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Mark Calhoun became the second finance director in Spokane Valley’s history in June 2011.

Money maestro Calhoun oversees city of Spokane Valley finances By Craig Howard Current Contributor

Mark Calhoun scarcely had time to place a decorative fern in his new office before meeting with representatives of the Spokane Valley City Council to review municipal money matters in June 2011. On his second day as Spokane Valley finance director, Calhoun attended the first of several budget workshops leading up to the passage of the city’s fiscal gameplan for the following year. He had come to the Valley after 19 years with the city of Wenatchee, replacing Ken Thompson, the first and only finance director in Spokane Valley’s brief history. With roots in the region — Calhoun earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Montana — the newest member of the city’s administrative team settled in quickly to his new role. Like his predecessor, Calhoun brought a calm, even-keeled approach to arguably the most demanding job at City Hall — overseeing the state of cash in Washington’s 10th largest jurisdiction. Including Calhoun, the finance department now consists of 11 employees, seven of whom fall under the “accounting” banner. This month, Calhoun and crew will begin the daunting task of sorting through individual budgets submitted by each municipal department. The first budget workshop is scheduled for June 18 with an optimum timeline for passage by late October. While Calhoun admits “it’s tough to make a budget interesting,” there are certain facets of the process that creep beyond bland — like the rally made on the sales tax front in 2012. Led by the usual Spo-

A Cup of Joe kane Valley revenue staples — auto dealerships and retail behemoths like Costco and Home Depot — the city raked in $15.4 million in sales tax proceeds, surpassing forecasts by well over $1 million. The Current caught up with Calhoun recently at Spokane Valley City Hall to talk taxes, roads, reserves and the ongoing challenge of making a budget interesting.


This month marks your twoyear anniversary as finance director for the city of Spokane Valley. Do you ever have any regrets about leaving Wenatchee, your professional home for almost 20 years?


No regrets, but I find that I still miss friends, co-workers and the familiarity of the place that was our home for such a long time. This, however, is balanced by the fact my wife and I are enjoying our new community and have felt very welcomed into it. Q. We’ve always heard how fiscally stable the city of Spokane Valley is compared to other jurisdictions throughout

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In case you missed it Padden, Shea see bills signed It’s the time of year when Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s hand gets a workout signing bills passed by the Legislature. Among them were several passed by Spokane Valley lawmakers representing the state’s 4th District. Among the legislation introduced by state Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, that was signed into law: • Human trafficking: Senate Bill 5669, which had strong bipartisan sponsorship, was approved unanimously by the Senate in early March and the House of Representatives in mid-April. The changes it makes to state anti-trafficking laws include expanding the definition of “communication with a minor for immoral purposes” to cover the purchase or sale of commercial sex acts and sex trafficking; adding to the definition of first- and second-degree trafficking; and making the penalties for those who patronize child prostitutes stronger. • Autopsy openness: Senate Bill 5256, which allows coroners and medical examiners to be open — to the point of having immunity from liability — about their conclusions when talking about a death that occurs in connection with a law-enforcement action or inside a correctional facility. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich was among those who testified in support of the bill. • Boating safety: Senate Bill 5437, which aligns Washington’s boating law with its motor-vehicle law when it comes to driving under the influence. Among the legislation introduced by state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, that was signed into law: • Lobbyist restrictions: House Bill 1093 would impose a personal liability in the form of a civil penalty of $100 per statement against a state agency director who knowingly fails to file lobbying disclosure statements. It would also establish a civil penalty against any state agency official, officer or state employee who is responsible for or knowingly directs or spends public funds in violation of lobbying restrictions. • Stabilizing conversion kits for motorcycles: House Bill 1334 would allow stabilizing conversion kits to be placed on motorcycles and require the person using the kit to have a threewheel motorcycle endorsement.

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Washington and the nation. When it comes to areas like overall reserves and a balanced budget, how does the city currently stack up? A. Spokane Valley wasn’t immune to the downturn in the national economy that began in 2007, and it too suffered significant reductions across the board in tax revenues. With that said, I believe Spokane Valley was unique among municipalities across the country in that it has consistently generated recurring general fund revenues that were greater than expenses which allowed the City to actually add to reserves. The reductions in the expenditure budget were accomplished through targeted reductions in programs that included the elimination of 8.5 unfilled employee positions, which represented a nearly 10 percent reduction in its workforce. (This brought) the total employee count down from 93.75 positions in 2009 to just 85.25 positions today. Q. Last year, the city initiated spending of the general fund, special fund and capital project fund reserves to support street preservation. Can you tell us the latest on the city’s efforts to keep up with the maintenance of roads? A. Pavement preservation has historically been a focus of the city, and beginning with the 2013 budget, the city established a program to finance its continuance by committing $2,054,000 per year over each of the next four years toward this effort. This city-funded commitment coupled with state and federal grants for both street construction and preservation projects should ensure that into the foreseeable future we’ll experience summers full of street construction projects and the resultant well-maintained roads we see around town. Q. The city passed on the 1 percent allowable increase to property tax for 2013. What are some advantages and disadvantages of ‘banking’ that taxing capacity? A. The obvious advantage to taking the 1 percent increase in property taxes is that it generates additional revenues that help offset increases in operating expenses that are in reality growing approximately 2.5 percent per year, based upon historical increases in the consumer price index. The disadvantage of course is that the tax is collected from residents who are also struggling to meet their own needs. This conflict between maintaining city services and not separating taxpayers from their hardearned money is one that will likely always vex city councils. Q. The state sets a maximum level of allowable debt for cities based on their assessed property value. The city of Spokane Valley currently utilizes only 1.49 percent of its total allowable debt capacity and 7.46 percent of its non-voted bond capacity. What sort of statement do you think this makes about Spokane Valley’s

approach to its budget? A. Since its inception 10 years ago, the city has maintained a “pay-as-you-go” approach to financing operations and capital projects, and as a consequence, in its history, has issued bonds only once and that was back in 2003 for the construction of CenterPlace and making road improvements in the Mirabeau area. The bond repayments for the CenterPlace portion of the issue are actually paid by the Spokane County Public Facilities District. I think Spokane Valley’s pay-as-you go approach is similar to what we experience in our own household budgets, where the less debt we carry the less we are harmed by downturns in the economy and the greater chance we have of taking advantage of economic recoveries. Q. Going back to streets, some of your neighbors in Spokane County have implemented certain revenue generating mechanisms to fund road preservation. The city of Spokane now has a car tab tax and Liberty Lake is devoting proceeds from its utility tax to streets. How do you think Spokane Valley’s 6 percent phone utility tax has done in terms of addressing this issue — and is there a chance that the city would look at taxing other utilities to pay for road upkeep? A. The 6 percent telephone utility tax went into effect in January 2009 and has generated approximately $2.9 million per year since. The money generated from this tax is credited directly to the Street Fund, which performs routine but critical day-today maintenance on city streets that ranges from plowing snow in the winter to street sweeping, crack sealing and pavement preservation in the summer. In regards to the possibility of imposing additional taxes for pavement preservation, I think it’s safe to say the City Council will first wish to determine whether the aforementioned program of spending $2,054,000 per year on pavement preservation is meeting our needs. Tax increases will always be a last resort. Q. The practice of contracting for municipal services like police and library has been a staple of the city since incorporation. What sort of impact do you think this approach to staffing has had on the city over the years? A. This practice has allowed the city to contract with vendors who are experts in their respective fields and has allowed the city to keep its employee count and associated payroll costs low. Q. The news from Olympia this session may not be as foreboding as it’s been in recent years, but it’s still not exactly rosy from a financial standpoint. We hear talk of cities maybe receiving half the amount in gas tax while grants and matching funds are still difficult to procure. What’s your take on the state budget and how it will affect Spokane Valley’s budget picture? A. In 2013, we anticipate our Street Fund will collect $4.7 million in revenue

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including $2.9 million of telephone utility tax and $1.8 million of gas tax. If, as you say, the state legislature opted to reduce gas tax distributions by 50 percent, this means Spokane Valley would lose $900,000 or 19 percent of total revenue dedicated to this particular city operation and make for an especially difficult budget development process for our own 2014 budget. I’m hopeful the legislature will develop a plan to balance the state budget without significant collateral damage to our own operations. Q. Revenue from the city’s real estate excise tax has declined from $2.5 million to $1 million over the last five years. How have proceeds from sales tax and property tax fared over that same time since the recession began? A. Spokane Valley sales tax collections reached their high point in 2007 with a total of $17.4 million and plunged 19 percent, or $3.3 million, to a low of $14.1 million in 2010. With an improving economy, these taxes have begun to climb, and in 2012 our total collections were $15.4 million which represents an increase of 9 percent from the 2010 low point. Although an impressive gain, to put this in perspective, Spokane Valley’s 2005 sales tax collections were $15 million, so 2012 was just slightly better than collections realized seven years ago. Although things have improved, we’ve got a ways to go. In regards to property taxes, the City Council has recognized that citizens’ property values have been declining in each of the previous few years and as a result has for three consecutive years opted to not impose the 1 percent increase in property tax revenues that is allowed by state law. Q. Your predecessor, Ken Thompson, dealt with a few headaches in the early days of the city making sure that revenue from sales tax was correctly coded and wound up in city coffers. On Spokane Valley’s website there is still a note about the importance of businesses accurately recording their sales tax collections so that revenue is allocated to city services. Is that still an issue? A. After being in existence for 10 years, this is now less of an issue for Spokane Valley than it was in the beginning; however, it is an issue we will always monitor. Q. Your role is not a policy-making one — ultimately, those particular budgetary decisions are left up to the City Council and city manager. Yet, with all you know about the city’s finances, do you ever wish you had more influence when it came to implementing actual policies? A. For me, ultimately making the policy decision is less important than being given the opportunity to provide timely, accurate and unbiased financial information to a city manager and council that are engaged in the decision-making process. I’m inclined to think that the policy makers will make the right decision with adequate information at their disposal.

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City of Liberty Lake Council Position No. 1 Lori Olander Debbi J. Haskins Council Position No. 2 Jeff Sitton Hugh Severs Council Position No. 4 Odin Langford Mike Tedesco Council Position No. 6 Keith L. Kopelson

City of Millwood Mayor Kevin M. Freeman Dennis Hamlin Council Position No. 1 Richard Schoen Council Position No. 2 Daniel (Dan) Sander

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Town of Fairfield Mayor KayDee Gilkey Council Position No. 1 Emily Thomas Harry Gibbons Council Position No. 2 Alene Felgenhauer John Jesseph

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Pedestrian passage Appleway Trail hopes to add safe parallel for walkers and bicyclists along busy Valley corridor By Craig Howard Current Contributor

Years ago, locomotives churned down a rail line in Spokane Valley, whisking past roadside produce stands and flourishing apple orchards. These days, the only remnant of the former Milwaukee Railroad route is a swathe of land characterized by overgrown brush, strewn stones and a scattering of litter. For Inga Note, senior traffic engineer with the city of Spokane Valley, the forgotten thoroughfare represents an opportunity for a unique community pathway that would provide local residents with a chance to walk, run and cycle along the area’s busiest corridor. On March 11, the city hosted a community workshop to gather public feedback on the Appleway Trail, a proposed project parallel to Sprague Avenue between University and Evergreen roads. On May 23, another open house was held, this one at CenterPlace, to discuss ideas for the trail as brought forward by residents. “People would like to walk and bike in this area but they don’t feel it’s safe,” Note said. “Right now, the corridor is pretty auto-oriented. This trail would provide people with a way to access grocery stores and other retail without interacting with traffic.” Note said there has been a rash of collisions on Sprague involving cyclists and motorists. The trail would clear a 10-foot wide, two-mile path, similar to a pedestrian passage installed to the east along Appleway Road between Tschirley Road and Hodges Road at the eastern city limits. That trail was part of the renovation of Appleway in 2007 and is considered the first phase of a development that would continue with the Appleway Trail as the next installment. A third phase between Evergreen and Tschirley would connect all three segments. “I think it’s a great idea because it cleans up the mess and provides a trail for people,” said Spokane Valley Deputy Mayor Gary Schimmels. “The council has been supportive of this. I think it would be well utilized.” Schimmels said one of the most encouraging aspects of the trail discussion has been the truce established between the city and Spokane County over the oncecontentious issue of which jurisdiction owned the land. When Spokane Valley incorporated in 2003, city officials referred to the Revised Code of Washington which stated that all public roadways belonging

“Most people don’t walk down Sprague because of the traffic. A lot of streets to the south of this trail alignment don’t have sidewalks.” — landscape architect Mike terrell

to the county would be transferred to the new city. The county took exception in the case of the former Milwaukee Railroad property which it had purchased in 1980 and turned into a home for sewer and electric utilities. A Spokane County Superior Court ruling in June 2007 upheld the county’s side. The city’s appeal to the decision was denied the following July. The two sides signed an interlocal agreement last June that allowed Spokane Valley to move ahead with improvements to the property while the county retains ownership. “We’re just happy we worked out issues with the county so they can maintain their utility corridor and we can build a trail,” said Spokane Valley City Attorney Cary Driskell. “It’s going to be a great amenity for the community.” The city is awaiting word on two grant applications to the Spokane Regional Transportation Council that would address funding of the trail. Note said the cost of the project — including landscaping improvements, pedestrian crossings, lighting and other elements — has been estimated at around $2 million. City officials have talked about the trail spurring redevelopment along the corridor as retailers begin to cater to nonmotorized residents. The emphasis on upgraded pedestrian resources was one of the main components of the now defunct Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan. To this point, public feedback has favored amenities like park benches, bike racks, picnic shelters, community gardens and pedestrian lighting. “Most people don’t walk down Sprague because of the traffic,” said Mike Terrell, a Liberty Lake-based landscape architect who has been hired by the city to work on the trail along with SvR Design Co. of Seattle. “A lot of streets to the south of this trail alignment don’t have sidewalks.” The community workshop at Spokane Valley City Hall in March featured an encouraging turnout, including a vanload of residents from Orchard Crest Retirement

Rendering courtesy of SvR Design Co.

The view above of the start of the proposed Appleway Trail at the corner of University and Appleway envisions the future of a pedestrian pathway along one of the Valley’s busiest corridors. Below, this is what the pathway looks like currently — a scruffy two-mile stretch of land between University and Evergreen roads. The city of Spokane Valley is hoping to move ahead with plans for the project after signing an interlocal agreement with Spokane County, owners of the former Milwaukee Railroad right-of-way, last June.

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Community, a facility located at the end of the trail near the Sprague/Evergreen intersection. “The first meeting was really well attended,” Terrell said. “We had some good input. I talked to a couple who said they would get to the grocery store by walking on the trail.” Terrell said the design of the path “will hearken back to the agricultural history of the area” with “remnant orchards” and other tributes to the rural past like gabion walls, consolidations of stacked stones held together in wire baskets. “The entire design is really tailored to the Spokane Valley and its history, starting with the name, the ‘Appleway Trail,’” Terrell said. The city plans to take special precautions with clearly marked and illuminated pedestrian crossings that would be coordinated with traffic signals at busy streets

like Bowdish, Pines and McDonald. There has been talk of utilizing something called a “HAWK signal” at Pines which would be activated when a pedestrian pushes a button. “We’re hearing a lot of concern from residents about crossing streets like Pines and Evergreen,” Note said. The transformation of the old railway in Spokane Valley would not be the first time a discarded train track has been turned into a destination for pedestrians and cyclists. The former Milwaukee main line now makes up portions of the John Wayne Trail in Western Washington and the Route of the Hiawatha Trail in North Idaho. If the SRTC grants come through, construction on the Appleway Trail could begin as early as this fall. “I’m hopeful,” Note said. “I think it would make a great community trail.”

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Green was the prevailing color at the opening day of the Liberty Lake Farmers Market May 18.

From ‘Apple Way’ to today Spokane Valley’s agricultural past influences a present love of all things organic By Steve Christilaw Current Contributor

Food used to be such a simple, uncontroversial subject. Food was, well, food, and you knew what you were eating and, more or less, where it came from. Then it all changed. Whether it was passed out of a driveup window, pulled pre-formed from the freezer or dumped out of a box or a can, food took on a whole, new definition in people’s lives. For some, it became not only difficult to know what they were eating, but quite the appetite suppressant once they found out. In Spokane Valley, knowing both where one’s food comes from and what it contains is a part of the community heritage, and years after apple orchards and cantaloupe fields dominated the Valley landscape, an interest in healthy, organic meals remains. “People realize that you have two choices if you want to know what’s in your food: You can either grow it yourself or get to know the person who does,” insisted Sue

Puhek, who, with her husband Paul, operate S&P Homestead Farm in Otis Orchards. The couple has been a mainstay at the Liberty Lake Farmers Market since it opened. “People really want to know,” Paul Puhek added. “They want to know if what we bring to the market is organic. They want to know how we fertilized. They want to know if the seeds we use are GMOs (genetically modified organisms). They’re educating themselves and learning more and more all the time.” And if you’re trying to follow the new mantra, “Think Global, Eat Local,” it’s unappetizing to eat food that spends more time on the road than your average family vacation. Same if you’re a foodie in search of fruits and vegetables that taste like the ones you knew growing up — apples, strawberries or tomatoes that taste freshpicked, each bite exploding with flavor. For many people, that search leads to their own backyard, both figuratively and literally.

A fertile history “The Spokane Valley has a very long history of backyard gardens,” Sue Puhek said. “You may not recognize it now, but this whole valley used to be covered with small farms. We fed not only Spokane, but the whole area with food grown right here.” In his writings about the Spokane Valley in 1900, the Rev. Jonathan Edwards, a pioneering missionary, described the area this way: “The surface is undulating, just enough to afford fine drainage. There are seasons of the year when a view of the valley from an elevation is indescribably resplendent, when it is ablaze with green grass and a great variety of flowers. In parts, the grain can be seen waving gracefully in the breeze, and orchards with trees laden with delicious fruit.” That same year, Spokane Valley farmer Albert Kelly dug a 50-foot well and hit an underground river that produced 350 gal-

lons of water per minute — the Spokane Aquifer. That discovery led to the rapid growth of area apple orchards, the crop deemed most profitable. By 1922, there were 1.6 million apple trees in the Spokane Valley and the road connecting Spokane with Coeur d’Alene was dubbed Apple Way (or Appleway) because it was lined, mile after mile, with apple trees. By 1925, Valley farmers began pulling out their orchards in favor of truck farms, growing a variety of crops — with the Heart of Gold cantaloupe becoming a specialty. Today, there still is a great deal of comfort and joy to be found in backyard gardens, digging into the earth and raising your own crops. In some circles, the garden has even become something of a status symbol. But it’s not something everyone can do, Paul Puhek said. “If you live in an apartment, for example, you just can’t do it,” he said. “That’s why things like community gardens and farmers markets are so great.”

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Three farmers markets are now open and will operate weekly until the growing season ends in October. In general, expect your favorite farmers market to change as the growing season evolves. Knowing what to look for and when to look for it are helpful skills to help in planning family menus. In the first weeks of the season, the market is a great place to find healthy, young plants ready to go into your own garden or garden container. You can also find freshpicked herbs and young salad greens, spring onions and baby bok choy. Spring is the best time to find fresh, local asparagus. Strawberries begin to arrive in mid-June. Late spring and early summer brings fresh apricots and loads of bing and rainier cherries. As summer settles in, look for corn, cucumbers, chard and other leafy greens, green beans, sweet peas and zucchini. Also, look for huckleberries, blackberries and raspberries to arrive. Tomatoes start arriving in summer and continue through the fall, when apples become plentiful. Just don’t expect to find all of the aforementioned fruits and vegetables to always look the same way they do in the supermarket. “My favorite thing to grow is carrots,” Sue Puhek said. “I love to browse through seed catalogs, and when I see something that looks good, I order it and plant it. I grow all kinds of different carrots in all different colors. “When I first started to sell them at our market stand, people weren’t sure what to make of them — they asked all kinds of questions. Once they tasted them, they wanted them because they all taste so incredibly good. I sell out of them faster than

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Millwood Farmers Market Millwood Community Presbyterian Church, 3223 N. Marguerite Road 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, May-September Founded: 2007 current PhotoS by Steve christilaw

The three Farmers Markets in the greater Valley area all opened in May, including Liberty Lake, where the pictures on this page were captured on opening day. Early in the season, the markets are a place to find healthy, young plants ready to go into the garden as well as freshpicked herbs and young salad greens. The strawberry watch should end soon as well, as the delectable fruit typically begin to arrive in mid-June. I do regular orange carrots now.” Tomatoes, too, don’t come in your basic red. Yellow, green, purple and black all are common colors, and taste profiles range from sweet to slightly acidic, depending on the variety, and different varieties lend themselves to different uses. Once you get used to shopping the farmers market, you’ll learn that green beans aren’t always green, either. Potatoes, too, come in colors other than basic red and white. “The thing you have to remember is that all of that produce has been engineered to travel,” Paul Puhek said. “Our farm is about three miles from the (Liberty Lake) market. When you’re that close, it lets you grow a lot of things that wouldn’t make it to a supermarket.” Of course, produce isn’t the only attraction at a farmers market. You can generally find things like locally produced honey, lavender, organic dairy,

“It’s very exciting. We already have some fantastic local vendors that we’re working with, and I’m still looking to add even more. They do such a great job at the Liberty Lake and Millwood markets, and we’re very happy to fit in with them.” — priscilla marlow on the new veradale farmers market

meats and cheeses throughout the market season. Local bakeries can be counted on to provide gorgeous, artisan breads, pastries and other goodies. Both the Liberty Lake and Millwood markets offer live music. The Liberty Lake market also offers made-to-order crepes and wood-fire-baked pizza.

Veradale Farmers Market Spokane Valley Eagles, 16801 E. Sprague Ave. 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, May-September Founded: 2013

The newcomer to the area is the Veradale Farmers Market, which makes its home at the Spokane Valley Eagles Lodge, 16801 E. Sprague Ave. The market will be open Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Priscilla Marlow saw some open space next to the lodge and decided it was the perfect place to start a local farmers market. “I got permission, and we’re ready to go,” she said. “It’s very exciting. We already have some fantastic local vendors that we’re working with, and I’m still looking to add even more. They do such a great job at the Liberty Lake and Millwood markets, and we’re very happy to fit in with them.” The biggest competition the markets face, Marlow said, is the variety of family farm stands that dot the valley. “There are so many places here in Greenacres and along Barker Road that just have their own stand where they sell their produce themselves,” she said.

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Community garden plots continue to expand By Steve Christilaw Current Contributor

OK, so you want to get your hands in the soil and grow your own vegetables, but you don’t have a place to do it. Never fear. The Otis Orchard Food Bank and the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection are among local options that have a spot just for you — and both of those are free. The food bank offers a 6-foot by 8-foot plot with access to running water at its community garden at 4308 N. Harvard Road. Call Todd Parker at 842-2355 to reserve a spot. The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, located at 15319 E. 8th Ave., began construction on a community garden area last month. With materials and donations from companies like Trec, Probuild and BarrTech, the church oversaw the construction of 16 raised garden beds, of which 14 already have been claimed. “We still have more room,” spokesperson Elizabeth Ann Harper said. “We can build more.” The 4-foot by 16-foot raised beds are filled with rich compost and ready for planting. The congregation has been using the

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Volunteers with Episcopal Church of the Resurrection work earlier this spring on construction of a new community garden area, initially sporting 16 raised garden beds. area for its “Plant a Row For the Hungry” program, and Harper said the church hopes gardeners will follow that lead. “We hope they’ll do that because it’s a good cause,” she said. In addition to the new community gar-

Valley’s Tomato Lady a woman of 161 varieties By Steve Christilaw

Current Contributor

Elizabeth Casteel accomplishes more in her Spokane Valley backyard than most, turning out more than 6,500 organic tomato and pepper plants, which she sells out of her home on University Road, just north of Broadway. She’s also one of the most popular booths at the annual Spokane Community College plant sale — regularly selling out casteel early. “I started out selling a few extra tomato plants that I’d started, and over the years it’s grown into this,” she says, leading a tour through the pair of greenhouses in her backyard — pointing out many of the 41 different

varieties of pepper and the 161 different varieties of tomato her planting operation generates. “I used to tell people that I have every color of tomato you could possibly want, except for blue,” she laughs. “This year, I have a blue tomato. I have them all.” Casteel says her selection process for her variety of tomatoes and peppers is heavily influenced by seed catalogs. “I’m kind of a sucker for a really pretty picture in the seed catalog,” she laughs. “If it looks good in the catalog, I tend to order it and plant it.” A graphic designer by trade, Casteel is now the go-to source of information on tomatoes. Her website, thetomatolady. com, is online with tips and tricks for successfully growing. She blogs regularly about her operation and has her own Facebook page. Her tomato photography, alone, makes checking out her website well worth the effort.

den, the congregation is in the process of reviving the apple orchard on the property that was abandoned some 60 years ago. “The trees became self-sustaining over the years, and they still produce apples even though the orchard has been aban-

doned and overgrown,” Harper said. “We’re getting some expert advice on how to reclaim the orchard, and we’re taking that effort slow. You can’t just go in and start watering those trees again because it’s a shock to the system. “Right now, we’ve gone in and started to prune the trees a bit and mow the area around them.” Community gardens are popping up all over. Atop the hill on the north side of the Argonne Road Bridge sits Pumpkin Patch Gardens, a tidy vacant lot overlooking the Spokane River converted into small, family garden plots. The city of Liberty Lake recently expanded the plots it rents out at the Nature’s Place at Meadowwood Arboretum, and it also leases space at Rocky Hill Park. This spring, Spokane Valley Partners created Fresh Start Community Gardens, a 2.41-acre garden in the heart of Spokane Valley at 11202 E. Mission Ave. The mission statement: “For our garden is to be an outdoor community center, welcoming all interested people, where the focus is (on) increasing access to, and awareness of, nutritionally dense foods for Valley families; promoting urban agriculture as a vehicle to increasing family incomes; providing entrepreneurial microenterprise activities for area youth; and reducing the SVP food bank’s dependence on external food vendors.”

‘Tomato Lady’ Elizabeth Casteel has found plenty of favorite tomato varieties from years of impulse buys made while flipping through seed catalogs. A few of the standouts: • Carbon: A dark purple, medium-sized tomato • Kellogg’s Breakfast: A lovely paleorange tomato that is solid, meaty and mild flavored. • Lady Bug: A small, 1-ounce, brightred fruit that resists cracking — the scourge of cherry tomatoes. • Tami G: One of the best-tasting grape tomatoes. • Orange Russian: A beautiful fruit that takes on a heart shape with a dense, delicious, fruity flesh. • Aussie: An heirloom tomato from Australia that produces abundant fruit while being disease resistant.

• Black Sea Man: A special favorite, growing fruit that is mahogany in color, with olive green shoulders when mature. Inside the fruit is reddish green in color and makes an exceptional tomato sandwich.

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May 29 | Mobile Food Bank 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Advent Lutheran Church, 13009 E. Broadway. Hosted by 2nd Harvest and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, participants are encouraged to bring bags and boxes to this free event.

June 1 | Griefshare 10 to 11:30 a.m., Spokane Valley Nazarene Church, 15515 E. 20th. This biblically-based support group is designed to minister to people grieving the death of a loved one. The free, 13-week program will run through Aug. 24. For more: 926-1545

May 31 | Yard sale to benefit East Valley Food & Clothing Bank 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., East Valley High School extension portable/teen parent portable parking lot. All proceeds go toward supporting the food bank, weekend backpack program and various other special purchases. May 31 to June 1 | Rockford Community Garage Sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rockford. The Rockford United Methodist Church in conjunction with the Rockford Farmers’ Market is holding this community-wide sale which includes both the church and park vendors. For more: 892-4412 or 291-3146 May 31 to June 2 | Spokane Wood Carvers 12th Annual Rendezvous KOA Campgrounds, 3025 N. Barker Road. The event is open to beginners and experts for a weekend of fun, food, carving and friendship. Instructors will offer classes at very minimal cost for wood, and tools and sharpening will also be available. For more: 467-3342 or June 1 | Rockford Farmers and Flea Market opens 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Town Park along 1st Street, Rockford. The market runs each Saturday

June 1 | West Valley Days 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Millwood City Park. Hosted by West Valley SCOPE, a neighborhood parade and celebration will take place. For more: 477-0629 June 1 | Big Rock Trailhead Opening 2 p.m., Steven Creek Road trailhead, south on Palouse Highway about six miles, turn north on Stevens Creek Road. Ribbon cutting ceremony followed by refreshments; ice cream provided for sale by The Scoop. June 5 | City of Spokane Valley nominations due Nominations for the 10-year anniversary community recognition program are currently being accepted. For more: www.

Those who have fought cancer embark on the survivor’s lap at the 2012 Relay for Life of Spokane Valley. This year’s event will be held June 22 at University High School.

June 8 | Liberty Lake Community Yard Sales 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Liberty Lake. Organized by the Liberty Lake Kiwanis, the 20th annual sale takes place the second Saturday of each June and typically includes hundreds of homes.

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June 15 | Liberty Lake Library summer reading program begins Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave., Liberty Lake. Read and listing to books and win prizes throughout the summer. “Dig Into Reading” is the program for ages 4 to 12, while “Beneath the Surface” is for ages 13 to 19. For more: June 21 | First day of summer June 22 | Relay for Life of Spokane Valley 4 p.m. start time, University High School, 12420 E. 32nd Ave. For more:

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June 15 | Engaging Fatherhood Conference 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Spokane Community College Student Lair, 1810 N. Greene St., Spokane. Sponsored by the DADS Committed of Spokane, this free event helps promote responsible fatherhood in the community through education, support and encouragement. Keynote speaker is Mac Bledose, author of “Parenting With Dignity.” For more:

June 16 | Father’s Day


June 8 | Think Pink lemonade stand 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Piccadilly Crossing, Otis Orchards. To raise money for cancer patients, 8-year-old Thea Ballao will be selling lemonade and baked goods. June 13 | Valley Christian Information Night 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Valley Christian School, 10212 E. 9th Ave. Discover more about school and enrollment. For more: 924-9131 or

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June 22 | Stories in Stone Noon to 1 p.m., Argonne Library, 4322 N. Argonne Road. Geologist David B. Williams uses local buildings and structures, as well as the stone they’re made from, to lead a discussion on how geology connects us to our communities. For more: June 24 | Scratch Lab 2 p.m., Spokane Valley

Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. By using Scratch, a free visual programming language from M.I.T., local tweens are invited to make simple animations, interactive stories and games. Space is limited, so contact the library to register. For more: June 25 | Zaniac! 2 and 7 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. Two-time Guinness World Record holder Alex Zerbe’s comedy show is an array of amazing stunts, physical comedy and audience participation. Sponsored by STCU, shows will also be offered 10 a.m. the same day at Argonne Library and 2 p.m. June 27 at Otis Orchards Library. For more: June 27 | Basic Landscape Design 6:30 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. Learn the basics of how to proceed with your current landscape design by taking into consideration current conditions as well as how you use your land. For more:

Recurring CV Class of 1958 Reunion The Central Valley Class of 1958 is planning a reunion for August 17 along with a picnic on August 18. If you are a graduate or know someone who might need information, please call 255-6803 or 924-0099 or email Spokane County Library District Valley branch locations include Argonne, Fairfield, Otis Orchards and Spokane Valley. Special events and weekly activities for all ages including book clubs, children’s story times, classes, teen anime club and writing clubs. For more: Liberty Lake Library 23123 E. Mission Ave., Liberty Lake. Various clubs and weekly meetings including book clubs, LEGO club, RLM women’s group, Spokane Valley Writers Group, beading club, computer drop-in class, knitting club. For more: Liberty Lake Farmers Market Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane. The market runs through mid-October. For more:

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CALENDAR Continued from page 14 Millwood Farmers Market Wednesdays, 3 to 7 p.m., Millwood Presbyterian Church parking lot, 3223 N. Marguerite Road. The market runs each through Sept. 25. For more: Otis Orchards Community Garden 4308 N. Harvard Road. Sponsored by the Otis Orchards Food Bank, there are 6x8 garden plots available with running water. For more: 842-2355 Rockford Crochet Class Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon, 229 S. First, Rockford. Come and join the other participants at the weekly Crochet class held in the Rockford Community Center. Other types of craft, sewing, needle work are also enjoyed. Stop in and stitch and visit with others. For more: 291-4716 or php/calendar Spokane Valley Eagles 16801 E. Sprague. Breakfast served Sundays 9 to 11:30 a.m. For more: Spokane Valley Writer’s Group 6:15 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of every month, Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. This supportive critique group welcomes adult writers. For more: 570-4440

MUSIC & THE ARTS June 1 and 2 | LLCT auditions for “Big Bad!” 3 p.m. (June 1) and 4 p.m. (June 2), Liberty Lake Community Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway, Liberty Lake. No preparation needed to audition for roles for children, teens and adults. Performances run July 28-28. For more: June 2 | Sunday Concerts on the Cliff: “The Cronkites” 5:30 p.m., Cliff House Estate at Arbor Crest Winery, 4705 N. Fruit Hill Road. Wrap up your weekend with an outdoor concert, award-winning wines and spectacular sunsets. Admission is $5 per person; guaranteed table seats are available for a fee. For more: or June 9 | Sunday Concerts on the Cliff: “Bakin’ Phat” 5:30 p.m., Cliff House Estate at Arbor Crest Winery, 4705 N. Fruit Hill Road. Wrap up your weekend with an outdoor concert, award-winning wines and spectacular sunsets. Admission is $5 per person; guaranteed table seats are available for a fee. For more: or June 14 to 15, 20-23, 28-30 | “The Marriage of Bette and Boo” by Christopher Durang Various times, Ignite Community Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway. A satirical play that dissects marriage and family in contemporary Catholic America. For tickets and more: or 795-0004 June 16 | Sunday Concerts on the Cliff: “The Garrett Bartley Band” 5:30 p.m., Cliff House Estate at Arbor Crest Winery, 4705 N. Fruit Hill Road. Wrap up your weekend with an outdoor concert, award-winning wines and spectacular sunsets. Admission is $5 per person; guaranteed table seats are available for a fee. For more: or garrettbartleyband. com June 23 | Sunday Concerts on the Cliff: “Miss Abbey’s Red Hot Orchestra” 5:30 p.m., Cliff House Estate at Arbor Crest Winery, 4705 N. Fruit Hill Road. Wrap up your weekend

with an outdoor concert, award-winning wines and spectacular sunsets. Admission is $5 per person; guaranteed table seats are available for a fee. For more: June 30 | Sunday Concerts on the Cliff: “8 Second Ride” 5:30 p.m., Cliff House Estate at Arbor Crest Winery, 4705 N. Fruit Hill Road. Wrap up your weekend with an outdoor concert, award-winning wines and spectacular sunsets. Admission is $5 per person; guaranteed table seats are available for a fee. For more: or

Recurring 2013 Summer concert series Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, 4705 N. Fruit Hill Road, Spokane. Arbor Crest offers Thursday Performers on the Patio and Sunday Concerts on the Cliff where you can enjoy fine wine, music and spectacular views. For more: Sunday Street Market Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 2302 N. Argonne Road. The public is invited to this free open air market with vendors from artist to commercial. For more: 217-4381 or

CIVIC & BUSINESS June 1-2 | The Farm Chicks Antiques Show 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Saturday), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sunday), Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. Held the first weekend of June each year, the show features antiques, vintage objects, handmade goods and vendors. Admission is $8 per day. For more: 924-1692 or thefarmchicks. com/antique-show June 8 | Swing Into Summer 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Evergreen Fountains, 1201 N. Evergreen Road. This free event will feature food, tours, prizes and live music by Mike Greenwood. For more: June 8-9 | Spokane Gun Show Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. For more: 208-7465555 June 15 | Road to Regional SCRAPS event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 6815 E. Trent. Take a sneak peek at SCRAPS future facility and enjoy entertainment, contests, vendor books and raffles at this free event. There were also be a “Mutts, Meows & Motorcycles Ride” from Lone Wolf Harley Davidson at 9 a.m. For more: June 21 | Greater Spokane Valley Chamber Business Connections Breakfast 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Road. Coffee and conversation begins at 6:30 a.m., program begins at 7 a.m. Cost is $25 for members and guests, $35 for non-members. For more: June 27 | “Vintage Sweet Tea” NW Woman Networking Event 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Spokane Events & Catering, 10514 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley. A free networking event featuring a special dance performance by Mona Martin and sweet tea with Lara McHenry. For more:

HEALTH & RECREATION May 31 | Dads & Dudes Night 6 to 9 p.m., HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave., Liberty Lake. Dads, sons, uncles and grandpas of all ages are invited for a night of fun and games at the HUB. Cost is $10 for a dad and dude; $3 for each additional dude. For more: June 2 | Beginners Pickleball Clinic 3 to 4

CHURCH DIRECTORY Greenacres Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

A traditional, family oriented church.

Sunday Worship Service 11:00 AM 18010 E. Mission - 926.2461 Established 1902 Member of CUIC

Sunday WorShip Service 10:00 a.m.

• Strong Academic and Moral Foundation • Preschool and Kindergarten Programs • Community and Service Focus • Before and After School Care

Preschool-Eighth Grade Scholarship Joining Values Over 50 years of academic excellence


Saturday Vigil - 5 p.m. Sunday - 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Weekday Masses - 8 a.m., except Wednesday which is 8:15 a.m. adoration Reconciliation

The last Wednesday of every month 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday, 4-4:30 p.m. or by appointment

Pastor Fr. Joseph Bell Assoc. Pastor Fr. Charles Skok Deacon Kelly Stewart

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YOUR CHURCH GOES HERE For as little as $7 a month, area churches can share service times, special programs or upcoming events in The Current. Call or email to learn more about the Church Directory: 242-7752 or p.m., HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave., Liberty Lake. A clinic is available for those new to Pickleball or those who wish to learn more about the skills and strategies of the game. Cost is $5 for clinic and drop-in play; $2 for just dropin play. For more: June 8 | Hoopfirst 3v3 Basketball Tournament HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave., Liberty Lake. This indoor tournament is for boys and girls in grades 4 through 12. Cost is$95 per team. For more: June 11-13 | Eclipse Volleyball Camp 5 to 9 p.m., HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave., Liberty Lake. This camp, for intermediate and advanced players ages 12 to 18, focuses on basic skills and how to build a stronger overall player. Cost is $50 per player. For more: June 14 | Spokane Indians home opener 6 p.m., Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana. Join with other baseball fans for a game against the Everett AquaSox. For tickets and more: June 15 | Spokane Valley city pools open Open swim is available for $1 per person at Park Road, Terrace View or Valley Mission pools. Passes, lessons and scholarships are available.

For more: 688-0300 or June 15 | Color Me Rad Race 8 a.m., Spokane County Raceway, 750 N. Hayford Road, Airway Heights. Runners will end up looking like a kindergarten art class gone wrong after enduring all the color bombs. Cost is $50 with proceeds benefitting the Peak 7 organization. For more: June 17 | Spokane Valley summer park programs begin Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation offers free programs at Greenacres, Terrace View and Valley Mission parks. For more: 388-0300 or June 20-22 | Camp Classic Basketball Tournament 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave., Liberty Lake. High school teams complete for a tournament trophy. Cost is $400 per team. For more: June 22-23 | Wellness & Beauty Expo 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Saturday), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sunday), Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. Vendors, demonstrations, free wellness checks, beauty treatments and prizes will be on hand at this second annual wellness event. Admission is

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At the 20th annual Liberty Lake Yard Sale on June 8th


PORTAL 23403 E. Mission at Molter

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Yard Sale space is FREE at the PORTAL for residents and vendors. A few spots still available - Contact Steven Daines at 509.343.0103

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Eye on the Valley: Highway 27 between 32nd and Sprague Recognize the photos, win a prize The following 12 photos were taken within 50 yards Highway 27 between Sprague Avenue and 32nd. Do you know what these photos are taken of?


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Students study animals, nature at Yellowstone By Tammy Kimberley Wave Staff Writer

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1. Find Indian artifacts. 2. Identify animal scat. 3. Listen to hissing hot springs. 4. Watch a grizzly bear eat (from a distance). Some students from Pioneer School in Spokane Valley experienced all this and more during an extreme outdoor adventure full of animal sightings, day-long hikes and outdoor research at Yellowstone National Park. Through a program called “Expedition: Yellowstone,” 16 Pioneer students spent several days in early April exploring all the park had to offer. Accompanied by Pioneer teacher Nicole Bronson, school director Betty Burley-Wolf and several parents, the group stayed at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch, where they were responsible for making meals, cleaning their quarters and prepping for the day’s adventures. During the week, they studied the history of the park, the area’s wildlife and issues affecting the environment. And the reality of being so close to nature kept them on their toes.

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“One day, I forgot to put my lunch away,” said Prateek Sharma, 10. “Since my bed was right near the window, I was afraid a bear would come sniff it out and eat me.” But with the guidance of their leaders and two park rangers, the group took an in-depth look at life at Yellowstone, learning the history and uniqueness of the park along the way.

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Above: Pioneer School students take turns looking through telescopes to observe a grizzly bear eating across a ravine. In early April, a group of 16 students spent a week hiking, exploring and learning at Yellowstone National Park through an experience called “Expedition: Yellowstone.”

Watching the wildlife

When asked the best thing they experienced while at Yellowstone, many kids mentioned the animals that were present at every turn. “My favorite part was looking out the window or door and seeing animals everywhere,” said Andrew Baumann, 9. In preparation for the trip, students researched some animals they would encounter in the park. One of the species they studied was wolves, learning that there were no wolves in Yellowstone for some time due to predator control in the early 1900s. Wolf packs were re-introduced in 1995, and there are now more than 300 of their descendents living in the Greater Yellowstone area. On the second day, the group saw a grizzly bear eating the carcass of a buffalo that the rangers believed had been stolen from a wolf pack. “The huge grizzly bear was across a steep river ravine from us,” said Jackson Berger, 10. “Our teacher said that’s as close as you want to be to a grizzly.” The group saw hundreds of antelope, buffalo, elk and moose and, on one occasion, experienced what they called a “bison traffic jam” while driving through the park. They also had a chance to witness big-horned sheep fighting one another.

At right: A park ranger dresses Pioneer student Jackson Berger, 10, as a beaver to teach the group about the characteristics of the species.

group also had classes and outings that taught them about the park ecosystem. In their hikes through the park, students discovered army bullet shells as well as Native American artifacts. Students took ph readings of the water at the Mammoth Hot Springs and discovered that half of the world’s geothermal features are in the national park. “Yellowstone is sitting over the Yellowstone Caldera, which is the largest supervolcano in North America,” explained Jack van Loben Sels, 9. “I was amazed that it is considered an active volcano!” The sulfur smell of the springs, which one student described like eggs, did not trump the beauty of the place. “There were clouds of steam dancing in the air all around us,” said Bella Schmick, 9. “The colors in and around the waters were gorgeous.” Around a campfire on the last night of their stay, park rangers shared with the group the story of Truman Everts, an explorer who was on an expedition back in the mid-1800s and became lost in the wilderness for 37 days. The students were fascinated about the details of what he did to survive—eating thistles and making a hut over hot springs—as well as the fact that a mountain peak was named after him. “If you go to Yellowstone, let’s hope you don’t get lost like Truman Everts,” said Alyssa Ahlers, 11. “But, I do suggest you get lost in the beauty of Yellowstone.”

“All of a sudden the sheep would make eye contact, put their horns down and ram,” said Alex Bachman, 10. “I thought it was cool to be so close to a grizzly bear and bighorned sheep.”

Studying the surroundings

Besides watching wildlife up close, the

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Animal match-up Compiled by Tammy Kimberley

Yellowstone National Park, made up of more than 2 million acres in parts of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, is home to 67 species of mammals including grizzly and black bears as well as 322 types of birds. That’s a lot of interesting wildlife in one place!

Listed below are 10 creatures found in Yellowstone. Match an animal to each of the descriptions below (only one per line). Answers can be found at the bottom of the page. Source:

Wave staff writer

Kids Tell It Like It Is

1. Fastest runners in Yellowstone (up to 70 miles per hour)

2. Male gender of this animal is called a bull

3. Swims so fast they can catch fish underwater

4. A poisonous reptile found in Yellowstone

5. Fur of this animal turns white in the winter

6. Likes to eat bugs at the edges of the hot springs in Yellowstone

7. Has skin flaps between its legs to glide from tree to tree

8. Biggest animal in Yellowstone

9. Their young wait for parents to bring them fish to eat

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10. Spends most of the year sleeping underground

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Compiled by Tammy Kimberley at Trentwood Elementary School

In honor of Father’s Day, how are you and your dad alike or different? “Me and my dad have the same exact facial expressions, like when we raise our eyebrows.”

“We both like to go and hang out with each other in the park.”

“We share the same humor. I couldn’t wish for a better dad.”

“We’re different ‘cuz he’s bald and I have long hair.”

Adrian Wheeler, 10, 4th grade

Arianna Prior, 10, 4th grade

Denise Cousins, 9, 4th grade

“He likes hot sauce on everything, but I don’t like it at all.”

“My dad likes animals like snakes, but I get freaked out by them.”

“We’re the same in that we love each other.”

Amber Archambeault, 10, 4th grade

Emma Glore, 10, 4th grade

“My dad and I both like playing soccer and tennis together. He’s way better at them than me.”

Delana Howard, 10, 4th grade

Ethan Graham, 10, 4th grade

Xander Severe, 10, 4th grade

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Five ideas for your Valley summer 4. Dust off the past

By Heidi Scott Current Contributor

There are many affordable ways to engage the mind during the summer, some of which are as accessible and inexpensive as a trip to the library. For a more in-depth and collaborative approach, try a class offered by the Community Colleges of Spokane, many of which are taught at sites throughout the area. One example is a history class taught by Don Popejoy, a local author and expert in American History, called “Turning Points in American History – Part 2.” (This class stands alone, so it is not necessary to have taken Part 1.) The class will be held at CenterPlace, the regional event center located at 2426 N. Discovery Place in Spokane Valley. Each session of the class focuses on a different turning point in the nation’s history, including topics such as the Cold War, Watergate or the Manhattan Project. The cost is $68 and it runs on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 3 p.m. June 18 through Aug. 27. Register by clicking the “Explore History/Culture” link at www.campusce. net/spokane.

Ah, summer. At any stage of life, it’s a season ripe with activity and opportunity. Following are five ideas geared toward Spokane Valley-area seniors designed to whet the appetite for a season of adventures both familiar and new.

1. Pick up on pickleball This inter-generational activity is exploding in growth nationwide. From 9 to 90 (and beyond), people in every age group are enjoying this modified tennis sport. Locally, a group of about 25 enthusiasts gather from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday to play pickleball at the HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. in Liberty Lake. The cost is $2 for seniors, which includes paddles, balls, facilities and instruction. The only thing players need to bring is a pair of comfortable tennis shoes. For those new to the sport, a beginner’s clinic is being offered at the HUB from 3 to 4 p.m. June 2 followed by open play from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is a suggested $5 donation for the clinic, or $2 for the open play only. As always, equipment is provided. For more, call the HUB at 927-0602 or visit

5. Spend time at the Spokane Valley Senior Center

2. Head out to the Fairgrounds The Spokane County Fairgrounds, located at 404 N. Havana St. in Spokane Valley, is much more than the summer home of the Spokane Indians baseball team. One of the most popular summer events at the Fairgrounds is the annual Farm Chicks Antiques Show coming June 1-2. The Farm Chicks Show features antiques, vintage goods and a multitude of vendors. It has been described as the happiest antiques show on earth. Admission is $8 with free parking, and people who do not like crowds are advised to come on Sunday, the less busy of the two days, when vendors restock shelves with fresh goods after a busy Saturday. On June 22-23, the annual Wellness & Beauty Expo will be held. Admission is $7 or $5 with a food donation for NW Harvest. For old car enthusiasts, the Show & Shine and Silver Auction is being spon-

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Jess Glouser, 92, regularly enjoys pickleball at the HUB Sports Center. sored by the Early Ford V8 Club of the Inland Empire. This swap meet goes over three days, July 12-14. Admission is $5 on Friday and Saturday, and is free on Sunday with two cans of food for the food bank. Finally, if you are a crafter or jeweler, or just like sparkle, enjoy one of the largest gem, jewelry and bead shows in the U.S. at the Gem Faire July 26-28. Admission is $7.

3. Aim for the green Now that Painted Hills Golf Course is closed, the greater Valley’s golfing options seem concentrated in Liberty Lake, where 45 holes await. Trailhead, MeadowWood and Liberty Lake golf courses

all host clubs for men and women, with seniors comprising much of the membership in several of the clubs, particularly at Trailhead, 1102 N. Liberty Lake Road. There, nearly 30 members of the Ladies Club meet Wednesdays at 8 a.m. to play nine holes. The Men’s Club averages between 12 and 20 people and meets Thursdays at 9 a.m., 2:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. With a different game every week, members are not required to come every time. Both clubs cost $50 to join and include a GHIN handicap. One club geared particularly toward seniors, the long-running Over the Hill Gang that plays Liberty Lake and MeadowWood on Mondays, is for golfers age 60 and older.

Seniors 50 and up can enjoy the Spokane Valley Senior Center, which offers a full lineup of activities Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and some evenings. Physical fitness programs include gentle exercise classes like chair fitness to more active classes like aerobics and Zumba. Self-improvement classes cover everything from computers to gardening to knitting, and there are also clubs like the Red Hat Society, Greenhouse Support Group and a book club. Look for games and sports as well, with table tennis, bingo, poker and Mah Jongg, to name a few. The Senior Center also offers Wellness Checks with certified professionals and other educational programs to keep you fit and active. A membership fee of $20 per year includes access to all the events and subscription to the monthly newsletter. The Spokane Valley Senior Center is located in the east wing of CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place. For more, call 926-1937.

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Where Wellness Is A Way Of Life

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TRIVIA TEST 1. HISTORY: Who was the last president of the Soviet Union? 2. FAMOUS QUOTATIONS: What famous writer once said, “Any idiot can face a crisis -- it’s day to day living that wears you out”? 3. GEOGRAPHY: What is the capital of South Carolina? 4. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What are the wild dogs of Australia called? 5. BUSINESS: What company’s slogan is, “Don’t leave home without it”? 6. ASTRONOMY: What is our solar system’s sun composed of? 7. HOLIDAYS: When was Mother’s Day declared a national U.S. holiday? 8. THEATER: What city was the setting for

the original “The Phantom of the Opera”? 9. COMICS: What comic strip had an imaginary character called “Stupendous Man”? 10. WAR: What was the last former Confederate state to be readmitted to the Union after the Civil War? © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

Answers to Trivia Test 1. Mikhail Gorbachev; 2. Anton Chekhov; 3. Columbia; 4. Dingos; 5. American Express; 6. 98 percent hydrogen and helium; 7. 1914; 8. Paris; 9. Calvin and Hobbes; 10. Georgia

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Congratulations, Class of 2013! Editor’s Note: Commencement ceremony information is listed after school name. Graduation lists were provided by schools with information available as of May 10.

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CLASS OF 2013: CVHS Continued from page 22 Priscilla Ann Call • Cameron J. Campbell • Jessica R. Campos • Annica M. Carter • Madeleine Ivy Chambers • Ethan James Chavez • Tyler R. Chenault • Kiendra A. Chester • Sydney Nicole Childers • Spencer A. Clinesmith • Emily R. Conant • Madison Michelle Conrad • Austin W. Cook • Kara Elizabeth Cook • Zacary Shane Cook • Christopher Bradley Covillo • Aaron Michael Croom • Sierra Lynn Crosby • Patrick Michael McGruder Crumb • Zackary Cuglietta • Josiah M. Cunningham • Ericka Michelle Curlee • Madison N. Curtis • Anthony J. D’Amico • Shawn Dahlin • Erika L. Daily • Brittani E. Danielson • Philicia L. Danielson • Michael S. Davies • Tanner A. Davis • Ryan G. Deckard • Justine M. Del Medico • McKay P. Demars • Alexandaria K. Demick • Allison E. Dimmler • Kaleigh E. Dooley • Aidan M. Dowling • Sergey Dudla • Robert M. Duggan • Jody L. Dyer • Megan C. Edwards • Kayla M. Eikum • Reid Gregston Eliason • Shayna A. Elliott • Sydnee D. Elliott • Rachel S. Endicott • Cory J. Erickson • Ethan M. Erickson • Tyler J. Erickson • Samuel J. Eschenbacher • Austin Riley Evans • Taylor B. Everhart • Mackenzie Leif Eyers • Nicholas R. Farmer • Samra Farooq • Cara Cristine Feador • Hailey S. Ferguson • Jonathan Charles Finck • Justin Fischer • Erin Alexis Fletcher • Kimberly I. Foley • Austin H. Folsom • Sela R. Foster • Tyler James Fox • Peter Frank • Douglas M. Froehlich • Alexander S. Gaffney • Peyton J. Gage • Emily C. Gallafent • Paige L. Gallaway • Kyan Nicholas Garakani • Brandon Kekoa Garcia • Erick J. Garcia • Cora D. Genne’ • Cheyenne L. Gibson • Logan G. Giese • Rachael M. Glamp • Cesar J. Godinez • Erin E. Golden • Juan M. Gonzalez • Miguel A. Gonzalez • Brittney N. Goodman • Jason Allen Gorton • Nikalas J. Gosselin • Connar S. Grady • Brianna Rae Graham • Darien T. Grener • Shawnee Alyce Guegel • Cobi Ray Guerrinha • Destiny F. Gustin • Alanna Jane Hamilton • Brent Robert Handy • Gregory Kyle Hanson • Taylor G. Hanson • Hailey Sommar Hanson Goff • Shaun D. Harbison • Emily Harman • Sarah Anne Hartman • Seth D. Henning • George Julius Robert Herner • Leilani Lanai Herron • Scott A. Hilpert • Cameron James Himebaugh • Lauren Wisdom Himmelreich • Michael B. Hoffknecht • Christina M. Hoffman • Haley Michelle Hogberg • Ronald C. Holland • Emily Anne Hollenbeck • Shelby Lakeith Horne • Beth Lauren Hotchkiss • Alexea Louise Hovren • Levi G. Howerton • Zacqary R. Hoyer • David J. Ivanov • Carissa Elizabeth Jackson • Emily Elizabeth Jarvis • Brooklyn Nicole Jeffus • Ryan S. Jenkin • Ashley R. Jensen • Victoria Jensen • Katelyn B. Jesse • Cheyenne R. Johnson • Holly A. Johnson • Liberty C.

Johnson • Salina Drew Johnson • Taylor M. Johnson • Cory A. Jones • Ryun Garth Jones • Timothy Patrick Joy • Chase G. Julian • Charles W. Kable • Zachary M. Kampmann-Findley • Zachary Benjamin Kendall • Jacob Daniel Kennett • Haylee T. Keys • Arthur P. Khadzhi • Matthew A. Kienbaum • Jinhyuk E. Kim • Tyler R. King • Robert K. Kissinger-Smith • Sarah L. Klante • Jordan G. Knight • Olivia L. Koester • Ashly Elizabeth Krashowetz • Lindsey Merie Kridler • Kayla Lee Kruger • Garrett S. Kuntz • Ashton T. Kyhl • Noa Marie Lacombe • Karis Jae Lake • Colin Alec Lambie • Rachel Lynn Langford • Keaton O. Lantzer • Kaylee Marie Lappen • Christina Marie Larsen • Nikita Lavrov • Kaitlyn M. LeBlanc • Kyile W. LeBlanc • Timithy J. Leggott • Jose M. Lemus-Solorio • Madison L. Lewis • Timothy D. Liljenberg • Marissa Lindman • Sequoia Sioux Lofton • Taysha Marie Rose Lopez • Ashley R. Lorange • Gustave W. Lorge • Kelsey A. Loweree • Gabrielle Betina Lucente • Brittni L. Ludington • Cody A. Machtmes • Travis S. Mackay • Garrett J. Mains • Alexis C. Marlatt • Jordan M. Marlatt • Jonathan E. Martin • Sydney Elizabeth Martin • Sarah K. Mascall • Matthew P. Matriciano • Myles Mae Matta • Christen Nichole McAndrew • Cheyenne Alýce McCartney • Maria C. McCauley • Brandon David McClung • Destiny G. McCoy • Skyler M. H. Mcdonald • Ashlee Denise McGovern • Shelbie M. McKenzie • Aimee Marie McKinney • Michael James McLain • Alexandria Marie McLaughlin • Danae Lynn McMillen • Kalvin Curtis McNett • Daniela Mejia • Joshua Neil Meng • Cody Lee Michael • Tanner Lee Middaugh • Natalie Sue Middleton • Cassie M. Miller • Haylee B. Millikan • Ashley Marie Mitchell • Jennifer M. Mitchell • KC Mitchell • Alexandria J. Moore • Shannon J. Moore • Devan Maori Morgan • Mason C. Morgan • Richard Boyd Morgan • Taylor J. Morris • Nicholas D. Mortimer • Jordan T. Mullen • Nathan C. Mullen • Katelyn Melissa Mullin • Seth G. Munyon • Michelle Rae Nemeth • Seth William Nicholls • Jenna AnnMarie Niles • Dallas K. Ochoa • Austin A. Ola • Karissa Pearl Olson • Shelby Brooke Osmun • Dylan Jack Oviatt • Haley Elizabeth Owens • Drew James Oxley • Taylor S. Parkhill • Cody Ryan Parsons • Brady S. Patterson • Tia Kyanna Cathrin Pau • Brittany May Paul • Nicole Kaitlin Peak • Andee Blythe Peck • Andrew Peña • Krista Lynne Petersen • Gabrielle Peterson • Ryan D. Peterson • Trevor James Peterson • Tyler A. Peterson • Zachary D. Phelps • Parker H. Phillipson • Bethany Elaine Piehl • Taylor Renáe Pippenger • Phenix A. Pitts • Brinley Poulsen • Emily Ann Pozzi • Nicholas R. Ramberg • Blaine R. Rector • Gabrielle M. Reese • Austin D. Rehkow • Michael R. Reimer • Nathan C. Reimer • Hailey Brooke Reneau • Laci L. Rennaker •

Marcus S. Renz • Nicholas D. Rheingans • Kaitlyn P. Richardson • Natalie E. Riel • Chance T. Riley • Alec T. Riordan • Aaron M. Roach • Fernando Rodriguez • Abby R. Rogers • Domonique Kristine Rose • Brett E. Rountree • Madison A. Rountree • Gregory E. Rudd • Timothy A. Ruebush • Katlyn Marie Salisbury • Jacob Daniel Sandeno • Mitchell Thomas Sanders • Skye Alexandra Sanders • Jordyn Christine Sandford • Brian Nils Schappals • Meaghan Taylor Schmidt • John Borden Schutts • Carissa Jewell Sdao • Andrew Tucker Segraves • Kyle Wayne Sessions • Taylor James Shea • Hayden Riley Sheldon • Jesse Aaron Sheldon • Alexander Shevchenko • Anna-Marie Maxine Shuster • Brett Cameron Siddoway • Bhavneet Kaur Sidhu • Shalyn N. Simon • Gabriel Caleb Simpson • Brenda Linn Skinfill • Rebekah Richelle Sloan • Alex Smith • Phillip G. Smith • Brandon D. Sommer • Aubrey A. Spear • Jonah Spencer • Brady M. Spillane • John R. Spokas • James R. Sporleder • Brittany Heather Staheli • Laura-Paige Stanley • Emily Catherine Stark • Sawyer B. Starnes • Ashley Erika Stenson • Melissa Leann Stephens • Jayce Frank Stephenson • Amanda Marie Stevenson • Ashley Ann Stewart • Jason T. Stockdale • Jordan Michelle Stocker • Nathan A. Stranberg • Casey Strauss • Christopher Raeder Sturm • Stacey P. Svensrud • Dylan J. Swanson • Alex Michael Sweeney • Grayson C. Sykes • Mark Symonenko • Trevor M. Szott • Elaine R. Taylor • Zachary P. Termath • Nicole Gayle Thaler • Michael D. Theodorson • Alex D. Thomas • Robert J. Thomas • Sydni Leigh Thomas • Courtney A. Tibesar • Trevor L. Tomlinson • Alexander Townsend • Alexi Ileene Tracy • Emily Anne Travo • Gary McKay Tucker • Brandon M. Tuttle • Matthew D. Underwood • Ashley Uribe • Devin M. Van Allen • Gregory Paul Van Doren • Cora Beth Van Dyke • Courtnee A. Van Guilder • Alma D. Vargas-Romero • Derek Alan Vasquez • Thomas C. Vernon • Zachary R. Voelker • Adrien Mitchell Vogel • Rachel A. Vore • Jordan E. Vuong • Kolby Matthew Wade • Zachary Thomas Wagner • Bryan K. Wakefield • Dana C. Walker • Caitlin Jennifer Walter • Joshua Joseph Wanner • Katherine Grace Wardsworth • Nicholas C. Waters • Joslynn Nicole Watkins • Jordan Clarence Watson • Mackynzie Natalia Tyyne Watts • Cameron J. Weber • Jacob David Weisbeck • Kathryn M. Weisbeck • William E. Welch • Ryan C. Wells • Alexander P. Wende • Dalton R. West • Edgar Joseph Whipple • Matthew R. Whiting • Katrina Danielle Whitsett • Evany A. Whitson • Jamie M. Willms • Tiahnna P. Willms • Caitlen Jo Wilson • Hayley Rose Windhorn • Carly Ann Wolf • Joseph W. Wormuth • Brandon R. Wright • Kaelyn Shay Yandt • McKenna E. Yarber • Uilani M. Young

East Valley High School

Roger Tyler Benegar • Trevor James Bennett • Andrea Lydia Bewick • Bryan G. Blocker • Scott Lloyd Blythe • John D. Borup • Andrew Marcus Bowman • Samantha Jo Brady • Madisen Kate Brooks • James Douglas Brown • Cale Dean Browning • Cody Michael Buchanan • Kristina Aleksandrovna Bukhantsova • Nathan Alan Cabbage • Nicolai N. Ceavdari • Austin Ray Chapin • Emerald Spring Charbonneau • Brady Joseph Chavez • Alexandra Nicole Childers • Saree Salenthia Clayton • Jeanetta Lynne Cole • Russell Aaron Cole • Zachary Ryan Combs • Tanner N. Cook • Brian Patrick Cope • Joseph David Copeland • Dyllon James Counts • Candace Mariah Cox • Riley Dalton Cox • Danielle Renee Crothers

J u n e 1 0 a t 8 p. m . IN B P e r f o r m i n g A r t s C e n t e r 3 3 4 W. S p o k a n e Fa l l s B lv d . , S p o k a n e Jordan Wade Aamodt • Tyler RaeAnn Abbey • Evan James Alderete • Kristen Kathleen Allen • Inessa Pavlovna Avdeyev • Benjamin Allen Baker • Kendall LaRae Bancroft • Austin Jesse Bane • Brittnee MaryKay Barbieri • Cody Glenn Baxter • Robert Leroy Bejach •

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CLASS OF 2013: EVHS Continued from page 23 • Emily May Crowder • Krista Kaylee Cummings • Johnathon Micheal Dawson • Mariah Ashley Deboodt • Brittany Nicole Decker • Brandon Scott Demute • Michelle Jean DeRoetth • Candace Marie Dixon • Darbi Brooke Dobson • Katie Lynne Docherty • Brittany Pearl Dugger • Bradley Monroe Matthew Dunn • Ryan Robert Dusenberry • Alexa Paige Elvidge • Stephanie Elaine Endicott • Jessica Escontrias • Anne Nicole Estabrooks • Joseph Julian Farrell • Victoria L. Feistner • Sara Elizabeth Finley • Desarie Nicole Fleck • Nicole Anne Floate • Austin Bradley Forsythe • Jaycee Ruth Fraser • Sydney Danielle Freel • Zach Morris Freeman • Alena Garbuzov • Ana Cristina Garcia • Jasmine Kwanita Garner • Trey Christian Garrison • Samantha Lee Ann Geibel • Graden Lee George • Kristin M Gonzales • Nicholas Abraham Gonzalez • Cooper Smith Goodwin • Olesia Gotishan • Zachary Patrick Graham • Tyffaney Lynn Grenier • Diana Gutierrez • Callie Marie Hanson • Jalil Bajon Harding-Washington • Jamaica Kai Harding-Washington • Samantha Ryley Hardy • Alyssa Ann Harmon • Nicole Jean Hart • Tyler Lee Hart • Cade Richard Hartshorn • Anthony John Hautala • Shannel Marie Hayman • Kane Matthew Heaton • Morgan Elizabeth Hendricks • Kristen Marie Hendrickson • Kiani Lynn Hepburn • Patrick Thomas Ray Herbert • Hannah Rose Herndon • Joshua Tyler Hillicoss • Cole Reed Hofstee • Shayla Ann Hogan • Vanessa Lynn Holmes • Cameron Bryce Hotchkiss • Dylan Scott Hubert • Timothy Thomas Benjamin Hudkins • Taylor Nicole Hunter • Benjamin R. Hutcherson • Anthony Dale Hutt • Mario Sebastian

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Freeman High School

Hanson • Eric Ron Hjaltalin • Brian James Hogan Jr. • Claire Katherine Hulse • Felicia Nona Jackson • Kyle Logan Janssen • • Stevie Mary Diane Johnson • Randi Marie Jordan • Madison Patricia Keebler • Elizabeth Margaret Kosanke • Jacob Jeremiah Lara • Jessica Lee Magers • • Helena Rose Mazzola • Lauren Jesse Mazzola • Hailie Jane McClure • Molly Frances McIntyre • Kellen Blake Miller • Austin Jae Munson • Alyssa Kimberly Nelson • Andie Rae Olson • Blake Robert William Pasold • Hayley Lin Paterno • Levi Stevens Pereira • Carisa Ann Perry • Casey William Phinney • Preston Bradford Primmer • Dani Marie Reilly • Lindsey Danielle Reynolds • Jessica Lynn Ruby • Brette Michele Schmidlkofer • Wyatt Eugene Smith • Alisha Marie Sorensen • Brooke Allison Swartout • Kristin Michelle Talbott • Samantha Mikki Utter • Tanner Daniel Waite • Jordan Paul Warnecke • Zachary Dean Werner • Daniel Joseph Willard • Jonathan Jason Williams

J u n e 8 a t 1 p. m . F r e e m a n H i g h S c h oo l 1 4 6 2 6 S . J a c k so n Ro a d , Roc k f o r d Jessica Nonna Andersen • Alexandra Emily Armtrout • Samantha Morgan Avey • Haley Kristine Barnes • Jacob Anthony Bisset • Chelsea Alexandria Brightwell • Cheyanna Joy Bruneau • Aaron James Bull • Benjam Christian Carasco • Jacob Ryan Casto • • Brooke Lynn Coumont • Lindsay Ann DeHaas • Morgan Wynter DeRuyter • Christian Keel Dresback • Jonathan Ezekiel Flack • Nicholas Lee Freter • Kailyn Lee Gady • Spencer Todd Gillingham • Justin Michael Grandinetti • Ryenn Salem Groves • Katey Lyn Gude • Melinda Suzanne

Gonzaga Preparatory School M a y 2 6 a t 3 p. m . IN B P e r f o r m i n g A r t s C e n t e r 3 3 4 W. S p o k a n e Fa l l s B lv d . , Spokane * This list includes G-Prep graduates from the Valley area only.

Nathan Anthony Anselmo • Benjamin Prokey Arger • Rachel Diane Bain • Alexander Vincent Barry • Elizabeth Anne Byers • Emily Clark • Jessica Shan Demchuk • Jared Coleman Diehl • Hannah Therese Xiaoyu Farrell • Hannah Marie French • Courtney Joan Giannini • Maddie McCall Ciela Goodwin • Samantha Leigh Grimm • Jacob Henry Groh • Jeffery Thomas Harrell • Emily Grace Heffernan • Michael Joseph Hodge • Austin Lee Lankford • Caitlyn Marie Levernier • Emily Rose Lunen • Cristy Caiban Macabinguil • Sarina Danielle McKee • Shannon Fay Metzger • Madison Wray Payne • Madison Marie Phillips • Rachel Rose Ryan • Kariann Renee Sells • Daniel Gerard Shearer • Emily Maire Staker • Cameron Dewey Strauss • Tess Natalie Weaver

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The Oaks Classical Christian Academy J u n e 7 a t 7 p. m . V a l l e y Fo u r t h M e m o r i a l C h u r c h 2 3 0 3 S . B ow d i s h , S p o k a n e V a l l e y

Spokane Valley High School J u n e 6 a t 6 : 4 5 p. m . Spokane Community College Lair Auditorium 1 81 0 N . G r e e n e S t r e e t, S p o k a n e Kaylyn Fay Abdnor • Nathan James Ausman McNichol • Nathaniel James Beres • Brielle Makai Bishop • Ivan B. Bityukov • Kenneth Dean Brandvold • Brantlee Johnathan Bullers • Katie Ann Buzzell • Dina Vladimirovna Chebotareva • Lexandra Rose Clark • McKade Michael Ford • Thomas Chase Gielish • Scott Andrew Heath • Gary Theodore Hundeby • Daniils S. Kaskevics • Natalya M. Lemeza • Mykhaiko Andreevich Liashedko • Jeffrey Neil Long • Victoria Rybalko • Lyubov Pavlovna Semencha • Kathryn Marie Snyder • Scott Ryley Tarbert • Tyler Nace Thompson • Taylor Allen Tompkins • Zachary Allen VanCurler • Alex Gregory VanLiew • Tonya Yur’evna Vasyukhnevich • Kameron Michael Wagoner

Spokane Valley Transition Program J u n e 6 a t 2 p. m . Spokane Community College Lair Auditorium 1 81 0 N . G r e e n e S t r e e t, S p o k a n e

University High School J u n e 8 a t 3 p. m . Mc C a r t h e y A t h l e t i c C e n t e r at G o n z ag a U n i v e r s i t y 8 0 1 N . C i n c i n n at i , S p o k a n e Shamso Aweis Abbas • Jamie Adair • Matthew M. Adams • Kelsey Leigh Almeida • Brandon Wylie Anderson • Levi Thomas Anderson • Rebecca Arlene Aneiro • Dalton Michael

Johannah R. Brown • Nikolas T. Cable • Hannah J. Cvancara • David W. Dierdorff • Katherine L. Gibson • Brian A. Hafferkamp • William C. Hough • Sara E. Hyman • Robert J. Kuyper • Shelby J. Lewis • Gabriel D.H. Lipton • Ryan C. MacFarlane • Emily R. Moog • MacArthur J. Peterson • Levi D. Szymanowski • Allison C. Travis • Kendra E. Weitz • Jessica M. Woodroof

Jay Darion Alexander • Abagail Louise Allen • Alejandra Raquel Arredondo • Andrea Jordan Atkinson • Victoria Janaye Bauer • Corey Noel Bernier • Sergey Valdimir Bulankin • Katelyn Joyce Cahill • Evelina Ivanovna Chetverikov • Cody Jerome Chrisman • Sean Patrick Clarke • Tabitha Marie Clark • Amanda Lee Constance • Donovan Paul Cox • Jodi Carlos Crowe • Brandon Anthony Dahlstrom • Breauna Lynn DeChenne • Savannah Rose DeLatte • Brandyn James Ronald Dick • Samantha Lynn Fahrenkrug • Shae Elizabeth Farnworth • Nikolay Alexandre Fedorov • Michael Anthony Fernandez • Shayla Marie Fletcher • Michelle Kathleen Fomin • Jenae Eden Graham • Katrina Marie Grimmer • Ashleigh Mae Hall • Cameron Michael Helke • Casey Lane Hellman • Christopher Allen Helms • Steffan Elijah Herndon • Madison Paige Hill • Camden Paul Hopkins • Jalize Jean Jackson • Isaac Hunter Jeffery • KC Lawton Johnson • Christopher G. Jones • Dominique Ann-Marie Kjos • Kaitlynn Paige Kopepassah • Hayden James Lanning • Matthew Leroy Laverne • Tanya Y. Leksunkina • Amanda Dawn Lipe • Olga V. Marshalkina • Holly Donnell May • Kiersten-Ann Cherie McCalmant • Ariel Jean McPherson • Cierra Christine Miller • Ryan William Nichols • Vitaliy Paul Nikulin • Joshua Thomas Parker • Ashley Danielle Patterson • Mark Mikhailovich Peganov • Kaili Jordan Pilimai • Dean Hamilton Rhodes • Alexis Michelle Rose-Perkins • Samantha Lee Rowell • Kristina P. Shalygin • Anita Marianna Sinchenko • Joseph Robert Smith • Vanessa Ann Smith • David William Sormun • Josh M. Sowl • Levi Merritt Steele • Jordan Dean Stevens • Terrance Nielson Stewart • Austin Robert Swem • Jaymeson Rae Varner • Makayla Suzanne Verhaag • Baylee JoAn Washburn • Darrian Ray Wells • Nick Eugene Whiteman

Arlt • Alaina Benee Austin • Brett Lee Bailey • Crystal Sue Baker • Nathan Roy Balston • Alexandera Lynn Barger • Brennan Wayne Barnett • Wyatt Evan Barnett • Alex Lanae Barry • Morgan Lyn Bedard • Khalid Beirouty • Brennen Javiar Bemis • Kendrick Bennett • Kristin Renee Bertsch • Brianna Faye Bettger • Kayla Marie Blackwood • Alyssa Blaume • Krystal Rose Bliesner • Zachary Bohn • Jalen Alexandra Bolz • Adrian Joseph Bonner • Audra Bradstreet • Anastasiya Bratchikova • Levi Andrew Brazeau • Lucas Mikel Brazeau • Justine Rae Brown • Brittany Nicole Bruegeman • Daniel E. Brunner • Kendra Rochelle Bruno • Charlotte J. Buchanan • Tyler Joseph Bucher • Brandon Michael Burk • Ashley Caitlyn Burke • Tyler Andrew Burns • Bryan Joshua Caesar • Nicolas Cantrell • Anthony L. Carothers • Joseph Carrieres • Brenna Carveth • Christopher Richard Casey • Kimberlyn Taylor Chadwell • Jazmyn Rose Chamberlain • Peter Chandler • Anthony Chasse • T. Vance Christoffersen • Tyler Clark • Zawatti Clark • McCalob Michael Clevenger • Kaitlyn Clutter • Linnea Dawn Coe • Sidney Cole • Nathaniel Collins • Morgan Gabriel Combs • Peyton Combs • Alexandra Constantine • Kylar Cory • Madison Crable • Brenden Cross • Logan Crum • Mallory E. Culbertson • McKenna B. Culbertson • Tyler Dalton • Alexandra Rae Daly • Kamalani Rose Dancel • De'Sean Jakari Dean • Joshua David Denenny • Rachel Mae DeVleming • Melanie Devries • Colin Michal-James Deyarmin • Austin Dixon • Tyler Dixon • Christopher Donich • Katelyn Dowling • Alex John

Drexel • Jacob Lee Drexel • Rian Duffield • Jess Dunning • Adam Dustin • Brydon Daniel Eakins • Jaclyn Rose Empson • Garrett Paul Estinson • Bailey Christian Ferguson • Catherine Ferriss • Layne Allen Fisher • Regan Marie Fleming • Nic Tanner Fleshman • Briannah Lee Flowers • Austin Jordan Flynn • Michael Fode • Charlotte Louise Ford • Lane Joseph Fox • Nathan Gene Fox • Julia Nicole Freier • Dane C. Frobe • Sheridan Nicole Frost • Ryan Gabel • Myranda Allyn-Renae Garber • Viktoriya Garbuz • Carly Marina Garza • Taylor Layne Gatts • Nichole Danielle George • Taylor K. Gibson • Taylor R. Gilbert • Eddie David Gonzalez • James Gonzalez • Kyndal Gottberg • Ryan James Grady • Jacquelyn Greer • Danika Brianne Grimm • Shannon Britney Gummow • Jeffrey Joseph Hager • Kathryn Hamilton • Kendra Lin Hamm • Sierra Marie Hamm • Mackynzie Sierra Harm • Mya Chantel Harrington • Lexus Zhane Harris • Allyson Lillian Harrison • Christopher Matthew Hawkins • Christina L. Hebert • Brittany N. Hecker • Makalah Marie Hellmann • Ali Helms • Trentin Henderson • Tanner J. Hiebert • Deborah Hill • Caylee Hisaw • Conner Hohenberger • Rebecca Ann Horn • Shelby Horton • Samantha Christine Howard • Otis D. Howe • Arianna M. Hudson • Kira Nicole Huff • Brook Marie Humann • Nathan Hundeby • Christian-William Cordero Hunt • Derryc J. Hutchins • Ashley Hutchisson • Kayla L. James • Alyssa Jennifer Johnson • Justin Johnson

See CLASS OF 2013: U-HI, page 26

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CLASS OF 2013: U-HI Continued from page 25 • Quinn Scott Johnson • Austin Johnson-Harper • Kira Elizabeth Johnston • Enrique Eduardo Juarez • Catherine Elizabeth Judkins • Sydney Nicole Kaster • Libby R. Keller • Thomas Ho-Chol Kim • Moriah Beth Knowles • Michael Kring • Megan Kujath • Taylor Renea Lang • Anthony Paul LaPanne • Oksana Lavrova • Emily Paige LeBaron • Brandon Seth Leuschel • Renata Kate Leuschel • Phoebe Lew • Dustin Zin-Jye Liu • Tegwyn M. Lowe • Megan L. Mahana • Joy E. Manchak • Kevin Maningas • Derek Gordon Marcus • Cassandra Markley • Gabrial Martelle • Ivan Maxwell Martin • Paige Kay Mason • Sophia Mason • Austin Stephen Matott • Jasmine McDaniel • Colin Michael McDonald • Laura McKee • Desiree Kayla McLaughlin • Kailin Jane McNamara • Ryelynn Raeann Mendoza • Ashley R. Mertens • Cortney R. Miller • Braden Bond Mills • Brent A. Momb • Bernadin G. Moore • Andrew Tate Morgan • Marissa Morris • Ryan Michael Mott • Rebekah Michelle Mulloy • Michael Nazworthy • Kristy Nelson • Katelyn Renee Nemitz • Riley Nielson • Hailey Elaine Nikkola • Jason Nimri • Tonya Nimri

• Justine Lee North • Austin O'Neall • Ashlee Francis O'Neill • Kourtney Alyson Oberst • Nancy Ocampo • Tanner Crosby Orndorff • Kwest Osborn • Carissa Amie Page • Brandon Papini • Alyssa Dawn Partridge • Justyne Derae Patrick • Shawn Patterson • MacKenzie Leigh Paul • Robert Paventy • Rylen Payseur • Shelby Pemberton • Rachel Pentico • Kaden Phillips • Paxton E. Pierce • Ariel Rowel Pingol • Danielle Plaskett • Skyler Poole • Ashley Nicole Portch • Jeffrey Porter • Amiee LaVoun Poulsen • Hannah Pursch • Harley Christine Rahn • Allesandra Rene Ramirez • Alysa Ramos • Megan Marrie Randles • Ben Rash • Landon Rasmussen • Sydney Mykal Rassier • Adam T. Rhoades • Carley Shae Richard • Jacob Richards • Ashley Rennee Roberts • Tyler Dean Roberts • Martyn Reynolds Robinson • Eric Earl Roe • Natalina Roll • Sydney Rae Russell • Taylor P. Rydeen • Kylee Dehl Sabo • Cierra Sande • Amanda R. Sanders • Shelby Sanders • Michael Sargent • Karly Schuh • Jack Douglas Scofield • Brianna Seely • Jacob Segalla • Jamie Setter • Ashlee Shantler • Jerrica Lee Shoemaker • Andrew Reed Simock • Derek Simon • Brooke Ellison Skelton • Austin Allen Sloan • Austin Smith • Brandon Smith • Mariah Jean Smith • Rieley Smith • Dante Marquel Khaleel Solomon • Veronica Lynn Sonderman • Megan Stacey • Brandon Stalker

• Brianne Stallard • Ashlie Standow • Eddie Steel • Brent Stein • Lauren Mary Stubbers • Wyatt Matthew Sue • Brianna Nichole Swan • Randall Sylvester • Heather Taylor • Cole Agustin Telin • Ryan Thatcher • Monte Douglas Thies Jr. • Justin Thoet • Kori Nicole Tholstrup • Allison Jae Thomas • Makinzee Katherine Thomas • Quentin Thomas • Sierra Dianne Thompson • Tessa Thompson • Paige Thornton • Lindsey Tucker • Abigail Kathrine Tupling • Brendan Turner • Lucaus Tuten • Austin Allen Upmeyer • Ryan Alexander Url • Kayleigh Dean Valley • Galina Vasyukhnevich • Forrest Jason Daniel Vessar • Emily Nicole Victor • Melody Sue Wakeling • Sarah Wallis • Samantha Waltermire • Patrick Ward • Shane Waters • Collin B. Waterworth • Joshua Michael Watkins • Joshua Matthew Weber • Devan Wedemeyer • Trevor A. Weiler • Dallas James West • Gabrielle Whitehead • Ethan Whitney • Marquise Whitsett • Chelsea J. Whitver • Amanda Wiberg • Tiara Williams • Morgan G. Winchester • Jordon Wing • Philip James Wing • Tanner Colby Wirth • Brandon Wolkey • Jacquelynn Alexis Rae Womack • Kori Woodard • Alexander J. Woracker • Karlee N. Wrenchey • Dustyn L. Wynecoop • Yekaterina Yermakov • Rachel Zimmerman • Hailee Marie Zuck

Valley Christian School J u n e 1 a t 1 p. m . Valley Real Life 1 8 3 1 S . B a r k e r Ro a d , G r e e n a c r e s James Dunaway • Taylor Eggleston • Parker Glidden • Arie Gurin • Ellie Hanson • Andrew Olson • Lindy Riggan • Armand Santone • Tatiana Siegel • Juliya Stefoglo • Zachary Tabish • Benjamin Terry

West Valley High School J u n e 9 a t 4 p. m . IN B P e r f o r m i n g A r t s C e n t e r 3 3 4 W. S p o k a n e Fa l l s B lv d . , S p o k a n e Nicole Marie Allen • Emily Jeanette Amsbaugh • Sabrina Rachelle Arnold • Aaliya Reshaun Ashley-Meek • Marisa Hailey Atabelo • Jessica Marie Barber • Robert Lawrence

Barnes • Austin Walter Barto • Sophie Clare Beatty • Mariah Marie Bechtel • Anthony David Bellagio • Brady Stanley Bergman • William Saito Bergman • Stephanie Lynne Biviano • Candace Michelle Black • Courtney Marie Boles • Chase Michael Bolster • Josie Ann Brantley • Levi Mattias Brischle • Ashley Lynn Broekemeier • Morgan Glenn Bucher • Brooke Shantelle Butler • Kevin DD Cao • Kelsey Ann Carrigan • Bailey Lin Castor • Juan Manuel Cervantes • Erika Leann Clement • Alex Michael Coburn • Aalana Marie Cole-Botner • Katelynn Elizabeth Collins • Ashley Nicole Conger-Birkner • Nicole Ann Connors • Calvin Austin Cook • Trevor Norman Cooper • Joshua William Covey • Nathanial Phayne Danker • Chelsea Brekken Davis • Tyree Collin Davis • Lexi Christine Deakins • Thomas James Dedera • Caleb Joshua Dempsen • Elijah Michael Denman • Devante Lamar Dickerson • Taylor Douglas Downey • Carson King Driskill • Phoebe Sarah Vani Droz • Terrynce La'Mar Duke • Cody Louis Dunn • Amara Eden Dykes • Logan James Engeberg • Christine Eualani Fa'Asala • Angela Fair • Tamara Lynn Ferguson • Cassidy Margaret Finn • Genna Eve Fisher • Kailah Marie Forgays • Brenna Lizzette Francisco • Tyler Dean Frasch • John Robert Fraser • Nathan Tibor Gall • Gail Hannah Gallaher • Hannah Danielle Gamache • Jazmin Gloria Garcia • Connor Allen Gore • Keith Francis Goulding • Jamie LaRae Gray • Cody Alan Griffin • Hailee Elizabeth Gronnebek • Austin Michael Hagelstein • Victoria Lynn

The Washington Academy of Arts and Technology J u n e 1 0 a t 8 p. m . IN B P e r f o r m i n g A r t s C e n t e r 3 3 4 W. S p o k a n e Fa l l s B lv d . , S p o k a n e Tamara Allard • Trisha Blueback • Haydn Coleman • Elaina Crow • Alexandra Freeman • Lilli Hendrickson • Samantha Hilfiker • Joshua Jacholkowski • Oksana Kleenkina • Filipp Laptev • Connor Lycan • Courtney Moses • Ashley Pearson • Traci Peterson • Randy Russell • Christina Scott • Emily Stroud • Tristan Tran • Kathryn Wika • Asa Wolfe • Enna Zhuk Harding • Brandon Michael Hartnett • Cristie Rebecca Heerdink • Auston Cooper Hilderbrand • Shelby Alyse Homan • Courtney Breann Hossfeld • Joel Christopher Jacobs • Charlotte Mary Johnson • Amanda Corrine Jones • Rixana Mark Jopson • Janae Christine Kaschmitter • Alyssa Anne Kemmish • Miranda Lynn Kendall • Garret Nelson Kenney • Christopher Michael Kreiger • Cynthia Lee Kunz • Tetyana Dmitriyevna Kurka • Richmond Glen Landoe • Alicia Lee Lang • Christian Lee LaPlante • Stephanie Nicole Leberman • Grace Nicole Leeberg • Austin David Luhn • Chayce Daniel Lysek • Connor Dane Macklin

See CLASS OF 2013: WVHS, page 28

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2013 Junior Lesson Programs - $65 Session 3 Saturdays June 8, 15, 22, 29 Session 4 Wed. - Sat. July 10, 11, 12, 13 Session 5 Tues. - Friday Aug. 6, 7, 8, 9 Beginner 10:00-10:45 Intermediate 11:00-11:45 Extra Class 12:00-12:45 Also available: Advanced Season Improvement, Advanced Mini-Season & Private Lessons

2013 Adult Lesson Programs - $100 Session 3 Wed. 5:30-6:30 June 5, 12, 19, 26 Session 4 Sat. 1:30-2:30 June 8, 15, 22, 29 Session 5 Wed. 5:30-6:30 July 10, 17, 24, 31

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April Honoree Jim Custer Enterprises Jim Custer Enterprises has attracted tens of thousands of visitors to Spokane Valley from around the region and beyond to enjoy their consumer shows and stay in our city. Founded by Jim and Jennifer Custer in 1976, the business is now operated by Cheryl Custer Branz and Clint Branz, who continue the tradition of community support and involvement.

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Party on the block

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Kids enjoy the displays and activities during the West Valley Community Appreciation Block Party on May 14. The evening also featured a free meal and performances by West Valley students.

Headed to nationals

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Michael Hassett captured this shot of a Pileated Woodpecker near Newman Lake.

Spokane Valley gateway sign dedicated

Mayor Tom Towey and Spokane Valley City Council members dedicated the city's new gateway sign at the intersection of Appleway and Thierman on May 15. About 40 community members attended the dedication. Submitted photo

CLASS OF 2013: WVHS Continued from page 26 • Adam Justin Maddox • Sarah Christine Marro • Analisa Marie Martin • Jenae Joanne Martin • Jordan Patrick Martin • Shaley Ana May Martin • Armand Dominick Mauro • Alayna Marie McCarty • Jeric John McDonald • Nicole Sage McDonald • Kaitlyn Marea McGlothlen • Nathan Christian Mendoza-Hughes • Alisse Carol Middleton • Joseph Glen Mileson • Jessica Leanne Mitchell • Jesus Daniel Monteon • Anthony LeRonn Moore • Stephanie Gene Morden • Robert William Moreau • Rashonda Laquesha Morin • Shaylin Capri Munns • Brenna Kimberly Nelson • Benjamin Alan Nesbitt • Mikayla Christine Nickerson-Scully • Jacquelyn Cassidy Noble • Joseph Ronald Nunley • Emily Kathleen

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Students from West Valley High School’s Family, Career, Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) team recently participated in the state competition. Alexis Tiffany, Jordan Ryckman, Kiah Rhoades and Ian Fiorino took first place and will compete at Nationals.

Orne • Hailey Elizabeth Ortiz • McKayla Marie Owen • Devyn Nevarez Paladin • Dallas Marie Paulsen • Joseph Alan Peltier • Justin Leroy Penniman • Keyth Khampeauy Phothivongsa • Aaron Drew Pogue • Ellen Rose Postlewait • Desiree Minta Presnell • Alexander Giovanni Preston • Sabryna Nicole Prevost • Allison Jean Price • Kirsten Dayne Price • Jerrilyn Dawn Prichard • Dane Matthew Reeve-Doneen • Justin Cody Rice • Somer Lorraine Rice • Thomas Daniel Rice • Maryssa Justine Richardson • Jorge Maurice Rodriguez • Matthew Jacob Rogers-Paulsen • Brandon Dee Ross • Chance Victor Roullier • Anne Kimberly Rowley • Brendan Lane Rubright • Alexis Noel Ryd • Zahna Noel Ryd • Maximillian Benjamin Salazar • Shelby Marie Schafer • Aksel Grant-Shad Schaffer • Nathan Cooke Scheller • Ronnie Elaine Schmaltz • Megan Lynn Schultz • Sarah Joy Schweiter • Candance Nichelle

Scoles • Wyatt Randal Scott • Benjamin Edwin Shannon • Pheonix Alayne Shaw • William Andrew Simpson • Christopher William Smith • Corbin Angela Smith • Zachary Bryan Smith-Williams • Jacy Taylor Sodorff • Taylor Marie Sotin • Brianna Elizabeth Stansberry • Tyler Henry Stavnes • Mackenzie Lee Strehlou • Alexander Thomas Stutzman • Reed Andrew Sutherland • Jacqueline Eurlene Swanson • Kaylee Juniper Tate • Miceal James Taylor • Jurnee Lynn Torrey-Wells • Morgan Larae Toulou • Quan Hong Tran • Miranda Nicole Trevino • Taylor Benjamin Van Vleck • Dylan Stuart Vanstralen • Paul Jacob Vaughn • Grace Marie-Ann Vazanko • Kristie Lynn Vermillion • Michael Scott Warnken • Nathaniel Elisha Webb • Christopher M Weddle • Kathryn Ann Wee • Hunter Michael Wells • Kaylona' Marie Whiteside • Jeffrey David Wilhelm • Meredith Rose Zahller

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Current Travels

Posed for success

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Generations of Beauty fashion models pose during the NW Women Networking Event on April 25. The theme of the evening was “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

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Several Valley-area residents recently took a family trip to Holland to visit relatives and brought along The Current. This photo was taken at World Heritage Kinderdijk where there are 19 old windmills preserved for the public to see. Pictured are Craig and Sandy Glenn (Spokane Valley), Louise Casey (Otis Orchards), Mary Smith (Hamilton, Mont.), Kelly Traphagen (Liberty Lake), Scott Casey (Otis Orchards), Jenny Drake (Spokane) and Mike Casey (Freeland). Others who went on the trip (not pictured) are Linda Buchheit of Spokane Valley and Kathy Rider of Homer, Alaska.

West Valley Superintendent Gene Sementi administers the oath of office to new school board director Adam Mortensen during a recent board meeting.

Pioneer scores at regionals

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Volunteer extraordinaire The fourth grade Math is Cool team from Pioneer School won third place in the small school division for the state of Washington on May 18. They competed against schools from Seattle, the Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Pullman and central Washington. Pictured are Andrew Baumann, Amanda Alexander, Serena Wen, Jack vanLobenSels, Cameron Simonds and coach/principal Betty Burley-Wolf. Submitted photo

West Valley School District chose Cheri Reed to receive the Community Leadership Award. The award, sponsored by NEWASA, is presented each year to a district patron who makes a difference to the students of West Valley. Submitted photo

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Celebra�ng our Students!

On May 30, nearly 400 students, families, educators, businesses and community members gathered for the PACE Awards to celebrate 46 excep�onal students of good character. This is the second year we've gathered in such a celebra�on and we are deeply grateful to our underwriters for making this event a reality. Launched in September 2010, Partners Advancing Character Educa�on �PACE) is a grassroots Spokane Valley ini�a�ve to promote the importance of good character through partnerships with schools, businesses, public agencies, residents, faith-based organiza�ons and community service groups. The ini�a�ve has grown to include 123 partners and 46 schools all working together with families to promote good character across the Spokane Valley.

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Valley applauds character at PACE Awards All 46 partnering schools recognize one student at second annual community-sponsored event From Staff Reports Nearly 400 guests were expected May 30 at a celebration of 46 Spokane Valley students who their schools have identified as “top of the class” for something that doesn’t always show up on a report card character. The students were selected for personifying the Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) character traits. Each of the 46 PACE partner schools completed the difficult assignment of choosing one student to be honored at the event with a 2013 PACE Award. The business community has embraced the PACE program, with gold sponsors Dishman Dodge Ram Chrysler Jeep and Numerica Credit Union joined by nearly 30 additional sponsors at the event. PACE officially launched in September 2010 with 12 founding partners, including the four Spokane Valley school districts (East Valley, Central Valley, West Valley and Freeman.) Since then, PACE has grown to include 123 partners and 46 schools working together from a common list of monthly character traits to promote good character. Reader boards displaying the character trait of the month now line Valley streets as reminders of good character. In May 2012, the first annual PACE Awards event recognized students for demonstrating outstanding character throughout the school year. “Recognition is such an important part of bringing character to light,” said Elea Katzele, PACE President and President/ CEO of the Better Business Bureau. “We are grateful to our event sponsors for making this celebration a reality for these well-

deserving students. The success of PACE stems from spreading the message of good character far and wide to ensure our future business owners and employees, community leaders and families are actively practicing good character every day.” The monthly PACE character traits from September to August are respect, responsibility, citizenship, caring, fairness, honesty, diligence, trustworthiness, courage, integrity, generosity and gratitude. For more on PACE, visit The students recognized are listed below.

Elementary schools Adams Elementary School Felipe Andrews, Grade 5 Arthur B. Ness Elementary School Addison Holdren, Grade 5 Broadway Elementary School Micah Bell, Grade 5 Central Valley Kindergarten Center Jonathan Kimberley, Kindergarten Chester Elementary School Cole Stewart, Grade 5 East Farms STEAM Magnet School Liam Nowels, Grade 3 Freeman Elementary School Thomas Willard, Grade 5 Greenacres Elementary School Gracie Sutton, Grade 4 Liberty Lake Elementary School Shawn Mulligan, Grade 5 McDonald Elementary School Alice Carothers, Grade 5 Opportunity Elementary School Jacquelyn Beckford, Grade 5

Orchard Center Elementary School Eric Oestreich, Grade 5 Otis Orchards School Raylynn Bucher, Grade 5 Pasadena Park Elementary School Samantha Schaffer, Grade 5 Pioneer School Bella Schmick, Grade 4 Ponderosa Elementary School Micah Lang, Grade 5 Progress Elementary School Lynae Sanders, Grade 5 Seth Woodard Elementary School Kalyn Sande, Grade 5 South Pines Elementary School Andrew Goodwin, Grade 5 Sunrise Elementary School Natalie Stretch, Grade 5 Trent School Emma Hedemark, Grade 7 Trentwood School Maddie Henderson, Grade 7 University Elementary School Adonis Winkler-Coty, Grade 5 Valley Christian School (elementary) Dawson Blew, Grade 5 Barker High School Kylie Kippenhan, Grade 12 Bowdish Middle School Conner Womack, Grade 8 Centennial Middle School Abigail Points, Grade 8 Central Valley High School Destiny Gustin, Grade 12 Continuous Curriculum School

Martha Neesor, Grade 8 Contract Based Education High School Cory B. Faber, Grade 11 East Valley High School Bailey Gilbert, Grade 10 East Valley Middle School Jacob Loe, Grade 8 Evergreen Middle School Sarah Fotheringham, Grade 8 Freeman High School Wyatt Smith, Grade 12 Freeman Middle School Avery Schulenbarger, Grade 8 Greenacres Middle School John Dunne, Grade 7 Horizon Middle School Craig Robertson, Grade 8 North Pines Middle School Hannah King, Grade 8 River City Leadership Academy Shane Florance, Grade 12 Spokane Valley High School Lyubov Semencha, Grade 12 Summit School/Spokane Valley Learning Academy Jennis Cader, Grade 8 University High School Kristin Bertsch, Grade 12 Valley Christian School (secondary) Rebekah Fields, Grade 11 Washington Academy of Arts & Technology Brian Hendrickson, Grade 10 West Valley City School Justyna Dokken, Grade 8 West Valley High School Marcus Phillips, Grade 11

and reduced-price meals served in Central Valley schools during the school year, we know there is tremendous need in our community.”

Tickets can be purchased at cvhs20yr. For more, contact Kendra (McCoy) Kennedy at 981-4779 or

Central Valley School District launched the Summer Nutrition Program in 2004. Over the past eight summers, the program has served more than 30,000 free meals to children. The program is funded through a reimbursement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is sponsored by the Central Valley School District at no cost to the district.

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Community Briefs Antoine Peak access purchased Spokane County Commissioners approved on May 21 the purchase of a 9.5acre parcel next to the Antoine Peak Conservation Area near Trent Avenue in the northeastern part of unincorporated Spokane Valley. The purchase, which utilized the voterapproved Conservation Futures program funded by property tax, will allow for an expanded trailhead accessing the 1,066acre conservation area.

CV serving free summer meals Starting June 24, the Central Valley School District will serve free meals to hundreds of hungry children through the Simplified Summer Food Program for Children.

The program offers a free, nutritious breakfast and lunch served at Broadway Elementary School, 11016 E. Broadway Ave., to children 18 years and younger. Registration is not required, and children do not need to be a student of the Central Valley School District to participate. The program serves Monday through Thursdays before concluding July 25. Breakfast hours are 7:30 to 8:15 a.m., while lunch is served 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “Offering nutritious summer meals for children is an important service we are proud to be able to provide,” CVSD Superintendent Ben Small saod. “We look forward to serving free breakfast and lunch to all children who walk through our doors. Based on the number of free

CVHS 20-year reunion planned The Central Valley High School Class of 1993 has scheduled its 20 Year Reunion from 3 to 10 p.m. July 27 at Red Lion Templin’s Hotel on the River in Post Falls.

The West Valley High School Eagle Marching Band placed first in the AA classification at the 2013 Apple Blossom Parade in Wenatchee. The band is directed by Jim Loucks.

Trees honor men in Rockford In conjunction with Arbor Day and the Rockford Town Clean-up Day, three trees were planted and dedicated to the following men who gave to the community: Don Davis, Brad Marlow, and Doug Pratt.

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Irrigation was ‘crop insurance’ for Valley agriculture By Bill Zimmer and Jayne Singleton Spokane Valley Heritage Museum

Irrigation has sometimes been referred to as the Valley’s crop insurance. As evidence of the value irrigation added to the land, in the 1890s, non-irrigated land in the Spokane Valley sold from $2-$4 an acre. Grazing land sold for 50 cents an acre. Within a few years, irrigated land brought $50-$60 an acre, and during the period of 1901 to 1905, prices slowly increased to as much as $200 an acre. In the late 1800s, when water for irrigation was drawn from Liberty and Newman lakes, there was need for a distribution system throughout the Valley. In 1899, D.C. (Daniel) Corbin along with other investors formed the Spokane Valley Irrigation Company, and from that beginning developed the 34-mile, wood-lined “Corbin Ditch,” with 54 miles of lateral ditches which brought water to the Valley from Post Falls. The system was gravity-fed. Using the mill race from Frederick Post’s Mill as the headgates of the Corbin Irrigation Ditch, water was carried at first in wood flumes to the Spokane Valley. The wood flumes required a great deal of maintenance as they sprung leaks, and the tin used to line them didn’t last long. Eventually, they were replaced by concrete ditches. As a farmer, you got a certain amount of water once a week or sometimes twice depending on how many acres you had. The time you received the water was on a 24-hour cycle. Some folks tell of sleeping in the field with their hand in the ditch because their irrigation allotment came at 2 a.m. Apparently, a cold, wet hand would get you moving. Rills were small ditches between crops and were filled by farmers moving their water into them. Once Corbin and his son, Austen, financially controlled the company, it was renamed the Spokane Valley Land and Water Company. At that point, they drew up an agreement with the state of Idaho to withdraw water for irrigation and domestic use from Spirit, Fish, Hayden and Mud (Hauser) lakes in Idaho as well as the Spokane River. There are sections of the Corbin Ditch still in place today. In 1900, Albert Kelly discovered the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer after digging a 50-foot well on his property near Sprague and Freya. Within an eightyear period, Washington Water Power, Modern Irrigation & Land Co., and Vera Electric Water and Power Co. were all involved in pumping water from the aquifer. In many instances, well-water was used for domestic purposes rather than irrigation. Construction work on the first unit of the Spokane River canal began in 1907. The East Farms district adjoining the Washington-Idaho state line was the first to receive water from the Spokane River.

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Jan. Missionaries and Indians Feb. Bridge Builders and Ferrymen March The Lake Men April The Real Estate Developers, Land and Power May Immigrants claim their Valley June Irrigation July Depots and Platforms Aug. Purveyors of Leisure Sept. Commerce Oct. Ladies of the Valley Nov. Veterans of the Valley Dec. Old Timers’ stories Irrigation work continued through the Otis Orchards district and then through Trentwood and Pasadena Park, where water was delivered in 1910. Wells furnished the first irrigation and domestic water for Trentwood. When the Spokane River Canal passed through the district, an irrigation district was formed to control the distribution of water. Part of the system is still visible on Empire Avenue north of Trent Road. The Pasadena Park plat was originally to be irrigated from a well but after Corbin purchased the entire plat, the well was for domestic use only. In the Opportunity district, which was organized in 1905, the first well irrigated about 100 acres. By 1932, the district included 2,000 acres which were irrigated from seven wells in place of the original dirt ditches. The system was by then a complete system of underground concrete pipes. The Vera district was first irrigated from a single well located just east of Opportunity. By the early 1930s, it was being irrigated from four wells. D.K. McDonald, who had various business interests, was instrumental in developing the well irrigation system in both Vera and Opportunity. Vera (Veradale) was named after his daughter, Vera. Orchard Avenue, which was platted in 1908, was served by a combination of wells and an underground water system of wooden and, later, concrete pipes. It was the most compact system in the Valley as it was platted into a series of largely oneacre tracts. The Dishman area was served primarily by wells starting in the 1900s, though a

Photo courtesy of Spokane Valley Heritage Museum/Spokane Valley Land & Water Co. Collection

Workers build the Corbin Irrigation Ditch in this 1922 photo. All the work on the concretelined canal was performed by men and wheelbarrows. small section of the area got its irrigation water from the new branch canal. The first irrigation district, formed in Spokane County in 1917, served the Otis Orchards area. Water was supplied by the Spokane River canal to supplement and help control the use of water from Newman Lake. Water from the lake was used in late summer when the canal level dropped. By 1930, as additional acres were put under cultivation for orchards, truck farms, and private gardens, so much additional water was being drawn from Newman Lake it threatened the stability of the lake, and those who lived there strongly complained. The state of Washington then purchased bonds to do construction work that made it difficult to draw water from the lake. In Greenacres, when water became available from the south branch of the Spokane River canal, practically every acre was under cultivation growing berries, garden produce and alfalfa. A well supplied water for domestic use. Further east, alfalfa was a major crop. Another benefit of the Corbin Irrigation Ditch system in the Spokane Valley was not originally intended and strongly discour-

aged by the ditch walker. Swimming in the ditch was the best way to keep cool on a hot Valley summer day. The ditch walkers, whose job was to monitor and meter out the irrigation water, spent many a day trying to get Valley kids and adults alike out of the flumes and concrete ditches. The water was often swift and very cold, and sadly, a few kids drowned. Mothers strongly instructed children about the dangers of the ditches, but cooling off and riding the swift water on makeshift rafts was too enticing. Most Valley kids from the early 1900s into the early 1960s kept a secret memory of swimming in the ditches. Considering the apples, cantaloupes, watermelon, berries and other produce grown in the Valley, it is evident that the irrigation systems were excellent crop insurance. Bill Zimmer is a retired educator and longtime West Valley School District board member, and Jayne Singleton is executive director of the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum. For more about this article or other aspects of the Spokane Valley region, visit the museum at 12114 E. Sprague Ave. or call 922-4570.

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Chamber hosts first Ambassadors Rally

The Ambassadors are the welcoming arm for the Chamber and serve as an important committee building goodwill in our community. In honor of our Ambassadors, we will be hosting our first annual Ambassador Rally June 1415. Ambassador members from other chambers are invited. The rally starts at the Quality Inn on Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. featuring “best practices” presentations. Then from 5:30-6:30 p.m. join us at the Spokane Indians Baseball Park for food and

Chamber events in June

June 4, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Government Action Committee Meeting, Valley Hospital Education Center, 12606 E. Mission. Cost is $20 which includes lunch. Register at spokanevalleychamber. org. June 7, 11 a.m., Ace Hardware Grand Opening, 1330 N. Argonne. Ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. June 13, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Business/Education Committee Meeting. Program and Location TBA.

If you are interested in becoming a Chamber Ambassador, call the Chamber office at 509-924-4994. If you are a Chamber member interested in joining our Ambassadors at the ball park, tickets will be available at $20 per person for the party and the game. Be sure to check our website at for more details and updates.

New members

Please join us in welcoming the following members who have recently joined the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce: Admen Banner & Sign Diamond Park ‘N Jet Hydraulics Plus, Inc

June 21, 6:30 to 8: 30 p.m., Business Connections Breakfast, Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan. Coffee and conversation begins at 6:30 a.m., program is at 7 a.m. Cost is $25 for members and guests, $35 for non-members. Register at

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The Monte Cristo Egg Sandwich, part of the breakfast options at The Black Diamond, 9614 E. Sprague Ave.

The Black Diamond mustards up for breakfast By Craig Swanson Spokane Valley Scoop

The Black Diamond, 9614 E. Sprague Ave., is serving espresso and breakfast right out of their Night Club during the early light of day. It makes more sense than it sounds, luckily. In the first place, it is a very comfortable room with raised, leather booths, elegent light fixtures and a great sound system. In the second place, it is an interestingly lit room in regards to the windows. During the night, the windows are not a factor, while during the day it becomes clear the place has a nice window pattern that ushers in the sun. So the room is like the sanctuary in most modern open-Bible churches these days that are designed to multi-task, accommodating the night time parishioners as well as the day time parishioners. But most importantly, Kenna the Cook, who owns the place with her husband, Steve, is a foodie and it shows in the menu. Well, I knows it showed in the breakfast I had, which was a called a Monte Cristo Egg Sandwich. I love all the sinful egg, and naughty meat and useless pancake/biscuit/ french toast/whatever sandwiches that everyone sells us. I also love a Monte Cristo sandwich whenever I can find a place brave enough to put out a rendition of this slightly exotic

sandwich. Kenna took my two guilty pleasures — the Cristo and the Count of Calories breakfast sandwiches — and went one beyond anything I had ever had. Out of nowhere there appeared on the plate a homemade honey mustard. That mustard came from heaven. I never would have thought to dip a Monte Cristo sammy in honey mustard, but then again I never knew there was such a good recipe for honey mustard here on Earth. It is Kenna’s own recipe, and it is spot on. They are open at 7 a.m. seven days a week, so I have ample opportunity to give Kenna’s equally intriguing Green and Ham a try very soon.

A perfect place to eat, drink and be married Of all the structures spread across our little spot on the globe that someone long ago euphemistically labeled “The Inland Empire,” there is one building that towers above the rest in the landscape of my life. Other buildings perhaps were more significant, like the Baptist church at 8th and Pines that Elaine’s and my parents religiously attended during our youth. Significant also is Sacred Heart Hospital, where we were born and where I have gone to visit many loved ones through the years, from my grandfather who passed there when I was 5 to my youngest

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Craig and Elaine Swanson were married 30 years ago at The North Shore, a building now known as the Coeur d’Alene Resort. child who had an appendectomy there not long ago. But the building I am most fond of by far is the Coeur d’Alene Resort. We are here now for our anniversary, and I am sitting in room 342 as I begin this story while Elaine is in the bathroom midway through her tedious task of prepping for public presentation. Sometimes it seems I could write an entire novel while she wades through this job. Less than 100 feet away is the room we slept in the night we eloped. Thirty years ago I got down on one knee after dinner in the small house she and her sister rented from their grandfather. After an eight-month courtship and

a lifelong friendship, I knew it was time to live together. Both being Baptists, that meant matrimony, not shacking up. She said “yes,” and after a 21-hour engagement, we wed at the Wedding Chapel on a warm and sunny afternoon. Even though it was only a moderate-sized hotel called the North Shore back then, it was the perfect spot to spend the most important night of our young lives. It was the first night either one of us had spent at the hotel, but The North Shore was a familiar and favorite place for both of us. Though we did not know it growing up, the North Shore, like Pines Baptist Church, was a place our families were serviced on Sun-

day. Throughout our childhoods on special occasions we gathered with our grand folks at the hotel’s penthouse restaurant, The Cloud Nine, and partook in a Sundayonly, family style repast of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans. While I miss nothing as much as the grandparents we ate there with, the food comes as close as any I have ever had. The North Shore was great and still remains hidden right where it has always been, but it was a mere shadow of its present self. Three years after our nuptials night, Duane Hagadone and company transformed the place into the Coeur d’Alene Resort in 1986. It was a bold and breathtakingly area-changing move that gave the world a classy new destination to discover, and it gave us Inland Empirates a world-class destination in our backyard. Amazingly, they replaced the old Sunday bestmeal-for-miles with a new and improved version that has easily retained the title to this day. Being a rather classless fellow who took the recent closing of the Old Country Buffet like a death in the family, I have been head over heals since that first I time I pillaged my way through Dockside’s ultimate Sunday brunch, swelling like a tick on a hound dog as I gorged like it was my first meal in days. Through the years, it has been that place for me that Je-

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sus talked about here on Earth with acres of delicious meats and salads and desserts gloriously laid out each Sabbath. If I did not know better, I would think the Son of Man himself was back there in the kitchen performing culinary miracles. Then there has been our annual Thanksgiving getaway since back in the days when all four of the kids could strap onto me like barnacles on a whale as I slogged through the pool like a mighty behemoth with the aid of water’s buoyancy magic. For them it was a trip of wonder with the parade and fireworks and pageantry of Christmas trees. There was always breakfast with Dad while Mom did what she never got to do at home: sleep in. We never had to leave the hotel if


we did not want to, though we always did to catch a holiday movie, which too often for me was Harry Potter.

Those days are behind us now, and it is back to just Mom and I, but the Resort is still here for us. Just like our marriage, the old place is better than ever. If you have not seen The Resort since the remodel last year, then you are missing something amazing. They put in a huge aquarium with beautiful coy fish bobbing boredly back and forth with the sun shimmering down through a massive new skylight on their confined but very eye-catching existence.

A little further down the lobby, a new water feature cascades at the entrance of the elegantly opened up and transformed Whispers Lounge. Like everything about this heaven away from home, the new trappings of the lounge are suave and comfort-

able with its bank of windows to the south dramatically letting in the marina and then the lake with the mountains filling up the background. To the west, Hagadone’s office hovers over the lake, propped up on all four corners by massive log pilings.

For years I have pictured him in there working away, and I have dreamt of walking in and introducing myself. I picture shaking his hand and thanking him from the bottom of my heart for giving me and my wife and our children a wonderful place to accrue memory after memory. It will never happen, but I can content myself by going down to his lounge and tipping my glass to the man with my bride who has just now finished making herself beautiful. As always, it was worth the wait, and as always, I found something to keep myself busy with.

Craig Swanson and his wife, Elaine, operate a blog and newsletter called the Spokane Valley Scoop. A graduate of University High School, Craig is a lifetime resident of Spokane Valley. The Spokane Valley Scoop can be read online at spokanevalleyscoop.

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Holding to that line in the sand

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Egger’s Meats: Made here and here to stay IF YOU GO ...

By Kyle Hansen Critics on Bikes

Egger’s Quality Meats 10629 E. Sprague Ave. 926-8772 Critics on Bikes rating: +4/4 Tour de France

Since John Egger opened the first Egger’s Meats in 1935, business at the butcher shop has stayed in the family. Wally and Bill, John Egger’s sons, and his nephews, Ken and Bob, were trained by the man himself with his meat recipes from his homeland in Austria. They eventually took charge of four Egger’s Meats locations. These same stores are run today by a third generation, carrying on a tradition that, as Brian Egger put it, was in the blood. Growing up, working in his family’s butcher shop was something Brian Egger says he always knew he wanted to do. He enjoys working with the shop’s high school-aged employees and conversing with regular customers. He’s worked at his store in East Sprague since it opened around 32 years ago, coming to work with his father as early as age 10, and he is currently the president of Egger’s Meats. Store Manager Aaron Chissus has been there about 15 years. Over generations, Egger’s has developed quite a reputation. Customers frequent the fresh meat case, most commonly for

the German sausages and stuffed pork chops. But everything seems to be in high demand, especially during the Christmas season. “Easter you sell a lot of hams; Thanksgiving you sell a lot of turkeys,” says Brian Egger, a North Central High School graduate. “But Christmas is everything.” My family has done business with Egger’s Meats for as long as I can remember. Every hunting season, my dad and my uncles take deer to the butcher shop to be cut and packaged. They know they can trust Egger’s to be careful with the meat and do the job well. I usually come along for the pepperoni sticks. No Slim Jim I’ve ever tasted comes close to their quality and flavor. Everything sold at Egger’s Meats is sold fresh. The small shop is filled with the aromas of newly-prepared sausages, bacon, meatloaves, steaks, turkeys, hamburger patties and a variety of other assorted meats. Egger’s promises their food’s fresh qual-

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Egger’s Meats President Brian Egger laughs with employee Cory Fairburn recently at the Spokane Valley store, 10629 E. Sprague Ave. ity with their proud slogan: “If we have it we make it here.” And their many customers hope that never changes. Critics on Bikes is a monthly column writ-

ten by Kyle Hansen, a lifelong Millwood resident and junior at West Valley High School. Local businesses are reviewed on a fourpoint rating system: ¼ (road rash); 2/4 (flat tire); ¾ (bike lane) and 4/4 (Tour de France).

Biz Notes Relics, new vintage store, opens Offering vintage and custom furnishings for the home or garden, Relics opened earlier this year at 17325 E. Sprague Ave. The business is locally owned by Judy Campbell. For more, call 879-1414 or visit

Numerica launches new look Spokane Valley-based Numerica Credit Union launched a new brand May 1, bringing with it a redesigned look. Jane Ronnfeldt, vice president of marketing for Numerica, explained that the

brand is about fostering well-being in the lives of Numerica’s members. “We have always been committed to our members and to the communities that they live and work in, and now our brand is more reflective of that commitment,” Ronnfeldt said. “Our brand promise is to be what people expect from us.” Elements of the new brand include the logo, created to visually represent wellbeing and express notions of wholeness, growth and community, as well as a new “brand expression”: “Life moves. Live well.” Numerica Credit Union has more than 90,000 members throughout Central and Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho and more than $1 billion in assets.

Author/dentist signing book Spokane Valley resident and dentist Blake McKinley Jr. will sign copies of his book, “Happy Tooth and Sad Tooth,” from 3 to 5 p.m. June 1 at Hastings, 1704 W. Wellesley in Spokane. When Happy Tooth and Sad Tooth go

to the dentist they learn the importance of brushing your teeth, flossing, and eating healthy food. When one has a routine appointment and the other an appointment where a little more care is necessary, both teeth learn what they need to do to be happy teeth.

Value Village moves down street Value Village in Spokane Valley will move this year into the building that once housed the Old Country Buffet at the corner of Pines and Sprague. Remodeling is currently under way at the facility at 12205 E. Sprague Ave.

ACE celebrates grand opening The Argonne ACE Hardware store is celebrating its grand opening with special promotions June 7-9. The store recently opened at 1330 N. Argonne Road.

Rountree wins biz scholarship The 2013 Sam Campbell Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Madison Rountree at a May 17 breakfast of the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Com-

merce. Madison will graduate with honors from Central Valley High School in June and plans to attend Linfield College next year to study and specialize in business management and public relations. She is the daughter of Chad and Kathleen Rountree of Spokane Valley. The Sam Campbell Memorial Scholarship Program awards an annual $500 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who plans to study a business program at a college, university or vocational school. It was created as a memorial tribute to Sam Campbell by his family and is administered by the Spokane Valley Chamber Foundation. Sam Campbell was a former community leader in commercial real estate and a strong supporter of the Spokane Valley Chamber. Biz Notes is a collection of business, news, announcements and accomplishments. To submit an item for a future Biz Notes, email

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Take me out to the ballpark park Avista Stadium sports refurbished look for 2013 Spokane Indians season Story and photos by Craig Howard Current Contributor

Forget the new collection of starting pitchers and the latest crop of outfielders for the Spokane Indians this year — the real star of the 2013 season will be team’s home venue, Avista Stadium. Beginning last September, the venerable ballpark on the western fringe of Spokane Valley underwent a dramatic transformation courtesy of $2.8 million from Spo-

kane County awarded in 2010 as part of a 10-year lease extension with Brett Sports, owners of the club since 1985. The team has also kicked in more than $1 million of its own money. Visitors to the stadium will find their way to the game far quicker this season with an expanded row of ticket windows and a pair of advance ticket booths inside the gates. Pavement on the outer concourse has also been replaced. Gone are the days of standing in line at the ballpark ATM for cash to purchase popcorn and a soda. A revamped concession area now includes point of sale systems that accept credit and debit cards. A total of 10 retail windows await patrons.

Spokane Indians Vice President Otto Klein says the upgrades at Avista Stadium will mean “increased fan efficiencies” such as an expanded ticket booth for streamlined sales.

“There are many more fan efficiencies,” said Otto Klein, Spokane Indians’ senior vice president. “The first impression of the ballpark will be raised to a whole new level.” Klein said the new amenities will mean the team going from 170 game-day employees to 230. He added the club will most likely be adding more full-time office positions as well. A spiffy new team store opened in late May, replacing the humble shack that once featured team hats, T-shirts and other official Indians’ gear. The site will remain open year-round and include around double the amount of previous merchandise. Fans won’t be the only ones celebrating improvements to the venue which hosted its first Indians’ home game back in 1958. The team’s administrative staff has moved from a cramped office behind the old ticket booth that was originally built for halfa-dozen employees to spacious new digs that can comfortably accommodate more than 20. “We want people to perceive us as a professional business,” said General Manager Chris Duff. “It’s not over-the-top and glamorous, but it’s a nice use of space; it’s professional.” Duff said the county and the ballpark’s namesake have been keys to turning Avista Stadium into a state-of-the art venue. “If Avista wasn’t our title sponsor, we wouldn’t be in a position to make these improvements,” Duff said. “And the county has been good. We’ve worked with them to design a facility that’s for 2013 and beyond.”

Key Dates May 31 Individual Spokane Indians game tickets go on sale. June 5 Avista Stadium ribbon-cutting ceremony from 4 to 5:30 p.m. June 11 Preseason player welcome party from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the MAX at Mirabeau Park Hotel June 14 Opening night, Spokane Indians host the Everett AquaSox with first pitch at 6:30 p.m. July 4 Fourth of July fireworks and pregame Pennant Run at Avista Stadium August 30 Season finale and fireworks night against the Everett AquaSox with first pitch at 6:30 p.m.

About Avista Stadium Avista Stadium opened in 1958 as the Fairgrounds Recreational Park. From 1958 to 1971, the venue was home to the triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Indians’ all-time roster features several members of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, including Tommy Lasorda, Don Sutton, Hoyt Wilhelm, Duke Snider and Maury Wills. For more:

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Pictorial tour of Avista Stadium current photos by Craig Howard

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The 2013 Spokane Indians season runs from June 14 to Sept. 2. The field at Avista has been voted the best by Northwest League managers in all but two seasons since 1997. Avista Stadium will host 38 home games this summer.

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If I could only play nine holes of golf in the greater Valley ...


The first hole I would play? No. 1 at Trailhead Golf Course. Chalk it up to nostalgia. When I was just old enough to golf (it was called Valley View Golf Course then), there was something about the simultaneous pressure and swagger of teeing off from a teebox where it felt like the whole community was watching you. Most of the time, I’d slice it into Liberty Lake Road and hope I didn’t hit a car. Best memory: My buddy Travis Smith, probably all of 10 years old, rocketed one over the heads of the college-age kids playing in the group in front of us when we thought it was easily safe to hit. By the look on their faces, I thought Travis was a goner. But then they looked at us and likely realized that a punk kid just blasted the drive of his life 30 yards over their heads. They were impressed.

By Josh Johnson

Current staff column

Course is No. 9. After a series of par 3s, a good drive here can roll right into the trap guarding the green. It’s nice to get the driver back out for a finish.


Now here is a hole that is just about everyone’s nemesis. At more than 600 yards at its longest and uphill for the last 150, No. 16 at MeadowWood Golf Course makes the list out of sheer respect. I’ve yet to tame it.





Next up is No. 16 at Liberty Lake Golf Course. A short downhill par 3 always plays with my mind with club selection, so I took to just throwing it up as high as I could onto the left bank and watching it roll down the hill toward the hole like I was playing a game of Plinko. You’d be surprised how often that worked.

No. 3 at MeadowWood Golf Course is the first of several nemesis holes on this list. Just when you think you have the driver on track, it’s really not that smart to hit a driver. Nevertheless, I always give in to the temptation and roll into rough, water or trap (or the fourth fairway).


Hole No. 8 at Liberty Lake Golf Course was always one of my favorites based upon the placement of the trap and the beautiful tree that protects it. The redesign a couple years back lengthened the hole and made it even better.


My other favorite at Trailhead Golf

Out of sadness that Painted Hills Golf Course is no longer operating, I am going to throw a heart of Spokane Valley hole in the mix, even though it’s mini golf. No. 9 at Bumpers is a two-level green. Hit it in the hole and it feeds down into another playing surface where the true finish awaits. And it’s not one of those mini golf courses that swallows your golf ball and doesn’t give it back. I like that.

Surprisingly, my biggest golfing nemesis would have to be No. 15 at Liberty Lake Golf Course. I’ve spent more time on this hole than any other in my life — looking for my ball in the thick patch of trees on the right. It’s like a magnet over there.


For someone who was raised at Liberty Lake, there is no better finishing hole possible than No. 18 at MeadowWood Golf Course (pictured at left). A beautiful view and a downhill fairway that tempts you to go for it. Not particularly challenging, but overall my favorite hole.

Josh Johnson is editor and publisher of The Current. He covets golf tips as well as the lowdown on other great golf holes in the area. Write to him at josh@valleycurrent. com.

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July 13th, 2013 start times

Adult Race 8:00 a.m. (4 mile run/walk course)

Scenic course on paved roads, several hills Aid Stations at miles 2 & 3


Kid's Race following Adult Race (1/4 - 1 1/2 mile, dependent on age)

Course in and around Pavillion Park


Pavillion Park, Liberty Lake, WA


Overall male and female winners in each age group



current Photos by josh johnson

Painted Hills Golf Course is for sale after its owners filed for bankruptcy. The closing of the course means the nearest golf for a city of Spokane Valley resident is now in Liberty Lake. Or is it? Well, that depends on if you count miniature golf, nine holes of which opened last month at Bumpers Bowling and Family Fun Center, which occupies the former Players and Spectators building at 12828 E. Sprague Ave. Nine holes costs $3, and those who have played a little too much mini golf over the years will recognize that some of the holes were imported from Bumpers’ former location at Northtown Mall. The golf course shares space with bumper cars in a now jungle-themed room on the southwest corner of the building. A nice touch as you approach the course: the brown sign at left that conjures up a bit of Valley history (Walk in the Wild was a Spokane Valley zoo that shuttered in the mid-1990s).


Pre-registration before June 27 Adult race - $20 with t-shirt, $10 without Kids race - $20 with t-shirt, $10 without Late registration after June 27 Adult race - $15/no shirt Kids race - $15/no shirt (cannot order shirts after June 27)


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Submitted photo by Bob Johnson/Spokane Sports Shots

Will Davis only played a year of high school football, but he was a two-year starter for the Central Valley basketball team. He is pictured here with father Shon Davis Sr. at the Central Valley Senior Night in 2008.

Photo courtesy of the Miami Dolphins

Will Davis was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 93rd overall pick in the NFL draft this April.

A CV grad’s winding journey from prep afterthought to NFL draft pick By Craig Howard

Current Contributor

The National Football League seemed worlds away when Will Davis was leading his intramural team to a flag football championship on the leafy campus of Western Washington University in 2009. Just a few months earlier, the college announced that budget constraints would mean dropping its official football program, a longtime staple on the NCAA Division II level. Davis had arrived in Bellingham the autumn before as a gifted but untested cornerback from Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley, sitting out his freshman year as a redshirt. A standout basketball player and track athlete at CV, Davis had not turned out for football until his senior year and did not start until the Bears’ fifth game of the 2007 season. Once on the field, Davis emerged quickly, nabbing half-a-dozen

interceptions and establishing himself as a reliable wide receiver on offense.

In the classroom, Davis maintained a solid B-average and was voted ASB president.

“My senior year, I wanted to be a part of everything – three-sport athlete, ASB president, whatever,” Davis said. “So, during the fall, I decided to turn out for football. I didn’t want to be on varsity just because I was a senior. I wanted to earn it.” Western was the only school to take a chance on the obscure recruit from the east side of the state. Central Valley head coach Rick Giampietri recalls Davis being “a good athlete” who adapted quickly to the complexities of football. His brother, Shon Jr., had played at CV ahead of him, excelling as a running back until a severe knee injury his senior year. “You could tell right away that Will

was quick and mobile,” Giampietri said. “I was also impressed with his work ethic. I know when he went to Western, they were really impressed with him as a cornerback. He picked up things really fast.” Davis was named to the All-Greater Spokane League second team on defense in his only year of high school football. From leaping through the air as a statequalifying triple jumper to pestering opposing guards on the basketball court, Davis said his skills in other sports carried over to the gridiron. “I’d definitely say with basketball, just the side-to-side quickness and going up and getting the ball helped with football,” he said. “I didn’t have any expectations. I just wanted to go out there and compete. I was just going out there to help my team win.” It was a former CV teammate – Patrick Nealy – who told Davis he was capable of playing on the Division I level after West-

ern jettisoned football. Nealy was part of the roster at the University of Idaho at the time and, initially, there was some talk of Davis walking on as a Vandal. Instead, Davis took his football skills to the Bay Area, enrolling at De Anza College in Cupertino, Calif. For the confident transfer student, the JUCO route included the goal of eventually landing with a Division I program. “For someone who played one year in high school, signed at a Division II school, redshirted and didn’t even play, to think he could play one year at a JUCO and go D-I was ridiculous when I look back at it now,” Davis said. Davis’ father, Shon Sr., said his son remained motivated to achieve in sports, even when the emphasis shifted from basketball to football. “He had his goals set, but they were al-

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ways in basketball,” said the elder Davis, who lives in Spokane Valley and serves as a pastor of a local church. “He had the potential. I just wanted to make sure both William and his brother developed character and respect for others.” Davis quickly earned a starting spot at De Anza and had two interceptions, including one for a touchdown return, in his first game. He wound up tied for the state lead in interceptions and was named first team, all-conference and first team, all-state. Schools like San Jose State, Southern Illinois and Utah State began recruiting Davis while he was at De Anza. Eventually, Davis decided to become a Utah State Aggie, joining a rapidly improving program that was seeking its first winning record since 1997. “I was never intimidated going D-I,” Davis said. “It was more about adjusting. Before, I could get away with just being a better athlete. At D-I, it was more about football; I had to know the technical part.” The Aggies finished with a 7-6 record in Will’s junior year, nearly defeating Auburn and posting impressive wins against Hawaii, San Jose State and Nevada. Utah State earned a bid to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at the end of 2011, narrowly losing to Ohio University, 24-23. Davis played in all 13 games, started five and had 34 tackles. “We knew Will was an athlete,” said Utah State cornerbacks coach Kendrick Shaver. “But he also had a real savvy for the game.” Going into spring practice his senior year, Davis dislocated his elbow, but by the time the first game arrived that fall, he had secured one of the starting cornerback spots. He would go on to be one of the catalysts in an 11-2 season, a Western Athletic Conference championship and the Aggies’ first bowl win in 19 years. In a game against the University of Utah in Logan, Davis batted away a throw in the endzone to preserve a 27-20 overtime win on ESPN2. It was Utah State’s first victory over their in-state rival since 1997. Off the field, the charismatic and articulate Davis became one of the recognizable faces of a rising program. “Will became a very good ambassador for our team, not only on campus but in the community,” Shaver said. “He was smart, well-spoken and always smiling.” Davis was named by CBS Sports as a third team All-American and added one more interception to his regular season total of five in the Senior Bowl. Of all the accolades his senior year, Davis may be most proud of the day in Logan last December when he received his college diploma.

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Will Davis, a 2008 graduate of Central Valley High School, was named a third-team All American by CBS Sports after his senior year at Utah State University. Here, the cornerback prepares to surprise an opposing quarterback. “That entire season, everything just kept getting better,” he said. Former Utah State head coach Gary Andersen – who signed on to lead the University of Wisconsin after the 2012 season – let the media know before the Aggies’ record-setting year that the senior cornerback from Spokane Valley had a legitimate chance to play in the NFL. By the time pre-draft predictions began to appear, Davis was being projected as a top pro prospect. “That’s the one thing, I’ve always wanted to be the best,” Davis said. “I never thought of what could go wrong, I thought of the one thing that could go right. I knew I was going to be successful in something, but it’s been tough because I was always playing catch up. There were a lot of times, even with my confidence, that I wondered if I was going to make it, but I always kept a smile on my face and just kept working – but in my head, I knew I was going to make it.” Davis flew back to Spokane in late April to watch the NFL draft with his family. In the third round, with the 93rd overall pick, the Miami Dolphins elevated the former Central Valley Bear to the top tier of professional football. “If I hadn’t gone in the top three rounds, it would have been disappointing,” Davis said. “The best thing was I knew I was going to hear my name. “ Davis was in south Florida for rookie

mini-camp in early May, earning acclaim from the Miami Herald as one of the team’s most promising additions. As the season approaches, the sky remains the limit for a Dolphin with soaring ambition and the work ethic to match. “I’m just trying to work hard and compete,” Davis said. “Wherever I land is where I land.”

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Integrity: “Adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.” That may be the definition, but what does integrity really represent? Is it an ideal? Something to live by? Or is it something else entirely? For myself, in my own opinion, I want to live using integrity, to bring out the very best in myself. Most of the time, we go on and on in life, never stopping to think about what we are doing, and keep moving forward, never seeming to rest, kind of like how this sentence is proceeding. But sometimes, the choices we make are not totally righteous, or the actions we create are not honest. We complain, we lie and we act like we have no integrity. But that’s not the case with everyone. Last fall, I got the opportunity to march with the West Valley High School Band, and I met a lot of people. But the one person that stands out in my mind is Connor. In the band, he ran the low-brass sections, which was one of the hardest working in the band, and he never complained, no matter the task. He was fun, but always knew when to stop messing around and get the job done. In my mind, he represents integrity. As children, we are always told to, “Do the right thing.” We tried to, we really did, but temptations often got in our way. Though nowadays, it feels like we were better as children than adults or teenagers. Now that we’re growing up, or we’re already adults, we have much more freedom, and many more opportunities to mess up. But, we also have to have a set of moral values, ways to live by, in order to find our way in life. We need to be responsible, and understand the differences between right and wrong, even if they are hard to tell apart. We go against our own values sometimes to please others or ourselves. How

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By Abby Freeman current Guest Column

many times can you remember doing what felt wrong just to please a friend or family member? Or did you ever do that for your own gain? You always think the same thing -- “It doesn’t matter,” or, “No one will notice”. But they did notice, or at least you did. You’d lie awake at night, wishing to fix what you had done wrong. The thoughts that you would always think, “Tell someone,” or, “Apologize, you’ll feel better” -- those are our moral values. In a kind of way, they show your integrity, your willingness to do what is right. For myself in middle school, I think that we underappreciate those who have integrity. We seem to like being in the company of those who lie. I think that it makes us feel better about ourselves, in the way of, “Well, at least I’m not as bad as that person.” It gives us a false sense of pride, a goody-two-shoes feeling. But if you notice, those who are in the presence of integrity are better, kinder people. They feel like they can stand up and say something without the fear of people thinking that they are lying. It’s a freeing thought. But those people who have little integrity might think the opposite. “What a kiss-up,” they’d scowl, before slinking off to a “teen.” But being a teenager isn’t all about the freedoms of growing up. Well, it may feel that way, but it’s also about the responsibilities of becoming an adult and learning to live with our mistakes. Integrity is one of those things that you think that you can live without, but really, it defines who you are as a person. It makes you proud to be yourself, and people will trust you because they know you can do the right thing. In my opinion, one of the wisest quotes about integrity comes from Henry Kravis, who said, “If you don’t have integrity, you have nothing. You can’t buy it. You can have all the money in the world, but if you are not a moral and ethical person, you really have nothing.” Abby Freeman is an eighth-grade student at Centennial Middle School in the West Valley School District. She maintains a 4.0 grade point average and is a member of the Centennial Wind Ensemble. She wrote this column as part of a monthly series highlighting the Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) trait of the month. The trait for June is integrity.

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Saturday, June 8th, 2013 • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 20th annual

Liberty Lake REGISTER A YARD SALE AT YOUR HOME Liberty Lake addresses only

Two ways to register:

 Online: $10

Submit your registration and secure credit card payment at www. 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 20word maximum for 15 cents a word.

 Mail-in form: $15

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distributed by mail to everyone in Liberty Lake on June 6, 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 region-wide outlets, and the Kiwanis Club is working with local authorities and strategic vendors (portable restrooms, etc.) to ensure a safe and well-supported event. Directional signage: Signs will be posted to help guide shoppers into the neighborhoods, including the River District.

Complete the registration form below and submit it along with your fee. Remember, registration must be received by May 31 to be included in the official guide and map.

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No phone or in-person registration is available. For questions about registration, contact The Splash at 242-7752 or yardsales@

Satisfaction: In the past, some

REGISTERED HOMES REcEIvE: community guide: Listing information organized alongside your neighborhood’s corresponding map in the official 2013 Liberty Lake Community Yard Sales Guide. 10,000 copies will be



Presenting Sponsor:

ARC of Spokane will be going up and down Liberty Lake streets Monday and Tuesday, June 10-11, to pick up unsold items residents wish to donate to charity. No large items please. 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.


Registration must be received by May 31 in order to be included “on the map” in the 10,000 copies of the official guide that will be distributed to Liberty Lake and beyond beginning June 5. Choose from the three options below to take part in this 20th annual event. Registration fees go to the Kiwanis Club of Liberty Lake to support the event and community.

REGISTER A YARD SALE AT A PUBLIc LOcATION Want to hold a sale, but not at your home? Or maybe you don’t live in Liberty Lake and are looking for an outlet to take part. There are two options for you.

 Pavillion Park

12-foot by 12-foot sections are available to be utilized at Pavillion Park. Registration is $50, $35 of which is refunded after you clean up your sale on the day of the event. This option includes a listing in the official guide. Register by using either of the two options listed under “Register a sale at your home” at left, but instead of listing your address, write “Pavillion Park” 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 8.

 Liberty Lake Portal

Free space for your sale is available at the Liberty Lake Portal, the presenting sponsor for the 2013 Liberty Lake Community Yard Sales. These sales will be included in the official guide, but only a limited number of spots are available. Reserve a place by calling Steven Daines at 343-0103 before the spots are snatched up, or by May 28, whichever comes first. The Portal, located at the corner of Mission and Molter, will be offering free food, free

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May 31 r parking , or yo iday, and free be liSt u won’t ed! restrooms – as well as a large office equipment and furniture sale. Spaces are available to individuals and businesses and will go quickly.


 Pavillion Park

Commercial vendors will once again be invited to set up along Settler Drive in beautiful Pavillion Park. The cost for a commercial vendor site at Pavillion Park is $50. To reserve your space, call Pat Dockrey at 926-3198 or email A list and brief description of Pavillion Park vendors will be included in the official guide.

 Liberty Lake Portal

Free space for businesses to set up a sale is available at the Liberty Lake Portal, the presenting sponsor for the 2013 Liberty Lake Community Yard Sales. Liberty Lake Portal sales will be included in the official guide, but only a limited number of spots are available. Reserve a place by calling Steven Daines at 343-0103 before the spots are snatched up or by May 28, whichever comes first. The Portal is located at the corner of Mission and Molter.


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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. COMMERCIAL VENDORS: Don’t use this form. Refer to the instructions above.

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community Volume 2, Issue 6 Editor/publisher

Josh Johnson

General Manager

Tammy Kimberley Senior account Janet Pier executive graphic designer

Karen Sutula Circulation Sandy Johnson Mike Wiykovics Contributors

Steve Christilaw, Kyle Hansen, Craig Howard, Chad Kimberley, Heidi Scott, Jayne Singleton, Craig Swanson, Bill Zimmer

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Current photo illustration by Karen Sutula


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CALENDAR Continued from page 15 $7 for adults (kids under 12 are free), or $5 with two non-perishable food items for NW Harvest. For more: June 22 | Girls’ All-State Basketball Showcase 1:30 to 7:30 p.m., HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave., Liberty Lake. The public is invited for the 17th annual all-state girls basketball games featuring Washington 3A, 2A, 1A and B players. All-day admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids and seniors. For more: June 22 | Current night with Spokane Indians 6 p.m., Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana. Join with other baseball fans for a game against the Boise Hawks followed by fireworks. For tickets and more: June 23 | Coeur d’Alene Ironman The public is invited to cheer on competitors in this rigorous course that includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run. For more: ironman. com

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PORTAL at Mission & Molter

June 24-28 | Elite Flyers Cheer Camp 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave., Liberty Lake. This cheerleading experience emphasizes the basics in motions, jumps, cheers and stunting, as well as teaches the value of sportsmanship and teamwork. Cost is$100 per person. For more: hubsportscenter. org June 27 | Liberty Lake Loop pre-registration due The 16th annual race on July 13 is a scenic course on paved roads and hills around Liberty Lake. Kids races follow the adult race. Pre-registration fee is $20 for adults (with shirt) or $10 without shirt. For more: June 29-30 | Hoopfest Downtown Spokane. Besides claiming title to the biggest 3-on-3 tournament on earth, the event is also an outdoor festival with shopping, food and interactive entertainment. For more: spokanehoopfest. net

Recurring Liberty Lake Community Tennis Association Rocky Hill Park, Liberty Lake. The group offers adult evening clinics 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, kids clinics 9 and 10 a.m. Saturdays, and a ladies day 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Clinics will run through Aug. 31. For more: 255-9293 or Liberty Lake Running Club 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Palenque Restaurant, 1102 N. Liberty Lake Road. Runners or walkers are invited to gather with others for a 3-mile route. For more: 9549806 or Spokane Youth Sports Association Register now for fall sports including soccer, baseball, flag football, tackle football and cross country. For more: Summer Sports Camps HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave., Liberty Lake. Multiple camps including basketball, volleyball and cheer are available. For more: summer-camps All calendar listings were provided to or gathered by Current staff. If you would like your event considered for the community calendar, please submit information by the 15th of the month to

Barlows Family Restaurant City of Liberty Lake Clark’s Tire and Automotive Family Medicine Liberty Lake George Gee Good Samaritan Society of Spokane Valley John L. Scott Real Estate (Pam Fredrick) KiDDS Dental Liberty Lake Liberty Lake EyeCare Center Liberty Lake Orthodontics Simonds Dental Group STCU Sunshine Gardens Therapeutic Associates

Index of advertisers Following are the local advertisers in this issue of The Current. Amaculate Housekeeping 33 Avista 5 Barlows Restaurant 9 BST Surfacing 33 Carver Farms 13 Casey Family Dental 5 City of Spokane Valley 13 City of Spokane Valley 27 Clark’s Tire & Automotive 3 Evergreen Fountains 21 Garage Floor Guy 14 Gus Johnson Ford 48 Highlands Golf Course 43 Inland Empire Utility Coordinating Council 9

KiDDS Dental 19 Liberty Lake Community Yard Sales 45 Liberty Lake EyeCare Center 3 Liberty Lake Loop 41 Liberty Lake Orthodontics 5 Liberty Lake Portal 16 North Idaho Dermatology 9 Northern Quest Resort & Casino 3 PACE 30 Paradise Pet Resort 13 Ron’s Drive-Inn 27 SCRAPS 27 Side by Side Counseling Services 33 Spokane County Library District 2

Spokane Indians 13 Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce 33 SportClips Haircuts 43 St. John Vianney School 2 STCU 9 Sunshine Gardens 7 SYSA 6 Trailhead Golf Course 27 Valley Christian School 27 West Valley Farm 2 Church Directory 15 Service Directory 35

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The ‘Molasses’ distance running strategy Want to beat the best marathoners? Travel half as far.

By Chad Kimberley current column

I accomplished three major goals May 19. 1. I finished a half-marathon. 2. I did not, I repeat NOT, get passed by any full marathoners. 3. I did not visit any of our great local medical care facilities upon finishing my experience. Roughly 10 weeks ago, my wife, Tammy, and I decided to embark on an adventure by competing in the Windermere Half-Marathon. This decision was made with great trepidation as I am not quite the typical “runner” by any definition of the word. I am slow. In fact, I am so slow my high school coach took to calling me molasses as he would watch me lumber up and down the basketball court. Not only am I slow, but I am also competitive, which makes for a very bad combination for a runner. You see, when people pass me, I want to pass them back, but there is one slight problem with that plan. I cannot catch them. So while I am plodding along at my slower than syrup pace I get to watch people of all abilities, genders and size flowing past me while I desperately wish I could motivate my previously torn ankles and knees to find another gear -- or even first gear. Because of these limitations, I quickly realized I needed to rethink the purpose of my 150-minute jaunt around the Spokane and Spokane Valley areas from doing well to … well, doing. So doing Tammy and I did. Tammy and I arrived about 20 minutes before race time because we do not need time to stretch (overrated and uses up much needed physical resources), but we did want to make a quick pit stop. The only problem with this plan is everyone else also needed to use the same pits. There were long lines of people at each honey bucket waiting for their turn to “prepare” for the race. We finished preparing with seconds to spare. And then we were off. The first mile was great. We were in a pack hundreds of runners deep, had the

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A pack of marathoners led by Ken Briggs (orange jacket) make their first strides in the Windermere Marathon May 19 after leaving the starting line at Liberty Lake’s Rocky Hill Park. While he may not have caught Current columnist Chad Kimberley (who had a 13.1-mile head start) in the race that finished in downtown Spokane, Briggs did place first in the 60-64 age group with a time of 3:51:06. Briggs’ day job is CEO of Spokane Valley Partners. paparazzi lining the first stretch of the race snapping pictures (OK, they were friends and families of other runners), and of course nothing yet hurt. It was a great first mile. I now understand that after the first mile there is actually a second mile, and a third, then fourth, and, well, you get the idea -they expect you to keep going and going. So going we did. Tammy, because she is a phenomenal wife and race buddy, had a nice business-sized card in her pocket that listed out all the aid stations along the way. I believe she did this to keep me motivated as I would know how many miles I had to go till I saw people that would give me drinks and potentially transport me to one of the aforementioned medical facilities. I loved the aid stations. There were always some great volunteers with a smile on their face and a glass of water in their hand, although I do not understand how I am supposed to run and both grab the water and drink it all in one motion. This is one thing I did not practice during my training runs. In hindsight, I should have. I am pretty sure I spilled the majority of the water on the grab and spilled the rest on the attempted transfer from cup to

mouth. I considered doubling back to get more water after managing to suck a couple of drips out of the cup like a thirsty man in the desert, but quickly realized that I have signed up for 13.1 miles and there is no chance in anything that I am going to go 13.2 miles just for an extra drop of water. As we hit the middle stretch of the race, we settled into a fairly comfortable routine of right foot forward, left food forward, and repeat that kept us moving at a steady yet slow pace. I could tell I had done a decent amount of training as I was able to have a conversation with Tammy as well as comment to those around us -- including the girl who had the cleverest sign at the marathon: “Worst Parade Ever.” Then we reached the home stretch. Around mile 10 I had a revelation: All the training guides I read are full of fartlek. I read running magazines, talked to runners and believed what I was told, and they all said that once you can do 10 miles the last 3.1 you get by on adrenaline alone. They lied. Those last three miles were horrible. My legs were shuffling along like the zombies on the Walking Dead, and I seriously

started considering alternative endings to this column that I knew I had to write (alien abduction, leaving the race to save a person drowning and fake heart attack were my top three options). Finally, I saw the sign I had been waiting for all day: mile marker 12. As we made a final turn, we saw our three kids along with some friends lining the street towards the finish chute cheering us on. The journey was about to come to an end. We would get our medal, our rose and unfortunately have to walk a few additional blocks to our car. We would consider if we would do this again (I think I will) while also planning where we were going out to lunch. But we were still a few steps away. Then the race announcer shouted out our names followed by an additional comment to the fans who were watching that they were a “few short minutes from seeing the first marathon finishers.” That is right. A few short minutes. We beat the marathoners. Mission accomplished. Chad Kimberley is a teacher and coach at Valley Christian School.

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