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Officials fixing problems with state's health exchange

One in five people who bought insurance through the Washington health exchange has had problems with their coverage and many have been unable to use it.

In all, 28,000 people have been unable to use their health insurance during the past seven months and health exchange officials are confirming that there were some billing problems.

Now these issues have been fixed for about 21,000 people and the rest should have their coverage fixed before the beginning of September.

Additionally, in response to the problems, the health exchange has opened a limited special enrollment period. Those who have had problems with enrolling or making payments through the healthplanfinder website can enroll in coverage outside of the exchange.

This period is going on now and lasts through November 14.

To find out if you qualify and to enroll you can visit insurance.wa.gov.

Attempted kidnapping claim unfounded

Attempted kidnapping claim unfounded

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office has announced an attempted kidnapping claim in Deer Park has no evidence to back it up.

On Tuesday, August 26th, an adult female reported the attempted abduction of her 11-month-old daughter at an event in Deer Park. The complainant said on Monday afternoon, August 25th, she was at an event at Arcadia Elementary with her 11-month-old and 9-year-old daughters. The event was called “I Heart Deer Park” put on by local churches. It was an event where families could pick up school supplies open to the community. She said her 11-month-old was in her stroller behind her and her 9-year-old was in front of her. She said she was paying attention to her 9-year-old and when she looked back, she saw an adult female had unstrapped her 11-month-old and was holding her.

Top 10 things to do, see and eat at the Spokane County Fair

Top 10 things to do, see and eat at the Spokane County Fair

The Spokane County Interstate Fair is just one week away, and excitement is ramping up. It kicks off with Kid's Day on Friday, September 5 with free admission for everyone 17 and younger.

Hosted by Dave Smith Motors, their booth will be a wonderland of fun for kids including games, photos and giveaways including free passes to the Beck's Harvest House Corn Maze!

Photoboxx will have a booth up and running all day long to snap photos and post then on your instagram with the hashtag #StandUpToBullying.

There will also be a huge 22 foot piano for kids to dance on like the one in the classic movie, Big.

Of course the fair also features much more for kids and adults alike, and to help they have put together top 10 lists of things to do, see and eat.

 

Top 10 Free Things to Do and See:

  1. Over 15,000 entries in arts & crafts, agriculture, livestock, floral and grange displays and more.

Upswing in DUI arrests since legalization of marijuana

While people driving high have always been a concern, it's even more so now that legal weed is so accessible. The Washington Transportation Safety Commission is going to extra lengths to inform people that driving high is a crime.

"Our deputies are actually seeing an increase in drivers under the influence of marijuana," Spokane Valley Police Chief Rick VanLeuven said.

He said that it's been a busy year for his officers in the Spokane Valley. Only eight months in and already there's been 37 DUI arrests for marijuana impairment. That number is getting ready to exceed the 44 arrests seen in 2013 and is triumphing over the 17 in 2012.

"People that think that smoking marijuana is legal, they need to understand that they cannot do that and drive," VanLeuven said.

To bring marijuana related DUI's down, officers statewide are being trained to recognize drivers under the influence and get them off the road. Drug Recognition Experts go through a two week classroom and skill training program that covers seven drug categories and the signs and symptoms.

Hiring Heroes career fair and workshops

Hiring Heroes career fair and workshops

Inland Northwest Hiring Heroes (INWH) is hosting the 2nd annual Hiring Heroes Career and Resource Fair on Friday, September 19 at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center.

From 10 am until 3 pm, over 100 of the inland northwest's top employers will be present, ready to be matched with well-qualified past and present military members and their families. Participating organizations represent a diverse field, including engineering, technology, education, health care, human services, manufacturing, financial services, aviation, transportation, construction, environmental sciences, retail, consumer products and the government and non-profit sectors.

Before the fair, INWH is offering free workshops to help potential employees prepare. Both of the following events require pre-registration and are being held at the Red Cross on 315 W. Nora:

Check your child's vaccinations before heading back to school

Check your child's vaccinations before heading back to school

Getting ready for back to school means getting school supplies and backpacks, but it's also the perfect time to make sure children are up-to-date on their shots. Getting all of the recommended shots is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their kids' health.

A new survey from the Washington State Department of Health shows vaccination rates are on the rise (71 percent in 2013 versus 65 percent the year before) but are still below the Healthy People 2020 goal of 80 percent, leaving many kids unprotected.

Below is a summary of shots children need:

Fundraiser for SCSO K9 Unit

Fundraiser for SCSO K9 Unit

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is hosting their first ever fundraiser for K9s.

Their “Furry Family Fun Day and Dog Walk” is being held Sunday, September 14 at Plante's Ferry Park in the Spokane Valley.

This fundraising effort is to raise money for training and equipment for the Spokane County Sheriff's K9 Unit dogs and their handlers, allowing them to perform at their optimum level and best serve the citizens of Spokane County.

This walk will be an easy 2-mile route and all are welcome. Registration isn't required, but all registered walkers will receive a free K9 Unit t-shirt. Pre-registration is $20 and day-of is $25.

Registration opens at 9 am, with the walk at 10:30 am, then wraps up with an afternoon of K9 demos, raffle drawings and games for kids and furry family members alike. There will also be a contest to name the newest member of the K9 Unit team.

For more information you can check out SCSOK9Unit on Facebook or email spokanecountyK9@gmail.com.