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Hiring Heroes career fair and workshops

Hiring Heroes career fair and workshops

Inland Northwest Hiring Heroes (INWH) is hosting the 2nd annual Hiring Heroes Career and Resource Fair on Friday, September 19 at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center.

From 10 am until 3 pm, over 100 of the inland northwest's top employers will be present, ready to be matched with well-qualified past and present military members and their families. Participating organizations represent a diverse field, including engineering, technology, education, health care, human services, manufacturing, financial services, aviation, transportation, construction, environmental sciences, retail, consumer products and the government and non-profit sectors.

Before the fair, INWH is offering free workshops to help potential employees prepare. Both of the following events require pre-registration and are being held at the Red Cross on 315 W. Nora:

Check your child's vaccinations before heading back to school

Check your child's vaccinations before heading back to school

Getting ready for back to school means getting school supplies and backpacks, but it's also the perfect time to make sure children are up-to-date on their shots. Getting all of the recommended shots is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their kids' health.

A new survey from the Washington State Department of Health shows vaccination rates are on the rise (71 percent in 2013 versus 65 percent the year before) but are still below the Healthy People 2020 goal of 80 percent, leaving many kids unprotected.

Below is a summary of shots children need:

Fundraiser for SCSO K9 Unit

Fundraiser for SCSO K9 Unit

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is hosting their first ever fundraiser for K9s.

Their “Furry Family Fun Day and Dog Walk” is being held Saturday, September 14 at Plante's Ferry Park in the Spokane Valley.

This fundraising effort is to raise money for training and equipment for the Spokane County Sheriff's K9 Unit dogs and their handlers, allowing them to perform at their optimum level and best serve the citizens of Spokane County.

This walk will be an easy 2-mile route and all are welcome. Registration isn't required, but all registered walkers will receive a free K9 Unit t-shirt. Pre-registration is $20 and day-of is $25.

Registration opens at 9 am, with the walk at 10:30 am, then wraps up with an afternoon of K9 demos, raffle drawings and games for kids and furry family members alike. There will also be a contest to name the newest member of the K9 Unit team.

For more information you can check out SCSOK9Unit on Facebook or email spokanecountyK9@gmail.com.

Brush fire burns RV, triggers evacuations near Eloika Lake

Brush fire burns RV, triggers evacuations near Eloika Lake

Fire crews have a line around a brush fire that started around 4:30 on Wednesday afternoon near Eloika Lake.

The fire, located near the intersection of W. Bridges Road and N. Division Road, has been stopped at approximately 25 acres. Crews battling the fire on the ground were supported by four tanker aircraft dropping water and retardant to slow the fire's spread.

Officials with the Spokane County Fire District 4 originally thought that one mobile home was destroyed, but it was actually an RV. Five other outbuildings were destroyed, as well as a couple cars and a horse trailer. There were no injuries reported.

As winds pushed the fire to the north, several homes near the fire lines were evacuated as a precaution. The only residents who are still evacuated, are those with active flames in their yards.

A crew will stay overnight to monitor the fire.

Officials think that the fire was sparked by a downed power line on W. Bridges Road.

"It was witnessed that a power line came down and the fire started," Captain Megan Hill with Spokane County Fire District 4 said. "So it's under investigation to prove that was right."

Appeals court rules against UP railroad

A federal appeals court has ruled against Union Pacific railroad in a case involving cleanup of mining pollution in Idaho's Silver Valley.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week reversed a lower court decision that had dismissed a lawsuit by Asarco against the railroad, and the case is now headed to trial.

Asarco wants the railroad to pay some of the costs of cleaning up mining pollution in the Superfund site in the Silver Valley. Asarco has already paid $480 million to help clean up a century of mining pollution.

Union Pacific constructed rail lines to haul silver and other metals across the Silver Valley.

The railroad contended that a settlement agreement with Asarco had resolved the issue. But the appeals court found that the agreement was ambiguous.

Marshals hunting felon who fled Spokane halfway house

Marshals hunting felon who fled Spokane halfway house

US Marshals are searching for a convicted felon who walked away from a Spokane halfway house after he was released from federal prison.

Merced Jose Zamora was a large scale methamphetamine dealer who was wrapping up a 13 year sentence when he escaped a re-entry center near the Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds.

Zamora was months away from being a totally free man but early Monday morning around 1:30 he left his halfway house. That facility is run by a private company that has a contract with the federal government to house and prepare ex-cons for a legal and productive life back in society.

Even though Zamora was convicted of multiple methamphetamine deals in Wyoming he was released to Spokane because he has family here.

Now marshals are looking for him and Deputy US Marshal Bob Doty said Zamora, 33, has a very unique tattoo on his neck that should make him east to spot.

Fire restrictions lifted in Colville Nat'l Forest

Fire restrictions lifted in Colville Nat'l Forest

Just in time for the holiday weekend, fire restrictions have been lifted for the Colville National Forest.

“With the wetting rains and cooler daytime temperatures we have been experiencing in the Colville National Forest, the anticipated fire danger is reduced enough to allow visitors to once again enjoy campfires in the forest,” said Fire Management Officer Tim Sampson. “Firewood cutters are also able to run chainsaws after 1 pm.”

Forest visitors must still use caution and exercise sound fire precautions, however, on National forest System Lands. Good fire building and extinguishing practices are advised such as:

  • Keeping campfires small
  • Using existing fire rings
  • Have a bucket, shovel, water and fire extinguisher readily available
  • Attend and fully extinguish all fires