RITTMAN, Ohio — Michael Gibson and his 18-year-old son, Scott Fritts, walked out of their home at 5:09 a.m. on June 15 with nothing more than $105 and 60 pounds of possessions split between two backpacks.
SPOKANE — Using a freestyle stroke to cut through the water, Kim Sutton draws praise from her poolside coach, Jaime Hopoi. Sutton, 18, crosses the pool in a straight line, rather than veering off — her awareness of her body’s place in space has improved, Hopoi says. But the coach sends the swimmer back across the pool again, this time by way of the backstroke, because it’s good for her.
Doug Head is grand marshal of the 2013 Stemilt Growers Grand Parade. Doug is retiring in August as regional director for Children’s Home Society, a position he’s filled for 29 years. Apple Blossom Festival leaders announced his selection as grand marshal at the 12th Annual Sweetheart Luncheon for Kids on April 17. He was also honored at the All Service Club Luncheon on Wednesday.
alk about clearing your head: Stanford University scientists have found a way to make see-through mouse brains. You take the brain out of the mouse, soak it in chemicals for a couple of days, and voila: It becomes transparent.
Hungry? Then make your way over to the food fair at Memorial Park, where there are a variety of vendors who will satisfy all of your cravings. The food fair opens Thursday and will continue daily throughout the festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., although some vendors may stay open later. This year’s vendors and their offerings:
The 2013 Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Junior Royalty court is, from left, Princess Isabel Hyde, Queen Abby Wilt and Princess Meztli Gonzalez. The junior court will ride in Saturday’s Keyes Fibre Youth Parade and will carry the festival banner during the Stemilt Growers Grand Parade on May 4.
CHICAGO — Early in her pastoral career, the Rev. Julie Harley encountered a woman with ALS, bent over in a wheelchair. It struck her as a particularly cruel illness — incurable, often hitting in the prime of life, immobilizing the body while leaving the mind intact. It still strikes her that way, but now it’s her ordeal as well.
PASCO — There were cowboy boots aplenty — shiny new ones; worn down at the heel pairs; daddy size and little girls too; even one pair that flashed ruby lights as Dad’s princess stomped about the floor. It was Hillbilly Hoedown time at the 17th annual Father-Daughter Ball sponsored by the Calvary Chapel Tri-Cities in Kennewick.
OLYMPIA — State Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler said Thursday he does not expect floor votes this session on either universal background checks on gun sales or the abortion measure. “I would rather see our time focused on how we get to a four-year balanced budget, how we reform K-12, what we do about higher education,” Schoesler said in his most definitive remarks yet on the subject.
In the course of four years, there have been many chilly September nights on the football field, free throws missed and made, and hurdles jumped down the stretch of the track for many athletes. The finish line is approaching for one three-sport athlete, though, senior Alex Hopkins, as he graduates this year, leaving a legacy of hard work and leadership that will be hard to replicate for future Panther athletes.
Charles VanSteenkist has lived in a lot of places, but he calls Eastern Washington home. Born in Brewster, his mother hailed from the Methow Valley, and his father was from Wilbur. By trade, his father worked for the state Department of Transportation, helping to open the North Cascades Highway until he transferred to a job in Republic.