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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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Mt. Spokane High School student awarded $20,000 Scholarship from H&R Block national challenge

 

Julia Preuss, a student at Mt. Spokane High School in Mead, Washington, has been awarded a $20,000 scholarship through the H&R Block Budget Challenge. The challenge is a teen financial literacy program that rewards high school students and classes for mastering real-world budgeting and personal finance decision-making. Julia is one of 66 winners nationwide. 
 

The learn-by-doing educational approach of the H&R Block Budget Challenge allows students to experience activities like paying bills, managing expenses, saving money, investing in retirement, paying taxes and more in the safety of a classroom. The program was created to help address the need for more financial education in the classroom. Only 7 percent of high school students are financially literate and fewer than 30 percent of adults report being offered financial education at school or college. 
 

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.

 

WSP Detectives seek information on Sunday crash north of Latah

WSP Detectives seek information on Sunday crash north of Latah

 

Washington State Patrol (WSP) Detectives are asking for the public’s help as they investigate a collision that occurred March 15th and sent two people to the hospital.

 

The crash happened in the early morning hours on State Route 27 at Waverly Rd, four miles north of Latah, in Spokane County. At 4:35 a.m., WSP troopers responded to the crash scene after a witness found the red 2002 Ford Explorer. The vehicle was abandoned and severely damaged.  Detectives believe the crash happened sometime before 3:00 a.m.

 

Troopers later determined that two males had been transported from the scene prior to their arrival. The occupants eventually ended up at the Whitman County Hospital in Colfax. Both occupants were later transferred to Sacred Heart Medical Center for further treatment. 

 

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SNAP recruiting ombudsman volunteers

SNAP recruiting ombudsman volunteers

 

The Eastern Washington Long Term Care Ombudsman program, operated by SNAP, is recruiting new volunteers specifically needed in the communities surrounding Spokane. Over 150 nursing homes, assisted living or long term care facilities in our region do not have a local ombudsman resource for the residents, families, and staff to assure that residents receive quality care.

 

SNAP is looking for volunteers who can spend four hours a week to offer added protection to vulnerable adults in the community. Certified ombudsman offer a listening ear to residents and a voice for those who may not be able to speak for themselves. SNAP needs volunteers to work with the residents, family and staff of their local long term care facility to help address issues early, preventing bigger problems and possible neglect. The volunteer will visit long-term care facilities on a regular basis, talk to residents and try to resolve their needs. 

 

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.

 

Proposition for new libraries to appear on the August ballot

Proposition for new libraries to appear on the August ballot

 

A new resolution will put a proposition on Spokane County resident's ballots to help finance new and expanded libraries in the greater Spokane Valley and Millwood areas.

 

The resolution, adopted by the Spokane County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, places a proposition on the August 4, 2015 ballot that would more than double the public library space in the greater Spokane Valley and Millwood by authorizing construction of the following:

  • A new 30,000 sq. ft. Spokane Valley Library on Sprague Avenue adjacent to the property where the City of Spokane Valley is considering expansion of Balfour Park, creating a library/park combination. This library construction is estimated at $14.5 million
  • A 10,000 sq. ft. library in Veradale/Greenacres on Conklin Road one-half block south of Sprague, estimated at $5 million
  • A 6,000 sq. ft. expansion of the Argonne Library, estimated at $1.5 million
  • A repurpose of the existing 60-year-old Spokane Valley Library, estimated at $1 million