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Spokane recognizes certain businesses for excellent management of wastewater

Spokane recognizes certain businesses for excellent management of wastewater

 

On Thursday the City of Spokane recognized local businesses that have excelled in the management of wastewater generated as part of their processes.

 

"We want to recognize these businesses for being good stewards of the environment and helping the City operate its wastewater treatment system efficiently," said Rick Romero, the City's Utilities Division Director. "We appreciate all the work that has been invested in these efforts."

 

The recognized businesses achieved 100 percent compliance with requirements in their industrial wastewater discharge permits for 2014. Businesses are required to have such permits either because they produce a large volume of wastewater or because they discharge pollutants that can disrupt wastewater treatment processes.

 

These outstanding organizations include:

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WA Senate approves WSU med-school bill

WA Senate approves WSU med-school bill

 

In a resounding bipartisan vote on Wednesday, the Washington State Senate gave final approval to a bill paving the way for a new medical school in Spokane to be operated by Washington State University.

 

The Senate approved House Bill 1559 by a vote of 47-0. Gov. Jay Inslee has five days to act or it becomes law without his signature.

 

Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, sponsor of an identical bill that passed the Senate earlier this month said the measure heralds a new era of economic development for Spokane and will go a long way toward relieving a statewide shortage of physicians.

 

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

 

Looking to go explore some Washington State Parks, but don't yet have a Discover Pass? Well, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer two free days in April.

 

Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to any of Washington's State Parks on April 4th, a springtime free Saturday, and Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22nd.

 

Free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. 

 

A Discover Pass is still needed to access WDFW and DNR lands on State Park free days.

 

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.