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Spokane special effects expert helps debunk Bigfoot hoax

It's a story that's gone viral with Spokane connections. A Texas man claimed he shot and killed Bigfoot, and has driven the body around the country charging people $10 to see it. A Spokane man is refuting those claims, because he built the Bigfoot prop the man is using.

"Step right up...they are going to see Bigfoot, and I am going to tell you it is a real Bigfoot," Rick Dyer told KSAT-TV in San Antonio outside of his trailer supposedly holding the beast in January.

Rick Dyer has claimed he shot and killed Bigfoot for a year and a half. In January, he was offering the public a chance to see the body for themselves.

"Come in and take a peak and listen to my story and see my evidence first-hand and you can make up your own mind," Dyer said.

According to multiple media reports, Dyer admitted last week the Bigfoot body was fake. Now, for the first time, Spokane artist Chris Russell can talk about it.

"I gave him what he asked for. He called and paid for it, and we put it on the board and did it, we made his body," Russell said.

Jury selection begins in Gerlach manslaughter trial

Jury selection begins in Gerlach manslaughter trial

Jury selection began Monday for one of Spokane's most hotly debated shootings as Gail Gerlach stands trial for manslaughter.

Gerlach has admitted shooting a convicted car thief who was stealing an SUV out of Gerlach's driveway when Gerlach opened fire.

Prospective jurors are being quizzed about their gun ownership and both the trial judge and attorneys are learning that a lot of Spokane County residents own guns and have concealed weapons permits.

Prospective jurors are also being asked if they've ever belonged to the NRA.

Judge Annette Plese summoned 100 Spokane County residents to Superior Court Monday morning and after they were sworn to tell the truth about their qualifications as prospective jurors the court told the group about what type of questions they'd be answering.

"The questions are not being asked to invade your privacy but to select a fair and impartial jury," Judge Plese told the prospective jurors.

Latah Creek wine wins Best in Class recognition

Latah Creek wine wins Best in Class recognition

Local winery, Latah Creek, took top honors last month at the Savor Northwest Wine Competition. The Spokane favorite came home with two gold medals and a best in class recognition.

The Savor Northwest Wine Competition brought together wineries from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia for a professionally managed competition at the end of February. A judging panel score the wines in a controlled environment and award them gold, silver, and bronze medals based on their scores.

Washington deadline to remove studded tires

Washington deadline to remove studded tires

Monday is the deadline for drivers to remove studded tires.

Drivers with studded tires after Monday could get a $124 ticket.

The Transportation Department wants studded tires off the road because they cause highway ruts and damage bridge decks.

Local charity needs help winning $25K Charity Challenge

Local charity needs help winning $25K Charity Challenge

Family Promise of Spokane has been serving homeless families for 17 years, and now, with a huge opportunity on the line, they need your vote. The non-profit has been selected as a regional finalist for the Windermere Foundation’s Charity Challenge, and for Family Promise the $25,000 prize would be nothing short of a miracle.

“This is a huge opportunity for us,” said Family Promise Executive Director Steve Allen. “A game changer.”

Report shows high rate of tobacco sales to WA minors

Report shows high rate of tobacco sales to WA minors

The number of retailers in Washington that illegally sell tobacco to minors is high for the second year in a row. An annual report that tracks illegal sales shows about 15% of tobacco retailers sold tobacco to minors in 2013, which is about the same as it was in 2012. As recently as 2009, the rate was much lower, at about 9%.

Tech companies landing in Spokane Valley

Is Spokane County the Silicon Valley of the north? Maybe not, but many tech companies are starting to expand to the area.

The company Egnyte just opened its first non-Californian office in Spokane Valley in February.

Senior Director of Customer Success Antoine Valentone says our area was too good to pass up.

"Resources are scarce in the Bay Area and they're looking to branch out to other places and I see again because of the uniqueness of the situation with the four universities here, all in one place, that other organizations will see that opportunity and try to seize it," Valentone said.

There's nearly 70,000 college students and potential employees in eastern Washington.

Austin Garner is a West Valley High School grad and proud WSU Coug alum. He's now a regional manager.

"It's relieving to know I don't have to leave the comfort of Washington state and seek out great opportunities in California which is extremely expensive," Garner said.