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Lack of funding closes Silver Cafe

The Meals on Wheels Silver Cafe�at Wellesley and Nevada is closing its doors due to a lack of funding.

The restaurant offers nutritious food to seniors, who are asked to donate just three or four dollars a meal.

�"We had lost money on it all along, but our budget could sustain that in the past. We can't afford to keep it open now because it is more expensive," says Pam Aleida, director of the Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels, which runs the program.

"Donations are down, and as an organization we're struggling to meet the need," she says.

The Silver Cafe will throw a farewell party, and serve its last�dinner on December 24th.

The twelve other Silver Cafes, located in senior homes and community centers, will remain open, and Meals on Wheels says there's no waiting list for those who need home delivered meals.

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Washington farmers donate winter produce to 2nd Harvest

The sour first bite into a green apple, or our mom's homemade mashed potatoes. It's more than just food. For many of us, it's memories of a snack after school, or special family dinners.

Second Harvest's Melissa Cloninger� said they want to be able to provide those memories for families of any income level.

"Those are the items that are far more difficult for families in need to be able to afford on a limited budget," Cloninger said. �

Second Harvest distributes food to 250 food banks and local schools.�Tuesday�they gave out over 1,300 pounds of produce to nearly 70 families at Bemiss Elementary, including Kathy Southern and her family.

"I'm very grateful, and it has helped my family. When we're running low we can always count on going there," Southern said. �

This winter Washington farmers want all parents to be able to rely on Second Harvest by donating 18 semi trucks, or�600,000 pounds, of fresh produce.

"An additional nearly half a million pounds of fresh produce from the generous donor growers in central Washington, Cloninger said.

However,�it doesn't come without a cost.

Recent survey shows marijuana DUIs on the rise

It may be legal to smoke marijuana in Washington, but it's not legal to drive while you're on it. That's not stopping people from getting behind the wheel high, according to a survey from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

Nearly half of the drivers in the survey admitted to smoking marijuana and getting behind the wheel, some of the drivers surveyed even claimed that driving high made them a better driver.

Which is why law enforcement is increasing their patrols.

Over the next few weeks extra law enforcement will be out on the roadways looking for impaired drivers as part of the holiday emphasis patrol campaign.

And they have a good reason for increasing patrols.

According to the June survey of drivers, seven out of 10 have used marijuana, almost half of those driving within a couple hours after using the drug.

Nearly 90 percent of those same drivers said they did not think marijuana degraded their driving ability.

25 percent felt that driving high actually made them a better driver.

Deer Park Physical Therapy & Fitness Center to host food drive for Loon Lake Food Bank

Deer Park Physical Therapy & Fitness Center to host food drive for Loon Lake Food Bank

Prior to Thanksgiving several area food banks reported having to turn away families in need, simply because there was not enough food to go around. The employees and owners of Deer Park Physical Therapy & Fitness Center aim to change that for Christmas.

For their second annual food drive, Deer Park Physical Therapy & Fitness Center is asking area residents to gather non-perishable food items items to support local families in the community.

The drive will take place now through December 19th at the Deer Park Physical Therapy & Fitness Center. Those who stop by and donate four or more cans of food on December 11, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. will have the opportunity to get their photo taken with Santa Claus.

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Slick roads lead to messy morning commute

Icy and slick roads caused a real headache for people heading to work Friday morning.

Road conditions also forced nearly 30 schools to either delay their start time or close for the day.�

Friday morning police reported especially treacherous roads in the Liberty Lake.�

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office reported more than 20 vehicles stuck on the road or in the ditch at South Henry Road and at South Quinamose Road. Another half dozen vehicles reported sliding off the road at 12th and Barker.�

Freezing rain creates treacherous road conditions

Low temperatures and rainfall caused a violent mess on Eastern Washington roadways Thursday night. The Washington State Patrol said that there had already been 53 collisions on Spokane County Highways as of 9:30 p.m.

"Listening to the radio and it just keeps pumping out crashes,? Sergeant Scott Lasher said.

Highway 195 saw two separate rollover crashes happen within minutes of each other and only several miles apart.

?They started fishtailing and they couldn't recover from it,? Lasher said. ?There's absolutely no traction on the road right now.?

Deicers are out on the highways, as well as in the City of Spokane.

"We've been out deicing all day long in preparation for the storms that are coming through," Mark Serbousek, Director of the Street Department said.

The City said they will keep the night crew on later and call in the morning crew early on Friday to prepare the roads for the morning commute.

"We try to get in our hills, bridges, curbs and intersections is where our priorities are, but mainly our hills to keep those open for our commuting public," Serbousek said.

Spokane County and East Valley Community Coalition to host youth drug prevention event

Spokane County and East Valley Community Coalition to host youth drug prevention event

On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, Spokane County and the East Valley Community Coalition will hold a special event at CenterPlace Regional Event Center specifically focused on the issue of keeping dangerous and addictive substances out of the hands of local youth.

The event starts at 7:00 p.m. and will include an overview of the signs and symptoms of substance use, the goals and plans of the East Valley Community Coalition, and a sampling of the projects and services that will be offered in the community.  Coalition members will discuss their involvement in the community and the programs they can offer to provide information and skills training for parents and youth - all focused on protecting youth from early initiation of substance use.

The public is invited to come and hear about programs and services to keep dangerous and addictive substances out of the hands of area youth.