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Inland Northwest LBGT sounds off on DOMA ruling

Local same sex couple rejoice as the United States Supreme Court rules DOMA unconstitutional.

"Huge, huge moment," Carol Ehrhart with the Inland Northwest LBGT Center said.

Erhart and several others held a news conference in Spokane Wednesday morning to weigh in on the landmark decision.

"The�LBGT community has been on a big wave of gaining rights that we didn't have previously and I think that this is just going to continue and get better for our community," Marvo Reguindin with the Inland Northwest Business Alliance said.

The Supreme Court ruling recognizes�same sex couples at the�federal level, making way for those�couples to access the same federal benefits as married couples.

"Social security benefits, inheritance rights, this is a really broad, broad thing," said Ehrhart.

"This is about equality, this isn't changing anyone's marriage, outside of those married to people of the same sex.� Anyone else if they don't approve, then don't marry someone of the same sex, your household is the same and now I get to file a joint income tax return with my wife," she added.

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NAPA offers free oil changes for veterans and active military

NAPA offers free oil changes for veterans and active military

On Thursday, July 11th from 6 pm to 8 pm, select NAPA AutoCare Centers in and around Spokane will offer FREE Oil Changes for active duty military and veterans. This one-time event is the brainchild of a Business Development Group made up of NAPA AutoCare facilities. The public is invited to please, “Tell a Veteran” who would benefit from this free service.

Speaking for the group, John Tompkins, Vice President of Store Operations for Tire-Rama Corporation said, “Our Business Development Group wanted something we could do on a local level to honor our servicemen and women. The idea of a free oil change just sort of grew over time, and Tire-Rama is proud to be a part of this event. ” In total twenty-four automotive service facilities will offer free oil changes for military personnel on July 11 from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Services will be offered on a first come/first served basis; one oil change per person.  Active duty and military veterans should be prepared to show a military ID or other documentation that proves their service.

Jobs Available at Spokane County Interstate Fair

Jobs Available at Spokane County Interstate Fair

You probably aren't thinking about the Spokane County Interstate Fair. After all, the fair doesn't roll into town until September and there is a whole lot of summer in between, but the opportunity to work at the fair is just around the corner.

The Spokane County Interstate Fair has more than 150 temporary positions that need to be filled. Ticket taker and Clerk are among the available jobs, but to be considered you must attend one of two job fairs, and be available from September 6th to the 15th for the event.

Spokane Interstate Fair Job Fair

  • Wednesday July17th- 4pm-6pm
  • Saturday, July 20th- 8:30am-10:30am
  • Fair and Expo Center, Bay 3
  • Applicants must bring two forms of identification
  • For more information call (509) 477-1766

Hoopfest Offers More Than Basketball

Hoopfest is known for it's half court take over of Downtown Spokane, but this year the basketball tournament will also play host to two other great sports events. Starting Thursday, the 2013 Slackline World Cup will take over the Red Wagon Meadow and Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Ruthie Bolton will be speaking at Nike Center Court.

Ruthie Bolton is considered one of the most accomplished female athletes in the world. Bolton played guard for the Sacramento Monarchs from 1997 to 2004 and was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.

The two time Olympic Gold medalist will be speaking about her career and the power of over coming adversity at Nike Center Court on Thursday, June 27th, at 7pm.

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Downtown bike spectacle promises heart-pounding action

Downtown bike spectacle promises heart-pounding action

With speeds reaching more than 40 miles per hour and bicycles just inches apart, The 2013 Lilac City Twilight Criterium will excite spectators almost as much as the participants!

The high speed bicycle race is presented by Spokane Rocket Velo and supported by Spokane Sports Commition. It will include a specified number of laps on a closed course over public roads. In its second year, the 2013 Twilight Criterium will be July 6, through the streets of downtown Spokane.

“The Twilight Criterium is fun for spectators. It’s very fast, exhilarating and on the edge of scary,” says Alan Jacob, Race Director.

In the 2012 Criterium, more than 150 cyclists participated in eight categories. This year, more participants are anticipated with a free kids race and a Citizens Ragtag Rally.

“We already have a strong cycling community in Spokane. With events like Spokefest and an active bike-to-work campaign, having a critierium strengthens Spokane’s commitment to cycling,” says Jacob.

The Lilac City Twilight Criterium is another example of the Spokane Sports Commission’s commitment to supporting Spokane’s club sports.

Neighborhoods Bloom With Kindness

Neighborhoods Bloom With Kindness

North Spokane was blooming with kindness on Friday when a local garden center delivered free flowers to over a thousand doorsteps.

When Rachea Allert found the flat of marigolds and geraniums in her driveway, she thought that her mom had dropped them off for her. That was until she noticed some waiting for her neighbor as well. As Allert drove through the neighborhood later in the afternoon she discovered that every house for six or seven blocks had the gotten the same special delivery.

The flats of flowers were from Garden Springs Garden Center in Deer Park. Office Manager and Lead Planter, Janice Wilken, said that the business does this every year at the end of their season. Rather than let the plants die and go to waste they deliver them around town along with a discount coupon.

“It just makes you feel good making other people feel good,” explained Wilken. She said that Garden Springs just likes spreading a little goodwill around.

Bark in the Park With the Spokane Indians

Bark in the Park With the Spokane Indians

The Spokane Indians invite you and your dog to 'Bark in the Park'! Come out and enjoy a ball game as the Indians take on the Boise Hawks on Monday, June 24th at Avista Stadium.

Tickets are just $10.00 for you and your dog, and for every purchased ticket a donation will be made to local animal shelters: The Spokane Humane Society, SCRAPS, and SpokAnimal C.A.R.E.