Stories from this compilation are excerpted from weekly newspapers from around the region. Look for Part 2 of this week's Regional News Roundup in Sunday's edition.
OROFINO - The new Orofino Junior/Senior High School principal has been selected by the district's hiring committee. Brian J. Lee is principal at Vallivue Middle School in Caldwell and has been with that district for 14 years.
The Orofino School Board and district Superintendent Michael Garrett were all very excited with the decision.
"I am proud to introduce the new principal for the 2018-19 school year," Garrett said. "I think Brian Lee will speak for himself. I'm excited about the future."
When asked about his philosophy of education, Lee said: "Each child brings unique skills as an individual. They require a safe, caring and stimulating educational environment in which they can grow intellectually, emotionally and socially."
- Elizabeth Morgan,
Clearwater Tribune (Orofino), Thursday
Palouse promotes Dixon to city administrator
PALOUSE - Kyle Dixon was approved for the new title of city administrator by the Palouse City Council on March 27, signifying the scope of work he has been doing.
The matter was brought up in January and then tabled, as part of a process by Councilor Mark Wilcomb to gather position descriptions for city employees.
Dixon, formerly the town's clerk/treasurer, will continue his work administering projects from the town solar farm to plans for the wastewater treatment facility and, most recently, writing an application for county 0.09 funds to build a trail on recently donated land along the Palouse River downtown.
"These are not clerk/treasurer responsibilities," said Palouse Mayor Michael Echanove. "Those are someone trying to administer stuff."
Palouse has never had a city administrator.
"You get more documented work for no raise," said Echanove. "It's just time we make sure there's a strong focal point at the city for project administration."
Dixon began as clerk/treasurer in 2016, taking over for Mike Bagott, who worked the job for a year after the retirement of Joyce Beeson.
- Whitman County Gazette (Colfax), Thursday
Physical therapy, fitness businesses open in Pomeroy
POMEROY - Pomeroy Physical Therapy and Pomeroy Fitness, affiliated businesses that will occupy the former Wild Country Wearables space in the 700 block of Main Street, is scheduled to open this week.
Both of the businesses are owned by Jonathan Harker, who was the physical therapist at Garfield County Memorial Hospital for 111/2 years.
Harker said the 3,600-square-foot space will house his office as a licensed physical therapist (Pomeroy Physical Therapy) and a 24-hour gym (Pomeroy Fitness). Gym members will use a key fob with an embedded chip at the reader outside the door to gain entry any time, day or night.
While there are no facilities with this combination in the area, Harker said the concept is not new and he's spoken with physical therapists who have office/gyms in the Boise area.
Including a fitness facility with a therapy practice is "a natural progression" that decreases costs because everything is in one site, he said. Cost for therapy is lower because he is there to make suggestions to members on the gym floor without the hourly charge of an office visit.
If more advanced treatment is required, members can make an appointment to see him in his office. Non-members also can make an appointment to see Harker in his office. He will accept all insurance plans.
The concept promotes wellness, he said, by monitoring problems before they progress to an aggravated injury stage. "We can catch possible problems before the need for medication or injections, and get an idea if there is need to consult an orthopedist," Harker said.
- East Washingtonian (Pomeroy), Wednesday