If you peek into the average classroom in Spokane Valley, you may not be able to tell which students are living in a car or going without food most nights. A few years back Spokane Valley HEART (Homeless Education and Resource Team), a collaborative program of Central Valley, East Valley and West Valley school districts, conducted research indicating that over 800 students were living in emergency, temporary or transitional housing situations.
Last year’s Food 4 Thought collection day accounted for over 16,000 pounds of donated items. The food is distributed to less fortunate students in local school districts. This year’s drive is scheduled for Sept. 17.
Pat Dockrey, founder of the Food 4 Thought program, has come to the rescue with the help of the Liberty Lake Kiwanis, the Spokane Valley Partners Food Bank and several local churches throughout the Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake area.
Every week during the school year, Dockrey and his volunteers assemble food packs – made of items such as canned chili and packaged oatmeal – that a child could prepare and would eat.
Members from the Spokane Valley Baptist Church, Sullivan Seventh Day Adventist Church, Advent Lutheran Spokane, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints help with the delivery of the food at schools in the Central Valley School District... Read Full Story →
It was yet another close clash between two of the top soccer programs in the Greater Spokane League and now it was headed into overtime – or so it seemed.
Ferris and Mead, a pair of high schools vying for the league crown, were tied at two goals apiece when Ferris senior McKenna Cutler kept her focus on a chance to win the game in regulation when most had already gazed past the possibility. When a ball near the Mead goal momentarily skid on the turf as the seconds ran down. Cutler was there – the opportunist with a lightning foot. The winning goal landed resolutely in the net and Ferris ran off the pitch with a stunning victory.
McKenna Cutler, a recent graduate of Ferris High School in Spokane, participated in soccer, basketball and track. She is a member of the Palouse Ward in the Spokane Stake along with her parents, Scott and Cari and siblings Tae and Colby.
“Most players would have just fallen back but McKenna didn’t give up on it,” said Ferris head coach Robin Crain. “That was pretty typical of her. She was determined. She never gave up on anything.”
Cutler would tally another game-winning goal in a match against... Read Full Story →
Steven Braun doesn’t take a dollar lightly – let alone $750.
As a student at BYU-Provo, the returned missionary is working two jobs while studying to be an accountant. He is also a newlywed.
“I have a lot more responsibility these days,” Braun admits.
Braun received a boost to his efforts when news of a $750 scholarship from the Spokane chapter of the BYU Management Society reached him in April. With some quick calculations, the future CPA realized that the amount was equal to a month’s pay at one of his on-campus jobs.
Gabrielle Orndorff was among the recipients of the 2016 BYU Management Society scholarships handed out May 15 at the LDS Institute building near downtown Spokane. Gabrielle’s dad, Mark, also attended the ceremony co-hosted by BYUMS and the BYU Alumni Association.
“This is going to help a lot,” Braun said. “I’m just very grateful.”
Braun, who graduated from Central Valley High School in 2012 and served a two-year mission in Brazil following his freshman year at BYU, said he was also appreciative of the way the scholarship application emphasized service. The requirement... Read Full Story →
It is the day after a Seattle Mariners’ loss and Thea Forsyth is concerned about Taijuan Walker.
Now 97, Forsyth started watching the Northwest’s favorite team with her sister, Alice, in the late 1990s. They followed the team through magical seasons like 2001 when the club set a franchise record with 116 wins and kept cheering through the lean years.
Thea Forsyth (right) has lived in the Spokane Valley area since 1948 when she and her husband, Charles, moved from Alberta, Canada. A longtime fan of the Gonzaga Bulldogs and Seattle Mariners, Thea stays connected to the local sports scene with friends like Valley resident and fellow Evergreen Ward member JoAnn Howard (left).
Although her sister has passed away, Thea makes it a point to catch every Mariners’ game from the living room of her Spokane Valley home. With Seattle off to an encouraging start this year, Thea has been enthused. When Walker, one of the team’s best young pitchers, was pulled after two innings against Houston on May 6, she could tell that something wasn’t... Read Full Story →
Earlier this year at an educational seminar for Spokane-area nonprofits, the subject of volunteer recruitment came up.
As attendees offered ideas on how to generate interest in a wide array of causes, the representative of one newer group asked about local resources available to promote nonprofit efforts.
“Try Spokane Cares,” chimed in someone from the back of the room.
A decade ago, when Donna Orme was compiling information on community resources and volunteer opportunities as the humanitarian leader for the Spokane East Stake, this sort of random referral seemed worlds away. At the time, Orme was doing her best to locate meaningful service projects for seven wards, but soon discovered the connection between volunteers and nonprofits was less than efficient.
Donna Orme of the Spokane East Stake introduced the Spokane Cares website in 2011 as a nonprofit directory and conduit for volunteers. The site now features 400 organizations and receives over 250,000 hits per year.
Orme also discovered the community had more challenges than she realized – challenges that could be lessened if volunteers knew how to... Read Full Story →
Last month, Brent Child was part of an energized crowd that gathered in downtown Spokane to enjoy the unique song stylings of Vocal Point.
Over two decades ago, the native of Quincy, WA. was on stage himself as one of nine featured vocalists in the early days of an ensemble that would become a national sensation.
Brent Child (front row, second from right in dark shirt) was part of the popular a capella group Vocal Point as a student at BYU from 1994 to 1996. Brent is now a dentist in the Spokane area and resides with his wife Beth and their four kids in the North Spokane Stake.
While most know Vocal Point as the elite a capella group from Brigham Young University that earned fame in 2011 on NBC’s “Sing Off,” and has been honored with prestigious awards like Best Group Recording Artist of the Year from the Faith Centered Music Association, Brent came on near the project’s humble beginnings. After graduating from Ricks College in 1994, he enrolled at BYU and shortly thereafter heard rumblings about something called “Vocal Point.”
“While... Read Full Story →
Still holding out hope for that last-minute ticket to Vocal Point on Saturday night?
As a reader of the Latter-day Sentinel, you just may be in luck.
The Mark Spear Homeselling Team, a longtime Sentinel contributor, has stepped forward to offer four tickets and matching backstage passes to the Feb. 20 concert at the INB Performing Arts Center in downtown Spokane.
The backstage passes mean an opportunity meet Vocal Point prior to start of the concert – but don’t worry, you won’t be required to sing any a cappella tunes or join the group for the opening number on stage. Depending upon the number of entries we will either give away two sets of two tickets and passes or one set of four tickets and passes.
To enter the contest, you’ll need to hurry. Email Mark Spear at: email@example.com. Entries require name, phone number and email address as well as the quantity of tickets and backstage passes you would you like – two or four.
Then tell us why you think you should get the tickets in 50 words or less.
Winners will be announced by 11 a.m., Saturday morning and weighted heavily on responses to why entries feel they deserve tickets. Winners must be able to arrive at 6 p.m. that night for the backstage visit.
As if that wasn’t enough, the Mark Spear Homeselling Team is also giving away an iPad at the concert and they are also inviting Sentinel readers to enter their... Read Full Story →
A few hours before the BYU men’s basketball team took the court to battle Gonzaga in Spokane last month, a special guest from Provo appeared at a lunch that turned into a Cougar pep rally.
BYU Senior Associate Athletic Director Brian Santiago spoke to the local chapter of the BYU Management Society on Jan. 14, delivering an insightful address on the state of Cougar Nation. The presentation at the LDS Institute building in the University District less than two miles from the Gonzaga campus served as a prelude to Santiago’s school edging the hometown Bulldogs by a single point at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
BYU and Gonzaga became instant rivals when the Cougars left the Mountain West Conference and joined the West Coast Conference in a dozen sports. Above, the Cougs and Zags battle in last year’s WCC Tournament Championship in Las Vegas. (Photo by Mark A. Philbrick/BYU Photo. Copyright BYU Photo 2015. All Rights Reserved)
“It’s nice to have face-to-face time,” said Santiago, who joined BYU as an assistant men’s basketball coach in 1997... Read Full Story →
It was a year that saw three beloved apostles transition to their next calling and a trio of temples announced in areas of the world where members of the LDS Church had previously traveled to neighboring nations to visit a House of the Lord.
Not since 1906 had the Church faced so many vacancies on the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as Elder L. Tom Perry, President Boyd K. Packer and Elder Richard G. Scott each passed away in 2015 following remarkable tenures as general authorities.
Elder Perry departed in May after 41 years as an apostle. He was 92. President Packer, who was ordained an apostle in 1970 and served as president of the Quorum of the Twelve since 2008, followed in June at the age of 90. In September, Elder Scott passed on at 86 after 27 years as an apostle.
In October, at the 185th Semi-Annual General Conference, President Thomas S. Monson paid tribute to his fellow leaders and cherished friends.
“They have returned to their heavenly home,” Pres. Monson said. “We miss them. How grateful we are for their examples of Christlike love and for the inspired teachings they have left to all of us.”
At the same conference, successors to the late apostles were announced. Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Dale G. Renlund and Elder Gary E. Stevenson will carry the mantle as special witnesses of the Savior.
While you’re not likely to see Elder George Q. Cannon walk through the doors of The Brass Plates bookstore in Spokane Valley anytime soon, it’s more than probable that the former apostle would be proud of what he saw.
Cannon is acknowledged as the founder of Deseret Book in 1866 when he distributed a publication for LDS youth in Salt Lake City. The pamphlet – a pioneer version of the New Era containing stories, reminders about Church standards and scripture references – became a featured item on the shelves of the George Q. Cannon & Sons Bookstore that opened a year after the first issue was published.
Nearly 150 years after Cannon’s company got its start, the co-owner of The Brass Plates, Cori Wright, is part of a nationwide network of independent Deseret Book stores that continue to carry an uplifting, clean and spiritually nourishing inventory. Cori said she knew the environment would change when store, which she owns with her husband, Rob, became officially affiliated with Deseret Book earlier this year.
Cori Wright owns The Brass Plates, an LDS bookstore, with her husband Rob. Earlier this year, the business officially... Read Full Story →