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Rob Curley named new editor for The Spokesman-Review

Rob Curley, digital news site pioneer and former editor of The Orange County Register has been named the next editor of The Spokesman-Review, and will begin full time work in September. He will succeed Gary Graham who announced plans to retire last month.

Curley launched his career as a reporter at The Ottawa (Kansas) Herald. He built one of his first news websites at The Topeka Capital-Journal. He has also worked at Morris Communications, The Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World, The Washington Post, The Naples Daily News, The Las Vegas Sun and The Orange County Register. His innovative work helped his newspapers win top print, broadcast and digital journalism awards including a Pulitzer Prize and a duPont Award for public service journalism. His sites won 'Best News Site in the Nation' eleven times and 'Best Sports Site' four times from organizations like Editor & Publisher magazine, the Online News Association and the Newspaper Association of America.

Curley said he was attracted to Spokane because of the newspaper's strong staff, its connection to its community and its growing subscription base. Against a national backdrop of circulation decline among daily newspapers, The Spokesman-Review grew daily and Sunday paid circulation by 5.2% and 5.7% respectively for the audit period ending in March 2016.

GU to build new Jesuit Residence and the Center for Athletic Achievement

In a resounding affirmation of the continuing success of its $250 million Gonzaga Will capital campaign, the Gonzaga University Board of Trustees has approved the investment of more than $36.3 million to construct a new Jesuit Residence, a home and spiritual haven for Jesuits, and the Center for Athletic Achievement to support student-athletes.

The 36,074-square-foot Jesuit Residence will be built at the northwest corner of Boone Avenue and Astor Street as part of Gonzaga's commitment to its mission as a Catholic and Jesuit institution. The facility, with an estimated cost of $12.3 million, will maintain a thriving and highly visible presence of Jesuits on Gonzaga's campus. It will serve as a home for Jesuits in residence, include reflective space to serve Jesuits seeking retreat, provide appropriate office and work space, and link the central life of the Jesuit community with Gonzaga students, faculty and staff. BAR Architects of San Francisco along with BWA Architects of Spokane are architects for the project, which is expected to open in early fall 2017.

The 51,240-square-foot Center for Athletic Achievement, to be built directly south of the Martin Centre, will help student-athletes succeed in competition, in the classroom and in the community. With an estimated cost of $24 million, the building will house student-athlete support services, a weight room, nutrition center, basketball practice court, Gonzaga Athletics Hall of Fame, and multiple meeting areas. Combined with spaces in the Martin Centre and McCarthey Athletic Center, the building will provide Gonzaga student-athletes with among the finest facilities and support services in the nation. ALSC Architects of Spokane is the architect for the project, which is expected to open in early fall 2017.

For more information about these projects, contact Mary Joan Hahn at 509-313-6095 or Peter Tormey at 509-313-6132.

Cenex Ziptrip Outpacing 2015 Fundraising Efforts for Spokane Kids

Cenex ZipTrip is halfway through their annual Backpacks for Kids fundraiser, posting an incredible $43,105 from all of their participating markets. The campaign has already seen significant increases since kick-off July 1, 2016. The Spokane, CDA, Billings and Kalispell markets have an average increase of 27.6% mid campaign. Coming on strong in their first year fundraising is the Bozeman/Livingston and Missoula Montana markets.

With all of these markets embracing the campaign so passionately, it is possible that the campaign could see a rather large increase during the check presentation ceremony on August 12. It is important to note that 100% of the funds raised during this campaign go towards supporting children in the Spokane area. On August 17, the largest distribution of Backpacks for Kids event will take place starting at 8am. If you would like to help, stop by any Cenex location or contact The Salvation Army of Spokane.

Golden Rule Brake Pines Road location adding more service bays

Golden Rule Brake owner Dallas Low has announced that construction is under way on adding new service bays to their Spokane Valley location at 815 N. Pines Road. Lexington Commercial is building the additional service bays that will be connected to the current building. This will add 1,400 square feet and two service bays to the already existing 2,439 square feet and three service bays.

Golden Rule Brake was founded in 1954 on the 'Golden Rule: Treat each customer as we would like to be treated ourselves.' This belief has been passed down throughout the years and is the primary reason Golden Rule Brake has been serving customers for over 62 years. Golden Rule Brake is a 3rd generation family owned business in Spokane. Golden Rule Brake has three locations in Spokane.

nectarMEDIA offers Do-It-Yourself WordPress class

nectarMEDIA will be offering a class on How to Build a Website with WordPress, the industry standard content management system. This 4 hour class will help you learn to build your own mobile friendly WordPress website. The class will be held Thursday, August 18 from 8am to noon, with breakfast served at 7:30am.

Visit nectarmedia.configio.com to learn more and register.

Shelley Kramer joins RiverBank

Shelley Kramer joins RiverBank as VP, Commercial Banker with over 30 years of banking experience. She will focus on building relationships in the agricultural communities of Spokane County and the surrounding Inland Northwest communities. Shelley brings experience from several areas of the banking industry as she has advanced her career, but for the last 25 years has developed her specialty in Ag banking, assisting her customers with financial counseling and personalized service. She will be working primarily from her home office in Ritzville, WA. Shelley is a graduate of Western Agricultural Banking School and Western Commercial Lending School.

Couple of Chefs to open Bruncheonette this fall

The owners of the popular Couple of Chefs food truck are opening a restaurant called Bruncheonette this fall, after remodeling the former Knockaderry Irish Pub & Eatery space at 1011 W. Broadway. Bruncheonette will be a casual breakfast and lunch restaurant featuring 'made from scratch' dishes and locally produced beer and wines. The food truck side of Couple of Chefs business will remain in operation as well. You can find Bruncheonette on Facebook.

Rockwood Health System announces opening of the Integrated Sports Medicine

Rockwood Health System has announced the grand opening of the Integrated Sports Medicine practice in Spokane's South Hill at 2420 East 29th Avenue.

The new Integrated Sports Medicine practice offers a unique approach to comprehensive sports medicine care in Spokane, offering patients a true one stop shop for sports injuries. The practice enables Rockwood Health System to integrate clinical evaluation, surgical consultation, imaging, physical therapy, athletic training, and patient education under one roof.

The new 9,000 square foot facility at the corner of 29th and Southeast Boulevard in Spokane's South Hill will house six clinicians, and will feature some of the most state-of-the-art equipment in the region, notably the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill.

The practice is open to the public. Patients who would like to schedule an appointment can contact the office directly at 509-724-4320.

Courtney Law joins Gonzaga as director of GU-UW Regional Health Partnership

Gonzaga University has hired Courtney Law, Ph.D., as director of the Regional Health Partnership. Law will lead Gonzaga's efforts within the partnership, an initiative with the University of Washington to expand and enhance medical education and research in the Spokane region. She will start in her new role on August 1.

In addition to working with colleagues at the University of Washington to advance health-related research, entrepreneurship and inter-professional health education, Law will manage Gonzaga's role in the collaborative effort to create new academic facilities to support the partnership's priorities focused on improving the health of communities and the vitality of the region.

Law currently serves as associate director of entrepreneurship and innovation with Life Science Washington. Law holds a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her postdoctoral studies at the Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) in Durham, North Carolina.

In 2016 the University of Washington and Gonzaga University formed a regional health partnership to continue, enhance and expand medical education and research in Spokane. The agreement makes Gonzaga a partner in the University of Washington's regional, community-based medical education program, WWAMI (an acronym for the states it serves: Washington [Seattle & Spokane], Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho), and sets in motion plans to advance health-related research, entrepreneurship and interdisciplinary health sciences teaching in Spokane.

Kristina Ploeger named Music Director of the Spokane Symphony Chorale

Kristina Ploeger has been named the new Music Director of the Spokane Symphony Chorale. Her appointment was announced by Spokane Symphony Music Director Eckart Preu. Ploeger is an Associate Professor, serving as Director of Choral Activities at Eastern Washington University. Formerly she was the Artistic Director of the Spokane Area Youth Choirs.

Previously in Spokane, she taught Choral Methods at Gonzaga University and observed student teachers for Whitworth College as well as teaching Middle School Choir at St. George's School and High School Choir at West Valley High School in the Spokane Valley.

She has earned degrees from Edmonds Community College Central Washington University and Eastern Washington University; and is currently completing a Doctor in Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Kentucky. In 2005, Ploeger was awarded the 'Arts in Education Award' by the Spokane Arts Commission of the City of Spokane. In 2009, she was awarded Spokane's 'YWCA Woman of Achievement in Arts and Culture Award.' And, in 2010 the Spokane Area Children's Chorus, directed by Kristina, won the 'Arts Organization Award' from the Spokane Arts Commission.

SCC and SFCC Awarded Hospital Employment and Education Training Grants

Hospital workers at Valley Hospital in Spokane Valley have a new opportunity to advance their careers thanks to a $97,493 grant Spokane Community College received from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC).

The state board also provided Spokane Falls Community College (in partnership with Whatcom Community College) a $358,430 grant to provide a fast-track, 15-credit Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP) program that is offered completely online for current mental health employees who already have master's degrees and are licensed professionals.

The Hospital Employment and Education Training (HEET) grants from SBCTC are designed to enhance access to college education for hospital workers and build stronger labor/management, healthcare industry and college partnerships. For more information about grants and sponsored research partnerships and opportunities at Community Colleges of Spokane, contact the Grants & Sponsored Research Office at 509-434-5160.

Spokane Brewers Festival needs volunteers

Volunteers are still needed for the first-ever Spokane Brewers Festival, a fun-filled, craft brew weekend at the Spokane Arena on August 12-13. In return for volunteering for a five-hour shift during the Festival, participants will receive a tasting mug, 15 beer tokens per shift and an exclusive Festival Volunteer T-shirt. Volunteers signing up for more than one shift receive even more gear dependent on shift times.

Requirements for volunteering include being at least 21 years of age, ability to stand or walk for three to five hours, ability to lift 25 pounds. The Spokane Brewers Festival has a variety of positions available from helping at check-in and pouring beer to supervising pourers and collecting tokens.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Spokane Brewers Festival, email volunteers@spokanebrewfest.com or go to the www.spokanebrewersfestival.com and fill out the form under volunteer.

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