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EWU SigEp fraternity under investigation by national chapter

The Eastern Washington University (EWU) chapter of the Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) is being investigated by the fraternity's national headquarters over “recent complaints of alleged behaviors that fail to meet the conduct standards and expectations set forth by the national chapter and EWU.”

In a statement sent to KXLY 4, EWU officials say the school is working in partnership with the SigEp national chapter to respond to the complaints.

A member of the SigEp headquarters staff traveled to Cheney Friday to investigate the claims.

"SigEp takes health and safety violations very seriously," said SigEp CEO Brian Warren, via press release. "We expect all of our students to behave according to both their university's policies and ours, and we work with our university partners to remove students or chapters that pose a risk to student safety. If an individual member violates one of these policies, they face sanctions including expulsion from our fraternity. When a chapter poses a risk to student safety, we are unwilling to allow that chapter to continue to operate."

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Annual Compost Fair set for Saturday April 25

Annual Compost Fair set for Saturday April 25

 

The Spokane Master Composters/Recyclers will host the 38th semi-annual Compost Fair at the Finch Arboretum on Saturday, April 25. The Compost Fair is part of the City of Spokane’s Arbor Day Celebration and starts at 11:00 a.m.  Attendees must arrive by 1:30 p.m. to complete all of the compost fair activities by the 2:00 p.m. close. 

 

Participants will learn how to turn into compost the “clean green” materials that result from their spring yard work and landscape trimming as well as the types of food scraps that can be included in a backyard compost pile. Activity stations will provide hands-on experience and lots of information on the materials that can be composted, types of bins to use, and how to build and turn a pile. The finished compost is excellent material to recycle back into yards and gardens. 

 

Local partnership works to prevent drowning by offering discounts on life jackets

Local partnership works to prevent drowning by offering discounts on life jackets

 

As the weather continues to warm up, more and more boaters will be hitting the water.

 

To encourage safe boating, the Washinton State Drowning Prevention Network, Safe Kids Washington, and the Spokane Regional Health District have partnered with Big 5 Sporting Goods to previde 25% off coupons on life jackets.

 

These coupons can be used at any Big 5 Sporting Goods from April 1st through September 30th 2015 in Washington and North Idaho.

 

Coupins are available online on the Spokane Region Health District's website: CLICK HERE.

 

Local colleges to compete through community service during Spokane Gives Week

Local colleges to compete through community service during Spokane Gives Week

 

Local students are taking part in the Spokane Gives University Challenge later this month. The students from Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Spokane Community College, and Whitworth University will complete service projects from April 25th through May 3rd during Spokane Gives Week in a friendly competition.

 

The 2nd annual Spokane Gives Week, part of the Compassionate Spokane Initiative, is a community-wide initiative designed to encourage year-round volunteerism. The City will once again engage nonprofit organizations, businesses and individuals in Spokane in an effort to make Spokane the most compassionate city in the nation. The week shines a spotlight on service in the Spokane community during national service month.

 

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EWU Get Lit! Programs announce festival writing workshops

EWU Get Lit! Programs announce festival writing workshops

 

Eastern Washington University’s Get Lit! Festival is back for the 17th annual running this spring. Festival offerings include an array of writing workshops, for writers of all experience levels to hone their craft. The workshops will be held Saturday, April 25, at the Spokane Convention Center located at 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201.

 

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

 

Looking to go explore some Washington State Parks, but don't yet have a Discover Pass? Well, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer two free days in April.

 

Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to any of Washington's State Parks on April 4th, a springtime free Saturday, and Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22nd.

 

Free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. 

 

A Discover Pass is still needed to access WDFW and DNR lands on State Park free days.

 

Spokane Transit to host regional open house March 26

Spokane Transit to host regional open house March 26

 

Spokane Transit (STA) will host a regional open house focusing on Proposition No. 1, which, if approved, will generate additional revenue to maintain service and fund more than 25 regional projects. Voters will decide whether to approve a 0.3% sales tax increase in a special election on April 28, 2015.

 

The open house will be held this Thursday, March 26, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the STA Plaza, Main Floor Rotunda, at 701 W. Riverside Avenue.

 

“The open house will be a great opportunity for community members to speak with STA staff about Proposition 1 and the proposed transit projects, which include several system improvements throughout the region, new night and weekend service, expanded Paratransit service, improved passenger amenities, as well as replacement of vehicles at the end of their useful life,” said E. Susan Meyer, STA CEO.

 

Each of the regional transit projects was identified through an intensive public outreach process over the last three years.