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In brief: Hession joins Hayden company

Former Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession has been hired as director of special projects for Blue Water Technologies Inc. of Hayden.

Hession, an executive and lawyer, served on the Spokane City Council before succeeding Jim West as mayor. He most recently served as interim executive director of the Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, and is chairman of the state of Washington’s Public Works Board.

In his role at Blue Water, a privately held company that develops technologies to remove contaminants from treated wastewater, Hession will lead a group working on renewable energy from municipal wastewater treatment plants, a news release said.

Dad awaits word from son in Chile

BOISE – The father of a teenager from Boise doing volunteer work at a hospital in Chile says he hasn’t heard from his son following the magnitude-8.8 earthquake there.

Breck Seiniger, of Boise, said late Saturday his son Sam Seiniger, 16, has been staying with one of the neurosurgeons who works at the hospital in the city of Concepcion, which is near the epicenter of the quake that hit Saturday morning.

Sam Seiniger graduated two years early from Boise High School last year and has been in Concepcion since August, taking the initial steps toward his goal of becoming a neurosurgeon.