jobs

Fairchild Air Force Base announced Thursday they are partnering with the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council and WorkSource Spokane to gain two full-time career guidance counselors on base this July.

WorkSource Spokane provides employment and training services to approximately 30,000 individuals in Spokane County every year, helping them to improve their skills, become competitive in the workforce and make direct connections with local employers.

The new service may be surprising in a time where budgets are being cut, but the Air Force expects to program to actually save them money.

“A partnership between WorkSource and Fairchild can ensure lower unemployment ensurance costs to the Air Force by rapidly connecting service members to employment information and career opportunities,” said Christopher Marble, the 92ns FSS Airman and director of the Family Readiness Center.

Fairchild remembers Czar 52 crew

Fairchild Air Force Base held a special retreat ceremony Tuesday to remember the four airmen lost in the B-52 crash at the airbase 20 years ago.

The retreat is held in memory of Col. Robert Wolff, Lt. Col. Arthur Holland, Lt. Col. Mark McGeehan and Lt. Col. Kenneth Hutson, who were killed in the crash of Czar 52 on June 24, 1994. The air crew was practicing for an upcoming air show when the aircraft banked past 90-degrees, lost lift and plummeted to the ground in a massive fireball.

The Air Force investigation blamed the accident on the pilot, Lt. Col. Arthur Holland, who had been practicing unauthorized and unsafe maneuvers.

The crash came just four days after a deadly rampage at the base hospital where several people were killed and more than a dozen were wounded.

Gary Clark was friends with all four men and attended today's memorial .

He says its a time in his life he won't forget, vividly remembering the four men who were killed that afternoon.

"Absolutely marvelous people as far as there jobs and what they did and what they stood for," Clark said.

Possible hostage situation in West Plains turns out to be false alarm

Possible hostage situation in West Plains turns out to be false alarm

Spokane County sheriff's deputies responded to a hostage situation in West Plains Tuesday morning that ended up being a false alarm.

According to deputies the situation ended up being an argument.

They say a woman called police because she was having an argument with her husband.

When police arrived she was not at the residence and later arrived at one of the road blocks.

Deputies then determined the situation was a call over an argument.

Memorial held for fallen soldier

Memorial held for fallen soldier

The funeral for 22-year-old Cpl. Justin Clouse was held Saturday morning at Life Center.

Family and friends spoke today telling stories of Clouse and the type of son, brother and fiance he was.

Clouse was known by those closest to him as a friendly giant. He was caring, compassionate and loyal.

A representative from the Army even recalled what a leader he was. He said most people in Clouse's pay grade are only specialists but Clouse was given his title because he showed exceptional potential.

Clouse received a number of honors Saturday including the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medal.

Many people came from all over Washington to honor Clouse, including Govenor Jay Inslee and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rogers, who presented Clouse's family with a flag and a letter of condolence.

Clouse was killed in action in Afghanistan last week. Officials said the Sprague native was killed by friendly fire.