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Difference Makers: Ryan Oelrich aims to help Spokane’s youth through fun, games and data

The executive director of Priority Spokane can point to charts and graphs showing the effect community health workers have had on reducing homelessness among local youth. But there’s also a sense of playfulness to the community building Oelrich’s done over the past decade and a half, after a conscious decision to remain in Spokane following his ties to the scandal involving former Mayor Jim West.

2014 greeted with a youthful ‘hello’

Ask a child to name his or her favorite part of First Night Spokane and they have a ready answer: “Ronald McDonald,” said Allison Lease, 3, who also enjoyed watching the ballet dancers.

Vestal: Spokane man back home after unusual flight

When Ryan Oelrich was awakened on the red-eye home from Alaska by a loud hissing noise, he wondered if the plane was going down. He says he wasn’t scared, exactly. But he wondered if he might have time to quickly hop online and shoot a note of farewell to his friends and family.

Spotlight: Oelrich story to be featured in HBO film

The upcoming HBO film “When Strangers Click” will include the story of one young Spokane man whose name figured in the news here in 2005: Ryan Oelrich. Oelrich became entangled in the story that resulted in Mayor Jim West’s eventual recall.