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Versatile Eylar bolsters city’s recreation, maintenance front By Craig Howard Splash Contributing Editor

Liberty Lake City Administrator Katy Allen does her best Casey Stengel impression when talking about new hire Anita Eylar, brought on this spring to juggle a variety of duties related to events, activities, operations and maintenance. “Anita is so talented and has such positive energy,” Allen said. “She is able to address so many tasks in so many areas. She is almost like a utility player in baseball. You can put her anywhere.” While Eylar has yet to roam centerfield or snag line drives at shortstop, she can likely claim the most diverse job description at City Hall. Since starting in April, she has worked alongside City Horticulturist Joice Cary in caring for some of Liberty Lake’s plant life, coordinated the vendor lineup in preparation for Barefoot in the Park and even been handed the camera to film City Council meetings. Mowing lawns and clearing snow off local trails are also part of Eylar’s new professional realm. Prior to becoming a municipal employee, Eylar was a volunteer with the city’s Parks and Arts Commission and Planning Commission. She oversaw the IT division at Liberty Lake-based R n’ R RV for seven years and also worked for companies like LeMaster & Daniels and Lincare. Along the way, Eylar started three of her own businesses and served as co-president of Sled Fest, a popular winter recreation event at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Mountains, forests and plenty of snow are nothing new for Eylar, who grew up in Colorado as the youngest of five children. Eylar spent her early years on a 400-acre homestead just outside Salida. After Eylar’s father passed away when she was only 6 years old, the family did its best to adjust, moving into town on 10 acres. Eylar picked up drawing in her youth and won several awards for

art in high school. Sports were also an outlet. She became a standout sprinter and qualified for state before an injury shortened her track career. Eylar moved to North Idaho with her mother and stepfather later in high school. She enrolled in junior college after graduating from Coeur d’Alene High School. Marriage came next. Later in life, Eylar returned to school, earning her undergraduate business degree from the University of Phoenix at 42. A resident of Liberty Lake since 2010, Eylar has continued to pursue art and photography as well as personal fitness. Impressive original acrylic paintings adorn a wall in her office at City Hall. She also has the distinction of winning the Mrs. Spokane County competition twice,

advancing to the Mrs. Washington pageant. The Splash caught up with Eylar between organizing a jumbo bowling set and planting geraniums to talk about her unique role in the community she now calls home. Q: You grew up in a household where farm chores and other responsibilities were part of the daily agenda. How do you think being raised in that kind of environment helped form traits that have benefited you later in life? A: My mother and father really emphasized morals. So, growing up as country kids we had chores that we had to do. We grew up in a poorer time and didn’t leave anything on our plates. I think values like integrity were the biggest thing and just to always be honest. That was my mom’s biggest thing. As far as work goes, we’ve always been hard workers. We were always outside and helping. Q: You’ve lived in Colorado and Idaho, but does Liberty Lake now

Photo by Craig Howard Anita Eylar was hired by the city of Liberty Lake in April to help with events, activities, operations and maintenance. The Colorado native brings an extensive professional background as well as volunteer service with the city’s Parks and Arts Commission and Planning Commission.

feel like home to you? A: Absolutely. I love Liberty Lake. It feels like home because it’s such a community. Living in a Greenstone home in the River District, I just appreciate that whole philosophy of diversity and greenspace and neighbors, it feels like that old country town. That’s the easiest way to say it. Q: How is that sense of community in Liberty Lake different from other places you’ve lived? A: When I lived in Coeur d’Alene, I lived off Appleway. I would have never sat out on my front porch. When I rode my bike, I was scared of the traffic I was facing. Here, I can ride my bicycle. I can say “hello” to people as they’re sitting on their porch, walking their dogs. I have conversations with people I meet in the park. Q: When you were working at R n’ R RV and new to Liberty Lake, did you have any interest in local government and what the city was involved in? A: I came to council meetings prior to joining the Parks and Arts Commission and the Planning Commission. That was partly why I got on those commissions because I wanted to learn more about the city and play a part in the city. I think every citizen has a responsibility to grow their community and there’s no better way than being involved. Q: Tell us about your tenure with the Parks and Arts Commission. What did you enjoy about being part of that group as a resident and what do you feel they can accomplish? A: I think the Parks and Arts Commission is one of the neatest things Liberty Lake has ever done because it’s bringing art to the surface. Coeur d’Alene has always been really good about having art as part of the community. Now, art is being brought to the forefront here and people can see what it can do for a community. Q: What did you learn during your brief time with the Planning Commission? A: There’s so much to running a city. It’s a phenomenal task. I have total respect for the people who work and volunteer with the city.

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Plans for 2021 transition to new high school By Nina Culver Splash Contributor

Everyone is new to Selkirk Middle School, which officially opened in August, so it’s not unusual that staff members have to get to know the students and each other. But one of those new faces is wearing the uniform of a Liberty Lake police officer. Mark Holthaus is the Central Valley School District’s first-ever school resource officer to be placed in a middle school. The plan is to have a school resource officer in the new Ridgeline High School when it opens in 2021, said Holthaus. “Our city really wanted to have an officer here now,” he said. Police Chief Brian Asmus said he and the mayor brought up the suggestion of providing an SRO now rather than waiting. “We know the high school is coming on board in 2021 and that it would be good to get the SRO into the middle school and build a rapport with the kids who will be at Ridgeline,” he said. Central Valley School District spokeswoman Marla Nunberg said the district was happy to accept the

police department’s offer to provide an SRO. “That’s a partnership we can’t really say no to,” she said. “I think it’s been a benefit having him there.” The city of Liberty Lake is paying the full cost of Holthaus’ salary instead of the usual cost sharing agreement between the police department and the school district. Part of the reason for that is that even though Holthaus is assigned to the school, he can be pulled away to respond to calls. “We can pull him out of the school at any time to respond to our priority needs,” Asmus said. “He’s still available.” In fact, on a recent morning Holthaus spent a few hours on patrol before reporting to the middle school at the start of the school day. That arrangement may change after Ridgeline High School opens, however. Holthaus said his dreams of becoming a police officer date back to his time at Progress Elementary School, where he met his school’s anti-drug DARE deputy, Dave Skogan of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

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Photo by Nina Culver Liberty Lake police officer Mark Holthaus has been assigned to Selkirk Middle School as a school resource officer.

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“His coming into our classroom kind of lit the fire,” he said. During high school, Holthaus worked at several golf courses. When he worked at the Indian Canyon Golf Course, he got to know a retired Washington State Patrol sergeant who told a lot of stories about his time in law enforcement. That sealed the deal. Holthaus was a military policeman in the Army for five years then worked for the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office for two years. He spent seven years in the Seattle/ Tacoma area with the Washington State Patrol and seven years at the Lakewood Police Department. He said he wanted to come back home to raise his family here and joined the Liberty Lake Police Department three years ago. Even though he left Lakewood to come to Liberty Lake, Holthaus said he enjoyed his time there. “I didn’t want to raise my kids there because of the traffic and nine months of rain,” he said. Lakewood was where he first worked as a school resource officer, though the position didn’t have a dedicated officer. The position was an overtime shift, and there was often a different officer each day. Holthaus said he would usually do one shift a week as an SRO. “I felt bad for the kids because you couldn’t build a rapport with them,” he said.

Holthaus isn’t a typical SRO because he is involved in the district as a parent. His sons attend Sunrise Elementary, and Holthaus served on the middle school boundary committee. He was just named to the high school boundary committee that has begun meeting. “My kids go to the school district, and I wanted to be involved,” he said. He attended a special school resource officer training over the summer, but Holthaus said he’s a bit rusty. “It’s just as awkward for me as it is for the kids,” he said. “I’ve been out of the school system for a while.” He’s made it a point to greet students in the morning when they arrive and be outside after school when they board their buses or are picked up by family members. He also wanders the halls and spends time in the cafeteria at lunch. “I want them to get to know me and use me as a resource,” he said. He was excited to get the SRO position and said he likes it more than being on patrol. “Usually you’re out by yourself,” he said of patrol work. “Here everything is 99 percent positive. I probably say hello, good morning, good afternoon 200, 300 times a day. It’s fun.” Holthaus said he also plans to make regular visits to Greenacres Middle School, since some of those students will attend Ridgeline High School as well. In addition to getting to know the students, Holthaus has been getting to know the district’s policies and procedures in different situations, including evacuations. He has an office in the school that includes a hidden rifle safe bolted to the floor that requires a fingerprint and a code to open. Holthaus said his job is to make sure the students are safe. “That’s my number one priority, that they feel safe at school and they are safe,” he said. Asmus said he expects Holthaus’ work to have a positive influence on the community. “When you know the kids by name, it goes a long way toward not only solving crime but preventing it,” he said. Asmus said SRO work fits Holthaus well. “We’re excited to have him there,” he said. “He was made to do this.”

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The following activity of the Liberty Lake Police Department was reported for the month of August: • Total incidents and calls for service 657 • Traffic collisions 6 • Citations 50 • DUI 4 • Theft 23 • Malicious mischief 1 • Argument/assault 8 • Suspicious vehicles 43 Burglary – On Aug. 3, officers received a report of a burglary at the 300 block of South Legend Tree. The complainant reported that someone entered the residence he was having built and stole $350 worth of items from inside. Assault -- On Aug. 15, a complainant reported being pushed by a juvenile female who she confronted. Upon contact, officers learned from witnesses that two juvenile females were driving a golf cart down North Harvard Road when the complainant started yelling at them as she drove by for not wearing seat belts. The complainant then pulled into an area business and got out of her vehicle demanding to see a driver’s license. The juvenile driver provided the complainant with a permit, and things escalated from there. One witness to the incident reported he observed the complainant “outright slap the girl” before leaving the location. Officers observed a red mark on the juvenile female’s face consistent with witness statements, and charges were filed with the prosecutor’s office against the complainant for assault, fourth degree. Fraud – On Aug. 17, a complainant reported a male and female at a local restaurant committed a fraud when they attempted to leave the location without paying their $65 bill.

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Almost a year ago our morning was shattered by a 9-1-1 call for a pedestrian hit-and-run occurring at Mission and Country Vista. Marilyn Dhaenens, who walked every day in those funky florescent tennis shoes using our sidewalk trail system, lost her life.

This month, “Marilyn’s Walk” on Saturday, Oct. 19, will be in her honor. We have installed really awesome “M’s” donated by her family to mark the miles. Please join us at 9:45 a.m. in Rocky Hill Park for a brief ceremony before we walk in Marilyn’s shoes for the day! Marilyn’s Walk highlights the ongoing need and awareness for pedestrian safety in our community. The city of Liberty Lake cares about the safety of our citizens in their everyday life, for their families

and their friends. We care about providing a safe environment for all of us to enjoy. Our trails are set away from the street, the bike lanes are marked, many arterial crosswalks have flashing beacons, our schools are patroled and the list goes on. What we cannot do is be the first line of defense, that is your job. Stop – Look - Listen –and be aware what is happening around you. Pass it along to your kids in their safety training. Please “no distracted driving” and keep an ear pod OUT to

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October Projects: • Harvard Bridge overlay – This project will cause traffic closures from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4 at night. • Pavillion at Orchard Park – The newest addition to Orchard Park will be constructed in October. • Trail on Mission Avenue – Crews will be installing the walking trail in on Mission Avenue toward Harvard.

hear what’s around you. While our budget and strategic planning are part of delivering safety, the rest is up to you! We all need to focus on pedestrian safety! We do not want another needless tragedy to occur. Our neighbor, Marilyn, will be remembered fondly for making a house a home, a neighborhood closer and a community better. Her contribution like yours will ensure Liberty Lake continues to be Spokane County’s premier address. We miss you Marilyn!

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Pickleball is taking Lodging Tax grant applications now over Liberty Lake In addition to the pickleball net being accepted boxes set up at the Pavillion Park and Orchard Park, the city has added a new pickleball net box containing equipment that the public can borrow at Rocky Hill Park.

Have you noticed the newly wrapped pickleball net box at Pavillion Park with historical photos of Liberty Lake? We are so excited for the new wraps that the Parks and Arts Commission are working to add at additional locations around the city. If you are interested in checking out a key to the equipment boxes, just contact City Hall between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. They are available on a first come, first serve basis and are only checked out daily. City Hall is located at 22710 E. Country Vista Drive and can be reached at 755-6700.

The city of Liberty Lake is now accepting applications for 2020 Lodging Tax Fund grants for special events and projects. Applications are due on Nov. 15 and applicants only need to complete one application to be eligible for consideration. The Lodging Tax Commission will hear presentations and review and award funding in late November. Funds awarded through this process may be used for tourism marketing, the marketing and operations of special events and festivals designed to attract tourists and supporting the operation of tourism-related facilities owned or operated by non-profit organizations. The application is posted online on the city’s website and can be accessed at the following link: http://www.libertylakewa.gov/158/ Tourism-Promotion.

Liberty Lake was fortunate last year to have a group of volunteers who offered to help other citizens in need with snow shoveling. Our “Snow Angels” worked hard and there were many grateful citizens. So, city staff is extending the facilitation process of requests to all four seasons, starting this call. We will only facilitate need requests through our website or by phone. Volunteer citizens need to subscribe to our website to get volunteer notifications for those in need of help. Volunteers must provide their own tools or other equipment and are strictly volunteers, not affiliated with the city of Liberty Lake. To request assistance, you will need to subscribe to our website: www. libertylakewa.gov from our home page in the upper right corner. Once you are logged into the website, go to the “Stay Connected” button and select the seasonal help section and complete the information. You can also call Jen Camp at the city at 7556727. Or, leave a voicemail and you will receive a call or email the next working day. If you want to volunteer to help others, please go to the city website and create or log into your existing account (upper top right corner), then go to “Notify Me” and subscribe to “Volunteers Helpers” and select notification by email and/or text. Volunteers will coordinate progress of each request via group texting. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Camp or Anita Eylar at 755-6714 or 755-6727.

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City Council News and Notes By Craig Howard Splash Contributing Editor

• Police Chief Brian Asmus is urging motorists to “be extra cautious” in school zones marked 20 mph now that students have returned. • The Liberty Lake Police Department responded to 657 calls for service in August, which Asmus said was high but “about average for the summer.” • LLPD will be providing a school resource officer for Selkirk Middle School. Asmus said the officer will be under the auspices of the department rather than the school district. The officer will split time between Selkirk and Ridgeline High School once the high school opens. • The Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) responded to 103 calls for service in August, 73 of which were medical emergency calls. • SVFD was represented at the Liberty Lake Farmers Market in August, providing CPR training. • There were 9,132 items checked out from the Liberty Lake Library in August and 142 new library cards distributed, bringing the total to 7,230. Library Director Jocelyn Redel said around two-thirds of those cards belong to Liberty Lake residents. • The next Friends of the Library Book Sale will take place Nov. 22-23, with times to be announced. • The library will be hosting a new chess club for kids sponsored by the Inland Chess Academy. The eightweek session began Sept. 30. • Council Member Cris Kaminskas has earned her certificate of municipal leadership from the Association of Washington Cities. • The land appraiser for Henry Road projects will work for the city and Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT), said City Administrator Katy Allen. “He understands the value we’re looking for,” Allen said. “We want to make


sure the appraisal is fair and follows the law and the process.” • Cost for a temporary trail on Mission Avenue will be $25,803. Allen called it a “fair weather trail” until the development in the area goes in and a permanent trail is constructed. • Officer Jeff Isaac, the newest addition to the Liberty Lake Police Department, was sworn in by Chief Asmus at the Sept. 17 council meeting. Isaac worked as an EMT for 10 years before transitioning to the Washington State Patrol. • Around 30 cars participated in the Drive Electric event at the STA bus plaza on Sept. 14. • An Eagle Scout project by Garrett Newell added bleachers to Rookie Field at the Liberty Lake Ballfields. The two local diamonds also recently underwent a series of major renovations. • Art wraps have been added at Pavillion Park and Orchard Park courtesy of the Parks and Arts Commission. • Sales tax revenue is slightly down from this point last year, around $14,000, though pacing ahead of budget projections, according to Finance Director RJ Stevenson. • Peterson presented John Bujosa, ambassador with the Liberty Lake Police Department a check for $250 on behalf of the Liberty Lake Kiwanis toward adding cruise control to the agency’s tribute car honoring fallen officers. • Allen gave an update on the DASH program promoting commute trip reduction. Grant money is available through WSDOT. A van would be purchased under state contract and serve areas from the STA Park and Ride to various businesses. Van drivers would be employees of the city. “The city is looking at a max of about $10,000 a year,” said Council Member Cris Kaminskas. “I think it would be a great service for those who work in our city.”

Peterson speculated that the shuttle would also benefit local restaurants. • The city continues work on a public works storage site. Grading has taken place and a fence will be added this month. • Overlay of the Harvard Road Bridge will begin on Sept. 30 and run for around five days with work taking place in the evening. • The last day of the Liberty Lake Farmers Market will be Oct. 12. • LLPD raised approximately $2,600 for Special Olympics at its “Cops and Cruisers” event last month. • Director of Planning and Engineering Lisa Key conducted a workshop on the 2020 capital facilities plan on Sept. 17. Major projects include the public works yard, Trailhead Master Plan, Henry Road Bridge and Harvard Road Bridge widening and ramp improvements. Key and the council will go through the proposed plan in detail this month. • City Engineer Scott Bernhard gave an update on the Trailhead Master Plan Sept. 17, telling council that the city is getting closer to hiring a consultant on the project. A total of five consultants responded to the city’s Request for Proposals. Once the consultant is hired, a workshop will be held and community outreach will begin, Bernhard said. The consultant will be preparing three preliminary concepts ranging in price from $1 million to $10 million. • Of the 10 proposed amendments to the city’s comprehensive plan, nine have been initiated by the city. The other – regarding lot coverage in the R-1 and R-2 zones – was introduced by Greenstone Homes. The amendment deals with moving the maximum lot coverage to 60 percent after Greenstone’s request for 80 percent was withdrawn at a hearing of the Planning Commission. The commission recommended denial of the 60 percent change by a vote of 5-2. Kevin Schneidmiller of Greenstone appeared at the Sept. 17 City Council meeting, pointing out that required setbacks reduce the available lot space

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to build. “The issue we’re seeing is more and more people are wanting downsizing of lots and more ranchers than two-stories,” Schneidmiller said. He told council that additions like garages and patios present problems related to the current lot coverage stipulation. “We do not believe in any way that this is going to change the look of a neighborhood,” Schneidmiller said of the proposed increase. “We’re just looking to build to what the market is requesting.” • Another amendment under consideration involves expanding the areas where electronic changeable signs are allowed. The change would permit such signs in all non-residential and mixed-use zones on publicly owned property. All 10 proposed amendments will be discussed at a public hearing on Oct. 15. The nine changes initiated by the city have all been recommended unanimously by the Planning Commission. • Spokane Symphony Executive Director Jeff vom Saal appeared at the Sept. 17 City Council meeting, expressing appreciation for the support received at the latest Lud Kramer Memorial Concert held at Pavillion Park Aug. 31. “I just want to thank the city and Friends of Pavillion Park for all you do,” vom Saal said. “We wouldn’t be able to do this without your help. It’s a great tradition, a wonderful way to get our season started.” Bob Schneidmiller with FOPP also spoke, thanking a variety of groups and individuals for their support of the Summer Festival. He noted that attendance grows every year. Peterson called Schneidmiller “the Iron Man of volunteerism.” FOPP President Joe Frank thanked the city for their sponsorship of the Lud Kramer concert. “I can’t thank you enough,” Frank said. “Rather than focusing on the dollars, FOPP can focus on making this the best event we can for the city.”

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Council takes steps to formalize flashing beacon policy By Craig Howard Splash Contributing Editor

Pedestrians have been a priority in Liberty Lake since well before the area incorporated in 2001. In a community that taxed itself to build a world-class trail system, looking out for those on foot has been nothing short of a civic benchmark. The emphasis has continued on the municipal level, with the city dedicating between $40,000 to $60,000 annually toward pedestrian safety. In recent years, crosswalks featuring flashing beacons have cropped up across Liberty Lake, alerting motorists to walkers transitioning across increasingly busy roads. Last month, the City Council addressed the formalization of a policy that would determine exactly where the illuminated guideposts will be placed. Former City Engineer Andrew Staples once served as the gatekeeper for flashing beacons, establishing standards based on his background as a traffic engineer. After Staples left for the city of Spokane, City Administrator Katy Allen, new City Engineer Scott Bernhard and Police Chief Brian Asmus have convened on the implementation of the beacons. Now, City Council is requesting a more specific set of guidelines. A draft was presented by Allen at the Sept. 3 council meeting.

“I am very pleased to see what we have here,” said Council Member Mike Kennedy. “In the past, it was mentioned that we had a policy, but it was a policy the council was not aware of.” After Kennedy pointed out the draft only included flashing beacons, not safety signs, Allen said additional layers would need to be added. “If you want us to include all pedestrian crossing activities, we would have to amend this,” she said. “I think the rules and regulations should be adopted all at one time,” Kennedy replied. “We do have three locations that don’t qualify for flashing beacons due to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).” Those three locations included a crossing near the Eagle Bend neighborhood on Country Vista, one near Liberty Creek Elementary and another at Country Vista and Sharp Avenue. Asmus told council on Sept. 3 that the ADA requires that a crosswalk with a flashing beacon include a ramp and lead to a safe pedestrian walkway. “It does create challenges for what we have in the city,” Kennedy said. “I am very familiar with ADA requirements. My daughter was in a wheelchair her entire life. These requirements are very flexible. If it creates a challenge, we need to

Photo by Craig Howard Officer Jeff Isaac, left, with Police Chief Brian Asmus was introduced as the newest member of the Liberty Lake Police Department at the City Council meeting on Sept. 17. Isaac previously worked as an EMT and with Washington State Patrol.

have some exceptions. As we move forward, I think that’s absolutely critical.” Council Member Bob Moore questioned the flexible approach. “I’m not sure we should be flexible or not,” Moore said. “How do you look at those situations that are not ADA compliant?” Mayor Steve Peterson reminded council of a crosswalk near Liberty Creek where the city installed a landing that acts as a sidewalk. “I think from what we’re talking about here is we need to put those landings in where we need a crosswalk,” the mayor said. “To say we’re not going to do anything because your neighborhood does not have a sidewalk is not right. All we’re trying to do is make sure they have a safe landing.” Asmus expressed concerned that even with a landing, there may be no sidewalk or shoulder. “They end up walking in the street,” Asmus said. “ADA says a landing has to lead to a sidewalk or a safe pedestrian walkway. My whole point in doing this is that we are compliant with state law and the ADA.” The city has a list of 10 sites that have been proposed by residents for flashing beacons. A typical beacon costs $7,000 plus installation. Council Member Hugh Severs said the next logical step would involve a “master plan where these are going to go over the next three to five years.” Severs said he would support bringing on a dedicated planner or engineer to organize a map of future sites. Mayor Pro Tem Shane Brickner, who has been vocal in the ongoing need to promote safety for pedestrians, said the discussion “is really taking the right step to get us in place for a master plan.” Moore pointed out that

Photo by Craig Howard The Liberty Lake City Council is looking at formalizing a policy for flashing beacons at pedestrian crossings like this one at Mission and Signal.

infrastructure shouldn’t be the only precaution taken for pedestrian safety. “We need an educational approach that’s in place with the city and LLPD and school district,” he said. “We should have something in place that’s educating the kids on public safety.” Asmus reminded council that the first step is “to agree to the guidelines” under which flashing beacons are installed. Brickner asked Asmus on Sept. 3 if it was “possible to reach out to the ADA to ask for an exception.” Asmus came back to council on Sept. 17 indicating he had contacted a representative of ADA and been told it was not mandatory for an ADA ramp to lead to a sidewalk. He also clarified that flashing beacons should not be used at a location where there are already stop signs, yield signs or traffic control. Asmus reminded council that the city’s policy still requires a ramp that leads to a safe walkway. “From what I’ve read and researched, the crosswalk creates the right-of-way for the pedestrian, the flashing beacon raises awareness of the motorist,” Asmus added. Kennedy said a modification that would allow for flashing beacons at the three sites in flux makes sense. “We have the ability to change this,” said Kennedy. “This is not a personal thing. This is a safety thing with the city.” Moore disagreed. “I think that the standards that have been established have been valid and shouldn’t be changed,” he said. Allen told council she spoke with traffic engineers from Spokane and Puyallup regarding their approach to flashing beacons. “There’s kind of a system that traffic engineers manage that’s based on data and a set of principles,” she said. “You really can’t just look at one intersection, it’s part of a larger system.” Allen concluded the discussion by emphasizing the city wants “to be fair and transparent” regarding the policy. Meanwhile the flashing beacon standards appear headed toward formalization and a resolution that would come before council for a vote. “Next year, we’ll budget what we do, incorporate intersections on list and bring it back to council for prioritization,” Allen said.

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Student Led Candidate Forum OCtober 10 @ 5:45, SELKIRK MIDDLE SCHOOL

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Meet with all candidates in attendance at their tables

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6:00 Formal Program Students will ask each candidate one question, with a rebutal from their opponent

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Questions? Contact us at 242-7752 Featuring Liberty Lake Mayoral Candidates and Liberty Lake City Council Candidates additional candidates in attendance before and after the formal program

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LL candidates take the stage at Oct. 10 forum

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It was a simple idea. Get students engaged in the community they reside in by developing and posing questions to the candidates that they will one day be voting for. And while we are at it, give the community a place where they can meet these candidates. That has been what The Splash, in conjunction with Central Valley School District, East Valley School District, and West Valley School District, has been making happen since Ben and Danica Wick purchased The Splash and The Current newsmagazines back in 2016. It may sound like a simple idea, but it takes a lot of people working together to make this work. Although Ben began this tradition, Danica has been coordinating the candidate forum with the help of East Valley High School’s Lori Merkel and University High School’s Don Owen and Ryan Montag. Together, they have developed a system that works for bringing together the community, students and the candidates. This year, a separate forum will be held for Liberty Lake candidates from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Selkirk Middle School – in addition to an event earlier in the month featuring city of Spokane Valley races. “There are a lot of facets to coordinating an event like this,” Danica Wick said. “Paula and I end up working some long hours to make sure that we get all parties together for the event to happen.” Priority one is the candidates. “We do our best to make sure that we get as many candidates whose names will appear on the ballot as possible,” said Paula Gano, elections coordinator for The Splash. “We have all the candidates for the formal program, but we usually get additional judges, clerk or school board positions that aren’t covered in the media in attendance as well. It really is the only opportunity for the

Photo by Danica Wick Attendees turn in ballots during the "mock election" portion of the 2018 Student-Led Candidate Forum. community to meet those candidates in a setting like this.” This year will be the fourth annual Student-Led Candidate Forum hosted by The Splash. This year, the Chase Youth Commission is also organizing the event. “The kids are excited to participate!” said Susan Nelson, Chase’s executive director. Chase was identified as a perfect partner for this year’s Liberty Lake forum. “We knew we needed to make sure that there was a forum for

Liberty Lake candidates,” Danica Wick said. “Having worked with the Chase Youth Commission in the past, we thought it would be a great time to reach out and see if they wanted to partner again. We are excited for the questions that they have developed and the energy they are bringing to the event.” This year, the Chase Youth Commission will be posing questions to Liberty Lake mayoral and city council candidates. Each candidate will get a question with a two-minute response, then their opponent will get a one-minute

rebuttal. “There are a lot of candidates that we are putting in front of people,” Danica Wick said. “The goal is for the audience to hear from the candidates, but to have the formal program be no longer than an hour. We don’t want those in attendance getting antsy and leaving before the mock election!” The event closes with a mock election, giving youth a chance to respond to what they heard from candidates. For more information or with questions, contact The Splash at 242-7752.

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Calendar of Events COMMUNITY EVENTS Oct. 1 | Compass Club Luncheon – 11 a.m., Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane. Program will be a Chico’s Fashion Show. Luncheon is $25 per person, and reservations are required. For more, email harris1003@comcast.net. Oct. 5 | Used Book Sale – 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave., Spokane Valley. “Name Your Price” sale supporting Friends of the Spokane Valley Library. Pre-sale opens at 8:30 a.m. for a $10 admission fee. Oct. 10 | Veterans Car Show – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Spokane Vet Center, 13109 E. Mirabeau Parkway, Spokane Valley. Veterans and family members are invited to first annual event showcasing all eras of cars, trucks and motorcycles. No entry fee. Lunch provided. RSVP by Oct. 7 to Stu Sturtevant at 893-4735 or Robert.Sturtevant@va.gov. Oct. 24 | “Falling Into Fall” – 12:30 p.m., Tri-Community Grange, 25025 Heather St., Newman Lake. Annual fundraiser held by Newman Lake Ladies Aid to benefit Christmas families and the local school districts. Lunch is $5, and there will also be a bag auction and country store. All welcome. For more, email nlladiesaid@gmail.com. Oct. 24 | Halloween Family Night – 6 p.m., Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave., Liberty Lake. Wear your costume and make Halloween crafts, compete in the costume contest and get some Zombie Nerf target practice. For more, visiting libertylakewa.gov/

library. Oct. 30 | HOOT Bird Show – 4 p.m., Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave., Liberty Lake. Learn about the world of birds with West Valley Outdoor Learning Center. Live birds of prey will be included with the program. All ages welcome; program material written for K-6th grade students. Registration required as this event is limited to 50 people. For more, visiting libertylakewa.gov/library. Various dates in October | 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. Nov. 2 | Into Africa Auction and Dinner – 5:30 p.m., Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. Authentic African art and crafts will be auctioned as well as getaways, sports packages, athletic memorabilia, lavish baskets and more to support the work of Partnering for Progress in Kenya. African dishes and western food will be served. Tickets are $75 per person or $450 for a table of 8. For more, visit partneringforprogress. org or call 720-8408. Nov. 9 | 16th Annual Heritage Program – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Spokane Valley Eagles, 16801 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley. Annual event supporting the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum will include a presentation this year on the history of Liberty Lake. Luncheon and silent auction will also be a part of the festivities, which cost $20 in advance


or $25 at the door. For more, call 922-4570. Nov. 12 | Bhutan 2019 – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave., Liberty Lake. Discover more about this small landlocked country whose motto is “Gross National Happiness.” Open to anyone who has a travel curiosity. The presenter is Dr. Ellen Horiuchi Williams, author and world traveler. 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 599-2411. 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/Catholic-Singles-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 Oct. 11-27 | “Music Man Jr.” -Various times. Theatre Arts Center at the Lake, 22910 E. Appleway Ave., Liberty Lake. There’s trouble in River City when a fast-talking salesman gets his heart stolen by the town librarian in this adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway classic. For tickets and more info, visit tacatthelake.com. Oct. 12 | 13th Annual Artist Showcase and Art Auction – CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. Art, live music, dinner, auction and quick finish demonstrations are part of the festivities organized by the Spokane Valley Arts Council. For tickets or more info, visit spokanevalleyarts. org or call Jim Harken at 924-5009. Oct. 18-20 | “Lux Radio Theatre’s Casablanca” -- Various times.

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Ignite! Community Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway Ave., Spokane Valley. Nazi spies, the Resistance, a love triangle! Join us at Rick’s Café as we stage Lux Radio Theatre’s suspenseful Casablanca, complete with commercials and sound effects! For tickets and more info, visit igniteonbroadway.org. Oct. 25-Nov. 3 | “A Place to Call Home: A Play about the Hutton Settlement” – Various times, Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St., Spokane. In honor of its centennial celebration, this production brings to life the remarkable story of the Hutton Settlement, recalling Levi Hutton’s struggles and joys as he built and endowed the 100-year-old Hutton Settlement, beautifully situated in the Spokane Valley. For more or to purchase tickets, visit spokanecivictheatre.com. Oct. 26-27 | Spokane Writers Conference – North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road, Spokane. 5th annual event includes writing workshops and small group intensives led by published authors and journalists. Sessions require online registration and are provided free of charge. For more, visit scld. org/engage. Nov. 9-10 | Spokane Fall Folk Festival – Spokane Community College Lair, 1810 N. Greene St., Spokane. 24th annual festival presented by the Spokane Folklore Society featuring 100 groups, workshops, crafts and family activities. For more, visit spokanefolkfestival.org or call 8283683. RECURRING

The Fire Brigade| 7 p.m., first Saturday of the month, Ignite! Community Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway Ave., Spokane Valley. Ignite!’s improv troupe fires up family-friendly comedy. For more, visit igniteonbroadway.org. 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.

Spokane Valley Camera Club | 7:15 p.m., third and fourth Monday of the month (September through April). Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District building, 22510 E. Mission Ave., Liberty Lake. All levels of ability—students through experienced photographers— are invited to learn. Social events include field trips and workshops. More at 951-1446 or www.sv-cc.org

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HEALTH & RECREATION Oct. 5 | Parents with Children Guided Hike – 9:30 a.m., Camp Caro Trailhead, 698 S. Sargent Road, Spokane. Bring the kids for a fun, family-friendly hike with the Dishman Hills Conservancy. Led by Carol Christensen, Dishman Hills Conservancy board member, this easy trek through the Dishman Hills Natural Area includes a walk to Nimbus Knob with low elevation gain and well-marked trails. To sign up for this free event, visit dishmanhills.org/events. Oct. 5 | Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2019 – 10 a.m., Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St., Spokane. Annual walk to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s includes Promise Garden Ceremony followed by 3-mile walk. Family and petfriendly. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. For more, visit act.alz.org/ spokane. Oct. 19 | Marilyn’s Walk – 9:45 a.m., Rocky Hill Park, 24901 E. Mission Ave., Liberty Lake. A memorial walk honoring Marilyn Dhaenens, an avid walker and community pillar who died Oct. 18, 2018, while walking in Liberty Lake. T-shirts will be available for $20 on a first-come basis at the John L. Scott office in Liberty Lake from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 and at the park on Oct. 19. Following opening remarks, the walk along Marilyn’s normal route will begin at 10 a.m. For more, contact Christine Sitton at 991-5105 or csitton@johnlscott.com. Oct. 26 | Superheroes vs. Villains Pickleball Tournament – HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave., Liberty Lake. 5th annual men’s and women’s doubles tournament; superhero or villain attire required. Registration of $45 per person by Oct. 18. For more,

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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 425344-9280. Al-Anon Family Meetings | Tuesdays, noon to 1 p.m., Opportunity Christian Church, 708 N. Pines, Spokane Valley. Is there a problem of alcoholism with a relative or a friend? Al-Anon/ Alateen family groups can help. For more, call 456-2125. 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.

The Splash 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. Family and Friends of Addicts| 6 p.m. Wednesdays, The ONE Church, 15601 E. 24th Ave., Spokane Valley. Support group utilizing tools and principles to help navigate relationships with addicts and finding peace, strength and hope. For more, call 590-2422. 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/non-seniors. • Classes including Kenpo Karate, Taekwondo and Fit for YOUR Life. See hubsportscenter.org for cost and

times. Liberty Lake Running Club | Meets at Liberty Lake Physical Therapy, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through October. Weekly three mile run/ walk. Earn T-shirt after six runs. Military Sobriety Support Group | 10 to 11:30 a.m., Spokane Vet Center, 13109 E. Mirabeau Parkway, Spokane Valley. For more, call Steve at 893-4746. Mindful Music & Movement | 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Willow Song Music Therapy Center, 21101 E. Wellesley #102, Otis Orchards. Specifically designed for those living with chronic health issues such as Parkinson’s, dementia, COPD, MS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, cancer. $10 donation suggested. Facilitated by board-certified music therapist, Carla Carnegie. For more, visit willowsongmusictherapy.com or call 592-7875



Oct. 2 | Short Course on Local Planning – 6 to 9 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave., Spokane Valley. Free presentation and discussion on how cities plan and implement strategies to accommodate growth while achieving a desired community vision. Event organized by Spokane County Library District in partnership with the City of Spokane Valley, Washington State Department of Commerce and The Planning Association of Washington. For more, visit scld.org or call 893-8200. Oct. 3 | Student-led Spokane Valley Candidate Forum – 5:45 to 7:30 p.m., East Valley High School, 15711 E. Wellesley Ave., Spokane Valley. Students ask questions of candidates for Spokane Valley City Council. Mock election following the formal program. The public is encouraged to attend this event organized by The Current. Oct. 8 | Deputy Sheriff Hiring Open House – 6 to 8 p.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Training Center, 6011 N. Chase Road, Newman

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The Splash Lake. Free informational event for those interested in applying for both entry-level and lateral deputy sheriff positions. Reservations required and can be made at 4774711. For more, email recruiting@ spokanesheriff.org. Oct. 9 | Taxpayer Town Hall – 4 to 6 p.m., Spokane Valley City Hall, 10210 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley. Spokane County Treasurer Michael Baumgartner will present updates on how the Treasurer’s Office collects, safeguards and invests over $1 billion in tax dollars, and attendees are also invited to learn about available taxpayer assistance programs and share ideas. Housing counselors from SNAP will also be in attendance to share information on their services including foreclosure prevention loans and housing counseling program. For more, call 477-4786 or email treasurer@spokanecounty. org. Oct. 10 | Student-led Liberty Lake Candidate Forum – 5:45 to 7:30 p.m., Selkirk Middle School, 1409 N. Harvest Parkway, Liberty Lake. Students ask questions of candidates for Liberty Lake Mayor and City Council. Mock election following the formal program. The public is encouraged to attend this event organized by The Splash. Oct. 11 | Live2Lead Simulcast – 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Eastpoint Event Center, 15303 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley. Morning simulcast features speakers such as John Maxwell, Rachel Hollis and Marcus Buckingham followed by afternoon of practical follow-up led by local leaders. For more or to register, visit live2leadspokane.com. Oct. 16 | “Building Your Brand” Lunch and Learn – Noon to 1 p.m.,

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Spokane Valley City Hall, 10210 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley. Local marketing firm The Woodshop leads this free workshop. Oct. 21 | Manufacturing Matters Dinner – CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. Event to commemorate the region’s rich history of making quality goods that fuel economic prosperity. Evening includes networking reception, gourmet meal and program highlighted by keynote address from Terry Judge, CEO of HOTSTART, Inc. Tickets are $50. Register at spokanevalleychamber. org. Wednesdays in October | SCORE Small Business Classes – Wednesday mornings, SBA Training Room, 801 W. Riverside Ave. 4th Floor, Spokane. Cost is $25 if pre-registered. 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 Alene at 869-7657. 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. Submit items for The Splash Community Calendar by the 10th of the previous month by emailing editor@ libertylakesplash.com. Priority is given to noncommercial local events open to the public.

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The Current, a monthly publication for the Valley, offers visual storytelling, eye-catching ads and community coverage readers have come to rely on. This free newspaper is available at more than 150 high-traffic places around the Valley, including the following locations: Barlows Brothers Office Pizza Casey Family Dental Christian Brothers Automotive Eat Good Cafe Fieldhouse Pizza and Subs Greenstone Just Chillin’ Frozen Yogurt KiDDS Dental Liberty Lake City Hall Liberty Lake Portal Building The WELL True Legends Grill Twisp Cafe and Coffee House Walgreens Washington Trust Bank Yoke’s Fresh Market

Legacy Ridge, with its panoramic views and beautiful custom homes lining quiet streets above bustling Liberty Lake, for years has been a hot spot for homebuyers looking for the perfect community to call home. The stately houses in Legacy Ridge are as diverse as the scenery that surrounds them. While each house is unique, there is a common thread at Legacy Ridge: Distinguished custom builder Milionis Custom Homes. Comprised of brothers Scott and Sam Milionis, along with their father, Steve, the trio has been building quality homes in the greater Spokane area for 13 years and has a big presence in Legacy Ridge. Milionis Custom Homes started in 2006 when Steve, who was flipping

homes for a living, decided to switch gears and start building high-end home with his sons. “We wanted to build custom homes, and it really took off,” Scott Milionis said. Focused on precision and quality, the Milionis’ have built a solid reputation with countless happy clients and many prospective buyers waiting in the wings. Despite their growing popularity, Scott said the builders know their limits as they draw the line between quantity and quality. “We try not to build too many homes because we’d rather focus on high standards, not high production,” he said. Currently, Milionis has four homes under construction in the region. The brothers and their father

work closely with their clients throughout the building process, forging a tight bond with frequent interaction from the first turn of dirt until the key is turned. “It’s almost like a marriage,” Scott said. “We are pretty much joined at the hip with our clients for about a year, sometimes longer with more intricate design details.” While Milionis Custom Homes has made its mark in Legacy Ridge, the builder also has projects in Morningside and Browne’s Mountain in Spokane, on the Palouse in southern Spokane County, Harvard Vista Estates at Newman Lake and, in Idaho, Riverstone in Coeur d’Alene and Trails End Estates in Post Falls. A booming building market currently has Milionis Custom Homes stretched thin by demand, Scott said. “The last three to four years have been challenging because of the labor shortage in the industry,” he said.

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Photo by Danica Wick Brothers Sam (Left) and Scott (Right) Milionis work closely with their clients to create the house they have always wanted. These signs, created in part by a custom metal sign company and completed by Scott, are placed in front of each of their projects during construction.

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Milionis Custom Homes has created beautiful spaces from Legacy Ridge to Brown’s Mountain and from the Palouse to Spokane Valley. “Even some of the sub(contractors) we’ve used for a long time have been difficult to get.” Scott said the family-run business subcontracts most of the work, with the family members acting as project managers. Steve establishes the client relationships and builds a strong rapport while brother Sam is involved mostly from “dig out to framing.” Scott said he’s involved throughout the process. At least one of the Milionis’ visits each site on nearly a daily basis. While most of the work is subbed out, Scott said he and his father and

Photo by Danica Wick Jeff Sheffield and Steve Milionis are meticulous about staining and lacquering doors. They are one of the only companies that still wait until trim is up to lacquer and finish the wood.

brother are meticulous about each project every step of the way to solidify what is likely their clients’ biggest investment of their lifetime. “Providing value in a custom home is a daunting task. In the case of a custom home, value involves countless decisions, purchases and applications of skilled labor taking place over hundreds of days,” Scott said. “Many aspects of the hidden value of our homes will not be evident for years as the quality of the individual building products and the quality of the skilled labor battle against the passage of time,”

he added. “Value is created by consistent attention to detail.” That attention to detail is of paramount importance, Scott said, whether Milionis Homes is working on a million-dollar-plus home of more than 5,000 square feet or a relatively modest home of 2,200 square feet. “Our clients come in with high expectations, and we like to deliver,” Scott said. “I consider us to be a true custom builder. We don’t build the same house twice. Every one is different and that can be a little challenging, but that’s exactly what we went.”

Milionis Homes has the highest available A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and is a member of good standing with the Spokane Home Builders Association and the National Home Builders Association. Here’s what a few of their clients are saying: “We were delighted beyond our expectations with our custom home built by Steve Milionis. Steve, his sons, staff and crew demonstrated building expertise, craftsmanship and great working relationships during all phases of construction.” Brent Burgquam and Ardith Wells “Our experience with Milionis Homes during the construction of our home is that they listened to and tried to understand our needs, then find a solution for it. Often, when we could not make up our minds, they helped to make decisions based on our interest and their experience in the business.” Hong & Lihua Huan “For the past nine-plus years I have focused my business on selling custom lots and custom homes. During this period, I have encountered numerous builders — unfortunately with some mixed results — until I met and worked with Steve Milionis. Milionis Homes consistently meets and exceeds my high standards.” Randy Long, Managing Broker Century 21 Beutler and Associates

Since its start in 2006, Milionis Homes has built a solid reputation in the local custom home market.

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SVFD Report From Splash News Sources

Spokane Valley Fire Department crews responded to a total of 89 emergency calls in the greater Liberty Lake area* from May 15 to June 14: • • • • • •

My 15 years of public service as Mayor of Liberty Lake is a record of accomplishment. Liberty Lake is Safe, Clean, Green, Well-run and Financially Secure!

My #1 Priority is

Protecting the City’s Best Resources Our People, Neighborhoods, Businesses and Recreational Opportunities!

E N D OR SE ME NT S Cathy McMorris Rodgers Mary Kuney Al French Josh Kerns Shelly O’Quinn Ozzie Knezovich Michael Baumgartner Ralph Baker Todd Mielke Judi Owens Dennis Paul Patrick Jenkins Tim Shea Susan Schuler John Guarisco David Condon Chuck Hafner Tom Towey Dean Grafos Bill Gothman Tom Trulove Kevin Freeman Arnie Wieman Brian Newberry Jeff Holy Mike Volz Kevin Parker

Congresswoman 5th District Spokane County Commissioner Spokane County Commissioner Spokane County Commissioner Former Spokane County Commissioner Spokane County Sheriff Spokane County Treasurer Former Spokane County Assessor Former County Commissioner Former Councilwoman City of Liberty Lake Former Councilman City of Liberty Lake Former City Councilman City of Liberty Lake Former Councilman City of Liberty Lake Former Councilwoman City of Liberty Lake SVFD Commissioner Mayor City of Spokane Former Councilman City of Spokane Valley Former Mayor of Spokane Valley Former Mayor City of Spokane Valley Former City Councilman City of Spokane Valley Former Mayor City of Cheney Mayor City of Millwood Former Base Commander Fairchild AFB Former Base Commander Fairchild AFB State Senator 6th District State Representative 6th District Former State Representative 6th District

Liberty Lake Business

Mike Marzetta Alteck Greg Kunkle Accra Fab Barry Baker Baker Construction Peter Chen Japaneese Teriyaki Scott Draper Edward Jones Tom Johnson Former CEO of STCU

Friends of Liberty Lake

Reema Shaver Marti Dickenson Sheri Baker Kathy and Howard Whybrew Dennis and Diane Ray Dave and Debbie Himbaugh Stan And Karina Jochim Nancy and Don Walker Bob and Christana Boyle Nick and May Lee Nickoloff Shanna Dunne

Bob Samuel Samuel and Company Brian and Judy Jorgenson Heartland Mall Steve Smautz SDS Realty Bill and Judi Williams Telect Founders Clint and Brenda Grassel Precision Cutting Erik and Jeanette Rock Consign Furniture Spokane Homebuilders Association

James Evans Duane and Andre’ Alton Traci and Sunil Wahdwani Bob and Barbara Gamble Charlie Owens Linda Schneider Holli Parker Mike and Diane Andriolo Dave and Jean Autry Nick and Leslie Zilka John and Suzanne Thompson Harry Hansen

Jim Schindler Jerry Brown Dave Gnotta Jim Simmons Rich Little Bob McKinley Shane Sullivan Tom Pauley Geri Petersen Steve and Jan Boots Bob abd Sue Schniedmiller Dan and Charlotte Dicicco

Emergency Medical Services 68 Building Alarms 5 Motor Vehicle Accidents 1 Fires 3 Dispatched and cancelled en route


Hazardous Materials


The *service area for SVFD Station No. 3 in Liberty Lake Moving Violation – At 8:46 p.m. Aug. 15, SVFD responded to a call on East Mission Avenue in Liberty Lake about a possible vehicle and car collision. When crews arrived, they found a motorcyclist unconscious with shallow breathing. The motorcycle had hit a curb and flipped the bike. The passenger was thrown from the bike. The wife of the motorcyclist was also on the bike and phoned

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in the incident. Both passengers were wearing helmets. Ladder 10 assisted Valley Engine 3 to prepare the passenger for transport by AMR to Sacred Heart Medical Center. Structure Fire – At 8:30 p.m. Sept. 7, SVFD responded to a call near East Clarke Street in Liberty Lake regarding a house fire. A woman called in coughing and said there was smoke pouring out of her house. Upon arrival, no smoke or flames were visible. All occupants of the home were outside. Upon investigation, crews found a mattress leaned up against a wall sconce and light bulbs. They were burning into the mattress, causing the smoke. Crews removed the mattress from the residence, unscrewed the lightbulbs and ventilated the house. Alarm System – At 1:58 a.m. Sept. 11, SVFD responded to an alarm near East Clairmont in Liberty Lake. When crews arrived, there was nothing showing that was unusual. The fire alarm was activated, and the occupants were outside of the building. Water was issuing from the sprinkler system drain. Crews had trouble accessing the Knox Box. Crews also had trouble shutting the alarm off. The facility was investigated to ensure there was not a fire in the attic or any of the exterior balconies of the building. A maintenance tech was called to shut the alarm off. He also was unable to silence the alarm. Crews stayed an hour on scene without the alarm being silenced or a fire being detected. They did a final walk around the building and left issuing a fire watch for the location. About SVFD — Spokane Valley Fire Department serves the cities of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Millwood and the surrounding unincorporated areas of Spokane County with a combined population of 125,000 across 75 square miles. Established in 1940, SVFD is an Accredited Agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, one of only a handful in Washington State. For more information about Spokane Valley Fire Department, visit www.spokanevalleyfire.com.

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Special Election G u i d e 2019 Dear Readers:

With the upcoming election heating up and the sea of political signs filling our streets, we at The Splash wanted to take the opportunity to provide you with some

information about the candidates seeking your vote this election cycle. In order to give you more insight into who these people are we reached out to all of the candidates appearing on your ballot and asked them to please provide a 300-word response to the following questions (which we would publish at no cost). 1. What best qualifies you for this

position? opportunity to individually 2. What is the most connect with a number of the important issue that needs other candidates that will be in addressed? attendance for the open house This year we have also added before and after the formal program. A mock election will some fun questions! be held, with the results to While not everyone chose be printed in the November to respond to our request, a edition of The Splash. The good number have and I hope event is free, so we hope that that you find their unedited you will come and join us responses helpful for your October 10, 2019 5:45 at Selkirk voting consideration. Middle School! In addition to the information Thanks for reading The listed in the following pages we have partnered with Chase Splash, we hope you Youth Commission and Central enjoy it! Valley School District to host a candidate forum to give you the opportunity to come and hear directly from the candidates for Liberty Lake Mayor P.S. If you have any and Liberty Lake City feedback on how we can Council. You will enhance the voter’s guide or also have the if you found it valuable please let us know by emailing us at elections@libertylakesplash. com or by calling our office at 509-242-7752

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Central Valley School Director Dist # 1

Cindy McMullen

What best qualifies you for this position? I have the history, knowledge and commitment to serve our students, families and community. For 32 years, 28 on the Central Valley School Board and 4 on the State Board of Education, I have been actively involved in school policy matters at the School District, State and Federal level, currently

serving on the state association’s Legislative Committee and chairing its Federal Legislative Committee, as well as being a past president of that Association. I take my governing responsibilities very seriously, focusing on how best to meet our students’ diverse needs. I have long advocated for multiple educational opportunities so our students can learn and grow to their full potential. Through a strong working relationship with fellow boardmembers and District staff, I am proud to be part of the growth of our schools and the excellent programs and services we provide our students. What is the most important issue that needs to be addressed? Continuing to provide an excellent education to every student is our most important issue. This means safe, secure facilities, strongly supported staff,

excellent curriculum, current technology and a supportive environment in each of our 26 school buildings. Despite building 3 new schools and adding space in the remodel of 10 more, and now building Ridgeline High School, we must plan for the coming enrollment growth. The new state funding mechanism has reduced total funding for our district and further restricted the use of some of that funding. We must be open to new ways of approaching our challenges, continue to reach out to the community for direction and support, and maintain transparency in all our actions. Our focus must be firmly fixed on what our students need to learn and how best to provide those resources in every Central Valley school and program.

John Myers

What best qualifies you for this position? I served students, their families, fellow educators, the community, for 32 years as a teacher, coach, school administrator before retiring three years ago. But more importantly, I see the call to be in service, to be a servant-leader, as the

Central Valley School Director Dist # 3 Phase II and III. These schools will have a profound impact on the lives of our children.

Debra Long

What best qualifies you for this position? I am seeking re-election to the Central Valley School Board as I believe I have made a difference in education. Together with our community we have remodeled or built over 15 schools. As a board, we collectively agreed to invest and create Spokane Valley Tech School and then sought funding from our legislature for

Running for the school board can be a challenging and exciting experience. Serving on the board has been very rewarding. It has allowed me to contribute to our community and help make a difference in our schools and to our children. As a school board director, we must partner with parents, teachers and administrators so that all children receive a quality education. We must build upon the fundamental skills of reading, writing and arithmetic, by giving our students the knowledge they need in order that they may lead us into the next century. Truly it is no secret that I am a band geek and love our drama programs. These programs have enhanced the lives of our children

and our community which is why I still run the Central Valley Craft Fair and help in CV Drama. The funds raised from the Craft Fair allow our children to travel and participate in events outside of our local area. It is my belief that activities and programs keep our children in school and engaged in our community. What is the most important issue that needs to be addressed? The most important issue at the moment is the overcrowding of our schools. While our current overflow is low, we have an amazing district and more people are moving into the area every day. Safety is another major concern of mine. While many district schools have been updated we still have more to do.

Susan Dolan

What best qualifies you for this position? After teaching at Central Valley High School for the past 28 years, I believe a prior educator would be helpful. I have felt the impact of the board’s decisions, and I hope that my experience will provide fresh insight as we face difficult decisions in the future. I




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C a n d i d a t e s F av o r i t e s

best “job” one can ever embrace.


What is the most important issue that needs addressed?

Public Servent

Ice Cream

Cindy McMullen

To insure that every student finds a place in education where they are supported, challenged, respected, and prepared for their unique future.


Mocha almond fudge

Robert F. Kennedy

“Another Scoop, please.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Cookies and Cream

Abraham Lincoln

John Myers Home

Debra Long Otis Grill

Susan Dolan

Anthony’s in CDA

Rasberry Sorbet

Keith Clark

Produce out of my own garden


Mother Teresa

George Washington

Central Valley School Director Dist # 4 for this position because of the many “hats” I have worn in the district, including, of course, being a mother and grandmother of Central Valley School District students. While at CVHS, I taught primarily American Literature and US History before becoming the librarian in 2001. While at CVHS, I served on a variety of school and district level committees including, but not limited to the following: K-12 librarians and the Language Arts curriculum committee (which I chaired or co-chaired for 15 years) while we grappled with ways to meet state and federal standards by developing a guaranteed and viable curriculum. In 1993, I was asked to join a “new” district committee with the goal of adding and implementing technology into our schools. I remained a member of the district technology planning team as well as a technology and software

instructional coach for the next 26 years.

a taxpayer and business owner, I have a vested interest in being fiscally responsible. As a parent, I’ve been happy to support the passage of bonds which have allowed us to remodel existing schools and add additional schools.

What is the most important issue that needs addressed? I have watched our district deal with serious over-crowding, budget shortfalls, and state and federal mandates. I believe that my participation on many building and district committees has provided me with a deep understanding of how our district operates, its problems, successes, and issues yet to be faced, most especially the impact of the past year’s budget shortfall that required cutting back critical support staff like psychologists, nurses, librarians, custodians and teacher trainers. Additionally, technology is outpacing our schools at a rapid rate which will leave our students behind in an ever-changing world.

What is the most important issue that needs addressed?

Keith Clark

What best qualifies you for this position? I have had the privilege of serving as a Central Valley School Board of Director (District #4) since 2007. As the Father of seven children, I’ve had children attending school in our district since 1995. Over the years, I’ve learned how to operate and administrate within the educational establishment. As

The safety and well-being of our students is one of my highest priorities. We have invested in all our physical facilities with safety in mind. We’ve enhanced our protocols, purchased additional security camera’s, secured vestibules and continue to partner with local law enforcement. We are teaching our students the importance of “see something, say something”. The community is very supportive of our efforts.

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City of Liberty Lake Council Position 1

Dg Garcia

What best qualifies you for this position? I am someone who will walk the walk and talk the talk, and will focus on the entire spectrum of the many contributing voices in Liberty Lake. I will continue to be respectful, responsible, fair, and honest in my approach to promoting a healthy climate for jobs, a strong economy for the welfare and betterment of the

community and the continuous improvement of the quality of life for everyone in Liberty Lake - no matter which area of the community they live. I will bring to the table areas of expertise on community and governmental relationship building to strengthen the community’s path to the excellence they want to achieve. I will continue the positive efforts made by the prior and current leaders, in the areas of police and fire resource funding, infrastructure, and public transportation. I am determined to preserve the dignity of both our veterans and senior citizens as they navigate their life-altering decisions, one issue at a time while ensuring that their worklife-play, balance, allows them to age gracefully in place. I am confident that the city I call home will remain a place where safe and healthy communities value people. I am ready and committed to strengthen

our commitment to ourselves and each other. What is the most important issue that needs to be addressed? Public safety and security are the foundations of any communities connection to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Safety, security, and resource funding are necessary and critical to the sustainability of a proficient and skilled law enforcement operation. Liberty Lake must continue to ensure that the proper allocations outlined in the budget cover our law enforcement operations and special projects so, these dedicated professionals can adequately protect the public and maintain the general welfare of the city, unrestricted, and unrestrained.

Phil Folyer

What best qualifies you for this position? My goal is to bring new leadership and experience to the city council. As the city grows, future discussions will revolve around capital improvements and best use of funding. As a small business owner with a construction background, I believe my experience will bring new perspective to the

City of Liberty Lake Council Position 3

Dan Dunne

What best qualifies you for this position?

My name is Dan Dunne and I’m respectfully asking for your vote, to be re-elected to the Liberty Lake City Council. I have had the honor of serving the people of Liberty Lake as City Councilman since 2012. I am an advocate of partnership and collaboration for problem solving, and have successfully

contributed to creating the safe, clean and beautiful community we share today. I am a long time resident, husband and father of two teen-age sons. I am a committed community organizer and volunteer; I am a director of the Liberty Lake Kiwanis, and volunteer for Central Valley School District, Friends of Pavilion Park and the HUB Sports Center. I believe the strength of our community is founded on the proportional combination of residents and businesses which call Liberty Lake home. I believe that municipal government plays an important role in creating an environment to attract and retain the best of both of those constituents. I believe in partnering with our adjacent public and private agencies to deliver the facilities

and services our community requires. Working together we can deliver more value using fewer resources. What is the most important issue that needs to be addressed? We are a relatively young community with considerable room to grow. I believe growth will require reinvestment in our community to retain and enhance the quality of life that we’ve come to appreciate. Transportation projects to address growth will be central in our priority in the coming months and years. Transportation relates not only to roads for cars, but sidewalks and trails for the active pedestrians and non-motorized traffic of our community.

Holly Woodruff

What best qualifies you for this position? I’m excited to run for Liberty Lake City Council! I’ll bring integrity, transparency, and dedication to Council. I’ll represent every citizen in Liberty Lake and listen to your concerns. I’m independent and won’t hesitate to speak up for what I believe is best for the city and the people. I’m

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C a n d i d a t e s F av o r i t e s equation which will benefit residents and businesses within the city. I understand the importance of sound budgeting and smart investments. A few things I am a firm believer in are as follows. Learn from my mistakes, respect others, respect is earned, do what you say you will do, be open to debate, lead by example, you get what you pay for and communicate just to name a few. The thing I most enjoy is being part of the discussion, being part of the solution, then implement the final decision. It’s not for money or recognition, there’s just a part of me that says “be part of the discussion with the best intentions for our city.” I have seen this city grow from the beginning. I plan to stay until she’s built out. I only want to see the best going forward, that’s why I’m running for position 1. Thank you!

What is the most important issue that needs to be addressed? T r a n s p o r t a t i o n improvements, long term maintenance and revenue. 2 long awaited traffic improvement projects are in the horizon, they truly need 100% support by all parties. As the city ages, we must keep maintenance a high priority to ensure long term success. Revenue sources should have a balanced approach to ensure the city does not become susceptible to any single form of revenue.


Ice Cream

Public Servent

DG Garcia Hay J’s


Phil Folyer

True Legends

Moose Tracks

Dan Dunne

Piccolo Kitchen & Bar

Holly Woodruff Just Chillin’


Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich

Mint Chocolate Chip

Abraham Lincoln


Harry Truman

Annie Kurtz Ding How

Goo Goo Cluster

Deb Kershner

Cris Kaminskas Fieldhouse Pizza Peanut Butter & Chocolate no one’s “yes” person. I live the social work Code of Ethics, and anything I tell you will be backed up by facts. I currently serve as the President of the Friends of the Liberty Lake Municipal Library and their Facebook and Web master. I brought credit card capability, built a new Web site and found a new, non-profitfriendly, low-cost Web site host, and created an updated, dynamic Facebook page for the Friends. I’ll bring that kind of leadership to Council. I also serve the City as a Salary Commissioner, experience that solidified my desire to run for Council. In Richmond, IN, I served as President of the Richmond Civic Theatre Board of Directors twice, was elected as the Regional Representative to the Indiana State Board of Social Work, served as Vice President of the

Mental Health Association of Wayne County, and served two terms on the Budget Committee at Earlham College with a $50 million annual budget. The budget is the core of every organization and Liberty Lake is no different. What is the most important issue that needs to be addressed? The issue that most needs to be addressed is revenue. Without adequate revenue, nothing else can happen, and it can be a struggle to maintain the infrastructure and services we have now. We must find ways to maintain and diversify city revenue while cutting costs where we can and without imposing undue tax burdens on our residents. Contact me at WoodruffForCouncil@gmail. com . Thanks!

Abraham Lincoln

Tom Stanley Fujiyama

Cookies and Cream

Bob Moore Barlows

Vanilla Bean

Abraham Lincoln

Ronald Reagan

Shane Brickner Too many favorites

Chubby Hubby

LLPD Chief Asmus

Steve Peterson Home



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City of Liberty Lake Council Position 5

Annie Kurtz

What best qualifies you for this position? I have worked at the city, county or state level in four states, and have experience in strategic planning, needs assessment, policy development, quality assurance, budgeting, community development, performance based contracting, contract negotiation, monitoring a $15 million dollar budget, and have an enthusiasm for developing policies and projects that are community focused and sustainable. In addition to my relevant skills, I am a woman who has a passion for contributing to my community. I offer a fresh perspective, integrity, confidence in vocalizing ideas and tough questions, and a commitment to timely resolution of important issues.. What is the most important issue that needs to be addressed?

I believe that strategic growth and investment in infrastructure to support growth is an issue that intertwines many of the most visible and noticeably felt issues residents experience on a day to day basis. As Liberty Lake grows, I will continue to advocate for adequate school capacity for our students, highly skilled and fully staffed emergency responder departments, safe traffic solutions, well maintained roads, sufficient utilities (gas, water, sewer, power, data, etc.), great local businesses, and a reasonable and diversified tax base to fund these core community needs. Strategic plans are not static— they should flex, evolve, and constantly be reevaluated to ensure the plan matches the community. The growth of Liberty Lake is a complex and multifaceted issue, and I look forward to thoughtful collaboration with local residents and businesses, offering an incredible attention to detail, and ensuring a focus on the long term livability and safety of Liberty Lake. The choice between an experienced and new candidate can be difficult. I am running for the vacant position on the Council because I want to contribute to something meaningful—my city. It would be an honor to serve on the City Council, I hope to earn your confidence and your vote.

ability to continue to move Liberty Lake forward in a strategic and fiscally responsible manner. • Extensive public and private management experience as a CEO, CFO, COO of large corporations

Bob Moore

What best qualifies you for this position? My demonstrated management and leadership experiences provide me with the

• Chair of the Planning Commissions and as an elected council member both in Montgomery, Ohio and Liberty Lake • Past President and Board Member of the Bay Area Manufacturer’s Association with over 200-member companies • Served on the selection committee for the Liberty Lake

City of Liberty Lake Council Pos customers with budgets up to $20M. This experience helps me bring people together who have differing mind-sets, goals, and opinions. It allows me to scrutinize budgets and ask the important questions. This is a key quality in serving on council when there are many sources of information available along with conflicting opinions.

Cris Kaminskas

What best qualifies you for this position?

I have served on the council for over 9 years and earned my Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities. Intimate knowledge of the City’s budget, current and past projects, the Growth Management Act and how it affects how the City grows are key to making the right decisions in a timely manner to make sure our City thrives.

Throughout my career in Project and Account Management, I have led internal and external cross-functional teams to deliver projects ontime and on-budget, managed continuous improvement It is important for a council programs, presented in front of member to be available to our C-level executives, and managed

YOUR VOTE COUNTS City Administrator position.


• Introduced strategic planning culture to the City of Liberty Lake

In summary, all of the above factors uniquely qualify me to continue to represent and serve the residents of Liberty Lake.

• Project manager for the construction of a multi-milliondollar high-tech manufacturing facility. • Served on the Work Force 2000 Study Commission for the State of Florida • Vice-Chair of the Millwood Community Presbyterian Church Endowment Trust • Past Vice President and Director of the Cincinnati Chapter of Financial Executives

What is the most important issue that needs to be addressed? The most important issue facing Liberty Lake is continued growth management while generating sufficient and diversified revenues to maintain a high level of service and quality of life.

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sition 7 residents and to have additional time for training. Over the last four years, I have spent almost every Saturday from mid-May through mid-October at the Farmer’s Market talking with residents about what makes our City tick, gathering feedback from residents who have praise or criticism, and bringing this feedback to the council. I’m also very active on social media to help residents find the answers they are looking for. I am fortunate that my employer supports my council work. This has enabled me to take time off for local meetings and events during the workday without feeling guilty and to schedule uninterrupted vacation time to attend conferences. What is the most important issue that needs to be addressed? Making sure infrastructure keeps up with growth and that there is funding in place to support it.

Measure Text

Initiative Measure No. 976 concerns motor vehicle taxes and fees. This measure would repeal, reduce, or remove authority to impose certain vehicle taxes and fees; limit annual motorvehicle-license fees to $30, except voter-approved charges; and base vehicle taxes on Kelley Blue Book value. The Effect of the Proposed Measure if Approved This measure would reduce funding for state and local transportation projects by repealing, reducing, or removing state and local authority to impose certain vehicle

Tom Stanley

What best qualifies you for this position? With over 20 plus years of leadership roles in the military and business sector I have experience in hiring, budgets, and procurement.

when the pressure was high. I believe volunteerism is key to being a productive citizen and have volunteered with the Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, and Little League Baseball. These roles have helped me lead in a variety of contexts with diverse groups of people. I will use these experiences to work for the residents of Liberty Lake. What is the most important issue that needs to be addressed?

Along with my experience, I have demonstrated the ability to make tough decisions

Infrastructure. Before we grow. Let’s make sure Liberty Lake can handle the traffic, that our police are properly staffed and the city support services can handle the growth. Simply put, I don’t think we should grow to just grow. Liberty Lake residents

taxes and fees. The measure would limit annual state and local license fees for motor vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or less to $30, unless the fee is approved by voters. License fees, such as the motor vehicle weight fee and transportation benefit district fees, would be eliminated. The electric vehicle license fee would be lowered to $30. The transportation electrification fee would remain the same. The license fee for snowmobiles and commercial trailers would be lowered to $30. Other fees, such as service and filing fees, would remain the same. The measure would also eliminate the state motor vehicle sales/ lease tax and eliminate authority to impose a local

motor vehicle excise tax that supports passengeronly ferries. Any regional transit authority, such as Sound Transit, that has issued bonds financed by a motor vehicle excise tax would be required to defease, refinance, or retire the bonds early, if the bond contracts allow such action. Once the bonds have been defeased, refinanced, or retired, the authority to impose the MVET and the additional sales and use tax on rental cars would be repealed automatically. If the regional transit authority is not able to completely defease, refinance, or retire the bonds by March 31, 2020, any existing voterapproved MVETs would

do not want over crowded roads and an under staffed police department. If our infrastructure becomes overwhelmed, then Liberty Lake safety is in jeopardy.

remain unchanged, and the maximum rate of future voter-approved MVETs would be reduced from 0.8% to 0.2%. The measure would also require that any future vehicle taxes, including voter-approved MVETs, be determined by using a vehicle’s base model Kelley Blue Book value. The base value would not include any applicable federal excise taxes, state and local sales and use taxes, transportation or shipping costs, and preparatory and delivery costs. The measure would require the Department of Licensing to use a vehicle’s base model Kelley Blue Book value for any appeal of the valuation of the vehicle.

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City of Liberty Lake Mayor executive management experience overseeing multiple departments, multimillion dollar budgets, and both large and small scale contract negotiations. I won’t be frivolous with our city’s resources. I’ll continue to listen to the members of our community to help best represent our city’s interests. I would be honored to earn your vote.

Shane Brickner

What best qualifies you for this position? I’ve lived in Liberty Lake for 14 years. I love this city, and I believe in giving back to it by doing everything I can to keep it safe and prosperous. I’ve served on our city council for 8 years, including as Mayor Pro Tem for the last four years. I have also served as a volunteer reserve officer with the Liberty Lake Police Department for over 12 years. I have extensive

What is the most important issue that needs to be addressed? When it comes to governing a city, it’s never about a single issue; it’s about the well-being of our city and community as a whole. Community priorities include: PUBLIC SAFETY • Continue to help keep us one of the safest cities in Washington. TRAFFIC PRIORITIES • Street lights and pedestrian crossings on thoroughfares to improve pedestrian safety.

• Traffic lights in the necessary locations, like at Legacy Ridge and Country Vista. • Connect our residents in the River District to the rest of our city by building out the Mission area with sidewalks and bike lanes. • Cohesively working together with our neighboring cities, and DOT to complete the Harvard / Henry overpass projects. RESPONSIBLE BUDGETING AND FISCAL PLANNING • Keep taxes low by making sure projects are done right the first time, avoiding costly do-overs. • Attract new businesses to diversify the city’s tax revenue base to continue our quality city services into the future. Please visit my website and Facebook page for more information. bricknerformayor.com facebook.com/bricknerformayor

Steve Peterson

What best qualifies you for this position?

As Mayor, I have been “working for you”, providing “proven leadership” and knowledge to facilitate efficient utilization of our resources to maintain low taxes, realistic spending and needed investment in capital improvements. My 15 years of public service to Liberty Lake is a record of accomplishment.

Voter registration deadline is October 28th Go to https://weiapplets.sos.wa.gov/MyVote/#/login to get signed up before it is too late!

Ballot mailing begins October 16 and need to be postmarked by November 5 to track to your ballot go to http://www.spokanecounty. org/2994/Track-Your-Ballot

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Liberty Lake is Safe, Clean, Green, Well-run and Financially Secure! It has the amenities that we all seek -- Parks, Trails, Schools, Greenspace and great infrastructure in our roads and utilities. I am delighted to have been at the forefront of ensuring these were brought to our community from the beginning of our City. Today, we have millions of dollars in assets with virtually no debt! Maintaining roads year-round, planning for increased traffic and funding for those improvements have been my top priority. Improvements to Harvard, the Henry Overpass and the corridors of Country Vista and Mission will see construction begin in 2020. Finally, you know me, Charmaine and our dogs Pecos and Rico. Our commitment to this wonderful community is unwavering. I’m asking for your vote to continue “working for you” as your Liberty Lake Mayor. It is my passion and fulltime focus. Let’s keep Liberty Lake --Spokane County’s

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will always ask questions to ensure their taxes are utilized appropriately and efficiently.

We must maintain our community’s growth by supporting the following:

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Entrepreneurs, grow and retain our current retail/ business sector and recruit companies which enhance our job base by providing good paying jobs and stable sales tax revenue.

I feel that firefighter safety is number one. With the valley growing in population and traffic increasing with both residents and non-residents traveling our streets, calls for service increase. I want to ensure that the department is providing the correct staffing levels, correct response with the correct equipment and at the right time. This means having better, more efficient methods of responses and always trying to improve service to the community

Investing and working our Strategic 6-year Plan for the Police Department will keep us staffed and equipped to protect and serve our citizens. We’re currently recognized as Washington’s 5thsafest city! Our partnership with Central Valley Schools maximizing taxpayer dollars by sharing various services as we will have K-12 classes within City boarders.

Valley Fire Department’s Board of Fire Commissioners Position 1, the following are what best qualifies me for this position: I have been serving as the Position 1 Fire Commissioner after being retained in November of 2017 and after being appointed to the position July 2016. I was also elected by the board of fire commissioners to serve as board chair during 2018 & 2019.

Patrick Burch

What best qualifies you for this position? As a candidate for Spokane

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My previous 9 years of volunteer service as a member and team leader with Spokane Valley Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Fire Corps, and 8 years of service in the Navel Reserves, also add to my

Bradley Mertens

What best qualifies you for this position? I have been a part of 6 different emergency service organizations, from across the country. This experience allows innovative ideas to be offered for new problems or even streamlining old issues with concepts from other agencies. I strongly believe that a fire department has a tremendous resource, in using best practices from other departments to help create solutions. For the citizens of Spokane Valley, this would be getting the correct resources, coupled with highly trained personnel rapidly to emergencies. Keeping in mind that the citizens deserve a board that

qualifications as Fire Commissioner. Additional experience comes from my employment with The Boeing Company. I developed lean management skills, and as a financial controller I was responsible for large program budgets. Currently I am the co-owner and business manager of Neurotherapy Northwest, a mental health practice, which has operated successfully for the past 13 years in Spokane Valley. What is the most important issue that needs to be addressed? The most important issue we are facing in our fire district is the growth that we are experiencing throughout

our service area. A priority I have as Fire Commissioner is continued fiscal responsibility while maintaining and improving Spokane Valley Fire Department services to our district as we grow. We continue to look for ways to reduce cost and improve our response times through improvements to processes and better efficient use of equipment. It would be an honor to continue to serve as your Spokane Valley Fire Department Position 1 Fire Commissioner.

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Spokane Valley Fire Commissioner Position 2 active in our church, and deliver meals to seniors. For the last three decades my wife and I have made Spokane Valley our home. Together we have three kids and five grandkids. I’m running for Spokane Valley Fire Commissioner Position 2 because I want to do more for this community I love so much.

Mike Kester

What best qualifies you for this position? As a Veteran Firefighter in the Coast Guard, former ex-officio game warden, and retired railroad conductor for BNSF, I understand our duty to one another in this community. It’s why I have been active on boards like the Safari Club International, volunteer at the YMCA, am

I understand contracts, regulations, and budgets both as a former government employee and as a union member. As someone on a fixed income, you can believe I am going to make sure every dollar of our levy funded fire department is spent wisely. I will ask the tough questions and listen.

the Spokane Valley Fire Commission is focused on safety and fiscal responsibility. We don’t need further lawsuits and poor communication with those on the front line. Our firefighters worked 18 months without a contract, and it took mediation to get the deal done. I believe in listening to all stakeholders and working to bring everyone together for our common goals. I’m proud to be the candidate endorsed by our Spokane Valley Firefighters and I ask for the honor of your vote.

What is the most important issue that needs to be addressed? It is my priority to ensure

Spokane Valley Fire Commissioner Position 4

John Guarisco

What best qualifies you for this position? I am a self-motivated northwest native with a devotion to the local community, the skills to increase economic growth and sustainability, a strong background in sales and marketing, public speaking and years of small-business and entrepreneurial success.

Proven track record of executive leadership through strategic relationship building, careful financial budgets and negotiations, and measurable sales and marketing results. Successful business practices within diverse industries (nonprofit, corporations, local, national, small businesses) to increase overall business development. Years of community involvement served within various local organizations including local Chambers of Commerce, city organizations, and executive boards. Admired presenter and educator, experienced with small to large group speaking and training engagements within schools, businesses, nonprofit organizations like Rotary.

What is the most important issue that needs to be addressed? Keeping Public Safety current with the latest technologies, that will protect both 1st Responders & the public.

Ron Schmidt

What best qualifies you for this position?

The best asset that I bring to this position is my passion for the community and the job. I have continued to work with our board and administration to advance our fire district to a premier status. I am the longest standing board member and as such have knowledge of the workings of the department

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The legislature has proposed a c o n s t i t u t i o n a l amendment concerning legislative powers in times of emergency. This measure would add “catastrophic incidents” to the specified times of emergency that the legislature may take certain immediate actions to ensure continuity of state and local governmental operations.

that I can share with others as we make decisions. What is the most important issue that needs to be addressed? The most important thing that we need to be concerned about is our community growing. As we continue to get more houses and more businesses we need to be able to provide the same level of exceptional service that our community has become accustomed to. But at the same time maintain our fiscal goals and be responsible with our spending.

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Spokane Superior Court Judge Position 12 as an Administrative Law Judge, and most recently 8 years as a Superior Court Commissioner. Throughout my legal career I have been committed to fair and impartial proceedings for everyone who appears in front of me- ensuring the litigants feel heard and that their issues were taken seriously and considered carefully.

Rachelle Anderson

What best qualifies you for this position? I am seeking to retain my position as Spokane County Superior Court Judge Position 12. I am uniquely qualified for this job based on my many years of practice as a family and juvenile law attorney here in Spokane followed by time

Measure Text

The legislature passed Initiative Measure No. 1000 concerning affirmative action and remedying discrimination, and voters have filed a sufficient referendum petition on this act. Initiative 1000 would allow the state to remedy discrimination for certain groups and to implement affirmative action, without the use of quotas or preferential treatment (as defined), in public education, employment, and contracting. The Effect of the Proposed Measure if Approved The public vote on Referendum 88 will decide whether Initiative 1000 (I-1000) becomes law. I-1000 would allow the state to remedy documented discrimination or underrepresentation of disadvantaged groups in public education, employment, and contracting. Whether a group

What is the most important issue that needs to be addressed? As a judicial officer, issues we focus on are ensuring fair proceedings that are nondiscriminatory to any section of our population. I believe the most important issue for the judiciary is to be ever aware of the quality of time and attention we give to the people who appear in front of us.

is disadvantaged would be determined by a valid disparity study or proven in court. I-1000 would also allow affirmative action to increase diversity in public education, public employment, and public contracting. I-1000 would define affirmative action as a policy that considers an individual’s race, sex, ethnicity, national origin, age, sensory, mental or physical disability, or veteran or military status, when selecting qualified persons for opportunities in public education, public employment, and public contracting. Affirmative action would include, for example, recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, outreach, setting and achieving goals and timetables, and other measures to increase diversity. Affirmative action could not be used to impose quotas. In addition, race, sex, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, sensory, mental or physical disability, and veteran or military status could

not be used as the sole qualifying factor to select a less qualified person over a more qualified person. I-1000 would not prohibit state and local government from taking actions needed to establish or maintain eligibility for federal programs. But before such actions could be taken, certain state government officials would have to determine that it was necessary to avoid a material loss of federal funds. I-1000 would also establish a Governor’s commission on diversity, equity, and inclusion. The commission would monitor and enforce agency compliance with I-1000. The commission could propose or oppose legislation. It would publish annual reports on the progress of agencies in achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion in public education, public employment, and public contracting. Various elected and appointed officials would serve on the commission.

Thank you to all of the candidates who took the time to respond and answer our questions for this Special Election Guide. We appreciate the hard work you are putting in and your willingness to serve our commmunity in these public service roles. Thank you to the staff of The Current for your hard work in creating this special feature as a service to our community. Please note that these statements were provided by the candidates or their staff and have been printed ‘as is’ and without any editing by The Splash.

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Lifelong Liberty Lake resident Chloe Bryntesen is all about taking positive strides. Whether excelling as a runner on the Central Valley cross country team or leading the Liberty Lake Youth Commission (LLYC), Bryntesen makes an impact. The junior maintains a 3.95 grade point average and is a member of Key Club and National Honor Society. She is also part of CV’s Leadership Class executive team, helping plan events and fundraisers. As chair of LLYC, Brsyntesen has contributed to service projects benefiting Salvation Army and Liberty Creek Elementary. With fellow student Natalie Alva, she helped restore LLYC in 2018 after a hiatus of several years. She has lettered in cross country and track the past two seasons and ran a personal best of 20 minutes, 8 seconds this season (5K). Bryntesen would like to pursue a career as an elementary school teacher.

You could say Tyler Hunter is off to a fast start this cross country season. The Central Valley senior set a school record on a 2.5-mile course at the Highlander Invite on Sept. 14, finishing in 12 minutes, 36 seconds. Hunter took first in a dual meet against Gonzaga Prep and Ferris four days later, setting the pace on the 5K (3.1-mile) trek at 16 minutes, 32 seconds. The Liberty Lake resident is a three-year letter winner in cross country and track. He placed 26th at the state 4A cross country meet last year, part of CV’s runnerup finish. At Nike Cross Regionals, Hunter completed the 5K course in 16 minutes, 10 seconds, helping CV advance to Nike Cross Nationals. The senior has a personal best of 4 minutes, 19 seconds in the mile. He maintains a 4.0 grade point average.

The Liberty Lake Municipal Library will soon be the home of a unique quilt courtesy of longtime resident and master quilter Judi Owens. The quilt served as a unique fundraiser for Friends of the Library and will be displayed in perpetuity. It’s just one of the many contributions Owens has made to the community since moving to Liberty Lake in 1992 with her husband Charlie. She was a member of the Liberty Lake City Council starting in the incorporation year of 2001 until 2011. Owens worked for the Central Valley School District for nearly 30 years and from 2008 to 2011 and served as president of the Public School Employees of Washington. She was also a representative on the Washington State Investment Board. Owens belongs to five quilting groups. She and Charlie are proud parents of two grown children.





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Rotary pair help others during decades of perfect attendance effort to eradicate polio around the By Nina Culver Splash Contributor

There’s something about the Rotary Club that inspires members to stick around for decades, and according to two longtime Greater Spokane Valley Rotary members, that something is the ability to help others. “I love Rotary,” said Ron Schoenberger, who has been a member for 51 years. “You’re going to help the world. You become a part of humanity.” “Everyone needs an outlet to help others, and Rotary is good for that,” said 41-year member Tom Markson. “I think it’s a collective opportunity to serve your fellow man. It’s your biggest bang for the buck. You can just do so much more collectively than you can do yourself.” Markson arrived in Spokane Valley in 1968 to be the administrator of the brand-new Spokane Valley General Hospital, which is now MultiCare Valley Hospital. He later joined the Spokane Valley Rotary. “I think it was the thing to do if you were in business,” he said. Schoenberger started with the Spokane East Rotary, which merged with the Spokane Valley group two years ago. He said one of the things he liked most about Rotary was its

world. It’s an effort that was joined by the Gates Foundation several years ago. When Rotary started, there were between 250,000 and 300,000 new cases of polio every year. Last year that was down to 25, with a few pockets of the disease remaining. “Rotarians have gotten killed in countries trying to inoculate kids,” Schoenberger said. “In two or three years, there will be no more polio in the world.” In recent years, with the waning of polio cases, fundraising efforts have shifted to drilling wells around the world to give communities clean water. But not all the charity is carried out in far-flung corners of the world. Much of it is close to home. Twenty years ago, Shoenberger’s club started an effort to build a small house on wheels that the Spokane Fire Department could use to teach children what to do if there was a fire in their home. They spent $20,000 on the effort before they ran out of money. “We had no idea how much it would cost,” he said. “Downtown Rotary took it over and it cost $110,000 when it was done.” Schoenberger’s club also started

selling corn on the cob and soda at the Spokane County fair 27 years ago as a fundraiser. Since then, they’ve added baked potatoes and turkey legs. The effort was taken over by the Spokane Valley Rotary when the two clubs merged. “We sell between 5,000 and 7,000 ears of corn, 2,500 baked potatoes and 2,000 turkey legs,” he said. “We make most of our money on pop. Last year was our best year.” That money has gone to organizations like the Spokane Guild School, Meals on Wheels and the HOPE School for the deaf. Rotary East also used to hand out food baskets at Thanksgiving and Easter and give away books to school children. Meanwhile the Spokane Valley Rotary was also helping Meals on Wheels and the food bank as well as giving out college scholarships. The club also built the original Spokane Valley Senior Center on Mission, Markson said. But perhaps his favorite Rotary effort has been the annual breakfast with Santa the group hosts. “We’ve had a lot of projects,” he said. Schoenberger was in the insurance business for 55 years and said it was an early business partner who first took him to a Rotary meeting. “You couldn’t join Rotary,” he said. “You had to be invited. He would invite me once a month, and I loved it.” He joined in 1967. He’s not only

been an active member since then, he’s never missed a meeting. Every Rotary club meets on Wednesdays, and even when he is out of town, Schoenberger finds a Rotary meeting to attend. “Everyone was expected to have a high attendance record,” he said. Back then, members wore suits and ties to meetings. Women weren’t allowed in until 1988. “Before that it was the old boys club,” he said. The emphasis on perfect attendance has waned in recent years, but Schoenberger is proud of his 51-year record. He even managed to maintain his record despite some surgeries. He said he’s had Rotary meetings in his hospital room and his home. “You can’t go to Rotary when you have a new hip, so they come to you,” he said. Though he’s 84, Schoenberger has no plans to quit his involvement in Rotary. “I have no intentions at all of quitting,” he said. “When the good Lord takes me, that’ll be the end of it.” Markson, 87, is also proud of his perfect attendance record. “Once you start, it’s like you’ve got this record of attendance,” he said. “It’s fun to do it and a challenge to do it.” Markson said he’s also found lifelong friendships in Rotary. “It’s so fulfilling,” he said. “You have to emphasize service above self and be willing to participate. Membership in Rotary is not a spectator sport.”

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Bears roll to undefeated start on gridiron By Craig Howard Splash Contributing Editor

Offensive variety and precision have defined the start of the 2019 football season for the Central Valley Bears. Take the first touchdown CV scored against Ferris on Sept. 20 at Albi Stadium in a matchup of the only remaining undefeated teams in the Greater Spokane League. Senior quarterback Matt Gabbert led a 16-play drive that included completions to Carter Childress, Cameron Sheley and Cole Vinson

spanning 61 total yards. Senior tailback Ryan Harper concluded the march with a scamper into the endzone, and the Bears were on their way to a 17-7 win and a 3-0 start. “Balance is always nice,” said CV’s fourth-year head coach, Ryan Butner. “When teams scout you, they can’t emphasize one thing more than another. Butner said his squad is not taking anything for granted after the Ferris victory and impressive non-league wins against Puget Sound prep powers Bellevue and

Garfield. “For us, it’s about alignment and assignment,” he said. “After Bellevue, we knew we had to clean up a lot of stuff.” Gabbert returns after a solid junior campaign and a pair of broken collarbones in his previous two seasons. Butner said patience and accuracy will be keys to the senior signal-caller’s success. “We talked about completion percentage going into this year,” Butner said. “It wasn’t where it needed to be. You also look at the fact that Matt hasn’t had a bunch of snaps.” So far, Gabbert has been on target. He completed 27 of 36 attempts for 342 yards and four

Photo by Erik Smith Photography Central Valley senior quarterback Matt Gabbert evades pressure while making a throw during CV’s 40-39 come-frombehind win over Garfield High School in September.

touchdowns in the 40-39 win over Garfield and was 19 of 26 for 228 yards and two scores against Ferris. “That part of his game has been great so far, just understanding the route that’s called and his reads, pre-and post-snap,” Butner said. Gabbert has an offer on the table from the University of Idaho for football but is also a standout baseball player, excelling as a pitcher and third baseman. Timely defensive play has also been a catalyst in CV’s early season. Carsen Raab picked off a Ferris pass with just over a minute to go, securing the first league victory. Raab caught a 29yard touchdown pass earlier in the game. The Bears also had two critical stops in the red zone against the Saxons, including a fourth-andone on their own 4-yard line with just under three minutes left. In the Garfield game at CV on Sept. 14, the Bears clawed back from a 27-7 deficit led by Sheley, who finished with nine catches for 174 yards and two touchdowns. Chad Carlson dashed 82 yards for a score in the third quarter that sparked the Bears’ comeback. Once again, opportunistic defense sealed the victory as Josh Lawson intercepted a Garfield pass with the clock showing just over a minute left. CV handed Bellevue its worst home loss in four years on Sept. 7, securing the season opener 2710. A year earlier, the Wolverines bested the Bears 18-7. Gabbert led the way this time around, throwing for four touchdowns and 176 yards. In 2018, the westside powerhouse piled up 322 yards on the ground against CV. This year, the Bears’ defense sparkled in the win, holding Bellevue’s vaunted option offense to 147 yards. “Our defense was phenomenal,” Butner said.

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The Splash The defensive line is reinforced by a collection of seniors, including Tate Cornell, Brad Fillis, Preston Grote and Kody Vaughn. A pair of sophomores – Brandon Thomas and Trevor Gravelle – have stepped up quickly as starting middle linebackers. The secondary is bolstered by Carlson, a dynamic cornerback in addition to his role as a receiver. Butner compared the senior to Nate McFarlane, a standout on CV’s 1997 state title team who went on to play at Eastern Washington University. Sophomore Nick Saunders joins Carlson in the Bears’ second layer of defense. Landon Rehkow, senior punter and kicker, follows in the footsteps of brothers Austin and Ryan, who both landed on Division I rosters at Idaho and BYU, respectively. CV finished 6-4 last year after losing nine All-GSL players from the 2017 roster, including offensive MVP Grant Hannan, who stepped in at quarterback after Gabbert was injured in the first game. The Bears from two years ago lost the season opener against Lake City before going three months without a loss. The team complied a 10-2 record and reached the state 4A semifinals in Butner’s second year as the head coach. It was the program’s best finish outside of the state championship team. Butner, a 1996 CV grad who was an assistant to Rick Giampietri for 18 years before taking over in 2016, said he sees similarities between the 2017 final four squad and this year’s group. “The characteristic that comes to mind is how well they all get along,” Butner said. The top two 4A teams in the GSL will advance to crossover games against representatives from the Mid-Columbia Conference with winners moving on to the state bracket of 16. Butner points to Gonzaga Prep, Mead and Ferris as CV’s toughest competition for the GSL crown. “Our expectation is that we’re always going to compete for a league championship,” Butner said.

CV soccer starts strong By Steve Christilaw From the Sidelines

A year ago, the Central Valley girls soccer team finished one game shy of the state championship game, falling 2-1 to Camas in the semifinals. The Bears beat Issaquah, 3-2, to finish third at state. Had the Bears pulled out a win over the Papermakers, they would have faced Skyline in the finals. The Spartans knocked off Camas, 2-1. It’s a year later, and it was a warm September day instead of a mid-November evening, but the Bears got a measure of where they stand in 2019 by knocking off the defending state champions 5-1 in a nonleague game at CV, thanks, in part, to a three-goal hat trick by sophomore Zoe Crockett. Junior forward Chloe Williams added two goals and an assist. CV graduated three All-Greater Spokane League midfielders from last year’s squad but return five starters and nine letter winners. Drew Scott and Clair Hoffman combined to shutout Wenatchee on the road in the nonleague opener and allowed just one goal against Skyline, dividing time in goal. ••• Central Valley found its fast start to the football season by playing programs from the Greater Seattle area. Quarterback Matt Gabbert threw for 176 yards and four touchdowns as the Bears handed long-time state power Bellevue its worst homefield loss since 2015, 27-10. Completing a home-and-home series with the Wolverines, the Bears were ground down by Bellevue’s running game in last season’s opening game, giving up 322 yards on the ground in an 18-7 loss. Gabbert attempted just 16 passes in the win, completing nine for an average of better than 20 yards per catch. Cameron Sheley and Carsen Raab each caught two touchdown

passes, with Sheley hauling in a 77-yard score with four minutes left in the third quarter. Ryan Harper carried 19 times for 70 yards while the CV defense held the run-oriented Wolverines to just 147 yards on 42 carries. A week later, after a uneven first three penalty-filled quarters, the Bears trailed 33-14 going into the fourth quarter at home against Seattle’s Garfield. CV then outscored the visiting Bulldogs 26-6 in the fourth quarter to pull out a 40-39 win for a 2-0 start to the season. This time, Gabbert was asked to shoulder a bigger load and completed 27 of 36 passes and threw four touchdown passes in the final period, hitting from 24, 12, 51 and 81 yards -– the last two to Sheley. Josh Lawson sealed the win with an interception in the final minute. •••

Second-year CV head coach Doug Pecha has four All-GSL runners back for the 2019 girls cross country season, led by state qualifier and second-team pick Olivia Sine. Senior Anessa Yim and sophomores Savannah Pratt and Sarah Pecha also return. Normally that kind of experience is enough to vault you into a state championship conversation. In the always tough GSL, however, that’s only good enough to make you the third-most talented squad. ••• The Central Valley boys cross country squad was hit hard by graduation after a runner-up finish at last year’s state Class 4A meet under first-year coach Geoff Arte. The Bears lost first-team AllGSL picks Ryan Kline and Ethan Peters among the 20 seniors in last year’s program. Taylor Hunter returns to lead what should be a solid Bears squad after placing 226th at state.

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Softball greats stand the test of time By Mike Vlahovich The Final Point

The seventh annual Spokane Metro Softball Hall of Fame induction banquet last month was akin to a 50-year high school reunion where a bunch of gray hairs (for those who still had hair) re-live their good old days. Except some of these gray hairs are still playing! Guys like Buster Dickinson, whose rookie year was listed as 1964. For crying out loud, he’s still at it 55 years later. Krista Forester’s rookie year was 1970. She’s still playing 49 years later. Karl LeBret? Rookie year 1972, and still playing. Jack Parker, rookie year 1974, still playing. Tom Adams, rookie year 1975, still playing. I suspect they need an hourglass to time their journey around the bases. Recreational softball, they attest, is life. I played against Adams back in the day and have been out of

action for nearly 25 years. Ripped a calf muscle back then (rehabbed it in time to play in a regional 50over tournament in Portland and thereafter wisely hung it up). Could you imagine still playing at age 75? A couple of guys have tried to get me out of retirement. I’d need oxygen and a defibrillator at the ready. But I digress. I had covered and played and “coached” three of the newest Hallof-Famers back in the day; West Valley graduate Peggy (Almquist) Wells and Kevin and Jim Olson from University. It was Peggy who invited me and my wife, Tambra (my first star recruit), to the induction ceremony at the Eagles Lodge downtown, two of her 20plus family members and friends in attendance. A third, Peggy’s then-Eagles slowpitch softball coach Steve Kent, allowed he knew nothing about the game, only that it helped get him a job teaching at his alma mater and eventually becoming the Eagles

football coach – his comfort zone. But he must have known something because his Eagles girls made numerous trips to state in softball, finishing second three times, the first in 1985, Peggy’s senior year. She said she began by playing youth baseball with a brother before joining Spokane Valley Girls Softball, the organization founded by Sal Jackson, Babe Wehr and Noreen Sale. She met her Ken Wells through softball, got her mathematics degree, taught and coached volleyball at her alma mater and currently teaches at Freeman. Softball obsessed, the couple began an odyssey that has taken them to tournaments in Georgia (twice), Texas, Minnesota, Florida, sharing a national title when a windstorm shortened the tournament. She played in a fastpitch tournament in New York, but prefers slowpitch women’s and co-ed. “It’s a hitter’s game, right?” says Wells, who pointed out they played as many as four nights a week in

their heyday. I can relate. Back in the day, Tam and I were doing the same: county men, women, co-ed softball with an occasional weekend tournament mixed in. As coach and sportswriter, I had a recruiting advantage, and we were pretty successful. The Olsons were University High athletes who I covered, and they, too, became teammates on our men’s team. (Can you see a pattern in my life? Pretty one dimensional.) According to the program, they began playing softball in 1971 and 1977, respectively, and retired in 2002. Lightweights! Peggy continued playing through 2005, according to the Hall of Fame program. Their son, Hunter, also a WV graduate, was drafted by Miami in 2016 and pitched professional baseball until injury ended his career this season. “I really didn’t look at it as being an athlete,” Peggy says of her softball odyssey. “I loved to win, but for me it was the relationships. People don’t understand. I don’t know if anybody will have what we had.”


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What is your level of ‘response-ability’? By Verne Reed Guest Columnist

What do you think of when you hear the word “responsibility”? I hear my mother’s voice sternly questioning, “Who is responsible for this mess?” As badly as I wanted to blame my little brother, I knew it was my doing. The responsible thing to do was to own my actions. Besides, I knew I would be in more trouble if my mom found out I was blaming someone else for something I had done. A responsible person accepts the consequences of their own actions and decisions. They consciously make decisions that seek to improve themselves or to help others. I like Steven Covey’s insights: “Look at the word responsibility – ‘response-ability’ – the ability to choose your response. Highly proactive people recognize that responsibility. They do not blame circumstances, conditions or conditioning for their behavior.

Their behavior is a product of their own conscious choice, based on values, rather than a product of their conditions, based on feeling.” I remember enforcing this concept with my 5-year-old son after he accidently broke a window. My goal was to make sure he knew I was not mad at him or that he was in trouble. None the less, the window was broken, and he was the one that broke it. I helped him accept the blame and find a way to make things right. Responsibility is a character trait that can be acquired or strengthened. We can all learn to be more responsible and help others within our stewardship to become more responsible. Children learn by watching adults. When they see their parents, teachers, leaders, etc. demonstrating responsible behavior, they are more likely to model what they see. Just like my 5-year-old son, we have all made mistakes or said things we wish

we could take back. The point is to assume the consequences and learn and grow from them. A highly developed sense of responsibility does not come overnight. It starts with a decision to improve and a committed effort. When we or the children in our lives make less than responsible choices, it is time for an honest evaluation of the action and a renewed commitment to do better. Becoming a responsible person requires each of us to make choices in alignment with many other PACE character traits: Respect, Citizenship,

Caring, Fairness, Honesty, Diligence, Trustworthiness, Courage and Integrity. Eleanor Roosevelt said it best: “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” Verne Reed recently retired from 43 years as an educator for children with special needs. He is the PACE president for the 2019-2020 school year. He and his wife, Ann, are volunteers at the Airway Heights Correctional Facility.


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This summer, when I heard about the upcoming mayoral election happening in Liberty Lake, I couldn’t help but be excited. Having just turned 18 in June, this was my chance to take part in an election that would directly affect the town I have loved since third grade. Recalling what I had learned in my high school government class, I strove to learn what I could about both candidates. I quickly concluded that both Shane Brickner and Steve Peterson are more than qualified to be mayor. Both men show a love for this city that is unparalleled. What it then came down to for me was the type of person each candidate was. The problem would be measuring this. Thankfully, this problem was solved for me. On a recent weekend, a man came to the door handing out flyers for Steve Peterson’s campaign. Normally, this wouldn’t strike any chords for me as I’ve worked on canvassing campaigns before, and this was nothing out of the ordinary for them. What did take me by surprise was the fact that the man handing out flyers was Steve Peterson himself. Immediately, I took this as a chance to really find out the type of person our mayor was. So I texted the number on the flyer and asked rather straightforwardly why I should vote for Mayor Peterson over Mr. Brickner. To my surprise, within five minutes of my text being sent, I was getting a call from the mayor. We proceeded to have a roughly 20-minute conversation about how he feels this city could continue to grow as well as what he and his team have done for this city in the four terms he’s been in office. This interaction immediately rubbed off on me. Too often, I feel as if many adults brush off the worries of those younger than them as naïve or uninformed, and here was the mayor of our city taking time out of his busy day just to talk to a young adult of the community about his policies and vision. Furthermore, four days later, after doing some more research, I texted Mayor Peterson again asking him if he happened to be in the office that day so I could ask him some more questions. Once again, he promptly answered my text inviting me to come in and talk with him.

I jumped at this opportunity and, during our appointment, asked him many questions not only about what his vision for the city is but also about many of the critiques that those who oppose him have cited against him. Every question I had was quickly and succinctly answered with detail and poise. I was amazed. In front of me was a man who truly loves this city and has worked for years, along with his team, to turn it into the incredible city it is today. Evidently, both candidates got back with me very quickly to address my questions and concerns about their respective views for the city. Both men are stellar citizens who have aided this city’s growth for years on end. Both epitomize leadership, albeit in different forms. For me personally, Mayor Steve has my vote if not just for the fact that I have seen Liberty Lake grow exponentially since I first moved here, and I must give Mayor Steve and his team a lot of the credit for that. I, for one, feel confident that the city of Liberty Lake will be in great hands at the end of this election regardless of who wins. But my vote is for Mayor Steve Peterson. Noah Reneau Liberty Lake

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Centennial Trail mile dedicated to Philip Mezey By Linda Ball Splash Contributor

Liberty Lake’s Itron may have humble beginnings, but it has grown to become an international company with over 8,000 customers in more than 100 countries. Itron was a spin-off of Washington Water Power based in Hauser, Idaho, when it started in 1977. The name is a result of it being called Idaho Electronics in Hauser. The company grew through a series of acquisitions, including Itron’s acquisition of Silicon Energy, where Philip Mezey began working in 2000. When Itron acquired it in 2003, Mezey came along as well. He was appointed CEO in January 2013, retiring Aug. 31. “Itron has strengthened its position as a leading provider of technology and services solutions to utilities and cities globally, accelerated its pace of innovation and streamlined its operations

footprint and efficiency” under Mezey’s leadership, said a company spokesperson. Although Itron has become a worldwide success, the heart of the company is very much cemented in the Liberty Lake/Spokane area, said Alison Mallahan, the company’s senior public relations manager. Mezey was appreciated by all who worked with him, so with his retirement approaching, ideas were tossed around as to how to honor him. Mezey was and Itron is very engaged in the community, and one of the things he enjoyed most was walking and running – including on the nearby Centennial Trail. Mallahan said he would often go for walks before earnings reports to clear his mind. Mezey’s administrative assistant, Eryn McCulloch, who came with him from Silicon Energy, thought dedicating a mile

of the Centennial Trail to Mezey would be a fitting honor, so Callie Bendickson, Itron’s community engagement manager, reached out to the Friends of the Centennial Trail board of directors to propose dedicating a mile of the trail to him. Only two other people have had that honor, one of them being Tom Foley, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. The other was Clyde Anderson, a retiree who was with Inland Empire Paper and was also on the board for the Washington State Parks and Recreation commission. Loreen McFaul, executive director of Friends of the Centennial Trail, said Anderson brokered the land swap between Inland Empire Paper with Washington State Parks and Recreation to secure the trail from the Idaho border all the way west to Argonne. The mile now dedicated to Mezey -- miles two to three (the trail starts at zero at the Idaho/ Washington border) -- had been adopted by Itron in 2001, so the company had already been invested in it. “When Itron was planning to honor him, we were able to brainstorm ways to pull something

Submitted photos Itron CEO Philip Mezey retired Aug. 31. To honor him, Itron dedicated a mile of the Centennial Trail that runs through Liberty Lake in his name.

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together,” McFaul said. “It was really a natural fit because the stewardship was already formed.” She said that Itron employees come out in force every spring for clean-up, and they have really taken ownership of the mile. She said Itron is “an exceptional organization with exceptional people.” She said the Itron team has taken ownership of the mile, and that they are very good stewards of the mile. Itron encourages its employees to get out and be active with its “Itron Fit” program, so that added significance to the honor. Apparently there has been vandalism along portions of the trail, so they will monitor any malfeasance as well. McFaul said the Friends board is delighted with the partnership. When the mile was dedicated to Mezey Aug. 6, he was presented with a replica of the mile marker, then he passed the baton to the new CEO, Tom Dietrich, who had been Itron’s executive vice-president and COO since October 2015. Mallahan said Mezey was very touched with the dedication. All the employees then walked the mile, which is actually a four-mile trek round trip because it’s a mile to the beginning of the Mezey mile from the trailhead. After everyone else walked it, Mezey walked it by himself. The company also had a fun run dedicated to their former boss, who has remained on as an advisor until the end of the year. Lynda Ziegler, chairman of Itron’s Board of Directors, said that under Mezey’s leadership, Itron became an industry leader. “On behalf of the board, the management team and our 8,000 employees, we thank Philip for his dedication and leadership over nearly 18 years of service to Itron.” Itron is not only a leader in automated meter reading and an innovator in advanced metering.

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