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Water main break floods South Hill homes

A water main break at 37th and Stone on Spokane's South Hill on Wednesday left screws scrambling to stop the flow.

A contractor working on a water booster station cracked a six inch water line.

Several basements were flooded at nearby homes, and one neighbor reported three feet of water shooting out of his toilet.

Crews patched the break and will be repairing the damage on Friday. 37th between Lee and Altamont is closed until further notice.

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Go Big Easter free celebration set for April 4 at Franklin Park

Go Big Easter free celebration set for April 4 at Franklin Park

 

Three local churches have joined together for a family friendly Easter celebration on Saturday April 4th at Franklin Park.


 

City Life Church, Rock of Ages Christian Fellowship, and Sozo Church have rented space at Franklin Park to host a Go Big Carnival and Egg Hunt. The free event will include free food, family friendly activities, and age specific egg hunts with thousands of Easter eggs. The majority of Eggs will be filled with the typical candy and toys, but some will contain prizes from local businesses.


 

Prizes will range from gift cards for free ice cream, local restaurants, and tickets to the arts, and an Apple TV.


 

"We have truly been blown away by the communities response in getting behind this event," said Mark Blair, lead pastor at Sozo Church. "For us, Easter is a celebration of Jesus giving His life for us, and so, as a church, we want to be like Him and give to our community."


 

Drivers advised to avoid 37th Avenue during evening commute due to damaged water main

Drivers advised to avoid 37th Avenue during evening commute due to damaged water main

 

Update: According to the City, water is out to more than a dozen homes in the area, and crews will continue their work tonight until water service is restored.

 

City officials are advising divers to avoid 37th Avenue Wednesday evening due to a damaged water transmission main.

 

A contractor working on rehabilitating the Garden Park water booster damaged a 6-inch water distribution main on 37th near Stone Street early Wednesday evening.

 

A section of 37th avenue has already been closed between Lee and Altamont for installation of a new water main as part of the booster station construction project, which includes a new building, pumps, and motors. 

 

The detour route remains through Crestline to Thurston to Regal.

 

The water from the break is now controlled, and crews are on the scene assessing the situation.

Chief's win lottery, will select first overall in 2015 draft

Chief's win lottery, will select first overall in 2015 draft

 

Things are looking good for the Spokane Chiefs in the upcoming 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. The team won the first overall selection at the draft lottery on Wednesday afternoon in Calgary. The Chiefs acquired this pick from the Blades in a January 2013 trade.

 

This will be the second time in franchise history the Chiefs have been chosen for a first overall pick. In 2006, they used their first pick to acquire defenseman Jared Cowen out of Allan, Sask. Cowen went on to become the ninth overall pick in the NHL draft. He was selected by the Ottawa Senators, and went on to become a team captain and important member of Spokane's 2008 Memorial Cup Championship team.

 

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2015 Spokane Gives Week kicks off with Cleaning from the Core on April 25

2015 Spokane Gives Week kicks off with Cleaning from the Core on April 25

 

The City of Spokane and the Downtown Spokane Partnership are looking for volunteers for the annual Cleaning From The Core (CFTC) event set for Saturday, April 25th. The event will kick off 2015's Spokane Gives Week, a community-wide initiative designed to encourage year-round volunteerism.

 

Every year, hundreds of volunteers spread across Downtown Spokane to clean streets, sweep sidewalks, remove trash, plant flowers, clean up graffiti and more. In 2014 over 400 CFTC volunteers helped remove 4,620 pounds of trash from the Downtown core. This year, the City is planning an even bigger cleanup effort with even more projects including the planting of 3,000 new tree seedlings along the Spokane River.  

 

Sweet 16 gear flies of Gonzaga shelves

Gonzaga Sweet Sixteen t-shirts that flew off the shelves by the hundreds from the Zag Shop Tuesday afternoon.

Paul Dowling is a dedicated fan of Gonzaga basketball and goes to as many games as he can.

"We spent all our money in Vegas and we weren't able to go to Seattle," Dowling said with a laugh as he picked up a Sweet Sixteen shirt, "so I heard they were making shirts and they were here, so I thought, 'I'm going to go get me a shirt.'"

On Tuesday Downling snagged one of the Zag Shop's Sweet Sixteen shirts, and he got here just in time.

"We had a group of about twenty, thirty people standing and waiting in line, waiting for them to arrive," said Zag Shop manager Ken Roughton. "They were nice, they allowed us to put them on the table, we just started [saying] 'what size do you want.'"

After about two hours, most of the t-shirts were gone. Roughton said the excitement surrounding the Zags is everywhere.

"It raises the awareness of Gonzaga out there," he explained. "It makes it more of a national brand a national name."

But nowhere are fans more excited about the Sweet Sixteen than here in Spokane.

Spokane receives funding for needy families, homeless

Spokane receives funding for needy families, homeless

 

Spokane's Community, Housing and Human Services (CHHS) Department has been awarded two grants totaling more than $3.5 million for programs and services that help Spokane's low-income and homeless individuals and families.

 

According to the City, the larger of the two grants comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD selected CHHS for funding in its Continuum of Care (CoC) program which is designed to promote community-wide initiatives to end homelessness. The funding amounts to approximately $3.5 million.