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Man proposes to girlfriend after Bloomsday

Man proposes to girlfriend after Bloomsday

Tom Curalli defines what it means to be a Bloomie.

"Today is a big day, it's my 35th Bloomsday," said Curalli.

Curalli said he would never miss a Bloomsday. He loves how the race brings the community and families together. The theme of togetherness inspired him to make this day about the most important person in his life.

"I'm going to propose to my girlfriend at the finish line in front of a lot of a lot of people," said Curalli.

Curalli has prepared for the big day since February. He chose not to share the plan with anyone, and the anticipation was starting to get the best of him.

"I'm pretty excited, a little nervous, had a bit of trouble sleeping last night,"said Curalli.

The couple have been dating for about a year, but have been close friends for nearly six.

Deadline for guaranteed Hoopfest entry Monday

Deadline for guaranteed Hoopfest entry Monday

If you want to one of the over 7,000 teams hitting the court for Hoopfest this year, you better register now. The registration deadline for guaranteed entry is Monday, May 5th.

Guaranteed registration for Hoopfest ends at midnight on May 5th. After that, teams will be accepted on a space available basis.

Kootenai County Sheriff offering home security checks

Kootenai County Sheriff offering home security checks

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is offering free home security checks to property owners hoping to avoid a break-in.

One of the best ways to keep your place from getting burglarized is to not telegraph that you're not home. Uncollected mail and newspapers for example set out a welcome mat for thieves.

"It's telling an individual there's nobody at home, especially if you drive by at night, eight o'clock in the morning, three o'clock in the afternoon the light's still on," Gary Shults with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office said. "You want to make it as tough as you can on them so they decide it's not worth it and move on."

Shults tours homes looking for weaknesses in its security and offers suggestions on how to shore it up to deter thieves.

He also suggests making your home look and sound occupied, even when you're not home, which can keep burglars away in the first place. Timers, for example, can turn on lights radios and televisions to keep the crooks guessing.

"Now they're hearing noise in here, the lights are coming on and generally they're not going to take a chance on something like that," he said.

Lime prices causing consumers to pucker up

Lime prices causing consumers to pucker up

Lime, the little fruit that causes some to pucker, is causing that same reaction when consumers look at the price lately.

"The price of limes has been crazy," Casa De Oro owner Enrique Torres said.

Torres owns Casa De Oro in North Spokane. He said he's squeezing out hundreds of dollars each week on limes to keep the restaurant running.

"You can't go to a Mexican restaurant and order a margarita or beer without the lime," he said.

Torres just put in a $150 order Tuesday for a case of 140 limes.

"Like four months ago they were $20 a case," Torres said.

It's going to be an expensive week for the restaurant, with their annual Cinco de Mayo celebration coming up on Saturday. Torres said they'll need up to six cases of limes for Cinco de Mayo alone.

"It's going to be $700 for the limes," he said.

At grocery stores, customers are seeing the same thing. Limes that usually only cost a couple dimes are now pushing a dollar. Some stores haven't even had them because of the shortage.

FDA proposes e-cigarette regulations

FDA proposes e-cigarette regulations

Electronic cigarette shops are popping up all over the Inland Northwest and the product they're selling is largely unregulated but that may soon change as the FDA proposed new regulations on e-cigarettes Thursday morning.

The regulations would include:

  • No sales to minors.(Already banned in Spokane)

  • No more free samples in the stores.

  • There must be warning labels saying the product contains nicotine and is addictive.

  • The liquid must be tested and approved.

The owner of Lilac City Vapor E-Cigarettes, Brad Bellinger, agrees with those regulations.

"The accuracy of what's on the label can come into question. So if the FDA has oversight ... that's probably a good thing," Bellinger said.

People like Karin Lucas swear e-cigarettes are safer than ones filled with tobacco. Her entire family switched over.

"I see the difference everyday in my husband and my son. They're more active, they breath better, they sleep better," Lucas said.

Idaho named 4th nerdiest state in country

Idaho named 4th nerdiest state in country

Idaho has been named the fourth nerdiest state by Estately, a national real estate search site.

The website used Facebook user data to compile its list titled “The Nerdiest States in America”. They looked at which states had the highest percentage of  these topics listed in their interests: