Days after the Freeman High School shooting, Barb Wharton sat in a circle with about 15 teachers who had locked down their classrooms that day to keep the gunman out.
Karen Mobley isn’t that well known to the general public, even though she was a longtime city department head. Her work remains on display all over town, even if it isn’t her work. As the city’s arts director, she helped bring numerous public art pieces to town, including the many murals brightening the city’s many underpasses, and the collection of sculptures in the city core.
In the weeks and months after Tyler Hilinski’s death, members of the Washington State football team were surrounded by psychiatrists, doctors and other mental health specialists dedicated to guiding the Cougars through a trying time in their lives.
It probably won’t be a bestseller, but Mark Anderson and Rick Romero just wrote the book on local intergovernmental cooperation.
About 17,000 acres has been preserved as open spaces through the efforts of the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy – most of it under Chris DeForest’s leadership.
Dana Rowan wasn’t sure about sophomore Sydney Lyman’s pitch a few years ago to create a community service club at Mead High School. Then the teenager sent her a fully formed website, bylaws and an action plan to assist multiple agencies in the community.
During the past year, people living in the Spokane region have shown courage, generosity and love to one another. While news reports so often focus on controversy and wrongdoing, behind almost every story is someone who set aside their own self-interest to do the right thing. The Spokesman-Review plans to publish 10 stories at the end of this year recognizing some of those who made a difference in our community, and we need the help of our readers.