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Man proposes to girlfriend after Bloomsday

Man proposes to girlfriend after Bloomsday

Tom Curalli defines what it means to be a Bloomie.

"Today is a big day, it's my 35th Bloomsday," said Curalli.

Curalli said he would never miss a Bloomsday. He loves how the race brings the community and families together. The theme of togetherness inspired him to make this day about the most important person in his life.

"I'm going to propose to my girlfriend at the finish line in front of a lot of a lot of people," said Curalli.

Curalli has prepared for the big day since February. He chose not to share the plan with anyone, and the anticipation was starting to get the best of him.

"I'm pretty excited, a little nervous, had a bit of trouble sleeping last night,"said Curalli.

The couple have been dating for about a year, but have been close friends for nearly six.











Wheelchair athletes ready to take on Bloomsday course

Wheelchair athletes ready to take on Bloomsday course

Each year, at least 50,000 people run, walk or even wheel their way through the Bloomsday course, and its become an annual tradition for wheelchair athletes Scott Parson and Edwin Figueroa.

"The course is really challenging and the field is great, a lot of competition," Parson said.

Parson and Figueroa touched down in Spokane Friday fresh from California. Parson has won the wheelchair race the last two years.

"The older I get, the younger they get so it's going to be tough this year," he said.

This year is Parson's 15th Bloomsday while Figueroa has raced it a dozen times. Each year they always mark their calendars for this race.

"The group of people that put the race on, they really make it good for all the wheelers to come back," Parson said.

The wheelchair athletes are greeted at the airport and then taken to their hotels, with equipment in tow, by STA.

"They see everybody equal, from elite runners to able bodies, it's a good group," Figueroa said.

While they're looking forward to the race, they're both like every other athlete getting ready for the course. They're dreading Doomsday Hill.

Age not a factor for veteran Bloomsday runner

Age not a factor for veteran Bloomsday runner

We've always been told, age is just a number and Bloomsday runner Jeff Corkill is proving that age old adage is still true.

Come Sunday Corkill, who is 70, will be running in his 29th Bloomsday.

"I don't see stopping for awhile," he said. "A lot of my colleagues aren't but I'm still at it, as long as my legs will keep going and I will keep running."

Over the years Corkill has racked up an impressive amount of hardware at the Bloomsday finish line.

"This is my hall of age group medals from Bloomsday, most of them are first place ones, there is a couple of second places in there," he said.

In all, Jeff has won his age group 20 times and is the second most decorated runner in Bloomsday history. This year with a new age comes a new goal.

"Last year I was just over 50 minutes so I'm hoping I can do just under 50 minutes this year, I think that would be a nice target," he said.

That figures out to be about a steady 6 minute, 45 second mile but, at 70 years young, Jeff's not showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon.

World War II vet receives Purple Heart 70 years later

World War II vet receives Purple Heart 70 years later

A Spokane World War II veteran shot in combat received his Purple Heart almost 70 years after the battle in which he earned it.

It's been a long time coming for 90 year old Lloyd Phillips.

And by all accounts it's an incredible story that starts with Phillips almost missing the boat to battle.

"When we got to Camp to ship over, in New York, I came down with appendicitis, scarlet fever, and measles. So I missed the boat. But I caught the next boat with the 574", says Phillips.

Fast forward to April 1945. Phillips' Army unit was on a convoy in Germany when they were ambushed.

"And they shot Rose, my partner, and they shot our gunner, and I couldn't get him out of the turret of the gun."

Taking fire, Phillips ran toward a building where he saw American GIs. That's when he was shot. Twice.

"I was holding my rifle at port arms. The bullet hit the rifle and ricocheted up through my helmet. The other bullet went on the side of my cheek and the bottom of my ear... it went all through my arms."

Cut and bleeding, Phillips made it inside only to find the GIs were P.O.W.s under German guard.

Prank a pal by sending a goat

Prank a pal by sending a goat

Looking for the perfect  prank? Send a friend a goat!

Spokane Produce Incorporated is sponsoring the "Send a Friend a Goat" event from April 14-18. For a $50 donation to Wishing Star you can send a baby goat to an unsuspecting friend or coworker. The volunteers will playfully threaten to leave the goat unless they are paid off with any donation amount.

Think you're going to get a goat delivered to you? You can buy goat insurance for $100!

The program doesn't happen without the help of volunteers. Teams of 2 or 3 volunteers can choose one or more days during the week of April 14-18 to deliver the goats to unsuspecting recipients in the greater Spokane community. Volunteers are provided with lunch and a schedule, and will be out delivering 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Clayton chef finds surprise success as buttercream sculptor

Clayton chef finds surprise success as buttercream sculptor

There’s spectacular cakes, and then there’s the art that Chef Rebecca Wortman creates with buttercream frosting and sugar pieces. Using the common cake topping, Wortman makes sculptures that have captured the eye of the confectionary world in just a few short months.


“I wanted to do something different,” said Wortman of her sculptures. “And it’s turning out to be good.”

Mom asks community to remember daughter with acts of kindness

Mom asks community to remember daughter with acts of kindness

On July 10th, 2012, Jovie Sloan Preston died of SIDS at just 16 weeks old. This Sunday would have been her second birthday, and to celebrate her mom is hoping the community will spend March 16th spreading random acts of kindness in honor of her little girl.


Last year, Molly Preston celebrated Jovi’s birthday by thanking the first responders and doctors who helped her the day that she found her daughter dead in her crib after laying her down for a nap. Preston brought them cookies, but this year she wants to honor her daughter’s short life on a grander scale.