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Police investigating after man hit by train in Spokane Valley

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 18:08:00 EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Police, sheriff's deputies, firefighters and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad police were investigating a crash involving a train and a pedestrian Saturday afternoon in Spokane Valley. The call came in around 1:45 p.m. near the intersection of Trent and Vista. Fire crews report an adult man was struck by a train, but were unable to determine an age of the man.


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Spokane woman wants officer shootings to be hate crimes

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 21:28:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - After a Tacoma officer was shot and killed in the line of duty, a Spokane woman is taking a stand for the men and women in blue. Jeanette Rockstrom wants her voice heard. Which is why she started a new online petition. She believes that shooting a police officer should be considered a hate crime, and that the discrimination and violence against them needs to stop.


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Think snow: Chance for flurries in the Inland Northwest Thursday

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 20:28:00 EST

With it now being December bad weather is almost inevitable. Sunday we are watching a cold front sweep down from British Columbia and bring the coldest temperatures we have seen since January 2! Sunday that cold front will push through with temperatures, at the time, being in the mid to upper 30’s before dropping to the 20’s and teens overnight into Monday morning.


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Spokane Valley business gives back to veterans with Christmas trees

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 19:35:00 EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Creative Edge in Spokane Valley is getting in the holiday spirit by giving back to veterans. They are offering one free tree for each family of veterans, police officers, and firefighters. You need to bring your military ID.  Linda Braaton served in the Navy and says she appreciates the acknowledgment to veterans.


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Memorial service for slain Tacoma officer set for Friday

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 18:50:00 EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A memorial service for a Tacoma police officer who was fatally shot while responding to a domestic violence call has been scheduled for Friday.  Tacoma Police say services for Officer Reginald "Jake" Gutierrez will be held at the Tacoma Dome and will be open to the public. A time has not yet been announced. 


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Idaho voter turnout in November election hit record numbers

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 14:11:00 EST

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) - Idaho voter turnout hit record numbers in last month's election, beating the previous high during the 2012 presidential election.      The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that final election results posted by the Idaho Secretary of State showed 710,877 people cast ballots on Nov. 8. More than three-quarters of Idaho's 936,529 registered voters took part in the election.


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Health officials: 22 cases of mumps in King County

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 13:34:00 EST

SEATTLE (AP) - Officials say the number of patients in the Seattle area believed to have mumps has risen to 22.  Public Health Seattle & King County said Friday that five cases of mumps have been confirmed, 17 are probable cases and four other cases are under investigation.


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Costs of train derailment along Columbia River adding up

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 13:30:00 EST

MOSIER, Ore. (AP) - Six months after a train hauling Bakken crude oil derailed along the Columbia River Gorge, state and other officials are still tabulating a bill to send to Union Pacific Railroad. Union Pacific said in a statement that it is committed to absorbing all the costs incurred as a result of the fiery crash on June 3 in Mosier, Oregon.


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Shooter impersonated cop at Tacoma mall

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 13:25:00 EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a man who fatally shot a Tacoma police officer Wednesday impersonated a law enforcement officer about two weeks prior at the Tacoma Mall.   The News Tribune reports  Bruce R. Johnson was spotted walking through the mall Nov. 15 carrying what looked to be a soft rifle case over his shoulder, wearing handcuffs on his belt and a hat reading "Sheriff's."


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Update: Avista Utilities fixes power outages in Spokane area

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 23:53:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - At approximately 8:30pm on Friday evening, Avista Utilities reported a large number of outages in the Spokane area.  Nearly 1,000 customers north of Spokane Community College and just shy of 2,000 customers south of Spokane Community College were affected.  Avista crews are currently working to restore power to these customers.


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KHQ's Hometown Harvest Food Drive 2016

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:54:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Friday is our Hometown Harvest Food Drive benefiting Northwest Harvest.   Each year we hold our Hometown Harvest Food Drive. We see your generosity each and every year and the hundreds of thousands of pounds of food you donate, stretches into meals for your neighbors, friends, and family that otherwise wouldn't have a meal at all We have five locations where you can help this Friday: 


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Some geese that landed on contaminated water in Butte die

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 23:30:00 EST

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - Some of the more than 1,000 snow geese that landed to rest on the highly acidic water in a former open-pit copper mine in Butte have died.      Mark Thompson, manager of environmental affairs for Montana Resources, tells The Montana Standard the dead birds were spotted at the Berkeley Pit early Thursday morning. 


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Spokane Valley family displaced by fire gets support from community

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 20:32:00 EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The Christmas lights create a twinkling glow in Devin and Katy Comstock’s parent’s living room -- There’s no place like home for the holidays. Unfortunately the Comstock’s home is gone after a fire destroyed it earlier this week. “It all happened so fast,” said Katy Comstock. “Even now it’s hard to process what had happened.” 


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Colville Tribal veterans want to make a protective shield for 'water protectors' at Standing Rock

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 21:17:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Pipeline protests are going on nationwide and now veterans from the Inland Northwest are making it their mission to support them. Colville Tribal veterans left for Standing Rock in North Dakota on Friday. Their goal is to make a protective shield for the protesters who they call water protectors. Four buses loaded with veterans from Tacoma, Bellingham, and Spokane all headed to North Dakota.


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Psychiatric hospital worker charged with molesting patients

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 20:14:00 EST

SEATTLE, Wash. -  Prosecutors have charged an employee at Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital with four counts of molesting four female patients. Pierce County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Erica Eggertsen said in a charging document that Christopher Conley took "indecent liberties" with the four women between April 1 and May 8. Conley worked as a Psychiatric Security Attendant.


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Coeur d'Alene man arrested for possession of child pornography

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 18:55:00 EST

Early Thursday investigators in the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit arrested 34-year-old Coeur d'Alene man for possession of child pornography.  According to Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, John V. Mitchell is suspected of using the internet to share photographs and videos of victimized children. Shortly after his arrest, Mitchell was booked into the Kootenai County Jail. Anyone with information regarding Mitchell's exploitation of children is asked t...


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University of Idaho will continue suspension of Delta Sigma Phi for remainder of academic year

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 18:16:00 EST

MOSCOW, Idaho - The University of Idaho has decided to continue the suspension of fraternity Delta Sigma Phi for the remainder of the 2016-2017 academic year. The fraternity violated university policies on hazing, drug use, and consumption of alcohol. Delta Sigma Phi was suspended in October after claims were made about questionable activities taking place in the fraternity.


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The cost of the 12 days of Christmas

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 12:44:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - It's a song we all at least know the tune of, though I must admit, up until I wrote this article, I couldn't tell you each gift from The 12 Days of Christmas song. However, after doing a little research, it's obvious whoever wrote it loved to give birds as gifts. A lot of birds. Like... an obscene amount of birds.


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3 more Hanford workers get checked after smelling vapors

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 17:43:00 EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - Three more Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers were given medical evaluations after they reported smelling a suspicious, ammonia-like odor. The workers were outside a facility where full air bottles are picked up and empty bottles dropped off after being used with supplied air respirators. The Tri-City Herald says the vapors are associated with waste held in underground nuclear waste tanks.


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Colville Tribal Veterans leave for Standing Rock

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 17:27:00 EST

NESPELEM, Wash. - A special ceremony was held Friday morning by the Colville Confederated Tribes to bless ten Colville Veterans who left for North Dakota to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.  "Veterans Stand for Standing Rock" is a national movement of vets who will participate in the fight against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.


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Top Baby Names of 2016

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:55:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - If you're expecting a child soon and want to name them what everyone else is naming theirs, Babycenter.com just released their list of the top baby names of 2016.  For the second year in a row, Jackson and Sophia topped the list.  While not making the top 10, there were certain trends based on what was happening in the world. 


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PHOTOS: Can you help identify this suspected credit card thief

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:00:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is looking to identify a man they believe used a stolen credit card at an ATM in north Spokane County. Detectives say the card was stolen during a car prowling. The victim said someone broke into her car on September 23, 2016, while it was parked in a church parking lot on West Hastings Road. 


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HELP ME HAYLEY: Woman with MS fighting for parking spot

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:29:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A popular downtown Spokane icon has one woman very upset. She says the Parkade doesn't have a single spot for drivers with disabilities. She wasn't getting satisfying answers herself, so she said "Help Me Hayley." "My condition was first diagnosed in 2000," Anita Jamison said. "I've tried several different therapies." 


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UPDATE: Missing Spokane woman found safe

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 01:16:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - UPDATE: Spokane Police say 26-year-old Sylvia Jorgenson has been located and is safe. Thanks to everyone who helped spread the word!


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Mobile home in Deer Park catches fire

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 23:21:00 EST

DEER PARK, Wash. - Thursday evening a mobile home went up in flames on Colville road in Deer Park.  Police say one person was inside at the time of the fire, but they were able to get out safely.  No injuries were reported.  There is no word at this time on what caused the fire.  Investigators are currently on scene.  We will update the story as more information becomes available. 


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Spokane neighborhood wakes up to cars tagged with blue graffiti

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 22:50:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Imagine getting ready to go to work in your car, only to find graffiti scribbled all over it. Neighbors say at least 3 to 4 cars were tagged with graffiti on Greenwood Boulevard. The graffiti matches in color and looks like it was done by the same person, but people in the neighborhood are fed up.


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Security cameras donated to MLK Center in Spokane

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 22:42:00 EST

Two weeks have gone by since the Martin Luther King Jr. Center became a canvas for hate. But when racial slurs were spray painted on the side of the building, the community stood together. The paint was washed off, someone who saw what happened bought a security system for the Center, and on Thursday, a local business installed it for free. “This is our part that we could do to make a difference and hopefully make it more secure,” said Mike Crouse of Total Security.


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Trump nominates Pullman native to lead Pentagon

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 20:47:00 EST

WASHINGTON DC - According to the Associated Press, President-elect Donald Trump says he will nominate retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to lead the Defense Department. Trump made the announcement Thursday during a post-election victory rally in Cincinnati.  Mattis retired in 2013 after serving as the commander of the U.S. Central Command. 


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Woman arrested in Deer Park murder

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 18:45:00 EST

Wednesday afternoon the Spokane County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Detectives charged 60-year-old Gloria R. Redmann with 2nd degree murder of a man in Deer Park. Detectives say Redmann told them that she didn't know about the deceased victim that was discovered under a tarp on her driveway Tuesday evening by men she had recruited to help her move items from her home.  Later in the investigation, detectives say Redmann changed her story, telling them the victim arrived at...


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Starbucks says Schultz to step down as CEO, become chairman

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 19:17:00 EST

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks says CEO Howard Schultz is stepping down from the coffee chain that he joined more than 30 years ago.      The Seattle-based company announced Thursday that Kevin Johnson will become chief executive as of April 3.      Schultz will become executive chairman on that date to focus on innovation and social impact activities, among other things.      Shares of Starbucks slid 3.6 percent to $56.44 in after-hours trading.


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Man stabbed during argument over politics

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 19:03:00 EST

PASCO, Wash. - A Richland man was stabbed during an argument authorities say involved the politics of President-elect Donald Trump. The Tri-City Herald reports that a 29-year-old Trump supporter and 40-year-old Alvaro Campos-Hernandez were arguing Wednesday night in a Pasco bar. Pasco police say Campos-Hernandez walked away until the younger man allegedly called him a racial slur. 


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Dangers of downloading apps outside official app stores

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 18:01:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - According to computer researchers at cybersecurity firm Check Point, hackers have gained access to over 1.3 million Google accounts through illegitimate phone applications. This means they have access to users emails, photos, documents, etc. Wednesday morning Google confirmed the nature and extent of the problem. The hackers stole digital "tokens”, granting them access to Google services such as a person's emails and photos.


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TONIGHT: Where you can watch Gonzaga basketball

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:16:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - We're in that weird time of year where there are a bunch of sports going on at once. Tonight (Thursday, December 1) is one of those nights where we have two major sporting events going on at once. While we'd love to pull off some sort of Back to the Future II scenario where we can simultaneously broadcast Gonzaga basketball and NFL football on the same screen, we can't.


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Suspect in fatal shooting of Tacoma officer dead

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:52:00 EST

TACOMA, Wash. - Authorities say an officer shot multiple times while responding to a domestic violence call has died at a Tacoma hospital. Tacoma Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool says the officer was pronounced dead at the hospital Wednesday evening. "We've suffered a great loss and I think the community has suffered a great loss. I don't know how to put that into words," Cool said.


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Government asked to spend more on hops research for brewing industry

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 14:17:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - More than 100 members of Congress are asking the federal government to increase its commitment to research related to growing hops, a key ingredient in beer.  The lawmakers say the brewing industry generated more than $250 billion in economic activity in 2014. Hop growers face a variety of challenges, including mites, mildews, blights, and other pests that harm production.  


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Governor: All of Washington grieves with Tacoma

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 02:20:00 EST

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement that he and his wife Trudi send their thoughts and prayers to the family and loved ones of the Tacoma police officer killed in the line of duty during a domestic violence call.      Inslee said Wednesday night that "All of Washington grieves with Tacoma."


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Deputies investigating death in Deer Park

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:08:00 EST

DEER PARK, Wash. - Spokane County Major Crimes detectives are investigating a death in the 200 block of Meadowmere Way in Deer Park Wednesday evening. The body was discovered Wednesday afternoon. Witnesses told a worker at a neighboring bowling alley and restaurant that they found a dead body underneath a tarp nearby.


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Interstate 90 westbound over Snoqualmie Pass closed

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:41:00 EST

NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) - State transportation officials say Interstate 90 westbound remains closed over Snoqualmie Pass after multiple collisions and spinouts due to snow and icy conditions.


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Coeur d'Alene homeowner finds thief in basement

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:32:00 EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene Police are reminding people to keep their homes and cars locked after one homeowner came face-to-face with a thief in his basement. It happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning in the Coeur d'Alene Place neighborhood, near Lake City High School. The homeowner went to investigate noises coming from the basement and was confronted by an unknown man who had gotten into his house.


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Union Gospel Mission unveils new crisis center

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:06:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash - A new crisis center is hoping to help hundreds of homeless families get back on their feet. Cheryl Palmer is one of those people Union Gospel Mission hopes to help with the new shelter. Right now she's struggling to keep herself and her cats warm. "I know the Lord has plans, I just don't know what they are yet," Palmer says. Due to certain circumstances, she no longer has a home.


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Woman killed rollover crash near Empire and Nevada identified

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 18:46:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: The Spokane County Medical Examiner's office has identified the woman killed in a rollover crash on Empire and Nevada Saturday afternoon. 29-year-old Heather Hope died in the crash. Her baby daughter was buckled in her seat and survived. Police say Hope's car was T-boned at Empire and Nevada and that the other driver was not impaired or speeding, but may face more severe charges.


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UPDATE: Body found outside Sacred Heart parking garage identified

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:12:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the man found dead outside Sacred Heart Medical Center Tuesday night as 28-year-old Nicholas Tellez. They say the cause of death blunt impact to the skull.


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Car used to deliver groceries to Spokane food banks stolen

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:43:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - For the past several years, John Winters has picked up food from grocery stores across Spokane. “I pick up the stuff that people don’t want,” said Winters. “I pick up Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday – a double on Tuesday.” The food would otherwise go bad, but instead it’s used to feed people at several food banks every week.


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Convicted violent felon fights with deputies and K9 who found him hiding in trash

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:17:00 EST

Spokane Valley deputies say a 39-year-old drunk man fought with them and a K9 during a domestic violence call over the weekend. Deputies responded to the call involving a drunk man who had choked a juvenile on Saturday. It happened in the 8500 block of East Alki.


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Court docs: 30-year-old man strangled father in Spokane Valley home

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:25:00 EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Court documents released Wednesday are revealing more details about the homicide investigation at a Spokane Valley home on East Heroy Ave. The body was found Tuesday morning. Over the course of the investigation, Spokane Valley detectives identified 30-year-old Duy Bui Nguyen as a suspect in the killing of the man.


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Ex-wife's testimony in Colbert murder trial continues

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:18:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - The chilling testimony from the ex-wife of an accused killer continued Wednesday. Prosecutors believe Roy Murry murdered his estranged in-laws, and then set their Colbert home on fire. The crimes occurred just hours after Roy and his now ex-wife Amanda agreed to divorce.


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Washington State University student found dead in Pullman over the weekend

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:59:00 EST

PULLMAN, Wash. - Pullman Police are investigating the death of a 25-year-old Washington State University student found dead in his home over the weekend. Officers arrived to the off-campus house in on W. Kenny Drive on Military Hill around 12:30 p.m. after the man's roommates found him dead. Police say there were no signs of violence, homicide or suicide.


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Mother accused of assaulting daughter over bad grade

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:49:00 EST

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) - A 44-year-old mother is accused of dousing her teen daughter in gasoline and threatening to light her on fire because of what the victim said was a bad test grade. 


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PHOTOS: Santa's North Pole House on Zillow

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:36:00 EST

NORTH POLE - While listed as "off the market", details on Santa's North Pole compound are available online.  The listing on Zillow shows that Santa is looking to unload his 25 acre North Pole property, complete with a toy workshop and reindeer stables, for a reasonable $656,957.  The listing says the home was built in the 1800s out of old-growth timber logged on site, but now offers modern-day amenities, thanks to a 2013 renovation. 


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Spokane grocery store owner gives surprise response to shoplifter

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:25:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Sergio De Leon knows what it’s like to need help. The owner of the well-known Mexican deli and grocery market in North Spokane grew up going to food banks with his father in Texas. “Everybody goes through hard times,” said De Leon. “I was there myself.”


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Court docs: Spokane man attacked in his sleep with a hatchet

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:47:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - One man is in jail and another is badly hurt after a brutal attack with a hatchet at a downtown Spokane apartment complex. It happened Monday at the New Washington Apartments on W. 2nd Ave. Court documents say the victim told police he woke up around 6 p.m. with a traumatic injury to his head, consistent with being hit with a hatchet.


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Ex-wife of Colbert triple murder suspect takes the stand in court

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:33:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - The woman married to triple murder suspect Roy Murry at the time of the crime, took the stand Tuesday afternoon for the prosecutor. Amanda Constable, formerly Amanda Murry, was the only surviving member who lived inside the Colbert home.


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Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers named vice-chair of Trump transition team

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:16:00 EST

WASHINGTON - On Tuesday Republican Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers was named vice chair of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team. In a statement issued Tuesday evening, the congresswoman said she was honored to be a part of the transition team.


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Detectives investigating man found dead inside Spokane Valley home as homicide; Suspect arrested

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:01:00 EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Update 6 p.m.: Spokane Valley detectives confirmed Tuesday evening that the suspect in a Spokane Valley homicide investigation has been arrested in Seattle. 30-year-old Duy Bui Nguyen was safely taken into custody by the Seattle Police Department. The vehicle he was driving was also located and being held for evidence.


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How to avoid getting scammed this holiday giving season

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:46:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash - Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving powered by social media and the generosity around the world to bring change in their communities. But giver beware, there are some who want to take advantage of your generosity. In the past year, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Scam Tracker has received 19 charity scam reports in the Northwest.


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Madison Elementary students put hands up against hate

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:15:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Madison Elementary School students are putting their hands up against hate and driving it out with love. Students worked with their counselor Kendra Denny Maurer to get the entire school on this collaborative art project. After a week of lessons on unity and prejudices, each student designed their own hand they put them all on one canvas.


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Subpoenas issued for hearing on fatal Pasco police shooting

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:06:00 EST

PASCO, Wash. (AP) - A coroner's inquest into the death of a man who was fatally shot by Pasco police after he was throwing rocks is on track to begin in two weeks. The Tri-City Herald reports that Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel says subpoenas have been sent to about a dozen people who will be questioned at the hearing starting Dec. 12.


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Police: Man impersonating cop tries to kidnap woman

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:00:00 EST

VANCOUVER, Wash. Authorities say they're searching for a man who impersonated a police officer and handcuffed a woman he was trying to kidnap in southwestern Washington.  Vancouver police said in a news release that the woman's friend was driving her to meet someone Sunday night when a vehicle with flashing lights approached them from behind.


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Asotin County investigation 2 cases of possible vote fraud

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:54:00 EST

ASOTIN, Wash. (AP) - The Asotin County prosecutor is investigating two cases of possible voter fraud in the Nov. 8 general election. Prosecutor Ben Nichols said Monday he is reviewing documents to determine whether felony fraud charges will be filed in Asotin County Superior Court.


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Officials: 3 confirmed cases of mumps in King County

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:48:00 EST

SEATTLE (AP) - Health officials have confirmed three cases of the mumps in the Seattle suburb of Auburn. Public Health Seattle & King County said Tuesday the children affected with the contagious virus range in age from 8 to 13 and are in the same family. Officials say they are recovering.      Officials say eleven additional cases in multiple King County cities are currently under investigation.


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Health district confirms case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis in Spokane County boy

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:51:00 EST

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The Spokane Regional Health District reported Wednesday that a boy under the age of 10 has acute flaccid myelitis. The diagnosis was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. AFM is a rare syndrome with no specific cause, but the condition is not contagious. It affects the nervous system, specifically the spinal cord.


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PHOTOS: Kansas police department catches unusual 'wildlife' on trail cameras

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:34:00 EST

GARDNER, Kan. - When residents begin reporting they've seen a mountain lion in the area of a park, wildlife and law enforcement agencies are going to take that seriously, but it doesn't mean other residents will do the same.  Recently, the Gardner Police Department received reports of a mountain lion possibly being in the area of Celebration Park. 


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Supersonic jet maker eyeing 3 sites in Washington

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:27:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Boston company is looking at three sites in Washington to manufacture a supersonic jet now in the early stages of development. Spike Aerospace is designing an 18-passenger supersonic jet that could fly from New York to Los Angeles in just over three hours. The privately held company is one of three U.S. startups looking to revive supersonic technology with a focus on premium business travelers.


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UPDATE: Coeur d'Alene bank robbery suspect arrested

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:49:00 EST

HAYDEN, Idaho - The North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force arrested a 34-year-old Hayden man in connection to a Monday afternoon bank robbery in Coeur d'Alene. Charles Bartkowiak was arrested on an outstanding $100,000 arrest warrant for robbery and burglary in connection to the bank robbery on Monday. Investigators believe Bartkowiak was working alone in the robbery, but they are still investigating. 


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Small explosion rocks quiet Post Falls neighborhood

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 01:36:00 EST

POST FALLS, Idaho - People in the Partridge Loop area of Post Falls have been left surprised, scared, and wondering why an explosion disrupted their quiet neighborhood. One family says the sound was so loud, they were amazed their trailer's windows didn't shatter.


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PHOTOS: Inland Northwest Holiday Lights!

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:26:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - We're looking for the most amazing holiday light displays in the Inland Northwest! If you think you've got the best Griswold house on your block... send us a photo on our Facebook page! If you'd like others to know where they can view it in person, be sure to include an address!  Happy holidays everyone! 


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2016 construction season nearing an end in Spokane

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:42:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - One of the busiest construction seasons on record is coming to a close. The 2016 construction season created a nightmare for commuters in downtown Spokane all summer long, but all but one of the largest projects has wrapped up. According to the City of Spokane, the utility and repaving project that has caused lane closures on Monroe and Lincoln near First and Sprague is scheduled to be complete next Monday.


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Firefighters extinguish attic fire in Spokane home

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:31:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane firefighters are working to figure out what caused a fire in a split level home in the area of Augusta and Astor near Heath Park Monday evening. The fire broke out around 7:15 p.m. Fire crews arrived and found fire coming from the attic of the home. Crews say the fire was contained to the attic space, and firefighters were able to quickly put it out before it spread to the rest of the home.


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How to protect your Christmas decorations from thieves

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:12:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - 'Tis the season to get out the Christmas box and decorate the house, but while many are thinking Merry Christmas, those on Santa’s naughty list are saying, “Bah, Humbug!” Our holiday decorations are on criminals' wish lists. Thieves who desire your expensive and attractive lawn decorations might decide to take them when you least expect it.


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Morning crash with snow plow serves as reminder to move over

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:53:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - After a driver crashed into a snow plow Monday morning in Spokane, Washington State Patrol Troopers are renewing their push to remind everyone that when you see emergency vehicles, including snow plows, you need to move over, because it's the law. WSP Trooper Troy Corkins has been patrolling the roads for 17 years.


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WSP investigating 4-car crash near Trent and Flora

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:41:00 EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - No one was seriously injured in a 4-car crash near Trent and Flora Monday evening. Troopers on the scene say a car crossed the yellow line on Trent and sideswiped a semi truck. The car then spun out, hitting two other cars in the process. The driver of the car that sideswiped the semi was taken to the hospital as a precaution but was reportedly not seriously hurt. No other injuries were reported.


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15-year-old driver rolls car off embankment with second teen in trunk

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:42:00 EST

LEWISTON, Idaho - Lewiston Police say two teens were hurt in a crash on Prospect Avenue Monday afternoon. The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. A car was reported to have driven off the embankment on Prospect Avenue and came to rest behind the Opportunities Unlimited thrift store. Emergency responders found a 2014 Dodge Charger laying up against the concrete retaining wall to the thrift store.


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Ex-wife of Colbert triple murder suspect testifies in court

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:33:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - The ex-wife of a triple murder suspect testified for the prosecution Monday. Roy Murry is accused of executing his estranged in-laws and then setting their Colbert home on fire. The murders happened just hours after Murry and his most recent wife decided to divorce. Roy Murry was married to a woman named Amanda at the time of the killings.


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85-year-old arrested for child rape and molestation; Detectives searching for possible victims dating back 60 years

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:13:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies and Detectives with the Spokane County Sheriff's Sexual Assault Unit have arrested an 85-year-old man on child rape and molestation charges and believe there are potentially more unidentified young victims. Last week, detectives arrested Marvin Petersen after a months long investigation into allegations of sexual abuse that happened over the last two years.


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As newcomers flock to Washington, native residents move away

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:48:00 EST

SEATTLE (AP) - As more out-of-state residents flock to Seattle the locals are leaving. The Seattle Times reports that according to U.S. Census Bureau data, last year was the first time in at least a decade when the number of native-born Washington residents in King County declined.      Between 2014 and 2015 the number of Washington natives in King County fell by more than 17,000 - a 2 percent drop.


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Gold coin dropped in Salvation Army Red Kettle

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:02:00 EST

SPOKANE, WASH. - It happens every year, but The Salvation Army says this year it happened a little earlier than usual.  On November 22, someone dropped a gold Krugerrand into a red kettle at the Wandermere Fred Meyer. The coin, which is valued at around $1200, was wrapped in a $100 bill and came with a "touching, emotional letter" from the anonymous donor.


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Snow flurries hit Inland Northwest

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 20:03:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IF EFFECT UNTIL MONDAY MORNING - NE WA/North Idaho - 1-2" of snow is possible but lesser amounts near Bonners Ferry/Colville. Lower elevations to see less snow. Expires at 4AM Monday morning.


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Travelers prep for winter conditions following Thanksgiving holiday

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 19:26:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Roads are expected to be busy Sunday as a survey shows millions are traveling home this Thanksgiving weekend. Storms in Washington are bringing snow to the passes, and when traveling in the winter, it’s best to be prepared. There are certain items you should have in your care just in case of emergency.


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National Weather Service helps you plan for holiday driving

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:00:00 EST

KHQ.com - We are trying to help you plan as best as possible for hazardous winter driving. In addition to WSDOT's travel tips, the National Weather Service has set up a website to help you plan around the weather. The National Weather Service sent out this link that will let you plan your route to avoid that hazardous weather.


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THANKSGIVING TRAVEL: Road and Pass conditions for stress free travel

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:52:00 EST

KHQ.com - Traveling back home after Thanksgiving? Here is everything you need to know to stay updated on current road and pass conditions.


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Idaho concealed carry permits on the rise

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 14:37:00 EST

REXBURG, Idaho (AP) - There is a growing demand for concealed carry permits in Idaho after a new law went into effect this year.      KIFI-TV reports that the law allows most gun owners over the age of 21 to be armed in public places as long as their pistol is hidden by clothing, a purse or holster.


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Snow means ski resorts opening in Idaho

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 14:24:00 EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - Snow sport enthusiasts have something to smile about because recent winter storms mean ski resorts are starting to open. Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Lookout Pass Ski area opened for the season on Sunday.


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East Valley School District to collect only half of $3M levy after clerical error

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 14:04:00 EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - School officials with the East Valley School District in Spokane Valley have decided to only collect half of a $3 million levy meant to replace the district's aging school bus fleet. That decision comes after a clerical error, and now, instead of getting 25 new buses, the district could receive only 12 or 13.


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Shopping small in Spokane for the holidays

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 21:28:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - It's Small Business Saturday and it definitely feels like the holidays in downtown Spokane as people shop. But the roads haven't been this clear of orange cones since construction began this summer. "The construction makes it easy to forget about all the little small shops that are here," says Kaylee Pearson, an employee at &Kloth.


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Blowtorch used in attempted Spokane Valley break-in

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 21:11:00 EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley police are investigating an attempted break-in where two suspects used a blowtorch to try to get in to a family's home. The family tells KHQ it happened around 5 a.m. Saturday morning near 16th and Sullivan. Their teenage daughter woke up to her alarm and was getting ready for work when she heard a strange tapping on a window.


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Early morning fire in downtown Spokane thought to be arson

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 19:15:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane firefighters say they are investigating an early morning fire in downtown Spokane as arson Saturday afternoon. It happened around 3 a.m. in the area of Riverside and Lincoln near 24 Taps. The building was under construction at the time of the fire so no one was in the building at the time and no one was hurt.


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Washington's Manhattan Project park celebrates first year

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 14:05:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash (AP) - Washington state's Manhattan Project National Historical Park is a year old and proving to be quite popular.      About 13,000 people visited the Hanford park in its first year, despite its relatively remote location. The park is in southeastern Washington, far from the state's major population centers.


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Idaho man wanted in death of fiancee arrested in Nevada

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 13:54:00 EST

PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) - Nevada authorities have arrested an Idaho man sought in the killing of his fiancee whose body was found buried in the basement of their Idaho Falls home. The Ney County Sheriff's Office says 39-year-old Jeremy White was arrested Friday in Pahrump on an Idaho arrest warrant for second-degree murder in the death of 48-year-old Christin Caldwell.


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Spokane firefighter contests suspension

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 13:09:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A Spokane firefighter is contesting a disciplinary suspension he received after being charged with assaulting a patient.      According to a city discipline letter, Capt. Greg Borg threw a patient to the ground in June after the patient spat and swore at him.


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Silver Alert cancelled: Missing Federal Way man located in Kitsap County

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:15:00 EST

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Update: Washington State Patrol reported just after midnight Saturday that a Federal Way man has been located safely. 84-year-old Rockne P. Benedetto was found by the Kitsap County sheriff's office. He had been the subject of a Silver Alert since about noon Friday.


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Fidel castro dies at age 90

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 01:08:00 EST

Fidel Castro, former Cuban President, has died at age 90. His brother, current President Raul Castro, announced late Friday. Known for his controversial governing, Fidel Castro led the country for nearly fifty years. Health complications forced him out of the public eye back in 2008. He recently made comments saying he never imagined he would make it to 90.


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Battle of the brothers

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 20:47:00 EST

The Apple Cup has been tearing apart families all week. Sometimes there is nothing stronger than a football rivalry. There were many awkward Thanksgiving celebrations last night, including one with Spokane brothers Justin and Aaron Chissus. "He likes rock, I like hip hop," said Aaron. "We are polar opposites." Especially when it comes to college football. 


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Woman tried to use pizza as ID to enter town bar

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 23:49:00 EST

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Police in Massachusetts say a woman tried to use a slice of pizza as a form of identification to get into a college town bar and slapped the bouncer when he refused her entry. 


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Timber! Christmas tree cutting season at Green Bluff

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:38:00 EST

The Apple Cup is a famous day-after Thanksgiving tradition, and so is chopping down a Christmas tree. Families seeking the perfect Christmas tree made their way to Green Bluff Friday. Jason Morrell of Walter’s Fruit Ranch says his trees cost $50, no matter the size. “When people ask what we do, I tell them I sell experience,” said Morrell. 


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Colorado fan travels for game and leaves with a new lifelong friend

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:19:00 EST

Tickets to the 2016 Apple Cup were a hot commodity and sold out fast. That didn't stop determined fans from making the trip to the Palouse and hoping for the best. Michael Bennett came to cheer for the Cougars all the way from Colorado Springs. He said he would go any distance for his team. 


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Parents say son set their home on fire on Thanksgiving

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:25:00 EST

Spokane Police are hoping to speak with a man whose family says he set the outside of their house on fire on Thanksgiving. Fire investigators now believe this case of arson is linked to another fire that happened just blocks away at Progressions Credit Union near Chief Garry Park. There weren't any reported injuries as a result of the fire and damage was limited due to the firefighters' quick actions. 


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Girl sells drawings to raise money for SCRAPS

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:09:00 EST

A 7-year-old girl in Spokane is working to make a difference for homeless pets in our area. Amalia Shenk is selling pictures she has drawn, and she's donating the proceeds to SCRAPS. "I want to help them because they need homes for the winter" she explained. Shenk is hoping to raise $200, and so far her drawings have brought in about $100. If you'd like to buy one of her pictures, you can buy them in person at Screaming Ink Tattoos at 6518 N Nevada Street in Spokane. 


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Huskies beat WSU 45-17 to win Apple Cup

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 19:28:00 EST

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Jake Browning and No. 6 Washington passed its final test of the regular season thanks to one nearly perfect quarter.      Browning threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns and the Huskies used a 28-point first quarter to beat No. 23 Washington State on Friday, claiming the Apple Cup for the fourth straight year and the Pac-12 North title. 


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PHOTOS: Apple Cup 2016

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 17:40:00 EST

PULLMAN, Wash. - Regardless of the outcome, it' always fun to watch the Huskies and Cougars battle it out every year in the Apple Cup! This year, the game was in Pullman and KHQ was there the whole way! Take a look at some of the photos we grabbed, and please feel free to post yours to our Facebook page!


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WATCH: Coeur d'Alene Holiday Light Show

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 15:39:00 EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - It's a spectacular annual tradition in the Inland Northwest: The Coeur d'Alene Resort Holiday Light Show! The show has been ranked as of the Top Ten Holiday Light Shows in the country by USA Today and it happens Friday night in Coeur d'Alene.  "From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, bring the family to see The Coeur d’Alene Resort Holiday Light Show, a wonderland of over 1.5 million lights."


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