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A soldier’s journey home to Liberty Lake — and the free house that came with it



Pioneer of parks A chat with innovative green space designer Mike Terrell P. 2

Golf gathering Trailhead open house showcases upgrades at municipal course P. 12


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Mike Terrell has been integral to the development of green space in Liberty Lake, lending design work to projects like the trail system, Pavillion Park and Rocky Hill Park.

Green space guru

Landscape architect brings expertise to area parks, trails By Craig Howard Splash Editor

Mike Terrell was an undergraduate student at the University of Idaho majoring in biology when he attended an informational meeting on campus about landscape architecture. There were far more empty chairs than people at the presentation but, for Terrell, the discussion would lead to a mid-stream transition in college and career priorities. Nearly three decades later, Terrell’s professional inventory includes many of the signature landmarks in towns and cities throughout Eastern Washington, including Liberty Lake. From green space gems like Pavilion Park and the new Greenacres Park to Liberty Lake’s exemplary trail network, Terrell has been a catalyst for projects that integrate the environment into the community. “Mike’s been a very integral part of the history of green space in Liberty Lake,” said Doug Smith, community development director for the city of Liberty Lake. “In this city alone, he’s contributed a tremendous amount of quality landscape architecture. A lot of Mike’s success has to do with his demeanor. He’s a great person to work with.” Terrell’s involvement in Liberty Lake

Mike Terrell Age 49

Family Wife, Kara, two sons, Phillip and Patrick

College University of Idaho

Hero My father

Favorite park Manito Park

Hobbies Trying to play golf

Favorite food Chocolate croissant

Landscape architect idols John Olmsted, Frederick Olmsted

goes back to a time well before incorporation. In 1995, he was part of a design team that began a project to add a covered marquee at Pavillion Park along with walkways, a playground and a tennis facility. The update of the park’s master plan was keyed by community pillars like Ross Schneidmiller, Margaret Barnes and the late Lud Kramer. In the same decade, Terrell created a master plan for expanding the local trail system, including connections to the Centennial Trail. The document was vital in

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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.

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community Community Briefs PACE awards local students One student from each of 46 schools participating in the PACE program will be honored at the 2012 PACE Awards at Mirabeau Park Hotel and Convention Center on Thursday, May 31. Students ranging from kindergarten to grade 12 were selected for demonstrating outstanding character throughout the school year. PACE partners, friends and guests are encouraged to attend the program. Individual seats may be reserved for $25. For more information, visit or call 2285530.

Liberty Lake Days vendor applications due May 31 Individuals and businesses wishing to participate in 2012 Liberty Lake Days, July 27-28, with a display or vendor booth must apply for a special event permit through the city. Additionally, sponsorship support is needed for prize, supply, activity donations and carnival game operations. The carnival games and contests for Liberty Lake Days are free and participants will receive tickets to redeem for prizes at a prize booth. A list of sponsors for Liberty Lake Days will be posted at the event and on the city website. Special event permit applications are available at and to be considered, must be turned in at City Hall by May 31. Booth spaces will be filled on a first-come-firstserved basis and the City will determine booth location. For more information and requirements, contact the city at 755-6700.

where campers participate in numerous activities ranging from arts and crafts to sports, swimming, gardening, games and field trips. Camps run weekly June 18Aug. 24 from 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Rates are $950 for the entire summer or $100 per week. Multi-child rates are also available. For more information, call Recreation Coordinator Michelle Griffin at 755-6726 or visit

Yard Sales 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.

Lions Club welcomes attendees The Liberty Lake Lions Club meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at noon in the upstairs meeting room at Barlow's Restaurant, 1400 N. Meadowwood Lane. The public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Tony Cheshier at 927-2193 or cheshierll@

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.

Relay organizers Graduation is approaching and The push for more teams

Calling all local graduates

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 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.

City registering summer camps

Teams are sought to participate in the second annual Liberty Lake Relay For Life, planned for July 20-21 at the Meadowwood Technology Campus, 2100 N. Molter Road. Any team that recruits a new team will be put into a drawing to get a Relay basket, and team captains that have representation at team captain meetings will receive a ticket in the drawing as well. The winner will be drawn at bank night July 12. Teams may register online at Creating a team commits two team captains to raise a total of at least $35, and team members can sign up to join at any time with a $10 commitment.

The City of Liberty Lake is currently registering participants ages 5 to 11 for CHILL Summer Day Camp. CHILL is a summer day camp program

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Calendar MAY 24 Noon: Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary meeting, Meadowwood Technology Campus Liberty Room, 2100 N. Molter Road MAY 26 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Liberty Lake Farmers Market, 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane MAY 28 Liberty Lake City Hall and Spokane County offices closed for Memorial Day 8 to 10 a.m.: Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary Club Memorial Day pancake breakfast, Pavillion Park MAY 29 6 p.m.: FRIENDS of the Liberty Lake Municipal Library meeting, 23123 E. Mission Ave. 7 p.m.: Central Valley School Board meeting, 19307 E. Cataldo Ave. MAY 30 6:45 a.m.: Liberty Lake Kiwanis meeting, Liberty Lake City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Dr. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Liberty Lake Senior Lunch Program, Liberty Lake City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Dr. 5:45 p.m.: Liberty Lake Toastmasters, Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District building, 22510 E. Mission Ave. MAY 31 Noon: Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary meeting, Meadowwood Technology Campus Liberty Room, 2100 N. Molter Road building, 22510 E. Mission Ave. Guests are welcome to learn more about Toastmasters, gain confidence in public speaking in a safe environment and develop better communication skills. For more information, contact Jennifer at 208-765-8657.

Writers group meets at library The Spokane Valley Writers Group meets at the Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave., from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month. Beginners are welcome. For more information, e-mail Tracey Garza at

City hosts Senior Lunch The Senior Lunch Program in Liberty Lake is served Mondays and Wednesdays. Seniors age 60 and older are invited at 11 a.m. at Liberty Lake City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive. The recommended donation is $3.50.

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Cecka winds down duties as city administrator By Nick Merchant Splash Correspondent

Interim city administrator Mike Cecka officially announced at the May 15 City Council meeting that he will be stepping down at the end of the month. “Liberty Lake has been a professionally challenging and rewarding experience,” Cecka said. “There’s a lot of really interesting things happening here in the city, and I’ve enjoyed working on getting familiar with some of the projects that are underway and working through some of the processes.” Originally brought on as the city’s municipal consultant last fall, Cecka was instrumental in the process that led to the hiring of new City Administrator Katy Allen as well as transitioning Mayor Steve Peterson into office. “Mike has had a calming effect on myself, the employees and city council,” Peterson said. “Everything that Mike has done has been very well thought out, very deliberate. He’s been a great right hand to have.” During last Tuesday’s City Council meet-

ing, Cecka drew accolades from Police Chief Brian Asmus and several council members. “We hired Mike to get through the election and to figure out what we needed to get a city administrator on board. The level of detail and thought in the interview process was fantastic,” Council Member Josh Beckett said. “Speaking as a councilman, I have nothing but great Cecka things to say, but it’s only been six months. It would be unfair to judge his impact on the city prematurely.” Cecka came on in the wake of the failed Proposition 1 that proposed to change the city’s government structure from the current strong mayor/City Council configuration to a non-elected city manager that would report directly to the City Council. Voters soundly rejected the format change, with 70 percent opposing the initiative.

Cecka’s methodical leadership style was apparent during the search for a full-time city administrator. “I like to do my research,” Cecka said. “I like to get my information together before proceeding. I try to pay attention to details but have a good overall sense of where we are trying to go. I try to be open and direct and honest with people that I interact with and then try and provide information to the decision makers that’s thorough and well-reasoned.” Allen will become the second city administrator in Liberty Lake’s history. Lewis Griffin served as the city’s first city administrator until the end of 2005. Mayor Peterson, in a previous term, eliminated the position citing monetary and efficiency concerns. The duties of the city administrator shifted to the heads of the various departments after Griffin’s departure. Last year, the City Council approved the city administrator position as part of the 2012 budget. “Choosing the permanent replacement

for city administrator was probably Mike’s biggest contribution to our city,” City Council Member Odin Langford said. All eyes will be on Allen, most recently the director of Public Works and Utilities for the city of Bremerton and a longtime Liberty Lake homeowner, as she fills the highest-ranking administrative position in the city. “[Allen] is extremely well qualified — her public works experience, her ability to deliver projects and to work with various constituencies is a strong point of hers,” Cecka said. Langford added that it remains to be seen how the shift from Cecka to Allen will work. “We are hoping for the best,” he said. “We don’t know what that transition will look like, but we wouldn’t have picked her if she wasn’t the best candidate,” he said. After Allen takes over in June, Cecka plans to take a much-deserved break, including some vacation time in his sailboat on the waters of Puget Sound.

Washington retains ranking as top Bicycle Friendly State From Staff Reports

For the fifth year in a row, Washington leads the nation as the preeminent Bicycle Friendly State. The 2012 ranking of Bicycle Friendly States was announced by the League of American Bicyclists this month in honor of National Bike Month. The city of Liberty Lake is one of 10 cities in Washington to earn status as a Bicycle Friendly Community. “We’re encouraged to see significant progress in top states like Washington, Minnesota, Colorado and Massachusetts,” said Andy Clarke, president of the League.

“But, as the scores clearly highlight, there’s much work to be done in critical areas like infrastructure and funding. Overall, we see states—and especially state departments of Transportation and state legislatures—lagging behind cities and the expectations of local cyclists, despite the many well-documented benefits of a more active lifestyle.” The 2012 Bicycle Friendly States ranking marks the launch of an updated and improved evaluation process. Throughout 2011, the League held Bicycle Friendly America listening sessions across the country to understand the successes and shortcomings of the program. Based on public

input, the Bicycle Friendly State survey was revised to give a clearer picture of a state’s accomplishments and next steps towards becoming more bike-friendly. Even with a revised survey, Washington once again set a high bar in 2012. The state scored fours and fives (five is the highest score) on the league’s report card, receiving top scores for education and encouragement, evaluation and planning. The report also makes recommendations for improvement. One recommendation for Washington includes developing a comprehensive strategy for working with law enforcement on bicycling issues, including training for

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officers and targeted enforcement of bike safety laws. Other recommendations are to continue to increase bicycle ridership and to fully fund and implement the state bicycle plan, which was adopted in 2006. Strong and active bicycle advocacy at the state and local levels contribute to Washington’s top ranking. An improved distracted driving law and a vulnerable user law were passed due largely to the efforts of Bicycle Alliance of Washington, Cascade Bicycle Club, and other bike groups. The Bicycle Alliance has also been instrumental in expanding bicycle skills training in schools around the state with its Safe Routes to School program. “Thanks to the League of American Bicyclists for this award,” said Barbara Culp, executive director for Bicycle Alliance of Washington. “This honor comes with much responsibility for the state, bicycle advocates and others to continue to strive for complete streets ordinances in every community and Safe Routes to every school. This is a call to anyone who rides a bike to hold your city, county and state officials accountable to an even more bike-friendly state.” The Bicycle Friendly State announcement was preceded last week by the league’s announcement of its latest Bicycle Friendly Community designations. Tacoma and Snohomish are the newest Washington communities to receive this designation.

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Arts And crAfts • sports • swimming • gAmes • field trips Laser Quest, splash down, Riverfront Park and more! Come and learn, grow and have a fun-filled summer with us! Hosted By:

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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.

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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)

Organized by the Kiwanis Club of Liberty Lake

(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

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

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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

Calling all local graduates The Splash is featuring high school seniors who live in Liberty Lake in the June 7 issue of the paper. This invitation extends 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 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. The deadline to submit information is Tuesday, May 29. Contact 242-7752 or with any questions.

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Police Report The following incidents, arrests, calls for service and citations were reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department May 14-21.

Incidents and arrests Police Records Clerk Bobbi Anderson provided case information this week. Highlights from the submitted information include: • A 4-year-old child was reported wandering near the 2500 block of East Hawkstone Loop. The responding officer located the child and reunited it with the responsible guardian, who said the child was supposed to have boarded a bus. • A man was arrested for driving with a suspended license, possession of marijuana and a possession of drug paraphernalia. He was initially pulled over for faulty brake lights. • A case of telephone harassment involving a woman and her ex-boyfriend, who was recently released from prison. He reportedly threatened to harm her, but the woman told police she believed he wouldn’t actually injure her. • Police responded to a parked suspicious vehicle occupied by a restrained woman under the influence of drugs. A man reportedly doing business in the area left the woman in the vehicle. He was found, but would not allow police to search his car. The man said the vehicle was rented from George Gee automotive while his personal vehicle was in the shop. The man walked away from the vehicle and gave the woman bus fare to Portland. LLPD transported the female to the bus station and advised George Gee automotive of the situation. The police will be advised of any suspicious findings when the car is returned. • A junior high student reportedly received a text from a friend who said he had raped a girl. Authorities were notified and the investigation determined the friend was lying. LLPD advised the subject and his parents about the seriousness of the situation, and the parents agreed to address the situation at home. • Animal control problems were re-

ported in the area of North Garry Drive. The responding officer advised Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services of the situation. • LLPD responded to reports of teenagers attempting to scale the pavilion at Pavillion Park. Officers trespassed two juvenile females from the park for six months and released them to parents. • Police responded to the 25000 block of East Hawkstone Loop for a domestic violence, unlawful imprisonment and malicious mischief incident. Officers determined a man and woman were involved in a physical fight. The male caused injuries to the female, including bite marks. He later kept her from leaving the apartment and took her phone. He later left the apartment and was arrested by LLPD officers.

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A place to call home Military family gifted home in Liberty Lake By Kelly Moore Splash Staff Writer

When Keelan Southerland’s friend and fellow wounded warrior told him about the “Homes on the Homefront” program, he said there had to be catch. The program, he learned, was giving away homes to military families through a partnership between Operation Homefront and JP Morgan Chase. “I was like, ‘Yeah right,’” Southerland said. “If it sounds too good to be true, it is.” Only it was true. The program was established in late February when Chase donated 100 homes from the bank’s inventory to provide assistance to military families and wounded warriors. “This is an incredible gift from Chase to our men and women in uniform,” President and CEO of Operation Homefront Jim Knotts said. “Chase’s imaginative, nationwide approach to providing quality homes to deserving service members and their families will make a huge difference in how these heroes can make that difficult transition and adjustment into productive civilian lives.” Southerland and his wife, Arlene, moved into their mortgagefree Liberty Lake home on April 23. For Keelan Southerland, a Spokane native since 1993, the move was a homecoming. But the couple’s journey home was years in the making.

Military service Keelan Southerland joined the National Guard in 2006, and made stops in Wisconsin, Kuwait, Iraq and Texas before earning medical retirement. He volunteered to deploy twice before making it to his post running convoys through the Diyala Province of Iraq, near Baghdad. “I wanted to deploy,” Keelan Southerland said. “What good is a soldier if he doesn’t do his job overseas in a combat zone? That’s what we’re trained for and it’s a waste of government money if we never put those skills to practice.” Southerland explained that National Guard is different from

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Members of the local Honor Guard perform a flag-raising ceremony on move-in day for the Southerland family. Keelan and Arlene Southerland were given their Liberty Lake home mortgage-free through a program that assists military families with housing. active duty, because it can backfill different job fields if someone volunteers. He first volunteered to go in 2007, but dislocated his kneecap during his assignment training. After about a year of rehabilitation, he volunteered again for deployment, was cleared by his doctors and in the summer of 2008, headed overseas. While working convoy duty, Southerland worked as a gunman for vehicles carrying essential supplies across hostile territory. He said he feared IED attacks, which seemed to be the biggest problem at the time. “They were our biggest threat,” he said. “It was all over TV and they made a big deal about it. We had vehicles that were supposed to protect from it, but bad guys kept

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Keelan and Arlene Southerland pose outside their home with the newest member of their family, a puppy named Sam. The couple moved in April 23. coming up with new ways to defeat the stuff we had.” On Dec. 24, 2008, a rocket hit his truck. The vehicle was flung into the air and destroyed. A colleague was left in critical condition. Southerland walked away with his own serious, but hidden, injuries. “They took me away from gunning after that mission, to driving,” he explained. “What they didn’t know at that time, was my back was actually broken. Sitting

in those vehicles and getting jostled around ended up making the injury much worse.” He said he endured the pain until April 14, 2009, when his truck was attacked again. A high-intensity laser blinded most of the crew in his vehicle. After a handful of eye tests, he was evacuated from Iraq and hospitalized in San Antonio. Here, he would face a different kind of battle — one for his well-being.

On the mend Southerland said his biggest obstacle was enduring multiple spinal surgeries. Doctors fused three vertebrae in his lower spine and, although he’s mobile, he’ll deal with lasting effects for the rest of his life. “It’s hard to tie your shoes,”

Southerland said. “Mowing the lawn is difficult. Getting in and out of the car is difficult. My injuries are all on the inside. There are guys out there who are burn victims or amputees. They were hit pretty hard.” He said most of the effects from the laser have worn off and his eyesight, for the most part, is restored. During his time down south, he said a network of fellow wounded warriors and support services made his stay bearable. “The good thing about Texas was the hospitality,” Southerland said. “The people there were so polite and they supported the troops with more than just words or bumper stickers. They’d throw barbecues and stuff like that.” He also felt support when it came time for his then-fiancé to make the expensive trip from her home in the Philippines to Texas. Through his work with the Warrior Family Support Center (WFSC), he learned about a program that connects families with free flights. He met Arlene while in the Philippines in November 2010. Soon after, they were engaged and working on immigration paperwork. After her visa was approved, he talked with a co-worker from WFSC about bringing her over. “My co-worker said, ‘Let me make a few calls,’” Southerland said. “About two days later she called me back and said, ‘I need her Visa and all her paperwork as soon as you can get them.’” Arlene finally made her way over to the U.S. on Aug. 23, Keelan’s birthday. They were married in September.

‘A place to barbecue’ After getting married, the couple started researching housing options — and Keelan remembered his friend’s mention about Operation Homefront. “Every day, we work to give military families financial security so that when service members are in harm’s way, they don’t have to worry about their families back home,” Knotts said. “The homes provided by Chase takes that one step further, and will provide these

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News Briefs CVSD meeting change Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the Central Valley School District Board of Directors will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. The meeting will take place at the CVSD home office, 19307 E. Cataldo Ave. in Spokane Valley. A copy of the meeting agenda will be included on the district’s website, www.cvsd. org.

Candidates file for office A trio of candidates have filed for the District 2 office of Spokane County commissioner to be vacated by Mark Richard.

The hopefuls include Liberty Lake resident and current Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase, Shelly O’Quinn and former TV weatherman Daryl Romeyn who ran unsuccessfully against Cathy McMorris Rodgers for a bid to the U.S. House of Representatives (5th District) in 2010. In the District 1 race, former Commissioner John Roskelley will challenge incumbent Todd Mielke. In Legislative District 4, State Sen. Mike Padden and Rep. Larry Crouse will not face challengers while Amy C. Biviano has filed to run against current state Rep. Matt Shea.

Area Memorial Day weekend events: LL Community Memorial Day salute and breakfast

Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Road, Liberty Lake The Liberty Lake Rotary Club will sponsor a Memorial Day pancake breakfast 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.

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Fairmount Memorial Park, 5200 Wellesley Ave., Spokane The cemetery staff will be available onsite May 26-28 to answer questions and help locate specific sites. Small

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families with additional peace of mind concerning their futures.” At the time, the newlyweds were staying in a small, two-bedroom apartment. They both wanted to start a family. Arlene suggested checking out Homes on the Homefront. “We got on the Internet and started doing a little research,” Southerland said. “We found these houses that were available and, sure enough, there was one in Liberty Lake.” They made an application to be considered for the home. To be eligible, recipients had to be active duty, Guard or Reserve, or

American flags will be handed out all three days and the Flag Museum at Cutter Rock Chapel will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A Memorial Day service will be held May 28 at 11 a.m. Spokane Mayor David Condon will speak. The mayor will be accompanied by Marine rifles and local Boy Scouts. Greenwood Memorial Terrace, 211 N. Government Way, Spokane A brass patriotic band concert will be held onsite at 6 p.m. May 27. The cemetery staff will be available onsite May 26-28 to answer questions and help locate specific sites. Small American flags will be handed out all three days. Riverside Memorial Park, 508 N. Government Way, Spokane The cemetery staff will be available onsite May 26-28 to answer questions and help locate specific sites. Small American flags will be handed out all three days. have been honorably discharged; not currently own a home and be financially capable of sustaining the home throughout an initial transition period and beyond. The program also considered history in the particular location. “We got to talking and praying about it a bit,” Southerland said. “I had a peace about it. We talked a lot about how cool it would be, but it was always like we were dreaming. It’s still hard to believe it all came true.” After the initial application, the couple learned Operation Homefront administrators shortened the list to four finalists and they were still being considered. The following week was full of additional paperwork, and nearly unbearable anticipation. “They called me on a Thursday,” South-

Farmers Market vouchers available Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels will be taking applications for area seniors to receive a limited number of Senior Farmers’ Market Produce vouchers. Seniors can call 354-7766 on May 25 to receive an application in the mail. Eligible Seniors will receive $40 worth of vouchers to be spent at local farmers markets. Completed applications must be mailed to: Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 14278, Spokane Valley, WA 99214. For more information, call Meals on Wheels at 924-6976. erland said. “The lady said, ‘I have a couple questions for you,’ and my heart just sank. I was thinking the worst. But she just wanted to know if I have a problem with stairs, because of my injuries. I said it would be fine and she said, ‘Well, the house is yours. How soon can you get there?’” That instant, he said, their lives changed. Arlene recalls “hugging and laughing, crying happy tears.” “It’s kind of a blessing for us to have this house,” she said. “When we first got here and saw the house, we just looked at each other and were both like, ‘Wow. It’s really beautiful.’ There’s no need for us to ask for more because we already have this great blessing.” A local friend of Keelan’s, and fellow veteran, organized a flag raising ceremony when they moved in. Operation Homefront made sure to install handrails in the stairway to make the climb easier for Keelan, and an epoxy flooring in the garage to lessen his chances of slipping. Now, about a month later, the couple is still getting their bearings and settling in. A few boxes still need unpacking. Arlene started a small garden. Friends came over last weekend to barbecue on the deck. For the most part, Keelan said they feel like their mortgage-free home opens the door to a wealth of opportunities — something he and Arlene both can afford to patiently evaluate. He’s considering going back to school or finding a job working security. Arlene has a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Southerland said he knew the home wasn’t recompense for his time served, but he appreciated Chase and Operation Homefront looking out for the soldiers who made decisions like his. “I didn’t start a career,” Keelan said. “I didn’t get married when I was young because I knew I was called to be a soldier and I was busy going to do soldier things. I was trying my best to be a soldier and for me, that kind of meant forsaking the normal parts of life. Now we’re up there with most of our peers as far as having a home, a place to barbecue and start a family.”

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Council to review library-funding ordinance Proposed changes may bank over $30K to current budget By Kelly Moore Splash Staff Writer

The Liberty Lake City Council reviewed proposed amendments to an ordinance establishing the library’s funding on May 15, and if the update is passed, the department may see additional funds added to its 2012 budget. In recent years, the library has consistently watched proposed funds passed in and out of its bottom-line budget — a situation Interim City Administrator Mike Cecka referred to as being a “political football.” “That’s not a healthy place for the library to be in,” Cecka said. “This will give them a consistent, stable idea of what to expect for their budget.”

According to Cecka, the ordinance amendments would address a number of goals, one being a conceptual connection between library funding and the property tax, based on the original 50 cents per $1,000 rate. According to the ordinance, the initial appropriation amounted to 23.8 percent of the city’s total property tax levy rate. Therefore, 23.8 percent is the proposed ratio for future budgets. Of that amount, 3 percent would cover capital expenses and another 3 percent would cover administrative overhead costs. “Some may look at this as library getting a raise,” Council Member Shane Brickner said. “In the most simplistic way I can put it, they’re not asking for a raise. They’ve had a pay cut, and they’re asking to get back to where they were.” Brickner spoke on behalf of the city’s finance committee, urging the Council to ap-

prove the ordinance at the June 5 meeting. Along with the finance committee recommendation to implement the ordinance for future budgeting, was a suggestion to make a 2012 budget amendment to include a pro-rated amount for the current year. The city staff echoed this sentiment with a similar recommendation. Mayor Pro Tem Odin Langford said the finance committee agreed with the fundamental process of reaching the dollar amounts, but had reservations with existing language which he hoped to have cleared up by the June 5 meeting. “I know I have been perceived, and probably rightly, as hard on the library,” Council Member Susan Schuler said in her final meeting before resigning. “I’m glad you’ve taken this step, and I wish I could be around to vote in support of it. This is a good move for the Council. It kind of gets us out of the weeds. Hopefully this will

help us get back to being partners with the library.” Had the policy been in place during planning for the current budget, the library budget would have increased by $54,736, according to a memo from Cecka to the Council. If the Council decides to pro-rate those funds for 2012, the library looks to gain as much as $31,929. According to the ordinance, in periods of financial stress, defined as a projected 5-percent decline in operating revenue, the budgeting index would be temporarily set aside, and Council would reserve the ability to assign budget cuts to all departments, including the library. As well, during periods of financial windfall, defined as property tax growth in excess of 5 percent, the Council would reserve the ability to allocate such revenues wherever most beneficial, and not necessarily to the library.

Trailhead event showcases refurbished venue By Craig Howard Splash Editor

Trailhead at Liberty Lake may be a golf course situated in a corner of eastern Spokane County, but in one regard, the course is more reminiscent of the Caribbean. New sand — the fluffy, white, beach variety — is just one of several upgrades to the city-owned venue, which celebrated a community open house on a sun-soaked Friday last week. Previously, a stray fairway attempt in the bunker meant chipping out of dense, silt-like material that resembled a damp concrete mix whenever the rain arrived. “Every single bunker has been renovated, 20 in all,” said Head Pro Chris Johnston, who was hired by the city last September. “We’re always looking at ways to improve the course and this was one of them.” Trailhead opened Feb. 1 and, like other venues across the Inland Northwest, dealt with the repercussions of a soggy, cold spring. On April 4, a layer of snow arrived to the chagrin of golfers and golf course operators emerging from the winter months. Liberty Lake Mayor Steve Peterson, a catalyst in the city’s campaign to purchase Trailhead back in 2002, said the venue continues to be an important part of the municipal inventory. In addition to the emphasis on recreation and green space, the city has a goal to generate around $400,000 each year at Trailhead. “We want to make sure and provide a quality product that is well-maintained,” Peterson said.

The mayor said he has turned over plans for the venue — at least on the golfing side — to Johnston, a North Central High School graduate who played golf at Spokane Falls Community College and briefly at Gonzaga before turning pro. He arrived at Trailhead after six years as general manager and head pro at the Highlands Golf Course in Post Falls. Before he was re-elected mayor, Peterson spoke out against proposed cuts tor Trailhead during the 2011 budget discussions overseen by then-Mayor Wendy Van Orman in the winter of 2010. Later in 2011, Van Orman dismissed both Head Pro Mollie Thola and Maintenance Director Ron Knudsen, longtime fixtures at Trailhead and well-liked in the community. Van Orman also combined the duties of the maintenance director with those of Parks and Open Space superintendent, eventually hiring Jennifer Camp last February. In the last year and a half, Camp has added a number of landscaping features, including well-groomed walk-offs near tees. Red geraniums are among several new varieties of plants that have added to the venue’s distinct appearance. “We want it to have a signature look,” Camp said. City officials have acknowledged that it will take some time to restore participation in lessons in light of Thola’s departure. Johnston has restructured the lesson schedule for this year. One of the areas that could represent retrieval in revenue is the newly renovated pro shop, now featuring a stylish interior and plenty of new merchandise. Michelle Griffin, recreation coordinator for the city

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Chris Johnston addresses the No. 1 tee at his new home, Trailhead at Liberty Lake, at the venue’s open house last Friday. Johnston was brought on by the city as the head pro last September, replacing Mollie Thola. of Liberty Lake and liaison between City Hall and Trailhead, said the pro shop will emphasize both quality and value. “We spent a lot of time with the inventory,” Griffin said. “I think people will find a better price here than at any other golf course in town.” An updated computer system will soon mean online tee times, while an automated machine at the driving range now distributes range balls even when the pro shop is closed.

Historically one of the best golfing deals in the area, Trailhead continues to be a bargain despite a slight increase in fees for 2012. A round of nine now runs $15, although a new dusk time special will lower the rate to $11 at 5 p.m. As far as nearby courses like MeadowWood and Liberty Lake, Johnston said Trailhead has established its own niche among local golfing destinations. “I don’t really feel like we’re competing with them,” he said. “This is a course that you can walk in less than two hours.”


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New owners reinvent Liberty Lake lube shop By Kelly Moore Splash Staff Writer

Liberty Lube, the former Jiffy Lube site at 1105 N. Liberty Lake Road, is open for business after a change in business ownership and a property facelift. “We think it’s a great trade area,” property owner Kory Jackson said. “We know the location, the business, Liberty Lake are all viable. In my mind, the issue is how we do business.” Jackson, with more than 25 years of experience in the industry, said his six adult children would run the business with his counsel. He said the business would operate with four goals in mind, the top priority being customer service. “Liberty Lake is an upscale community, and people here expect to be treated a little differently,” Jackson said. “We think sharp sales tactics would be counterproductive. People need to know they’re being taken care of, not cheated.” Other business goals included generating a high quality product, ensuring strong value and being profitable. He also noted that customers could expect the shop to be spotless, not an eyesore.

The former business proprietor, a Jiffy Lube franchisee operating a number of area stores, leased the property from Jackson until going into bankruptcy. Jackson developed the property in 2001 and has owned it since. He said a Dallas-based venture group purchased the other Spokane-area Jiffy Lube locations, and he changed the name of the shop in Liberty Lake to separate his business from theirs. “Our approach to business is just a 180 from theirs,” Jackson said. “We aren’t going to be aggressive with our customers, and we don’t want people thinking we’re not looking out for our customers. Of course we still want to make money; we just have a different idea for how to get there.” The store will offer oil changes, windshield rock chip repair, vehicle maintenance and services standard for the industry, Jackson said. Jackson said the property transitioned to Liberty Lube May 1. Liberty Lube is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the store at 9223510. A website, www.yourlibertylube. com, is under construction.

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The property at 1105 N. Liberty Lake Road transitioned to Liberty Lube, under new business ownership and management.

In Biz Hunt Mining expands work in Argentina On May 10, Liberty Lake-based Hunt Mining Corp. announced the signing of an exploration agreement with Eldorado Gold Corporation for precious metal exploration in Argentina. “We are very pleased that our team and assets in Santa Cruz, Argentina, has attracted a leading, low cost, precious metal producer like Eldorado Gold Corporation to partner with us in exploring what we firmly believe is one of the most prospective precious metals regions in the world," Hunt Mining Corp. Executive Chairman Tim Hunt said. Under the terms of the agreement, Hunt's Argentine subsidiary, Cerro Cazador, will be the initial operator conducting exploration activities on existing Hunt properties including 20 exploration concessions and six discovery concessions aggregating a total of 2,013 square kilometers of prospective ground in Argentina. Hunt Mining Corp. has been an active explorer in the area since 2006.

LL company invents Political Pole Liberty Lake-based Anderson Holding LLC announced the May 16 launch of the Political Pole — a tool used for political signage. The pole allows signs-holders to extend the height of the sign and includes a mechanism that allows the sign to spin.

The tool is destined to be the go-to option for any activist or rally attendee, a press release said. The patent-pending product is now available at

County courses hold golf special Spokane County golf courses will be open on Memorial Day with greens fees set at 2011 prices. Courses include Liberty Lake Golf Course, MeadowWood Golf Course and Hangman Valley Golf Course. For more information, contact the Spokane County Parks, Recreation and Golf Department at 477-4730.

North Idaho Dermatology at 2207 N. Molter Road, Suite 101B. The full-service clinic offers the same care available at Spokane Foot Clinic offices located in Spokane, Spokane Valley and Deer Park. Hours for the clinic are currently Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Office Manager Renee Batt said the business hoped to pro-

vide a higher level of convenience for area patients and eventually expand hours. For more information, call 483-9363 or visit In Biz features Liberty Lake-connected business items. Contact The Splash with business news at editor@libertylakesplash. com.


Therapeutic Moon Massage relocates Stephen Luna, the owner of and primary practitioner for Therapeutic Moon Massage, has relocated to Iowa where he is attending school to become a NUCCA chiropractor, said a representative from Intelligent Balance, the clinic in which his practice was located. Valley Massage Clinic now offers inhouse massage services at Intelligent Balance. Luna is expected to return to the Liberty Lake area at the completion of his five-year program.

Podiatrist clinic opens in LL Spokane Foot Clinic opened a new branch May 3 in office space shared with

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Sports Briefs “Strolling Story Time” this Thursday The Liberty Lake Running Club and the Liberty Lake Childrens Academy will sponsor a “Strolling Story Time” today (Thursday) at 6 p.m. at Palenque Mexican Restaurant, 1102 N. Liberty Lake Road. The 3-mile route for runners, joggers and walkers goes along Mission to Country Vista. Families and strollers are welcome along the route which will include story board and other festive features. To learn more, call 954-9806.

Kiwanis Scramble Golf Tournament The ninth annual Liberty Lake Kiwanis Golf Scramble will be held Saturday, June 2 at Meadowwood Golf Course in Liberty

Soccer superlatives Lake with proceeds benefiting the club’s scholarship program. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, a cart and lunch. The local chapter of Kiwanis has provided more than $110,000 in scholarships over the years. To learn more, visit

Local churches host 5K Several churches in the Liberty and Newman lake areas will host a 3.1-mile run/walk, a celebration of faith, on June 2. The Run for the Son will take place at 9 a.m. at the Rockin’ B Ranch, just south of exit 299 of Interstate 90. Registration is $10 for walkers and runners of all ages. For more information visit www.libertycross. org.

CVHS Sports Roundup Soccer squad soars to state semifinals For the first time in school history, the Central Valley soccer team is on its way to the Final Four of 4A soccer. After trailing 2-0 at halftime on their home turf, the Bears defeated Davis of Yakima 3-2 last Saturday to secure a bid in the semifinal bracket. CV will play Skyview of Vancouver this Friday at 5 p.m. in Puyallup with the winner facing the survivor of Central Kitsap and Bellarmine Prep on Saturday at 4 p.m. for the 4A championship. With 18 minutes remaining in the game, George Herner scored CV’s first goal off a corner kick from Justin Alcala. Herner followed with the game-tying assist to Chris Stokesbary at the 65-minute mark. Then, one minute into overtime play, Alcala set up for a corner kick and found Stokesbary for the game-winner. Central advanced to the quarterfinal matchup against Davis by way of a 4-3 home win over Emerald Ridge of Puyallup on May 12. The Bears led late, but gave up a game-tying goal as time wound down in regulation. The match remained tied after two overtimes. Stokesbary, Alcala and Alex Renz netted goals in the shootout while CV goalkeeper Alex Yoseph had two critical saves.

Girls tennis wins regional title Leslie Ho defeated Chelsea Motzer of Mead in the 4A regional singles final last Saturday, 6-3, 6-2, part of a 4A regional team championship for the Central Valley girls tennis team. The win represented the senior’s fourth straight bid to state. Samantha Block and Charlotte Schmitz of CV placed second in the doubles bracket, falling 7-5, 7-6 to a team from Davis of Yakima.

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The state 4A tennis championship will take place Friday and Saturday at Richland High School and the Columbia Basin Racquet Club in Richland.

CV softball moves on to state after win over Mead Carli Riordan had 15 strikeouts and held Mead to two hits in a 9-1 victory over the Panthers in the 4A regional consolation game last Saturday. The victory sent the Bears to state, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Merkel Field in Spokane. Riordan also led Central Valley at the plate with three hits. McKenzie Shea, Carissa Sdao and Tia Pau each had two hits for CV. The top-seed in the regional bracket, CV lost to Richland 10-0 in the first game, managing only five hits and committing four errors in the loss.

CV track sends contingent to state The Central Valley girls track team placed fourth and the boys team finished seventh at the 4A regional meet in Richland last Saturday. Moving on to state May 24-26 in Tacoma will be Roni Dringle (javelin), Savannah Hoekstra, Mariah Cunningham (long jump), Katie Wardsworth (hammer throw), Alex Moore (3,200) and the 4x400 relay team of Allison Jordan, Hoekstra, Madison Hovren, Rachel Backsen, Justine DelMedico and Hailey Hawkins. On the boys’ side, state qualifiers include Mark Seely and Ryan Scherich (triple jump) Drew Brown (pole vault), Jay Jay Talafili (alternate shot put), Austin Pruitt (100, 200, 400 and 1,600-meter wheelchair races) and the 4x400 team of Adam Chamberlin, Austin Hatten, Gaven Deyarmin, Duce Lively, Kyle LeBlanc and Grayson Sykes.

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The Central Valley boys soccer team has tallied three playoff victories at home this season on its way to the state semifinals. Above, Robert Kissinger-Smith leads the charge in a regional victory against Columbia Basin League foe Chiawana on May 12.

Cheer 1: Chris Stokesbary, Central Valley soccer Stokesbary, a senior, had two goals in CV’s 3-2 comeback win over Davis of Yakima last Saturday. Stokesbary’s second goal took place in overtime and propelled Central Valley to the state 4A semifinals, the best postseason effort in the program’s history.

Cheer 2: McKenzie Shea, Central Valley softball Shea had two home runs and four RBIs

in CV’s 9-1 win over Mead in the 4A regional tournament last Saturday, securing a state bid for the Bears.

Cheer 3: Dakota Pearce, Central Valley golf Pearce was one of only seven golfers from the Greater Spokane League to qualify for state during play at the District 8 4A tournament May 10-11 at The Creek at Qualchan. The Liberty Lake resident had an average of 75 for the season and was named to the All-GSL second team.

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Soccer 5/15 CV vs. Emerald Ridge 5/19 CV vs. Davis

Boys Track 5/18 Regionals: Pole vault: 1, Law (Moses Lake) 14-0. 2, Neumann (Mea) 14-0. 3, Brown (Central Valley) 139. 5/19 Regionals: Team scoring: 1, Mead 125. 2, Wenatchee 87. 3, Walla Walla 73. 4, Lewis and Calrk 66.5. 5, Ferris 64.5. 6, Richland 60. 7, Central Valley 51. 8, Eisenhower 35. 9, Davis 30. T10, Gonzaga Prep 20. T10, Rogers 20. 12, Moses Lake 17. 13, Chiawana 13. 1,600 relay: 1, Wenatchee 3:24.78; 2, Walla Walla 3:25.40; 3, Central Valley 3:27.06.

Girls Track 5/18 Regionals: 3,200: 1, Bradley (Ric) 11:16.96. 2, Chavez (Eis) 11:21.93. 3, Moore (CV) 11:22.26. 400 relay: 1, Mead 48.87. 2, Moses Lake 49.05. 3, Ferris 49.4. High jump: 1, Ketcham (Wen) 5-6. 2, Cunningham (CV) 5-4. 3, Sparks (Chiawana) 5-2. Long jump: 1, Cunningham (CV) 17-4.75. 2, Lunning (ML) 17-0. 3, Hoekstra (CV) 16-11.75. Javelin: 1, Brown (Eis) 137-9. 2, Paven (Wen) 126.

3, Dringle (CV) 120-2. Shot put: 1, Hutchinson (Mea) 44-10. 2, Nelson (Mea) 36-8.25. 3, Williams (Eis) 35-9. 5/19 Regionals: Team scoring: 1, Richland 101. 2, Mead 97.75. 3, Wenatchee 80.5. 4, Central Valley 72. 5, Moses Lake 64. 6, Ferris 58.25. 7. Chiawana 55. 8, Eisenhower 50. 9, Lewis and Clark 43. 10, Gonzaga Prep 33. 11, Walla Walla 22. 12, Rogers 12.25. 13, Davis 7.25. 1,600 relay: 1, Moses Lake 4:00.52; Central Valley 4:02.41; 3, Walla Walla 4:03.68.

Boys Golf 5/15 Districts: 1, Thoen (Mea) 144; 2, Comes (Fer) 147; 3, Ansett (Fer) 148; 4, Correia (GP) 151; T5, Larson (LC) 153; T5, Pearce (CV) 153; T5, Dyar (Mea) 153; 8, Fuhs (LC) 156; 9, Beck (CV) 157.

Girls Tennis 5/19 Regionals: Singles — Semifinals: Motzer (Mea) def. Talbot (Ric) 7-5, 3-6, 6-2. Ho (CV) def. Bohoskey (Eis) 6-2, 6-2. Championship: Ho (CV) def. Motzer (Mea) 6-3, 6-2. 3rd Place: Talbot (Ric) def. Bohoskey (Eis) 6-4, 6-2 Doubles — Semifinals: DeMond and Megumi (Dav) def. Strandness and Smith (LC) 7-5, 6-4. Block and Schmitz (CV) def. Konen and Schueller (WW) 7-6, 6-3. Championship: DeMond and Megumi (Dav) def. Block and Schmitz (CV) 7-5, 7-6. 3rd Place: Strandness and Smith (LC) def. Konen and Schueller (WW) 6-1, 7-6.

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The Mighty T-Rexes, a U5 Valley Youth Soccer team, wrapped up its season in April. Team members included (front row, from left) Kellan Long, Connor Simonds, Damian Drew, Kellen Hossack, (back row, from left) Damian Duran, Joshua Parker, Brock Duer, Preston Rothrock and coach Dan Duer. (Liberty Lake residents in bold.)

Splash photos by Kelly Moore

Final Four for CV soccer

Liberty Lake Police Department officers practice drills during bike patrol training May 15. Bike patrol is used during high traffic situations like the Liberty Lake Yard Sales and summer concert events. With training now completed, the department has five officers qualified for bike patrol.

Splash photo by Janet Pier

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The Central Valley boys soccer team defeated Davis of Yakima 3-2 in overtime at home last Saturday to secure a bid to the 4A state semifinals for the first time in school history. The Bears will battle Skyview of Vancouver this Friday in Puyallup for a chance to play for the title.

CV softball on to state

Submitted photo

Splash photos by Craig Howard

After a 10-0 loss to Richland in the opening bracket of regionals at CV last Saturday, the Central Valley fastpitch softball team routed Mead 9-1 to earn a trip to the state 4A tournament. Carli Riordan (above) struck out 15 Mead batters and paced the offense with three hits. Carissa Sdao (right) had two hits in the win.

Annie Tichy poses with The Splash at the Iguacu Falls in Argentina, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Tichy is teaching grade 3 at an International School in Brazil. She visited the falls with a Splash that featured a cover photo of her granddaughter.

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City leadership faces challenges with council turnover There was a time when the roster at Liberty Lake City Council meetings was as consistent as the batting lineup for the 1927 Yankees — only instead of names like Gehrig, Ruth and Lazzeri, the placards around the dais included community pillars like Jenkins, Paul and Shea. These days, it seems the roll call at City Hall fluctuates about as much as the starting nine for a spring training squad in early March. Last week, Susan Schuler was the latest to announce plans to step down from the governing board, citing an impending move to New Zealand. Schuler will be missed for her candor and humor as well as her advocacy for the local business community and law enforcement. Yet as Schuler departs, more questions surface about the cohesion and stability of a group tasked with the responsibility of providing direction for Liberty Lake as it navigates its future. Counting the departure of veteran leaders like former Mayor Wendy Van Orman, Council Members Dave Crump and Judi Owens, as well as the resignation of Council Member Ryan Romney in December, the city has now seen a quartet of quality public servants step aside in the past six months. Mayor Pro Tem Odin Langford said the lack of continuity has “created challenges in the council’s ability to build consensus.” “This might be an overstatement, but it seems like every time you turn around, you’re trying to catch someone up,” Lang-

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ford said. Time will tell who will emerge as Schuler’s replacement, although if the interview and appointment process for Romney’s successor is any indication, the city should be encouraged. While Keith Kopelson earned the bid on Jan. 31, the list of applicants included Lewis Valkenaar, Wadie Elaimy, Ashley Salzwedel and Scott Simon — all worthy candidates in their own right. As the standing council goes through the interview process, let’s hope questions regarding dedication to municipal government and the community, in general, emerge in the discussion. Mayor Steve Peterson has astutely pointed out that the best candidates are already participants in the civic arena through clubs like Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions or groups that support valued entities like the library and Pavillion Park. “We want applicants who are involved in the community,” Peterson said. As far as retaining those who join the council, Peterson is on target again when he emphasizes the importance of educating and valuing the leaders currently in place. “From the standpoint of city management, we have to make sure council and staff have what they need to be successful,” the mayor said. As she transitions into the office of city administrator, Katy Allen will be a critical component in that process. Look back at the original documents that defined Liberty Lake’s leadership hierarchy and you will find they identify the city administrator as the proverbial glue that holds City Hall together. As the city looks to the future, even Langford expresses optimism that transitions on City Council “can bring new ideas and perspective.” In the early part of 2012, Kopelson, Dan Dunne and Shane Brickner have all brought valuable insight to the board, making it clear that they are here for the long haul. In addition, each has accessed training through the Association of Washington Cities that helps provide new council representatives with a foundation in the basics of governance. No one said being part of a City Council is an easy task — the pay is minimal and the research alone can be daunting. As the city decides on a replacement for Schuler next month, let’s hope that the field of candidates is well aware that while the tangible compensation may be limited, the opportunity to contribute to the quality and direction of a community is its own substantial reward.

Letters to the Editor Gratitude to volunteers for help with library fundraising Every year the Friends of the Liberty Lake Municipal Library host a Spring Tea to raise funds for the benefit of our local library. I’m happy to report that this year’s Spring Tea fundraiser was a big hit! Many people contributed to our success and we would like to publicly acknowledge them. Thank you to our volunteer servers Bob Gamble, Bob Schneidmiller, Seth Henning, Nathan Brown, Chris Sturm, Taylor Shea, Nick Mortimer, and Keyon Garakani. Gentlemen, you did a fantastic job and looked very handsome in your bow ties. A big thank you to Ellen Bernardo, Vicki Jergens, Michelle Johnson, Angela Waugh, Lorraine Halvorson, Carol McKenney, Judi Williams, our library’s Board of Trustees, the Liberty Lake Athletic Club, Twisp, and to the many local businesses and individuals who provided items for our silent auction. Each item was beautifully packaged and thoughtfully presented on our silent auction tables. Your generosity and kindness is very much appreciated. Also, thank you to Annette Carter at the Art Chalet for her delightful oil painting that became the theme of this year’s Spring Tea, and for her generous donation to our silent auction. We are sincerely grateful for your continued commitment to our library. Thank you to Lisa Kauffman (Desserts by Sara) and to Lori Sayman (The Lunch Crue) for the incredible food they prepared and provided. And thank you to the lovely ladies at Apricot Lane for hosting the fashion show. It was the highlight of our event. And finally, thank you to Wayne Frost and the staff at Greenstone for allowing

us to use the Meadowwood Technology Campus for the Spring Tea. The facility was beautiful and we are grateful for your continued support.

Tammy Henning FOLLML

Memorial Day tribute I just returned from Washington, D.C., and wrote this poem on my long journey home. Arlington National Cemetery was a very moving experience and I pray that this, and every, Memorial Day weekend, everyone takes a moment to reflect and remember those who gave their lives for our freedoms.

Dr. Sarah Marossy

Liberty Lake Arlington Hallow be thy warriors etched in white stone! Defenders of freedom and casualties known. Our unalienable rights were fought for and paid; The ultimate sacrifice marked by their graves. It is here between crosses where cool breeze blows, Warblers sing sweetly and grass is fresh mowed. Where tributes are paid by the heroes that stand, Saluting in silence to air, sea and land. Flag blue and white streaked with blood flowing red; Row upon row, we pay homage to dead. Oh, hail to the victors that rest here at home! Know, without question, you rest not alone.

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a resident-led campaign to improve the pedestrian grid, an effort that eventually included a grant from the National Parks Service. Terrell said residents and leaders in Liberty Lake have always placed a priority on the enriching value of green space. “As landscape architects, we can design great things, but unless the community is on board, nothing materializes,” he said. “The culture of Liberty Lake is about the outdoors, parks, open space and trails. I think it’s great, both from a civic standpoint and a professional standpoint.” Terrell grew up on a wheat and alfalfa farm in the rural town of Weiser, Idaho, around 70 miles west of Boise. He excelled in sports and debate at Weiser High School, running track and cross country while taking second with a teammate at state debate as a senior. Terrell recalls a consistent work ethic being a prerequisite on the 640-acre farm. “It was tough work, but at the end of the day, you feel like you’ve accomplished something,” he said. Terrell liked to draw as a kid, but had no plans to study architecture. Now, in a field characterized by advanced technology and CAD drawings that have made manual renderings obsolete, Terrell occasionally waxes nostalgic about “hand-drawn plans that really speak to people.” “I think, in some ways, we lean on technology too much now,” he said. “The expediency of stuff has changed things a lot. It’s all about the quick turnaround. There’s some cool technology out there, but I do miss the hand drafting.” Terrell participated in the R.O.T.C. program in college and reported to a Navy ship two weeks after graduating from Idaho in 1986. After two years of active duty, he began his career as a landscape architect in southern California. “I went from being an officer in the Navy to a draftsman on the lowest rung,” Terrell said. Terrell relocated to Spokane in 1990 and worked for several landscaping firms before venturing out on his own. Along the way, he served as the program director

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profiles for the Sustainable Landscaping program at the Spokane County extension of Washington State University and lectured on landscaping design at WSU-Spokane. Terrell has been part of the Navy Reserves for 24 years and was mobilized in 2001, reporting to Bremerton. When he returned to Liberty Lake in late 2002, he paid a visit to a local homebuilder in hopes of remobilizing his professional career. “My first stop was Greenstone,” Terrell said. “They put me right to work. They were just extremely supportive.” Greenstone CEO Jim Frank said Terrell is known for his “creativity in working on interesting and unique aspects of parks” while collaborating effectively with community stakeholders. “Mike is not only a very talented and experienced landscape architect, he has an excellent ability to work with the public in obtaining valuable feedback on the design process,” Frank said. Terrell moved to Greenstone on a full-time basis in 2005, oversee-

ing development planning and landscape architecture. His projects included coordinating the specific area plan for the River District, Greenstone’s ambitious development in the northwestern section of Liberty Lake. Over the years, Terrell has helped implement a sports complex in Kennewick, an atrium in Pasco, upgrades to the Eastern Washington University campus and other projects that have become hallmarks in their respective communities. He left Greenstone in 2009 to concentrate on an independently owned venture, Michael Terrell — Landscape Architect, which he founded in 2002.

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With a home office in Liberty Lake, Terrell is surrounded by many of the designs included in his portfolio. While most residents may not have heard of his name or company, for Terrell, the abundance of trails and parks is an ample reward. “Really good parks become part of the culture of a community,” Terrell said. “They give it a sense of place.”

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AUTOMOBILES 2003 Kia Spectra, 4-dr, Auto, 57,000 miles. Perfect transportation car, new battery, runs great, good tires & brakes, good gas mileage. $2500 OBO. Call Sarah: 509-995-6736. 94 black Honda Accord EX coupe, excellent condition, low miles, new mounted studs, sound system, custom wheels, leather interior, $4000 OBO Call: 844-5703.

BULLETIN BOARD Free fresh food distributed by 2nd Harvest & Thrivent fraternal organization, Thursday, May 24, 2012, Advent church parking lot, 13009 E Broadway, Spokane Valley, WA. 10am-noon. Bring boxes. Hospice volunteers needed for the Spokane area. Family Home Care & Hospice is looking for caring volunteers. Please apply at Looking for host families for Japanese Homestay Program through Compass USA from July 21 through August 10, 2012. Great opportunity to learn about another culture. Contact Trina Sampson, 509-496-5701. Q & A with Physical Therapist regarding Autism. Different Not Less. Support group for families affected by Autism. Liberty Lake Library, Thursday, May 31, 6:008. 509-230-6771 for more information. Would love any clothes not sold at LL garage sales to be donated to East Valley Clothing Bank for students in need. I will pick up. Call Darsi at 991-7282.

EVENTS PARTNERS FOR PETS is having their annual yard sale June 23rd. We are asking for gently used items. To donate call Sue at 509-924-0306 & leave a message.

FOR RENT $1500, 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath, 3-car garage, 2400 sq/ft, fenced backyard, near Pavillion Park/Liberty Lake Elementary. No smoking, pets negotiable. Available June 1st, 509-264-3340 (must dial area code).

classifieds 1-bedroom apartment, quiet area 1 block to your beach access of Liberty Lake. No smoking. No pets, 991-7734, $525/month.

FURNITURE 2 matching reclining sofa / love seats with center console storage / cup holders. Tan microfiber with dark leather surround. Needs minor repair, decent condition. $250 obo, 509-389-3089.

LOST & FOUND Found bike a few weeks ago. Found off of Boone. Call to describe, 928-1160. Found very nice mans watch on Sprague Ave across from Liberty Lake club house. Call to identify, 475-9567. Found, Calico looking cat at Stateline Dog Park 5/18/2012. Call 255-9652, 869-1142, 879-4344. Large buoy marker washed up on our beach. Call to claim, 255-9541.

MISC. FOR SALE 39 Used golf carts, gas/electric, 2 and 4 passenger, from $795. Will finance/trade. Free delivery, 999-8989. 59 used golf balls, good shape. 9 Titleist Pro V-1s, 15 various Titleists (dt etc.), 11 various Nikes, a few each of Callaway, Precept, others, $35 cash. Call 509-844-4979. 6 Club Car 48 volt golf carts from $795 to $1295, 9998989.

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Women’s size medium snowboard helmet, brand is Red (model Reya), only used one time and paid $100 for it but will part for $40, cash only. Call 509-844-4979 if interested.

PETS Loveable dog needs a good home ASAP. Moving and very sad we can’t take Bailey with us. 11 years old, well behaved and great with kids. 509-944-0987 or 509389-3089.

REAL ESTATE Gorgeous home, secondary waterfront on Liberty Lake, 4-BR, 3-BA, lake views, boat slip, exclusive and private Dreamwood Circle neighborhood, $349,900! Seth at Keller Williams, 509-879-6732.

WHY RENT? When you can own this 1-bedroom, ground floor, corner unit with attached garage in The Villas (#375), for as little as $460 a month plus tax, insurance and condo dues. Amenities include pool, gym, cable TV, and internet. Move-in ready with all major kitchen appliances including washer & dryer. Only $89,000. Ray Fisk, 509-844-8401, John L Scott Real Estate.


Bad back? Inversion table, teeter lift “Hang Ups”, new, paid $400, sell $250. Craftsman chain saw, 3.5hp, 18”, 2 new chains included, gently used, $80. Kevin, 2265108.

Window cleaning/power washing/gutter cleaning. Liberty Lake resident. Residential and commercial services. Very competitive, satisfaction guarantee. Free estimates, 638-8275 (ask about the limited time free “spring special” power wash).

Brand new Budweiser Olympic snowboard (official Team USA Olympic model used at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games). Model is a Burton Custom size 156, $250 cash. Call 509-844-4979 if interested.

A-1 WHITE DUSTER Housecleaning, give yourself a treat and have your house cleaned. Reliable, trustworthy and reasonable rates. Weekly and bi-weekly. Please call Jamie at 509-892-3594 or cell 208-661-5535.

Complete poker room, 1973 Gottlieb “Joker Poker” pinball machine, works like new, $1000 firm. Custom built poker table and 6 matching chairs, $225 OBO. Budweiser poker poster $10, misc beer mirrors $20, Pabst Blue Ribbon bar light $50, Take all for $1200. Kevin, 226-5108.

Clean non-smoking van, Liberty Lake area - (GEG) Spokane International Airport, $40 each way, reservations accepted, 509-270-3115, Tom’s Taxi. Business accounts welcome.

Dirt bike carrier. Custom heavy duty aluminum hitch mount rack holds 1 or 2 bikes. Center stinger mount for trailer hitch or 2 mounts for trailer / truck frame, $250, 509-389-3089.

“THE GOLD STANDARD” 30 years experience in detailing cars, trucks and custom motorcycles. By appointment only. “Take pride in your ride.” Call 509-710-5896.

Dog kennels, XL 40”, one Remington & one Great Choice. Like new. Only used one week. $55 each, 509714-3022.

FOUR SEATER GOLF CART 2001 Easy-Go, excellent condition, split windshield, headlights, all weather enclosure, heavy duty suspension, battery life indicator, recently serviced, 30% battery life, $1900. See at 24002 Sprague. 208-755-8777 or 208-691-6915. Free to good home with established aquarium. One African Leaf fish and four Silver Dollars, All full grown about 5” long and great community tank fish. Email: Look: 2007 Club Car or Ezego golf carts from $2295/$2595. Good batteries, will trade, finance w/no interest, 999-8989.

Skateboard! Zumiez Blank Camo deck, Ruckus Camo trucks, Cleardrops wheels, Lucky Abec 5 bearings, missing one wheel/set of bearings but in good shape, sell for $50. Call 509-844-4979 if interested. Used tanning bed. Good condition, not used for last 7 yrs. Been stored in basement. Top bulbs fairly new. $250 as is, 475-9567.

PACIFIC LAWN MAINTENANCE Full service professional weekly / bi-weekly lawn care with rates starting at $25 weekly. Serving the Liberty Lake area for over 12 years now! Guaranteed lowest rates in town. Also offering full service lawn and tree spraying, weed control and fertilization. Free estimates and free first mow with summer contract. Pacific Lawn Maintenance, 509-218-1775. Remodeling contractor: Licensed and bonded, Peterc*152re. 27 years experience, references. Decks, patios, garages, roofing, sheetrock taping and texturing, minor plumbing. All your remodeling needs. BBB accredited approved. Call Bruce, 710-4541.

ROAMIN’ PIZZA CHARIOT We bring the party to you with our mobile wood-fired pizza wagon. Have an event your friends and family will remember; graduation parties, wedding receptions, sweet 16’s. or 509-951-9756.

SUMMER NANNY FOR HIRE Hello! My name is Kristi and I am a substitute teacher in the Central Valley School District. I have an Elementary and Early Childhood Education degree. I am looking for a full-time summer Nanny job to start in June! I love to be around kids of all ages and hope to help them have a fabulous and safe summer full of fun activities. Please call if you are interested, 509863-8578.



BIKE MECHANIC Tune up for spring. Repair, rebuild or restoration by expert mechanic. All services guaranteed. Call now for appointment, 509-998-2359, Tony.

We install all types of showers, backsplashes, countertops and flooring. We are now general contractors. We do it all. Call Larry and Lillie, 9244954.

WINDOW WASHING Pristine “clearly the best”. Window washing specializing in residential, commercial and new construction. Free estimates, guaranteed best prices, fully insured and licensed. Your Liberty Lake neighbor. Call 710-5196.

HEINZ PAINTING & HANDYMAN BBB accredited, hardworking, honest and on time. Call today! Dave Heinz, 509-953-8093. Licensed, bonded & insured, Heinzph924bw. Many satisfied LL customers.

MOWING ORGANIC MICRO-CUT. Spring specials! Call now and book your free quote! Spring clean, mowing, aerating, thatching, fertilizing. Don’t settle for anything less than the best in town! Call 863-8894.

Marey Power Cube portable camping tankless water heater. 12v pump or hook to faucet, regulator and small propane bottle, folding faucet, carry bag, hose, etc. asking $100 ($150 new), 509-389-3089. Skateboard Quarter-pipe! Wooden, summer fun! Stands 3’10” tall, $20. Call 926-4883.

NW PAINTING Residential repaint specialists. All phases of interior and exterior painting. Premium warranteed paint used on all projects. Many local references. Fully insured. Estimates are always free. 20% pre summer discount for all bids accepted by 6/21/12. 509-6222999.

STATEWIDE REACH 2.7 MILLION READERS: The Splash participates in a statewide classified ad program that allows classified advertisers to submit ads for publication in more than 130 community publications throughout Washington. $255 buys 1,180,746 circulation and 2,715,700 readers. For more information, contact Josh Johnson at 242-7752 or

See CLASSIFIEDS, page 19

Index of advertisers 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. ACI Coatings Insert Amaculate Housekeeping 5 Avista 5 Bestway Lawn & Tree Care 7 Casey Family Dental 6 City of Liberty Lake - CHILL Day Camp 7 Clark’s Tire & Automotive 3 George Gee Automotive 5

Good Samaritan Society Spokane Valley Healthy Living Liberty Lake HUB Sports Center Landscape Pros Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary Club Liberty Lake Community Yard Sales Liberty Lake EyeCare Center Liberty Lube

7 5 3 5 7 8 3 9

MeadowWood HOA Northern Quest Resort & Casino Relay For Life of Liberty Lake Sayre and Sayre Sleep City True Legends Grill Wittkopf Landscape Supplies

8 20 20 9 2 3 9

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CLASSIFIEDS Continued from page 18 ADOPTION ADOPT - Adoring family, veterinarian doctor, athletics, home-cooked meals, unconditional love awaits precious baby. Expenses paid, Susan, 1-800-352-5741.


PRIME INDUSTRIAL property along I-5 in Olympia, WA to be sold by unreserved auction - June 14, 2012. 62.94 +/- acres total. Details at


ATTEND COLLEGE online from home. Medical, Business, Criminal Justice, Hospitality. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV certified. Call 866-483-4499,


ANNOUNCE your festival for only pennies. Four weeks to 2.7 million readers statewide for about $1,000. Call Josh at The Splash at 242-7752 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,


NEW TO TRUCKING? Your new career starts now! $0 tuition cost, no credit check, great pay and benefits. Short employment commitment required. Call 866306-4115, DRIVERS - Knight offers home-time choices: Express lanes, 7/on-7/off, 14/on-7/off, weekly. Full and part time. Daily pay! CDL-A, 3 months recent experience require, 800-414-9569, DRIVERS - Inexperienced/experienced. Unbeatable career opportunities. Trainee, company driver, lease operators, lease trainers. Ask about our new pay scale! 877-369-7105,


DIVORCE $135. $165 with children. No court appearances. Complete preparation. Includes, custody, support, property division and bills. BBB member, 503-772-5295,,

LEGAL NOTICES City Council Accepting Applications for Open Seat The Liberty Lake City Council is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving out the remaining term for City Council Position 1, which extends until December 31, 2015. State law requires that a council member be a resident of Liberty Lake for at least a year and a registered voter at the time of application. Applications must be delivered to City Hall by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, May 31, 2012. Complete information on how to apply for the position can be found on the City’s website or at City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive. Questions may be directed to Interim City Administrator, Mike Cecka, 755-6728. Applications may be mailed, provided that they arrive no later than the due date, delivered in person, or faxed to 755-6713. Email is not an acceptable form of submission. SUPERIOR COURT, STATE OF WASHINGTON, COUNTY OF SPOKANE In re the Estate of:

No: 12400608-5




RCW 11.40.030

The personal representative named below has been appointed and has qualified as personal representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the deceased must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the personal representative or the personal representative’s attorney of record at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the personal representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020(1) (c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and RCW 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate assets and nonprobate assets. Date of first publication:

May 17, 2012

Personal Representative:

Stephan A. Bren

Attorneys for Personal Representative: Terry L. Snow, WSBA #00689 Terry L. Snow, PLLC Address for Mailing or Service: N. 711 Lincoln, Ste. A Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 324-0100 (509) 324-0107 fax

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


Seeking a captive audience? 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. With over 9,000 copies distributed throughout the region, businesses can benefit from being in the guide by: • Welcoming visitors to the community • Advertising the products, services or specials your business has to offer – maybe a coupon to bring people in Saturday while they’re in town? • Reaping the rewards as yard sale-goers peruse over the guide to plan their shopping, not only for the day, but beyond.


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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Join the fight to find a cure for a disease that will be diagnosed in approximately 35,360 men, women and youngsters in Washington this year. Contact your friends, family members, coworkers or classmates and form a team to participate in this year’s 15-hour American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Liberty Lake. To form a team contact

Liberty Lake reLay For LiFe 2012 Meadowwood Technology Campus 6:00 p.m. Friday, July 20th to 9:00 a.m. Saturday, July 21st

Deb Long at 509-255-9488 or

tHe oFFiCiaL SPoNSor oF birtHDayS.™

For other questions contact Jennifer Kronvall at 509-242-8303 or

May 24, 2012  

Operation Homefront: A soldier's journey home to Liberty Lake — and the free house that came with it.