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North Idaho Day of Hope

North Idaho Day of Hope

National charity organization Convoy of Hope is hosting an event at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds next weekend to assist families with a wide variety of free services.

Saturday, September 6th starting at 10 am, all families are invited to day of hope and family fun, and to take advantage of the following:

  • Groceries
  • Flu Shots
  • Shoes
  • School Supplies
  • Haircuts
  • Health and Dental Services
  • Job and Career Services
  • Family Portraits

Free transportation to and from the Kootenai County Fairgrounds is being offered from select locations. You can get more information on those routes here.

The event will go on rain or shine while supplies last. Families are not required to show ID to enter.

Save big bucks in online auction

Save big bucks in online auction

KXLY Radio is partnering with businesses across the Inland Northwest to bring you an online auction that you won't want to miss.  Here are just a few of the deals you'll find on the Bid on Spokane website.

  • A McCulloch 27" Snow Blower, retail value $799, with a starting bid of $180
  • A $100 Blush Beauty Bar gift certificate with a starting bid of $20
  • A Flexsteel Sofa, retail price $2,190, with a starting bid of $440.

There are more than 50 items to bid on, including furniture, sporting goods, and family entertainment.  You can see pictures, descriptions, and bid on the items on bidonespokane.com.  

The auction closes on March 31st, so take advantage while you can!

FDA considering revamping food labels

FDA considering revamping food labels

For the first time in 20 years, nutrition labels on the food you buy could get a big makeover.

Many people have walked through the grocery store, picked up something, tried to read the label and been totally confused. The print is very small, the information not cut and dry. Now the FDA wants to make shopping easier by changing these labels.

"They can be misleading," dietitian Natalie Tauzin said.

But for the first time in two decades, a major makeover, with new labels make calorie count bigger and highlight added sugars.

"So it would spell out how much sugar was added to this versus what was naturally in the milk," Tauzin said.

Tauzin, who works for the Spokane Health District, pointed out the new labels to help consumers decide what to grab from the shelves during a visit to Bargain Giant Foods.

"So it's 38 grams of sugar in this but there is nothing that would be a naturally sugar in this that is inherently in water so it's all added sugar," Tauzin said.

Aside from the larger calorie count print and added sugars column, the new labels will try to reflect what we actually eat, not what's ideal or recommended.

Davenport Hotel honors veterans all year long

Davenport Hotel honors veterans all year long

Veterans Day has come and gone, but the Davenport Hotel Collection is honoring military families all year long with  "Hero's Rates."

Marketing Director Matt Jensen says the discounts vary based on the hotel and time of year, but can be as much as 14% off the best available rates on any given day.  Hero's Rates start as low as $109 on weekdays at the Hotel Lusso, and there are also special rates at the Historic Davenport Hotel and the Davenport Tower.

Hero's Rates are available to all active military and veterans.  More information is available at the Davenport Hotel Collection website

 

 

 

Pink limo helps women get screened in style

Pink limo helps women get screened in style

VIP Luxury Limousines won't open for another two and a half weeks, but the company is already getting involved in the community. During the last week of October, VIP drivers will be providing an extra incentive for North Idaho women to get screened for breast cancer by chauffeuring women to their appointments in a pink stretch Hummer limo.

 

“It's kind of cool to be able to help out the community,” said VIP Luxury Limousine owner Matt Nevarez. “Now we actually have something we can do.”

 

It's only been a couple of weeks since Nevarez decided to open a limousine service, and he was inspired to offer breast cancer screening rides when he saw the pink Hummer for sale. Nevarez opened Liberty Crude Oil, an oil transport service in Texas and Oklahoma, two years ago and has been looking for a more local business for a while. When he saw the pink limo for sale he knew he had found his next business venture.

 

Plane Pull for Special Olympics set for Saturday

Plane Pull for Special Olympics set for Saturday

A Plane Pull for Special Olympics is happening this weekend at Spokane International Airport.

On Saturday, September 21, teams of up to 20 will be competing against each other in "the ultimate battle of strength, stamina, and fun while pulling a 138,400 lbs. Boeing 727 aircraft 12 feet."

Everyone is invited to participate in the event with a pledge of $30.

Registration and check in will start at 10 a.m. and the first pull will be at 10:30 a.m.

Google names Sandpoint digital capital of Idaho

Google names Sandpoint digital capital of Idaho

Sandpoint has been named the digital capital of Idaho by Google. The annual eCity Awards look at ad and web traffic data to determine the digital capital of each state as part of Google's economic impact report.

 

The eCity Award recognizes the strongest online business community in each of the 50 states, and for Idaho, that was the destination town of Sandpoint. Google determines the eCities by looking at the ways that local businesses in those areas are using to web to connect with customers and contribute to their local economies.