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A first-timers guide to legal recreational marijuana

A first-timers guide to legal recreational marijuana

Legal marijuana sales kicked off Tuesday across Washington, including at one of three confirmed stores here in Spokane, with enthusiasts in line hours before opening.

But what about the curious among us who have never taken a puff in our lives, but are ready to give it a try now that it's legal and easily accessible?

“It can be a little alien if it's their first time,” said Green Leaf customer service representative Chad Welsh. “To walk in here and think 'What are these devices?' and 'What is your product all about?'”

A big part of Chad's job is to help guide first-timers through the experience, with tips on the product, how to smoke and what to smoke with. I also spoke with Daniel Wendling, general manager at Piece of Mind and assistant manager at the licensed pot shop Satori just next door, and put together a how-to of sorts for the first time smoker.

 

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Eastern Washington 4th of July celebrations

Eastern Washington 4th of July celebrations

Looking for 4th of July fireworks in your community? Check out the list we've compiled for you:

 

Adams County:

  • Othello – Lions Park at 10:00 pm

Asotin County:

  • Clarkston – Adams Field, Clarkston High School at 10:00 pm

Benton County:

  • Benton City – Little League Fields at Dusk
  • Kennewick – Columbia Park at Dusk
  • Prosser – Prosser High School at 10:00 pm

Columbia County:

None listed

Douglas County:

  • Watervillw – NCW Fairgrounds at 10:00 pm

Ferry County:

North Idaho 4th of July Celebrations

North Idaho 4th of July Celebrations

Looking for 4th of July celebrations in your community? Check out the list we've compiled for you:

 

Bonners Ferry – Parade at 5:00 pm on Main Street, activities all day and fireworks at dusk at Boundary County Fair Grounds.

Clark Fork – Fourth of July Celebration, 7:30 am, fireworks at dusk at the baseball field.

Coeur d'Alene - 4th of July Festival, 10:00 am at City Park, fireworks at dusk.

Harrison – Fourth of July Fireworks, dusk on the waterfront.

Hope – Fireworks at dusk over the lake.

Laclade - 32nd Annual Family Days Fourth of July, 7:00 am at the Community Center, fireworks at dusk at Riley Creek Recreation Area.

Moscow – Independence Day Celebration, Noon at Friendship Square.

Burn ban on DNR forestland east of Cascades starts July 1

Burn ban on DNR forestland east of Cascades starts July 1

Another warning in the face of the upcoming Fourth of July weekend – the Washington State Department of Natural Resources has placed a burn ban on all DNR-protected land east of the Cascades.

Starting July 1 and running until September 30, the burn ban applies to all forestland under DNR fire protection.

“The seasonally dry weather creates a greater risk for wildfires,” said Commission of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “A burn ban helps to prevent them and protects forests, habitat and property.”

So far this year DNR has already had 172 wildfire starts, which have burned approximately 779 acres across the state.

The ban applies to all outdoor burning on DNR forestland with two exceptions:

Recreational fires in approved fire pits

Gas or propane stoves and barbecue grills

Fireworks and incendiary devices like exploding targets, sky lanterns or tracer ammunition are also illegal.

Warning for campers at Lake Roosevelt 4th of July weekend

Warning for campers at Lake Roosevelt 4th of July weekend

If you're headed to Lake Roosevelt for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, the Washington Bureau of Reclamation wants to make sure your campsite stays high and dry.

They're advising people camping along the Lake Roosevelt shoreline to be aware of potential dangers that could exist due to rapidly rising lake levels. The lake is impounded by Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River about 90 miles west of Spokane.

“When camping along the shoreline, it is recommended that tents and other belongings be kept well away from the water's edge,” said Public Affairs Officer Lynne Brougher. “Although the lake is a popular vacation spot, it is also a working reservoir that supplies water for hydroelectric facilities at Grand Coulee Dam which can result in rapid fluctuations.”

Brougher says campsites that are too close to the water's edge could potentially become flooded and boats that are not properly anchored or secured could drift out into the lake and become a safety hazard.

CdA MMA fighter to wear Idaho made gear in televised fight

CdA MMA fighter to wear Idaho made gear in televised fight

A professional Bellator MMA fighter will be sporting a LC Valley apparel and fight gear company's product this weekend in a nationally televised fight.


Steven Smith, who started Kumite in 2008, says light heavyweight Jamelle Jones of Coeur d'Alene will be wearing Kumite fight shorts Friday, June 6, at the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Jones also coaches college wrestling at North Idaho College.

Hoopfest registration deadline extended

Hoopfest registration deadline extended

If you missed the Hoopfest registration deadline you’re in luck. Hoopfest has extended the deadline through Monday and will allow up to 150 more teams to register.