It’s been more than six years since Jan-Michael Gambill played on the biggest stage in tennis, testing his skills against the top ATP players, with serious prize money on the line. He no longer darts around north Spokane in one of his many Jaguars, taking the back roads to his parents’ house in Colbert. But at age 35 Gambill is hardly living the life of a retired professional athlete.
For America's top pairs teams, retiring in 2006 was a more popular move than the side-by-side jumps. Since the 2006 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in St. Louis, pairs silver medalists Marcy Hinzmann and Aaron Parchem, bronze medalists Kathryn Orscher and Garrett Lucash and fourth-place finishers Tiffany Scott and Rusty Fein all made the announcement. The pairs' average ages: 26. Their average years together: less than four.
An Australian man and Cheney's celebrity canine will have to wait a little longer to be reunited. Kevin Greer, of Brisbane, Queensland, was expecting his black Russian terrier, Duncan, to be flown to Australia by mid-January. But because of a minor health issue, the departure date has been pushed back to Feb. 5, said Lisa Rosier, Greer's daughter and Duncan's caretaker.
Listen up, all you boys and girls praying for a massive snowfall so you can get the day off school. Even if there's a whiteout outside your bedroom window, the cold truth is that there's hardly a snowball's chance in hell that school is going to be canceled.
BOSTON – The nine figure skaters committed to competing in Spokane at next month's 2007 U.S. Figure Skating Championships were outscored by the one skater who has dodged the question about a Spokane trip for months. Sasha Cohen won the second Marshalls U.S. Figure Skating Challenge at Boston University on Sunday afternoon. And she did it as easily as she slips into size zero jeans, beating Johnny Weir in the final round, 53 percent to 33 percent. Others who advanced to the final round, Kimmie Meissner and pairs Rena Inoue and John Baldwin, received 9 and 5 percent of the votes, respectively. Evan Lysacek, Emily Hughes, Katy Taylor and ice dancers Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto completed the field.
Northern Quest Casino, past sponsor of the Spokane Lilac Festival royal scholarship funds, has decided not to sponsor the 2007 court. Dan Fitzgerald, casino community relations manager, said the Kalispel Tribe has instead decided to "spread the money as far out as we can."
The search for the next Spokane Lilac Festival queen has been narrowed to 14. The group – dubbed the "Fabulous 14" – was chosen from approximately 200 Spokane County girls who had visions of being the belle of the Spokane Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade on May 19. The committee contacted 30 high schools and opened the selection to all senior girls, including those at alternative schools, home-schooled students, and Running Start students with a 3.0 or better grade-point average. Twenty-three schools responded.
Listen up, skating fans: For those who bought tickets for the 2007 U.S. Figure Skating Championships waaaay in advance, you're finally going to find out where you'll be sitting for the Jan. 21-28 event.
Ten years ago today the Inland Northwest was sheathed in crystal. The combination of wet snow and freezing rain that hit Nov. 19 became known as ice storm '96. It knocked out power to roughly 100,000 homes, some for as long as 13 days. Four people died. Travel proved nearly impossible. Residents huddled around fireplaces, read by lantern light and cooked over camp stoves. The damage was estimated at more than $22 million.
No one has to remind Hassel Dotson that today is the 10th anniversary of the 1996 ice storm. It's frozen in his mind like icicles on a full-leafed Norway maple. "Ice storm is the benchmark of all storms," said Dotson, a general foreman with the Avista Utilities Spokane line crew since 2001. "When Avista talks about Emergency Operations Plan, ice storm comes up."
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wash. – It was as if a pack of miniature ballerinas broke free from the top of their music boxes. There was hardly a moment at the Pacific Coast Sectional Championships on Friday where an energized skater wasn't practicing on land, spinning, twirling and going through the routine he or she has done thousands of times.
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wash. – Land jumps with high degrees of difficulty, skate with speed and confidence, wow the judges with fancy footwork and woo them with artistry. It could be enough for a skater to make it to Spokane.
Nothing like a fresh coat of paint to perk up a room. Imagine what it could do to a neighborhood. Community-minded residents of Latah Valley, more specifically Vinegar Flats, have been fixing up their neighborhood for years.
Sen. Tom Harkin, a one-time presidential hopeful and longtime ally of former Speaker of the House Tom Foley, returned to Spokane on Sunday after a long absence from Washington state politics. The Iowan stumped for a fellow Democrat, Sen. Maria Cantwell, as the Nov. 7 midterm election enters the stretch.
If Bethel Church of the Nazarene congregants show up for services on Nov. 5 in flannel shirts, long johns and woolly mittens, the Rev. Jim Clifton will excuse their outdoorsy attire. Clifton may have on similar clothes because he is one of about 30 adults and teenagers who plan to camp in the church's parking lot at 1111 S. Thor St. on Nov. 4. The campers will be participating in the Camp Need donation drive, which will benefit Cup of Cool Water, Anna Ogden Hall, Union Gospel Mission and the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Collections will be taken from 10 a.m. Nov. 4 until 10 a.m. Nov. 5.
It was 7:07 a.m. Kailua Kona, Hawaii, time last Sunday and Spokane professional tennis player Jan-Michael Gambill was in bed sleeping. What happened next even surprised this one-time People Magazine "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" and Sports Illustrated for Women "The 10 Hottest Men in Sports." winner.
The Rev. Michael "Redhawk" Rice-Sauer describes the Covenant Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as "the church that died and got resurrected." The church is celebrating its latest incarnation, and its 120th year, from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday with the dedication of its new worship center at 3.
Martial arts students will be breaking boards to help raise money for Toby May, a former student who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2005. The event will be at Shadle Park High School gym, 4327 N. Ash St., on Oct. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 300 Jung Kim Martial Arts students are collecting pledges for how many boards they can break.
Is it any wonder about 1,000 ducks, a couple hundred geese and one heavily gazed-upon swan flocked to a single lake in Reardan on Saturday afternoon? After all, the 80-acre lake, just north of Highway 2, has been a favorite spot for birds for decades, especially during October's migrating season. And to think, not one feathered friend received the general flier announcing the big event – the dedication of Reardan's Audubon Lake.
The Rev. Bill Ellis of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist said he doesn't know what to expect at the Oct. 22 service. "It's a big, formal service," Ellis explained, "and I've never been to one."
Is an event really an event before the "schedule of events" is announced? The 2007 U.S. Figure Skating Championships officials don't need to bother about such technicalities anymore. On Wednesday, the Spokane competition was lifted to official event status with the announcement of the schedule. The announcement comes as the countdown to the nationals drops to 100 days from today. Local organizers Toby Steward and Barb Beddor's busy week will continue at 10 a.m. Saturday when tickets go on sale for individual sessions for the competition, which runs Jan. 21-28. Organizers also announced this week that all-event packages will include tickets to 21 sessions.