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Stevens County Fire Marshal issues ban on open burning

The Stevens County Fire Marshal has issued a ban on open burning in the unincorporated areas of Stevens County. The ban began on June 18th and will be in effect until further notice.

According to the Fire Marshal, the open burning ban does not prevent citizens from using backyard barbecues, chimneys or other patio/deck warmers as long as only approved fuel is used. Approved fuel includes seasoned, clean and dry firewood, briquettes or propane. Recreational fires are also permitted as long as they don't exceed 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.

The disposal of vegetative waste in a recreational fire is prohibited. The use of approved campfires at designated parks and campgrounds is also allowed as determined by agencies with jurisdiction. All recreational fires must be attended.

Those caught violating the open burn ban and who refuse to take immediate action to extinguish or discontinue such burning when ordered will be declared guilty of a misdemeanor by the Stevens County Sheriff's Office, Fire Marshal and Prosecuting Attorney. The misdemeanor can be punishable by up to a $500 fine, 90 day imprisonment or both.

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Two Spokane County lakes to be stocked with bigger trout for Father's Day

Fish hatchery crews with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife will be stocking 10,000 large rainbow trout just before Father's Day weekend June 20 and 21.

Two Spokane County lakes will benefit from the stock up of these one and a half pound trout.

1,250 of these fish will be released into West Medical Lake; Williams Lake will receive 400 of the trout.

"These fish will provide anglers with some great opportunities to spend time with friends and family," said WDFW inland fish program manager Chris Donley. "A fishing license also is a great Father's Day gift and catching these big fish will make for some wonderful memories."

Fishing licenses can be purchased online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov; by telephone at 1-866-246-9453; or at hundreds of license dealers across the state. For details on license vendor locations, visit WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/.

Dunn Road closed June 15-29th for repairs

Dunn Road from Day Mt. Spokane Road to Day Road will be closed effective Monday, June 15th to repair damage from recent storm activity.

The Spokane County Road Maintenance Department will begin work to stabilize the embankment by removing and replacing asphalt. The project should be completed by Monday, June 29 2015, depending on the extent of damage.

A detour route will be in place and access to all residences will be maintained. Road closures and the detour route are detailed in the photo above.

SRHD offers tips to help combat record breaking heat

Record breaking heat has recently swept across the Inland Northwest and experts at Spokane Regional Health District note that while this hot weather can be uncomfortable, it also has the potential to threaten people's health and lives.

As a result, health officials have put together a list of guidelines to help area residents combat the heat.

According to Spokane Regional Health District experts, heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and not drinking enough fluids. Heat stroke occurs when the body is no longer able to regulate its temperature. If not treated immediately, heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability.

To avoid heat-related illness on hot days, SRHD recommends the following:

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Spokane County acquires 280 acres of land for conservation

Riverside State Park is about to get a little bigger following Spokane County's purchase of 280 acres of land near Nine Mile Falls. 

The acquisition was finalized on Friday, June 5th and paid for through the voter-supported Conservation Futures Program. According to the County, the acreage preserves a large block of forest land that provides a critical link in Riverside State Park, allowing wildlife and the public to enjoy this protected landscape in perpetuity.

To assist in the costs associated with caring for, maintaining and enhancing the property, the former owner and the nominator donated a combined total of $113,000 to establish a maintenance endowment fund.

Additionally, the County says up to $20,000 has been pledged to fund public access and improvements on the property.

The County's next step is to develop and enter into an agreement with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission to facilitate maintenance and operational responsibilities to be assumed by the commission as an expansion of Riverside State Park.

Parade of Paws marches through Spokane June 20

Both two and four-legged walkers are encouraged to attend the Spokane Human Society's 12th annual Parade of Paws on Saturday June 20th at 10:00 a.m.

Friends, family and coworkers of the dogs and their owners are encouraged to join the Spokane Humane Society in an effort to raise the funds needed to provide food, shelter and veterinary care to the unwanted and neglected animals in the Spokane community.

The walk will begins from the shelter at 6607 N. Havana. Registration will start at 8:00 a.m. the day of the walk, but early registration will be available on Friday June 19th from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the shelter.

Registration is also available online at www.spokanehumanesociety.org.

Groups of 5 or more people may form a team, and the teams who raise the most money will be awarded special team prizes.

This year, walkers will also have the opportunity to earn many fantastic prizes such as swag bags, t-shirts, sweatshirts, or gift certificates to local businesses. Other prizes include an all-expenses trip to Seattle, or dinner with veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker.

Fairfield Mayor proclaims May 28, 2015, "Deputy Ron Nye Day"

May 28th 2015 was proclaimed “Deputy Ron Nye Day” in the town of Fairfield by Mayor KayDee Gilkey during a school assembly at Liberty Elementary and Junior High School.

During the assembly, Mayor Gilkey thanked Deputy Nye “for his excellent service he repeatedly provides to our community and Liberty School District #362.”

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office said they are extremely proud of Deputy Nye, and thank him for the professional service he provides to the community.