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Seized horses up for adoption

After being seized by the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service in July, 23 horses are now in the process of being placed in homes.


The horses were seized in July after it was determined that they were at risk. SCRAPS reported that the animals were in poor body condition after they responded to complaints from neighbors stating that horses looked like walking skeletons.


Currently, nine of the horses have been placed in homes through foster care and animal rescues, while three of them have been returned to their original owners. The 14 remaining horses, including mares and geldings, are now available for adoption through SCRAPS.


Eagles on Long Lake

Eagles on Long Lake

KXLY viewer, Brain Williamson, sent in this photo today. He spotted the eagles flying over Long Lake from his backyard.

Taima the Hawk trains, lives in Spokane

Taima the Hawk trains, lives in Spokane


Little-known fact: A key member of the Seahawks resides in the Spokane area.

Taima the Hawk, the 7-year-old African Augur Hawk that leads the team out of the tunnel before every home game, makes David Knutson's Spokane farm home.

Knutson, a master falconer, attends every Seahawk home game, training camp, organized team activity and team event east of the Cascades – logging “at the very least” 65,000 miles during that span.

Knutson's work with Taima (pronounced: TAY-ma) starts long before the regular season because the bird needs to be prepared for the thousands of people touching him and the array of stimuli that could startle an untrained bird.

Dirty Dash registration opens

Dirty Dash registration opens


The popular Dirty Dash opened registration today for the 2013 “race” to be held at Riverside State Park on July 13.

Loyalty registration, which runs until Jan. 30, costs only $35. After that the price to sign up steadily rises the closer we get to the event.

“Resolve to make 2013 your dirtiest yet and we guarantee to make that happen for you in one unforgettable morning of feasting on filth, groveling through grime, delighting in dirt, and wallowing in mud rather than self-pity,” a news release from Dirty Dash said.

Sign up at thedirtydash.com.

Group of pheasants spotted

Group of pheasants spotted

A large group of pheasants were spotted north of Spokane.

Do you have pictures of wildlife coming near your home? Want to share your unique Inland Northwest experience with the KXLY Communities readership? Email your pictures and neighborhood story tips to jacobp@kxly.com today.

Fools float the river for 20th straight New Year

Fools float the river for 20th straight New Year


How did you spend your New Year's Day? Napping away a hangover on the couch, pretending to watch football?

That kind of afternoon sounds foolish to the group of rafters who floated the Spokane River on Tuesday. The Northwest Whitewater Association celebrated the 20th Annual Only Fools Float the River on the First the only way they knew how – by eschewing a day at home and getting onto the water despite the air being only 22 degrees when they launched.

“If you're a boater, you take every chance to get on the water,” Bruce Bernhardt said.

More than 30 people attended the event with more than 20 boats on the water.

“This is more exciting” than watching football, said Pat Keegan before launching.

Top 10: Instagram photos of #Spokane

Here’s this week’s selection of Spokane photos taken by the Instagram community. To start it off, chalk art that still confirms that it is summer in Spokane in case you can’t tell. Some people in the area retreat to the river, some to their cell phones to take pictures of glorious sunsets. Sometimes it's the same sunset taken by different people in different parts of Spokane.

How was your week in the Inland Northwest? A lot of traffic and construction stories are building up in the community. Some schools are getting sidewalks and some neighborhoods really want their traffic calming projects.

Speaking of those projects, we uploaded a document showing all the submitted applications from neighborhoods this year for traffic calming projects. You can see what was submitted for your neighborhood.

Want to participate in next week’s photo gallery? Here’s how: Once a week we go through and select ten photos that we think show off the region in all its glory. To select them, we search the #Spokane tag on Instagram through Storify. Your photo could appear in this weekly slide show.