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The king of Cat Tales Zoological Training Center gets a root canal. Watch the video above, and read staff writer John Stucke's story.

Putting skills to the test

There wasn’t a textbook in sight on a recent day of teaching at the Spokane Valley Fire Academy. Instead students suited up in firefighting gear with air masks to learn how fire behaves. Black smoke billowed from the four-story training tower on Sullivan Road near the Spokane Business and Industrial Park as new recruits took turns hauling heavy hoses inside the tower to put out flames. Other students climbed up a ladder on the outside of the tower to practice tying off a ladder. It is policy that one person holds a ladder in place while another secures it to prevent it from slipping, said Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Clifford.

Couple opens training center in Coeur d’Alene

Carl and Judith George are a husband-and-wife team that has a passion to teach. Combined they have more than 65 years of teaching experience and have retired twice from the teaching profession, but decided to open George Education and Training Services “to help people build 21st century skills.”

Marianne Guenther: It is easy being Green

A trip to Washington, D.C., four years ago proved to be serendipitous for Spokane Realtor Marianne Guenther. One morning she awoke, opened her curtains, and there, staring back at her, was a great big “R.”

Valley firefighters take training to ice

Pulling someone out of a partially frozen over lake isn’t something the Spokane Valley Fire Department does often. In the interests of being prepared, however, firefighters were on Liberty Lake last week for their annual ice rescue training. Firefighters donned yellow dry suits and took turns being the victim bobbing in the chilly lake waters and being the one to use a specially designed ice sled to rescue their co-workers. The sled rides on two pontoons that a rescuer walks between while holding onto two rails. If the ice should break beneathu the rescuer, he or she will be able to float on the sled.

Jobless receive retraining boost

Kevin Anderson has been working with metal for years – casting it, fabricating it, plating it. Now he’s trying to move ahead to the cutting edge of cutting metal, learning to program the computerized systems that operate machine tools from drills and lathes to routers and laser cutters.

Fairchild replacing fitness facility

Fairchild Air Force Base will get an extra $28 million next year from the federal budget to build a new fitness and water training facility for the Survival School. The money, which was pulled from savings in the Defense Department’s fiscal 2009 budget, will be used to replace a converted World War II-era warehouse that was damaged last December when heavy snows collapsed part of its roof.

Making a connection

Friday was Yevgeniy Sirokhin’s first day on a Spokane bus, but the STA hopes he becomes a regular rider. The 82-year-old Ukrainian immigrant and World War II veteran joined nearly 40 senior citizens from Spokane’s Russian-speaking community in learning to navigate the city’s public transit system.

EMT program trains fourth class

Jeff Butcher started as a volunteer firefighter with the Mica-Kidd Island Fire Department when he was 18. Now, at 21, he’s a full-fledged firefighter with the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department. “I really didn’t know a lot about it, but I knew I was going to be a firefighter,” Butcher said.

CdA course gives rookies options

In the past, James Sims’ new job as a Coeur d’Alene police officer would have required him to spend 10 weeks away from his wife and two young daughters to complete law enforcement training in Southern Idaho. But when he began his 13-week training course Monday, he had just a short drive from his Post Falls home to North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, and he’ll be home for dinner almost every night.

Idaho police training moves closer to home

In the past, James Sims’ new job as a Coeur d’Alene police officer would have required him to spend 10 weeks away from his wife and two young daughters to complete law enforcement training in southern Idaho.

Finding that right mix

PEORIA, Ariz. — Franklin Gutierrez was standing in center field when it quickly set in on him. Ken Griffey Jr. was next to him in left. Ichiro Suzuki was on his other side in right. Talk about nice company.

Griffey becomes comfortable at plate

Ken Griffey Jr. is still trying to get comfortable playing left field for the Seattle Mariners. At the plate, baseball’s active home run leader looks just fine. Griffey doubled twice and drove in two runs after nearly getting hit in the head by a fly ball during Seattle’s 7-all tie with the Texas Rangers in 10 innings Tuesday at Peoria, Ariz.

Hernandez set for spring debut for Mariners

Seattle right-hander Felix Hernandez will make his Cactus League debut Thursday against Kansas City. Hernandez hasn’t pitched in a game since he helped Venezuela beat Puerto Rico 2-0 on March 16 to advance to the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic.

Griffey struggles in left

PEORIA, Ariz. – All eyes were on two pairs of legs Saturday at Peoria Stadium, and we’re not talking about sunbathers on the berm. Mike Sweeney seems to have answered all concerns about the state of his two surgically repaired knees. He’s running smoothly and hitting well, having gone 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run in the Seattle Mariners’ 8-5 victory over the Oakland A’s.

Griffey takes rare spot in left

Ken Griffey Jr. played four innings in left field Thursday night, then tried to keep a poker face around reporters who wanted to know how strange it must have felt. “Everything feels strange,” he said. “Just strange.”

Sore Morrow will miss next start for Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. – Seattle right-hander Brandon Morrow will miss his next start after complaining of stiffness in his pitching forearm. “It’s just a little sore around the flexor bundle,” Morrow said Thursday. “It was kind of tight last week and tighter yesterday. Not like it is painful or anything, just tight and they wanted to make sure its OK.”