A U.S. Army general traveled from North Carolina on Wednesday to pin the Purple Heart on the chest of a young Post Falls man still struggling with the effects of the deadliest mass shooting this nation has seen on a military base. “It’s a long time coming. It’s a step in the right direction,” said George Stratton Jr., father of George Stratton III, who was one of the more than 30 people wounded when former Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood in Texas on Nov. 5, 2009.
MATT MITCHELL, 29 A friend once gave Mitchell the complete works of Bob Dylan and he listened to the iconic singer/songwriter exclusively for about a year. Mitchell is the band’s primary singer and songwriter. “Most of what I want to say is about to be recorded,” Mitchell said. “We just believe in the music and I think that’s going to translate.” He grew up playing classical, crediting an influential teacher for inspiring him and his mother for encouraging him. He began writing his own music at an early age. He started with piano, then added organ, guitar and harmonica (which he says doesn’t count because it’s always in the right key). He toured for five years with the jam-grass band Ten Mile Tide, leaving to marry his wife, Missy. By day, he works at 14Four, working with advertising agencies on interactive campaigns. He’s also a graphic designer whose T-shirts are regularly sold at Boo Radley’s.
At one point during Warren Miller’s 64th annual ski movie, “Ticket To Ride,” an older man watches young professional skiers soaring down the steep, snow-covered peaks rising above him north of Anchorage, Alaska. “I’m so envious, man,” he says.
The father of a Post Falls soldier wounded when Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood in 2009 said his son has post-traumatic stress from the shooting that ended his military career and has left him unable to support himself. On Nov. 5, 2009, George Stratton III was at Fort Hood to complete medical processing in preparation for a January deployment to Afghanistan. He was one of the 32 people wounded by Hasan’s bullets; Stratton was shot through his left shoulder, shattering his humerus bone. Among the 13 killed in the attack was Michael Grant Cahill, 62, a native of Spokane and graduate of Rogers High School and Eastern Washington University.
A Spokane police dog named Leonidas had a busy night on Thursday.
Around 7 p.m., the dog caught a Spokane man wanted on a Department of Corrections escape warrant when the man ran into a wooded area near 7th Avenue and Division Street, a news release from the police department said.
In 18 years as a journalist, I’ve interviewed senators and CEOs, even got a statement from the president. But I’m as nervous as Chris Farley’s star-struck teenage talk show host from “Saturday Night Live” at the prospect of interviewing one of my favorite musicians. (“You’re Michael Franti? Wow. That’s so cool.”)