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Spokane Valley Kiwanis Club focuses on community service throughout December

Spokane Valley Kiwanis Club focuses on community service throughout December

All December, the Spokane Valley Kiwanis Club spent their time searching for ways to help and support kids within the community.

 

The service club began their efforts by teaming up with with Modern Electric, and provided nearly $2,000 in donations to Baskets for Babies/Cribs for Kids. This allowed the organization to provide baby cribs for struggling mothers-to-be, who are unable to purchase them on their own.

 

On December 11th, The Spokane Valley Kiwanis helped the Central Valley Key Club make over 270 blankets for their annual blanket drive.

 

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New telephone scam targets Vera Water and Power costumers

New telephone scam targets Vera Water and Power costumers

Vera Water and Power said their costumers are the target for a new telephone scam regarding the payment of their bills.

 

The scam involves a telephone caller who claims to be a Vera Water and Power employee, and then uses a billing and collections scam to defraud costumers.

 

According to Vera Water and Power, a customer received a phone call on his business line, in which the caller identified himself as a Vera Water and Power employee. The scammer stated that the electric service to the customer’s business would be disconnected if he did not pay $2,000 to cover the cost of a GPS meter and his bill. The scammer then stated that the only method of payment is through a pay card which is purchased at a store.

 

The customer purchased pay cards, totaling $2,000, then called the scammer back, giving him the pay card digits. The scammer then told the customer his power would not be disconnected. The customer lost $2,000 to the scam.

 

Residents can still visit SNAP website for help with Energy Assistance

Residents can still visit SNAP website for help with Energy Assistance

SNAP still has many appointments available for Spokane County residents who need energy assistance.

 

Earlier this year, SNAP said residents across Spokane County were clamoring for help with energy bills as unseasonably cold weather descended upon the region in mid-autumn. The first series of SNAP Energy Assistance appointments opened in late September and were soon filled.

 

Now, with mild conditions defining the first phase of winter, SNAP has reported that the rush of residents seeking help has fallen off. SNAP opened its second round of Energy Assistance appointments on Tuesday, December 16th, but still has around 1,200 appointments available on the SNAP website as of December 19th.

 

City of Spokane Valley announces Christmas holiday hours

City of Spokane Valley announces Christmas holiday hours

City of Spokane Valley business offices will be closed in observance of the Christmas holiday as follows:

City business offices will be closed on Thursday, December 25 and Friday, December 26. Offices will reopen with regular hours on Monday, December 29.

The Spokane Valley University Transfer Station will be closed on Thursday, December 25, reopening with regular hours on Friday, December 26.

 

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Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS wants to warn pet owners of the hazards the holidays can bring to your four legged friends.


 

"Things that make the holidays a great time of year - cookies, presents, and a house full of company - can actually be hazards to our four-legged friends," said Nancy Hill, Regional Director of SCRAPS. "We advise pet owners to take a minute to make sure their house is pet friendly."


 

According to SCRAPS, here are a few holiday items that can be particularly harmful to pets:


 

  • Holiday Lighting and Candles

SCRAPS said these are especially dangerous to pets that like to chew. Electrical shock can occur when a pet chomps down on an electrical cord, causing tongue lacerations and possible death. SCRAPS suggests using LED candles instead of actual flames and place them into hard-to-reach places so that pets can not access them.


 

  • Gift Wrap Ribbon

Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce announce new Director of Membership

Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce announce new Director of Membership

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce announced the hiring of a new Director of Membership, Dusty Wetzler on Wednesday.  

 

"Dusty comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience only eclipsed by his abundant passion and enthusiasm for the Greater Spokane Valley that will serve our community well. We could not be more thrilled about the vision of this Chamber being fueled by his energy and authenticity," said Katherine Morgan, President and CEO.

 

Wetzler was raised in the northwest, graduated from Spokane Community College, and is also currently enrolled in Leadership Spokane. He spent nearly eight years in the banking industry, and the past few as an ambassador for the Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce.

 

“I have developed an incredible passion for the relationships, connections, people and community that the chamber represents,” Wetzler said. “I am ecstatic over the opportunity to serve my community and its citizens within this amazing organization."

 

Wetzler started December 16th in his new role representing the Chamber throughout the Greater Spokane Valley.

Sleepy driver crashes into Dishman Dodge

A driver in Spokane Valley crashed through the brick sign of Dishman Dodge, doing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to the sign and more than 20 vehicles parked in the lot.

The driver, who is 20, reportedly hit the sign at a high rate of speed, completely flattening it and causing approximately $50,000 to $60,000 in damage to the sign alone.

"It will be a mess. Take a while to clean up," Tom Maine with Dishman Dodge said.

The car lot was filled with shiny, beautiful, brand new cars Monday evening with the dealership closed. When it opened this morning the situation had changed dramatically.

?We did a count this morning and we have over 20 vehicles that have damage to them so it will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage by the time it all gets totaled up," Maine said.

Maine's morning started off with an unsettling text message telling there was an accident at the dealership.

?Thankfully the person that was driving wasn't injured severely so that's the most important thing. I mean we can work through the damage and stuff,? he said.