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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, July 2, 2015 NEWS continued from page 1 but his memory will live on through his long and dedicated attention to the sport of track and field in Cheney - and beyond. "Their contribution to track and field in our community will never be matched," Eastern women's track and field Coach Marcia Mecklenburg said in a statement. "We will miss Lawson deeply, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Ruth and their family." Van Kuren's association with Cheney began when he attended Eastern Wash- ington State College to complete a degree in education in 1966. A masters degree would follow in 1970. He and his wife Ruth, who Van Kuren first met in 1959 while attend- ing the State B Basketball Tournament in Spokane, founded the Cheney Track Club in 1972 and so began their decades of dedication to the sport of track and field. Starting with 50 members, the club grew to 160 in just a year. Eventually, more than 2,000 members - ranging in age from 2 to 70-plus - participated in the club over the next 35 years. They put Cheney on the track map regionally as the club hosted the Inland Northwest Junior Olympics Champion- ships and several Region XIII Champi- onships. The Van Kurens also hosted the Cheney Marathon and 20-kilometer races for 10 years. They served for many Contributed photo Eastern Washington University Athletics Ruth and Lawson Van Kuren were honored by Eastern Washington University last fall for their contributions to track and field in the region. Lawson Van Kuren passed away June 26. years in an officials training capacity for a fullride to Colorado State University to U.S.A. Track and Field. run cross country where she was named Many a notable athlete got their the Mountain West COnference's Fresh- start with the Cheney Track club, most man of the Year in 2013. recently, Sanne Holland, a "hyperac- Lawson served as meet director for tive kid" who "thrived" as a result of the 2006 Big Sky Conference Outdoor the Van Kurens' work, her dad, Kurt Track and Field Championships held Holland said in a Feb. 12, 2015 Cheney in Cheney, and he was honorary meet Free Press story, director when the event returned to Holland wonback-to-back state titles Roos Field this past May. in the 3,200-meter run in 2011 and 2012 Earlier this year, the track at Cheney for Cheney High School. Holland earned Middle School was named in their honor. The sign at the Lawson and Ruth Van Kuren Track and Field"will bear one of the couple's simple, but'power- ful, sayings reading, "Do your best." The phrase is one of three things cheney High School alumnus and cur- rent Freeman boys basketball coach Marty Jessett said in a Feb. 12, 2015 story in the Cheney Free Press. The others were inclusion and commitment. "I think maybe what many don't fully understand about the Van Kurens' contributions to the track community of Cheney Schools is that for the past three decades, the Van Kurens haven't just helped out our track meets, the Van Kurens organized and ran the track meets," Cheney Middle School Princi- pal Mike Stark said in hiS remarks at the dedication ceremony. In all, the Van Kurens have been in- volved with track and field for more than 40 years, including 30 as EWU.track and field officials. Because of this, they will be honored on Oct. 10, as recipients of the Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame Service and Contribution Award. The couple received a 25-year year award from the Spokane Sportswriters and Broadcasters in 1997. Lawsonwasindud into the Washington State Athletic Direc- tor'sHall of Fame as the first Junior/Middle School athletics director also in 1997. See the full Van Kuren obituary in Neighbors. Paul Delaney can be reached at inic continued from page 1 funding from the De- partment of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Servic- es Administrations' (HRSA) Health' Center Program. Mike Wiser, CHAS vice president of behavioral health, said they were informed in early May that they were not one of the proj- ects selected in the first round of funding. "The awards seemed to focus on smaller health centers in the most ru- ral areas and only two awards were given be- tween Washington and Oregon," Wiser said in an email. "However, HRSA did keep a lot of funding in reserve and has strongly hinted at a second round of funding later this year." According to a May 5 HHS news release, ap- proximately $101 million in Affordable Care Act funding was released for 164 new health center sites in 33 states and two U.S territories, projected to serve nearly 650,000 patients. In Washington, just over $1.03 million went to new health cen- ters in Port Angeles and Okanogan, which are Dr. David Turner, DMD Modern Most dental dentistry nsurances with 01daccepted fashioned including Tricare care ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS Airway Heights Family Dentistry 9173 W. Sunset Hwy. 509-456-4220 613 S. Washington Ste. 105 Spokane, WA 99204 5 Blocks off 1-90 (Division St. Exit) FREE Parking 8:30-5:30 Mon-Fri Handicap Access Good Service Cars Trucks. Trailers Boats Cycles RVs o:. 455-8320 :. projected to serve a total of 13,375 patients. No awards went to projects in Oregon, while four went to proposed centers in Idaho totaling $2.645 million and one to a project in Montana at $704,000. CHAS has proposed using the 16,020-square- foot former Jarms loca- tion to provide medical dental and behavioral services. The clinic would staff one full-time doctor and one mid-level nurse practitioner along with support personnel for medical care, one dentist and several operatories for dental services and one social worker or a licensed mental health practitioner for behav- ioral services. There w.ould also be a trained patient services coordinator to help pa- tients With health insur- ance 'enrollment options and advising them on options for other forms of health care. Wiser said CHAS hopes their current funding application is "still very competitive" for additional fundingopen in Cheney before looking for other funding in a second round of the end of 2015. options for some of the awards, something thatIf the funding doesn't bigger capital costs like 'happened with the or-come through, Wiser dental equipment," he ganization's last two said CHAS would still said. 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