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Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS wants to warn pet owners of the hazards the holidays can bring to your four legged friends.


 

"Things that make the holidays a great time of year - cookies, presents, and a house full of company - can actually be hazards to our four-legged friends," said Nancy Hill, Regional Director of SCRAPS. "We advise pet owners to take a minute to make sure their house is pet friendly."


 

According to SCRAPS, here are a few holiday items that can be particularly harmful to pets:


 

  • Holiday Lighting and Candles

SCRAPS said these are especially dangerous to pets that like to chew. Electrical shock can occur when a pet chomps down on an electrical cord, causing tongue lacerations and possible death. SCRAPS suggests using LED candles instead of actual flames and place them into hard-to-reach places so that pets can not access them.


 

  • Gift Wrap Ribbon

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The Christmas Light House will brighten N. Idaho Dec. 15-22

The Christmas Light House will brighten N. Idaho Dec. 15-22

 

People in Hayden, Idaho can enjoy some Christmas cheer by visiting The Christmas Light House, located on 1473 W. Cardinal Ave., now through December 22. The free event promises Christmas lights, carolers, treats, and pictures with Santa each night.

 

According to event coordinator, Jeremy Morris, decorations have been going up on this house since September. Morris also said a live camel, named Dolly, will be present this at the event Thursday through Saturday.

 

Additionally, each night at the 7:45 p.m., candles and Christmas song books will be distributed for community-wide candlelight caroling.

 

The event will run each night from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Visitors are asked to park their vehicles at North Star Baptist Church parking lot at 8415 Ramsey Rd. Hayden, Idaho 83835

 

Flu vaccine still effective, and available in N. Idaho

Flu vaccine still effective, and available in N. Idaho

Panhandle Health District and Kootenai Health are urging northern Idaho residents to get their flu shots.

 

Last season, the CDC estimated around 35 million Americans got the flu — 1 out of every 9 people. Of those, over 50,000 died. This season is predicted to be more severe, likely affecting millions more.

 

“It is still too early to know exactly how many people will be affected by the flu this year,” said Walt Fairfax, M.D., Kootenai Health’s chief medical officer. “But what we do know is that flu vaccinations have prevented millions of illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths across the country.”

 

According to the Panhandle Health District, there is false information going around that because of a mutated strain of H3N2 influenza circulating, the flu vaccine is no longer effective. Regardless of the strain, Dr. Fairfax said the flu vaccine is still the single best protection.

 

Lookout Pass Ski Area ready to reopen this weekend

Lookout Pass Ski Area ready to reopen this weekend

Lookout Pass announced they are ready to reopen for the weekend subject to the forecast of snow Friday night through Saturday morning.

 

Lookout said they had weathered the warm up temps, and just need a little snow to be ready to go for the weekend.

 

Chairs 1 and 4 are set to open, and the majority of the front side of the mountain are set to operate. Reduced ticket rates will be in effect. Adult tickets will cost $28, Juniors and seniors $20, and Children 6 and under will ski for free.

 

Lookout Pass recommends checking the snow report after 5:30 p.m. PST before heading up to the mountain on Saturday.

 

The snow report can be found here.

 

 

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Spokane Arts seeks artists to develop memorial honoring fallen heroes

Spokane Arts seeks artists to develop memorial honoring fallen heroes

Spokane Arts Fund, in partnership with the Gold Star Families, the City of Spokane, and the Spokane Public Facilities District seeks an artist, or artist team residing in Washington and Idaho, to develop a memorial honoring fallen heroes that have served post- 9/11.

 

The memorial will be sited on the south side of the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The selected artist or artist team will work with Spokane Arts Fund, The Spokane Public Facilities District staff, and the representatives from the Gold Star Families from design through construction of the project. During the design phase, representatives from the Gold Star Families will heavily inform the process.

 

The artist will work with Spokane Arts Fund, the Gold Star Families and the Spokane Public Facilities District to develop a permanent public art memorial for the Spokane Arena. The desired artistic approach will create a sculptural plaza that suggests a place where people will gather for a variety of observances and events. The artwork should represent and be inclusive of all Armed Services with particular attention to post 9/11 fallen heroes.

Idaho PTECH Network commits to national push for college opportunity

Idaho PTECH Network commits to national push for college opportunity
The Idaho PTECH Network was invited last week to attend a White House College Opportunity Summit, among 300 of the most promising efforts recognized nationally to support more college opportunities for students. The December 4th Summit focused on building strong K-12 and community college partnerships, and other collaborative efforts designed to improve college persistence and completion, especially among lower income students. “I was honored to represent Idaho at this Summit that offered insightful discussion among our county’s leading education, business and nonprofit leaders,” said Alan Millar, Idaho PTECH Network Executive Director.

4-year-old Idaho boy writes heartwarming letter to the Grinch

4-year-old Idaho boy writes heartwarming letter to the Grinch

Four-year-old Jacob was enjoying the Journey to the North Pole Holiday Lake Cruise in Coeur d'Alene Monday night with his family, that is, until the Grinch showed up.

According to Jacob's mother, Jodi Mogavero, Jacob is one of Santa's biggest fans.

“Every time Jacob sees Santa, he jumps up and yells, 'Santa, it's me, Jacob!',” Mogavero said.

Being the Santa supporter he is, Jacob became angry at the Grinch's naughty antics toward St. Nicholas during the cruise. In fact, the Grinch got him so worked up, he decided to write a letter to Santa right then and there. In his letter, Jacob told Santa that he should beat up the Grinch... and that he wanted a dancing Olaf toy for Christmas.

Mogavero said she helped Jacob put the letter in Santa's mailbox, and the family went on their way.