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Everything you need to know about the River Park Square Christmas tree

Everything you need to know about the River Park Square Christmas tree

The winter holidays are already making their way into River Park Square. Earlier today, construction of the giant Christmas tree that graces the mall's main entrance was completed by Spokane Firefighters IAFF Local 29.

This is the union's 2nd year setting up the tree. According to River Park Square's Marketing Director, Elizabeth Mills, the tree was set up in a record time of 1.5 days.

The Christmas tree you see today has been the main part of River Park Square's holiday decorations since about 2002. The tree itself stands 50 feet tall; the 4 foot star atop the tree makes the whole thing tower 54 feet above the main floor.

10,000 LED lights sparkle on the tree's 689 branches. The silver and red ornaments that give the tree its holiday cheer are numerous. In fact, there are roughly 2,400 of them.

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.

Moscow Farmers Market opens Saturday

Moscow Farmers Market opens Saturday

The Moscow Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday, May 3rd. Opening day features live music and a special artist signing from the designer of this year’s poster.


Here’s more on opening day of the farmers market from the City of Moscow:

Save big bucks in online auction

Save big bucks in online auction

KXLY Radio is partnering with businesses across the Inland Northwest to bring you an online auction that you won't want to miss.  Here are just a few of the deals you'll find on the Bid on Spokane website.

  • A McCulloch 27" Snow Blower, retail value $799, with a starting bid of $180
  • A $100 Blush Beauty Bar gift certificate with a starting bid of $20
  • A Flexsteel Sofa, retail price $2,190, with a starting bid of $440.

There are more than 50 items to bid on, including furniture, sporting goods, and family entertainment.  You can see pictures, descriptions, and bid on the items on bidonespokane.com.  

The auction closes on March 31st, so take advantage while you can!

Submissions wanted for 2014 Moscow Farmers Market poster

Submissions wanted for 2014 Moscow Farmers Market poster

Three days until spring, and the City of Moscow is already getting ready for the Moscow Farmers Market to get underway. The Farmers Market Commission is seeking submissions for the 2014 Moscow Farmers Market poster.


The call for submissions is open to everyone, regardless of age or art experience. The deadline is Friday, March 21st at 5 pm. The winning entry will be awarded a $100 prize.

FDA considering revamping food labels

FDA considering revamping food labels

For the first time in 20 years, nutrition labels on the food you buy could get a big makeover.

Many people have walked through the grocery store, picked up something, tried to read the label and been totally confused. The print is very small, the information not cut and dry. Now the FDA wants to make shopping easier by changing these labels.

"They can be misleading," dietitian Natalie Tauzin said.

But for the first time in two decades, a major makeover, with new labels make calorie count bigger and highlight added sugars.

"So it would spell out how much sugar was added to this versus what was naturally in the milk," Tauzin said.

Tauzin, who works for the Spokane Health District, pointed out the new labels to help consumers decide what to grab from the shelves during a visit to Bargain Giant Foods.

"So it's 38 grams of sugar in this but there is nothing that would be a naturally sugar in this that is inherently in water so it's all added sugar," Tauzin said.

Aside from the larger calorie count print and added sugars column, the new labels will try to reflect what we actually eat, not what's ideal or recommended.

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