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Local partnership works to prevent drowning by offering discounts on life jackets

Local partnership works to prevent drowning by offering discounts on life jackets

 

As the weather continues to warm up, more and more boaters will be hitting the water.

 

To encourage safe boating, the Washinton State Drowning Prevention Network, Safe Kids Washington, and the Spokane Regional Health District have partnered with Big 5 Sporting Goods to previde 25% off coupons on life jackets.

 

These coupons can be used at any Big 5 Sporting Goods from April 1st through September 30th 2015 in Washington and North Idaho.

 

Coupins are available online on the Spokane Region Health District's website: CLICK HERE.

 

Spokane Bike Swap coming April 11 and 12

Spokane Bike Swap coming April 11 and 12

 

The Spokane County Fair and Expo Center will be overflowing with bikes and bike related gear on April 11th and 12th for the fourth annual Spokane Bike Swap.

 

Over 700 bikes are anticipated to be consigned and over 50 exhibitors, including ten local bike shops, will be present at this year's bike swap. In an attempt to promote safety, bike helmets will be given away to every child that buy and bike in the bike corral. Last year, 173 helmets were given away, and even more are expected this year.

 

The Spokane Bike Swap is presented in collaboration with Spokane County's Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Efficiency Act. The CTR program works to reduce traffic congestion, air pollution, and petroleum consumption. One of the ways the CTR does this is by educating and getting citizens comfortable with riding bikes around Spokane County.

 

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

 

Looking to go explore some Washington State Parks, but don't yet have a Discover Pass? Well, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer two free days in April.

 

Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to any of Washington's State Parks on April 4th, a springtime free Saturday, and Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22nd.

 

Free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. 

 

A Discover Pass is still needed to access WDFW and DNR lands on State Park free days.

 

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

 

Registration for the world's largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament is now live!

 

Entry forms for Spokane Hoopfest 2015 are available online at register.spokanehoopfest.net. Hard-copy entry forms are also available at any Bruchi's Cheesesteaks and Subs or Yokes Fresh Market northwest locations. 

 

This year Hoopfest will celebrate its 26th year as a Spokane institution. Every year the tournament brings approximately 28,000 players and 225,000 spectators to the streets of downtown Spokane.

 

Registration to the tournament is guaranteed to teams that register prior to May 11th. Forms and entries to those who register late are only granted based on space availability with an additional $20 late fee through May 25th. Nonetheless, Hoopfest organizers recommend playing it safe by registering early.

 

Chief's goalie nominated for CHL Goalie of the Week

Chief's goalie nominated for CHL Goalie of the Week

 

The Western Hockey League announced today that Spokane Chiefs goaltender Garret Hughson has been nominated for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award as the league’s most outstanding goalie for the week ending March 1, 2015.

 

Hughson, a 19-year-old from Foremost, Alberta, registered a 0.67 goals against average and .973 save percentage, including a shutout, in three wins last week.

 

Hughson made 22 saves on 23 shots faced on Wednesday, February 23rd, in a 3-1 win over U.S. Division-leading Everett.

 

He then turned aside all 28 shots faced in a 4-0 shutout win on the road over the rival Tri-City Americans on Friday, February 27th. The shutout, Hughson’s first of the season and third of his career, earned him First Star honors.

 

Local snowboarder wins national "Bring A Friend" contest

Local snowboarder wins national "Bring A Friend" contest

 

Cindy Rust, a science teacher at Post Falls High School, has been named the 2015 Snow Sports Ambassador of the Year by the organizers of the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month/Bring a Friend initiative. Rust is an avid snowboarder, and the first runner up in last year's competition.

 

This season, Rust brought 27 students from the Post Falls Ski and Snowboard Club for beginner lessons. The students traveled to either to Schweitzer Mountain in Idaho or Mt. Spokane in Washington throughout the season. Rust founded the club seven years ago with the help of the Colorado-based SOS Outreach, Mt. Spokane, and two other teachers. Since the club began, it has grown from 19 students to 83.

 

Local teens qualify for USSA Junior National Cross-Country Ski Championships

Local teens qualify for USSA Junior National Cross-Country Ski Championships

Five Spokane teens qualified for the Pacific Northwest Ski Association (PNSA) team last weekend. These teens will go to the 2015 USSA Junior National Cross-Country Ski Championships in Truckee, California on March 8 -14. Ian McCarthy, Brett Ford, Andrew Potyk, Daniel Korus, and Lauren Potyk qualified by earning a qualifying result in 5 of 8 Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) races. The Spokane Nordic Ski Association hosted the Mt. Spokane Nordic Cup and JNQ race on February 14 and 15 at Mt. Spokane.