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Spokane Firefighters say to change smoke alarm batteries along with clocks for Daylight Savings Time

Spokane Firefighters say to change smoke alarm batteries along with clocks for Daylight Savings Time

 

The Spokane Firefighters Union is advising people to take the opportunity to check and change the batteries on their smoke detectors when setting their clocks forward for Daylight Savings Time.

 

According to the Spokane Firefighter's Union, two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes without a working smoking alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). Firefighters from the Spokane Firefighters Union, IAFF Local reminds citizens to not only change their clocks for Daylight Savings Time but the batteries in their smoke alarms, too.
 

“Saving your life can be as simple as changing your smoke alarm batteries once a year and replacing smoke alarms every seven to 10 years,” said IAFF Local 29 President Don Waller.

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Washington State Department of Health warns of Salmonella illness tied to baby birds

Washington State Department of Health warns of Salmonella illness tied to baby birds

 

At least 39 Washingtonians have reported getting ill from Salmonella bacteria after coming in contact with live poultry in the past three years, according to reports reviewed by disease investigators at the state’s Department of Health. These 39 cases were associated with three separate national Salmonella outbreaks that caused more than 1,200 people to get sick. Contact with live poultry may also have contributed to more than 100 other cases of salmonellosis in our state in the past three years that weren’t associated with any known outbreak.

 

Spring is the season when many people who have chickens or ducks in backyard flocks buy baby birds. From the time the baby birds arrive at home, children should be supervised carefully to make sure they wash their hands immediately after touching the animals or their environments. Another prevention step is to make sure children don’t snuggle or kiss the young poultry.

 

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers to be Keynote Speaker at Girl Scouts Leadership Luncheon

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers to be Keynote Speaker at Girl Scouts Leadership Luncheon

 

Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho (GSEWNI) announced Wednesday that Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers will be the keynote speaker for their annual Spokane Community Leadership Luncheon. The event will take place on Friday, March 27th at noon at the Spokane Convention Center located at 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

 

GSEWNI Community Leadership events, held in many communities throughout the Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho region, feature an engaging leader who is a role model for all Girl Scouts. The annual fundraising event in Spokane celebrates the impact of Girl Scouting on girls and young women in the community.

Spokane Arts calling on local college students to enter signal box design contest

Spokane Arts calling on local college students to enter signal box design contest

 

A call is being put out to local student artists for a signal box design contest.

 

The City of Spokane in partnership with Spokane Arts is seeking designs to cover traffic signal coxes along Main Street downtown. The intent of the project is to beautify the downtown space and reduce graffiti by bringing art to otherwise bland and utilitarian surfaces.

 

Artist designs will be selected and installed from Division St. to Maple St. along 2nd Avenue downtown. Up to nine designs will be chosen contingent upon secured funding for the project. Selected artist designs will be printed on vinyl and wrapped around the signal boxes by a third party design fabricator.

 

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Washington State Patrol uses latest laser technology to quickly clear roadways after an accident

 

The Washington State Patrol released their newest edition of their Good to Know video series (view above), which features detectives using the latest laser technology to quickly clear roadways after an accident, ensuring driver and officer safety.

 

According to the WSP, the Trimble Laser Scanner does the work traditionally done by detectives, but in about half the time and with only one operator. The machine scans items at the scene in order to recreate a 3-D version of the surrounding area which helps investigators determine the cause of the collision.

 

WSP uses the Trimble to reduce road closure time while still conducting a thorough investigation of the incident. The device can also be used at other types of crimes such as homicides, to document the location of important evidence.

 

Registration open for March 21 presentation on Spokane native plants by the Friends of Manito

Registration open for March 21 presentation on Spokane native plants by the Friends of Manito

The Friends of Manito (TFM) will present a free presentation on Spokane native plants on Saturday, March 21st at 10:00 a.m. During the seminar, WSU Master Gardener, Eva Lusk, will discuss why including native plans in the garden is beneficial, and how to choose the ones most likely to thrive.

 

According to TFM, many native plants are beautiful both in the wild and the garden, and can add a special sense of place and belonging. Native plants do not need a lot of extra care, and in turn create a low maintenance yard for more summer fun.

 

The lecture is free and open to the public. Those interested can pre-register by calling TFM at 456-8038. More information on TFM can be found by visiting www.thefriendsofmanito.org.

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.