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Local game designer looking for success with Kingdoms in Peril

If you're a board game enthusiast who's always on the lookout for a new addition, you may want to check out local Spokane designer Thomas Kaufman and his fast-paced, highly competitive card game Kingdoms in Peril.

I had the chance to sit down and learn Kingdoms recently, and picked it up almost immediately. Set in the ancient middle east (the cards themselves designed with historical carvings from 700 BC, featured in the British museum), each player builds their own kingdom of villages and towns with their capital as the crowning jewel.

Once set-up is complete, players then go to work building a hand of cards that houses their armies, equipment and defensive tactics before turning on each other in an ancient battle royal. To the victor go the spoils, and with a two-hour time limit the winner is declared by either a tally of points (each village, town and city has a numbered value when captured) or when one kingdom emerges victorious.

Carlton Complex Fire officials say no more donations!

Carlton Complex Fire officials say no more donations!

It turns out there can be too much of a good thing. According to the official Carlton Complex Fire blog, the community has overwhelmed community groups with their donations.

Effective immediately, physical donations of clothing, books, toys and more will no longer be accepted.

Okanogan County resources no longer have the space to store additional donations or the manpower to sort them. All donations currently being sorted are more than enough to cover what's needed – they are being transported to a central location and then distributed to members of the community from there.

If you would still like to offer assistance to victims of the Carlton Complex fire, please consider a cash donation to the Apple Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross or other local charities. You can also donate cash for fire victims at any North Cascades Bank.

Working 4 you: Just how good for you is running?

Working 4 you: Just how good for you is running?

Good news for runners.

A new study shows the benefits of running for your health, but this study says it doesn't matter if you're a 15-minute miler, or an elite marathoner. The benefits are still the same.

According to the study running, even for a few minutes a day, can reduce your risk of death from heart disease compared to those who don't run at all. That study was published this week in the journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Researchers studied some 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15 year period. They noted their overall health, if they ran and how long they lived.

Compared to non-runners, investigators found those who ran had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes, and a 45% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

In fact, runners on average lived three years longer compared to those who did not hit the pavement.

When data was broken down by age, sex, body mass index, smoking and alcohol use, the benefits were still the same. And the speed at which runners ran made little difference.

Quincy hospital facing liquidation over debt

Quincy hospital facing liquidation over debt

Quincy Valley Medical Center in Quincy, Washington is facing some serious financial problems and could be forced to close.

Grant County officials are concerned with the $4 million in debt that the hospital owes the county and is demanding that they pay the balance immediately or face tough action from commissioners.

“I will be highly recommending to the county commissioners that we take immediate action going into January 2015 to not pay any registered warrants that come in over the $2.5 million set if no bond levy is put on the 2014 general election ballot, or if it does not pass on the ballot,” said Grant County Treasurer Darryl Pheasant.

Registered warrants entitle the holder to payment on demand from the county treasurer. In 2008 commissioners agreed to raise the Quincy warrants from $1.8 million to $2.5 million, but the hospital has been averaging a balance of $3.95 million instead. At this time Quincy hospital district warrants are one of the largest budget items for the county, comparable to the budget for the sheriff's office.

Avista thanks customers, employees for patience and hard work after storm

Avista thanks customers, employees for patience and hard work after storm

Avista released a big thank-you today to all their customers impacted by last Wednesday's wind storm for their patience during repairs, and to their crews for working non-stop to get everyone back online.

Avista says last week's storm caused the worst damage to their system since a massive ice storm in 1996, nearly 20 years ago. This time around it took nearly 96 hours to restore power to the nearly 40,000 customers left without.

Now that all the power is back on, Avista is getting a better look at the damage. Preliminary numbers show that more than 120 poles had to be replaced after high winds toppled trees onto power lines and snapped poles. That's double their initial estimate.

Dispatchers worked around the clock to prioritize work and dispatch crews to areas of highest need, organizing nearly 14,000 outage reports from customers.

Escaped inmate caught in Moses Lake

Escaped inmate caught in Moses Lake

The Grant County Sheriff's Office reports that an inmate escaped from the Grant County jail Sunday morning but was then apprehended in Moses Lake a short time later.

At approximately 10 a.m. Sunday, Jaime D. Hampshire, age 29, escaped from the Grant County Jail as another subject was being released. Hampshire was being held on felony theft charges.

At approximately 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Hampshire was located and apprehended at a residence on Road 4 NE in Moses Lake.

Moses Lake couple sentenced for mistreating son, 2

A Moses Lake couple whose malnourished 2-year-old son suffered a heart attack while they followed their belief in alternative medicine were sentenced to six months in jail.

The Grant County Superior Court judge said Tuesday that Robert and Michelle Staats could serve the sentences on home detention, and Robert Staats is eligible for work release.

The website iFIBER One News reports the boy is now 4 years old and suffers from brain damage.

The parents were convicted in May of criminal mistreatment for failing to adequately feed their son. The judge says they boy starved because the parents clung to an inadequate feeding plan.