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Shuttles provided for Bloomsday Trade Show

Shuttles provided for Bloomsday Trade Show

Due to construction, parking will short in downtown Spokane for the Bloomsday Trade Show on Friday and Saturday. In an effort to reduce parking stress, Bloomsday is providing free shuttles from the Spokane Arena to the Convention Center.


"The expansion of the Convention Center and construction of a new hotel across the street are going to be great additions to Spokane," said Lilac Bloomsday Association President Steven Jones. "But they'll make getting in and out of the area challenging for at least this year."

Trading cards offer Bloomsday trivia

Trading cards offer Bloomsday trivia

After a successful first race in 2013, the Bloomsday Trading Cards are back, and this year they have some new characters for you to collect.


There are eight new Bloomsday characters that represent the 50,000 unique Bloomies that hit the course every year.

Three dead in single-car crash near Ritzville

Three dead in single-car crash near Ritzville

Washington State Patrol is investigating a fatal collision on I-90 near Ritzville.

WSP confirms that three people have been killed in a single-vehicle crash.

Troopers report the car was traveling in the eastbound lanes when it crashed into the median just before 5 a.m. Thursday morning.

Troopers are still on scene investigating. No lanes are blocked.

Balloon shoe on display for Bloomsday

Balloon shoe on display for Bloomsday

For the third year in a row, the giant Bloomsday shoe will be on display prior to the race to promote epilepsy awareness.


Balloon artist Ryan Oelrich used over 700 balloons to creak the car sized shoe. The shoe is sponsored by Bloomsday and uses purple to promote epilepsy awareness. Oelrich, as well as 2.3 million other American live with the neurological disorder.

Washington 911 calls got stuck in Colorado

Washington 911 calls got stuck in Colorado

A report to regulators on the statewide 911 outage in Washington says emergency calls failed because they were stuck in a processing center in Colorado.

In the report last week to the state Utilities and Transportation Commission, CenturyLink says an estimated 4,500 calls over a six-hour period early on April 10 were stranded at the center in Englewood, Colo., operated by the database manager Intrado. It ran out of capacity to route the calls.

The News Tribune reports the outage affected 127 dispatch centers in Washington until calls were re-routed.

A state 911 project manager, Andy Leneweaver, says the outage also affected six-to eight call centers in North Carolina and about 11 in Minnesota.

Century Link and Intrado say changes have been made to prevent another such 911 outage.

Lime prices causing consumers to pucker up

Lime prices causing consumers to pucker up

Lime, the little fruit that causes some to pucker, is causing that same reaction when consumers look at the price lately.

"The price of limes has been crazy," Casa De Oro owner Enrique Torres said.

Torres owns Casa De Oro in North Spokane. He said he's squeezing out hundreds of dollars each week on limes to keep the restaurant running.

"You can't go to a Mexican restaurant and order a margarita or beer without the lime," he said.

Torres just put in a $150 order Tuesday for a case of 140 limes.

"Like four months ago they were $20 a case," Torres said.

It's going to be an expensive week for the restaurant, with their annual Cinco de Mayo celebration coming up on Saturday. Torres said they'll need up to six cases of limes for Cinco de Mayo alone.

"It's going to be $700 for the limes," he said.

At grocery stores, customers are seeing the same thing. Limes that usually only cost a couple dimes are now pushing a dollar. Some stores haven't even had them because of the shortage.

Avista temporarily lowering Lake Spokane

Avista temporarily lowering Lake Spokane

From Avista:


Avista Utilities will start lowering the water level of Lake Spokane (Long Lake Reservoir) Tuesday by an additional one and one-half feet to facilitate work downstream of the company’s Long Lake dam.