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Sheriff Tom Jones appointed to Behind the Badge Foundation board of directors

Sheriff Tom Jones appointed to Behind the Badge Foundation board of directors

Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones was recently appointed to a board of directors’ position for a statewide law enforcement support group.

Sheriff Jones was appointed to the board of directors of the Behind the Badge Foundation, a non-for-profit organization based in Issaquah. He was approved by their board of directors based upon a recommendation by board president Brian Johnston, a sergeant with the Monroe Police Department.


“I am truly humbled to have even been considered for such an honor, and even more proud to have been appointed to the board,” said Sheriff Tom Jones. “The Behind the Badge Foundation provides important services and support to families of fallen law enforcement officers, and I look forward to being a part of such a great organization.”

The Behind the Badge Foundation provides comprehensive support to Washington State’s law enforcement agencies, families and communities after an officer has died or suffered serious injury in the line of duty. The Foundation also maintains the Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial in Olympia, commemorating the lives and dedication of officers who have died in service to our state.
 

Grant County Sheriff’s Office honors 5 employees for commendable conduct and acts of heroism

Grant County Sheriff’s Office honors 5 employees for commendable conduct and acts of heroism

Five members of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received honors during the sheriff’s annual staff meeting and training on January 14.

“I am extremely proud of each of the honored recipients. I think this shows the citizens of Grant County that they are served by dedicated professionals who do the best job they can,” said Sheriff Tom Jones. “These employees serve with distinction and are worthy of the praise they have received.”

Honored by their peers for excellence in performing their duties were Deputy Sheriff of the Year Rick Canterbury, Records Clerk of the Year Dawn Prince, Corrections Officer of the Year Willie Rodriguez.

Also honored were Corrections Officer John Querin, who received the Life Saving Award for helping save the life of a jail inmate who attempted suicide in March, 2014, and Deputy Sheriff Jake Fisher, who received the Valor Award for risking his life while rescuing a drowning victim from an irrigation canal in March, 2014.

 

Lynn Kimball named Executive Director of Aging & Long Term Care of Eastern Washington

Lynn Kimball named Executive Director of Aging & Long Term Care of Eastern Washington

The Governing Board of Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington (ALTCEW) announced that Lynn Kimball has been appointed to succeed Nick Beamer as Executive Director. Beamer has served as Director of the Agency for 27 years.

According to the ALTCEW, Kimball and Beamer are working collaboratively, through the end of January, to assure a successful transition of responsibilities.


Kimball has been with the Agency for seven years, most recently in the position of Director of Planning and Resource Development. The ALTCEW said she brings a strong commitment to the Agency’s mission and a depth of knowledge of the aging network in Washington State.

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

When you hear vegan, what's the first thing that pops into your head? It's probably not “sexy,” but that's what PETA is trying to change with their current competition for Sexiest Vegan over 50. The field has been narrowed down to just 14 men and women from around the US and one of them is from right here in Spokane.

Atania Gilmore is marking her two-year anniversary as a vegan this month. She's a runner and says it was another runner's book that encouraged her to make the change for what she calls selfish reasons.

“As a runner you're always looking for an edge,” she said.

Gilmore says it was “Eat and Run,” a book written by ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek that inspired her. In the book, Jurek explains that his record setting speeds to his vegan diet.

“I'm a turtle when I run,” said Gilmore. “I wanted to be faster so I thought it was worth a try.” So she decided to give it a try for the 30 days leading up to Thanksgiving and see if it made a difference.

RSVP now for state-wide teleconference on I-594

RSVP now for state-wide teleconference on I-594

Want to learn more about Initiative 594 on the November ballot this year? This is your chance to listen to, and ask questions of, state experts from the comfort of your own home.

Today, October 14, at 6 pm the Yes on 594 campaign is hosting a tele-town hall with over 100,000 Washingtonians around the state to discuss the importance of closing the background check loophole.

Initiative 594 would require everyone who purchases a gun to undergo a background check, no matter who they buy it from or where they purchase it.

Participants include former Bellingham Police Chief Don Pierce and domestic violence advocate Trese Todd who will discuss the loophole in our state and how Initiative 594 would close it.

The discussion will be moderated by Reverend Sandy Brown, president of the board of directors of the Center for Gun Responsibility and provide an important opportunity for voters to ask questions about background checks.

Free anti-bullying workshops from Freewind Martial Arts

Free anti-bullying workshops from Freewind Martial Arts

For the next two weekends Freewind Martial Arts is sponsoring free youth empowerment and anti-bullying workshops.

The classes will be held at at their Moses Lake studio, 3426 Citation Road NE.

On both Saturday October 11 and 18, classes will be held in two sessions for age groups 6-11 and 12+. Younger kids are invited to the morning session from 11 am to 12:30, and older kids in the afternoon from 2-4 pm.

The workshops will include:

Education:

  • What is bullying?
  • What are the types of bullying?
  • How and when to report bullying.
  • State and school policies.

Activation:

Leavenworth one of the most affordable for leaf peeping this fall

Leavenworth one of the most affordable for leaf peeping this fall

If you're looking for a fall getaway without breaking the bank, vacation specialists at TripAdvisor have named Leavenworth one of the top spots in the country to take in some colorful sights.

According to TripAdvisor, 83 percent of those surveyed plan to take a leisure trip this fall, with 31 percent planning to travel for the joy of viewing fall foliage. To help travelers plan, TripIndex compared the cost of a weekend getaway for two in 15 of the most popular leaf-peeping destinations in the US, including the combined average cost of a two-night stay in a bed and breakfast, a full tank of gas, apple picking and a meal at a restaurant.

Leavenworth came in at an affordable $476.89, but you'd better make your reservations now before the winter flakes start to fall.