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Local Pony league baseball champs head to California

Local Pony league baseball champs head to California

A plucky group of 10-year-old boys are preparing to hop on a plane and head down to California to represent Washington as the regional Pony League Baseball champions!

All 11 kids have been involved with Spokane Indians Youth Baseball who united the Pony, Baby Ruth and Spokane Youth Sports Association leagues under one umbrella. After the regular season was over, try-outs were held for the all-star team and just a few weeks later the hard hitters swept the Mustang Northwest Regional Championship, winning all 11 games.

Since then, they've been working hard at Albertsons grocery stores around Spokane, asking for donations to help them make the trip to Anaheim.

“The money will help pay for their hotel room,” said Stephanie Erickson, the mother of one of the players. “The Pony organization books flights, which the parents pay half of, and this will help cover expenses like hotel rooms, food and other incidentals. We have a couple of families driving down with equipment to save on expenses like checking bat bags.”

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.