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Unsecured load causes close call for Spokane Valley woman

Unsecured load causes close call for Spokane Valley woman

It may not look like it at first glance, but this silver PT Cruiser is completely totaled. In fact, the driver Jenny Gossman is lucky to be alive.

Gossman was driving home from Newport to Spokane Saturday night when a large piece of wood from someone's unsecured load was hit by oncoming traffic and thrown airborne into her lane.

“I thought, 'This is it. This is the end of my life,'” said Gossman. “If I hadn't slammed on the brakes it would have gone straight through the windshield and into my head.”

Instead, her quick reflexes likely saved her life. The log hit the road directly in front of her, forcing it's way into the undercarriage of the car and wedging itself beneath the rear axle.

“You look at it and you're thinking, 'How can it be totaled?' The engine and everything has been shoved back. The radiator is toast,” she said. “It hit just underneath my bumper and caught the frame and compressed everything back.”

Adoption fees waived on "less adoptable pets" this week

Adoption fees waived on "less adoptable pets" this week

This week is National Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week and to encourage adoptions, the Spokane Humane Society is waiving adoption fees on all less adoptable pets through the end of the week at their main facility (6607 N. Havana) and their PetSmart adoption center (9950 N. Newport Highway.)

“With the recent large number of unwanted pets being surrendered to the Spokane Humane Society, we need the community's help to provide homes for these amazing animals. The shelter is full of pets that need a little extra love and attention,” said Executive Director Dave Richardson. “These are loving and wonderful pets that range from older pets to pets who need a special diet or home situation.”

All animals adopted from the Spokane Humane society are current on their shots, are spayed or neutered and micro-chipped.

USDA offering financial assistance for farmers impacted by wildfires

USDA offering financial assistance for farmers impacted by wildfires

The United States Department of Agriculture wants to help farmers impacted by this year's brutal wildfire season in central and eastern Washington.

The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Services is now accepting applications from agriculture producers in Kittitas, Grant, Chelan, Okanogan and Douglas counties impacted by wildfires in 2014. Financial assistance is offered through the Wildfire Initiative of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to help resource concerns on private and tribal land.

NRCS will be offering two financial assistance options:

Option 1 – General EQIP

The key conservation practice available for assistance under this option is deferred grazing. This practice allows grasses time to recover while livestock producers seek alternate feed sources. And for the first time, NRCS is also offering broadcast seeding as part of this initiative.

Option 2 – Wildfire Special Initiative

Spokane firefighter starts "Karson's Cure" campaign

Spokane firefighter starts "Karson's Cure" campaign

He's just five years old and is over coming the odds that are stacked against him. Karson Cornwell of Spokane is battling Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy.

"Doctors over and over told us that he wouldn't be able to walk he wouldn't be able to smile," Karson's dad Josh Cornwell said. "He learned how to walk last winter and his communication skills are getting better."

But Karson has his daily struggles. The common cold can send him to the hospital for weeks at a time. His parents are looking at stem cell therapy, but it comes with a $40,000 price tag.

"With this stem cell therapy it will really help repair his lung damage and hopefully help him become stronger," Cornwell said.

Karson's story has caught the attention of Michael Miner, a firefighter for Spokane County Fire District #9 Engine Company 98.

"We're not going to wait until somebody calls 911 to make a difference." Miner said.

He's started a campaign known as "Karson's Cure," to raise money for the five year old's stem cell therapy.

Sue the T-Rex takes over Mobius Science Museum

Sue the T-Rex takes over Mobius Science Museum

Few things will ever be as cool or awe-inspiring as dinosaurs, and today is the first day you can meet one up close and personal at Mobius Science Museum. Not just any dinosaur either, but Sue – the largest and most complete fossil of a T-Rex ever discovered.

Sue's trip to Spokane began as a whirlwind affair, with an empty stretch in her schedule the options were to either be shipped back to Chicago for storage or find a museum who would be willing to take her.

“Sue is what we call, in the business, a last minute booking,” said Mobius CEO Phil Lindsey. “Some of our board members had been reaching out to the Field Museum in Chicago about her availability and we reached a point where we thought we were going to be able to get her out here. From the booking to the shipping, everything was about six weeks.”

Hiring Heroes career fair Friday

Hiring Heroes career fair Friday

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.

Controversy continues over proposed WSU medical school

Controversy continues over proposed WSU medical school

 The University of Washington released a scathing rebuttal this week to a report supporting the creation of a medical school for Washington State University, saying it contains “a number of deep flaws,” and is based on “faulty assumptions, omissions and erroneous data.”

WSU first approached consultant MGT of America in February to conduct a feasibility assessment for a new medical school based on the University's health sciences campus in Spokane. Specifically the assessment was to focus on the need for physicians in Eastern Washington, the best educational model to meet those needs, if current WSU resources were capable of creating a program to meet accreditation standards and the required time and resources to develop a new medical school.