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Saturday, May 22, 2004


Here's a list of all stories that were posted online May 22, 2004

Two men questioned about beheading
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The U.S.-led coalition is interrogating two men in connection with the beheading of an American businessman that was shown in a grisly video posted on the Internet nearly two weeks ago. Related stories

National Guard sergeant found guilty of desertion
FORT STEWART, Ga. -- In a defeat for opponents of the war in Iraq, a military court-martial jury found Florida National Guard Sgt. Camilo Mejia guilty of desertion Friday and sentenced him to a year's confinement. Related stories

Storm whips through region
Spokane County Fire District Chief Bob Anderson couldn't confirm that lightning started a fire at the Beau Rivage apartment complex on Upriver Drive on Friday. But Joe LaPorte is willing to wager that it did.

Jim Jones faces no race for court seat
BOISE – The last time Jim Jones was in office, his stern letter to major oil companies caused gas prices to drop across Idaho by 14 cents a gallon – in one day. Related stories

WSU stops taking applications from freshmen for fall quarter
PULLMAN – Washington State University has stopped accepting freshman applications for fall semester. Announcing that the school has already received 9,600 applications for 2,950 places, the WSU admissions office has closed its doors to any more students and will notify the latest applicants that it has already seated its freshman class.

Powers’ son gets quick exit from jail
A Superior Court judge ordered the release of former Mayor John Powers' son last week, after he spent 16 minutes in jail on burglary charges.

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Nevada man’s ‘nasty e-mail’ results in grand jury indictment
RENO, Nev. – An insurance broker has been indicted on charges he sent an e-mail threatening to harm members of an Islamic civil rights group in retaliation for terrorist attacks on Americans. Related stories

USDA allowed banned Canadian meat imports
WASHINGTON – Agriculture Department officials acknowledged Friday that the agency had quietly and improperly allowed millions of pounds of banned Canadian processed beef into the United States, despite an often invoked ban against importing that type of meat. Related stories

Dead sea otters had brain parasite
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Most of a startling number of sea otters found sick or dead on the Central California coast last month were infected with a deadly brain parasite, scientists said Thursday.

Kerry may delay accepting nomination
BOSTON _ Sen. John Kerry may take the unprecedented step of delaying formal acceptance of his nomination as the Democratic candidate for president this summer in an effort to reduce President Bush's financial advantage for the general election campaign, Kerry advisers said Friday. Related stories

Canine family tree surprises scientists
Researchers have surprising news about what breeds of dogs came first and which dogs are most closely related.

Man's death linked to box of snakes
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Police are investigating a link between a mysterious box of venomous snakes and the death of a business traveler whose body was found in a rental car last week.

Graham begins treatment
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Evangelist Billy Graham has begun rehabilitative treatment following surgery to brace a pelvic fracture he suffered in a fall, hospital officials said Friday.

Saddam Hussein-era brutality revisited
WASHINGTON – Video images of brutal treatment of prisoners by Saddam Hussein's government resurfaced this week as part of an effort by some members of the Bush administration and Congress to remind viewers in Iraq and the United States of the previous horrors. Related stories

Unreleased photos show details of more abuses
WASHINGTON – The video begins with three soldiers huddled around a naked detainee, his thin frame backed against a wall. With a snap of his wrist, one of the soldiers slaps the man across his left cheek so hard that the prisoner's knees buckle. Another detainee, handcuffed and on his back, is dragged across the prison floor. Related stories

Coming Sunday
The 31,000-square-foot clubhouse at the Club at Black Rock opened this month. Marshall Chesrown, developer of the exclusive golf community south of Coeur d'Alene, said he wanted the clubhouse to have the look and feel of an oversized, luxury home rather than a typical golf clubhouse.

It shouldn’t be hard to be nice
More than work: Why should a fair and just workplace be only a fantasy? asks Tim McGuire.

Washington Mutual talk drives up price of stock
LOS ANGELES -- Shares of Washington Mutual Inc. rose 9 percent Friday as rumors swirled about a potential takeover of the financial-services firm.

U.S. looks elsewhere for gasoline
WASHINGTON -- Everyone knows the United States relies heavily on foreign oil. But most people don't realize the nation also increasingly needs imported gasoline -- a trend that's contributing to the recent spike in prices at the pump.

Oil prices fall after Saudi Arabia seeks to up output
WASHINGTON -- Oil prices fell as much as $1 per barrel Friday after Saudi Arabia said it will push OPEC to raise its daily production quota by 2 million barrels, or 8.5 percent, in order to calm jittery energy markets and protect global economic growth.

Pellets yield lessons
BELLINGHAM -- Somewhere, as you read this, a long-legged, heart-faced barn owl is stretching out its neck and delicately upchucking.

Stewart-case witness charged with perjury
NEW YORK -- A Secret Service ink expert who testified for the government at the Martha Stewart trial was charged Friday with lying repeatedly on the stand. Lawyers for a stockbroker convicted with Stewart called for a new trial.

Coldwater stock offering is successful
Coldwater Creek Inc. raised more than $41 million through a stock offering to finance the opening of new retail stores, company officials announced Friday.

Investor sentiment is on the mend
NEW YORK -- The mood has changed on Wall Street. And it's for the better. For months, investors took any bit of news, good or bad, as a reason to sell. With the market extraordinarily pessimistic, even the good news was parsed and dissected until negative implications were found. And the bad news -- interest rates, inflation and Iraq -- caused triple-digit drops in the Dow Jones industrial average.

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Buck Knives plant work to begin this spring
POST FALLS – Buck Knives Inc. will begin construction this spring on a 128,000-square-foot plant in the Riverbend Commerce Park.

Aide fired over her steamy blog
Sen. Mike DeWine fired a low-level staffer Friday after an Internet diary of her sexual exploits – including stories about taking money for sex from government officials – became the buzz of the Washington beltway.

U.S. raids kill 3 in Afghanistan as violence threatens election
KABUL, Afghanistan American troops backed by air support killed three people in overnight raids on suspected militants in southeastern Afghanistan, the military said Friday, and U.S. forces were reported by Afghan officials to have killed three Taliban commanders elsewhere.

Musical experience shared
WELLPINIT, Wash. -- Students at the Wellpinit School prepared all week for something that's never happened before on the Spokane Indian Reservation: a concert by the Spokane Symphony.

Pine Lodge for women only
Pine Lodge, a pre-release coed correctional facility in Medical Lake, is becoming an all-women's facility to accommodate the growing number of women in the state's correctional system.The 25-year-old facility, located 17 miles west of Spokane, originally was a men's prison. It has been coed since 1989, making it one of two pre-release coed facilities in Washington. The other is the Tacoma Pre-Release Center.

Twister damages two towns
DES MOINES, Iowa A tornado cut a path through northwestern Iowa on Friday night, causing heavy damage in two small towns.

Animals link to home life
The Boston Strangler did it. Jeffrey Dahmer did it. Seattle's own Ted Bundy did it, too. Before they harmed a human being, these notorious killers were cruel to cats and dogs.

The correlation between animal abuse and human violence is well established in history. Locally, Tammy Meyers sees the link as well. As assistant manager of the Coeur d'Alene Women's Center shelter services, she knows that the condition of animals may reveal how women and children are treated in a home.

Fire in vacant building labeled arson
A vacant fourplex scheduled for demolition caught fire early Friday morning and city and state fire inspectors say it's arson.

EWU plans to eradicate old mascot
The Savage mascot that Eastern Washington University replaced with an Eagle in 1973 is a step closer to being removed from bricks in the school's athletic center floor.

Proposed logging road called a ‘giveaway’
Environmental groups are trying to stop a lumber company from bulldozing a road across public land to access 558-acres of private forest.

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Injured teen facing life-threatening surgery
Tara Rader tries not to look into the mirror. Instead of experimenting with makeup and calling friends on the telephone, the 13-year-old Spokane girl is waiting for doctors to reconstruct her once beautiful face.

Inflatable boats becoming more popular
BOISE – Low water? Drought? Have no fear. There's no need to be bummed out because of predictions of low rivers this year because of the drought. More and more rafters and kayakers are discovering that they can squeeze or bounce down Idaho's rivers in low water with inflatable kayaks and smaller catarafts, even if the flow is at a trickle.

Dancers keeping tradition alive
SALMON, Idaho – On any given Friday, a small group of men and women gathers in a hall above a local grocery store to kick up their heels and do-si-do the night away.

Business organization endorses Dino Rossi
OLYMPIA -- Dino Rossi, front-runner for the Republican nomination for governor, picked up the backing of the state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business on Friday. Related stories

Court ruling helps store owners
BOISE – The state Supreme Court has provided a possible defense to operators of two north-central Idaho convenience stores sued for selling alcohol to a motorist who ended up killing himself and three others in a head-on collision.

Terrorism trial ‘going forward,’ judge says
BOISE -- Any hopes defense attorneys had of short-circuiting the government's terrorism case against University of Idaho graduate student Sami Omar Al-Hussayen were dashed Friday when a federal judge said prosecutors had provided enough evidence to reasonably support the charges. Related stories

Limited interest in election
BOISE – Expectations for voter turnout in Tuesday's primary election are somewhere between low and rock bottom, mainly because there are no seriously challenged statewide races and only a handful of interesting legislative or local contests. Related stories

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Released lawyer remains under court oversight
Brandon Mayfield, the Oregon lawyer arrested as a material witness after fingerprint evidence appeared to link him to the deadly terrorist bombings in Spain, enjoyed his first full day of freedom in two weeks Friday, even as his legal status remained unclear. Related stories

Firefighters may get big boost from new 747 tanker
McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- Crews battling forest fires this summer may see a load – a BIG load – of reddish-pink fire retardant streaming from a converted Boeing 747 jumbo jet. Related stories

Decision supports Idaho pornography ban
BOISE -- The Idaho Supreme Court on Friday rejected arguments that the state's ban on child pornography violated the First Amendment guarantee to free expression.

Reporter says conflict will get worse
If President George Bush had asked, Coeur d'Alene native David Dolan would have advised him not to send ground troops into Iraq. Instead, he would have recommended pinpoint air strikes and/or covert ground operations to kill Saddam Hussein or keep him on the run. If those tactics failed, he would have suggested that the United States move on, leaving the dictator in a weakened condition.

Calling out dogs not best method
Our view: Enlist students to preserve environment

Who pays for upper-class party?
He’s missing $1.8 trillion, David Sarasohn says.

2 percent of inmates in Oregon are raped
SALEM, Ore. -- A new study shows that from 150 to 175 Oregon prison inmates, mostly men, are raped each year, well below the national average.

Man charged in threats that closed some schools
SEATTLE -- An 18-year-old Darrington man was charged Friday in federal court in connection with a string of e-mail threats that shut down schools in his small Snohomish County town for two days this week.

Spokane Opera impresses with ‘Don’
“Don Pasquale” is more than just an entertaining comic opera. It's also the community's annual reminder of what a gem we have in the Spokane Opera.

It’s just the same old story
SEATTLE -- Gil Meche had the high fastball working well Friday night. So well, in fact, that when the Detroit Tigers' hitters were able to catch up to it, they hit it a long way. Related stories

Bekkering will display dunks on television
Eastern Washington University's Henry Bekkering has yet to play in a regular-season basketball game, but he's about to appear on a national television show.

Lakers respond to rest
MINNEAPOLIS – With five days off between playoff games, Shaquille O'Neal had time to relax, get rejuvenated – and even read up on free-throw shooting.

Lake City advances to title game
BOISE – Adam Capaul pitched 5 2/3 solid innings, and Dan Lau and Cory Kreighbaum hit home runs in the third inning Friday as Lake City qualified for the State 5A baseball championship game with an 8-7 win over Borah at Borah High.

GSL athletes off to fast start
YAKIMA – Bron Shelton didn't have much time to celebrate. The Mead junior had to clear 14-feet, 6-inches in the pole vault just to make next week's State 4A track meet, so he celebrated by increasing his personal record a foot to 15 feet. Then he raced off to race in the 400-meter relay.

Montgomery finalizes deal with Golden State
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Mike Montgomery admitted to Chris Mullin right away that he doesn't know all the inner workings of the NBA, and that honesty impressed Mullin.

Lake City girls: best of the best
BOISE – Kelly Reed has no doubt where his two-time State 5A track champion Lake City High girls team stands in state history.

Friday’s NL games

A’s to retire Jackson’s 1st number
Reggie Jackson might be best known as the brash slugger who clashed with George Steinbrenner and Billy Martin and forever became “Mr. October” with three World Series home runs at Yankee Stadium.

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Friday’s AL games
Red Sox 11, Blue Jays 5: At Boston, Manny Ramirez's solo homer broke an eighth-inning tie and Pokey Reese drove in three runs to lead Boston over Toronto. Simon Pond hit his first major league homer for Toronto, a solo shot that tied it at 5 in the seventh.

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For Saturday, May 22, 2004

Comets cruise behind Swoopes
Sheryl Swoopes scored 29 points and Tina Thompson added 19 to lead the Houston Comets to a 60-53 victory over Charlotte in the Sting's season-opener Friday night in Charlotte, N.C.

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Leonard in front
Justin Leonard looked as if he was on his way to another record round at the Colonial. Then he stumbled and had to settle for a share of the lead.

It’s down to one game
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning made a promise to themselves for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Philadelphia Flyers.


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Wallace has played key role for the Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – With the Detroit Pistons, it seems there's “B.R.” and “A.R.”

Coeur d’Alene manages one hit, falls to Eagle in State semifinal
POCATELLO -- Coeur d'Alene had been in this situation just twice before this season. Both times the Vikings had a quick answer.

Rain disrupts events
The first four games of Friday's 4A softball East Regional at Franklin Park were postponed until today, and a revised schedule was put together.

Eagles star in 3A regionals
YAKIMA -- There wasn't a whole lot for 3A athletes to do at the Eastern Regional track meet at Zaepfel Stadium.

No. 3 seeds make finals in 4A tennis
Mt. Spokane's Logan Napolsky and Lewis and Clark's Kasie King, both No. 3 seeds, won twice Friday to advance to today's singles championship matches of the 4A regional tennis tournament.

Shadow stay undefeated despite going shorthanded
YAKIMA – Brett Hite continued his run of form and the Spokane Shadow survived playing the last 20 minutes two men down to pull out a 3-2 soccer victory against the Yakima Reds on Friday. Related stories

Middleton ousts Timberlake
ONTARIO, Ore. – Cody Porter finished 2 for 4 with four runs batted in Friday to lead Middleton to a 7-5 win over Timberlake in a loser-out game of the State 3A baseball tournament at Treasure Valley Community College.

Trojans settle for 4th after losing to Bears
BLACKFOOT – Stephanie Helbling's two-run triple during a three-run sixth inning Friday led Moscow to a 4-2 win over Post Falls in consolation play of the State 4A softball tournament at Blackfoot High School.

BF’s Poston wins two gold medals at State
BOISE -- Bonners Ferry freshman Katie Poston is an athlete of few words. Or at least she was Friday as the 87th annual state high school track and field championships continued at Boise State University's Bronco Stadium.

Tigers avoid elimination
It wasn't the Alabama state tournament; it was the Idaho state tournament. And it wasn't played in Mobile, it was mobile.

Stanford preps for life after Montgomery
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stanford is suddenly without the coach who guided the Cardinal to national prominence in 18 seasons.

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For Saturday, May 22, 2004

Goodwin stars as CCS stays alive in baseball playoffs
Nigel Goodwin (3-4) struck out five during eight shutout innings Friday as Community Colleges of Spokane defeated Treasure Valley CC 5-2 in a loser-out game of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges East Division baseball playoffs at Tri-Cities Stadium in Pasco.

Read interested in Griz A.D. job
MISSOULA – Montana's all-time winningest football coach plans to visit Missoula soon with a possible interest in becoming the school's athletic director.

Regular or premium: How does one decide?
Drive It Forever

Top five races

Lexus GX 470: Luxury like this will cost you
This week, we're behind the wheel of the 2004 Lexus GX 470, the midsize SUV from the noted Japanese manufacturer. The 2004 model receives new and progressive safety features, and an optional, high-tech suspension system that improves control and comfort in both on- and off-road situations.

Problem lost in translation
So it turns out that Americans don't always have the answer. A choral group from Gonzaga University recently returned from France. By all accounts, the trip was a success. Related stories

Unexpected gift surprisingly fun
Avid tent campers Gloria and Mel McCuddin were not exactly looking for a recreational vehicle. “I really never wanted one,” said Mel, a retired truck driver and full-time artist. “I've always camped in a tent and thought that was just fine.”

Four-legged festival
A 650-pound Yorkshire pig pushes a baby carriage. A team of nine dogs dance in a conga line. A duck gulps down cottage cheese.

Let loose the dogs – and cats – of war
Battle of the species continues at Jim Kershner’s house.

Lovingly tell mom her plan won’t work
Dear Annie: My parents, both in their mid-50s, have decided to move out of state. The problem is, my mother wants to keep her job here and live with me during the week, commuting to her new place only on weekends. My husband and I have two children, ages 6 and 9, and we don't have room for Mom to stay here comfortably. She insists she can sleep on the couch in the children's playroom.


Eddie ended up making … well, a donkey of himself
The stars of “Shrek 2” mostly recorded their scenes at different times, so their appearance at the Cannes Film Festival was a rare get-together.

Drinking from same cup has risks
Dear Dr. Gott: Please give your opinion about the practice of people drinking wine from a common chalice in church. Is the small wipe with a white linen cloth enough to kill all the germs that must inhabit the lip of the vessel? Could the alcohol in the wine kill all the microorganisms? I shudder to think of the multitude of diseases that can be spread in this holy (or unholy) tradition in the church.

Trust in yourself or circumstances will disappoint
Christians look beyond hope in the things of this life to the guarantee of a heavenly inheritance, Steve Massey says.

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WASHINGTON -- A Christian high school is the setting for Hollywood's most recent experiment in religious films since Mel Gibson's “The Passion of the Christ” hit the screens.

Catholic donor may pull pledge
Catholics in Colorado Springs have launched a campaign to block large donations to the local diocese after Bishop Michael Sheridan called voting for abortion-rights politicians a sin.

‘Da Vinci’ author says he left out controversial part
CONCORD, N.H. -- Though “The Da Vinci Code” was contentious enough to produce 10 books attempting to discredit it, its author said he left out what likely would have been the most controversial part.

Fox brings out slew of finales
The networks are mostly easing into the summer doldrums. But a night of season finales on Fox, along with “The Sopranos,” keeps the weekend from being a total washout.

L.M. Boyd Trivia

Idaho calendar
Today Kootenai County Farmers' Market – 8 a.m.-noon with entertainment by James Bean and Friends. The market is at Highway 95 and Prairie Avenue. Information: 772-2290.

Former S-R reporter Jeanne Bennett dies
For 14 years Jeanne Bennett wrote the life stories of Spokane's residents. Bennett, a former editorial obituary writer for the Spokesman-Review, died May 6. She was 77.

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‘Hee Haw’ shows being released on video, DVD

Saaa-lute! The straw hats and braying cartoon donkey of “Hee Haw” are back.

Phone congestion makes ‘Idol’ voting difficult

The right to vote isn't at issue with “American Idol.” It's the fight to vote that counts.

Networks cutting back on TV repeats

It's taken more than 50 years of TV evolution, but the prime-time rerun is rapidly becoming an endangered species.

Oil-price worriers get some relief
NEW YORK – Wall Street got a badly needed break from oil-price worries Friday, with stocks rising modestly as Saudi Arabia indicated that OPEC should increase its daily output. However, the Dow Jones industrial average finished the week under the 10,000 mark for the first time this year.

Bear market funds risky
NEW YORK – With so many Wall Street watchers making bleak predictions about where stocks are headed this year, a fund that's designed to do well when the market falls might sound pretty appealing.

Tubbs Hill group president passionate about protecting area
Her passion becomes evident as soon as she starts talking about one of the loves in her life -- Tubbs Hill.

Hayden VFW Post in need of new space
Hayden Lake Post 9831, Veterans of Foreign Wars, needs a home. Since its induction in 1972, Post 9831 has moved from one local venue to another, having even held meetings above the Rustler's Roost Restaurant, before noise from patrons and the post's growing numbers forced it to move to yet another location.

Alternative learning
School wasn't working. Ashley LaCelle tried Coeur d'Alene High first, then Lake City High. She was uncomfortable, unhappy, unmotivated. A counselor suggested she try Project CDA--Creating Dropout Alternatives. LaCelle wasn't interested in the alternative school. She wasn't pregnant and didn't take drugs, so she decided she didn't belong there, even though the school caters to all sorts of students who can't handle a traditional school setting.

First parade of summer honors Fred Murphy
Next Saturday Steven Gregory hopes you will help kick off the summer with a parade honoring a legend of Lake Coeur d'Alene. As chairman of the Fred Murphy Days parade, Gregory sees the theme, “A Fiesta of Dreams,” as an upbeat outlook on the summer.

Symphony, guest artist put on amazing show to appreciative crowd Those lucky people who attended the Coeur d'Alene Symphony orchestra's performance May 8 must still be walking on cloud nine. Thanks to conductor and artistic director David Demand. The orchestra pushed itself to conquer the very difficult Shostakovich Symphony No. 5. What an experience!

Lake City’s music department honored
The entire Lake City High School music department was honored at an assembly May 14 for being selected as one of only 40 public high schools nationwide as a “Grammy Signature School.”

‘She’s a very dedicated young lady’
Whether she's up at the crack of dawn posting American flags, sleeping outside in the cold, picking up trash along the highway or coaching softball, for Stephanie James it's all done for fun and community.

LC senior has big smile, big heart
The only thing bigger than 18-year-old Linda Alonzo's smile is her heart. While most teenagers spend their weekends spending time with their friends, doing last-minute homework or working a part-time job, Alonzo seems to be in several places at once.

Always ‘willing and happy’ to help
For Jennifer Nichols, high school isn't just a learning experience – it's a teaching experience as well.

‘She’s little, but powerful’
Lakeland High School counselor Frank Vieira refers to 18-year-old senior Anna Williams as a “little atomic bomb.” She may be small in size but she's a little dynamo in the community of Rathdrum.

‘She makes sure things get done’
A herd of 25 LaMancha dairy goats awaits Heather Arts when she gets home from Timberlake Jr./Sr. High School. The reward for feeding and milking her four-footed friends is a fuzzy head that rests on her shoulder or a nose that nuzzles her hair.

Couple enjoys serene life of raising alpacas
Most folks wouldn't call a camel cute, but there's at least one member of the camelid family, the alpaca, that certainly fits the description.

Line in history book sparks idea for author’s first novel
Serendipity: noun, the faculty of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for. For Elizabeth “Liz” S. Brinton, the path to publishing her first novel involved not only hard work and perseverance, but also a bit of serendipity.

Youths to lead Sunday service
Community United Methodist Church, 1470 W. Hanley Ave., will be having its annual youth service Sunday. The middle school and senior high youths will lead the Sunday morning worship services at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. They will be presenting their own drama and video with the spiritual message, “Being connected to God.”

School lunch
For the week of May 24-28.Coeur d'Alene School District

Firefighter’s layoff still an issue in Millwood
When Millwood town council members laid off firefighter Tony Perry last year, they said it was because of a budget crunch.

Supporting Linda
When Linda Saffle can't find the words to express her gratitude, she gives out hugs. In recent months, Saffle has embraced co-workers, parents and friends. Her recovery from breast cancer has been a communal effort, one that she could've never done alone, Saffle says.

Opportunity Elementary students gather items for troops
Boxes for U.S. troops in Iraq have mushroomed inside Opportunity Elementary. The sheer quantity of care packages – enough for about 160 military members – left Principal Tammy Campbell with an unexpected puzzle to solve. Related stories

A Bow Tie Affair coming to town
A mother-daughter team is hoping a fund-raiser with a car giveaway will become an annual ticket to combating poverty in the Valley.

Team ECOR set for more community outreach
Team ECOR doesn't have a mascot or practice schedule but team members have heart, work together and wear uniforms.

‘Two great leaders’
This is the team that might have been. The West Valley Eagles are in the driver's seat as the regional Class 3A softball tournament begins. Win one game this weekend and the Eagles are in the state tournament.

WV baseball at regionals in Yakima
Members of West Valley's baseball team have been no strangers to success, back to their days of youth ball.

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