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Happy National Adoption Day!

Happy National Adoption Day!

“It's the best work day of the year!” That's what Spokane County Court Commissioner, Steve Grovdahl told me about today, National Adoption Day. As a commissioner, he will oversee some of the dozen adoptions that will be performed today in Spokane.

Among today's proceedings, the adoption of Baby Henry. He is a precious 4 month old, who visited us on Good Morning Northwest (and we all fell in love with him). He has been in the care of Nina and Ben Helms since birth.

They went through adoption attorney, Mark Iverson who hooked them up with a private adoption firm. Theirs is an open adoption, which means, they have regular meetings with Henry's biological mother and siblings.

Spokane County Library has a friendly new site

Spokane County Library has a friendly new site

Did you know that the Spokane County Library District has a new website?  It debuted the slick new site earlier this month. It is even compatible with your smart phones.

You'll not only find branch information, but, community events, the digital library AND, can have a question/answer session with a librarian.

Check out the new website by clicking HERE

Red Cross honors Hometown Heroes

Red Cross honors Hometown Heroes

The American Red Cross honored 10 local heroes at the annual Hometown Heroes luncheon on Wednesday. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have performed extraordinary acts of service of heroism in the community during the past year.


Heroes awarded included five-year-old Dax Paget who captured hearts this summer after he lead sheriff’s deputies in Oregon to his family car when his dad suffered a stroke on the road. Joshua Gahl, credited for helping police capture Avondre Graham, was also honored.

Spokane companies donate services to Capitol Christmas Tree

Spokane companies donate services to Capitol Christmas Tree

The Capitol Christmas Tree stopped in Spokane and Colville Tuesday as part of a 26 city tour that will end on November 25th on the Capitol Building lawn in Washington D.C. For many in the Northwest, the tree is a symbol of pride for the community and two local companies couldn’t agree more and have donated services that are helping the tree get to the nation’s capitol.

Judge Joe Brown joins Spokane's call to action

Judge Joe Brown joins Spokane's call to action

It's said, it takes a village to raise a child. Spokane, it's schools and the local chapter of the NAACP are taking it to heart.

Tomorrow, Saturday, November 2nd the group is hosting a forum entitled "A Call to Action to End The School to Prison Pipeline".  The forum includes a free presentation and panel discussion at the Red Lion Inn at the Park from 1:00-3:30 pm. The panel discussion will feature celebrity Judge Joe Brown, community leaders such as Spokane Police Chief Straub, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, Tommy Williams of Operation Healthy Family, as well as Wendy Bleecker the District's Director of Student Services. Shadle Park Assistant Principal, Phil High-Edward will also be presenting on the efforts being made by Shadle Park staff to support their students while still holding them accountable through alternative discipline methods.

Washington calls together the Keepers of the Capsule

Washington calls together the Keepers of the Capsule

Nearly 25 years years ago, 10-year-olds from across Washington State were sworn in as Keepers of the Washington Centennial Time Capsule. Now, the Keepers of the Capsule are being asked to convene once again to fill the next capsule chamber and recruit a new generation of capsule keepers.

Capitol Christmas Trees prepares for national tour

Capitol Christmas Trees prepares for national tour

Right after Halloween closes out fall, Washington will kick off the holiday season by harvesting the Capitol Christmas Tree. The 88-foot tall Engelmann Spruce will begin it’s journey to Washington D.C. on Friday morning.