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Lane Guin, Broadcaster, Web Developer passes away

Lane Guin, one of the founding partners of KAYU TV, passed away last week from a sudden and unexpected heart attack. He was 68. Following his tenure at KAYU, Guin worked as National Sales Manager for KXLY TV before opening his own web development and digital marketing company, Lane Enterprises. He was also active in community activities, serving as president of the Economic Development Council, The Manito Country Club and The Prosperity Club. Services are pending.

Spokane Valley Cycle Celebration July 30

The 5th Annual Spokane Valley Cycle Celebration at Mirabeau Point Park will take place Sunday, July 30. Spend the day exploring the scenic beauty in and around Spokane Valley on your choice of 10-mile, 25-mile or 50-mile bike ride. All bike rides start at the North Centennial Trail Head across from Mirabeau Point Park, 13500 E. Mirabeau Parkway, Spokane Valley. Great fun for kids 10 and under too, at the free Kid's Bike Rodeo from 10-noon, with hands-on bike riding activities that teach and promote bike safety.

Packet pick up is Saturday, July 29 from 4-7pm at Centerplace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place.

For more information such as start times, cost, rules for participation, etc. visit the website at cyclecelebration.com.

Skechers opening their second Spokane store this fall

Skechers shoe brand opened their first outlet store in the Spokane area two years ago in Heritage Shopping Center at the Y. They are opening a new 10,000-square-foot store this fall at 14008 E. Sprague Ave in the Evergreen Marketplace Shopping Center in Spokane Valley. The new outlet store will carry the full Skechers line. With shoes for men, women, boys and girls as well as accessories.

You can get more information on Skechers at skechers.com.

Kevin Twohig announces retirement as CEO of Spokane PFD

Longtime CEO of the Spokane Public Facilities District Kevin Twohig, will retire at year's end from the organization which owns and operates the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, the Spokane Convention Center and the INB Performing Arts Center.

District Board Chairman Larry Soehren says of Twohig, who became the District's Executive in 2001, "Through Kevin's leadership, the District has become a financially successful and sustainable institution providing entertainment, jobs and economic impact throughout the greater Spokane region. We'll miss his leadership but are very happy to know that he'll be with us during the search for his replacement and subsequent transition."

Twohig's last official day as District CEO is anticipated to be December 31. The District Board has appointed its Executive Committee to direct a nationwide search aimed at identifying a successor. Venue Solutions Group will be providing executive search services to assist the Committee.

In 2016, events in the District facilities were attended by 1,232,683 guests and generated $67M in economic impact and 1,100 jobs in Spokane County.

Firehouse Subs opens on N. Division and breaks ground for CdA location

A new Firehouse Subs restaurant just opened in a 2000- square-foot space at 7808 N. Division. The restaurant has a firefighter themed decor and serves hot and cold sub sandwiches, salads, sides and more. It's open seven days a week. And there are more Firehouse subs locations on the way. They just started construction near the new Cracker Barrel restaurant at 1486 W. Appleway in Coeur d' Alene.

EWU hires two new Development Officers

Pat Eiseman, Senior Director of Philanthropy for College of Arts, Letters & Education. Pat comes to EWU after seven-plus years with Loma Linda University, School of Medicine in CA, as Senior Development Director.

Dennis Hake, Director of Philanthropy for College of Health Science & Public Health. Dennis comes to EWU after four-plus years with Catholic Charities Spokane (CCS) and its Foundation as a Development Officer. While with CCS, Dennis was responsible for securing major gifts, corporate sponsorships and event underwriting, along with establishing the organization's first planned giving program. Prior to CCS, Dennis was an ardent volunteer raising funds for a variety of initiatives in Spokane.

WSU Creamery nabs third consecutive national 'Big Scoop' win with Huckleberry Ripple ice cream

For the third year in a row, the Department of Animal Sciences at Washington State University has claimed the national ice cream trophy, the 'Big Scoop.' The department's dairy students and faculty, partnering with the WSU Creamery, competed at the American Society of Animal Sciences Ice Cream Competition, held July 9 in Baltimore, MD. Judges at the event voted with their spoons, declaring WSU's Huckleberry Ripple the winner.

WSU competed against North Carolina State University and the University of Connecticut. The Animal Sciences department received $1,000 in prize money in its third year of collegiate competition for the Big Scoop to be spent on student activities, and will also host a traveling trophy through 2018.

The national award showcases not only WSU ice cream, but also the undergraduate programs and opportunities in animal sciences. The department prioritizes on-the-job learning for its students, many of whom learn about the dairy industry from cow to cone.

Contributing to the win is the creamery's unique relationship with Knott Dairy Farm, a 150-cow farm located just outside of Pullman that gives students working dairy experience. WSU Creamery uses 1,700 gallons of milk per day from the Knott Dairy, which includes a small herd owned and managed by the Cooperative University Dairy Students (CUDS). Animal Science students follow best management practices that maintain animal health and wellbeing to produce wholesome food, including fantastic ice cream and Cougar Gold cheese.

Former Cheney High School under construction as an apartment complex

The former Cheney High School is being repurposed into an apartment complex called School House Lofts. The historic school building at 520 4th Ave. in Cheney is undergoing a complete renovation and is in the final phases of construction. It is scheduled to be completed for tenant occupancy this fall.

The building will have 36 apartments of varying sizes and floor plans on all 3 floors of the structure. The gym is being kept intact for tenant use, the lockers, while not functional are being left for decor and the auditorium will be used as a common space for student tenants to study.

NAI Black is managing School House Lofts, with rents ranging from $498 for a bedroom in a shared unit to a little over $800 a month for a studio apartment. Apartments will be largely furnished with wifi, bike storage and more.

For more information about leasing at School House Lofts, visit ewuapartments.com.

Spokane office of World Financial Group Grand opening Aug 4

The Grand opening of World Financial Groups Spokane office is Friday, August 4 at 6pm. The office is located at 1212 N Washington Street, Suite 306. Special guest speaker is Edward Burns Jr, Senior Marketing Director.

World Financial Group is a financial services marketing company whose affiliates offer a broad array of financial products and services. For more information, visit WorldFinancialGroup.com or call 509-327-0165.

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