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Sitton joins planning commission after election setback By Craig Howard


True to his form as a successful business owner, Jeff Sitton quickly recouped and moved forward after losing his bid for a seat on the Liberty Lake City Council last November. After the ballots were counted, the Spokane native had gracious words for his opponent, Hugh Severs, who collected just more than 56 percent of the vote to replace Josh Beckett on the governing board. When Severs was officially sworn in on Jan. 7, Sitton was at City Hall, applauding with the rest of those in attendance. The first municipal gathering of 2014 also included Sitton moving into a new role of his own. The City Council unanimously approved Mayor Steve Peterson’s appointment of Sitton to the Liberty Lake Planning Commission, a group that provides valuable insight and recommendations regarding issues like development, zoning and signage. Sitton will attend his first meeting of the commission this month. Sitton, who works as president of Spokane Roofing Co., has lived in Liberty Lake for the past three years. His wife, Stacy, is a mechanical engineer at Liberty Lake-based Telect. The couple has two children. Sitton graduated from East Valley High School in 1995 and went on to attend Spokane Falls Community College. He spent four years in finance and management with Dave Smith Motors before moving into ownership and administration with Spokane Roofing. He and his father, Dave, purchased the company in 2002. Sitton’s dad, brother, sister and grandparents all live in Liberty Lake. A member of Valley Real Life church, Sitton has stepped up to support community causes like Habitat for Humanity and SNAP. In December, Spokane Roofing sponsored a table at the Holiday Ball, the traditional gala that generates funds for Friends of Pavillion Park and its annual agenda of events at the greenspace. The Splash caught up with Sitton recently to discuss development standards, business


Just bringing people together — that’s my job. I’m part of a service industry. I have a large crew I have to motivate on a daily basis. Every day I go into my office, and we have sales staff, office staff, accountants, attorneys, installers, the repair technicians. I’m the guy who coordinates everything. There’s a lot of involvement. I’m a business owner, but I definitely work for my business. Q: Why did you decide to go into the roofing industry? A: It was more about the chance to be in business than it was about roofing. I enjoy the challenge of these big, complex commercial systems. You can’t put a price of experience in that arena. There are so many variables. After a dozen years, you become a commodity in the industry. The one thing I will say when I went into the roofing industry is that it’s a good, fair, honest living. If you’re fair with the community, there’s a lot of good that comes of it. Spokane Roofing had a good, established name prior, which has helped, but we’ve had a good time building it. Q: Tell us about your decision to run for City Council. A: It was kind of by accident. The Splash produced an e-bulletin back in May that no one was running. To this day, it boggles my mind that you’ve got 33 percent of the community that makes over $100,000 here. So, you’ve got a bunch of talent in Liberty Lake and no one was willing to step forward and take the initiative to help the community. So, at that point, I put my name in. Q: What did you think you might have been able to bring to City Council? A: The more that I’ve been involved, the more I realize I do have contributions to make. For one thing, I’ve dealt with a lot of public works in my business. Just listening to some of the discrepancies the city has had with some of the contracts like with WSDOT, that’s a big part of what happens with the city and I can shed some light there. A while ago they were talking about the solar panels on the police building. I had some definite questions about the maintenance of those in the first seven years before the city owns them. Who covers that cost? From a contractor’s point, things break. I would just be asking those questions with a common sense approach. Q: What do you think made the final difference in the election?

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A: I was outcampaigned completely. Hugh was very ambitious, and he’s such a nice guy. I think he’ll do a good job on council. I have no ill will toward him at all. I think I would have been a good addition, but I’m happy to be on the planning commission because I will have somewhat of a voice. You will still see me at most of the council meetings from here on out. I enjoy them, and I want to be a part of it. Q: What did you learn as you were out on the campaign trail talking with residents? A: I did learn that with each decision you make that is supported, there’s going to be another portion of the city that doesn’t support it. You’re not going to make everyone happy all the time. At some point, you have to make a decision; that’s why you’re elected. I’ve always tried to make everyone happy. With my company, if there are issues, we try and work them out. It’s a little more difficult with politics because, quite frankly, it’s not going to happen. It is what it is. When I was campaigning, I was asked by citizens which way I was going to stand on an issue, and I answered honestly even when I knew it meant I wasn’t going to get their vote. Q: Do you think you’d run for City Council again or apply if a position became open? A: I’m not going to say for certain at this point. I’m going to dedicate myself to the planning commission. Anything else is a long ways out. Q: Your appointment to the planning commission was unanimously approved by the City Council on Jan. 7. How did the appointment take place? A: The mayor approached me and asked me to be on the planning commission. I accepted right away. I want to be involved, and it was an opportunity to do that. I’m going to do the best job I can. (Director of planning and community development) Amanda (Tainio) has given me a plethora of information that I’m diving into. There’s a

lot there. I’m doing my best to educate myself. I’m really hoping to bring a common sense approach to it and use that as a reference. As I go, I will learn. I’m excited. I feel it was a privilege that the mayor asked me. It’s a new chapter for me. I want to do the best I can for the city. I’m committed to this community and want to make it the best I can. Q: What are some of the issues that the planning commission will be addressing in 2014? A: Parking is really becoming an issue, especially over there on Signal where the town square is going to be built. Right now, STCU kind of takes over that street but it’s more than that. It’s tractor trailers which, in my opinion, are a safety hazard. You can’t see around corners. I don’t know if it’s the city’s responsibility to house those trailers. When this was approved in 2002, things were a lot different than they were now. As a growing city, I think Signal specifically need to be addressed for parking, whether it’s diagonal parking on both sides of the street or something else. Q: What about signage? This is a fairly controversial topic that both the planning commission and council have addressed over the years. Many businesses have lobbied for standards that are less restrictive, but the city continues to maintain regulations that maintain a certain aesthetic value. Where do you stand? A: I favor the conservative point of view when it comes to signage. We have a beautiful city — it’s green, it’s great. To continue that standard is important to me. Especially with the types of businesses we have here in Liberty Lake, I’m not so sure it’s that crucial. Again, you’re never going to make everyone happy, but I like the way it is now. Even as a business owner, I don’t know if it makes sense to change the rules. Q: What about traffic on Appleway? A: Something needs to be done. Getting out of this city at 5 o’clock is becoming more difficult. Fortunately, I’m coming the other way. It is a problem. I know there’s been a talk of rerouting a road over there. The problem is only going to get worse. I don’t

Jeff Sitton was appointed to the Liberty Lake Planning Commission by Mayor Steve Peterson and unanimously approved by the City Council last month.


know if I know how to fix the problem. I just know we need to start talking about it. Q: What’s your opinion on the city finding a balance between maintaining the development standards that have made Liberty Lake the community it has become and, at the same time, being known as a city that supports business? Are the two compatible? A: It’s a fine line. Businesses in Liberty Lake are important. They pay the bill. We have to make some concessions within reason. My vision for the city is to have a green environment and a good place to live. Businesses should feel privileged to be here. It’s a great place to be. Let’s not mess it up by having a big, neon sign out in front. Once you put that first sign out there, it chang-

es the dynamic of everything. I do know I want to remain at an arm’s length from the politics of Spokane. I feel like Liberty Lake is a unique community, a nice place to live. I think smart zoning is a key to that. Q: How do you see the relationship between the planning commission and the council? A: I think it’s a good one. The way I understand it, the planning commission has a way to look at things first and present them to the City Council. Our job is to make recommendations. For the most part, it seems that most of the recommendations are accepted by the council. It’s not about a confrontation. Obviously, if there needs to be a discussion, that’s why we’re here. I think they work well together.


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2014 version of Council takes on trash, marijuana By Craig Howard


Hugh Severs earned a place on the Liberty Lake City Council in last November’s general election, defeating Jeff Sitton with just over 56 percent of the vote. On Jan. 7, both Severs and Sitton embarked on new journeys in the city they call home. Severs took the oath of office at the first council meeting of 2014, officially replacing Josh Beckett who opted against running for re-election after four years on the governing board. Sitton was confirmed to the Liberty Lake Planning Commission with council unanimously approving the appointment made earlier by Mayor Steve Peterson. “There’s a lot to learn — I’m just here to do my best,” said Severs after the first meeting of 2014 at City Hall. In another shift around the dais to start the New Year, Council Member Cris Kaminskas was nominated as mayor pro tem by colleague Odin Langford, who has held the role for the past two years. The nomination was unanimously approved by council. City Administrator Katy Allen provided a rundown of projects for 2014 on Jan. 7,

IN THE BOOKS, ON THE DOCKET A look back and ahead at news from Liberty Lake City Hall By Craig Howard


In the books (January) • The debut of the city’s renovated website was Jan. 13, with Finance Director R.J. Stevenson providing an overview of the new at the Jan. 7 meeting. New features include an “emergency alert” that will notify residents of issues involving extreme weather and other urgent scenarios. • The Liberty Lake Police Department received a $1,000 grant from Wal-Mart while Spokane Teachers Credit Union donated $1,500 to the Liberty Lake Library. • In an effort to create additional opportunities for the area’s flock of wintertime golfers, the city spent approximately $3,500 to add five garage doors at the driving range to divert the elements. • In the aftermath of the passage of Initiative 502 in 2012, the city received two applications for marijuana-related establishments in municipal limits. City Ad-

starting with the Liberty Lake Ball Fields. Allen said construction of the two diamonds “will begin as soon as the ground thaws.” Improvements to Pavillion Park and Rocky Hill Park are also on the agenda for this year along with a new reading garden at the library.

A proactive approach to trash As far as waste management goes, the city made it clear at the Jan. 21 council meeting that it does not intend to let anything pile up. With the auspices of regional solid waste transitioning from the city of Spokane to Spokane County this year, jurisdictions from Airway Heights to Liberty Lake are preparing for the possibility of a shift in cost. Yet, according to Liberty Lake City Administrator Katy Allen, area cities are still unsure exactly what sort of budget impact the change could mean. On Jan. 21, Allen told council the ultimate price point will likely hinge on the contract the county finalizes with the city of Spokane Valley. The nearest solid waste transfer station to Liberty Lake is the site on Sullivan Road near Wellesley in Spokane Valley. “I don’t think they’ll have a price for us until they know what Spokane Valley is ministrator Katy Allen said both requests were ruled invalid because neither applicant has secured the necessary paperwork from the Washington Liquor Control Board, the state’s licensing agency for such businesses. The city put a six-month moratorium on the processing, sale and use of marijuana at its Jan. 21 meeting based on a legal opinion by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson. • Pat Dockrey addressed council in the Citizen Comments portion of the Jan. 21 council meeting, questioning why the city’s Public Arts Commission, established by Ordinance 161 in 2007, was not involved in the discussion regarding community art at the Harvard Road roundabout. Council voted at the end of 2013 to remove $100,000 initially set aside for the project in the 2014 budget. Allen said that an ad-hoc citizens committee was formed to discuss roundabout art but added that a group “could be formally appointed” as the city revisits public art at a later point. • Council unanimously approved Mayor Steve Peterson’s appointment of Ralph Williams as Liberty Lake’s representative to the Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee. • Allen and Peterson were in Olympia Jan. 22-24 as part of the legislative forum sponsored by Greater Spokane Inc. The Liberty Lake contingent will discuss


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doing,” Allen said. Instead of waiting to agree to a contract based on the county’s agreement with its neighbors to the west, Allen said Liberty Lake will reach out to a collection of smaller jurisdictions like Deer Park, Millwood, Medical Lake and Airway Heights to draw up a request for proposals with the intention of securing an agreement and price that works for each city. “If we wait, there’s the chance we could be stuck with a bad price,” Allen said. “We want to make sure the services and the costs are competitive.” Allen said the RFP will be patterned after a document utilized previously by Whitman County in similar waste management deliberations.

City approves marijuana moratorium improvements to Interstate-90 with lawmakers that include proposed widening, bridges and interchanges along the freeway from Barker Road to the state line. • In a wrap-up of the year-end money numbers on Jan. 7, Council Member Odin Langford updated council on some encouraging news from the most recent finance committee meeting. The report was highlighted by a $465,000 boost to the general fund beyond the projected amount for 2013. The revenue was attributed to a surge in auto and RV sales as well as an increase in both building permits and planning reviews. Income from the real estate excise tax in 2013 also surpassed predictions. The city budgeted $280,000 for the year, but received $460,000. Trailhead checked in with a banner year as well, generating $514,000, some $109,000 beyond the revenue projected for last year. • Spokane Valley Fire Chief Bryan Collins provided council with an overview of a new program called PulsePoint on Jan. 21 that will be available as a mobile app Feb. 14. The free app will alert citizens trained in CPR and the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in cases of cardiac arrest.

On the Docket (February) • LED street lighting fixtures from Avista will be installed this month. The standards are part of an increased emphasis


Hugh Severs, right, the newest representative of the Liberty Lake City Council, talks municipal matters with Mayor Steve Peterson following the Jan. 7 council meeting. Severs took the oath of office at first gathering of city brass in 2014. In an another decision regarding a topic that spans beyond Liberty Lake, council voted unanimously on Jan. 21 to pass Ordinance 210, a moratorium on the processing, sale and use of marijuana within city limits in relation to Initiative 502 passed in Washington in 2012. The ban — instituted for a six-month period — draws upon a recent legal opinion published by state Attorney

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on citywide pedestrian safety that will also include illuminated crosswalks. • Council will consider the implementation of a municipal policy regarding social media. • A roofing contract for the public safety/library building is expected to be approved this month. • Council will consider approval of a professional services contract with Welch Comer Engineers for the design portion of an upgrade to Appleway. Renovation of the road is scheduled to take place in 2015. • Council will vote on a resolution updating the personnel policy and manual. • Council will vote on a resolution amending the City Council Rules of Procedure • Cheryl Kilday of Visit Spokane is scheduled to provide a presentation on local tourism. • Council will hear a development update from Kevin Schneidmiller with Greenstone. • Allen will provide a plan update on Harvard Road Mitigation. • A public hearing will be held at the Feb. 18 council meeting regarding the sixmonth moratorium on marijuana growth, processing, sales and use passed by council on Jan. 21.

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Police Report The following incidents, arrests, calls for service and citations were among those reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department Dec. 16 to Jan. 21. The incident report is listed in chronological order.

Incidents and arrests • Obscuring a license plate — At 3:17 p.m. Dec. 17, LLPD received report of a male subject covering his license plate with dirt in a parking lot at the 1300 block of North Liberty Lake Road. An officer arrived on scene, parked and then witnessed the man walk out of a business, grab a handful of dirt and purposefully obstruct the plate of the vehicle with it. The LLPD police detective contacted the male, who said he was sure his registration was expired, though after checking it was found to be in order. The male consented to a search of the van, and nothing was found. The driver then left, and radio informed the detective the van was wanted in a child abduction case out of Nevada. The subject was pulled over again a short distance away and questioned regarding the abduction. The man said he purchased the van for $200 from a man named “Bill” as he walked down the street in Redding, Calif. LLPD forwarded the information as well as pictures to the Nevada detective handling the case for follow up. • Burglary arrest — At 5:30 a.m. Dec. 22, LLPD arrested two men in connection to burglary on an RV lot. Police came across one of the men lying on the ground near the passenger side of a vehicle as the officer pulled up, and this man was taken into custody after police made contact and the man alluded to a friend being inside the RV lot burglarizing RVs. Another officer arrived on scene, and police entered the lot and found a second man inside an RV, who hid a guy he was armed with in a bathroom before showing his hands and being arrested without incident. Both men were booked in the Spokane County Jail on burglary and criminal conspiracy charges. • Vandalism — At 8:47 a.m. Dec. 29, LLPD observed property damage and vandalism along a fenceline at the 24000 block of East Country Vista Drive. Fence slats had been pushed or kicked in, and the letters “OFWGKTA” with a cross at the end were spraypainted on a portion of the

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General Bob Ferguson that states the referendum never specified that statewide regulations would have precedence over

fence. Photographs were taken for the report. • Domestic violence assault — LLPD officers arrested a 44-year-old Newman Lake man at 1:13 a.m. Jan. 5 after assisting the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office on a call at the 4900 block of North Malta Street in Newman Lake. Upon arrival, officers contacted a victim who had called in the domestic violence assault. She reported her husband was highly intoxicated and had palced her in a headlock. She wasn’t intoxicated and managed to flip him over onto the deck, where he struck his head. Both parties were injured, and the man fought officers before being taken into custody and transported to the Spokane County Jail, where he was charged with fourth degree assault, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest. • Abandoned vehicle — At 3:51 p.m. Jan. 8, LLPD received a call from the 1500 block of North Aladdin Road in regards to an abandoned vehicle. The caller thought the vehicle may have been stolen as it had been parked in front of his residence for a week with the windows down, and it had since snowed. After running the license plate provided, the vehicle was found to be clear. However, when an officer arrived at the vehicle’s location, he ran the VIN and found it was indeed stolen out of Spokane. The registered owner was contacted. • Domestic violence — A 53-year-old Liberty Lake man was arrested at 10:16 a.m. Jan. 9 at the 22000 block of East Appleway Avenue for domestic violence assault. A complainant called 911 after witnessing a man strike a woman in the back of the head with a closed fist at the Zip Trip gas station. Officers located the residence using the vehicle plate number given them and arrived to question both parties involved. The man reported becoming upset with his wife when he thought she lost the car keys at the pump. He was transported to the Spokane County Jail, where he was booked for fourth degree assault. • Suspicious circumstance — At 8:39 p.m. Jan. 11, LLPD was dispatched to the 23000 block of East Riverside Avenue for a suspicious person/circumstance. A complainant reported a group of individuals

walking through his yard with flashlights. Officers arrived and spoke to the subjects, who said one of them had opened their wallet, and $400 had blown away in the wind. They were searching for the funds in the yard. • Eluding police — A 21-year-old man was arrested at 1:35 a.m. Jan. 15 by LLPD at Salmon River Lane and Holiday Lane. Officers initiated a traffic stop of the man’s vehicle after a call was received indicating the vehicle may be stolen. He eluded officers until coming to a stop at a dead end, at which point both the man and a passenger took off on foot. A K9 unit was called and was able to track down the man, who was taken to a medical facility for injuries occurring from contact with the K9. He was later taken to the Spokane County Jail where he was booked for eluding, possession of methamphetamine, and resisting arrest. The vehicle was impounded as evidence, and a small bag of methamphetamine found outside the vehicle next to the man’s phone was also taken into evidence. The car was scheduled to be searched after a warrant was obtained. Police were reviewing video surveillance taken from a local business to attempt to identify and then locate the passenger. • Theft — At 7:14 p.m. Jan. 16, LLPD responded to the 1500 block of North Liberty Lake Road for a theft. A complainant reported a female subject entered the store and placed an item in her cart that cost approximately $108.69. The subject continued to shop and then went to the register and tried to return the item, claiming to have no receipt. She was given an in-store credit which was applied to the remainder of her purchase. This matter is currently under investigation. • Shoplifting chicken gizzards — At 7:13 p.m. Jan. 19, LLPD responded to the 1200 block of North Liberty Lake Road for a shoplifter. Upon arrival, the officer was advised a male subject had walked around the store eating a $2.47 bag of chicken gizzards. When the subject had finished the gizzards, he threw the empty bag in the trash and proceeded to walk out of the store. When the manager detained the subject, he said he had just forgotten to pay and was displeased with the treat-

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atorium would “give us some time to let all these things work out.”

Meanwhile, groups like the state Liquor Control Board appear they will bring the matter up during the next legislative session. Liberty Lake Police Chief Brian Asmus told council on Tuesday that the mor-

The city is required to hold a public hearing on the passage of Ordinance 210 within 60 days after its approval. Allen said that hearing is scheduled for the council meeting on Feb. 18.

Cities like Yakima and Walla Walla have already moved ahead in response to the Attorney General’s announcement to ban the growth, use and sale of marijuana as outlined in I-502. Ferguson’s opinion indicates that “normal powers of local gov-

Calls for service Reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department Dec. 16-Jan.21 Alarm 4 Animal problem 1 Burglary 1 Citizen assist 3 Citizen dispute 2 Commercial vehicle inspection 17 Deceased person 1 Domestic violence 2 Drug possession 2 DUI 9 Fraud 1 Fugitive 1 Harassment 1 Impounded vehicle 1 Juvenile problem 1 Lost or found property 1 Malicious mischief 4 Property theft 7 Recovered stolen property 1 Suspicious person/circumstance 10 Threatening 2 Traffic offense 22 Vehicle prowl 1 Vehicle theft 1 Welfare check 5

Citations Reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department Dec. 16-Jan.21 Assault 2 Defective muffler 4 Driving without license/ID 3 Driving without lights when req. 1 DUI 10 DWLS 24 Expired registration 17 Fail to stop at stop sign 1 Failure to wear safety belt 1 Liability insurance 18 License in possession/display 1 Negligent driving 2 Obstructing law enforcement 1 Resisting arrest 1 Speeding 22 Speeding in school zone 1 Use of cell phone 4 Violating intermediate license 1

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COMMUNITY Calendar of Events

COMMUNITY EVENTS Feb. 3 | Winter Carnival 5 to 7 p.m., Liberty Lake Elementary School. Admission for this elementary-age event is one gently used book or $3. Proceeds benefit Liberty Lake Municipal Library. For more: Feb. 3 | Legacy Journey class 6 p.m.,

Lakeside Church, 23129 E. Mission Ave. A new 7-week, biblically-based class by Dave Ramsey will cover investing, basic estate planning, purposeful living and discovering the keys to wealth and generosity. For more: 210-9779

Feb. 8 | Regional Lakes Conference

9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Spokane Community College Lair, Spokane. Topics to be discussed at this free conference include student research, state programs, local stewardship and invasive plants and animals. To RSVP or for more: 922-5443 or

Feb. 8 | Lego Pinball 10:30 a.m. to noon,

Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Greg Braileanu will offer a new adventure in Lego engineering. This program, for ages 9 to 14, requires pre-registration on a first-come, firstserved basis. To register or for more: 232-2510

Feb. 13 | Budgeting 101 workshop Noon

to 1 p.m., Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Join STCU experts for a free workshop on setting financial goals, the five steps to a spending plan and putting your plan into action. A light, complimentary lunch will be provided. For more: 232-2510

students to become active participants in making a difference within their schools and communities by fostering respect, acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities. For more: or

March 1 | Father Daughter Dance 2014

7 to 9 p.m., CenterPlace at Mirabeau Point, Spokane Valley. Liberty Lake Kiwanis will present this 9th annual event for girls and their dads or other male role model. Tickets are $45 per couple ($20 each additional daughter) until Feb. 24. To purchase tickets or for more: www., 979-6652 or 951-3573

Recurring Financial Peace University 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Mondays, Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Dave Ramsey’s program to help people become debt free will take place weekly until the end of March. To register or for more:


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CenterPlace at Mirabeau Point 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley Area Wide Event • All Communities Welcome Semi-Formal Attire is Recommended

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Friends of the Liberty Lake Municipal Library 4 p.m. the last Tuesday of every month,

Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave.

Save the date for the annual tea on April 26! Tickets are $25 and will be available in March.

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Raffle tickets $1.00 each Photo packages available by Dorian Studio

Kiwanis Club of Liberty Lake 6:45 a.m. Wednesdays, Liberty Lake City Hall, 22510 E. Country Vista Drive. For more: www.

See CALENDAR, page 30

Feb. 13, 27 | Reading Readiness Workshops 6:30 p.m., Liberty Lake Municipal

Idaho’s Place for Retirement Living

Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. The Feb. 13 workshop will focus on everyday learning activities for babies and toddlers, while the Feb. 27 workshop will provide ideas for teaching the names and sounds of alphabet letters. Workshops are for adults only. To register or for more: 232-2510 or

Feb. 14 | Valentine’s Day Feb. 17 | Presidents Day

Garden Plaza of Post Falls offers the finest elements of a retirement community. From a dynamic social schedule to our hospitable staff, our goal is to promote an active, carefree lifestyle.

Feb. 22 | Special Olympics Polar Plunge

9 a.m., Liberty Lake Regional Park, 3707 S. Zephyr Road. This fundraiser organized by law enforcement agencies benefits the 10,000 Special Olympics athletes across Washington. For more: or 299-7117

Feb. 22 | White Night of Hope 6 p.m., Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane. This white carpet event is a fundraiser for GraceSon Housing Foundation and will feature live art and local musicians, The Rub. To register or for more: www.

As a Continuum of Care Campus, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitative Care are offered on-site.

Feb. 23 | Marriage Enrichment Seminar

Noon to 4 p.m., Otis Orchards Elementary School, 22000 E. Wellesley Ave., Otis Orchards. Sponsored by St. Joseph’s Parish, this half-day seminar presented by Kristine Mauss will explore authentic love through the eyes of God. Childcare for age 11 and under will be available at the parish. The event is free, but donations will be accepted. To reserve your seat or for more: www. or 926-7133

Feb. 25 | Project Unify Youth Summit

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Back in the saddle Cowboy supper show returns to Rockin’ B Ranch

Some of the memorable events for the Brownlees included a Vacation Bible School and Shriner’s fundraiser. She said organizers from each type of By Kelly Moore event came with a different set of expecSPLASH CONTRIBUTOR tations, but experience with the cowboy After hanging their hats on the Cowboy supper show prepared her and Scott for Supper Show in 2011, the owners of the the shift in business. Rockin’ B Ranch recently announced they “When there’s an event here like a wedare gearing up its 2014 return. ding, there is a heavier emphasis on us to make it the best we Musicians Scott can because it’s an and Pamela Brownonce-in-a-lifetime lee started the thing,” Pamela shows in 1994 as a Brownlee explained. way to make use of “We are able to hanan empty barn on dle that because we their property. Over learned that quality the next 17 years, in our shows.” the show evolved The iconic show will return to the into an Inland With the return Rockin’ B Ranch for performances the Northwest staple, of the cowboy supsecond weekend of every month June featuring local muper shows, the through October: sicians and ranchBrownlees intend to ★ June 13-15 style food. continue to operate ★ as an event center, July 11-13 The show’s rewith booking dates turn comes just in ★ Aug. 8-10 available outside of time for the 20th★ Sept. 12-14 performance weekanniversary sea★ Oct. 10-12 ends. son of the business


The Rockin’ B Ranch built its popular Cowboy Supper Show over 17 years beginning in 1994. After retiring the show following the 2011 season, owners Scott and Pamela Brownlee decided recently to bring it back for one weekend a month in 2014.


Cowboy Supper Show Dates

and will include In addition to dePerformances include evening shows shows on the secveloping a new busion Fridays and Saturdays with an earlier ond weekend of ness model for the matinee on Sundays. The website, www. every month, June ranch, the, will be updated through October. lees have continued near the end of February, at which time Shows will include to play with fellow tickets will go on sale. evening perforband mates as the mances on Fridays Riders of the Rockand Saturdays with in’ B. Performances an earlier matinee on Sundays. during the supper show hiatus included The Brownlees announced the show’s playing at local senior centers and convenretirement early in the 2011 season and tions as well as traveling to California to ended with a record year — and no defi- play at the Microsoft holiday party. nite plans for the future of the barn. After a couple years of resetting and refo“The break was essential so we could re- cusing, the Brownlees said they eventually look at our lives and make each other’s lives found themselves less busy, rejuvenated and more up to the idea of reviving the shows a priority again,” Pamela Brownlee said. that got their business started. Since retiring the show, the Rockin’ B “We had people stopping us all the time Ranch has continued operations as an to say, ‘We understand why you stopped the event center. The barn has since hosted shows, but we really miss it!’” Scott Brownmyriad events, including fundraisers, melee explained. “Then we started missing it, morial services and weddings. too.” “It was a really nice way to keep people Pleas to start back up came from all diin the barn,” Pamela Brownlee said. “It’s a rections, Scott Brownlee said. In addition character of its own. When people come to strangers at the grocery store, the couple inside, it just comes alive. We thought that was something unique to the cowboy sup- was also starting to hear revival requests per show, but it’s not. People have come in from band mates and former staff. and made it their own, and it’s been really The shows will resume with the same sweet.” band members: Sam Mazzola on guitar and

vocals, JayDean Ludiker on fiddle and vocals, Gordon Grove on the pail and vocals, Scott Brownlee on bass and vocals and Pamela Brownlee on vocals. In regards to the format of the upcoming shows, the Brownlees say patrons can expect to hear some of the band’s favorite music they’ve performed throughout the years, along with a few requests they’ve received. The pre-dinner shootout will be slightly different from the 2011 version and more similar to what they started with in 1994. This year, they will be skipping out on stocking the mercantile, but one of the Brownlees’ favorite aspects of the show — featuring local, young musicians on stage as the warm-up to every show —

will also return. “We’re really excited about doing it,” Pamela Brownlee said. “It’s something we can do for people we know who have missed it, and it’s a second chance for those people who always meant to come, but never made it out.” And, of course, Sheriff Dusty Bicuspid, the toothless alter ego of Scott Brownlee, will be returning to entertain guests and charm the “purty” ladies. “Dusty will definitely be back with his storytelling,” Pamela Brownlee said. “He is the star of the whole business.” More information and tickets for the shows will be available at near the end of February.

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Parade of Mermaids contest played out at lake By Ross Schneidmiller



Wearing a red knit swimsuit with white stockings and slippers, Miss Ruth Harkins was overcome almost to a point of weakness. She had just been announced the 1922 Inland Empire Mermaid Queen in a beauty competition sponsored by Spokane’s evening paper, The Spokane Daily Chronicle. A flurry of excitement began days earlier when the paper announced:

• Miss Lois Davenport, who finished 2nd in the mermaid competition in 1923, was an expert free board rider who was featured at local lakes demonstrating her skill in riding a free board (similar to a surfboard) while being pulled by a motorboat. • The Alexander Film Company was founded in Spokane in 1919 and moved to Colorado in 1923. It became the world’s largest producer of theater film advertising.

“Chronicle Wants to Find Most Beautiful Mermaid” To find her, the Chronicle conducted a special contest that ran from Aug. 1 and continued until Saturday, Aug. 19, when the final selection was made at a parade on the shores of Liberty Lake. Entry in the contest was made by photograph only. Recent photographs could be submitted or new pictures could be secured free through arrangements made with five different photographers. Additional studios needed to be added to handle the demand. The first entries in the contest were five store girls from the Palace Department Store. They made their entries early the next morning and were photographed by a contest photographer. Each day leading up to the event, the Chronicle published studio pictures of the entries on the front pages of the paper. Between headlines and photos, the newspaper created quite a buzz. Lew Hurtig, manager of Liberty Lake Park, donated $100 in gold coins to be given as first prize. As enthusiasm built, businesses started offering additional prizes. If the winner wears a Spokane Knitting Mills bathing costume, an extra $25 will be awarded her, the business announced. Wanting to get in on the publicity, Olympia Knitting Mills Inc. gave two of their popular “Wil Wite” bathing suits. These would be awarded the first- and secondplace finishers, regardless of what bathing costume they competed in. Other business firms entered requests with contest managers to have the mermaid queen as special guest at various entertainments and public gatherings. The mermaids were to be judged on beauty of face, beauty of figure, grace of figure and bearing, and general fitness. The five judges selected could assign whatever value to these points they saw fit, and each judge had their own ideas on what was most important. “Meeting at the Davenport Hotel on Wednesday, the 17th of August, the judges selected the finalists from the 117 photos submitted,” the newspaper reported at the time. “Miss Margaret Mahoney, swimming instructor at the YWCA, gave each

• The Spokane Daily Chronicle, which sponsored the Inland Empire Mermaid Competition, was an evening newspaper that ceased publication in 1992.


• The Hazelwood Dairy butter statue was a popular feature of the Spokane Interstate Fair for a number of years. Housed in a chilled glass case, other subjects sculpted in butter over the years included Curly Jim (a Spokane Indian hero), a campfire girl and, of course, a milk cow.

Above: Having dressed for the competition at Liberty Lake, the 1922 Mermaid contestants pose for a picture with the Hudson Phaeton automobiles that brought them.


At right: The top three finishers in 1922 included Queen Ruth Harkins, who is pictured holding the first prize, a case of five gold coins worth $100. contestant consideration from the athletic point of view, while J. Don Alexander, president of the Alexander Film Company, considered each contestant from a motion picture cameraman’s perspective. General health, development of figure and general American girl beauty were the points that Dr. John O’Shea, past exalted ruler of the Elk Lodge, considered when passing on the contestants. Fitness to represent the Inland Empire as mermaid queen appeared to be first with Mrs. Walter Orton, Spokane Club woman.” The day of the event began when the 50 finalists were paraded up Monroe Street having left the Chronicle building at 12:30 p.m., heading for Liberty Lake. The motorcade consisted of a fleet of 20 brand new Hudson Phaeton Super-Six automobiles. These convertibles gleamed with their rich dark blue body and wheels accented by the glossy black fenders and motor cover. The fragrance of the hand-buffed leather seats filled the air, as the contestants received a large, crowd-applauding sendoff befitting a Hollywood starlet. “Upon arrival at the lake, they were

From the Liberty Lake Historical Society, a 2014 monthly series given a special dressing area in the large 300- room bathhouse to change into their costumes,” the newspaper reported. “Bathing attire was not required by the contest rules. The judges, however, stated they were of the opinion that grace and beauty of figure of the contestants could best be judged in bathing costume, rather than street and sport clothes.” The 50 mermaids appeared before the judges at 1:45 p.m., and the beach parade was staged at 4 o’clock, where the winners were announced. After being presented with the five gold coins in front of 4,000 spectators, Miss Harkins declared, “It seems like a dream. I am afraid someone will pinch me and I will wake up…” The contestants were then treated to a dinner and a dance in their honor. The event was repeated in 1923, with Mrs. Rea Dea being chosen the winner. A week after Mrs. Dea was announced mermaid queen, it was announced she would be the subject of the butter statue to be displayed at the Spokane Interstate Fair. Sponsored by the Hazelwood Dairy, the life-size figure symbolized the freedom

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of the American girl and was molded with a rustic background of butter. This author, being the father of daughters, likes the idea that a beauty contest winner can be fit and healthy and commemorated in butter as opposed to the starvation-equals-beauty mantra advertisers peddle today — would someone please pass the rolls? Ross Schneidmiller is president of the Liberty Lake Historical Society and a lifetime resident of Liberty Lake.

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“It’s fun because you get special time with your dad, plus you get dessert there,” Ashley said. Other girls enjoy preparing for the dance, which can include hair glitter, lip gloss and nails painted sparkly colors. Kylie and Emma Roessler said they sometimes get ready with other friends going to the dance and take pictures with them beforehand. But when the getting ready is all done, the ladies belong to their dads for the rest of the night. The dads said the girls’ restaurant choices have ranged from McDonalds to IHOP to Ding How. “I think the girls just enjoy being with By Tammy Kimberley dad without mom around,” Marc Roessler, SPLASH STAFF WRITER the girls’ dad, said. While Valentine’s Day brings thoughts Besides the dancing and music, all the of spending time with that special some- girls shared a variety of things they look one, there’s one event a few weeks later that forward to at the event — everything from captures the attention of younger ladies — cupcakes and raffle baskets to the balloons and balls floatthe annual Father ing throughout the Daughter Dance. room. What started “People are out as a dance for throwing beach a couple hundred balls everywhere people at an eleMarch 1 • 7 to 9 p.m. and you can go mentary school has CenterPlace at Mirabeau Point (Spokane up on stage,” Kylie turned into the soValley) said. “It’s really, recial highlight of the ally exciting there.” Hollywood Oscar Night is the theme at year, complete with Ian Walker, who this event presented by Liberty Lake dresses, flowers and has been attending Kiwanis and K-Kids. professional photos. the dance with his The Wave recentSemi-formal attire is recommended; girls 6-year-old daughly sat down with with any type of father figure are encourter Samantha for some local dads and aged to attend. the past three years, daughters to talk said the dance has Tickets are $45 per couple ($20 per adabout past dances as become a tradition ditional daughter) until Feb. 24. Space is well as why they’re in their family. limited. For ticket info, visit libertylakekilooking forward to “It's worth a or call 979-6652 or 951-3573. the March 1 event. month of exciteAshley Boswell, ment,” he said. “It’s 10, said she and her fun to watch a bunch of girls at their best.” mom and 5-year-old sister Avery go shopThis is the 9th annual Father Daughter ping for party dresses prior to the dance. Dance put on by the Liberty Lake Kiwanis, They said they love dancing with their dad, especially when he twirls them. See DANCING, page 17


WITH DAD Little ladies look forward to annual event


Girls of all ages enjoy the annual Father Daughter Dance, where they get a chance to dress up, dance, and hang out with their dads and other friends.


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Kids Tell It Like It Is “I love dancing with my dad and playing card games.”

“He lets me play on his iPad.”

Samantha Walker, 6

Avery Boswell, 5

What do you love most about your dad? Compiled by Tammy Kimberley

“He spends time with me. We go on walks, and he is the coach for my basketball team.”

“He really cares about us. He plays Legos with me and flies me like an airplane.”

“He protects me and sometimes sleeps on the couch by me. He also lets me hold the leash when we walk our dog around the park.”

Ashley Boswell, 10

Emma Roessler, 6

Kylie Roessler, 9

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The stars will be out in full force on March 2 for the 86th annual Academy Awards. Movie stars will be dressed up in their best with the hopes of winning the coveted Oscar statuette during the awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. How much do you know about the big night? Take the following quiz to give you some trivia to share when the big night rolls around. You can check your answers at the bottom of the page.

Oscars Compiled by Tammy Kimberley SPLASH STAFF WRITER

Match each of these numbers to one of the facts below.

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6 8 10 100 500

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1) Length, in feet, of the red carpet rolled out for the stars that night

DANCING Continued from page 16

and months of planning go into the event each year. While the event started out serving about 230 people, it’s grown to more than double that with almost 500 in attendance last year. Besides being welcomed by lifesize Oscar cardboard cutouts, organizer Pat Lutzenberger said the photographer will have a Hollywood backdrop for photos in keeping with their theme of Oscar Night. As in the past, each girl will receive a red rose and party favor. She stressed that the event is for people from all communities and for any sort of father figure who would like to attend with a girl. She encouraged dads to bring cash for the $1 raffle tickets “so we won’t have any sad little girls.” In fact, the smiles from the girls is what makes this Pat’s favorite event each year. “I love to see the girls come dressed up with their dads and with big smiles,” Pat said. “The dance is one of our biggest fundraisers, but all the money raised got back into our community to fund K-Kids and Key Clubs and other things in the schools.” The work does not go unnoticed by the dads in attendance. They all marveled at

DADS’ TAKE We asked the dads why they choose to attend the Father Daughter Dance each year with their daughters, and here are their reasons for making the night a priority on their calendars. “With all the fathers spending time with their daughters—it’s magical.” — Ian Walker “The kids get a chance to see their friends in a great environment. The girls let down their guard and just have fun.” — Marc Roessler “It’s the one night just for them. The girls are going to remember this night forever.” — Brad Boswell

how the event has grown each year and that a crowded dance floor is a small price to pay for a memorable night with their girls. “It’s unreal. The whole Kiwanis group dresses up and makes it first class,” Brad Boswell said. “It’s great for the community... and shows what kind of special community we have.”

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Carver honored for caring for seniors ‘like family’ By Valerie Putnam


Working with the elderly can be a challenging profession. For Arlene Carver, it's her passion. "I fell in love with this business," said Carver, who works at Evergreen Fountains Senior Living Community as a medication tech. "These people are wonderful." Carver's dedication, compassion and sense of humor recently earned her the 2013 Washington Health Care Association's (WHCA) Chapter 10 Caregiver of the Year Award. Carver received the award — which included a trophy, certificate and $500 cash — in mid-December at a dinner held at the Davenport Hotel. "People here love her," said Donna Kembel, Evergreen Fountains director of nursing. "The residents tell me about Arlene and how they feel like it's one of their family taking care of them." Kembel nominated Carver for the award, saying her extensive knowledge and experience in the business as well as her kindness and deep faith set her apart. "I feel every person that meets her gets touched by God," Kembel said. "It is unusual and rare in this day and age." Last year was the first time WHCA gave out this award. "It is a new program to honor those who care for some of our most vulnerable," WHCA’s senior director of member services, Brenda Orffer, said by email. WHCA received more than 25 nominations from the Chapter 10 region, which includes Spokane, Pullman and Colville. "Arlene Carver stood out because her nomination included the fact that almost every thank you card received by her community specifically mentions her name," Orffer said. "They also talked about the creative ways Arlene works with residents.” Orffer recounted an example of Carver reading to a woman who loves books but went blind. "(She) exerts every possible ounce of energy into her work to make the lives of those she cares for the best it can be," Orffer said. Kembel also related a recent example of Carver's compassion as a resident's health was failing. Carver would go in at night to sit and hold her hand. "She would pray for her," Kembel said. "Arlene is one of the few here that will take


Above: Arlene Carver accepts the award for Caregiver of the Year at a December presentation at the Davenport Hotel. At right: Carver takes time to visit with Evergreen Fountains resident Eileen Fisher. SPLASH PHOTO BY VALERIE PUTNAM

the time. It's like this is her family, and that's rare, too. People can say that, but Arlene lives it." For Carver, watching a resident's health fail is the greatest challenge. "They're like family," Carver said. "When something happens, you go through the pain of losing someone." Through each challenge and heartache, Carver keeps a positive outlook on life. She looks for opportunities to inject humor in each situation, whether helping new residents adjust to their surroundings

or brightening a resident's day. "Just to be able to give them a little smile or a little happiness is worthwhile because some of the residents don't have family," Carver said. "A lot of them have lost their spouses and given up their homes." Kembel remembers Carver applying her sense of humor to lift the spirits of a resident restricted to a feeding tube. "She would take his tube feeding up on a silver tray and say, 'We're having chicken Cordon Bleu tonight' — and he would laugh," Kembel said.

As a medication tech, Carver administers medicine at different times during her shift. She also provides general care to residents. "We help people do the things they can't do themselves, and encourage them to do the things that they can to keep their independence," Carver said. Carver got into the health care business in 2005. At the time her mother's health was failing, and she wanted to learn how to care for her. "I was just hoping if she lived a long time and needed my care, I would know how to do it," Carver said. After passing a six-week course for health care professionals, Carver passed the Washington State competency exam to be Nursing Assistant - Certified (NAC). Carver took care of her mother in the mornings and worked at Windriver House, an assisted care facility located in North Spokane, in the afternoons. "It worked out great," said Carver, whose mother passed away in 2007. "She was able to stay home until the last." In 2009, Carver learned about Evergreen Fountains from a former co-worker who was working at the facility. "She said, 'Arlene this is a fantastic place,'" Carver said. "Come check it out. So I did and got hired the same day that I came." Though Carver was honored to win the caregiver award for helping others, she has found something in her work she considers much greater. "It's fun helping people," Carver said. "But in a sense, they're helping me. I don't have my parents anymore, but I have all these other family members."

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Thriller probes relationships, effects of the past

By Daniel Pringle


A.S.A. Harrison’s “The Silent Wife” is a psychological thriller with the emphasis on psychological. Therapist Jodi sees clients in the well-appointed Chicago apartment overlooking Lake Michigan she lives in with husband Todd. Todd is a self-made man who worked his way up from renovating one deteriorating apartment building to success buying and redeveloping properties across the city. Although by all outward appearances they share a settled and stable, even enviable, life, Todd has been serially unfaithful and is pursuing a new life with his pregnant mistress, while Jodi’s quiet routine covers a past she is unwilling to confront. These circumstances combine to collapse their marriage, which is made more fraught for Jodi when it is revealed that they were never legally married to begin with, and that Todd has control of their finances and no legal obligation to her. The situation plays out in alternating chapters from Todd and Jodi’s points of view, relying heavily on psychological examination of their childhoods—Todd’s abusive, alcoholic father and Jodi’s unnamed trauma, explored in dialogues with her psychiatrist—culminating in Todd sabotaging his new relationship as Jodi plots a violent last resort. Those looking for a break from February’s gray chill won’t find it in Harrison’s descriptions of the sludge-colored lake, stormy sky and emotional decay. They will find a compelling and complicated look at how a marriage can fail, how we cannot escape our past, and what one might contemplate just to preserve a fragile selfconception. With the slow build of ratcheting tension, Harrison’s novel disquietingly captivates the reader. Daniel Pringle is adult services and reference librarian at the Liberty Lake Municipal Library.


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Retired trustee sheds light on position By Tammy Kimberley SPLASH STAFF WRITER

After seven years of service, Mary Ellen Steen retired from the Liberty Lake Municipal Library Board of Trustees. The 17-year Liberty Lake resident said she found her time on the Board “not only important and challenging, but exciting and satisfying” since the library is constantly evolving to embrace new ideas and technology. The Splash recently caught up with Steen to ask about her time on the Board as well as her perspective on the future of the library.

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Is there an accomplishment that you are most proud of during your time on the Board?

Putting together a proposed library budget during the financial recession year of 2010 (2011 budget) was a real challenge. Potential cuts to the proposed budget would have decimated the number of hours and services to the degree that the Board felt the very existence of the library was in jeopardy. It took significant time, effort and imagination on the part of the Board, working together with our library director, community members and the City Council, to reach


2 0 1 3 Check out this list of most checked-out titles at Liberty Lake Municipal Library last year.

Picture Books

“If You Give a Cat a Cupcake” (46) “Marley & Me” (41) “Dora and the Unicorn King” (36)


“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” (35) “Charlotte’s Web” (29) “How To Train Your Dragon” (28)

Young Adult

“Catching Fire” (33) “The Hunger Games” (28) “Mockingjay”

Adult Fiction

“NYPD Red” (39) “Gone Girl” (35) “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?”(30)

a compromised budget that allowed the library to weather the worst of the recession and move forward. Q: What might patrons be surprised about that happens behind the scenes in order to offer a wide array of library services to the community? A: The degree of innovation and STEEN self-generated programs is amazing. Instead of purchasing expensive products, staff members work to see how it can be developed in-house. Examples put into use include the self-checkout station, the news monitors with information, the procedure for processing books and the interactive iPads in the children’s section. Q: What do you appreciate most about the library services offered in our community? A: I appreciate the diversity of the services offered by a truly awesome staff. Every Board meeting, a new service was outlined. Computer training, anyone? Want to learn how to knit? Children’s imaginative activities? We’ve got you covered. Ordering a hard-to-find book, whether it’s audio, hard-bound or on your device? No problem. Q: What do you feel are the greatest challenges the library faces for the future? A: The biggest challenge will be to grow fast enough to keep up. As our city grows in size, so must our library to provide the hours, services and programs needed to support our citizens and to serve as a center of community. Q: Even though you’ve retired as a board member, do you plan to stay involved with the library? A: Absolutely. There is talk about a community planning committee that would meet a couple of times to discuss longterm library goals. I might volunteer for that. Then there are the support organizations —the Friends of the Library and the Library Foundation —(that are) also possibilities. And I’m sure I’ll be talking to my former fellow board members to let them know what this “woman on the street” thinks of how the library is doing.

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Education Briefs Colleges recognize students The following Liberty Lake residents were recently recognized by colleges for their Fall 2013 academic performance. Information was provided via press releases submitted from schools. Beloit College (Beloit, Wis.) Dean’s List (3.4+ GPA) Maya Furukawa

Eastern Washington University Dean’s List (3.5+ GPA)

Max Barham, Kelsey Baycroft, Joel Christensen, Ryan Conley, Garrett Hendrick, Sarah Herner, Madison Hilpert, Emily Hollenbeck, Ryan Hotchkiss, Anne Johnson, Victoria Leichner, Brittany Lorenzen, Alexis Marlatt, Jordan Marlatt, Ryan McCauley, Maria Mccauley, Karen Mcdermott, Iliya Mikheyev, Alise Olson, Shelby Pace, Nathan Paul, Abby Pedersen, Krista Petersen, Oleg Polishchuk, Hannah Robb, Kendra Sherrill, Austin Simpson, Christopher Sturm, Connor Szott, Ashtyn Turnbow, Nicholas Valentine, Ashley Wiggs

Michigan Technological University (Houghton, Mich.) Dean’s List (3.5+ GPA) Emma Zellmer

Montana State University Dean’s Honor Roll (3.5+ GPA) Paige Wanner

Ridgewater College (Willmar, Minn.) Dean’s List (3.5+ GPA) Marc Garnsey

Spokane Community College Honor roll (3.0+ GPA)

Robert Allen, Allen Baker, Max Barham, Eric Bell, Amy Berg, Jenna Bryant , Jeffrey Christenot, Danielle Cosper, Jeannine Crump, Brooklyn Cushman, Whitney Cushman, Jacqulyn Fletcher, Brian Forstrom, Kelcie Gardner, Jay Jensen, Faith Johnson, Mallory Jones, Matthew Kienbaum, Karis Lake, Ariel Malakowsky, Marissa Lindman, Katherine Medina, Catherine Monsey, Tiffanie Morozin, Sheena Moya, Stephanie Ofarrell, Allie Oleynik, Randy Paul, Kayla Peterson, Kevin Ruiz, Makayla Schild, Robbie Shirley, Ashley Stewart, Casey Strauss, Austin Taylor, Sarah Vogel, Sheree Webb, Stephanie Welzig, Vanessa Wesley, Kenneth Yergen, Curtis Zolman

Spokane Falls Community College Honor roll (3.0+ GPA)

Bryan Aguilar, Brianna Beckwith, Nathan Brown, Shawn Buck, Trevor Cook, Chris Dixon, Stephen Ertel, Alyssa Garro, Ronda Gimlen,Fay Hulihan, Aaron Kennedy, Natoine Lively Ii,Brittni Ludington, Alexandria Mc Laughlin, Zelpha Miller, Jessica Neihoff, Jordyn Sandford, Micah Seale, Kendyl Spencer, Rosharon Swank, Alex Sweeney, Cody Tibesar, Brooke Wayman, Shayla Williams

Eldon Jay Barr Eldon Jay Barr passed away at 8:15 a.m. on Dec. 22, 2013. He was born Feb. 7, 1967, at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane to Charles and Nancy Barr. He lived in the Spokane area for his entire life. Eldon graduated as the valedictorian of East Valley High School in 1985. Following high school, he attended Eastern Washington University and graduated summa cum laude, earning his mechanical engineering degree. Eldon began his engineering career at the Boeing plant in Spokane after college. He left Boeing before it became Triumph and began working at Spraycool, a tech startup focused on isothermal systems research that was later purchased by Parker Aerospace. Eldon was an avid basketball player and fan. His favorite team was the Seattle Supersonics. He did not like Starbucks coffee. His engineering career led to a love for all things automobile. He taught himself to play the drums at a young age. Eldon was also a devout and loving Christian. Eldon’s penchant for fixing literally anything and everything that was broken made him a great husband and amazing father. He loved and supported his wife and children, even while fighting the malignant anaplastic astrocytoma that finally took him. Eldon is survived by his wife of 19 years, Molley Thomas Barr; stepson, Patrick; son, Elliot; son, Ethan; daughter, Phoebe; mother, Nancy; brother, Curtis; sister, Karen; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Services were held at the end of December with arrangements by Catholic Funeral & Cemetery Services of Spokane.

Elizabeth “Betty” Cavanagh

Washington State University President’s Honor Roll (3.5+ GPA)

Brendan Allen Bowman, Delaney Nora Dorsey, Samuel Fosberg, Emily Erin Hisel, Cj Marie James, Mica K Kondryszyn, James Edward Pappas, Homa Shaarbaf, Breanne Jackee Stachofsky, Spencer Kyle Stephenson, Jordan Michelle Stocker, Hayley Rose Windhorn

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Mom entered into heaven on Dec. 21, 2013, and now joins her beloved husband, Charlie, and daughter, Colleen. Betty was born in Randolph, Mass., on July 26, 1926, to Carroll and Alice Bump. She met and married Charlie at the age of 16. They raised their son, Charles Russell Cavanagh IV, and lived on the east coast for 13 years before moving to Spokane in 1951, where Dad served as chief of surgery at Fairchild Air Force Base during the Korean War and met Dr. Ed Schnug. After a brief period of time back east after his service, Dad and Mom moved back to Spokane in 1956, where Dad joined Ed to form a medical practice that still exists today. Mom was a volunteer with the St. Ann’s Children Society, but her greatest joy was the raising of seven children: Charles Russell Cavanagh IV (Karen McDermott), Elizabeth Pellanda (Manning), Kathleen Cavanagh (Van Schilling), Robert Cavanagh (Sharon), Joseph Cavanagh (Gloria),

Colleen Cavanagh (d) and Susan Mattox (Rob). She also enjoyed eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Mom loved her weekly hair appointments and Saturday night dancing with close friends John and Arlene Hale. Mom was also an avid shopper. Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. 30 with arrangements by Hennessey Funeral Homes.

Wayne Kamps Wayne Kamps was born Sept. 3, 1941, in Spokane and passed at Hospice House on Jan. 10, 2014. He was raised in Post Falls, Idaho and graduated from Post Falls High School in 1959.  He took his gift of gab and his love of people to his first job in grocery retailing at Farvers Market at the age of 14. He courted and married Myrna L. Soles of Spokane in 1961, and they were blessed with a daughter, Nona Rae.  The young family moved to Spokane, where Wayne went to work for Albertsons and later with the Round Up company in the Spokane Valley.   In 1990, he met and later married Wanda, the current love of his life. In 1992, heart disease changed Wayne's direction and energies to retirement and hobbies — for about three weeks! Wayne then turned to his love of organizing, using his family as his "testing ground." However, his family failed to cooperate and outside interests were actively pursued.  Finally in 2006 he found his "playground" in retirement, becoming the "captain" of Country Vista Carwash in Liberty Lake. The owner, Roger Dreckman, was allowed to be his "lieutenant." This became an amazing opportunity for Wayne to meet the rest of Eastern Washington whom had not yet crossed his path! Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Kamps and Martha Laakonen-Kamps; his sister, Judy; wife, Myrna Soles-Kamps; his second wife, Carolyn Bennett-Kamps; and his four-legged companions, Odie-Joe and Tootsie-Lou. Wayne is survived by his wife of 23 years, Wanda Koch-Kamps; daughter, Nona and husband Terry Eirls; brother, Lonnie and sister-in-law Myra Kamps; sister, Kathy Kamps and partner Albert Suttman;  step-daughter, Kellie Anderson and partner  Jim Curry; step-son, Jason Rine and partner Niccole Bove; as well as numerous grandchildren,   great-grandchildren,  nieces and nephews.   A service was held in mid-January with arrangements by English Funeral Chapel of Post Falls.

Dennis K. Waltermire Dennis K. Waltermire, 70, longtime Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake resident, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 25, 2013. Denny was born Aug. 9, 1943, to Winston and Lorraine (Daily) Waltermire of Terre Haute, Ind., the second of six children. Denny enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane. He was later stationed in Japan while serving in the Vietnam War. Denny received his associate’s degree from Northwood University in West Baden, Ind. He began his career in the auto industry at Dishman Dodge, where he spent 30 years rising to the position of dealer principal. He has four adult children, Dee Dee, Mark, Matt and Denielle, with his first wife, Marlene Hollenback. Later, Denny started Hallmark Hyundai, which he operated successfully for 15 years. Most recently, he owned Hallmark Suzuki and On Sept. 25, 1999, Denny married Sally Rasmusson, and they have one daughter, Taylor. He was an amazing father to his five children. He loved being a grandfather and spending time with his six grandchildren. He was very proud of each of them. Denny was a successful businessman and was a member of the Spokane New Car Dealers Association and served as president for many years. He also served many years as president for the Western Region Dodge Advertising board. He was a member of the Western Region Dealer Council for Dodge, Western Region Dealer Council for Hyundai, National Dealer Council for Hyundai, Western Region Hyundai Advertising Association, and participated in numerous “20 Group” organizations. Denny contributed to the community through his involvement as president of Spokane Valley Sunrise Rotary, as a member of the Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce, Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce, and Valley Hospital Foundation board. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge and was a Mason. Denny was a sports enthusiast both as a participant and a spectator. He loved to play softball and was proud to be one of the first inductees into the Spokane Metro Softball Hall of Fame. Denny was an avid golfer and played on many courses, with Hawaii being some of his favorites during the winter months. Denny was a member of the Meadowwood Men’s Club, Manito Country Club and Big Island Country Club. Denny spent many years bowling in the men’s league at Players and Spectators. He loved to play cards both locally and in Las Vegas and Reno. He recently joined a horseshoe

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Caudill hired as pastor at Liberty Lake Church By Valerie Putnam

outreach-oriented ministry projects and missions. "I'm looking forward to serving our When Anton “Ras” Rasmussen calls his new pastor a “young Ray Ruef,” it’s a high community as part of a church famcompliment. Rasmussen, a former elder ily committed to making a difference at at Liberty Lake Church who served for 50 home and abroad," he said. years, helped bring Caudill has a master’s in theological Ruef to the church studies from Liberty Seminary, a bachhalf a century ago. elor’s in reformed theology from TrinThe past Novem- ity College of the Bible and a ministerial ber, he watched as studies degree from Berean University. Pastor Ryan Caudill He is ordained by the Evangelical Free took the helm at the Church of America. pulpit once filled by Liberty Lake Church had been searchRuef. Caudill was ing for a lead pastor since 2012, when selected from about Pastor Dave Butler vacated the position. CAUDILL 100 applicants for the Ron Miller filled in as an interim pastor job, Rasmussen said. since November 2012. “Ray was our pastor for 30 years; he “(Caudill) is going to be a positive pasburied my parents and my brother, mar- tor, and he’s going to be taking care to ried all four of my kids,” Rasmussen said. speak the truthful word of the Lord,” Ras“He was — still is — a real pastor, a shep- mussen said. “… He’s fun-loving but raherd to the flock. … Ryan reminds me of tional, passionate and realistic. He loves a young Ray Ruef.” Jesus.” Caudill and his wife, Katie, came to LibRasmussen said Caudill has been inerty Lake Church from Elk Grove, Calif. vesting in his new community, showing The couple has worked for more than 13 confidence and dedication in his new years in various ministry settings throughpost. out central and northern California. “If we treat him right, he’ll be around Caudill has spent time as an interim lead for 30 years like Ray,” Rasmussen said. pastor, senior pastor, associate pastor of discipleship and youth pastor. In addition, Jocelyn Stott contributed to the reporting he has spearheaded several extracurricular of this article. SPLASH CONTRIBUTOR

Community Briefs Library Friends group welcomes volunteers The Friends of the Liberty Lake Municipal Library are looking for community members interested in supporting the efforts of the library. They are in particular need of volunteers for their annual Spring Tea to be held April 26. The theme will be “Heart of our Community” and have a vintage feel. Funds brought in from the tea and other Friends events help support the children’s summer reading program, which had over 800 participants last year. For more information on becoming involved, contact Dianne Murray at

LL Relay for Life seeking committee chair, teams Are you outgoing and enjoy working with people? If so, the Liberty Lake Relay for Life planning committee has openings for the Team Recruitment Chair. Meeting only once a month, the next committee meeting is 6 p.m. Feb. 10. Contact jenni- for more information. Also, community members are invited to attend the Relay for Life kick-off party 5:30 p.m. March 18 at Liberty Lake Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway. In addition to learning more about putting together a team for the event on July 18-19, there will be games, activities and snacks. For more information, go to

Theater in need of materials Liberty Lake Community Theatre is looking for an individual interested in community theatre to serve on their board. If you would like to make a difference in this way, email  The theater is also in need of an industrial vacuum, paint, lumber, LED holiday lights, extension cords, furniture, cleaning supplies and material or costume pieces. Visit for more information.

Plunge returns to Liberty Lake, raises funds for Special Olympics By Valerie Putnam


The shock of jumping into the icy cold waters of Liberty Lake 25 times in a weekend doesn’t match the pleasure Liberty Lake Police Chief Brian Asmus gets supporting the area’s Special Olympics athletes during the Super Plunge and Polar Plunge events. “When you think about what Special Olympics athletes go through their entire life, what we do is nothing compared to what they’ve been through,” Asmus said. “To watch them compete and succeed at something and get the medal is really moving.” Asmus plans to compete in his sixth Polar Plunge “Freezin’ for a Reason” fundraising event this Feb. 21 and 22. Raising money for the Special Olympics of Washington, all the activities take place in Liberty Lake Regional Park. “It’s a fun thing to do, believe it or not,” Asmus said of the Polar Plunge. “The anticipation is worse than the event itself.” Freezin’ for a Reason begins at dawn on Friday with the Super Plunge. Tailor made for the extreme plunger, Super Plunge participants make 24 plunges from dusk to dawn -- about once every 30 minutes. Warming tents provide participants a haven where they can thaw out between plunges. “It sounds a lot worse than what it really is,” Asmus said of the Super Plunge. “Jump in frozen water 24 times with 19 people, you get to know each other pretty well.” Asmus anticipates more than 300 participants during Saturday’s Polar Plunge. Whether as team or individual entries, participants are ranked and ordered by amount of money raised. The top fundraisers are allowed to brave the waters first. Asmus is captain of the “Cop-Cicles,” who by bringing in $11,000 was last year’s top fundraising team to correspond with the first time the event was held at Liberty Lake. This year, Asmus stated there is a lot of friendly competition going on among teams from last year, each vying to be No. 1. “It’s good,” Asmus said of the competition motivating teams to raise more money. “I am confident we will be the top fundraiser again this year.” To ensure safety for the plungers, The Spokane County Sheriff ’s Office dive team is on hand to offer support. “They go into the water before we go in,” Asmus said. “They make sure everybody is OK. It is well monitored.”

‘FREEZIN FOR A REASON’ What: Special Olympics Washington Polar Plunge, featuring several dives into the water as well as a costume contest, bingo, prize giveaways and more

When: Super Plunge (24 dives in one day) is from 7 a.m. to dusk on Friday, Feb. 21; Polar Plunge registration begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 with plunge at noon Where: Liberty Lake Regional Park To participate: Super Plunge participants must raise a minimum of $650; Polar Plunge participants must raise a minimum of $50 to plunge and receive a t-shirt and lunch. Register and learn more at Volunteers needed: Can you assist with parking, help with registration or monitor the VIP area during the Saturday event? If interested, call Liberty Lake Police Chief Brian Asmus at 755-1141. If plunging into an icy cold lake isn’t appealing, participants can raise money by staying warm and dry in the comfort of the “Chicken Coop.” Coop participants are eligible to win prizes while cheering on the brave plungers. Besides the plunge, there are familyoriented activities planned such as a bingo tent, costume contest and prize giveaways. Giveaways include gift baskets, gift cards and certificates for a Total Wine and More wine-tasting event. The top fundraiser wins round-trip tickets for two to anywhere Southwest Airlines flies. Details are currently being ironed out for more shuttle service to and from the event. Asmus said last year’s event drew a larger turnout than anticipated, making it hard for the shuttle system in place to accommodate the crowds. Polar Plunge events are organized by law enforcement agencies around Washington state to benefit Special Olympics of Washington. “The relationship between the Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement has been very positive,” Asmus said. “This is just one of many events that we do throughout the year to help raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics athletes.”

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Shutterbug Snapshots

Above and below: Lisa Windhorn was inspired to grab her camera and take some shots of the frozen fog by the elementary school on Christmas morning.

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Above: Dave Scoville captured the colorful sky over the ice from Mackenzie Bay on a December evening.


Kimberly Jones and her daughter Madison LaCross took the Splash to Tokyo over New Year’s. They also visited Narita, Japan.

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At right: Jared Smith took a shot of the peaceful lake on Christmas morning.

Rich Semler photographed a recent sunset looking west on the 15th fairway of Meadowood Golf Course.

Michael Hassett took a photo of an eagle having a snack at Wolf Lodge Bay in Idaho at the end of December. He also spotted the coyote at right while mountain biking on the trails behind Legacy Ridge in January.


Vivint sponsored a feed for Blessings Under the Bridge on Jan. 22 where employees served the less fortunate in our area. The Liberty Lake company also donated $1,000 to the non-profit.

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Rebecca Usai of John L. Scott Real Estate in Liberty Lake recently presented keys to Jessica Kovac, founder of Blessings Under the Bridge for the non-profit organization’s new 8,000-sq.-ft. space in Spokane Valley.


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In Biz Pulli appointed to Itron board Michael Pulli, chief executive officer of Pace PLC, joined the board of directors of Liberty Lake-based Itron, effective Jan. 1. Pulli brings nearly 15 years of executive leadership, international business experience and strategy development to the position. “Mike Pulli will bring tremendous experience and insights to Itron’s board," said Jon Eliassen, chairPULLI man of Itron’s board of directors. "We look forward to benefiting from his longstanding leadership in the broadband industry and his wealth of knowledge in delivering advanced technologies and services.” Pulli joined Pace in 2004. He was appointed CEO in December 2011 after nearly eight years as president of Pace Americas. Prior to joining Pace, Pulli was CEO of broadcasting company Digital Latin America and previously spent eight years at Motorola in various senior management positions, including vice president of international operations.

Slawter opens insurance office A branch of American Family Insurance opened in recently in the Albertson plaza, 1314 N. Liberty Lake Road. Vince Slawter is the agent at the location. For more information, contact the office at 255-5757.

Principal on Parade contest seeking entries STCU and Friendly Sons of St. Patrick are holding a Principal on Parade contest to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The organizations are soliciting entries for elementary school principals. The contest winner will ride on a float with his or her school principal in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 15 in Spokane. Friendly Sons of St. Patrick will also give the winner’s school a $1,000 prize. Entry forms are available on the STCU website and can be mailed to Principal Contest, Kids Newspaper, P.O. Box 8293, Spokane, WA 99203. All entries are due Feb. 14, with the winner announced in March. In Biz features Liberty Lake-connected business items. Contact The Splash with business news at

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Church selling Stepping Stone to LL couple Transaction expected to finalize early this month

Josh and Jennifer Goodley are in the process of purchasing the Stepping Stone early childhood education and childcare facility.

By Valerie Putnam


Never in his wildest dreams did new Liberty Lake resident Josh Goodley think he would be in the process of purchasing a school. "Everything happens for a reason," Goodley said laughing. "It's truly amazing." Goodley and his wife, Jennifer, who moved to Liberty Lake in July from Seattle, made an offer on Stepping Stone, a Christian early childhood education and childcare facility, this past fall. The sale is pending, though the Goodleys expect it will be finalized by early February. Stepping Stone is currently owned and operated by Liberty Lake Church, which will close a chapter of offering weekday childcare and preschool that lasted more than 30 years. The birth of Goodley's newest family member, Jacob, began a series of events leading to the offer for the school. Jacob was born in August.   "My wife and I decided it would be nice if I'd stay home more often," said Goodley, who is currently a traveling medical sales professional. "In order to do that, I had to find something to do that didn't take me out of town." The couple were actively researching other business opportunities in Liberty Lake and Spokane Valley.  They considered several options, including buying a restaurant franchise or opening a sleep lab to test for sleep apnea. "We did consider a lot of different industries," Goodley said. "But when it came down to it, we would ask ourselves is that really what we want to do." They had toured Stepping Stone as a childcare facility for their two children and fell in love with the facility and program.   "Honestly, Stepping Stone is the best program I've seen in Spokane," Goodley said,


who looked at several other programs in add extracurricular programs. the area. "They have a strong academic pro "We are going to keep it the way it is," gram." Goodley said of Stepping Stone. "The proThe couple also liked the fact the facil- gram is amazing." ity is “purpose built,” The Goodleys meaning it was built said they will have specifically to be a ABOUT STEPPING STONE a hands-on role in childcare center, an the day-to-day opStepping Stone is located at 23306 attribute Goodley eration, interacting E. Mission Ave. It serves children from said makes it safer closely with the parinfants to fifth grade and offers a full-day for the children. ents and the chil"When we found private kindergarten. dren.  out the school was Stepping Stone is one of only three facili"It's important for sale, we said to ties in the area that is National Associaparents know and ourselves, ‘wow,’" tion for the Education of Young Children trust who's there," Goodley said. "To (NAEYC) accredited. There are 10 Goodley said. be an integral part of program standards with specific criteria our children's early This spring, he that a facility must meet to receive the development — that hopes to introduce accreditation, including advancement was appealing to us.  “Tennis Kids” for Everything from of children’s learning and development the children.  The that point on was through relationships, curriculum, teachprogram teaches how we were going ing, child’s progress and health. children ages 3 and to do it logistically." up to play tennis on Though there was a smaller court. He an offer pending on plans to offer it to Stepping Stone families the school, the couple decided to put in a as part of a pilot program and, if successful, back-up offer on the 9,964-square-foot fawill eventually offer the program to other cility for $850,000. The original offer fell area schools. through the following day. Other extracurricular activities the couUpon assuming ownership, the Goodleys ple is considering introducing into the proplan to operate the program as it’s currently See SELLING, page 30 being managed but eventually would like to

Stott hired as marketing director for Splash and Current FROM STAFF REPORTS

Jocelyn Stott joined the Liberty Lakebased Peridot Publishing team last month as marketing director. Her role is to work with businesses partnering with The Splash, The Current or their affiliated publications to help maximize the impact of their advertising. She has more than 20 years of experience as a journalist, photographer and public relations and marketing specialist, primarily in the Inland Northwest. “Jocelyn is a versatile and creative talent with a proven track record of building quality relationships,” Editor and Publisher Josh Johnson said. “I expect that The Splash and

The Current — and our advertisers by extension — will benefit greatly from her expertise.” A graduate of Michigan State University, Stott most recently worked as a communications consultant STOTT for Community Colleges of Spokane and in a freelance capacity helping a number of local businesses and organizations, including as a freelance contributor for The Splash

and The Current. Stott moonlights as a therapeutic riding instructor. “While so many other media sources seem to move further away from the pulse of our communities, I’ve always appreciated the local stories and advertising found in The Splash and The Current,” Stott said. “Not only are we blessed to live in the natural beauty of the Coeur d’Alene-Spokane region, we also have amazing neighbors. It’s so inspiring to hear their stories. I look forward to collaborating with people to promote and prosper the businesses that make our area great.” Stott can be reached at or 999-4567.


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Filling the February sports void

By Chad Kimberley SPLASH COLUMN

As a college and professional sports fan, I have never been a big fan of the month of February. While we do get to kick off the month with the Super Bowl, after that what do we have to look forward to? March Madness is around the corner, but the second regular season matchup between my Iowa Hawkeyes and Purdue Boilermakers doesn’t do much for me. I do love the words “pitchers and catchers report,” but at the same time the games don’t matter till April (and if you are a Cubs fan usually quit mattering about April 15). The NBA is … well, the NBA. I guess this year we get the Winter Olympics, but honestly other than hockey, I don’t enjoy the winter sports as much, and I would still rather watch the movie “Miracle” over a live Olympic hockey game. Even going outside is a bit of a tease, as it feels warmer but still not warm enough to pull out the 9-iron, jog across town (I hate jogging in layers) or have a volley with a friend. So, what is a sports fan to do? I am glad you asked. As a sports fan nearing his fourth decade of fanaticism, I have come up with a few solutions that I am personally planning to implement this month to see if it helps fill the void I experience each February. • Jump on a high school bandwagon. February is a pretty busy month for high school athletes as their push for state tour-

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There’s a good reason Central Valley’s girls basketball team is in the thick of things in Greater Spokane League basketball – the inside presence of junior Madison Hovren and senior Mariah Cunningham. Combined, the posts were averaging nearly 35.5 points per game for the Bears through 12 games. They are part of a taut three-way battle for seeding into the district tournament beginning Feb. 15. CV is a good bet to be 12-4 overall, 11-3 in league heading into its Feb. 4 showdown at Lewis and Clark with a season-ending game against Mead on Feb. 17. The Tigers and Panthers and Bears (oh, my) shared second place in the GSL behind league unbeaten Gonzaga Prep following Jan. 21 games. Hovren leads the league in scoring, averaging 23.1 points per game through 12 games with Cunningham at 12.4. The pair combined for 41 points in a narrow loss to the Bullpups, and they had 64 points more in two non-league contests. A year ago the Bears finished 10-11, losing a tiebreaker for the final district berth.

Boys remain atop GSL Central Valley suffered its first league loss in January, but still remained in first place as the basketball season headed into the home stretch. The Bears and Gonzaga Prep continued their spirited rivalry over the past few years, with the Bullpups evening the season series with the win at CV. Do-everything Adam Chamberlain has been an offensive constant, third in league in scoring at 15 points per game. But even though no other Bear is averaging in double figures, there have been plenty of points to spread around. Beau Byus, AJ Knudsen, Justin Fayant,

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nament appearances gets under way. It may not be the high stakes of March Madness, but seeing young men and women lay it out on the basketball court or wrestling and gymnastics mats for a chance to represent their high school and help them become the “best in the state” is worth your time and attention. The cost is low, the fun is high and the atmosphere can get electric. In fact, if you are looking for a bandwagon to jump on, feel free to join my Freeman Scotties girls basketball team as we make our postseason push (I coach at Freeman), or I am sure the Central Valley Bears would be happy to have you along for their ride. • Play a full season of Madden. I know this might be a bit juvenile for some of the readers out there, but I would love to relive some of my favorite childhood … and teenage … and college dorm room moments by knocking out a full season of Madden over the course of the month. I remember as a teen dominating a Super Tecmo Bowl season while pushing Christian Okoye to a 1,500 yard rushing AND receiving season (I am a Bears fan, but that team was so bad I couldn’t even play them on Tecmo). As an effort to right old wrongs, I will loyally return to my Bear fandom and knock off a full 16 games plus postseason run of Madden before the calendar turns to March. • Commit to 28 days of exercise. Why is February such a short month? I mean seriously, I have no idea. I could do my due diligence and investigate this matter like a real journalist, but I am a columnist and to that matter a sports columnist, so I am going to go with my own invented theory. February has 28 days (and yes the occasional 29) for the simple reason of making the sports void-less month of February a little bit more manageable. And one way to manage the month is to focus on getting yourself physically ready for all the sports that come with the spring and summer months. So get into the gym. Get on the treadmill. Swim a few laps. Play some “Just Dance” with your kids. Bust out the P90X box that is collecting dust on the bookcase. Regardless of what you do, make a point to do it every day for the month of February and you fill the void and become more of an athlete versus just watching athletes come March.


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Austin Daines and Cameron Tucker have all had double-digit capabilities. CV has a one-game lead over Prep and Ferris, who the Bears face on the road Feb. 6. Postseason begins in mid-February.

Bone of Contention The score was tied 21-21 with three matches remaining, and the Battle of the Bone outcome still in doubt as CV sought a first place tie in Greater Spokane League wrestling. Then lightning struck. Rival University reeled off three successive pins, bringing the house down with a stunning and surprising victory. The Titans, supposedly rebuilding, won 39-21 and ended a perfect 9-0 league championship season. CV shared second at 7-2. The two schools go their merry ways during postseason. The Bears are at Lewis and Clark Feb. 8 for the District 4A tournament, will be in Pasco the next weekend for regionals and complete the season Feb. 21-22 at the Mat Classic in Tacoma. CV can focus on a state return, where it finished fourth last year. Returning are state champions Colton Orrino and Blake Beard. Bryson Beard finished third in state. Other state veterans are David Shepard and Carson Graham.

Gymnastics update Things were close in Greater Spokane League gymnastics this year. How close? Nine points separated the top four teams when they met at the end of the regular season. The Bears scored 167.025 to finish behind Mead (172.8), Mt. Spokane (171.1) and ahead of University (163.325). McKinzie Carter finished third allaround, second on balance beam and third on vault. Issabella Erdem tied for third during floor exercise. It was the fourth time Central Valley scored more than 160 points, with a season-high 167.5.

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SPORTS Fun-loving Liberty Lake sisters Kasey, left, and Ashley Ames share a close relationship despite being four years apart and separated by 350 miles.

LL sisters both net soccer titles After Kasey Ames won a state crown at CV, Ashley Ames won a national title at Concordia By Mike Vlahovich


Lyrics from the ditty written by Irving Berlin for the Broadway musical “Annie Get Your Gun” assert that “Anything you can do I can do better. I can do anything better than you (no you can’t, yes I can).” Liberty Lake sisters Ashley and Kasey Ames took the prescient paean — written before women’s liberation and Title IX — to heart, although it’s hard to imagine things could be better in the Ames household. On Nov. 23, Kasey, a junior midfielder, was part of Central Valley High School’s unprecedented state 4A soccer championship. Two weeks later, Ashley, four years Kasey’s senior, did little sis one better. Ashley’s Concordia University in Portland, Ore., won the NAIA national soccer title. “To see the kids win the ultimate game, the pride comes from how happy they are,”

she’s in Portland,” Kasey said. “I looked up to her starting soccer because she was doing it. We play together, and she taught me a lot of what I know.” The feeling is mutual. Ashley said her sister could play anywhere after high school. “I’m trying to get her to come up to camp here,” she said during a call from Portland. “I want her to experience the team and sport.” She added that Kasey prefers hot weather and would likely play somewhere else. Ashley graduated from Gonzaga Prep, where her mother, Kara, attended. Her parents had moved back here when she was in sixth grade and Prep president, the late John Trainor, who had taught with Bill’s dad at University, pitched the school where her friends were attending. She was all-GSL. She said her club coach advised her to choose a college she’d enjoy attending even if she got hurt and couldn’t play anymore. It was Concordia. “I came in as a freshman and had some fair playing time,” she said. “I had to take a back seat behind older girls, and it made me work hard to become a prominent player on the team.” She started her sophomore season and scored a couple of goals for a team that reached the national finals. This season, the forward became more of an attacker and, al-

though a halftime starter, led the Cavaliers with 12 goals and added a trio of assists. Kasey, meanwhile, was making her own mark at CV, where her friends had headed. She was a scoring leader for the Bears as a sophomore, and during this year’s 17-1-1 record and 4A title, filled a roll in the middle and was a shootout penalty kicker. In the semifinals, she scored the next-tolast penalty kick on a shot that hit off the cross bar and fell into the net. She couldn’t participate in the title shootout because a hamstring tightened up and she couldn’t walk on it. “It was emotional,” said Kasey of the championship. “It’s unexplainable.” Bill shuttled between Portland, where Ashley was playing a tournament match, and to Kasey’s match in the Seattle area. He flew to Alabama for the NAIA final, sending back reports. Sports is a four-generation thing for the family. Comparing the girls’ style of play, Kasey said that Ashley is faster, but they share their physicality. Both sisters have another season, and it leaves you wondering what they can do for an encore. “We talk about the future,” Kasey answered. “There’s nothing we can do better except win again.”

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After Kasey Ames (pictured) celebrated a state championship playing for Central Valley High School in November, sister Ashley Ames won a national championship with Concordia University in Portland. said their dad, Bill Ames. “I got close in high school but couldn’t pull it off. For them to be able to do that, to be part of something like that, means an awful lot.” Just by being the elder by four years probably gave Ashley the right to woof. But any banter between the two was good-natured, as both got in their licks. “We have fun and joke about it all the time,” Ashley said. “I hold it (winning a national title) over her head, but we both went as far as we could go.” Countered Kasey, “Right after our game, I called and said we won the state championship. Of course, she had to one-up me. We were happy for each other.” Despite the age difference and fact they went to different high schools, the sisters have mutual respect, and Kasey said the two are close. “I usually go to her for advice, even when

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Is honesty always the best policy? By John Pederson


When I was young, I remember one of my favorite TV game shows was, “To Tell the Truth.” Three contestants would claim to be a certain person (e.g., John Doe), while only one had signed an affidavit to honestly answer questions posed by the celebrity panel. After the questioning, the panel and TV audience would watch as the real John Doe would stand, and it was obvious how difficult it was to choose which contestant was telling the truth. The point is, with a little knowledge and practice, a liar can be quite convincing. Our core values determine what we say and do, or what we don’t say and do. If asked to prioritize our values, most of us would put honesty right at the top. And most us would admit (if we were to be truthful) that there have been times where we may have not told the truth, because we determined that the situation warranted withholding it. In a business sense, it could be that certain information simply could not be disclosed, such as a pending personnel action or other information of a confidential nature. In a more personal vein, we might have justified telling a “white lie” in the interest of tact or politeness like foregoing a negative (but honest) opinion about someone else, such as their new outfit of clothes or hairstyle. Guys, you know what I’m saying here. Where we walk a potentially dangerous line is when we convince ourselves to tell a white lie to be tactful or polite in the interest of someone else, when in fact, we are really trying to avoid our own accountability. It seems that we have an inherent ability to rationalize our behavior, such that we convince ourselves that “stretching the truth” in our particular instance is justified. However, once we have sidestepped the truth, the

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situation often remains, such that we feel the need to continue the deception. For those people who command a spot in the public eye, it can become quite problematic. We see it in the news; not only is someone caught in a lie, but once they have tried to cover up the initial discretion, they subsequently found the need to try to “cover up the cover up.” When put on the spot and asked about a certain action on a certain day, they respond with, “I don’t recall.” That statement may or may not be true; however, with technology being what it is today, there will be an archive of emails, phone calls, social media, etc., that will remind them what they said or did. Presidents and companies have fallen into disgrace because of a basic disregard for the truth. Mark Twain said, “Always tell the truth. That way, you don’t have to remember what you said.” The daily decisions we make, in turn, make up the kind of people we are. Sure, there are bad people that do bad things, but most of us are good people, who occasionally do dumb things, and sometimes find ourselves in sticky situations. Being truthful can relieve some of the stickiness. People are generally willing to forgive “honest” mistakes. I believe that being honest is the foundation of ethical behavior, for without honesty, there can’t be integrity. Honesty is also an integral part of trust, which in turn is the basis of all relationships. A person who is perceived to be honest commands respect and enjoys a good reputation. Being genuine and being honest go hand in hand. Being honest at all times often requires courage and a willingness to do the right thing, no matter what. As religious leader, lawyer and politician James E. Faust said, “Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living and truth loving.” I encourage you to sign a mental affidavit with yourself that you will be truthful at all times (be careful with those white lies). Then, as you go about your personal and business activities, people can say, “There goes the real [insert your name here].” Honesty is the best policy. Always. John Pederson is owner and president of Ethics Talks LLC ( His presentations include being a continuing education provider for the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner and the Idaho Department of Insurance. He can be reached at He wrote this column as part of a series highlighting the PACE (Partners Advancing Character Education) trait of the month. The trait for February is honesty.

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Letter to the Editor Vandalism along unlit stretch a concern I am concerned about the lack of lighting along County Vista Drive. In darkness, the thugs go unnoticed, and they’ve been busy. After being gone for two days over Thanksgiving, I returned to find the fence that separates my back yard from the walking path along Country Vista had been vandalized. The evidence was both inside and outside the fence. It looked to me like a broken section of concrete chimney flue liner or other concrete flat pre-formed product had been thrown against the very brittle vinyl fence, breaking a couple of the uprights and dislodging a few more. I called the local police department and left a message about the incident. I also sent an email to property management asking them to arrange for repair.

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• Read a book … a sports book. What a novel concept. Get it, “novel.” OK, moving on. It is time to read a book. I mean, why not? The fourth hour of Olympic figure skating is not that riveting. Continuing to refresh does not lend to any new headlines. And honestly, it might just be a great time to model to the kids that reading still has some importance in our society. I am not suggesting you read “War and Peace,” but find a book about your favorite athlete or sports team and dig into the written word. The Washington State fan can read “Swing Your Sword” by Mike Leach or perhaps pick up “Shipwrecked: A People’s History of the Seattle Mariners” for

A couple of weeks later, I noticed my neighbor’s fence had many displaced uprights, but no left behind objects of destruction. Probably just kicked out this time. Then, returning from a few days away over Christmas, I take a walk around the block and discover purple spray paint “tag” type graffiti on the fence. Why my section of fence? Well, there are no houses directly across the road, just a large common area that backs up to Country Vista on the other side of the street, and it is very dark back there at night as there are no street lights on this section of road. Who are these people who find a need to destruct property? And from the looks of the spray paint job, whoever is doing this has had some practice. Do they live here, or just come to Liberty Lake to mess things up?

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the baseball fans. • Hibernate for a month. If the first few ideas don’t do it for you, maybe you can go the way of the Grizzly and choose to hibernate for the month of February. Imagine how much fun Super Bowl Sunday could be as you spend all day foraging through the food tables as you attempt to pack on 10 to 15 extra pounds so you can survive the next three to four weeks of sleep. The next thing you know, you wake up with some additional facial hair, the optimism that comes with springtime, and more tables full of snacks as you get ready for March Madness. Here’s to a void-less February. Remember, the madness is right around the corner. Chad Kimberley lives in Liberty Lake. He is a teacher at Valley Christian School and coaches girls basketball at Freeman High School.

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Statewide, there are nine Polar Plunge events held in Kennewick, Yakima, Seattle, Tacoma, Anacortes, Wenatchee, Redmond and Bellingham. The first Eastern Washington event was held in 2007 at Medical Lake. The event moved to Liberty Lake last year to increase participation. “We’re looking forward to a bigger, better year,” said Jennifer Suniga, Special Olympics Washington Director of Development. “The community partners are very supportive.” Asmus hopes this year’s event will raise $70,000. More than 200 plungers participated last year, raising over $50,000. “Last year was very successful,” Asmus said. “We’re hoping to build on that success this year.” The money raised at this and other fundraising events help fund year-round sports training and competition for the Spokane area’s 1,200 Special Olympic athletes. The donations cover the entire cost of training, uniforms, travel expenses and health screenings for all athletes. According to Asmus, it costs Special Olympics athletes an average of $650 per year to participate. “It’s a great group of people getting together for a good cause,” Asmus said of the Plunge. “It should be a good time.”

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league and his team won the annual River Fall Classic. Denny lived his life to the fullest. He easily connected with people and was everyone’s friend. He always loved a good joke. He was kind and generous and never let anyone else pay the dinner bill. He was a good listener and knew when to give sage advice. Denny attended Calvary Chapel Spokane Valley and we take comfort he is with his Lord. Denny is survived by his wife, Sally Waltermire and their daughter Taylor of Liberty Lake; his four adult children, Dee Dee (and Carl) Christian, Mark Waltermire, Matt (and Robyn) Waltermire, and Denielle (and Shane) Stuhlmiller, and their mother Marlene Hollenback, all of Spokane. Denny has six grandchildren, Kent, Cadee and Becca Christian; Sami Waltermire; Grayson Waltermire; and Dane Stuhlmiller. Denny is survived by his brothers, Rick Waltermire of St. Louis, Mo., and Gary and Gordy Waltermire of Terre Haute. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Kay Waltermire, and his brother, Ron Waltermire. Services were held Jan. 2 with arrangements by Hennessey Smith Funeral Home.

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CALENDAR Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary Club Noon Thursdays, Meadowwood Technology Campus Liberty Room, 2100 N. Molter Road.

E. Appleway Ave. This production is a hilarious, yet touching account of a grown man coming to terms with his age, his relationship with his son and his future. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and children ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and under. For show times, tickets and more: or 342-2055

Liberty Lake Lions Club Noon on the second


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and fourth Wednesdays of each month, Barlow’s Restaurant, 1400 N. Meadowwood Lane. For more: 869-7657

Liberty Lake Municipal Library 23123 E.

Mission Avenue. 4 p.m. Mondays, Lego club; 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, toddler/preschool story time; 10:15 a.m. Fridays, baby lapsit story time; 11 a.m. Friday, toddler/preschool story time and songs; 1 p.m. Fridays, story time and crafts for preschoolers; 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Knitting Club; 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, computer classes; 2 p.m. Saturdays, kids craft. For more: 232-2510 The library will be closed Feb. 6 for inventory and Feb. 17 for Presidents Day.

Liberty Lake Toastmasters 5:45 to 7 p.m.

Wednesdays, Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District building, 22510 E. Mission Ave. For more: 208-765-8657

Senior Lunch programs 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, Talon Hills Senior Complex, 24950 E. Hawkstone Loop. Seniors age 60 and older invited; recommended donation $3.50.

Liberty Lake Art Society Third Wednesday of the month, various times and locations. Create and explore new art avenues, as well as display, sell and network your art. No jurying board, no bylaws, no pressure. Work on projects to benefit Liberty Lake and surrounding communities. Dues are $10 per year, and you do not need to be a local resident to join. For more: 255-9600 Line Dancing 6 p.m. Saturdays, Lakeside

Church, 23129 E. Mission Ave. For experienced line dancers. For more: 210-9779

CIVIC & BUSINESS Feb. 14 | Women Executives of Liberty Lake (WELL) 12:45 to 2 p.m., Liberty Lake

Sewer and Water District, 22510 E. Mission Ave. Guest speaker John Pederson of Ethics Talks will speak about identifying important keys to creating and maintaining an ethical office. For more:

Feb. 21 | Business Connections Breakfast

first and third Thursdays of every month, Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. This supportive critique group welcomes adult writers. For more: 570-4440

6:30 to 8:30 a.m., Mirabeau Park Hotel & Convention Center, 1100 N. Sullivan. EWU football coach Beau Baldwin will share thoughts on leadership as well as how to develop a winning team. Cost is $25 for members and guests; $45 for non-members. For more: www.



Spokane Valley Writer’s Group 6 p.m. the

Feb. 7 | Jazz Under the Stars 6:30 to 9:30

p.m., Central Valley High School Commons, 821 S. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. This fundraising event includes a dessert and silent auction to benefit CVHS band programs. Performances will be by CVHS, Greenacres Middle School and Evergreen Middle School jazz bands. Admission is $7 in advance or $10 at the door. For more: 999-9880

Feb. 8 | Auditions for “The Masked Canary” 3 p.m., Liberty Lake Community

Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway Ave. Prospective cast members ages 16 and older need to come with a one-minute prepared song and be dressed for dance movement. The musical will be presented April 25-May 3. For more: www.

Central Valley School board meeting 6:30

p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, CVSD administration building, 19307 E. Cataldo, Spokane Valley.

Liberty Lake City Council 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive.

Liberty Lake Merchants Association

7 a.m. Tuesdays, Liberty Lake Portal, 23403 E. Mission Ave., Suite 120. Open to business professionals interested in promoting business in the Liberty Lake and Spokane Valley areas. Networking begins at 6:45 a.m. For more: 323-8953

Noon the first Wednesday of each month, 23123 E. Mission Ave.

Liberty Lake Planning Commission 4 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month, City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive. Liberty Lake SCOPE 6:30 p.m. on the first

Wednesday of each month, City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive

Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District board meeting 4 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, 22510 E. Mission Ave.

7 a.m. to 6 p.m., HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. For more:

Feb. 3 | Winter Futsal League begins 4 to 8 p.m., HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. U9 through U13/14 teams are invited to sign up for the winter league. Cost is $240 per team. For more:

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Molter Road, suite 203A. This one-day workshop will address all aspects of women’s wellness to achieve optimal health. For more: 924-6199

Feb. 9 | Sideout Volleyball Tournament

7 a.m. to 6 p.m., HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. For more:

ODD JOBS THE CLEAN UP BROS! Zach (age 15) and Isaiah (age 13) Rademacher are two hard working young men looking for odd jobs to earn extra money. Our Rate: Pay us what you think the job is worth. How cool is that? To hire us please call 255-9194 or email:

Feb. 16 | Sweetheart Shoot-Out Futsal Tournament HUB Sports Center, 19619 E.

Cataldo Ave. U7 through U14 teams are invited to sign up for the winter league. Cost is $100 per team if registered by Jan. 31; $125 if Feb. 1 or after. For more:

Feb. 22 | Spokane Chiefs Breast Cancer Awareness Night & Helmet Giveaway 7

p.m., Spokane Arena. Enter to win a Chiefs Breast Cancer Helmet to raise awareness and funds for the Susan G. Komen Eastern Washington Affiliate. For more:

Recurring Feet to Friends 9:30 to 11 a.m. weekly on Monday and Thursdays, HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. This indoor walking group is for those who desire to meet others in the community who desire to be active for their health. Cost is $1 per session. For more: 294-8500

Liberty Lake Library Foundation meeting


to four years. They also hope to improve on the school's already good food service by renovating the kitchen and incorporating a menu using fresh whole organic foods made from scratch. "It would be sourced from local farmers and ranchers," Goodley said. "We can help local businesses and provide our students with amazing food." With Stepping Stone currently at capacity, they also hope to expand the current program and accommodate more students by building on the existing lot.

"We're thrilled to start this new chapter," Goodley said. "We want to make a difference in our community and our kids’ lives at the same time." The first iteration of what became Stepping Stone began as a Christian-based early childhood education and childcare facility in 1978 in the basement of Liberty Lake Church. "It was designed to service the families of the church, and it just grew and grew," said Denise Kolva, Liberty Lake Church's resource and financial director. In 2006, the church purchased property on Mission Avenue with the intent of build-

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gram include gymnastics, karate or music. The Goodleys’ long-term vision of Stepping Stone includes expanding the program into first grade through sixth grade in a separate Christian elementary school. "What the families are missing is continuity of education," Goodley said. "I would like to slowly add an elementary education program." Goodley said the couple plans to add the elementary education program within three

Liberty Lake Montessori preschool and kindergarten holds classes 9am to 1pm Mon. - Thurs. for ages 3-6. The child-teacher ratio is 6 to 1. Helping children through independent activities in a prepared environment since 1987. Please come visit. Contact Ms. Debbie at 255-9512 or

Feb. 2 | Eclipse Volleyball Tournament

Feb. 28 to March 16 | “The Big FiveOh” Liberty Lake Community Theatre, 22910

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ing a new church building. The purchase included the building housing Stepping Stone Child Developmental Center. "We merged their program with our program," Kolva said. "And it became a Christian childcare like what it had been at the church." The church decided to sell Stepping Stone after its elder board brought it to the congregation for a vote in October 2010, asserting it did not believe the church should be running a business. The congregation voted in agreement with the elders, and Stepping Stone went up for sale that fall.

PARTING SHOTS Recent coyote sightings require extra precaution The Splash

By Brian Asmus


Numerous calls flooded the Liberty Lake Police Department in January regarding coyote sightings along the golf courses adjacent to residential areas. In response, the LLPD put together the following guidelines, facts and safety tips regarding coyotes.

Food and feeding habits Coyotes are opportunists, both as hunters and scavengers. They eat any small animal they can capture. They typically eat wild species, but they are known to eat pet food, garbage, garden crops, livestock, poultry and pets (mostly cats). Coyotes occasionally kill domestic dogs that they consider territorial intruders. Most hunting activity takes place at night.

Viewing coyotes Coyotes are extremely wary. Their sense of smell is remarkable, and their sense of sight and hearing are exceptionally well developed. Sightings of coyotes are most likely during the hours just after sunset and before sunrise. Never approach an occupied coyote den. A mother’s protective instincts can make her dangerous if she has young in or nearby the den.

Calls Coyotes create a variety of vocalizations. Woofs and growls are short-distance threat and alarm calls; barks and bark-howls are long-distance threat and alarm calls; whines are used in greetings; lone and group howls are given between separated group members when food has been found.

Too close for comfort Coyotes are curious but timid animals and will generally run away if challenged. However, remember that any wild animal will protect itself or its young. Never instigate a close encounter. If a coyote comes too close, pick up small children immediately and act aggressively toward the animal. Wave your arms, throw stones and shout at the coyote. If necessary, make yourself appear larger by standing up (if sitting) or stepping up onto a rock, stump or stair. The idea is to convince the coyote that you are not prey, but a potential danger. Where coyote encounters occur regularly, keep noisemaking and other scare devices nearby. A starter pistol can be effective. A solid walking stick, pepper spray or paintball gun are powerful deterrents at close range.

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If a coyote continues to act in an aggressive or unusual way, call the Liberty Lake Police Department or your local wildlife office.

Preventing conflicts There have been no documented coyote attacks on humans in Washington state since 2006, which occurred in Bellevue. These coyotes’ unusually aggressive behavior likely resulted from being fed by people. Humans increase the likelihood of conflicts with coyotes by deliberately or inadvertently feeding the animals, whether by handouts or by providing access to food sources such as garbage or pet food. When people provide food, coyotes quickly lose their natural fear of humans and become increasingly aggressive. Prevention is the best tool for minimizing conflicts with coyotes and other wildlife. To prevent conflicts with coyotes, use the following management strategies around your property and encourage your neighbors to do the same: 1. Don’t leave small children unattended where coyotes are frequently seen or heard. 2. Never feed coyotes. 3. Don’t give coyotes access to garbage. 4. Prevent access to fruit and compost. 5. Feed dogs and cats indoors. 6. Don’t feed feral cats (these become a food source for the coyotes). 7. Prevent the buildup of feeder foods under bird feeders. 8. Keep dogs and cats indoor, especially from dusk to dawn.

on that property if it is damaging crops or domestic animals. A license is not required in such cases. This information was obtained from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife website.

Why coyotes have become more plentiful recently Coyotes tend to prey on small mammals and hunt in areas where their preferred food source is abundant. Though we may not have had many coyote sightings in the past, as ground squirrel and marmot populations have grown, coyotes have moved into this area. We expect that when their food source diminishes around our golf courses, they will move on.

What Liberty Lake Police Department will do Since receiving the calls, the department has contacted the Department of Fish and Wildlife to advise them of the situation and

to obtain guidance on this issue. The city has called trappers in the area and was advised that live trapping of coyotes in these circumstances is not a viable option. Other trapping options are available, but due to the proximity of where the coyote sightings are and the potential of child or domestic animals being caught or injured in one of these traps, they are too risky. We have considered using lethal control for this situation; however, after surveying the area where the sightings have been, the department has come to the conclusion that it would not be safe to attempt lethal control as there are numerous homes, pedestrians, trails and roads in the area leaving no safe backstop in the event of a miss or ricochet. To keep coyotes off of your property, there are many suggestions available that you can try if you wish. One example is to use wolf pee on the perimeter of your property. There are mixed reviews on how successful this method is. Other suggestions can be found through various web page resources. Your police department will respond to a situation where a coyote has entered your property and is being aggressive toward you or a domestic pet. All the officers have been given instruction on how to handle these situations on a case by case basis. Brian Asmus is chief of the Liberty Lake Police Department.


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Lethal control If all efforts to dissuade a problem coyote fail and it continues to be a threat to humans or animals in their care, the animal may have to be killed.

Public health concerns Coyote diseases or parasites are rarely a risk to humans, but could be a risk to domestic dogs in Washington.

Legal status Coyotes are unclassified wildlife; however, a license and an open season are required to hunt or trap them. A property owner or the owner’s immediate family, employee or tenant may kill or trap a coyote



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