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Local resident Megan Valentine recently celebrated five minutes of fame on the daytime talk show, Live with Kelly. Viewers last Thursday might have noticed the Daily Dial Trivia contestant was one of Liberty Lake’s own — Valentine correctly answered the pop culture trivia question to win a trip for two to a luxury resort in Arizona. The Splash recently sat down with the mother of two — who’s expecting her third boy in July — to learn a little more about her lucky streak and how she plans to make the most of it.

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How long have you lived in Liberty Lake?

We’ve lived in Liberty Lake about two and half years now. Both my husband and I grew up here in the Valley. We met at Central Valley High School, and then I went to Washington State University and he went into the military. I followed him while he was in the military, and then we got married and moved back to the Valley after he got out. We always had our eye on Liberty Lake, but we were young kids out of the military, so we were broke. We just always said, “As soon as we want to settle down and have kids and have a nice house, that’s where we’ll go.” We love it here. Q: Well, we heard you recently represented your hometown on TV. What exactly did you win? A: I won a weeklong trip for two to a luxury resort in Tucson, Ariz. All I know so far is that we have to go sign the paperwork with a notary. I couldn’t transfer the prize. I wanted to give it to my in-laws, but you legally have to take it if you’re the winner. We have to book it at least 12 weeks out, and it has to be used within a year. We’re trying to plan it now, then once we sign the paperwork and fax it back they’ll call us to arrange the times. Q: How did you hear about the contest? A: I’ve seen it on the show before, but I got started with a contest they had in December where you could win a weeklong vacation to Hawaii. I entered then

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Liberty Lake resident Megan Valentine won an all-expenses-paid vacation last week in an on-air trivia contest through the Live with Kelly show.

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and didn’t win, but as I was watching the show to get the clues for that, I noticed the people who were called for the daily trivia contest were saying it was their fourth time to get picked. I thought, that must be pretty good odds. After I didn’t win the Hawaii trip, I said I’ll try doing that for a year and see what happens. It’s really easy and only takes a few seconds online to do every day. I said if nothing happened after a year, then I’ll quit. Now here we are just a month and a half in, and I’ve already won. Q: Is there a process you had to go through to enter to be chosen? A: The only real thing is the waiver. You have to print out a waiver and sign it, saying they can use your picture on TV. It’s

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

community Community Briefs Residents invited to Rotary Today’s (Feb. 23) meeting of the Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary Club is a club day, followed next week by a presentation from Kyle Nolte with Camp STIX, a program for children with diabetes. The meetings, held at noon each Thursday at the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District building, 22510 E. Mission Ave., are open to the public.

Concert features local artist Custer’s Grass Band, led by Liberty Lake resident Bob Asbury, will perform at the Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. in Post Falls, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets to see the bluegrass band cost $20, $15 for students. For more information, visit, call 208-457-8950 or e-mail for tickets.

Egg hunt planning meeting set A Liberty Lake Community Easter Egg Hunt planning meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at KiDDS Dental, 1327 N. Stanford Road. The meeting is open to those wanting to help make the event happen again this year, with various volunteer opportunities available. For more information, call Wendy Van Orman at 220-1557.

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

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Raising money for scholarships, the Liberty Lake Kiwanis Foundation Prayer Breakfast will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the MeadowWood Technology Campus, 2100 N. Molter Road. The program will feature Liberty Lake Mayor Steve Peterson, Liberty Lake Church Pastor Dave Butler, Pastor John Loucks, Bishop Adam Nebeker and an address about the PACE program by Central Valley School District Superintendent Ben Small. The theme of the event is, “We as a community working together can do many great things.” Kiwanis member and event organizer Nick Nickoloff said the event grew out of the need to better support the Kiwanis Foundation’s scholarship fund after 15 fully qualified applicants were turned away last year for lack of funds. The Foundation gave out $12,000 in scholarships to 16 applicants in 2011 and has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships over the past seven years. Tickets to the breakfast are $20 and can be purchased from a Kiwanis member, online at or at the door. For more information, call Nickoloff at 710-7466.

Youth raising funds for orphans Hoops of Hope, a local fundraiser for children in Africa who have been or-

phaned by AIDS, will be held 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Liberty Lake Elementary School, 23606 E. Boone Ave. The event is hosted by Fuel, the high school youth ministry group at Liberty Lake Church. Middle and high school students are encouraged to join in teams of four and raise money based on the number of baskets they pledge to shoot. Donations can also be mailed to Liberty Lake Church, 704 S. Garry Road, Liberty Lake, WA 99019. Organizers said 100 percent of funds go toward African children, and $40 feeds an orphan for a year. For more information, go to or

Library holds e-reading class A drop-in class for patrons who would like to learn more about reading or checking out books on Kindles, Nooks, smart phones, iPads or other such devices will be held Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the quiet reading room of the Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. No registration is required. For more information, contact the library at 232-2510.

Auditions, improv workshop this week The Liberty Lake Community Theatre will hold auditions for a Readers Theatre version of “Anne of Green Gables” Saturday at 3 p.m. and Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Little House next to Liberty Lake City Hall. No experience or preparation is required. Roles are available for ages 10 and up, and performances are planned for March 16 and 17. LLCT will also host a free comedy improv workshops Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Clubhouse Theatre Room in Country Vista Apartments, 21200 E. Country Vista Drive. No experience is required. Teens and adults are welcome to attend.

Kiwanis plan speaker, potluck Wednesday’s meeting of the Liberty Lake Kiwanis Club will feature speaker Richard Gesler, director of the Spokane Veterans Cemetery. The meeting, which begins at 6:45 a.m., will also feature a breakfast potluck provided by members, with guests welcome to attend and eat for free. The Liberty Lake Kiwanis meet each Wednesday at 6:45 a.m. at Liberty Lake City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive.

Kiwanis hosting seventh annual Father-Daughter Dance March 3 The seventh annual Father-Daughter Dance, themed "The Princess and the Frog," will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. March 3 at CenterPlace at Mirabeau Point, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. Organized by the Liberty Lake Kiwanis and K-Kids, the event includes music by

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Calendar FEBRUARY 23 Noon: Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary meeting, Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District building, 22510 E. Mission Ave. FEBRUARY 25 8:30 to 10 a.m.: Liberty Lake Kiwanis Foundation Prayer Breakfast, MeadowWood Technology Campus, 2100 N. Molter Road 9 a.m. to noon: Hoops of Hope fundraiser, Liberty Lake Elementary School, 23606 E. Boone Ave 10:30 a.m. to noon: E-readers drop-in class, Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. 3 p.m.: Liberty Lake Community Theatre “Anne of Green Gables” auditions, City Hall’s Little House, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive FEBRUARY 27 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Liberty Lake Senior Lunch Program, Liberty Lake City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive 6:30 p.m.: Central Valley School Board meeting, 19307 E. Cataldo 6:30 p.m.: Liberty Lake Community Theatre “Anne of Green Gables” auditions, City Hall’s Little House, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive FEBRUARY 28 6 p.m.: FRIENDS of the Liberty Lake Municipal Library meeting, 23123 E. Mission Ave. 7 p.m.: Liberty Lake Community Easter Egg Hunt planning meeting, KiDDS Dental, 1327 N. Stanford Road FEBRUARY 29 6:45 a.m.: Liberty Lake Kiwanis meeting, Liberty Lake City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Liberty Lake Senior Lunch Program, Liberty Lake City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive 5:45 p.m.: Liberty Lake Toastmasters, Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District building, 22510 E. Mission Ave. 7 p.m.: Liberty Lake Community Theatre comedy improv workshop, Country Vista Apartments Clubhouse, 21200 E. Country Vista Drive MARCH 1 Noon: Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary meeting, Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District building, 22510 E. Mission Ave. 6:30 p.m.: Liberty Lake Municipal Library board meeting, Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave.

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Police Report The following news items, incidents, arrests, calls for service and citations were reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department Feb. 13-20.

LLPD busts vehicle prowlers, recovers stolen items LLPD identified two subjects involved in the numerous vehicle prowls occurring in the Liberty Lake area. Detective Ray Bourgeois interviewed one of the subjects Feb 16. The subject admitted to committing vehicle prowls in the Liberty Lake area, and officers were able to recover a large amount of property taken during the thefts. In addition, numerous items pawned by the subjects have also been placed on hold while officers try to match the property with listed victims. The second suspect is currently out of the state, and the LLPD is awaiting his return. Property currently on hold includes: • EVGA X58 Computer Motherboard • Rigid Micro Explorer Digital Inspection Camera • Rigid Jobmax power handle tool • Apple iPod, 30 GB, black color • Xbox 360 • Garmin 255W GPS System • Phillips DVD player for vehicles, dual screen • Husky 60-piece socket set in black case • Apple disc-man, pink color

News Briefs • Garmin Nuvi GPS, model no. 1450, with mount and charger • one silver “liberty” coin • Ryobi DH551 roto-hammer drill • Dremel multi max tool, model no. 6300 • Yardman leaf blower, model no. YM320BV • iPod video, 160 GB, with car charger and mount • Bostich air-nailer in green case, model no. NT50AE2 • Craftsman 2003 circular saw in black case • Craftsman 900 grinder in black case • two 1963 class rings, 10K, Jostens • Yard Machine 179 CC red snow blower • BSA 416X50 Riflescope • Mossberg knife in black case • Ladies ring, 14K three melee in swirl design • DeWALT impact ready bit kit in black case • DeWALT 20V impact drill with two batteries and charger • HP Pavilion DV4 laptop, white color, with charger

If anyone can identify the stolen items, please contact Bourgeois at 755-1142.

Incidents and arrests • Domestic violence assault — A 36-year-old Liberty Lake man was arrested at 9:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the 15000 block of East 1st Street in Spokane Valley for a domestic violence assault that occurred earlier that evening at the 1500 block of North Meyer Court. Officers received a report regarding the incident

at about 6:45 p.m. Officers were able to locate the suspect, and he was arrested and booked into Spokane County Jail. • Suspended license — A 28-year-old Liberty Lake man was arrested at 10:55 a.m. Feb. 15 at Appleway Avenue and Country Vista Drive for driving with a suspended license. The vehicle was initially stopped for an equipment violation. • DUI — A 34-year-old Spokane man was arrested at 2 p.m. Feb. 14 at the 25000 block of East Appleway Avenue for DUI. The vehicle was initially stopped for a speeding violation. • Agency assist — At 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14, LLPD Officer Mike Thomas was requested to assist the Spokane Police Department as a drug recognition expert at a vehicle vs. pedestrian accident at 1st Avenue and Cedar Street in Spokane. • False alarm — At 12:50 a.m. Feb. 15, LLPD was dispatched to a commercial alarm at the 1300 block of North Stanford Lane. Officers determined the alarm was false. • False alarm — At 6:40 a.m. Feb. 15, LLPD was dispatched to a commercial alarm at the 21700 block of George Gee Avenue. Officers determined employees

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CVSD teachers earn national certification The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards recently announced the 2011 class of National Board Certified Teachers, with seven Central Valley School District teachers added to the ranks. The recent achievements bring CVSD to a total of 51 National Board Certified Teachers. Teachers recognized include Tanya Luckey, Bowdish Middle School; Kacie Hoard, Central Valley High School; Erika Krumpelman, CVHS; Adrienne Schoenberg, CVHS; Cheryl Holm, Greenacres Middle School; Jason Putz, GMS; and Mary Hansen, University High School. National Board Certification is achieved through performance-based assessment and testing that takes one to three years to complete.

Seniors honored as Merit Scholars Three Central Valley High School seniors were named semifinalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. Stephen Lucas, Benjamin Merritt and Andrew Schutts achieved semifinalist status, ranking them in the top 1 percent of U.S.

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CVSD looks to future after levy passage Superintendent Ben Small talks about what challenges, issues CVSD is preparing for By Kelly Moore Splash Staff Writer

Though the Spokane County Elections Office won’t certify official tallies until Feb. 28, Superintendent Ben Small estimates that while the 59.3 percent voter support may not have been the highest percentage approval ever, the tally pulled the highest number of “yes” votes in levy history. “I think the result we got was a great show of support for our students and the district,” Small said. “The gratitude we as a district have for our supporters can’t be measured, really.” With funds accounting for nearly a quarter of the district’s budget accounted for, Small admitted he’s sleeping easier this week, but he’s not slowing down. Bolstered by the support of the community, he said he is working to keep the district ahead of the curve when dealing with a handful of issues and challenges headed down the pipeline.

Budgeting for the school year With the levy passed, district administrators are ready to move forward budgeting for the 2012-2013 school year. Both Senate and House state budget proposals should be released in the next week, and Small said the district would have a good idea what to budget for at that point. Although voters approved a levy amount that covers Local Effort Assistance (LEA), a state program on the chopping block, the district is still keeping a close eye on its fate. For decades, the district has relied on a LEA, similar to a state match, to supplement levy funds. “We’re still fighting for LEA, making sure the Legislature understands its importance to our community,” Small said. Levy equalization was established after the state allowed local school districts the option to rely on taxpayers to support their school programs. It came about as a way to level the playing field for districts with lower overall property value. If LEA gets the state axe in this round of budgeting, the district will continue mostly unaffected backed by a levy amount approved by voters that includes what LEA typically covers. However, voters would feel the strain locally with a higher tax rate. Still, Small said legislators could go either way. Initial budget projections based on Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposal in late November called for deep cuts statewide. However, a

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Central Valley High School teachers and other levy supporters took to the streets last week to thank voters for passing the levy with 59.3 percent support. recent state Supreme Court case ruled the state was not amply funding K-12 education, something it’s mandated to do. “We’re hearing different things because of the McCleary case,” Small said. “We’re hearing it’ll be harder for the Legislature to make cuts, and we’re also hearing we can expect cuts. … We’re taking a wait-andsee attitude. We’re not going to borrow any worry until we have to.” Following the final state budget, the district should be ready to finalize its own budget near the end of May.

Expanding programming options The district moved forward this week with a purchase and sale agreement for a facility to house a branch campus of the Spokane-based NEWTECH Skill Center. The $1.75 million purchase is intended to eventually facilitate added technical education options to area students Located at the southeast corner of Sprague Avenue and University Av-

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About 20,000 square feet of the building site planned for the Skill Center Branch Campus is leased by the West Valley School District. The WVSD program will remain in the building and operate independently of the skill center. enue, the 5.89-acre purchase includes three parcels, 254 parking spaces and a 54,450-square-foot building. Small described about 35,000 square feet of the building as in “shell condition.” The remaining space is currently leased by the West Valley School District. The move is an effort Small says will position the district ahead of pending legislation that could require public education to prepare students for career paths in technical fields as equally as they prepare students for college. In addition, he noted lo-

cal employers with skilled-workforce jobs that can’t be filled locally “We can not stop looking at ways to increase student achievement. … We need to make sure we are continually reaching out for our kids and not resting on the status quo,” Small said. “By moving forward on the Skill Center Branch Campus, students from across the Spokane Valley will have expanded opportunities for career and college readiness beyond what is available in their high schools.” Purchasing the building is the first step in collaborative effort with the West Valley, East Valley and Freeman school districts to establish a Skill Center branch campus in connection with the main campus located in Spokane at 4141 N. Regal St. The area districts would work cooperatively with CVSD acting as the “host district” for the center and its programs. Programs offered would depend on a col-

See CVSD, page 13

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City Council questions priority of civic center By Kelly Moore Splash Staff Writer

The Liberty Lake City Council brought mixed concerns to a discussion of possibilities for the 6.4-acre lot proposed as the site for a civic center development at Tuesday’s meeting. Bernardo-Wills Architect Matt Jacoby presented conceptual sketches for project development, breaking down the project into a number of phases. The first phase consisted of a parking area construction that could be accompanied by parking lot lights, a pathway, landscaping and other amenities. Mayor Steve Peterson touted the initial step as a way to create room for an expansion of the Liberty Lake Farmers Market and provide overflow parking to the adjacent park-and-ride bus stop. Currently, he said, vehicles already overflow into the lot, parking in the dirt. “We certainly have an interest in opportunities to handle overflow,” Community Development Director Doug Smith told the Council. “It’s hard to tell others that they have to hold up parking lot standards when we’re turning a blind eye to what’s happening on our own property.” Council members asked to hear the Planning Commission’s review of the project, asking specifically that the prioritization of this project over others be evaluated. “As we look at all our options, I’m not saying one is more important than the other,” Council Member Shane Brickner said. “We’re just trying to make the best financial decision possible so that we don’t end up in a situation we ended up in in the past.” Council Member Odin Langford asked if other properties had been considered as options for a Farmers Market expansion. Other Council members suggested alternate sites, included the Liberty Mutual building and the Meadowwood Technology Campus.

Peterson said no other sites had been considered, but noted the suggestions for alternate locations were property not owned by the city. Council conversation on the project is expected to continue with input from the Planning Commission and the Community Development Committee.

In other business: • The Council discussed a three-car accident caused Tuesday afternoon when a wrong-way driver entered Interstate 90 from the Liberty Lake exit and headed westbound in eastbound lanes. Only minor injuries were reported, but Schuler asked that the city make improving safety concerns at the exit a priority. Peterson instructed LLPD Chief Brian Asmus to install cones at the exit. • The Council took action instructing Finance Director RJ Stevenson to prepare a budget amendment to purchase three police cars this year instead of one. The amendment will catch the LLPD up on its vehicle rotation plan. To make the purchase, Stevenson will also create an equipment replacement fund seeded with general fund money. • Library Board President John Loucks presented to the board asking to expand the library’s budget by $36,000. The addition would bump a part-time librarian to full-time and add a part-time clerk. The additional staffing, he said, would alleviate over-burdened staff as well as expand operating hours. • Council Member Dan Dunne presented ideas for developing a municipal flag, suggesting the city form a committee of volunteers to judge design submissions. Peterson named Dunne commissioner of flag development, a role in which he’ll coordinate the process and timeline for flag selection.

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of Spokane to win this award. "Guys like Mark Rypien, John Stockton. ... I really appreciate it." The complete list of honorees at the awards function Feb. 15 included: Pro Athlete of the Year: Tyler Johnson, Spokane Chiefs

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Amateur Female Athlete of the Year: Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga women's basketball

The Inland Northwest Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association recently named Liberty Lake native Tyler Johnson its Pro Athlete of the Year at its annual awards function. Johnson, who finished his career with the Spokane Chiefs last spring, led the Western Hockey League in goals with 53 and fell one point shy of the overall scoring title. He is currently playing for the Norfolk Admirals, a developmental league (AHL) team of the Tampa Bay Lightning. "It's unreal. It's really cool and quite an honor," Johnson said of winning the award. "So many great pro athletes have come out

Cheer 1: Dustin Dach, Central Valley Basketball Dach, a senior guard, knocked down seven 3-pointers over two games for the CV boys basketball team as they won the District 8 championship with wins over Lewis and Clark and Gonzaga Prep.

Cheer 2: Colton Orrino, Central Valley Wrestling Orrino, a sophomore, wrestling at 126 pounds, took home a third place finish at the recent Mat Classic. Orrino lost in the

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Coach of the Year: Kelly Graves, Gonzaga women's basketball Team of the Year: Gonzaga women's basketball Junior Male Athlete of the Year: Chad Chalich, Coeur d'Alene High School football Junior Female Athlete of the Year: Katie Knight, North Central High School cross country Junior Male Coach of the Year: Shawn Amos, Coeur d'Alene High School football Junior Female Coach of the Year: Jim Redmon, Lewis and Clark High School girls basketball Junior Male Team of the Year: Coeur d'Alene High School football Junior Female Team of the Year: Lake City High School softball

semi-finals 6-2 before defeating his opponent from Todd Beamer High School 10-2 in the third place match.

Cheer 3: Dan Schoultz, Central Valley Wrestling Schoultz, a senior, finished his CV wrestling career with a third place finish at the Mat Classic. Schoultz, who lost in the second round, battled back through the consolation bracket to defeat his Federal Way High School opponent 8-2 in the third place match.

Sports Brief Local athlete signs to play college volleyball Liberty Lake resident and Central Valley High School volleyball player Delaney Fisher has accepted a college scholarship offer from Walla Walla Community College. Fisher, a libero, or defensive specialist, for the CV squad, was named to the GSL second team as she helped the Bears to their first ever WIAA state tournament appearance.

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CVHS Sports Roundup Boys win district championship The CV boys basketball team continued its winning ways, picking up its 16th consecutive win while winning the District 8 tournament. The Bears took care of Lewis and Clark 56-48 in the first round and followed that up with a 64-44 win over Gonzaga Prep in the tournament final. Against Lewis and Clark, the Bears trailed by five at the half before using a 22-10 third quarter to open a lead they would not relinquish. The Bears featured balanced scoring, as five players scored between eight and 13 points. Austin Rehkow led the way with 13 points, including three baskets from behind the arc. The Bears followed up their first round win over LC with a convincing win over Gonzaga Prep in the final. The Bears opened a 12-point lead at the half and extended it to 20 by the end of the third quarter, earning the District 8 championship. The Bears were led in scoring by Rehkow, who had 17 points, while teammate Dustin Dach added 14 points, including four 3-pointers. The Bears next play in a regional game on Friday at Spokane Falls Community College versus an opponent to be determined.

had 12 points on four 3-point baskets. The loss forced the Bears into a loser-out game against Mead. The Bears faced off against Mead and trailed by eight at the half before bouncing back with a 21-6 third quarter, before holding off the Panthers in the fourth quarter to get the win. Mariah Cunningham led the way for the Bears with 15 points while Hovren chipped in 13 points as she made 11 of 14 free throws. The win placed the girls into a regional play-in game at Wenatchee, and the Bears made the most of the opportunity with a lopsided 57-21 route. Hovren’s 14 points and 16 rebounds led the way. The Bears can earn a state berth Saturday with a win over Chiawana at Spokane Falls Community College.

Wrestling team finishes seventh at Mat Classic

Girls play into regionals

The CV wrestling squad featured two grapplers earning a third place individual finish while the team finished in seventh place with 75 points at the annual Mat Classic state wrestling tournament in Tacoma. Tahoma High School won the 4A title with 190 points.

After earning the No. 1 seed into district play, the CV girls saw their road to regionals toughen, but the team made it nonetheless. The Bears opened district play with a 5236 win over Lewis and Clark High School in a game which saw them take a 13-point halftime lead on the way to the win. The girls were led by Brooke Gallaway’s 16 points and Madison Hovren’s 13. CV next played Gonzaga Prep in the championship game and trailed by only two at the half before the Bullpups outscored the Bears by 10 in the second half to pick up the 52-36win. CV was led by Gallaway, who had 17 points, Sydney Emory, who had 14 points including three baskets from behind the arc, and Chantelle Fitting, who

Other top CV finishers were Blake Beard, who earned a fifth place finish at 120 pounds, Tanner Davis who also finished in fifth place at 160 pounds, while Kurt Beck came in sixth place at 182 pounds. The Bears had two additional top eight finishers as Tyler Thelen earned a seventh place finish at 132 pounds and Kolton Cole also finished in seventh at 195 pounds.

Colton Orrino and Dan Schoultz earned third place finishes as Orrino, wrestling at 126 pounds, lost in the semifinal match before winning the third place match, while Schoultz, wrestling at 285 pounds, lost in the second round but battled back through the consolation side of the bracket before winning his third place match.

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Health coach begins weekly support meetings Take Shape For Life health coaches Melissa and John Niece announced plans to kick off free weekly support group meetings 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the TierPoint Building, 23403 E. Mission Ave. “Our goal is to assist people in their journey to optimal health,” Niece said. “Each meeting will have some sort of education about weight loss or maintenance.” For more information, visit or call 294-8500.

Dentist visits local schools As part of National Children's Dental Health Month, local dentist Jared Evans is stepping out of his office and into the classroom. Since the beginning of 2012, 25 classes of students have been educated in their classrooms or at KiDDS Dental and more than 600 students have heard his message of the importance of dental health “It is important to get kids excited about taking care of their teeth,” Evans said. “A healthy smile is important to a child’s selfesteem. With proper care, a balanced diet and regular dental visits, their teeth can remain healthy and strong.” For more information on scheduled school visits, contact Evans at 891-7070 or e-mail

Itron acquires SmartSynch Liberty Lake-based Itron announced last week that it signed an agreement to acquire SmartSynch, a provider of point-to-point

smart grid solutions, in a $100 million transaction. “SmartSynch is a compelling strategic acquisition that strengthens our position in the industry and with our energy and water utility customers,” Itron president and CEO LeRoy Nosbaum said. “SmartSynch brings a highly complementary technology to our existing communication network offering, broadens our portfolio and enhances Itron’s ability to support our customers with their smart grid projects.” SmartSynch and Itron have partnered for more than a decade, delivering integrated solutions to some of Itron’s largest smart grid customers. Itron reported the transaction should close in the second quarter of this year.

Gravity Jack partners with toy company Liberty Lake-based Gravity Jack recently announced a partnership with Jay@Play to bring an interactive gaming component to the MushABelly plush collectible toy line. The new MushABelly line includes a free three-dimensional augmented reality game that children of all ages can now play on the iPhone and iPad 2 devices, soon to be released for the Android. "We’ve been privileged to be a part of this amazing product launch,” Gravity Jack Product Manager Justin Farris said. “As the market for augmented reality grows, we firmly believe that youth will drive the adoption of this new technology. We are excited to be on the forefront of that development.” Gravity Jack's software will also allow children to bring MushABelly characters to life in real time, play games with them, take screen shots, capture videos and post online. For more information, visit www. In Biz features Liberty Lake-connected business items. Contact The Splash with business news at

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had accidentally set off the alarm. • Domestic violence — At 3:30 p.m. Feb. 15, LLPD was dispatched to a possible domestic violence situation at the 2000 block of North Sedge Lane. The caller reported her mother’s ex-boyfriend was at the apartment trying to get inside. Upon arrival, the subject had left the area. • Agency assist — At 7:05 p.m. Feb. 14, LLPD was requested to assist the Spokane Valley Police Department with a three-car accident with injuries at the 9500 block of East Broadway Avenue. Officers reported that at least two people were unconscious and trapped inside a flaming vehicle. • DUI intervention — At 7:45 p.m. Feb. 15, LLPD was dispatched to a possible DUI at the 1300 block of North Liberty Lake Road. The complainant reported two subjects came into the business and, before leaving, told the employee they had been drinking all day. Officers located the subjects entering the vehicle parked in the parking lot. As officers contacted the

subjects, they told the officer that they only had one beer earlier in the day. Based on the officer’s assessment, he advised that it would be better for the subjects not to drive and both agreed to walk home. • Theft — At 3 p.m. Feb. 16, LLPD received report of a possible theft and burglary that occurred on Jan. 28 at the 2100 block of North Sedge Lane. The complainants reported that they were having an estate sale as part of a move on Jan. 28. After the sale, the complainant noticed several items missing from the apartment. The complainant stated that they were missing a digital camera and camera case that contained more than $2,500 in cash. The complainants reported there were several people in and out of the apartment that day and did not have any suspect information. • Suspended license — A 48-year-old Liberty Lake woman was arrested at 7:40 a.m. Feb. 16 at Mission Avenue and Malvern Road for driving with a suspended license. The vehicle was initially stopped for a speeding violation. • Recovered stolen vehicle — At 12:50

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p.m. Feb. 16, LLPD recovered a stolen vehicle at the 22800 block of East Country Vista Drive. The vehicle was reported stolen Feb. 4 out of Spokane. The vehicle was returned to the owner. • Suspended license — A 24-year-old Spokane man was arrested at 3:10 p.m. Feb. 17 at Settler Road and Kelsea Court for driving with a suspended license. The vehicle was initially stopped for a suspicious circumstances investigation. • Two-car accident — At 7:10 p.m. Feb. 20, LLPD was dispatched to a two-car non-injury accident blocking traffic at Appleway Avenue and Madson Road. The at-fault driver was issued infractions for failure to yield right-of-way and expired vehicle registration. • Vehicle prowl — At 7:45 a.m. Feb. 19, LLPD received two reports of vehicle prowl and theft that occurred between 3 and 4 p.m. Feb. 18 at the HUB Sports Center, 19619 East Cataldo Road. Both complainants reported that unknown suspects broke out the windows of their cars while parked at the business for an event. A backpack containing school items was taken out of one vehicle and a Macbook Pro laptop computer was taken out of the other vehicle. • Outstanding warrant — A 20-year-old Spokane woman was arrested at 6:50 p.m. Feb. 19 at the 22800 block of Country Vista Drive for an outstanding arrest warrant for driving with a suspended license. Officers were dispatched to the area for a suspicious circumstances call regarding two subjects in a vehicle, with the passenger coming and going from the vehicle to the apartments. The subjects were contacted, and it was determined that the female subject had the outstanding arrest warrant. She was booked into the county jail.

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Church showing free film Lakeside Church in Liberty Lake is showing the 2011 movie “Courageous” at 6:30 p.m. March 6. Donations are appreciated to cover the cost of licensing and babysitting. Lakeside is located at 23424 E. Knox Ave., one block north of Appleway. For more information, call 210-9779. For a full list of community briefs, visit

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high school seniors and advancing each in the competition to be named a National Merit Finalist. Eleven additional CVSD students were named National Merit “Commended Scholars” by the scholarship program: Joseph Aman, Mitchell Dunn, Kelsey Glynn, Dakota Kliamovich, David Ross, Dallin Squires, Therin Taylor, Alexander White, Ruth Winkler and Emma Zellmer from Central Valley High School and Lauren Nemitz from University High School. These students ranked in the top 5 percent of all students. For more information, visit

Cameron honored by Whitworth Sarah Cameron of Liberty Lake was named to the Whitworth University Laureate Society for the fall semester of 2011. She qualified for the academic honors society by maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.75 during the semester as the Spokane school.

Northington honored by WWU Liberty Lake’s Ryan Northington was named to the Western Washington University honor roll for the fall quarter of 2011. He qualified for the honor by completing at least 14 graded credit hours and ranking in the top 10 percent of his class.

Phillips honored by Montana Kailey Phillips of Liberty Lake was honored by the University of Montana in Missoula last month for securing a spot on the Dean’s List for the autumn semester. Phillips earned the recognition by maintaining a grade point average of 3.5 or higher over the course of the semester.

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Last week, the Central Valley School District moved forward with a plan to purchase the 54,450-square-foot building formerly occupied by Rite Aid at the corner of University and Sprague. Described to be in shell condition, the investment in the property would include an extensive remodel to make way for a skill center intended to offer technical career training.

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laborative planning effort, but Small noted programs would not duplicate the 16 offered at the Spokane campus, although current satellite programs – cosmetology and fire science – may be incorporated into the new branch center. Small said a top new program for consideration is aerospace manufacturing. After closing the deal, the district will also have to fund and execute a massive remodel of the building, but without any hitches along the way, administrators are planning for classes at the facilities to start September 2013. The district is currently having the property appraised (last July it was appraised at $2.5 million) and has 180 days to do its “due diligence” to inspect the integrity of the building. Eventually, with state funding for enrollment and the West Valley tenant, district administrators said the building will operate with self-sustaining funds. In the meantime, to fund the purchase, the district will explore a handful of options, including a traditional bank loan, a state treasurer’s financing program and non-voted bonds.

Addressing old facilities A year ago, voters rejected a fourth consecutive bond at-

tempt from the district to fund new construction and facility improvements. During the bond campaign, the district cited overcrowding, aging facilities and safety concerns – issues Small said haven’t gone away. As the district moves forward, he said addressing the facilities issue will be a fine balance of providing for students while carrying out the will of voters. “We will continue to look at ways to address issues with our facilities,” Small said. “It’s about timing. It’s about when the community will feel comfortable and confident supporting the district and investing in our schools.” He added that he didn’t expect a major effort from the district for at least a year and a half, though at that point they may be too far behind to adequately address progressing issues. In lieu of a bond, he said the district might evaluate other funding options like a capital facilities levy. Limits on levies, however, would make a capital facilities levy more of a short-term solution, Small said. Ultimately, he said the timing for seeking funding for facilities improvements would revolve around an in-depth conversation with the community and the economy. Small also said the Capital Facilities Committee – the same committee that recommended

the most recently failed bond attempt – is currently evaluating facilities to form a recommendation moving forward.

An eye on legislation Looking forward, Small said the district is keen to the everchanging face of public education and hopes a vigilant eye on pending changes – and additional requirements – will keep transitions smooth. “We’re keep a close eye on state legislation and constantly ask ourselves what it is that will keep us ahead of the curve,” he explained. “We’re keeping a close eye on what we see coming down the pipeline and positioning ourselves to come out on top.” In compliance with legislation, all school districts in Washington State will be required to adopt a new teacher-principal evaluation tool by 2013 that measures specifically mandated evaluation criteria. Central Valley School District is one of eight districts in Washington selected as a grant-funded site to develop and pilot a new evaluation tool for teachers and principals. The district is in the second year of the two-year program – funded $159,000 for two years – allowing local administrators to voice concerns at the state level in the development of these instruments. The project includes a team of

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Greenacres Elementary third-graders quietly work on a project while students next door continue their day-to-day activities. None of the classes at the school are separated with doors. An update of the school was prioritized in last year’s failed bond attemp and as the district moves forward, facilities issues continue to concern district leaders. 49 teachers, principals, parents, administrators and association representatives working to develop, pilot and implement teacher and principal evaluation instruments that are aligned with new state standards using a four-point rubric. A handful of legislative pieces

are currently under consideration, Small said, including the Charter School Bill. In the meantime, he said, district leaders are managing the juggling of multiple challenges and opportunities to maximize opportunities and achievements of students.

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basic information like name, address and phone number. You only have to fill it out once, then every night when you go to sign up it’ll automatically fill that information in for you. You also have to submit a “wake up call” photo, so it had to be when you’re waking up. That’s why I had such a beautiful photo on TV when the show aired. Q: Do you already have a date in mind? A: Since we have to book it at least 12 weeks out, I’ll be in my third trimester at that time. We’ll probably wait to book it until after the baby comes so it’ll be closer to a year from now. Q: Are people knocking down your door to be your plus one or do you already know who you’ll take with you? A: I’ll take my husband and probably the new baby. The baby will travel for free, but we’d have to pay extra to bring the other boys. I think we’ll enjoy it and leave the kids with grandma. Q: Did it catch you off guard when they called? A: They called Monday morning because the shows are pre-taped. They explained that they were calling for Thursday’s show. It was 5:30 a.m. Monday to prepare me for when the actual call would come in. They said they’d call back at 7:45 a.m. our time. It was a nice little warning. The representative from the show said I could go back to sleep for a couple hours. I hadn’t seen the previous show, so after the first call I went online to see what celebrities were on. That helped me kind of get my bearings for what kind of question might be asked. I did a little bit of research then, and when they called I was asked about Khloe Kardashian — who I didn’t know anything about. Q: What were your thoughts when the phone rang that early? A: Well, we have a family member who is sick, so I thought it would be bad news on the other end. Then a real perky voice said, “This is Live From Kelly and you’ve been selected.” I was still half asleep and couldn’t believe it. Q: What was it like when they called back? A: When the call came in, there was a five-minute delay, and then you could hear the actual show being taped the whole time. I could hear the host chat and got to listen to her putting on her microphone and getting her makeup finished. It was kind of cool just to hear what she was saying. Q: Did you hear any fun behind-thescenes snippets? A: When I was listening, (Executive

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PROFILES Producer Michael) Gelman was warming up the audience, and they were asking him questions. One person asked if he was doing “Dancing With the Stars,” and he said yes. He hadn’t officially announced it, but he confirmed he’d do it. A second person said she’d heard a permanent co-host had been determined and asked who it was. Gelman said there was one in the works, but they hadn’t signed contracts yet, so he couldn’t announce who it was yet. Q: Were you nervous when it came time for the trivia contest segment? A: Oh yeah. The question was “What is Khloe Kardashian’s husband’s name?” I knew he was a basketball player, but I didn’t know his name offhand. I had Google up on my computer and that’s the only reason I got the answer right. You get 20 seconds and just one guess, so I just typed in “Khloe Kardashian married,” and her husband’s name popped right up. Q: How did you feel about talking

with Kelly Ripa or her guest host, Josh Groban? A: It was cool. It was kind of hard to hear on the phone, and there was a little bit of scratchiness. There was also a slight delay and you could tell that on the show. They do chop some of it up. I didn’t hear half the things Josh Groban was saying. It looks fine on TV, but it was a little disjointed on the phone. It was fun, though. She’s funny. Q: Have you ever won anything like this before? A: I haven’t. Last year, my dad and I went to “The Price Is Right” in March, and he was picked. He got to play Plinko, and he won more than $11,000 in cash and prizes. I’ve never won anything like that. Before now, I would’ve actually considered myself unlucky. When we go to the casino, I just hold the money while everyone else plays because I always just lose it.

I’ve never been considered lucky. I guess it was just my turn. It’s kind of cool. Q: Are there any aspects of the trip you’re looking forward to? A: I’m just looking forward to the time away with my husband. After you have a baby, it’s rough and you don’t get much sleep, so it’ll be nice to go somewhere for a whole week and just chill. It looks really beautiful and laid back. There’s horseback riding and hiking and fun things to do outside, but I think it’ll be pretty chill. Q: Do you think you’ll keep up with the trivia contest and try for another win? A: Yeah! I mean, it’s good odds. I’m going to start signing up my mom, too, so she can win a trip. I’ll probably wait a while for myself because it’d be better traveling when our baby isn’t so little. Many people on their website said they’ve won multiple times, so it’s possible.

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Building for the future: CVSD looks at post-levy plans, including one that will transform this property.