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The Great Gas and Grocery Giveaway kicks off with extremely cheap gas

According to GasBuddy.com, Spokane has the lowest national average price for a gallon of gas at $1.75, but on Thursday, some lucky drivers got fuel for even cheaper.

KXLY 4?s Great Gas and Grocery Giveaway is back with new sponsors: Spoko Fuel, where they gave away gas for $1.49 on Thursday to kick off the event.

People showed up to the Airway Heights location in droves for the cheap gas on Thursday morning. Spoko Fuel didn't just offer a great deal on regular unleaded, but on diesel as well.

The gas pumps saw action from customers all morning long.

"A buck forty-nine? that is probably the cheapest you can find anywhere? said customer Bobby Dematteo. ?Back home it is like $1.80 right now, so it's pretty good."

Dematteo is visiting Spokane from the east coast.

"Seen it on TV this morning,? Dematteo said. ?We were at the hotel, at the casino, and were talking about the prices of gas, and we got to fuel up this rental car before we turn it back in to fly back out, and said ?lets go get some gas.?"

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Group Health changes name to Group Hawks

Group Health changes name to Group Hawks

Group Health announced Wednesday that it is changing its corporate name to Group Hawks to show support for the Seattle Seahawks as they prepare to battle the Patriots in the Super Bowl. The name change was announced Wednesday, and will continue through Sunday’s big game.

 

“Patients still can find the quality and affordable healthcare they’ve always experienced at Group Health, but at Group Hawks they’ll also find plenty of Seahawks fever,” said Scott Armstrong, Group Hawks CEO. “And Seahawks fever is a condition we have tested, and know from our evidence-based medicine approach, can have very positive patient outcomes.”

 

Medical experts at Group Hawks say these are the Seahawks fever symptoms to watch for:

  • Green and blue face paint
  • Irresistible urge to have the #12 prominently tattooed on limbs, face or other obvious body parts
  • A need to wear feathers
  • Sudden urges to yell “Go Hawks!”

 

IRS phone scams continue to be a serious threat

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain near the top of the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent months as scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation and other things. The IRS reminds taxpayers to guard against all sorts of con games that arise during any filing season.

"If someone calls unexpectedly claiming to be from the IRS with aggressive threats if you don't pay immediately, it's a scam artist calling,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "The first IRS contact with taxpayers is usually through the mail. Taxpayers have rights, and this is not how we do business."

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Disney on Ice to bring Frozen to Spokane

Disney on Ice to bring Frozen to Spokane

Disney on Ice is bringing Frozen to the Spokane Arena from Wednesday, November 4th to Sunday, November 8th for eight performances.

Tickets will go on-sale Tuesday, January 27th at 10:00 a.m. at the Spokane Arena Box Office, all TicketsWest Outlets, at TicketsWest.com or by calling 800-325-SEAT. Reserved seat tickets will range from $20.00 to $65.00.

“In our more than 30 years of producing Disney On Ice shows, Feld Entertainment has been waiting for a film like this,” said producer Nicole Feld.  “While it might seem obvious that Frozen is well suited for the ice, this Disney On Ice production will touch audiences emotionally through innovative show elements and world-class skating.”

OMWBE Get Certified Campaign to host educational workshops around the state Jan. 20-23

OMWBE Get Certified Campaign to host educational workshops around the state Jan. 20-23

The Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) has announced the office will  launching a statewide ‘Get Certified’ campaign starting January 20th intended to help more women- and minority-owned businesses win contracts with state and local governments.

 

The campaign will be held from January 20th through January 23rd. Activities will include conducting more than 35 educational workshops and other stops across the state to help boost understanding for small, diverse businesses regarding the benefits getting a variety of certifications – including OMWBE certification.

Area Get Certified Roadshow events will take place at the following:

Wednesday, January, 21st

  • Republic |10:00 a.m. |Ferry County PUD 686 S Clark Ave Republic, WA 99166
  • Kettle Falls| 2:00 p.m. | Sandy's Drive Inn 1045 U.S. 395
  • Colville | 5:00 p.m. Dept of Transportation Upstairs Meeting Room 440 North Hwy, North Roundabout

 

Thursday, January 22nd

Schools have until Jan. 21 to sign up for Fit for Bloomsday

Schools have until Jan. 21 to sign up for Fit for Bloomsday

Elementary schools from Eastern Washington and North Idaho have just a few more days to sign up for the Fit for Bloomsday...Fit for Life youth fitness program. After the entry deadline, over 60 schools are expected to have signed up, with more than 6,000 kids participating in the ten-week running and walking program.

“We’re really pleased with the support this program receives from principals, teachers, PE instructors and parent volunteers,” said Bloomsday Race Director Don Kardong. “They’re really making a difference in the fitness of kids in the community.”

Fit For Bloomsday...Fit For Life—dubbed Fit For Bloomsday for short—was developed by Bloomsday volunteers in cooperation with PE instructors, coaches and parents in the Spokane area. The Lilac Bloomsday Association provides information, materials, structure and incentives for the 8-10 week program, which is administered by school personnel and volunteers at participating schools. Now in its 30th year, the program prepares kids to run or walk Bloomsday while teaching them the importance of fitness, nutrition and safety.