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Spring Classes & Leagues • Coed Dodgeball League – Friday nights, ages 16+ • 3-on-3 Basketball League – Monday nights, ages 18+ • Zumba Aerobics Classes – Mon-Fri nights & Sat a.m. • KidFit Dance – Classes available throughout the week • Speed Fit Training – M/W/F/Sat a.m., Tues/Thurs p.m. • Open Gym Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Soccer

Other Events • Jumpers for Japan – March 27th 12pm-4pm RSVP • Zumbathon to benefit the American Heart Association – April 1st 6pm-8pm • Headlining Newsboys & Kutless – May 15th

For more information and details visit or call 509-927-0602 We provide events that have a positive impact on youth and the community!

Michelle Griffin took over as Liberty Lake’s recreation coordinator when the previous position holder resigned late last year. Since stepping in, she’s hit the ground running, planning programs for area residents of all ages. Always eager to take on important tasks and new challenges, Griffin stays busy year round. The Splash recently snagged a moment of her time to talk about some of the work that goes on behind the scenes of local community events and programs.

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What exactly are your responsibilities in this new position?

I’m the recreation coordinator so I do facility reservations and program registrations for our recreation programs. I meet with Friends of Pavillion Park, Liberty Lake Community Tennis Association and the master gardeners. The Historical Society is going to work with us on Liberty Lake Days this year, so that’ll be great. Q: What are you working on right now? A: I’m getting the community garden going at Rocky Hill Park, so we’ll be able to

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start taking registrations for that soon. It will be free and we’ll have classes through the Master Gardeners — they’ll be the educational component. I’m excited about that. One of the boxes will be a children’s box, so the CHILL day camp kids will be able to grow their own organic food. Q: What are some of your goals as recreation coordinator? A: One of my goals is to have the camp kids eat more organic foods. I’d like to cut out a lot of the cookies and chips, even though it’s a lot cheaper to go that way, and try to incorporate more healthy foods into that program. Another one of the things I’d like to do is have more programming for seniors and those with disabilities. I think that’s where

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

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

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

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

MarcH 24 noon: liberty lake Centennial rotary meeting, denny ashlock Building, 22510 e. Mission ave. MarcH 25 7 a.m.: economic development meeting between City Council, mayor and business leaders, twisp Cafe, 23505 e. appleway ave., Suite 100 11 a.m.: liberty lake poetry Club, liberty lake Municipal library, 23123 e. Mission ave. 4 p.m.: Movie release party, liberty lake Municipal library MarcH 26 1 p.m.: edible book contest, liberty lake Municipal library MarcH 27 noon-4 p.m.: Jumpers for Japan, huB Sports Center, 19619 e. Cataldo MarcH 28 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Wta trail work party, liberty lake County park 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: liberty lake Senior lunch program, liberty lake City hall, 22710 e. Country Vista drive 6:30 p.m.: Central Valley School Board meeting, 19307 e. Cataldo MarcH 29 8:30 a.m.: liberty lake Women’s 18-hole Club General Meeting and registration, liberty lake Golf Course clubhouse, 24403 e. Sprague ave. 6 p.m.: friendS of the ll Municipal library meeting, 23123 e. Mission ave. MarcH 30 6:45 a.m.: liberty lake Kiwanis meeting, liberty lake City hall 10 a.m.: trailhead ladies Golf Club season kick off, trailhead Clubhouse, 1102 n. liberty lake road 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: liberty lake Senior lunch program, liberty lake City hall 5:45 p.m.: liberty lake toastmasters, denny ashlock Building

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Community Briefs Rotary hosts wildlife speaker The Rotary will hear Marilyn Omler speak on wildlife rehabilitation during the meeting at noon today (March 24) at the Denny Ashlock Building, 22510 E. Mission Ave. An optional lunch is available for $10. The March 24 meeting will be a club day where the group will discuss upcoming projects and issues as well as educate members about the Rotary. The public is invited to attend.

Library plans ‘Wimpy Kid’ event The Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave., is hosting a movie release party for “Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2” on Friday at 4 p.m. In addition, kids ages 6 to 16 can enter a comic/cartoon contest. Rules are available at under the programs and activities link. The deadline to enter is today (March 24). Winners will be announced at the movie release party, and participants must be present to win. Prizes include a book, a movie pass and a Barnes and Noble gift card.

Create an edible book The fourth annual edible book contest will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Entries can be submitted by families, individuals or kids and must be 90 percent edible. A complete set of rules and additional information can be found at www. under the programs and activities link. The public is welcome to view and vote for their favorite edible creations.

WTA holds trail work day The Washington Trails Association is holding a trail work party at Liberty Lake County Park, south of the city, on Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The public is invited to help get the lower elevation trails in shape for the new hiking season. Efforts will be concentrated on restoring a section of the trail along Lib-

erty Creek which sustained damage due to beavers. For more information, call 206-6251367 or go to trail-work-parties.

FOPP offers scholarships Applications for 2011-2012 Friends of Pavillion Park scholarships are due Tuesday. Scholarships, which range from $500 to $1,500, are open to students who plan to pursue post-high education. They are available to students who are Liberty Lake residents or have a parent, guardian or grandparent who are residents. Applications are available at For more information, call Rand Hatch at 255-6174 or David Himebaugh at 994-7933.

Kiwanis to hear about financial strategies during recession Investment advisor Jim Simmons will speak on financial strategies during the recession at the Liberty Lake Kiwanis meeting at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista. The public is invited to attend.

Support group to meet A support group for families affected by neurological disorders will meet at 6:30 p.m. on March 31 at Palenque Mexican Restaurant, 1102 N. Liberty Lake Road. The focus of the group, called Different Not Less, is sharing resources and experiences, building friendships and raising community awareness. It provides support for families with children affected by highfunctioning neurological disorders such Asbergers syndrome, attention deficit, Turret's syndrome, obsessive compulsive and others. This meeting is for adults only, although some future meetings may include other family members. While childcare is not available, interested participants are encouraged to RSVP and indicate their need for childcare.

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Police Report the following incidents, arrests, calls for service and citations were reported by the liberty lake police department March 14-21.

Incidents and arrests • Fatal car vs. pedestrian accident — on March 19 at 10:05 p.m., Washington State police requested llpd’s assistance with reports of a female walking into traffic on interstate 90, just west of the state line. While checking the area, the responding officer noticed a vehicle pulled over on the shoulder with emergency flashers on. the subject, sitting outside her car, said she hit something on the freeway causing damage to the car. the officer went back on the freeway and observed a female laying on her side on the shoulder of the freeway. Medics pronounced the woman dead at the scene. WSp took over the investigation. • Domestic violence — a 39-year-old liberty lake man was arrested at 7:45 p.m. March 14 at the 200 block of north legacy ridge drive for second degree domestic violence assault. llpd received a 911 call regarding a physical assault between a male and female at the residence. during the investigation, it was determined a felony occurred, and the male subject was taken into custody and booked into jail. the victim was transported to the hospital and treated for her injuries. • Tampering with a fire alarm — a 46-year-old liberty lake man was arrested at 11:15 a.m. March 15 at StCu for tampering with a fire alarm. officers were dispatched to the location for a trespasser who reportedly entered a secured area without authorization. When employees contacted the man, he refused to leave. While being escorted out, he activated the fire alarm causing the evacuation of the building and a fire department response. • DUi — llpd was called to assist Washington State police with a reckless driver headed east on interstate 90 near the Sullivan road exit at 7:45 p.m. March 15. the llpd officer observed and stopped the suspect vehicle until WSp could arrive. once on scene, WSp arrested the driver for dui. • Missing person — at 5 p.m. March 15, police received a report of an adult with alzheimer’s missing from his home in the 2300 block of remington lane. officers searched the area and located the man after about an hour. he was taken home to his wife. • Driving with suspended license — a 34-year old otis orchards man was arrested at 10:15 a.m. March 15 at harvard road and Mission avenue for driving while his license was suspended.

• Two-car accident — at 3:45 p.m. March 15, llpd responded to a two-car non-injury accident blocking traffic at Madson Street and appleway avenue. the at-fault driver was issued citations for failing to yield and expired vehicle registration. • False reporting — a 21-year-old Blanchard, idaho, man was arrested March 16 at the liberty lake police department for false reporting. earlier that day at 2:30 p.m., police received report of an accident at the 25000 block of east hawkstone loop. upon arrival, officers located a vehicle with severe front-end damage and both air bags deployed. the vehicle appeared to have been abandoned, and officers made several attempts to contact the registered owner with no success. at 4:15 p.m., dispatch advised llpd officers that the registered owner called to report the car stolen. after the owner came to the police department to be interviewed about the incident, it was determined he made up the story about his car being stolen, and it was him who crashed the car and fled the scene. • residential burglary — at noon on March 16, llpd received report of a residential burglary at the 19700 block of east nora avenue. the complainant reported that sometime within the previous hour, someone entered her house through the garage door while she was gone. Computers, video gaming consoles, a shotgun, ipods, jewelry and a road bike were taken from the residence. the complainant provided a possible suspect and detective ray Bourgeois is following up on the investigation. • Theft — a 19-year-old liberty lake man was arrested at 4:30 p.m. March 16 at Safeway for theft. While conducting follow up on another issue in the area, detective ray Bourgeois saw the man running from the store with something concealed under his sweatshirt. With the suspect running directly toward him, Bourgeois identified himself as an officer and told the suspect to stop and lift up his sweatshirt. the suspect did not comply and Bourgeois drew his weapon, thinking the suspect may have been concealing a weapon. When the suspect finally complied with Bourgeois’ commands, he revealed a bottle of wine he admittedly stole from the store. the wine was valued at $9.99. • Malicious mischief — at 4 p.m. March 16, llpd received report of a malicious mischief incident at the 25000 block of hawkstone loop. unknown suspects appeared to have cut perimeter fencing to a construction area, and five construction vehicles were vandalized with spray paint and windows were broken out.

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News Briefs McCaslin services set Memorial services for Bob McCaslin, former state senator, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at University High School, 12420 E. 32nd Ave. in Spokane Valley. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to your favorite charity in memory of Sen. Bob McCaslin.

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Construction begin Monday to wid3/4 page.will Full color en Interstate 90 from Barker Road to Sullivan Road. x 11.5" h 7.33"w The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and Acme Concrete Paving Inc. will work to add a third advertise@libertylakesplash.c lane in each direction through this 2.8-mile stretch of I-90. According to a press release, traffic will flow with two lanes in each direction throughout most of the construction. The legal speed limit will be reduced for the duration of the project, and there will be some occasional lane restrictions during evening or overnight hours. Construction is predicted to take about 30 weeks, with the project’s completion estimated by late fall. “This portion of I-90 was designed and built in the early to mid 1950s, and traffic volumes have grown significantly over the past half century,” WSDOT Administrator Keith Metcalf said. “As construction funding becomes available, we hope to continue this widening process in stages, to Liberty Lake and eventually to the Idaho border.” For more information, go to wsdot.

County golf courses open Spokane County announced last week that two of the three county golf courses are now open. MeadowWood Golf Course, 24501 E. Valleyway Ave., and Liberty Lake Golf Course, 24403 E. Sprague Ave., opened last week. Hangman Valley in Spokane is scheduled to open on Friday. For more information, go to or call 477-4730.

Court upholds decision about lake shoreline violations A lawsuit filed by Liberty Lake residents Lloyd and Linda Herman against Spokane County and the state of Washington was dismissed last week. The Division III Court of Appeals upheld a superior court judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the Hermans, who have been fighting with regulators for years over the expansion of a boat dock and building up of their property along East Tum Tum Drive. Appellate judges also upheld a $30,000 fine against Herman from the state for not complying with a state order to undo several construction projects in 2004 that violated county shoreline regulations.

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Obituary Bonnie Ann (Lincoln) Sawatzki (June 21, 1943 - March 18, 2011) Bonnie was born June 21, 1943, to the late Willard Lincoln and Annabelle Tyler Lincoln in the Haight neighborhood of San Francisco. She was a fourth generation Californian. She died in her sleep March SAWATZKI 18, 2011, in her Liberty Lake home of 40 years, surrounded by family and others who have loved her since they have known her. Her parents were teachers, and her family spent summers traveling throughout the American West. Weeks on end were spent on the Russian River in northern California, as her dad played trumpet in a resort dance band. Other "band kids," along with her tagalong little sister, Nancy, had the run of the resort. Bonnie and Nancy's duets of “Show Me the Way to Go Home” earned milkshake vouchers at youth talent contests. Bonnie's family moved to the suburbs, where she attended Capuchino and Mills high schools. After graduating from San Mateo Community College, Bonnie returned to the city, San Francisco. In the city, Bonnie worked for Bechtel Corporation, where she was soon promoted from the typing pool to be the specifications typist for the engineering department that designed Hanford's Fast Flux reactor. Bonnie was fully engaged in the city's unique cultural and entertainment activities, including seeing Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and others perform at Golden Gate Park. Bonnie met Bill in San Francisco in 1967,

"The Summer of Love." They became engaged in Hawaii in 1969 and married that same year in Millbrae, Calif. A resident of Liberty Lake since 1970, Bonnie became a member of both of the Liberty Lake garden clubs and was an active officer and volunteer for their various charity projects. She cherished the support and friendships from those organizations, as she did from her 35-year membership in Beta Sigma Phi. She was also very active and certainly beloved by her husband's Mensa group. In April of 2010, she was diagnosed with a completely undeserved metastasized lung cancer. She determined to live life with “informed denial.” She treated the cancer with state-of-the-art efforts, including chemo and receptor harmonious daily pills. The denial part allowed her to keep a busy schedule of holidays, family and travel including a sunny February trip to Santa Barbara. The cancer barely advanced, but just days ago she caught a stomach flu that “went viral,” resulting in a pneumonia she could not recover from. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents and parents’ siblings. She is survived by her husband, Bill; son, Brian and his loving wife Jennifer; her sister, Nancy and spouse Mal of Orange, Calif.; their daughters and families, Debbie and Spencer Stinson of Porterville, Calif., and their children, James, Rebecca, and Kyle; Victoria and Craig Nelson of Irvine, Calif., and their son, Chas. Bonnie is also survived by 11 of her husband's 12 siblings, their spouses and families, including: Johnny and Beth Sawatzki of Wichita, Kan.; Dorothy Sawatzki Coutsoubos and John Coutsoubos of Battle Ground, Wash.; Edward Sawatzki and Michele Robbins of Spokane Valley, Wash.; Mary Sawatzki and John Westlake of Berkeley,

Calif.; Kathryn Sawatzki Johns of Seattle, Wash.; Robert Sawatzki and Suzanne Hogan of Ogden, Utah; Michael Sawatzki and Karen Spearing of Edwards, Colo.; Richard Sawatzki and Sophie Lee of Washington, D.C.; James Sawatzki and Lynne Christiansen of Tacoma, Wash.; Thomas Sawatzki of Walla Walla, Wash.; and Franc Sawatzki of Whidbey Island, Wash.; and all of their well-above-average children. Bill's parents and brother Karl also preceded her in death, as did Bill's sister-inlaw, Ruth Boland Sawatzki, and Ruth and Johnny’s son Gabriel Sawatzki. Bonnie and Bill's priorities throughout their marriage were family, friends and travel. She regretted only that she did not

become a lead singer for a famous rockand-roll band. There will be a true celebration of her life commencing at noon on April 23, 2011, at her Liberty Lake home, 1510 S. Liberty Drive. At 1 p.m., time will be allowed for friends to speak of their remembrances of Bonnie. All friends of Bonnie's are encouraged to attend if possible. The celebration will continue until dark. For more information, contact Bill at Bonnie realized these are tough times for many people. In lieu of flowers, she would have appreciated donations to the food bank at Spokane Valley Partners, 10814 E. Broadway Ave., Spokane Valley, WA 99206 or 927-1153.

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Sports Briefs Splash Madness wraps up first weekend of play The first two upset-filled rounds of the NCAA Tournament have wrapped up and the leader board for Splash Madness has taken shape. On the advertising portion of the game, H2E Inc. led by owner Neil Heckerman has 43 points and a two-point lead over a trio of players — Neil Smitch of Tire Rama, Chris Clark of Clark’s Tire and Automotive and Patrick Fechser of Hay J’s Bistro. On the community side, two players — Jared Wilson and Kelli Dexter — have emerged at the top of the pack with 47 points in the race to win a $50 gift certificate to Hay J’s Bistro. (Splash employees and family members are not eligible to win prizes.) Two other community players, Taunya Rivera and Allan Simpson, sit just one game back heading into the Sweet Sixteen round of games that begin today.

HUB offers Jumpers for Japan The HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo, is offering a shoot-a-thon to raise donations for Japanese tsunami survivors on Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. Kids and adults are encouraged to collect check and cash donations, which are due at the door to participate in Jumpers for Japan. All of the proceeds raised will go directly to the Red Cross to provide medical aid, water, food and shelter for survivors of the tsunami. Each participant will be allowed 20 minutes to complete shooting 50 jump shots. The event, sponsored by Avista Utilities, will offer food, music, skills contests and prizes. For more information, call 927-0602 or go to

Women’s 18-Hole Club to meet The Liberty Lake Women’s 18-Hole Club will hold their first general meeting and registration for the 2011 season at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Liberty Lake Golf Course clubhouse, 24403 E. Sprague Ave. Continental breakfast will be available for $4. Tee times will be available after the meeting, weather permitting. Dues for the 2011 season are $58 for members and $30 for associate members. Women golfers of all skill levels are invited

to join the club that plays each Tuesday morning. To RSVP or ask questions, call Lee Sonderman at 927-0244.

Ladies club tees off at Trailhead The Trailhead Ladies Golf Club is holding a continental breakfast to kick off the season on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Trailhead Clubhouse, 1102 N Liberty Lake Road. If weather permits, members will play golf at 11:30 a.m. Guests are welcome. For more information, call Cleo at 926-3281.

Women’s 9-Hole Club to meet The Liberty Lake Women’s 9-Hole Golf Club will hold registration for the 2011 season at 9 a.m. March 31 at the Liberty Lake Golf Course clubhouse, 24403 E. Sprague Ave. For more information, call Cheryl at 255-9498.

HUB offers host of spring break activities for children The HUB is offering several opportunities for kids April 4-8 when schools are out for spring break. For first through sixth grade students, the HUB will host basketball clinics on April 4 and 5 and soccer/futsal clinics on April 6 and 7 in the mornings. The afternoons will offer open gym time from 1 to 4 p.m. for grades sixth through twelfth. Basketball and volleyball will be offered on April 4 and 5 and soccer on April 6 and 7. For more information and a complete set of times, go to www.hubsportscenter. org.

Men’s golf club holds sign ups The opening day for Liberty Lake/ Meadowwood Men’s Golf Club will be April 16. Sign-up sheets are available at the Liberty Lake Golf Course pro shop, 24403 E. Sprague Ave. Annual dues are $50 which allows members to establish a handicap, play in tournaments and receive a club newsletter. All golfers are invited to join and participate in the activities which include 10 tournaments per year.

Cheer 1: Tyler Johnson, Spokane Chiefs Johnson, a Liberty Lake resident, earned three awards during the Spokane Chiefs’ final home game of the regular season. Johnson was named the humanitarian award winner for the third consecutive season, the most sportsmanlike player for the second time and the player of the year. Johnson also wrapped up the season with 115 points, just one behind the league leader, and was the league leader with 53 goals.

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Wolf, a Liberty Lake resident, was one of only 48 girls in the U.S. invited to compete at J2 (15 and 16 year old) National Championships in Maine. Wolf represented Schweitzer Alpine Racing School on the course and finished 30 seconds behind the overall winner.

Baseball team opens with win The Central Valley High School baseball team opened their 2011 campaign with a 12-0 five-inning win versus Rogers High School. The Bears had a dominating pitching performance from junior Jacob Hochberg who only gave up two hits to Rogers. The offense was led by outfielder Ryan Leone who had two hits including a triple and outfielder Sean Howard who connected for his first home run of the season.

Soccer team picks up win The CV soccer team defeated Pullman High School 2-0 to push their season record to 2-1. The Bears picked up two goals within two minutes of the first half to stake themselves to a lead they would not give up. Goalie Alex Yoseph made four saves in the shutout win. The CV goals were from Joseph Guerrinha assisted by Alex Renz and Nasri Herring off the assist from Devin Allen. This was the Bears final non-conference game before beginning GSL play.

Track teams win meet Both the CVHS boys and girls track teams got their 2011 season off to a strong start earning team wins at the recent Washington versus Idaho track meet held at Central Valley. The boys team racked up 160.5 points to outpace second place Coeur d’Alene High

School by nearly 40 points. The girls team had a more narrow margin of victory as they also defeated second place Coeur d’Alene by a margin of 140.5 to 130. The boys team had six first-place finishers: senior Dylan Seitz in the 110-meter hurdles; senior Billy Rowell in the shot put; senior Tanner Wollen in the javelin; senior Ryan Nungester in the long jump; junior Mark Seely in the triple jump; and senior Kevin Stanley in the hammer. The girls side of the meet featured seven individual first place finishes along with two relay wins for the Lady Bears: sophomore Michelle Nemeth in the 100 meters; junior McKenzi McDonald in the 800-meter race; senior Acacia Smith in the 3200 meters; junior Roni Dringle in the javelin; freshman Mariah Cunningham in the long jump; junior Kalima Al-Ghani in the triple jump; and junior Dakota Kliamovich in the hammer throw. The 4x100 relay team of Kayla Tucker, Allison Jordan, Rachel Backsen and Michelle Nemeth won with a time of 53 seconds flat, while the 4x400 team of Michelle Nemeth, Mica Kondryszyn, Mariah Cunningham and Skye Sanders won with a time of 4:17.76.


Baseball CV vs. Rogers

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Nemeth, a sophomore, had a big day in the track season opener for the Lady Bears as she earned three first place finishes in races. Nemeth won the 100-meter dash in 13 seconds and was part of the relay teams that won the 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter races.

MARCH 24 3:30 p.m. CV Boys Tennis vs. Ferris 3:30 p.m. CV Girls Tennis at Ferris 4 p.m. CV Baseball at Mt. Spokane 4 p.m. CV Softball vs. Mead MARCH 25 4 p.m. CV Baseball vs. Mt. Spokane 6:30 p.m. CV Soccer vs. Mead MARCH 29

3:30 p.m. CV Boys Tennis vs. Rogers 3:30 p.m. CV Girls Tennis at Rogers 4 p.m. CV Baseball at Mead 4 p.m. CV Softball vs. Rogers MARCH 30 12:30 p.m. CV Boys and Girls Golf at Sun Dance Golf Course 4 p.m. CV Boys and Girls Track at Hart Field 5:30 p.m. CV Soccer at Ferris MARCH 31 4 p.m. CV Baseball vs. Mead 4 p.m. CV Softball at North Central

Think your results belong on the scoreboard? If you’re from Liberty Lake and you play a sport, then they certainly do. Or maybe you have a team photo you’d like to pass along. Either way, The Splash wants submitted information from or about Liberty Lake residents. E-mail the information to

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Sam Burke has grown up in Liberty Lake with his three sisters: Julia, 13, Alexandra, 12, and Madeline, 6. His optic glioma was discovered in 2009 and chemotherapy started September 2010.

Living with the pain

Sam Burke cringes as a nurse removes the needle from the access port in his chest. The surgically inserted port connects to a catheter to a vein in his neck where doctors can take blood and administer medicine.

9-year-old Sam Burke tells all about balancing school, chores and friends while battling childhood cancer Splash photo by Kelly Moore

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ther people his age might worry most about learning long division and turning in their homework on time. But 9-year-old Sam Burke worries about the tumor on his optic nerve spreading into his brain — or how his chemotherapy works. “They have this needle thing that looks hollow and then they stab it in here,” Sam said, pointing to the port in his chest. The port was surgically installed, connecting a catheter directly to a vein in his neck where doctors access him to take blood and administer medicines. He explained each medicine he takes and why. He confidently talked about how medicine flushes out his veins to prevent blood clots. He knows the ins and outs of cancer treatment — all the technical terms, routines and medicines — and he’s happy to explain it all. “He’s so serious,” said his mom, Val Burke, laughing. “How do you feel about it, though?”

“Oh,” Sam said. He paused to think about his experience for a few seconds then spoke with a different tone. “Well, I kind of wish it’d never happened because I’m always sick and people make fun of me. They call me slowpoke because I can’t catch up,” he said. Val Burke explained the tough time her son has had in school since starting chemotherapy. Sam, a fourth-grader at Liberty Lake Elementary School, misses almost every Thursday — chemo day — and some Fridays when he still feels sick from treatment. But keeping up with schoolwork seems to be the least of his troubles. “He’s had a hard time in school and on the bus,” Val Burke said. “The kids don’t understand, and they’re very mean. … The teacher had a talk with the class so they finally got better. She had to tell them that it’s not something that’s contagious.” His teacher, June Cunningham, said she knows Sam is sensitive, but overall, he was part of a nice, caring class. “He’s got friends that help him and they’re really chatty catching up when he gets back from being away,” Cunningham said. “He’s a sweetheart and a very capable student.” Sam handles the toughest days of his ordeal with a sharp sense of humor and good

friends. “Yeah, I’ve gotten closer to some of my friends because they’re helping me with this, and they stand up to all the other people who are bullies,” he said. “I’m just very happy that I’ve got friends who have huge muscles.”

The diagnosis “I thought he had some kind of obstruction in his sinuses because his eyes were swollen and his nose and throat were swollen,” Val Burke said. “For a month, his whole face was swollen, so I thought, ‘OK, it’s not going away. Nothing’s helping, so I took him to the doctor and they did a CT scan of his sinuses.” The July 2009 CT scan showed that his sinuses were fine. The facial swelling turned out to be from abnormally large adenoids, which were soon removed along with his tonsils. But the CT scan showed an abnormality that turned out to be a tumor. “They said, ‘We found a spot,’” Val Burke said. “They said we needed to do an MRI, and that’s when we knew for sure that it was something else.” For more than a year, doctors only monitored the tumor to see if it’d grow. Then in September 2010, an MRI showed it had doubled in size since his last visit and was

starting to spread to his other eye. Doctors ordered a biopsy on Sam’s brain (that came back negative) and strongly recommended starting up chemotherapy Val Burke said they would have discovered it eventually when Sam had an eye exam, but the issue with his adenoids revealed the tumor much sooner, in an early stage. “I say it was by accident, but if you believe in it, I think it’s more by the grace of God,” Val Burke said. According to the National Library of Medicine, optic gliomas are rare and most occur in children, almost always before age 20. The outlook with optic nerve gliomas is highly variable, but early treatment improves the chances for a good outcome.

Chemotherapy Since his tumor was discovered, Sam has lost most of the peripheral vision in his right eye along with some ability to see color and adjust to brightness. What makes him sick, though, is the chemotherapy. He started chemo rounds in September, and the 14-month treatment will continue through November. Once a week, usually Thursdays, he spends an entire day at the hospital.

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Childhood cancer organization holding annual fundraiser

Sam’s mom, Val Burke, comforts him after a long day in the hospital. Top right: After wrapping up a full day in the oncology unit at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, Sam picks a prize from a toy chest provided by the American Childhood Cancer Organization. Bottom right: Sam plays a video game during his chemotherapy session March 10. He takes medicine to ease anxiety and nausea that makes the process more bearable. Splash photos by Kelly Moore

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“It’s mostly just hanging out, and doctors and nurses keep coming in to check on him,” Val Burke said. “Sometimes he has a physical therapist visit to do exercises on his legs. There are so many people that come and go. … it’s a slow process. It’s a long day.” The day starts off with a doctor accessing his port with a needle. The needle stays in the port for all his blood work, medicine and chemotherapy. It only goes in once, but Val said it’s still unnerving every time. A topical numbing cream helps with the pain of being accessed, but Sam still feels the needle. His mom said before he would be so “on edge” that he’d curl up in a ball and yell — refusing to let it happen. The combination of time, experience and anti-anxiety medicine seems to have done the trick. “He still feels it,” Val Burke said. “He cringes every time, but I think he’s used to it now. … He does really well with it. It’s getting easier.” The day is usually pretty quiet once things get going at the hospital. Last week during his visit, he played video games the entire time. When he gets home, it’s a different story. “They give him anti-nausea medicine before they do the chemotherapy, so he’s not sick here,” Val Burke explained from the hospital room. “Then when we get home, he’ll be sick today and tomorrow and maybe Saturday.” In fact, Sam is sick almost every day. On a recent weekend, he had to go to the emer-

gency room because he was running a fever. A few days before Christmas, he needed a blood transfusion. “He was so anemic and his red blood cell count wouldn’t go up, so they gave him a unit of blood, and he felt so much better,” Val Burke said. “I’m sure he’s going to have to end up doing that again because he’s always anemic and he has low energy. … I’m not against it. If we have to do it again we will because it helped so much.” Anemia is just one of the side effects that goes along with his treatment. In addition to almost constant nausea, his balance is a little off and eating is a constant struggle for Sam. Even with the help of medicine to increase his appetite, chemotherapy’s side effects have taken a toll on his ability to eat. “There are certain foods I don’t like anymore,” Sam said. “Like, some pies are too sweet or too salty which is really sad because I like pie.” One of the areas where Sam and his mom butt heads the most is when she tries to make him eat. “It’s every day,” Val Burke said. “If I don’t make him eat, he loses weight so fast. … When I butter his toast, it’s always extra, extra butter.” In recent months, Sam has been able to put back on some of the weight he lost when he first started treatment. “He’s doing a lot better now, I think,” Val Burke said. “You know how if you’re just sick all the time you get used to it? If you’re always having headaches, eventually you just barely notice it and adapt. That’s what he’s done. He doesn’t have the energy. He’s

lethargic, but he just keeps plugging along.”

Keeping up with school “He’s so smart that his schoolwork really is not suffering that much,” Val Burke said. “I thought at some point if he gets so behind it’s OK if he has to redo the same grade again, but he seems to be keeping up so well.” Cunningham, Sam’s teacher, said the communication between everyone involved was key to keeping his education on track — a difficult task for someone who has missed almost 20 percent of the school year. “Val let us know he’d be missing school right away,” Cunningham said. “When you know ahead of time like that you can get the school counselor on board, the nurse on board and the administrators on board.” The school was even able to provide a tutor for Sam at no cost to the family. Cunningham said she modified some lessons for Sam, while focusing on the basics — the foundations like reading and writing. “At the school, they’re so accommodating so he’s able to just make up the work with the tutor and hand it in whenever he can,” Val Burke explained. With clever scheduling at school, like arranging his P.E. times and library time, Sam should finish up the year without a hitch.

Coping As a 9-year-old trying to assert independence, cancer has kind of cramped his style. He constantly has people standing over him — teachers trying to protect him, doctors testing him and a mom trying to make sure

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Sam’s mom was quick to praise the American Childhood Cancer Organization of the Inland Northwest (formerly called Candlelighters). The organization assists families with patient services, family support, special events, Christmas adopt-a-family, a bereavement group, teen support and sibling support. The organization sponsored the Burkes during Christmas, providing gifts for all four kids. Val Burke visits their office at the oncology unit at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital every time Sam has chemo. When she visits, she’s able to pick up supplemental expense assistance — things like cafeteria cards, phone cards, grocery cards, fast food coupons, gas cards and parking validation stickers. In addition, they offer fun things aimed to lift the family’s spirits. When Sam fist started chemo, the family got a welcome basket, and every time he shows up he gets a prize for toughing out his treatment. Overall, the American Childhood Cancer Organization does its best to make sure a patient’s time at the hospital is as good as it can be. Whether they are there to provide emergency overnight bags for unexpected hospital stays or sponsoring monthly lunches in partnership with local restaurants, volunteers and staff strive to support families of children with cancer. One of the organizations biggest fundraisers, the 7th Annual Light the Way Dinner and Auction will be held April 1 at Northern Quest Resort and Casino. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. A silent auction will last throughout the evening and a live auction will take place during dessert. Tickets for the event are $50 per person, and the attire is semiformal. For more information on the event and other opportunities to show support, call 474-2759 or visit

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cover story/profiles Q&A with Sam Burke, 9 What do you want to be when you grow up? I’d like to be a Marine, I guess, because my dad was a Marine. I think it’s pretty easy to get in. If you had a whole day to do whatever you wanted to do, what would you do? I’d go to GameStop. I would beg the guy until he got so annoyed, he’d give me any game I wanted for free. I’d get “Halo” and an Xbox 360. Then I would beg more and get “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” and I would come home and start playing them. That’d only take about half the day, because I can beg pretty well. Then I’d call and invite some of my friends over to play. What is your favorite food? Sushi is the best, but Russian food is really good, too. It’s hard to pick a favorite. What makes you the happiest? Ah, my happy hour. It’s pretty much when I go running around with an Airsoft gun ambushing all my friends. Do you have a favorite subject in school? My favorite subject is lunch. OK, just kidding, it’s probably P.E. because we always get to do fun stuff or science because we get to work together.

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we are lacking right now. I know there’s a very limited budget and that it’s a challenge, so I’m hoping to get volunteers and local expertise to help me build on that. I think it’s important to keep people socially engaged and have a community feel. It’s really disturbing to me to hear about people who are isolated or just never leave their homes. We need to get them out and get the community active. It will mean pulling together more volunteers, but that’s a goal that I have. Q: What programs are starting up this spring? A: I’m excited about the community garden. I just met with the master gardeners and people over at the Spokane County Conservation District about how to start a community garden. I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel, so we got lots of great advice. I think we’ve got some good guidelines and rules to help people have a good time and be respectful of others. The fence will be going up around the gardens this spring; otherwise, we’ll just be feeding the deer. Q: That sounds fun. Are you already working on summer stuff, too? A: I’ll be supervising CHILL day camp. ...

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he eats. “I get mad because everybody’s always on my case,” Sam said. His mom understands, noting that sometimes he lashes out, but she knows he has a lot on his plate. “He takes it really well,” Val Burke said. “He takes it in stride. We told him he’s going to go have brain surgery, and he was just like, ‘Oh, OK.’ The way that he works, he just asks the questions, and he wants to know. He wants to know the names of his medicines, and he wants to know what they do. The surgeon came in before the surgery and Sam asked so many great questions. He wants to know what’s going on, so then he can feel more comfortable. He’s like a little adult. … He’s such a trooper with these major things. He just goes with it.” The emotional roller coaster has been exceptionally hard for Sam, but those closest to him feel the strain as well. Val Burke explained she is a single mom, trying to balance Sam’s needs with those of her three daughters: Julia, 13, Alexandra 12, and Madeline, 6. She said her kids visit their dad some weekends, but financially, she’s on her own. “It’s like when you go into this, you don’t know what to expect,” Val Burke said. “I haven’t been through that. I haven’t known We’ve got some new ideas. The Liberty Lake Community Tennis Association is going to be teaching the kids how to play tennis in August. Mollie over at the golf course is going to give the kids golf lessons. They’ll be going to the Liberty Lake Community Theatre during costuming. We’re also still planning for some of the usual places like the petting zoo and Splash Down. I also do the planning for community events such as Liberty Lake Days, the Winter Festival and things like that. For Liberty Lake Days, we literally plan for the whole year and break it into increments for each month. There’s going to be a car show, a street dance, a pie-eating contest and gunny sack races. We’re hoping to capture that small-town feel. It’s all free and should be a really great time for families in the area on July 29 and 30. Q: I remember hearing you carried some of your responsibilities over from your last position. What else are you working on? A: I’m also the grants coordinator. I apply for grants and perform all the reporting requirements — the tracking of the projects, reimbursement requests, final reports and the accounting side of it. I’m always searching for grants for the city. I just applied for a forestry grant, and I’m looking for a grant for the barn over at Rocky Hill. I want to turn that into a kind of

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anybody who’s been through that. Then having to go through a divorce at the same time and having three other kids that have schoolwork and need attention and everything else. It’s kind of like, you don’t know what it’s going to be like until you get there.” While Sam and his three sisters are at the age when sibling rivalry is at its prime, they admit they’ve bonded over the experience. “What I do like about my sisters so much — even though they’re big, snobby buttheads — every time somebody picks a fight with me and I have to tell my mom, they always get the picture,” Sam said. “They want to scare them off. They get mad. Deep down inside, they feel love for me, and that comes out when I get picked on.” “It makes me feel like I’m a mama wolf or something, and he’s my kid and I don’t want anyone to touch him,” Alexandra said. “I’m like his protector. It’s like my sister and I and my mom and dad are just standing there, and he’s in the middle of the pack.” Alexandra said she and her sisters pick up the slack around the house and do Sam’s chores for him when he’s not feeling well. “A lot of times it’s OK,” Val Burke said. “It’s not bad. I can totally see the blessings that I have — and I have been blessed. Others, it’s just so difficult. You don’t expect to be so overwhelmed. Sometimes it’s just a little too much.” It’s during those times when the Burke family relies on support from local organi-

zations. Val Burke said she wouldn’t have been able to make it without the American Childhood Cancer Organization of the Inland Northwest (formerly called Candlelighters). “They sponsor families for Christmas, they get us gas cards and fun things like Spokane Chiefs tickets,” she said. “They have a little office in the hospital, and they’re just always there. When we first started, they gave us a welcome basket with all this stuff so the kids are entertained over there. It was amazing.” Val Burke described the organization’s administrators as “more like counselors,” and the office in the hospital is a place where she said she can spill all her fears and frustrations to someone she knows understands. “There are amazing resources out there,” Val Burke said. “We’ve been fortunate to have all these people around. … I’m just always grateful that he’s going to be OK. He’s going through all this, but I know he’ll be OK.” Sam gets an MRI every 14 weeks to keep his tumor monitored, and his next is scheduled for later this month. So far, his tumor has stayed about the same size, but his doctors and family are still optimistic about his recovery. “They say shrinking is usually delayed. It takes a while and may even be after the chemo is over,” Val Burke said. “We’re just staying positive.”

community center and work with the Historical Society to turn that into a museum. I think that’d be really exciting to have the historical perspective incorporated into that. Q: Are there any recent grants you’re especially proud of? A: I wrote the Valleyway grant with Andrew Staples, and we got that. About halfway down there’ll be a bench — right now we’re thinking it’s going to be a frog bench — and we’re going to have an artistic element added into the project. It’s going to be a rest area with some nice paintings and maybe some solar lights. I want to see more public art. When I write a grant, I try to incorporate art into it. With the Valleyway project, even though it’s just a sidewalk, I was still able to get public art in the deal. Q: It seems like you have plenty of things on your plate to keep you busy. Is there a favorite part of your job?

of these events, in the middle of the actual event, you look up and kids are just having a great time. That’s really rewarding after all the work that goes into it. Q: Are you one of those people who takes on as much responsibility as possible? A: I do. I probably take on too much, but boy, I just love it. I love being busy. It just motivates me. Q: I’m not sure you have a ton of free time, but when you do, what activities are your favorites? A: My son is 6 years old, and I just love to show him the world. We love to recreate. We go on bike rides, do picnics and go hiking, fishing and kayaking. I’ve loved recreation my whole life, and I find it just helps balance being a mom, working full time, church responsibilities and friends. If I can get out and enjoy the parks and nature, it rejuvenates me, and all the stress goes away. That’s what I love to do. Q: Where are you going to get away this summer? A: We have a very small cabin on Newman Lake, so we like to go out there in the morning and go kayaking. It’s quiet and beautiful. We’ll take the fishing poles and the dogs. Sometimes we get a little loaded down, but it’s fun being out there all together.

A: I really enjoy interacting with the public. That’s my passion. I really like to help people keep a healthy balance in their lives. We live such stressful lives sometimes, and recreation really does help rejuvenate you. I also like to see families getting together and having a good time. Probably my favorite thing is after all the planning of one

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The Liberty Lake Kiwanis Foundation is seeking candidates for its 2011 scholarships. Graduating seniors from Liberty Lake, students related to a current Liberty Lake Kiwanis member, seniors from East Valley, Central Valley or West Valley school districts or other community members deemed eligible are encouraged to apply. Candidates who received a Liberty Lake Kiwanis Foundation Scholarship last year are also eligible to re-apply. Applications are available at all high school counseling offices or online at www. The application deadline is March 31. For more information, contact Nick Nickoloff at 928-8290.

Ministry offers movie night Blessings Under the Bridge, a Liberty Lake-based organization, is hosting a family movie night April 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Service Station, 9135 N. Nevada in Spokane. Donations for the non-profit ministry to the homeless will be taken at the door. Participants are encouraged to bring pillows and blankets to enjoy a showing of “Toy Story 3” followed by “The Blind Side.” Refreshments will also be available for a donation. For more information, go to www.

Kiwanis conducts gift campaign The Liberty Lake Kiwanis Foundation is soliciting funds during March for its annual club gift campaign. Contributions to the foundation will help the club achieve its mission of providing student scholarships, promoting social services and supporting other charitable organizations in the community. Checks can be made payable to Liberty

Eat This Nutrition is hosting two free public education seminars at the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District conference room, 22510 E. Mission. A seminar titled "Diabetes and Nutrition 101" will be held April 16 and another seminar titled “Healthy Weight Loss for Life: Nutrition Strategies for Success" will be offered May 7. Registered dietitians will be presenting both seminars from 11 a.m. to noon. To register or for more information, call 723-5766 or go to com.

Library Friends host fundraiser The Friends of Liberty Lake Municipal Library is hosting a spring fundraiser titled “A Garden Party” at 1 p.m. April 16 at the LDS Church, 23515 E. Boone. This annual fundraiser will feature entertainment and a silent auction with all proceeds benefitting library programs, materials and equipment. Participants are asked to bring their favorite cup and talk about its history. The event will also feature speakers from the Corbin & Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens and Northland Rosarium. Corporate sponsors are needed to sponsor tables. Those interested can contact Ellen Martin Bernardo at 255-9354. Tickets are available for $20 each or $150 for a table (eight seats) and will be sold until April 15. To purchase tickets, contact Valorie 869-0813, Giff at 954-3285 or Pennie at 928-6551.

Equine TLC plans fundraiser Denim and Diamonds, the second annual fundraising event for Equine TLC, will be held 6 p.m. April 30 at Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1700 N. Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley. All proceeds from the event will go to-

ward Equine TLC, a non-profit therapeutic horse riding program ran by Liberty Lake resident Gail Pennestri for children and adults with special needs. The fundraiser will include dinner, music, dancing and an auction hosted by KXLY’s Kalae Chock. Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased by calling 995-8650 or 389-5335 or emailing denimanddiamondsevent@

Interested participants can sign up by calling the library at 232-2510. For full list of community briefs, visit

Club offers English lessons Individuals who speak Russian or Ukranian are invited to a free English Club on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 23515 E. Boone. The club is open to those wishing to practice their English skills, improve pronunciation and expand their vocabulary. For more information, contact Ryan Romney at 720-1993.

Library offers computer class Computer classes are offered on Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission. The class consists of basics of computer use, how to set up an email account and how to use Microsoft Office programs.

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History: Fishing season

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CV photographer receives honor

Liberty Lake resident Haley Dexter shot the photo at left at Crater Lake, Oregon. Below: Dexter took this photo, which ranked high on, in December while snowboarding at 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort.

Photo courtesy of Ross and Kelli Schneidmiller

Ben Hurtig, son of Liberty Lake Park owner Lou Hurtig, shows off his Liberty Lake catch in this circa 1922 photo. Nearly nine decades later, fishing remains a favorite Liberty Lake past time. The season opened March 1 and extends through Oct. 31.

Top skiers invited to race Submitted photos

Haley Dexter, a junior at Central Valley High School, recently became the first student at CV to achieve platinum level on the website, The website, which is utilized by all CV Photography 1 classes, is used to upload photos for other members to provide feedback. To achieve platinum level, members receive consistently good scores and are selected by site administrators. Dexter is the daughter of Roger and Kelli Dexter.

Girls team wins AAU championship

Snow day fun

Submitted photo

Several Liberty Lake kids qualified for The Buddy Werner Championship at Stevens Pass on March 1213. The race is by invitation only to top racers ages 9-13 from the Pacific Northwest. Twenty three teams competed over two days, and Schweitzer's team took second place overall. Pictured from left to right (with teams representing) are Niko McHenry (Schweitzer), Brogan Clemson (Schweitzer), AJ Miller (Silver Mountain) and Max Mallinen (Silver Mountain). Not pictured is Sam Scott (Lookout Pass).

Submitted photo

The Emerald City Smoothies girls basketball team recently won the Spokane AAU fifth grade girls championship for the 2010-2011 season. Pictured are (left to right) Carissa Ball, Kelsey Gumm, Claire Dingus, Hailey Christopher, Bryn Anderson, Madison Papich, Abby Gennett and Megan Stark. The team is coached by Tom Dingus and Ron Anderson. Liberty Lake residents are in bold. Submitted photo

Local Lens Share your snapshots for The Splash’s photo page. E-mail with scenes from around town, community events and Splash Travels.

Calvin Whybrew plays in a fort made at the entry of the Vistas during the snow day off school at the end of February.

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In Biz City holding special meeting with biz leaders

‘It’s Your Business’ hits stands this week

Liberty Lake’s mayor and City Council are inviting local business leaders to a special meeting Friday at 7 a.m. at Twisp Café, 23505 E Appleway Ave, Suite 100.

It’s Your Business, a special advertorial supplement, is being distributed this week by Peridot Publishing, the same company that publishes The Splash newspaper and the Liberty Lake Community Directory.

The meeting is being held for the purpose of enhancing economic development in Liberty Lake. This meeting is open to the public. Individuals planning to attend the meeting who require special assistance to accommodate physical, hearing or other impairments should contact the city clerk at 755-6729 so that arrangements may be made.

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• DUi — a 38-year-old Spokane Valley man was arrested at 8:15 p.m. March 16 at Mission avenue and Corrigan road for dui. the driver was initially stopped for failure to dim highbeam headlights. • Domestic assault — llpd requested an arrest warrant for a 36-year-old liberty lake man for domestic violence assault and violation of a protection order. at 1:40 a.m. March 18, police received report of a domestic violence incident and protection order violation at the 25000 block of hawkstone loop. the victim reported that her ex-husband had assaulted her and then fled the apartment. upon arrival, officers contacted the victim who said she was arguing with the suspect when he punched her in the face and choked her. officers searched the area for the suspect but could not locate him. • child abuse — at 3 p.m. March 20, llpd received a child abuse complaint that happened in Grant County while the liberty lake victim was reportedly visiting the father. a prior case was also reported earlier this month. Both cases were forwarded to the Grant County Sheriff’s office for investigation. • Two-car accident — at 6:40 p.m. March 20, llpd responded to a two-car non-injury accident at Mission avenue and harvard road. the at-fault driver was

Local poet wins award

Now in its third edition, this magazine provides stories and information about local businesses. Besides being mailed to each home in Liberty Lake, copies will be delivered to high-traffic distribution points in Liberty Lake, Otis Orchards, Spokane Valley and Post Falls as well as shared among participating businesses. issued an infraction for failing to yield. • outstanding warrant — a 40-year-old woman was arrested at 1:30 a.m. March 19 at the 600 block of liberty lake road for an outstanding warrant for possession of marijuana. her car was initially stopped for an equipment violation. • Two-car accident — at 5:05 p.m. March 18, police responded to a two-car accident on harvard road between interstate 90 and appleway avenue. the investigation determined the at-fault driver failed to yield while merging into the left lane.

Calls for service agency assist Burglary, non-residential Burglary, residential Car seat inspection Child abuse or neglect Citizen assist Citizen dispute domestic violence dui failure to appear false fire alarm Juvenile problem lost or found property negligent homicide theft, shoplifting traffic accident, blocking traffic accident, prop.damage traffic offense

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Citations license and plates required 3 Change of address or name 1 driving with suspended license 1 liability insurance 10 defective tail light 1 failure to dim headlights 1

Nance Van Winckel was recently awarded the Edward Stanley Award for her nine poems published in the summer issue of Prairie Schooner, a quarterly literary magazine of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received $1,000 as her prize. A Liberty Lake resident, Van Winckel has published five books of poetry and three books of short stories. For more info, go to

Local model does work for K-Mart Sydney Hamilton recently completed a photo shoot with Selena Gomez for the “Dream Out Loud”

brand carried at KMart. She also has been featured in a Japanese commercial. A 2010 Central Valley graduate, HAMILTON Hamilton signed with Nous Model Management in Los Angeles last year. Her parents are Liberty Lake residents Joe and Sarah Hamilton.

seminars on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The April 12 lecture will be on bioidentical hormone replacement for women. The lectures will be based on evidence-based medicine and will help participants improve their health and well-being, Dr. Ashley said. Topics will change each month and relate to anti-aging medicine and achieving optimal health. The cost is $20, and seating is limited. For more information or to RSVP, call 928-6700.

Physician holds seminars

In Biz features Liberty Lakeconnected business items. Contact The Splash with business news at

Beginning in April, Dr. Susan Ashley of Family Medicine Liberty Lake will hold monthly health

defective muffler 2 failure to report accident 1 failure to stop at intersection 2 Speeding 12 dui 1 failure to wear safety belt 1 tampering with fire alarm 1 false reporting 1

SVPD: LL man arrested Spokane Valley police arrested a 23-year-old liberty lake man after he allegedly stole a gold wedding band from artistry in Gold and attempted to sell it at a nearby pawn shop Monday. the jewelry store owner called nearby pawn and jewelry businesses and told them to be on the lookout for the suspect. not long after, the thief attempted to sell the stolen ring at pawn one, and employees called 911 and Spokane Valley police officer Ken dodge responded, according to police reports. the owner of artistry in Gold told dodge her daughter was helping the suspect look at a pair of wedding rings. he handed one of the rings back and then walked out of the store. She yelled at him to stop and when he didn’t, she noted his gray Saturn as he drove away from the business. dodge interviewed the suspect and determined probable cause to charge him with third-degree theft. the suspect was also wanted in idaho for a probation violation on a drug conviction. the suspect was booked into the Spokane County Jail on the misdemeanor theft charge and a felony count of fugitive from justice.

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Survey Results What’s the next step for the Central Valley School District? We asked readers this question for our online survey this week, and 11 responded with their view of the possible solution that “deserves the most attention moving forward.” Following are how each option fared, listed in order of most to least votes:

Four votes • Breaking out of CVSD to form a Liberty Lake School District

Two votes • Getting the state to change its supermajority requirement • Pushing local governments to collect impact fees Comment: The district needs to face reality and build schools that are far, far smaller and less expensive. • None of the above/not applicable. Comment 1: “The entire education funding process needs a major overhaul, including impact fees and tax bites that are fairly apportioned — those with more children using the system should pay more.” Comment 2: Smaller bonds may be successful, but the entire district has to vote. It is very difficult to approve something for one side of the district with the promise that we will take care of the other side “next time.” I think the most effective action is to change the message. The community is obviously not convinced that the need is great.

One vote • Combining with nearby school dis-

About the Opinion Page The Splash opinion page is intended to be a community forum for discussing local issues. Please interact with us by sending a leer to the editor or Liberty Lake Voices guest column for consideraon. Leers to the editor of no more than 350 words or guest columns of about 700 words should be e-mailed to or mailed to P.O. Box 363, Liberty Lake, WA 99019. A full name and telephone number must be included for purposes of verificaon. A photo of the author must be taken or provided for all Liberty Lake Voices guest columns. The Splash reserves the right to edit or reject any submission. Business complaints or endorsements will not be accepted, and polical endorsement leers will only be accepted if they interact with issues of a campaign. Views expressed in signed columns or leers do not necessarily reflect the views of this newspaper or its staff. Editorials, which appear under the heading "Splash Editorial," represent the voice of The Splash and are wrien by Publisher Josh Johnson.

tricts who may have capacity Comment: I think all the school districts in the Spokane Valley should be unified into one Spokane Valley Unified School District. This would save costs by requiring fewer administrators, and the children could be bused to any school in the district that had room.

Not receiving votes • Smaller, more bite-size construction bond requests • Overflowing students into schools that have space • Year-round schooling • Portable classrooms

New survey: What’s good about golf in Liberty Lake? As of last weekend, golf season is back in swing in Liberty Lake, with all 45 holes open again to paying customers. In your opinion, what is the best facet of the community’s reputation as a golf mecca? • MeadowWood Golf Course • Liberty Lake Golf Course • Trailhead Golf Course • All that extra green space • Nothing. I don’t like golf, I don’t like golf courses and for heaven’s sake what is up with all these golf carts? The survey is currently live at, or, as always, feel free to write a letter to the editor sharing your thoughts to or comment on The Splash’s Facebook page.

Ask The Splash We receive a lot of questions here at The Splash. Aren’t businesses required to shovel their sidewalks like residents? Why haven’t you written a story about me? What do you charge for admission ... oh, you mean you’re not a waterpark? (True examples, all of them.) Some of the questions have to do with wondering about Splash policies and procedures, some seem to be basic Liberty Lake trivia and others are community questions that don’t seem to find their way into a normal news story. In the past, we’ve done our best to answer these on an individual basis. Moving forward, we plan to answer some of these questions with a short blip like this one on the opinion page. Look for it in upcoming weeks. Have a question you’d like to see answered? Send “Ask The Splash” questions to We’ll see what we can do to find the answer for you. — Josh Johnson, Editor and Publisher

Letters to the Editor Vote yes ... next time My 19-year-old son is playing on an adult rec basketball team. His games are all held at North Pines Middle School. The condition of the school is horrible. Peeling paint on walls and lockers, floors/carpet in dire need of repairs and pieces of wood cover lower level windows. I was shocked. While I haven’t been in Greenacres or Evergreen Middle School in a couple years, I can’t imagine they need more work than North Pines. I understand that repairs and student overpopulation are different; however, the financial need is there just the same. Residents of the Central Valley School District, next time there is a bond, vote yes. Our kids need your help.

Kimberly Middleton Liberty Lake

Skepticism for CVSD remains I read with interest the update about our schools (“Taking the next step,” March 17 Splash). I voted no on the bond because I

felt there were other options than asking already stressed taxpayers for more money. Why not change the boundaries, since East Valley and West Valley are down in numbers? The reason, it seems, is that Central Valley would lose money, and that is politics. I wondered how much was spent on the campaign (put in face of child here and use words like “our children are not safe”) and how much is spent on the “support services” (like PR). It seems that “support services” is increasing in percentage to actual teachers (our kids need teachers). Next I wondered how much was spent on CFM, a “public affairs and research company” hired to tell us why the bond failed (just ask the voters — it’s free). Finally, I wondered how much the capital facilities committee gets paid. I feel what we really need is to hire teachers and let them teach. Bring in the portable classrooms. After all, we may not have the kids five years from now, so let’s focus on teaching our kids now.

Rebecca Wendlandt Liberty Lake

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Education Briefs Students receive state awards Four local students received awards in the 2010-2011 Washington State PTA Reflections program. Winners included one student from Liberty Lake Elementary, two from Greenacres Elementary and one from Greenacres Middle School. Ansel LaPier, second grade student from LLES, received an award of excellence in primary visual arts (grades K-2) for his entry, “Together we can be brothers.” LAPIER Cameron Paquette, second grade student from GES, received an award of excellence in primary literature (grades K-2) for his entry, “Together.” Parker Culton, fourth grade student from GES, received an outstanding interprePAQUETTE tation award in intermediate film production (grades 3-5) for his entry, “Together we can get dogs adopted.” Jonas LaPier, sixth grade student from GMS, received an award of merit in middle/ junior film production (grades 6-8) for his entry, CULTON “Together we can make a world of difference.” The PTA Reflections program challenges students to create art inspired by a specific theme. The local PTA selects entries from the school that are forwarded to the district level for judging. The LAPIER winning entries at all photoS CourteSy this level are forof dorian Studio warded to state, and outstanding interpretation winners from each state are then forwarded to the national competi-

See EDUCATION, page 23

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Advertising deadlines In order to be considered for the following Thursday’s Splash: • CLASSIFIED ADS must be received by noon Monday. • DISPLAY AD COPY must be received by noon Friday. • DISPLAY ADS (CAMERA-READY) must be received by noon Monday. • INSERTS must be received at least 9 days in advance. • LEGAL ADS must be received by noon Monday.

Placing classifieds Classifieds must be placed online at or in person at 2310 N. Molter Road, Suite 305. Ads are not accepted by phone, e-mail, fax or postal mail.

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AUTOMOBILES 1997 Buick Riviera, excellent shape, 115K miles, $3500, 509-701-3635. 2003 Chevy Silverado C1500 P/U. 2WD, 4.3 L V6, standard cab, 8’ bed w/liner, trailer hitch & light wiring, 5 speed manual, 97,000 miles, $5,200, 220-7204.

BULLETIN BOARD Different Not Less Support/Resources group for families affected by Neurological Disorders will be meeting Thursday, March 31st at 6:30. Please Rsvp 509-230-6771 or email for more information. Jumpers for Japan Fundraiser. March 27 from 12-4pm. Come shoot basketball jumpshots and raise money for Red Cross Tsunami Relief at the HUB Sports Center, 509-927-0602. Ladies, don’t miss the fun Garden Party event to support the Library! April 16th, $20 ($150 for table for 8)speakers, auction oh my! Details, 232-2510.

EVENTS Coin & Stamp Show, Spokane Valley, Center Place, 2426 N Discovery Place, Apr 2nd & 3rd, Sat 10am - 6PM, Sun 10am-4pm, Admission $2, Information: Call 509-5950435. Fun fashion at affordable prices! Shop pre-loved, brand name women’s and children’s clothing at affordable prices here in LL. Check for location, dates and times. Kid’s Spring Break Workshops at The Art Chalet: Monday, April 4 (10-12:30pm) ‘Under Sea Creatures & Mermaids. Tuesday, April 5 (1-3:30pm) ‘Fairies & Fantasy Beasts’. Wednesday, April 6 (10-12:30pm) ‘Unicorns & Horses’. Thursday, April 7 (1-3:30pm) ‘Dragons & Dinosaurs’. Friday, April 8 (10-12:30pm) ‘Your Choice’. Saturday, April 9 (1-3:30pm) ‘Velour Pastel Portraits’. All workshops (ages 5 to 16) are $28 with $4 extra for Velour (Saturday). Call 255-9600 or go to:

FURNITURE Couch for sale! Cream color, 88” long, very comfortable, $180, 310-694-4242.

classifieds Leather chocolate brown chair, new condition without blemish, we never sit in it and we have too much furniture! $250, 991-6934. Loveseat, light blue flowered pattern, excellent condition, with 2 matching pillows. Photo available, 468-2463. Solid Oak TV console, 39 wide, 23 deep, 63 tall, upper folding doors, lower leaded glass doors, rollout shelf. Excellent. Includes 27” Hitachi color TV, $80. Photos, 468-2463.

GARAGE SALES RUMMAGE SALE: Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26, 9 AM to 4 PM, 18926 E. Mission, Arbor Grove Community Association.

HELP WANTED DOMESTIC ASSISTANT Looking for help with cleaning, cooking, errands, kids, etc. 3-4 hours a day, 4 days a week in Liberty Lake. References required. Clean record & own car needed. call Heather 509-290-1027.

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LLAKE UPGRADED GOLF CONDO Best value in L. Lake, Woodlands 2-bed, 2-bath, 1050 sq/ft, 2.5-car, fireplace, near beach and golf. Treed and quiet, $120,000. 103 S Neyland #2, 208-704-5400, agent.

RIVER DISTRICT RANCHER JUST LISTED -19719 E Nora. A gorgeous one-level craftsman home w/ approx 1,568 sq/ft, 3-br/2ba, fenced b/y, everything is perfect here, like a show home! Only $189,900. Call Brad Boswell, 509-710-2024 or, Re/ Max of Spokane. Workshop for lease. 1,500 sf. 3 phase power, gas and wood heat, Trent & Starr Rd. $550 pr. Mo. + power, 2556638.

SERVICES A-1 WHITE DUSTER Housecleaning, give yourself a treat and have your house cleaned. Reliable, trustworthy and reasonable rates. Weekly and biweekly. Please call Jamie at 509-892-3594 or cell 208661-5535.



M-F, 2-4 hrs/day, early mornings. Must love dogs. E-mail with your interest, experience and salary requirement.

We fix laptops, desktops, and printers. Our technicians are licensed and Comp TIA certified. Schedule now for fast, friendly onsite or pickup service. call 509-3151144; visit

If you are coachable, have 10-15 hours a week, love helping others reach their goals, and are hungry to create financial and time freedom, you’ll want to find out how you can build a recession-proof business working from home and own a piece of that $2.5 billion antiaging skincare market pie. To set up a time to hear more information please email Reading tutor needed for 13 year old. Please call 3701504.


CHILD & FAMILY LIFECOACH Mary Ward, M.A. Child and Family Lifecoach offering academic, behavior, social, emotional, future planning coaching services to children and families. Visit or call 294-3906 for more information.


Lost sweater at Father/daughter dance. Did you accidently swap your daughter’s purple velvet sweater with our brown one at the dance? Please call 2559319 to exchange. Wallet found. Child’s wallet found on 2nd Ave. Call 255-5049.


Flip Mino HD (M2120) camcorder w/bonus HDMI cable. Records 120 minutes. In original (unopened) packaging. On Amazon $183, yours for $163 cash. Call 509-8939808. Horse/rider supplies: English leather riding boots size 8 $40, shipping boots, 6 pairs $10 per pair, Justin lace-up ropers size 8, all in great condition, some new! 991-6934. Kenmore 24 stitch sewing machine with cabinet, $125 OBO. Toro Powerlight snowthrower model number 38172, used 1 winter, $150. 4 steel rims fit most GM products, $100 OBO, 509-863-9565.


is BBB accredited with many satisfied LL customers. Professional, on-time, and hard working. Call Dave Heinz, 509-953-8093. Ask how to get 10% off! Licensed, bonded & insured, Heinzph924bw. Home repairs, large or small. Minor plumbing, fences, bathroom remodels and more. References available. Let me finish your “honey-do’s,” 869-3062. Paulman Services, Paulms*991bt. J & L PETSITTERS and Housesitting. We would love to take care of your pets and your house. Reasonable rates. Trustworthy. Dependable. Local references. Call Jamie, 509-892-3594, 208-661-5535. Just A Shine Home Cleaning Services. A thorough clean customized to your needs using all natural products. For a free estimate, 509-994-3191.

JUST LISTED!! 24252 E SHARP - Treat yourself with a look at this 2-story home w/full unfinished basement. 3-br/3-ba, approx 2253 sq/ft, fenced b/y, 3-car gar, gas f/p, too much to list. Only $259,900. See online at or call Brad Boswell 509-710-2024. Re/Max of Spokane.

NORTHWEST PAINTING Residential repaint specialists. All phases of interior and exterior painting. Premium warranteed paint used on all projects. We also specialize in kitchen cabinet refinishing. Many local references. Fully insured. Estimates are always free, 509-622-2999.

PROFESSIONAL INSTALLATION Tile, laminate, vinyl and carpet. Prosource member. Free estimates. Larry and Lillie, 9938814. Remodeling contractor: Licensed and bonded, Peterc*152re. 24 years experience, references. Decks, patios, garages, roofing, sheetrock taping and texturing, minor plumbing. All your remodeling needs. Call Bruce, 710-4541.

STEVE’S HOME REPAIR For all your home repair and remodel needs. We do bathrooms, kitchens, decks, additions, patios, windows, doors, tile floors, laminate flooring, and trim. Licensed, bonded and Insured, STEVEHR944BF. Call Steve at 509-714-6424.

Spring into fitness with Speedfit. Zumba, Bootcamp, Personal Training, & Kid’s Classes (Zumba, Dance/fitness) all at The Hub Sports Center. Visit or call Emily Erickson, 499-9906.

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HUGE CUSTOM 4-LEVEL 22921 E Valleyway. A stunning 6-br/3-ba home w/tons of upgrades and on a premium lot. Over 2,800 finished sq/ft and ready for move in! Only $299,900! Call Brad Boswell, 509-710-2024, and at Re/Max of Spokane.

LAWNMOWER REPAIR Joel’s Lawnmower Repair repairing riding and walk-behind lawnmowers, garden tillers and most power equipment. Pickup and delivery available. Factory Trained Technician. Licensed and insured. Call 924-5396. M-F 10-6, Sat 9-12, Closed Sundays.

ZUMBA BOOTCAMP KIDFIT BORDER PATROL Your local curbing company is now booking for the 2011 curb season. Please call for a free estimate today. We offer color, stamped and even lighted curb. Beat the spring rush! 509-951-9502


LAWN CARE ORGANIC MICRO-CUT. We offer spring clean-ups, aerating, fertilizing, mowing, trimming, big or small jobs. Call 509-863-8894 for free estimates!

Delivered free to every business and residence in the greater Liberty Lake area, The Splash is possible because of its advertisers. Following are the local advertisers in this week’s Splash. Please consider them when offering your patronage. Alliant Securities, Inc. 7 Andrean Accounting 2 Bestway Lawn & Tree Care 4 Calvary Chapel Christian School 17 Casey Family Dental 5 C21 Beutler & Associates - JoAnn Zyph 4 Chalpin Fitness 11 Chamberlain, Dr. Dan 7 Desert Sun Landscaping 8 Domino’s Pizza 3 George Gee Automotive 9 Good Samaritan Society Spokane Valley 17 Health & Wellness Building 8

Healthy Living Liberty Lake 11 Holistic Festival 2 HUB Sports Center 2 Inland Imaging 7 Inland Imaging 10 John L. Scott Real Estate - Pam Fredrick 6 Karen Does My Hair 2 Liberty Lake Athletic Club 5 Liberty Lake Family & Sports Medicine 6 Liberty Lake Family Dentistry 3 Liberty Lake Kiwanis Foundation 9 Liberty Lake Pet Sitters & Pooper Scoopers 8 Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District 17

Liberty Lashes 9 Northern Quest Resort & Casino 24 NW Tailoring 8 Pine Ridge Alzheimers Special Care Center 21 Sayre and Sayre 19 Simonds Dental Group 3 Spokane Home and Garden Show 3 Spokane Valley Cosmetic Laser Center 19 Sterling Savings Bank 24 Trailhead Golf Course - Adult 3 Trailhead Golf Course - Junior 6 Worthy Enterprises LLC 5

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CLASSIFIEDS Continued from page 22 Josh at The Splash at 242-7752 or 1-206-634-3838 for more details.


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


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regulations applicable to the site. Consistency: In consideration of the above referenced development regulations and typical conditions and/or mitigating measures, the proposal is found to be consistent, as provided in RCW 36.70B.040, with the “type of land use”,“level of development”, “infrastructure”, and “character of development”. Written Comments: Agencies, tribes, and the public are encouraged to review and provide written comments on the proposed project and its probable environmental impacts. All comments received within 14 calendar days of the date this Notice of Application is issued, will be considered prior to making a decision on this application. Public Hearing: As a Type III Project Permit, this action is subject to a future public hearing. Location where application file may be viewed: City of Liberty Lake Planning & Building Services, 22710 E. Country Vista, Liberty Lake, WA 99019. Project information is also available on the City website at Questions may be directed to the Project Coordinator listed below. Review Authority - Project Coordinator: City of Liberty Lake - Amanda Tainio, Planning & Building Services Manager, Phone: 509-755-6708, Email: Date Notice of Application (NOA) Issued: 3/23/11 Published Date & Paper: 3/24/11, Liberty Lake Splash End of Comment Period: 4pm, 4/6/11

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES THAT: The Mayor and City Council of the City of Liberty Lake will hold a Special Meeting Friday, March 25, 2011 at 7:00 a.m. at Twisp Café, 23505 E Appleway Ave # 100, Liberty Lake, WA. The meeting will be held with local business leaders for the purpose of enhancing economic development in Liberty Lake. This meeting is open to the public. Individuals planning to attend the meeting who require special assistance to accommodate physical, hearing, or other impairments, please contact the City Clerk at (509) 755-6729 as soon as possible so that arrangements may be made. Ann Swenson, City Clerk


Liberty Lake residents on the honor roll included Natalie Block, Nathaniel Coulson, Jason Walker and Jessica Willard.

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5K Heart Fun Run raises funds Culton’s entry will be submitted to the for CV outreach program


The Central Valley PTA Council’s 5K Heart Fun Run will be held at 9 a.m. April 16 at University High School, 12420 E. 32nd Ave. in Spokane Valley. For more information, go to www.ptareThe event raises money for CV’s Heart in Hand outreach program that provides help for CV students who are in temporary or Students named to honor roll The University of Washington recently transitional housing. released names of students on the fall The registration fee is $15 before April 1 quarter dean’s honor roll for the 2010-2011 and $20 after that day. For more informaacademic year. tion, go to national competition. All winners will be recognized at a state awards ceremony in May.

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LEGAL NOTICES City of Liberty Lake Notice of Application Proposal File #: P-11-0001 Zoning: R-1, R-2, & O Proposal: Rocky Hill North Preliminary Plat Proposal Description: Subdivide 67.79 acres into 327 parcels + open space tracts General Location: North of Winrock St. & Bergamot Ave. (Parcel 55114.9096) Owner: Liberty Meadows, LLC (Judi Williams) Phone: 509-921-6097 Applicant: Rocky Hill, LLC (Joe Frank) Phone: 509-458-5860 Contact: Greenstone Management (Drew Benado) Phone: 509-458-5860 Application Date: 2/18/11 Determination of Completeness Issued: 3/16/11 Notice of Application Issued: 3/23/11 Comment Deadline: 4pm, 4/6/11 City of Liberty Lake Permits Included in Application: Preliminary plat application to create 327 lots. If the Preliminary Plat is approved, a Final Plat will be required to be submitted prior to individual lot sale, lease, or construction and City Building Permits will need to be issued prior to beginning construction. Other Permits: Liberty Lake Sewer District permits & approval, WA State Dept. of Ecology (DOE) permits & approvals, Spokane Clean Air permits & approvals, and Spokane Regional Health District permits & approvals may need to be issued prior to construction. Required & Existing Studies: A SEPA Checklist has been completed. Environmental Review: City of Liberty Lake Planning & Building Services is reviewing the proposed project for probable adverse environmental impacts and expects to issue a Mitigated Determination of Nonsignificance (MDNS) for this project. Any SEPA appeal is governed by the City of Liberty Lake Environmental Ordinance and such appeal shall be filed within fourteen (14) days after the notice that the determination has been made and is appealable. The optional DNS process in WAC 197-11-355 is being used and this may be your only opportunity to comment on the environmental impacts of this portion of the proposal. A copy of the subsequent threshold determination for this proposal may be obtained upon request and will be supplied to reviewing agencies. Probable MDNS Conditions: Harvard Road Mitigation and other conditions as recommended by reviewing agencies. Development Regulations: City of Liberty Lake Development & Building Codes, Standards for Street and Sewer Construction, and the Stormwater Management Manual are the primary City

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