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61st Annual Boat Show arrives in Spokane Feb. 4

61st Annual Boat Show arrives in Spokane Feb. 4

The Spokane Interstate Fair and Expo Center will host the 61st Annual Spokane Boat Show for five days from Wednesday, February 4th, through Sunday, February 8th.

This year's show these is "Only in a Boat", and will consist of nearly 180,000 square feet of exhibit space. Over 50 major vendors will be in attendance, representing new model boats and accessories from around the nation.

"Visitors to the 61st annual Spokane National Boat Show will see all the new makes. There are mega sized cruisers, speedy sport runabouts, pontoon party boats, fishing boats, and personal watercraft," Scott Thompson, the event's general manager said. "They will find major dealers representing docks, boat accessories, ski and fishing gear."

The Spokane Yacht Club is sponsoring the event, and said the boat show is a great time to by because deals offer significant "Boat Show Only" discounts during the event. 

This year, tickets will cost $10 for adults, $5 for youth 12-17, and kids under 12 are free.

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park seeks $2.23 million from WA State capital for improvements

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park seeks $2.23 million from WA State capital for improvements

Mt. Spokane announced Thursday that they are requesting $2.23 million from the state's capital budget in order to update state-owned base area facilities and accommodate growing public demand for outdoor recreation.

“Mt. Spokane is a very popular place for year-round recreation for residents throughout the greater Spokane region,” said Brad McQuarrie, general manager of Mt. Spokane 2000, the non-profit organization that contracts with Washington State Parks to manage operations. “At a time when ski destinations are investing in significant upgrades to capture market share, we’re working with aging facilities that are inefficient, undersized, and in need of improvements to serve a growing number of visitors.”

 

Gonzaga coach Mark Few needs votes to win $100,000 for the Community Cancer Fund

Gonzaga coach Mark Few needs votes to win $100,000 for the Community Cancer Fund

Gonzaga University Men's Basketball Coach, Mark Few, is participating in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge for a chance to win $100,000 for the Community Cancer Fund.

 

However, Coach Few will not be able to win this challenge alone. In order to win the $100,000 the public will need to cast their votes in Coach Few's favor.

 

Few is one of 48 NCAA basketball coaches competing in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge. As of Monday, January 5th, fans have been able to head to www.VoteCoachFew.com to cast their votes to help advance him in the competition.

 

Mt. Spokane celebrates January 2015 by offering discount to first time skiers and snowboarders

Mt. Spokane celebrates January 2015 by offering discount to first time skiers and snowboarders

The month of January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and Mt. Spokane is celebrating by offering a discount to first time skiers and snowboarders.

 

This package is a once-a-year deal on Mt. Spokane's EZ-Ski or Ride Package. Normally $119, the package will now cost only $99.

 

This package includes:

  • A first lesson that includes a lift ticket to Chair 5 (beginner hill)

  • Second and third lessons that include an all-mountain lift ticket

  • Rental gear including skis or snowboard, boots, and poles. Helmets are available to rent for $8 per day.

 

Lookout Pass Famous Free Ski School begins 75th season

Lookout Pass Famous Free Ski School begins 75th season

The Famous Free Ski School at Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area will embark upon its 75th season Saturday, January 10th.  Nearly 500 children age 6-17 have already registered for the 10-week program.  Registration is available on-line at www.skilookout.com/famous-free-ski-school.  Lookout Pass is launching its Famous Free Ski School in conjunction with National Learn a Snow Sport Month, an annual ski industry promotion conducted in January by national, regional and state associations.

 

According to Lookout Pass, their Famous Free Ski School is a charitable, non-profit organization that draws students from across the Spokane area, north Idaho and western Montana.  Since 1940, volunteer instructors have introduced nearly 60,000 children to skiing and snowboarding.

 

Mt. Spokane crews find an unusual surprise near top of mountain on Monday

Mt. Spokane crews find an unusual surprise near top of mountain on Monday

When skiers take to Mt. Spokane, there are a few things they don't necessarily expect to see at the top of the mountain; usually it's safe to say kittens are somewhere on that list. Recently, however, a kitten is exactly what some skiers found.

 

According to Kristin Whitaker, Marketing and Mountain Services Manager, The Mt. Spokane liftie crew found a kitten near the top of the mountain on Monday.

 

“We hear he was chasing skiers and having a good ole time,” she said.

 

As much fun as the kitten may have been having, the amusement certainly would have come to an end due to the cold weather. Whitaker said one of the crew members, Liftie Liz, rescued the kitten from the cold by bringing him down the mountain to the liftie office, and ultimately decided to adopt him.

 

WSU Athletic Hall of Fame to induct Steve Gleason at Apple Cup on Saturday

WSU Athletic Hall of Fame to induct Steve Gleason at Apple Cup on Saturday

Washington State University will induct Steve Gleason as the 178th member of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame during this year's Apple Cup game. The ceremony is set to take place during an on-field ceremony between the first and second quarters of Saturday's game against Washington.

 

“I'd encourage fans to be there to make sure they don't miss anything,” said Associate Director of Athletics, Bill Stevens.

 

Stevens said each year a selection committee determines who is elected into the hall of fame.