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Spokane Valley traffic obstructions

Spokane Valley traffic obstructions

Here’s a list of upcoming traffic obstructions in Spokane Valley.

Mirabeau Parkway between Pinecroft and Mansfield - Expect 2- to 3-minute closures of the southbound lane Mondays through Thursdays from 6:30am to 5:00pm for utility work until Thursday, April 24.

Man killed after crashing car into tree in Spokane Valley

Man killed after crashing car into tree in Spokane Valley

One person is dead after crashing their car into a tree in Spokane Valley.

The crash happened early Friday morning in the 1700 block of South Bowdish Road.

Residents in the area told police they heard an engine rev loudly.

Police say the car then spun out of control and crashed into a tree. Most of the damage was to driver's side.

The driver was a man in his 30's. He has not yet been identified.

It is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor.

SCRAPS testing dogs for adoptability

SCRAPS testing dogs for adoptability

Very little background information is known on most of the animals SCRAPS takes in however, through a series of tests they are able to identify a dog's strengths and weaknesses to determine if the dog is adoptable.

"We're going to look at three things to help us determine if a dog is safe to adopt out into a new home," said Nancy Hill of SCRAPS.

The shelter considers information received by intake from the person turning the dog in.

"Was the dog doing something bad and that's why people or an officer brought it in here? Was it a really nice dog that's just lost," said Hill.

After the dog is at the shelter for a minimum of 24 hours, they take a safe assessment test. The safe assessment is a national test used by shelters throughout the United States.

"We're going to put the dog into different situations and evaluate the dog's reaction," Hill said.

The test ranges from anything like a simple touch to a squeeze to a fake hand being placed in and near the dog's food bowl while they are eating. The dog is ranked in each area on a scale system from one to five.

New owner cleans up coffee stand's tainted reputation

New owner cleans up coffee stand's tainted reputation

Starting up your own business is never easy but it could be twice as hard if customers thought the coffee stand 509 Grind's new owners are the same people who played on the community's equality sympathies be perpetuating a self-serving hoax to turn a bigger profit.

The stand, formerly known as the "Coffee Break" made national news after it appeared someone had painted anti-Asian graffiti in the parking lot and even tried to burn down the stand. Fire investigators later said it turned out to be a self serving hoax.

The graffiti appeared the morning after Martin Luther King Day and read "Go back to China." The former owners were Korean, and the incident was initially repored as a possibly hate crime.

When it appeared someone was trying to run the owners -- the Na sisters -- out of business because of their ethnic origin, first time customers went out of their way to patronize them. They used their dollars and cents to say the Spokane area won't tolerate racism.

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Thousands enrolled for insurance through Washington, Idaho health exchanges

Thousands enrolled for insurance through Washington, Idaho health exchanges

President Obama announced Thursday eight million people have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, while enrollment numbers in Washington and Idaho have been relatively high so far,

According to Washington's insurance commissioner, 146,000 people signed up for private insurance in the first six months. In Idaho, 44,000 people signed up, making the Gem State second in the nation per capita. So why has it been so successful in our two states? Washington and Idaho created their own state-run exchanges, while many states didn't and rely on the federal government.

Washington and Idaho have their own online marketplaces for families to shop for insurance and, despite some challenges like website issues, they've proven to be effective in enrolling people for health care.

Deanna Davis with Better Health Together said sign-up numbers in eastern Washington were higher than expected.

"We did triple enrollments than what we projected to do in our 14 country region," Davis said.

Photoboxx looks to plug into Instagram market

Photoboxx looks to plug into Instagram market

200 million people worldwide have heard of Instagram, the picture sharing social media app that boasts more than 20 billion photos shared using its software. Now a local company called Photoboxx is looking to tap into that global market.

Here's how Photoboxx works: Say you're planning an event, a guest at the event can snap a picture on Instagram using a specific hashtag and then, about a minute later, the picture prints out on a photobox. Your guest gets to keep the print and you have endless possibilities for marketing not only your event, but your brand.

Owners Michael Fisk and Devon Lind spent about a year, and plenty of their own money starting Photoboxx and the concept behind it is pretty simple.

"At an event people are already taking photos. They are taking pictures with their camera but there is no real incentive for them to use that company or the brand for that event's hashtag," Fish said.

Photoboxx gives them an incentive as the people taking pictures get to keep their Polaroid-like print. But the business side of Photoboxx is maybe the best part

SpokeFest has grant available to promote bicycle education

SpokeFest has grant available to promote bicycle education

Bicycle enthusiasts will participate in the 7th annual SpokeFest in September, but the non-profit has more to offer than the one day event. SpokeFest has a grant available for schools or other nonprofits to use for bicycle education.

“We really just want to get the word out that it’s available,” said Anna Bresnahan, Marketing Chair for SpokeFest.