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Washington WIC not impacted by shutdown

Washington WIC not impacted by shutdown

Washington residents who are a part of the Women, Infants and Children program, known as WIC, will not be impacted by the government shutdown. A spend it forward contingency plan is providing the program in Washington enough funding to stay open for the next nine days.

 

Over 20,000 low income families benefit from WIC which provides vouchers for healthy food options and formula for families as well as other health care services. Kim Papich with the Spokane Regional Health District said that they don't anticipate the closure of any clinics at this time.

 

This isn't the first time this year the WIC program has faced closure for budget reasons. This summer, WIC encouraged participants to use checks early in the case of a shutdown on the state level. The state shutdown never materialized, but to avoid having to stop services with the federal shutdown WIC is using emergency funds from last year.

 

Avista holding free energy fair in Moscow tonight

Avista holding free energy fair in Moscow tonight

From Avista Utilities:

Area residents will learn about energy efficiency, managing their home energy bills and more at the free Avista Energy Fair. It will be held in Moscow on Wednesday, September 11 from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Eastside Marketplace, 1420 S. Blaine Street. Fair goers will see demonstrations of how to install energy efficiency materials and receive free samples. In addition, Avista is providing complimentary food and beverages, door prizes, and activities for the kids.

 

Park Rangers lead stargazing tour on Steptoe Butte

Park Rangers lead stargazing tour on Steptoe Butte

Escape the city lights and join Riverside State Park rangers for a night of stargazing from atop Steptoe Butte.

 

Members of the Spokane Astronomical Society will lead the sunset stargazing evening alongside the rangers starting at 7:15pm on September 7th.. Stargazers will be able to view Saturn, Mercury and Venus at sunset. Guides will also provide a tour of the night sky and show visitors how to find the North Star.

 

For more information call (509) 465-5064.  

Safety tips as Moscow prepares to go back to school

Safety tips as Moscow prepares to go back to school

The streets around schools have been quiet this summer in Moscow, but with students set to begin class bright and early Wednesday morning the Moscow Police Department has some friendly reminders for every one on the road.

 

From the City of Moscow and the Moscow Police Department:

When Walking:

Moscow residents invited to review Parks and Rec master plan

Moscow residents invited to review Parks and Rec master plan

The City of Moscow and the Moscow Parks and Recreation Commission are holding three open house events for the public to review and comment on the Moscow Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

 

The purpose of the master plan is to determine the community's current and future needs from a parks and recreation system and to establish a systemized approach to the park planning and development. The open house events will give residents a chance to look at the plan through static displays. No formal presentation will occur, but Commission members and City staff will be at the events to answer questions and discuss plan content.

 

Parks and Recreation Master Plan Open House Events:

Backpack safety for a new school year

Backpack safety for a new school year

It's back to school shopping season and a new backpack may be at the top your list. With that, St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute has released a tip list on what to look for in a backpack so that the school necessity doesn't cause spine damage.

From St. Luke's:

With the new school year approaching, people are rushing to get equipped with the proper school supplies. While backpacks are one of the most convenient ways to carry books and supplies, an overloaded or improperly worn backpack can put youth and adults at an increased risk for spinal or back injury.

To help make sure a backpack is being used properly, and avoid injury St. Luke’s suggests the following tips: