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Voter's Pamphlet art contest open for Washington students

Voter's Pamphlet art contest open for Washington students

The Office of the Secretary of State is calling on Washington artists in the 4th & 5th grades to submit designs for the 2014 Voter’s Pamphlet. The winning design will be featured on more than 3.2 million copies of the pamphlet and will be sent to every house in the state during the General Election this fall.

The search for Washington’s Outstanding Senior Volunteer

The search for Washington’s Outstanding Senior Volunteer

Every day, Washington senior volunteers generously give their time and service to help others. Now here’s your chance to give back by nominating a deserving older adult in your community for his or her outstanding service through the Salute to Senior Service® program.

Sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., Salute to Senior Service recognizes the invaluable contributions of adults age 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.

“Seniors have so much to give and make a positive impact on our communities daily,” said Lois Etienne, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Spokane. “Senior volunteerism not only benefits others, but also helps seniors stay active and socially engaged in their communities – important elements of healthy aging.”

Pullman, Liberty Lake named safest cities in Washington

Pullman, Liberty Lake named safest cities in Washington

Safewise has released a list of the 50 safest cities in Washington with Pullman and Liberty Lake taking top spots. The online security system retailer looked at the 2012 FBI Crime Report as well as independent research to determine which cities were the safest.


Pullman came in at number four on the list. Safewise says community involvement is a big factor and the presence of WSU helps keep crime rates low. According the 2012 FBI Crime Report, the college town has been murder free for seven years. Safewise describes Pullman as a “safe, wholesome community to call home.”

Moscow looks for input on new playgrounds

Moscow looks for input on new playgrounds

From the City of Moscow:


The City of Moscow is planning to install a new preschool age playground and is asking area residents to provide input to determine the type of equipment to install.  

Emergency unemployment benefits expiring, thousands affected

Emergency unemployment benefits expiring, thousands affected

Thousands of people in eastern Washington will lose money for their families starting Saturday. Emergency unemployment benefits are expiring, unless Congress votes to extend them.

Standard unemployment benefits can last up to six months, but the program being cut was created during the recession to help people after that time. In Washington, the emergency benefits can last up to 37 weeks.

"We will notify you if any extensions become available," Emily Norton read from a letter.

The number of families in Spokane County who received the same letter was 1,480. Saturday, all of them will lose Emergency Unemployment Benefits or EUC. On average, each was paid about 380 dollars a week.

"It's not like we're the people who are sitting on unemployment," Norton said.

Norton's husband lost his truck-driving job in April, and now is going back to school to be a mechanic. She's attending classes as well. When the family's initial unemployment ran out after a couple months, the emergency benefits helped them get by.

Davenport Hotel honors veterans all year long

Davenport Hotel honors veterans all year long

Veterans Day has come and gone, but the Davenport Hotel Collection is honoring military families all year long with  "Hero's Rates."

Marketing Director Matt Jensen says the discounts vary based on the hotel and time of year, but can be as much as 14% off the best available rates on any given day.  Hero's Rates start as low as $109 on weekdays at the Hotel Lusso, and there are also special rates at the Historic Davenport Hotel and the Davenport Tower.

Hero's Rates are available to all active military and veterans.  More information is available at the Davenport Hotel Collection website

 

 

 

Idaho seeks public comment on new school field tests

Idaho seeks public comment on new school field tests

From the Idaho State Department of Education:


This spring, all Idaho public school students in grades 3-11 will be taking a field test of the new test aligned to the more rigorous Idaho Core Standards in mathematics and English language arts. Now is the opportunity for parents, teachers and other patrons across the state to provide comments and feedback on Idaho’s plan to roll out this field test in Spring 2014.