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WA State Parks celebrates 101 years with free park entry

WA State Parks celebrates 101 years with free park entry

From the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission:

 

Washington State Parks turns 101 years old on Wednesday, March 19, and visitors are invited to help celebrate by getting out to enjoy a state park for free that day.

Hoopfest registration open at midnight

Hoopfest registration open at midnight

The weather has warmed up and dried out, and the basketball courts are calling your name! Hoopfest is just 106 days away, and it’s time to start thinking about this year’s team. Registration for the world’s largest three-on-three tournament begins at midnight.

Be the solution to the soccer ref shortage in WA

Be the solution to the soccer ref shortage in WA

There is a soccer referee shortage in Washington! If you've ever wanted to ref, now is your time. There are two entry level clinics coming soon. The first will be 2 days (Friday night March 28th from 6 PM to 10 PM then Sunday afternoon March 30th from 2 PM to 6 PM) at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Spokane. The second will be at Plantes' Ferry in Spokane Valley on Friday, April 11 from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM.

If you are interested, you'll need to register at wareferees.org. The site will guide you through the process of how to become a referee. The cost for the clinic is $80. You can also purchase a "start up" kit which will include everything a new referee needs to start.

If you have any questions, you can contact Tony Richardson at tonrich@aol.com or call (909) 528-9063.

Meet the Athletes: Spencer

Meet the Athletes: Spencer

Week days after school you can find Spencer Kimbro shooting hoops in the gym at the elementary school where his mom teaches in Moses Lake. This fall, he raced cross country at Chief Moses Middle School for the first time. On weekends, the Kimbros head to Spokane so that Spencer can practice with ParaSport Spokane.


Spencer, who has Spina Bifida, is no stranger to being interviewed. He’s the face of Youth Outdoors Unlimited, a Central Washington based nonprofit that teaches kids with disabilities how to hunt and fish. Spencer learned how to hunt and fish in 2010 and loves it.

Meet the Athletes: Mike

Meet the Athletes: Mike

You can’t help but smile when you’re around 10-year-old Mike Lucas. He’s a double amputee, but his smile and spirit are bright reminder to always get back up and go for it.


Outside of his disability, Mike is just like any other 10-year-old boy. He likes to play basketball and video games on the Wii. His favorite subject in school is science. At the Shoe City Open track meet, Mike ended a long day of races making sure that everyone had a snack and chasing after a football with members of Team U.S.A.. When he took a tumble on the field he popped right back up.

Meet the Athletes: Mikila

Meet the Athletes: Mikila

Mikila Salazar is a 17-year-old West Valley senior who like most students is trying to decide which college to enroll at next year. Unlike most students, Mikila is trying to decide which school’s wheelchair basketball program will be the best fit for her.


Mikila was born with Sacral Agenesis which means her last two vertebrae are missing. Mikila can walk, but only for short distances. For longer distances she prefers to use a wheelchair.