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Red Cross receives $200k donation for mudslide, wildfire relief

Red Cross receives $200k donation for mudslide, wildfire relief

The Washington chapter of the American Red Cross is $200,000 richer thanks to the generosity of Pizza Hut franchisee Emerald City Pizza.

Emerald City Pizza donated a percentage of its sales from 108 local restaurants to come up with the money which was presented at the Darrington community center Tuesday afternoon.

The money is specifically earmarked for mudslide recovery and wildfire relief efforts.

Volunteers needed for SNAP ombudsman program

Volunteers needed for SNAP ombudsman program

SNAP is largely known for their services helping low-income individuals and families, but did you know they also offer a vital service for the elderly?

Lisa Petrie has been the regional Long Term Care Ombudsman for Eastern Washington since 1990, responsible for overseeing 284 nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family homes across Spokane, Pend Oreille, Ferry, Stevens and Whitman counties.

“This population is so very vulnerable, and it's so hard for them to speak up for what they need. The ombudsman is that voice,” said Petrie. “The whole idea is to visit with residents and make sure that they have the quality of care and quality of life that they deserve. Residents have rights, and we make sure they know that.”

Petrie has 38 volunteers that all make weekly and monthly visits to facilities from Colville to Colfax, getting to know the staff and residents. From their official paperwork, the responsibilities of ombudsman include:

Dog days of summer at Spokane pools

Dog days of summer at Spokane pools

This Saturday is the last day for swimmers to enjoy the Spokane City Aquatic Centers before the dog days of summer! Beginning Sunday, pet owners can bring their pooches to dive, swim and frolic with other canine water enthusiasts in the 4th Annual Doggie Dips to benefit SpokAnimal and the Spokane Parks Foundation.

For $10 dogs can spend time poolside playing fetch, doing doggie paddle laps or just working on their tan. For the past three years SpokAnimal has used the funds from the popular event to help maintain and enhance the SpokAnimal Dog Park at High Bridge. This year, the Doggie Dips fall within SpokAnimal's participation in the ASPCA Rachael Ray 100k Challenge and there will be special games, photos and prizes incorporating the SpokAnimal Lifesaver Challenge theme into the fun.

Dog owners may pre-register for one of more Doggie Dips through Spokane Parks and Rec or pay $10 at the pool the day of each event. Dogs must be well-mannered, healthy and attended to by an owner who has proof of an up-do-date rabies vaccination. Dogs without a current certificate may be turned away.

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!

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.