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Firework sales blast off this weekend

Firework sales blast off this weekend

The Fourth of July is just a week away, and firework sales begin this weekend!

Washington State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy wants to remind residents to know the local laws before purchasing and discharging fireworks, and to make sure you are only using legal fireworks. This year, 937 licenses were issued for retail firework stands.

A fireworks ban has been in place in the unincorporated areas of Spokane County for 21 years, as well as Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney and Liberty Lake.

Fireworks are legal on private property in Airway Heights, Medical Lake and Deer Park.

Bottle rockets, missiles and firecrackers are illegal anywhere in Washington state.

In Coeur d'Alene, non-aerial fireworks are allowed on private property but not in public places like Tubbs Hill or City Park.

If you do find yourself in an area where fireworks are allowed, there are some guidelines you to keep in mind to make sure your family has a safe and fun Fourth.

Union Gospel Mission celebrates new graduates of the Life Recovery program

Union Gospel Mission celebrates new graduates of the Life Recovery program

Tuesday night 25 people from the inland northwest graduated from the Union Gospel Mission's Life Recovery program. It's designed to break the homelessness cycle and dependence on drugs and alcohol.

"My life was empty, and hopeless and a mess, unmanageable," Chantell White said.

She was one of the 25 who made it through the program.

"I didn't realize that people cared," White said. "I didn't realize that I was forgiven, I didn't realize that I had a hope and a future."

She began her change two years ago. Before that she was an addict, in and out of jail and had her kids taken away from her.

"I remember Chantell coming into a class not only being broken, but not believing that anything would really change," program leader Joann Zajick said.

The two years she spent working on herself would not come easy. She left the program at one point, only to come back.

"I'm serious now," Zajick said, remembering what Chantell said. "I'm ready for what it's going to take for me to really change and from that you see this beautiful woman today."

Husband holds golf tournament to raise money for wife's lung transplant

Husband holds golf tournament to raise money for wife's lung transplant

A Spokane woman is fighting for her life, in need of a double lung transplant after battling cystic fibrosis for 30 years.

John Moriarty says his wife Gina is the love of his life, right up there with golf, and she's in need of some serious help.

"About a year ago Gina came down with a very severe case of pneumonia. She was in the hospital for two months and there was a lot of damage done to her lungs," John said.

Gina was diagnosed at age two and now at age 30 has just 15 percent lung capacity.

To help raise money for Gina's medical costs, John has changed the focus of his annual charity golf tournament "The Big Kahuna" to help his wife.

"It's a double shotgun start on July 12, four person teams. It's a scramble format, and its all for fun," said John.

The procedure will cost nearly $1 million and insurance is covering most of it, but there are still a lot of expenses they will be paying out of pocket.

"We have to actually move over to Seattle and live in transplant housing, and that's something that's not covered by insurance and it's roughly $3-4 thousand a month," said John.

Hundreds gather in Spokane Valley to remember life of Ryan Holyk

Hundreds gather in Spokane Valley to remember life of Ryan Holyk

Hundreds gathered at a candlelight vigil Thursday night to remember the life of 15-year-old Ryan Holyk.

Ryan was on is bike in a cross walk when he was struck by a sheriff deputy's patrol car May 23 as the deputy raced to call. He was taken off life support Wednesday afternoon.

Friends and loved ones gathered at the intersection of Sprague and Vista where that accident happened, sharing stories and recalling memories of a young man who was full of life.

"Some months he would just come up with random words and they would be his favorite words," said his friend Riley Baldwin. "Not too long ago his favorite word was llama."

Ryan's family announced on a Facebook support page that they would be donating his organ's in the hopes of providing a miracle for another family in need. Friends say that's exactly what he would have wanted.

"He helped somebody else, that's what he does, that's what he did," said friend Danielle Bennett. "Hearing all these stories from all the kids, that's all he did."

Ryan's family was not at the vigil. They said on Facebook they weren't ready yet, but appreciated the support.

Crowdsourcing funds child's special needs bike in 11 hours

Crowdsourcing funds child's special needs bike in 11 hours

Eleven hours. That’s all it took for the community to fully support a gofundme campaign to get a special needs bike for five-year-old Chace Thomas. Not only was the campaign fully funded, but generous donors supported the Thomas family to $1,000 past their goal of $3,000 to purchase the bike.

Good Samaritan helps woman recover stolen identity

Good Samaritan helps woman recover stolen identity

What started with curiosity ended with the return of stolen belongings after a Good Samaritan stopped a man acting suspiciously in Spokane Valley and helped reunite a woman with her stolen identity.

It can be so frustrating when your belongings are stolen; Rebecca Lanterman's were taken right out of the lobby of her skin and wellness business within seconds.

"I heard a noise, I looked up to the front desk through my closed circuit," she said.

It was a jump start to her morning that Lanterman never expected.

"Came out and a fellow was going out the door," she said.

It happened Tuesday around 11:30 a.m. and when she checked the only thing missing was her purse from underneath the desk. It was the only thing missing, and her associate just missed seeing the man who stole it.

A quick report to Crime Check but all seemed lost, gone, until Ty Brown was driving down Pines and saw a man carrying a purse.

"Just tossed it off to the side and was continuing looking through stuff on the way down the walk here," Brown said.

Brown got out of his car to investigate.

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.