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Bread Tie Challenge to raise awareness of depression/mental illness

Bread Tie Challenge to raise awareness of depression/mental illness

Two Central Washington Seniors are launching a campaign this fall to honor the memory of the teen who made their best friend duo into a trio.

Three years ago this October, Josh Martin took his own life. It was a complete surprise to everyone who knew him.

“There were no signs or anything,” said Donnie Santos. “He was going to be a shortstop for the Spokane Falls baseball team. We had everything going for us. We think he was afraid to come out and ask for help.”

That fear is what Donnie Santos and Dean Neilson are trying to get rid of with the Bread Tie Challenge.

It was Martin's father Joe who came up with the campaign to memorialize his son, then handed it off to Donnie and Dean to run.

The Bread Tie Challenge draws its inspiration from the Ice Bucket Challenge, an easy and visible way to show that your life has been impacted by someone struggling with mental illness or depression, and that you support ending the stigma of shame and weakness that can be associated with it.

Vigil today to honor victims of unsolved violent crime

Vigil today to honor victims of unsolved violent crime

The Spokane County Victim/Witness Unit is holding a vigil this afternoon in observance of the “National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.”

The event will be held in the County Commissioners Hearing Room on the lower level of the Public Works Building (1026 W. Broadway Ave.). It begins at 5 pm with a meet-and-greet for families and friends to connect with each other, followed at 6 pm by the vigil.

Since 1951 the Victim/Witness Unit has documented 658 murders, vehicular homicides and unsolved violent crimes throughout Spokane County. While several of the cases occurred outside of the county, their families are located here.

Hiring Heroes career fair Friday

Hiring Heroes career fair Friday

Inland Northwest Hiring Heroes (INWH) is hosting the 2nd annual Hiring Heroes Career and Resource Fair on Friday, September 19 at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center.

From 10 am until 3 pm, over 100 of the inland northwest's top employers will be present, ready to be matched with well-qualified past and present military members and their families. Participating organizations represent a diverse field, including engineering, technology, education, health care, human services, manufacturing, financial services, aviation, transportation, construction, environmental sciences, retail, consumer products and the government and non-profit sectors.

Rally for Rick

Rally for Rick

A Spokane man is asking for the public's support as he battles with stage four brain cancer. Rick Ecklel is 29 years old and has nearly 20 tumors in his brain, some as large as a golf ball. Because of this and his upcoming treatment, Rick is unable work and will have zero income for the duration of his battle.

How you can help:

This Sunday, September 21 you can help support Rick without missing a second of football by heading down to PJ's Pub at 1717 North Monroe. Events include both dart and pool tournaments, along with a karaoke showdown, silent auction and raffle for the chance to hit PJ's owner Meadow Frank with a pie.

If you would like to donate to Rick's cause, but are unable to make it to the fundraiser on Sunday, there is a GoFundMe account set up here. You can also donate items for the silent auction by contacting PJ's Pub at (509) 919-3788 or Brenda Baldwin at (509) 218-0119.

Free dental care this Friday at NorthView Family Dental

Free dental care this Friday at NorthView Family Dental

Open wide and say,”ahhhh!” NorthView Family Dental is opening their hearts and doors this Friday for some pro bono dental work.

On September 19th, adults 18 years and older who are unable to receive dental work anywhere else is welcome to show up for their choice of a filling, extraction or cleaning.

Registration begins at 7:30 am. Only the first 100 patients are guaranteed to be seen on a first-come, first-served basis so everyone is encouraged to show up early. Patients should also dress appropriately for the weather and bring chairs, water and snacks as they may be waiting outside to be seen.

Work begins at 8 am and runs until 4 pm, with additional patients seen only if time allows.

The NorthView Family Dental offices are located at 5901 North Lidgerwood Street, Suite 225. For more information you can check out their website, or give them a call at (509) 489-2538.

Missing person alert: William Weipert

Missing person alert: William Weipert

UPDATE: William Weipert has been found.


The Coeur d'Alene Police Department are asking the public to be on the lookout for 56-year-old William C. Weipert of Spokane. A manager of the Lighthouse, an adult care facility in Spokane, reported him missing Wednesday.

Weipert was originally reported missing on August 23rd, than found and placed into the Kootnei County Jail on August 27. He was released September 9, but hasn't been seen or heard from since.

Weipert suffers from mental disabilities. The manager at Lighthouse is concerned for his safety and says he may be utilizing homeless services in the area.

He's described as 6 feet tall, 165 pounds with hazel eyes, long grey hair and a full grey beard. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue jacket, a blue button up shirt and a white tanktop.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call CDA Police at (208) 769-2320.

Blessings Under the Bridge honored by People magazine

Blessings Under the Bridge honored by People magazine

If you've picked up a copy of the most recent People magazine, you may notice a hometown connection.

In between the photos of celebrity weddings and fall fashions, a shout-out to Spokane natives Mike and Jessica Kovac and their charity – Blessings Under the Bridge.

The couple were on the verge of divorce when Jessica says she began distributing bagged lunches to the homeless in downtown Spokane. Eventually her husband joined her and realized their problems that felt so big could be fixed.

Mike and Jessica emptied their savings to found Blessings Under the Bridge and have since fed thousands of people and helped some find and furnish apartments.

You can learn more about the Kovac's and Blessings Under the Bridge in our Everyday Heroes section on KXLY.com.