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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.

 

Ryan Floch Memorial Basketball Games will be held at BBCC Jan. 3

The 14th annual Ryan Floch Memorial Basketball Games will be held January 3rd at Big Bend Community College.

The BBCC women host the Alumni at 2:00 p.m., and the men’s team will host an Alumni team at 3:45 p.m.

Local high school teams also will compete in BBCC’s gym Saturday. Odessa-Harrington’s Titans will be the home team against Wilbur-Creston. The boys’ game starts at 5:30 p.m. and the girls wrap up the memorial evening starting at 7:00 p.m.

All gate receipts and donations from these games will go to the Ryan Floch Memorial Scholarship to support student athletes graduating from Class B high schools in Eastern Washington.

Ryan Floch was a basketball standout at Odessa High School. He played for BBCC from 1999 to 2001. Ryan and his brother Drew—a BBCC Foundation scholarship recipient—died with their grandfather and a cousin in a boating accident.

Donations also are accepted in Drew Floch’s name for the BBCC Foundation Scholarship awarded each year to a graduate of Odessa High School.

Loup Loup Ski Bowl opened Sunday, reports ski conditions

Loup Loup Ski Bowl opened Sunday, reports ski conditions

Loup Loup Ski Bowl reported having a beautiful opening day on Sunday with sunny skies and great sliding.

 

On Monday, December 22, they reported that at 6:00 a.m. they had clear skies with a temperature of 27 degrees. In the past 48 hours, The Loup had received 11" of new snow, bringing their total cumulative snowfall to 39" so far this season.

 

The Loup's current groomed runs are Hugh's Run, Race Face, Park Run, Ridge, Double Z, and Loup Run.

 

The Wolf Den day lodge is also open for breakfast and lunch.

 

To stay updated on Loup Loup Ski Bowls current conditions, visit http://www.skitheloup.com/the_mountain/conditions/.

 

State Parks invites people to go ‘deep’ into Rockport State Park

State Parks invites people to go ‘deep’ into Rockport State Park

This winter, staff and volunteers from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer guided hikes through the ancient, old growth forest at Rockport State Park.

The Deep Forest Experience hikes take place between 10:00 a.m. And 2:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from December 5 through February 15, at Rockport State Park. The park is located just off the North Cascades Highway (Hwy 20), .06 miles west of the town of Rockport.

Annual Dollar Dash fundraiser registration underway

Annual Dollar Dash fundraiser registration underway

The Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake is giving their scholarship foundation a boost with the fourth annual Dollar Dash 5k fundraiser on September 27.

“Dollar Dash is one way for the college to help students gain access to a high-quality education at BBCC while engaging the community and having some fun,” said Judy Oakes, race coordinator and BBCC Foundation board member.

The course follows College Parkway, which weaves through the school's 154-acre campus.

Participants who register before September 18 will receive a t-shirt. Registration costs $25 for adults and $15 for runners age 18 and under. Packet pickup begins at 7 am on race day in front of the campus ATEC building. The run begins at 8.

You can register online here, at the BBCC's business office, library or university center and at the Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce and Park and Recreation offices.

Public comment needed on Mt. Spokane State Park expansion

Public comment needed on Mt. Spokane State Park expansion

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is inviting the public to comment on two proposals for Mount Spokane State Park.

The following are combined under one draft environmental impact statement which considers the potential impact of:

  • The expansion of Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard park, adding one ski lift and seven ski trails in a 279-acre area.
  • A formal land classification and reclassification of a portion of the state park known as the Potential Alpine Ski Expansion Area (PASEA).

The deadline for comments is September 15.

You can find more information on the proposals, the draft environmental impact statement documents and a link to submit your comments here.

Fire restrictions lifted in Colville Nat'l Forest

Fire restrictions lifted in Colville Nat'l Forest

Just in time for the holiday weekend, fire restrictions have been lifted for the Colville National Forest.

“With the wetting rains and cooler daytime temperatures we have been experiencing in the Colville National Forest, the anticipated fire danger is reduced enough to allow visitors to once again enjoy campfires in the forest,” said Fire Management Officer Tim Sampson. “Firewood cutters are also able to run chainsaws after 1 pm.”

Forest visitors must still use caution and exercise sound fire precautions, however, on National forest System Lands. Good fire building and extinguishing practices are advised such as:

  • Keeping campfires small
  • Using existing fire rings
  • Have a bucket, shovel, water and fire extinguisher readily available
  • Attend and fully extinguish all fires