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Help a young Spokane woman in her fight with breast cancer

Spokane citizens can help a young woman who is in a battle with breast cancer by going to Dutch Bros. at any Spokane location Friday.

21-year-old Kristie Ryser was diagnosed with breast cancer just seven weeks before her wedding. She didn't want to be a bald bride, so she postponed treatment until after the big day.

Instead of a honeymoon, Ryser started chemotherapy just days after the wedding and shaved her head.

Friday, at any Dutch Bros., medium drinks cost only $2. Half of all proceeds that day will go toward helping Kristie and the American Childhood Cancer Organization.

Headed to Seattle for the game? Prepare for delays

Press release from Washington State Department of Transportation:

Thousands of fans will be attending a variety of sporting events in Seattle this weekend and having a game plan to get over Snoqualmie Pass is a must if you want to be in the stands for kick-off.

Drivers traveling westbound Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28 should plan ahead for congestion to start building at 11 a.m. and remain steady through 8 p.m. on Interstate 90 near Easton. Drivers traveling back on Sunday, Sept. 29 should prepare for congestion in the eastbound lanes starting at 8 a.m. and continuing until 8 p.m. Based on typical traffic volumes, drivers could experience up to two extra hours of travel time Friday westbound and Sunday eastbound.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is urging drivers to plan ahead by leaving early, coordinating carpools or taking a different route to avoid delays.

Toyota dealers help local charities through Facebook

Toyota dealers help local charities through Facebook

Two local Toyota dealers are helping the community through separate charity drives that will give out a total of $25,500 to local charities. Larry H. Miller Downtown Toyota and Parker Toyota are both asking the community to decide where the money should go with click of the mouse on Facebook.

 

The fact that both companies are Toyota dealers is coincidence as the Facebook campaigns are completely separate and unrelated. Larry H. Miller is hosting theirs as part Toyota Drive For Good program. Toyota will match whatever the local dealer puts up. Drive for Good selects gives a different charity $5,000 each quarter with half coming from Larry H. Miller and other half from Toyota.

 

New cancer facility opens in Spokane Valley

A state-of-the-art cancer facility in Spokane Valley just opened its doors. The goal: to provide comprehensive cancer care in a soothing environment.

The 22,000 square foot facility is located at 13424 E. Mission Ave. The building is warm and inviting starting right when you come into the lobby.

"Nobody likes to hear the word?"C," patient Erik Bodholt said.

Erik Bodholt is a jolly fellow battling a horrible disease.

"It's always a shock to you and your family as well," Bodholt said.

Bodholt has lymphoma. He's getting treatment at the new Spokane Valley Cancer Center.

"They explain everything to you in detail... That's going to take place... Which kind of makes you feel better when you are going through unknown territory," Bodholt said.

Raj Rajendra is a medical oncologist at the center.

"The goal of the facility is to bring not only treatment, but care," Rajendra said.

From consulting to chemo to radiation treatments... It's all housed under one roof.

"We are able to bring a complete cancer care facility to the patient, rather than them having to go to more than one place," said Dr. Karie-Lynn Kelly.

Police investigate apparent homicide in Spokane Valley

Spokane Valley police are investigating an apparent homicide that left the victim within a stone's throw of busy, Interstate 90 traffic.

Around 8 a.m. on Thursday, neighbors found a woman's body hidden in the weeds of a vacant lot just west of Custer and 4th Ave.

Someone has been camping beside the column where the victim was discovered, so detectives are wondering if the victim or the killer is a transient.

The makeshift camp was roped off with crime scene tape this morning.

Nearby resident Dawn Dowd wanted to know what was going on.

"This morning, when we saw them roping off down there, my roommate walked down there to see what might be going on and they said there was a body on the other side," Dowd said.

Detectives say the victim was dressed in brown, transient-like clothing. Dowd wonders if it's the woman she's seen camping out under the catwalk.

"Lately there was a couple over on this side of the catwalk, a man and lady, and they've been there mostly just at night," Dowd said.

New website, local business want to answer your Obamacare questions

New website, local business want to answer your Obamacare questions

The time is near if you want to enroll in healthcare through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or "Obamacare." A new website that launched today will help you find your way to an insurance provider near you. The open enrollment period opens next Tuesday.

This new website, www.i-pan.org, shows the places around town and in all of Eastern Washington to find healthcare through the ACA.

A call center is also open to answer your questions, Washington Health Benefit Exchange 1-855-923-4633.

When a new item floods the marketplace you'll need customer service representatives standing by. It's why there is a call center in Spokane Valley to answer your questions on ACA.

Next week you can also meet with face-to-face with representatives to sign up for a variety of insurance plans.

Curt Fackler is an in-person manager at Better Health Together, a company that overlooks healthcare options for 14 counties in Eastern Washington.

"People can do that for airline tickets. They can do that for hotel rooms, and now you'll be able to do it for health insurance in the State of Washington," said Fackler.

Wear Red wraps up with $3,000 for military organizations

Wear Red wraps up with $3,000 for military organizations

Throughout the summer you wore red with us here at KXLY and alongside Global Credit Union to raise money for local military organizations. Wear Red wrapped up on September 11th , and Global Credit Union is excited to share that your efforts raised $3,820.

 

From Memorial Day to September 11th, Global, KXLY and Spokane joined together by wearing red every Friday in support of our local military community. Global also accepted donations and sold Wear Red t-shirts for the following military organizations: