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Spokane Symphony Musicians approve new contract

Spokane Symphony Musicians approve new contract

The Spokane Symphony Society announced Tuesday that the musicians of the Orchestra and the Board of Trustees have unanimously approved and ratified a new two-year labor agreement.

“This new agreement recognizes the dedication and talent of our musicians, and it demonstrates our commitment to them. We understand that their artistry is an important asset that enriches the vitality of our region, enhancing our city's reputation as an attractive place to live and work,” said Executive Director Brenda Nienhouse. “This spirit of partnership and joint problem-solving as we move forward together has the Symphony poised for great things as we launch our 2014-15 Super-Sonic Season and plan for the future.”

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September is National Disaster Preparedness month

September is National Disaster Preparedness month

Disaster can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross encourages everyone to take the first step during National Preparedness Month and create a disaster plan for their household that can keep people safe in an emergency.

“Having an emergency plan is an important step so everyone in the household knows what they should do if something happens,” said Martha Reed, Regional Disaster Program Officer. “We believe people should mark National Preparedness Month by creating or updating their plan.”

As we recently saw throughout central and eastern Washington, flash floods and severe weather can strike quickly, leaving residents with only moments to evacuate in some cases. Every second counts during a disaster so the best time to prepare is before one hits.

The Spokane Regional Health District is also participating in National Preparedness Month with a different, but important message every week. They'll be providing resources online and on social media to assist families with the following themes:

Public comment needed on Mt. Spokane State Park expansion

Public comment needed on Mt. Spokane State Park expansion

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is inviting the public to comment on two proposals for Mount Spokane State Park.

The following are combined under one draft environmental impact statement which considers the potential impact of:

  • The expansion of Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard park, adding one ski lift and seven ski trails in a 279-acre area.
  • A formal land classification and reclassification of a portion of the state park known as the Potential Alpine Ski Expansion Area (PASEA).

The deadline for comments is September 15.

You can find more information on the proposals, the draft environmental impact statement documents and a link to submit your comments here.

Bicyclist killed in Spokane Valley hit and run

Bicyclist killed in Spokane Valley hit and run

Spokane Valley Police are investigating an early morning fatal hit-and-run.

The incident happened on the overpass at Park and Cataldo above I-90 around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say a vehicle hit a man in his 40's on a bicycle then drove away.

Police are looking for the suspect vehicle, though they have little information to go off of.

Anyone who may have seen something is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

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Working 4 you: Americans working more than 40-hour weeks

Working 4 you: Americans working more than 40-hour weeks

For many Tuesday means back to work after the Labor Day weekend. But for many full-time employees, they may still be clocking in close to 40 hours this week.

A new study suggests most full-time employees are logging more than 40 hours per week. Gallup's annual Work in Education Survey shows that many people could be working a full workday longer each week.

Some experts believe the reason for this is some people might be more resourceful, while for others, it may be part of their pay structure.

Employees paid by the hour are sometimes restricted in the amount of time they can spend on the job because of limits on overtime. That's typically not an issue for salaried employees, so they are more likely to log more hours at the office.

Gallup's survey found about half of the adults it surveyed say they work 47 hours a week, on average. Nearly one in ten say they work even more, at least 50 hours a week. And 18 percent they work 60 hours a week or more.

So, if you're a full-time employee but actually work less than 40 hours a week, you're in the eight percent minority.

American Heart Association needs you!

American Heart Association needs you!

The realization that heart desease runs through your family tree is something that can't be ignored. I now have to share that info and the dangers with my kids and those around me. 

Those around me are all of you! I have a way to share my story but thousands won't here me. The National Heart Association and the Spokane Chapter are reaching the rest hopefully. 

Research, outreach and teaching all take funds and they need our donation. Please click here to donate or join our team for the walk coming September 13th at 9am. 

Clock Tower meadow with the Walk/5k Run (a Bloomsday qualifier) starts at 10am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Splashdown happy with the summer heat

Splashdown happy with the summer heat

Temperatures may be below average now, but the last two months have brought record breaking heat to Spokane. While you may have been ready for a cool down several weeks ago some businesses were grateful for the heatwave.

"Hot summers are imperative," Melissa Kellogg, owner of Splashdown Water Park, said.

It's pretty simple, the hotter the day, the more people there are looking for ways to cool down.

"It feels better in the cold water when it's hot out," Grace Kellogg said.

With the hottest July and August on record for Spokane, Splashdown has been packed all summer, though, even on the hottest days, the park still has some competition.

"We went to Silverwood, we were at the lake fishing or at the pool, any way to stay cool," Amanda Short said.

Despite the competition Splashdown still had above average attendance this summer.

"When it's cool, people still come but it's just so much more vibrant and fun when there are a lot of people around," Melissa Kellogg said.