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Partial phone outage in Cheney

A safety advisory has been issued by the Spokane County 911 Center regarding some landline problems in Cheney, WA. Some residents in Cheney may not be able to contact 911 with their landline phone.

Cheney residents who need to contact 911 in an emergency should either call Crime Check at 456-2233, or use a cell phone to contact 911.

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Fellow Coworking helps foster creativity and innovation in Spokane

 

Cities like Spokane are the perfect place to breathe life into innovative ideas, and coworking spaces are the perfect place to make those ideas a reality. At least that's what Luke Baumgarten and Benji Wade of Fellow Coworking believe.

 

In a way, bringing a coworking space to Spokane is innovative in itself. While coworking has found great success in many cities around the world, finding traction in Spokane has been a slower process.

 

“I think there's a potentially pretty big slice of the market here that we could have access to that would be interested in coworking in general, and Fellow specifically. But because they don't know what coworking is, it's not even on their radar,” Baumgarten said.

 

Coworking is a global phenomenon reinventing the way individuals work. To simply put it, a coworking space is a place professionals pay to work in. For these professionals- typically freelancers or telecommuters- coworking spaces are an alternative to the basements, couches, or crowded coffee shops with unreliable Wi-Fi they'd otherwise work at.

 

Rose Rush spreads the joy on Valentine's Day

One doesn't have to be the loneliest number this Valentine's Day.

February 14, 2015, marks the 5th annual Rose Rush, dedicated to the women out there who may not have a valentine, but still deserve to feel special.

150 lucky ladies from Post Falls to Airway Heights received roses at their door from two brothers who decided to make it their mission that no woman in the region, would be lonely on Valentine's Day!

Seth Stewart has grown accustomed to the confusion when he knocks on women's doors holding a rose. It's quickly followed with a smile once they realize what's going on.

Stewart and his brother started Rose Rush five years ago, spending hundreds out of pocket to fund it.

"We heard a lot of girls complaining about not having a Valentine so we're like, 'Hey, let's just go deliver to these girls who don't have valentines,'" Stewart said.

Growing from about 18 deliveries the first year, to now over 100. Most of the women were nominated by friends, or even just acquaintances.

"The more I do it the more I love doing it, there's a lot of interesting stories," Stewart said.

Spokane Nordic Ski Association to host Junior National Qualifier race this weekend

For the second year in a row, the Spokane Nordic Ski Association will host a Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) race. The race was originally going to be held by the Kongsberger Ski Club in Cle Elum, WA, but had to be moved at the last minute due to lack of snow at the Cabin Creek Nordic ski area.

Each year, a series of three JNQ races are hosted in venues across the Pacific Northwest. This race is the third and last opportunity for the region's skiers to qualify for Nationals. Qualifying Cross Country skiers will join the Pacific Northwest junior national team to compete at the national championships in Reno, CA later this year.

"There was excitement expressed by many of the racers, because the Mt. Spokane Cross-Country Ski Park is one of the best in the Northwest. Our races are fun and the atmosphere is exciting," Race Director John McCarthy said of the move.

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Proposed transportation budget funds N-S Freeway, raises gas tax

The Washington State Senate may have found a way to fund the completion of Spokane's north-south freeway but it may mean paying more at the gas pump. Lawmakers unveiled a $15 billion dollar transportation package on Thursday that would fund more than 100 state wide transportation projects.

Projects in Spokane include: $861 million dollars to finish the North Spokane Corridor, $23.6 million for Medical Lake and Geiger interchanges and $13.5 million to add a passing lane on U.S. 195 between Colfax and Spangle.

The package calls for an 11.7 cent gas tax increase over the next three years. The plan is to raise the gas tax by 5 cents a gallon as early as this summer, then increase another 4.7 cents the following year and then 2.5 cents the year after that.

?As far as the tax, it would be pretty hard to get me to vote for it,? said one person who called into KXLY's AM 920 radio show.





Public's help needed catching identity thieves

Detectives from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office Investigative Task Force are asking for help from the public in identifying a man and a woman suspected of attempting to use stolen credit cards.

Those credit cards were taken during two burglaries in east Spokane County last year.�

Police believe they may be associated with a 2000's Plymouth Voyager or a light colored Nissan Maxima.�

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for anyone who provides information leading to an arrest. If you know anything, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or you can submit your tip online at�http://www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org.�

Tipsters can remain anonymous to collect the reward.�

Lawmakers consider increased penalties for phone use behind the wheel

Some Washington State lawmakers want to crack down on cell phones behind the wheel by adding more restrictions and making the punishment more severe.

Currently, only sending text messages or holding a phone to your ear while driving are banned under state law. The proposal would make it illegal to use apps, surf the web, send emails and more.

Everyone knows texting and talking on the phone while driving is illegal, but many people don't take the law seriously.

"I don't think people take this seriously at all," said driver Kailey Hall.�"Even just driving to my job�I see people at the red lights just texting and then it turns green, they're still texting."

"I don't think people take it very seriously," said high school student Jake Zalud. "The kids listen to their music, they're on their phones all the time all day anyway."