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The Bickett Building to give downtown a boost

The Bickett Building to give downtown a boost

From the outside, The Bickett looks like many buildings outside – old, brick and in need of a little TLC. On the inside, however, developer Jed Conklin and his band of construction workers have transformed the one-time hotel (and rumored brothel) into a streamlined work of art.

Standing at the bannister of the second floor, Conklin says they had a lot of work ahead of them when they first walked in.

“The entire building was open and full of pigeons,” he said. “The droppings were ankle deep in places, and the rain was pouring in.”

Amazingly, Conklin was able to salvage the original floors, now scraped clean and polished to a smooth finish without even a creak to give away its century of history. The original floor plans are still visible in the wood, outlining the four single-occupancy rooms that now make up each apartment.

“We wanted to save as much as we could,” Conklin explained. “Even the shelves are made of recycled lumber from somewhere else in the building.”

Family Carnival fundraiser to welcome home returning soldiers

Family Carnival fundraiser to welcome home returning soldiers

You can enjoy the sun this weekend and support local troops at the same time with a Family Carnival in the Spokane Valley.

Penny Horst is a military spouse and group coordinator for family readiness, working with the families of soldiers on deployment to keep them updated on their loved ones status and eventual return date.

She says the next group of soldiers coming home are from across the inland northwest, and all stationed at the Hayden Army Reserve Station in north Idaho. She's organizing Saturday's carnival to help cover their welcome home party.

“We want to make sure family members aren't responsible for the costs,” Horst said.

The carnival is being held at the Combat Vet Riders clubhouse in the Spokane Valley from 11 am to 4 pm, and the riders are donating their time and services to help pull of the afternoon of fun.

 

Family Carnival

Saturday, July 12

Alaskan Brewing hosts Spokane scavenger hunt

Alaskan Brewing hosts Spokane scavenger hunt

The Alaskan Gold Rush is coming to Spokane! But don't head for the river just yet – this gold rush requires a little more patience.

Organized by Fast Eddies owner Matt Goodwin and Alaskan Brewing, the Gold Rush is a six-week scavenger hunt spanning bars across the city, where each clue leads you closer to the grand prize: a gold nugget worth $2,000.

“They're hiding it today because it's kicking off tomorrow,” Goodwin said. Everyone, even the bar employees are eligible to win because it's someone from the brewery who's hiding the prize. “They won't even tell me where it's hidden.”

Every Friday for the next six weeks, bars will offer a deal on Alaskan Brewing products and post a sign with that week's number to text. Each text message delivers a clue, more specific than the last until the final week.

YWCA Spokane looking for Women of Achievement nominations

YWCA Spokane looking for Women of Achievement nominations

The YWCA of Spokane is accepting nominations for their annual Woman of Achievement celebration.

From their website:

The YWCA has honored women in our community for the past 32 years. These women embody the mission of the YWCA by giving generously of themselves to make Spokane a better place for all of its citizens to live. They demonstrate leadership through their professional work or service to the community in one or more of the following categories:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Business and Industry
  • Community Enhancement
  • Education
  • Science, Technology and Environment

 

A panel of judges will select the recipients of each award, to be honored at the Women of Achievement Luncheon in October.

Tickets on sale for Grandstand entertainment at Spokane County Interstate Fair

Tickets on sale for Grandstand entertainment at Spokane County Interstate Fair

Tickets are on sale now for all 10 days of Grandstand entertainment at this year's Spokane County Interstate Fair. The fair runs September 5th through the 14th. Tickets can be purchased online at TicketsWest.com, over the phone at 1-800-325-SEAT, or in person at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center.

 

 

Friday, September 5 – PRCA Rodeo, Tough Enough to Wear Pink at 7:00 pm

  • $5 General Admission
  • $8 Reserved Seats

 

Saturday, September 6 – PRCA Rodeo, 7:00 pm

  • $5 General Admission
  • $8 Reserved Seats

 

Sunday, September 7 – Doo Wah Riders Concert, 4:00 pm

  • Free concert included with fair admission

 

Crossfit Rewired honors local fallen soldier with workout

Crossfit Rewired honors local fallen soldier with workout

“If you have been given this letter, this means that I did not make it through deployment.” That sentence began the final goodbye from 20-year-old PFC Jarrod Allen Lallier to his family shortly after he was killed in action two years ago.

“Express my story with everyone, and hopefully I can somehow change someone's life,” he ended. And that's exactly what happened Thursday at Crossfit Rewired in north Spokane. Everyone who walked through the doors heard Jarrod's story, including his final words, before participating in a customized hero workout – each number of reps or timed set linked to Jarrod.

“The numbers six, 18 and 12 represent the date he was killed in Afghanistan – June 18, 2012. Twenty is how old his was, which is [the time] for the L-sit hold,” said gym owner and lead coach Adam Ludlow. “And as far as the movements go in this workout, he kind of loved and hated all the running and there's definitely a lot of core work because, according to his family, he was kind of bragging about the six-pack he was getting since joining the Army. We wanted to honor him with that.”