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Rogers Gay Straight Alliance works to change misconceptions

Rogers Gay Straight Alliance works to change misconceptions

Members of Rogers High School’s Gay Straight Alliance gathered around the flagpole after school on Friday for a special ceremony. Together the group released 62 balloons to remember loved ones that members of the student body have lost.


The club has been selling the balloons all month as a GSA fundraiser and to promote their club in the school. Each balloon had a personal message attached from the students that purchased them to remember the loved one on their mind.

Mayor introduces new son to Spokane

Mayor introduces new son to Spokane

On Wednesday, Mayor David Condon and his wife Kristin welcomed their third child. Mayor Condon shared his joy at the birth of Beck Michael in a letter introducing the new addition to Spokane.

 

From Mayor David Condon:

Wednesday was one of the best days of my life. At about 6 pm that evening, Kristin and I welcomed our third child, Beck Michael Condon, into the world. I want to take this opportunity to introduce him to you, share a few pictures, and thank you for all the support and prayers you've given Kristin and me along the way.

Spokane's Poet Laureate announced

Spokane's Poet Laureate announced

From the Spokane Arts Fund:

Dr. Thom Caraway has been named Spokane’s first Poet Laureate. An award-winning poet and long-time resident of Spokane, Caraway will enthusiastically serve both communities in this important new role. He will join the Arts Commission in promoting and supporting Spokane’s vibrant literary community and expressing the spirit of the city with the world outside of Eastern Washington.

Dr. Caraway earned his PhD in English from the University of North Dakota, and an MFA in Creative Writing and BA in English, both from Eastern Washington University. He is a senior lecturer in Whitworth University’s English department. He calls Spokane’s West Central neighborhood home.

“Smashin’ September” Table Tennis tournament next weekend

“Smashin’ September” Table Tennis tournament next weekend

Table tennis fans of all ages and experiences are invited to participate in a local tournament next weekend.

News Release from Spokane Table Tennis:

Many Spokane area table tennis players are expected for the Spokane Table Tennis monthly tournament next week as they prepare for a major national tournament being held in Spokane in mid-October. The monthly STT tournament is September 28 at the North Park Racquet Club, located at 8121 N. Division in Spokane. The fun competition is open to everyone and registration is just $10, according to Lisa Hagel, STT Manager.

“We’ve had such great participation in our tournaments, and now the major national tournament held here in Spokane with $10,000 in prize money is less than a month away,” Mrs. Hagel exclaimed.

Cash awards are also provided to the winners in the Spokane Table Tennis tournament divisions and advance registration is strongly encouraged through: www.spokanetabletennis.com emailing Mrs. Hagel at lisahagel06@yahoo.com or calling 768-1780. Warm-up play is at 11:00 and the STT tournament begins at noon.

Community rallies to remember musician and writer Isamu Jordan

Community rallies to remember musician and writer Isamu Jordan

Family, friends and Spokane's local music community are coming together this week to remember local musician and journalist Isamu Jordan. A benefit on Friday evening will help support his two sons, and on Sunday he will be remembered during a Celebration of Life Service at the Bing Crosby Theater.

 

A fierce advocate for Spokane's local music scene, Isamu Jordan's career started in high school when he covered a Sir Mix A Lot concert for the Our Generation section of the Spokesman-Review. Over the years his notoriety and influence on local music grew, he even did his own local music awards called the Sommies. His love of music didn't stop on the page, he fronted Flying Spiders, a 10 piece hip-hop orchestra.

 

New WSU building named for Seattle news anchor Kathi Goertzen

New WSU building named for Seattle news anchor Kathi Goertzen

Family, friends, and former colleagues will gather at the WSU on Saturday to honor Alumna and northwest news legend, Kathi Goertzen. The Edward R. Murrow College of Communications is renaming it's newest building to honor the anchor that inspired so many around her.

 

“Kathi Goertzen was a dear friend and a true inspiration to many of us within the WSU community,” said WSU President Elson S. Floyd. “In dedicating this building to her memory, it it my sincere hope that her steadfast dedication to both WSU and her chosen profession will serve as a continuing inspiration to the generations of students who will follow in her path.”

 

Local author publishes book to benefit Vanessa Behan

Local author publishes book to benefit Vanessa Behan

A local professor and author has found a way to combine his love of words with his love for the children at the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Available this week, You've Made Your Bed Now Go Bounce On It, looks at the world of children while giving the proceeds back to the nursery that inspired it.

 

“I've long had a love affair with quotes,” said Gordon Jackson, a professor of journalism at Whitworth University. This is the seventh anthology of quotes that Jackson has complied, and this time, because the topic was close to his heart, he chose to self publish.