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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.

Triple Play employee wins award at international amusement park expo in Orlando, FL

Triple Play employee wins award at international amusement park expo in Orlando, FL

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (lAAPA) recently awarded Triple Play Family Fun Park employee, Cody Chambers, with the 2014 'Spirit Award' at the annual attractions expo held in Orlando, Florida. There were approximately 30,500 attendees from over 40 countries represented.

The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards are the most prestigious awards within the attractions industry worldwide. The program was designed to build on the high quality and excellence that the "Brass Ring" has already come to signify.

"The Spirit Award recognizes those who bring something extra, a smile, a team spirit and a positive attitude that never fades. If you ask any team leader they will tell you how important it is to have a person who keeps everyone motivated and working together," said Ryan Stana, CEO and Founder at BWS & Associates.

Chambers was in the top three selected out of nearly 100 entries and did not know she won until they announced it at the Brass Ring Awards Ceremony. She received a beautiful crystal plaque and a $500.00 check.

A bed for AJ

A bed for AJ

After two years of mostly sleeping in his wheelchair, Anthony “AJ” Cada, a 21-year-old Rathdrum resident, is just $1,350 away from a new bed. However, the remaining balance must be met by Friday, November 23.

Cada suffered a spinal cord injury in a diving accident in Lake Coeur d'Alene in 2011. It left him paralyzed from the chest down.

The adjustable bed Cada hopes to get was recommended by his doctor. While a non-paralyzed person is able to move around during their hours of sleep, people with paralysis are unable to make these adjustments. Staying in one position for hours at a time can lead to complications like pressure sores. This new bed will provide Cada with the appropriate comfort and flexibility he needs to make adjustments for himself.

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

When you hear vegan, what's the first thing that pops into your head? It's probably not “sexy,” but that's what PETA is trying to change with their current competition for Sexiest Vegan over 50. The field has been narrowed down to just 14 men and women from around the US and one of them is from right here in Spokane.

Atania Gilmore is marking her two-year anniversary as a vegan this month. She's a runner and says it was another runner's book that encouraged her to make the change for what she calls selfish reasons.

“As a runner you're always looking for an edge,” she said.

Gilmore says it was “Eat and Run,” a book written by ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek that inspired her. In the book, Jurek explains that his record setting speeds to his vegan diet.

“I'm a turtle when I run,” said Gilmore. “I wanted to be faster so I thought it was worth a try.” So she decided to give it a try for the 30 days leading up to Thanksgiving and see if it made a difference.

Leavenworth one of the most affordable for leaf peeping this fall

Leavenworth one of the most affordable for leaf peeping this fall

If you're looking for a fall getaway without breaking the bank, vacation specialists at TripAdvisor have named Leavenworth one of the top spots in the country to take in some colorful sights.

According to TripAdvisor, 83 percent of those surveyed plan to take a leisure trip this fall, with 31 percent planning to travel for the joy of viewing fall foliage. To help travelers plan, TripIndex compared the cost of a weekend getaway for two in 15 of the most popular leaf-peeping destinations in the US, including the combined average cost of a two-night stay in a bed and breakfast, a full tank of gas, apple picking and a meal at a restaurant.

Leavenworth came in at an affordable $476.89, but you'd better make your reservations now before the winter flakes start to fall.

Bread Tie Challenge to raise awareness of depression/mental illness

Bread Tie Challenge to raise awareness of depression/mental illness

Two Central Washington Seniors are launching a campaign this fall to honor the memory of the teen who made their best friend duo into a trio.

Three years ago this October, Josh Martin took his own life. It was a complete surprise to everyone who knew him.

“There were no signs or anything,” said Donnie Santos. “He was going to be a shortstop for the Spokane Falls baseball team. We had everything going for us. We think he was afraid to come out and ask for help.”

That fear is what Donnie Santos and Dean Neilson are trying to get rid of with the Bread Tie Challenge.

It was Martin's father Joe who came up with the campaign to memorialize his son, then handed it off to Donnie and Dean to run.

The Bread Tie Challenge draws its inspiration from the Ice Bucket Challenge, an easy and visible way to show that your life has been impacted by someone struggling with mental illness or depression, and that you support ending the stigma of shame and weakness that can be associated with it.