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Free Insurance CE Classes In Spokane, WA

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Community Free Insurance CE Classes In Spokane, WA Free CE Classes In Spokane, WA 9/6/2018

SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County is offering FREE Insurance CE Course's in Spokane on Thursday, September 6th 2018 – hosted on the north side of Spokane at the Quality Inn on North Division. Please RSVP as soon as possible as space is limited and we are filling up fast!

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 6th: Ethics

Quality Inn Oakwood, N Division

8:00am-11:00am (Check-In is at 7:30am)

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 6th: Restorative Drying for Water Damage

Quality Inn Oakwood, N Division

12:00pm-2:00pm (Check-In is at 11:30am)

Muffins, Pastries, Lunch & Beverages Provided.

We would love for all Spokane-area insurance agents to attend and please share this information with any other agents/agencies who you think may be interested. We fly our instructor in from our Corporate Tennessee office and he does an excellent job and teaches the class with humor and some hands-on learning that keeps you engaged!  We also have fun giveaways for class attendees, leaving you with an opportunity to leave with something really cool!

This is a once a year event so save your spot today by emailing jess@SERVPROnwspokane.com.

Washington State Insurance Fraud - Most Wanted

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Community Washington State Insurance Fraud - Most Wanted Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner

The total cost of (non-health) insurance fraud is estimated at more than $40 billion per year, meaning the average U.S. family pays between $400 and $700 per year in the form of increased premiums. The Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU) identifies and investigates insurance fraud by organizations and individuals, including medical fraud, staged auto collisions, property, inflated bodily injury claims and other types of fraud.

These Individuals are wanted for arrest because they failed to appear to answer to charges of criminal insurance fraud and theft. Do not attempt to apprehend any of these fugitives. If you have information that may lead to their arrest, please contact your local law enforcement agency or contact CIU.

Insurance fraud costs the average family $400 to $700 per year in increased premiums. Please report suspected insurance fraud on the Insurance Commissioner’s website: https://www.insurance.wa.gov/insurance-fraud

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane Named Among Best in Washington State

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Community Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane Named Among Best in Washington State Congratulations to our local friends at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital!

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital has been recognized as one of the Best Hospitals in Washington State and recognized in eight types of care by U.S. News & World Report.


The medical center is listed as the #2 hospital in the state and recognized as high performing in the following specialties and procedures: 

Orthopedics 
Pulmonology 
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair 
Aortic Valve Surgery 
Heart Bypass Surgery 
Heart Failure 
Hip Replacement 
Lung Cancer Surgery 

For the 2017-18 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 152 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care. 

The U.S. News methodologies include risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, quality of nursing care and other care-related indicators.

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane Named Among Best in Washington State

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Community Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane Named Among Best in Washington State Congratulations to our local friends at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital!

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital has been recognized as one of the Best Hospitals in Washington State and recognized in eight types of care by U.S. News & World Report.


The medical center is listed as the #2 hospital in the state and recognized as high performing in the following specialties and procedures: 

Orthopedics 
Pulmonology 
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair 
Aortic Valve Surgery 
Heart Bypass Surgery 
Heart Failure 
Hip Replacement 
Lung Cancer Surgery 

For the 2017-18 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 152 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care. 

The U.S. News methodologies include risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, quality of nursing care and other care-related indicators.

Free Admission to Spokane City Pools for 2018!

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Community Free Admission to Spokane City Pools for 2018! Free Admission to Spokane City Pools for 2018!

With a goal of giving everyone a chance to swim, the Park Board approved a proposal to make open swimming free for adults and children at all six City aquatic centers beginning this year (2018).

City of Spokane Parks & Recreation would like to reduce barriers for the community to access open swim times across all neighborhoods and to increase attendance for open swim, especially at underutilized pools like Liberty and A.M. Cannon. The City also has a goal of helping more kids learn to swim, so they have this important life skill and benefit from the health aspects of swimming.

“Swimming is such a great way for kids to be kids during the warm summer months and an important life-long skill,” Spokane Mayor David Condon said. “We are thrilled to be able to offer a way for kids to enjoy themselves with friends and make memories that will last a lifetime.”

“Offering free open swim at city pools provides a great opportunity for many kids and families in our area,” said Nick Sumner, Park Board President. “Increasing access to our aquatic centers gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy a family-friendly activity that is fun, promotes safety, and leads to a healthier community.”

The approved proposal includes free open, parent-tot (a calm and exclusive swim time in the zero-entry area) and lap swimming, plus family nights. Swim lessons, novice swim team, aquatics fitness programs, and pool rentals will continue to have affordable, family-friendly rates.

The number of lifeguards is not anticipated to change, because Parks and Recreation staffs lifeguards for maximum capacity.  There will be a small reduction in staffing as the City eliminates the cashier position at pools, and a reduction in cash-handling expenses such as armored car services. Visitors will be able to bring in outside food, and vending machine options will be explored.

The aquatics season runs June 18 – August 25, with an extended season at Witter pool for lap swim from May 7 – September 14.

About City of Spokane Parks and Recreation

The City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department is the place to go for events, activities, classes and more. Enjoy all your city has to offer by visiting our website at spokaneparks.org. For more information, follow us @SpokaneParks on Facebook and Twitter.

Zags come so close, still our heroes

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

ESPN.com: Men's College Basketball[Print without images]
Monday, April 3, 2017
Updated: April 4, 3:43 AM ET
Gonzaga has to live with coming so close
By Eamonn Brennan
ESPN.com



GLENDALE, Ariz. -- One day before he won the third national title of his career, Roy Williams was talking about the third title that wasn't -- trying to explain what it's like to be on the other end of a loss like the one North Carolina took against Villanova when Kris Jenkins' buzzer-beater sailed through the net almost exactly one year ago.


"In the locker room was the most -- it was the most difficult time I've ever had as a coach," Williams said. "Because I felt so inadequate. What was I going to say to my guys?"



Williams didn't have this problem Monday night. Mark Few did. Few's task was almost equally impossible: The 37-2 Zags had just lost their last game of the season a possession or two from the goal they were sure, right up to the final few moments of Monday's 71-65 loss, they would achieve.


What do you say to Przemek Karnowski, the winningest player in college basketball history, about the 1-of-8 he shot in his final game? How do you console Nigel Williams-Goss, who sprained his ankle and refused to leave the floor for the second time in two games, who burst into devastated tears the moment a win was out of reach?


How do you buck up a team that just played its worst offensive game of an otherwise brilliant season when a few more buckets would have made all the difference? How do you assuage a group of 18- to 24-year-old kids -- a group that carried Gonzaga basketball further than it had ever gone, a group that had so reveled in proving that everything everyone had said about the Zags and the NCAA tournament was silly and wrong -- worried they let you and thousands of others down?


Seriously: What do you even say?


"To be so close for us is a temporarily crushing blow right now," Few said. "But I'm hoping and knowing perspective will come with time."


   Przemek Karnowski walks off the court as North Carolina players start to celebrate.


"He even used that word too," Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins said, whispering and red-eyed at his locker. "Not right now. I don't even know what that means."


Whether Perkins and his teammates wanted to acknowledge it, there was good news embedded in their anguish Monday night: It is impossible to be this disappointed if you didn't fully expect to win.


Twenty years ago, when Gonzaga first streaked into the NCAA tournament as a lovable unknown insurgent, this dynamic would have been unthinkable. Those Zags were flying by the seat of their pants, enjoying the ride, undoing one tournament favorite after another, free of expectations. This weekend, Few described those early years as "foot loose and fancy free," because no one at Gonzaga, from the administration to the players, knew any better.


Then, almost miraculously, Gonzaga refused to recede into the college basketball wilderness. Instead, Few and his program grew and grew and grew -- first to a perennial tournament team, then to one with a player of the year-level star like Adam Morrison, then to a powerhouse with frequent, and legitimate, national-title aspirations.


Along the way, this former startup from the 5,000-enrollment Jesuit school in Spokane, Washington, somehow morphed into a lightning rod -- a modern blue blood from a mid-major conference, a locus for ridiculous annual takes about strength of schedule and NCAA tournament seeding and NCAA tournament "disappointments," as if Gonzaga hadn't proven how crazy the NCAA tournament is in the first place. Somehow, Few became the poster child for concern-trolling about having never been to the Final Four.


The 2016-17 Gonzaga Bulldogs exploded all of that nonsense into myth. If nothing else, the intelligent college basketball fan should thank them for that.


"They absolutely ignited a lot of stale people that were kind of bored with the Zags and saying that we haven't been capable of achieving something like this," Few said.


 Bulldogs guard Jordan Mathews offered his take. 


"How many teams would take 37-2, league champs, national runner-up?" said Mathews, whose Cal team lost in the first round last spring before his graduate transfer to Gonzaga. "We broke that glass ceiling that everybody said we couldn't get over. Everybody was saying the Zags couldn't get to the Final Four. We did that."


Even better, Gonzaga didn't just get to the Final Four -- the way that, say, the 1999 Bulldogs got to the Elite Eight. They didn't ride in on some wacky series of upsets; they weren't some mind-blowing March story that just happened to stick around for an extra weekend.


They were the best team in the country pretty much all season. They lost two games. They finished first in ESPN's Basketball Power Index and first in KenPom.com's adjusted efficiency ratings. They starred several elite recruits. They brought a potential first-round draft pick, Zach Collins, off the bench. Despite an incredible blue-blood opponent led by coaching legend, a tough, late non-call out of bounds on a Kennedy Meeks rebound/jump ball and Williams-Goss' horribly timed sprained ankle, they finished (basically) a possession short of the national title.


And there's no reason to expect Gonzaga won't be back in this exact same position, sooner rather than later.


"Talking to [Syracuse coach Jim] Boeheim earlier in the week, he told me it will crush you if you don't win it," Few said. "And I guess I didn't understand it. But the cagey old veteran is right. Man, it crushes you."


Few described that conversation shortly after he described the 10 minutes he had spent trying to console Williams-Goss. The guard couldn't "process losing," Few said, "because it doesn't happen very often to him."


Therein lies the upside of Gonzaga's hurt, the thing Few tried to get across even when there was nothing he could really say.


Gonzaga wasn't happy with a mere place on the stage, nor should they have been, which is exactly why they were so inconsolable Monday night.


The Bulldogs were great, and so their pain was too.

Spokane group seeks supplies for medical mission trip to Uganda

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mon., April 3, 2017, midnight

A new Spokane mission group is sending its first medical team on April 18 to support orphans in Uganda.

The nonprofit Medical Assistance & Missional Outreach, or MAMO, is seeking supplies for medical kits through an Amazon wish list. Members on next month’s trip will deliver 18 medical kits to schools, offer medical clinics at seven sites, and provide training for pastors and teachers.

Six people on the team, including four from Spokane, will be in Uganda for nearly two weeks. They include one licensed EMT and a registered nurse along with volunteers. This trip’s main goal is to deliver kits and train people to use them, said team member Marchauna Rodgers.

MAMO formed after several people from Washington state went on a mission trip to Uganda last summer. Rodgers and others witnessed children who suffered from medical issues such as malaria and lacked access to basic medicines.

Several organizations have donated medical supplies toward the next trip, helping reduce the medical kits’ overall cost. Spokane’s Indaba Coffee has a specialty roast of Ugandan coffee, and the owner is donating money from each bag of that blend toward MAMO’s medical support.

Under long-term goals, the nonprofit plans to support Ugandan schools with nutrition and public health education, as well as help many pastors to open medical clinics at their schools. MAMO is working with 18 schools, each with 300 to 500 children.

More information is available at www.mamouganda.org or by emailing MAMO.uganda@gmail.com.

Spokane entrepreneurs Ron and Debbie Reed sell PacifiCAD after 28 years in business

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

 

The Spokesman Review

UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 6:09 p.m

By Becky Kramer beckyk@spokesman.com(509) 459-5466

Ron Reed launched PacifiCAD in his Chattaroy home in 1989 with a computer and a plotter.

Computer-aided design was transforming how architects, engineers and manufacturing companies did their drafting, modeling and design work. Reed recognized the new technology’s potential.

During a 28-year run, the business owned by Reed and his wife became a dominant force in Eastern Washington. PacifiCAD sold Autodesk software and provided consulting services.

In mid-March, the Reeds sold the company to IMAGINiT Technologies, a division of Rand Worldwide.

Reed said he and his wife, Debbie – PacifiCAD’s chief financial officer – were ready to retire, but the couple wanted to leave their customers and 30 employees in good hands.

“I think it’s a good move for Spokane and for our design community,” he said of the sale. “I always wanted to grow and provide a higher level of service.”

IMAGINiT has about 350 employees, with more than 100 technical support staff and 40 offices in the U.S. and Canada.

The company will keep PacifiCAD’s Spokane office in the Steam Plant building and retain the staff in Spokane, Seattle and Boise. Reed will continue working through the end of April to help with the transition.

As a young adult, Reed played in rock bands and did a variety of odd jobs. In his early 30s, he enrolled at ITT Technical Institute earned an associate degree in applied science.

He went to work for Telect, where he persuaded the founders, Bill and Judi Williams, to buy Telect’s first CAD system. While Reed worked there, he spent several years teaching CAD part-time at Gonzaga University.

“That’s where all the architects and engineers in town were going to learn CAD,” Reed said. “I got to meet almost all my future customers while I was teaching at Gonzaga. It was a huge opportunity.”

When Reed left Telect, former students heard he was available and started hiring him for projects.

“I was in the right place at the right time,” he said.

Rain, rain go away

11/1/2016 (Permalink)

As Halloween brought October to a close, meteorologists say Spokane has never received so much rain in any single month.

Through early afternoon Monday, 6.22 inches of rain fell on Spokane, shattering the previous record for any month – 5.85 inches set in November 1897, said Jon Fox, a forecaster for the National Weather Service in Spokane. The third-highest amount is 5.71 inches in May 1948. Records have been kept since 1881.

The city saw 0.91 inches of rain on Sunday alone, which set a daily record. The previous record for Oct. 30 – 0.70 inches – was set in 1990.

But the rain kept falling after midnight on Sunday, bringing another 0.36 inches for a two-day total of 1.27 inches at Spokane International Airport, the city’s official weather reporting site.

“It rained and it rained and it never stopped,” Fox said.

The October total is more than a third of what the city normally gets in a full year, which is 16.53 inches of annual precipitation.

This October’s rain total is more than 5 inches above normal.

And only five days this month were rain-free.

The heaviest rainfall on Sunday night and Monday morning was confined to the Spokane region and areas to the northeast and into North Idaho.

One location at Mount Spokane reported 1.5 inches of rain from the overnight storm.

The heavy rain was triggered by a combination of two low-pressure systems along the Pacific Coast – one offshore of Washington and another off California.

Together, they created conditions for upward motion, or convection, in the atmosphere, which allowed for the heavier rain accumulations, forecasters said.

Rain clouds extending from nearby mountains may also have enhanced the storm, forecasters said.

Spokane is one of 21 locations across the Inland Northwest to set October rainfall records.

Topping the list was Priest River with 9.26 inches through Monday morning, followed by St. Maries at 9.19 inches and Boundary Dam at 8.76 inches.

Boundary Dam has more than doubled its previous monthly record of 3.97 inches set in 1968. However, the dam’s weather records date only to 1965.

Elsewhere, Kellogg had more than 8.8 inches; Colville, 5.82 inches; and Rosalia, 5.9 inches.

Pullman, Moscow and Davenport all had record amounts of around 5 inches for the month.

Of the ten highest monthly precipitation amounts, there are only four months not on the list: March, April, July and August.

A little more rain Monday afternoon wouldn’t come as a surprise, Fox said.

“I wouldn’t rule out some showers tonight during trick-or-treating, but it won’t be like last night or early this morning,” he said. “It’ll be pretty hit or miss.”

In addition to showery weather, the departing shot of the Sunday night storm should bring windy conditions with gusts to 36 mph this afternoon. Steady southwest winds will range from 14 to 20 mph through this evening.

The weather service posted a hazardous weather outlook for Monday because of the winds, which might gust to 40 mph in some locations of the region, including the West Plains in Spokane County and the Palouse.

 

By Mike Prager mikep@spokesman.com(509) 459-5454

South Hill residents, be on alert

11/1/2016 (Permalink)

SPOKANE, Wash. -

“He looked me in the face. He knew I was afraid.”

That’s how a Spokane woman named Caroline began to describe what happened to her on the South Hill Friday. She asked that KHQ not show her face or share her last name because she said she is still terrified. Caroline said she and her dog Dexter were running through the trails on the High Drive bluff near Hatch Friday around 10:30 am when a man popped out from behind a tree and blindsided her.

“The trail goes into a very deep ravine, and it’s very dark in there. And that’s where he came out of the woods at me,” said Caroline. “I was absolutely panicked. I’m not going to lie I was panicked.”

Caroline said she started to run faster, but the man came after her.

“He started trying to engage me in conversation, asking me where I was parked, could I help him, where did I come from. He was looking for a woman with a backpack,” said Caroline.

She said she knew something wasn’t right.

“I started running very fast, and I turned around and he turned and starting running after me,” said Caroline.

She called her husband and didn’t stop running until she made it back up the bluff.

“I was up there gasping trying to catch my breath,” said Caroline.

Seconds later, Caroline realized the man was still coming after her.

“I stood there and straight up from the bushes the guy came. Literally he had been right behind me,” said Caroline. “He chased me for a mile.”

Caroline said she got a good look at the man before she continued to run away. Once she made it safely to her car, she called 911 and gave a description. She said the man was in his 30s, white, between 5’10” and 6’ tall, 160 to 170 pounds with reddish blond hair. She and her husband put that description on flyers placed throughout the bluffs.

“We just thought that women needed to be aware,” said Caroline.

Caroline added that she is still not sure if she’ll run through the bluffs in the future, but if she does, she’ll be armed.

“In the past, I did not carry a weapon. I will carry one now,” said Caroline.

KHQ asked Spokane Police if there have been other cases like Caroline's recently, and they said no. Police did say to trust your instincts and call 911 if you think you're in danger.

Real Estate with Melissa Murphy

7/29/2016 (Permalink)

The July meeting of the West Plains Chamber of Commerce featured speaker Melissa Murphy with her presentation on The State of Real Estate.  Melissa is a Spokane native who graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor's degree in political science and received her Masters in Business Administration in 2012.  During her tenure as a top agent, Melissa has listed and sold hundreds of properties throughout Spokane and Northern Idaho.  She has been a predominant player in the world of real estate by evolvong as the masket has.  She has maintained a consistent reputation for high customer service and client success.  Most recently, Melissa received a nod from Catalyst magazine for Business Woman of the Year.  Her brokerage, Prime Real Esate Group, has offices in both Spokane and Coeur d'Alene and comprises 30 agents, in0house agent serv ice and full administrative staff.

(Excerpt from The West Plains Chamber of Commerce)

30 Years

7/14/2016 (Permalink)

This year we celebrate the 30 year anniversary of being in the SERVPRO family.  Mark began his journey as a technician at SERVPRO in Hawaii and before long was the owner there along with wife Sharon.  When the time came to start a family, they decided to come back to Washington and purchased SERVPRO of South & West Spokane in 1992.  They have thrived ever since and Mark's name is known throughout our area as an outstanding restorer and community leader.  Mark has been relied on to help mentor new franchisees in the area and has always made himself available to help and answer questions for all of the local SERVPRO offices in Eastern Washignton and Northern Idaho.  I believe I can speak for all of the wonderful employees here when I say that Mark and Sharon are a great team and a pleasure to work for.  Congratulations to Mark and Sharon Johnson for the recognition of their 30 years of hard work and dedication to the SERVPRO system.

West Plains Breakfast

6/22/2016 (Permalink)

The West Plains Chamber breakfast was excellent. Happy to be part of such a great group of people!

Sam Song shared great information about the Chinese Int'l Lantern Festival and the positive impact/exposure it has brought to Spokane - opening day is September 16th.

Vendor Days at Fairchild Air Force Base

6/22/2015 (Permalink)

FAFB hosted their annual Vendor Days, giving the different department heads an opportunity to meet local vendors and learn about the services they offer.  Marketing reps Bruce Groshong and Jessica Zacher represented us well.

Red Nose Day 2015

5/7/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South & West Spokane supports RED NOSE DAY 2015! Red Nose Day is all about having fun, raising money and changing lives. Money raised through Red Nose Day will help transform the lives of children living in poverty in the U.S. and overseas. Find out more about Red Nose Day and how you can get involved by visiting www.rednoseday.org and watch the Red Nose Day special on NBC on May 21st.

Best of the West - West Plains Chamber of Commerce

3/26/2015 (Permalink)

We were so honored to have been voted as the Medium Size business of the year by the members of the West Plains Chamber of Commerce.  The credit all goes to our incredible staff, they are the hardest working bunch of workers and deserve all the kudos.

Appreciation Night was a success!

2/23/2015 (Permalink)

Community Appreciation Night was a success! Chiefs night

Although our Chiefs couldn't hold on to the lead, we still had a great time with wonderful people.  Thank you to all of the Maintenance Supervisors who came out to the Spokane Chiefs game with us.  

Hockey Night

2/18/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South & West Spokane will be hosting an Appreciation Night this Friday for local Maintenance Supervisors.  It's sure to be a blast, stay tuned for pictures.