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Inslee poised to sign legislation restricting teens from tanning salons

Inslee poised to sign legislation restricting teens from tanning salons

Governor Jay Inslee is expected to sign a bill that will make Washington State the sixth in the country that would prevent minors from using tanning beds, which has owners of local tanning salons, who rely on teen business, concerned.

Cindy Herring owns Jamaica Me Tan in Spokane Valley. Many of her clients are high school students and this legislation would stop most of them from tanning altogether.

"It's going to be difficult," she said.

Herring said she understands the health concerns but says educating young people is better than an all-out ban and that a better solution would be to regulate tanning for minors.

"Many other states have addressed, okay we need to have the signatures of children who are under 18 tanning and I agree with that, that's not going to hurt our business. It's going to let mom know that we're safe, it's going to let mom know the rules, the teenager know the rules, and that's the best thing you can do. Through education it's about safe tanning not risky tanning," she explained.

New App the Block Watch of the future

New App the Block Watch of the future

It's called the Block Watch of the future, a relatively new app for your phone that helps your neighborhood stay safe and connected.

Fairwood Park near Whitworth University, is the kind of place where all of the neighbors know each other.

"We do annual clean-up days, we had a big Oktoberfest," said resident Kathy Maguire.

Maguire was recently introduced to the Nextdoor app, which she politely shared with her neighbors.

"Immediately when I connected to it, I realized it was the way our neighborhood needed to communicate," Maguire said.

On the app you can share recommendations on dentists, electricians, or babysitters. You can also alert your neighbors of a lost dog or even crime. It came in handy, Wednesday morning.

"All throughout our neighborhood there was break-ins in cars. So there were three posts this morning from residents just saying, 'hey, be aware."

Kathy's neighbors Pat and Chuck Burns have lived in Fairwood Park for 40 years. The former block watch captains say the Nextdoor app is the block watch of the future.

Proposed bill could mean headache for medical marijuana dispensaries and patients

The business of medical marijuana has largely gone unregulated. Soon, that could all change.

A new bill passed by the Washington Senate on Saturday (SB5887) lays out how medical pot shops will work in the new system. Dispensaries will have the same guidelines as recreational marijuana stores, so medical stores will have to apply for a license. Five percent of stores would be allowed to stay only medical. If they don't, owners will have to shut down by September 2015.

"A whole lot of people are thinking medical cannabis is going to go away, it isn't. It isn't what the state is looking for," said Paul Lugo, who owns the medical marijuana dispensary The Herbal Connection near the Garland District.

Lugo plans to apply for a license to keep his medical marijuana dreams alive, and says he's for some state oversight.

"We've got to be able to sit back and say, 'ok, even though we don't personally agree with this, or whatever, it may be best for the industry. We can't go completely unregulated," Lugo said.

Students invited to Doodle for Google

Students invited to Doodle for Google

Google is calling all kids to enter the 2014 Doodle for Google competition. Students from kindergarten to 12th grade are invited to enter their doodles interpreting the theme “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…”

Shooting injures Royal City man

An elderly man received a minor wound last night when someone fired two rounds from a shotgun into the home where he was sleeping.

At around 10:45 p.m. Grant County Sheriff?s Deputies answered the call for shots fired at 4042 Road 10.4-Southwest space #4. Occupants of the home said two shotgun rounds were fired into the front of the home and into the kitchen. A Hispanic male was seen running from the scene and getting into a car which sped off toward Royal City. Witnesses weren?t able to describe the male or the car.

An elderly man who was sleeping in the front bedroom received a minor wound and declined medical treatment.

Evidence collected at the scene will be sent to the state crime lab for analysis.

Deputies believe this was a targeted, gang-related shooting. Grant County Sheriff?s Gang Unit is investigating.

Newly exposed shoreline closed to public

That new shoreline exposed by the drawdown of cracked Wanapum Dam is being closed to the public.

The Grant County Public Utility District announced the closure Thursday. The district owns the shoreline.

Utility officials say people have been drawn to the area and are even driving on the newly exposed shoreline, which is south of Vantage.

From now on, only authorized personnel will be allowed access to the shoreline below the high-water mark of the reservoir.

The utility is posting signs and is actively patrolling the shoreline. They say law enforcement agencies will be notified whenever anyone is observed trespassing on PUD lands.

The utility is also trying to determine the best way to repair a 65-foot long crack in a spillway of the dam that was discovered last week.









Storm blankets Inland Northwest with snow

Storm blankets Inland Northwest with snow

The National Weather Service says the Spokane area will see more snow Monday morning before it turns to freezing rain and just rain later in the day.

The Weather Service recorded nearly 5 inches of snow at Spokane International Airport from the storm.

The city of Spokane declared a Stage 1 snow event over the weekend and asked residents to move parked cars off arterials and bus routes to help snow plows.

Significant snow also fell elsewhere in Eastern Washington and northern Idaho with amounts varying by location and elevation.

Forecasters warn that roads will remain icy and slushy before warmer air moves into the region Monday.