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Bicycle camp helps disabled children lose the training wheels

For most kids, learning to ride a two wheel bike is right of passage, but for children with disabilities it's a landmark that is often not reached. One Spokane mom is working to change that and has brought a national bike riding program for kids with special needs to our city.


The program is called iCan Shine and it's all about teaching children with disabilities that they can indeed master difficult tasks, even one as difficult as riding a bike without training wheels. Casey Traver has been trying to get her 13-year-old daughter into the Seattle camp for several years.


“It's something others take advantage of,” explains Traver. Her daughter has Down syndrome and hasn't quite been able to master a bicycle. All her daughter wants is to be able to ride with her twin brother who has been participating in SpokeFest for the last couple of years.


Hundreds hold vigil for teen drowning victim

Hundreds hold vigil for teen drowning victim

They all gathered on the field of Central Valley High School to honor the 18-year-old who friends identified as Jansen Badinger.

According to students he was known as "Mr. Spirit" at school. Friends say he was an amazing person who would go to every sporting event he could to cheer on his classmates.

They also say he was a leader and would show up to school early to greet students as they walked to class.

"He was just an amazing person in every way you could think of, and I truly miss him, I wish I could have seen him one last time," said Austin Ola, a friend of Badinger's since sixth grade.

A number of teachers and administrators also attended the vigil.

Suspect arrested in string of early morning burglaries

Suspect arrested in string of early morning burglaries

Jason Jones was arrested for a string of home burglaries around 2:45 Tuesday morning after breaking into two homes in the 17600 block of East Alki Road.

In fact, while police were en-route he began breaking into another home on Olive Lane where he was eventually arrested.

At one of the homes Jones, 28, broke into the homeowner and her fiance were asleep in their bedroom, realized someone was in their home and armed themselves.

"My fiance grabbed his gun, I grabbed my phone, I called 9-1-1 and said somebody has just entered our home. We are armed, he is in the kitchen," Celestia Leos said.

Leos then asked the 9-1-1 operator what to do next.

"If he comes into our bedroom what option do we have. She said if he comes into your bedroom you do have the right to protect yourself," Leos recalled

Leos and her fiance were hoping it wouldn't come to that but it didn't. Deputies arrived shortly after and scared him away, but he didn't leave empty handed.

SCSO needs help identifying woman in credit card theft case

SCSO needs help identifying woman in credit card theft case

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying a woman who may have information about a theft and possible credit card fraud incident.


A female victim in her 70s reported that her wallet with credit cards was stolen from her shopping cart while she was at a Spokane Valley Rosauers. Surveillance video from the May 27th incident shows a woman in a pink jacket and glasses standing near the victim's shopping cart.


The woman appears to have been with a man wearing a blue and white coat and a white baseball hat. Sheriff's Deputies think she arrived in a newer model Honda Civic. Anyone with information on this incident or the identity of the woman in the pink jacket is asked to call Deputy Jason Karnitz at (509) 477-3293 or contact the SCSO by email at sheriff@spokanecounty.org

Health District seeks public help with trail map design

Health District seeks public help with trail map design

The Spokane Regional Health District is asking for the public's opinion regarding updates to a walking and hiking trail map. Residents are being asked to take quick online survey after taking a peek at a mock up of the map.


The trail map covers sites all over the county including Riverside State Park, the Centennial Trail, the Medical Lake Loop, the Manito and Cannon Hill park area and the Indian Painted Rocks to name a few. The survey only takes a couple of minutes and asks questions regarding knowledge of the trails and usefulness of the map.


SRHD staff is asking for public comment to make sure that the map is appeal, useful and clear. To take a look at the map and to fill out the survey click HERE.

SCRAPS hiring for up to 25 new positions

SCRAPS hiring for up to 25 new positions

In anticipation of adding Spokane to their service area, the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service is holding a recruitment fair. SCRAPS will need to staff up to 25 positions at the new Regional Center.

The Recruitment Fair will be Wednesday, July 24th, form 5:30pm- 6:30pm at 6815 E. Trent. SCRAPS and Spokane County Human Resources representatives will be there to talk about the organization, the application process and available positions.

Available positions include:

Animal protection officer (up to six openings). These positions are out in the field, responding to citizen complaints, investigating animal cruelty/neglect reports and educating the public on a variety of animal related issues. Applications are currently being accepted. Application process closes August 9, 2013 at 4:30 pm.

Fun and learning combine at West Valley Outdoor Learning Center

Summer break is in full swing and for the kids who are looking for some fun, the West Valley Outdoor Learning Center is one spot where they can find cool stuff to do.

The center is a facility for kids from pre-kindergarten all the way to college that gives people the chance to learn about the ecosystems of Eastern Washington. While there are plenty of exhibits to interact with, there's also a raptor sanctuary for birds that have been injured.

"Most of them have wing injuries and so they can't be released into the wild. Willie has the eye injury and so since they use their eyes to hunt and they would not survive in the wild," Kelsey Stewart said.

Willie is a barn owl and one of several birds that call the sanctuary home. For the safety of the animals and visitors most of the time guests aren't allowed to handle the birds but that doesn't mean you won't have fun, and learn a lot.

"Kids of all ages ? they come here and they learn hands-on science so it takes them out of the classroom and gives them a new perspective on what they are already learning," Stewart said.