The Kootenai County Substance Abuse Council recently recognized business and individual supporters during its general membership meeting.
Businesses of the Year: Skate Plaza, North Idaho Builders and Contractors Association Women’s Council, Kootenai Electric Cooperative Inc., and Coeur d’Alene Tidyman’s.
Small Businesses of the Year: Professional Insurance Brokers and Todd Goodson Productions.
Volunteers of the Year: Dalton Garrett and Kim Houx.
Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Joe Kimball, son of Joe and Sandra Kimball, Spokane, was recently designated a naval aviator and received the coveted Wings of Gold. He completed several months of flight training with Helicopter Training Squadron 18, Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Fla.
Kimball is a 1986 graduate of North Central High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Coast Guard Academy, New London, Conn.
Gary Thumen, owner and operator of Padgett Business Services in Spokane, recently completed a special tax school in Atlanta in preparation for this tax season. This annual seminar provides participants from across the United States with specific, upto-date, tax-related information.
Jay Biladeau was recently commissioned as a limited-duty officer ensign with the U.S. Navy. He completed a principal in-service officer-accession program designed to provide officers as technical experts and maintenance managers.
Biladeau graduated from Cheney High School in 1981 and enlisted in the Navy the following year. He is the son of Marla Biladeau, Spokane, and is stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
Dr. John Jackson, an osteopath and faculty member of the University of Washington, Spokane, recently received the Dean’s Award for Community Service from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing.
Jackson was nominated for serving people with limited access to health care the past eight years, including four years in Eudora, Ark., and six-month missionary trips to Africa, Central America and Asian countries.
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