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79th Annual Junior Livestock show underway at fairgrounds

79th Annual Junior Livestock show underway at fairgrounds

The 79th Annual Junior Livestock show, a great event that teaches kids discipline and responsibility, is underway at the Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds.

Long before the fairgrounds was known for its carnival rides and cotton candy it was a marketplace and this weekend, children as young as third graders are working hard to sell their livestock.

When other kids may be trying to score the latest video game the kids participating in 4H and FFA are focused on raising healthy food for your family.

"Well there's a lot of feed you have to buy and you have to get up early and feed and water him and wash him before the shows," Abby Davis from Bonner's Ferry, Idaho said.

While Davis, who is 15-years-old, already owns her own cattle herd, Savannah Chadwick is raising prize-winning pigs.

"They may be dirty animals but you learn to love things. That's what makes kids passionate and that leads to sports or whatever they want to do college someday, a job. They learn to love it," Chadwick said.

Competitors also learn the meaning of an honest day's work and gain some very grown-up outlooks on life.

Spokane Indians holding open mascot tryouts

Spokane Indians holding open mascot tryouts

From the Spokane Indians:


The Spokane Indians are looking for Team Mascot Performers and will be holding open tryouts on Thursday, May 8th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Avista Stadium. A resume is required, but previous experience is not.

 

INHS offering free skin cancer screenings

INHS offering free skin cancer screenings

Is that mole something to be concerned about? Still worried about the damage done by that blistering sunburn last year? Inland Northwest Health Services wants you to get screened for skin cancer, and they’re making it easy by offering free screenings.

Spokane Humane Society launching summer day camp

Spokane Humane Society launching summer day camp

Good summer news for your animal loving kids! For the first time the Spokane Humane Society is offering Camp Barks N’ Rec.


This is the first time the Spokane Humane Society has offered the camp that aims to educate kids learn about human welfare and animal care. Campers will learn about different types of pets, do arts and crafts projects for both shelter and at home pets, and have hands on time with the shelter animals all while having a great time!

Fungus that causes fever found in state

A fungus that can launch a fatal illness has been found for the first time in the soil of Washington.

Officials for Washington State University say the fungus can cause an illness called valley fever. The fungus is normally found in semiarid parts of the Southwest.

Valley fever occurs when the soil-dwelling fungus becomes airborne, releasing spores that get lodged in the lungs of humans and certain animals, especially dogs.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates it kills 160 people a year.

Three unrelated cases were diagnosed in Eastern Washington in 2010-11.

Scientists for Washington State say that soil samples taken recently from the vicinity tested positive for the fungus, proving it can survive here. All three people who got sick in Eastern Washington survived.

Man proposes to girlfriend after Bloomsday

Man proposes to girlfriend after Bloomsday

Tom Curalli defines what it means to be a Bloomie.

"Today is a big day, it's my 35th Bloomsday," said Curalli.

Curalli said he would never miss a Bloomsday. He loves how the race brings the community and families together. The theme of togetherness inspired him to make this day about the most important person in his life.

"I'm going to propose to my girlfriend at the finish line in front of a lot of a lot of people," said Curalli.

Curalli has prepared for the big day since February. He chose not to share the plan with anyone, and the anticipation was starting to get the best of him.

"I'm pretty excited, a little nervous, had a bit of trouble sleeping last night,"said Curalli.

The couple have been dating for about a year, but have been close friends for nearly six.