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Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

When you hear vegan, what's the first thing that pops into your head? It's probably not “sexy,” but that's what PETA is trying to change with their current competition for Sexiest Vegan over 50. The field has been narrowed down to just 14 men and women from around the US and one of them is from right here in Spokane.

Atania Gilmore is marking her two-year anniversary as a vegan this month. She's a runner and says it was another runner's book that encouraged her to make the change for what she calls selfish reasons.

“As a runner you're always looking for an edge,” she said.

Gilmore says it was “Eat and Run,” a book written by ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek that inspired her. In the book, Jurek explains that his record setting speeds to his vegan diet.

“I'm a turtle when I run,” said Gilmore. “I wanted to be faster so I thought it was worth a try.” So she decided to give it a try for the 30 days leading up to Thanksgiving and see if it made a difference.

Non-profit volunteer fair at Clearwater Casino

Non-profit volunteer fair at Clearwater Casino

If you've been looking to get involved in the community, an upcoming fair at the Clearwater Casino is the perfect place to start.

IdaVend broadcasting, with the help of the Clearwater Casino, is hosting the “Non Profit Connect Fair” on Friday, October 24.

From 2-5 pm, the public is welcome to come and connect with nearly 100 local and regional non-profit organizations. Once there, individuals can learn how to volunteer for and organization as well as what function that organization serves the community.

If you work for a non-profit or local school or governmental agency and would like to reserve a booth space at the fair, you can contact Morgan Carson at IdaVent Broadcasting at (208) 743-1551 or email her at mcarson@idavend.com.

Idaho food banks in need of milk

Idaho food banks in need of milk

Idaho's food pantries have a crucial need for more milk, and the Great American Milk Drive wants to make it easy to donate a gallon with the click of a mouse.

October is Idaho Hunger and Food Security Awareness Month, and United Dairymen of Idaho is encouraging people across the state to participate by making a $5 contribution for milk to their local food bank.

You can visit www.MilkLife.com/give and enter your zip code to ensure milk is delivered from the farm to a food bank in your community. You can also test “MILK” from your cell phone to 84465 to add a $5 donation to your phone bill.

According to Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, milk is one of the most requested by food bank clients, yet there is a nationwide shortage because it is rarely donated.

Free IHOP Scary Face pancake on Halloween

Free IHOP Scary Face pancake on Halloween

Looking for a special way to celebrate Halloween with your Ghosts and Ghouls? IHOP wants to help kick off the festivities with a free Scary Face pancake for all kids 12 and under on October 31.

From 7 am to 10 pm, each child can receive one of IHOP's buttermilk pancakes decorated with a whipped topping smiles and eyes and a strawberry nose. Then kids can use a kit of delicious toppings – eight pieces of candy corn and two mini Oreos – to finish decorating the face however they choose.

If you can't make it on Halloween, don't worry too much – the Scary Face pancake is available as a regular menu item all month long.

USDA awards WSU $14 million to study specialty crops

USDA awards WSU $14 million to study specialty crops

Researchers at Washington State University have been awarded more than $14 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture grants aimed at strengthening markets for specialty crops, including wine grapes, hops, berries and tree fruit.

Two projects will share $5.9 million awarded under the Special Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) which funds research for specialty crop production.

Bioinformaticist Dorrie Main received $2.7 million to support her genome database which provides public access to genetic and breeding data for the rosacaeae family of flowering plants like almond, apple, cherry, peach, pear, raspberry and strawberry.

“Ultimately this research helps create better cultivars by helping breeders decide which parents to cross to get the optimal traits in offspring,” said Main.

Meanwhile Doug Walsh receive $3.2 million to develop strategies for pest and disease free management in hops, which will help meet market demand for damage-free hops grown with fewer chemicals.

Pullman Fire Department goes "Passionately Pink"

Pullman Fire Department goes "Passionately Pink"

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and pink is everywhere you look – including at the Pullman Fire Department.

PFD is going “Passionately Pink for the Cute” in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. All month, PFD employees will be wearing pink shirts while on duty to show their support.

They're also holding a fundraiser, co-sponsored by Pullman Firefighters Local 1892. All funds raised this month will be split equally between the IAFF Charitable Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Please contact a Pullman firefighter if you would like to make a donation or purchase one of their t-shirts. You can visit www. iaffloca1892.org for additional information on how to donate. The PINK t-shirts are 100% cotton, made in the USA and $25 each.