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Flash-Bach today at noon at City Hall

ZUILL BAILEY, artistic director of the Northwest Bach Festival, will give a short FREE performance today in the Council Chambers at City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd). You are invited to attend.

Zuill is widely considered one of the premier cellists in the world. His rare combination of artistry and technical wizardry as well as his engaging personality has secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists today.

This Flash-Bach! performance is part of the community outreach of the 2015 Northwest Bach Festival, bringing 20 musical events to Spokane between Feb. 24 and March 8, part of the Festival’s goal to take music outside traditional concert halls.

Zuill will be making six Flash Bach! appearances during the festival. The location will be announced the morning of each performance on the Northwest Bach Festival Facebook page.

For more information about the festival, www.nwBachfest.com.

Plan Commission Unanimously Approves Master Bike Plan Updates

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Yesterday evening, the Spokane Plan Commission held a hearing on updates to the Master Bike Plan brought forward by Councilmember Snyder at which they unanimously approved the updates. The Master Bike Plan was passed by Spokane City Council in 2009 and had not been updated since to reflect new bicycle facilities that have been built in the intervening years. Councilmember Snyder brought these revisions forward to ensure that the plan accurately reflects past, present and future planning efforts for bicycle facilities in the City. To read more about the proposed updates, which will now come before City Council, click here.

Spokane Regional Health District Launches Safe Routes to Schools in Spokane

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Yesterday, the Spokane Regional Health District announced the launch of the Safe Routes to Schools Program in Spokane.The program will be introduced this spring to Holmes and Seth Woodard Elemenatries, then expand to five other schools over the next three years including Stevens, Logan, Sunset, Bemiss and Moran Prairie Elementaries.

Tools and resources for the program will include “walking school buses,” stop and walk links, resource displays that offer calendars, maps, etc. to help keep parents and children in the loop and a walk and bike to school day. To read more about the program and why it is so important to our schools, click here for the full media release.

Spokane Police Release More Detailed Photo of Stabbing Suspect

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Spokane Police are releasing another, more detailed photo of a stabbing suspect who is believed to have stabbed a woman while she was walking on W. 2nd Ave. between S. Post St. and S. Wall St., on the night of January 25th. Major Crimes Detectives are asking anyone with information on this incident (outlined below) to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

On Sunday, January 25, 2015, at approximately 11:30 pm, Spokane Police responded to a business in the 400 block of W. Sprague on a report that a female at the location had suffered a stab wound.

Responding officers located the adult female victim, determined she had suffered a stab wound and also had a metal blade lodged in her back.

The victim received medical aid at the scene and was transported to the hospital for further treatment.

The victim indicated the stabbing had likely occurred when she was walking on W. 2nd Ave. between S. Post St. and S. Wall St. on her way to the 400 block of W. Sprague.

The suspect in this incident is described only as a person wearing a dark hoodie with the hood pulled up.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

Officers Commended for their professionalism

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I wanted to share this because it speaks to how much of an impact something like Crisis Intervention Training can have:

On January 5, 2015, two officers responded to call coming from Empowering Services, Inc. The company provides direct connections to beneficial services including Crisis Family Intervention Services and Family Therapy. According to a letter from employees of Empowering Services Inc., they managed to carefully and successfully de-escalate an intense situation involving a person who was experiencing significant mental health issues at the time. Officer Johnson and Corporal Spiering handled the situation so well that the folks at Empowering Services Inc. are asking if anyone at the Department can provide training to their staff on situations such as the one they experienced.

Spokane Police Look to Public to ID Stabbing Suspect

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Below is a release from the Spokane Police Department regarding a stabbing incident that took place on W. 2nd Ave. between S. Post and S. Wall on January 25. The photots of the suspect are above. If you have any information, please call crime check at 509-456-2233.

On Sunday, January 25, 2015, at approximately 11:30 pm, Spokane Police responded to a business in the 400 block of W. Sprague on a report that a female at the location had suffered a stab wound.

Responding officers located the adult female victim, determined she had suffered a stab wound and also had a metal blade lodged in her back.

The victim received medical aid at the scene and was transported to the hospital for further treatment.

The victim indicated the stabbing had likely occurred when she was walking on W. 2nd Ave. between S. Post St. and S. Wall St. on her way to the 400 block of W. Sprague.

The suspect in this incident is described only as a person wearing a dark hoodie with the hood pulled up. It is not clear if the suspect is male or female.

Spokane Police Investigate Assault of Transgender Woman; Need Help ID’ing Suspects

Below is a media release from the Spokane Police Department regarding the assault of a Transgender woman at Boots Bakery and Lounge on Friday, January 30 at 10pm. Anyone with information on the incident or the identity of the suspects is asked to call crime Check at 509-456-2233.

Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives are investigating an assault that occurred on Friday, January 30, 2015, at approximately 10:00 pm, at a business near 20 W. Main Ave.

The report indicates two males entered the location, assaulted a female and fled from the location on foot. Spokane Police officers as well as medics responded to the location and the female was transported to the hospital for treatment.

As part of their investigation, Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives located photos believed to be photos of the suspects leaving a downtown establishment on the night of the assault.

Suspect #1 is described as: a white male in a dark jacket with a white shirt, dark pants and glasses.

Suspect #2 is described as: a white male in a dark jacket with an orange shirt, and dark pants. Photos are below.

Additionally, another female and male were seen exiting the building with the suspects and are believed to be witnesses. Detectives would like to identify and talk to these witnesses to gain more information on the incident.

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Duane Cooper Memorial Fund at STCU

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For those who may not have heard the sad news: long time resident of Spokane, City employee of 13 years and labor advocate Duane Cooper passed away on January 24 in Tacoma. I had the pleasure of working with him, and am deeply saddened by his loss. To help his family offset the costs of the funeral and other related expenses, the Duane Cooper Memorial Fund has been established at Spokane Teachers Credit Union. Most credit unions share branching, so making a donation is easy: You can make your donation under Duane Cooper Memorial Fund #336088. Anything helps.

East Central Community Center Job Opening

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The East Central Community Organization is currently looking to fill the new position of Community Center Director at the East Central Community Center. If you are interested, or know someone who might be a good fit, the job description can be found here and the application can be found here. The application deadline is January 31, 2015.

Councilman Snyder testifies in Olympia on SB 5002

This morning, Councilman Snyder was in Olympia and testified in support of Senate Bill 5002, concerning traffic infractions for marijuana, marijuana-based substances, or marijuana-infused substances. The bill would make it a traffic infraction to have an open container of marijuana (or products containing marijuana) in areas normally occupied by drivers or passangers. We have a similar law for alcohol in Washington State.