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Denenny thrives in business, legal arenas By Craig Howard Splash Contributing Editor
When he was roaming the defensive backfield for Central Valley High School as a free safety in the early 1990s, Richard Denenny learned how to quickly adjust to an audible at the line of scrimmage. Same in the lofty elevations of Alta, Utah after his undergraduate degree from Western Washington University, when he adeptly navigated some of the world’s most celebrated ski slopes. Denenny’s career path has featured some of the same flexible maneuvering since he graduated at the top of his class from the University of Arizona Law School in 2002. The Spokane native and current Liberty Lake resident had
NEWS a successful tenure as a securities attorney with K&L Gates in Seattle before returning to the Inland Northwest to serve as COO and CFO of Next IT from 2011 to 2013. A transition to Liberty Lakebased Telect came next as Denenny was hired as vice president in charge of sales, marketing and product development. His current professional home is at Lee & Hayes, an intellectual property law firm where he serves as president and CFO. Few who knew Denenny as an average student at Evergreen Middle School could have speculated on his subsequent academic and career success, let alone layered talks on topics like “Spokane’s Growing Entrepreneurial Ecosystem,” an address he was invited to give at Eastern Washington University last month. “I didn’t know how to be a good student, whether it was the discipline to study for a test or taking homework home,” Denenny recalls. That outlook changed in the summer of 1991 after a tragic boating accident took the life of Denenny’s younger brother, Tim, at 14. The two were only a year apart and played on all the same teams. “It was really the defining point in my life,” Denenny said. A football coach at Central Valley,
Photo by Craig Howard Liberty Lake resident Richard Denenny works as president and CFO of Lee & Hayes, an intellectual property law firm with clients such as Microsoft and Amazon. A graduate of Central Valley High School, Western Washington University and University of Arizona Law School, Denenny also spent time as an executive with Next IT and Telect as well as a securities attorney with K&L Gates in Seattle.
Jerry Connors, had lost his wife and daughter in untimely circumstances and related to Denenny’s grief, letting him know that the experience would serve as a critical crossroads. “Coach Connors let me know I could use Tim’s death as a scapegoat and let it derail me or I could go the other way,” Denenny said. “I decided that getting to work would be the right way to honor my brother, and it turned into an unbelievable source of strength.” Along with excelling in football and soccer, Denenny thrived in the classroom, turning Cs into As at CV and earning acceptance into Western Washington University, where he majored in political science and spent a year of study in Ireland. Denenny wasn’t settled on any professional course after college. It was 1998 and many of his friends headed to the Puget Sound area to ride the tech wave. For his part, Denenny headed to Utah to ride the slopes and work at a ski lodge in Alta. He later took the LSAT and found himself finishing in the 98th percentile on practice tests. “I had no idea what it took to be a lawyer at the time,” he said. At the University of Arizona Law School, Denenny caught on quickly. He became editor-in-chief of the school’s law review and, by the time he graduated, was honored as the Ralph W. Aisler Outstanding Student. The compensation of his profession is not something Denenny flaunts. He drives a Prius with a bike rack and is more likely to be wearing a plaid shirt and khakis than a tailor-made suit. “I don’t take the money for granted,” he said. “I remember getting popcorn and a drink at a movie and thinking that was really something. When I was 28, I bought a $1,500 mountain bike and that was the most I’d ever spent on anything.” Now 43, Denenny is a father of two sons and a youth sports coach. He met his wife, Jennifer, a Colorado native, when both were in Arizona at law school. Growing up, Denenny remembers Liberty Lake as little more than “a Hico gas station, a couple of golf courses and some homes down by the water.” Q: I’m guessing you’ve heard a few attorney jokes in your time. What was your impression of the legal profession before you entered this field? A: I knew shockingly little about the legal profession before law school. After graduating from college, I spent a couple of years as a ski bum. Toward the end of the
The Splash season, I tore my ACL and found myself staring at a long recovery and without any clear idea of what I wanted to do. One of my childhood best friends, who had started law school, suggested I take a practice LSAT and consider law school. Once I received the results, the competitive part of me kicked in, and I decided to study and see what happened. I told myself if I could go to law school without it costing much, I would do it. The next year, the University of Arizona came through with that offer, I drove to Tucson and I started law school, without any real idea of what it meant to be an attorney. It was crazy. Q: Your career roles seem to split between attorney and business executive. Are there any parallels between the two? Which do you prefer? A: I consider myself a business person that happens to be a lawyer. Business is my true passion and, since moving back to Spokane in 2011, I have spent most of my time in a business role. Even at Lee & Hayes, I spend the majority of my time focused on the business of the firm. Fortunately, as a corporate securities, M&A (mergers and acquisitions) attorney, the clients I work with tend to involve me at both a legal and business level. Q: You have talked about being a late academic bloomer, going from a C-student in middle school to the top of your law school class. Parents of underachieving kids everywhere are listening. What were the keys to your turnaround? A: I wish I had a great answer for you, but I don’t. While I will always wish that the light turned on earlier for me, the reality is that I was never the kid that was going to be forced to study. I was going to develop and figure things out on my own schedule. I am thankful that my parents took a holistic approach to raising me, focusing on how I was developing as an overall person, rather than just as a student. I hope Jen and I do the same with our boys and that we continue to be as concerned with how our boys are doing at recess as we are about what grade level they are reading at. Q: When you think back to your time at Liberty Lake-based Telect, what are some memories of that phase in your career? A: I loved my time at Telect. My favorite memory was being able to work with Spencer Williams. I started at Telect shortly after Spencer joined the company on a full-time basis. I will never forget
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Continued from page 2 my first meeting with Spencer. At the time, Spencer was a product manager for Fiber, but he came into our meeting with an overall vision and passion for the business that was remarkable. I quickly realized that Spencer was a special talent, and he became my right-hand person. To this day, I go on record in saying that Spencer is the most talented business person I have worked with. He is smart, fearless, tireless and a great leader. I loved partnering with Spencer, and I am very proud to call him my friend. I also look forward to seeing what he and Telect achieve next. I will also always remember the personal investment Wayne (Williams) made in me and other members of the leadership team. Wayne is a remarkable person. I look up to him and am thankful for the example he sets, including as a business leader, father and husband. Q: You experienced the tragic loss of your younger brother when you were in high school. What advice might you give to others who are going through similar heart-wrenching experiences? A: Oh, wow. I have no advice. Really. Probably the best I can do is to tell you about the advice I was given. Tim died in a boating accident when he was 14 years old. I was 15 and driving the boat that killed Tim. Tim died on Labor Day weekend, a couple of days before my sophomore year at Central Valley High School. Football, which was my true passion in that era, had already started, however. We had practice two days after Tim died. Before practice, Coach Jerry Connors pulled me aside. Coach Connors had tragically suffered the loss of his wife and daughter. He gave me a speech that changed my life forever. Coach Connors called me into his office. When I was inside, he said he was sorry. Truly sorry. He then proceeded to tell me that, although I may not realize it, I had a choice to make. He told me that, if I wanted, my brother’s death could be the excuse for anything I wanted to do in my life. Whatever I did, I could use Tim’s death as an excuse. And nobody would hold me accountable. On the flip side, Coach Connors explained that I could turn Tim’s death into an incredible source of strength. To use it to move forward. He then encouraged me to think about which approach would best honor my brother. Coach Connors’ speech changed my life forever.
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I entered his office scared, afraid, and, frankly, ready to give up. I left wanting to live a better life in order to honor my brother. I do not have any advice for folks going through a heart-wrenching experience, but I sure hope they have someone like Coach Connors in their life. Q: What do you miss most about your brother? A: Holy smokes. I miss everything about my brother. Tim died in 1991. Almost 28 years ago. In less than a month, one of Tim’s childhood best friends will hand out the 26th annual Tim Denenny Outstanding Athlete Award at Evergreen Middle School. That is a long time, but I still miss him every day. We have two boys. I see the two of them play together, and I think of my brother. I see how Rory looks at his brother, and I think of Tim. There is nothing like the bond between siblings. I have it with my older sister, and I had it with brother. I know, without question, that if Tim were alive today that he would be my best friend. I miss the bond of brotherhood. Of knowing that Tim would have my back no matter what and I would have his. I miss so much about my little brother, but what I miss most is the idea that I lost my best friend before I even realized it. Q: You are part of several groups that support various avenues for entrepreneurs. Why is this so important to you? A: I love people who are willing to take risks. People who believe there is an opportunity and have the courage to go for it. We moved to Spokane in January 2011 as part of me joining the executive team at Next IT. I immediately became involved in the startup ecosystem. At the time, I felt like the startup ecosystem was fairly barren. Today, I feel like we have an incredible ecosystem. From Startup Spokane (GSI), Ignite Northwest, to Mind-toMarket and various other funding sources, a company can now go from concept through each stage of capital without leaving the region and with the support of a robust network of engaged entrepreneurial leaders. I am incredibly proud to be a part of the organizations making this happen. I also believe a strong business community is incredibly important to our area. As a community, I believe we need to support entrepreneurs in their efforts to build Spokane’s next great company. I love Spokane and love championing what an incredible place Spokane is to start and grow a business.
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into town beginning in September. Brandon Rapez-Betty, director of Communications and Customer Service for STA, said bus service will be extended from the current Park and Ride at North Meadowwood Lane and East Mission about 1.5 miles to Appleway and North Country Vista Drive. “The extension will take buses closer into some residential
developments,” Rapez-Betty said. “The goal is primarily to make sure commuters in those areas have access to downtown Spokane and the Valley. A secondary benefit is inclusion of those areas into our paratransit area.” Extension of the STA service is a critical part of the community’s commuter plan, said Liberty Lake City Council Member Odin Langford, who previously served as the city’s liaison to the STA board. In another effort to further improve service, Langford said, developers are working with the city and STA to extend North Country Vista Drive to provide expanded service to those areas, which will also make the paratransit service more accessible. Under operations procedure followed by the STA, paratransit service is only provided within threequarters of a mile of fixed routes, so any extension of the regular-running buses improves service to paratransit users. Improvements to North Country Vista Drive, likely to happen in the short-term, will pave the way for a critical connection to improve those services, Langford said. “We’re still in active negotiations and have no reasons to believe that it can’t be done in a fair amount of time,” he said. Further down the road, STA is looking at opening new bus stops as the city expands, but it’s still a few years off, says Peggy McManus, STA communications specialist. New bus stop locations for the extension of Route 172 will be identified later this summer, Rapez-Betty said. For a town that has prided itself on planned, well-executed growth, many eyes are on public transportation. “Liberty Lake is one of the fastest-growing cities in Washington state,” says City Council Member Mike Kennedy, who serves as the
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current council liaison to the STA. “What you’re going to see happen is extension of (bus) lines in the areas where growth is happening.” Kennedy is working closely with the STA to follow through on these issues. “We’re experiencing tremendous growth, and STA is doing an excellent job at filling those needs in areas like Rocky Hill, Trutina and Stone Hill,” Kennedy said. That growth is imminent based on U.S. Census data which shows that the thriving community has surpassed a population of 10,000, up from about 7,600 in 2010. The community is growing at about 4 percent per year but saw an increase of 8.5 percent in 2017 and that trend is expected to continue. “Buildout over the next 20 years is estimated at 18,000 to 19,000 so we’ve going to continue to grow substantially,” Kennedy said. The Liberty Lake routes offered by STA that are critical to the community include: • Route 74 with direct access to East Indiana and Spokane Valley Mall • Route 172, which travels from Liberty Lake to downtown Spokane • Route 98 that provides access to East Sprague Avenue “The extension of STA bus and paratransit services in Liberty Lake is something the city is certainly excited to see,” Kennedy said. McManus said the STA will continue to focus on expanding service throughout its service areas. “These include fixed route, Vanpool, Vanshare and paratransit,” McManus said. In addition to expanded service through STA, a grant of $180,000 was recently awarded to the city of Liberty Lake to start a pilot program called Liberty Lake Dash, which utilizes a shuttle van service to better facilitate riders getting from the STA buses at the Liberty Lake Park and Ride to professional sites in the city.
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Continued from page 3 Q: Along those same lines, you have owned businesses of your own outside of your primary career. What do you enjoy about being an entrepreneur? A: Buying and starting small businesses has been one of the most enjoyable and humbling experiences of my life. If done right, there is a very special connection with those you are building the business with. An understanding that you are in it for each other and that, no matter what, you are going to go for it. You might lose, but, for better or worse, you are going to go for it. From Next IT, Telect, UltraShred, Tidy’s, and to Lee & Hayes, I love going for it and doing it as a team. That is what I enjoy about being an entrepreneur. Q: You have lived in various parts of the country but have called Liberty Lake home since 2011. What’s so special about this community for you? A: Spokane in general, and Liberty Lake in particular, is the greatest place in the world to live. More specifically, if you can find or create a good job in the area, there is not a better place to live. When Jen and I moved back to
Spokane, we did not know we would live in Liberty Lake. After looking at various areas, however, I don’t think there is a better place to live. We have access to the water, an incredible park and trail network, the best schools in the region and the best community you can hope for. As I tell every recruit to Lee & Hayes that is looking at coming to Spokane, “Stop wasting your time. Come to Liberty Lake. It is the land of milk and honey.” I believe it, too. Q: Finally, here’s your chance to give a quick pitch on your latest business venture -- Tidy’s Beautiful Bins. You have 100 words. Go. A: Tidy’s makes each Tidy Neighborhood better by delivering Beautiful Bins. Your trash, recycling and yard waste bins are gross. You know it. Let Tidy’s clean all your cans the first month and then one can a month after that for $9.99 per month. We are proud that Liberty Lake is Tidy’s best market. Eric, my childhood best friend and the person who had the idea for the company, and I are incredibly thankful for the support of this community. The summer of 2019, however, will determine whether we can continue. So, if you like Tidy’s, sign up for Beautiful Bins!
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The following activity of the Liberty Lake Police Department was reported for the month of April: • Total incidents and calls for service 627 • Traffic collisions 6 • Citations 84 • DUI 8 • Theft 10 • Malicious mischief 1 • Argument/assault 7 • Parking violations 6 • Suspicious vehicles 30 DUI – On April 11, officers conducted a traffic stop at North Harvard Road and East Mission Avenue for an equipment violation. Upon contact, officers detected an odor of alcohol on the driver’s breath and an abundance of alcohol containers on the rear passenger floorboard. The driver then failed field tests and provided a breath sample of 0.149. The driver was booked into the Spokane County Jail for DUI. Commercial burglary – On April 15, officers responded to 1409 N. Harvest Parkway on the report of a burglary at the Selkirk Middle School construction site. Officers
found a trailer had been entered and a fire was set at the site. The incident was placed under investigation. Road rage – On April 16, officers responded to the report of a road rage incident occurring on Interstate 90 through Liberty Lake in which a weapon was brandished. Both parties were contacted, and the complainant shared no desire to be a victim, and the other party was educated on the laws of brandishing a firearm and released without charges. Vehicle prowl – On April 17, officers responded to the 25000 block of East Appleway Avenue on the report of numerous vehicles broken into and items taken. Six work vehicles had been illegally entered, and a leaf blower, cordless drill and about 30 gallons of gasoline had been stolen. Officers reviewed video surveillance and obtained a description of the suspect and vehicle used in the thefts. On April 27, officers on patrol spotted a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle and determined it was the same vehicle used in the crime. The vehicle was seized as evidence. None of the property was recovered, but additional leads and a person of interest was gained from the efforts.
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June 6, 1944 - 75 years ago the Allies under Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower landed on Normandy Beach to carry out the most difficult military operation in history. It began the liberation of occupied Europe from Nazi tyranny. There has been much said about and deserved by our greatest generation. This Memorial Day we
gave respect to those who died for our freedom in history. In Liberty Lake we remember our Gold Star men and women in our parks and on our trails with our Fallen Heroes workout stations. We honor in Pavillion Park, Air Force Capt. Victoria Pickney; Rocky Hill, Marine Cpl. Joshua Dumaw; Town Square, Navy Corps. Greg Vercruysse; the outlet channel trail, Army Cpl. Kelly Grothe and the Arboretum, Coast Guard Seaman Clinton Miniken.
a daily reminder of sacrifice above self in our daily lives, a reminder to all of us that freedom truly is not free and an opportunity to teach our children about the history of local youth who served and gave their full measure of devotion. We were fortunate seven years ago to have Marine Staff Sgt. Bob Wiese and the Fallen Heroes group bring this idea forward and the city made sure it was completed for all to experience.
These local service members gave their lives for us in defense of our country and community. It’s
This year we will be exploring another Fallen Heroes project in Orchard Park on the northside of
What’s new around the city?
The trees are covered in beautiful deep greens, pinks and whites; the Liberty Lake Farmers Market is in full swing on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the traffic light at the Appleway and Signal intersection is operable; the community gardens are buzzing and blooming and the city’s seasonal maintenance workers have joined the staff once again (this includes our beloved goats).
On the south side of I-90 you may have noticed all of the dirt being moved. Ridgeline High School has officially broken ground and the infrastructure is going in. All of
the freeway. We anticipate these heroes will not come from our military but our civilian ranks of firefighters, policemen and others who served our community and made the ultimate sacrifice of service before self. By connecting our community through the Fallen Heroes course, the parks, the trails and our front porches, we will hopefully know each other better and appreciate each other more. That truly is the tie which binds us together and continues to make Liberty Lake Spokane County’s premier address!
interferes with the normal flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic. This responsibility includes, but is not limited to, removal of earth, rock, snow and other debris, as well as projecting or overhanging buses and limbs that may obstruct or render unsafe the passage of persons, vehicles and equipment.
As another summertime begins in the city of Liberty Lake, changes can be seen everywhere you turn.
In the River District, Orchard Park is taking shape and we encourage everyone to join us for the soft opening on June 15 at 1:30 p.m. Selkirk Middle School is looking great and is on track to welcome the first class through the doors this fall! We are also proud to announce that the city is now part of the Centennial Trail Coordinating Council. We will manage 2.2 miles from Hodges Lane to where Molter Road would meet the Centennial Trail if it went through.
Sidewalks must be kept clear of all obstructions from edge to edge and to an elevation of 7.5 feet above sidewalk level. This time of year the most common issues are bushes and tree limbs.
the growth in the city has created the need for a public works yard to house the equipment we use to maintain city roads, trails and greenspaces. This will be located just east of the high school location. In addition to all of the projects mentioned above, there are also 13 new projects currently under construction around town. This list and other interesting information can be found on our website (www.libertylakewa.gov) under the Planning and Building Services button.
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Sidewalk damage from heaving or cracks must be repaired if it creates a trip hazard. (For trip hazards less than 2 inches, please contact the city to participate in the sidewalk grinding program). All paved streets must be clear of obstructions to vehicle and equipment movement to an elevation of 13.5 feet above street level. This includes bushes, limbs and wires or other obstructions. For more information about street trees and sidewalk maintenance, please visit the following website: https://wa-libertylake2.civicplus. com/DocumentCenter/View/4540/ STREET-TREES-AND-SIDEWALKMAINTENANCE-Updated-5-2-19
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Raises on tap for mayor, council The goal of the commission, By Craig Howard Splash Contributing Editor
It appears pay hikes are in order for Liberty Lake’s mayor and governing board. A report at the May 7 City Council meeting included news of recommended compensation increases for council members and the mayor, the conclusion of a salary commission that began meeting in February.
according to chair Joan Wissman, was “to base salaries of elected officials on realistic standards and be paid according to the duties of their offices.” The group looked at cities with a similar “strong mayor/ council” form of government as well as comparable populations. The last time the mayor and council received pay raises was 2014. Compensation has stood at
City Council News and Notes By Craig Howard Splash Contributing Editor
The following items were discussed during city meetings in May: • The Friends of the Liberty Lake Municipal Library is coordinating a unique fundraiser as part of its mission to support and enhance the programs, materials and equipment of the library. Donors can have their names sewn into a handcrafted quilt by Judi Owens, one of the area’s finest quilters. Names will appear on the spines of books in the quilt. Levels are: Silver ($50 to $249); Gold ($250 to $499) and Platinum ($500 and up). The completed quilt will be on permanent display at the library. Orders must be placed by June 30. For more information, contact Sue Hamblet at 360-697-1511. • Finance Director RJ Stevenson told council on May 21 that sales tax revenue continues to be robust, trailing last year’s record total to this point by only around $10,000. • Stevenson said the city is keeping an eye on the ownership change of Freedom RV and the impact the transition will have on sales tax. The business has changed hands to Appleway RV. • A full sweep of city streets – the second one of the spring – was completed last month. • A windstorm on May 19 took down a large spruce tree on the No. 7 fairway at Trailhead. Meanwhile, Trailhead’s new irrigation system is “working beautifully,” according to Operations and Maintenance
Director Jennifer Camp. • The city has started construction on a new public works yard. • The soft opening of Orchard Park is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15. • The city’s herd of goats has returned to Pavillion Park for their annual warm-weather grounds maintenance. • An art project is being coordinated for the garbage cans at Orchard Park with coloring by local kids. • The city has added “City of Liberty Lake” to the municipal flag that will be displayed at the Association of Washington Cities convention this year. • Council heard a resident concern from Armando Zapata on May 21 about improving safety conditions for pedestrians in the Garden Ridge neighborhood, specifically updating a crosswalk and adding illumination. Mayor Steve Peterson said the city engineer would look into the concern the following day. Around a dozen residents of the Garden Ridge neighborhood attended the meeting to support the request. • Melanie Rose, Regional Business manager for Avista, said the power company is constructing additional underground infrastructure in Liberty Lake to meet the growing demand for power. The timeline for the project is early June to late August or early September. Rose said the project will improve reliability for customers and support economic development and growth in Liberty Lake. Rose added that the additions are primarily being driven
$400 a month for council members and $1,250 for mayor since then. The commission’s recommendation – which is binding – will bump the mayor’s pay to $2,250 per month while council representatives will make $720 a month. The changes go into effect in January. The salary commission will meet once a year, according to a policy outlined in a revised municipal ordinance. Trailhead project update On May 7, City Engineer Scott Bernhard gave an update on the
Trailhead Master Plan, noting that a contract has been finalized with Ameresco. The company is responsible for a project evaluation, expected to be completed by May 15. City Council has identified the renovation of the Trailhead clubhouse, pro shop and practice facilities as a top capital facilities priority this year. A work group is also being formed for the project with the primary goal of compiling a Request for Proposals, Bernhard said. The group will meet twice a month for
by new business. • There is an opening for a library trustee, as Lu Embry will be stepping down June 1. Interviews are also under way to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission. • The Kramer Parkway dedication took place May 24. The road is named after the late Lud Kramer, who served as Washington Secretary of State from 1965 to 1975 and moved to Liberty Lake later in life, contributing to a wide variety of community causes, including the campaign for city incorporation. • A trailer and several vehicles were burglarized in the Stonehill neighborhood in April. Police Chief Brian Asmus said images were retrieved of the incident. Evidence was recovered that led to a person of interest in the case. • Three candidates were interviewed for two officer positions with the Liberty Lake Police Department the week of May 6. • There were 7,714 items checked out at the library in April. Library visits in April totaled 4,603. • Library Director Jocelyn Redel gave an update on the Community Needs Assessment and Library Master Plan. Kimberly Bolan and Associates was deemed as the highest qualified bid with the most responsive proposal. Timeline for the project is May through December, with the plan being delivered to stakeholders in December. “Once we have all that data, we’ll share it with the community,” Redel said. • Director of Planning & Engineering Lisa Key gave an update on the construction of Ridgeline High School, noting the city has received blueprints for the project. • The city has received a preapplication building permit for a
residential housing project directly south of Orchard Park and west of Harvard Parkway. • Tom Stanley, president of Riverview Little League, complimented the groundskeepers for opening day of the league. • Resident Mark Saba commented on the city putting up a speed detection sign on Malvern Road between Mission and Boone based on a request from residents. The radar was put up during school hours and included additional police patrol. On April 25, a pair of 25 mph signs were put up. “I want to tell you it worked,” Saba said. • The Parks and Arts Commission has purchased its first utility box for decorative purposes. The group also has a call to artists out for goat statues, and work continues with the library on the Story Walk project. The commission is collaborating with the Inland Northwest Pickleball Club on local courts, games and lessons. • Mayor Pro Tem Shane Brickner noted that the penny drive conducted by Joya (formerly Spokane Guild School) had one of its most successful donation drives in Liberty Lake in April. • Council authorized the purchase of Two 25 hp Jacobsen Turfcat Mowers in the amount of $50,866.10. • Council approved extension of equipment rental agreement in the amount not to exceed $4,817.80 to complete grading and leveling of the new public works yard. • Council authorized the mayor to enter into an agreement with Associated Industries for a job analysis and compensation study in the amount of $17,325.
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Continued from page 8 the first few months, scaling back to once a month. Eight applicants for the group were initially identified with seven being selected. Four are residents of the city while city staff rounds out the group. “I think we have a good group,” Bernhard said. The next step is to develop a Request for Qualifications for design services. “We’re really choosing someone based on their qualifications and experience not on their proposal,” said City Administrator Katy Allen. “The proposal will come later.” City weighs in on food trucks Director of Planning and Engineering Services Lisa Key gave council an update on proposed amendments to the food truck ordinance on May 7. The question is whether or not food trucks should be allowed in the industrial zone. Currently, all food trucks require a temporary use permit and are only allowed during special community events and only on the public right-of-way or at certain private functions. The topic, which the Planning Commission discussed in a March workshop, would allow for one food truck per property in the industrial zone and only as an accessory use to a primary use with limited hours of operation. Key said the city “wants to balance that with the concerns heard from brick-and-mortar restaurants.” The more vocal feedback from local eateries was heard several years ago when council debated a change to the food truck ordinance. “We didn’t really hear from the brick-and-mortar restaurants this time,” Key said. The temporary use permit would be good for one year. The city would also conduct an annual review. For nonprofit events, the city would waive the fee. The permit would be good for no more than 21 consecutive days or 90 days in a calendar year. The hours of operation would be limited to those of the principal uses. “It’s saying food trucks can be permitted outside a special event,” Key said. “We may allow to opening it up to other zones but it would only be in the industrial zone now. At this point, the recommendation
was to keep it kind of limited and test the waters.” As the discussion continued at the May 21 council meeting, Key said there were “a couple of scenarios (in May) that illustrates how a code works.” The first had to do with the Art Fest at Liberty Creek Elementary. “This totally met the definition of a community event on public property.” She said the overall permit addressed multiple trucks on the same day. The other had to do with “Food Truck Thursday” at a local business that Key said “doesn’t actually fit the definition of community event” although it would be open to the public. The business was proposing multiple food trucks on different days over a long-term period. Key said, under the current policy, the business would need to secure a permit for each truck for each particular day. Key said a compromise would be to waive the requirement for individual vendors for all larger events not just nonprofit events. She added that council could apply the amended policy to up to seven nonresidential zones. “The comprehensive plan clearly supports this when you look at what it says about economic development,” Key said. Tony Epefanio, a food truck owner and president of Northwest Food Truck Association, appealed to council to “allow food trucks in your city.” “If we have permission from property owners, I don’t see why there should be a problem,” Epefanio said. “We have permits in place already to ensure safety. It’s not like we’re showing up in front of a restaurant and taking their business.” Mayor Pro Tem Shane Brickner said he had concerns about limiting the policy to one food truck at a respective event. “I’ve been very vocal about my support for food trucks,”Brickner said. “It brings the community together. I don’t think it’s going to steal from the brick-and-mortar (restaurants) in any shape or form.” A first read ordinance took place on the proposed changes May 21. Key said she would incorporate council’s proposed changes and bring it back for a second read and a vote.
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Math talents carry eighthgrader to national competition By Linda Ball Splash Contributor For many people, math is a subject that makes them recoil in horror. Not so for 14-year-old Liberty Lake resident Srikar Surapaneni. Surapaneni has been competing in math competitions since he was in fourth grade. He is a straight-A eighth-grade student at the North Idaho STEM Academy, where he attended third grade, and grades six through eight. Now, his math prowess has taken him to the National MATH COUNTS competition in Orlando, Fla. Surapaneni placed third in the Idaho State MATH COUNTS competition March 8 in Boise, which earned him the right to advance to the national competition, which was held May 11-14. For his finish in Boise he was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a college of his choice in Idaho. Additionally, he traveled to Orlando with all expenses paid. He is the only student from North Idaho or Eastern Washington to advance to the national competition. One four-person team, representing the top four math students, is chosen from each state. Surapaneni’s other teammates all hail from Boise. Surapaneni said he chose math because by the second grade he realized he really liked it, and it was something he could be competitive in and really enjoy. “After you win once, you feel good, and the reward after you’ve won a competition validates that hard work,” he said. His strengths are algebra, graphs and solving equations, he said. That’s not to say he isn’t well-rounded, as he enjoys baseball, soccer, basketball and a couple of years ago he started doing magic tricks, discovering he’s pretty good at it. He has performed at birthdays and other parties, and he won first place in a talent show
at the Liberty Lake Community Theatre in January. He has even mastered some of “America’s Got Talent” winner Shin Lim’s tricks, which is no small feat. His tricks include slight-of-hand, card tricks and audience participation tricks. Surapaneni also plays trumpet and was in advanced band at school but is taking a break from music right now. The national competition consisted of three parts. First is a written test of 30 questions, which must be completed in 35 minutes. The second part are eight longer word problems worth two points each, where the contestants are allowed to use calculators. In the second round, they are allowed five minutes for every two questions. With the third round, he and his teammates competed as a team. Finally, only the top 20 contestants advance to the last round, called the countdown round. Surapaneni said the countdown round is “mental math,” where the contestants are to respond to spoken questions/ problems doing the math in their heads – no paper, no calculator. He likened it to Jeopardy, and said that most of these questions are college-level math. He did not make it to the final round, unfortunately. Surapaneni said that in local and state competitions the top 10 advance to the countdown round, so even if you are in 10th place at that point, you can still win if you win the mental math competition. Surapaneni’s mother, Sowmya, said that she’s seen kids answer questions in this “lightning round” before the questioner is finished delivering the problem, so clearly it’s very competitive. Sowmya, an engineer at Itron, has been the coach for the fourth-grade MATH COUNTS team at Liberty Lake Elementary since 2012. Her team
Photo by Linda Ball Eighth-grader Srikar Surapaneni, pictured here in his Liberty Lake home, is no stranger to recognition for his math achievements, but the recent trip to Orlando to compete in a national MATH COUNTS competition may be his biggest accomplishment yet. other competitors to be interviewed of fourth-graders participated and expand on their moonshot goals, in the Math Classic May 18 at with the interviews shared on social Eastern Washington University. media and local Florida broadcasts. Surapaneni’s sister, Sindhu, is on Surapaneni’s moonshot goal the team (see sidebar). Surapaneni’s impressed the judges. It reads: “One father, Satish Surapaneni, an day, as a software engineer, I would engineer with F5, said he can’t even like to solve the problem of hacking. do some of the problems in his head. This has turned into a worldwide “All my life I’ve been trained to problem and has even taken lives. I do problems on paper,” he said. want to help solve this problem.” Satish Surapaneni traveled to Srikar said he wanted to thank Orlando with his son. Math is Cool coordinator Gregg To prepare for Orlando, Sampson and Math Classic director Surapaneni was pretty relaxed. He Josh Reidt for their time and energy, said he just wanted to enjoy the which gave him the confidence to experience and was looking forward compete in a national competition. to meeting some of the people who He is also grateful to the volunteers, started MATH COUNTS. He said parents (including his mom) who that there would be some celebrities make afterschool programs happen asking the questions in the lightning for kids who love math. round, and he was looking forward The National Society of to some time at Disney World and Professional Engineers, the National other area attractions. Council of Teachers of Mathematics Every contestant is required to and CNA Insurance established submit a “moonshot goal,” which MATH COUNTS foundation in 1983. is a seemingly impossible feat that The competition series was launched they would like to make possible. in the fall of 1983, with the first national The MATH COUNTS sponsor, competition at George Washington Raytheon, chose Surapaneni and 22 University in May 1984.
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the Math Classic held on the Eastern Washington University campus the same weekend. The Liberty Lake Elementary School fifth-grade Math is Cool team took first place at the regional competition, which was held in March. That competition qualified them for the Master’s competition. Parent and coach Jason Hemphill said the team did well at the Master’s competition but did not place. He said the competition was tough. Hemphill said the material is a mix of algebra,
word problems and geometry, all above grade level. The Liberty Lake Elementary fourth-grade team won the first place team award in the Math Classic competition in April at Mead High School. On May 18, the All-Star team traveled to Cheney, finishing in second place. Sindu Surapaneni (sister to Srikar, see related story) received an individual medal, placing sixth. Sindu attends Liberty Lake Elementary and is on the math team. Her mother said she has an incredible
By Linda Ball Splash Contributor Liberty Lake fourth- and fifthgrade students are making their marks as math whiz-kids, with fifthgraders competing in the Math is Cool Master’s competition in Moses Lake May 18, and the fourth-graders at
memory and has a moonshot goal of her own: She wants to develop an algorithm that will assist parents in tracking where their children are in order to keep them safe. Math is Cool, created by Gregg Sampson, a local math teacher, is now a competition held in grades 4-12 across the state and in parts of Idaho and Oregon. Sampson is still involved in the program. Another parent, Josh Reidt, created another umbrella of competitions, including the Math Classic.
Podiatry clinic opens June 10 By Tie Lemerond Splash Contributor Liberty Lake Foot & Ankle, a new podiatry clinic, is on track to open its doors and see its first patient on June 10. Kevin W. Dow, DPM, previously practiced at Spokane Orthopedics and is looking forward to the opening of his new clinic next to Anytime Fitness at 23505 E. Appleway Ave., Suite 104. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, and raised in a small town called Hines Creek, Dr. Dow moved to California to play baseball his senior year of high school. He obtained his undergraduate degree at Central Washington University and his medical degree at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland. Dr. Dow completed his residency and internship at Legacy Health in Portland, Ore., where he served as chief resident from June 2007 through June 2009. After completing his residency, he went to Spokane and worked for Rockwood from 2009 through 2011. He then joined as
a partner with Spokane Orthopedics and has been there since. Dr. Dow, a father of four teenagers, moved from north Spokane to Spokane Valley in February 2019. “I have been a part of the greater Spokane community for 10 years now and have reached a point where it was time to start my own practice,” he said. “I have numerous patients from Spokane Valley and Post Falls, which makes the growing vibrant city of Liberty Lake a natural place to set up shop. I could not be more pleased with our decision and I’m looking forward to getting to work.” Like many local business owners, parents and community members, being a part of the community is important, and Dr. Dow is no different. “I have been involved heavily with the local hockey community, and I have played the role of coach and dad,” he said. “We spend most of our free time at the lake and travel as much as we can. Raising four
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teens is no easy chore.” The space Liberty Lake Foot & Ankle will soon call home is under renovation to meet the clinic’s needs. The 1,500 square feet space includes a patient waiting area, three exam rooms and an X-ray room, the latter of which will be open in July. Dr. Dow has been very active in the renovation process of the clinic. Working alongside friend and Spokane-based contractor, Camden Hayes, he’s been spending many hours painting, hanging lights and cleaning. The clinic will offer a vast range of foot and ankle services, from wounds, bunions, in-grown toenails, plantar fasciitis, diabetic foot issues to ankle fractures and total ankle replacement surgery. He was the first podiatrist in Eastern Washington to gain privileges to perform total ankle procedures. In addition to these services, Dr. Dow will also have custom orthotics and shoe inserts available for patients to purchase in the clinic without requiring an appointment. He will accept urgent patients on a walk-in basis for any foot-related injuries such as breaks or sprains.
Dr. Dow has dealt with many sports-related injuries, and he is commonly advising runners and other athletes about foot health. “The best advice I would give is make sure you are updating your shoes,” he said. “Your old worn-out favorites might have a sentimental attachment, but they probably are not doing your feet and ankles any service.” Dr. Dow will be the only provider in the clinic. Trish Ressa, clinic manager, is a University High School graduate and received a BA from Eastern Washington University. She is currently working as a medical sales rep. Ressa will be managing the employees and the financial side of the business. She will also fill in wherever needed. She is a mother of one son, who attends Central Valley. Kylie Beeler will serve on staff as a medical assistant, and a receptionist will be added to fill out the team. Most commercial insurance plans will be accepted as well as L&I, Medicare and state insurance. The clinic will be open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 742-0093.
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Transportation projects awarded funding
By Craig Howard Splash Contributing Editor
The news out of Olympia in late April was good for the city as $20.9 million was approved by the state legislature for Liberty Lake transportation projects, namely improvements along the I-90 corridor. The funding would take effect over the next two years and focus on the interchanges at Barker and Harvard Roads as well as a new overpass at Henry Road -- also identified in the city’s TIF (tax increment financing) and LIFT (local infrastructure financing tool) plans – and upgrades to local feeder streets. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will manage construction. City Council will need to approval any contracts through WSDOT. There is still some debate as to how Liberty Lake and the city of Spokane Valley will collaborate on the Barker Road roundabout with an
estimated cost of $2.3 million. City Administrator Katy Allen told council on May 7 that WSDOT looks at the funded work “as one project.” A team of lobbyists hired by the city, the Central Valley School District and the Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) worked to rally support in Olympia for the funding. “It just goes to show you what good leadership and collaboration can do,” SVFD Fire Chief Bryan Collins. “We’re glad to be a part of it. It’s an example of good government. It’s remarkable getting that kind of money moved up that quickly.” The project scope will include the Barker Road roundabout on the north side of I-90 at Cataldo, Harvard Road Bridge widening to add a northbound lane, a new Henry Road westbound I-90 onramp and the Henry road overpass. “To connect the north side of Liberty Lake to the south side is incredibly valuable,” Allen said.
Barker-Harvard I-90 Improvements brewing for years
By Ben Wick Splash Editor/Publisher Recent developments and discussions regarding the Interstate 90 Harvard, Henry and Barker Road interchanges bring to mind the words of Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Sagan: “You have to know the past to understand the present.” In the late 1990s as a method of easing congestion, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) started widening I-90 from Havana to Sullivan Road and in 2011 started looking to keep the expansion going out to Harvard Road. In 2007, the city of Liberty Lake was awarded a pilot program by the Washington State Legislature called LIFT, or Local Infrastructure Financing Tool, which established a capital facilities list for improvements in the area around I-90 and Harvard Road and also ventured the creation of an I-90 interchange at Henry Road. This program allows the city to capture revenues from development within the defined area and match those with money from the state in order to accomplish larger capital projects. The estimated need at the time for the Harvard and Henry Road interchanges was $16 million. Splash articles from May 2011 discussed WSDOT suggestions for possible Harvard Road interchange changes as apart of I-90 widening plans. Proposals discussed at the time offered to either move the Harvard Interchange to Henry Road or improve the Harvard Road interchange while making improvements at the I-90 Barker Road interchange. The project at the time had a total estimate of $85 million (a figure that included the widening of the interstate) but had no funding identified. As the economy slowed, funding for transportation improvement projects got harder to come by. All the while, the list of needs continued to grow. “The thought processes started changing from large scale expansion projects to more value-based engineering and least cost alternatives,” WSDOT Regional Director Mike Gribner said of those years. During this time, WSDOT, the city of Liberty Lake and other community stakeholders continued to look at the corridor and apply the new philosophy in an effort to keep the plan moving. The projections and traffic counts didn’t seem to support adding the additional lanes to I-90, and it was removed, reducing the project to $45 million. The
proposed interchange at Henry required approval from USDOT (as the freeway is under federal jurisdiction), and the stakeholders started progressing through the required Interchange Justification Report (IJR). But no official submission of the IJR moved forward, a fact Liberty Lake City Manager Katy Allen said was influenced by the project not lining up with the requirements transportation officials look for to justify the project. “The data for the Henry-Harvard Road Interchange IJR did not support an additional interchange,” she said. “They (WSDOT and USDOT) look at alternatives, distance between interchanges, development potential and traffic counts based upon a larger regional model, which didn’t show the need.” Gribner added that WSDOT’s stewardship of the interstate system for the federal government precluded the IJR moving forward. “The freeway works best with fewer access points,” he explained. Where the project stood during these 2011 discussions, the parties essentially agreed to disagree. “The state and ourselves have different perspectives,” Allen said. “We want to get people into and out of our city efficiently.” In 2015, the Legislature proposed a 16-year transportation investment package known as the Connecting Washington Package, which was primarily funded through an 11.9 cent per gallon gas tax increase. “With traffic backing up onto the freeway at Barker and I-90, we (WSDOT) had budgeted a I-90 Barker interchange improvement project which politically got changed to funding the Henry Road Interchange,” Gribner said. The Connecting Washington Package was ultimately approved, and amongst the final project list was $26.4 million for the I-90 Henry Road Interchange in the final years of the plan, 2027 to 2031. Unfortunately, according to Gribner, “just because we have money for a project doesn’t mean we can construct it.” And with the unjustified IJR for the Henry Road interchange, the project couldn’t move forward even when the funds are available. In an effort to try and keep the funds coming to the community during the 2018 legislative session, 4th District state Sen. Mike Padden (who represents both the Liberty Lake and Spokane Valley areas) was able get a few changes to the package approved. The largest of which
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was to change $26.4 million project back to “I-90 Barker to Harvard Improve Interchanges and Local Roads.” Also included in the amendment was a change to advance $500k of the $26.4 million into the 2018 / 2019 state budget and allow the design work to commence. The project dollars brought into the 2018 to 2019 budgets were matched by other dollars within the WSDOT budget and were shared with each of the local jurisdictions to begin the designs for the improvements at the Barker Road interchange within the city of Spokane Valley and for the improvements at Harvard Road interchange within the city of Liberty Lake. Both designs have to be completed by June 2019 to utilize the available state funding. After getting an agreement with WSDOT for leading the design effort for the changes to the Harvard Road Interchange, the city of Liberty Lake contracted with KPFF Consulting Engineers to work on the design. While all of this was happening in the transportation planning world, Central Valley School District was moving forward with its plans for developing its third comprehensive high school, Ridgeline. Part of this was discovering a better location, which according to the district’s 2018 fall construction update would save $5.8 million by moving to a location just off of Henry Road on the south side of the freeway. The new high school is slated to open in the fall of 2021. Similarly, following a 2014 facilities master plan, the Spokane Valley Fire District relocated its Liberty Lake Fire Station No. 3 from the north side of the freeway to just off of Henry Road on the south side of the freeway in order to improve response times to Liberty Lake. That move was completed in 2018. With the major investments from both the Central Valley School District and Spokane Valley Fire, the need to improve connectivity for traffic between the north side of the freeway and south side of the freeway west of Harvard Road became even more pressing. In July 2018, the city entered into an interlocal agreement with CVSD and SVFD to each contribute $8,000 toward hiring a lobbyist with the goal of bringing the funding for the I-90 Barker to Harvard improvements forward, specifically with the hopes of getting the project completed before Ridgeline opens in 2021. What happened during 2019 Legislative Session? Ever since the Connecting Washington Package was approved in 2015, the project list and funding is allocated every year within the transportation budget, which must pass
contribution, and they have agreed to do that, and I wanted to make it clear that they are the ones to do that and not another city or the county.” Sen. Padden, who is also on the Senate Transportation Committee, added “… While one part of the project is in the city of Spokane Valley, and they should get some of their money, they should not be holding the bag when the city of Liberty Lake is the one that said they would come up with it.” Shortly after the amendment was approved, the budget passed as amended out of committee. A month later, at the end of April, after going to conference to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate version of the transportation budget, the reconciled budget passed giving an even higher number -- $20.9 million of funding in 2019-2021 -- for the line item called “I-90 Barker to Harvard Improve Interchanges & Local Roads.” In addition, a small amount was approved for 2021 to 2023, but the approval still maintained the proviso that the city of Liberty Lake was to provide the estimated $6 million in local contributions and cover any overages required to complete the project, a number $3 million less than the Senate proposal had listed the month before. (See sidebar for more on Liberty Lake
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both houses of the Legislature and be signed by the governor. In January, the House introduced its transportation budget proposal, which included $9 million (of the $26 million I-90 Barker to Harvard project) brought up from years 2027 through 2031 into 2019 to 2021. Then, in late March, the Senate introduced its transportation budget proposal which included $18 million for the I-90 Barker to Harvard project pulled into years 2019 to 2021 but also included a stipulation stating, “The Connecting Washington appropriation may only be expended if the local governments impacted by the project agree to cover any project costs above the $18,000,000 of state appropriation provided for the total project…” Translation: The local municipalities would be required to provide the additional $9 million in funding to meet the expected project costs, plus cover any potential overages depending on how the projects went and how bids came back. Two days later, state Sen. Curtis King from Yakima (the minority leader on the senate transportation committee) proposed an amendment changing the wording from “local governments” to specifically naming the city of Liberty Lake. During his testimony on the amendment, Sen. King stated, “This clarifies that the city of Liberty Lake will be the city to provide the local
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Council calls for transparency By Craig Howard Splash Contributing Editor
On May 21, Council Member Mike Kennedy addressed “the need for transparency” when it comes to the latest transportation funding. At issue is an amount of $6 million the city is responsible for to make the projects happen – plus any funding overages. Kennedy said City Council only found out about the responsibility the city has for funding “at the same time the residents found out about it.” He also claimed council was not kept in the loop on conversations the mayor had with WSDOT. “I’m ecstatic we got $20.9 million but for me this lacks transparency,” Kennedy said. “If I don’t have the confidence in the transparency, moving forward, I have real concerns. This council has to vote on this. I want this to get done. I just want to know where the agreement was with the legislators that we would cover anything over $20.9 million?” Mike Gribner, a regional administrator with WSDOT, was at the meeting to answer questions from council members. “I know there’s been a lot of discussion about this project in Liberty Lake,” Gribner said. Mayor Pro Tem Brickner noted that the costs on the project are based on projections two years ago. Gribner noted that are no guarantees on contracts. “We’re seeing a lot of work on the streets and that typically creates escalation in prices,” Gribner said. “That does not mean necessarily that this project will overrun.” Gribner said WSDOT “saw some clear needs” on the transportation front based on the construction of two schools and a fire station in the area. See TRANSPARENCY, Page 17
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June 4 | Bioxels Class – 4 p.m., Liberty Lake Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Learn to design your own video game using Bioxels, ages 8 and up. June 6 | Adult Class: Basics of Home Food Preservation – 6 to 7:30 p.m., Liberty Lake Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Featuring Anna Kestell of WSU Spokane, this workshop will prepare the home canner for the canning season and is designed for beginners and veterans alike. June 6, 13 | Adult Class: Genealogy – 6 p.m., Liberty Lake Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Series continued from May. June 8 | Meet the Author: Claudia Rowe – 10:30 a.m. to noon, Liberty Lake Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Winner of the 2018 Washington State Book Award and Pulitzer Prize nominee will do a reading from her book, “The Spider and the Fly: A Writer, a Murderer and a Story of Obsession,” discuss the work behind the book and her writing process and answer questions about writing and publishing. June 8 | 9th Annual Felts Field Neighbors Day – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Felts Field, 6105 E. Rutter Ave., Spokane. Free, kid-friendly event features planes on display, including a B25-D Mitchell and a TBM Avenger. Food trucks and rides available for a fee. For more, call 800-493-7515. June 12 | Valleyfest 30th Anniversary Celebration & Raffle Breakfast – 7:30 to 9 a.m., Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. New fundraising event in support of Valleyfest that replaces previous years’ auction. Tickets are $75 per person for $550 for a table of eight. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit valleyfest.org. June 12 | Senior Volunteer Recruitment Fair – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Southside Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. Free event connects adults 55 and older with volunteering opportunities throughout Spokane County, with representatives from more than 20 local nonprofits attending. For
more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 344-7787. June 13 | T(w)een Crafts – Father’s Day Gifts – 5:30 to 7 p.m., Liberty Lake Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. June 15 | Orchard Park Soft Opening – 1:30 p.m. ribbon cutting at the new park on Harvest Parkway between Mission and Indiana, Liberty Lake. June 18 | Totally Untidy Toddlers -- 10:30 a.m., Liberty Lake Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Messy sensory playtime taking place outdoors on the library lawn. June 18, 27 | Book Club – 1 p.m. June 18 and 6 p.m. June 27, Liberty Lake Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. For adults. June 19 | My Mother the Astronaut: Children’s Theater with Traveling Lantern Theater Company – 6 p.m., Pavillion Park. June 20 | Adult Crafts: DIY Green Home Cleaners – 6 to 7:30 p.m., Liberty Lake Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. June 21-22 | Liberty Lake Community Yard Sales – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Liberty Lake. Organized by the Liberty Lake Kiwanis, the 26th annual event features hundreds of sales and vendors and food at Pavillion Park. For more, visit libertylakekiwanis.org. June 25 | Adult Class: Container Gardening with Master Gardener Steve Nokes – 6 to 7:30 p.m., Liberty Lake Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Various dates in June | Storytimes for infants to age 5 -10:30 a.m., Liberty Lake Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Includes “Move & Groove” Mondays, “Book Babies” Tuesdays, “Toddler Tales” Wednesdays, “Preschool Tales” Fridays. RECURRING ACT 2 Senior Classes | Affordable classes offered by Community Colleges of Spokane to those who are retired or planning to retire. A wide range of courses from geology and history to exercise and art are offered at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, as well as other locations throughout the area. For more, search for “Act 2” at scc.spokane.edu.
Baha’i Fireside Conversation | 7 to 8 p.m., third Thursday of the month, Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. Discussion of Baha’i teachings, history and perspectives on resolving the challenges facing humanity. All are welcome. For more, call 5992411. Catholic Singles Mingle | Meeting times and locations vary. This group, with no dues, is for single adults of all ages. More at www.meetup.com/CatholicSingles-Mingle. Free Last Sunday Lunch | Spokane Valley United Methodist Church, 115 N. Raymond Road, Spokane Valley - 12:30 p.m. on the final Sunday of every month in the church’s Fellowship Hall, Room 115 Grange Meeting and Dessert | 6:30 p.m., third Wednesday of the month, Tri-Community Grange, 25025 Heather St., Newman Lake. The public is welcome for this community-based service organization. For more, call 2262202. Liberty Lake Library | 23123 E. Mission Ave., Liberty Lake. Various clubs and weekly meetings including book clubs, children’s story times, LEGO club, computer drop-in class, knitting club, and more. More at www. libertylakewa.gov/library Men’s Weekly Bible Study | 7 a.m. Tuesdays. Millwood Presbyterian Church, 3223 N. Marguerite Road, Millwood. The men’s weekly Bible Study meets in the Reception Hall with different members sharing in the leading of the study. All men are invited to join. More at www. milwoodpc.org. Spokane County Library District | Locations include Argonne, Fairfield, Otis Orchards, and Spokane Valley. Special events and weekly activities for all ages including book clubs, children’s story times, classes, Lego club, teen anime club and writing clubs. More at scld.org. Toastmasters, Liberty Lakers #399 | 5:45 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays at the Liberty Lake Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave., Liberty Lake. This is a speaking and leadership development club. Spokane Valley Quilt Guild |
Meetings at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of February, April, June, August, October and December at Valley Assembly of God Church, 15618 E. Broadway Ave., Spokane Valley. Open to all interested in sharing ideas and skills of our quilting craft. Participants can access a comprehensive library, engage experienced teachers and participate in community service projects. More at svqgspokane.com.
MUSIC & THE ARTS June 21-23, 26-30 | “Always Patsy Cline - Revival” – Various times, University High School Theater, 12420 E. 32nd Ave. This Spokane Valley Summer Theatre production is based on the true story of Patsy Cline’s friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. For tickets and more info, visit svsummertheatre.com. RECURRING Pages of Harmony | 6:30 to 9 p.m., Wednesdays, Thornhill Valley Chapel, 1400 S. Pines Road. Four-part, a cappella harmony, men’s barbershop chorus. More at pagesofharmony.org. Spirit of Spokane Chorus | 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines Road. Make new friends by joining this women’s chorus, specializing in four-part, a cappella harmony in the barbershop style. More at 218-4799.
HEALTH & RECREATION June 7 | YMCA Healthy Kids Day 2019 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Spokane Valley YMCA, 2421 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. Free event features a variety of activities designed to inspire kids to keep their minds and bodies active. Fun for the whole family includes arts & crafts, face painting, climbing wall, outdoor movie, demos and booths from local community services, bouncy house and more. First 200 kids receive a free t-shirt. June 20 | Liberty Lake Community Blood Drive – 1 to 2:15 p.m., Greenstone lobby, 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane, Liberty Lake. June 22 | Girls All-State
Basketball Classic – 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave., Liberty Lake. 23rd annual All-State girls basketball games for Washington and North Idaho standouts. Admission, $5 adults and $3 for seniors and children under 12. More at hubsportscenter.org. RECURRING Al-Anon Meetings | Mondays, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Liberty Lake Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. No meetings on holiday Mondays. Is there a problem of alcoholism with a relative or a friend? Al-Anon family groups can help. For more, call 425-344-9280. Decreasing Anger Group | 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, the Vet Center, 13109 E. Mirabeau Parkway, Spokane Valley. Eligibility: combat veteran from all eras, military sexual trauma survivors. For more, call Steve at 893-4746 to make an intake appointment. DivorceCare Recovery Support Group | Mondays 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Eastpoint Church, 15303 E. Sprague Ave. Learn how to heal from the deep hurt of divorce and discover hope for your future. DivorceCare for Kids (ages 5-12) meets at the same time and location. Cost is $25 for workbook. More at 892-5255 or eastpointchurch.com. HUB Sports Center | 19619 E. Cataldo Ave., Liberty Lake. Various activities and events occur throughout the week including: • Pickleball drop-in: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Thursday; 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday. $3/seniors, $5/nonseniors. • Classes including Kenpo Karate, Taekwondo and Fit for YOUR Life. See hubsportscenter.org for cost and times. Liberty Lake Community Tennis Association | Rocky Hill Park, Liberty Lake. Free tennis clinics through Aug. 10 as follows: Saturday at 9 a.m. (kids 7 and under) and 10 a.m. (8-14). Adults Mondays and Thursday 6:30 to 8 p.m. Ladies Day clinics 10:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays. For more, contact Larry West at larrywest1@ live.com or 724-1192. Military Sobriety Support Group | 10 to 11:30 a.m., Spokane Vet Center, 13109 E. Mirabeau Parkway, Spokane Valley. For
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Open House – 2 to 7 p.m., 2218 N. Harvard Road, Liberty Lake. Celebrate the recent completion of the Phase II upgrade with tours, education, appetizers and light refreshments. For more, call 9225443. June 21 | Business Connections Breakfast: “State of Business in the NW” – 7 to 9 a.m., CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. Dr. Chip Hunter, Dean of Washington State University’s Carson College of Business, shares findings from the 2019 Business in the Northwest report at this Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce event. Tickets $25 for members, $35 for non-members. For more or to register, visit
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spokanevalleychamber.org. Wednesdays in June | SCORE Small Business Classes – Wednesday mornings starting June 5, SBA Training Room, 801 W. Riverside Ave. 4th Floor, Spokane. Cost is $25 if preregistered. SCORE Spokane offers a variety of low-cost workshops designed to encourage the success of emerging and small business owners. Free business mentoring is also available. For more, visit spokane.score.org. RECURRING Central Valley School Board | 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, CVSD administration building, 19307 E. Cataldo, Spokane Valley Liberty Lake City Council | 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive Liberty Lake Kiwanis | 6:45 a.m. on the first through third Wednesdays of each month, City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive. Fourth Wednesday, the club meets at noon at Barlows, 1428 N. Liberty Lake Road Friends of Liberty Lake Municipal Library | 2 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month, Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Liberty Lake Lions Club | Noon to 1 p.m., every first and third Wednesday of each month at Barlows, 1428 N. Liberty Lake Road. For more, call Mary Jo at 558-5426. Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary Club | Noon to 1 p.m. every Thursday at the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District building, 22510 E. Mission Ave. For more, visit LibertyLakeRotary.org. Liberty Lake Merchants Association | 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Liberty Lake Portal, 23403 E. Mission Ave., Suite 120. For more, call 999-4935. Liberty Lake Municipal Library Board | 10:30 a.m. the first Thursday 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 | 4 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, 22510 E. Mission Ave.
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City Council discussions of this provision.) What’s next? Now that the funding has been approved at the state level, the ball has been moved into the city of Liberty Lake’s court. “Even though there has been comment that the city has agreed to accept the funding/obligation, the city of Liberty Lake hasn’t truly agreed until we have a signed memorandum of understanding,” WSDOT’s Gribner said. This isn’t to be confused with the entity responsible for the execution of the project, Gribner added. “While there are lots of good things for the cities, this is a WSDOT project and we are ultimately responsible for this,” he said. Should the city of Liberty Lake agree to the funding conditions, the timetable for construction is still in flux. “There are some economies of scale with projects like this, but it is too early to say what the order of construction will be,” Gribner said. “The goal is to be ready for the opening of the new high school.” While not a part of the current funding package, the phase that is closest to breaking ground is the portion of the Barker Road interchange which is south of the interstate. “The design is nearly complete for the Barker Road interchange’s southern roundabout, and it is expected to go out to bid this fall for a spring 2020 construction,” Gribner said. Communicating the plans for changes at Harvard is the next opportunity for community involvement says Gribner. “The Harvard interchange exit ramp designs might be different than people think,” he said. “People can expect joint outreach from WSDOT and city of Liberty Lake on opportunities to see those before too long.” While it hasn’t been officially decided who will be taking the lead on plans for the Henry Road overpass, it is the next step for discussions. “The July through September window will be critical, and we will know more as we progress through the development stages,” said Allen, the city of Liberty Lake administrator. “We know everyone is anxious to know more, but patience is appreciated as we try to figure more things out.”
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“We certainly heard about it from a lot of different venues, including you folks, the county commissioners and the school district,” Gribner said. Gribner confirmed the city “will need to commit to $6 million and the overages.” As far as the Barker Road roundabout goes, Brickner asked why the city of Spokane Valley was not brought in on the funding portion. “The city of the Valley was not in that conversation per se,” Gribner said. “As far as it goes how, the city of the Valley has no economic stake.” “It seems that we, Liberty Lake, has assumed that responsibility,” said Kennedy. “It doesn’t appear the city of Spokane Valley is at any jeopardy financially for this project.” In responding to questions around the dais about discussions in Olympia, Peterson referred to a flyer that three council representatives, city staff, Central Valley School District (CVSD) officials and representatives from the Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) and lobbyists (hired by the city, CVSD and SVFD) agreed to present in Olympia. “We never obligated the city to anything over $20.9 million,” Peterson said. “We simply decided to support the Barker to Harvard project. My whole context of this entire process has been on this sheet. When we’ve talked to anyone, it’s been about what’s on this sheet.” Kennedy responded by saying, “at some point, legislators were told that we would agree to anything over $20.9 and I think council should have been informed of that.” Council Member Odin Langford asked Gribner “at what point did Liberty Lake assume all the costs?” “Why are we responsible for the overages if it’s a WSDOT program and it’s always been a WSDOT program?” asked Langford. “Why wasn’t it known to council that we would be responsible for any of those overages?”
Peterson said it was a question of “looking at it from a standpoint of ‘Should we accept this money?’” “We went through all these projects and costs and I had I don’t know how many conversations with Mike (Gribner) and I asked, ‘Are these valid numbers?’” Peterson said. “And he said, ‘Yes.’ Every one of those numbers we tried to validate with WSDOT. This is where we’re at. This is a bid process.” Peterson added that the city has put away $16 million for Henry Road through the LIFT. Langford noted that LIFT money “is not in the bank” and will require approval from several entities including Spokane County. Gribner said the project was originally included in the WSDOT budget to solely address the Barker Road interchange. “There was a political decision to move all the money from Barker to Henry Road,” Gribner said. “At that point we made a decision to break the project up into a different scope. From DOT’s perspective, it’s always been one project to make that pitch in the Valley and do some good work.” Allen said the numbers the city was hearing from Olympia “kept shifting.” “There was a lot of effort being put together between ourselves and WSDOT,” Allen said. “Originally, we were looking at $9 million. Then there was a push to add Henry Road. At that time, we were thinking maybe $14 million or $18 million. The numbers kept changing. We were trying to ask for an amount that would cover the project.” Allen said it wasn’t until after Easter that the $20.9 million emerged as a possibility. Peterson said he had ongoing conversations with Sen. Curtis King, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, starting with news that $135 million would be available while proposed road projects would amount to $150 million with Liberty Lake originally not on the table. Gribner said if Liberty Lake decided to decline the project, WSDOT would still move forward with the Barker Road portion. Gribner said he worked with legislators to lower the amount
the city would be responsible for. He said at one time, it could have been as high as $9 million. Gribner said the first time he saw the proposal for the city to pay the overages came from legislative staff. Gribner did note there may be cost savings on the horizon. “At this point, it appears the solution for the (Harvard Road) westbound onramp will be less expensive by a fair amount,” Gribner said. In responding to Langford’s concern the city is being asked “to write a blank check,” Gribner said “it’s a reality you need to understand and prepare for.” “It’s just the way contracting is,” Gribner said. “I don’t see this as unusual. The legislature has asked you to participate in this risk.” Brickner emphasized that council “does see these as important projects.” “I just hope we can work with DOT to keep these costs down,” he said. “It puts us in a tough position as a City Council because we don’t know what those overages will be.” Allen said that the city will be sending a letter to the city of Spokane Valley asking if they would contribute funding on the Barker Road roundabout in case costs go over the amount allotted by the state. “I appreciate everyone’s comments and everyone’s concerns,” Allen said at the end of the May 21 discussion. “The question is how can you deliver this project for the community’s good. I’ve spent a career on the technical part of projects. I think we have a good partner, we have a good engineer and I think we have a good strategy to manage those risks. We’re trying to our best to determine these numbers so we can share them with you.” Allen said city is now focused on “how do we go from where we are today to July when the money becomes available?” The initial steps would include a land survey, geo-technical work, site plan and a profile. “We’re getting more and more of our ducks in a row to make sure this project keeps moving forward,” Allen said.
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Five city positions to be contested in 2019 By Josh Johnson Splash Correspondent
A total of 11 candidates will make their case for five city of Liberty Lake positions that are up for election in 2019. The field was set following candidate filing that took place in May. The battle starts at the top, with incumbent Mayor Steve Peterson facing a challenge from Shane Brickner, a member of the City Council whose own term expires at the end of the year and who has chosen to seek the mayor’s office instead. Brickner’s seat is Position No. 5, and current Council Member Bob Moore shifted over to run for this spot after he drew a challenger for his own position. He told The Splash last month he didn’t anticipate a challenger for Position No. 5 and wanted to ensure there were enough candidates to fill all the seats. In the end, a challenger arose for Position No. 5, Annie Kurtz. Moore’s current spot, Council Position No. 1, therefore became the only race without a sitting City Council member running, and Phil Folyer and Dg Garcia filed to fill that role. Dan Dunne, who is wrapping up his second four-year term on the Council, filed to keep Position No. 3. He is being
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challenged by Holly Woodruff. A City Council veteran, Cris Kaminskas, filed to keep position No. 7, which she has held since an appointment in January 2010. This position is the only one featuring a trio of candidates, with Jeanette Marie Nall and Tom Stanley offering opposition. That final campaign begins immediately, as the field will be narrowed to two finalists through the Aug. 6 primary election. The Nov. 5 general election will be responsible for selecting winners from all five races. Other candidates who have filed to be a part of 2019 races impacting Liberty Lake include: Spokane Valley Fire Department • Commissioner Position No. 1: Patrick W. Burch (incumbent), Randall Bean and Bradley Mertens • Commissioner Position No. 2: Ronald Schmidt (incumbent) and Mike Kester • C o m m i s s i o n e r Position No. 4: John Guarisco (incumbent) Central Valley School District • Director District No. 1: Cynthia “Cindy” McMullen (incumbent) and John Myers • Director District No. 3: Debra L. Long (incumbent) and Susan J. Dolan • Director District No. 4: Keith L. Clark (incumbent) Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District • Commissioner Position No. 1: William “Bill” Genoway (incumbent)
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Vehicle fire – Shortly after 11 p.m. April 15, SVFD was dispatched to a vehicle fire on westbound lanes I-90 just east of the Appleway offramp. The original call to 911 came in as a reported motor vehicle accident, and SVFD responded with an incident command unit and one fire engine. The incident command unit parked to protect the scene. Incident was a single vehicle on the side of the road. A bystander stated a passing semi driver had stopped and extinguished the fire with an extinguisher. Residue on the engine supported the statement. A hole was noted in the side of the engine block of a 1989 Toyota Celica. After determining the driver had no further needs, the scene was turned over to Washington State Patrol, and all SVFD units cleared the scene. Vehicle fire – SVFD responded around noon April 27 to a vehicle fire on I-90, east of the Appleway ramp. Once
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How a fellow student taught us integrity By Taryn Baxter Guest Column
Put one foot in front of the other. Follow the swarm of students trudging to their next class. If you keep your eyes down low, no one will see you. Don’t trip! Maybe you should look up; it would be way more embarrassing if you fell in the middle of the hallway (plus, that green carpet is terrible to look at). Looking around, I see people I have never seen before. Do they even go to this school? Over the top of the endless sea of anonymous heads, I see blond, curly hair. He has his letterman’s jacket on. That reminds me, I should wear mine more often. With a smile, he asks, “How are you doing? How’s your family?” “They’re good, thank you for asking!” Amidst the struggles of high school, he always manages to remind me life isn’t that bad. We expect superheroes to save
us, and we expect our parents to be patient; but from our own peers, we expect them to pass by us without a glance. They’re just another face. We expect them to be plugged into their phone, staring into the abyss of social media where the amount of red hearts determines their worth. While we expect integrity from our role models, it is rarer to see it in peers. Even so, the integrity of one specific student has broken out of these stereotypes -- impressing adults and peers alike. This student knows everyone in the school, not just his friends. When you see him walking down the hallways, he’s always checking up on others. When his fellow football players walk by, he messes around with them, laughing with whoever it is. When a special ed student walks by, he gives them high fives, wishing them a happy day. Casey Noack is a peer that has consistently showed the amount of integrity he has. He is a peer who has demonstrated rectitude, dependability and benevolence. Because of this, his integrity shines in a way I have never seen in someone our age, and it has inspired me to be mindful of my own integrity. One thing you have to know
about Casey is that he loves hockey. In his room, he has posters of the Chiefs teams from the past 10 years plastering the walls. He has been on skates ever since he was 3, and now he literally skates circles around any of our friends. As we looked to the left, we would see him flying past us ... backwards, while we were struggling to hold on to the edge. Throughout the night, I caught Casey aiding anyone who fell over. He could skate so fast that when someone fell on the ice, he was there, immediately helping them up. The younger kids followed him, trying to mimic everything he was doing. The girls ogled over the perfect gentlemen all night. The parents all gratefully shook his hand after he helped them off the cold ice. He didn’t have to think about the consequences of helping the people around him; integrity shone through him that night. It makes me proud to be friends with him. Throughout high school, teenagers experience massive amounts of growth. People endure situations where they question their morals. Casey, however, is still himself through everything. He’s stronger, he’s smarter, he’s braver; but inside, it’s still Casey. This, I think, is the
real definition of integrity. Staying true to your beliefs, even as you are challenged by the realities of the world. Having integrity isn’t just a characteristic, but a way of living life that ensures you are proud of who you are. As graduation approaches, our senior class is preparing for the reality of life, and our integrity is going to shape our actions and growth in the real world. Growing from high school into adulthood, we have to solidify our beliefs. Every difficulty, success, and experience a person has shapes them into who they are. Integrity looks different for all of us – the superhero, the mom and dad, the high school student. However we choose to have it, our integrity shows the world the truth. How will you choose to walk with integrity? Taryn Baxter is a senior at East Valley High School, where she has been recognized as a PACE student for kindness. She works within her community by assisting Days For Girls charity and participating in her church. She has been accepted to Mercyhurst University in Erie, Penn., where she hopes to continue using her writing skills to help work toward a career in scientific writing.
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Student of the Month Whether it’s music or math, Eric Matheison is an undisputed standout. The Central Valley senior maintains a 4.0 grade point average and earned first place in the Spokane Scholar math category this year. He has been principal trumpet for the CV band the past three years and has reached the state competition for solo and ensemble since his sophomore year. Matheison was named salutatorian for the 2019 senior class. He earned a 1,560 on the SAT, including a perfect 800 in math. Matheison has also played in the CV Jazz Band since his freshman year. He is an Eagle Scout and renovated and expanded the hammer pit throw area at CV as his Eagle Project. Matheision will attend the University of Washington in the fall where he plans to study computer science and eventually pursue a career in software engineering.
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Central Valley sophomore Kami Twining charged back to win the District 8 4A golf championship last month, compiling a 73 and 74 at Meadowwood. The Liberty Lake resident won the Greater Spokane League title in her first season of high school competition last year. Twining’s comeback in the latest district tournament pales in comparison to her resilience battling a severe orthopaedic condition in which she was born with hip dysplasia and arthrogryposis in her knees. She spent a year of her early life in spica casts. In 2016, Twining - a 3.9 student - won every tournament on the Idaho Junior Golf and Washington Junior Golf tours, respectively. She also competed in a tournament hosted by Shriners Hospital where she had been a longtime patient. Last year, she qualified for the Junior World Tournament in San Diego.
If they had a royalty category for teachers at Central Valley High School, Deborah (Deb) Albert would be among the distinguished nobility. Albert began her career with the Central Valley School District in 1982 and will be retiring June 30. As a Language Arts instructor, Albert has earned the respect of colleagues like Tom Sullivan. “She’s one of the finest teachers I’ve worked with in my 30-plus years in education,” Sullivan said. “She’s respected by everyone -students, teachers, parents.” CV Assistant Principal Katie Louie said Albert “has a golden heart, a great sense of humor and is always very positive.” Each spring Albert puts on a thank-you lunch for school secretaries and also hosts a book club for students. “Deb is the epitome of the perfect educator,” said Paul Marshall, retired CVSD educator. “To sum it up, Deb Albert is simply the very best.”
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Pickleball forecast: 100% ‘Sunny’ By Tie Lemerond Splash Contributor
USA Pickleball Association Ambassador Sunny Lynne Gray loves the sport more than most things in life. She rates her faith, family and pickleball as the three things most important to her, and in that order. Married to Al Gray, the couple share their home and their hearts with their 14-year-old greatniece. They have seven children, 17 grandchildren and 14 greatgrandchildren. Born and raised in western Montana, Sunny has spent the majority of her adult life enthralled by pickleball. She began playing decades ago at Stroh’s Fitness Center in Spokane Valley, where she played faithfully for seven years before taking a short break from the game. It wasn’t long before she
was back in the saddle, taking in as much court time as she could fit into her schedule. For 27 years -- and 24 hours a day -- Sunny took care of the elderly in her home, but she still managed to find the time to break away to play pickleball. Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Wash. Three dads -- Bill Bell, Barney McCallum and Joel Pritchard -- created the game when their children were bored with their normal summer activities. Since this time, the game has become one of the fastest-growing sports and is being played in the U.S., Canada and internationally. In 2018, the Sports & Fitness Industry
variation of badminton, table tennis and tennis. Players play singles or in teams of two and typically play to 11 points. In tournament play, competitors often play the best two out of three games. “Anybody can play the game,” Gray said. “It’s easy to learn. It gets you out from in front of the TV and moving around. It’s wonderful. It’s exciting, and it allows you to get out and be around other people.” Gray’s enthusiasm is evidence to why she is an official ambassador of the game, a designation she received from the USA Pickleball Association after taking a knowledge test. “I play every chance I get,” she
“I don’t want to cook or clean. I don’t want to shovel snow or mow the lawn. I just want to play pickleball.”
- Sunny Lynne Gray Association estimated there were more than 2.8 million players in the U.S., a 12 percent increase from 2017 to 2018. The game appears to be a
Photo by Tie Lemerond Sunny Lynne Gray poses with her pickleball paddle at the HUB Sports Center in May. She is recognized as an official ambassador of the sport.
said. “I don’t want to cook or clean. I don’t want to shovel snow or mow the lawn. I just want to play pickleball, and I want everybody to know how much fun it is. I hope I’m being enthusiastic enough when I tell you how much I love this game, and I want everybody to try it.” The HUB Sports Center in Liberty Lake is one of her favorite places to play. She also plays on pickleball courts throughout the Inland Northwest, including Spokane’s Five Mile area and Comstock Park and Coeur d’Alene’s Northshire Park and Cherry Hill Park. Gray has played in tournaments all over Idaho and Washington and has 49 medals to prove it. The medals hang on a set of deer antlers above her fireplace. Additionally, she’s won many awards, including the Legacy Award which she won for being the oldest person playing in a tournament. “The HUB hosts at least four pickleball tournaments annually, and one of my favorites is the Superheroes vs Villains tournament that takes place in October. We dress up in costumes and play the game. The money we
raise goes to different charities. Last October, the money went to benefit the Spokane Shriners Hospital. The HUB typically hosts other tournaments in March, May and in September.” Gray is looking forward to the eight outdoor courts being constructed in Liberty Lake at the new Orchard Park, which opens in June. “It brings a whole new level to the game when you play in the elements,” she said. She is grateful to Selkirk Sport, a high-performance pickleball paddle manufacturer in Coeur d’Alene, which recently donated 16 paddles to her so she can teach others to play the game. HUB Sports Center offers pickleball lessons Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon for $10. Registration in advance is requested so instructors can be scheduled. Drop-in pickleball is also available Monday through Thursday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays. Gray will also be involved in several upcoming tournaments that are open to the public, including the Spokane Summer Solstice Tournament at Mt. Spokane High School June 2123 and the Picklin’ in the Park Pickleball Tournament Aug. 3 at Pavillion Park. Gray will also be running the concession table at the 2019 Coeur d’Alene Classic July 11-14 at Cherry Hill Park.
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Golfers drive CV to strong season By Steve Christilaw Splash Contributor
Senior Riley Hadley had just used his driver off the first tee on a bright, beautiful Tuesday morning at The Creek at Qualchan Golf Course when Central Valley’s golf coach, Steve Rasmussen, made a keen observation. “Have you noticed,” he asked, pointing in one direction, “The wind usually comes from this direction?” He turned about 30 degrees. “Now it’s coming from this direction.” To be perfectly honest, Rasmussen may have been the only person behind the tee box to notice any breeze at all. That little air movement is noticeable only by seasoned sailors looking to hang a spinnaker and wind farmers. Considering the spring season began in the midst of a blizzard, you can’t blame a coach for being sensitive to the weather.
“When you look at where we started this season …” Rasmussen said, his voice trailing off into a wry smile. “We got a great rate to get the kids on a simulator. It took us long enough to get out here (on a golf course) this spring. You can only get just so much done hitting plastic golf balls in the gym.” The Bears matched defending state champion Gonzaga Prep win for win throughout the regular season. It wasn’t until the league championship round at Deer Park that the Bullpups pulled ahead. Through the first four league matches, the Bears won twice and finished second to Gonzaga Prep twice. The Bullpups finished second to CV twice. Both teams went into the final match with 38 team points. At Deer Park Golf Course, the Bullpups put it all together, putting together a record 19-under-par 269. Prep sophomore Tommy Kimmel shot an 8-under 64 – a score also believed to be a Greater Spokane
League record. Central Valley had an exceptional round, just not exceptional enough to keep pace with Gonzaga Prep. All five players shot between 70 and 75, with Hadley carding a two-under 70. “If you have all five players break 80, you expect to win,” Rasmussen said. “I’m proud of what these young guys have accomplished. What has me excited is that we only lose one (next season).” A week later at MeadowWood, in the district championship tournament, Gonzaga Prep again rolled to a comfortable win, shooting 7-over 583 over 36 holes. Central Valley was second, a dozen shots back. At the state tournament, Gonzaga Prep shot a five-over 293 to take the lead after 18 holes, and Nate Plaster shared the first-day lead by shooting a 3-under 69 to tie Eastlake’s Costas Panay. Both Plaster and Panay fell back on Wednesday and finished third and tied for fifth-place, respectively. Drew Warford led Mt. Si to a come-from-behind win by carding back-to-back 71 to earn medalist honors and help his team edge
Gonzaga Prep by three strokes. Sixth after the first round, Central Valley improved to fifth place on Wednesday. Brayden Miles shot 76-79-155 and Garrett Packebush matched him stroke-for stroke to finish tied for 25th place and lead the Bears to a fifth-place finish. Hadley finished his high school career by shooting 77-80-157 for a 30th-place finish. Matt Sukut shot 85-78-163 to place 47th. Jackson shot 81-87-168. Hadley, the Central Valley team captain, told the Spokesman-Review that the state tournament would be the final round of his career. He will not play collegiate golf when he enrolls at Big Bend Community College in the fall to study aviation. Hadley caught the flying bug last year and is just a few hours shy of earning his private pilot’s license, He missed a team practice this season while piloting a Piper Cherokee from Spokane to Moses Lake. “We’re going to have a very good squad next year,” Rasmussen said. “But Gonzaga Prep is going to be loaded again next year. They have their entire team coming back.
LL’s Twining is district champion Central Valley’s Kami Twining struggled through the GSL matches, but put her game together to win the girls district title at MeadowWood Golf Course, just a few minutes away from her home. Twining shot a first-day 74 and improved on it by a stroke on Day 2 to win the girls 4A title by five strokes. “I had to grind that last round out a little bit,” she said. “I made a few bogeys, but I made up for it by making a few birdies.” The following week at state, Twining shot 81-79 at Hangman Valley, placing 14th overall, two places better than the previous year. Photos by Steve Christilaw
Central Valley High School golf coach Steve Rasmussen speaks to his team prior to teeing off at the state 4A golf tournament May 21 at The Creek at Qualchan.
Liberty Lake’s Kami Twining was the runaway district champion at MeadowWood Golf Course in May, winning by five strokes.
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Spokane Valley Women’s Evening Golf League May 1 Results Flight A – Gross, Marie Neumayer, 50; Net, Teresa Kelsey, 39 Flight B – Gross, Tracy Lawson, 57; Net, Sue Dotson, 39 Flight C – Gross, Becky Schnebly, 62; Net, Amy Faucheux, 38 Flight D – Gross, Melissa Poe, 58; Net, Terra Lawson Gilbert, 41 No Handicap - Jeannie Quinn, 53 May 8 Results Flight A – Gross, Salena Leavitt, 50; Net, Teresa Kelsey, 39 Flight B – Gross, Evanlene Meltingtallow, 58; Net, Sue Dotson, 40 Flight C – Gross, Sandy Nowaski, 63; Net, Becky Schnebly, 42 Flight D – Gross, Debrah Wallace, 69; Net, Melissa Poe, 39 No Handicap - Shirley Dutrow, 57 Longest Drive - Salena Leavitt Liberty Lake Women’s 18-hole Golf Club April 16 Liberty Cup and Putting Tournament Liberty Cup winner - Gisue Peters, net 69 A Flight Putting - Rose Jones and Joyce Skidmore, 34 B Flight Putting - Ann Eure, 37 C Flight Putting - Linda Turner, 34 D Flight Putting - Jean Hatcher, 32 Trailhead Ladies 9-Hole Golf Club April 3 Red tees Flight A - Gross, Carol Oyler, 46; Net, Kathie Krestyn, 40 Flight B - Gross, Susan Kinyon, 66 April 10 White tees Flight A - Gross, Shelia Kellmer, 46; Net, Marilyn Lukes, 34
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CV sports teams enjoy successful spring
By Mike Vlahovich Splash Correspondent
It was a spring to remember for Central Valley athletics, whose teams won championships or were among the top tier in nearly all of the nine sports. Central Valley’s boys and girls won Greater Spokane League track and field and were well-represented individually at state. The Bears were District 8 top seed and grabbed one of 16 state spots each in both state baseball and softball. Boys soccer won the regular GSL season championship with a perfect league record even if postseason proved unkind. Boys and girls golf qualified individuals to state. Tracking the Bears A track meet can’t get any closer than CV’s 73-72 win over Mead for the Greater Spokane League boys championship. How it transpired is a story in itself. Typically a meet this close comes down to the final event, the 4x400 relay. The Panthers won the race, but the Bears had a couple aces in the hole. “Here’s what’s interesting,” Coach Chuck Bowden explained. “We also had the discus (still going on). We looked and if we went 2-3 in the discus we win.” His two discus throwers, juniors Preston Grote and Brad Fillis, obliged, and CV eked out the title. “That was really cool,” Bowden said. Fillis also had the league’s best shot put throw during regular season and qualified for state. CV’s distance crew has been a cross-country championship contender over the years and fueled CV’s league title. Ryan Kline set a school record in qualifying for state in the 3,200. Joey Nichols made it in the 800. One key loss due to injury this spring was 43-foot triple jumper Trent Resnor. But, said Bowden, he remained a team leader. They may not have last year’s superstars, but CV’s girls track team just simply reloaded with multiple placers competing in multiple events. A horde of sprinters took CV to state in three relays and two solo events: Molly McCormack, Maci Young, Anha Duggan and Savanna Pratt; Marissa Orrino, Cassady Haddad, Jennifer Bissell, Kylie
Keller and Kayla Swavely. Baseball to regionals Second-year coach Jaramie Maupin knew what he’d lost, but he certainly was ecstatic over what he won. “Last year, we had a lot of talented seniors, and we graduated a lot of players,” Maupin said. When people asked how this season would go, “I said 50 times, ‘we’ll be young, but we’re exceptionally talented.’” Little did he know how prophetic he would be. Despite the graduations of multi-sport guys who took football to state, Maupin’s Bears reached the state tournament round of 16. “A lot of it is the younger kids came in, they weren’t afraid and just wanted to have fun, be themselves and not worry about making mistakes,” said their coach. Guys like pitcher Jack Leary, brothers Kyle Clay, CV’s no. 2 pitcher and .450 hitter, and his brother Ryan, who led the league in runs scored and batted .450, and centerfielder Cole Johnson led the GSL in home runs. “We only had two seniors, and I wasn’t sure if we could score runs,” Maupin said. “We were picked to finish in the middle of the league. We only lost two games.” Both losses came to GSL champion, Class 3A Mt. Spokane. “Leary was a guy we could count on all the time,” Maupin said. “He got it dialed in. Kyle was my all-around guy, my number two pitcher. Cole Johnson led the league in home runs, and he and Jack were kind of the leaders on this team.” Softball to state Young Central Valley, with a number of new faces, stumbled out of the gate but recovered in time to reach state for the second straight year and third time in four seasons. The Bears started the year 6-3, and then ran off nine straight wins, including its state qualifying taut 3-2 victory over Lewis and Clark. Along the way they knocked off state perennial and rival University 3-0. Grace Stumbough is the most familiar name during CV’s run of success, and the obvious key player to rally around. But Julia Andrews, Gianna McCoy, Cheyenne Parker and Suhyla Tanak were among the key contributors for the Bears.
Last year, CV went 4-1 at the tournament. Soccer stumbles The Bears were perfect during the GSL soccer season, but went 2-2 and were ousted from state with a loss to Gonzaga Prep in the regional state qualifying match. They had beaten the Bullpups 2-1 during the regular season, but lost to them 4-3 in overtime for a state berth after rallying from three goals down in the first half to force OT. CV lost two preseason matches then rattled off 10 straight victories before faltering. In the Gonzaga Prep comeback loss, season scoring leader Adam Jones (with 10 goals) started the comeback, and Taylor Leach scored the tying goal with two minutes left in regulation. Hunter Clark and Jason Shypitka provided scoring depth during the season. Golfers carry on Kami Twining knows her way around the golf course, witness the Greater Spokane League district title she won and her return to state, where she placed 14th after finishing 16th a year ago. Senior Courtney Johnson joined Twining at state, giving CV a solid one-two punch. The Bears boys finished second during district action behind Gonzaga Prep with three finishers in the top seven. Tyler Jackson and Riley Hadley deadlocked for third place. Brayden Miles, Garrett Packebush and Tyler Jackson all qualified for state. The team finished fifth at the state meet.
Photo by Steve Christilaw
Senior Riley Hadley completed his Central Valley golf career by helping the Bears to a fifth place finish at state.
Continued from page 27 Flight B - Gross, Kathy Zinkgraf, 56; Net, Deanna Hauser, 37 Flight C - Gross, Ann Parman, 59; Net, Eleanore Badinger, 37 Chip In - Ann Parman April 17 Red tees Flight A – Gross, Shelia Kellmer, 47; Net, Carol Oyler, 32 Flight B - Gross, Bunny Devenere, 49; Net, Susan Kinyon, 35 Flight C - Gross, Margie Frett, 52; Net, Ann Parman, 32 April 24 White tees Flight A - Gross, Shelia Kellmer, 46; Net, Carol Oyler, 31 Flight B - Gross, Deanna Hauser, 55; Net, Kristy Bartlett, 36 Flight C - Gross, Joanie Koch, 59; Net, Janet Nord, 34 Chip In - Shelia Kellmer and Mary Ellen Wall Birdie - Shelia Kellmer May 1 Red tees Flight A - Gross, Shelia Kellmer and Colleen Kusler, 44; Net, Carol Oyler and Kathleen Kennedy, 33 Flight B - Gross, Bunny Devenere, 50; Net, Susan Kinyon, 33 Flight C - Gross, Linda Kern, 45; Net, Margie Frett, 27 May 8 White tees Flight A - Gross, Beverly Lewis, 47; Net, Marilyn Lukes, 34 Flight B - Gross, Karen Schuermer, 52; Net, Kathy Zinkgraf, 35 Flight C - Gross, Jan Viegas, 50; Net, Kristy Bartlett, 27 Chip Ins - Mary Ellen Wall and Marilyn Frei May 15 Red tees Flight A - Gross, Carol Oyler, 44; Net, Jeanne Hamacher, 30 Flight B - Gross, Karen Schuermer, 51; Net, Joyce Jacobs, 32 Flight C - Gross, Gayle Carlson, 50; Net, Elaine Lukes, 29 Chip Ins - Carol Oyler, Ann Parman and Beverly Lewis Birdies - Mary Kay Schneider and Carol Oyler
LL hospitality greeted Expo ’74 attendees Liberty Lake Road opened in time for
By Ross Schneidmiller Liberty Lake Historical Society
Forty-five years ago last month, Expo ‘74 opened in Spokane. Most people living in Spokane at the time -- grade school age or older -would have a story or stories about the World Exposition. It was one of the most significant events to ever happen in Spokane, and it impacted the entire Inland Empire whether you attended the Fair or not. Many of my friends and their families had season passes to the World’s Fair, which ran from May until November of that year. They would share with me about various events they attended and/or exhibits of various countries they had seen. My experiences during Expo ‘74’s six-month run were different from my friends but etched in my memory just the same. I saw the Fair through the lens of Valley View Golf Course (Trailhead’s original name), owned by my family, and Holiday Hills RV Park, owned by Chuck Williams. The two adjacent businesses separated by
the world’s fair. One was built with the Fair in mind, the other was not. Known as “Winnebago Village,” the Holiday Hills RV Park became temporary housing for visitors of the Exposition. A joint venture by Holiday Hills and the manufacturer of Winnebago Motor Homes placed several hundred supplemental housing units on the site. Each motorhome, which was adorned with the Fair’s official logo and colors, could accommodate a family of five. During the month of July, the village was at 90 percent capacity, averaging three tour groups a night. Many of these groups came from Montana and the Canadian Providences of British Colombia and Alberta. By the time the motor coach buses arrived at Liberty Lake, their passengers were ready for a meal. Rather than check in at the RV Park, they often pulled into Valley View’s parking lot, heading to its restaurant first. The golf course eatery had full
menus serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The two head cooks were talented, each previously having her own successful establishment. But the restaurant was designed to handle a golfer and community trade, not tour groups who often arrived in multiple buses. Management responded by increasing their staff and prepping for the tour groups. Still, the cooking equipment was limiting, creating long waits to be served. Wait they would, as this was a common problem throughout the Inland Empire during the fair’s run. Staffing proved difficult because the tour groups schedules were unreliable. Except for the cooks, the staff was primarily high school and college age girls from Liberty Lake, the Valley, Otis Orchards and Post Falls. Across the street at Winnebago Village, many of their employees were similar ages and from the same areas. The two groups became good friends. Occasionally, my father Elmer and Chuck Williams would cook breakfast for both crews at Valley View. These early morning affairs were fun, and most of the kids
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would show up whether they were working or not. Some of the groups that stayed in the village and ate at Valley View came to perform at the Fair. One of those groups was the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who performed during the Canada Week Celebration along with their RCMP Thoroughbred horses. I can vividly recall the image of the Mounties walking up to the clubhouse door dressed in their red-and-black uniforms and donning their widebrimmed hats. Another was a group of Russian Dancers. It was either the Moiseyev Dance Company or the Georgian State Dancers and Singers. Both groups are Internationally famous and performed during Expo. I am thinking it was most likely the Moiseyev Dancers, who were known for their precision, because when the continental breakfast their organizers arranged left them hungry, they tapped their utensils on the tables in unison wanting more food. My experiences during the Fair were different from my friends but enriching just the same!
Did You Know ? •The theme for Expo ‘74 was “Celebrating Tomorrows Fresh, New Environment.” •Winnebago Industries Inc. built a 24-foot Expo ‘74 Limited Edition Motor Home. You could buy them new at dealerships across the nation or used at a substantial discount from Winnebago Village after the Fair. •The campers in Winnebago Village were not allowed to cook in the motor homes. •Both Chuck Williams and Elmer Schneidmiller wore many hats. Chuck, cofounder of American Sign and Indicator, was an inventor, businessman and resort owner who enjoyed operating a road grader. Elmer was a farmer and businessman who along with Chuck were the occasional crew cooks.
Photo collage courtesy of the Liberty Lake Historical Society Counter clockwise from left: Cooking facilities and meal counter in the Valley View Golf Course clubhouse, circa 1974. 24-foot Expo ‘74 Limited Edition Motor Home on the grounds of Holiday Hills RV Park, 1974. The underlying photo is looking west across the first tee of Valley View Golf Course toward the RV park.
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Central Valley High School Fine Arts Scholar
Aditya Sudarsan Varadan
Parents: Richard & Melissa Allen
Graduating from Lewis and Clark High School.
Abby will attend BYU-Idaho and major in Fine Arts
Parents: Sudarsan Varadan and Priya Sudarsanam. He plans to major in Neurobiology FROM UC Davis.
Caleb Betts Central Valley High School
Parents: Bill & Shirlene Betts George in DC
Central Valley High School
Parents: Ken & Marie Hamilton Plans to attend Washington State University to study Wine & Beverage Management.
Central Valley High School
University of Washington, Foster School of Business
Graduating from Central Valley High School
Chonlasit “Tide” Jaisom
Central Valley High School Parents: Howard Whybrew
Parents: Rungthip Mykkanen and Toivo Mykkanen. Highly considering joining the Air Force.
George Dexter Hailey G Brunt Pennestri Central Valley High School
Central Valley High School
Parents: Eric and Kathy Schaefer
Parents: George and Randi Brunt
Parents: Scott & Gail Pennestri
Plans to attend Washington State University in the fall.
Serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, then a 4 year university.
Attending Boise State University in the Fall
Joshua Rane Reneau
Julia Lynn Fox Central Valley High School
Kaitlyn Faith Chun Pegram
Parents: Jesse and Amy Fox.
Central Valley High School
BYU Provo in the fall and will major in Communications Disorders.
Parents: Dennis & Kathy Pegram
Central Valley High School
Parents: Rob & Mysti Reneau University of Missouri as a Walter Williams Distinguished Journalism Scholar - Fall 2019.
Washington State University in the fall to pursue degrees in Math & Engineering.
The Community School, Spokane School District Father: Marcus Wesche. Jackie & Bob Wills, grandparents Herpetology
Benjamin Jacob Bri Kimberley Harris Graduating with honors Central Valley High School
Planning to attend BYU in the fall.
Central Valley High School Parents: Chad Kimberley
Attend University of Missouri to study health professions
DJ Sheneman Easton Carter Ethan Central Valley High School Hagmann Parents: Damon and Jessica Central Valley High School
Parents: Sarah and Derek Carter
DJ is excited to be starting the Marine Scholars program at Western Washington University this coming September.
Holly Heckerman Central Valley High School Parents’: Neil and Julie Heckerman Washington State University in Pullman. While an undergraduate at WSU, she plans to follow the premed track with a graduate plan of medical school.
Brigham Young University in the fall studying Entrepreneurial Management. Ensuing freshmen year he intends to serve a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoys wakeboarding, snowboarding, and lacrosse.
He will be attending University of Portland
Parents: Kevin Chambers
Parents: Bruce and Sue Woodlief
Central Valley High School and
Ian will be attending Utah Valley University (UVU). He will be majoring in Web Site Design and Development
Central Valley High School
Central Valley High School.
Parents: Natarajan Ashlock
Parents: Dirk and Nicole Fredekind.
Parents: Katie and Lono Hagmann
Kali Ashlock Logan Fredekind Natarajan Kottayam V. Jr. and Alison
Central Valley High School
Sheet Metal Apprenticeship starting in the fall.
Central Valley High School
Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah, then after one year he plans to serve a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Central Valley High School Parent’s Names: Todd and Michelle Greer Washington State University in the fall. Go Cougs!
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Madelyn Sears Central Valley High School
Parents: Brent and Jenny Sears Brigham Young University Idaho in the fall.
Central Valley High School Parents: Jamie Bankey and Traci Bankey. Seattle Pacific University to study nursing
Miles Chambers Natalie Stroh
Congratulations Class of 2019 from Nicole Achen Casey
Central Valley High School
Central Valley High School
Parents: Kevin Chambers
Parents: Jim and Theresia Stroh
Parents: Paul and Kathy Achen
BYUI in the fall.
Utah Valley University (UVU). He will be majoring in Computer Science
Central Valley High School Parents: Heath and Kelsy McHenry University of SanDiego to study Business And entrepreneurship
Noah Cooper Reneau Central Valley High School
Parents: Rob & Mysti Reneau
Parents: Jeff and Tanya Stewart Eastern Washington University to major in Computer Science.
Central Valley High School
Parents: Jim and Jodi Auth Montana State University in the fall for mechanical engineering and Air Force ROTC
Central Valley High School Parents: Chris Constance
East Valley High School
Central Valley high school Cindy
Parents: Gordon Humphries
Ian Caudill Home School
Gonzaga University next year and has been accepted into the School of Engineering. Go Zags!
SFCC...Audio Engineering 2 yr program
Central Valley High School.
Central Valley High School
Commercial pilot program at Big Bend CC in Moses Lake.
Parents: Shaun and Holly Johnson
Parents: Aaron and Alissa Clary
Eastern Washington University and major in chemistry.
Spokane Falls Community College to pursue an Associates in Science to prepare for a degree in mechanical engineering.
Parents: Lanis and Holly Webb couldnâ€™t be more proud of Sydney for her character, drive and achievements.
Parents: Geoff & Stacy
Parents: Jeff and Kim Roche
Parents: Todd and Lesley Greiner
Arizona State University
NIC in the Fall
Western Washington University as a Computer Science Distinguished Scholar - Fall 2019.
Shane Stewart Spencer Auth Spokane Valley Tech Academy (First graduating senior class of SVT academy)
Central Valley High School.
Central Valley High School
Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. She will be a premed student while competing with the Southwestern collegiate swim team.
Central Valley High School Brigham Young University
Dishman Hills High School
Central Valley High School
Central Valley High School
Sterling Croswhite Austin Huang Classical Christian Academy.
Genesis Preparatory Academy
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Mindfulness movement looking for more local traction By Emily McCarty Splash Correspondent After the 2017 Freeman High School shooting, yoga teacher and Liberty Lake business owner Natalie Gauvin decided to take a stand. She started a campaign, sending out emails that called for an approach known as “mindfulness” to be taught in schools. Her goal now is to send out an email twice a month, focusing on principals and superintendents, school boards, parents and non-parents alike, hoping to spur interest and bring awareness to the positive effects of mindfulness, defined in Psychology Today as a practice that emphasizes “returning to the present moment, self-regulation of attention and letting go of taking things for granted.” Gauvin stresses that mindfulness is free, takes no curriculum and is one aspect of school safety that can happen immediately. In her first email, she wrote, “We can’t make parents be better parents. We can’t fortify schools overnight. We can’t change gun control overnight. We can teach mindfulness in every grade, every day, five minutes, overnight.”
Her background in teaching movement classes – from yoga to modern dance – taught her the importance of breathwork. “I started off in my early adulthood working with breath and hearing about breath and how important it is,” she says. “You go through the movement, but if you don’t have the breath, you don’t have the power behind them, that energy behind the movement.” Gauvin doesn’t base her newfound passion only on her own experience, she knows her facts. She quotes research from Harvard and new legislation in England and cancer studies, all on the importance and impact of mindfulness on the body. “It’s going to be a growing coalition,” she says. “So I’ll be sending out an email that says we are a coalition of people who want mindfulness taught in every grade, every day and help our kids deal with the stresses of modern-day life.” The text in her emails is usually followed up with links to studies and research backing up the power of mindfulness. She currently has 600 emails on her listserv. “We want mindfulness taught.
That’s the only thing we can do anything about,” she says. “It’s simple, it’s clean. It’s giving kids the power to learn how to self-regulate, and it works 100 percent of the time. It always works at least a little bit.” In January, a student brought a gun onto the Central Valley High School campus. Within three days, Gauvin had organized a community gathering at her Liberty Lake coffeehouse and eatery, The WELL. Twenty-five people showed up for the meeting, Gauvin says. Liberty Lake Police Chief Brian Asmus attended the meeting along with his wife. She says that Asmus told her his wife had started teaching mindfulness to her preschool students after that night. There was also some pushback. Some people reasoned that mindfulness is best left to professionals, like psychologists or counselors. Gauvin disagrees. “The professionals have had enough time,” she said. “I’m done waiting. This is what works. Please do it.” Gauvin says she has seen progress, including local school administration implementing mindfulness into local curriculum. “I would love to see mindfulness taught every day,” she says. “You walk in, you say the pledge of allegiance, and
you spend five minutes and everyone’s doing it together. That’s the beauty of it. There’s an unconscious realization that we’re all in this together, and that connects people.” Suzanne Savall, principal at Otis Orchards Elementary School, had her staff trained on trauma-informed strategies 12 years ago. One of those strategies was mindfulness. Savall said she’d practiced breathing and mindfulness exercises in her personal life and saw the benefits. Four years ago, she decided she wanted to have the whole school benefit from the practice. So, every morning over the intercom, she leads the kindergartners through sixthgraders in mindfulness practices. A morning exercise might look like this: Savall asks the school to stand in strong mountain pose and set an intention for the day. That can be improving their schoolwork, regulating emotions or simply being a better friend. They stand still for a minute, focusing on breathing while affirming their intention for the day. Savall says students and teachers are using mindfulness on their own now, using a minute or two before tests or hard assignments. The school has a behavioral intervention program for students, and
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Mary Floy was born May 31, 1928, in Seattle to Homer and Della Neyland, the first of three children. She died March 18, 2019, at Liberty Lake, looking out on the beautiful lake that was such a large part of her life and identity. She was surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. As a 12-year-old in 1940, Mary Floy’s father and mother moved the family to the never-ever lands of eastern Washington and Liberty Lake. Mary Floy said her mother cried all the way across the state. With her sisters, Carol Jean and Betty Jane, the Neyland family settled on the northeast corner of the lake on property their father had recently purchased. The property soon became Sandy Beach Resort, and Homer and Della ran it as a resort until 1961. The girls grew up cleaning cabins, waiting on customers in the store, renting boats to fisherman and cooking tasty hamburgers off the flattop grill. As Mary Floy got older, she also taught swimming lessons to hundreds of Valley kids that would come by the bus full to Sandy Beach Resort. While attending Central Valley High School, Mary Floy met the love of her life, Howard Dolphin, at a Valley dance at West Valley High School. Howard was a handsome three-sport athlete and president of the West Valley student body. They dated for the next four years and kept the flame alive while Howard served with the occupation troops stationed in Japan. In 1950, after returning home, Howard and Mary Floy were married. It was yet another start to an amazing journey that lasted 63 years until Howard’s passing in 2014. In the summers, they both worked for Mary Floy’s dad at the resort. Mary Floy had already spent a good portion of her life at the beach and was pleased to find that Howard loved it as much as she did. In 1961, Mary Floy and Howard along with sister Betty and her husband Joe Trembly bought the resort from her parents, starting yet another grand adventure together. Mary Floy threw herself into the business headfirst. All four partners
would work the summer months together, and then Howard, Betty and Joe would go back to teaching school in the fall. Mary Floy was left alone to run the “joint” by herself. She did it all, from renting boats to fisherman, cleaning cabins and cooking hamburgers along with raising two daughters and maintaining their beautiful home on the lake. Mary Floy was a member of the Junior Women’s Club of Spokane, becoming president and spearheading the fundraising and development of Plante’s Ferry Park. For her leadership and hard work, Mary Floy was given the award of Washington State Junior Women’s Clubwoman of the Year. It was through Junior Women’s that she also became associated with the Hutton Settlement, which led to a lifetime relationship with the children’s home and their foster daughter, Debbie Finley.
In 1991, they left the resort business and transitioned the property into a 55-and-over mobile home park. Mary Floy and Howard now had time to travel, and travel they did, visiting many countries on the way to the Olympic games or World Championships for track and field. They loved Hawaii and considered it their second home, spending the last 36 consecutive
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winters there until Howard’s death. Today, the legacy of the Neyland family has extended to seven generations living at Liberty Lake, which Mary Floy held close to her heart. She loved the lake and was ever so thankful that her father decided to buy that property back in 1940. Mary Floy was preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Della Neyland, her beloved husband, Howard Dolphin, her foster daughter, Debbie Finley Nesbitt. She is survived by her sisters, Carol Richardson, Wenatchee; and Betty Trembly (Joe), Liberty Lake; daughters, Leslee McLachlan (Jim), Otis Orchards, and Denise Coyle (Tim), Liberty Lake; six grandchildren, four foster grandchildren, 16 greatgrandchildren, eight foster greatgrandchildren and two great-great foster grandchildren. A celebration of Mary Floy’s life will be held on June 8, 2019, on the lake at Sandy Beach. Please send donations to Hospice of Spokane or the Liberty Lake Fireworks Fund, P.O. Box 430, Liberty Lake, WA 99019.
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