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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.

 

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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.

 

Rogers High basketball team inspires school, community

Despite their loss against Lakeside High School Saturday, the Rogers High School basketball team had an incredible season. Not only inspiring their school, but an entire community.

Their success this season is no thanks to luck! It's their heart, drive, and teamwork that makes them winners.

Off the court, the Rogers boys basketball team has shown the community they are done playing defense. Defense against those who question what their capable of, because on the court they have shown it.

"We're no different than any other school," said Rogers Head Coach, Joel Soter. "Our players are no different than any other player in any other school."

It's been well over a decade since their last successful season. Now, regional champs, they're exceeding expectations, and silencing critics.

"These players have worked so hard for this," Soter said. "They've wanted this, they've expected this and to see it happen and to see their success and all of their hard work payoff has been great."

It's their hard work that continues to inspire the community.

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Gonzaga students participate in last "Tent City" of the season

At game time, the Kennel Club has become synonymous with Gonzaga basketball, but their dedication actually begins the day before.

"Students sleep in tents overnight to save their seats for the game that's the next day," said student Marta Tonoc.

No matter the weather, the die-hard fans band together.

"It's just a big hangout," said student Carrie Diedrich. "We just all hangout, and like, people have music, food... we share food."

Before a game in January, certain students were caught drinking in their tents.

"There were just some things that happened and I think it got a little bit rowdy," said Kennel Club President Sarah Wendland. "People got very excited for the game."

She and the Kennel Club Board began working with the university to institute some changes to "Tent City."

Gonzaga students were in danger of losing a favorite basketball tradition after the event got out of hand. Fortunately, students worked with faculty to keep "Tent City" alive.

"We just really wanted to make sure that he have a safe environment for students to be able to be a part of," said Wendland.

Warehouse to be demolished Monday to make way for teaching clinic

Warehouse to be demolished Monday to make way for teaching clinic

 

Crews will demolish a large portion of the former Peirone warehouse on the southeast edge of the Washington State University Spokane campus beginning 7:00 a.m. Monday, March 2nd. The structure will be leveled to make way for the new University district Health Clinic (UDHC), a project of the Spokane Teaching Health Consortium.

 

The location of the demolition is east of the WSU Bookie store at 410 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. Once the Peirone building is down, crew members will cut up the metal and other portions of the structure to prepare for hauling it away.

 

The warehouse is the largest of the two buildings at the site. Together they make up 36,000 square feet. The smaller building will remain standing for now and be demolished at a later date.

 

Route takes small detour of 37th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 14

Route takes small detour of 37th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 14

 

Spokane's St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place for the 37th consecutive year on Saturday, March 14th. However, this year's parade route will take a slight detour due to construction.

 

Because of the construction on the Davenport Grand Hotel along Spokane Falls Blvd, the parade will travel directly south on Washington to Main. In year's past, the route continued along Main and would then turn north on Howard.

 

To make up for the route it will miss due to the detour, the 2015 course will wind its way back to Spokane Falls, then west to Howard, South to main to Wall, and then back to Spokane Falls and finish on Post.

 

The good new is the change will not shorten the parade route. The parade will kick off on Saturday, March 14 promptly at noon.

 

Parade organizers said the event that started with a collection of cement mixers, beer trucks, and other entries now features nearly 150 entries from across the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene area and the surrounding region.