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Nixon Rodeo named Best Bloomsday Entertainer 2015

Rock group Nixon Rodeo has been crowned the Best Bloomsday Entertainer of 2015. The band collected more votes than any of the other nearly 30 performers along the 12-kilometer race route.

Nixon Rodeo improved over their second place finish in 2014 while two-time champion Tori Whitten came in second this year. Performers Angela Marie Project and Black Gingham tied for third place.

Over 1,500 votes were cast by race participants during this year's competition.

“The weather was awesome this year, and that was good for the entertainers as well as everyone participating in Bloomsday,” said event volunteer and competition coordinator, Laurel Warner. “There were smiles all around.”

Nixon Rodeo will earn the top prize of $500 for being voted as Best Bloomsday Entertainer. Tori Whitten, Angela Marie Project and Black Gingham will receive the 2nd and 3rd place awards of $300 and $200. Additional cash rewards will be paid out through a random drawing.

Summer program coming to Spokane County Library District in June

Summer programs at the Spokane County Library District are set to begin in June.

All of the District's summer programs are open to the public and free to attend.

This summer's theme is, "Every Hero has a Story". Programs will give participants the opportunity to watch medieval-style sword fights, rock out to family-friendly music, and transform into their favorite characters at a costuming and cosplay workshop.

"Summer is a great time, especially for kids, to explore your own interests and the District officers a ton of ways to do that," said Library Services Manager Gwendolyn Haley. "We have activities and programs planned for all ages this summer that will connect you with heroes in literature, in real life, and even in the animal kingdom. After all, the most important thing for kids and grown-ups to do over the summer is keep reading and learning."

Summer meals will also be provided by the North Spokane and Spokane Valley library sites every Monday through Thursday from June 22 to August 14. All youth ages 18 and under are welcome to attend and receive a free lunch. No proof of income, address, or citizenship will be required.

Carrington College to offer free blood pressure checks May 21 in world record setting attempt

On May 21st, Carrington College will attempt to raise awareness about blood pressure while setting a world record.

From 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on May 21, students and staff at Carrington College will offer free blood pressure checks at their 10102 E. Knox Avenue campus in Spokane.

As part of National High Blood Pressure Education Month, all 17 Carrington College locations nationwide will attempt to earn a Guinness World Records title for the most blood pressure tests given in an 8 hour period. Currently, the record is set at 26,499 blood pressure tests given in an eight hour period.

According to the American Heart Association, more than 78 million people in the United States have high blood pressure. However, about half of those people are unaware because high blood pressure a symptom free condition.

Carrington's goal during this world record attempt is to increase the local community’s knowledge about blood pressure, as well as provide education about the health risks associated with high blood pressure.

Two drive-in movie locations coming to Spokane County this summer

A new drive in movie theater will bring outdoor movies to two different locations in Spokane this summer.

The Family Guide and FunFlicks Outdoor Movie Events will bring the nostalgia of classic drive-in movies with the experience of modern technology to Mead and the Spokane County Raceway.

Movies will be played every Tuesday at 4307 E. Spokane Park Drive in Mead and every Wednesday at the Spokane County Raceway from June 9th through August 20th.

Gates will open to the general public at 7:00 p.m. with first come first serve parking. VIP parking will also be available for an extra fee. Additionally, both locations will offer vendor booths, pre-movie entertainment, games and contests. Movies will begin at dusk, approximately 9:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.

On Tuesdays, the Mead location will offer concession food and snacks provided by food-trucks and local businesses.

The Spokane Raceway location will have a liquor license and plans to serve beer and wine in a separated beer and wine garden. A concession area will also be available to serve snacks, sandwiches and drinks.

Movie schedules are as follows:

Spokane Marine killed in Osprey hard landing in Hawaii

Military officials have identified a Marine killed in a MV-22 Osprey hard landing on Oahu Sunday as 24-year-old Lance Cpl. Joshua Barron from Spokane.

Barron died from his injuries when the MV-22B Osprey he was on suffered a hard landing mishap while conducting training at Marine Corps Training Area Bellows. Twenty-one other Marines were onboard the aircraft at the time of the mishap. A statement Monday from the Marine Corps said one Marine remains in critical condition following the crash and two others remain hospitalized but are stable.

Barron was an Osprey crew chief assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161, attached to 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The 15th MEU departed San Diego May 11 with the Essex Amiphibious Ready Group for a six-month overseas deployment. After leaving San Diego, the unit's first stop was Hawaii, where it was participating in exercise Culebra Koa 2015, a US Pacific Fleet training exercise, at the time of the mishap.

In Spokane Valley, Barron's mom Michelle said her son joined the Marines because he wanted to "do something bigger and better." He loved to fly, loved his job and was proud of what he did.

Spokane County flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Coeur d'Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore Saturday

The United States and Washington State flags will be lowered to half-staff at all Spokane County facilities on Saturday May 9th in memory of slain Coeur d'Alene Police Sergeant Greg Moore.

Sgt. Moore's memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 9th at 10:00 a.m. at Lake City High School in Coeur d'Alene. Representatives from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office will attend the service, which is also open to the public.

One vehicle rollover on Rutter Parkway injures four local teens

One vehicle rollover on Rutter Parkway injures four local teens

 

Four Spokane County teenagers were transported to a local hospital after the vehicle they were in rolled over and crashed in what investigators believe was due to impaired driving.

 

The Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a one vehicle rollover injury crash on Thursday April 9th just prior to 1:30 a.m. on Rutter Parkway between Waikiki Road and Dorsett Road in Spokane County.

 

Spokane County Sheriff's Office Traffic Reconstruction Technicians and a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) were called to the scene to assist with the investigation.

 

After the driver lost control, the vehicle rolled with about 5 passengers inside all of high school age. According to the Sheriff's Office, four of the passengers were located to a local hospital for treatment. One passenger had serious but non-life threatening injuries and the others appeared to have minor injuries.