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Gather ’round children. Old Uncle Doug has a story to tell. Believe it or not, but there was once a time when every American kid would’ve sold their little brother or sister to own a Dick Tracy watch that would let you make calls just like on a telephone.
Every year in July, the North Idaho College Foundation holds its largest fundraiser. Only 5,000 tickets are sold for the Really BIG Raffle, at $100 apiece. The grand prize is a $250,000 home built by, and as a showcase for, the college’s carpentry program. Other prizes include a $20,000 car, a $10,000 boat, a $3,500 vacation and a $2,000 shopping spree. In addition to supporting the carpentry program, the raffle, now in its 18th year, has raised money for scholarships and provided grants for numerous college programs as varied as athletics, human resources and nursing. This year’s drawing will be held July 13.
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, chairman of the Western Governors Association, will hand over the gavel to the incoming chairwoman – Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire – at the close of this week’s annual conference of the 19-state group in Coeur d’Alene. We asked Otter about the direction he’s taken the association in the past year and what to expect from the Coeur d’Alene conference. Q.Why did you take on this role?
Last month, the clock on the Great Northern Railway tower in Riverfront Park was stopped temporarily for repairs. The clock was fixed by Dave Stillman, a city fleet services foreman, whose father was a clock repairman, and Dave Randolph, Riverfront Park’s maintenance foreman. Except for a gap of about eight years, Randolph has been charged with maintaining the clock since the 1980s.
Larry Krauter became director of Spokane International Airport and Felts Field on March 28. The 45-year-old Ohio native had been interim executive of the Lehigh-Northhampton Airport Authority in eastern Pennsylvania.
Barb Chamberlain has worn a lot of hats besides her bike helmet over the years. The 48-year-old director of communications and public affairs at WSU Spokane has been an Idaho state legislator, a teacher and a business owner, and served on all sorts of community-action committees, civic panels and advisory boards.
MacKenzie Johnson, a senior at Mead High School, is this year’s Spokane Lilac Festival Association Lilac Queen. In an interview last week, Johnson, 18, looked forward to the busy weeks ahead.
What do more than 50,000 sweaty runners and walkers have to do with your garden? Local attorney Steven Jones, who has been running, helping and organizing Bloomsday for more than 30 years, shared some behind-the-scenes efforts aimed at lessening the race’s environmental footprint.
Sister Paula Mary Turnbull, of the Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane, is a prolific sculptor whose work includes the garbage-eating goat in Riverfront Park and adorns Spokane Community College, the city’s wastewater treatment plant, Central Valley High School, the Hillyard pool, Indian Trail Park and numerous other places. In 1972, Turnbull was named to the Expo Visual Arts Advisory Committee, which led the effort to bring sculptures to the fair. Art from Expo ’74 gained attention last week when the Spokane Park Board voted to remove an Expo-era sculpture by Charles W. Smith from its collection.
Sister Rosalie Locati, 68, has been part of the Sisters of Providence religious community for 49 years. In employee orientations, Locati – director of mission and values for Providence Sacred Heart and Providence Holy Family hospitals – tells newcomers the story of Mother Joseph of Vancouver, Wash., who designed and built hospitals throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Valerie Fast Horse, 46, is the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s director of information technology. She’s a “technological visionary,” says Chief Allan, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s chairman, “helping bridge the digital divide in Indian Country.” Fast Horse headed up the effort to bring wireless Internet service to the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation in 2002. Now, she’s working on a $12.2 million project to provide faster Internet service through fiber optic connections. Her department is also the force behind Rezkast, a website for Native American videos and blogs.
Stress kills adults. And it can destroy their children, too. For more than 20 years, Robin Rose, of Salem has researched how the stress of adults affects the brain development of the children among them.
Nancy Hill has been the director of Spokane County’s animal control program since 1995, well before it adopted the name SCRAPS (Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service). She would like to see her agency handed the responsibility for animal control throughout the county, including the city of Spokane. And she wants to move her operation from its somewhat remote Spokane Valley site on Flora Road to a new home near the fairgrounds.
Gail Mackie has had good news to howl about in recent months. SpokAnimal C.A.R.E.’s executive director since 1986 has seen her nonprofit organization expand into modern new facilities next to its longtime North Side home. In addition, she has overseen the opening of a long-awaited Spokane dog park.
Scott Johnson joined the Spokane Police Department in 1974 as one of dozens of officers hired to patrol the world’s fair. He retired last month as one of the department’s two majors, in charge of patrol operations.
The Church of St. Thomas the Apostle is one of Coeur d’Alene’s landmarks. Built for $46,000 at a time when U.S. manufacturing workers earned about $11 per week, the ornate brick church resulted from the vision of an early Catholic priest. “Father Thomas Purcell was hopeful that the diocese’s main cathedral would be in Coeur d’Alene. He built accordingly – that’s the rumor, anyway,” said Don Johnston, a longtime church member.
Jessica Lewis, a 19-year-old Spokane resident, recently won $5,000 by placing second in a national grocery bagging competition sponsored by ConAgra Foods. A North Central High School graduate, Lewis attends Spokane Community College and works at Yoke’s Fresh Market on North Foothills Drive. Q.How did you learn you were good at bagging?
Today will be pretty busy for Jim Alice, owner of Liberty Park Florist & Greenhouses at Eighth Avenue and Perry Street. Jim represents the third generation of his family to own the landmark Spokane business started by his Italian immigrant grandfather, Dominic, in 1929. He took over from his father, Joe, and uncle Leo.
Dianne LaValley is the Spokane director for Accountemps, a professional placement company that’s a division of Robert Half International. During the current economy she sees many job candidates concerned about how DUIs and criminal records will impact their job search.
Tax season begins in earnest Tuesday, and AARP will again offer free tax preparation at numerous Tax-Aide centers in the Inland Northwest. John Viveiros is the Spokane district coordinator for the program.