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Holly Haneke understands that a wellwoven safety net can make all the difference during trying times. When the Spokane native found herself in a freefall after the death of her husband in 2005, a move to Liberty Lake and reinforcement from family and friends cushioned the landing. Now Haneke is working to provide the same sort of support to teen moms trying to find solid ground of their own. A resident of Liberty Lake for the past eight years, Haneke is the executive director of GraceSon Housing Foundation, a faith-based nonprofit dedicated to providing wraparound assistance to young mothers and their children. The group is planning construction of a site in north Spokane that will be central to providing what Haneke describes as “opportunities for success.” Haneke graduated from Mead High School in 1997 and went on to attend Gonzaga University, where she played

basketball. A heart ailment sent Haneke to the sidelines for her senior year, relegating the former starter to the role of a supplemental coach. She graduated from GU in 2001 with a degree in speech/communications. Holly and her husband, Andy Bruno — a fellow Gonzaga grad — moved to the Dominican Republic after college as part of a mission to the Dominican Republic through a nonprofit called Children of the Nations. The couple assisted Haitian migrant workers and helped in various orphanages before Holly’s heart issues brought them back to the Inland Northwest. After Andy joined the Marines, the couple was on the move again. In 2005, they found themselves in Meridian, Miss., where Andy was enrolled in jet training. In February of that year, Andy was flying a biplane when an equipment

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malfunction occurred. He perished in a crash, leaving behind Holly and two young children. He was 27. Holly would eventually remarry. She and Matt Haneke have a child together in addition to Holly’s previous two. Hoping to make a difference, Haneke started mentoring with Young Lives in 2009. The program — connected to the faith-based Young Life organization for youth — provides support and advocacy for teen moms and their kids. The lack of housing for local mothers led to the purchase of a home and land in the Hillyard area as well as the formation of GraceSon. When it became clear the building was too dilapidated, the group forged on with a blueprint to build from the ground up. GraceSon has its headquarters in Liberty Lake at the Meadowwood Technology Campus, collaborating with local groups like Life Services of Spokane. A kickoff fundraiser is scheduled on Feb. 22 at the Spokane Convention Center. While the home in Hillyard is being built, Haneke said the group will “continue to focus on providing a better life for these moms and their children through a holistic approach.” The Splash caught up with Haneke last month to talk about the path to GraceSon, the challenges of leading a new nonprofit and a project built on a foundation of hope.

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When you were at Gonzaga or even before, did you think you might want to go into the world of nonprofits?

I always knew I had a heart for nonprofits. I interned at the American Red Cross for a while in their PR department. I’ve just always had a heart for the underprivileged and those who may be struggling. Q. You were at Union Gospel Mission in communications and the after-care department before accepting the job as GraceSon Housing Foundation’s first executive director last year. What did you learn at UGM that might help in this new role? A. As my kids have grown older, I knew I wanted to do something. I learned a ton at UGM and really grew there. I soaked in so much, not only how nonprofits work but also what they were doing to change people’s lives. I was very thankful to be there, but still I knew I wanted to work with these young moms. Q. How was that transition from UGM to a brand new nonprofit? A. Shanna Miller of Young Lives talked

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to me about it. I wanted to make sure she knew I’d been a stay-at-home mom for 10 years and, yes, I’d been working at UGM for a year and a half, but still. I knew I needed some time to think about it and pray about it. Finally, I just said, “OK, I’m all in.” When I gave my two weeks’ notice at UGM, everyone was super excited and very supportive. Q. You’ve experienced what it’s like to be a young, single mom facing an uphill battle. How did you get through the loss of your husband and stay strong for your kids? A. It was a pretty dark time in my life. I was in Mississippi, and there were people and family and you’re going through all this stuff you have to go through, dealing with the military side of it. Then the family left, and here I am in Mississippi and that’s when everything kind of hit. People would come over to help me, and I wouldn’t answer the door. I just wanted to shut myself in. I think I went a week by myself and then I called my mom. I was just trying to re-establish my life. I knew I had to move forward. I was super grateful for my girls at the time. You can’t stop living. I had babies that I needed to take care of. It kept me going. The other thing was my faith in God. I knew where Andy was, and I knew he was safe. Even during that time when it was difficult and I was grieving, I still felt a sense of hope. I knew it was going to be OK. Q. What did you learn as a mentor with Young Lives that can translate into relating to some of the challenges these teen moms are facing? A. We see all different sorts of scenarios. What we were seeing working with these girls — and I think on average, they’re helping around 75 teen moms a year — was that they don’t often have a place to live. You may have a mom who’s kicked her out or someone else is facing domestic violence. There weren’t enough places to live. Q. How did GraceSon Housing Foundation get started and where are you at now? A. A donor connected with Young

Life stepped forward a year ago to buy a home for teen moms. A property was purchased in Hillyard and, initially, there was a thought of renovating it. We set up a separate nonprofit. It’s just been a process of baby steps, just getting this on a good foundation. Our construction chairs are Tom and Kathy Hansen, who own Walker Construction. We worked with an architect all summer. We developed plans. I did research in Spokane of the different places, the maternity homes. I went over to Seattle and visited a home over there. We just started breaking down our needs. Now we’re organizing a huge fundraiser. We have a budget for the facility, so we’re working toward a campaign, so we can go out and start talking to people about what we’re doing and what we’re looking for. Q. How do you work with young moms in a way that is nurturing but also provides the structure and accountability that they may not have had before? A. They need to have boundaries, but there also needs to be a balance. They want to be independent, but they’re not there yet. It’s a matter of working to get them there. They want to be part of a community where they have the support of those who are going through the same thing. That’s huge when there’s some camaraderie there. That’s a very positive thing for them. They are learning to be moms, learning new skills. Some of these girls will tell you, “My baby saved my life.” Q. How are things progressing with the home itself? A. We would love to break ground by the spring. We want to be good stewards of money so we can actually help these girls. We just really believe this is something we can raise the funds for. We have girls right now who need housing. That’s where we’re at. Q. So, you’ve got the home that will be built. What’s going on with GraceSon in the meantime? A; We work with Young Lives right now, helping with case management connecting the moms to resources. The other thing is we were asking, “How can we help these young moms now?” What we were seeing was these gaps in some areas. We’ve developed what we call the Hope program. When the home is built, we’ll help young moms in the home and outside of the home with life coaching. Do you need legal services, do you need TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)? We want to help them access those resources in the community. We are here to help them, not do everything for them. We’re trying to teach them how to be independent. We are also not trying to reinvent the wheel. We’re just here to provide hope.

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Mollie Thola was a well-liked golf professional at the Trailhead at Liberty Lake Golf Course, generating enthusiasm in the city-owned venue while coordinating and teaching an extensive schedule of lessons. Things turned sour, however, when the city reached an impasse with the longtime golf pro over her management of the Trailhead pro shop, leading to Thola’s dismissal and a drawn out legal battle than finally reached a conclusion this fall. When former Mayor Wendy Van Orman announced at the end of 2010 that Thola would be let go as a result of municipal budget cuts, a community uproar followed. Thola — originally hired by Mayor Steve Peterson in August 2002 — was eventually brought back as an hourly employee, resuming her duties in the early part of 2011. In June of 2011, Thola was fired by the city over concerns regarding inefficient management of Trailhead’s pro shop. Afterward, she filed a lawsuit, naming the city, former Community Development Director Doug Smith and Parks and Recreation Director Michelle Griffin in the dispute. Thola cited age and gender discrimination, hostile work environment, retaliation, defamation and failure to pay overtime wages in her suit. This September, the case was finally resolved, with U.S. District Court Judge Thomas O. Rice siding with city, Smith and Griffin on their request for a summary judgment on all claims. In his decision, Rice stated that “although she excelled in most areas of her job, the plaintiff found it difficult to manage the financial aspects of running the Trailhead Golf Shop.” Thola now works as the program director at the First Tee of Yakima. Calls from The Splash to Thola regarding the lawsuit and Rice’s decision were not returned. The case is now beyond Thola’s deadline to appeal. City Administrator Katy Allen, who attended a number of depositions during the litigation, said the decision brings closure and means “the city can now move on.” “I thought the discussions between the

city and our attorney and Mollie and her attorney vetted through a lot of the information,” Allen said. “I’m glad to see the issue reviewed and have a decision made.” The order on the defendant’s motion for summary judgment indicates that Thola struggled to produce accurate cash accounting and inventory records during the bulk of her tenure. By 2003, the Washington State Auditor’s Office had inquired about the situation. In four subsequent years, the city was instructed by the state auditor to adhere to more rigorous procedures. By 2010, the city was informed that the auditor would issue “adverse findings” if the city failed to improve its accuracy. Smith responded by directing the city treasurer to work with Thola on the financial aspects of her job, the latest in a series of attempts to improve the scenario at the pro shop. By late 2010, the city was experiencing a budget shortfall. A community survey identified both Trailhead and the municipal library as the lowest non-essential funding priorities. The budget for 2011 included cuts at both venues, some of which were restored after negative feedback from citizens. Peterson — who, in 2011, had begun his campaign to return as mayor — was among those to rally on Thola’s behalf. “Mollie did a good job during my first tenure,” Peterson said. “When I was out of office, I lobbied to get her back.” When Thola was rehired, Smith rewrote the job description for the golf pro, adding increased financial management responsibilities. Griffin also emphasized that the cash accounting and inventory tracking “needed to be absolutely accurate” to avoid sanctions by the state auditor. Rice’s judgment states that “inaccuracies persisted” at the golf shop in 2011. In the court record, Thola acknowledged she “wasn’t being successful” in the financial aspects of the position. Griffin, meanwhile, wrote up a business plan for Trailhead and moved her office to Trailhead in an effort to help Thola. Prior to her termination, Thola was offered a reduced role by Van Orman that would have limited her duties to the golf side of the business. The transition would have resulted in a pay decrease. Thola declined and was fired not long afterward. “Mollie was great with the public and great with the golf activities but this was about the pro shop and the financial issues,” Allen said.

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IN THE BOOKS, ON THE DOCKET A look back and ahead at business conducted by the Liberty Lake City Council By Craig Howard


In the Books (December): • Mandy Desgroselllier of the Liberty Lake Rotary Club provided City Council with a history of “Rotary in Motion,” a bike ride and fundraiser held each September. The event drew 347 participants in 2013. Proceeds have benefited a number of local causes, including the arboretum, Fallen Heroes Circuit Course, Honor Flight and Rocky Hill Park. • City Council chose to move forward on a three-year agreement with Greenleaf Landscaping to be the designated arborist for the city. • City Engineer Andrew Staples gave an overview of the city’s snow clearing and de-icing policies at the Dec. 3 meeting, noting that he or a representative of the Liberty Lake Police Department initiate procedures based on the weather and conditions of local streets. The cost for a single de-icing callout averages around $1,600 while plowing runs in the neighborhood of $3,600. • Donald Millikan, chairman of the salary commission, gave a brief report on a recommendation being made to increase compensation for the mayor and representatives of the City Council starting in 2014. Millikan pointed out that the city’s growth, added responsibility and comparative compensation with cities of similar populations all factored into increasing the pay for the first time since 2001. The mayor’s position will go from $750 a month to $1,250 while council members will be paid $400 a month instead of $250. • The mayor recognized Council Member Josh Beckett for four years of service on the City Council. Beckett decided against running for re-election and will be replaced on the board by Hugh Severs. The outgoing council member ran against Peterson for mayor in the November 2011 general election. • Staples, Parks and Recreation Director Michelle Griffin and Maintenance Supervisor Bob Kestell were each acknowledged for five years of service with the city. Library Director Pamela Mogen and Police Officer Mike Thomas were both recognized for reaching the 10-year mark. Mary Ellen Steen of the Library Board was also singled out for her contributions while Library Tech-

nician Georgette Rogers was honored as municipal Employee of the Year. • The Liberty Lake Police Department distributed its annual awards with Mike Bogenreif recognized as Officer of the Year for the second year in a row. The Sergeant’s Award went to Officer Brad Deines while Records Clerk Sakti Hiatt was acknowledged with the Chief ’s Award, the first non-commissioned employee to receive the honor. Council Member Shane Brickner, who donates time as a reserve police officer, was named LLPD Volunteer of the Year. • Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District Commissioner Tom Agnew provided an overview of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force, a group working to reduce the levels of phosphorous and PCBs in the Spokane River and Lake Spokane. Agnew said citizens can do their part by properly disposing of household waste, being careful about what goes down the drain at home and making sure only water finds its way into storm drains. “We care about the environment,” Agnew said at the end of the presentation. “We know how important water is.” • The Liberty Lake Kiwanis recognized Brickner with its “Everyday Hero” award. Along with volunteering for the police department, Brickner facilitates a Grief Share support group, participates in Relay for Life and donates time as a coach for youth sports. • Council approved an agreement designating CH2M Hill as the city’s engineering firm for large-scale transportation projects like the Interstate-90 interchange at Henry Road.

On the Docket (January): • The LED crosswalk warning systems approved by council at the Dec. 3 meeting should arrive within the next four weeks. Weather permitting, the machinery will be installed at the intersection of Country Vista and Mission as well as a crossing on Mission near the library. • The next City Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at City Hall. • City Hall and the Liberty Lake Library will close at noon on New Year’s Eve and be closed for New Year’s Day. • Severs will be sworn in at the Jan. 7 meeting, while returning council members Lori Olander and Keith Kopelson as well as Mayor Pro Tem Odin Langford will take part in a ceremonial swearing in after earning re-election bids in the November general election.

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The Liberty Lake City Council wrapped up 2013 by passing a budget that will take strides to improve safety conditions on municipal streets and sidewalks. On Dec. 17, following in the footsteps of a $30,000 amendment to this year’s budget for LED crosswalk warning systems, the governing board shifted $75,000 originally slated for a concession stand in Pavillion Park to a fund that will address street lighting and additional pedestrian safety crossings in 2014. Council also earmarked up to $100,000 in surplus sales tax revenue from 2013 to the same fund. The 2014 budget — ringing in at $11.7 million — was approved by a 5-1 margin with Council Member Lori Olander in the minority. Mayor Pro Tem Odin Langford missed the meeting with an excused absence. “We have ourselves a budget,” said Mayor Steve Peterson. The financial game plan for next year will also include $25,000 in added salary and benefits for city staff, $50,000 more for the design phase of Liberty Lake Road and $130,000 for a restroom in the yetto-be built Townsquare Park. Funds in the amount of $100,000 for public art at the Harvard Road roundabout have been eliminated while a $610,000 interfund loan to the LIFT (Local Infrastructure Financing Tool) will include a dollar-fordollar state match and eventually be repaid to the general fund. Council also voted in favor of the interlocal agreement with Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service for 2014 at the Dec. 17 meeting. The contract with SCRAPS was adjusted from $5,700 to $9,703. With some discussion, council approved an agreement with the Spokane Transit Authority that will see STA allocating $81,000 to the Townsquare Park project. The bulk of the $655,000 construction price will be paid through the city’s real estate excise tax. City Administrator Katy Allen assured council that STA — which operates a park-and-ride lot on the site — would be fully refunded if the project did not materialize. The project would add 39 parking spaces at the site. Another funding situation with a different transportation entity including a few more rumblings on Dec. 17. Faced with overage charges from the Washington State Department of Transportation for the roundabout project, council voted to hold off on payment until a letter from the mayor could be sent. WS-

DOT has surpassed the original budget by 25 percent, a difference that Allen said “should have been included on the front end of the agreement.” WSDOT’s bill to the city is based on a percentage multiplied by the cost of construction. Peterson argued that the final numbers “should have been derived from an actual estimate of resources assigned to this project.” “My goal is to get down to why these numbers changed on the management side,” the mayor said. “I look at this as a case study.” Council Member Josh Beckett raised the motion to address the issue before paying the additional cost. “We should not just write DOT a check and call it good,” Beckett said. “We should negotiate. We have a responsibility to our taxpayers.” The DOT impasse mirrored a different scenario on the table Dec. 17, this one involving a decision by the Board of Spokane County Commissioners. Earlier in the day, Allen attended a county hearing that featured a unanimous vote by the board to include Liberty Lake and the city of Spokane Valley in the jurisdictional area for noxious weed enforcement. Allen had recommended that Liberty Lake — which already has its own noxious weed program in place — not be included in the amendment. At a rate of $3 per land parcel, the county collects $9,500 from Liberty Lake and $94,000 from Spokane Valley each year for the program. While the county facilitates education and outreach, Allen said “there is still a question about the overall benefit of the program to the city.” “We shouldn’t be subsidizing the rest of the county, especially if we already have our own program,” said Council Member Cris Kaminskas. Council directed City Attorney Sean Boutz to look into options the city might have regarding the county’s decision. “Everyone should pay into this,” Peterson said. “Why not Spokane, Cheney, Deer Park or Rockford?” From funds for more street lights to talk of a new, solar powered crosswalk, illumination emerged as the prevailing theme at the Liberty Lake City Council meeting on Dec. 3. In a 6-1 vote, the governing board approved an ordinance amending the 2013 budget to the tune of $30,000 for an LED crosswalk warning system that will be in-

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A few months shy of its 15th birthday, The Splash has shifted its offices down the street to a new address — 23403 E. Mission Ave., Suite 102. The new headquarters are housed inside the Liberty Lake Portal building and mark the fourth address in The Splash’s history, The move took effect Jan. 1. “We are excited to join the dozens of

amazing local companies operating out of the Portal, which has truly become a hub for Liberty Lake small business,” Splash Publisher Josh Johnson said. “We also believe this move will make us a step more convenient for most of our visiting clients and readers.” The Splash office is now located on the first floor of the eastern building of the Portal campus, in the hallway just beyond the turnstile doors. For the past five years,

The Splash was located in a third-floor office at 2310 N. Molter Road. In its history, The Splash has also called space in Greenstone’s Liberty Square building home, and the newspaper got its start housed in the basement of founders Shaun and Nathan Brown’s Liberty Lake home. The Splash phone number remains 2427752. Along with The Splash, the Liberty Lake Portal office space will also provide head-

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Police Report The following incidents, arrests, calls for service and citations were among those reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department between Nov. 18 and Dec. 16. The incident report is listed in chronological order.

Incidents and arrests • Intoxicated parent — At 3:20 p.m. Nov. 22, LLPD was dispatched to the 22000 block of East Wellesley to assist another agency with a report of an intoxicated person trying to pick up their child late from the childcare facility. Officers spoke with the subject, who was taken to Spokane Detox. The child was placed in state custody for the time being. • Drug arrest — A 31-year-old Spokane Valley man was arrested at the 19000 block of East Cataldo at 11:44 a.m. Nov. 24 on an escape warrant from the Department of Corrections as well as for possession of methamphetamine. He was originally approached by officers responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the location’s parking lot. After the man was placed under arrest for the escape warrant, a search of his person turned up the methamphetamine. He was booked into Spokane County Jail on both charges. • Stolen Polaris — At 10:18 a.m. Nov. 25, LLPD responded to the 19000 block of East Broadway on a report that a 2014 Polaris Razer 900 XP was stolen from the parking lot at 4:53 p.m. Nov. 13. The vehicle was on display has an estimated value of $17,794. The case was given to the detective to investigate. • Eluding suspect — A 23-year-old Spokane man was arrested at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 25 after police picked up a chase from Post Falls, where the suspect had failed to pull over when police there initiated a traffic stop. LLPD pursued the suspect into Washington, and he lost control of his vehicle after jumping the curb and hitting a street sign on Country Vista. LLPD officers ordered the man out of his car at gunpoint and placed him in custody. When asked why he didn’t stop, the man apologized and said he didn’t want to go back to jail. He had been arrested a few days earlier in Spokane on burglary charges. He also reported he had just purchased the vehicle and did not have a driver’s license. He was booked into jail for felony eluding and reckless driving. A citation for speeding, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, no valid operator’s license with ID and failure to stop at a stop sign were also given to him. • Fraud — At 11:08 a.m. Nov. 27, LLPD responded to a report of fraud at the 22000 block of East Country Vista Drive. A complainant reported receiving a call from an individual who claimed she had

been awarded an $8,000 grant. As she had recently applied for an online grant, she assumed she had been awarded one. The caller said the funds could be released after wiring $270 to a provided phone number. After doing so, she received another call from a different individual claiming to be from the Federal Reserve Bank who advised an additional $680 would need to be wired to another number in order to have the funds released to her account the next day. She again sent the money. The next morning when funds had not been disbursed, she contacted the Federal Reserve Bank, who confirmed she was the victim of a scam. A report was filed with the Social Security Administration and her banking institution. • Bike stolen — At 9:40 a.m. Dec. 1, LLPD responded to the 1800 block of North Wolfe Penn St. for a report of burglary/theft. The complainant reported opening her garage door in the mornings while her care warms up, and at some point in the past three to four days, her bicycle had been stolen from inside the garage. The bike is estimated at $3,000. • Phone stolen — At 1:14 a.m. Dec. 2, LLPD was dispatched to North Swing and East Country Vista Drive for a report of stolen property. The complainant reported losing her phone the previous day while on Mt. Spokane and, after checking her “Find My iPhone” application, located the phone at a local residence. An officer arrived at the residence and was told by a subject that he had found the phone and was trying to locate the owner using the associated iTunes account. The phone was returned to the complainant, who reported it had been wiped clean of all her information and looked as though someone had tried setting it up for personal use. • Trailer stolen, then returned — At 9:41 a.m. Dec. 2, LLPD was dispatched to East Nora and North Willamette for a vehicle theft. A complainant reported that a trailer he owned was returned to a storage facility after being hauled away by an unknown subject sometime over the weekend. A witness who saw the trailer being returned called the complainant, thinking it odd since it had been sitting so long in storage. The trailer was not used much as it was full of household items. The complainant believes that’s why the trailer was returned — it did not contain what the prospective thief was hoping for, such as a motorcycle. He pointed out that a logo on the trailer reads, “Hard Rock Racing.” • Car vs. apartment complex — At 3:55 p.m. Dec. 8, LLPD was dispatched to the 24000 block of East Hawkstone Loop for an accident in which a vehicle had

struck the apartment building. The driver reported that while trying to park the vehicle, she hit the accelerator instead of the brake, causing the vehicle to move forward into the apartment. There was no one inside the apartment when the vehicle struck; however, the driver was transported to the hospital for back, neck and chest pain. • Burglary — At 10:37 a.m. Dec. 9, LLPD received a report of a burglary at the 19000 block of East Cataldo. The detective observed damage to an RV, which was missing two flat-screen televisions that were pried from their mounts with kitchen knives. There was also damage to several compartment doors and the dash, where it appeared subjects had attempted to remove the stereo. Video of the incident was being procured at the time for further investigation. • Citizen assist — At 11:48 p.m. Dec. 12, LLPD was dispatched to the 23000 block of East Appleway Avenue, where an elderly man was located walking down the roadway. The man had been stopped by three women, who were concerned as he was only wearing a sweatshirt and no coat in the snowy conditions. The man was confused and reported living near the South Hill in the Palouse Highway area and that he was on his way to mail a package at the post office. When officers arrived, they noted he did not have a package, only an apple in his pocket. After speaking to him at great length, they determined he was confused and offered to transport him to an area hospital. The man agreed, and LLPD left him in the care of medical staff. • Attempted theft — At 1:15 p.m. Dec. 13, LLPD responded to the 1200 block of North Liberty Lake Road for an attempted theft. Two males and a female reportedly entered the store, and one of the males began shopping while the other two cashed in a gift card at the customer service desk. When the gift card transaction was complete, the shopper returned with a basket full of items that had not been paid for and attempted to walk out of the store with the other two subjects. Personnel attempted to stop the male from leaving, and at one point ended up on the ground with him, but the male was able to get away and ran north through the parking lot. LLPD officers procured video surveillance and pictures of the incident. • Assault arrest — A 32-year-old Liberty Lake man was arrested at 6:25 p.m. Dec. 13 for fourth degree assault, malicious mischief, DWLS and obstruction of justice. LLPD was dispatched to the 25000 block of East Hawkstone Loop on the report that a domestic violence dispute was taking place. The complainant reported the man had come to the

Calls for service Reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department Nov. 18 to Dec. 16 Alarm 2 Assault 1 Attempted theft 1 Burglary 1 Child abuse or neglect 1 Citizen assist 5 Deceased person 1 Domestic violence 1 Drug possession 1 DUI 6 Family fight 3 Fraud 2 Fugitive 3 Harassment 2 Juvenile runaway 1 Lost or found property 2 Not classified 2 Property theft 4 Suspicious person/circumstance 1 Traffic accident 7 Traffic offense 18 Vehicle prowl 2 Vehicle theft 3 Welfare check 1

Citations Reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department Nov. 18 to Dec. 16 Allowing unauthorized to drive 2 Assault 1 Driving without license/ID 2 DUI 6 DWLS 22 Expired registration 4 Failure signal 1 Failure to stop/yield at intersection 2 Failure to yield to pedestrian 1 Headlights improper mount 1 Improver pass at curve 1 Interfering with report of DV 1 Liability insurance 12 Malicious mischief 1 Negligent driving 1 Obstructing law enforcement 1 Open container 1 Reckless driving 1 Speeding 20 Texting while driving 1 Transfer of ownership 1

residence and asked her for money and her car keys. When she refused, an argument ensued at which point the man reportedly grabbed the woman’s purse and shut himself in the bedroom. The woman gained access to the room, at which point the man kicked her in the thigh and hit her in the head with her purse before saying, “I’m not going to jail tonight,”

See POLICE, page 36

HISTORY Ice skating provided winter draw to Liberty Lake

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One of the greatest romances of winter is the graceful gliding of skaters along a frozen pond filled with laughter and joy in refreshingly crisp air. Inland Empire skating captured in the writing of the early 1900s centered on flooded backyards, the quaint frozen neighborhood ponds of Manito, Cannon Hill and Wandermere, and the unlikely but wildly alluring wind on your faces in the open spaces of far-away Liberty Lake. In December 1901, chatter around the young, elite Spokane Athletic Club included an endorsement of wintertime lake excursions. “Several wagonloads” of ice skaters could be transported to Liberty Lake, where the ice was “fine” and “nearby farm houses offered shelter and good food.” Thus began weekend skating parties to the prized lake. It was reported that hundreds of skaters would visit on a given day. Somewhere around a decade later and emboldened by the popular ice excursions, train entrepreneurs who’d been transporting beach-bound Spokanites to the shores of Liberty Lake Park expanded to include icebound skaters during the winter months. By 1916, skating parties could board the Spokane & Inland Empire Rail Road on as many as three lake-bound trains and return to town on one of four. Organized parties could charter a train for $25 which would return to Spokane whenever its passengers agreed to leave. C.O. Jenks, general manager of the S&IE, ordered a portion of the lake to be cleared for skating as well as a 30- to 40-foot swath that ran across or sometimes even around the lake. He employed two teams of road scrapers to accomplish this massive task. It’s unclear if these “teams” were the old, commonly used road scrapers


Competitions Opening Day of Fishing Dancing Water Competitions Liberty Lake Amateur All Valley Picnics Dutch Jake Picnics Hydroplane Races Baseball Games Liberty Lake and Football A.R.T.’s Christmas in July

DID YOU KNOW? • A Dec. 12, 1931, Spokane Daily Chronicle article showed just how important good, smooth ice was: “Inland empire skaters are certain to be happy for at least one more Sunday, barring earthquakes or other disasters that would ruin the ice.”   • The Depression cost Petty-Skok both her Liberty Lake family cottage and 1932 Olympic dreams when she didn’t have the financial backing to go. Although devastated, perseverance (and a patient fiancé) enabled her to compete in 1936. Two days before her event, she got food poisoning. She barely missed a bronze medal but refuses to use the food poisoning as an excuse.


Above, a group of ice skaters gather at Liberty Lake. At right, an airplane is parked on the frozen lake. Skaters, vehicles and even the occasional plane were a common winter site in historic Liberty Lake. pulled by teams of two horses or mules, or possibly two crawler tractors (introduced in the US in 1900) fitted with newly patented, machine-grade road scrapers. Rail cars continued to make the run at least three times a day on good skating days through at least 1924, a winter that boasted to have provided the best skating in years! Charlie Young, proprietor of the general store on Melkapsi, served lunches either at his store or on the ice from his refreshmentladen stage coach. In March 1923, The Arctic Skating Club of Spokane staged a skating contest at the lake that drew a crowd of 300 spectators. Four events were held, with a one-mile race determining the championship of the Inland Empire. Fred McGarry, president of the club, won the 150-yard race with a time (15 seconds) that was one second shy of the world record. But lake adventures weren’t exclusive to clubs or city folks pursuing a day’s outing. Cabins and cottages began dotting the lakeshore early in the century. Though they weren’t year-round residences, they provided all that was needed to enjoy longer stays at the lake regardless of the season. When the delightfully young, 98-yearold Mary Lou Petty-Skok speaks, listeners effortlessly linger on her infectious memories of life at Liberty Lake. Mary Lou, as Splash readers likely recall, is a jewel in Liberty Lake’s history. She catches our attention because she swam the 400-meter freestyle for the United States in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin (placing a respectable fourth), but she captures our hearts because she embraces all of life, good and bad, with

• Ice begins to be “safe” at around 4-6 inches thickness. Do not even walk on ice 3 inches or less. For more on ice safety, visit

a humble, positive and contagious attitude. The year Mary Lou was born, 1915, the Petty’s began to hang out in a small “cottage” someone had pulled up on the beach at MacKenzie Bay. The family frequented this place until 1918, when Mary Lou’s father built three cottages south of Dreamwood Bay near the old “forbidden” Stonehouse. One cottage housed her immediate family, and the other two belonged to relatives. Their three families, which included six kids, also shared a deluxe, three-room outhouse fondly dubbed “Hustle Inn.” From late grade school through early high school, Petty joined other neighborhood kids in meeting at the closest ice house to load their wagons with ice chunks sawn from the frozen lake, perhaps three feet by three feet and whatever thickness was maneuverable, she recollects, and then pulled the loaded wagon home for refrigeration purposes. Even work was fun! Another favorite pastime on windy days was to skate against the wind for some distance, then turn, open their coats and ice sail back. Some things never change, though there have been many variations of “sails” spotted on Liberty Lake through the years! “The weather was different in those days,” Skok reminisced. “It would freeze, but (usually) no snow would fall until the week before Christmas, so the ice was amazing ... clean and clear; you could see the bottom of the lake!” During her high school years in the early 1930s, there were usually 10-15 kids who loved to play crack the whip — and this was no normal game of crack the whip!

• We are looking for your personal Liberty Lake stories (long or short, 1970s or earlier) and/or pictures for a collection to be published in our 2015 series in The Splash. We are available to help you write your stories if you desire. What’s your Liberty Lake adventure? Submit yours and others’ stories along with your name and contact information to “Everyone knew what to do!” Mary Lou quipped. After outfitting a car (commonly driven on the frozen lake back then) with a 30-40 foot rope, skaters grabbed ahold and “skated like mad” to keep slack in the rope as the car managed to gain traction on the slick ice. The driver, heading for the tulies, blinked the lights when it got close and braked! The car would almost stop completely, and the skaters would “crack the whip”! One time Mary Lou fell and skidded spread eagle “almost as fast as the skaters!” Even after she was married, Mary Lou and her husband Bob Skok continued the tradition. Perhaps it’s been the excitement of the adventure that’s lured people here throughout the years — train rides, parties with friends, the beautiful setting, traditions, or the array of truly classy, entertaining events and venues. But the epitome of the adventure — whether it’s skating, fishing, water skiing, swimming, golfing, bicycling or another of LL’s great amenities — lies in the attitude. Thanks, Mary Lou, for the example. Karen Johnson is a longtime resident and Liberty Lake Historical Society board member.

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Calendar of Events COMMUNITY EVENTS Jan. 1 | New Year’s Day Jan. 2 | City accepting 2014 reservations 8 a.m. The city of Liberty Lake will begin accepting 2014 Facility Use Permit Applications for city facilities as well as reservations for community garden plots at Rocky Hill Park and Arboretum Community Gardens. For more: 755-6726

Jan. 9 | The Importance of Organics 6:30 p.m., Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave.  Join Jeremiah Stevens, ND, and Julia Stevens, ND, for a round table discussion on organic food, food labeling and genetically modified organisms. For more: 232-2510 or

Jan. 20 | Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan. 23 | Library book club 6:30 p.m.,

Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave.  The group will be discussing “The Samurai’s Garden” by Gail Tsukiyama. Newcomers are welcome. For more: 232-2510

Jan. 27 | Financial Peace University

6:30 to 8 p.m., Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave.  Dave Ramsey’s program to help people become debt free will start on this Monday and take place over the next nine weeks. To register or for more: www.

Feb. 22 | White Night of Hope 6 p.m.,

Spokane Convention Center. This white carpet event is a fundraiser for GraceSon Housing Foundation and will feature live art and local musicians, The Rub. To register or for more: www.

March 1 | Father Daughter Dance 2014

Liberty Lake Kiwanis will present this 9th annual event 7 p.m. at CenterPlace at Mirabeau Point. Tickets are $45 per couple ($20 each additional daughter) until Feb. 24. To purchase tickets or for more:, 979-6652 or 951-3573

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

Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Save the date for the annual tea on April 26! Tickets are $25 and will be available in March.

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

Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary Club Noon

computer classes; 2 p.m. Saturdays, kids craft. For more: 232-2510 The library will be closed Jan. 1.

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

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

Senior Lunch programs 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Monday through Friday, Talon Hills Senior Complex, 24950 E. Hawkstone Loop. Seniors age 60 and older invited; recommended donation $3.50.

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

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

MUSIC & THE ARTS Dec. 31 | New Year’s Eve Mirabeau Ballroom Bash Max at Mirabeau Restaurant

and Lounge, 1100 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. This event will feature the Martini Brothers. For more:

Jan. 4 & 5 | Auditions for “The Big Five-Oh” Liberty Lake Community Theatre,

5:30 p.m., Mirabeau Park Hotel & Convention Center, 1100 N. Sullivan. Cocktail hour with no-host bar, gourmet dinner and awards ceremony. Cost is $65 per person or $600 per table. For more: www.spokanevalleychamber. org

Feb. 7 | CVSD Strategic Plan Renewal Summit 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., CenterPlace

Regional Event Center. Parents, students, staff, community members and business leaders invited to participate in developing strategies in renewed strategic plan. Light dinner provided. RSVP by Jan. 15 required. For more: 228-5404 or

Feb. 8 | Regional Lakes Conference

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

Recurring Central Valley School board meeting 6:30

Jan. 14 | “I Am: One Nation” concert 7:30

and third Tuesdays of each month, City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive.

p.m., Central Valley High School Theatre, 821 S. Sullivan Road. This concert by the CV Wind Ensemble will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Tickets are $5. For more: centralvalley

Recurring Liberty Lake Art Society Third Wednesday of the month, various times and locations. Create, learn and explore new art avenues, as well as display, sell and network your art. No jurying board, no bylaws, no pressure. Work on projects to benefit Liberty Lake and surround communities. Dues are $10 per year, and you do not need to be a local resident to join. For more: 255-9600 Mirabeau Blues 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Max at

Mirabeau Restaurant and Lounge, 1100 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. Fall into the House of Blues during the month of January with Laffin Bones (3-4, 31), Salty Doggs (10-11), Usual Suspects (17-18) and Jesse Westin (2425). For more:


Liberty Lake Lions Club Noon on the

Jan. 10 | Women Executives of Liberty Lake (WELL) 12:45 to 2 p.m., Liberty Lake

Liberty Lake Municipal Library 23123 E. Mission Avenue. 4 p.m. Mondays, Lego club; 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, toddler/ preschool story time; 10:15 a.m. Fridays, baby lapsit story time; 11 a.m. Friday, toddler/ preschool story time and songs; 1 p.m. Fridays, story time and crafts for preschoolers; 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Knitting Club; 10:30 a.m. Saturdays,

Jan. 25 | Gem of the Valley Awards Gala

22910 E. Appleway Ave. Those ages 16 and older are encouraged to audition for this comedy that will be presented Feb. 28 through March 8. For more: www.libertylaketheatre. com

Thursdays, Meadowwood Technology Campus Liberty Room, 2100 N. Molter Road.

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

Cost is $25 for members and guests; $45 for non-members. For more: www.

Sewer and Water District, 22510 E. Mission Ave. Guest speaker Cheyloye Penwell of Lakeshore Insurance will discuss the “Ins and Outs of Obamacare.” Attendees are invited to arrive early to shop the table displays. For more: www.

Jan. 17 | Business Connections Breakfast: Biz Buzz (speed networking) 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., Mirabeau Park Hotel & Convention Center, 1100 N. Sullivan.

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

Liberty Lake City Council 7 p.m. on the first

Liberty Lake Merchants Association 7 a.m. Tuesdays, Liberty Lake Portal, 23403 E. Mission Ave., Suite 120. Open to business professionals interested in promoting business in the Liberty Lake and Spokane Valley areas. Networking begins at 6:45 a.m. For more: 323-8953 Liberty Lake Municipal Library board meeting 10:30 a.m. the first Thursday of each month, 23123 E. Mission Ave.

Liberty Lake Library Foundation meeting

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

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

Liberty Lake SCOPE 6:30 p.m. on the first

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

Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District board meeting 4 p.m. on the second Monday

Jan. 18 | Exercise Institute Open House 9 a.m. to noon, Exercise Institute, 21651 E. Country Vista Dr. Meet the trainers, see the programs and book a free consultation during this open house that will include chair massages and prize drawings. For more: 9280454

Jan. 20-24 | USA Boxing National Championships 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., HUB

Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. Admission price for the preliminary rounds at the HUB is $10 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors. Championship rounds take place at Northern Quest Resort & Casino on Jan. 25-26. For more:

Jan. 25 | Spokane Chiefs Washington Army National Guard Buck Night & Cheerstix Giveaway Join other hockey fans

for $1 hot dogs, Coca Cola and popcorn. The first 5,000 fans will receive a set of cheerstix. For more:

Jan. 26 | Futsal Fest Adult Tournament

8 a.m. to 7 p.m., HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. This 4-on-4 tournament has men, women and co-ed divisions for high school, under 30 and over 30. Registration is $175 by Jan. 7 or $200 if received by Jan. 17. For more:

Feb. 8 | Complete Woman’s Wellness “Super Saturday” Healthy Living Liberty Lake, 2207 N. Molter Road, suite 203A. This one-day workshop will address all aspects of women’s wellness to achieve optimal health. For more: 924-6199

Recurring Feet to Friends 9:30 to 11 a.m. weekly on

Monday and Thursdays, HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. Beginning Jan. 6, this indoor walking group is for those who desire to meet others in the community who desire to be active for their health. Cost is $1 per session. For more: 294-8500

HUB Sports Center 19619 E. Cataldo Ave.

Various classes, activities and events occur throughout the week, including badminton, basketball, kenpo karate, pickleball and Zumba. For more: All calendar listings were provided to or gathered by Splash staff. If you would like your event considered for the community calendar, please submit information by the 15th of the month to

of each month, 22510 E. Mission Ave.

HEALTH & RECREATION Jan. 5 | Frost Fest Volleyball 8 a.m. to 5:30

p.m., HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. For more:

Jan. 17-19 | Flip Fest Gymnastics 7 a.m.

to 9 p.m., HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. Hosted by Dynamic Gymnastics, this meet is for experienced competitors as well as those new to the sport. Admission price for spectators is $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 and older. For more: www.hubsportscenter. org

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Community Briefs Scouts picking up trees Boy Scout Troop 463 is available to pick up Christmas trees through Jan. 7. The troop asks for a $5 donation. To schedule a pickup, call Steve at 868-5868.

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CV students named AP scholars The following 41 students from Central Valley High School earned AP Scholar designations from the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement (AP) exams taken in spring 2013. National AP Scholar Award: Alexander Arachtingi, Emily Barkley, Donggyun Kim, Alexandria Moore, Joshua Ross, John Schutts, Alexander Wende and David Yuan AP Scholar with Distinction: Lauren Allen, Alexander Arachtingi, Emily Barkley, Derek Bischoff, Stephanie Brown, Josiah Brubaker, Alec Bumgarner, Michael Butler, Jacob Conant, Anthony Damico, Sela Foster, Philip Howard, Charles Kable, Donggyun Kim, Kylie LeBlanc, Haylee Millikan, Alexandria Moore, Brinley Poulsen, Natalie Riel, Joshua Ross, Curtis Schmitz, John Schutts, Zachary Termath, Derek Vasquez, Alexander Wende and David Yuan AP Scholar with Honor Award: Katelyn Dolan, Robert Duggan, Karl Ellingson, Erin Golden, Anusha Gollapalli, Hailee Herbst, Ashlee Mcgovern, Cassie Miller, Katie Mullin, Gabrielle Peterson, Austin Seely, Brett Siddoway, Grayson Sykes, Emily Travo, and Carly Wolf AP Scholar Award: Claire Alves, Oscar Arreguin, Brock Benzel, Erik Bodrock, Danielle Bourgeois, Mckenzie Britain, Ethan Chavez, Carlin Coulson, Aaron Croom, Josiah Cunningham, Mckay Demars, Aidan Dowling, Hailey Ferguson, Alanna Hamilton, Lauren Himmelreich, Haley Hogberg, Alea Hovren, Liberty Johnson, Andrew Keeve, Jinhyuk, Kim, Kaitlyn Leblanc, Ryan Mccauley, Michelle Nemeth, Mara Orenstein, Frank Petrilli, Tyler Pichette, Mitchell Sanders, Aubrey Spear, Laura Stanley, Jaclyn Urbanec, Kathryn Weisbeck and Ryan Wells

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GMS announces Honor Roll for first trimester The following students were honored by Greenacres Middle School for finding a place on the first trimester Honor Roll. 4.0 (sixth grade): Dori Ames, Anika Chalich, Jeremy Fuhriman, Esha Gollapalli, Ryan Hagerty, Rachel Hamry, Joshua Hermes, Emily Heskett, Tyler Hunter, Tyler Jones, Kaitlyn Kaluza, Thane Laker, Haley Lance, Emma Leiby, Addison McLelland, Shawn Mulligan, Jasmyn Persicke, Tim Polishchuk, Halinah Putz, Makenzie Raab, Conner Russell, Julia Simpson, Lucy Yan 3.25 and above (sixth grade): Jacob Abshire, Joshua Aguirre, Boden Albright, Danya Alharbi, Abigail Austin, Eloise Austin, Victoria Axtell, Katelyn Bartel, Drake Beale, Kylee Behar, Tenya Benjamin, Hunter Bly, Brenna Brantner, Paige Bridgens, Garrett Burns, Chad Carlson, Gracie Carlson, Tyshaun Carmen, Caden Carter, Marcos Ceresero, Eric Chandler, Andre Charbonneau, Carter Childress, Hunter Clark, Kieleen Clark, Adrianna Collie, Tate Cornell, Briana Creeger, Jason Crigger, Jacob Crowley, Cesar De la O, Jamie Dickman, Bryden Dodson, Jenny Drinkwine, Jorren Dumo, Jennifer Duong, Christina Evey, Jared Fisher, Henry Flint, Abby Ford, Kylie Forsyth, Lea Foster, Romey Fox, Sydney Gannon, Joshua Gartner, Nathaniel Garza, Luke Grisafi, Katelyn Hansen, Grace Hanson, Christi Harms, Ryan Harper, Andrew Harter, Taryn Harvey, Essence Hiatt, Lindsey Hickson, Hayden Humphries, Mike Jarmin, Isabella Jeppson, Brelin Johns, Caden Johnson, Quinn Johnson, Adam Jones, Collyn Jones, Kyle Jones, Mohammad Kaddoura, Kyle Kaminskas, Kylie Keller, Griffin Keys, Madelynn Knight, Emilee Kopelson, Miranda Kuhlmann, Aidan Lamkins, David Laptev, Johannes Liaboe, Gabriella Magana, Finn Mallinen, Abbey Martineau, Sara McGill, MaryKate McHenry, Mason McNeilly, Jacob Measel, Nathan Mercer, Valerie Messick, Aidan Meyer, Olivia Minnick, Mia Morales, Ethan Moriniti, Josef Mueller, Brandon Neer, Garrett Newell, Madelynn Ochse, Emma Ohlsen, Ethan Oliver, Alexis Palmer, Ty Parker, Carly Petersen, Kayla Piche, Kyra Price, Dallin Prince, Olivia Rachoy, Rylan Redden, Ashley Rich, Kole Richardson, Rogan Rodriguez, Ashlyn Rogers, Evan Rohm, Noah Sanders, Jacob Sattler, Clare Scherer, Brena Schmaltz, Haley Schmedtje, Gavin Schulhauser, Drew Scott, Yohann Sharma, Cameron Sheley, Jensen Shypitka, Jayce Simmons, Olivia Sine, Jaylen Smith, Madison Smith, Brandon Snider, Carson Spence, Emily St. John, Marissa Suarez, Sydney Sutton, Matthew Szymanski, Devin Tanak, Suheyla Tanak, Makayla Taylor, Akaysha Thomas, Kellen Ungaro, Ryan Ungaro, Kaleb Vakaloloma, Jessica Vargas, Kody Vaughn, Lily Wagner, Korbin Weiler, Alexa Weinstock, Claire Westby, Jacob White, Dylan Williams, Kirsten Wold, Simon Xiong, Aubrey Zeutschel 4.0 (seventh grade): Seth Baker, Brendan Bertone, MaKayla Claypool, MaKenzie Claypool, Casey Constance, Ethan Hagmann, Haley Johnson, Kali Natarajan, Stella Olander, Hannah Sherman, Abigail Sims, Calvin Whybrew 3.25 and above (seventh grade): Natalie Abernathy, Maggie Ames, Jamie Anderson, Rachel Anderson, Jackson Ashworth, Kylie Austin, Spencer Auth, Marissa Bankey, Shawn Barnett, Alexis Beard, Ty Bennett, Avery Benson, Andrew Bertone, Alyssa Bertram, Caleb Betts, Emma Brewer, Liberty Broughton, Michael Bucknell, Reece Bumgarner, Kelsie Cabiad, Kylar Cahalan, Diedre Calvo, Brenna Carlton, Ian Chambers, Miles Chambers, Emilee Cheff, Carmen Christensen, Gabrielle Christiansen, Ben Church, Haley Clark, Sierra Clark, Sam Clary, Logan Coddington, Bradley Colliflower, Trinity Coulter, Rafe Cox, Alisa Crooks, Mitchell Curl, Julio De la O, Andrew Deering, Mathias DeLaRosa, Brooke DeRuwe, William Dow, Gage

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TO LEARN MORE… Blessings Under the Bridge organizes a Wednesday night weekly feed as well as special events in downtown Spokane off 4th and Browne. There are simple jobs for kids and families to do together such as filling baskets with treats and handing out snacks. To learn more, go to www.butb. org or search for their page on Facebook.


When Chassity Stanisich was planning for her birthday party last fall, she put gloves, jackets and socks on the list of gifts she’d like to receive. But when the gifts came her way, it was clear the winter items weren’t intended for her. In place of personal gifts, Chassity, 11, requested that party guests bring warm supplies to donate to Blessings Under the Bridge, an organization that serves the area’s homeless population. She said her friends (and their parents) really got into the spirit by researching what the organization needed including hot cocoa to make warm drinks for people who live on the streets. Chassity said she had served in 2012 at the winter event put on by Blessings Under the Bridge by sorting clothing items and helping people look for the right sizes. “I felt very happy doing it,” she said. “I was kind of shocked and wondered how they could live in that freezing weather.” But ever since her October birthday, Chassity and her mom have volunteered on Wednesday nights in downtown Spokane to serve a meal and hand out needed supplies to the area’s less fortunate. But Chassity doesn’t limit her involvement to one night a week. At home, she helps her mom bake desserts for the charity’s special events and bags dog food to feed the pets of those who are homeless. Chassity and a friend recently created bracelets to hand out at the winter event put on in December. Jessica Kovac, founder of Blessings Under the Bridge, called Chassity a “baby Teresa” (referring to humanitarian Mother Teresa) because her heart is like an old soul. She said Chassity went from doing little jobs when she first started to now serving food



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and hot coffee. Whatever task she is given, Jessica said, Chassity humbly serves and cheerfully gives to others. “She thinks very deep for an 11-year-old and has positive views and reasons for helping,” Jessica said. “She never slows down and she is always thinking of new ways to give or creative ideas to make things to give.” When asked what inspired her to serve with this non-profit, Chassity said she just realized how much she had compared to how little others had. “Imagine if you were someone who was less fortunate,” she said. “I feel really proud that I get to help people.” April Stanisich, Chassity’s mom, said that their family has always donated to charities like this in the past but they have never been as “hands-on” with an organization as they are with Blessings Under the Bridge. As they bake desserts for the homeless or serve together on Wednesday nights, April said she’s noticed a change in Chassity. It was especially reflected in her Christmas list that was made up of items that could help the homeless. “She used to really want everything,” April said. “Now she's definitely thinking more of others and less of herself.”

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Soup’s up! Compiled by Tammy Kimberley SPLASH STAFF WRITER

Did you know that January is national soup month? Nothing tastes better on a cold winter’s night than a warm bowl full of delicious soup with some crackers or bread. In the past, soup was often referred to as pottage, from the Latin word “potare” which means to drink. The word soup may have come from the slurping sounds people made when they drank the hot broth from a spoon. This form of food is made up primarily of liquid. By adding ingredients such as meat, vegetables or other liquids, it creates a flavorful broth. There are clear soups and thick soups, vegetable soups and pasta soups. Soup is one thing that kids can easily help their parents with in the kitchen. You can offer to rinse or cut veggies to prepare. You might want to help your parents set out a soup bar where you can add your own specialties to the broth. Or you can create a competition over the course of the year to try making different soups and then ask family members to rate them. The good news is that soup nights often leave lots of leftovers. That means less time for mom or dad in the kitchen, and more time for them to spend time with you!



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Souper Reads Warm up a pot of soup, snuggle up with a family member and read one of these soup-themed books that are available via the borrowing systems at Liberty Lake Municipal Library and the Spokane County Library District.

“Cactus Soup” by Eric Kimmel “Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months” by Maurice Sendak  “Duck Soup” by Jackie Urbanovic  “Mouse Soup” by Arnold Lobel  “Pumpkin Soup” by Helen Cooper  “Soup Day” by Melissa Iwai  “Stone Soup” by Marcia Brown 

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Valles finds heritage, new venture in retirement By Jocelyn Stott


As a kid growing up near Minnetonka, Minn., Tom Valles didn’t know how much his friendship with an older Native American craftsman would influence his future. The retired semi driver didn’t know until later in life that his family’s heritage could be traced back to Geronimo, the famous Apache warrior. Nor did he know he’d eventually go into making Native American crafts. However, after a lifetime of crossing the country and settling in Liberty Lake for retirement, the Vietnam-era Navy veteran has begun T-Apache Native American Jewelry, operating out of his modest condominium. Valles currently sells his products directly from his home but hopes to eventually move into a larger space. He specializes in jewelry, woodcarving and leatherwork. One of Valles’ favorite creations is a hand-hewn leather pouch containing an “Apache Teardrop,” or black obsidian from Arizona. The teardrops are said to symbolize the tears shed by a group of Apache women who discovered their men had been killed in battle. The legend states that enough tears were shed for a lifetime and could replace the tears of those who experience sorrow. An inscription included with the teardrop reads: When you’re sad and you want to cry, rub the Apache Teardrop and dry your eyes. Native American craftworks are a passion of Valles, but he didn’t know until later in life that it also aligned with his family’s history. Valles said his mother used to take him to Northern Minnesota to visit family as a child. “She told me not to play near the reservation that was nearby, so of course that’s the first place I went,” recalls Valles. There, Valles said, he met an older Sioux Indian who kept a number of children in his midst occupied by creating bead crafts. “I never really thought about it until I was much older, but you know, he taught everybody (the craft),” remembers Valles. Valles said he never really knew his own father, but his sister Anita had done some genealogy studies and talked to a few of their dad’s friends in Arizona and Mexico to discover that his father was an Apache Indian thought to be a descendant of Geronimo.


Artist and craftsman Tom Valles displays some of his creations at his Liberty Lake home along with his wife, Marilyn DeVeau Valles. Valles specializes in jewelry, woodcarving and leatherwork. While Valles grew up in Minnesota, he dropped out of school early and joined the Navy, where he worked on a Cold War surveillance ship as a machinist, along with his brother James John (JJ). After finishing his service, Valles began a variety of jobs as a ranch hand. He also formed a rock and roll band with JJ in and around Ft. Stockton, Texas, and Apple Valley, Calif. Eventually, he got his Class A CDL license and began driving a semitruck, completed his GED and earned an Associate’s Degree in music. Now, Valles, along with his wife of 12 years, Marilyn DeVeau Valles, enjoys his grandchildren and learning more about his craftwork. “I like to engrave gunstocks and metal work, too; I have an aptitude for that,” said Valles. He and Marilyn travel to New Mexico and Arizona for inspiration and supplies for his crafts but have also found great resources locally at the Coeur d’Alene Indian

TOM VALLES Hometown: Minnetonka, Minn. Business: T-Apache Native American Jewelry Online: Tapachenativeamericanjewelry When he’s not making crafts: He’s playing with his grandchildren

Reservation. Valles sells most of his products at yard sales, craft fairs and fundraising events. “I like to walk by the river and find things that are unique,” he said. “Then I try to come up with something interesting. It’s very relaxing. … “No two things I make are ever the same.”

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TRIVIA TEST 1. POP CULTURE: What is Barbie’s (the doll) last name? 2. LITERATURE: Who wrote the thriller novel “The Day of the Jackal”? 3. MOVIES: The film “Lady Sings the Blues” was the story of what singer? 4. ANATOMY: What are succedaneous teeth also known as?

Hold on to old sheet music? ‘Collecting’ column by Larry Cox KING FEATURES SYNDICATE

Q: My great-aunt recently died in Mississippi. For years she taught young students piano, and her estate includes piles of older sheet music. Should we keep or toss it? — Johnnie, Baton Rouge, La. A: Wayland Bunnell is an expert and appraiser of sheet music, and he stated that unless you have pieces that are extraordinary, they probably would not be worth appraising. He is willing to advise you, however, and can be contacted at Sheet music to be aware of includes early ragtime, personality sheets

COMMUNITY 5. GEOGRAPHY: Where does the Gulf of Oman lie? 6. BUSINESS: What is an oligopoly? 7. LEGAL: What does it mean when a case is heard “en banc”? 8. PSYCHOLOGY: What is coprolalia? 9. LANGUAGE: What is a “Catch-22”? 10. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What kind of bird is a bobwhite? © 2013 King Features Syndicate Inc. from the 1920s and ‘30s promoting stars such as Al Jolson, Shirley Temple and Judy Garland, and pre-1925 Irving Berlin compositions. Most sheet music spotted in shops and at antique malls generally sells in the $1 to $3 range. Q: My dad owned a typewriter repair shop and saved about a dozen older machines that he thought were unique. I would like to find out how much they might be worth. — Bill, Topeka, Kansas A: Collectors divide machines into three basic periods: Pioneer, from 1874 to 1890; Classic, from 1890 to 1920; and Modern, all machines manufactured after 1920. As with most collectibles, values depend on several factors including condition and rarity. One of the better typewriter experts is Anthony Castillo, owner of TTS Business and Products, 325 Nassau Blvd., Garden City South, NY 11530. His website and email address are; and Q: I have what I think is an old U.S. Army knife, stamped “US 1918.” What do you think it is worth? — Bill, Wolcott, N.Y. A: One of the better references I have found is “American Premium Guide to Knives and Razors: Identification and Value Guide,” by Jim Sargent (Krause Books). This might be a good place to begin your search. Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions.

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Ringing Out the Old

Library offers peek at 2014 plans By Josh Johnson


815 people registered for the Summer Reading Program

A partnership with the CIN and reciprocal agreement with the SCLD are just two reasons the library has been B-U-SY these past 16 months. Sprinkle in several cosmetic upgrades, including a new entryway, on top of the day-to-day task of maintaining high standards, and it would be hard to blame the Liberty Lake Municipal Library for taking a breather in 2014. Only it isn’t. Whether increasing its digital footprint or introducing a slate of new services, Director of Library Services Pamela Mogen insists the library won’t be resting on its laurels. Mogen, who was recognized at a City Council meeting last month for a full decade of service in her position, listed a 2014 resolution as “getting into shape to compete for the Best Small Library in America award.” The library has previously announced large new projects such as a planned reading garden and its participation in the new IT Academy partnership with Microsoft, but the nuts and bolts of “exploring new possibilities for content, content delivery, and services” will be front and center in the new year, Mogen said.

1,150 new library cards issued

Tablets and eReaders

1,238 volunteer hours clocked

In 2013, the library introduced iPads in the children’s area with preloaded content geared toward youngsters. In 2014, anyone age 6 and older who may have been a bit jealous will have their patience rewarded.

What happened at your Liberty Lake Municipal Library in 2013? A lot! 2 author appearances 3 genealogy workshops 3 eReader drop-in sessions 5 Spokane Teachers Credit Union personal finance workshops 12 public computers 21 magazines available electronically through Zinio 50 computer classes for adults 54 reference books available 24/7 online through the GVRL button 92 children’s activity times (LEGOs & Crafts) 156 reference desk hours (AprilDecember) with 195 questions taken 336 children’s story times

3,462 titles added 4,222 ebooks or audio books downloaded 5,019 people attended library programs 11,615 downloadable audio books became available through three services 16,805 downloadable ebooks became available through three services 32,855 physical items were owned by LLML by December 2013 49,000 visitors came to the library 122,100 items were checked out (includes downloaded titles)

Stockton takes another pass on ego in ‘Assisted’

Looking forward to serving you in 2014! By Daniel Pringle


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WHAT’S IT WORTH TO YA? When it comes to library services, perhaps more than you think. A “Library Use Value Calculator” is now available at library/value.asp. You estimate your monthly use for library services, and the calculator spits out the dollar amount you would pay out of pocket if you weren’t utilizing the library.

“In keeping with the direction of technological change, we will be expanding our use of hand-held devices to deliver content to adults, elementary and middle school-aged children and young adults,” Mogen said. “Adults and young adults will benefit from the addition of eReaders to our circulation mix. Kindles and Nooks will be pre-loaded with the most current, sought-after titles for two-week checkouts, renewable for one additional week if not on hold for another patron.” Plans for the elementary and middle schoolers include pre-loaded iPads or Android tablet devices fixed to tables for use with a variety of programs, such as CyberSafety, a self-paced series that will result in a Certificate of Cyber Safety of readiness to surf the internet, or Financial Literacy for Teens, a how-to in personal finance, Mogen said.

Connecting with LLML online One of the first items to roll out for 2014 will be a new library website, Mogen said.

The new city website debuts in January, and the library will have new pages for to explore without sacrificing any of the previous online services. When it comes to connecting with library services electronically, Mogen also recommended the new Washington State Library Now App. Available in typical app stores such as iTunes and Google Play, the app puts Liberty Lake Municipal Library and its databases on your phone. It also includes a scanner that, when used on an item you come across while shopping at a store, will tell if it is owned by the library, directing you to information for it in the library’s catalog if available, Mogen said, adding the app also has the benefit of doubling as a library card.

Odds and ends Also planned for 2014, Mogen said the library’s collection of electronic magazines will increase as physical copies diminish. The library’s website hosts the Zinio account site where patrons can browse electronic magazine titles. Finally, Mogen said that, “as funds permit,” the library would bolster the software offerings on computers in the Jobs and Career Center and Quiet Reading Room, “allowing users to create a variety of media such as music, art, website design and self-publishing. We’re also looking into instructional resource vendors like or to help people get started on such projects,” she added. For more on library plans and programs both new and continuing, visit or call 232-2510.

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197,100 physical items were checked out and back in by the library staff

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John Stockton’s, “Assisted: an Autobiography,” is as much a recounting of the many people who have played a part in his development, success and reputation as it is the story of his life and journey as an “unknown kid from Spokane” to the NBA

Hall of Fame and Olympic gold. With the characteristic humility he exhibited throughout his career with the Utah Jazz — including 19 straight playoff appearances and two trips to the Finals — Stockton relates a life of hard work, devotion to family and love of friendly competition from which the drama of ego-driven professional sports is unsurprisingly absent. It stirs pride to hear the notoriously media-shy local legend open up about his life and experiences, and how growing up in a simpler and more innocent era as part of a close-knit Catholic neighborhood centered on Gonzaga shaped his values and enabled his longevity at the

highest level of basketball. Still, his good fortune and nearly constant help from parents, coaches, teammates, friends and especially wife, Nada, leave you shaking your head at his luck, though no one is more aware of that luck than Stockton himself. Throughout, his neighborly voice weaves nostalgia, charming anecdotes, lessons on topics like sportsmanship and parenting, and comments on the experiences that formed his personal beliefs. Perhaps the most notable parts of the book are the poems by co-author/editor and grade school coach Kerry Pickett introducing each section. These additions elevate Stockton’s story, and show how this true team player takes every opportunity to help another slam it home. Daniel Pringle is adult services and reference librarian at the Liberty Lake Municipal Library.

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Touched lives, travel characterized a ‘full life’ Liberty Lake icon Lyle Stephenson, 97, passed away Nov. 21 By Josh Johnson


Lyle Stephenson was born in a Liberty Lake cabin and died just down the shoreline at his home in Sandy Beach. But the nearcentury journey between those two dates was marked by thousands of touched lives, millions of miles traveled — and perhaps that many jokes and stories. The beloved Stephenson, who spent a 31-year career in the U.S. Marine Corp, served in three wars and was honored as the grand marshal of the 2003 Liberty Lake Fourth of July Parade, died Nov. 21. He was 97. A service honoring Stephenson will be held, with full military honors, at 2 p.m. May 3 at Thornhill Valley Chapel, daughter Lisa Klapp said. Klapp recalled a life lived traveling the world both during and following a military career that included stops in the U.S. Army, Air Force and Navy in addition to his service in the Marines. Stephenson’s love for travel was perhaps only exceeded by his love for people, a combination that served him well throughout his life. Klapp recalled a story of Stephenson during his service in Korea. Some U.S. military officials were having difficulties communicating with the local population, “so they called my dad in to deal with relationship issues, because he really loved people,” Klapp said. Stephenson also loved animals. Klapp said this sometimes made for interesting family pets, including a desert tortoise named George and three wild hedgehogs who joined the family while Stephenson was stationed in Morocco. Lyle Smith Stephenson was born Sept. 20, 1916, in Liberty Lake. His father, Frank Lyle Stephenson, died when he was 2, and he grew up in Spokane, where his mother Edna Smith operated a boarding house. He worked with his uncle at Neyland’s Grove, cutting ice and hauling it by wagon to customers around Liberty Lake. He graduated from Lewis and


Lyle Stephenson lived many of his 97 years in his hometown of Liberty Lake. The picture at right shows Lyle during a time he served with the Spokane Police Department. He is pictured with Ruby Stephenson, his wife of nearly 34 years who he married in 1943 before heading overseas to serve as a night fighter pilot in World War II. Clark High School in 1934 and attended college at both Whitworth College, where he was president of the freshman class and a member of the football team, and Gonzaga University, where he was a member of Gonzaga’s last football team. Stephenson graduated from GU with a degree in philosophy and later a law degree. He married Ruby Williams of Spokane in Sanford, Fla., in 1943 before heading overseas to serve in World War II as a night fighter pilot. He was shot down over Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, but safely landed. Stephenson’s military career also spanned the Korean War, and Vietnam. Highlights included teaching future Marines at Oregon State College and serving as an intelligence officer at Port Lyautey, Morocco. He retired from the Marines as a colonel in 1973. Lyle was preceded in death by Ruby, his wife of nearly 34 years,

his sister, Ruth Domke, and LaVerna (Midge) Wacholtz, his loving companion of more than 30 years. He is survived by his two daughters, Lisa Klapp and her husband John of Liberty Lake, Jill Ward and her husband Craig of Gresham, Ore.; six grandchildren: Marissa Braff (husband Andrew) of Seattle; Amy Ward (husband Skip Holling) of Tacoma; Holly Thompson (husband Dave) of Franklin, Tenn.; Christopher Ward of Gresham, Oregon; Brooke Johnson (husband Brian) of Tacoma; and Evan Ward (wife Michelle) of Seattle; and eight great-grandchildren. Later in his life, Stephenson retained an almost military level of dedication to a social schedule that included daily breakfast at the Liberty Lake McDonald’s and lunch at the Spokane Valley Fred Meyer. Members of his Tuesday breakfast group, including Clancy and Charlee Pirtle, Lee and Jaye Ev-

ans, Skip and Sharon Sandeno Clint Krall and Reta Aris, invited The Splash to visit about Stephenson at the group’s regular meeting time recently. They listed dozens of other names of people who met regularly with Stephenson for a meal and conversation — and not only local friends. “He constantly had friends who would come to see him from all over the world, making contact with him from his time as a colonel in the military,” Lee Evans said. “He was an amazing person.” The group, clearly filled with its share of joke-tellers and spotlight-grabbers, emphasized that Stephenson stood out, a sentiment shared by Lisa French, the local longtime manager of the McDonald’s. “I love Lyle,” she said. “I think he was the greatest. ... He was definitely the most kind man I have ever met in my life ... and the most positive. To me, he was an inspiration.”

French said that Stephenson had a long-running habit of giving her $50 at Christmas with instructions to buy treats for the McDonald’s breakfast crew. The McDonald’s team had a longstanding tradition as well — throwing Stephenson a birthday party each Sept. 20. French also recalled his daily response to how he was doing — some variation of “I’m still looking down at the grass” — as one of many characteristic sayings. “He always had a quick response,” Clancy Pirtle agreed. “He could have been a master of ceremonies any place. He was a sharp thinker.” Lee Evans said Stephenson’s generosity stuck out among a long list of defining qualities. “I’m truly going to miss Lyle, truly going to miss him,” he said. “It’s a sad deal, but you can’t say he didn’t live a full life. I don’t know anyone who lived a fuller life.”

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‘DIFFERENT DRUMMERS’ — A TIMELINE — 2004 • Don Caron and Lyle Hatcher form a business partnership and begin work on the screenplay. 2007 • Different Drummers wins the Grand Remington for Best Screenplay at WorldFest Houston and also wins Best Screenplay at the San Fernando International Film Festival. • Gary and Lisa Marks commit to an investment position as executive producers of the movie, and the search for additional investors begins. 2008 • Don Caron and Lyle Hatcher begin work on the literary version of Different Drummers. 2010 • The book is completed and released. It becomes a bestseller at the Spokane Barnes and Noble. 2011 • The book is adapted into an updated version of the screenplay. 2012 • Mark Dahlstrom comes onboard as a producer in January. • The production of the movie reaches full funding in August through Gary and Lisa Marks, four additional private investors and a partnership with Washington Filmworks. • Pre-production begins Sept. 1. • Principal photography begins Oct. 10 in Spokane under the movies co-directors, Don Caron and Lyle Hatcher. It wraps up Nov. 23, and post-production ensues. 2013 • The feature film is completed May 10. Ten days later, “Different Drummers” wins the Platinum Remington for Best Family Feature at WorldFest Houston along with a Critic’s Choice Award for Best Young Actor (Brayden Tucker). • On Aug. 1, the motion picture soundtrack, composed and performed by Don Caron and Greg Gower, is released on CDBaby and iTunes. 2014 • On Jan. 10, “Different Drummers” opens at AMC Theatres. -- Source:


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David Dahlke was calm, respectful and patient. Lyle Hatcher was not. The two met when they were in the fourth grade at north Spokane’s Linwood Elementary. That was 48 years ago. For Hatcher, the fact his new friend couldn’t walk like other students was irrelevant. When he began pushing Dahlke and his wheelchair everywhere, people started referring to the pair as “David and the motor.” One day at school, Dahlke intervened when a group of kids were bullying Hatcher, caroming his wheelchair into the skirmish. The gesture taught Hatcher a lesson he still refers to almost five decades later. “I just remember thinking if someone like that can step up, I never want to hear myself complain or feel sorry for myself,” Hatcher said. “I think that’s the greatest thing you can learn — you can either complain or you can get up each morning and say ‘This is the day I’m going to do something worthwhile.’” While Dahlke dealt with the effects of muscular dystrophy — a condition characterized by progressive muscle skeletal weakness — Hatcher was coping with

hyperactivity and behavioral problems. Dahlke sat and Hatcher sprinted, but the two formed a friendship. “David was the kindest person you ever met,” Hatcher said. “He didn’t ever have anything negative to say about anyone. He never complained.” Dahlke also had a spiritual view of life that provided him with an enlightened perspective Hatcher had not seen before. When challenged why God couldn’t simply allow him to run again, David let Lyle and others know, “It doesn’t work that way.” For Hatcher, the friendship had a ripple effect beyond a few years in north Spokane. From pushing wheelchairs in Bloomsday to visiting Vietnam with his wife, Maria, to help kids in need of orthotics and prosthetics, Hatcher points to the example of Dahlke as “something that had a life-changing effect.” Now, Hatcher is telling the story of his “most impactful friend” in a movie titled “Different Drummers,” based on the book of the same name. The film will make its premier in Spokane on Jan. 10 at the AMC 20 Theaters at RiverPark Square. “The world needs a hero, and David is real,” said Hatcher, a resident of Liberty Lake for the past eight years. “This story has a way of realigning people.” Hatcher co-directed and co-wrote the film along with Don Caron, a Spokanebased musician, composer and screenwriter. Hatcher, who quit his job as a suc-

cessful financial advisor nine years ago to work on the project, said he and Caron “have spent most of our money and time on this because we believe in it.” “We were literally running on fumes, but we did it,” Hatcher said. “I quit a very high-paying job to work on this. I knew that nothing had more value.” In addition to the investment of Hatcher and Caron, the film’s $1.5 million budget was financed by local contributions from the likes of Gary Marks, Liberty Lake resident Pam Fredrick and others. “The support has been incredible,” Hatcher said. “We had an entire city helping us.” After hearing friends and family tell him for years that he needed to preserve the story of his friend, Hatcher went to the studios of North by Northwest to record the account. It was there he met Caron, who co-wrote the screenplay and penned the musical score for the critically acclaimed 1999 film, “The Basket.” Impressed with the narrative, Caron took up Hatcher’s cause. Soon, there was talk of a screenplay. “It’s a great dichotomy of characters,” Caron said. By 2007, Dahlke’s story was attracting attention. “Different Drummers” was honored as Best Screenplay at film festivals in Houston and the San Fernando Valley. One investor offered $1 million for the script, but Hatcher and Caron passed, in-

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sisting to preserve the integrity of the message. “We wanted to tell the true story,” Hatcher said. “I didn’t do this for the money or an ego trip. I did it to make sure everyone knows who David was and knows his story.” Research for the book and screenplay involved interviewing those who knew David best, including his family, teachers and friends. Among them was Gloria Dahlke, David’s 92-year-old mother who still lives in Spokane. When the book was published in 2009, it became a regional best-seller. The filming of “Different Drummers” began on Oct. 1, 2012. The campus of Pratt Elementary, located in the Edgecliff neighborhood on the fringe of Spokane Valley and closed since 2007, was transformed to resemble the school Hatcher and Dahlke attended in the mid-1960s. Around 375

local extras were part of the project along with a cast and crew of 200. Hatcher notes that more than 50 residents of Liberty Lake appear in the movie. “It’s our town,” Hatcher said. “It’s our story. People are going to see a street in the movie and recognize it.” Since early December, Hatcher has been speaking before area churches, schools and other groups about the movie. He is hoping crowds top 20,000 — a number that could mean the film earning wider distribution. “When people go, they need to pay very close attention,” he said. “It’s not ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Avatar.’ It’s real.” As for the takeaway message from “Different Drummers,” Hatcher refers to the review of one critic who said the story will remind people “to live life with everything you’ve got.” “It was a life-changing friendship,” Hatcher said. “I’m just glad I can pass on his story.”

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IF YOU GO ... ‘Different Drummers’ Spokane premier: Jan. 10 at the AMC 20 Theaters at RiverPark Square. Rated: PG Synopsis (from official website): “Different Drummers” is a deeply inspirational and transcendent family film — based on a true story — about the unusual spiritual journey and unlikely friendship of two boys growing up in Spokane in the mid-1960s. Eleven-year-old David, wheelchair-bound by muscular dystrophy, is growing progressively weaker, while his friend, Lyle (10), has a problem with an increasingly high energy level.

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MORE ON THE MOVE Barlows will close for week during transition Described as a traditional, full-service, family-style restaurant, Barlows opened in December 2009 at 1400 N. Meadowwood Lane. The last day of business at that location is set for Jan. 12. The restaurant will then close for seven days to allow for staff training. The new location will open Jan. 20 at 1428 N. Liberty Lake Road. Hours of operation will be 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The new main dining room has the capacity to seat up to 124 guests. Two large banquet rooms on the south side can accommodate 60 to 100, and a full-service lounge seats 46 comfortably. There are 170 spaces of parking around the restaurant compared to the current location’s 24 spots. SPLASH PHOTO BY VALERIE PUTNAM

Barlows in Liberty Lake has grown up. The revamped restaurant is getting set to open its new location at 1428 N. Liberty Lake Road.

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The new year marks a new beginning for Alicia and Michael Fry. On Jan. 20, the couple celebrates the opening of their Liberty Lake restaurant, Barlows, in its new location at 1428 N. Liberty Lake Road. “I believe with this move we’re going to be put on the map,” Alicia said. “We’ve been kind of hidden in the background. Even after four years, people are still going, ‘Wow, I had no idea you were back here.’” Though off the beaten path, Barlows has outgrown its current location on Meadowwood Lane. Since determining renovating the current facility wasn’t an option, the couple decided to build a larger facility. The first step came with the November 2012 purchase of the last available lot at Liberty Lake Town Center, next to Starbucks on the north side of the complex. It took the couple more than seven months to complete the design of the restaurant, meeting with architects, engineers and kitchen designers. The groundbreaking came in mid-July for the 6,800-square-foot facility, estimated at $2.2 million dollars.

“We didn’t want to rush anything,” Alicia said. “We wanted to do it right.” Differences from the current facility are features such as a semi-open kitchen, extensive sound system, full-service lounge with fireplace, two banquet rooms and exterior patios. But the intimate family style restaurant design has elements of the current location, such as warm woods, a coffee counter and a fireplace. “We have fiercely loyal customers,” Alicia said. “They’re concerned they’re going to lose that little restaurant feel that we have right now.” Wanting to encourage a sense of community, the new Barlows has elements of the area as part of the décor, with framed and mounted prints from the Liberty Lake Historical Society. The couple commissioned Joel Rabie, a professional artist from Newman Lake, to paint a 16- by 11-foot mural on the west wall of the dining room depicting the history of Liberty Lake. “We want Liberty Lake to be the focus of our restaurant,” Michael said. “Back in the day when the Coeur d’Alene Tribe was here, this was a place of gathering. That’s how we look at Barlows, a gathering place

for Liberty Lake.” A focus during the design process of the 1,450-square-foot green kitchen was ensuring custom details and efficiencies were added to create a better working environment. The team of designers from Smith & Greene from Kent, Wash., incorporated elements such as natural gas, LED lights and high efficiency appliances. One key feature is the advanced computerized hood system, which monitors how much air it needs. “The professional design team I’ve been working with says it’s one of the best kitchens they’ve done,” Alicia said. The lounge is named Alicia’s Market Side Lounge due to its windows facing the Liberty Lake Farmers Market. Keeping with the theme, the design incorporates elements of the market into the décor, such as a long, blue-striped awning stretched over the bar. The new location will allow Barlows to begin offering a dinner menu, starting at 5 p.m. While the current menu, which includes Alicia’s mother’s homemade recipes, will still be available, there will be a fresh sheet with special menu selections on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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Barlows owners Alicia and Michael Fry are shown here in the new restaurant’s 1,450-square-foot professional kitchen.

“We’ve taken a whole foods approach to the menu,” Alicia said. “We want to go more fresh, eating well, not eating processed, high-sodium dishes.” New menu items include vegetarian dishes, waffles, Panini Sandwiches, a crab eggs benedict, freshly squeezed orange juice and soft serve ice cream. In addition, the larger kitchen allows for more dishes

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Shaun Johnson, who started work as a personal trainer in 2006, has assumed ownership of Exercise Institute, 21651 E. Country Vista Drive. “Here I am, seven years later, owning my own facility and helping others achieve real health and fitness,” Johnson said in an email. “I would say that I am ‘living the dream.’” The Institute ofJOHNSON fers a “total body, zero momentum, high intensity resistance work ut that takes 15 minutes, one or two times a week.” For more, call 928-0454.

STCU Chief Financial Officer Bill Before will have Chief Lending Officer added to his existing title. In his new role, Before will oversee all consumer, commercial and real estate lending for the credit union. He will continue with his CFO responsibilities of overseeing the accounting, finance and compliance functions. Before has worked for Liberty LakeBEFORE based STCU since 1989. He replaces Scott Adkins, who left to become president and CEO of a Seattle credit union.

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In December, STCU made a pair of gifts with Liberty Lake ties. The credit union gifted Friends of Pavilion Park with $1,000 and gave the Friends of Liberty Lake Municipal Library $1,500. STCU supports many non-profit organizations with a focus on education, arts, culture and community.

Baker joins family business Brooke Baker recently joined Baker Construction and Development Inc. to work in business development. The company was founded by her grandparents in 1951. Her father, Barry Baker, is the president and CEO. Baker was previBAKER ously employed with State Farm Insurance as an agency field specialist.

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Effective Feb. 3, Michael Patmas will assume the position of chief executive officer of Rockwood Clinic, replacing retiring CEO Craig Whiting. Patmas is coming to Rockwood from Woodland Healthcare in Woodland, Calif., where he has been the chief medical officer since 2010. “I am honored to be joining Rockwood,” PATMAS Patmas said. “Along with our strong health system partners, Rockwood is poised for sustained success. I am thrilled to have been selected and look forward to devoting the rest of my career to serving the people who make Rockwood Clinic so great.” Send business news and promotions for consideration for In Biz to focuses on to create the ultimate dining experience. With more than 30 years in the restaurant industry, Alicia learned traditional service is fundamental when operating a business. “That’s what sets us apart,” Alicia said. “Our servers serve you and stay with you your entire meal.” Alicia and Michael won’t be involved in the day-to-day operation of the business. Alicia’s twin sons, Beaux and Brad Dodd, will be co-managing the restaurant. The new restaurant has been renamed Barlows in Liberty Lake which prepares for the possibility of opening another location sometime in the future. “After this experience, it will be easier,” Alicia said, noting that they will focus on the new location for a few years before entertaining that option.

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CV grapplers focused on the end Girls and boys bball, gymnastics also enjoying strong starts

rival University 57-35 before the Christmas break. Through three games Adam Chamberlain was averaging 18 points per game. A.J.Knudsen, Beau Byus and Justin Fayant all had double-figures efforts. Chamberlin had 19 and Fayant 16 against the Titans.

Gymnasts off on right foot By Mike Vlahovich


Central Valley wrestling coach John Owen considers his team a work in progress. The Greater Spokane Leaguefavored Bears, he said, are focused more on the end product than about winning a league title, after losing to upstart North Central for the second time in three years. The Bears had four GSL duals before Christmas with a 3-1 record, with the meat of the season remaining in January, and finished fifth in its Inland Empire Tournament. This year, the Inland Empire tourney entered the tech age. CSB Event Management set up an electronically generated scoring system that instantly updated results via computer. It rendered obsolete the need for runners taking bout results from each mat scoring table, which were then hand input into a computer. The extra room without a scorer’s table enabled the tourney to have six instead of four mats, all with readily seeable individual clocks. CV had five finalists in the tourney, with defending state champs Colton Orrino and Blake Beard both winning. Younger brothers Bryson Beard and Braeden Orrino brought home seconds. Also second was lanky 195-pounder Aaron Stinzi, a former basketball player in his second season of wrestling, whose dad was a state champion at Shadle Park.

Hovren a scoring machine Basketball post Madison Hovren lit it up during the Bears’ first five GSL games. She averaged 25 points, scoring 20 or more in the first four with a high of 31. Hovren scored 16 during a 45-39 win over rival University Dec. 20 that sent CV to the holiday break with a 4-1 record entering the holiday break. Only loss was 70-66 to league leader Gonzaga Prep.

Boys hoopsters undefeated The Bear boys basketball team took up where it left off last year with a hot start to the GSL season. They won five straight, including a victory over a talented Gonzaga Prep team, and throttled

With the virtually its entire team back from last year, CV averaged 160 points in two meets, it’s only loss coming to Mt. Spokane in GSL gymnastics. The 7-1 start included two wins over rival University. McKinzie Carter won balance beam and vault and was second and third on floor exercise and uneven bars in the Bears first meet. In the second. Issabella Erdem and Clarisa Martinez won those events and took thirds in the other two. Savannah Folsom placed third on vault. The next week Carter was second allaround. She and Erdem each had two seconds and a third place in four individual events. Season resumes this month.

All-GSL Bears There’s a reason Central Valley’s girls soccer team is state champion. From defense, goalkeeper, midfield to forward, five Bears starters made the All-Greater Spokane League first team. Senior Jessie Kunz-Pfeifer in goal was protected by defender McKenna Stocker, a junior. In the middle was junior Megan Dimmler and up front were scoring leaders senior Savannah Hoekstra and freshman Kelsey Turnbow, a national junior team member. For more of the story behind the girls team’s state title run, see page 35. Other Bears All-GSL choices: Football — Beau Byus named at both defensive and tight ends; defensive back Adam Chamberlain; linebacker Nick Shaber, and offensive linemen J.D.

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Kids hang on to rule the roost at Turkey Bowl XXV The 25th edition of a local Turkey Bowl game played out at Pavillion Park Thanksgiving morning. The kids hung on for a 33-27 victory behind MVP efforts from Chad and Troy Smith. Mike Balaugh and Brian Dolan nabbed MVP honors for the adults. For a full account of the game, read Jim Nania’s column by clicking the “opinion” tab at www. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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The HUB Sports Center hosted a basketball tournament over Thanksgiving break that a variety of local teams participated in. In the Boys U12 division, SEAFC Black took second and Pumas Platinum claimed first place.

Participants in the Liberty Lake Running Club’s Thanksgiving morning Turkey Trot enjoyed the crisp morning exercise. The event doubled as a benefit for Blessings Under the Bridge, and many runners brought warm clothes and other items to donate.

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The Emerald City Smoothies 8th grade girls basketball team won the 2013 Turkey Shoot Championship at The Warehouse in Spokane. Pictured are (back row) Bryn Anderson, Amiah Routson, Claire Dingus, Hailey Christopher and Rachael Schlect; (front row) Briaunna Robinson, Abby Gennett and Bayley Brennan. Not pictured: Glory Ellison. (Liberty Lake residents are highlighted in bold.) The team also won the 2013 Santa Slammer tournament at The HUB in December.

A bundled up group took to Liberty Lake neighborhoods on Dec. 14 for the annual Jingle Bell Run sponsored by the Liberty Lake Running Club.

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Hard work, skill — and a super fan Behind a special team’s run to the state championship By Mike Vlahovich


It is difficult to fathom the death of a young person. But then sometimes a Phoenix arises miraculously from the ashes of despair. Central Valley’s girls soccer team gained strength following the death last summer of an ardent supporter. It was as if, following the shock, the Bears were destined to win their first State 4A soccer championship thanks to guidance from their guardian angel, CV grad Jansen Badinger, who tragically drowned in the Spokane River. The Bears defeated Mead 2-1 in the semifinals and 3-2 over Issaquah for the title. Both wins came via shootout after the teams were tied following regulation and two overtimes. Badinger had told the team the previous fall that they couldn’t lose as long as he was cheering them on. “He was my super fan and my best friend,” said Bears goalkeeper Jessie Kunz-Pfeiffer, who can be seen in team pictures (including those on this page) following the title winning victory over Issaquah holding up a T-shirt in his memory. “That was the shirt I had made him. Every home game we would hang it on the fence,” she continued. “He was a big part of our motivation to win state and he was with us all the time.” Another solid Bears contributor, Alaina Bates, was among the team members who was also close to Badinger. She was swimming with him the day he passed away. The girls carried the inspiration provided by their “super fan” — not to mention a truckload of talent and a recent history of state tournament runs — into a season that saw them drop only a single match, 3-2 to Mead during the Greater Spokane League season. The team finished 17-1-1 overall. The Bears outscored opponents 4619. Freshman Kelsey Turnbow led the team with 20 goals, and senior Savannah Hoekstra had 17 goals and 7 assists. More importantly, the team won all four shootouts it played in during the season, twice over Mead — in the district finals and state semifinal — and finally over Issaquah for the championship.


Above, Jessie Kunz-Pfeiffer honors “super fan” Jansen Badinger’s memory shortly after turning away Issaquah in a shootout for the 4A Washington State soccer championship. Badinger, a fan and friend of the team members, passed away over the summer in a tragic accident on the Spokane River. Below, the state champions snap a photo with the first-place hardware.

Kunz-Pfeiffer is quick to defer any credit for the shootout wins, although it’s just her, one-on-one versus opposition penalty kick shooters. “Shootouts are stressful, but to be honest, the pressure is mainly on the kicker,” she said. “I’m not supposed to be able to stop the ball. If I stop one, it’s great.” The title game in Puyallup was the last match for Kunz-Pfeiffer, one of four seniors who reaped the rewards of their

four-year saga. “It’s been a work in progress, not something that happened just this year,” said seventh-year coach Andres Monrroy, who wants his school recognized annually as a statewide force. “My feeling is it is something we have earned. The girls have worked really hard for the last four years, and since then the program has gotten better.” The two previous years CV made the quarterfinals of the 4A state tourney.

The team, he said, determined through hard work last summer to go beyond the second round of state. In the school’s eighth state appearance, and without national U14 team member Turnbow, they won it all. Winning in her absence made the state championship even sweeter. “A lot of people don’t know she wasn’t able to play in the final four,” Monrroy said. “She was committed to the national team.” Seniors Kunz-Pfeiffer, forwards Hoekstra, Sara Grozdanich and defender Madison Kinsolving provided the direction for their younger teammates. “Our leaders, on and off the field, were definitely our seniors,” Monrroy said. “They were amazing. They were outspoken and showed by example.” But it took a while for the young defense to gel. “They improved so much,” Monrroy said. “It was not (for lack of skills), but developing the chemistry.” Kunz-Pfeiffer, who sees the entire field and directs the defense (“I’m very vocal,” she laughed), said it took time for the new starters to adjust to working together. “Halfway through the season, we really started clicking.” Monrroy said most girls say they are happy just reaching state. For CV it wasn’t enough after coming so close the two previous seasons. Even settling for the Final Four wasn’t an option. “Winning state was the culminating project we had,” Monrroy says. “It’s a feeling you cannot express when you see how the girls are rewarded. The girls very much know it wasn’t a shock.” With 10 returning starters, the defense in its entirety, including All-GSL defender McKenna Stocker, all-league midfielder Megan Dimmler and secondteam choice Haley Spooner, Monrroy fully expects CV be in the hunt again. Spooner had moved to midfield because of CV’s depth at forward. She was back up front in Turnbow’s absence and scored the tying goal in the championship match with two minutes left in regulation that led to the shootout. When Kunz-Pfeiffer made the final stop in the championship match, she sunk to her knees bawling, then clamored to her feet as Hoekstra raced toward her for a celebratory embrace. She called the victory “Surreal.” The pair had achieved what they sought beginning four years earlier. A little divine intervention didn’t hurt.


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Remembering a lesson in fairness Now that my husband and I are empty nesters, we tend to reflect a lot about the kids growing up. One conversation after another makes those memories flood in like a video playing in my head. My friend was relating to me about buying a new set of hair clippers. That brought forth memories of my husband giving our boys a haircut. As my husband was getting ready to fit the haircuts into the bit of time between school, homework and boxing practice, he wasn’t quite paying attention to putting the right clipper guards on the shaver. He also started on the front of our son’s head instead of the back. Zip! In one fatal swoop, a line of hair came cascading down to the floor — along with my jaw. My son had just received a rather short haircut. Well for now, it was only one hair clippers width, which looked like an inverted Mohawk. The only thing to do was correct it by doing the rest of the head with the same clipper guard. Our son is very blond and, in the end, looked as bald as a cucumber. Our other son saw what had happened and immediately chose to get the same haircut, having a bit of empathy for his brother. Time was short, and off to boxing practice they went. The next day for our boys was a difficult one. Although it was close to school getting out for the summer, the teasing from classmates regarding the rather close haircut did not go unnoticed. At

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the next night of boxing, the boxing team all showed up having freshly-shaved heads to show a bit of comradeship for their teammates. I was a bit surprised to receive a phone call from our chief of police a few days later. Apparently, we had been turned in due to thinking we were training a group from Idaho! It’s funny how we are quick to judge, not knowing the circumstances. My husband (the coach) always had the boxing team do a bit of running for warm ups before the workout. Up and down in the neighborhoods they ran for the next three days that week before I received that phone call. It was a good laugh, but a great lesson as well. The sportsmanship those boys showed for their teammates was heartfelt; they wanted to level the playing field. Sometimes we become judgmental before we truly have the answers. Maybe you have one of those stories as well, one where we didn’t have fairness in treating people without prejudice. Or, maybe you have a story about one of those Mohawk haircuts as well … The memories are always coming back for the kids. Oh, and just a few days later, most of the classmates were sporting their new summer cuts as well. Yep, you guessed it — a nice new crew cut. Today as grandparents, we have the opportunity to see new experiences from our grandbabies: The first snowflake, the first smile, crawling, walking and talking. The PACE (Partners Advancing Character Education) trait for the month of January focuses in on “fairness” — the quality of making judgments that are free from discrimination. Wendy Van Orman is the chief financial officer of Quality Hardwood Floors in Spokane. She is also a former mayor and council member for the city of Liberty Lake. Van Orman is a wife of 31 years, a mother of three and grandmother of two. She currently serves on the PACE Leadership Board. She wrote this column as part of a monthly series highlighting the PACE character trait of the month.

Letter to the Editor Attend concert, support a worthwhile cause The Central Valley High School Band is well known for outstanding marching, music programs and students. The band is very good at fundraising, not only for its own programs, but also for other charities. Every year since 2010, the CV Wind Ensemble has put on a concert to benefit some foundation. In 2010 and 2011, the “I Am: Africa” benefit concert raised money for the Field Band Foundation in South Africa. This year, the “I Am: One Nation” benefit concert is raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project. All the proceeds go directly to the WWP because this is a fundraiser for us to give back. Eric Parker, the Director of Bands, decided to put on this new concert because, “[He] just wanted the band experience to include a deep and meaningful opportunity to make someone’s life better, and success means nothing without the humility

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before leaving through the front door. According to police reports, the man then smashed the woman’s cell phone against the concrete stairs and left the residence on foot with her keys. When officers were clearing the scene, he was observed trying to get into the complainant’s vehicle. Officers made contact with him and placed him in custody, where he denied the woman’s reports and said he had only just arrived at the property from Spokane. Two witnesses, however,

to serve and give back.” To put on this concert, the CV Band and Color Guard Boosters donate about $1,000. The band rents an enormous American flag, which it presents in a very dramatic way, and there are also other costs that include things such as theatrical lighting effects that are coordinated to a specific piece of music. The students who perform in this concert treat it differently than others. They take it seriously because the concert isn’t for entertainment, it’s for giving back, for showing our community, and those that serve our country, that this band, this school, cares and supports our troops. At 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at CVHS, please join the band as it once again puts on this amazing benefit concert for an amazing cause, The Wounded Warrior Project. Tickets will be $5 at the door or presold through the CV business office.

Kristen S. Kliamovich Senior, CVHS

corroborated the complaint’s report, and so the man was placed under arrest for the aforementioned charges. While in transport to jail, he continued to deny the charges before saying he felt ill, closed his eyes and told the officer he was having a seizure before slumping over in the backseat. The officer informed dispatch medics were needed. The man then came out of the seizure and asked where he was and why he was in handcuffs. Medical staff arrived and checked the subject and reported no signs of having a seizure. The officer continued his transport to the Spokane County Jail, where the man was booked.

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JUMPS a dollar for dollar state match. The added cost for the roundabout — involving traffic control during construction — had several council members and Mayor Steve Peterson peppering Darrel McCallum of the Washington State Department of Transportation with questions after McCallum provided an overview of the project and the reasons for the overage charges. McCallum noted that WSDOT was focused on keeping the well-traveled intersection open during construction in order to minimize the impact on surrounding businesses. When vehicles began to back up more than anticipated, adjustments were made to traffic control and costs shifted. “Public safety was really the key,” said McCallum. Allen noted that the additional cost to the city is now projected at $86,000. In voicing her concern about additional city funds being spent on the roundabout, Council Member Cris Kaminskas compared the project to a house being bid to a contractor who continually tacks on costs

to the original estimate.

stalled at the intersection of Mission and Country Vista. Police Chief Brian Asmus told council there have been four accidents in the past three weeks involving pedestrians in marked crosswalks being struck by vehicles. While additions like street lighting and illuminated crosswalks will address the mechanical side of the issue, Asmus said the police department will also be launching an educational campaign to improve awareness. “It will include tips for motorists and pedestrians as well as a review of state pedestrian laws,” Asmus said. “We just want to keep the community safe.” Asmus said officers have reported seeing a number of pedestrians at night wearing dark, non-reflective clothing. He stressed that those out during those hours should be visible to motorists. The police department will also be conducting pedestrian safety emphasis patrols during the winter months. Violations

could result in a citation of $124 City Administrator Katy Allen said the city has been hearing concerns about pedestrian safety from property owners, especially along Appleway. Meanwhile, the city’s finance committee has been discussing ways to bolster the line item for pedestrian safety in the street fund. Council Member Shane Brickner proposed that $75,000 originally earmarked for a new concession stand at Pavillion Park be moved to the fund in 2014. Mayor Pro Tem Odin Langford added that the committee is also recommending that sales tax revenue from December — above and beyond the city’s projections for 2013 — be included in the fund. “We see the importance of increasing safety for pedestrians,” Brickner said. In addition to the $30,000 crosswalk, Ordinance 204-E added a pair of amendments to the 2013 budget, starting with an appropriation of $60,000 to the Harvard Road Mitigation Fund to help cover excess costs from the Harvard Road Roundabout. The final amendment included a shift of $610,000 to the Local Infrastructure Financing Tool (LIFT) fund that will include



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sideline, allowing Seattle to grind out a 2420 victory. The other sporting event that will captivate audiences in February will be the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. While the American population and climate does not get as excited about the Winter version of the Olympics, we will still manage a topthree finish on the medal table, while other colder weather countries such as Canada, Russia, Norway and Germany round out the top five with the U.S. The busy month of February wraps up with the Central Valley grapplers taking home a top five finish at the Mat Classic.

Masters tournament in Augusta. Tiger Woods breaks through for his first major win in what seems like forever and renews his chase for the fabled record of Jack Nicklaus. On a local level, I finally achieve one of my goals by playing all 45 local holes in one day and writing a column about it for the May edition of The Splash (my goal is to shoot less than 240 or, as I call it, the Cano line). The Central Valley girls softball team takes a top four finish at the WIAA state softball tournament, while the boys soccer team attempts to match the state championship by their girls counterparts and makes a run into the state tournament.

ing, I set a personal best at the Liberty Lake Loop (although in years past I have been in the stroller and wagon divisions, so this should not be too hard), and I finally waterski!

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The Spring The Madness of March begins with the Central Valley boys basketball team bettering its fourth-place finish from last season — and ends with four teams, Michigan State, Arizona, Kansas and Louisville, punching tickets to the Final Four. Sadly enough, even a deep sense of homering on my part does not allow me to advance either Iowa or Gonzaga beyond the Sweet Sixteen. The Major League Baseball season opens up with the Seattle Mariners and their new $240 million man, Robinson Cano, sweeping the Angels and starting 3-0, while Cano homers in two of three games. This becomes the highlight for the Mariners, as the team spends the next 9 7/8 seasons lamenting the $24 million a year they are paying Cano. On a happier note, the month of April brings a change to the seasons and the

The Summer The summer months bring about the end of the indoor sports season. The NBA wraps up as the former Seattle Supersonics, aka the Oklahoma City Thunder, win their first NBA championship over the Miami Heat. On the ice end of things, the Tampa Bay Lightning win the Stanley Cup with help from former Liberty Laker Tyler Johnson. The sports world turns outdoors for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. After drawing the “group of death” in the recent draw, the U.S. chances do not look good to advance to the knockout stages. But behind the stellar play of former Seattle Sounders teammates Eddie Johnson and Clint Dempsey, the Americans advance to the final eight before succumbing to a soccer power. The deep run stirs the passion for soccer in the United States (which will last until the “real” football season starts a few weeks later). On a local level, Hoopfest sets another record for attendance and teams participat-

“At what point do we know extra costs are not going to be incurred?” Kaminskas said. Brickner expressed disappointment that council did not hear about the overage issue until November when city staff was aware of it in September. “This goes back to communication,” Brickner said. McCallum said the roundabout “was never considered to be a lump sum project,” noting that the overall work consisted of 89 bid items. “This was a complicated, difficult project,” McCallum said. “You need to have flexibility in the contract to address adjustments in on-site conditions.” Peterson countered by saying that while issues surrounding construction may fluctuate, WSDOT had more control of the management side of the project. “We don’t expect these cost differences because you should know how many hours you’re going to be out there to manage things,” Peterson said.

The Fall I have discovered over the years that it is nearly impossible to predict the fall seasons in sports because so much could happen between now and then with offseason action, trades and transactions, injuries and such, but here are a few guesses. The Seattle Sounders use Dempsey’s World Cup momentum to qualify for the MLS Cup. The Washington State Cougars football team gets ranked in the Top 25. OK, that might be too much. How about the WSU Cougars receive “votes” in the Top 25? The Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs battle for No. 1 — the pick, that is, in the 2015 MLB amateur draft. (OK, Mariners fans, you will probably be a lot better than the Cubs.) As far as the true No. 1 team, the Detroit Tigers pick up a World Series championship over the Washington Nationals. The Central Valley girls soccer team will make a return trip to the state championship game, while the football team bounces back to make playoffs and the boys and girls cross country teams finish in the top five once again. Happy 2014 Sports Fans! Chad Kimberley is a Liberty Lake resident. He is a teacher at Valley Christian School and is coach of the Freeman High School girls basketball team.

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Volume 16, Issue 1 EDITOR/PUBLISHER

Josh Johnson



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Craig Howard, Karen Johnson, Chad Kimberley, Daniel Pringle, Valerie Putnam, Jocelyn Stott, Mike Vlahovich On the cover: Photo courtesy of Don Caron and Lyle Hatcher

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Index of advertisers Following are the local advertisers in this issue of The Splash. Amaculate Housekeeping Anytime Fitness Banner Furnace & Fuel Barlows Restaurant Bombshell Boutique Broadway Court Estates Casey Family Dental Central Valley School District Clark’s Tire & Automotive Cornerstone Pentecostal Church Cullings Family Dentistry Edward Jones Liberty Lake Evergreen Fountains Exercise Institute Family Medicine Liberty Lake Friends of Pavillion Park Garden Plaza of Post Falls George Gee Automotive GraceSon Housing Foundation

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Healthy Living Liberty Lake 32 Inland Imaging 6 John L. Scott - Marilyn Dhaenens 33 John L Scott - Pam Fredrick 29 K9 Country Club 10 Karen Does My Hair 2 Kathrine Olson DDS 7 KIDDS Dental 25 KidFIT Spokane 3 Kiwanis of Liberty Lake 7 Lakeshore Insurance 29 Lakeside Vision PLLC 6 Liberty Lake Athletic Club 9 Liberty Lake EyeCare Center 5 Liberty Lake Family Dentistry 5 Liberty Lake Municipal Library 20 Liberty Lake Orthodontics - Scott Ralph 3 Liberty Lake Portal 28 Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District 33

Live Real Estate - Sandra Bartel 33 Matt’s Piano Tuning 13 Mirabeau Park Hotel 27 North Idaho Dermatology 29 Northern Quest Resort & Casino 40 Northwest Insurance Brokers 32 PEMCO Insurance - Bryan Jarrett 31 Sayre and Sayre 33 SGM Computer Service & Repair 32 Simonds Dental Group 40 Spokane Chiefs 10 Spokane Spine & Disc 15 STCU 17 Therapeutic Associates 2 Total Sports 32 True Legends Grill 7 Zephyr Lodge & Conference Grounds 2 Service Directory 38

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JANUARY 2014 • 39


Happy New Year from The Splash and The Current! 20/20 Window Washing A R Painting Absolutely Fabulous Lashes & More Abstract Painting Adagio Strings Affordable Arborist Tree Care Inc Affordable Cleaning Affordable Optics Aging & Long Term Care of E WA Amaculate Housekeeping Andrean Accounting Angelic Cleaning Service Annie Krejci Anytime Fitness Artworks Spokane Auto Licensing Plus LLC AutoCraft Avista Utilities Ballard Golf Cars & Power Sports Banner Furnace & Fuel Barlows Restaurant Bestway Lawn & Tree Care Black Jack Limousine Bombshell Boutique Boy Scout Troop 401 Brett’s Barbershop BrickHouse Massage & Coffee Bar Broadway Court Estates Bruttles Candies BST Surfacing Cabela’s Call Realty Inc Campaign to Elect Ron Schmidt Cantrell Landscaping LLC Careful Cleaners Carver Farms Casey Family Dental Casey’s Place Celestial Lawns Central Valley Theatre Chalpin Fitness/KidFIT Spokane Chevron Liberty Lake Choice Realty, Rick Monaghan City of Liberty Lake City of Spokane Valley Clark’s Tire & Automotive Columbia Medical Associates Committee to Elect Ed Pace Committee to Retain Rod Higgins Community Colleges of Spokane Complete Home Solutions Copper Basin Construction Cornerstone Pentecostal Church Crown Elegance Crown Media & Printing Cruise One Cullings Family Dentistry Divine’s Conoco Liberty Lake Donna’s School of Dance Dorsey Auto Sales Dr Carpet Care East Valley ECEAP Edward Jones - Scott Draper ETA Company Evergreen Fountains Explorers Daycare Fairmount Memorial Association

Fairway Lawn Care Family Medicine Liberty Lake/Healthy Living Liberty Lake Frank Knott Friends of Pavillion Park Friends of the LL Municipal Library Garden Plaza of Post Falls George Gee Automotive George Gee Kia - Curtis Heirston Giorgio’s Fitness Glass Guru Golf Coach Don Rasmussen Good Samaritan Society Spokane Valley GrassMasters Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce Greenacres Christian Church Greenacres Liquor Store Greenstone Homes & Neighborhoods Gretchen’s Hair Studio/Treasure Trove Guardian Angel Homes Gus Johnson Ford Haul Starz Heartland Mall Heinz Painting & Handyman Higher Ground Animal Sanctuary Highlands Golf Course Holistic Festival Home Maid Household Services Hong Kong Buffet HUB Sports Center Imelda’s House Cleaning Service Inland Empire Utility Coordinating Council Inland Imaging J M Garden Restorations Jacobs Upholstery Jenice Baker Photography Joel’s Lawnmower Repair John L Scott - Marilyn Dhaenens John L Scott - Pam Fredrick John L Scott Real Estate Liberty Lake Jule’s Home Decor Julia Ruiz Justin Voelker for EVSD Director District #3 K9 Country Club Karen Does My Hair Kathrine Olson DDS KIDDS Dental Kiwanis of Liberty Lake Knight EZ Dock Lakeshore Insurance Lakeside Church Lakeside Vision PLLC Law Offices of Wolff & Hislop Legacy Animal Medical Center Liberty Cross Ministries Liberty Lake Athletic Club

Liberty Lake Auto Glass Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary Club Liberty Lake Children’s Academy Liberty Lake Church Liberty Lake Community Theatre Liberty Lake EyeCare Center Liberty Lake Family Dentistry Liberty Lake Farmers Market Liberty Lake Fireworks Fund Liberty Lake Golf Course Liberty Lake Kiwanis Foundation Liberty Lake Lions Club Liberty Lake Liquor & Wine Liberty Lake Montessori Liberty Lake Orthodontics Liberty Lake Pet Sitters & Pooper Scoopers Liberty Lake Portal Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District Liberty Lake Veterinary Center Liberty Lube Lilac Bloomsday Association Live Real Estate - Sandra Bartel Lori Olander Maggie Breens Meadowwood Children’s Center MeadowWood Golf Course MeadowWood HOA Meals On Wheels MetLife, Lisa Schaff Mirabeau Park Hotel Music To Go Nhance Wood Renewal NIC Foundation North Idaho Dermatology North Pacific Property Mgmt Northern Quest Resort & Casino Northwest Insurance Brokers Northwest Painting Numerica Credit Union NW Quality Cuts NW Truck Show OMC Lawn Care CenturyLink Otis Orchards Community Church Oxi Fresh of the Inland Northwest PACE Pacific Lawn Maintenance Palenque Mexican Restaurant Papa Murphy’s Paradise Pet Resort Paventy Orthodontics PEMCO Insurance - Bryan Jarrett Pilgrim’s Market Pioneer School Ponti Veterinary Hospital

Pop’s Dream Creations Post Falls Family Dental Post Falls Local Market Pristine Window Washing Quizno’s Relay For Life of Liberty Lake Relics River City Solid Surface Riverstone Street Fair Riverview Little League Robert C Hahn III Attorney Rockwood Health System Ron’s Drive-Inn Salon Capello Salon reTro San Francisco Sourdough Eatery Sayre and Sayre SCRAPS SGM Computer Service & Repair Sharon Elliott, tutor Shrine Circus Spokane Side by Side Counseling Services Simonds Dental Group Simply Northwest Sole Solutions Solmeda Solutions Spokane Chiefs Spokane County Library District Spokane Golf Show Spokane Home & Garden Show Spokane Indians Spokane Spine & Disc Spokane Symphony Associates Spokane Transit Authority Spokane Valley Arts Council Spokane Valley Fire Dept Spokane Valley Heritage Museum Spokane Valley Partners SportClips Haircuts St John Vianney Church & School St Joseph’s Catholic Church STCU Stepping Stone Christian School & Childcare Sterling Bank Summerfield Salon Summit Northwest Ministries Sunflower Yoga Sunshine Gardens Sven Aaseby Swagat Indian Cuisine Sweep ‘n’ Shine Housecleaning Sybil Vaughn

These advertisers supported The Splash or The Current in 2013.

SYSA Terry L Snow PLLC The Art Chalet The Clean Up Bros The Floor Works The Garage Floor Guy The Habitat Store The Intersection The Tin Roof Therapeutic Associates Toby K. Hallowitz, ND, MSOM, LAc Tom’s Taxi Total Sports Tracy Jewelers True Legends Grill Twilight Bedding/The Mattress Factory Twisp Cafe & Coffee House Uniforms N More Union Gospel Mission Thrift Store Valley Christian School Valley Fourth Church Valley Hospital Valley LawnBoys Valley Massage Clinic Valley Real Life Valley Youth Soccer Valleyfest Vote Debbi Haskins Vote Hugh Severs Vote Mike Tedesco Weishaar, Sue Weishaar D.D.S. West Valley Farm Wind Walker Mobile Pet Groomer Windermere Marathon Windermere RE - Bill White Windermere RE - Tom McLaughlin Windermere Real Estate Liberty Lake Woodlake Village Apartments Wounded Warriors Project Fundraiser Xtreme Bio-Clean You’ve Got It Maid Zephyr Lodge & Conference Grounds

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40 • JANUARY 2014

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January 2014 Splash