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Two killed in two-vehicle collision at Trent Ave. and Starr Rd.

Two killed in two-vehicle collision at Trent Ave. and Starr Rd.

Two people died in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Trent Ave. and Starr Rd.

The collision happened at 3:53 p.m. Tuesday and involved a semi and a pickup truck.

"One vehicle was traveling eastbound and it appears they were trying to turn northbound onto Starr and the semi truck was traveling westbound," Sgt. Gabe Olson with Washington State Patrol said.

Witnesses said the pickup truck hit the semi head-on. An elderly couple, driving in the truck, died at the scene. The driver of the semi was not injured.

Dale Ames owns a business at the corner of Trent and Starr, just feet from the accident. On Tuesday afternoon, he heard the loud crash and immediately called 911.

"We hear the traffic out here, screeching tires, several accidents, it's a very dangerous intersection," Ames said.

Ames wishes something could be done to curb the number of collisions and make the area safer.

"There needs to be a spotlight or a roundabout to eliminate the speed and the accidents that occur. There's been a number of accidents out here," Ames said.

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One day left to register for River Clean Up

There's one day left to register for the 11th Annual Spokane River Cleanup happening on Saturday morning. The Friends of the Falls are coordinating the event that will clean up the river banks from High Bridge Park to the the University District.

 

Between 800 and 1,000 volunteers are expected to join in the clean up efforts. Most of the work will be done on the banks of the river, but boaters will take to the water to remove trash and debris. This year, the NW Whitewater Association and Spokane River Forum are partnering with Friends of the Falls to extend the clean up to Spokane Valley for an “upriver scrub”.

 

Health District fights whooping cough with free vaccinations

Health District fights whooping cough with free vaccinations

From Spokane Regional Health District:

 

Spokane Regional Health District, in partnership with the Group Health Foundation, Providence Health and Service, and Washington State Univeristy College of Nursing, will soon hold free immunuzation clinics throughout September and into October at the following locations:

 

North Pines Middle School

  • September 24th, 5pm-7pm
  • All Children, all vaccines
  • Uninsured or underinsured adults, Tdap only
  • 701 N. Pines, Spokane Valley, 99206

 

Group Health Riverfront Medical Center

Scammers using Obamacare to steal money from people

Scammers using Obamacare to steal money from people

Scammers are now using the term Obamacare to slip money out of your wallet and the Better Business Bureau is warning people in the Inland Northwest of the new scam sweeping across the nation.

You've heard of the 2,000+ page Affordable Care Act, but scammers are banking on your lack of knowledge about the specifics of the act.

"I think it would be (confusing), probably because everyone is hearing about this October 1st date where you've got to do something," Spokane-area resident Scott Peterson said.

The BBB said these scammers will call your phone and act concerned about why you haven't signed up for new healthcare. BBB investigators worry it may reel people in because everyone's been warned about the fines that come along with the new system.

"With all these buzzwords going around with 'insurance' and 'exchange,' it's really easy to get someone that might be a little bit more vulnerable caught off guard and confirm information that they really shouldn't," said Chelsea Maguire of BBB Spokane.

Maguire said never give personal information over the phone to someone requesting it.

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September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is national childhood cancer awareness month and a powerful reminder is the necklace that Maren, Emmett Snyders' mom, wears.

This necklace with every bead and bobble represents a medical test or procedure in Emmett's 9 month battle with cancer.

Emmett lost his battle but his parents continue to raise funds in his name to help other families dealing with the reality of kids with cancer.

The reality is that the devastation comes in waves when a diagnosis of cancer comes down in a child. The disbelief then the conversations of treatment and stress of meeting every ones needs. The family, the child and ones own needs.

The financial side is a stress maker as one of the parents has to cut back on work to get to appointments, home from school because of treatment and illness, this list just grows.

The Snyders' donate a portion of the funds to ACCOIN, American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest.

The goal is to help with expenses like gas , to and from treatment. Food cards for hospital stays and any other needs that aren't being met.

Illusionist attempts to break Houdini's record

Illusionist attempts to break Houdini's record

Illusionist Jay Owenhouse will attempt to become the fastest person to escape from a straightjacket while hanging upside down - a record of 90 seconds was set by Harry Houdini nearly one hundred years ago.

The event is happening at River Park Square on Saturday, September 21 at 2:00 p.m.

Mr. Owenhouse will bring his complete show to the INB Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 28 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Official News Release from Jay Owenhouse:

Even though Harry Houdini died 87 years ago! He still holds the World Record for the Fastest Escape  From A Straight Jacket While Hanging Upside Down! The Record-90 Seconds!

Saturday 9/21 River Square Mall at 2:00pm-World Renown Illusionist and Escape Artist- Jay Owenhouse  will attempt for the first time to break Harry Houdini’s Record of  90 Seconds –With A little added motivation!

It's Called -The Jaws Of Death.. 1200lbs. Of Steel and Razor Sharp Teeth! The 10 inch razor sharp teeth inside the jaws are strategically positioned to puncture every Vital Organ in the Human Body! 

World's largest grill returns to Spokane Valley

World's largest grill returns to Spokane Valley

This weekend, crowds at Valleyfest can check out The Big Taste Grill - an enormous touring grill that cooks 750 brats in an hour.

On Saturday, September 21, the grill will be in action from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The following day, Sunday, September 22, you can check out The Big Taste grill from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Valleyfest is held at Mirabeau Parkway in the Spokane Valley