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Residents can still visit SNAP website for help with Energy Assistance

Residents can still visit SNAP website for help with Energy Assistance

SNAP still has many appointments available for Spokane County residents who need energy assistance.

 

Earlier this year, SNAP said residents across Spokane County were clamoring for help with energy bills as unseasonably cold weather descended upon the region in mid-autumn. The first series of SNAP Energy Assistance appointments opened in late September and were soon filled.

 

Now, with mild conditions defining the first phase of winter, SNAP has reported that the rush of residents seeking help has fallen off. SNAP opened its second round of Energy Assistance appointments on Tuesday, December 16th, but still has around 1,200 appointments available on the SNAP website as of December 19th.

 

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City offers variety of options for disposing old Christmas trees, including free curbside pickup

City offers variety of options for disposing old Christmas trees, including free curbside pickup

The City of Spokane will provide its citizens with several options to get rid of their trees once the holidays come to a close. The City also has tips on how to dispose discarded ribbons, tags, boxes and bags.

 

On Monday, December 29 through Friday, January 16, Spokane's Solid Waste Collection Department will offer free curbside pickup for its costumers. Once all the decorations are removed from the tree, residents can place their fresh-cut trees at least three feet away from the refuse cart and recycle bin on their regularly scheduled garbage pickup days. The City will not accept artificial or flocked trees for this service.

 

The City will accept trees up to 6 feet in height; if they’re taller than that, they will need to be cut in half. Loose branches may be bundled next to the tree not to exceed six feet. Trees collected curbside will be chipped and composted.

 

Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS wants to warn pet owners of the hazards the holidays can bring to your four legged friends.


 

"Things that make the holidays a great time of year - cookies, presents, and a house full of company - can actually be hazards to our four-legged friends," said Nancy Hill, Regional Director of SCRAPS. "We advise pet owners to take a minute to make sure their house is pet friendly."


 

According to SCRAPS, here are a few holiday items that can be particularly harmful to pets:


 

  • Holiday Lighting and Candles

SCRAPS said these are especially dangerous to pets that like to chew. Electrical shock can occur when a pet chomps down on an electrical cord, causing tongue lacerations and possible death. SCRAPS suggests using LED candles instead of actual flames and place them into hard-to-reach places so that pets can not access them.


 

  • Gift Wrap Ribbon

Spokane honored as the 2014 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community by RRCA

Spokane honored as the 2014 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community by RRCA

Today, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) announced that Spokane has been named its 2014 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community. The RRCA said that Spokane's amazing credentials, and ability to meet the award's criteria made it the clear choice for this award.

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Spokane County Library facilities to close for upcoming holidays

Spokane County Library facilities to close for upcoming holidays

All Spokane County Library District facilities will be closed Wednesday, December 24, and Thursday, December 25, in observance of Christmas. Regular hours will resume Friday, December 26, 2014.

Facilities will close again at 5pm on Wednesday, December 31, and remain closed on Thursday, January 1, in observance of the New Year's Day Holiday. Regular hours resume Friday, January 2, 2015.

SCLD online services remain available 24/7.

Health District sees early spike in flu cases

The flu season just started in Spokane, and already sixteen people have been sent to the hospital because of it.

The Spokane Regional Health District reports so far this season, no one has died from influenza in Washington State, but there have been 16 hospitalizations with Spokane County residents.

There has also been one influenza-like-illness and one influenza A outbreak reported in long-term care settings this season.

The Health District explained these numbers show the flu season is starting early this year.

Another concern is this year's vaccine is proving to not be as effective against new strains of the virus that are making people sick so far this year.

The CDC took samples of flu strains all over the country, and found about half were slightly different than the strain used in the vaccine.

That means, for people that catch the mutated strain of the flu, they'll only be partially protected by the vaccine. The Health District explained that doesn't mean it's not going to work, it just might not work as well as it has in the past.

Two Spokane County bridges to receive replacement funding from WSDOT

Two Spokane County bridges to receive replacement funding from WSDOT

This week, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) selected 32 city and county projects that will replace, remove, or repair structurally deficient bridges. These projects are in line to receive more than $70 million in federal highway funds. 

Two Spokane County bridges made the list: The Ritchey Road Bridge over Deep Creek will receive $1,490,321, and the Monroe Road Bridge is set to receive $1,200,837. These funds will go toward the replacement of each bridge.

According to WSDOT, these investments will improve and preserve critical, locally owned transportation infrastructure.

“Approximately half of these bridges are beyond the point of repair and need to be replaced,” said Kathleen Davis, WSDOT Local Programs director. “And by repairing and preserving the other half, we are adding many years of operation to their lifespans.”