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Man struck by lightning inside South Hill home

A South Hill man is lucky to be alive after experiencing what he said was a lightning strike Friday morning.

"There was a flash and I felt something come through my arm and come out my other finger and saw a bright flash of light by the outlet,? Chadron Hazelbaker said.

The 39 year old said he had just woke up and remembered his laptop needed to be charged. Hazelbaker recalls going to the outlet by the master bedroom window and felt the energy go through when he picked up the cord.

"I knew the path that it went through,? He said. ?I could feel that something had gone in a straight line in my body."

Only a mark on his elbow and a break in the vinyl window where he thinks the lightning entered remains from the incident. His wife, Staci was still laying in bed when she witnessed her husband jerk back.

?I actually saw the lightning come out of his finger, which was impressive," Staci said.

Her next action was to go to Facebook and tell her friends about what happened. It wasn't long after that she realized the severity of the incident.

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Avista hosting fall energy fairs

Avista hosting fall energy fairs

Avista is hosting a free energy fair to help homeowners manage their home energy bills, including demonstrations and free energy-saving materials to help keep homes comfortable and safe for the winter ahead.

It will be held Tuesday, August 26 from 3 pm until 6 pm at the Avista Pavilion in Coeur d'Alene's McEuen Park. People who attend the Avista Energy Fair will find the following benefits:

Demonstrations of how to install energy efficiency materials like rope caulk, window plastic and v-seal. Then receive free samples of these and other materials to install at home.

Complimentary food and beverages, door prizes and activities for the kids.

Speak with Avista staff and learn about low-cost and no-cost energy effiency tips.

Workshop on protecting your home from wildfires

Workshop on protecting your home from wildfires

The Washington Department of Natural Resources is co-hosting a seminar on August 26 to teach homeowners about protecting their homes from wildfires by creating defensible spaces. The use of appropriate building materials, tree management and landscaping practices may reduce the risk of fire damage to your property, especially if you live near a rural or natural area.

The workshop will be held Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 5720 S. Perry St. in Spokane.

The event is open to anyone interested. Registration is $10 and will be taken at the door. For more information contact:

Steve McConnell

WSU-Spokane County Extension

222 N. Havana St

Spokane, WA 99202

Phone: (509) 477-2175

Email: steven.mcconnell@wsu.edu  

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Meals on Wheels fundraiser this weekend

Meals on Wheels fundraiser this weekend

For the sixth year in a row, Meals on Wheels Spokane is hosting their annual fundraiser this Saturday in Millwood.

From 8 am until 3 pm, Millwood shuts down Dalton Street for food, festivities and fun benefiting Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels Spokane provides nutritional and social interaction for local seniors and their downtown location and for those who are homebound. They serve 500 meals daily and more than 116,000 each year.

Check out the schedule of events, you're sure to find something for everyone:

Washington state parks free to visit Monday

Washington state parks free to visit Monday

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission wants the public to know that Monday, August 25 is a state parks “free day,” Visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks.

The free day is in honor of the birthday of the National Park Service, which was established on August 25, 1916.

State free days are part of the legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual of $10 one-day permit required on lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife. The Discover Pass legislation provided that state parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required. The pass is still required to access lands managed by DNR and Fish and Wildlife.

The free days apply only to day use, and not to overnight stays or rental facilities.

The next free days coming up on September 27 for National Public Lands Day and November 11 for Veterans Day.

Red Cross receives $200k donation for mudslide, wildfire relief

Red Cross receives $200k donation for mudslide, wildfire relief

The Washington chapter of the American Red Cross is $200,000 richer thanks to the generosity of Pizza Hut franchisee Emerald City Pizza.

Emerald City Pizza donated a percentage of its sales from 108 local restaurants to come up with the money which was presented at the Darrington community center Tuesday afternoon.

The money is specifically earmarked for mudslide recovery and wildfire relief efforts.