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A Mead High School junior has somehow learned to balance the demands of a 4.0 student, myriad school activities and community involvement to become the queen of the Girl Scout cookie.
A new $25,000 grant is designed to fund programs that serve Spokane-area youth outside of school.
Addressing the crowd at his inaugural ball, Spokane Mayor David Condon said he will strive to be like the popular mayor who led the city when he was a boy, Jim Chase. More than 400 people attended Condon’s $75-a-plate “Our Town Gala” on Saturday night at the Lincoln Center in north Spokane. Proceeds will go to the Chase Youth Foundation, the financial arm of the youth commission that Chase fought to create when he was mayor in the 1980s.
Spokane’s youth programs would remain independent from other nonprofit groups under a new plan that has support from Mayor David Condon. Former Mayor Mary Verner, whose 2012 budget eliminated the city’s Youth Department, originally proposed contracting with the YMCA or other nonprofit groups to oversee youth activities and the Chase Youth Commission. But after opposition emerged from the commission, she backed a plan crafted by General Administration Director Dorothy Webster to give the money and oversight responsibilities to the commission and its partner organization, the Chase Youth Foundation.
Roland Chase has a message for incoming leaders of Spokane’s city government: “I would not turn my back on the youth of Spokane.”
The Chase Youth Commission is accepting nominations for the 2012 Chase Youth Awards. The Chase Youth Awards highlight strengths of character valued by the community including community involvement, courage, creativity, diversity, leadership, environment and personal achievement.
Spokane County has 11 openings for volunteers on boards and commissions that range from solid waste to historic landmarks. Some are for people from certain areas or backgrounds; others are for anyone who lives in the county.
The Chase Youth Commission is taking nominations for the 2011 Chase Youth Award. Award categories highlight strengths of character valued by the Spokane community including community involvement, courage, creativity, diversity, leadership, environment and personal achievement.
Seen the new attack ad on Chris Marr? I won’t repeat any of it, other than to note that it formally marked the moment when the local election season went from discouraging to scumbaggy. As it always does. This is the wearying season for people who follow politics. Things get stupider and meaner as they become more important. But on Thursday night – while Patty Murray and Dino Rossi slugged it out at KSPS – there was another event on the Spokane political calendar that offered a reminder of the other, sometimes invisible political world.
One is so dedicated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation that he asked for charity donations instead of birthday presents. Another can perform everything from classical ballet to gymnastics and break dancing.
It’s no surprise that the city of Spokane’s youth department finds itself in the budget-cutting cross hairs during economic bad times. Small agencies with specific constituencies are often targeted as expendable when costs have to be cut. Still, City Council member Bob Apple’s recent remarks do grab one’s attention for their harshness and shortsightedness.
At least one Spokane City Council member would consider closing the city youth department and Chase Youth Commission to help balance next year’s budget. It’s an idea that the head of the youth department is quick to reject.
Social service agencies around Spokane sounded the alarm on Wednesday after it was disclosed that City Council members were considering eliminating the city’s youth department and the popular Chase Youth Commission in next year’s budget.