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New round of Washington charter proposals begins

Organizations that want to open a charter school in Washington state have until the end of the day on Friday to turn in a form that says they plan to apply to the statewide charter commission.

As of Thursday afternoon, five letters of intent had been posted on the state's charter school website, including some from organizations that had applied during the last round but weren't approved.

The next deadline in the process will be July 15, when formal applications to open a charter school are due. After public forums, interviews and other evaluations, The Charter School Commission plans to vote in October on which schools will be given tentative approval to open.

Construction worker recovering after shooting in Spokane Valley

Construction worker recovering after shooting in Spokane Valley

A construction worker is recovering after a shooting in the Spokane Valley Thursday afternoon.

Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a construction site near the intersection of Adams and Cataldo to find a man who had been struck in the back while operating some machinery.

Based on the angle of the shot, officers were able to focus on one home straight across from the site.

"One of our deputies actually was able to see inside the shop, see a gun safe and see a firearm leaning up against the safe, which obviously lead us to focus our attention on that residence," said Deputy Craig Chamberlin.

A man at that home was detained but not arrested. Investigators are looking into what he may have used to fire the shot, and whether or not it was an intentional attack. Investigators are also waiting on test results to find out what kind of projectile was fired to decide what charges the man could face.

"If it's a rifle or a .22 or something similar to that obviously it's gong to be a felony charge. Possibly first degree assault, second degree assault," Deputy Chamberlin said.

Pot retailers preparing to open as supply concerns persist

Pot retailers preparing to open as supply concerns persist

As the countdown continues until the first legal marijuana shops open around July 1 the question remains will there be enough supply to meet demand.

At one retail shop being set up on North Division Street they're working toward opening their doors on July 1.

"There's definitely a lot more hoops to jump through and a lot more red tape to cut through than the typical store front," Justin Wilson said.

For Wilson it's been a wild ride to just get to this point.

"Location is difficult, with the 1,000-foot buffer, our landlord of course had to be persuaded into this new market obviously its new to a lot of people," he said.

Wilson has been focused on things like shop design and, most importantly, security.

"Each of those has to be covered properly, so again, about 16 cameras and they want 45 days storage so it's a pretty lengthy, pretty big DVR to hold all that," he said.

But when the day comes when he can open many are concerned if there will be enough supply to meet demand. In Colorado, after marijuana was legalized in that state, demand was so high, stores quickly ran out.

Quadski makes debut on Lake Coeur d'Alene

Quadski makes debut on Lake Coeur d'Alene

The quadski: It's a toy straight out of a James Bond film, a four wheel ATV you drive right into the water as it converts into a jet ski.

Gibbs Amphibians recently released the quadski and there are only one dealer in the Pacific Northwest that carries them and it's here in Spokane Valley at Empire Cycle.

While its not the first amphibious vehicle ever made you've probably never seem something like the Gibbs quadski, which makes the transition from land to water in just under five seconds. With a top cruising speed of 45 miles per hour on the water there's really no compromise in performance.

"It really is a different way of thinking, wet and dry with one vehicle. You can change your mind at the last second," Eric Anderson with Gibbs Amphibians said.

Anderson loves that something his company makes brings so much joy to people but the manufacturer is also looking at practical uses for this amazing machine.

Man rushed to hospital after being stabbed with broken golf club

A man was taken to the hospital in critical condition after a stabbing in Spokane Valley Tuesday night.

The stabbing occurred at a home near 32nd and Best Ave.

Police say two men came to the home looking for a woman. They say it was likely due to some type of transaction involving a bike. A man at the home told them the woman wasn't there.

Police say the men on the bikes came back three separate times and on the third time an altercation took place.

Police say the man at the home had a golf club, which broke during the fight and he stabbed one of the men on the bikes with it.

The man who was stabbed was rushed to the hospital and underwent surgery.

The second man on the bike fled the scene.

At this point, there have been no arrests.

Final touches put on Hoopfest backboards

Final touches put on Hoopfest backboards

The countdown is on for one of Spokane's most beloved events, Hoopfest, which tips off on June 28.

But, long before the players hit the streets, the Hoopfest organization and volunteers are hard at work, getting ready for the biggest three-on-three tournament on the planet.

At hoop storage in East Spokane, crews spent Tuesday finishing the backboards. They're responsible for adding logos, touching up backboards and getting the hoops in place.

All 456 backboards have to be ready to be loaded up onto trucks and strategically placed in downtown Spokane.

This is the last stage of Hoopfest with regards to the signs and backboards," said Randy Smith, as he watched crews put up the last few backboards Tuesday.

Smith will then get ready for the organized chaos that comes the Friday night before the event. The streets close before dusk and, by midnight, crews will tape off 42 city blocks of downtown Spokane, ready to welcome the 250,000 players, volunteers and fans on Hoopfest Saturday.

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: