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Inland Northwest sees dusting of snow

Inland Northwest sees dusting of snow

Residents of Eastern Washington and North Idaho saw a light dusting of snow Wednesday morning.

Snow is expected to fall early Wednesday morning then turn to rain.

The rain is expected to last through Friday, then warm up and dry off for the weekend.

EWU celebrates Eagle Week in Cheney, Spokane

EWU celebrates Eagle Week in Cheney, Spokane

This week is Eastern Washington University's Eagle Week in Spokane and Cheney and there are plenty of activities to celebrate, all leading up to the annual Red and White game on Saturday, April 26 at Roos Field.

Head Coach Beau Baldwin says his student athletes are spending the week out in the community talking to high school students and getting fans pumped.

He says the big game Saturday is a chance for the community to see what they have been working for. A chance to finally get out of the weight room and, for the younger Eags, a chance at a big break.

"They're getting some of their first opportunities, especially if they came in as a Freshman last fall. A lot of those times you were red shirting on the scout team, and now you're getting your first opportunity to really compete within our defense. It's always fun to see those guys emerging too during spring practice," said Coach Baldwin.

For all the details on Eagle Week, check out the News Links page of the website.

McMorris-Rodgers to seek 6th term

 McMorris-Rodgers to seek 6th term

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says she will seek her sixth term in the U.S. House from Washington's Fifth Congressional District.

McMorris Rodgers on Monday announced the kickoff of her re-election campaign. The Fifth District includes Spokane and the eastern third of the state.

McMorris Rodgers is a member of House Republican leadership and is the highest ranking GOP woman in Congress.

She says her top priorities have been to control federal spending and stop needless regulations.

New center helping women get ahead in business

New center helping women get ahead in business

SNAP's women's business center, now open in the East Central Community Center, is open and ready to give women a helping hand to get their small businesses off the ground.

The women's business center is the only one of its kind in the region. It's been open for less than a month, and is already helping women launch businesses throughout the area.

Inside, manager Laurie Roth offers advice to clients like Heather Riviere, who wants to open a crepe food truck, a sweet idea that actually came during a sour time.

"I was laid off in November and thought this is the perfect opportunity for me to do something in synch with who I am," Riviere said.

For the last month, Riviere has been using the center, getting one-on-one help from Roth and taking courses on how to run a business.

"There is no way I could have taken the idea and gotten to this point on my own, the team has just been amazing," Riviere said.

Right now there are about 20 women who are using the resources of the center.

Washington's pot license lottery gets underway

Washington state is holding a lottery this week to select more than 300 licensees across the state to run recreational marijuana shops.

In places like Spokane eight recreational pot stores are allowed but 108 people applied to run those stores, so the state is holding a city-by-city lottery to see who gets the licenses.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board started the lottery Monday and it runs through the end of the week.

It's double-blind, which means absolute anonymity for the applicants so no one gets special treatment.

The people applying still have to pass a background check, financial investigation and other requirements before any licenses are issued.

Although we won't know who gets a license for a few weeks it's an exciting time for the applicants, like Dan Magadanz, who manages "The Peaceful Choice," a local medical marijuana dispensary.

"The second recreational market in the United States is opening and nobody has anything right now. We're standing in a position where we're really excited to be one of the people that help this industry move into legitimate business," Magadanz said.

Deer taking over Medical Lake

Deer taking over Medical Lake

According to some residents, the deer are taking over Medical Lake, and the city is taking action to decide what to do about them.

"There is more deer in this city than there is dogs, I believe," resident Harry Kepler said.

Kepler doesn't mind the deer but maybe that's because they tend to stay out of his yard, but that's not the case for Ruby Emerson.

"It's very common I come home and they are out in the front yard, they like to trim my bushes up there," Emerson said.

Emerson even built a fence around her garden to keep the deer out.

"They just get super dominant around here. I had to do something," Emerson said.

Other people in town feel the same way. The city says they've gotten some complaints recently about deer dominating the landscape and destroying people's yards.

"We are trying to get some options about what we can do here in the city if we do indeed have a problem," Medical Lake City Administrator Doug Ross said.

They're even working with a wildlife specialist who came out recently to survey the issue.

Five sherpa in Everest avalanche employed by Seattle guide service

Five sherpa in Everest avalanche employed by Seattle guide service

An avalanche on Mt. Everest has claimed the lives of 13 sherpa from Nepal, some of whom were working for a Seattle-based climbing company, in the single deadliest disaster on the tallest mountain in the world.

Witnesses said the deadly avalanche came out of nowhere during the early morning hours as the guides had gone to set up ropes for hundreds of climbers gathered at base camp.

Among the dead were five sherpa who were contracted through the Seattle guide company Alpine Ascents.

Local climber Kay Leclaire summated Everest in 2009, used Alpine Ascents before and has been to the exact spot where the sherpa were killed.

"They were wonderful strong people," Leclaire said.

When she summited Everest in 2009, Chhewang Nima Sherpa was by her side. The next year he was killed while climbing.

Sherpa are native mountain people who are extremely fit. Many have climbed Everest multiple times.

"Most climbers, the majority of us, would not be able to summit Everest without their help," Leclaire said.