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Pathways considering leadership change

Thu., Jan. 15, 2009

Cheney’s Pathways to Progress is considering a change in leadership.

The program, which seeks to revitalize downtown Cheney, is currently funded by Eastern Washington University, the city and Pathways itself.

Pathways is considering giving its leadership position over to EWU, which would have a faculty member from its urban planning department take the lead.

Pathways interim executive director Spencer Grainger will be working until June 30, by which time the city and EWU will have likely made a choice about the new leader.

EWU already has a search committee looking for someone to take the position.

The other option Pathways is considering would be to fund its own director, if EWU cuts it from the budget. EWU is looking at substantial state budget cuts this year.

To help fund its own director, Pathways is working to form a business improvement district, which would be an organization made up of various downtown businesses that unite for the goal of revitalizing downtown Cheney. Once formed, the district could opt to fund Pathways.

“If we lost all our resources, a lot of our projects would go by the wayside,” Grainger said.

Pathways puts on several community events including the Cheney Farmers’ Market.

Medical Lake’s Rockwood Clinic opens at new location

The Rockwood Clinic in Medical Lake moved in early December to 725 N. Stanley Street, Suite D.

The clinic now has a new osteopathy physician on staff, said manager Colleen Kirk. The office has extended its hours, which are now Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“The transition went very well,” Kirk said.

The new location has been busy, Kirk said, partly because this building is so visible.

The clinic, which is a part of the Rockwood Clinic chain in Spokane, is a primary care facility and doesn’t have an urgent care or emergency room.

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