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Chase Gallery All Media Juried Exhibition extends entry deadline to Jan. 23

Chase Gallery All Media Juried Exhibition extends entry deadline to Jan. 23

Spokane Arts has expanded the entry deadline for their open call to artists for the All Media Juried Exhibition by one week. The deadline is now January 23rd, 2015.

Spokane Arts announced an open call to all visual artists in our region for a juried group exhibition at the Chase Gallery in Spokane, Washington. Eligibility is regional including Northern Idaho, Eastern Washington and Western Montana. Submissions will be juried by Ryan Hardesty, Curator of Art and Exhibitions at Washington State University Museum of Art. Entries of artwork in all media will be considered within the specified guidelines. It will be held in the Chase Gallery from July 1st – September 29th, 2015.


The Chase Gallery is located in City Hall at 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. in Spokane. An artist reception will be held on Friday, August 7th, 2015, 5:00 p.m-9:00 p.m in conjunction with First Friday. Gallery hours are Monday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park seeks $2.23 million from WA State capital for improvements

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park seeks $2.23 million from WA State capital for improvements

Mt. Spokane announced Thursday that they are requesting $2.23 million from the state's capital budget in order to update state-owned base area facilities and accommodate growing public demand for outdoor recreation.

“Mt. Spokane is a very popular place for year-round recreation for residents throughout the greater Spokane region,” said Brad McQuarrie, general manager of Mt. Spokane 2000, the non-profit organization that contracts with Washington State Parks to manage operations. “At a time when ski destinations are investing in significant upgrades to capture market share, we’re working with aging facilities that are inefficient, undersized, and in need of improvements to serve a growing number of visitors.”

 

Many county offices to close from MLK Jr. Day

Many county offices to close from MLK Jr. Day

Most Spokane County offices will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. However, several departments will remain open to the public:

 

  • Public Works:
    • Engineering and Roads Division – OPEN
    • Utilities Division, including the Spokane Valley and North County Transfer Stations – OPEN
    • Building and Planning Division – CLOSED
  • Sheriff’s Office, including non-emergency functions and services.
  • To report a crime, call Crime Check at 456-2233
  • Call 9-1-1 to report a life-threatening emergency or if you need an immediate response by law enforcement.

 

The public is invited to join the Spokane County's administration and staff on Monday, January 19th at 10:00 a.m. in the Convention Center for the Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Celebration, Unity March, and Resource Fair.

 

Avista reports energy savings success from partnership with Spokane Public Schools

Avista reports energy savings success from partnership with Spokane Public Schools

Avista said energy improvements made to district school from their partnership with Spokane Public Schools (SPS) during 2014 have qualified for $237,189 in energy efficiency rebates and incentives. These are expected to save SPS approximately $65,000 in energy costs annually.

 

Since 2005, the school district has received more than $2.7 million in energy efficiency incentives as a result of this ongoing partnership.

 

According to Avista, the majority of projects in 2014 focused on the new Ferris High School building, which was built with energy efficiency in mind. It includes some of the following features:

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2nd Harvest launches first ever milk drive

2nd Harvest launches first ever milk drive

2nd Harvest will launch its first ‘Give A Gallon’ milk drive. The drive will take place from January 14 to January 20 at all Yoke’s Fresh Markets.

 

The goal of the drive is to provide much needed fresh milk donations to families and seniors who rely on food banks. According to Feeding America, these families receive less than one gallon of milk per person per year.

 

Customers will be invited to pick up a scan tag at the specially marked display stands inside the store. Their purchase of milk will be distributed to Second Harvest, which supplies food to a network of 250 food banks and meal programs.

 

Sales skyrocket at Spokane pot shops

A local pot shop saw its highest sales in December, and that seems to be a statewide trend.

All of Spokane County's nine pot shops saw higher numbers in December than in months past.

In December, Sativa Sisters made the highest in profit of the nine Spokane County pot shops, bringing in more than $250,000.

They surpassed for the first time Spokane Green Leaf, the County's previous leader in sales.

Sativa Sisters Manager Eric Skar explained their prices are dropping because more growers are coming into the market.

As prices drop and become more competitive with medical and illegal marijuana, more customers are choosing to buy legal instead.

"Originally�[our customer base]�was definitely an older crowd that was coming in here," Skar explained,�"and now as we're getting cheaper, we're getting more competitive with both medical and illegal markets�and it's allowing more people to come in and�switch over to buying legal, and we're really happy about that."

Police Academy returns to Spokane after seven year absence

For the past seven years, every officer-to-be in the state of Washington traveled to Burien for training, but today, cadets started classes in Spokane.

In 2008, with the declining economy, came lay-offs and fewer hires. One Basic Law Enforcement Academy seemed to be enough, but�Tuesday that all changed.

Officials gathered to announce the Basic Law Enforcement Academy is back in Spokane. Something Sheriff's Ozzie Knezovich said is a huge milestone.

"The economy must be getting better because we are starting to hire officers rather than lay them off," Sheriff Knezovich said.

The first class of law enforcement hopefuls started on Tuesday.�Spokane police officers and deputies will assist in training students from 18 different police departments from around the state. Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission's Executive Director, Sue Rahr, said she is happy to see the Academy back in Spokane.

"5 months from now we are going to turn out the most effective dedicated guardians to protect your community," Rahr said.