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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.

 

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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.

 

Fans proud of EWU Eagles despite loss

Fans across the region mourned Eastern Washington's loss to Georgetown on Friday.

 

The day started with high hopes as the Eastern Eagles were picked by many to upset the Hoyas.

 

At Wild Bill's Long Bar in downtown Cheney, the cheers came loud and often throughout the first half as Eastern shot the ball well early, and fans we're still optimistic about the Eagles chances.

 

"They came out shooting the ball well. Need to get those defensive rebounds. Can't let the other team rebound the ball like that," said fan Brice Williams.

 

The second half was a different story.

 

Cheers were replaced with silence and groans at the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity as Eastern continued to slip and eventually lost the game 74 - 84.

 

"Yeah, it's unfortunate, but we'll do better next year," said Beta member Dominic Simonelli.

 

Most fans said they're still grateful that Eastern made it to the NCAA tournament, and look forward to cheering on Gonzaga. 

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

 

Registration for the world's largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament is now live!

 

Entry forms for Spokane Hoopfest 2015 are available online at register.spokanehoopfest.net. Hard-copy entry forms are also available at any Bruchi's Cheesesteaks and Subs or Yokes Fresh Market northwest locations. 

 

This year Hoopfest will celebrate its 26th year as a Spokane institution. Every year the tournament brings approximately 28,000 players and 225,000 spectators to the streets of downtown Spokane.

 

Registration to the tournament is guaranteed to teams that register prior to May 11th. Forms and entries to those who register late are only granted based on space availability with an additional $20 late fee through May 25th. Nonetheless, Hoopfest organizers recommend playing it safe by registering early.

 

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Local filmmakers encouraged to gear up for upcoming 50 Hour Slam Inland Northwest Film Festival

Local filmmakers encouraged to gear up for upcoming 50 Hour Slam Inland Northwest Film Festival

 

Local filmmakers will have the opportunity to challenge their skills and creativity at the 5th Annual 50 Hour Slam Inland Northwest Festival. The official kickoff will begin at on Friday, March 27th at 7:30 p.m. at the KSPS Studio at 3911 S. Regal Street in Spokane.

 

Doors for the competition will open at 6:30 p.m. and be closed promptly at 7:30 p.m. Filmmakers will then be given the competition's secret criteria, official rules, and will need to fill out an official entry form.

 

Filmmakers will then have exactly 50 hours to complete a 3 - 6 minute movie; starting from the writing and development process all the way to the final editing stage. The competitors will be encouraged to experiment and push their talents to create a unique and entertaining piece for their entry.

 

Completed projects must be returned Sunday, March 29th at the Saranac Public House at 21 W. Main Avenue. Exact time TBA.

 

Department of Health asks dog owners to help track ticks through online survey

Department of Health asks dog owners to help track ticks through online survey

 

Washington state health officials are asking dog owners to go online and fill out a short, anonymous survey, and to send the agency any ticks they find during tick season.

 

In Washington, taking the dog for a later winter or spring-time walk comes with the added task of checking four-legged friends for ticks. The tick season has already begun in Western Washington, and in the next few weeks, the Washington State Department of Health says ticks will emerge from their winter hideaways elsewhere in the state.

 

“Many dog owners have found a tick or two on their furry friend after coming home from a walk outside,” said Dr. Liz Dykstra, entomologist for the Department of Health. “We’d like to know more about when and where they’ve picked up ticks, and if their dog has ever been diagnosed with a tick-borne disease.”

 

Spokane County Library District introduces new series of programs aimed at health and wellness

Spokane County Library District introduces new series of programs aimed at health and wellness

 

The Spokane County Library District will present a spring series of programs to provide wellness ideas and practices for everyday living. The theme of the programs is "Nourish", and classes are aimed to act as inspiration to stimulate the participants mind, energize their bodies, and renew their spirits.

 

Programs in the Nourish series are free to attend and will be held at all ten of the District library locations. The line up features exercise classes including yoga and Tai Chi, as well as other programs designed to entice participants to explore the Inland Northwest.

 

Other classes will explore the health benefits of fermented foods or an afternoon cup of tea. In one class, a local chef will share his experience with cooking locally and will also give a cooking demonstration.

 

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