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Former BBCC student goes from McDonald's to Med School

Former BBCC student goes from McDonald's to Med School

 

When Timothy Woodiwiss dropped out of high school after ninth grade, he thought he might become the manager of the McDonald’s restaurant in Ritzville.

 

He started working full time in 2002 at age 16 and was promoted to McDonald’s shift manager when he was 17.

 

He earned a GED at Big Bend Community College, but only because the state would not allow him to work full time at the age of 16 without a GED.

 

After three years working at McDonald’s, Woodiwiss found the courage to attend BBCC. He sat in his car trembling with fear on the first day of classes in spring of 2006.

 

“I was sure a teacher would ask me a question and everyone would know I was an idiot,” he said. ““It could have gone south at that moment if I had given in to my fears.”

 

Two BBCC students selected to the All-Washington Academic Team

Two BBCC students selected to the All-Washington Academic Team

 

Two Big Bend Community College students have been selected to the All-Washington Academic Team, an honor that recognizes both academic achievement and community involvement.

 

BBCC students John Johnson and Kevin Herbert were recognized as all-state scholars during a reception in Olympia on March 26. Gov. Jay Inslee, legislators (including Re. Tom Dent of Moses Lake) and college presidents attended.

 

"To celebrate academic excellence is always a pleasure," said BBCC President Terry Leas. "We are excited to showcase before lawmakers and media our brightest and best students - many of whom have overcome great obstacles."

 

Johnson is a 32-year-old Arizona transplant who used ran a cheese plant. He went on to earn his GED in Utah before attending BBCC. He has a 3.94 GPA and Big Bend and plans to graduate this spring. After graduation he will transfer to Washington State University to major in food science. He already has completes cheese-making short courses at WSU.

 

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.