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Why 2013 was actually the Year of the Cat

Why 2013 was actually the Year of the Cat

From WSU News:

The Chinese Year of the Snake ended in 2013, but judging by all the tail swishing it shaped up to be the Year of the Cat.


Consider what took place:

Illusionist attempts to break Houdini's record

Illusionist attempts to break Houdini's record

Illusionist Jay Owenhouse will attempt to become the fastest person to escape from a straightjacket while hanging upside down - a record of 90 seconds was set by Harry Houdini nearly one hundred years ago.

The event is happening at River Park Square on Saturday, September 21 at 2:00 p.m.

Mr. Owenhouse will bring his complete show to the INB Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 28 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Official News Release from Jay Owenhouse:

Even though Harry Houdini died 87 years ago! He still holds the World Record for the Fastest Escape  From A Straight Jacket While Hanging Upside Down! The Record-90 Seconds!

Saturday 9/21 River Square Mall at 2:00pm-World Renown Illusionist and Escape Artist- Jay Owenhouse  will attempt for the first time to break Harry Houdini’s Record of  90 Seconds –With A little added motivation!

It's Called -The Jaws Of Death.. 1200lbs. Of Steel and Razor Sharp Teeth! The 10 inch razor sharp teeth inside the jaws are strategically positioned to puncture every Vital Organ in the Human Body! 

World's largest grill returns to Spokane Valley

World's largest grill returns to Spokane Valley

This weekend, crowds at Valleyfest can check out The Big Taste Grill - an enormous touring grill that cooks 750 brats in an hour.

On Saturday, September 21, the grill will be in action from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The following day, Sunday, September 22, you can check out The Big Taste grill from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Valleyfest is held at Mirabeau Parkway in the Spokane Valley

Rest easy Priest Lake campers, there's no mountain lion on Bartoo Island

Rest easy Priest Lake campers, there's no mountain lion on Bartoo Island

News release from the Idaho Panhandle National Forests:

On Monday, August 12, 2013, campers on Bartoo Island reported hearing and seeing what appeared to be  a mountain lion to the US Forest Service.  Bartoo Island, located on the Priest Lake Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests (IPNF), is one of seven islands on Priest Lake. The island consists of USFS campgrounds and privately owned land.

To ensure public safety, personnel from the IPNF partnered with Idaho Department of Fish and Game and responded to the report. The agencies coordinated with the Priest Lake Sportsman’s Association and volunteers to search the island early on the morning of August 14. The group used hounds to search for the mountain lion, but did not find any evidence that one had been on the island.

Seven foot tooth brush promotes oral health in teens

Seven foot tooth brush promotes oral health in teens

If you routinely forget to brush your teeth a larger tooth brush might be the cure to your lacking oral health. A Kellogg High School senior created a seven foot tooth brush as part of a oral health education display contest.


Jacob Rasmussen's giant tooth brush was among other creative endevours by teens in Kootenai and Shoshone counties for the contest sponsored by Panhandle Health District. Students from Kellogg High, New Vision Alternative School, Kootenai Bridge Academy and Coeur d'Alene Charter school participated, winners were given prize packages donated by local businesses.


The seven foot tooth brush, will be displayed, along with other winners, at PHD teen dental parties. The dental parties provide dental screenings, fluoride varnish, dental sealants and vouchers for needed follow-up care. Last year, local dentists donated nearly $20,000 worth of follow-up care for low-income families.  

Leap of faith for four little geese

Spring is in the air in more ways than one. Yesterday morning four goslings took their first leap from the nest.


The gosling eggs were laid in the osprey nest at Memorial Field. The osprey cam caught the mother goose laying her first egg on March 19th. She then returned over multiple days until she had laid an entire clutch. The goslings hatched live on osprey cam on Monday, April 22nd.


Yesterday morning the little geese bravely followed their parents and made the 100 foot drop off the nesting landing. Unfortunately, as they made their way to water, they were attacked by another male goose and one little gosling didn't survive. It was, however, recovered and given a proper burial by a lady who lives near the field.


Spokane-Style Beer is Federally Approved

Spokane-Style Beer is Federally Approved

No-Li Brewhouse has been crafting beer in the Northwest since 1993. Their branding pays homage to their love of Spokane and the region. Now, No-Li has put Spokane on the map as a major force in the world of craft brews. Earlier this week No-Li announced that they have gotten federal approval for a new style of craft beer. Spokane-Style.


What makes a beer Spokane-Style? Well, first off it must be brewed and packaged in Spokane. But the origin of the beer goes beyond that. To be classified as Spokane-Style all the ingredients must come from within 300 miles of the city. Naturally, all of No-Li beers fall under the category of Spokane-Style.


No-Li attributes its close to home ingredients for driving its demand in other areas of the country. Whole Foods carries it in Washington D.C. and the largest liquor stores in Colorado have started selling the brand as well. No-Li is on tap both at Safeco Field and Century Link Field in Seattle.