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Spokane man rides 500 miles to thank firefighters who saved his life

Spokane man rides 500 miles to thank firefighters who saved his life

We first told you about Chris Desborough last May as he prepared to ride his bike from Seattle to Spokane to raise money for the hospital that saved his life. This year, Desborough is riding to Canada and back to thank to firefighters that got him to the hospital just in time.

 

On June 1st, 2010, Desborough collapsed at home just three hours after undergoing an operation on his wrist. His heart stopped. It wasn't a heart attack though, Desborough says “it just turned off like a light switch.”

 

Desborough woke up in the hospital four days later sporting a brand new pace maker. Last year, two years after his heart stopped, he completed a bike ride from Seattle to Spokane to raise money for Sacred Heart Hospital to thank the nurses and doctors who saved his life.

 

Kindergartners learn about community service one bear at a time

Kindergartners learn about community service one bear at a time

Kindergarten students from Chester Elementary made a trip to the Build-A-Bear Workshop in the Spokane Valley Mall this morning. Instead of taking their new fluffy friends home, they donated them to children staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

 

The excursion was made possible by an Eastern Washington Community Outreach Program Grant. The COP Grants are given for up to $1,500 to cover the cost of service projects that build relationships between students, schools and the community at large. This is the fourth time that kindergarten teacher Denise Kennedy has applied for and been given a COP Grant.

 

Spokane Valley dedicates first gateway sign

Spokane Valley dedicates first gateway sign

Spokane Valley May Tom Towey and the City Council dedicated the city's first gateway sign this morning in a ceremony on the northwest corner of Thierman Rd. and Appleway Blvd. The sign was built as part of the city's Ten Year Anniversary celebrations. 

The sign not only welcomes people to Spokane Valley, but also distinguishes the city to drivers as they exit I-90. It is made of lighted steel and wood and has the City of Spokane Valley logo on it. The project was originally budgeted to cost $120,000 but it was completed for $72,000.

"This sign not only serves as a welcome but also as a heritage of Spokane Valley...it gives them a glimpse of what we're all about," said Mayor Towey during the dedication. Towey's first thought when he saw they sign was community pride and he is grateful that community members selected a design that shows the city well.

This City of Spokane is hosting 10 year anniversary celebration events throughout the year including a "This is Spokane Valley" video and photo contest as well as monthly community recognition awards in which honorees are given a key to the city. 

Girl Scouts asking for support during Idaho Gives

Girl Scouts asking for support during Idaho Gives

Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho is hoping the region will jump on board and donate during the first ever Idaho Gives campaign.

 

Idaho Gives is a 24 hour giving campaign sponsored by the Idaho Nonprofit Center. The event gives donors the opportunity to give to any of the 531 participating non profits across Idaho. For every $10 donation made groups will be entered to win a Golden Ticket prize. The more donors that GSEWNI gets, the more chances they have to win prize money.

 

Groups have also been divided by size into three separate scoreboards. Each scoreboard carries an additional $5,000 worth of prize money that will be divided between the top five money raisers at the end of the day. Idaho Gives also features an Everybody Wins Award, this award takes a general pool of money and divides it by the percentage if the total raised. For example, if Girl Scouts raises one percent of the total for the entire campaign, then they receive one percent of the Everybody Wins Award.

Local Stars Serve Dinner to Benefit Homeless

Local Stars Serve Dinner to Benefit Homeless

Sports stars and local T.V. personalities will be serving dinner at the HuHot Mongolian Grill tonight to support Blessings Under the Bridge.

 

Jessica Kovac and her husband Mike started serving brown bag meals to the area's homeless in 2007. Since then it has grown into a weekly meal service and non-profit. Their brown bags include sandwiches and home made baked goods, as well fruit and toiletries. Each recipient is offered a bottle of water and coffee or cocoa.

 

“Blessings Under the Bridge has just boomed so much,” says Kovac, adding that she and her husband never expected their weekly ministry to become a non-profit. BUTB estimates that it takes only $12.00 to provide brown bags for ten homeless.

 

Take a Wild Walk in the Park

Take a Wild Walk in the Park

 

Spokane's Walk in the Wild Zoo may have closed 16 years ago, but visitors to Mirabeau Point Park in Spokane Valley can still take a wild walk down memory lane.

 

The Inland Empire Zoological Society opened the Walk in the Wild Zoo to the public in early 1974. Annual attendance peaked in early 1990's with 100,000 annual visitors. The zoo closed at the end of 1995 due to finical issues following some particular hard winters and the high cost of feed. The animals went to other zoos or private owners.

 

The walking trail around the park is the same trail from when animals occupied the area. The Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation Department provides a trail map that shows where animal habitats were once located in relation to the current set up of the park. Mirabeau Springs was once home the Bengal Tigers, Lilly and Kasey. The lions called the rocks near the YMCA home.