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Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

When you hear vegan, what's the first thing that pops into your head? It's probably not “sexy,” but that's what PETA is trying to change with their current competition for Sexiest Vegan over 50. The field has been narrowed down to just 14 men and women from around the US and one of them is from right here in Spokane.

Atania Gilmore is marking her two-year anniversary as a vegan this month. She's a runner and says it was another runner's book that encouraged her to make the change for what she calls selfish reasons.

“As a runner you're always looking for an edge,” she said.

Gilmore says it was “Eat and Run,” a book written by ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek that inspired her. In the book, Jurek explains that his record setting speeds to his vegan diet.

“I'm a turtle when I run,” said Gilmore. “I wanted to be faster so I thought it was worth a try.” So she decided to give it a try for the 30 days leading up to Thanksgiving and see if it made a difference.

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Free health services from EWU at Senior Smile day

Free health services from EWU at Senior Smile day

Students and staff from Eastern Washington University's health sciences program are donating their time and talents next weekend for the annual Senior Smiles Day.

From 9 am – 3 pm on Friday, October 24 anyone 55 and over and on a fixed income is welcome to come to the EWU Dental Hygiene Clinic on the University District Campus for the following services:

  • Free flu vaccinations
  • Oral cancer screenings
  • Gait screening
  • Hearing test
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Medication and nutrition consultation
  • Fall prevention workshops

Participants are asked to reserve an appointment by calling (509) 919-3045 or visiting the Senior Smile website.

Free IHOP Scary Face pancake on Halloween

Free IHOP Scary Face pancake on Halloween

Looking for a special way to celebrate Halloween with your Ghosts and Ghouls? IHOP wants to help kick off the festivities with a free Scary Face pancake for all kids 12 and under on October 31.

From 7 am to 10 pm, each child can receive one of IHOP's buttermilk pancakes decorated with a whipped topping smiles and eyes and a strawberry nose. Then kids can use a kit of delicious toppings – eight pieces of candy corn and two mini Oreos – to finish decorating the face however they choose.

If you can't make it on Halloween, don't worry too much – the Scary Face pancake is available as a regular menu item all month long.

FEMA wants you to participate in earthquake drill Thursday

FEMA wants you to participate in earthquake drill Thursday

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging participation in a national earthquake drill this Thursday, October 16.

FEMA says over 40 states are at risk of earthquakes, but surveys report fewer than one-third of adults have participated in a drill in the last year. That's why they're spreading the word about this year's Great ShakeOut.

“Past practice and previous participation in a drill can make all the difference in an emergency,” FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said. “Everyone should know how to drop to the ground, cover themselves under a sturdy table or desk, and hold on to it until the shaking stops. It needs to happen with enough regularity that it becomes second nature during an actual earthquake.

At 10:16 am local time, participants should do the following:

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RSVP now for state-wide teleconference on I-594

RSVP now for state-wide teleconference on I-594

Want to learn more about Initiative 594 on the November ballot this year? This is your chance to listen to, and ask questions of, state experts from the comfort of your own home.

Today, October 14, at 6 pm the Yes on 594 campaign is hosting a tele-town hall with over 100,000 Washingtonians around the state to discuss the importance of closing the background check loophole.

Initiative 594 would require everyone who purchases a gun to undergo a background check, no matter who they buy it from or where they purchase it.

Participants include former Bellingham Police Chief Don Pierce and domestic violence advocate Trese Todd who will discuss the loophole in our state and how Initiative 594 would close it.

The discussion will be moderated by Reverend Sandy Brown, president of the board of directors of the Center for Gun Responsibility and provide an important opportunity for voters to ask questions about background checks.

Help with world record attempt for Jack-O-Lanterns

Help with world record attempt for Jack-O-Lanterns

Grab your gourds and get ready to carve! The town of Chewelah is going for a world record this year: the most lit, carved pumpkins on display at once.

The Chewelah Chamber of Congress is asking everyone to help out. Light Up the Park is sponsored by the Chewelah Arts Guild who is also donating 200 pumpkins. Some of the other 1,200 pumpkins needed to set the record are being donated by the town's chamber of commerce, Safeway and Kiwanis Club – but the rest need to come from you.

“We're hoping people can bring several carved pumpkins each,” says the event's co-chair. “We'd love to have uncarved pumpkins too, as many as we can get.”

A pre-event “de-pulping” is being being held Friday to help prepare them.

Light Up the Park schedule for Saturday, October 25:

Ranchers express frustration over wolf management

It was standing room only, as more than 200 Stevens County residents gathered Tuesday night to voice their concerns on how the state is managing wolves in Northeast Washington.

A meeting was held in Colville in Stevens County, the area where 10 of Washington's 15 confirmed wolf packs live, and the area where wolves killed sheep over the summer.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife called the issue of wolf management "volatile."

The residents of Stevens County, many of them ranchers, told Fish and Wildlife the wolves threaten their livelihood, and Fish and Wildlife isn't taking their concerns seriously.

The Washington population of wolves has grown exponentially since 2011.

During the public comment, residents expressed their frustration toward the Department of Fish and Wildlife, saying they haven't been transparent, they've wasted tax payer dollars, and that they haven't followed through with promises to remove the wolves that have been killing livestock.

Ranchers also say, the issue is bigger than that, it's about protecting their livelihoods.