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Quirky museum goes up for auction

Quirky museum goes up for auction

It's the end of the line for Carr's "One of a kind in the world" Museum, one of Spokane's more quirky attractions that you may have never heard of.

The museum closed its doors after owner Marvin Carr passed away last year and, this weekend, all of the unique treasures from his museum are being auctioned off.

This Saturday is your chance to get your hands on some truly unique items like an alligator-sized warship or an actual alligator. Just about anything you can imagine -- and a few things you likely can't -- will be put on the auction block.

"Everything had a story and for Marvin that was part of the museum and just be able to tell that story and get that across to people how important some of these items were," Carr's close friend Jeff Owens said.

"Wonderful man, huge heart, and we hated to see him go. He was wonderful," Owens said in describing Carr.

Owens is an auctioneer and, naturally, the best person to find new homes for all of Marvin's worldly possessions, including a Tanzanian sculpture made from one solid piece of ebony.

Avista warns of new scam targeting customers

Avista warns of new scam targeting customers

From Avista Utilities:

We want to make sure you know about the latest national scam involving electric utility customers. Phishers, those who try to acquire your confidential information by posing as a trustworthy entity, are currently impersonating two different companies by sending electronic bills to customers of other utilities.


Spokane could see job growth with 777x production

Spokane could see job growth with 777x production

When Boeing machinists voted in favor of a new contract, it meant keeping production of the 777x airliner in Washington, but it also meant a boost in job growth and the economy of the Spokane area.

At present there are more than 100 manufacturing companies in the Inland Northwest that supply airplane parts, with some of them supplying Boeing exclusively. This new contract could potentially double some of their businesses.

ATC Manufacturing crafts brackets. Thermoplastic composite brackets to be exact, and most of them go to Boeing, which help direct wiring and hydraulic lines in airplanes.

Dan Jorgenson, president of ATC Manufacturing, said the production of the 777x line will grow his business by 25 to 50 percent, and he plans to hire 30 to 60 more employees by the end of the decade, which will more than double his staff.

"You're looking at a 30-year airplane program. We do a good job and continue to be right on the cutting edge of materials and processes, we should be able to ride that wave all the way through the life of the airplane," Jorgenson said.

Growers worried about Washington pot supply

Growers worried about Washington pot supply

Colorado could be running out of marijuana and growers worry Washington could be next. Our state plans to have legal pot shops up and running by late spring, and seeing what's going on in Colorado could prove eye-opening for Washington.

The mad marijuana rush in Colorado appears to be dwindling, along with supply. Some shops are capping the amount of cannabis customers can buy to make sure they don't run out.

"I expected to have some business, but I didn't expect it to be that big," one shop owner said.

In Colorado, many of the shops are former medical marijuana dispensaries and allowed to sell the weed they already had. In Washington, that won't be allowed. Everything has to be grown after licenses are handed out in late February.

Growers like Sean Green says our state won't have that advantage, and thinks Washington could sell out faster.

"We can add more lights, add more plants, but ultimately there's going to be a shortage," Green said.

It takes at least three months to plant, grow, and process the cannabis before it can be sold. Once growers run out, the cycle starts over.

Mild winter creates problems for snow plow owners

Mild winter creates problems for snow plow owners

While some people are rejoicing over Spokane's mild winter, others are hoping Mother Nature will lend them a hand.

Companies that rely on the snow are just barely scraping by.

"I've been doing it for 23 years, and this is probably the second driest I remember," said Bob Landaker, General Manager of Four Seasons Landscaping.

In the winter, Four Seasons relies on snow plowing and ice melt to keep business afloat. But the lack of snow flat out hurts their bottom line.

"It's less money in the company's pocket as well as the employee, so it affects both sides of it," Landaker said.

In a typical winter, Landaker says his plows would have already been out about six to seven times. But this winter the plows have only been out once. That's about an 80 percent drop from last year.

In November, Spokane picked up about three inches snow. The average for that month is seven.

December was even worse, with Spokane seeing less than four inches. The normal amount is nearly 15.

This winter is the third driest on record for Spokane.

Landaker hopes late nights and snowy roads are in his future.

No-Li named among best winter brews

No-Li named among best winter brews

No-Li Brewhouse has rendered the national spotlight once again. The Lifestyle section of FoxNews.com has named the brewery’s seasonal Winter Warmer as one of the best winter beers available in the country.

Decorate a virtual sweater for Toys for Tots

Decorate a virtual sweater for Toys for Tots

Avista has a fun and easy way for you to give back this holiday season. For every virtual Christmas sweater designed on their website, Avista will donate $1 to Toys for Tots up to $10,000.

So far 2,610 sweaters have been generated. The fun online craft only takes a few minutes to put together and can be as personal or goofy as you’d like. You can either upload your own photo or choose from fun characters like a snowman or bear. From there you pick your sweater and start decorating!