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Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy saves newborn

Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy saves newborn

A Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy is being credited with saving the life of a newborn infant Friday morning.

Deputy Randy Watts was on patrol around 1:40 am when he heard a medic call explaining a woman had given birth at her home but that the baby wasn't breathing. Deputy Watts was nearby and has basic medical training, so he sped to the home and was met by the newborn's father who led him upstairs.

Deputy Watts could see the child was purple and not breathing so he began administering rescue breaths and chest compressions until the child was attempting to breath on her own.

He then turned the child over and began striking her on the back to help clear the mucus from her nose and mouth. Once it was clear, Deputy Watts resumed rescue breaths and color began to return to the newborn's skin.

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Hoopefest announces Bailee Neyland as new marketing director

Hoopefest announces Bailee Neyland as new marketing director

Bailee Neyland has been named Marketing Director for Spokane Hoopfest, joining Executive Director Matt Santangelo, who took over the organization’s leadership role in April.

Like Santangelo, Neyland is a Gonzaga alum who brings a great deal of enthusiasm for the event and opportunities Hoopfest presents for the Spokane community. She holds a Master’s of Business Administration and participated in the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program at Gonzaga during her undergraduate study.

Neyland brings with her a wealth of marketing experience from previous positions with Gonzaga University, Zak! Designs and Desautel Hege Communications, and has been widely involved in the Spokane community, having served as the Susan G. Komen Communications Chair, Secretary for the Communities in Schools Executive Committee, Board Advisor for the New Venture Lab and is a recent graduate of the Leadership Spokane program.

FEMA funds authorized for Carlton Complex fire

FEMA funds authorized for Carlton Complex fire

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Carlton Complex Fire, burning in Okanogan County, Washington.

FEMA Region X Regional Administrator, Kenneth D. Murphy determined that the Carlton Complex Fire threatened enough destruction to constitute a major disaster. Murphy approved the state's request for federal Fire Management Assistance Grant on Thursday.

When the request was submitted on Wednesday, no homes had burned. Today, dozens of homes and businesses have burned to ash as the fire moved through the small town of Pateros. Nearby Brewster is also under a level three evacuation order, meaning residents must leave the area immediately.

A Red Cross shelter has been set up in the town of Chelan for anyone who needs assistance, including cots, meals and water.

City Council asks for public comment on funding for park, roads

City Council asks for public comment on funding for park, roads

The Spokane City Council is asking for public comment at their next two meetings to discuss placing proposed street levy and proposed bond for Riverfront Park on the November ballot.

Spokane Mayor David Condon and City Council President Ben Stuckart firs announced the streets and parks refinancing proposals back in early May. The proposals provide for significant new work for the community at the same rate that citizens pay today for streets and parks.

Currently Spokane citizens pay 91 cents per every $1,000 of assessed property value towards the repayment of three street and park bonds. With strategic refunding, the dollars generated from that same level of funding could be used to provide:

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Vantage Bridge on I-90 closed

TRAFFIC ALERT: Vantage Bridge on I-90 closed

A multi-vehicle accident involving an estimated 15 semitrucks and 6 cars has prompted Washington State Department of Transportation to close part of Interstate 90 in central Washington.

I-90 westbound is closed at milepost 136 near the Vantage Bridge over the Columbia river, and eastbound at milepost 115 near Kittitas.

Drivers are being detoured onto local roads. There is no estimate for a reopening time. 

The collision occured just after 11 am eastbound near milepost 127.

South Hill detour frustrating residents, drivers

Road construction on the South Hill at Ray Street is causing quite the headache for drivers as well as residents in the area.

Both lanes of Ray St. from 20th to 21st Avenue are closed for construction. The detour sign, if you're heading south, is just past the Fred Meyer. The problem is drivers see that detours sign on Thor but they also see an open road. It's not until they make it up the hill that they find out there's no where to go.

It's probably something we've all done. Waiting till the road is actually closed before finding a way around.

"When you look up the hill and you don't see any construction people are driving through," said Julie Happy with the City of Spokane.

Mary Margaret Brajcich lives on Mt Vernon Drive, about four blocks to the west of Ray St. off 19th Avenue. She says those drivers who wait to detour end up on her street.

"There goes another truck and another car of people that don't live on Mt. Vernon Drive," said Brajcich.

She says all kinds of vehicles get lost on her block.

"I mean trucks and semis. Here's a couple more coming right now," said Brajcich.