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Spokane Valley leader passes away

Spokane Valley leader passes away

From the City of Spokane Valley:

 

It was with deep sadness that the City of Spokane Valley learned that former Councilmember Gary Schimmels passed away unexpectedly in his sleep last night.  Until he left office at the end of 2013, Schimmels had been the last remaining Councilmember to have served since the city's incorporation, and had served as the City's Deputy Mayor over his last four years in office.

CV bus drivers rally around co-worker

CV bus drivers rally around co-worker

From the Central Valley School District:


Bus driver Teri Perry and her husband Don were overwhelmed by the support of fellow CV bus drivers this morning.

Whitworth Prof. reflects on Mandela's legacy

Whitworth Prof. reflects on Mandela's legacy

Nelson Mandela's influence was felt around the world, and especially by one local professor. Gordon Jackson is a communications professor at Whitworth and was born in South Africa.

"(Mandela's death) comes as a blow to all people in South Africa as well as many around the world," Jackson said.

Professor Jackson was born into an apartheid era of South Africa. A time when the world around him was black and white and tension was at an all time high.

Then in the early 1990's Nelson Mandela was released from prison and changed the country.





"One who brought a time of reconciliation to South Africa when the country could very easily have descended into a blood bath with racial violence," Jackson said.

Jackson says Mandela was the right man at the right time, and his calm leadership could have been much different.

Meet the Athletes: Spencer

Meet the Athletes: Spencer

Week days after school you can find Spencer Kimbro shooting hoops in the gym at the elementary school where his mom teaches in Moses Lake. This fall, he raced cross country at Chief Moses Middle School for the first time. On weekends, the Kimbros head to Spokane so that Spencer can practice with ParaSport Spokane.


Spencer, who has Spina Bifida, is no stranger to being interviewed. He’s the face of Youth Outdoors Unlimited, a Central Washington based nonprofit that teaches kids with disabilities how to hunt and fish. Spencer learned how to hunt and fish in 2010 and loves it.

Meet the Athletes: Mike

Meet the Athletes: Mike

You can’t help but smile when you’re around 10-year-old Mike Lucas. He’s a double amputee, but his smile and spirit are bright reminder to always get back up and go for it.


Outside of his disability, Mike is just like any other 10-year-old boy. He likes to play basketball and video games on the Wii. His favorite subject in school is science. At the Shoe City Open track meet, Mike ended a long day of races making sure that everyone had a snack and chasing after a football with members of Team U.S.A.. When he took a tumble on the field he popped right back up.

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.”