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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.

 

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 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.

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.

Spokane County offices and courts close for Christmas holiday

Spokane County offices and courts close for Christmas holiday

All Spokane County offices, courts (Superior, District and Juvenile), Veterans Services and SCRAPS will be closed on Thursday, December 25th in observance of the annual Christmas holiday. County offices will remain closed on Friday, December 26th; however, Spokane County courts will be open for essential dockets.


In the meantime, Spokane County recommends stopping by the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) for an adoption gift certificate! You can also pick up last-minute animal themed holiday gifts for the people at pets at the SCRAPS Bow Wow Meow Market.

SCRAPS will be open December 23-24 and December 27th during their regular business hours (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 10 -5:30 p.m., Wednesday from noon to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 10 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.). SCRAPS is located at 6815 E. Trent in the City of Spokane Valley. For more information, call them at 477-2532.

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.