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Meet the Athletes: Mikila

Meet the Athletes: Mikila

Mikila Salazar is a 17-year-old West Valley senior who like most students is trying to decide which college to enroll at next year. Unlike most students, Mikila is trying to decide which school’s wheelchair basketball program will be the best fit for her.


Mikila was born with Sacral Agenesis which means her last two vertebrae are missing. Mikila can walk, but only for short distances. For longer distances she prefers to use a wheelchair.

Meet the Athletes: Phillip

Meet the Athletes: Phillip

It’s been a year of firsts for 14-year-old Phillip Croft. His first time in America, his first track meet, and his first family. Phillip was adopted from China just over a year ago, and since then he’s been learning the nuances of wheelchair racing while adapting to his new life.


“When you’re adopted things just all change,” said Phillip. He joined the Croft family last year after living in an orphanage for most of his life. “I was just really happy and so excited.”

Meet the Athletes: Isaiah

Meet the Athletes: Isaiah

While most teenagers were relaxing over summer break, 14-year-old Isaiah Rigo was busy training for the 2013 International Paralympic Committee World Championships in Lyon, France. Over 1,000 athletes from 99 countries attended and Isaiah was one of the youngest competitors.


“I got frustrated because I couldn’t do anything,” said Isaiah.

Adaptative sports inspire new athletes

Adaptative sports inspire new athletes

Sports are an everyday part of life. We watch our favorite teams on T.V. and we shoot hoops with our friends at the neighborhood park. Most kids play on a sports team, and many are involved with a variety of sports. The ability to participate in a game of basketball or to go for a run is something that most people don’t realize is a great privilege in life. At least for the able bodied.

Patty Murray remembers JFK

Patty Murray remembers JFK

Senator Patty Murray released the following statement on the 50th anniversary of the President John F. Kennedy's death:

Like so many Americans I still vividly remember November 22nd, 1963. As an 8th grader in my small hometown of Bothell, Washington I still remember playing in our school’s marching band in front of a local elementary school when someone came in and whispered in the ear of our band director. He immediately stopped the song we were playing, asked us to pull out the music to God Bless America, and we began to play. Then there was an announcement that the President had been shot. It was stunning.

I also remember going home and seeing my mom do two things that she never did, watch TV all day and cry. For me, it was the day the world got bigger than the small town I lived in. And from that day on, the Kennedy legacy of service was talked about often in my house. Those conversations helped instill in all of my brothers and sisters the knowledge that we have to be part of the bigger world beyond our own home and that we should work where we could to make our school, our community, and the world a better place.

Happy National Adoption Day!

Happy National Adoption Day!

“It's the best work day of the year!” That's what Spokane County Court Commissioner, Steve Grovdahl told me about today, National Adoption Day. As a commissioner, he will oversee some of the dozen adoptions that will be performed today in Spokane.

Among today's proceedings, the adoption of Baby Henry. He is a precious 4 month old, who visited us on Good Morning Northwest (and we all fell in love with him). He has been in the care of Nina and Ben Helms since birth.

They went through adoption attorney, Mark Iverson who hooked them up with a private adoption firm. Theirs is an open adoption, which means, they have regular meetings with Henry's biological mother and siblings.

Red Cross honors Hometown Heroes

Red Cross honors Hometown Heroes

The American Red Cross honored 10 local heroes at the annual Hometown Heroes luncheon on Wednesday. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have performed extraordinary acts of service of heroism in the community during the past year.


Heroes awarded included five-year-old Dax Paget who captured hearts this summer after he lead sheriff’s deputies in Oregon to his family car when his dad suffered a stroke on the road. Joshua Gahl, credited for helping police capture Avondre Graham, was also honored.