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Liberty Lake resident Katy Dolan and friend Philip Howard teamed up to found LETEM, a 501c3 nonprofit aimed at connecting underprivileged youth with instruments for band programs.

Let ’em play

CVHS students found nonprofit to bring music to youth By Kelly Moore Splash Staff Writer

























The area’s newest nonprofit might sound like music to the ears of local youth. Liberty Lake resident Katy Dolan and Philip Howard, both 16 and students at Central Valley High School, recently partnered up to found LETEM, a nonprofit organization aimed at making costs associated with band programs something every kid can afford. “Basically what we do is we collect instruments that are old and used and we distribute them back to underprivileged kids in the community who couldn’t otherwise afford to be in music,” Dolan said. “We also collect money and give those back as grants to help cover fee related to band.” Having just earned 501c3 status last week, the organization is ready to take operations past the planning phase and into area schools. The Splash caught up with its founding duo to learn more about how they got started and where they see themselves headed.

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Tell me more about your involvement in music. How did you get started? Philip: I started in sixth grade. It’s nice for me because we’re both pretty hardcore into the academic

letem (Life Enhancement Through Education in Music) Founded Feb. 20, 2012

Mission Connect youth with instruments or grants to cover band fees

Inventory collected so far Two trumpets

Founders Katy Dolan, 16; Philip Howard, 16

side of things, so music is a nice change of pace. It’s still really hard work and you have to focus a lot, but it’s different. When I’m done with three hours of homework I can just sit down and practice for half an hour and it’s a good break. My interest has kind of evolved because at first I was just taking one class in middle school. Now I’m first chair for alto sax in wood ensemble, that’s CV’s highest band. I’m also first chair for jazz band. Katy: I started in sixth grade, too, and I actually started on percussion, which is a different instrument than what I play now. I transitioned in eighth grade to the flute, which is what I play now. At CV I got involved in band, and I’m actually the drum major — the junior assistant drum major of the marching band this year. I’m also in the wind ensemble. I’m not first chair like fancy Philip over here, but I’m at least in it. Q: How did the two of you get connected? Is this through band? A: Katy: Actually it’s mostly through academics. We both have 4.0s, so we both take a ton of AP classes. We’re trying to be valedictorian, so that was kind of a common interest. Q: What inspired you to found a nonprofit at such a young age?

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Volume 14, Issue 27 Editor/publisher

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Calendar of events COMMUNITY July 5 | Family Game Night 6 p.m., Liberty

Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. For more: 232-2510

July 10 | Spokane Noir 6:30 p.m., Liberty

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Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Local crime novelist Frank Zafiro talks about the genre and his own River City Mystery series in this event for adults. For more: 232-2510

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July 12 | Lego Mania Contest 5 to 6 p.m.

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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.

judging, 6:30 p.m. awards ceremony, Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Entrants show off original Lego creations, entry forms available at library or libertylake, must be returned before July 12. For more: 232-2510

July 13 | Learn Braille 10:30 a.m., Liberty

Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. For kids 6 and older. For more: 232-2510

Recurring Kiwanis Club of Liberty Lake 6:45 a.m.

Wednesdays, Liberty Lake City Hall, 22510 E. Country Vista Drive. For more:

Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary Club Noon Thursdays, Meadowwood Technology Campus Liberty Room, 2100 N. Molter Road

Liberty Lake Farmers Market 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane. For more: Liberty Lake Lions Club Noon on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, Barlow’s Restaurant, 1400 N. Meadowwood Lane. For more: 927-2193 or

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.

Advertising information Information about classified and display advertising is on page 14.

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.

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Mission Ave. 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Knitting Club; 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, computer classes; 1 p.m. Saturdays, crafts for ages 6 and up; 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, baby lapsit story time; 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, toddler/preschool story time. For more: 232-2510 or libertylake

Liberty Lake Toastmasters 5:45 to 7 p.m.

Wednesdays at the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District building, 22510 E. Mission Ave. For more: 208-765-8657

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Editor’s note: July 4 coverage Thursdays and Fridays at Talon Hills Senior Complex, 24950 E. Hawkstone Loop. Seniors age 60 and older invited; recommended donation $3.50.


Photos from Liberty Lake’s Fourth of July events will be included in the July 12 issue of The Splash. Press and post office deadlines combined to make it impossible for coverage of the Wednesday holiday event to arrive in mailboxes by Thursday.

July 6 | Brubaker Family Benefit Concert

6 to 8 p.m., Rocky Hill Park, Mission Avenue and Winrock Street. The Angela Marie Project will be playing to benefit Liberty Lake's Tom Brubaker family, as Tom has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Bring a picnic dinner and dancing shoes. Donations for Brubaker family appreciated. For more: 209-6423

July 6-8 | “Lab Rat’s Lament” and “The Nice Guy” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2

p.m. Sunday, The Kave, 4904 N. Harvard Road, Otis Orchards. Pair of one-act comedies (PG-13 rated) performed by Liberty Lake Community Theatre and written by local playwright Matt Harget. Tickets: $8 at the door

July 19 | Bob McCaslin Family Concert

6:30 p.m., Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. For more: 232-2510

July 20 | Beach party and concert 6 to 9

p.m., Beachcombers Beach, entrance on First Avenue along north side of Liberty Lake. Concert featuring Trading Up and the Sidemen presented by Friends of Pavillion Park and the Beachcombers Beach Club. Attendees can carry in a picnic and chairs or anchor a boat offshore.

CIVIC & BUSINESS July 19 | INWLCC networking 5 to 6:30 p.m., Palenque Mexican Restaurant, 1102 N. Liberty Lake Road. Informal gathering of the Inland Northwest Latino Chamber of Commerce. For more: July 20 | “Meet the County Commissioner Candidates” 6:30 a.m. doors open, 7 a.m.

breakfast and program, Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. Monthly networking breakfast of the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce will feature a panel discussion of invited candidates. $25, open to the public. For more or to register:

July 25 | LaunchPad networking event

5 to 8 p.m. George Gee Automotive’s GMC Showroom, 21502 East George Gee Ave. Quarterly networking event. For more: www.launchpadinw. com

Free upcoming events in Liberty Lake’s parks: Dusk Friday at Pavillion Park: Showing of Disney’s “Robin Hood” The classic animated retelling of a hotshot outlaw and his band of merry men. Rated G. Dusk Saturday at Pavillion Park: Showing of “March of the Penguins” Morgan Freeman narrates this charming documentary about Antarctic penguins. Rated G.

Recurring Central Valley School Board 6:30 p.m. on

the second and fourth Mondays of each month, CVSD administration building, 19307 E. Cataldo, Spokane Valley

Liberty Lake City Council 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive Rescheduled meeting will be held July 10

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Community Briefs One week remaining to share cancer stories How has cancer touched your life? Maybe you know a survivor, witnessed the courage of someone currently battling the disease or want to remember a loved one taken by the disease. The Splash wants to honor the stories of those in our community who have been affected by cancer. We will feature short essays of 200 words or fewer in our special Relay For Life issue July 19. Please e-mail your essay to and include an optional photo, if relevant, by July 12.

Deadline looming for bed racers The first annual Liberty Lake Lions Club Bed Race will be held in conjunction with Liberty Lake Days July 28, and the club is seeking teams to participate. The event, planned for 9 a.m. at Pavillion Park, is seeking business, organizations or individuals to form a team to participate. The cost is $125 per team, and the registration deadline is July 15. For more information, contact Wendy Van Orman at 220-1557 or

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News Briefs Class available to clear some traffic infractions As of July 1, citizens issued traffic infractions by the Liberty Lake Police Department will have the option of attending traffic school instead of paying a fine or going to court. The option was made possible by an interlocal agreement passed by the Liberty Lake City Council and the Spokane County Board of County Commissioners. A $124 class fee, paid at the time of application, funds the program. Upon successful completion of the six-hour class, the traffic infraction will be dismissed and won’t appear on the attendee’s driving record. Certain violations, multiple violations and driver’s license status may disqualify some applicants. Eligible drivers may only attend this program once every 18 months. The class is voluntary, and drivers will continue to have the options of admitting fault and paying the fine, contesting the infraction by pleading not guilty or mitigating the infraction by pleading guilty with an explanation.

Several LL students make EWU Dean’s List Several Liberty Lake students earned a place on the Eastern Washington University

Dean’s List for the spring 2012 quarter. To qualify for the list, students must achieve a 3.5 GPA or better. Liberty Lake students included: Megan Anderies, Ryan Conley, Samuel Fosberg, Justine Groome, Sarah Herner, Nicholas Hillstrom, Madison Hilpert, Beth Hotchkiss, Alexandra Kern, Zachary Krogh, Carley Lamb, Trent Leach, Maria McCauley, Sarah Oachs, Alina Peterson, Kendra Sherrill, Miranda Spencer, Kelly Troyer and Nicholas Valentine.

EWU honors McDermott Eastern Washington University’s College of Science, Health and Engineering recognized Liberty Lake’s Daniel James McDermott, 25, with a special departmental award during graduation festivities last month. McDermott graduated magna cum laude with a degree in computer science. McDermott is a 2006 graduate of Central Valley High School. At EWU, McDermott is currently a graduate student in computer science and was awarded a service appointment. He is currently president of the EWU Kendo Club and also volunteers at programming competitions and other computing and engineering events. He is the son of Dianne and David McDermott of Liberty Lake.


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The following incidents, arrests, calls for service and citations were reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department June 25 through July 2.

Incidents and arrests • Theft — A 27-year-old Spokane man was arrested at noon June 27 for theft, third degree. Officers determined the man had taken keys belonging to the city of Liberty Lake from Trailhead Golf Course and used them at approximately 9:15 a.m. June 22 to access the range ball machine at the course. Officers were able to identify the subject and contacted him. He admitted to having the keys and agreed to meet officers in Liberty Lake to return them. • Chemical spill — At 6:30 p.m. June 27, LLPD received report of a chemical spill at the 23000 block of East Sinto Avenue. Officers were advised that a landscape company vehicle spilled chemicals that were causing a stain. Officers responded and did not observe any spill or stain on the roadway but did observe a stain in front on a private driveway. The officer attempted to contact the homeowner but did not get a response. • Trespassing — At 10:10 p.m. June 27, LLPD received a report of a trespassing incident at the 21200 block of East Country Vista Drive. An apartment employee reported observing three teenage subjects jump the fence that surrounds the complex swimming pool and enter the pool. The complainant told officers the pool closed at 9 p.m. The officers contacted the subjects, who were warned about the violation. The apartment manager agreed a warning about the violation was sufficient. • Mischief — At 7 p.m. June 28, LLPD was dispatched to Pavillion Park for a report of kids breaking branches off trees.

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Officers determined three juvenile males were putting ropes between the trees and trying to balance on the rope. They were warned about the dangers and damage to the property. • Child abuse — At 12:20 p.m. June 28, LLPD received a referral from Child Protective Services regarding a possible child abuse case in Liberty Lake. The case was assigned to Detective Ray Bourgeois, who is working with CPS investigators. • Motorcycle accident — At 6:45 p.m. July 1, LLPD was requested to assist the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office with a motorcycle accident at the 2200 block of South Henry Road. • Mischief — At 10:45 p.m. July 1, LLPD was dispatched to Pavillion Park for a report of several juveniles in the park. Officers located three subjects who were throwing dry ice bottle bombs in the park. The subjects were released to their parents, who were contacted by the officers. They were trespassed from the park. • Domestic violence — At 12:45 a.m. July 2, LLPD was dispatched to a domestic violence incident at the 1700 block of North Cavalier Road. Upon arrival officers determined there was a verbal argument only and no crime was committed. • Suspended licenses — LLPD officers made three arrests on suspended licenses during the reporting period, including: - 7:15 a.m. June 27 at Harvard Road and Mission Avenue; - 7:05 a.m. June 27 at Harvard Road and Mission Avenue; - and 7:15 a.m. June 30 at Appleway Avenue and Rocky Hill Lane.

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In Biz Itron lands deal with major Australian utility Liberty Lake-based Itron recently announced that on July 1 Sydney Water — Australia's largest water utility — began a three-year installation of the company’s high-efficiency meters. The transition will replace old meters serving residential and commercial customers in Sydney. Sydney Water serves more than 4.6 million people, supplying about 500 billion liters of water a year to homes and businesses. The new Itron meters will help Sydney Water continue to meet rigorous national water standards, a press release said. Itron already provides supply and service to a handful of Australian utilities, including the Town of Port Douglas, the City of Kalgoorlie, City West Water, South East Water, Yarra Valley Water and Barwon Water.

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This weekend, Liberty Lake will be buzzing with fitness fanatics both near and far as the Liberty Lake Loop and Valley Girl Triathlon once again speed through town. The Valley Girl Triathlon is sold out, and drivers are advised to make time for scheduled road closures accompanying the event. Late registration for the Liberty Lake Loop is still open and will be available at the event.

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The Valley Girl Triathlon is gearing up for its ninth year, having maxed out its 600 spots within a matter of hours back in October. The women-only event will be run Sunday starting at 7:45 a.m. The race features a 1/3-mile swim, a 12-mile bike ride and a finishing 3-mile run, which winds up in Pavillion Park. “It’s a great distance for beginners, and I think it gives a lot of women a great place to start, but you can be as competitive as you want out there,” race coordinator Marla Emde said. “Everyone is really supportive, and there’s a lot of camaraderie at the event.”

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She said she also sees a lot of the Liberty Lake community. She said the event couldn’t run the way it does without support from the city, the Liberty Lake Police Department, SCOPE volunteers and the Liberty Lake Village Homeowners Association. To top things off, last year’s event had 80 Liberty Lake participants. “We get women from 13 states and all over Washington, but to have that many participants from right here in Liberty Lake shows that it’s an event the community really takes ownership in,” Emde said. To prepare for the event, Molter Road will be closed from Sprague Avenue to Inlet Drive from 8:30 p.m. Saturday until the race ends around 2 p.m. Sunday. During the race, Molter will be closed for the bike course from Mission Avenue to Inlet Drive, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Golfers are encouraged to take Valleyway Avenue as a Molter Road crossing, on the way to MeadowWood Golf Course and Liberty Lake Golf Course. They are also advised to plan ahead and allow plenty of time to make tee times.

Liberty Lake Loop The Liberty Lake Loop Fun Run will kick off Saturday at 8 a.m. at Pavillion Park. The 15th annual 4-mile race begins and ends on Molter Road alongside the park and features paved roads and several hills along with aid stations at miles 2 and 3. Kids’ races, held in and around Pavillion Park, begin at 9:30 a.m. and feature course lengths ranging from a quarter-mile to 1.5 miles, depending on age. “It’s just something for the local community to be able to stay fit and set goals,”

Liberty Lake Loop 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday: Runners and walkers will be utilizing stretches of Molter, 2nd, 1st, Sprague, Neyland, Lakeside and Valleyway. Roads are not closed, but drivers should avoid the route or use caution.

Valley Girl Triathlon 8:30 p.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday: Molter Road will be closed from Sprague Avenue to Inlet Drive. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday: Molter Road will be closed for the bike course from Mission Avenue to Inlet Drive. Drivers (and golfers trying to make tee times) are encouraged to allow for extra time and use Valleyway Avenue to cross Molter during this time. race co-coordinator Abel De La Rosa said. This year, De La Rosa said organizers opted to upgrade the event shirts to a performance material, and they’ll be longsleeve as usual. “We’ve always had the best shirts of any fun run race around,” De La Rosa said. “This year, we’re keeping that tradition for sure. The shirts are awesome.” He added that the slightly higher registration fees this year could be attributed to the nicer shirts, though organizers work hard to keep participation costs as low as possible for the community. The race has had as many as 400 participants in years past, but De La Rosa said he anticipates a smaller crowd this year. Those interested in running can still sign up the day of the event at Pavillion Park but won’t be able to register for a T-shirt. For more information and to print off registration forms, go to www.pavillionpark. org.


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Keeping up to speed A (no-)crash course in driving an emergency vehicle with the LLPD

By Kelly Moore Splash Column

During the month of June, LLPD officers played a major role in coordinating, instructing and learning at the regional Emergency Vehicle Operations Course held at the Spokane County Raceway. When I got the invitation to check out things in Airway Heights, I somewhat jokingly told LLPD Chief Brian Asmus I’d only go if he promised I wouldn’t die. He responded saying he couldn’t make that promise, but I’d be kept as safe as possible. Arriving at the track, I was greeted by LLPD Police Sergeant Clint Gibson and I again (and less-jokingly) asked my life be guaranteed for the next hour. He obliged, and I relaxed a little, telling him that was better than the chief could do. “Oh, the chief doesn’t come out here anymore because we scare him,” Gibson laughed. I nervously laughed with him, hoping we had just shared a joke, and met his promise with one of my own: I will not throw up in the car. Apparently, all the high-speed zig-zagging on the course can cause motion sickness, and I’d need to speak up if I started feeling nauseous. After confirming I wouldn’t need a helmet, Gibson went into a professional and matter-of-fact explanation of things, and I started to feel a little more at ease. He, along with Jeff Holmstead from the Washington State University Police, coordinated the training event, serving 123 officers from nine regional agencies. The collaborative effort included donated track time from the Spokane County Raceway, cones and equipment from the

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Splash photos by Kelly Moore

Clockwise from top: Nine agencies participated in the emergency vehicle operations course co-coordinated by LLPD; LLPD Police Sergeant Clint Gibson maneuvers through obstacles while explaining the proper driving skills; and Splash reporter Kelly Moore gets the scoop from the front seat.

LLPD considers speed skills high risk, low frequency Department has logged 16 pursuits in its history By Kelly Moore Splash staff writer

While law enforcement agencies may plan not to call on Emergency Vehicle Operations Course skills often, Liberty Lake Police Department Chief Brian Asmus said you can’t be too safe. When two Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies were shot near Deer Park on June 19, an LLPD officer was part of the regional response, and his EVOC training was put to use. Whether in a pursuit, or maneuvering through traffic with lights and sirens, officers

train regularly to keep skills fresh for when they’re needed. “It’s a dangerous thing to be involved in, so when the decision is made to initiate a pursuit, it’s not taken lightly,” Asmus explained. He added that the department follows a comprehensive policy on pursuits, with guidelines on when to initiate and terminate such action. Officers consider the seriousness of the offense as well as the environment, safety of the community and safety of those involved. In the agency’s history, he said 16 pursuits have been documented, though those stats don’t account for quick-response calls of agency assists. Still, Asmus said all of those

calls were cleared without accident or injury. And as far as putting practiced skills into play, he said the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course included two parts – training for pursuits, and skills practice for everyday maneuvering. While the pursuits portion is considered “the fun part,” Asmus said both are equally important and taken seriously. “It’s all about preventing accidents during our daily driving,” Asmus explained. “The highspeed stuff we train for is what we consider high risk and low frequency. We’ve only had two officer-involved shootings in our history, but we still train on firearms quarterly because of the liabilities associated with incidents like that.”

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A: Philip: We were both brainstorming and thinking of ways to give back. We’re trying to do something bigger than just doing community service. We wanted to establish something that’s unique to ourselves and actually means a lot to us. We’re both very involved in band, and we love to help out. Katy: It sounds really sappy, but I know at least in my life, I’ve been changed being in band for as long as I have been. It seems unfair that kids who can’t pay for it don’t get to have those benefits like we do. So that’s what we were thinking when we started things. Q: What has LETEM been able to do so far? A: Katy: So far we have two trumpets and a few hundred dollars in our bank account. We just got our 501c3 certification actually last week, so now we’re starting to do a lot more. We’re starting to pick things up and get the word out. We also have a website,, and we’re on Facebook at Q: How do you see your organization evolving as you guys start to grow? A: Philip: I think this has potential to grow to a national program. What we’ve established is template, so we could go to a different high school, a different school dis-

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profiles trict and give them this plan. All they would directors in relation to our project, they’ve immediate goal for LETEM? need is to find a leader or advisor, and they always said to us, “Oh, Mr. Parker must be A: Katy: Our most immediate goal will be can start from there. teaching you guys to do good over there.” doing an instrument drive. Basically, we’ll Katy: Of course we can help the people Katy: He’s definitely one of the people be encouraging people in the community to with music, but anytime you can get teenag- who has always backed us on this, and he’s bring out and donate old instruments they ers like us involved in community service, given us so much support. have in their closets. We have a partnerthat’s a goal too. Eventually, as we get bigger, Philip: Actually, Evergreen Middle ship with a music store in Spokane. They’ve we’ll ask people to help us get a backing be- School’s band teacher, Mr. Molter, was my agreed to repair any instruments we collect hind us so they can help out. teacher in middle school. He’s actually our for free, which is a huge contribution to our Q: How does your program find kids to designated teacher advisor. He’s really in- organization. Basically we’ll collect all the connect with? volved, and he’s been a really big help for us. dusty, out of tune instruments from your A: Philip: My dad is the security manager Katy: In terms of just fostering a love for closet, get them repaired and then hopefor District 81 schools, so he has a lot of music, my middle school band director al- fully give them to some kid who wouldn’t contacts in the public school area, and we’ve ways pushed us to keep going. There were otherwise be able to afford it. also connected with different band direc- points when it got kind of old, but I’m so Q: When do you think that will happen? tors in the area. Once we have more of an glad I stayed with band and I am where I A: Katy: Probably in the fall. We want to inventory, we plan to call around and say, am. That’s definitely due to him and Mr. be able to get our classmates involved, so “Hey, this is what we have. What do you Parker. we’re going to wait till school is back in sesguys need?” Q: Moving forward, what is the most sion. Katy: We also have an application process that kids will have to go through. Because we have supply issues, we can’t fill every need. It’s just making sure they qualify for free of reduced lunch and also asking about their involvement in music and what they want to do with their instrument or the money they get. It’s kind of need-based/interest. Q: Have there been any adults who’ve R E A L E S TAT E encouraged you to this point? R E A L E S TAT E A: Philip: Mr. Parker, the band director CRS, ABR, SRES, RELO Liberty Lake at CV, has definitely inspired us to do these Resident sorts of things. When we talk to other band


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Generosity, character have deep roots at West Valley By Jim Williams Splash Guest Column

Where do good ideas come from? In West Valley, they come from many people. Good ideas flow when you are surrounded with dedicated and innovative professionals and community. Each person diligently looks for ways to make our schools better, and the kids benefit from those efforts. I have been privileged to serve on the West Valley School Board for many years now, and I can speak from experience that generosity is common in West Valley. One example would be our recognized character education program. Several years ago, board members and administrators attended a national conference for the National School Boards Association. Board Member Bill Zimmer (now retired) sat in a presentation on character education along with then Assistant Superintendent Sharon Mowry. The subject was how some innovative schools adopted a program to feature certain character traits each month to inspire their students. These efforts took place in every school

from kindergarten through high school. The potential benefits were obvious. They got excited! Through their efforts, others also got excited and soon, it was incorporated in our district. Since then, each month, a character trait is highlighted, and our students study the trait and apply it in their daily activities. Good idea? You bet. This month, the trait is “generosity.” I have listed our monthly character traits as they are all important: January: Fairness; February: Honesty; March: Diligence; April: Trustworthiness; May: Courage; June: Integrity; July: Generosity; August: Gratitude; September: Respect; October: Responsibility; November: Citizenship; December: Caring All these traits are significant, but this month let’s explore generosity as a character trait. Certainly, from a personal standpoint, this is a great way to be. Being generous with your personal time, your resources and your willingness to help others is important and each person — students and adults — should adopt this goal in their lives. We each get so caught up in our activities and needs and forget sometimes that we are part of a larger group. Gener-

osity is not a once-in-a-while thing, but it should be a constant trait that we exhibit each and every day. Certainly, in West Valley, we see generosity displayed in the personal efforts of our students, staff and parents. Their time and efforts are exhibited through events and volunteerism in each of our schools in more ways than we can list here. We simply could not operate at the high levels we need without their help and support. They continue to give their time and caring, and we appreciate it more than I can say. But there is more. There is also the generous support that our community historically gives to their schools. Our maintenance and operation and our technology levies comprise a large percentage of the financial support that is necessary to deliver a quality education experience. In some districts, this can be problematical, but the partnership that we enjoy with our community is outstanding. They are more than generous in this way, and we constantly strive to be diligent in delivering a high standard of excellence in our operations. One way we try to be generous as well is the event we call the West Valley Block Party. We invite all of our patrons to West Valley High School each year for the party. The school board and administrators en-

joy serving a free spaghetti dinner with all the trimmings. Each school has exhibits highlighting what it is doing. Schools work hard to make this a fun and informative time. This year on June 6, we served more than 800 visitors, and the costs were paid for and donated by our generous community businesses and the generosity of staff donating their time by working the event. So, generosity is certainly evident in West Valley. Character education for us and for everybody is a good idea. Generosity as a personal trait is a good idea. It is part of our culture and only one of the ways we strive to be the best we can be. Jim Williams has been a West Valley School Board member for nearly 30 years. He is a member of the nationwide organization “100 Civic Leaders.” He has been instrumental in a Civic Thinkers partnership between West Valley School District and Eastern Washington University. Jim’s five daughters are West Valley alumni, and his daughter, Debra Stephens, is a current Washington State Supreme Court Justice. This column was written as part of a monthly series highlighting the PACE (Partners Advancing Character Education) character trait of the month that runs in PACE partner publications like The Splash.

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Spokane Police Department and radios provided by the Spokane County Department of Emergency Management. Before we got in the car, he lowered his tone to emphasize an important fact: All students on the course start with a 15-minute briefing on what is expected from drivers. “Reckless driving will not be tolerated,” Gibson said. “If you’re driving dangerously out there, you’ll be kicked out of the program and sent home.” We climbed into the car, with me not quite understanding when snaking through cones as fast as possible crossed a line into recklessness. Later, I’d learn that each obstacle had a target speed — many of which were in the area of 35-50 mph. No problem. I was buckling up in the passenger seat when Gibson told me I probably wouldn’t want any loose objects in my lap, so I tucked my reporters notebook away in the pocket of the door and tried my best to brace myself. As we pulled away to enter the course, I asked how fast

we’d go. When he said the max would be about 70 mph I sent out a quick prayer of relief. I drive faster than that all the time. Then he hit the gas, and I my head was suddenly anchored to the headrest, aimed slightly toward the passenger-side door. Gravity refused to let me readjust, so I watched Gibson out of the corner of my eyes as he explained the first obstacle. As we sped through cones, Gibson calmly talked through the exercise, noting the skills emphasized in the training. Hands stay at three and nine on the steering wheel and don’t move. I swallowed hard as we rounded a curve on the track and wondered whether I’d be able to make good on my earlier promise. “Basically, we stress maintaining a stable vehicle platform through smooth steering and straight-line accelerating and braking,” Gibson said as we approached another set of cones. “Earlier in the month, we were able to practice hydroplaning with all the rain.” I was tossed around in my seat as he steered through a stop-and-swerve exercise. “Through this program, we’re able to

teach officers how to properly recover from skids and front-end plowing,” Gibson continued. We kept up the routine through the entire course, with Gibson explaining the proper skills and speeds officers were expected to achieve. During the snakingthrough-cones exercise, he explained how there was a brief moment around each turn when the driver should punch the gas. We circled through a couple more times — once to give him enough time to explain how the program helped some officers feel more comfortable behind the wheel, and another lap to follow behind a trail of other vehicles, learning how to anticipate another driver’s moves. Somewhere along the way, I caught a glimpse of my face in the rear-view mirror and realized I was smiling. I worked hard to look more professional and serious. After all, I didn’t feel like I should be smiling. And the smell of burning brakes was about to put me over the edge. I noticed Gibson was laughing at me, and I let out the kind of involuntary laugh-scream I usually reserve for roller coasters. We parked and took a quick break be-

fore our last lap — one with me behind the wheel. By this time, I could have left feeling like I’d gotten plenty out of the experience, but I figured I shouldn’t pass on a chance to drive a cop car with lights and sirens on a racetrack. I tried to recall all the information Gibson had passed along in the last hour as I made my way through the course. I remember him telling me not to brake. Halfway through, he explained that braking during some of the maneuvers could actually be dangerous, so I tried my best to maintain my speed the rest of the way. When we finished, he said he’d grade my driving a solid B+, but when I asked what it’d take to earn an A, he hesitated. “Well,” he said, “a lot.” I think I’ll leave that to the professionals. I left the track with a renewed respect for what officers endure, and I’m willing to concede that quick decision-making in high-risk situations might not be my forte. Thankfully, I know some guys who excel in that area. Kelly Moore is a staff writer for The Splash. Write to her at

HISTORY ‘Songs of Prophecy’ relayed in Tecomtee’s rich voice The Splash

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DID YOU KNOW? Tecomtee’s legacy lives on as several generations of Liberty Lake friends routinely gather around the campfire during summer months to remember and pass on stories from the past. Submitted photo

By Karen Johnson Liberty Lake Historical Society

Along the eastern shoreline of 19th century Liberty Lake lived Tecomtee and his family, members of the Coeur d’Alene tribe of Indians. The story of Tecomtee actually precedes him, for his legacy may best be described as a passageway through which the vision and desires of his grandfather, Chief Circling Raven, were carried and preserved. The highly revered Circling Raven (memorialized as chief 1660-1760) is remembered for his ability to decipher and then prophesy messages received from a circling raven when the tribe faced grave circumstances. The most publicized of his Songs of Prophecy centered on the coming of what we call Christianity to the tribe, specifically including the coming of the Black Robe (Jesuit priests) who would explain this truth. His unwavering hope in these prophetic songs was so contagious, in 1740 the tribe began celebrating annually what they would later call Christmas. Although Circling Raven relentlessly searched for the Black Robe the rest of his life, he died before any came to Coeur d’Alene territory. His passion, however, was passed into the heart of his son Twisted Earth, Tecomtee’s father, who also prophesied and hunted continually for them. When the Black Robe finally arrived in the person of Father DeSmet, his reception was nothing short of joy-filled and tearful. Twisted Earth declared the long awaited prophecy fulfilled. Circling Raven’s Songs of Prophecy were precious tribal treasures — revered, celebrated, fulfilled and pressed into the hearts of generations of Coeur d’Alenes primarily through his grandson, Tecomtee. In fact, young Tecomtee was called Circling Raven for some time. (It was customary that if a young man did not perform brave historical deeds himself, he could rightfully claim his father’s or grandfather’s historical actions and name.) Tecomtee had no prophetic

powers, but it was said there was no equal to his rich tenor voice, which was admired by the entire tribe. Every evening he could be heard singing the prophecy songs of his grandfather, Circling Raven. Moving slightly west of his father’s village at Headwaters (the present day city of Coeur d’Alene), Tecomtee and two brothers-in-law settled their families around Liberty Lake: Tecomtee along the eastern shoreline, Peter Wildshoe on the west side of the lake, and (future Chief) Andrew Seltice over the western hillside on Lake Seltice (Saltese Lake). The three families enjoyed living in the same community. Seltice threw his annual “first of July” parties for the entire tribe at Liberty Lake, and many would stay overnight in order to sit around a lakeside bonfire, listening to Tecomtee’s voice echo their beloved Songs of Prophecy across the water. Many of the younger men who had grown to know the songs by heart sang along and harmonized. Tecomtee did not have large herds of cattle and horses like his two brothers-in-law, but he loved the outdoors and was always friendly, hospitable and generous to a fault. In fact, his wife complained to the Chief, who in turn warned all the Indian traders not to take advantage of him since he was too generous to demand a fair deal for himself. He was a trader at heart, but his generous spirit was also his curse. White traders found Tecomtee easy prey to their trades of generous alcoholic samplings. He became known as “weak-hearted” around alcohol, and his ambitions of greatness began to waver. As wars and rumors of war culminated in the 1850s, Tecomtee went with Seltice and Wildshoe to talk things over with then Chief Vincent. They persuaded Vincent to build a church instead of raising arms. Later, at the July 1st celebration in 1856 or 57, 400 tribal leaders met with Chief Vincent while the rest of the tribe participated in

the annual games. It was here that Tecomtee gave his first political speech, reasoning for peace over war in agreement with his brothers-in-law and others whose desire was to please God and set a peaceful example for their children. The divided tribe became contentious, even to the point of accusing Tecomtee of cowardice. But at the end of the day, many stayed overnight to gather by the lakeshore and sit in silence for hours reflecting as Tecomtee sang the Songs of Prophecy. Heading home the following day, it was the young men who led the traveling families in singing the Songs of Prophecy they had come to love so deeply. This would certainly become Tecomtee’s legacy, preserving and passing along the heart and soul of his people for generations to come. The Coeur d’Alenes were brave and capable warriors, relentless in defending their homes and families from injustices; but they were also known, like Tecomtee, as honest, intelligent, moral and charitable people who practiced peace, not war, in settling inter-tribal disputes. Five years after the 1858 wars with Steptoe and Colonel Wright, the Coeur d’Alenes were advised their best strategy against the coming influx of land-claiming white settlers was to choose the most fertile land (the Palouse) and lay claim to it by the entire tribe. Initially, the tribe as a whole resisted, but a year later they began the collective move. Tecomtee and his brothers-in-law left their beautiful homeland of Liberty Lake to resettle their families, once again close together, near present day Tekoa, at the north end of the tribe’s staked claim. While Seltice and Wildshoe assumed more prominent roles within the community, Tecomtee’s strength was proven through preserving the cultural heritage of his people. Karen Johnson is a member of the board of the Liberty Lake Historical Society. She has lived in Liberty Lake most of her life.

• Twisted Earth, Tecomtee’s father, met Lewis and Clark. • Circling Raven was to the Coeur d’Alenes as Shining Shirt was to the Flatheads. Both prophesied the coming of Christianity to their tribes and lands. • In 1720, Circling Raven sang a prophecy that the Savior of the world had been born a long time before. In view of this, he warned his tribe, they and their enemies should avoid further bloodshed. They made peace treaties with the Spokanes and Flatheads, resulting in over a century of peace and intermarriage, and war became practically unknown as a means of settling inter-tribal disputes. Even their final move to resettle in the Palouse is unique in the annals of North American Indian history because it was done so peacefully. • When the brothers-in-law resettled their families, Tecomtee, true to his character, staked his claim four miles beyond them in order to leave the others plenty of grazing land since they had so much more stock than he. • A prophecy can be a prediction, an instruction or an exhortation.

Genesis of Liberty Lake A series from the Liberty Lake Historical Society, appearing in the first Splash issue of each month in 2012.

January: Geology of Liberty Lake February: Coeur d’Alene Tribe March: 150 years of Gathering, Recreation and Music April: Indian Wars, Part I May: Indian Wars, Part II June: Chief Seltice July: Tecomtee August: Peter Wildshoe September: Mullan Trail October: Homestead Act November: Spokane Bridge Crossing December: Stephen Liberty

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(RCW 11.40.030)

The Personal Representative named below has been appointed as Personal Representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent 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 at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original 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 this 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 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and non-probate assets. Date of First Publication: July 5, 2012 Personal Representative: Douglass A. Pineo

/s/Hugh O. Evans, WSBA #6063 Attorneys for Personal Representative EVANS, CRAVEN & LACKIE, P.S. 818 W. Riverside, Suite 250 Spokane, WA 99201-0910 (509) 455-5200


In the Matter of the Estate of

No. 12-400817-7




RCW 11.40.030

The Personal Representative named below has been appointed as Personal Representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the

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LEGALS Continued from page 14 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 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 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent=s probate and nonprobate assets. Date of first publication:

July 5, 2012 /s/ Bettye B. Staley BETTYE B. STALEY Personal Representative

Attorney for Personal Representative: Karen L. Sayre, WSBA #15548 SAYRE & SAYRE, P.S. Address for Mailing or Service: West 201 North River Drive, Suite 460 Spokane, Washington 99201-2262 (509) 325-7330

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