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MDA Fill The Boot campaign today

MDA Fill The Boot campaign today

Members of the City of Spokane Fire Department Local 29, along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will celebrate their 60-year partnership and kick off the fire fighters' annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease throughout the City of Spokane.

Fire fighters will be out on the streets with boots in hand for this year’s drive on Friday, August 15th from 3PM-6PM. There will be 16 intersections throughout Spokane with Fire Fighters Filling the Boot.

Annual Cops 'n Kids Car Show this weekend

Annual Cops 'n Kids Car Show this weekend

The Annual Cops 'n Kids Car Show is this Saturday, August 16 in downtown Spokane. From 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm, come down and view the best cars, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles.

This even has been held for the past 20 years and is an opportunity for police officers from numerous local agencies to talk and interact with kids. The event has continued to be successful every year because the adults and children who attend have made the choice to be drug and alcohol free as well as practice safe driving habits during the show.

Trophies will be handed out for each car class, as well as prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The classes include 1900-1949, the ‘50’s, ‘60’s, ‘70’s, ‘80’s, ‘90’s, and the New Millennium. You’ll see every kind of vehicle from the backyard buggies, vintage police cars, and even expensive show cars like the ones sold in national auctions. There will be cars brought in from the Good Guys Car Show at the Spokane County Fairgrounds this weekend, so everyone will get to see the best of the best!

Program connects refugees with fresh produce

Program connects refugees with fresh produce

Refugee Connections Spokane is a program that helps new and former refugees settle into the community. The Refugees' Harvest Project is one of the volunteer activities that locals can take part in.

"Refugees who come from farming cultures want to get out and do what they know how to do so well," Executive Director of Refugee Connections Spokane said.

It started back in 2011 by Nou Vang, a local refugee at the time. She watched fruit just falling on the ground and rotting. Vang knew there was a need for fresh produce within the local refugee community.

Instead of letting it go to waste, she thought she could pick the unwanted fruit while simultaneously cleaning Spokane yards.

Today, the project is growing rapidly. Volunteers collect thousands of pounds of produce to distribute for free in the East Central Neighborhood.

"There are people who can't afford to buy fresh produce or the store is too far to get to," Hale said.

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DNR bans all outdoor burning

DNR bans all outdoor burning

The Washington Department of Natural Resources has expanded the current statewide burn ban to cover all outdoor burning on DNR-protected lands, with no exceptions.

“All indicators are that we'll continue to have high heat, low humidity and storm systems with winds and lightning. That means huge potential for wildfires,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “We need to do everything we can to minimize danger to people, homes and habitat.”

Hot and dry conditions since early summer have caused very high fire hazard conditions throughout the state. These conditions have caused fires to spread rapidly and challenged firefighting efforts. More than $91 million has been spent so far battling wildfires in 2014, and more than 350,000 acres have burned across the state. There are many weeks to go in this year’s fire season, which usually runs into October.

Best of Spokane Survey

Best of Spokane Survey

Portland newspaper The Oregonian is asking for help from the Lilac City, asking residents what they love best about their city.

The article's author predicts plenty of Oregon residents will be headed up here when the Portland State Vikings and Oregon Ducks play back-to-back football games against the Washington State Cougars on September 13 and 20.

To take the survey you don't have to register or submit any personal information. The results will be published on the newspaper's website and in the paper itself between August 20 and 24.

You can find the survey on the Oregon Live website here.

Remembering Robin Williams

Remembering Robin Williams

About three months after my heart attack. I was asked the go and introduce Robin Williams at the Fox when he came to town. I got there an hour early because I wanted to make sure that everything went well. After meeting David Steinberg he asked if I would you like to meet Robin. Of course, I said.

We went to Robin Williams room made introductions, some small talk. I told him that I had spent time growing up in Denver, Colorado and also in Boulder, where the Mork and Mindy house was. He explained how the owner of the house had sued the production company  several times never really winning because as the show became so popular. People come by it at all hours screaming for Mork or Mindy to come out.

I talked about how the food in his room was heart healthy and he said he had open heart surgery sometime before that and was trying to eat healthy. I said I had a heart attack and I died and he immediately shot back " show off !".

David said let's go back to my room and go over  the script .