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Family man loved working at clinic

Family members of Michael Grant Cahill, a Spokane native killed at Fort Hood, Texas, on Thursday waited for hours after the shooting rampage with no word of his whereabouts. They called hospitals and other facilities where victims were taken and got nothing.

Rogers honors inductees

Three area residents and Rogers High School alumni were recently inducted into the Rogers Walk of Fame. The following are biographies of the 2009 inductees, Wayne D. Anderson, Wayne G. Fleming and Larry F. Nielsen.

Urban designs honored

Sixteen buildings, projects and organizations received recognition in the second Mayor’s Urban Design Awards. The awards, presented every two years after consideration by the Spokane Design Review Committee, went to projects as diverse as the restored Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox and the city’s new pools, a skate park in Hillyard and the Riverpoint campus of Washington State University and Eastern Washington University near downtown.

Newer Rogers reopens

Spokane Public Schools will host a reopening and dedication of Rogers High School, 1622 E. Wellesley Ave., on Sept. 12 at the newly renovated high school. The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. Self-guided tours will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 5:30 p.m. Additional events include a community picnic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the official dedication ceremony is from 1:30 to 3 p.m. An alumni and community reception will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Edina Bell lets her smile lead her

Edina Bell knows loss. But she also knows joy, and she focuses on the latter. Bell is graduating this spring from Rogers High School, a school she is very proud of, after a year that could have easily derailed a young woman. Actually, she’s had several years like that in her 17 years of life.

Rogers senior has the write stuff

Sarah Reyes knows it isn’t popular to admit this, but she really likes Geraldo Rivera. “I used to watch him at my grandma’s house,” she said. Growing up as a Hispanic child with a keen interest in journalism, she didn’t have many role models to choose from. She’d like to change that by becoming a person Hispanic teens can look up to. And at 18, she’s well on her way.

Benefit honors slain Rogers teacher

The late Terri Kim told her colleagues at Rogers High School she chose to look at life through rose-colored glasses. She found the good in everyone, they say, and gave to those around her without question.

Pirates ride the swell

The Rogers High School drum corps boomed its way through the school’s halls Tuesday morning to stir up some Pirate pride. They had momentum on their side: Rogers’ underdog boys basketball team was preparing to leave for the state 3A championship tournament in Tacoma, the first time a Rogers basketball team has made it to the state tourney since 1975. And Pirate pride has been on the upswing.

Rogers’ trip to state decades in the making

The reaction to Rogers making it to the State 3A boys basketball tournament was succinct from the man who was coaching the Pirates in 1975, their last official appearance. “It’s about time,” Dick Kinzer, 78, quipped. That’s not disparaging to the seven coaches who followed in his footsteps once he stepped down in 1983, because he also zinged himself.

In brief: High school teacher cited for exposure

A high school math teacher cited for indecent exposure in Post Falls two weeks ago continued teaching until Spokane Public Schools learned of the incident through a police news release Tuesday. Daniel James Rhoades, 31, was cited Feb. 19 after a woman called 911 on Feb. 7 and said a man had exposed his genitals to her as she sat in her car in the parking lot of Super 1 Foods at 805 E. Polston Ave. about 11 p.m.

‘Weather girls’ had wartime role

Discussing the weather is often regarded as a banal conversation starter – a topic to banter about before moving on to more substantial things. But not for Evelyn Conant. When she talks about the weather her eyes sparkle and her hands fly. In 1944, while still a senior at Rogers High School, Conant, along with six other girls, was asked to be an observer for the U.S. Weather Bureau. Prior to World War II, the organization listed only two women as observers or forecasters. “The government was in a real bind for weather observers,” recalled Conant. “Our school was picked as an experiment to see if girls could understand (the job). All seven of us got special wartime appointments.”

‘Weather girls’ had wartime role

Discussing the weather is often regarded as a banal conversation starter – a topic to banter about before moving on to more substantial things. But not for Evelyn Conant. When she talks about the weather her eyes sparkle and her hands fly. In 1944, while still a senior at Rogers High School, Conant, along with six other girls, was asked to be an observer for the U.S. Weather Bureau. Prior to World War II, the organization listed only two women as observers or forecasters. “The government was in a real bind for weather observers,” recalled Conant. “Our school was picked as an experiment to see if girls could understand (the job). All seven of us got special wartime appointments.”

Vaughan keeps family basketball tradition going at Rogers

Like other high school athletes in these mobile times, Jesse Vaughan was planning to attend another high school instead of Rogers. But a precedent had been set. Two generations of family, including his brother Justin, older by eight years, have been Pirates. Jesse said Justin is a reason for his basketball success and competitiveness.

Revived Rogers features fresh ‘spirit’

The gleaming brushed-aluminum sculpture high on a brick wall at Rogers High School reminds one student of an ancient pictograph. To Principal Carole Meyer, the imagery of wind-swept mountains and Native figures suggests the scenery surrounding her northeast Spokane school – on a clear day Mount Spokane is visible from the windows in the new library.

Boy’s favor for sister turns heavy

Erik Jackson ran cold water over his sore, blistered hands when he came home late from Rogers High School on Thursday. The freshman's school bus driver wouldn't let him on the bus with his mother's portable sewing machine.