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Hundreds gather to remember Jansen Badinger

Hundreds gather to remember Jansen Badinger

Dressed in Central Valley blue and wearing wrist bands reading "We Believe," hundreds of people packed into the CVHS gymnasium Saturday to honor and celebrate the life of a recent graduate who drowned in the Spokane River.

Hundreds hold vigil for teen drowning victim

Hundreds hold vigil for teen drowning victim

They all gathered on the field of Central Valley High School to honor the 18-year-old who friends identified as Jansen Badinger.

According to students he was known as "Mr. Spirit" at school. Friends say he was an amazing person who would go to every sporting event he could to cheer on his classmates.

They also say he was a leader and would show up to school early to greet students as they walked to class.

"He was just an amazing person in every way you could think of, and I truly miss him, I wish I could have seen him one last time," said Austin Ola, a friend of Badinger's since sixth grade.

A number of teachers and administrators also attended the vigil.

Spokane icon needs kidney transplant

Spokane icon needs kidney transplant

For more than 30 years, Larry's Barbershop has been a mainstay in East Central Spokane. The 5th Avenue shop doesn't have the red, white and blue barber pole but it's about as old-fashioned as they come.

"Sometimes you don't come in here for the haircut, you come in here for the conversation," said long-time customer Tyrone Ashley.

The shop has three barber chairs, mirrors on the walls, counters holding scissors, clippers, combs and hair tonic. The walls are filled with memorabilia; everything from a framed sprig of raw cotton to a framed jersey of NFL player and former Washington State University star Erik Coleman. A big screen TV in the corner gives people something other than their reflection to look at.

Spokane man rides 500 miles to thank firefighters who saved his life

Spokane man rides 500 miles to thank firefighters who saved his life

We first told you about Chris Desborough last May as he prepared to ride his bike from Seattle to Spokane to raise money for the hospital that saved his life. This year, Desborough is riding to Canada and back to thank to firefighters that got him to the hospital just in time.

 

On June 1st, 2010, Desborough collapsed at home just three hours after undergoing an operation on his wrist. His heart stopped. It wasn't a heart attack though, Desborough says “it just turned off like a light switch.”

 

Desborough woke up in the hospital four days later sporting a brand new pace maker. Last year, two years after his heart stopped, he completed a bike ride from Seattle to Spokane to raise money for Sacred Heart Hospital to thank the nurses and doctors who saved his life.

 

LETEM Play expands beyond instruments to advocate music education

We first told you about LETEM Play in September, since then the non-profit started by two high school students has grown bigger than they creators could have ever imagined. Now, they are expanding and are offering more than just instruments.

 

LETEM- Life Enhancement Through Education in Music- was started by Katy Dolan and Philip Howard in February 2012. The Central Valley High School Juniors decided they wanted to share something they loved while making a difference in their community. LETEM provides instruments to students who can't afford them.

 

Now, a little over a year later, LETEM has branched off from just providing instruments. Dolan and Howard have also started providing music clinics to schools and groups that are trying to grow their music programs.

 

Footloose in the Palouse turns your attic finds into eBay treasure

Footloose in the Palouse turns your attic finds into eBay treasure

Do you know what collectibles may be lurking in your attic? A new business in Rockford is here to help you turn those attic finds into cash treasures.

 

Laurie and Bill Benson opened Footloose in the Palouse, an eBay consignment business in early March, and so far they've been greeted with great enthusiasm.

 

“Everyday is like Christmas, you never know what's going to walk through the door,” says Laurie adding that they'll sell anything online. The Benson's are working hard to not only sell items on eBay for their clients, but also to educate the community on what has become collectible.