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Local partnership works to prevent drowning by offering discounts on life jackets

Local partnership works to prevent drowning by offering discounts on life jackets

 

As the weather continues to warm up, more and more boaters will be hitting the water.

 

To encourage safe boating, the Washinton State Drowning Prevention Network, Safe Kids Washington, and the Spokane Regional Health District have partnered with Big 5 Sporting Goods to previde 25% off coupons on life jackets.

 

These coupons can be used at any Big 5 Sporting Goods from April 1st through September 30th 2015 in Washington and North Idaho.

 

Coupins are available online on the Spokane Region Health District's website: CLICK HERE.

 

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 student archers compete for state championship

Clarkston student archers compete for state championship

 

More than 170 student archers will represent Clarkston School District when they compete in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Championship in Ellensburg on March 27th and 28th. The tenth annual event will be held at Central Washington University in the Nicholson Pavilion Gym. This year's state championship includes over 900 students representing 35 schools from across the state.

 

Students will shoot for individual awards for both boys and girls, as well as for school team trophies. Competition categories are the Elementary, Middle, and High School level. High scoring teams and individuals receive trophies and awards, and also qualify to participate in the National Championship to be held May 7th-9th in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

 

Registration for the world's largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament is now live!

 

Entry forms for Spokane Hoopfest 2015 are available online at register.spokanehoopfest.net. Hard-copy entry forms are also available at any Bruchi's Cheesesteaks and Subs or Yokes Fresh Market northwest locations. 

 

This year Hoopfest will celebrate its 26th year as a Spokane institution. Every year the tournament brings approximately 28,000 players and 225,000 spectators to the streets of downtown Spokane.

 

Registration to the tournament is guaranteed to teams that register prior to May 11th. Forms and entries to those who register late are only granted based on space availability with an additional $20 late fee through May 25th. Nonetheless, Hoopfest organizers recommend playing it safe by registering early.

 

LCSC students form club softball team

LCSC students form club softball team

Students from Lewis-Clark State College have recently formed a Women’s Club Softball Team.  Club president Kenzee Burke initiated the club and has secured Rebecca Snider, Assistant Professor of the Division of Business, Technology, and Service, as the faculty advisor.

 

“The Warrior Softball Club is a group of hardworking, dedicated students who have a love for the game of softball,” said Burke. “This club gives local students, as well as those students from outside the area who have chosen to attend LCSC for a better education, an opportunity to continue to play the sport they love at the next level. It also gives our community another opportunity to support our college and watch a competitive college softball team.”

 

There are over 20 women who have expressed interest in playing softball for the club team.  The team has been able to purchase uniforms and travel to regional games through fundraising efforts and the solicitation for grant funds from ASLCSC and the Co-Curricular Grant.

 

Free Boat Idaho course to be conducted by the Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office

Free Boat Idaho course to be conducted by the Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office

 

Idaho residents interested in boating can take a Boat Idaho Course on basic boat laws and safety from the The Nez Perce Sheriff's Office. The class will be held on March 21st at 9:00 a.m. at the Idaho Fish and Game Office at 3316 16th Street in Lewiston.

 

The class is expected to last about six to eight house, and will be instructed by Nez Perce County Marine Corporal Levi Frary. The Boat Idaho Course is free to the public, and open to residents of any state. Whether you are new to boating, a seasoned boat operator, thinking of purchasing a boat, or just like to recreate on the water, this course will teach about boating safety and the requirements and equipment needed.

 

Basic boating laws and rules of the river with regard to navigation and boater courtesy will be instructed. For more information, or to sign up for the course, email the Sheriff's Office Marine Division at levif@co.nezperce.id.us

Gonzaga coach Mark Few needs votes to win $100,000 for the Community Cancer Fund

Gonzaga coach Mark Few needs votes to win $100,000 for the Community Cancer Fund

Gonzaga University Men's Basketball Coach, Mark Few, is participating in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge for a chance to win $100,000 for the Community Cancer Fund.

 

However, Coach Few will not be able to win this challenge alone. In order to win the $100,000 the public will need to cast their votes in Coach Few's favor.

 

Few is one of 48 NCAA basketball coaches competing in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge. As of Monday, January 5th, fans have been able to head to www.VoteCoachFew.com to cast their votes to help advance him in the competition.