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Liberty Lake resident and former Spokane Shock Team President Adam Nebeker was named executive director of Cancer Patient Care last October. The nonprofit agency has been providing support and advocacy for area cancer patients since 1958.

Getting tough against cancer Former football executive now leading Cancer Patient Care team By Craig Howard Splash Editor

Leaves were changing pigments and football was in the air when Adam Nebeker transitioned careers last autumn. In a move that made an onside kick seem pedestrian, the Liberty Lake resident left his post as team president of the Spokane Shock to take over as executive director of Cancer Patient Care, a nonprofit agency that has been rallying on behalf of local cancer patients for over 50 years. For Nebeker, the switch from the football sidelines to the frontlines of the fight against cancer was a matter of shifting professional priorities. “When you win a football game, it’s a great feeling of accomplishment, but there’s no real lasting meaning,” Nebeker said. “I wanted to go into work every day and feel like I was making a difference.” Nebeker was announced as the new CPC director in October, replacing Cliff Evans. His first official day was Nov. 7. Since then, Nebeker has employed many of the winning tactics that turned the Shock into one of the most successful

Adam Nebeker Age 34

Family Wife, Meghann and three children

Favorite sports moment Seattle Mariners defeating the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the 1995 American League Division Championship Series.

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Hero My father

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teams in the history of arena-level football. Gone are the days when CPC clients called the agency for financial assistance on the first day of the month, creating a bottleneck of requests and depleting resources for the weeks ahead. Instead, a new system of parceling out funds throughout the month has benefited patients and improved employee efficiency. “Adam really has become part of this

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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.

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MAY 10 Noon: LL Centennial Rotary meeting, Meadowwood Technology Campus Liberty Room, 2100 N. Molter MAY 11 1 p.m.: WELL meeting, Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District building, 22510 E. Mission Ave. 6 p.m.: Easy flow yoga class, The Mat, 21651 E. Country Vista Drive MAY 12 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Liberty Lake Merchants Association Community Picnic, Pavillion Park MAY 14 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 MAY 15 7 p.m.: Liberty Lake City Council meeting, Liberty Lake City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive MAY 16 6:45 a.m.: Liberty Lake Kiwanis meeting, Liberty Lake City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Liberty Lake Senior Lunch Program, LL City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive 5:45 p.m.: Liberty Lake Toastmasters, Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District building, 22510 E. Mission Ave. 7 p.m.: MeadowWood Homeowners Association meeting, Liberty Lake City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive 7 p.m.: Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District meeting, Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District building, 22510 E. Mission Ave.

Instructors at The Mat, 21651 E. Country Vista Drive, will hold a free all-level easy flow yoga class on Friday at 6 p.m. to support Blessings Under the Bridge, a local charity benefiting the homeless. “We just decided it was time for us to get more involved in the community and give back,” co-owner and instructor Jan Long said. “We’re going to try every three months to do something to benefit out favorite charity.” A Lululemon Athletica trunk show will take placeafter the class with items for sale. For more information, call The Mat at 9981772. To learn more about Blessings Under the Bridge, visit

Picnic planned to benefit Relay The Liberty Lake Merchants Association will hold a Liberty Lake Community Picnic Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pavillion Park. The event, which will serve as a fundraiser for the second annual Liberty Lake Relay For Life in July, will include a Classic Car Show, Crazy Canine Show and vendor booths, as well as food and drinks available for purchase.

Calling all local graduates Graduation is approaching and The Splash is featuring high school seniors who live in Liberty Lake in the June 7 issue of the paper. This invitation is to all graduating seniors who live in the community, regardless of where they attend high school. In order to participate, send a photo along with the graduate’s name, age, parents’ name, school, high school involvement and plans after graduation to editor@ The deadline to submit information is Tuesday, May 29. The Splash will follow up with a few additional, light-hearted questions to give our readers a glance of the personalities of our local graduates.

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sponsor a Memorial Day pancake breakfast on Monday, May 28 at Pavillion Park from 8 to 10 a.m. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for kids. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Honor Flight program for military veterans. All local veterans are invited to the breakfast at no cost. The morning will include a musical program, Honor Guard and a special Memorial Day tribute to veterans. For more information, contact Jeff Duncan at 868-6754.

Yard sale approaching; vendors sought The 19th annual Liberty Lake Community Yard Sales will be held Saturday, June 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is open until June 1 and commercial vendors interested in participating in the event with a space at Pavillion Park should contact Pat Dockrey at 926-3198 or pdockrey@gmail. com. This year, Clark’s Tire and Automotive will award one lucky registrant $500 toward a set of new tires.

CV concert to benefit Wounded Warrior Project The Central Valley High School Band will hold its annual benefit concert on Wednesday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. with proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. The concert will take place at the Central Valley High School Performing Arts Theater on campus. Tickets are $5 and are available at the CVHS Business Office or at the door the night of the event. For more information contact Eric Parker at 2285168

City offers tax rebate Low-income senior or low-income disabled residents living within the city limits of Liberty Lake may qualify for a rebate of the utility taxes they paid in 2011. For more information, go to or call the city treasurer at 755-6720. For a full list of community briefs, visit

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Police Report

The following incidents, arrests, calls for service and citations were reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department April 30 through May 7.

Incidents and arrests • False alarm — At 7:15 p.m. May 1, LLPD was dispatched to a commercial alarm at the 22100 block of East Country Vista Drive. Officers checked the business and determined it was secure. • Soliciting without a license — A 22-year-old transient man was arrested May 1 at the 23000 block of East Settler Drive for soliciting without a license. • Suspended license — A 30-year-old Spokane man was arrested at 2:45 p.m. May 2 at Country Vista Drive and Stanford Lane for driving with a suspended license. • Theft — A 19-year-old Spokane man was arrested at 4:30 p.m. May 2 at the 1200 block of North Liberty Lake Road for theft, third degree. A caller reported that a customer gave a store employee, the arrested subject, a found wallet. The employee took the wallet, removed the cash, and threw the wallet and the rest of the contents away. The suspect admitted to police what he had done and was able to retrieve the wallet he had thrown away, which was turned over to police and then given to the owner. • Hit and run — At 11:15 a.m. May 3, LLPD was notified of a hit-and-run accident with property damage at Pavillion Park. An investigation of the scene showed it appeared a vehicle struck a pole at the entrance of the park, causing damage to the pole and ripping it out of the ground. A pylon was also struck on Molter Road. • False alarm — At 7:45 a.m. May 3, LLPD was dispatched to a commercial alarm at the 1800 block of N. Harvard Road. It was determined that the alarm was caused by an employee error. • Suspicious person — At 8:30 a.m. May 3, LLPD received a report of a suspicious person in the area of Homestead Drive and Country Vista Drive. The complainant reported a person going door to door selling items without a license. The officer checked the area but did not locate the subject. • Commercial alarm — At 7:40 p.m. May 5, LLPD was dispatched to a commercial alarm at the 22900 block of East Appleway Avenue. While checking the building, officers located an unsecured door on the southwest corner of the business. Officers checked the interior of the business and did not locate anything out of place. A person responsible for the business arrived on scene and secured the door. • Prowl check — At 10:10 p.m. May 5, LLPD was dispatched to the 1000 block of North Homestead Drive for a prowl check. The complainant reported hearing a loud noise at her front door. While checking the home, officers determined the front

door had been kicked and dented. • Suspended license — A 21-year-old Coeur d’Alene woman was arrested at 11:20 a.m. May 5 at Liberty Lake Road and Appleway Avenue for driving with a suspended license. • Suspended license — A 30-year-old Rathdrum man was arrested at 4:50 p.m. May 4 at Country Vista Drive and Whitman Lane for driving with a suspended license. • False alarm — At 2:15 a.m. May 5, LLPD was dispatched to the 23000 block of East Maxwell Drive for a residential alarm. Officers determined the alarm was false. • DUI — A 20-year-old Post Falls woman was arrested at 2:30 a.m. May 5 at Mission Avenue and Winrock Street for DUI. While on patrol, an officer observed a vehicle stopped within the intersection on Mission Avenue blocking the eastbound lane of travel. The officer pulled behind the vehicle to investigate and the vehicle drove off. The officer stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver. The driver said she was lost and was trying to program directions into the GPS. Based on his observations, the officer asked the driver if she had been drinking and she said she had been drinking a little but that her passenger had been drinking a lot. The officer also determined that both the driver and passenger were 20 years old. The driver was arrested for DUI and the passenger was arrested for minor in possession and consumption of alcohol. • False alarm — At 2:40 p.m. May 5, LLPD was dispatched to a residential alarm at the 800 block of North Garry Drive. Officers determined the alarm was false. • Disturbance — At 9:50 p.m. May 5, LLPD was dispatched to the area of Broadway Avenue and Garry Drive on a report of intoxicated teenagers ringing doorbells and running away. Officers checked the area and contacted the complainant but were not able to locate the subjects. • Suspicious circumstances — At 9:30 p.m. May 5, LLPD was dispatched to a suspicious circumstances call at Pavillion Park. The complainant reported several kids at the park were possibly fighting. Officers arrived within minutes of receiving the call but could not locate anyone in the park. The officers contacted a subject in a parked vehicle who said he didn’t see anything except a group of baseball players that had left the park about 20 minutes earlier. • Commercial alarm — At 10:40 p.m. May 5, LLPD was dispatched to a commercial alarm at the 21700 block of East Country Vista Drive. Officers checked the building and the exterior doors were secure. An employee arrived on scene and determined interior doors to the garden center were left unlocked. The doors were secured and the scene was cleared. • Welfare check — At 3:15 p.m. May 6, LLPD was dispatched to an unknown

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CVHS Sports Roundup Cheer 1: Mollie Thola, LPGA Golf Thola, the former head golf pro at Trailhead at Liberty Lake, placed third in her division at the LPGA Western Section Championship in Morgan Hills, Calif. last week. Thola shot a 79 and 78, respectively, on the Coyote Creek Golf Course, April 30 and May 1. The tournament featured pros from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Arizona and British Columbia.

Cheer 2: Carli Riordan, Central Valley Softball Riordan, a sophomore pitcher, won three games over the past week, propelling the Bears into second place in the Greater Spokane League. Riordan held Ferris to

five hits in a 3-1 win on May 1, then shut out Mt. Spokane 2-0 on May 4. The sophomore had a complete game win against Shadle Park on Monday and also contributed to the offense with a single.

Cheer 3: Rich Lentz, Bloomsday runner Lentz, a 32-year-old resident of Liberty Lake, ran a swift time of 44:37 in the 36th rendition of Bloomsday on May 6. Lentz was the top placer among nearly 800 Liberty Lake residents who competed on the 12K (7.46-mile) trek. Rob Hartman was the second Liberty Lake finisher at 45:09 while Shawn Edgerly was third among LL runners at 46:29.

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Soccer team defeats Ferris in playoffs Central Valley may have been playing on the Ferris Saxons’ home turf, but it was the Bears who emerged with the 2-0 victory in the District 8 4A soccer playoffs last week. A goal and an assist by Lucas Schneidmiller keyed CV’s playoff win at Joe Albi Stadium on May 2, advancing the Bears to a matchup on Tuesday (after presstime) with Lewis and Clark, surprise 4-3 winners against Mead. The game is for the district title and seeding at 4A regionals. The victory improved Central Valley’s record to 9-3. The Bears placed second in the Greater Spokane League standings this season, behind Mead at 8-1.

Fastpitch softball moves into second The CV fastpitch softball squad continued its winning ways last week, defeating Ferris, Mt. Spokane and Shadle Park to move into second place behind University. In the 3-1 Ferris win, sophomore pitcher Carli Riordan held the Saxons to five hits over seven innings while the CV defense turned in an errorless effort. On May 4, against Mt. Spokane, the Bears plated two runs in the first inning and Riordan tossed a shutout in the 2-0 decision.

Central Valley nine swept from postseason by Ferris The Central Valley offense was stymied by Ferris pitching in a two-game playoff series last week. The season-ending sweep began with a no-hit, 3-0 shutout on May 1, a game that saw the Saxons manage eight base hits against senior starter Josh Hayes. On May 3, Ferris raced to a 5-0 lead after two innings and went on for an 13-2 win. Ryan Leone, Andres Morales and Matt Whiting each had hits for CV, which concluded the 2012 campaign with a 6-14 record.

CV girls track team secures undefeated GSL season The Central Valley girls track squad defeated University, Gonzaga Prep and Mt. Spokane in the final dual meet of the year last Thursday. The win clinched the GSL

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After a decade away, former resident prepares for unique challenge By Kelly Moore Splash Staff Writer

Liberty Lake’s new city administrator hire, Katy Allen, has yet to spend a day of her 35-year public works career in the city limits, but she’s had a home in the community since 1983. Her new title will mean leaving her current position as public works director in Bremerton and returning back to the home where she raised her family. “The time and the place came together really well,” Allen said. “There will be a lot of challenges, but that goes with the territory.” The city administrator, under the direction, supervision and authority of the mayor, is the executive officer and liaison officer for the city. This position directs the administration of city government functions and services and provides leadership in the long and short-term goals of the city. Before she makes her way east, Allen will have to tie up loose ends in Bremerton, where she’s worked since December. “She is so artful at getting the job done,” said Robert Parker, a Bremerton business owner. “She has a way of bridging the gap between those who do and don’t agree so that everyone wins.” During her time in Bremerton, Allen opened up the work area at the Oyster Bay facility, dispersed work responsibilities after three retirements, upgraded utility billing and initiated a graffiti cleanup program. “You can actually look around our city and see things happening,” Parker said. “That’s something we haven’t seen here in the last decade. Our hearts kind of sank when it was announced that she’d be leaving.” Allen admitted the move would be bittersweet, but the opportunity to return to the community she’s long called home was a nobrainer. “I didn’t expect this,” Allen said. “When I worked in Spokane during the early part of my career, I really enjoyed it there. I worked with great people, but an opportunity presented itself to go

to California, and I was ready for a change. Going to Bremerton was also a turning point. When I came to Bremerton, I never imagined there would be a position in Liberty Lake. It’s not something I mapped out. I didn’t see it in the cards.” Still, she said it just feels right to come back to Liberty Lake, and working here will be a new adventure.

Back to her roots Allen first moved to Liberty Lake in 1983 with her husband, Randy, because of the convenient location — halfway between her job in Spokane and his job in Post Falls. They’ve had a home here ever since. “As our kids grew up and we enjoyed being here, we just knew we never wanted to leave,” Allen said. “Even though I had the fortune of going to California and working there for nine years, and now in Bremerton, we always knew we wanted to come back. We never even entertained the thought of giving up our home here.” In addition to the lake and golf courses, she said it was the community’s amenities that kept her family here. “It’s the trails, the bike paths, the walkability, the convenience of having retail, places to eat and shop here, the library, the park system — all of those things,” Allen said. “It’s just a clean, safe community that we’ve enjoyed.” When Allen accepted a job in San Jose in 2002, the city had barely incorporated. Since she’s been gone, though, she said it’s only gotten better. “The planning of this city pulled together a tremendous amount of forethought into that public space piece,” Allen said. “I think it just adds to the attraction of Liberty Lake. The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve learned to appreciate pedestrian amenities in a community — the walkability. I really like to get outside and walk around.”

Keeping up with community Allen acknowledged the many

civic traditions that make Liberty Lake so appealing — the Fourth of July Parade, the Easter Egg Hunt, the yard sales, movies and concerts in the park. “I enjoy that part of communities, especially ours here in Liberty Lake,” Allen said. “Traditions are what make communities rich.” When asked to pick a favorite, she answered without pausing: the Farmers Market. “Everything is unique,” Allen said. “When you go shopping, no matter where you are in the United States and you go in the mall, it’s pretty much all the same. But each community has their own Farmers Market, and ours here is really a reflection of Liberty Lake because it’s unique — lavender grown just over the freeway, pets needing to be adopted, the food selection.” She said her must-buy item at the local market is always the lavender. It also happens to be a favorite of her granddaughter. After buying it together at the market last year, she said it inspired a family project to grow it themselves. They later harvested it and put it in containers to give out for Christmas. For fun, Allen said family time tops her list. Her two sons, Paul and Jeff, are now grown and married with kids — one lives in Newman Lake and the other in North Idaho. She also likes to make use of the many bike paths in the area. “I’ve really found that it grounds me, and it helps me focus,” Allen said. “I like to get on my bike and just ride it east or west. The cardio part is kind of a side benefit for me — I like the mental part of it.” For similar reasons, she said she also likes gardening. Interestingly, her community ties have kept her familiar with many of her soon-to-be colleagues. Because they have homes in the same neighborhood, she’s been an acquaintance of Mayor

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Top: Katy Allen moved to Liberty Lake with her husband Randy in 1983. Her sons Paul and Jeff were 9 and 6 at the time. Middle: The Allen family on the deck of their Liberty Lake home in the late 1980s. At the time, both of her sons were attending Greenacres Middle School. Bottom: Allen (center) was den leader for her sons’ Boy Scout troop out of Greenacres Elementary School. Here the troop gets silly in Liberty Lake.

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News Brief CV student win STCU scholarship Students from Central Valley, North Central and Newport high schools are this year’s recipients of $2,000 Focus Award scholarships from the Spokane Teachers Credit Union. Judges selected the three scholarship recipients from among 23 Eastern Washington high school seniors honored last

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Steve Peterson and his wife, Charmaine, for a number of years. In the late 1990s, her graduate school classes overlapped with those taken by Community Development Director Doug Smith. Last fall, she got to know a few Council members after she was asked to help in the recruiting process of an interim city administrator.

Hitting the ground running With about three weeks until her first day of work at City Hall, Allen said she’s keeping busy behind the scenes closing out projects in Bremerton while making connections in Liberty Lake. Starting June 4, she said there would be three things she needed to focus on in her first 30 days of work: getting to know city services, budgets and leaders. “I just need to familiarize myself with our work product,” Allen said. “Then I need to understand the budget. I really have to understand monies coming in and monies going out, how they are spent and how are

Pooling from experience

With almost 35 years of experience in the public sector, Liberty Lake’s new city administrator Katy Allen said she’s picked up a handful of lessons learned along the way and hopes to incorporate those values into her new position. She said her time as director of public works in Bremerton and as city engineer in San Jose, Calif., was when she solidified her leadership style. She said it was here that she learned the importance of key qualities in public operation.

Transparency Topping that list was a stated objective for municipal government to be transparent. “We don’t operate in a vacuum, nor do we want our elected officials or community members to learn about things after the fact and then feel like they need to be educated,”

week for excelling in career and technical education. Tom Johnson, president/CEO of STCU, announced the recipients at a May 2 event where the achievements of all 23 students were celebrated. STCU has sponsored the Focus Awards since 2006. This year’s scholarship recipients include Leah Amsden, who holds a 3.9 grade-point average at Central Valley High School, where she participated in the school’s

teaching academy and marketing sequences. Leah plans to become an elementary teacher after attending Eastern Washington University. She has participated in missions to Guatemala and is a four-year letter winner in cross country as well as senior year co-captain. Other CV honorees included Emily Korotish, Sophia Dien, David Gray and Kelsey Glynn.

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working and living here,” Allen said. “Because I always worked places where my family wasn’t, I let work spill way over into life. There was a period in my life where my work-life balance was way off. What I want to do is organize my life so that I have a healthy balance there.” She noted the adjustment would be one of many made with the move. “It’s a new experience in a number of ways,” Allen said. “I’ve never been a city administrator before, so that’s exciting and challenging. I’ve never worked in a city like Liberty Lake before, so that’ll be a new experience. I know that all comes with the territory. I’m confident that the skills I’ve picked up throughout my career are going to help me work with other people." Ultimately, she said, she hopes to gather resources on the city side and connect those with the community to map out a path forward. “It’s a very exciting place to be right now at this point in my career,” Allen said. “I don’t want to sound so ‘Polyanna,’ but the successes in my career have always come out of positive momentums. I get really jazzed when I think about public service.”

Age: 57 Current read: “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson If I had a million dollars: I would donate, give to my grandkids’ education and invest. (I wouldn’t buy a car, take a trip or buy clothes.) Favorite destination: Carmel, Calif. Gardening go-to: Peonies we communicating those expenses to our Council and the community.” Finally, she said she would need to focus on getting connected with the City Council and the mayor. “It’s about building a productive work relationship there,” Allen said. “I also need to get reconnected with our community and that happens on a number of different fronts.” On the personal side, she said she wouldbe trying to get her house in order — both figuratively and literally. “I’ll have to get into the new routine of Allen explained. “I’m much more into engagement than education. It’s being transparent and accountable, making sure we’re communicating effectively.” To her, communication and transparency go hand-in-hand, and she’s said she’s seen electronic communication open doors to interacting with elected officials or city employees and getting questions answered more efficiently.

Accountability Communication, Allen said, also plays into what she classified as another component of quality public works she picked up in California: accountability. “As providers of public services, we hold ourselves to the very highest standards of being accountable to the services we deliver and providing communication and how our dollars are spent,” Allen said. “We’re also accountable to the mayor and city council — our goal is to make them successful, and in doing so, better serve our community. It’s working hand-in-hand with our council and mayor to understand what their priori-

ties are and then to build that into a work plan.”

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Benchmarking In addition, Allen said keeping up with cutting-edge practices would be a top priority for her in Liberty Lake. “We want to look at who is doing it well,” Allen said. “We like to benchmark within the industry and know that the services we provide in our community are as good or better than services provided elsewhere. That way, when people have a choice as to where they’re going to work or where they’re going to live, Liberty Lake is going to be right up there as one of their top choices.” Despite only a five-month stint at her current job in Bremerton, she said the new experience gave her valuable insight into community spirit. “I see a lot of positive energy there,” Allen said. “Even though they’re strapped for cash, there’s a lot of positive energy about their service to the community, and I think that’s something that is exciting.”

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Saturday, June 9th, 2012 8 am – 4 pm 19th annual

New this year: sell at Pavillion Park!

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Don’t live in Liberty Lake but want to have a sale? Live here but looking to get closer to the action? You can set up a sale at Pavillion Park! 12-foot by 12-foot sections of the park are available to be utilized for your sale (not for commercial vendors; see below). Registration is $15 plus a $35 deposit refundable after you clean up your sale on the day of the event. Just write “Pavillion Park” when asked for an address and pay $50 to secure your spot. Spaces will be assigned to registered sellers on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6:30 a.m. June 9. This option is available through any of the three methods listed on this page.

three ways to register:

 online: $10

Organized by the Kiwanis Club of Liberty Lake

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Submit your registration and secure credit card payment at to receive a discounted registration and special reasonably priced add-on options (color, borders, bold title) to help your yard sale stand out from the rest. Online ads can also exceed the 20-word maximum for 15 cents a word.

 in-person: $15

Stop by The Splash office between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday to submit your registration information and payment. Add-on and extra word options available. Sorry, we can’t take registrations over the phone. 2310 N. Molter Road, Suite 305 • Liberty Lake, WA 99019

 mail-in form: $15

Complete the registration form below and submit it along with your fee. Remember, registration must be received by June 1 to be included in the official guide and map. Name Phone Address Description (Not to exceed 20 words)

CALL TO SCHEDULE YOUR INSERTS TODAY! (509) 242-7752 (Sign up by June 1 to list your sale and description in the official guide and map. Registration fees go to the Kiwanis Club of Liberty Lake to support the event and community.)

RegisteRed homes Receive: community guide: Listing information organized alongside your neighborhood’s corresponding map in the official 2012 Liberty Lake Community Yard Sales Guide. 9,000 copies will be distributed through the June 7 Splash, at distribution points throughout the region and at strategic community outposts on the day of the event. A supported event: The sales will be advertised and publicized through regionwide outlets, and the Kiwanis Club is working with local authorities and strategic vendors (portable restrooms, etc.) to ensure a safe and well-supported event.

COMMERCIAL VENDORS: Don’t use this form. Contact Pat Dockrey at 926-3198 or to sign up. For questions about registration, contact The Splash at 509-242-7752. For general yard sale questions, e-mail Scott Draper at

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directional signage: Signs will be

posted to help guide shoppers into the neighborhoods, including the River District.

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Spokane will be going up and down Liberty Lake streets Monday and Tuesday, June 1112, to pick up unsold items residents wish to donate to charity. No large items please.

satisfaction: In the past, some homes

have chosen to hold sales on the day of the event without registering. By submitting an official registration, you showcase your community pride by helping organizers properly support the strategic needs of the event as well as giving back to the Liberty Lake community. After expenses, all proceeds from the event will be reinvested by the Kiwanis Club into the community. To summarize: charity event … makes Liberty Lake shine … brings you swarms of shoppers — that’s worth $10.

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Payments should be made and mailed to Kiwanis Club of Liberty Lake, P.O. Box 384, Liberty Lake, WA 99019 along with the completed registration form.


Every home registered in the sale will be entered in a drawing to win $500 toward a set of new tires from Clark’s Tire & Automotive. This event is underwritten by


Reminders Section 3.4 of rules and regulations: 48-hour parking for trailers, RVs and boats Vandalism is high — lock your cars and homes

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Tennis association returns with bolstered schedule By Kelly Moore Splash Staff Writer

After almost disbanding earlier this year, the Liberty Lake Community Tennis Association has returned for another season with a renovated and dynamic schedule. The season kicked off this week with evening clinics at Rocky Hill Park that will continue to run through Aug. 30. Evening sessions are held Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Ladies day clinics will be held Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and a clinic for kids 12 and younger will be held Saturdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The clinics are free and registration is not required. Each player needs a racquet, court shoes and water bottle. Tennis balls will be provided. “Right now our main focus is on clinics throughout the season,” said LLCTA President Larry West. “We might do a special event or a block party later in the year, but right now, I think we’ll stay pretty busy with clinics four days a week.” West stepped in as president this year, just weeks before the season started. “I love tennis,” West said. “I’m a tennis junkie. I figured I could help out any way


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I can, and I’m hoping we’ll generate some enthusiasm for the sport.” For each clinic, an instructor will be on each court conducting footwork and hitting drills. The clinics are designed to teach and improve the tennis ability of all levels of players, using fast-paced drills to maximize the number of swings, improve technique, and enhance muscle memory. The city’s Parks and Recreation department will reserve the courts during the times of clinics. The city will also pitch in with a backboard for the courts and some equipment. “I wanted to see how I could help out,” Recreation Coordinator Michelle Griffin said. “I love the sport and I think it’s a great, easy way to get people outside and active.” The partnership started last year, Griffin said. Then-president Frank Cruz-Aedo facilitated a day of lessons for the city’s CHILL day camp. Griffin said the lessons were a hit last year, and she hopes to reprise them in this summer’s schedule. “I get calls from people who are new to the area all the time asking how to meet people,” Griffin said. “I think the social aspect of LLCTA is great for that.” For more information about LLCTA, visit the group on Facebook.

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title for the Bears who swept the 400, 800 and 1,600-meter relays. Savannah Hoekstra placed first in the 100-meters and second in the long jump. Alex Moore crossed the tape first in the 1,600 and Mariah Cunningham was champ in the long jump and high jump. On the boys side, Austin Seely finished first in the triple jump while Drew Brown sprinted to first in the 300 and tied for first in the pole vault. J.J. Talafili tossed a meet best in the shotput.

Tennis team begins postseason The Central Valley girls and boys tennis teams competed in the District 8 4A tournament on Monday. Leslie Ho won her

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singles match, 6-1, 6-0. Emily Skladany also moved on with a 6-1, 6-3 win. Junior Rachel Glamp fell 6-2, 6-4 in the other singles match. In doubles competition, the team of Madison Lewis and Christina Davis won 6-3, 7-5. Kasey Clark and Mika D’Amico also emerged victorious, 6-1, 6-1 while Samantha Block and Charlotte Schmitz defeated their opponents from Mead. On the boys side, sophomore Jacob Conant lost 6-3, 6-0. Senior Jordan Tabish fell, 6-0, 6-0 and junior Jason Stockdale lost 6-1, 6-0. The doubles squad of Jarriq White and Shea Pasque earned a 6-1, 6-0 win while the team of Dallin Squires and Zachary Wagner lost 6-1, 6-3. The senior tandem of Michael Sattler and Andrew Wiggin won their first set, 6-4, but fell in the final two sets, 6-0, 6-3. District tournament competition continues this week.

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Chamber honoring returning vets

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Hosts of the Business Connections Lunch, Skip Bonuccelli and John Guarisco and Chamber President and CEO Eldonna Shaw pose with the panelists and program supporters from the Employers in Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The special lunch, "Welcoming Home Our Citizen Soldiers" was held on Friday, April 20 at Washington Army National Guard Armory/Readiness Center. Pictured from left, Skip Bonuccelli; Col. Darel Maxfield, US Army Reserves; Col. Jeffrey Maple, Air National Guard; Ken Isaak, ESGR; Eldonna Shaw, Valley Chamber President and CEO; GySgt. Brent Pulley, USMC; Cmdr. Mike Tiefenbach, Naval Operations Support Center; John Guarisco

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From left, Hailee Templeton, 7; Sawyer Anderson, 3; and Darbie Anderson, 7 walk hand-in-hand April 22 at the seventh annual Susan G. Komen Eastern Washington Race for the Cure in Spokane.

A break from the rain

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On April 23, Paul Humphreys (pictured above) and Russell Kinney paddle boarded the Liberty Lake outlet channel. The stream only flows for several weeks each year, and within that time there has to be enough water to fill the entire channel but not so much that paddlers can't pass through the culverts, Humphreys said.

Picture perfect

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A rainbow reaches across the lake as the sun breaks through early evening clouds last month.

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Liberty Lake painter and owner of the Art Chalet Annette Carter recently completed a painting of Zephyr Lodge. The finished piece now hangs over the fireplace in one of the historical lodge’s main rooms.

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Patrick and Diana Webster pose with The Splash on the beach at Philipsburg, St. Maarten. The Websters recently returned from a seven-day cruise aboard the Norwegian Epic. Ports of call were St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and Nassau, Bahamas. They said they spent lots of time in the sun, snorkeling at Honeymoon Beach in St. John, touring Nassau and enjoying the food and entertainment onboard the Epic.

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Businesses take lead in Relay fundraising efforts By Kelly Moore Splash Staff Writer

With Liberty Lake’s second annual Relay For Life about two months away, the local business community is leading the participant field. As of May 7, six of the seven registered teams represent businesses. Through her experience with the event, American Cancer Society Community Relationship Manager Jennifer Kronvall said Relay For Life teams generally represent groups of friends and families. However, she said she isn’t surprised to see the opposite taking shape in Liberty Lake. “Liberty Lake is a very business-minded community,” Kronvall said. “To me, it’s a win-win situation. You’re out there volunteering and doing something to give back. It makes you feel good, but you’re also getting your business out there too.” The Liberty Lake Merchants Association, a local business referral group, formed a team earlier this year, and will jump start fundraising this weekend with a community picnic fundraiser. “I think it’s a great promotional tool for businesses,” Team Captain Sandra Bartel said. “Anytime you’re able to get involved with the community and get your name out there, people look at that as something positive they’d want to be a part of.” The Community Picnic will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 at Pavillion Park. The event will include a Classic Car Show, Crazy Canine Show and vendor booths. Food and drinks will be available for

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Members of Team Steph/Spokane Dermatology Clinic put together their campsite at last year’s Relay For Life event. So far this year, a majority of teams represent businesses. purchase from the Roamin’ Pizza Chariot. In addition to the Merchants Association, H and B Creations, a marketing firm, recently signed on as a Relay for Life corporate sponsor. “I’ve got a passion for anything that deals with helping cancer,” H and B Owner Shaun Beck said. “Cancer has been a big scare in my life and I’ve known too many people who’ve had to fight it. I’m motivated to do what I can to end it.” Beck said both his grandmother and father passed away after complications with cancer and much of his charity work is done in their memory. In addition to sponsoring Liberty Lake’s event, Beck is also rallying a team together and orga-

nizing a golf fundraiser in Deer Park for July 7. Registration for the event costs $79 for a team of four. Registration information will be available soon. Other businesses represented by Relay For Life teams include Safeco, Expect-A-Lot, Walgreens and The Splash. Kronvall said a recent campaign for more teams involved visiting numerous Liberty Lake businesses and she feels encouraged about the potential of additional new teams. She said the goal for this year’s event is to have 15 teams and 200 participants. For more information or to form a Relay For Life team, visit An informational meeting for team captains will also be held on May 10 at 7 p.m. at the Liberty Lake Municipal Library.

Advertise your business in the Official Guide for the 19th annual

LIBERTY LAKE COMMUNITY YARD SALES Liberty Lake will once again be bursting at the seams for the 19th annual Community Yard Sales June 9, and there’s never been a better opportunity to get your business in front of the throngs of shoppers than being a part of the event’s official map and listings guide.


Hurry! Special placements integrated within the maps and listings are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Splash advertising rates and discounts apply. To reserve your space, call 509-242-7752.

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In Biz WELL meets this week The Women Executives of Liberty Lake (WELL) will hold its monthly meeting Friday, May 11, at the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District building, 22510 E. Mission Ave. Members and guests are welcome at 12:45 p.m. for networking and the meeting at 1 p.m. Inspired Living Business Coach Valerie Lipstein will share what small business owners need to know about creating prosperity. Members are encouraged to bring friends and business associates who could benefit from the event. The event is free. For more information, visit www.well99019.

Itron wraps $100 million acquisition Itron announced May 1 that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of privately held SmartSynch for $100 million. The acquisition increases Itron's cellular communications offering and brings greater choice to utility customers across the spectrum of smart metering deployments. "I'm delighted to complete this acquisition of SmartSynch," Itron president and CEO LeRoy Nosbaum said in a press release. "Itron has a long legacy of building flexible solutions to meet unique customer needs. By expanding our offering to include integrated cellular communications, we are positioned to help customers deploy the best technology mix and accelerate the adoption of smart metering and smart grid technologies." SmartSynch has more than 130 customers, including nine of the top 10 utilities in North America. Most recently, SmartSynch's technology was selected

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CU NorthWest participates in conference Liberty Lake-based CU NorthWest will make its first appearance at the Mountain West Credit Union Association (MWCUA) Annual Meeting this weekend in Colorado Springs, Colo. “We are excited to participate and provide a completely credit union owned option for credit union core processing solutions” CU NorthWest CEO Greg Smith said. “Credit unions have many choices when choosing a technology partner but very few CUSO centric offerings”. The data processing CUSO has already converted credit unions in Colorado but has not participated in the annual event until this year. CU NorthWest provides expertise in implementing technical solutions to operational needs and helps credit unions form strategic alliances and partnerships. Services for credit unions include a processing system in both an online and in-house environment, and Internet development services. Additional services include website development, network design and security, bookkeeping services, and a complete eDocument solution. In Biz features Liberty Lake-connected business items. Contact The Splash with business news at

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Courage drives us to reach beyond ourselves By Jesse Sheldon Splash Guest Column

What image comes to mind when asked to visualize someone who displays courage? Personally, I picture a firefighter, a member of our military fighting for our freedom or someone donating an organ. To me, each of these people displays incredible courage. I also believe courage can be as simple as admitting to your mom that you broke her favorite vase instead of passing off the blame to your brother, knowing you will be grounded for a week. My personal definition of courage is probably best represented by this quote by Ambrose Redmoon: "Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear." It is this determination that something else is more important than the fear of failure that has driven me to address the need for diaper support in my community. Being an only child, a teenager and a guy, I had never really thought about how much of a necessity diapers were for babies. When I learned what it costs a family financially for diapers and the fact that resources such as food stamps and WIC don’t help pay for diapers or hygiene items, I began to understand just how basic was the need for diaper support. When I tell people my story about feeling called and compelled to take action to help local families with this need, many look at me and ask why. How did I know what to do? Wasn’t I afraid of failing? What I know now is that I made a decision that affected not just the time I have spent in high school, but a decision that will impact the rest of my life. When I first started to seriously consider the idea of starting a nonprofit to

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help diaper babies, I could only think about what a great resource this could be for the community. I never thought about the possible challenges — both logistical obstacles as well as personal challenges — that might stand in my way. The logistical obstacles included writing a business plan, filing for 501(c)3 status, locating physical space to operate, funding and most importantly developing support for my vision. All of those daunting tasks may have overwhelmed my family as I began this journey, but those were simple things compared to the personal challenges I have faced. As a teenager, I am fully aware of how teens can be ridiculed and labeled, sometimes unintentionally. The first label I was given was that of “Diaper Boy.” Even some of the news media referred to me that way in the beginning. I was also labeled as unconventional, persistent and unyielding in my objective to see a diaper bank succeed. I was undaunted. The more research I did, the more I felt the conviction to proceed to build a diaper bank in my community. My next personal challenge was to accept that my focus was very different than other teens my age. I was thinking about mission statements, sponsorships, website design and program development, not what movie to go to or where to hang out on the weekend. But whenever I felt my courage and determination waning, I remembered that this was not about me, but about taking action to meet a need in my community. This doesn’t mean that I don’t recognize that sacrifices have been made or that my high school experience is very different from that of most of my peers. Probably the most important thing I have learned from my experience of founding Inland Northwest Baby (INWB) is that courage comes in many different shapes and forms. As Maya Angelou said, “One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous or honest.” We need to not be afraid to take a stand, to defend a cause, to look outside ourselves and be courageous. Jesse Sheldon, 17, is a junior at Central Valley High School and the founder of Inland Northwest Baby, a nonprofit that distributes diapers and children’s clothing to area families. He wrote this column as part of a special monthly column series highlighting the PACE (Partners Advancing Character Education) trait of the month that runs in partner publications.

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City administrator appointment process a win for Liberty Lake Community participation was not a hallmark of the changeup at Liberty Lake City Hall back in 2005. In a move about as popular as a rainout at Pavillion Park before a summer concert, Mayor Steve Peterson made the decision to reorganize the administrative ship by jettisoning inaugural City Administrator Lewis Griffin, who had signed on with Liberty Lake after serving as city administrator in Colfax. “Grif,” as he was known by family, friends and co-workers, balked at a ceremonial job representing Liberty Lake as a legislative lobbyist and went west to Connell where he was hired as the city administrator. When Griffin passed away from lung cancer in 2008, his funeral included a gathering of friends from Liberty Lake, a city he had helped form from the ground up. When he made the decision to go without a city administrator, Peterson talked about the need to turn more responsibility over to department directors, save administrative costs and streamline the process at City Hall. Overall, the move made sense. The way it was handled did not. Shift ahead to 2011 and a group backing a different sort of change — this one from the strong-mayor/city council form of government in place since incorporation to a city manager/council structure. One of the benefits of the transition, argued residents like Ron Ragge and Mary Munger, would be that dismissing a city manager would require a majority vote of council, not a single vote by a mayor.

While the initiative was defeated by a resounding margin of over 70 percent in last November’s general election, the message had been sent. Effective municipal government was a byproduct of collaboration, public participation and well-trained leaders who understand the complexities of running a city. Just over a month after he returned to office, Peterson himself provided an ideal job description as the search for a city administrator began. “We’re looking for someone who will work well with the community, be a sounding board for employees and management and provide guidance to the council,” he said. To its credit, the city went about the various interview and appointment steps in an inclusive way that gave stakeholders the voice they were missing in 2005. Separate interview panels of citizens, staff and council members grilled the three finalists in April the day after a meet-andgreet open house at City Hall. While the final decision of who to hire was left to Peterson, interim City Administrator Mike Cecka, City Council, staff and residents all had a say in the process. The result was no less than a communitywide interview to determine the best person for the job. When Katy Allen was finally announced as the second city administrator in Liberty Lake’s history on April 17, it felt more like a team victory, one that involved feedback, collective discussion and an emphasis on municipal priorities. And somewhere Lewis Griffin was cheering.

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Summit of smarts CV Knowledge Bowl squad wins state title By Craig Howard Splash Editor

Whether it’s a thinking cap or a state crown, the fit is the same for representatives of the Central Valley High School Knowledge Bowl team. The Bears’ brainpower carried the squad to a 4A state championship on March 17, the first title of its kind in school history. The varsity crew, consisting of half-a-dozen students, soared to the victory over Westside competitors Garfield and Central Kitsap in the final, correctly answering 46 out of 50 questions in the written round. “Out of 99 schools at state, they were the only team to get 46 out of 50,” said CV Knowledge Bowl advisor Eric Akins. “I think people now get that CV is one of the top schools in the state.” As for the hype surrounding the historic win, a banner was draped on campus, but overall attention was minimal compared to accomplishments of the school’s sports teams. “Most of my friends knew about it,” said Joe Aman, one of four seniors on the varsity roster. Zander White, another senior, said he is accustomed to the scarcity of fans who turn out to see a faceoff in the intelligence arena. The state championship match was held in a Marysville classroom that seated around 40.

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agency in the time he’s been here,” said CPC Development Director Melissa Halverson. “He really has a heart for this work. Not only does he give the staff great support, he brings a new perspective and new ideas to raise funds. You can tell this job is important to him personally — it’s just part of who he is.” Since 1958, CPC has provided a network of support for low-income cancer patients, helping defray costs associated with everything from nutritional supplements to utility bills. While clients must meet certain income guidelines to qualify for monetary help, the agency also offers counseling to all patients, regardless of their financial status. Nebeker described the social workers at CPC as the “stewards of the entire situation.” “That counseling support is so important,” he said. “Just to sit and have a conversation for an hour with someone who

“It’s not like we’re running out in a stadium with thousands of people,” White said. Unlike the antagonism seen on the court, the field or the diamond, Knowledge Bowl competitors tend to be a friendlier lot, according to senior Mark Crossen. “At state, there were a few nerdy, antisocial teams,” he said. “But our team is pretty social.” Central Valley had verged on winning state in previous years, finishing third in 2007 and second in 2010. In the runner-up year, the Bears had a late lead against Skyview, only to see the Sammamish school nab three of the last five questions and capture the victory on a challenged question earlier in the round. This time around, CV stormed to the championship with a lineup that included Hailey Reneau and Andrew Schutts of Liberty Lake. Reneau, one of two juniors on the team, said the rewards of Knowledge Bowl are less about trivia proficiency than the work and preparation that lead up to competition. Like her teammates, Reneau regularly tunes into Jeopardy and is a fan of documentaries. “It’s about the process, not the particular pieces of information,” she said. It also turns out that the team is astute beyond the realm of competition. CV bowlers — several of whom are members of the school’s Green Club — were quick to notice a surprising oversight at the state venue. “We couldn’t believe they didn’t have any recycling containers,” White said. Featuring obscure questions about literacares about you and is keeping track of your treatment, you can’t put a pricetag on that.” In his new role, Nebeker said he has “learned more about the cancer treatment process” and the value of reinforcement along the path to recovery. “Just simple questions like ‘How’s your chemotherapy going?’ or ‘Are you getting around OK?’ can make a significant difference,” he said. “A big part of what we do is just making sure that support network is in place.” There are currently around 400 CPC clients in an area that encompasses 10 counties in Eastern Washington and another nine in North Idaho. Along with financial help for essentials like groceries and rent, the organization carries specialty items like wheelchairs and wigs for those who have lost their hair from treatment. All help is provided free of cost. Nebeker, who has brought on another employee to help in the development department, said generating funds and awareness continues to be a major func-

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The Central Valley High School Knowledge Bowl team won the first state championship in school history back in March, defeating Central Kitsap and Garfield for the 4A crown. Top row (from left to right): Joe Aman, Andrew Schutts and Mark Crossen. Bottom row (L to R): Hailey Reneau, Zander White and Will Kable. ture, science, math, history and other fields, a typical Knowledge Bowl matchup involves five verbal rounds in a format similar to a game show. The first team to chime in on a buzzer has an opportunity to proffer its best answer. An incorrect response turns the question over to the next team to ring in. Schutts said the groundwork involved in preparing for a tournament includes “reading, taking AP classes and paying attention to current events.” Knowledge Bowl teammates also study on their own time, often researching topics like geology that are not

part of the AP curriculum. For CV, the state title was the culmination of a season that saw the team win its fourth Inland Empire Academic League championship and a regional title on Feb. 25. Over the past six years, the squad has gone 171-9 in league competition. Pullman and Colville — two schools from the same league as CV — won the 2A and 1A state titles, respectively. “This year is the most competitive it’s been,” said Akins. “To win state is pretty cool.”

tion of his job. “The more money we raise, the more clients we can help,” he said. “We still need to get better about educating people about who we are.” CPC will sponsor the 19th rendition of the Loreen Miller Bike Ride on June 16, one of the year’s central fundraisers. A new event, patterned after the punt, pass and kick competition, will be held at the Valley Christian School track and field complex on July 14. Nebeker said local residents can do their part by organizing bake sales, golf tournaments and other occasions that generate donations. “A huge portion of our revenue comes from individuals who have started their own fundraisers and donate the proceeds,” he said. “Even if it just raised $100, it’s helped and, in the meantime, you’ve educated others about the cause.” A 1996 graduate of University High School, Nebeker went on to earn his undergraduate diploma from Brigham Young University. After a law degree from William and Mary College in Virginia,

Nebeker began his career as an attorney, but left soon after when longtime friend and Shock majority owner Brady Nelson came up with the idea of starting a football team in Spokane. Nebeker still keeps track of his old squad, attending home games at the Spokane Arena. As for the career change, the ex-sports executive says building up the CPC brand has some parallels to marketing a championship roster. “This is a new challenge,” Nebeker said. “I understand that most of these clients I won’t ever meet, but I know we’re making a difference for them. I hear their stories. I’m motivated to get to work every day and know that I’m having an impact.” While Nebeker acknowledges that not each person can alter their respective career path for an altruistic purpose, he says everyone can contribute to the common good in their own way. “You can always give back, whether it’s a financial donation or volunteering your time,” he said. “There are all kinds of ways to help your community.”

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THANKS SAFEWAY & L. LAKE! The students of Immaculate Conception Academy, and especially Liam and Steven, would like to thank everyone for their generous support of our school’s annual Jog-a-thon. A very big thank you as well to Safeway for allowing us to use your doorway to ask for donations. We could not have made our goals without you!

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problem at the 23000 block of East Maxwell Drive. A neighbor reported hearing a female subject calling out for help. Officers contacted the residence and determined a subject inside had fallen and hit her head on the dresser. Medics were called to the scene, and they transported the subject to the hospital. • Suspicious circumstances — At 8:30 a.m. May 5, LLPD received a report of a suspicious circumstances incident in the area of Knox Avenue and Cavalier Court. The complainant reported seeing two male subjects driving slowly through the neighborhood. She said she saw one of the subjects get out of the car, take a package off of someone’s front porch and speed away in the vehicle. The officer arrived in the area and didn’t locate the subjects. The officer spoke to several people walking in the neighborhood who said they


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LEGAL NOTICE CITY OF LIBERTY LAKE SPOKANE COUNTY, WASHINGTON ORDINANCE NO. 116A AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE GOLF FUND CHANGE-MAKING ACCOUNT FOR THE CITY OF LIBERTY LAKE FOR THE PURPOSE OF MAKING CHANGE FOR CASH TRANSACTIONS. WHEREAS, the City of Liberty Lake passed Ordinance No. 116 establishing the Golf Fund Change-Making Account. NOW, THEREFORE, the City Council of the City of Liberty Lake, Washington, do ordain as follows: Ordinance No. 116, Section 2, is hereby amended to read as follows: Section 2. Golf Fund Change Making Account. The Mayor or designee is hereby authorized to establish a Golf Fund Cash Account in the amount of $400.00. This fund is established to facilitate minor authorized cash transactions for the making of change. The fund shall be administered by the Mayor, Finance Director, or designees, in accordance with rules or policies providing for such lawful administration. All other provisions contained in Ordinance 116 shall remain in full force and effect. Passed by the City Council this 1st day of May, 2012. Mayor, Steve Peterson

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didn’t see anything. The officer contacted the complainant, who told him he wasn’t sure if they actually took anything from the porch, and was not sure of the address where the package may have been taken from. He told the officer he assumed someone took a package because the passenger got out of the car and then returned to the car quickly. • Commercial alarm — At 9:30 p.m. May 5, LLPD was dispatched to the 2300 block of North Molter Road for a commercial alarm. Upon checking the business, officers determined the front doors were not secured. The officer checked inside of the business and didn’t locate anything out of place. The alarm company attempted to contact several people listed as responsible for the building but could not contact anyone. The officer was able to temporarily secure the front doors and requested the dayshift officers follow up with the business in the morning.

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