šŸŒ± Pollution Cause of River Rising + Affordable Housing Crisis

Good morning, people of Spokane! here with today’s edition of the Spokane Daily.

First, today’s weather:

Breezy in the afternoon. High: 57 Low: 34.

Here are the top three stories in Spokane today:

  1. The Spokane river is rising due to pollution and poverty, said Spokane Riverkeeper Jerry White Jr. He explained that the increase in homeless camps along the river is part of the reason the river is running high. Garbage from the camps and litter coming from other sources are the main problems. (KREM.com)
  2. The Spokane Fire Department’s Hazmat Response team were called to the Courtyard by Marriot Spokane Downtown when a cleaning mishap created a toxic gas on Monday. Muriatic acid was accidentally mixed with chlorine causing toxic fumes. The SFD monitored the gas concentration in the air and evacuated the area near the pool as a precaution before neutralizing the reaction. (KHQ Right Now)
  3. While new research from the University of Washington connects affordable housing to homelessness, Spokane families are doing all they can to not end up on the streets. The Labuguen family is living in a hotel because the don’t qualify for an apartment based on their income and credit score, although the hotel rate is equal to the rent they would pay for an apartment. The Labuguen family’s plight highlights the shortage of housing options in the Inland Northwest. (KXLY Spokane)

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Today in Spokane:

  • Argonne Library Book Club At North Spokane Library (2:00 PM)
  • Expanded Food & Nutrition Program (EFNEP) -Online (2:00pm)
  • Study Buddy Homework Help At North Spokane Library (3:30pm)
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset Training: Who Owns the Ice House? -Online (6:00pm)

From my notebook:

  • The Lilac Festival will return to the City of Spokane in May after a two year absence due to Covid. Janna Huber, a Mead High School senior, was crowned Lilac Queen over the weekend. (KHQ Right Now)
  • Pizza Rita, a longtime Spokane-based restaurant chain, is under new ownership. New owners, Reagan and Denise Dahl, plan to add wings and other bread choices to the eatery’s menu and expand within the Spokane region. (The Spokesman Review)
  • If you enjoy getting out and spending time in nature, check out these six hiking settings in the Spokane Valley that are sure to deliver stunning spring time sightings. (Press Release Desk)

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