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Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April


Looking to go explore some Washington State Parks, but don't yet have a Discover Pass? Well, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer two free days in April.


Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to any of Washington's State Parks on April 4th, a springtime free Saturday, and Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22nd.


Free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. 


A Discover Pass is still needed to access WDFW and DNR lands on State Park free days.


Clarkston 5th grader surpasses school's fundraising record in honor of his mother

Clarkston 5th grader surpasses school's fundraising record in honor of his mother


The "Jump Rope For Heart" fundraising program in a longstanding tradition at Heights Elementary in Clarkston, WA. However, this year, the event was especially meaningful to one of the school's fifth graders.


Last year, Seth Brown lost his mother to a heart condition. In honor of his mother, Seth set out to beat the school's record for donations- and he did exactly that.


The American Heart Association encourages schools to participate in the Jump Rope For Heart program to help teach students and families how to take care of their hearts and the importance of staying fit. Students at participating schools raise money that supports the heart association's research and education initiatives. The Jump Rope For Heart fundraiser at Heights Elementary encouraged students in grades kindergarten through sixth to reach out to friends and family to earn pledges for jumping rope in PE class during the month of February 2015.


The goal for the school was to raise $5,200 total. As of today, Seth Brown has raised $1,200 in pledges - $200 more than any student at Heights has raised in nearly 23 years.

Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS wants to warn pet owners of the hazards the holidays can bring to your four legged friends.


"Things that make the holidays a great time of year - cookies, presents, and a house full of company - can actually be hazards to our four-legged friends," said Nancy Hill, Regional Director of SCRAPS. "We advise pet owners to take a minute to make sure their house is pet friendly."


According to SCRAPS, here are a few holiday items that can be particularly harmful to pets:


  • Holiday Lighting and Candles

SCRAPS said these are especially dangerous to pets that like to chew. Electrical shock can occur when a pet chomps down on an electrical cord, causing tongue lacerations and possible death. SCRAPS suggests using LED candles instead of actual flames and place them into hard-to-reach places so that pets can not access them.


  • Gift Wrap Ribbon

Mobile food bank to distribute food at Clarkston High School Dec. 19

Clarkston High School is partnering with Second Harvest to "take on hunger 'til no kid is hungry" this holiday season. A mobile food bank will distribute food boxes to both Clarkston High School and Lincoln Middle School students and their families on Friday, December 19 from 11:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the CHS cafeteria, located at 401 Chestnut Street.

The Second Harvest Mobile Food Bank provides fresh, nutritious produce and other food staples to local communities by focusing on students in need and their families. No appointment or documentation is needed for CHS and LMS students and families wishing to receive food boxes.

"This time of year can be especially difficult for many students whose families struggle to make ends meet," said CHS Principal, Eric Anderson. "We are grateful for this partnership with Second Harvest to make sure no student goes home hungry."

Local girls have chance to code national Christmas trees in D.C. with Google

Local girls have chance to code national Christmas trees in D.C. with Google

Google and the National Park Foundation are teaming up for a program that gives girls in Washington state the chance to have their work on display in Washington D.C. for the White House's annual tree lighting ceremony.

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.

WSU hosting fall harvest festival this Saturday

WSU hosting fall harvest festival this Saturday

Fall is here, and what better way to get in the mood then with a good, old fashioned harvest festival?

Fresh pressed cider, food and family fun are on the menu for the free, annual harvest party this Saturday, October 4, from 10 am to 4 pm at Washington State University's organic farm.

Activities will include hay wagon rides, face painting and games. Pumpkins will be available from a U-pick pumpkin patch that includes traditional jack-o-lanterns, baby pumpkins and novelty varieties. Food and fresh-pressed cider will also be available for purchase.

“The harvest party provides a great opportunity to meed the organic farm crew, see your friends and enjoy the harvest and the crisp fall air,” said farm manager Brad Jaeckel.

The farm is located in the Turkey horticulture orchard on the corner of Airport Road and Terre View Drive. The orchard will also be open for U-pick and pre-picked fruit sales. Please leave all pets at home.