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Local game designer looking for success with Kingdoms in Peril

If you're a board game enthusiast who's always on the lookout for a new addition, you may want to check out local Spokane designer Thomas Kaufman and his fast-paced, highly competitive card game Kingdoms in Peril.

I had the chance to sit down and learn Kingdoms recently, and picked it up almost immediately. Set in the ancient middle east (the cards themselves designed with historical carvings from 700 BC, featured in the British museum), each player builds their own kingdom of villages and towns with their capital as the crowning jewel.

Once set-up is complete, players then go to work building a hand of cards that houses their armies, equipment and defensive tactics before turning on each other in an ancient battle royal. To the victor go the spoils, and with a two-hour time limit the winner is declared by either a tally of points (each village, town and city has a numbered value when captured) or when one kingdom emerges victorious.

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Pullman and Moscow thrift shops asking for donations

Pullman and Moscow thrift shops asking for donations

As important as it is to buy local and support your community, it's also important to donate local – and that's exactly what MyRadio 102.5FM is asking you to do.

MyRadio is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity Resale store in Moscow and Palouse Treasures Thrift Store in Pullman to encourage the community to donate their gently used clothes and other items to local organizations.

Both stores resell donated items to benefit their parent organizations: Palouse Habitat for Humanity and Boose Collaborative.

Items that name make the most impact include clothing, furniture, house wares, toys, electronics, home improvement materials, electrical supplies, appliances, housewares, antiques and home décor.

The need for donations is high in summer as thrift stores prepare for the return of students at the University of Idaho and Washington State University.

There's no donation too small to help a local organization and help the community.

Carlton Complex Fire officials say no more donations!

Carlton Complex Fire officials say no more donations!

It turns out there can be too much of a good thing. According to the official Carlton Complex Fire blog, the community has overwhelmed community groups with their donations.

Effective immediately, physical donations of clothing, books, toys and more will no longer be accepted.

Okanogan County resources no longer have the space to store additional donations or the manpower to sort them. All donations currently being sorted are more than enough to cover what's needed – they are being transported to a central location and then distributed to members of the community from there.

If you would still like to offer assistance to victims of the Carlton Complex fire, please consider a cash donation to the Apple Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross or other local charities. You can also donate cash for fire victims at any North Cascades Bank.

Working 4 you: Just how good for you is running?

Working 4 you: Just how good for you is running?

Good news for runners.

A new study shows the benefits of running for your health, but this study says it doesn't matter if you're a 15-minute miler, or an elite marathoner. The benefits are still the same.

According to the study running, even for a few minutes a day, can reduce your risk of death from heart disease compared to those who don't run at all. That study was published this week in the journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Researchers studied some 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15 year period. They noted their overall health, if they ran and how long they lived.

Compared to non-runners, investigators found those who ran had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes, and a 45% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

In fact, runners on average lived three years longer compared to those who did not hit the pavement.

When data was broken down by age, sex, body mass index, smoking and alcohol use, the benefits were still the same. And the speed at which runners ran made little difference.

Avista thanks customers, employees for patience and hard work after storm

Avista thanks customers, employees for patience and hard work after storm

Avista released a big thank-you today to all their customers impacted by last Wednesday's wind storm for their patience during repairs, and to their crews for working non-stop to get everyone back online.

Avista says last week's storm caused the worst damage to their system since a massive ice storm in 1996, nearly 20 years ago. This time around it took nearly 96 hours to restore power to the nearly 40,000 customers left without.

Now that all the power is back on, Avista is getting a better look at the damage. Preliminary numbers show that more than 120 poles had to be replaced after high winds toppled trees onto power lines and snapped poles. That's double their initial estimate.

Dispatchers worked around the clock to prioritize work and dispatch crews to areas of highest need, organizing nearly 14,000 outage reports from customers.

N. Idaho couple face vulnerable adult charges

A northern Idaho man and woman police say took advantage of a vulnerable adult who died in their care of prolonged malnutrition are facing charges.

The Lewiston Tribune reports in a story on Thursday that 21-year-old Lindsay M. Winter and 24-year-old Charles W. Wright are each charged with principal to neglect of a vulnerable adult, principal to exploitation of a vulnerable adult, and principal to a fraudulent act to obtain public assistance.

Police say that 67-year-old Lee Pohrman died after being found Nov. 3 on the kitchen floor of a trailer in Moscow. Court records say he was covered with dirt and bedsores.

Police say Pohrman lived with Winter and Wright, his caretakers.

Winter and Wright are scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on July 31.