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Firework sales blast off this weekend

Firework sales blast off this weekend

The Fourth of July is just a week away, and firework sales begin this weekend!

Washington State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy wants to remind residents to know the local laws before purchasing and discharging fireworks, and to make sure you are only using legal fireworks. This year, 937 licenses were issued for retail firework stands.

A fireworks ban has been in place in the unincorporated areas of Spokane County for 21 years, as well as Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney and Liberty Lake.

Fireworks are legal on private property in Airway Heights, Medical Lake and Deer Park.

Bottle rockets, missiles and firecrackers are illegal anywhere in Washington state.

In Coeur d'Alene, non-aerial fireworks are allowed on private property but not in public places like Tubbs Hill or City Park.

If you do find yourself in an area where fireworks are allowed, there are some guidelines you to keep in mind to make sure your family has a safe and fun Fourth.

Clothing drive benefits area foster children

Clothing drive benefits area foster children

There are more than 20,000 foster children living in the Northwest and Sleep County wants to help make life a little easier for those kids. Now through July, all area Sleep County locations are accepting clothing donations that will go straight to foster children in need of new clothes to call their own.

Union Gospel Mission celebrates new graduates of the Life Recovery program

Union Gospel Mission celebrates new graduates of the Life Recovery program

Tuesday night 25 people from the inland northwest graduated from the Union Gospel Mission's Life Recovery program. It's designed to break the homelessness cycle and dependence on drugs and alcohol.

"My life was empty, and hopeless and a mess, unmanageable," Chantell White said.

She was one of the 25 who made it through the program.

"I didn't realize that people cared," White said. "I didn't realize that I was forgiven, I didn't realize that I had a hope and a future."

She began her change two years ago. Before that she was an addict, in and out of jail and had her kids taken away from her.

"I remember Chantell coming into a class not only being broken, but not believing that anything would really change," program leader Joann Zajick said.

The two years she spent working on herself would not come easy. She left the program at one point, only to come back.

"I'm serious now," Zajick said, remembering what Chantell said. "I'm ready for what it's going to take for me to really change and from that you see this beautiful woman today."

Husband holds golf tournament to raise money for wife's lung transplant

Husband holds golf tournament to raise money for wife's lung transplant

A Spokane woman is fighting for her life, in need of a double lung transplant after battling cystic fibrosis for 30 years.

John Moriarty says his wife Gina is the love of his life, right up there with golf, and she's in need of some serious help.

"About a year ago Gina came down with a very severe case of pneumonia. She was in the hospital for two months and there was a lot of damage done to her lungs," John said.

Gina was diagnosed at age two and now at age 30 has just 15 percent lung capacity.

To help raise money for Gina's medical costs, John has changed the focus of his annual charity golf tournament "The Big Kahuna" to help his wife.

"It's a double shotgun start on July 12, four person teams. It's a scramble format, and its all for fun," said John.

The procedure will cost nearly $1 million and insurance is covering most of it, but there are still a lot of expenses they will be paying out of pocket.

"We have to actually move over to Seattle and live in transplant housing, and that's something that's not covered by insurance and it's roughly $3-4 thousand a month," said John.

Volunteers still needed for Hoopfest

Volunteers still needed for Hoopfest

Hoopfest is just two weeks away, and the world’s largest three on three basketball tournament is still in need of volunteers! It takes over 3,000 volunteers to make the weekend of hoops and fun happen.


Interested in volunteering? Here are the areas and shifts that Hoopfest still needs volunteers for:

Hundreds gather in Spokane Valley to remember life of Ryan Holyk

Hundreds gather in Spokane Valley to remember life of Ryan Holyk

Hundreds gathered at a candlelight vigil Thursday night to remember the life of 15-year-old Ryan Holyk.

Ryan was on is bike in a cross walk when he was struck by a sheriff deputy's patrol car May 23 as the deputy raced to call. He was taken off life support Wednesday afternoon.

Friends and loved ones gathered at the intersection of Sprague and Vista where that accident happened, sharing stories and recalling memories of a young man who was full of life.

"Some months he would just come up with random words and they would be his favorite words," said his friend Riley Baldwin. "Not too long ago his favorite word was llama."

Ryan's family announced on a Facebook support page that they would be donating his organ's in the hopes of providing a miracle for another family in need. Friends say that's exactly what he would have wanted.

"He helped somebody else, that's what he does, that's what he did," said friend Danielle Bennett. "Hearing all these stories from all the kids, that's all he did."

Ryan's family was not at the vigil. They said on Facebook they weren't ready yet, but appreciated the support.

Liberty Lake honors fallen Fairchild captain with new training circuit at Pavilion Park

Liberty Lake honors fallen Fairchild captain with new training circuit at Pavilion Park

Liberty Lake honored servicemen and women this Memorial Day by dedicating a new workout station in the middle of Pavilion Park.

The Fallen Heroes Circuit Course was built in honor of Captain Victoria Pinckney, stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base and one of three airmen killed last year during a refueling mission over Kyrgyzstan.

Captain Pinckney's mother, Michelle Castro, was on hand Monday for the touching ceremony.

"It kinda gives meaning to working out and what we have in this beautiful country," said Amy O'Connell of the Fallen Heroes Circuit Course Committee. "To go and get some good exercise and teach our children about it. And what better way than a park that everyone goes to every day?"

Liberty Lake plans to honor all branches of the military with five circuit courses spread across a five mile jogging trail.