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Canines vs Cancer

Canines vs Cancer

Do you love your pet pooch? Here’s the perfect family fun event that benefits two worthy causes. Canines vs. Cancer is an annual fund raising event, which focuses on our canine companions and also raises funds for the American Childhood Cancer Organization of the Inland NW and our local animal shelters. The event is FREE and should be of interest to all members of any pet loving family.

Mark your calendar for Saturday July 19th, from 10 am – 3 pm at the Greyhound Park Event Center, just off I-90 in Post Falls. 5K run/walk begins at 9 am, please register at: caninesvscancer.org.

Canines vs Cancer hopes to bring awareness about the needs of children fighting cancer in our community. Plus, the event will honor canines of all types - from family pets to therapy dogs and working dogs.

Family Carnival fundraiser to welcome home returning soldiers

Family Carnival fundraiser to welcome home returning soldiers

You can enjoy the sun this weekend and support local troops at the same time with a Family Carnival in the Spokane Valley.

Penny Horst is a military spouse and group coordinator for family readiness, working with the families of soldiers on deployment to keep them updated on their loved ones status and eventual return date.

She says the next group of soldiers coming home are from across the inland northwest, and all stationed at the Hayden Army Reserve Station in north Idaho. She's organizing Saturday's carnival to help cover their welcome home party.

“We want to make sure family members aren't responsible for the costs,” Horst said.

The carnival is being held at the Combat Vet Riders clubhouse in the Spokane Valley from 11 am to 4 pm, and the riders are donating their time and services to help pull of the afternoon of fun.

 

Family Carnival

Saturday, July 12

North Idaho seniors honored by White House for volunteer work

North Idaho seniors honored by White House for volunteer work

In the back corner of a north Idaho diner, a small but important group of people were quietly honored for their work. You may have seen them behind the counter at your local animal shelter or food bank, filing papers at the hospital or helping tutor students. They're the everyday heroes who help out through the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program, or RSVP.

RSVP was founded in 1965 and later placed under the umbrella of Senior Corps by Congress in 1973. “Congress wanted to harness the experience and extraordinary work ethic of seniors who, at the time, were retiring at the age of 55,” said RSVP Director Bob Small. “So by starting this program they were able to tap into that wealth of knowledge and experience and get seniors to start helping by tutoring, working in food banks and virtually all non-profit agencies in our community.”

Kootenai County Sheriff promoting child safety

Kootenai County Sheriff promoting child safety

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Section will be at the Silverlake Mall in Coeur d'Alene this Friday, July 11 to help promote child safety.

As part of their “ID-A-KID” program, deputies will be on hand from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm to fingerprint and photograph your child or children. All the information will be given back to the parents for safe keeping – none will be kept by the Sheriff's Office.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office says fingerprints and a current photo van be vital tools for law enforcement if a child ever goes missing.

There is no charge for the event or ID kits.

Hiring event draws 20 employers to Post Falls Wednesday

Hiring event draws 20 employers to Post Falls Wednesday

A heads up for anyone on the hunt for a job – 20 employers are participating in a hiring event Wednesday at the Idaho Department of Labor's office in Kootenai County.

The event runs from 10 am to noon at the office on 600 N. Thornton St. in Post Falls. Job seekers are encouraged to bring their resumes and be prepared for interviews.

You can find interview tips and other information here.

Companies participating in the event are:

Fourth of July Festival in Coeur d'Alene

Fourth of July Festival in Coeur d'Alene

Fourth of July festivities in Coeur d'Alene kick off in less than 24 hours, with all-day fun for kids and kids at heart.

The 4th of July Festival presented by Numerica begins at 10:00 am with vendors, live music and activities lasting all day at City Park and the Band Shell.

The American Heroes Parade starts at 11:00 am, so make sure you get there early to claim your favorite spot along Sherman. The parade begins at Sherman Ave and finishes at Government Way just outside the Coeur d'Alene Resort.

And make sure you don't miss North Idaho's largest fireworks display downtown over Lake Coeur d'Alene. The show starts at dusk and can be seen for miles along the lake shore.

And while you're down there, keep an eye out for the roller derby girls! They'll be collecting donations all day for the pyrotechnics. The city says they're about $10,000 short on this year's show, so make sure to show your appreciation by dropping a couple bucks in the bucket.

Burn ban on DNR forestland east of Cascades starts July 1

Burn ban on DNR forestland east of Cascades starts July 1

Another warning in the face of the upcoming Fourth of July weekend – the Washington State Department of Natural Resources has placed a burn ban on all DNR-protected land east of the Cascades.

Starting July 1 and running until September 30, the burn ban applies to all forestland under DNR fire protection.

“The seasonally dry weather creates a greater risk for wildfires,” said Commission of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “A burn ban helps to prevent them and protects forests, habitat and property.”

So far this year DNR has already had 172 wildfire starts, which have burned approximately 779 acres across the state.

The ban applies to all outdoor burning on DNR forestland with two exceptions:

Recreational fires in approved fire pits

Gas or propane stoves and barbecue grills

Fireworks and incendiary devices like exploding targets, sky lanterns or tracer ammunition are also illegal.