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Hoopfest selects Santangelo as next director

Hoopfest selects Santangelo as next director

Sources close to KXLY confirm former Gonzaga Bulldogs standout Matt Santangelo, who helped lead the Zags on their 'Cinderella story' Elite Eight run in 1999, has been tapped to take over as executive director for Hoopfest.

Hoopfest officials would not confirm Santangelo's hiring, but did confirm a formal announcement will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

"The new Executive Director has a passion for basketball. He is looking forward to leading Spokane Hoopfest Association programs and will work closely with Rick Steltenpohl and the seasoned staff through Hoopfest 25 to ensure a successful transition," said Spokane Hoopfest Co-Founder Rick Betts in a media release.

Santangelo, 36, was a junior guard on Dan Monson's 1999 squad that earned a berth to the NCAA tourney that tore through the competition, making it all the way to the Elite Eight where they fell to the eventual tourney champions from Connecticut.

Bloomsday a race of wits for Corporate Cup teams

Bloomsday a race of wits for Corporate Cup teams

For Bloomsday Corporate Cup teams, winning the footrace includes more than just crossing the finish line first. For the 350 teams competing for this year’s Corporate Cup title , Bloomsday is as much a road race as it is a race of wits.


Bloomsday has announced 23 finalists for this year’s top team names. Here’s more on the Corporate Cup team name race from Bloomsday:

Logan neighborhood going after McDonald's over new franchise design

Logan neighborhood going after McDonald's over new franchise design

Some residents in the Logan neighborhood aren't happy with a new McDonald's franchise being built just north of the Hamilton - Mission intersection that will be a drive-thru only restaurant.

Residents aren't opposed to McDonalds, just the chain's design concept for the new franchise, so now the Logan Neighborhood Council wants the chain to alter their construction plans for the restaurant, slated to open in June.

"It would be hugely disappointing if they didn't work with us to redesign it," Karen Byrd with the Logan Neighborhood Council said.

The chief concern is that the franchise is not pedestrian friendly. Byrd said the plan doesn't work well with the neighborhood's vision.

"There is a walk up window on the back side, pedestrians would have to walk up two driveways to reach a pedestrian walk-up window," Byrd explained.

Byrd said the current plan will also add more traffic to residential streets.

Spokane City Councilmember Amber Waldref also expressed concerns about the design, asking the fast food chain to change their franchise design plans.

City recognizes businesses for wastewater management

City recognizes businesses for wastewater management

From the City of Spokane:


The City of Spokane today is recognizing businesses that have excelled in the management of wastewater generated as part of their processes.

 

Report shows high rate of tobacco sales to WA minors

Report shows high rate of tobacco sales to WA minors

The number of retailers in Washington that illegally sell tobacco to minors is high for the second year in a row. An annual report that tracks illegal sales shows about 15% of tobacco retailers sold tobacco to minors in 2013, which is about the same as it was in 2012. As recently as 2009, the rate was much lower, at about 9%.

Meals on Wheels Spokane receives $35K grant

Meals on Wheels Spokane receives $35K grant

From Meals on Wheels Spokane:


Meals on Wheels Spokane is proud to announce it has received a $35,000 grant from the Meals On Wheels Association of America on behalf of Subaru of America, Inc. for its participation in the company’s sixth annual “Share the Love” event.

New home construction continuing to rise across Spokane County

New home construction continuing to rise across Spokane County

Building permits in Spokane County are on the rise again after taking a big hit early in the recession, another sign the regional economy is slowly improving.

According to the Spokane Homebuilders Association, the area hit a low point in 2011 with only 664 permits issued for new home construction. That number climbed to 874 in 2012 and topped 1,100 last year.

From Kendall Yards to Liberty Lake, things seem to be looking up for Spokane County.

"Over the last couple of years there's been a really exciting time for this market let alone River District," Jeremy Nichols with Greenstone Corporation said.

Nichols handles River District developments in Liberty Lake and has experienced the housing market rollercoaster firsthand.

"Statistically over the last couple of years we have tripled our sales in the last two years. In 2011 we sold 17 homes, 2013 we handed off 48 keys to homeowners," he said.

This year alone they are going to build another 35 homes in the River District and hundreds more between Spokane and Kootenai County.

"We just plotted 225 more lots heading north towards the river," Nichols said.