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Crossfit Rewired honors local fallen soldier with workout

Crossfit Rewired honors local fallen soldier with workout

“If you have been given this letter, this means that I did not make it through deployment.” That sentence began the final goodbye from 20-year-old PFC Jarrod Allen Lallier to his family shortly after he was killed in action two years ago.

“Express my story with everyone, and hopefully I can somehow change someone's life,” he ended. And that's exactly what happened Thursday at Crossfit Rewired in north Spokane. Everyone who walked through the doors heard Jarrod's story, including his final words, before participating in a customized hero workout – each number of reps or timed set linked to Jarrod.

“The numbers six, 18 and 12 represent the date he was killed in Afghanistan – June 18, 2012. Twenty is how old his was, which is [the time] for the L-sit hold,” said gym owner and lead coach Adam Ludlow. “And as far as the movements go in this workout, he kind of loved and hated all the running and there's definitely a lot of core work because, according to his family, he was kind of bragging about the six-pack he was getting since joining the Army. We wanted to honor him with that.”

Coeur d'Alene fundraiser for children injured in explosion

Coeur d'Alene fundraiser for children injured in explosion

If you're headed to the Fourth of July Celebration in downtown Coeur d'Alene, keep your eyes peeled for a cool fundraiser. Families and staff of the Sorenson Magnet School of the Arts and Humanities are pulling together to raise money to help the families of two children burned last week in a backyard accident.

“We are a family. We stick together,” said parent and staff person Lisa Thompson. “This is a horrible situation and we wanted to do what we can to help the family, our family.”

Both today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday), the group will be outside of the new Java at 9th and Sherman selling Otter Pops before and during the parades. One-hundred percent of the money raised will go directly to the fund that has been set up to help pay for travel and lodging expenses for the families.

Riverfront Park 4th of July Celebration

Riverfront Park 4th of July Celebration

Fourth of July festivities in Spokane's Riverfront Park kick off in less than 24 hours, with all-day fun for kids and kids at heart. And to make sure you don't miss a thing, we've compiled a list of all the day's activities in one easy-to-find place.

 

Clocktower Stage

  • Noon – Square Dancers
  • 2:00 pm – Spokane Aerial
  • 4:00 pm – Blue Door Improv

 

Lilac Bowl Stage

  • 2:00 pm – Steven King
  • 7:30 pm – Opening Ceremony
  • 8:00 pm – Spokane Jazz Orchestra
  • 10:00 pm – Spokane Tribe of Indians Fireworks Display

 

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Riverside State Park wants to make you Happy

Does visiting Riverside State Park make you Happy? That's the theme of a new music video they debuted this week.

Featuring a funky park ranger who isn't afraid to bust a move and hundreds of volunteers dancing to the hit song Happy by Pharell Williams, the video has already been viewed 12-hundred times since it was posted last Friday.

Anyone with a keen eye will also be able to pick out some of their favorite locations in the park, and maybe even a guest appearance by none other than Smokey Bear.

Riverside State Park is a 14,000-acre camping park along the Spokane and Little Spokane rivers. The park supports a wide variety of recreational activities and is rich in history.

Freshwater marshes, running rivers and beautiful countryside make up the terrain. The park also includes the Nine Mile Recreation Area which is available for camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing and boating.

Spokane Valley pools open on Fourth of July

Spokane Valley pools open on Fourth of July

With temperatures climbing into the 80's and 90's this week, Spokane Valley Pools want to spread the word that they'll be open all afternoon to beat the heat on the 4th of July.

All three family-friendly City pools will be open for open swim from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm and again from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Open swim rates are just $1 a person, and children under the age of 5 are free. On Saturday and Sunday of the holiday weekend, children 12 and under can swim for free with a paying adult.

If you expect to make frequent use of the pools throughout the summer, you can also purchase an Open Swim Pass, discounted to $20 for 25 visits and available at all three locations.

 

Burn ban on DNR forestland east of Cascades starts July 1

Burn ban on DNR forestland east of Cascades starts July 1

Another warning in the face of the upcoming Fourth of July weekend – the Washington State Department of Natural Resources has placed a burn ban on all DNR-protected land east of the Cascades.

Starting July 1 and running until September 30, the burn ban applies to all forestland under DNR fire protection.

“The seasonally dry weather creates a greater risk for wildfires,” said Commission of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “A burn ban helps to prevent them and protects forests, habitat and property.”

So far this year DNR has already had 172 wildfire starts, which have burned approximately 779 acres across the state.

The ban applies to all outdoor burning on DNR forestland with two exceptions:

Recreational fires in approved fire pits

Gas or propane stoves and barbecue grills

Fireworks and incendiary devices like exploding targets, sky lanterns or tracer ammunition are also illegal.

Washington State survey shows job vacancies, hiring on the rise

Washington State survey shows job vacancies, hiring on the rise

A state-sponsored survey of Washington employers shows both hiring and job vacancies increased between fall of 2012 and fall of 2013 and employers say it's taking a lot longer to fill the openings.

The Employment Security Department’s “2013 Fall Job-Vacancy and Hiring Survey Report” estimated job vacancies increased by 23 percent to 86,600 in fall 2013. Estimated hiring rose nearly 10 percent to 209,100.

Employers also reported that vacant positions remained open for more than two months before being filled. That's a striking contrast to the rate of just 19 days in 2012.

The report also shows more than half of the state's job vacancies were in urban areas of Western Washington, accounting for nearly 82 percent of all new hires from July to September last year.

The industry sector with the most job openings was agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and the average estimated hourly wage for $13.69.