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Community recognizes service, sacrifice of Inland NW veterans

Community recognizes service, sacrifice of Inland NW veterans

Community members and people from all branches of the military gathered at Felts Field Monday to say thank you to our community's veterans.

The celebration was so packed that people were standing outside the hangar to attend the Veterans Day ceremony.

Among the speakers were Mayor David Condon, who served in the Army, and Fairchild Air Force Base commander Col. Brian Newberry were among the speakers, who shared the overall message that Veterans Day is an important opportunity to recognize the sacrifice veterans made and honor their commitment to our country.

The keynote speaker of the celebration was Vietnam veteran Suzanne Williams, who served as a U.S. Air Force nurse. She said she didn't always celebrate Veterans Day but does now for all of the women who have served with her.

"I avoided it like the plague for a long time because it just brought up too many bad memories, but I realized there are eight nurses' names on the Vietnam Wall who can't speak at Veterans Day events and even though it's not my favorite thing to do, I do it in honor of them," she said.

Equipment fire extinguished in Spokane Valley

Spokane Valley fire crews put out an equipment fire at an industrial park in the Spokane Valley.

Firefighters were called out to the 3800 block of North Sullivan Road for reports of a structure fire.

Upon arrival, they found a piece of milling equipment on fire. They quickly put the fire out and were able to contain it to the piece of equipment only.

Fire investigators will continue to look into the cause of the fire.

Students honor UGM veterans with special program

Students honor UGM veterans with special program

Students from Valley Christian School honored the men of the Union Gospel Mission with a special Veteran’s Day performance on Friday afternoon. The school has been visiting UGM for Veteran’s Day for 25 years and it’s mean a lot not only to the kids visiting, but for the men who call the mission home.


“What this does is it brings perspective that someone hasn’t forgotten,” said UGM Chaplin Randy Altmeyer. He adds that many of the men at the mission are Vietnam War vets who have been broken by the politics that greeted when they returned home.

Inland Northwest Blood Center seeking donors

Inland Northwest Blood Center seeking donors

The Inland Northwest Blood Center is seeing a decline in negative blood types and is urging people to roll up their sleeves and give blood.

Every day the blood center needs 200 people to donate in order to meet the area's demand. Right now they are seeing less people come in than they usually do during this time of year.

INBC especially needs O- donors as donations for that blood type are down by 50-percent.

"Being able to come in for less than an hour of your day, you have a chance to save three lives and what's better for the spirit of giving then come in and help save a life," Elizabeth Giles with the INBC said.

To promote blood donations this month INBC has launched the "Don't be a turkey -- give blood" campaign. If you give blood between now and November 15 you could win an iPad Air and if you donate between November 18 and 23 you will be entered to win a $500 Visa gift card.

For more information about how and where to donate blood, click here

Spokane Valley seeks advisory committee members

Spokane Valley seeks advisory committee members

From the City of Spokane Valley

Community members who are involved in tourism promotions efforts, visitor accommodations, or in presenting events that attract visitors, are invited to apply for openings on the City's Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.

Target Zero increases DUI patrols

Target Zero increases DUI patrols

From Spokane County:


Target Zero Teams are stepping up efforts to stop DUIs right here in Spokane County.  Washington’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan—“Target Zero” calls for the reduction of traffic deaths in our state to zero by the year 2030.  

Spokane companies donate services to Capitol Christmas Tree

Spokane companies donate services to Capitol Christmas Tree

The Capitol Christmas Tree stopped in Spokane and Colville Tuesday as part of a 26 city tour that will end on November 25th on the Capitol Building lawn in Washington D.C. For many in the Northwest, the tree is a symbol of pride for the community and two local companies couldn’t agree more and have donated services that are helping the tree get to the nation’s capitol.