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Trailhead Golf Pro Chris Johnston joined the city staff last month, having come from a general manager and head golf pro position at Highlands Golf Course in Post Falls.

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He may be new to Trailhead Golf Course, but he’s no stranger to the area or the local golfing community. Chris Johnston, the golf pro hired by the city of Liberty Lake a month ago, came to Trailhead from a general manager and head PGA pro position at the Highlands Golf Course in Post Falls. “As far as golf is concerned, that’s all I’ve ever done,” Johnston said. “I started out picking the range at Sundance in Nine Mile when I was 14 and worked my way up.” The Splash recently sat down with Johnston to learn a little more about his passion for the sport and his plans for Trailhead Golf Course.

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dad was the head pro there for 18 years. My uncle actually owned it. I have a couple uncles and a couple cousins who were golf pros, so it kind of just runs in the family. When I turned pro, I was the youngest Class-A professional in our section at the time. Our section in PGA of America includes Washington, Oregon, part of Idaho and part of Montana. Q: When you turned pro, were you still at Sundance? A: I worked for my dad there for a little while, then Birdie’s Golf Center in Spokane. I made my way back to Sundance after my dad retired, and I stayed there for a couple years as the head pro. Q: So how did you get to the job in Post Falls? A: After a while I started to feel like I was right back where I started. I called up Gary Lindeblad, the head pro at Indian Canyon in Spokane. In this town and in our PGA chapter, he’s pretty much the godfather of

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Volume 13, Issue 40 Editor/publisher

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About The Liberty Lake Splash 2310 N. Molter Road, Suite 305 Liberty Lake, WA 99019 Phone: 242-7752; Fax: 927-2190 The Splash is published weekly on Thursdays and is distributed free of charge to every business and residence in the greater Liberty Lake area. Additional copies are located at more than 100 drop-off locations in Liberty Lake and Otis Orchards.

Submitted materials Announcements, obituaries, letters to the editor and story ideas are encouraged. Submit them in writing to or bring them by The Splash office. Timely submissions should be received by Friday at noon for best chance of publication in the following week’s Splash.

Advertising information Information about classified and display advertising is on page 22.

Subscriptions Liberty Lake residents receive a complimentary copy each Thursday. Subscriptions for U.S. postal addresses outside of the 99019 ZIP code cost $50 for 52 weeks and $30 for 26 weeks. Send a check and subscription address to P.O. Box 363, Liberty Lake, WA 99019 or call 242-7752 for more information.

Correction policy The Splash strives for accuracy in all content. Errors should be reported immediately to 2427752 or by e-mail to editor@libertylakesplash. com. Confirmed factual errors will be corrected on this page in the issue following their discovery.

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Community Briefs Rotary topic is financial literacy Julie Griffen will speak on financial literacy for businesses during the Rotary Club meeting today (Oct. 6) at noon at the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District building, 22510 E. Mission Ave. The Oct. 13 meeting will feature Itron HR manager Jason Jones. The public is invited to attend.

Snap photos for directory The deadline for the 2012 Community Directory Photography Contest is Friday. Photographers of all skill levels are invited to submit images that best embody the spirit of the community for the 2012 Community Directory Photography Contest. Photos can be of events, places, nature scenes or whatever best represents Liberty Lake in the photographer's mind. Selected photos may be used on the cover of the 2012 LLCD or on the inside pages of the directory. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners. Amateur or professional photographers age 16 years and older are eligible to enter. For more information, go to and click on the ad at the top of the page.

Author to read from new book Author David Mogen will read from his new book "Honyocker Dreams" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission. The book discusses the people and events Mogen experienced in Montana while growing up in the Hi-Line.

Lions Club hosts guest speaker Guest speaker Jim Olsen will present "Living Old Graciously" at the Lions Club meeting on Wednesday (Oct. 12) at noon. The group convenes in the upstairs meeting room at Barlow's Restaurant, 1400 N. Meadowwood Lane. The public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Tony Cheshier at 9272193.


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Apply now for tourism grant The application deadline for 2012 Tourism Promotion Grants is Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. Applications are available at Awarded through the city of Liberty Lake, people and organizations involved in marketing Liberty Lake, promoting local events or operating a tourism-related facility are encouraged to apply. For more information, call Accounting Technician Eleanor Folsom at 755-6703.

OCTOBER 6 Noon: Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary meeting, Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District building, 22510 E. Mission Ave.

Relay For Life committee volunteers needed

OCTOBER 11 7 p.m.: Author reading of “Honyocker Dreams,” Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave.

The American Cancer Society is looking for individuals interested in volunteering as planning committee members for the 2012 Liberty Lake Relay For Life. The majority of the committee positions are still available. These include the event chair, food chair, logistics chair, registration and accounting, sponsorship chair, team development chair and online chair. Each fall the American Cancer Society hosts training for Relay For Life committee members and selected team captains at Relay Summit. This year, interested volunteers will be invited to attend the event Nov. 4 and 5 at the Red Lion Hotel in downtown Spokane. Activities on Nov. 4 will be for team development and event chairs only. All committee members are invited to attend Nov. 5. Relay Summit registration is requested by Oct. 14. For more information, contact ACS Representative Jennifer Kronvall at 242-8303 or

OCTOBER 10 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Liberty Lake Senior Lunch Program, Liberty Lake City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive 6:30 p.m.: Central Valley School Board meeting, 19307 E. Cataldo

OCTOBER 12 6:45 a.m.: Liberty Lake Kiwanis meeting, Liberty Lake City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Liberty Lake Senior Lunch Program, Liberty Lake City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive Noon to 1 p.m.: Liberty Lake Lions Club meeting, Barlows Family Restaurant, 1400 N. Meadowwood Lane 4 p.m.: Liberty Lake Planning Commission, Liberty Lake City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive 5:45 p.m.: Liberty Lake Toastmasters, Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District building, 22510 E. Mission Ave.

Parenting forum to meet

The free forum meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Liberty Lake Municipal Library's meeting room, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Breastfeeding questions will be answered, and all parents and caregivers are welcome. The event is kid-friendly. For more information, visit www.spokanemindfulmamas. com.

Spokane Valley's Mindful Mamas is holding a parenting forum on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.

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City hosts Senior Lunch Program The Senior Lunch Program in Liberty Lake is served Mondays and Wednesdays. Seniors age 60 and older are invited at 11 a.m. at Liberty Lake City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive. The recommended donation is $3.50.

News Briefs CV debate team earns honor

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For the third year in a row, the Central Valley High School debate team has earned membership in the National Forensic League’s 100 Club. About 60 students are members of the CVHS debate team. According to a press release, the active membership and points accumulated during competitions helped to earn the team’s invitation. The honor designates the CVHS team as part of the top 10 percent of teams in

Burn ban lifted last week Spokane County and the city of Liberty Lake lifted the burn ban last week for unincorporated areas of the county and within city limits. The ban had been in effect since Aug. 5. The lifting of restrictions does not apply to vegetative waste burning, which was banned within Spokane County several years ago.

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The following incidents, arrests, calls for service and citations were reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department Sept. 26 through Oct. 3.

Incidents and arrests • Vehicle theft — At 1 p.m. Sept. 26, LLPD received a report of a vehicle theft from the 1500 block of North Colonial Court. The complainant reported that his 1996 Geo was missing from his driveway. The complainant had no suspect information and told the police that his vehicle was unlocked with the keys inside. The vehicle was entered as stolen. • Suspicious vehicle — At 10:50 p.m. Sept. 26, LLPD was dispatched to a suspicious vehicle call at the 1300 block of North Liberty Lake Road. The officer located the vehicle in the Albertsons parking lot and determined the driver was lost and needed directions. • Missing child — At 6:10 p.m. Sept. 27, LLPD received report of a missing 12-yearold from the 1800 block of East Bitterroot Lane. The child was located a short time later at a friend’s home. • Two-car accident — At 7 p.m. Sept. 27, LLPD was dispatched to a two-car, noninjury accident at Harvard Road and Euclid Avenue. The at-fault driver was issued an infraction for failure to yield right of way. • Vehicle prowl — At 8:15 p.m. Sept. 27, LLPD received a report of a vehicle prowl that occurred sometime during the evening of Sept. 25 at the 1800 block of North Caufield Court. The only item reported missing was the garage door opener. • Domestic violence — At 12:35 p.m. Sept. 28, LLPD was dispatched to 22000 block of East Country Vista Drive for a reported domestic violence incident. During the investigation it was determined that no crime was committed and the officer stood by while one of the involved persons removed personal property from the apartment. • Vehicle prowl — At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28, LLPD received a report of a vehicle prowl and theft that occurred between Sept. 24 and 25 at the 21600 block of East Bitterroot Lane. The complainant reported that

unknown suspects entered her locked vehicle while it was parked at the apartment complex and removed a Sony stereo valued at approximately $125. There were no signs of forced entry into the car. • Robbery — At 3:30 p.m. Sept. 29, LLPD was requested to assist Spokane Valley Police Department with a robbery call at the 14000 block of East Broadway Avenue. LLPD assisted in interviewing witnesses, and a subject was taken into custody by SVPD. • Stolen vehicle — at 11:35 a.m. Sept. 30, LLPD recovered a stolen vehicle that was located at the 19000 block of East Shannon Court. A white Toyota Camry was parked on the roadway with license plates reported as stolen. The vehicle itself was reported stolen on Sept. 20 from Spokane Valley. The vehicle was returned to the registered owner. • Suspended license — A 27-year-old Deer Park man was arrested at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Barker Road and Mission Avenue for driving with a suspended license. The vehicle was initially stopped for failure to display a front license plate.

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Whether they were actually Hungarian or Bohemian, “Hunkies” or “Bohunks,” to the old ranchers of the Great Plains, the farmers and settlers who moved in and fenced off the open land were no-account “Honyockers.”

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Mayoral candidate ordered to pay $13K Beckett: Lawsuit, court summons and default judgment came without prior knowledge By Kelly Moore Splash Staff Writer

Spokane Teachers Credit Union was awarded a $13,338.45 default judgment Sept. 16 in a lawsuit against Liberty Lake City Council Member and mayoral candidate Josh Beckett, who failed to respond to a court summons. When asked by The Splash for comment Sept. 29, Beckett reacted in shock, saying he had no knowledge of the lawsuit, court summons or final judgment. On Oct. 4, he said his lawyer was investigating the case to determine his legal options. “I don’t want to give the impression that I’m skirting the issue,” Beckett said. “Whatever the outcome is, if the court says I owe this, I have to own up.” Court records show Beckett was served a summons and complaint for monies due at 4:50 p.m. Aug. 22 at an address he said he no longer claims as his residence. Documents show his ex-wife, who stills lives at the house, accepted the papers. According to the delivered summons, in order to defend against the lawsuit Beckett would have had to respond with a written defense within 20 days. Because there was no response, a default judgment was awarded to STCU. According to a complaint for monies due filed by STCU and dated Aug. 16, Beckett completed a Loanliner Application for a Visa credit card in July 2009, agreeing to make monthly payments. The complaint reports a principal sum of $12,144.51 due from Beckett with additional interest and late charges as of

March 14, 2011. Beckett said the account in question is a personal line of credit “which there was a dispute about, but never an issue to come to court about.” “Despite Plaintiff ’s demand, Defendants have failed to make timely monthly payments and based on the terms of the agreement, Plaintiff has accelerated amounts due under beckett the agreement,” the complaint states. The amount awarded to STCU includes the $12,144.51 principle, $704.94 in interest fees, $289 in court costs and $200 in attorney’s fees. The judgment comes on the coattails of a March settlement with Bitterroot Lodge in which Beckett was ordered to pay $1,915 in past due rent, late fees and attorney’s fees incurred by the Plaintiff. “That was a matter of strong differences of an interpretation of a lease,” Beckett said. “Eventually it was more cost effective to just pay it. I should have backed out long before, but instead I ended up paying attorney’s fees because I was trying to prove a point.” Beckett, who was first elected to the City Council two years ago, is out of town on business and missed Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

“I don’t want to give the impression that I’m skirting the issue. Whatever the outcome is, if the court says I owe this, I have to own up.” — mayoral candidate josh beckett


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City to tap  consultant   Administrator figure will assist with budget, ease transition By Kelly Moore

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In a meeting Tuesday night, the Liberty Lake City Council voted to spend up to $35,000 to hire a consultant with temporary and transitional duties to be determined by a committee of council members. “I believe a good number of citizens have expressed their desire to have an educated professional help with the city,” Council Member Judi Owens said. “We know there are qualified people out there ready to drop everything and help us, so let’s get it done.” The action arose out of a workshop discussion on an interim city administrator for the remainder of the year. The consultant may have similar duties, but will work under a “consultant” title to emphasize the temporary nature of the hire and clarify he

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In Biz Dentist sponsors CVSD athletics The staff at Simonds Dental Group in Liberty Lake was recently named team dentist for Central Valley High School athletics. “It is purely done to protect our community’s kids’ teeth as they play for our local high school,” Dentist Ross Simonds said. At no charge to the school, the office delivered $3,500 of custom mouth guards to the CVHS football program and will

be setting up plans for other sports that need mouth guard coverage. Simonds estimated the total donation value of this year’s sponsorship to be more than $10,000.

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Both configurations are designed for use in all-terrain autonomous unmanned vehicle (AUV) competitions that require the development and programming of robots that navigate through an outdoor course using GPS. “Historically, the complexity and costs associated with AUV competitions have hindered growth and participation,” MINDS-i founder Mike Marzetta said in a press release. “MINDS-i is pioneering a sleeker and more robust system at a lower cost to help promote the expansion of this important category of relevant robot competitions.” For more information, visit

Curves joining fee waived for women getting mammograms In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Curves fitness clubs of Liberty Lake and Spokane will waive the joining fee for new members who show proof of a mammogram within the past year or make a $25 donation to breast cancer research. The promotion is intended to raise awareness about the importance of risk management, early detection and treatment. "Curves mission has always been to strengthen women," Curves Founder Diane Heavin said in a press release. "Typically, women are caregivers, but when it comes to breast cancer, women need to understand how important it is to take care of themselves.” For more information, visit www. or the Liberty Lake location, 1235 N. Liberty Lake road, suite 104.

Family Medicine Liberty Lake welcomes nurse practitioner Family Medicine Liberty Lake, 23801 E. Appleway Ave., is adding a new nurse practitioner to the staff this week as well as expanding its clinic hours. Pam Vecchio, ARNP, is accepting new patients. She specializes in women's care, pediatrics, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, and full-range family practice. VECCHIO The new hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday — Thursday and 7 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Friday. In addition, the practice also offers house calls.

H2E hires new business officer Michael Murray recently joined the engineering staff at H2E Incorporated in Liberty Lake as the Business Devel-

opment Officer. He previously worked for StorePorter as a business development consultant. H2E is a project and risk management, energy management, power and MURRAY automation engineering firm located at 1326 N. Whitman Lane.

Itron wraps stimulus-funded project in California Liberty Lake-based Itron announced last week that Glendale Water and Power (GWP), based in southern California, finished deploying an Itron solution in support of its smart metering project. GWP was the first utility to apply for and acquire Department of Energy American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funding. With the use of Itron smart electricity meters, smart water communication modules, a meter data management system, leak detection technology and customer-facing web portals, the GWP project aims to help Glendale residents better monitor and understand energy and water usage. The partnership with Itron will aid GWP in promoting conservation efforts in a service territory of 120,000 customers. For more information, go to www.

LL resident opens Yoga Center Liberty Lake resident Natalie Gauvin has spearheaded the opening of The Yoga Center at Spokane Fitness Center in Spokane Valley. It is located on Sprague Avenue between Evergreen and Sullivan. To celebrate the grand opening, all yoga classes will be offered for free during the first two weeks of October. For more information, visit

Candy buyback returns For the fourth year in a row, KiDDs Dental is offering cash in return for candy collected by kids this Halloween. Trick-or-treaters can bring their unopened candy to KiDDs Dental, 1327 N. Stanford Lane, suite B, on Nov. 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. to receive $1 per pound of unopened candy. Collected candy will be shipped overseas to troops through the organization Operation Gratitude. For more information, go to In Biz features Liberty Lake-connected business items. Contact The Splash with business news at editor@libertylakesplash. com.

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Scoreboard Community Golf 9/29 Liberty Lake 9-Hole First flight: gross, Robin McKee, 45; net, Arla Beck, 34 Second flight: gross, Darlene Reilly, 55; net, Bette Devine, 55 Third flight: gross, Emma Long, 63; net, Shirley Roberts, 38 Birdie and chip-in: Robin McKee, #7

Football GSL Standings Team League Overall Ferris 5-0 5-0 Central Valley 4-1 4-1 Lewis and Clark 4-1 4-1 Mead 4-1 4-1 Gonzaga Prep 3-2 3-2 North Central 2-3 2-3 University 2-3 2-3 Mt. Spokane 1-4 1-4 Rogers 0-5 0-5 Shadle Park 0-5 0-5 Results 9/30 CV vs. Ferris 28-10 L

Volleyball GSL Standings Team League Overall Mead 5-0 6-0 Gonzaga Prep 4-1 6-1 Central Valley 4-1 5-1 Mt. Spokane 4-1 5-1 North Central 3-2 6-2 University 2-3 3-4 Shadle Park 2-3 3-5 Rogers 1-4 2-7 Lewis and Clark 0-5 1-6 Ferris 0-5 0-8 Results 9/27 CV vs. Lewis & Clark 3-0 W 9/29 CV vs. Ferris 3-0 W

Soccer GSL Standings Team League Overall Central Valley 4-0 8-1 Gonzaga Prep 4-0 9-1 Lewis and Clark 3-1 10-1 Ferris 3-1 5-2 Mead 2-2 7-2 Mt. Spokane 1-3 4-4 Shadle Park 1-3 4-4 University 1-3 1-3

North Central Rogers Results 9/28 CV vs. Shadle Park 9/30 CV vs. University

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Slowpitch Softball GSL Standings Team League Overall University 8-0 8-0 North Central 9-1 9-1 Central Valley 6-3 6-3 Lewis and Clark 4-4 4-4 Rogers 4-5 4-5 East Valley 3-6 3-6 Gonzaga Prep 3-6 3-6 Ferris 1-7 1-7 Shadle Park 1-7 1-7 Results 9/26 CV vs. University 13-10 L 9/28 CV vs. Rogers 15-6 W 9/29 CV vs. Shadle Park 14-4 W 9/29 CV vs. Shadle Park 17-10 W

Boys Cross Country 9/28 CV vs. Shadle Park 9/28 CV vs. Ferris

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Girls Cross Country 9/28 CV vs. Shadle Park 9/28 CV vs. Ferris

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SCHEDULE OCTOBER 6 3:30 p.m. CV Softball vs. Ferris 6:15 p.m. CV Volleyball vs. Sandpoint OCTOBER 7 7 p.m. CV Football at Gonzaga Prep TBD CV Volleyball Crossover Classic at Ferris OCTOBER 8 TBD CV Volleyball Crossover Classic at Ferris OCTOBER 10 4 p.m. CV Softball at Gonzaga Prep OCTOBER 11 4 p.m. CV Softball at University 7 p.m. CV Volleyball at Mt. Spokane OCTOBER 12 3:30 p.m. B & G Cross Country at N. Central (Audubon Park) 4 p.m. CV Soccer vs. Ferris (Albi Stadium) OCTOBER 13 4:45 p.m. CV Football vs. Shadle Park (Albi Stadium) 3:30 p.m. CV Softball vs. Lewis and Clark

Sports Briefs CV athletes compete for Team USA at Paralympics

Beginner Ski division and tenth place in the Freestyle division.

Two Central Valley High School seniors were recently named to the 2011 Track & Field High School All-American Team by the U.S. Paralympics. Amberlynn Weber, a Liberty Lake resident, is one of six athletes who will compete for Team USA at the Parapan American Games in Mexico this November. Austin Pruitt, who was named Boy’s Field Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row, is currently ranked third in the world in the 200-meter and fourth in the world in the 100-meter in his classification.

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Local racers wrap up season Two Liberty Lake athletes wrapped up the 2011 Pacific Northwest Watercross Tour for jet ski racing with top ten finishes in multiple divisions. Derrick Helm earned first place finishes in the Expert Ski Limited and Pro/Am Ski Stock divisions while also coming in second place in the Pro/Am Ski GP division. Shawn Blackburn came in third place in the

Tayo Van Marle and Bob Deno were the only community players to finish week four with a 7-1 record. After implementing the tiebreakers, Van Marle won the week and thus received a $25 gift certificate to True Legends Grill. The season-long leader remains Mark Johns with a 28-4 record while three players, Van Marle, Marc Antonietti and Josh Owen, are two games back with a record of 26-6. The advertising portion of the game saw two players, Patrick Fechser of Hay J’s Bistro and Perry Vinson of True Legends Grill, both finish with 6-2 records on the week. With a better record of picking college games for the week, Fechser won the tiebreaker and earned the top spot for the week. Vinson remains on top of the overall leader board with a record of 26-6, just two games ahead of Baker Construction, Liberty Lake Athletic Club and the Liberty Lake Splash.

Cheer 1: Mikayla Ness, Central Valley Volleyball Ness, a senior, had two big games hitting for the CV volleyball team during their two matches this past week. In CV’s 3-0 sweep of Lewis and Clark, Ness led the way with 10 kills and then added 8 more kills as CV also beat Ferris High School.

Cheer 2: Jessie Kunz-Pfeiffer, Central Valley Soccer Kunz-Pfeiffer, a sophomore goalie, helped lead CV to two shutout victories

this past week in GSL action. Kunz-Pfeiffer saved four shots in the Bears 2-0 win over Shadle Park and had seven saves as CV beat U-High 3-0.

Cheer 3: Mackenzie Shea, Central Valley Slowpitch Softball Shea, a senior infielder, pounded out nine hits over three games as CV posted three wins in league action last week. Among Shea’s nine hits were two triples and a home run as the Bears defeated Rogers High School and swept a doubleheader from Shadle Park High School.

CVHS Sports Roundup Football team loses to Ferris For the first half of their game versus undefeated and number-one stateranked Ferris High School, the Central Valley Bears looked to pull off the upset and stake their own claim as one of the best in the state of Washington. Then the second half occurred. The Bears entered the half with a 10-7 lead based off Austin Rehkow’s 42-yard field goal as well as a 41-yard touchdown pass from Gaven Deyarmin to Dustin Dach. The Bears offense stalled in the second half as Ferris grinded out three rushing touchdowns to put away the 2810 win. For the game Ferris ran for 235 yards and committed no turnovers, while the Bears mustered only 200 yards of total offense and turned the ball over three times. The Bears (4-1) next play on the road versus Gonzaga Prep (3-2) on Friday with kickoff slated for 7 p.m.

Volleyball picks up two wins The CVHS volleyball team picked up two relatively easy wins last week as they swept matches with Lewis and Clark and Ferris high schools. Against Lewis and Clark, CV won 25-16, 25-14, 2519 as Mikayla Ness led the way with 10 kills. Sam Block led the team in aces and blocks. Against Ferris the Bears had a couple of closer sets but still swept away the Saxons by scores of 25-15, 25-22, 25-20. Ness led the way again with eight kills while Block led in aces and blocks. Tia Pau picked up 24 assists to help lead CV to the victory.

Soccer posts two shutouts The CVHS girls soccer team had a strong defensive week by posting shutouts against Shadle Park High School 2-0 and University High School 3-0. In the win over Shadle Park, the Bears scored first in the 57th minute of the game on a goal from Paige Gallaway off of an assist from Holly Miller. The team iced the game in the final moments of the second half on a goal from Savannah Hoekstra

off of an assist from Natalie Middleton. Goalie Jessie Kunz-Pfeiffer had four saves in the win. Against U-High the Bears picked up a goal in the first half from Hoekstra off an assist from Gallaway and netted two more in the second half from Miller and Kasey Ames. Kunz-Pfeiffer had seven saves for her second consecutive shutout in net.

Softball picks up three wins The CVHS slowpitch softball team busted out their bats in winning three GSL games last week. The Bears defeated Rogers High School 15-6 and swept a doubleheader from Shadle Park High School by the scores of 17-1 and 14-4. Against Rogers the offense was led by Carissa Sdao, Brittani Gilbert and Mackenzie Beaudry-Norris who all had three hits. During the first game of the double header against Shadle Park, the offense was led by Mackenzie Shea who had four hits including a triple and Taylor Wayman who hit a home run among her three hits. The second game of the double header saw Shea pound out three more hits including a home run while Gilbert added three hits as CV swept the two games from Shadle Park.

Girls cross country moves to 5-0, boys team splits race The CVHS girls cross country team moved their record to 5-0 in the GSL with wins over Shadle Park and Ferris High Schools during a league race last week. The girls were paced by Alex Moore who finished in second place with a time of 19:39 and Skye Sanders who crossed the line right after Moore in third place with a time of 19:43. The boys cross country team split their results with Shadle Park and Ferris as they defeated Shadle but lost to Ferris. The top boys finisher was Corey Hunter who came in fifth place with a time of 16:16 on the three-mile race.

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This week’s winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to True Legends Grill.

Overall Standings Mark Johns 28-4 Tayo van Marle 26-6 Marc Antonietti 26-6 Josh Owen 26-6 Josh Johns 25-7 Joe Johns 25-7 7 players tied at 24-8

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Local restaurateur launches CDA pizzeria By Kelly Moore Splash Staff Writer

Liberty Lake resident Paul Cartee teamed up with friends Doug Johnson and John Cardosa to open one of downtown Coeur d’Alene’s latest additions: Fire, an artisan pizzeria at 517 Sherman Ave. The trio got the idea after cuing in to popular restaurants while traveling the country for their former jobs. “We just noticed that people loved wood-fired pizza,” Cartee said. “And we did too,” Johnson added. In addition to installing a custom wood-fired stove, the partners worked with HissongHurtado Design Group out of Spokane to create an urban atmosphere they describe as “simple yet sophisticated.” Reclaimed barn wood accents and exposed rafters starkly contrast with sleek white chairs, modern furniture and giant black and white photographs.

“We set out and said, ‘Let’s just create a great place where people can come and feel like they’re really getting away. Like they’re on a little vacation when they go to dinner,’” Johnson said. “There’s nowhere else in this area where you can get that kind of urban, big-city feel.” Since opening July 27, Johnson said the reaction from visitors has been just about what they’d hoped for. He told a story about a group that came in and viewed the wall art as if in a gallery before taking a seat. “Once we get people in the door once, they start coming over and over again,” Cartee said. For the Fire crew, atmosphere may draw people in, but they say it’s a combination of the artisanstyle pizza and the “supporting cast” of beer and wine that keeps people coming back. The menu features traditional and unique pizza flavors, and in a couple weeks, the revamped lineup will feature the owners’ favorite creation yet: a Gorgonzola date pizza topped with balsamic

Splash photo by Kelly Moore

Fire owners Paul Cartee and Doug Johnson pose at the entry to their downtown Coeur d’Alene pizzeria. The pair, along with friend John Cardosa, opened the restaurant in late July. vinegar. Another favorite is the crimini mushroom pizza. “The items we do, we want to do really well,” Cartee said. To keep the menu fresh, Johnson and Cartee said they plan to update the lineup every six months or so. They’ve also committed to using as much locally sourced ingredients as possible. The wheat used for the crust is grown in

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“It’s an eclectic list with great craft beers and wines what perfectly compliment what we’re doing here,” Cartee said. To accommodate as diverse a crowd as possible, the restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Adjusted fall hours start later this month. For more information, visit

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golf. I knew if I went to work for him, I’d learn a lot more and it would be a stepping stone for a good job. I was his first assistant for five years, (and then) a job opportunity came up for a spot at the Highlands Golf Course. He basically handed the owner about eight names, and I was one of them. He said, “I got your foot in the door. Now you have to get the job.” Q: What exactly did you do in that position? A: I was the general manager. I was basically in charge of everything — beverages, maintenance, the golf shop, merchandising and teaching. It was a great job with great people. I felt like they were all part of my family. In that time my wife and I started a family, and I just started missing things. I became a businessperson and I didn’t teach anymore because I was too busy. If I was out teaching, my phone would go off and I’d know something was going on that I needed to attend to. I didn’t get to play golf anymore either. I used to play in tournaments all the time and got tons of exposure. As a golf professional, I think you need to play golf. Q: How did you get turned on to the job here in Liberty Lake? A: Just as a fluke, I saw the position listed online. At first I was a little apprehensive because I really liked my job; I didn’t need to go anywhere. I thought maybe this would be the opportunity for me to get back into teaching, maybe work a little less hours and not have my phone ring at 10:30 at night because the alarm went off at the golf course. I came in for the interview and I was pretty honest in the entire thing. I said from the beginning that I wanted to take the job to slow down a little bit. Right now I’m just kind of getting my feet wet. I’m seeing how things were run before and what I might want to change. For the last month that’s pretty much what I’ve been doing. Q: So do you have any big ideas? A: The city wants to start 2012 (at Trailhead) as a new place. We’re going to redesign the golf shop and I’ll have an office there so that I’m almost in the room — not in the attic or at City Hall. We’re going to change the wood out, change paint, change everything. People will be able to walk in next year and it’ll look like a new place. As far as merchandising goes, I really take pride in my background and like doing it. In the six years I was at Highlands, I won two “merchandiser of the year” awards from my peers. That’s something I want to try to bring here, not on the same scale, but I can definitely get some good

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profiles merchandise in here that might make peo- chalant way of playing golf. No matter what ple want to stop and look around. was happening, he never seemed frazzled. Q: Do you think it makes a difference These days Tiger Woods, as far I’m being so entrenched here in the commu- concerned, is the best player to have ever nity? played the game. He’s having a little trouA: Yes. I’ve been in the Spokane area ble now and has been off the grid with his my whole life and my wife’s family is here. own personal problems for a while, but the There have been other job opportunities quality of golfers now compared to 20 or farther away, but I don’t want to live in Se- 30 years ago is completely different. There attle. I like this area a lot. It’s growing quite are guys playing on the lower PGA tour a bit and it’s growing in this direction. I that could have beat anybody 30 years ago, think it won’t be long until Spokane, Lib- and they’re not even on the big tour yet. erty Lake and Coeur d’Alene are all just one Q: Do you think that’s from advancing big place. Basically I’m sitting right in the equipment or talent? middle of all the growth, which is great. A: I think a lot of it has to do with equipQ: What do you do when you’re not ment. There’s no way that I’m hitting the golfing? ball longer now at 39 years old because I’m A: Right now, with my youngest daughstronger. The equipment makes a huge difter playing soccer and my son in baseball, it’s pretty much practice every night of the ference. Guys are driving the ball 360 yards week. Q: Had you golfed much in Liberty Lake before coming to Trailhead? A: I have golfed quite a bit at Meadowwood and Liberty Lake Golf Course because I’ve participated in events there. The funny thing is that I had never played Trailhead, and the reason for that was because I grew up playing Sundance and felt like I had moved passed the short course stage. I played it for the first time a couple weeks ago, and it’s a tough little golf course, for sure. With all the little sets of tees, any player from any ability can play here. I was definitely challenged. Q: What do you enjoy most about golf? A: I actually played other sports growing up, and I didn’t even start playing golf until the summer before ninth grade. Even then I still played other sports, but I think I ended on golf because in all those other sports, it’s team. In golf you’re on a team, but you live and die by yourself. If you do well, you get to take all the accolades. And if you do poorly, it’s all on you as well. I like that aspect of it. For more information or would want to report cyanobacteria bloom and I played football for a while and athere it tested, please call BiJay Adams was a point when I realized,have “Wait a minat (509) 922-5443 ext 30 ute. I don’t have to get hit? And I don’t have to run? I just have to walk around in this beautiful scenery?” That’s when I thought, “OK, maybe golf is my sport.” Q: Do you have a favorite golfer? A: Growing up, my favorite player was actually Fred Couples. I just liked his non-

and hitting little wedges to greens where normally that would have been a wood driver and a four-iron. That definitely makes a difference, but I also think just more people like golf now. In 1990 when I graduated high school, golf wasn’t exactly cool. It wasn’t a cool sport to play and now it is. Q: You’re definitely in a great community of people who appreciate the sport now. A: Definitely. This area is just like a golf Mecca. As far as the rates go, a couple walked in the other day who were just amazed at how little a round of golf cost. Around the United States, fees are definitely a lot higher for not as quality of courses. I think we’re lucky to be here and lucky to have these rates.

sprinkler blowout and water quality Before you blow out your sprinkler system this fall, remember that we are all relying on you to help keep our drinking water clean. Once water enters your irrigation system it can become contaminated with lawn chemicals and bacteria. If your sprinkler system doesn’t have adequate backflow protection, blowing out the system may push this contaminated water back into your home’s water supply. For more information, a list of certified backflow assembly testers, or to learn if your system has backflow protection contact Larry White at 922-5443 ext.228.

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City leadership structure debated Advocates on both sides dissect pros and cons of our system, hoping it doesn’t fall on deaf ears By Kelly Moore Splash Staff Writer

Proposition No. 1 of Liberty Lake calls on voters to decide by this November whether to adopt the council-manager form of government and abandon the mayor-council form of government. Until the final numbers are tallied, those advocating for the change continue to argue their case, saying they hope voters take the time to understand the difference. After a tumultuous run at City Council, the proposition finally made it to ballots only after a resident-formed committee pushed a petition with about 260 signatures. That door-to-door petitioning accounts for the majority of the Committee for Better Government’s campaigning efforts — although it’s not for a lack of trying. “I’ve published my phone number and the e-mail address, and we’ve made ourselves available to speak at service organizations and give an informational presentation,” Committee Member Mary Munger said. “Frankly, no one has asked us to come speak.” Since getting the proposition to the ballot, Munger said her committee has published ads and made efforts to get as much information out as possible. Still, since her phone number was first pub-

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lished in late July, she said she’s only gotten one phone call. “I would be happy to hear objections,” Munger said. “I’m more concerned that there’s apathy or a lack of understanding for the change.” Council Member Susan Schuler said she believes people are looking forward to a change in the people in government, but that’s about where the concern stops. “I think the people involved have a stronger opinion than the general public,” Schuler said. “The general public doesn’t really care how things get done, they just care that it does get done.”

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City ordinances currently mandate a mayor-council-administrator form of government in which the mayor, elected by popular vote, is charged with managing city employees and operations. A city administrator — a position that hasn’t been staffed since 2005 — is tasked with assisting the mayor to carry out those duties. “The concern I keep hearing repeatedly is that we won’t have a mayor,” Munger said. “That isn’t true.” Munger explained the city would retain the mayoral seat, but that position would hold a different set of responsibilities. Under the new form of government, the mayor title would be appointed to a Council member by a vote amongst the Council. The mayor would exist to facilitate meetings and act as a figurehead for the Council. The new mayor would lose veto power, power to hire and fire department heads

tendees. Information on ballot initiatives will also be available. Oct. 13: Liberty Lake Candidate Forum

The Central Valley School District high school government classes will host “Rally in the Valley” from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Central Valley High School Theater. Candidates vying for Spokane Valley City Council, Liberty Lake mayor, Liberty Lake City Council and State Senate District 4 will debate current political issues.

The city of Liberty Lake ballot will be wellrepresented at a candidate forum from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Meadowwood Technology Campus, 2100 N. Molter Road. The forum, organized by the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce, will give a focused time slot to each of the three competitive Liberty Lake ballot issues:

Questions will be submitted ahead of time by students and at the event by public at-

• Proposition 1, 7 to 7:30 p.m.: Representatives of both sides of this initiative

al leadership is with a and policy implementachange of government,” tion. Those powers all go Munger said. to the city manager, who will also take on execuShould the propositive authority. tion carry with voters, the restructuring would The biggest difference require an overhaul to is that the Council could the city’s ordinances — a fire the new power-holdtask unclear in its scope. ing manager if he or she performs poorly. Munger said Liberty Lake is the first city to “A strong mayor like incorporate with the we have now basically strong mayor form of has so much power that government since 1970. it can be easily abused,” SEPT. 22 State Senate Munger said. SEPT. 29 City Council According to the OCT. 6 Ballot Initiatives Municipal Research She also argued that OCT. 13 Liberty Lake Mayor and Services Center of the city manager’s profesWashington, 17 cities sional expertise is prehave documented tranferred over that of a city administrator because, as exemplified in sitions from the strong mayor format the past five years, a city administrator to the council-manager organization Munger advocates for. Eight cities with a isn’t always required. See LEADERSHIP, page 17 “The only way to guarantee profession-

to change the city's form of government from mayor-council to council-manager will speak to this ballot issue. Mary Munger will speak on behalf of the Committee for Better Government and its efforts to pass the change. Longtime Council Member Judi Owens plans to share reasons for opposing the proposition. • City Council, 7:30 to 8 p.m.: Political newcomers Keith Kopelson and Shane Brickner are contesting Council Position 5. • Liberty Lake Mayor, 8 to 8:45 p.m.: This race pits former Liberty Lake Mayor Steve Peterson against current City Council

Member Josh Beckett. The three unopposed candidates for City Council will also be introduced at the event, including incumbents Susan Schuler and Cris Kaminskas, and Dan Dunne, who serves on the Liberty Lake Planning Commission. All candidates have been asked to take time to interact with the public before and after the forum. Questions for use during the program can be e-mailed in advance to, and 3x5 cards will be available to submit questions the night of the event.

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Statewide initiatives:

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The drawing released in September shows the proposed new SCRAPS facility, should it be relocated to a retrofitted warehouse at Havana Street and Broadway Avenue in Spokane

Voters to decide on SCRAPS levy By Kelly Moore Splash Staff Writer

A countywide ballot measure will meet its fate this fall as Liberty Lake voters join in deciding on a levy to replace the current Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) shelter with a new facility to provide increased capacity for homeless animals at a more central county location. With levy funding, SCRAPS looks to renovate a Spokane-owned warehouse

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council-manager government have transitioned the opposite way in the history of the state. “People have said that this is how we were founded, so it should stay that way,” Munger said. “To me, 10 years have passed, and we are experiencing dysfunction in city government. Perhaps that’s a sign that we should reevaluate things.” She said an example of the dysfunction is Council discussions appearing and reappearing or disappearing from the agenda without an action or decision. “A city manager can clarify issues and confirm they are addressed,” Munger said. “In my mind, a council of elected representatives selecting their own leader

at Havana Street and Broadway Avenue for an estimated cost of $10 million. According to materials presented at a county-held press conference, the proposed levy would equate to about $1 per month for an owner of a $200,000 home for a maximum of nine years. Should the levy pass, the City of Spokane is prepared to join the regional program — a move county representatives said would decrease operational costs for current partners like the city of Liberty Lake. Spokane currently contracts animal control services with might diminish the amount of conflict we currently have between the legislative and executive branches.” Schuler disagrees. She voted against adding the proposition to the ballot before community members took matters into their own hands with a petition. “I think that is driven out of frustration,” Schuler said. “I know there are people frustrated with the pace of things at City Hall, and they blame that on the fact that we don’t have a city administrator. … If you have a strong mayor and the strong mayor does their job managing the staff, you don’t need a city administrator.” Schuler, along with Council members Judi Owens and David Crump, voiced their opposition to the change when voting to keep it off the ballot. In fact, just about all the Council members who voted (and failed) to move the proposition

SpokAnimal. SCRAPS currently partners with unincorporated Spokane County, Cheney, Millwood, Liberty Lake and Spokane Valley. An informational town hall meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the County Commissioners Hearing Room located on the lower level of the Public Works Building at 1026 W. Broadway Ave. Spokane Mayor Mary Verner will join County Commissioner Todd Mielke and SCRAPS Director Nancy Hill at this meeting. to the ballot with a resolution have said they think the change is a bad idea. "I didn't think it'd be appropriate to take a stance in opposition if that meant voters wouldn't get their right to decide," Council Member Josh Beckett, also a mayoral candidate, told The Splash shortly after the vote. “I believe we need to have a strong mayor form of government, and I haven't heard a valid argument otherwise.” For more information on the proposition, voters can attend a candidate forum at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Meadowwood Technology Campus. Representatives on both sides of the proposition will be on hand to answer questions. Munger will represent the “yes” position, while Owens, who helped choose Liberty Lake’s form of government more than a decade ago, will represent the “no” side to Proposition 1.

• Initiative measure 1125 concerning state expenditures on transportation This measure would prohibit motor vehicle fund revenue and vehicle toll revenue from being used for non-transportation purposes. It would require the Legislature to set tolls and would provide that a toll on a particular road or bridge, including the Interstate 90 floating bridge, could be used only for construction, operation or maintenance of that particular road or bridge. • Initiative measure 1163 concerning long-term care workers and services for elderly and disabled people If the Legislature amends certain statutes governing long-term care for eligible elderly and people with disabilities in 2011, this measure would reverse such amendments and reinstate the prior law. For the long-term in-home care program, it would provide independent audits, increase fraud investigation, and cap administrative expenses. It would also clarify that long-term care workers are covered by applicable law. • Initiative measure 1183 concerning liquor: beer, wine and spirits This measure would close state liquor stores and sell their assets, including the liquor distribution center. The state would license private parties to distribute spirits and to sell spirits in retail stores meeting certain criteria, subject to specified training and compliance requirements. The measure establishes licensing fees for sale and distribution of spirits based on the licensee’s sales revenues. It would change some wine distribution laws and allow non-uniform wholesale pricing for wine and spirits. • Senate joint resolution 8205 concerning the length of time a voter must reside in Washington to vote for president and vice president The Legislature proposed a constitutional amendment on repealing article VI, section 1A of the Washington Constitution. The amendment would remove an inoperative provision regarding how long a voter must live in the state before voting for president and vice president. • Senate joint resolution 8206 concerning the budget stabilization account maintained in the state treasury The Legislature proposed a constitutional amendment on the budget stabilization account maintained in the state treasury. This amendment would require the Legislature to transfer additional moneys to the budget stabilization account in each fiscal biennium in which the state has received “extraordinary revenue growth,” as defined, with certain limitations.

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Home Depot holds health and safety fair for kids

Splash photos by Tammy Kimberley

The Liberty Lake Home Depot hosted the fourth annual Kids Health and Safety Fair on Saturday. Local firefighters and law enforcement were on hand to talk with kids and their parents, and kids were given the chance to check out the inside of a fire truck. The free event also featured games, refreshments and activities sponsored by local businesses.

Tri-Cities tournament champions

Splash Travels

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The SSC Elite BU11 premier soccer team placed first at the District 6 tournament in Tri-Cities at the beginning of September. Pictured are (front row) Michael Torre, Miles Chambers, Ian Chambers, Noah Dreves, Paul Brooks, Hunter Clark; (back row) Coach Brian Dreves, Josh Hermes, Zachary Mattson, Logan Coddington, Hunter Lynch, Caden Martin and Altyn Cader. (Liberty Lake residents are highlighted in bold.)

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Kevin Wilding paused with The Splash at the finish line after completing his first Half Ironman on Sept. 17 in Grand Coulee, Wash.

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Rich and Ginny Semler took The Splash along on a recent trip to Italy. They said they saw lots of wonderful sights (including the Rome Colosseum), but basked in the ambiance of the Liberty Lake Farmers Market upon their return.


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Roderick MacKenzie and his hotel By Tom Specht

MacKenzie hotel

Liberty Lake Historical Society

Description This 20-room hotel and restaurant located on the west side of the lake was the first of its kind in the community. Later, the family developed MacKenzie Cove on the southeast part of the lake, renting summer cabins to families.

The ‘Golden Age of Bicycles’ As a biking enthusiast, my interest was drawn to how the bicycle contributed to the start of the MacKenzie Hotel in 1895. From 1885 to 1890, new inventions changed the bicycle from the dangerous, large front wheel bike of old to a bike much like today’s bike. Inventions like the roller chain, whose gear allowed smaller wheels, along with the inflatable air-filled bicycle tire led to the biggest bicycle craze of all during the 1890s’ “Golden Age of Bicycles.” The “mechanical horse” evoked an exciting new world in which even a poor person could travel afar and at will. Biking clubs in Spokane starting in the 1890s would ride down Appleway to Liberty Lake. The riders cooled off by wading out in the shallow waters near what is now called Wicomico Beach, close to the MacKenzie house. The cyclist enjoyed the sandy shore and being able to wade far into the lake in its warm water, an especially attractive feature when many people at that time could not swim. They would say they were going to the lake to bathe rather than to swim. They had “bathing suits” instead of swimsuits.

MacKenzie Hotel Anabel MacKenzie treated the bikers as guests and would feed them. Her husband, Roderick, capitalized on this by building an addition to their house, and Anabel started charging 35 cents for a chicken dinner. The MacKenzies used this money to help build in 1895 a campground, a 20-room hotel and restaurant on what is now the west side of the 1200 block of Liberty Drive next to a natural spring. He already had outbuildings, stables and corrals he used for his ranch. He stocked the lake with black bass. He also made a swimming beach and rented horses and boats. Although the Coeur d’Alene Indians used dug-out canoes at Liberty Lake at least since Chief Seltice had his summer celebrations in the 1850s, Roderick was the first to use row boats, which he rented out. In 1897, Roderick was staging swimming and boat races on Sundays and offering prizes. By 1902, the hotel was often filled to capacity. Seeing the MacKenzies’ success, others soon followed in his footsteps to create “Spokane’s Inland Seashore.”

Ability to reinvent himself In 1890, Roderick MacKenzie at age 52 arrived in Spokane and decided to move to Liberty Lake. Was the reason because it was a chance to live on a beautiful lake with pinecovered mountains as a backdrop? Was he like many of today’s Liberty Lakers, searching for the quality of life this area has to offer? He started in Liberty Lake as a rancher and farmer, although he already had a successful ranch and real estate holding near Omaha.

Dates of operation 1895-1908


1895-1907: Roderick MacKenzie 1907-1908: Palouse Land Company

What’s there today?

Though it burned down a century ago, the MacKenzie Hotel once stood on property that today would be found on the west side of the South 1200 block of Liberty Drive.

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This 20-room MacKenzie Hotel was among visionary Roderick MacKenzie’s contributions to the early Liberty Lake community.

from the Libert y L ake historicaL society

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At 26, he moved to Boston and worked as a carpenter. At 32, he moved to Omaha, Neb., and became a contractor building the Union Pacific Railroad. He used his earnings to buy the center of the Omaha business district. He used the money from real estate to become a successful Omaha cattle rancher. He was one of the first Liberty Lake snowbirds, spending his winters in San Diego.

Man of vision

MacKenzie Hotel

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The Resort Project is a series of 12 articles that will run the first issue of every month in 2011. For more on the series and LLHS, see pages 132-133 of the 2011 Liberty Lake Community Directory.

He started selling his Omaha holdings and bought 800 acres on the west side of Liberty Lake. He bought what is now Wicomico Beach, including the original holdings of Stephen Liberty, the first log cabin and a 40-acre orchard on Liberty Lake. He was especially proud of his full-blood Jersey cattle and his diversified farming. This was not the first time Roderick MacKenzie made such a bold move. Of Scottish descent, he was born in 1838. He married Anabel McLean in Nova Scotia.

Roderick was the first developer of Liberty Lake and paved the way for much of the later development in the area. He started with infrastructure. Roderick saw to expand his customer base, he needed more than cyclists and those using the only other means of transportation at the time: horse and buggy. Not everyone wants or can bike 25 miles on a bumpy road to a lake to swim and then have to bike another 25 miles back — especially since this was before padded spandex biking shorts and light bikes with 12 or more gears. Roderick worked on improving the roads. In 1902, the Coeur d’Alene and Spokane Railroad was beginning construction. MacKenzie attempted to convince the owners that a spur line into Liberty Lake would pay off. The line was not interested. They did have a stop where the gas station now stands across from True Legends. A stagecoach would take people from there into Liberty Lake. In 1907, Roderick MacKenzie was able to convince the railroad company by donating 15 acres for a depot and right-ofway for the Spokane Inland Railroad to build a spur to Liberty Lake. He organized and helped fund getting the telephone line to Liberty Lake. He obtained the rightof-way by working out a deal with the telephone company to haul the poles and

organized the farmers in the area to each donate a day’s work to complete the effort. He tapped the growing market of Spokane. In 1880, “Spokan Falls” population was 350 white settlers. In 1890, Spokane Falls increased to 19,922, and by 1900, Spokane had 36,848 people — an 85 percent increase over 10 years. By 1910, Spokane’s population was around 90,000. The spur to the electric railroad MacKenzie helped fund connected Liberty Lake to Spokane and allowed this population an easy, inexpensive way to access the lake and his resort.

MacKenzie Beach In 1894, Roderick bought 160 acres on the east side of what is now called MacKenzie Bay. One of Roderick’s five children, John MacKenzie, was running a resort in 1913 at MacKenzie Cove on the east shore with several partly furnished cottages for rent for $50 per month or $100 per season with launch service to the trains. The family continued to rent summer cabins to families. Three family members still own property there. Greenstone is developing 7 percent of the MacKenzie family property; the remainder Greenstone is working with the county to protect for future generations in the MacKenzie Reserve.

Requiem In 1902 at age 64, MacKenzie leased the hotel for five years to Martin Kalez of Spokane to operate. MacKenzie then sold his west shore land and hotel to four men who formed the Palouse Land Company. They platted the land and changed the name from MacKenzie Beach to Wicomico Beach. They refurbished the hotel but stopped operating it in 1908. It later burned down. In 1912, Roderick died at his winter home in San Diego. Roderick MacKenzie perhaps more than any other man was Liberty Lake’s first visionary. Tom Specht serves on the board of the Liberty Lake Historical Society. He has lived in Liberty Lake since 1985.


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Letters to the Editor Cascade of activities made for another first-rate LL summer What a great summer we had here at Liberty Lake! The fireworks, concert and parade for the Fourth of July were fabulous as always. We love seeing the patriotic spirit our community displays, especially on Independence Day. The Sept. 11 flag-raising by Jameson Lake at Rocky Hill Park for his Eagle Scout project further demonstrated this sentiment. The movies at Pavillion Park were well selected. We especially enjoyed “Queen of the Sun.” Thank you to Friends of Pavillion Park and Greenstone for making this possible. We enjoy spending time at Pavillion Park for so many reasons. Liberty Lake Days was a great weekend! We especially enjoyed the classic cars cruising down Liberty Lake Road on Friday night. The city did a great job as usual getting this event together. We were thrilled to see the turnout for the Mutt Strut, first because it honored the late Chris Anderlik, the great defender of all animals and a wonderful neighbor, and also because so many in our community care about our animal companions. Hurray for Pawpular Companions Boutique’s role in gathering our community together to support and celebrate our animal companions. The weekly Farmers Market provided the majority of our produce this entire growing season. We enjoyed everything there from the fresh-cut flowers to the handmade soaps, from the wool fibers to the lentils and grains. It is a great place to

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see our friends and neighbors as well as to spend a lazy Saturday morning. The Spokane Symphony concert is a wonderful way to end our summer each year. This year was no different. Bravo to all who make this possible. It was also a great way to celebrate the city of Liberty Lake’s 10th birthday. The newly dedicated arboretum made a great gift to all of Liberty Lake to enjoy as well. Our sincere appreciation and gratitude to all who helped make the summer of 2011 at Liberty Lake exciting and fun. We had great times. Now we are looking forward to autumn and winter activities!

Gary and Ellen Martin Bernardo Liberty Lake

Proposition No. 1 makes sense for our growing city’s business My wife and I fell in love with Liberty Lake and moved here eight years ago. We love the great spirit of community, the walking trails, spacious tree-lined boulevards, the parks, convenience to shopping,and easy access to the freeway and Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. Liberty Lake was originally formed 10 years ago with a couple thousand residents. It now has 7,500-plus citizens, and in all likelihood we will have a population of 15,000 to 20,000 over the next decade or so. Our current mayor presents the city extremely well in all social settings, including city functions and meetings with organizations around the state of Washington. She spends more time on city issues than a part-time mayor should be asked to do. While the social and community aspects of Liberty Lake are handled very well, the city presently has enormous problems on the business end. This includes the $12 million budget, serious human resources issues, the impact of a maximum utility tax, too much control by developers at the expense of city residents and a lack of transparency that translates to secrecy on many important city issues. If Proposition No. 1 passes, a city manager will report to and take direction from the City Council elected by our fellow citizens. Failure by the city manager to follow the Council’s direction can lead to immediate termination. For these and many other reasons, I am a strong supporter of Proposition No. 1 to put a full-time, nonpolitical professional in charge of city business.

Ron Ragge

Liberty Lake

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Rockin’ Reflections Final Ranch performance left us all feeling special By Kelly Moore splash column

An amazing thing happened Saturday night. Scott and Pamela Brownlee retired the Rockin’ B Ranch Cowboy Supper Show in front of a sold-out crowd. I smiled so long and so hard my cheeks started to cramp and the 73-year-olds across the table from me said the night capped their “best birthday ever.” I could go on about how intensely exciting the night was. I hardly remember the actual show because the overwhelming joy left such a strong imprint on my memory. Everything is a blur right up to the moment I found myself out of my seat, midcheer with both fists in the air. It was that good. Still, if you can believe it, that wasn’t the “amazing” part. I showed up expecting a great show, and I wasn’t disappointed. What I didn’t expect was the ego boost. I wrote about the Brownlees in the Aug. 18 Splash, just after they announced plans to retire the show. Because they are the sweet people they are, they didn’t spare a word of the positive feedback every writer craves. At dinner, chance seated me next to some old friends of the Brownlees and during small talk one asked if I happened to know this show would be the last. I started to go into my shtick about working

Brownlees, ‘Riders’ always welcomed guests as family

By Josh Johnson splash column

The energy inside Liberty Lake’s favorite barn had a markedly “family reunion” feel this weekend. Nothing unusual there: A sense of family is as much a staple of the Rockin’ B Ranch as Miss Pammy’s barbecue sauce and Dusty Bicuspid’s toothless,

for the paper, and that’s when it happened. “Oh my God, are you Kelly?” The friend cut me off before I could explain meeting the hosts earlier this summer and writing the story. He already knew. Just like that, I felt a million miles high. For the first time since picking up a pen, a complete stranger recognized me for my writing. In the little vacuum of the Rockin’ B, the Brownlees managed to orchestrate one of the best compliments I’d ever received. When I interviewed the couple back in August, Pamela Brownlee told me one of her favorite aspects of the show is being able to spotlight local, young talent on the stage. The venue has been the launching pad for dozens of young musicians in the Inland Northwest, and that makes the Brownlees boast like proud parents. They seem to have a knack for seeing and nurturing the best in people. They’ve mastered the art of encouragement and don’t mind sharing praise with anyone who’ll listen or pass it down the grapevine. What the Rockin’ B hosts do best is uplift those around them. That may be their secret weapon in 17 years of successful business. Their appreciation for people radiates through the cowboy supper show -- and everyone leaves feeling more special than when they arrived. The Brownlees haven’t yet stumbled upon their next venture, but whatever it is, I know they’ll bring that same spirit to the table. Those who had the fortune to visit the barn will sorely miss those shows, but in the meantime, we’ve all got a lesson in neighborly love we can work on passing along. Kelly Moore is a staff writer for The Splash. She can be reached at kmoore@

dim-witted grin. But as the iconic cowboy supper show played its final two performances after a 17-year run, it was clear the sold-out audience contained few strangers. Kim and I attended Saturday’s finale. I bought tickets weeks ago because I have a deep nostalgia for the Rockin’ B. I went to my first cowboy supper show with my grandparents years ago in Arizona, before Scott and Pamela Brownlee brought their talents to Liberty Lake. Years later, my first Rockin’ B show turned out to be Granny’s last. Our extended family went back to the Ranch the next year to mark her birthday and honor our matriarch. Granny cultivated a family culture of laughing and playing together, and the

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or she won’t be eligible for the permanent position, should it be created next year. The committee hiring advisory committee consists of Council members Odin Langford, Ryan Romney and Cris Kaminskas, with Susan Schuler as alternate. Three community members will also be asked to join committee discussions for input but won’t be allowed to vote. The consultant may also assist with any transition in the coming year — whether that be converting to a council-manager form of government or determining a city administrator job description and hiring procedure. Finance Director R.J. Stevenson showed funding for the consultant position will come from 2011 savings in the city’s administrative services budget and projected savings in the mayor’s department budget. Stevenson estimated salary and benefit costs to include the administrator position in the 2012 budget would be about $160,000. He noted this amount would

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Rockin’ B fit that bill with harmony. My family’s experience is reflected in so many I talk to. Even the online reviews of the Ranch are overflowing with references like, “we always bring our out-of-town relatives here when they visit.” Over 17 seasons, hundreds of families have been adopted into the Rockin’ B clan, and many were on hand Saturday. Like siblings, we were already well aware of the Ranch’s homespun idiosyncrasies and inside jokes. For example, most in the audience recited on cue with the host that the most important item on the menu was applesauce (it gives fingers a cool place to grip the hot tin plate). And when Dusty — Scott’s alter ego — readied to recite the Ranch’s favorite fairytale, “Rindercella,” even he acknowledged the familiar audience: “For those of you who have already heard this 97 times, just say it along with me.” On cue, many in attendance fired up the story in rhythm with Dusty: “Twonce upon a wine in a coreign fountry, war war afay …” And we laughed just as hard at that familiar, familial humor as we did the first time we heard it. But maybe it’s the working elements to the show itself that make the paying customers feel so much like kin. First-time visitors are often surprised that the same person who shows you to your seat when you arrive will often be seen again in the pre-dinner skit … and then serving in the chow line … and then playing world-class

be included in the mayor’s preliminary 2012 budget, with possibly an additional $20,000 for professional recruiting services. A short list of possible duties of the consultant suggested by Stevenson included acting as a liaison between mayor and council, preparing and guiding the search for 2012 city administrator or manager, overseeing human resource issues and making recommendations on policies, procedures and training. The proposed timeline presented by Stevenson suggested the consultant could start as early as Nov. 1. In other business, Schuler clarified her reasoning for not allowing an extension of the Sept. 20 meeting. “If we get into those types of discussions … there has to be a point where we acknowledge we have to table things,” Schuler said. “I’m very sensitive to the public, and it’s not fair to others if we start late or run over.” She also clarified a misquote in the Sept. 22 Splash, saying her response to the request to extend the meeting was, “Now you have two weeks to get your answers.” music on the stage during the main show … and finally thanking you on your way out. Like a family, these “Ranch-hands” do a little bit of everything. You’d think the Riders of the Rockin’ B (as the creative talent is referred to) would be holed up in a dressing room before the show demanding personally catered service, not out among the guests providing it. I get the feeling this phenomenon is not because the Brownlees require this of their talent, but because they hire talented people who also happen to have big hearts. You can tell the musicians love what they do on stage, but the funny thing is they seem to also love serving potatoes with a wisecrack and a smile. Can someone teach this to my children? (The service-with-a-smile part; they’ve got the wisecracks down.) Speaking of teaching my kids, I always love it when Pamela Brownlee, prior to leading the national anthem, honors the veterans in the crowd and then asks the attendees to pull the young ones in close and teach them “how we do this.” Saturday, on my way back through the chow line for seconds, the patrons in front of me were remarking about how the everearlier sunset made the Brownlee home, just steps away from the barn venue, look dark and unoccupied. “The family’s all up here working,” a man joked. Not the entire family, I thought to myself. A few of us lucky cousins get to kick back and enjoy the show. Josh Johnson is editor and publisher of The Splash. He can be reached at josh@

Should a part-time Mayor manage a budget in excess of $12 million? Expenses and revenues, a staff of more than 27 and a city

of 8,000 residents demands full-time management. Call for a balanced budget from your elected City Council representatives and give them the power to monitor expenditures through a capable City Manager tasked with budget development and implementation. Before raising taxes, the need must be justified. An audit trail must exist for tracking how new revenues are spent.

Neither the review nor the rollback of the Utility Tax has occurred. A Utility Tax was imposed in December 2010 for the 2011

fiscal year with a promise that it would be reviewed in July and rolled back if unnecessary. The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce found that 72.5% of the electric/natural gas utility tax is paid by businesses, even though Council members acknowledged only considering residential concerns. The Utility Tax continues. Was the tax a necessary revenue or did it just provide more funds for capital expense projects approved after the public budget debates in December? The Utility Tax has been directly questioned by residents at Council meetings without a “by the numbers” review and response. In this economy, the burden of a utility tax hits hardest on businesses with lesser revenues and residents with lower earnings. Was a Utility Tax the best or simply most expedient solution? Questions from residents and from Council members deserve crisp, concise responses … especially with respect to fiscal management and taxpayer burdens. What happened to the review and rollback? Give elected Council representatives authority to request answers to these questions and give residents the ability to access the answers from all elected representatives. Improve fiscal transparency and citizens’ access to information. Ad paid for by the Committee for Better Government. Address questions via email:

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MISSION MEADOWS BAZAAR 19312 E Nora Lane. October 14, noon-5 pm. October 15, 9-3 pm. Lots of crafts. Bake sale. Lunch available on Saturday. Follow signs from Mission and Grady. Watch, Sons of Anarchy every Tuesday at 7pm at Cruisers in Stateline, Id. Free spaghetti. Watch the show on our 10’ screen. Fans of SOA gather for fun. Don’t be afraid of Cruisers bikers, we’re the good guys who just like our Harley’s & can afford the leather. 6105 W. Seltice Way. For more info call Sheri at 509-217-1937.

FOR RENT 518 S. HENRY RD. Stunning remodeled Greenacres rancher: 4-5 bedrooms, 4 baths; gas heat, A/C, 2-car garage, fireplaces, acre lot. Rent: $1795. Call M-T Mgmt 509922-3942 to see, Available now, great house located at 23317 E Maxwell. 3-bedrooms, living room, family room, dining room, kitchen and 2 baths. Two-car garage/opener. $1150/ month. Call 475-1857.

BIG TROUT CONDO $850 2-bedrooms, 2-baths; garage, W&D, R/R/DW, cable & Internet & W/S/G included, pool & clubhouse access. Call M-T Mgmt at 509-922-3942 to see, Liberty Lake 2-bedroom 2-bath condo. Like new custom paint, stainless appliances, washer & dryer, single garage. Rent includes cable, internet, pool, hot tub, weight room. No smokers, no pets. $800 a month, $500 deposit. For applications email

classifieds YOU’LL LOVE IT HERE 2-bed, 1-bath, w/wd, fireplace, d/w, carport, large deck/ patio overlooking the lake. $790 & $850. Woodlake Village Apts, 23310 E Inlet Dr, 255-9955.

FURNITURE Brass floor lamp, 60” tall, like new, $60, 509-990-5792. Computer desk and chair, excellent condition, $120, 509-990-5792.

GARAGE SALES Estate sale: Antiques, Victorian living-room suite, furniture, glassware, decor, outdoor furniture. 607 S Liberty Lake Circle. Friday & Saturday 8-2. Moving sale! Fri & Sat 8-4. Furniture, household, kids and teen clothes, outdoor furniture, all kinds of good stuff. Need to sell before winter. 19926 E 1st Ct, Greenacres. Follow signs.

HELP WANTED NEAT-FREAK NEEDED! HOUSEKEEPER/ORGANIZER Permanent, p/t, early mornings M-F, 3-4 hours per day starting by 6AM, $10-$15/hr, must be detail oriented. Send letter of interest to Kate Kennedy, PO Box 545, Liberty Lake, WA 99019 or Call 879-0078 with questions.

PART-TIME OFFICE ASST. Office assistant needed from mid-October through mid-January. 20 - 30 hours per week. Liberty Lake location. Call Sharon Robb, 509638-5475.

LOST & FOUND Lost a turquoise and white paddle boat at Liberty Lake. If found, please call 255-9221. Thank you.

MISC. FOR SALE 4 Mobius passes, $15. Gift certificate full set acrylic nails at Glen Dow, $15. 893-9521. 9 hole round of golf at Meadow Wood, Liberty Lake or Hangman Valley. I’m unable to use the gift certificate, but you can! $22 value for only $15, 879-0805. Cricut Expression die cutting machine (almost new) $125. Call Elaine at 509-710-4675. Eat Local! Grass-fed-beef raised on our Spokane County Ranch. USDA packaging $6 lb & up. We live at Liberty Lake, so meat can be picked-up at our home or we may be able to deliver. 509-220-3902. Groupon for Cedars Inn, 1 night stay $49, expires November 3, 2011. 255-9575. Hardy Boys books (56 hardcover), good condition $75. Call Elaine, 509-710-4675.

RECREATION STREET LEGAL GOLF CARTS STREET LEGAL GOLF CARTS Year end sale on all new street legal golf vehicles in stock. Don’t miss out on the 2011 federal tax credit and Washington sales tax exemption. Odyssey Sports, Hayden, 208-762-4662.


SERVICES 1ST EXPRESSIONS COUNT Give your home or business and edge in this competitive market. At September Jem Gardens & Designs we can help create that curb appeal to impress potential buyers or customers. A small investment could pay big dividends. Call Jamie at 509-723-8020 for more information.

20/20 WINDOW WASHING Window cleaning/power washing/gutter cleaning. Liberty Lake resident. Residential and commercial services. Very competitive, satisfaction guarantee. Free estimates 509-638-8275. This week get 20% off any inside and out window cleaning service.

Sprinkler blow-outs, aeration, power rake, shrub trimming, and fall clean up. mention this ad and receive 10% off any service, 509-993-7455. Call and set up your appointment today! Licensed, bonded and insured.

LIBERTY LAWN & YARD Scheduling now, reserve your spot. Fall Aeration, tree & shrub pruning, property cleanup. Complete landscape maintenance. Steve, 509-226-1352. LL small business? - Local CPA candidate/Gonzaga grad student/2nd career professional seeking 1-2 businesses or households that want to clean up 2011 or earlier financial records and eliminate tax deadline stress with reports ready to take to your tax professional. The messier your records, the more fun I have. References. Available Dec 1-30. 707-290-4030.

AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION Liberty Lake area to Spokane International Airport (GEG), $40, Tom’s Taxi. Call 509-270-3115.

BLOWOUT SPRINKLERS DEAR NEIGHBOR Please call us to set up an appointment. Our price is $38.95 + tax and mention this ad and get $5 off. Grassmasters Lawn & Sprinkler is licensed, bonded and has over 20 years experience, 924-LAWN.

EYELASH EXTENSIONS $75 NO MORE MASCARA!! Eyelash Extensions are individually placed on each individual eyelash. Extensions last 3-4 weeks before fill. Done by a licensed esthetician. Lashes by Stephanie, 509342-8199.

HEINZ PAINTING & HANDYMAN BBB accredited, hardworking, honest, on time, and I do quality work. Dave Heinz, 509-953-8093. It’s October, get your projects done today! Licensed, bonded & insured, Heinzph924bw. Many satisfied LL customers. High School seniors of 2012 and 2013! Let me take your senior pictures! Check out www.ferrarofotography. to see some of my work! Thank you!

HOME & PROPERTY SERVICE Only a short time left to complete outdoor projects before winter. Full property service from the ground up. Vacant property maintenance. SAV Associates #savasa*923ms. Steve, 509-226-1352. Home repairs, large or small. Minor plumbing, fences, bathroom remodels and more. References available. Let me finish your “honey-do’s”, 869-3062. Paulman Services, Paulms*991bt.

KIDFIT SPOKANE Children’s Dance & Movement Programs in: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, modern, Mom N’Me, Kid Kardio, Kid Zumba, Gymnastics, Cheerleading. 18mos-13yrs. located at the Hub Sports Center, Liberty Lake. visit for details or contact Pam Chalpin, 953-7501.

REAL ESTATE GREAT MFH IN SANDY BEACH! 3-bed/2-bath MFH in this coveted 55+ Liberty Lake community. GFA/CAC, all updated. Huge master suite w/ private deck. Awesome views of the lake. Beach access and boat slip. Amazing value $99,500! Bonnie, 868-4755.

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PERSONALIZED FITNESS Affordable personalized fitness programs. Circuit, TRX, Bootcamp, Dance/Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, Nutrition. Individual, partner & group training. Located at The HUB Sports Center Liberty Lake, or in your home, or on-site. Specials! Contact Pam, 953-7501,

PROFESSIONAL INSTALLERS 26 years experience, free estimates, all types of showers, backsplashes, countertops and flooring. Let us put the finishing touch on your project. Call Larry and Lillie 924-4954. Remodeling contractor: Licensed and bonded, Peterc*152re. 24 years experience, references. Decks, patios, garages, roofing, sheetrock taping and texturing, minor plumbing. All your remodeling needs. Call Bruce, 710-4541.

RV, BOAT, AUTO AND TOYS. Store your treasures at Storage Solutions. Camera surveillance, controlled access and convenient locations. Spokane, 509-455-4242. Spokane Valley & Liberty Lake, 509-892-1600.

SNOWBLOWER TUNEUPS/REPAIR Tune-ups and repairing all brands of snow blowers. Factory Trained Technician with over 18 years of experience. Licensed and insured. Pickup and delivery available. Call Joel’s Lawnmower Repair at 924-5396.

SPRINKLER BLOW-OUTS Pacific Lawn Maintenance. Full service weekly / bi-weekly lawn care, fall core aeration, fall and winter fertilizing, and sprinkler blowouts. $3035 most lawns. Quick reliable service. Serving Liberty Lake area 12+ years. Fully lic/bond/ insured. Call today to schedule yours! Pacific Lawn Maintenance, 509-218-1775.

See CLASSIFIEDS, page 23

Index of advertisers Delivered free to every business and residence in the greater Liberty Lake area, The Splash is possible because of its advertisers. Following are the local advertisers in this week’s Splash. Please consider them when offering your patronage. Air Control Heating & Electric Inc. 3 Appleway Florist & Greenhouse 7 Bestway Lawn & Tree Care 6 Carver Farms 4 Chamberlain, Dr. Dan 9 City of Liberty Lake - Library 7 Clark’s Tire & Automotive 3 Coeur d’Alene Wine Cellar 7 Committee for Better Government 21 Essentials Medi Spa 3 Family Medicine LL/Medicine Man Pharmacy 8

Good Samaritan Society Spokane Valley 21 Inland Imaging 11 John L. Scott Real Estate - Pam Fredrick 5 John L. Scott Real Estate - Zyph Realtors 7 Karen Does My Hair 3 Liberty Lake Farmers Market 6 Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District 15 Mercedes-Benz 24 Mirabeau Park Hotel 9 North Idaho Dermatology - Stephen Craig MD 10 Northern Quest Resort & Casino 5

Peterson, Steve 3 Quinn Essentials 11 Sayre and Sayre 14 Sleep City 15 Spokane Valley Cosmetic Laser Center 14 STCU 11 Sterling Savings Bank 5 Therapeutic Associates 2 Windermere Real Estate - Marilyn Dhaenens 8

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CLASSIFIEDS Continued from page 22

SPRINKLER SYSTEM BLOWOUT Escapes Lawn and Sprinklers currently scheduling for sprinkler blow outs. Starting at $32 including tax. Call, text, or Email Patrick at 509-216-3905 or

WINDOW WASHING Pristine “clearly the best”. Window washing specializing in residential, commercial and new construction. Free estimates, guaranteed best prices, fully insured and licensed. Your Liberty Lake neighbor. Call 710-5196. YOU’VE GOT IT “MAID” Licensed, bonded & insured. I am honest, reliable and take pride in what I do. I have great references and competitive rates. Please call Gail, 509-385-1008.

WANTED Monster Scooters Wa. Do you have any used Razor Scooter parts? If you’re not using them, we can! Call us: 924-0936.

STATEWIDE REACH 2.7 MILLION READERS: The Splash participates in a statewide classified ad program that allows classified advertisers to submit ads for publication in more than 130 community publications throughout Washington. $255 buys 1,180,746 circulation and 2,715,700 readers. For more information, contact Josh Johnson at 242-7752 or


ADOPT - Art classes to zoo trips, everything in between, 1st baby will be our king/queen. Expenses paid. Dave & Robin, 1-800-990-7667. ADOPT: Loving, secure family yearns for 1st baby to cherish. Expenses paid. Rose, 1-888-449-0803.


THINK CHRISTMAS, start now! Own a Red Hot! Dollar, Dollar Plus, Mailbox or Discount Party Store from $51,900 worldwide! 100% Turnkey. 1-800-518-3064,


ALLIED HEALTH career training - Attend college 100% online. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV certified. Call 800-4819409, ATTEND COLLEGE online from Home. Medical, Business, Paralegal, Accounting, Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. Call 866-483-4429,


GREAT PAY, start today! Travel resort locations across America with young, successful business group. Paid training, travel and lodging, 877-646-5050.


ANNOUNCE your festival for only pennies. Four weeks to 2.7 million readers statewide for about $1,000. Call Josh at The Splash at 242-7752 or 1-206-634-3838 for more details.


LOCAL PRIVATE INVESTOR loans money on real estate equity. I loan on houses, raw land, commercial property and property development. Call Eric at 800-563-3005,


SAWMILLS from only $3997 - Make money and save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info & DVD: www. Norwood, 1-800-578-1363 Ext. 300N.


REPOSSESSED RANCHES only 4 available. 40+ acres from $18,900. One day - October 8th. Lender sacrifice sale. All must go. Call UTR LLC, 1-888-430-8949.

HELP WANTED TRUCK DRIVERS - Company - Lease - Work for us or let us work for you! Unbeatable career opportunities. Trainee, company driver. Lease Operators earn up to $51K. Lease Trainers earn up to $80K, 877-369-7105,


DIVORCE $135. $165 with children. No court appearances. Complete preparation. Includes, custody, support, property division and bills. BBB member. 503772-5295., divorce@

LEGAL NOTICES City of Liberty Lake Notice of Application Proposal File #: CP-11-0003 Zoning: C-1 (Community Commercial) Proposal: Bryant Properties Upgrade Proposal Description: Phase 1 - grading permit to pave and landscape approximately .95 acres around existing building. Future Phase 2 - expansion of the site to the north which will include two potential buildings and related site work for drainage and landscaping. Site Address: 23827 E. Appleway Ave., Liberty Lake, WA 99019 (Parcel 55112.9023) General Location: NE Corner of Fairway Ln. & Appleway Ave. Owner: Bryant Properties (Darrel Bryant) Phone: 425-255-3478 Contact: Inland Asphalt (Dave Murphy) Phone: 509-534-2657

Application Date: 9/29/11 Determination of Completeness Issued: 9/30/11 Notice of Application Issued: 10/5/11 Comment Deadline: 4pm, 10/19/11 City of Liberty Lake Permits Included in Application: A City Grading Permit will need to be issued prior to beginning site work construction on Phase 1 and Phase 2. City Building Permits will need to be issued prior to beginning construction on future buildings. A City right-of-way permit will need to be issued prior to any work in the public right-of-way. Other Permits: WA State Dept. of Ecology (DOE) permits & approvals and Spokane Clean Air permits & approvals may need to be issued prior to construction. Future building permits may also require Liberty Lake Sewer District approval. Required & Existing Studies: A SEPA Checklist has been completed. Environmental Review: City of Liberty Lake Planning & Building Services is reviewing the proposed project for probable adverse environmental impacts and expects to issue a Mitigated Determination of Nonsignificance (MDNS) for this project. Any SEPA appeal is governed by the City of Liberty Lake Environmental Ordinance and such appeal shall be filed within fourteen (14) days after the notice that the determination has been made and is appealable. The optional DNS process in WAC 197-11-355 is being used and this may be your only opportunity to comment on the environmental impacts of this portion of the proposal. A copy of the subsequent threshold determination for this proposal may be obtained upon request and will be supplied to reviewing agencies. Probable MDNS Conditions: Harvard Road Mitigation for future buildings and other conditions as recommended by reviewing agencies. Development Regulations: City of Liberty Lake Development & Building Codes, Standards for Street and Sewer Construction, and the Stormwater Management Manual are the primary City regulations applicable to the site. Consistency: In consideration of the above referenced development regulations and typical conditions and/or mitigating measures, the proposal is found to be consistent, as provided in RCW 36.70B.040, with the “type of land use”,“level of development”, “infrastructure”, and “character of development”.

Written Comments: Agencies, tribes, and the public are encouraged to review and provide written comments on the proposed project and its probable environmental impacts. All comments received within 14 calendar days of the date this Notice of Application is issued, will be considered prior to making a decision on this application. Public Hearing: As a Type I Project Permit, this action is not subject to a future public hearing. Location where application file may be viewed: City of Liberty Lake Planning & Building Services, 22710 E. Country Vista, Liberty Lake, WA 99019. Project information is also available on the City website at Questions may be directed to the Project Coordinator listed below. Review Authority - Project Coordinator: City of Liberty Lake - Amanda Tainio, Planning & Building Services Manager, Phone: 509-755-6708, Email: Date Notice of Application (NOA) Issued: 10/5/11 Published Date & Paper: 10/6/11, Liberty Lake Splash End of Comment Period: 4pm, 10/19/11

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Amending Tourism Promotion Area NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS THAT: The City Council of the City of Liberty Lake will hold a public hearing on the rate to be charged Lodging Businesses within the City of Liberty Lake Tourism Promotion Area. The public will have the opportunity to comment on the proposal to modify the $1.00 charge per room per day to $2.00 per room per day. The public hearing will be held during the regular City Council Meeting On Tuesday, October 18, 2011, beginning at 7pm, or as soon thereafter as practical, at the Liberty Lake City Hall Council Chambers, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive, Liberty Lake, WA. Individuals planning to attend the meeting who require special assistance to accommodate physical, hearing, or other impairments, please contact the City Clerk at (509) 755-6729 as soon as possible so that arrangements may be made. Publication Date: October 6, 2011

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Oct. 6, 2011  

A call for change: Proposal to change city government structure heads slate of initiatives on Liberty Lake ballots.

Oct. 6, 2011  

A call for change: Proposal to change city government structure heads slate of initiatives on Liberty Lake ballots.