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For well over two decades, Linda Thompson has transformed a heart-wrenching loss into a lifesaving mission. In August 1986, Thompson’s son, Trevor, was a month away from his fourth birthday when a drunk driver veered off the road in LaCenter, Wash. Trevor was killed in the collision along with a young woman on a bike. Thompson’s father-in-law and 6-yearold daughter, Katee, were both injured but survived. A picture of Trevor adorns a wall at the Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council office on Sprague Avenue on the western fringe of Spokane Valley. It is here where Thompson serves as executive director, working tirelessly to prevent the sort of tragedy that took her son’s life and, for a

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A Cup of Joe time, derailed her own. Trevor’s framed image is among others portrayed on the “Memorial Wall,” a vigil dedicated to those who have lost their lives to an impaired driver or other drug or alcohol-related incidents. Thompson has led the effort at GSSAC since 1993, honoring the memory of Trevor by rallying awareness, promoting education and mobilizing the community. From a victims’ panel that sheds light on the deadly consequences of impaired driving to programs that speak to the dangers of prescription drugs, methamphetamine and other substances, GSSAC has become a recognized authority and reliable resource across the region, largely due to Thompson’s ongoing commitment. Despite funding that has dwindled over the years, taking much of the agency’s staff with it, Thompson and a small stronghold of employees and volunteers remain entrenched in the battle against drugs, alcohol and violence. The GSSAC-sponsored Washington Drug Free Youth program has now enlisted 2,500 students in 26 schools

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throughout Spokane County. The efforts of Thompson and her colleagues have not gone unnoticed. In 2011, White House Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kirlikowske awarded GSSAC the Outstanding Prevention/Public Education Effort on Tribal Lands at the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) conference in Washington, D.C. The organization has also been recognized with several Washington State Substance Abuse Prevention accolades and honored with awards of excellence by the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission, Washington State Department of Corrections and the Office of the Governor. A native of Spokane, Thompson moved with her family to Spokane Valley from the north side of town before the start of her sophomore year in high school. She graduated from Central Valley High School in 1971. Thompson’s parents, Ron and Hazel Hatcher, raised Linda and her two brothers, Lyle and Steve, providing their children with what Thompson recalls as “a strong foundation.” Hazel taught for 30 years in the East Valley School District and Ron worked as the transportation supervisor at Supervalu. Linda and her husband, Rich, have been married for 27 years. In addition to Trevor and Katee, Linda has a son, Nate. Both Ka-

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tee and Nate graduated from University High School and went on to earn degrees from Washington State University. Thompson has a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University and a master’s in organizational leadership from Gonzaga. As a certified prevention professional, she speaks out on the dangers of drugs like marijuana, particularly after the 2012 passage of Initiative 502 in Washington. Thompson brings up less-publicized facts in the debate, such as the 33 cancer-causing chemicals in marijuana and statistics that show impaired driving associated with the drug has doubled over the past year in Spokane Valley The Current caught up with Thompson recently to talk about the world of prevention and treatment, the implementation of I-502 and the challenges and rewards of a lifesaving cause.

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Tell us about the origins of the Greater Spokane Substance Abuse

GSSAC was started in 1982 by community leaders who wanted to reduce the impact of illegal drugs on our community. Ours was one of the first community coalitions with the mission to reduce substance abuse, and later violence, in Washington state. In 1989, when the state legislature allocated funding for Community Mobilization Against Substance and Violence programs in every county , GSSAC’s Community Coalition was a model for the project. It was funded by a voter-approved pop syrup tax at the state level and the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities fund at the federal level. GSSAC subcontracted with up to 12 community entities to provide best practice prevention programs from afterschool programming to parenting classes to youth development and many others reaching the most at-risk, disenfranchised populations in our community. Q: You’ve been around for much of GSSAC’s history. How did you become involved with the organization and the field of substance abuse awareness and prevention in general? A: Dedicating my lifework to

juana for those 21 prevention as or older, the dea professional mand for prevenwas never something I imagined tion education I would do. But and programs is on Aug. 16, 1986, greater than ever. a repeat drunk Our staff and voldriver changed unteers are dedithat when he hit cated to making my son, Trevor, a difference, but my daughter, Kamore and more tee, their grandwe are counting father and a cyon our commuclist as they were nity partners to on their way to a help out. community paQ: You've been rade in LaCenter, a candidate for Wash. The young the state legiswoman on her lature, the Spobike was hit first kane County Liand killed. My brary Board and daughter, Katee, Spokane Valley who was 6 at the City Council. time, was injured Do you think we but survived, as might see you did her grandon a ballot again CURRENT PHOTO BY CRAIG HOWARD father. But little at some point in 3-year-old Trevor Linda Thompson has served as the executive director of the Greater the future? was sitting be- Spokane Substance Abuse Council since 1993. Her son, Trevor, was A: During my side his grand- killed by an impaired driver in 1986. campaigns, I father on a pony wanted to show cart and took the direct hit from the car and was we had just lost the community that any citizen could run — that thrown to the highway and killed. mobilization contract to another you didn’t have to have big money The driver was charged and even- fiscal agent. I was alone in a non- or in the case of the City Council tually convicted of two counts of ADA compliant office with a tiny race, a political party behind you. vehicular homicide for Trevor and Mac computer and two boxes of One mistake I made was counting the young woman and one count files. With the support of fam- on the Voters Pamphlet being sent of vehicular assault. He was even- ily and friends as volunteers, we to every household in the comtually found guilty and sentenced began to rebuild GSSAC, starting munity with all of the local races to 27 months but served 13. I was with the DUI Victims Panel. In in it. In 2008, those races were in a banker at that time with Wash- a short while, we had the com- there. Now in order to review the ington Mutual, and they were munity mobilization funding guide you have to go online. Havgreat about supporting my efforts, back, a federal Drug Free Com- ing to raise enough money to mail but eventually I knew I had to munities grant, gang prevention something to every household make a bigger difference. In 1992, funding and other grants from a in the community is a huge task. I helped start the Spokane County mix of foundation, state and fed- Elections should not be about the DUI Victims Panel and was hired eral sources. We moved out onto most money raised, ads in the the next year to be GSSAC’s ex- Sprague in the Valley to have a paper or signs on the street. As a ecutive director. I have been grate- more countywide presence and woman, I feel it is important that ful to make Trevor’s life count and opened GSSAC’s Prevention Cen- we have more diverse representahonor Katee with the work I do ev- ter just west of Vista. Over the tion among our policy makers. ery day. People often ask me how years as the economic situation Our Spokane Valley City Council I survived the loss of my son. I tell tightened, our dedicated funding is all men. I think it is important them it was because my daugh- was shifted into the general fund that we have role models for our ter was spared — truly a miracle. or eliminated. Federal and state young women to know that they I poured all of my strength into funding for community mobiliza- can be elected leaders in this comhelping her recover from the trag- tion has been eliminated, which munity. On the ballot again? Never say edy. Two people came into my has had a tremendous impact on life to help with that. Shortly after our prevention efforts countywide never, but I feel I make a difference every day here at GSSAC. the crash, I married my husband in our state. At one point, we had That’s enough for now. Rich. We were blessed to have 12 full-time employees with a our son, Nate, who was born on Q: You had some significant number of projects from a prevenwhat would have been Trevor’s tion outreach team to a dedicated concerns about I-502 when it 5th birthday. Our family has many gang prevention specialist to a was on the ballot in November blessings, and I truly feel working drug testing grant that supported 2012. What are your feelings at GSSAC gives me the opportuour Washington Drug Free Youth now that it has become reality in nity to give back. Program. Now we have three Washington state? Q: How has GSSAC changed full-time employees and one partA: There are so many uninover the years? time student employee. With the tended consequences that are still A: When I started as GSSAC’s privatization of alcohol and the being sorted out. We are already executive director in July 1993, legalization of recreational mari- seeing increases in use in the pub-

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lic, in impaired driving and a steep decline in perception of harm among our youth. Schools are reporting marijuana on campuses and use being up. The edibles are most disconcerting as our young people are overdosing on marijuana laced foods with dire consequences. I have had calls from parents who are dismayed that their children are being caught with marijuana and saying to their parents, “It’s legal now … what’s the big deal?” It is so frustrating to me that prevention funding through community mobilization was eliminated while our state privatized alcohol sales and legalized recreational marijuana for those 21 and over. Now more than ever we need support for prevention. One of the main misperceptions is that it will empty our jails and prisons. There is a tiny fraction of those in jail in Spokane for marijuana possession—according to Sheriff (Ozzie) Knezovich during the debates of I-502. Yes, there were more for “drug-related” offenses, but the charges were for dealing, distribution or crimes like robbery or assault while under the influence of marijuana. Data can be manipulated many ways. I believe the sheriff that I-502 will not impact our jails with possession convictions. Another misperception is that it will eliminate the black market. There will be a very small number of growers licensed. Another misperception is that it will keep marijuana away from our kids. How the money for prevention will come down to our community is not known yet either. There is no community-based prevention funding — but there is treatment funding coming from it. Will the funding received be enough to offset the health cost on our community? Time will tell. Q: Washington Drug Free Youth is one of several GSSAC programs aimed at prevention and awareness of substance abuse among adolescents. What sort of difference do you think a program like WDFY has made? A: Washington Drug Free Youth now has 26 chapters in middle and high schools across Spokane County. This voluntary drug testing program is highly successful because our youth want to be drug free, community partners want to support WDFY with discounts and donations to chapters in their neighborhoods and employers can count on hiring a

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Sullivan bridge highlights busy construction season By Eli Francovich


Spokane Valley has a host of construction projects and restorations planned for this summer. Steve Worley, a senior engineer with the city, oversees the city’s capital improvement program, which means he works on securing grant money and funding for all projects. He also works directly on the construction management side of things. In short, Worley is involved with all projects, from start to finish. “Most other agencies have separate people do all three of these,” he said. “I’ve talked to other people, and I’ve seen how other organizations locally work, and I tell you I really enjoy being at the very beginning of a project to the very end.” Worley walked The Current through the current and proposed projects for the 2014 construction season.

Sullivan Road west bridge replacement By far the biggest project on Spokane Valley’s slate of summer projects, the Sullivan bridge replacement is expected to take two years. The current bridge was built in 1953, Worley said. Last year, the city put weight restrictions on the bridge. However, because of the high volume of industrial traffic the bridge sees, that fix wasn’t a permanent solution. “We’ve been putting band aids on it until we could get the bridge replaced,” Worley said. The project will go to bid sometime in

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young person who can pass a drug test. Q: What can the average person do to raise awareness about the risks of drugs and alcohol? A: Everyone can be a part of prevention of substance abuse and violence. As adults we must walk our talk. All of us want our children grow up healthy and strong. The more educated we are as adults the more we can support positive choices by our youth. Businesses can make sure there are alternatives to alcohol offered at company events and ways to get people home safely like cab rides or designated drivers. Policy makers can always ask themselves, “How will this affect the children of our community?” when making public policy. We can support treatment and recovery and reduce the stigma of the disease of alcoholism and

July, and although numbers aren’t finalized, Worley said it should cost between $11-$15 million. During construction, traffic will be rerouted to the northbound bridge, with one lane going north and two going south. “It’s going to be congested,” Worley said. “If people can find alternative ways to go where they want to go, that would be encouraged.” He said the city is working with Washington state to ensure that the process will be as efficient as possible. The project will replace the current 34foot wide, two-lane bridge with a 63-foot wide, four-lane bridge.

Argonne Road corridor upgrade In an effort to ease the flow of traffic on the busiest street in Spokane Valley, the city will add a northbound right turn lane onto Argonne at Montgomery. Additionally, there will be improvements to the traffic signals and minor changes to the Argonne/ Knox intersection. Resurfacing work is also continuing on Argonne between Broadway and Sprague. “I’ve talked to several citizens, and when we mention that project, everyone is excited,” Worley said.

that are in poor condition.

Mansfield Avenue connection The connection will make traffic safer for people living in the apartment building off Mansfield, east of Pines. There will be a three-lane urban section with curb, gutter, sidewalks and bike lanes. Although always a potential issue, Worley said resident complaints about the traffic partially prompted the work. “When the apartments got built, we noticed, and we got a lot of complaints from people,” he said. “It was not a safe situation with the volume of traffic coming out of there.”

Sprague Avenue resurfacing An overall maintenance project has already started on Sprague between University and Herald. Worley said it’s expected to be done sometime in July. The work will tackle half of Sprague at a time, he said.

Pedestrian- and bicyclistfriendly projects

A simpler preservation project, Worley said this would make improvements along Adams Road from Sprague Avenue to 4th Avenue. A few non-ADA compliant curbs will be replaced as well as some sidewalks

Pushed by the City Council, Worley said the Appleway Trail project, which follows an old railway right-of-way between University and Evergreen roads, is going forward and should go to bid soon. In addition to that project, Worley said the city recently won a grant related to all street safety projects. Therefore, throughout the city there will be upgrades to crosswalks and signage, he said. Additionally, the city has identified bike friendly roads and will start putting signs to that effect, he said.

addiction. People can join our POWER Coalition (Prevention Outreach Wellness Education Resources). They can call GSSAC for a presentation at their business or organization (922-8383). Be compassionate for those around you. We never know what someone is dealing with — be kind to one another. Q: As you look back on the years that have passed since Trevor’s death, do you think we've become more informed as a society about the tragic consequences of impaired driving? A: I have to believe that we have become more informed, that the lives of those we have lost count. We have worked hard to change the way we talk about impaired driving. It is no accident when someone drives impaired — it is a crash, wreck or a collision — completely preventable. When I started at GSSAC almost 22 years ago, every 18 minutes someone in our nation was killed by an impaired driver. In 2012, 10,322

people died in drunk driving crashes — one every 51 minutes. Q: Tell us about some of the successes of GSSAC over the years. A: GSSAC has served our community with prevention outreach, community mobilization, positive youth development and support for reducing the stigma of treatment and recovery for over 31 years. As resources have ebbed and flowed, we have remained steadfast in our mantra of “prevention is prevention is prevention” and delivered an “all are welcome” atmosphere. ... Our true rewards are seeing community partnerships support youth rising up from very adverse situations and growing into strong, healthy young people. My hope is that we can make a difference through education, speaking up, reducing the stigma of treatment and recovery so others will not have to suffer the lifelong loss of tragic deaths due to alcohol and drugs.

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In case you missed it 4th District’s ‘Grand Old’ election It’s all GOP in the races for a pair of 4th District state representative seats this year. Filing week for available offices ended May 16, and five Republicans have emerged in the race to fill the two positions. The race for Position 1 will reprise a battle waged last fall and into January following the resignation of longtime State Rep. Larry Crouse. On Jan. 8, Spokane County Commissioners appointed Leonard Christian to take Crouse’s place, and the Spokane Valley businessman represented the district during the 2014 session in Olympia. Christian was one of three choices the 4th District’s Republican precinct committee officers forwarded to commissioners for consideration. The two who weren’t chosen — former Spokane Valley Mayor Diana Wilhite and kindergarten teacher Bob McCaslin, son of popular former 4th District Sen. Bob McCaslin — both filed to challenge Christian before the voters. The field will be narrowed from three candidates to two in August ahead of November’s general election. For Position 2, State Rep. Matt Shea is receiving a challenge from inside the party from Josh Arritola, a management consultant.

More filing week news Several countywide offices are up for election this year, including two where the field will be narrowed by the August primary. Incumbent Spokane County Treasurer — and longtime Liberty Lake resident — Rob Chase, a Republican, is being challenged by two people with Spokane Valley ties. Democrat Amy Biviano is a CPA who most recently saw attempts to unseat State Rep. Matt Shea in a legislative race and gain an appointment on the Spokane Valley City Council fall short. Fellow Republican Mary Kuney, a CPA and a graduate of Central Valley High School and Gonzaga University. The District 3 race for Spokane County Commissioner also has a trio of candidates, with incumbent Republican Al French facing Democrat Mary Lou Johnson and Independent Bonnie Mager, herself a former commissioner. Other races include Republicans Vicki Horton and Roger Trainor vying for assessor; Democrat Vicky Dalton against Republican Alene Lindstrand for auditor; Democrat Breean Beggs against Republican Larry Haskell for prosecuting attorney; and Republicans Douglas Orr and Ozzie Knezovich facing off for sheriff.

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Overcoming obstacles to graduate

By Treva Lind


When Miguel Garza graduates from high school this month, the Spokane Valley teenager will conquer a feat that a year ago seemed unlikely. Last June, he suffered a traumatic brain injury among other serious medical issues in a single-car accident when his vehicle hit a telephone pole head-on. Today, Garza walks tall and though his speech sometimes comes slowly, it’s clear and full of wit. He now refers to the accident as a wake-up call that made him examine his life and resolve to finish studies at Dishman Hills High School in Spokane Valley. Despite that resolve, finishing the required school work in one academic year wasn’t easy for him, school teachers and administrators say. Garza spent extra-long days at school studying. “He overcame quite a bit of cognitive and physical challenge to graduate,” Dishman Hills Principal Julie Poage said. “It was an uphill battle for him, but he’s been successful.” Garza replied that his success is built on faith. “I’ve pushed myself,” Garza said. “I have faith I will graduate, and after graduation, I’ll get work.” In 2010, Garza started at Dishman Hills, a West Valley School District alternative school previously called Contract Based Education. In the months just prior to the accident, Garza actually quit school and moved out of his parent’s home. Garza said he now recognizes he wasn’t making good choices at the time. “I look at my car wreck as a giant spanking,” Garza said. “I made some bad decisions in the past, like drugs, and I told my parents, `Screw you,’ and moved out.” Garza moved to Montana to live with blood relatives, then later came back to the area and ended up moving in his girlfriend and her dad. When she broke up with him, Garza said he left angry and was speeding which led to his accident that occurred the day after Father’s Day. His injuries included nerve damage that still affects use of his right hand. After a long hospital stay, he underwent multiple physical, speech and occupational therapy sessions. He couldn’t write with a pencil and faced setbacks because of occasional seizures. “It got me to think about my life a lot,” Garza added. “It taught me about love. I was raised a Christian. I was the guitarplaying kid in the worship band at church.” Today Garza lives back home with his parents, Lorenzo and Tamara Garza, on the outskirts of Spokane Valley near the



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South Hill. He credits his family, including his parents and grandmother, for giving him a lot of support that enabled him to return to his classes at Dishman Hills about four months after the accident. Kathy George, who serves as a teacher and advisor to Garza, said she admires him for his determination. “Miguel is always polite, upbeat, respectful, determined,” George said. “He set his mind that he will graduate. This has been very difficult for him. Writing with a pencil is difficult, but he just perseveres.” While he has had some help from a para-educator in the classroom, George said he does everything asked of him and never gives up.

Miguel Garza will graduate from Dishman Hills High School in June after suffering a traumatic brain injury last year. He credits teacher Kathy George for being an inspiration in his road to recovery. Garza has tattoos about faith and love, one between the wrist and elbow of each arm, that he had done after his accident. “What I admire about Miguel is he never gets crabby,” she said. “Sometimes he gets sad, but he always thanks people. He’s so respectful.” George has a son who once suffered from a type of aneurism that initially impacted his cognitive abilities, and use of his right hand. Because of that shared experience, Garza said he felt comfortable talking with her about his recovery. “To be honest, Kathy is the most inspirational person in my life,” Garza said. “If anything happens, I bring it up to Kathy and have that conversation. She’s also a mom, and she helps me understand what I need to know to help my mom.” Para-educator Janice Cooley also assisted Miguel in completing his school assignments and used to scribe for him before he started using a therapeutic pencil, which is a weighted instrument for writing. “He improves every day,” Cooley said. “He had some memory issues; he doesn’t always remember math, for instance. But he’s very good in other subjects, and he’s

probably ahead of other kids because he works so hard.” As Garza described it, “I was the mind behind the homework; she (Cooley) would just be the pencil.” After graduation, Garza plans to attend auto mechanics classes at Spokane Community College or through the Universal Technical Institute. He’d like to get a job working on cars, but he said his current priority is healing up. “I want to get back to 100 percent,” he said. “I’m still going to outpatient physical therapy. I’ve had some setbacks, but I’m going to keep going.” After the accident, Garza had two phrases tattooed on the inside of each arm, between the wrist and inside of the elbow. They state, “Faith: the will to believe in” and “Love: the will to die for.” “Faith has nothing to do with religion; faith is just strong belief in something,” he said. “All my family, they love me… I am a Christian and know Christ died for us. He loves us. Love for me is a strong thing.”

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Congratulations, Class of 2014! Editor’s Note: Commencement ceremony information is listed after school name. Graduation lists were provided by schools with information available as of May 13.

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Central Valley High School J U N E 7 AT 1 1 A . M . M C C A R T H E Y C E N T E R AT GONZAGA UNIVERSIT Y 8 0 1 N . C I N C I N N AT I , S P O K A N E R. Ferster • Anthony Michael Fitzgerald • Joshua M. Fletcher • Nikolaus W. Floden • Casey Montana Flynn • Natalie Claire Ford • Quinton J. Foster • Dillon M. Fowler • Lincoln R. French • Jonathon Daniel Frye • Chase Lee Gardner • Andrea Joyce Gasser • Nastya V. Gavrilyuk • Alaina M. Gentili • Karlee Nicole Gibson • Amber Lee Gimlen • Sarah Elizabeth Gingras • Christine Elizabeth Glynn • Karen M. Godinez • Anusha Gollapalli • Briana Nicole Goss • Cierra Marie Grady • Alaina Marie Graham • Carson D. Graham • Owen K. Graves • Alec William Grebe • Riley David Grimmett • Sara Marie Grozdanich • Amanda Paige Guarisco • Logan Schuyler Guillet • Tyler Justin Gumm • Diana M. Gutsulenko • Ruvim A. Gutulenco • Eunseo Ha • Alec M. Haldeman • Linnea E.

Chapman • Joseph Claussen • Zoe Cook • Steven Destefano • Cody Dorn • Danielle Englehardt • James Forkner • Dalton Friberg • Christian Garcia • Zakrey Hall • Daniel Hallam • Zachary Howard • Megan Jennen • Silas Jordan • Megan Kaiser • Tyler King • Alysia Kirchner • Hailey Krieg • Sarah Larson • Jessica Marshall • Chanoa Marx • Alissa Maughan • Halena McCrea • Chancellor McKenzie • Casey Meade • Tierra Montagnino • Korey Mourot • Alex New • Thomas Nylund • Cody Piper • Mikail Rice • Amanda Richards • Hannah Roach • MiKayla Ruddell • John Schweiter • Karly Shalda • Jordan Shaw • Sidney Shelffo • Amell Shiva • Naafia Smith • Rylie Spring • Chloe Truman • Heather Utecht • Joseph Valdez • Kaycee Van Horn • Chelsea Wagemann • Reiley Weyand • James Wright

Hall • Chandler Randall Hansen • Taylor Scott Hansen • Charles P. Harbin • Victoria Anne Harned • Hailey E. Hawkins • Janika L. Hawkins • Matthew L. Hay • Jordan T. Heartburg • Connor Michael Heath • Robert D. Helmstetter • Aimee M. Helton • Hailee Christine Herbst • Cerissa L. Herman • Miranda Kathleen Hill • Drayke Victoria Hilpert • Patrick M. Hinea • Benjamin A. Hisel • Foster Allan Hockett III • Maaike M. Hoehner • Savannah L. Hoekstra • Matthew J. Hommel • Nicole C. Hopkins • Philip D. Howard • Kylee N. Howrey • Corey J. Hunter • Frank Q. Hunter • Ryan J. Hunter • Nhu Khanh Huynh • Gabrielle M. Ilenstine • Cassandra Alice Ingraham • Lucille Jabuwe • Austin Jay Jacobs • Sydney A. Jaksich • Serena T. Jensen • Jin Seok Jeon • Su S. Jeon • J Brody Johnson • Jared J. Johnson • Zoe A. Johnson • Justyn B. Jones • Lucy L. Jones • Ryan T. Jones • Makayla A. Jordan • Ian Xavier Josquin • Abram B. Juarez • Bryan S. Judge • Sophie A. Kaatz • Angela A. Kaprian • Andrew Robert Keeve • Shania L. Kelley • Payton Rae Keogh • Angela V. Khmaruk • Elijah J. Kilborn • DongGyun Kim • Danielle Raelene Kimber • Caitlin P. King • Madison G. Kinsolving • Kristen S. Kliamovich • Austyn J. Knudsen • Jesen D. Korver • Lowell T. Kovacich • Thomas Dale Kramer • Zachary K. Kreiger • Kaitlyn Lee Krogh • Kelsey Lynn Krogh • Derek A. Kuest • Jessie D. Kunz-Pfeiffer • Kelsey Laker • Madison L. Laws • Gilbert Q. Lee • Victoria Carrie Lee • Jessica Rae Leonard • Hayley Lester • Hannah N. Lester • Victoria C. Limbocker • Diane M. Linton • Joseph Michael Lloyd • Jake Loehlein • Bryce R. Logerwell • Hayley Elizabeth Long • Ashley Nicole Looper • Jennyfer K. Lopez-Rolon • Bethany R. Loy • Devan Michael Lucas • Rebecca Marie Mackay • Hunter Caden MacLeod • Monroe Lucille Madden • Briyanna Kaii Marlatt • Brandon C. Martin • Clarisa Elise Martinez • Skylar Paige Mash • Andrew Michael Matriciano • Trevor L. Matteson • Heather R. Mazza • Emily N. McCarty • Mitchell R. McCarty • Ryan Thomas McCauley • Cassandra Irene McCord • Kelsey N. McCune • Ryann McKinley • Darien Celine McLaughlin • Michelle Carolyn Melius • Mathew D. Merrick • Justian D. Merriman • Seth Thomas Merritt • Dulce Marie Meza • Tony E. Milla • Zachary W. Millard • Awesten R. Miller • Holly A. Miller • Justin J. Miller • Amanda Carolyn Millsap • Trevor A. Mitchell • Jeffrey J. Moberg • Lindsey M. Moorhead • Aimee Elizabeth Moran • Melissa C. Morgan • Taylor Ethan Morlock

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CLASS OF 2014: CVHS Continued from page 10 • Wade N. Morrow • Courtney Ann Mosca • Brent R. Mowery • Nicole Ilene Mullins • Brittani Mari Mundell • Samuel J. Myers • Trevor Riley Naccarato • Samantha G. Nania • Miguel A. Naves • Kennedi Dean Newman • Jacob W. Nolan • Charles J. O’Malley IV • Tanya V. Oleynik • Kayline M. Olson • Christian J. Oppie • Cohl T. Orebaugh • Mara Irene Orenstein • Angel Orozco • Angelica Orozco • Colton M. Orrino • Abigail N. Osgood • Elizabeth Allison Otis • Courtney A. Owens • Shelby H. Pace • Trevor C. Paske • Jonathan Hartwell Payton • Christopher D. Peaker • Alyssa Christine Peck • Avery D. Perez • Brianna Hope Peterson • Frankie J. Petrilli • Courtney Ann Petrini • Andrew Scott Phelps • Daniel Jackson Picard • Tyler J. Pichette • Christopher M. Pittella • Hunter T. Proctor • Kallie A. Pruitt • McKenzie Lokelani Pule • Nicholas Steven Putnam • McKenzie Paige Quaintance • Chance A. Rabideaux • Gerardo Antonio Ramirez • Austin D. Rasmussen

• Eugene Razmeritsa • Zachary K. Rehfeld • Jordan W. Reimer • Noah Daniel Rhodes • Tyler David Ribail • Trevor D. Richard • Carli A. Riordan • Shayne E. Riordan • Kyle L. Ritz • Nickolus R. Ritz • Ryan A. Rodriguez • Alyssa M. Rose • Joshua M. Ross • Maxim Edward Rossiyskiy • John Robert Rouse • Brandon N. Rowell • Samantha R. Russert • Christopher M. Salsbury • Jason E. Salveti • Jordan R. Sampilo • Chad R. Samuelson • Emily A. Schilb • Curtis C. Schmitz • Dennis Archie Schmitz • Kiera A. Schneider • Riley Miranda Schnell • Kaitlyn L. Schoenberg • Shelby T. Scholl • Janelle M. Schweitzer • Alyssa Scissons • Elizabeth Joy Seagrave • Austin John Seely • Jordan R. Semler • Briauna U. Serrano • Nicholas B. Seubert • Nicholas Lee Shaber • David Alexander Shepard • Zachary Sherman • Victoria Ann Shoffner • Kayla Danielle Shupert • Evan Leroy Shuster • Taptej Singh Sidhu • Seneka M. Silbert • Brady Ryan Simmelink • Lauren Ann Simpson • Samantha Slinkard • Austin D. Smith • Jaimie C. Smith • Jordan Elizabeth Ann Smith • Joshua Adam Smith • Scott Ryo Smith • Katie L. Soady • Megan Ann Sommerville • Jordan Allen Sowers • Austin J. Spargur • Joshua Brian Spencer • Madilyn Paige Spooner • Kristin Standal • Michael James

Dishman Hills High School J U N E 5 A T 7 P. M . NEW LIFE CHURCH 10920 E. SPRAGUE AVE., SPOKANE VALLEY Joshua Anderson • Jamie Anderson • Ashtyn AndersonFisher • Gabby Barling • Rachel Barron • Breann Bavandpouri • Haylee Berntgen • Chance Bjork • Jordan Boone • Adalya Breaux • Isreal Briggs • Iris Caruso • Kastile CharbonneauJordan • Lydia Cicarelli • Sarrauh Coffman • Carmen Connors

David Acosta • Mykahl Albertson • Damon Albrecht • Elisha Allred • Cheyenne Amrine • Kelsee Anderson • Justin Armstrong • Gavin Ayles • Kayla Baublitz • Tanner Bauman • Ashley Beal • Brittany Beasley • Daniel Beck • Koby Best • Cody Bingham • Bradly Bliesner • Shevelle Bollman • Molly Bordwell • Hannah Bowerman • Meagann Bowers • Ciera Bradford • Calvin Brewer • Taylor Britton • Adam Bromley • Jordan Browning (Huck) • Christian Buffin • Steven Bundy • Cody Bunting • Zachary Burland • Shelby Caldwell • Austin Carruthers • Lucas Casten • Kendra Chavez • Sebastian Chojnowski • Peter Christensen • Allia Clemente • Tawnessa Cline • Cassandra Coburn • Morgan Cockrill • Rachael Coleck • Justin Combs • Desiree Cormier • Cole Craypo • Chelsey Cristobal • Lindsay Crowell • Collin Cunningham • Shakla Davis • Jeffrey Dean • Joseph DeAndre • Andrew Delgado-Snegirev • Jacob DeMara • Curtis Denmark IV • Shania Desjarlais • Dylan DexterReynolds • Mariah Disotell • Taylor Dobson • Kayla Duff • Brandon Dunwoody • Megan Earl • Nathan Edgerton • Kylee Edlin • Landon Edwards • Taner Edwards • Jesserae Ellis • Jr Kevin Erickson • Sara Esmieu • Khrysten Ettinger • Gabriel Evans • Lily Evans • Michael Ewers • Jay Farrand • Sierra Findley • Anastasia Fleckenstein • Tyler Foley • Danika Franklin • Aaron Fulton • Thomas Gagnier • Allison Garcia • Marielle Gaspard • Talia Gay • Austin Gerimonte • Jana Gibson • Devan Gifford • Timothy Gilfoy • Hanna Gillingham • Maksim Gorkovchenko • Jaclyn Grantham • Danielle Greger • Elizabeth Gren • Troy Grove • Timmothy Gunderson • Joseph Hallowell • Halley Harris • Paige Harvey • Ruben Hernandez • Kaelyn Hess • Mariah Hoadley • Jason Hobbs • Ryan Hughes • Tallen Hughes • Katelyn Hulse • Amanda Hutchins • Kayla Isaacson • Derek Jackson • Troy Jacobs • Jonathyn Jannot • Robyn Jasinski • Leigha Jenson • Alyssa Johnson • Katherine Johnson • Brandi Jones • Adrian Jordan • Bailey Juris • Logan Kappen • Devin Keller • Katlyn Kelley • Garrett Kelsey • Daniel Keplin • Cody

East Valley High School J U N E 9 A T 8 P. M . INB PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 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 Kilby • Quinlan King • Tyler Kinlin • Christopher Kinyon • Kellie Kirk • Stefani Knapp • Liliya Korneychuk • Dmitry Kovalenko • Will Kunasek • Kodiak Kunder • Evelina Kvasov • Jarred Lawrence • James Lee • Terissa Lee • Lance Leming • Brittany Lipp • Ciera Lockwood • Anthony Lucero • Haley Madison • Carroll Madsen • Marina Maksimenko

Stansberry • Kennady Janet Starring • Adam M. Stintzi • Abigail Rae Stolp • Quinn Kaitlyn Sweeney • Erika Vyachaslavovna Symonenko • Molly Anne Tabish • Michael A. Tadlock • Krystal V. Talafili • Carson L. Taylor • Jesse Steven Thompson-Finn • Alexander L. Thorson • Brittney L. Tinker • Sarah Danielle Torres • Landon L. Toth • Elena Townsend • Matthew B. Troxel • Dieu T. Truong • Cassandra Kaye Turnbow • Brandon M. Turner • Luke Alden Tyrrell • Jaclyn Amanda Urbanec • Tyler James Valentine • Mitchell Ryan Van Sloten • Brianna Marie Waco • Christopher L. Walker • Robyn A. Walters • Hunter J. Wardian • Margaret Maryella Watson • Malia Watson-Baldwin • Brooke Jean Wayman • Alexandra Mercedes Webb • William Emmanuel Welch • Kyle R. Wells • Marisa S. West • Calvin T. Whitman • Peter Jacob Wigen • Kayla R. Wilcox • Kaylee R. Wilhelm • Christopher Adam Williams • Bryan Michael Wilson • James T. Wilson • Tyler Wilson • Brandon M. Winkler • Jackson Ray Wollan • Hayden John Wolrehammer • Kelsi Christine Wood • Evan W. Wooden • Kyle Donald Woodlief • Briton Drew Woolf • Ciara Kristine Wyckoff • Davis M. Young • Ethan A. Young • David Niu Yuan

• Destinee Cooper • Jordon Crary • Haylee Delzer • Desiree Evanicki • Seth Fanion • Joey Foust • Samantha Frazer • Justin Gangware • Miguel Garza • David Gilbertson • Amberly Gottfriedson • Alexandria Hamlin • Spirit Hammond • Tyler Hausman • NaHomme Helms • Sadie Hill • Victoria Hirschel • Kala Holguin • Jeremy Jacobs • Courtney Johnson • Hope Johnson • KC Kultgen • Agullo Kylee • Carolyn Lamb • Trey Lawson • Michael Lee • Jordan Martin • Alex Maughan • Chandra Metcalf • William Moss • Karolynne Nestle • Austin Pace • Sara Pewitt • Shelbie Rathbone • Jacob Rathbone • Kayla Reedy • Shavawn Rogers • Kristina Rosenthal • Jesse Saario • Elisa Saporito • Curtis Serghini • David Serpa • Mariah Stazel • Brianna Stonebreaker • Cheyenne Summa • Madison Tarbert • Skillman Thomas • Presley Thomas-Crary • Raquel VanHeemstede • Mollie Villarreal-Ruiz • Nicole Virga • Steven Walton • Peter Wasson

• Cassandra Martin • Alexis McDaniel • Jacob Mehaffey • Cheyenne Meidling • Jacob Merritt • Valarie Milliken • Angelina Miroshin • Evelyn Mita • Nathaniel Monohan • Adrian Morales • Megan Moses • Delitra Moyes • Shawn Mulberry • Jacob Murphy • Caileigh Nelson • Morgan Nelson • Garrett Newbill • Ky Nguyen • Nikki Nicholson • William Nixdorf • Breana Noggles • Zachry Nold • Pamela North • Marlyann Note • Daniel O'Hair • Marrcus O'Hair • Kent Ohlstrom • Mindy Orlowski • Evelyn Orman • Dianna Oukrainets • Tess Ovnicek • Jennifer Parman • Heyden Patterson • Aaren Pauley • Casey Pedersen • Tera Pederson • Victoria Pettersen • Karli Pfeifer • John Phelan • Amanda Phillips • Madison Pirolo • Breanna Plopper • Alexander Poteet • Brogan Rabe • Tracey Ramsey • Alexandra Rankin • Rachelle Reichert • Joseph Reno • Jacob Rice • Noah Rich • Thomas Rogers • Kaitlyn Sabie • Dakota Sargent • Ezekiel Sawyer • Jadey Scalise • David Schoenberger • Joseph Selby • Leeland Shababy • Nicolas Shaw • Kayla Sheehan • Leo Shollenberger • Katherine Smasne • Kacey Smith • Mikayla Smits • Robert Stark • Colby Steiner • Kendall Steiner • Brady Stinebaugh • Rebecca Stockton • William Stoutzenberger • Heather Streets • Kameron Summers • Jordan Sumpter • Dylan Swannack • David Swanson • Nicole Swanson • Mason Tidd • Angela Timperio • Eric Tomas • Rochele Trainor • Jonathan Tuttle • Mckenzie Uphus • Slyke Isabella Van • Jasmyn VanCleave • Lorin Vega • Breanna Vielguth • Adam Vlachakis • Brittany Walker • Patrick Welker • Tiffani Whisenhunt • Hobert Whisman • John Whisman • Katlynn Whitney • Gabrielle Whitt • Rachel Wilson • Theodore Wilson • Jessica Winters • Kimberlei Wittell • Lauralei Wittell • Nicole Wolfe • Madison Wolff • Kiana Wood • Robert Wright • Twe Xiong • Tye Xiong • Zong Sia B Xiong • Marisol Zalpa • Diane Zamora • Kaylyn Zastoupil • Katherine Zelepukhin • Zachariah Zellerhoff • Liya Znovets • Yekaterina Zubritskaya • Alex Zurfluh

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CLASS OF 2014 Continued from page 11

Freeman High School J U N E 7 A T 1 P. M . FREEMAN HIGH SCHOOL 14626 S. JACKSON ROAD, ROCKFORD Meghan Altmeyer • Kadgin Anderson • Matthew Angelis • Max Axtell • Colin Ayers • Raymond Baldonado • Hunter Beaulaurier • Katherine Benson • Shelby Bliesner • Kayla Briscoe • William Broussard • Haley Burke • Kelsey Burton •

Courtney Cahill • Lukas Carasco • Austin Carpenter • Mackenzie Claeys • Darold Conely • Ben Cory • Justice Darcy • Wyatt Dashiell • Jacob Dickinson • Cory Emtman • Robin Faulkner • Ian Flack • Mark Forsnes • Kirsten Fuchs • Kian Genteman • Alec Iris • Tori Keizer • Natalie Kestell • Sarah King • Jesse Kitterman • Nolan Laabs • Maxwell Laib • Melaney Lamb • Olga Lukashev (Kopytina) • Kindra Malloy • Anthony Mazzola • Joshua McCain • Robert McClure • Sierra McGarity • Aaron Mettler • Alec Olson • Mikaela Pilant • Beth Primmer • David Primm • Baylee Randall • Austin Rice • Madison Richardson • Brooke Riddle • Jordan Rose • Conner Rubright • Grace Rudy • Cassidy Schultes • Connor Schuster • Brett Sinden • Ryan Sousa • Jamal Stokoe • Kaela Straw • Samantha Strothman • Anna Tabish • Josiah Thompson • Julie Tucker • Ariana Tull • Silas Uhder • Peter Underhill • Brady Unfred • Zachary Van Soest • Katrina Vanvoorhis • Katie Vold • Nicole Westberg • Brooke Williams • Kwll-Kwull Williams • Marianna Wipf • Mackenzie Yackel

Spokane Valley Transition Program J U N E 5 AT 2 P. M . SPOKANE COMMUNIT Y COLLEGE AUDITORIUM 1 8 1 0 N . G R E E N E S T R E E T, S P O K A N E

The Oaks Classical Christian Academy

Spokane Valley High School



Eric B. Ansett • Annika M. Bair • Augustin K. Cheeley • Chelsea R. Gold • Perry E. Gotzian • Kayla Y. Hanly • Brandon F. Johnson • Mattias F. LaVoie • Christopher M. Major • Daniele T. Modderman • Erik N. Peterson • Deziree M. Phinney • Nicholas A. Potter • Evan T. Yates •

Saint George’s School J U N E 1 3 A T 2 P. M . SAINT GEORGE’S SCHOOL 2929 W. WAIKIKI ROAD, SPOKANE *This list includes Saint George’s graduates from the Valley area only. Alyssa Akers • Kristin Grady • Ethan Guinn • Kate Hamilton • Kyler Hayes • Alaina Jacobsen • Corey Spalding

Aleksey Borisovich Bityukov • Jamie Rae Bowman • Rachel LeAnn Brito • Ashley Noreita Copeland • Michael James Dewey-Arguello • Danielle Christine Dixon • Madison Kelly Gilbert • Taylor Ann Hattenburg • Jordan Kailei Hubbart • Santa Sergejs Kaskevica • Valentina S. Kozak • Rebecca Grayce Lampert • Irina Mikhailovna Lemeza • Christian Jeffrey McClure • Eugene Constantin Pruteanu • Jessica Lynn Ronnenberg • Tanner Levi Smith • Sergey Sergeyevich Ustimenko • Vladislav Mikhailovich Znakhar

Gabe Scott Aguilar • Vitaliy Vyacheslaovich Annenkov • Demetria Daine Barnes-Carrick • Taya Marie Beroth • Shailynn Marie Bray-Waters • Jordan Mikaela Chester • Sean Patrick Clarke • Donovan Paul Cox • Andrey Ivanovich Dyfort • Julia Kristine Emerick • Nastya Alexandra Fedorov • Courtney Jean Gomes • Hayley Rose Halverson • Marissa Lynn Hayden • Tara Lynn Heinrich • April Tyann Holten • Jazmin Coralynn Ingram • Christian Anthony Jensen • Chase Alexandria Johnson • Yuliya Venominovna Klyayn • Anastasiia Kutsevalova • Tetiana S. Kutsevalova • Anastasiya Aleksandrovna Levin • Brady Tyler Lewis • Dina Alekseyvna Lisovkaya • Shelby Lorraine Major • Nick Ben Meroshnik • Dannie Ray Milam • Bryton John Millhouse • Nicole Lynn Muller • Alexis Jordan Myers • David Mikhailovich Peganov • Amanda HeLane Rothrock • Melody Marie Sayre • Sabrina Marie Tollefson • Jorden Michelle Weidner • Rylan Patrick West • Brittany Michelle Williams

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Rachel Mae Abbott • Rebecca C. Abercrombie • Carly RoseLouise Acre • Autumn Maree Allen • Jamie Tyler Anderson • Whitney Renee Anderson • Joshua Wayne Andrews • Renee K. Archuleta • Veni Y. Avdeyev • Lacey Moran Awbery • Tristan Coyote Bach • Samantha M. Bagwell • David B. Baker • Michael Ball • Trevor Michael Ball • Thomas W. Ballard • Marcus Domingo Balliet • Dylan Corey Barker • Kendle Barnard • Emily Anne Barville • Kevin Martin Basler • Tyler Joseph Bates • Alexa Rose Baublitz • Brandon L. Bauer • Zachary Benton Beach • Jeffery S. Beaty • Brandon G V Bee • Mallory Kaye Bell • Mikaela Rae Belknap • Kyle Robert Cassius Bender • Ives Colin Bernstein • Palvi Bhatia • Jarred Michael Biederstaedt • William Bird • Makayla L. Bissell • Christian T. Boeving • Austin Clint Bolt • Jessie Lynn Bordwell • Rachel F. Bowles • Chloe Makayla Boyle • Danielle Dane Brady • Blake T. Braley • Olivia Lisa Bratcher • Sierra Kirsten Bray • Tyler Leslie Bright • Madison Ashley Brown • Ryan Alexander Brown • Michala Michelle Buckingham • Mitchell Reed Burcham • Kyle Mitchell Bush • Joseph Stone Campbell • Mari Ann Campbell • Samuel Chase Campbell • Victoria LuElla Carbury • John Thomas Carey • Krystal Tikva Casteel • Obang Akway Cham • Courtney Christine Chamberlin • Hailie Noelle Christensen • Clay Hunter Click • Kylie Anne Collins • Brooklyn Danielle Connor • Michael Coupland • Tailer Yvonne Craner • Lylee Brianna Kauilani Crum • Nathaniel Jay Delegard • Taylor Marie DeWitt • Chester Eugene Doan III • Holly Doheny • Cassandra Leigh Donson • Connor Douglas • Piper Isabella Driskell • Kristen Nicole Dumaw • Michael Freeman Duncan • Seth Christopher James Dunn • Anna Renee Edlund • Charlotte A. Edwards • Hayden Egeland • Lacy Ehli • Shane Erickson • Sydney Sophia Everhart • Collin Ray Evich • Jacquelyn Failauga • John Fairbanks • Karsen Farrar • Alexis Fergison • Kylee Jean Ferguson • Tucker Nicholas Foote • Abigail Ford • Savannah Marie Fortson • Daniel Donimick Lee Franzese • Nakita Freeman • Leslie Marie Cecile French • Cammie Lynn Fuson • Tyler Bert Gallaway • Elyce Megan Gamble • Jackson Ganas • Cailla Anne Garcia • Linnea Bryann Garrett • Taylor Maurisa Gebeke • Kevin Lee Geissler • Kacey L. George • Matthew Anthony Gerard • Andrew J. Ghorashy • Adam Gibson • Caleb Jordan Gilbert • Angelo J. Gonzalez • Cameron Mitchell Goodnight • Mariya I. Gorbenko • Alliyiah Gorman • Brandon L. Grajeda • Hayden Wade Anthony Griffith • Luke Thomas Griffith • Elyssa Michele Grossman • Garett N. Grothaus • Seth W. Gruber • Amanda Evelyn Guilbault • Ashley Mary Guilbault • Sean R. Gumlock • Sarah Yi Guo • Kayla L. Hagerty • Brooklyn R. Hall • Joseph Karl Hall • Rebecca Leigh Hall • Patrick Kilian Hanley • Christa Nicole Harter • Tylor Allen Hartle • Adam Solomon Hawkins • Mekenzie Rae Hawkins-Martell • Richard Isaiah Hawkins • Morgan Paige Hawley • Juliana Marie Hein • David M. Helton • Alexandra Marie Henderson • Alexis AnnMarie Henry • Sydnee L. Henry • Samantha Wendy Hensch • Sarah Ann Heppner • Heriberto Hernandez • Ian Austin Hicks • Sydney Michelle Hiebert • Da'mon Mitchell Higbee • Alexis Ebonee-Marie Hill • Davis Loran Eid Hill • Hannah Marie Holm • Heather Breann Hoskins • Tiana Grace Hubbard • Nichole Elizabeth Hudson • Garrett Thomas Hughes • Rabecka Lynn Hughes • Trace Hussey • Benjamin Jacob Hutchens • Bryden Jamison Impecoven • Michael Anthony Isotalo • Nicholas Charles-Lee Jamison • Jonathan David Jarvis • Drew Anthony Jepperson • Kelsey A. Jerome • Chandler Johnson • Jared Paul Johnson • Riley Duane

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University High School J U N E 7 A T 3 P. M . MCCARTHEY CENTER 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 Johnson • Riley Jean Johnson • Chase D. Jones • Christopher S. Jordan • Kristofer Jordan • Amelia Grace Kannapien • Cory T. Kelley • Candice Marie Kelly • Bailey Madison Kenney • Juliana M. Kerbs • Kaitlyn Diane Kienke • Lindsey Swan Knight • MacKenzie Taylor Knight • Spencer Knudson • Joshua James Koester • Erik A. Krantz • Danny Kubes • Ben M. Kuiper • Ella M. Lamm • Sarah Ann Lamp • Devin E. Larson • Dana William Leverence • Ashley Marie Lewis • Devayne Marcel Lewis • Conor Linehan • Taylor Lee Little • Noah David Lobdell • Jennifer Loehner • December J. Logan • Jessica Long • Jaylene L. Lord • Cole Luedtke • Sydney A. Luedtke • Emily Nicole Lyonnais • Keaton William Mackey • Margaret E. Madsen • Chloe C. Magers • Rebecca D. Marsh • Alixandria L.H. Marshall • Daniel T. Martin • Hallie Cecelia Martin • Trevor Daniel Martin • Rebekah Jean May • Tianna Lynnae McDonald • Taylor Dawn McGrane • Jessica Paige McGrath • Hannah Michell Louise McKee • Paul Lee McKinley • Soleil F. McLean • Asa E. McLeod • Colleen Grace McMahon • Loren LaCash Mellick • Sarah Anne Melvin • Darius Anthony Mick • Mitchell T. Millhouse • Michael J. Thomas Minarik • Destiny Monique Mitchell • Job Moore • Taylor Morales • Makayla M. Munson • William Jacob Needham • Casey B. Nelson • Christopher A. Nelson • Haley A. Niccolls • Baylee A. Noble • Brandon M. Norman • Jay Thomas Norton II • Austin Norton • Katie Alyse Ochoa • Mathias Oliver • Keith Randall Olson • Ryan Tanner Olson • Steven A. Oslund • Austin Owens • Darby Lynn Paul • Shelby Lea Pearson • Teagan Lane Pease • Megan L. Percival • William R. Peregoy • Gavin Perkins • Aubree Delia Marie Peterson • McKenzie Ann Peterson • Glory E. Phelps • Tristan Hart Pierce • Samuel Polsin • Jacob R. Presho • Matthew Pretz • Shaynee Jacqueline Priest • Michael Patrick Prothero • Kayla C. Quass • Joshua Timothy Ramsey • Jacob Ranf • Mikayla Rast • Siera R. Ratkovich • Rebecca Rose

Valley Christian School J U N E 7 A T 1 P. M . VALLEY NEW LIFE CHURCH 10920 E. SPRAGUE AVE., SPOKANE VALLEY Bradley Ronald Bouscher-Gage • Serena Rose Campbell • Micah Dean Cole • Blake Robert Cox • Nicholas Cox • Chantal Elizabeth Coyner • Rebekah Marie Fields • Nathaniel Miguel Archer Hanson • Timothy Daniel Hirschel • Grant Douglas Marchant • Tymme Elizabeth McCracken • Bo Jordan Piersol • Myra Lynn Purvis • Ziyun Qin • Young Eun Ryu • Timothy Lane Swank • Danielle Marie Weik

Lynn Raynor • Attiyahna Simpson Raynor • Lecia Renecker • Taylor Ann Riccetti • Dominique Michael Richards • Rebecca Joy Richardson • Brooke Joanne Ries • Jared Ritchie • Crystal Jean Robinson • Park Novell Robinson • Cheyanne McKenzie Rogers • Forrest Owen Rogers • Hannah Theresa Rolli • Madeline Ropp • Shelby Rotchford • Nathaniel T. Rough • Torey A. Routson • Lauren Rowe • Geena Ruggeri • Kirstyn Ruhl • Austin Mattiaus Ruiz • Alvin Roger Sargent III • Savanna Brianne Sawyer • Sarah Ashley Schelin • Andrew Michael Schimmels • Blake Andrew Erhart Schindler • Kevin Leroy Schindler • Daniel Austin Schwalbe III • Cassey Joy Rennel Scofield • Zachary Daniel Craig Scott • Travis Ronald Seek • Ansh Sehgal • Wyatt Eugene Setzer • Cassie Shaffner • Elijah D. Shawen • Macaela Shelley • Courtney Marie Sherick • Cassandra Marie Shillam • Jaid Shuck • Faith Nichole Shuford • Cedric X. Siegel • Sydney L Small • Corey William Smith • Elizabeth Irene Smith • Emily Marie Smith • Mercedee Alexie Quellmalz Smith • Taylor Michael Christnacht Smith • Kayla Elizabeth Snider • JaNay Nicole Solomon • Colton Russell Sorensen • Jacob Alejandro Soto • Colt Spoltman • Mandy E. Squibb • Shawn Douglas Standish • Austin Martin Stannard • Dyllan James Stauffer • Anthony Stevens • Adam Talaska • Justine Marie Tautz • Emily Dian Terhaar • Tygr Nicholas Thies • Bryan J. Thompson • Bekah Lynn Timm • Corey Michael Tindel • Jonathan Kawika Tomlinson • Adara Lee Tredway • Miranda Trukositz • Joshua Carson Tucker • Abigail Lynn Tunick • Haley Monique Urvina • Taryn Lerae Van Lierop • Samantha Van Norman • Angel Vansant • Tess VanZyverden • Lilia A. Vasyukhnevich • Jaedynn Christine Ashley Visco • Jacob Warren Wagoner • Mindy Suzanne Walker • Cassidy Kaye Walter • Richard Isaiah Watkins • Ryan Christopher Weiler • Allie Elizabeth Weir • Hannah Marie Wesselman • Julia A. Whaley • Talon White • Michael Rust Whitney • Jessica M. Wiberg • Tyler Edward Wiggin • Khalil Jarrean Williams • Kody Williams • Bryton D. Williamson • Rian MacGregor Williamson • David Aaron Wilson • Taylor E. M. Wilson • Aubree Lynn Winnett • Scott Worley • Madison Nicole Yerges • Taeler Hope Zoesch

The Washington Academy of Arts and Technology J U N E 9 A T 8 P. M . INB PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 3 3 4 W. S P O K A N E FA L L S B LV D . , SPOKANE Noah Applegate • Jazzmin Block • Zachary Combs • Elaina Crow • Alisandra Delzell • Alicia Dowler • Aspen Dunn • Kylee Edlin • Alexandria Geissler • Cody Gillmore • Olivia Gordon • Jaclyn Grantham • Shayna Hill • Joshua Jacholkowski • Oksana Kleenkin • Dallas Paulsen • Roman Peskov • Riley Phay • Tyler Smith • McKenna Steen • Chris Stahl • Heidi Stahl • Cornelius Walter • David Walter • Dennis Walter • Timothy Walter • Caroline Webber • Katelyn West • Cody Walker • Alexa Zeutschel

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Community Briefs

Calendar of Events COMMUNITY EVENTS May 31 | Keep Your Chassis Classy car wash 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ace Hardware at Sprague

and Sullivan; Ron’s Drive-In at Sprague and Pines. Funds from the wash will benefit the student assistance fund started by CV Boosters in honor of Jansen Badinger. For more: 939-8546

May 31 | Rockford Community Center Craft Fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Town Park, Rockford.

May 31 | Rockford Rummage Sale 9 a.m.

to 5 p.m., Rockford United Methodist Church, 217 S. 1st Street

June 3 | Coffee with Senator Padden 5 to

7 p.m., Forza Coffee Company, 325 S. Sullivan. Senator Mike Padden invites residents of the 4th Legislative District to visit with him over coffee. Because of limited seating, please call to arrange a specific meeting time. For more: 921-2460

June 6-7 | Friends of Spokane Valley Library book sale 3 to 5 p.m. (Fri.) and 9 a.m.

to 3 p.m. (Sat.), 12004 E. Main Ave. Books, CDs, DVDs and videos will be available at this sale open to the public. There is a $10 admission free for the Friday sale. For more:

June 7 | West Valley SCOPE Community Parade and Fair 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Millwood City Park. For more:

June 9 | Spread the Love: Toast Toppers

6:30 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. Anna Kestell, food safety and preservation information specialist, will give the run down on basic jams and jellies (and the difference between them) so that you can make your own. For more:

June 10-15 | Budweiser Clydesdale public viewing event Fair and Expo Center,

404 N. Havana St. The world-famous, eight-horse Budweiser Clydesdale hitch will be in Spokane for a free public viewing. For times and more: www.

June 11 | Van Gogh in the Garage? 1 to 5 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. Carol Worthington of Worthington Estate Sales will provide the scoop on your art, china or household objects. Registration is required. For more: June 11 | Everyday Escapes: Films of the Depression 6:30 p.m., Spokane Valley Library,

12004 E. Main Ave. Dale Soden, professor of history at Whitworth University, will explore some of the most popular files of the Great Depression. For more:

June 14 | Liberty Lake Yard Sales 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Organized by the Liberty Lake Kiwanis, the sale typically involves hundreds of homes. For more: June 14 | Classic Chevy Open Car Show

8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Millwood City Park. Sponsored by the Spokane Area Classic Chevy Club, the event includes a silent auction, raffle items and 50/50 drawing with proceeds benefitting many area charities. For more: or 467-1957

June 15 | Father’s Day June 17 | Volcano Eruptions 2 p.m., Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley. Grades 4

and up are invited to come learn how to create a volcano out of everyday cooking ingredients. Also offered 2 p.m. June 20 at the Argonne branch, 4322 N. Argonne, and 2 p.m. June 25 at the Spokane Valley branch, 12004 E. Main. For more:

June 18 | Spokane Valley Book Club 2 to 3 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main. Join book lovers to discuss “The Time In Between” by Maria Duenas. For more:

June 18 | Tell Me a Story 6:30 p.m., Otis

Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley. The Spokane Storytelling League will share stories about people facing unusual and challenging circumstances during the Great Depression that tested their perseverance, resilience and ingenuity. For more:

June 21 | First day of summer June 21-22 | Liberty Lake Farmers Market Pies & Rides Festival 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Field to the east of 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane. This event will include a classic car show behind the building that used to house Barlows Restaurant. For more:

June 21 | Honor Flight Fundraiser and Car Show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 16208 E. Indiana.

Sponsored by Egg It On/Even Stevens Restaurant & Casino, donations will benefit veterans through Inland Northwest Honor Flight. Car Show is open to all makes and models. For more: 926-2294

June 21 | Online Security for Beginners

2 to 3 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main. This workshop will cover creating strong passwords, identifying suspicious emails, safe surfing on public computers and Wi-Fi networks, virus protection software and more. Registration is required. For more:

June 24 | The Everyday Scientist 10 a.m.,

Argonne Library, 4322 N. Argonne. The West Valley Outdoor Learning Center will share fun, easy, safe and exciting science experiments for kids age five and up to watch and replicate at home. Also offered at 2 and 7 p.m. the same day at the Spokane Valley branch, 12004 E. Main, and 2:30 June 26 at the Otis Orchards branch, 22324 E. Wellesley. For more:

June 28 | Solutions for Hard Times 2 to 3 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main. Join L.A. Times Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author Michael Hiltzik for a conversation about the Great Depression themes in his books, as well as his thoughts on some solutions born out of the necessities of the 1930s. For more: June 26 | Otis Orchards book club 3:30 to 5 p.m., Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley. Join book lovers to discuss “The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity” by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy. For more: www.

Recurring Liberty Lake Farmers Market 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane. For more: Liberty Lake Library 23123 E. Mission Ave., Liberty Lake. Various clubs and weekly meetings including book clubs, children’s story times, LEGO club, computer drop-in class, knitting club and more. For more:

Liberty Lake hosts yard sale

Rockford Farmers Market 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Town Park (1st Street). For more: 926-9552

The 21st annual Liberty Lake Community Yard Sales will occur 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14 throughout the community. The event is being organized by the Liberty Lake Kiwanis Club, with registration support for the official guide coming from The Splash newspaper. The guide will be distributed in Liberty Lake and throughout the Valley area June 11-14. For more information, look up Liberty Lake Yard Sales on Facebook.

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Millwood Farmers Market 3 to 7 p.m.

Wednesdays, 3223 N. Marguerite Road. For more: or 924-2350

Rockford Crochet Class Saturdays 10

a.m. to noon, The Harvest Moon, 20 S. First St., Rockford. Hairpin Lace, knit, embroidery, needlepoint, arm knitting of infinity scarves and more. For more: 892-4412 or 291-3722

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:

Spokane Valley Eagles 16801 E. Sprague. Breakfast served Sundays 9 to 11:30 a.m. For more:

Spokane Valley Writer’s Group 6 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 May 30-31 | “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” 7 p.m., Theater Arts for Children, 2114

N. Pines Road, suite 3. Have a blast with the Peanuts gang at this fundraiser. Tickets are $10. For more:

May 30-31 | “Noises Off” 7:30 p.m., CVHS

Performing Arts Center, 821 S. Sullivan Ave. Presented by the Central Valley Theatre department, follow an acting troupe as they stumble from bumbling dress rehearsal to disastrous closing night. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved at For more: 228-5218

May 30 to June 15 | “Blithe Spirit” 7:30 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), Ignite Community Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway Ave. This classic Noel Coward comedy shows what happens with our past comes back to haunt us.  Advance tickets are $14 for adults, $13 for students, seniors or military. For show times and more: June 1-2 | Auditions for “Goldilocks and The Three Pigs” 3 p.m. (Sun.) and 6:30 p.m. (Mon.), Liberty Lake Community Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway Ave. Ages five and older as well as adults are welcome to audition for LLCT’s summer children’s production. No experience or preparation needed. For more: www. 

June 1, 8, 15 and 22 | Sunday Concerts on the Cliff 5:30 p.m., Cliff House Estate at

Arbor Crest Winery, 4705 N. Fruit Hill Road. The month’s lineup for these outdoor concerts includes Haze (June 1), Bakin’ Phat (8), Rhythm Dawgs with Nicole Lewis (15), the Ryan Larsen (22) Band and The Cronkites (29). Admission is $8 per person. For more:

June 13-15 | Cowboy Supper Shows

Rockin’ B Ranch, 3912 Spokane Bridge Road. The 20th anniversary commemorative performances will begin this weekend and also be held July 11-13, Aug. 8-10, Sept. 12-14 and Oct. 10-12. For more: or 891-9016

East Valley High School senior Haley Madison was recently recognized for winning the Fifth Congressional District’s 2014 Congressional Art Competition. Her piece titled “Rest in Peace” will be displayed in the halls of the U.S. Capitol alongside winning art from across the country. EV senior Kaitlyn Sabie received second place for her artwork called “Heroes Pride” which will hang in Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers’ Spokane office. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of young constituents. June 14 | Music Swap Meet 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Spokane Valley Eagles, 16801 E. Sprague. This event if for those who have musical equipment they would like to sell or buy. For more: June 20 | Eric Herman and the Thunder Puppies in concert 2 p.m., CenterPlace,

2426 N. Discovery Place. Sponsored by the Spokane County Library District, this free show will be filled with comedy, creativity, audience participation and fun songs for families and children of all ages. For more:

Recurring 2014 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: ACT 2 art exhibit CenterPlace, 2426 N.

Discovery Place. Artwork created by 42 students in Community Colleges of Spokane’s ACT 2 classes (for age 50+ adults) is on exhibit 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through July 1. Admission is free.

Spirit of Spokane Chorus Tuesdays, 6:45 p.m., Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines. Make new friends by joining this women’s chorus, specializing in four-part, a capella harmony in the barbershop style. For more: 218-4799

CIVIC & BUSINESS June 7-8 | The Farm Chicks Antiques Show 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sat.) and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

(Sun.), Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. The show advertises antiques, vintage objects, handmade goods and the most friendly and

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CLASS OF 2014 Continued from page 13

West Valley High School J U N E 8 A T 4 P. M . INB PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 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 Austin Makenzie Andersen • Halle Rose Andersen • Jacob William Anderson • Ryan James Anderson • Jessica Rene Barron • Breana L. Bennett • Kamara Colleen Berland • Jared Richard Bichler • Benita Bilajac • Ashlee Nicole Bishop • Sophia M. Bittner • Derek Scott Boles • Brandon Alexander

CALENDAR Continued from page 14 stylist curators around. Admission is $8 per day. For more:

June 14-15 | Spokane Gun Show & Flea Market Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. For more: 208-746-555

Borg • Christopher James Bowerson • Cristian Bran • Nickales Guy Branson • Shane Kolby Brooks • Lillianna G. Brown • Jonathon Theodore Bucknell • Victoria Reenae Buckner • Mathew Robert Bueckers • Ryan D. Cao • Mikayla Byrdene Carpenter • Matthew Charles-Wane Carrell • Aaron Castilla • Nicholas T. Chappell • Pedro F. Chavez • Rheannan Katherine Clarry • Jessica Lynn Combs • William Jerrold Compton • Kayla Ann Cook • Devin B. Corcoran • Michael Anthony Corder • Marie N. Cottam • Sara Renee Critelli • Julienne Ruth Danals • Zachary Campbell Davis • Harley James Day • Dallas Nichelle Deakins • Kayla Marie DeVleming • Tatyona Lee'Chelle Duke • Matthew David Dvorak • Ryan C. Fay • Brittany Marie Fetters • Kevin Michael Ficca • John Pierce Fix • Anson James Flavel • Alexandria Victoria Forster • Megan Paige Fouts • Jeremy Logan-Lewis Friedrick • Anthony Mitchell Gassman • Sierra Nicole Geaudreau • Gabe Earnest Gerhart • Benjamin Tylor Vern Gibson • Joshua William Glass • Olga Gorbenko • Jolyn Renee Gordon • Daniel N. Grishko • Halie Rebel Gronenthal • Hannah Elaine Gronenthal • Abigail Dawn Gurel • Thien Thanh Charlotte Haack • Arianna Lynn Haegele • Kyle Logan Hansen • Caleb Joseph Hassler • Greyson Thorn Hatcher • Tyler Vance Hauck • Miranda Justine Heid • Shawni Elaine Herman • Katie Marie Jackson • Marcus Jamal Jackson • Jordan Ashae Jenecke • Kaitlyn Marie Kanzler • Brett Ashley Kelly • Cyndi Mae Klumpp • Vance Tyler Korff • Lyubov Kurka • Oksana G. Kutsar • Ty Laboy • Jason Tyler Lane • Nichole Christine Lane • Brandi K. Larrison • Rachel Renee Leifer • Zachary Ryan Linehan •

begins at Mirabeau Park; both end at Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane. For more:

June 7 | Hoopfirst Basketball Tournament 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., HUB Sports

Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. Cost is $95 per team for this indoor tourney for grades 4 through 12. For more:

June 7, 28 | Swim stroke clinics 9

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Mirabeau Park Hotel, 110 N. Sullivan. Program: Digital Marketing/ Social Media. Cost is $28 for members and guests; $45 for non-members. For more: www.

to 10 a.m., Witter Pool, 1300 E. Mission Ave., Spokane. Hosted by Spokane Area Swimming, these free clinics are being offered for ages 6 to 14 on these dates as well as Aug. 9. For registration and more: www.

June 20-21 | Wellness & Beauty Expo 5 to

June 14 | Spokane Valley Pools open

June 20 | Business Connections Lunch

9 p.m. (Fri.) and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sat.), Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. Find your personal balance in mind, body and spirit at this second annual event. Admission is $30 (Fri.) or $10 (Sat.). For more:

June 21 | SCRAPS Grand Opening 9:45

a.m. to 2 p.m., 6815 E. Trent, Spokane Valley. The public is invited to celebrate the opening of the new regional facility with tours and giveaways. For more:

HEALTH & RECREATION May 31 | BYU Management Society Fun Run 7 a.m., Mirabeau Park. To register or for more:

May 31 | Dads & Dudes Night 6 to 9 p.m.,

HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. 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 1 | Windermere Marathon and Half-Marathon 7 a.m. The full marathon

starts in Liberty Lake, while the half marathon

For swim lessons and more: 688-0300 or www.

June 16-18 | Eclipse Volleyball Camp 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. Cost is $95 per player and is available for ages 8 to 18. For more: www.

June 19-21 | Camp Classics High School Basketball Tournament 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.,

Emily D. Little • Colton William Long • Jacob Daniel Love • Kyle Robert Love • Nichole Marie Loveless • Yana I. Lukina • Emily Lundberg • Sarah Ann MacDonald • Joeseph T. Maestas • Maigan Mariana Mankin • Dolmaine Kyle Marriott • Zachariah Robert Martinez • Natalie Marie McAdams • Brianna Michelle McGarry • Corey Ryan McGuire • Sean McKillip • Cassandra Jean Miles • Richard Benjamin Miller • James Price Millican • Kianna Wesley Moore • Christopher Ross Myers • Mikayla Rae Naccarato • Janae Michele Nelson • Mary Margaret Nelson • Samanthia Ann Nesbitt • James Doyle Nickerson • Kristin Hope Norman • Micelli D. Olmstead • Morgan Mae Ott • Trent Robert Parkey • Kaston Denny Pedersen • Samantha Laray Peterson • Kayn LaMarcus Phillips • Mackenzie A. Pierce • Morgan Irene Pipkin • Rachel Frances Postlewait • Alexandra Savana Rapp • Lency Daniela Rayo Salazar • Calin Michael Theron Reeves • Ashley Rachelle Reitan • Jessica Leeann Rieken • Kylee Marie Role • John R. Rowley • Jordan D. Ryckman • Katelyn Elizabeth Sage • Mikila Maree Salazar • Brittany Alicia Schott • Courtney Paige Setla • Christopher Patrick Shannon • Garret Lyall Smith • Conner Anthony Stack • Bailey Danielle Stephens • Kailyn Mariah Steward • Austin Edward Storch • Kyler Chase Stratton • Megan Renee Styborski • Breann E. Swan • Michaela Kaili Teeselink • Kelley Michael Thorne • Alexis Marie Tiffany • Jonathan Clifford Travis • Derrick Michael Trinkle • Jenna Marie Trinkle • Madeline C. Tye • Cody James Urlacher • Emily Grace Vermillion • Molly May Wachtel • Cody Dalton Walling • Oryanna Michelle Weidner • Joseph Kane Weigate • Ellen H. Wilkey • Blake Russell Williams • Jasmine C. Williams • Michael Robert Williams • Olivia Jane Woehrlin • Cole Anthony Yeager • Gregory Ignatievich Znovets

June 22 | 2014 CHASE Strides for SNAP

10 a.m., Plantes Ferry Sports Complex, Upriver Drive. Fee is $20 with T-shirt if registered by June 5. For more:

June 23-25 | NBC Basketball Skills Shooting Camp 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. Cost is $155. For more:

June 26 | 2014 Junior Golf Camps begin

10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays, MeadowWood Golf Course, 24501 E. Valleyway, Liberty Lake. This camp is for ages 4 to 10 and runs through July 24. A camp for ages 11 to 17 will be offered July 31 to Aug. 28. Cost is $50. For more: 255-9349

June 27 | Liberty Lake Loop preregistration due The four-mile route leaving

from Pavillion Park will take place 8 a.m. July 12 followed by a kids race. Cost is $20 with a T-shirt ($15 without) if registered by this date. For more:

June 28-29 | 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:

HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. Starting in June and occurring throughout July, the cost is $500 per team. For more: www.

June 29 | Coeur d’Alene Ironman 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:

June 21 | Girls’ All-State Basketball Showcase 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., HUB Sports

June 30, July 1 | NBC Basketball Skills Camp 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., HUB Sports Center,

Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. Admission for the 18th annual all-state girls basketball games is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and children under 12. For more:

19619 E. Cataldo Ave. Cost is $155. For more:

June 21 | Current night with Spokane Indians 6 p.m., Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana.

Liberty Lake Community Tennis Association Rocky Hill Park. The group offers

Join with other baseball fans for a game against the Boise Hawks followed by fireworks. For tickets and more:

Recurring 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. 30. For more: 255-9293 or

Liberty Lake Running Club 6 p.m. Thursdays, Twisp Café & Coffee House, 23505 E. Appleway Ave. The club meets for a three-mile run weekly through October. Spokane Youth Sports Association Register now for fall sports including soccer (register by July 24), tackle football (July 24), flag football (Aug. 14) and cross country (Aug. 14). For more: 927-7972 or

Sports opportunities HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave., Liberty Lake. Badminton, basketball open gym, pickleball, walking group, Zumba and other recreational options available. For more: 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

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Animal trainer pens children’s book

“Would You Be My Friend?” Book signing by Larry Clifford 2 p.m. June 21 Hastings, 15312 E. Sprague Ave. For more: 924-0667 or 928-9124

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Clark is lonely. A cougar roaming the forest, he is unable to make friends. A deer, raccoon, owl and bunny all reject his offer of friendship. He is feared, seen as different, viewed as a bully and left sad and isolated. That is until Donald, a butterfly, teaches him that even though they are different, they can still be friends. A story of acceptance and friendship, “Would You Be My Friend?” is a children’s book recently published by Larry Clifford. Clark, the main character, is based on a real cougar from the Oregon Zoo whom Clifford befriended as an animal trainer. “We became friends, and I got this crazy idea to write a book about him,” Clifford, 68, said. Clifford met Clark about eight years ago when he was hired by the Oregon Zoo to train the cougar for a fundraiser to enlarge their feline exhibit. He taught Clark to be on a long table where people could have their photo taken with him. “I’ve always wanted to make friends with animals,” said Clifford. “Clark wasn’t aggressive, so we hit it off.” Clifford won Clark’s trust while on the zoo's game reserve. He sat outside Clark's cage feeding and petting him through the bars. After a week, he went inside the cage and Clark came up and rubbed against him. In addition to making friends with Clark, Clifford said the books stems from his own experience growing up. His father was in banking, and the family moved around often. Clifford recalls that staying only a year in a place was common and two years was a long time. “And this problem with the bully situ-


Larry Clifford, an author from Spokane Valley, recently published a children’s book about acceptance and friendship. The book is based on Clark, a cougar he trained at the Oregon Zoo.

ation happened way back then,” said Clifford who, because he was often the new kid, was seen as different and had a tough time making friends. The butterfly who befriended Clark has a special meaning from Clifford’s life. Donald is named after Don McQurrie, his boss while at Sea World in San Diego, who befriended Clifford, taught him to train and is Clifford’s best friend today. It was at Sea World where Clifford began his 30-year career as a trainer. He later worked as animal training supervisor for the San Diego Zoo as well as doing contract jobs with places such as Spokane’s Walk in the Wild Zoo which no longer exists. Clifford's Spokane Valley home is filled with the many memories he accumulated as a trainer including training and riding orcas and dolphins and working with the original Shamu. He also taught a chimpanzee named CJ to take photos of a penguin for a commercial, act as a cook for the grand opening of a San Diego restaurant and water ski. "He was the world's first water-skiing chimpanzee," said Clifford who trained CJ to ski behind a dolphin. "It wasn't as hard as what a lot of people would think." Clifford trained animals for 22 movies and commercials including a sea lion for a Bob Hope Christmas special and a dolphin who brought a hat back to Rex Harrison during the original “Dr. Doolittle” movie. He hopes to write a book about his career and is in the process of preparing a book he has written about training exotic parrots for publication.

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What’s behind that name? If you’ve ever wondered how your favorite treats got their names, this quiz is just for you! Simply write the name of the candy bar next to the description you believe is correct. And be sure to check your answers at the bottom of the page.

JUNE 11 — National Cotton Candy Day 16 — Fudge Day

1) Originally called Papa Sucker until its name was changed in 1932

2) Named after a favorite horse that the Mars family owned

3) The original flavor of this candy was peppermint and was used as breath mints

4) The intended shape of this candy was to be perfectly round, but it became impossible to do thus leading to its name

5) Named in 1912 after a floatation device

6) These candies were once believed to be sold six pieces to a package

7) Based on the fact that the candy makes your face pucker (or hurt) due to its sour flavor

8) Typically packaged in pairs, it was once known to the rest of the world as the Raider bar

9) Named via a public contest and is in reference to klutzes, especially in sports

10) Invented by a dad who wanted his daughter to stop sucking her thumb Source: how-delicious-candies-got-their-names

In honor of National Candy month in June, try to digest these facts about candy consumption.

24 Pounds of candy the average

American consumes each year

300 Pieces of gum the average American chews each year 1,155 Places in the U.S. that manufacture chocolate 133 Total number of Jelly Belly flavors 4 Calories in one Jelly Belly jelly bean 280 Calories in the world’s best-selling

candy bar, Snickers

5.5 Number of times Jelly Belly beans

eaten in a year would circle the earth


JULY 7 — Chocolate Day 15 — Gummi Worm Day 20 — National Lollipop Day 28 — National Milk Chocolate Day AUGUST 4 — National Chocolate Chip Day 10 — S’mores Day 30 — National Toasted Marshmallow Day

Source: National Confectioners Association,

Contest rewards courageous entries In the May issue, The Wave offered an art contest around that month’s PACE character trait — courage. We asked kids to create a piece of artwork that displayed the meaning of courage. The judges selected Ashley Pray’s drawing as first prize in the contest. For her prize, 7-yearold Ashley was awarded a $25 Toys “R” Us gift card courtesy of KiDDS Dental PRAY

in Liberty Lake. Two of Ashley’s classmates at Freeman Elementary School were runners-up and also received gift cards to Toys “R” Us. We appreciate all the kids who took the courage to share their artwork with our judges. Be on the lookout for more contests in future issues of The Wave!

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For her entry, Ashley drew a picture of her helping a friend who was being hurt.

Answers: 1) Sugar Daddy; 2) Snickers; 3) Pez; 4) Milk Duds; 5) Lifesavers; 6) Sixlets; 7) Smarties; 8) Twix; 9) Butterfinger; 10) Ring Pop

Counting candy

summer days Need a reason to feed your sweet tooth? If you failed to celebrate National Jelly Bean Day (April 22) or National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (May 15), check out this list of upcoming candy holidays you won’t want to miss.

Butterfinger Lifesavers Milk Duds Pez Ring Pop Sixlets Smarties Snickers Sugar Daddy Twix

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Group grows for love of Chinese game, Mahjong By Valerie Putnam


What began as one woman's quest for game-mates blossomed into a fun senior activity at the Spokane Valley Senior Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place. Gloria Sawyer fell in love with the Chinese game Mahjong in the mid-1990s while wintering in South Carolina. Mahjong is a Chinese game of skill, strategy and calculation involving four players. “And a whole lot of luck,” Sawyer laughingly said of the game. After returning home to Liberty Lake in the spring, she had no one to play the fourperson game with. That's when she set out to recruit some players. "I thought I would teach some people," Sawyer said. "I love the game." Asking all her friends and bridge partners, she eventually recruited three women and taught the small group to play in her home. Over the course of a couple years, the group grew to 12 players. "We outgrew my home,” Sawyer said. "It got to be too many people." Looking for a venue that accommodated the group, Sawyer approached the Spokane Valley Senior Center in 2009. "They were delighted to have a Mahjong group," Sawyer said. “We like the opportunity to introduce new activities,” Senior Center Specialist Karen Clark-Parson said in an email. “(Mahjong) is a good addition.” The group currently meets in the center’s library every Friday from 12:30 p.m. to about 3:30 p.m. Sawyer facilitates the play over the course of several games, averaging 20 minutes each. Longtime player Donna Tiley takes over when Sawyer is absent. “It’s an open game,” Sawyer said. “Anyone can walk in at anytime.” Mahjong uses 144 decorative tiles and eight bonus tiles made from bamboo or bone. The tiles are broken into different suits: 36 in the Bamboo suit, 36 in Circle suit, 36 in Character suit, 16 Wind, 12 Dragon and the eight bonus tiles include four Flowers and four Seasons. Similar to the card game gin rummy, the object of the game is to build sets out of the decorative tiles as well as achieve the highest point value. “It’s a game of concentration,” Sawyer said. “You really have to concentrate.” In order for a player to achieve a Mah-


Regina Eitzen, right, and Sandy McDonald smile as they compete in a game of Mahjong in the library of the Spokane Valley Senior Center. Also participating in the game were Donna Tiley (foreground) and Helen Haugh (not pictured).

PLAY MAHJONG Mahjong is played every Friday starting at 12:30 p.m. in the library of the Spokane Valley Senior Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place. Anyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call Gloria Sawyer at 255-5587 or Donna Tiley at 9269956. The Senior Center hosts a wide variety of activities, including art classes, senior fitness, a variety of different card games, table tennis, Wii Bowling and billiards. There are approximately 30 different activities to choose from that meet at the center every month. For more about the center’s activities, call 926-1937. jong, each player selects and discards tiles until an entire set of combinations has been made that correlates with a card compiled by the National Mahjong League. Each player has the card in front of them as a reference during game play. Sawyer said one trick to learning the game is getting familiar with the card. “We get new cards every year,” Sawyer said. “We play according to their rules.”

Both Sawyer and Tiley find mental and social benefit to playing the game. “It keeps your mind active,” Sawyer said. “No game is ever the same. It’s one of the reasons I play.” According to the website, playing Mahjong is “beneficial for individuals suffering from dementia, cognitive and memory difficulties.” Sawyer was introduced to the game by a woman she played tennis with in Myrtle Beach who was looking for players. Sawyer's tennis partner taught Sawyer and two other women with whom they played doubles. Tiley learned a slightly different version of the game in the mid-1970s while living in Pennsylvania. She was recruited from a lady on her bowling team. Her friend grabbed her and said they needed someone, and Tiley was going to learn. “Most people when they first start learning get a headache,” Tiley said. “And they go home with a headache. I did when I learned.” Throughout the year, the group holds special Mahjong tournaments, scoring differently from the regular weekly play. “You play for points,” Sawyer said. “Whoever has the most points wins.” Although the game is challenging to learn, the women encourage new players to try the game.

“Once you like it, you really like it,” Tiley said. “We’ll teach them if they don’t know how to play,” Sawyer said. “We’re all very patient with learners.” Sawyer offers encouragement for anyone attempting to learn the game. “Don’t be discouraged; you won’t learn it in one session,” Sawyer said. “I would say it takes three lessons to play pretty well. But to learn the finer points of the game, give it six months playing once a week.” She believes the effort required to learn the game is worth it in the end. “It’s a lot of fun,” Sawyer added. “It’s fun but frustrating — but I love it.”

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made of? 7. MYTHOLOGY: Who was the Greek god of medicine? 8. DISCOVERIES: Who is credited with discovering the air brake? 9. BIRTHSTONES: What is February’s traditional birthstone? 10. MATH: What is the Arabic equivalent of the Roman numeral CMXC? © 2014 King Features Syndicate Inc.

Valuing chenille bedspread ‘Collecting’ by Larry Cox KING FEATURES SYNDICATE

Q: I have a chenille bedspread that has been in my family for at least 75 years. It has a log cabin design and is in fairly good condition. Is this a keeper? — Barbara, Tyler, Texas A: The first chenille bedspreads were made using thick cotton threads, identical to those found in candle wicks. Although the earliest examples of this type of embroidery date back to Colonial America, chenille didn’t really become popular until the Victorian era. Until the 1940s, almost all of the bedspreads were made in Georgia and by hand. Later, companies such as Cabin Craft began mechanically producing them in great numbers. Spreads made by such companies as Morgan Jones, Bates and Hofmann are especially desirable. The value of a chenille bedspread depends on several factors: Condition, the pattern and the colors used all are important. Prices can vary. Spotted recently in Phoenix were three exceptional chenille spreads: An elaborate peacock, $85; a patriotic World War II design with warplanes and military ships, $125; and a ranch scene with horses and cowpokes, $150. Q: I purchased a cast-iron bulldog several years ago at a flea market and recently discovered it actually is a doorstop. Is it worth

keeping? — Mike, Las Cruces, N.M. A: It depends. Since reproductions have flooded the marketplace, it is always a good idea to examine them with suspicion. Castiron doorstops seem to ebb and flow in popularity. During the 1980s, interest reached a fever pitch and prices soared. That fever has since broken to quite an extent. If your doorstop is authentic, it might be worth keeping. Typical prices include a Colonial woman with cat, $325; a bunny, $95; a basket of tulips, $150; and a covered wagon, $150. All of these prices reflect vintage examples, not reproductions. Reproductions often can be found in the $25 to $50 range. Be careful, since many of the fakes are aged to look old and real. Q: I have a rub-stained glass toothpick holder that was a souvenir of Chicago. I think it probably is from the Victorian era. I have been offered $75 for it. — Beth, Decatur, Ill. A: Take the money and run. According to several collectors I contacted, your toothpick holder is valued in the $25 to $45 range. Write to Larry Cox in care of KFWS, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox cannot personally answer all reader questions, nor do appraisals. Do not send any materials requiring return mail.

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Education Briefs SATURDAY, JUNE 14TH, 2014 8 A.M. – 4 P.M.

21 ST annual

Registration must be received by June 6 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 June 11-14. Choose from the three options below to take part in this 21st annual event. Registration fees go to the Kiwanis Club of Liberty Lake to support the event and community.


Liberty Lake addresses only

Two ways to register:

 Online: $10 Submit your registration and secure credit card payment at www. yardsales 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 Complete the registration form below and submit it along with your fee. Remember, registration must be received by June 6 to be included in the official guide and map. No phone or in-person registration is available. For questions about registration, contact The Splash at 242-7752 or yardsales@


Listing information organized alongside your neighborhood’s corresponding map in the official 2014 Liberty Lake Community Yard Sales Guide. 10,000 copies will be distributed by mail to everyone in Liberty Lake on June 12, 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.

Charity pick-ups: A

truck from ARC of Spokane will be going up and down Liberty Lake streets Monday and Tuesday, June 16-17, to pick up unsold items residents wish to donate


to charity. No large items please.

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

REGISTER A YARD SALE AT PAVILLION PARK 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. 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, indicate the Pavillion Park option and pay $50 to secure your spot. Spaces will be assigned to registered sellers on a firstcome, first-served basis beginning at 6:30 a.m. June 14.

REGISTER AS A COMMERCIAL VENDOR AT 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, use either of the two options listed under “Register a sale at your home” at left, but instead of listing your address, indicate the Pavillion Park option and pay $50 to secure your spot. Spaces will be assigned to registered sellers on a firstcome, first-served basis beginning at 6:30 a.m. June 14.

Email address (optional)

Liberty Lake street address OR Pavillion Park space:  Personal yard sale in the park  Commercial vendor

Phone (required)

Description (Not to exceed 20 words)

Central Valley High School student DongGyun Kim recently earned a $2,500 scholarship from eSchoolView for his web design and development scholarship submission. For the contest, Kim created a website for calculus resources. Kim plans to attend Princeton University in the fall to pursue a major in electrical engineering.

Summit student honored Ellie Cook, a student at Summit School, was recently honored as one of the brightest young students in the nation at a regional awards ceremony sponsored by The Johns Hopkins University for Talented Youth. According to a press release, she was given the honor for her exceptional performance on a rigorous, above-grade-level test given to academically talented middle school students.

STCU gives Focus awards Students from two Central Valley high schools were recipients of this year’s Focus Award scholarships of $2,000 each, presented by STCU and the Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation. Mathew Merrick of Central Valley High School and Joseph Hall from University High School were selected from among 18 eastern Washington high school seniors for excelling career and technical education. Merrick plans to major in computer science at Washington State University, while Hall plans to study bioengineering at WSU. STCU has sponsored the Focus Awards since 2006, and was joined last year by the Community Colleges Foundation.

Valley student honored by SPJ A Spokane Valley resident received an award at the Region 10 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Spring Conference held May 2-3 at the University of Oregon. Shannen Kuest, who attends Western Washington University, was a finalist in the “Breaking News Reporting” division for a story in the student-produced publication, The Western Front. SPJ Region 10 includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. For a complete list of regional winners, visit www.

Spokane Scholars Foundation announces grant recipients

Payments should be made to Kiwanis Club of Liberty Lake. Mail them to The Splash, P.O. Box 363, Liberty Lake, WA 99019 along with the completed registration form.

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A total of $60,000 in scholarships was awarded to 24 students at the 22nd annual Spokane Scholars Foundation Banquet in April at the Spokane Convention Center. Scholarships awarded to Valley area students are as follows: English: Anusha Gollapalli, Central Valley High School, $1,000 Fine Arts: Joseph Hall,   University High

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EDUCATION Continued from page 20 School, $4,000; Rachel Postlewait,  West Valley High School, $1,000 Mathematics: Ansh Sehgal, University High School, $4,000; DongGyun Kim, Central Valley High School, $3,000 Science: David Yuan,  Central Valley High School, $4,000 Social Studies: Joshua Ross,  Central Valley High School, $4,000  

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Colleges honor local students The following Valley area residents were recently recognized by colleges for their academic performance or meeting graduation requirements. Information was provided via press releases submitted from schools. Champlain College (Burlington, Vt.) President’s List, 4.0 GPA Keelan Southerland, Liberty Lake

Gonzaga University 2014 Spring Commencement

Greenacres: Carla Ballensky, Bachelor of Science in nursing, summa cum laude; Kevin Schell, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Liberty Lake: Taylor Kelley, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology; Patrick McNeil, Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Administration Spokane Valley: Justin Hoff, Bachelor of Science in physics; Benjamin Sauther of Spokane Valley graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Administration

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The three city of Spokane Valley pools open June 14, which also happens to be the day after school releases for the summer in most local districts.

From race to relaxation, gearing you up for the Valley’s standout season By Valerie Putnam


Baseball, swimming, pickin' and festivals; Valley residents and visitors don’t have to travel far to find fun summer activities. The Current has divided dozens of ideas for making the most of your 2014 summer into 10 categories to help you explore the many opportunities available. There is no excuse to get bored.

1. GET YOUR GAME ON Whether you’re a participant, volunteer or a spectator, our area provides a number of opportunities for the sports-minded. On June 13, the Spokane Indians kick off their season with fireworks following the 6:30 p.m. game. The Indians have 38 home games scheduled with promotions

throughout the season, from Kids Operate the Ballpark Day (June 22) to Create-Your-Own-CheerSign Day (July 20). This year, the Spokane Indians will unveil a new alternate jersey, spelling out “Spokane” in the native Salish language. Get your “hoop” on! The area’s second-largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament takes over the Spokane Valley Mall on July 19 and 20. The YMCA Hooops Tournament is for athletes entering the third grade up to adult. If dribbling the basketball isn't your thing, volunteers are needed to help facilitate the event. For more information and complete rules, call 777- 9622 or visit Dig your toes into the sand at Browns Park, Pines and 32nd, for volleyball leagues and tournaments offered by Spokane Val-


ley Parks and Recreation and The Evergreen Region Volleyball Association (ERVA). USA Volleyball membership is required to participate in all events. For more information, contact the ERVA office at 290-5552 or

2. ADVENTURE AWAITS If fresh air, sun and adventure are your thing, there is plenty of all three this summer in the Valley. Enjoy whitewater rafting or tubing on the Spokane River. Or follow the river along the Centennial Trail. The 37.5-mile Trail offers stunning views of the Spokane River along a winding course between the Washington–Idaho state line and Sontag Park in Nine Mile Falls. At its eastern border, you can link to the Liberty Lake

trail system or head east across the river along the North Idaho Centennial Trail another 24 miles to Higgens Point on Lake Coeur d’Alene. For a different outdoor activity, discharge a few rounds of ammo at the area's second-largest (and oldest) trap and skeet club, the Spokane Gun Club, 19615 E. Sprague Ave. in Greenacres. The Club offers programs for all skill levels for experienced and inexperienced shooters, including youth programs, ladies only and new shooter clinics. For more, call 926-6505 or Archers can take aim at designated targets on the 10-acre, state-of-the-art archery complex, Spokane Valley Archery, 3809 S.

Linke Road in Greenacres. Classes are available and taught by Level II USAA certified coaches. After a full day of target practice, you can feed the Wild Barbados Sheep for just $2 for a can of food. For hours and information, call 924-3364 or visit Grab a skateboard, wood, ride — or whatever you choose to call it — and take on the over 7,000-square-feet of cement at the Spokane Valley YMCA outdoor skate park, 2421 N. Discovery Place. Riders must wear wristbands and helmets and follow the posted rules. The park is open spring through Labor Day. Get into nature right in the Valley's backyard with a hike through

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Ready … set … go! From the Tot Trot at Green Bluff during July Cherry Festival (above), to various events for all ages in Spokane Valley proper, the local runner’s culture is flush with races.

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one of several hiking trails through the Dishman Hills Natural Area, 625 S. Sargent Road. You might see a coyote, weasel, many of the 50 species of butterflies native to the area, porcupine or a white-tailed deer throughout the 518 acres. At Eagle Peak, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire Spokane Valley. For a trail map, go to www.spokanecounty. org/parks/content.aspx?c=2911

3. GET MOVING Staying in shape won't be hard for the dedicated runner, or even the walker, this summer with several fun run options. Support a worthy cause during the 2014 Chase Strides for SNAP, June 22 at Plantes Ferry Park. The 5K fun run benefits SNAP programs, which serve nearly 43,000 Spokane County residents each year. Gun start is at 10 a.m. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three men’s and women’s finishers. For more: Green Bluff isn't just for pickin' fruits and veggies ... the 36th annual Cherry Pickers Trot is July 17 starting at 5 p.m. It is part of the annual Cherry Festival, held July 12-13 and 19-20. Crossing 4 miles of Green Bluff Orchard country, the race begins at 7 p.m. It is preceded by a Tot Trot for children 5 and under at 6 p.m. Roads are closed during the race, so come early to ensure entry. A highlight of the night is the annual cherry pit spitting contest. The spitting gets started at 5:30 p.m. For more, call 238-4754 or visit trot/index.html. The second annual Spokane Valley Cycle Celebration, presented by Valleyfest, is July 27. Bicyclists have a choice of a 10-mile, 25-mile or 50-mile rides. More info is at Kids can test their endurance as they swim, bike and run to the finish line in the annual YMCA Kids Triathlon, 9 a.m. Aug. 10 at Spokane Valley Mission Park, 11123 E. Mission Ave. For more information, go to www.ymcaspokane. org or call 777-9622. The Millwood Daze Race is a 5K race starting at 9 a.m. Aug. 23. The race is part of Millwood Daze community festival (see No. 7 on page 24).


Above, local kids participate in park programming, while the Terrace View Park lazy river (left), provides a refreshing respite from the summer sun.

4. LIFE FOR THE NON FARMER Nearby farms offer the farmer wannabe fresh pickins' all summer long. Carver Farms in Newman Lake and Green Bluff further north offer partakers the option to pick their own or buy already-picked items like juicy strawberries or raspberries. A rotation of seasonal crops is updated at At Green Bluff, the Strawberry Festival is June 28-29 and July 5-6, followed by the aforementioned Cherry Festival in mid-July. Peaches are ripe Aug. 16 through Labor Day followed by the popular Apple festival. For more information about what's happening on the Bluff, go to

Can't make it to the farm? No problem. The farmers will make it to you. Area farmers markets offer local fresh fruits and vegetables each week. The Millwood Farmers Market is open every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7p.m. through September. For more information, visit www. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Liberty Lake Farmers Market is open for business. Special events are planned throughout the season. Last day is Oct. 11. Check out

5. TAKE A DIP Grab a tube and float lazily down the Terrace Pool Water Feature. Or, for a rush, zip down the

Park Pool slide. Spokane Valley operates three outdoor pools to cool off this summer: Park Road Pool with Slide, 906 N. Park Road; Valley Mission Pool with Zero Depth Entry Pool Feature, 11123 E. Mission Ave.; and Terrace View Pool with Lazy River Feature, 13525 E. 24th Ave. Opening day is June 14. For hours or general information Millwood City Park, 9300 E. Frederick, features a wading pool for the younger swimmer as well as a spray pad to cool down on a hot day. Splash Down Family Waterpark, 11127 E. Mission Ave., opens daily beginning June 12. Opponents can battle it out in “Water Wars,” speed down “Fastball,” or dare to go down one of

four “Spokane Falls” body slides. Visit Once Valley Mission pool closes for the season, man's best friend gets to go for a dip. The third annual Paws in the Pool is Aug. 24-25, with separate swim times for small and large dogs. Cost is just $5 per dog per day. For more, call 688-0300 or visit

6. FUN FOR KIDS — AND KIDS AT HEART Audience participation is required when Eric Herman brings his 5-piece band to CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place, at 2 p.m. June 20. Sing along to the viral hit, “The

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UNUSUAL EVENTS JUST OUTSIDE THE VALLEY Hand-feed buffalo at the Win-Tur Bison Farm, 4742 Highway 231, Springdale. Tours are offered every Friday through Sunday on the hour from noon to 4 p.m., from May 16 to Sept. 30. For more info, call 258-6717 or visit  Known at the “happiest 5K on the planet, “The Color Run” is taking to the streets of Spokane Aug. 3. The run is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. “Color runners’ are doused from head to toe in different colors every kilometer. Visit SUBMITTED PHOTO


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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




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)


The UPS Store in Liberty Lake


You can also register on the day of the race at Pavillion Park

Please mail completed forms to:

Liberty Lake Loop/UPS Store 1324 N. Liberty Lake Road PMB #375 Liberty Lake, WA 99019 Please make checks payable to

LIBERTY LAKE LOOP REGISTRATION Early (before June 27): $20 (includes shirt) $10 (no shirt)



Late (after June 27): $15 (no shirt)


T-SHIRTS Adult Sizes: SM MED LG X-LG Youth Sizes: SM MED LG (6-8) (10-12) (14-16) How did you hear about the race?: Splash Web site Race Rag

Please include payment with form


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Elephant Song,” and others during the free, family-oriented show. Music, comedy and lots of fun, the event is presented in collaboration with Spokane County Library District and Spokane Valley Parks & Recreation. Contact Gwendolyn Haley at 8938362 for more information.  Camping doesn’t have to be in a tent. The Spokane YMCA and Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation have camps and day camps of all shapes and sizes to keep all ages busy. Spokane Valley Parks and Rec has several sports camps or camps to explore your wild side with swimming, water balloon tosses, outdoor twister, obstacle courses and “embracing the mess.” Making Waves is July 28-August 1, where campers construct a large-scale goldfish. YMCA offers several camp options for the sports aficionado, music or film-making lessons for teens — or take the Y’s 90 days of Summer Fitness Challenge. Surf around for more on any of these programs. Summer events for the young at heart abound with senior programs available at the Spokane Valley Senior Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place. Check out all the offerings at

7. COMMUNITY FESTIVAL The City of Millwood is hosting the fifth annual Millwood Daze on Aug. 23. Start the day with a hearty breakfast at the Masonic Temple, serving from 8 a.m. until noon, then run off all the extra calories at the Millwood 5K Dash, starting at 9 a.m. The fun-filled day ends with a community bring-your-own picnic and community baseball game at Millwood Park, starting at 4 p.m.

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joy free summer movies Friday night in the Mirabeau Meadows Park. On July 25, enjoy “Despicable Me” starting at 8:50 p.m. On Aug. 22, “Frozen,” will show at 8:10pm. Again this year, Liberty Lake parks will play host to a total of 10 free summer movies, all slated to start at dusk. The Pavillion Park line-up includes “Frozen,” on July 3 with sing-along (words on screen); “Lorax,” July 11; “The Spiderwick Chronicles,” July 19; “Turbo,” about a race-dreaming snail, July 26; “Princess Bride,” Aug. 2; “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” Aug. 9; and “Brave,” Aug. 29. Additional films set at other locations are the 1953 classic “Roman Holiday” with Audrey Hepburn on July 18 at Rocky Hill Park, and a pair of films at Half Moon Park: “How to Train Your Dragon” on July 25 and “The Croods” on Aug. 16.

9. ENTERTAINMENT UNDER THE SUN AND STARS Watch the sun set while listening to the music of the Spokane Symphony during one of two "Soiree on the Edge" concerts planned. The orchestra will perform on consecutive Wednesday evenings, July 31 and Aug. 7, at the Arbor Crest Wine Cellars. Both performances begin at 7 p.m. at the Valley's most breathtaking concert venue. Concert-goers can bring their own blankets, lawn chairs and picnic dinners while sipping on Arbor Crest wines. Toby's BBQ will be offering food if you don't want to pack your own. This is a 21-and-older event. For more information, visit www. For one other chance to catch the Symphony in the greater Valley, look no further than the Lud Kramer Memorial Concert at Liberty Lake’s Pavillion Park on Aug. 30, a longtime Labor Day weekend tradition that is free of charge. Also free at Pavillion Park, Montana Shakespeare in the Park will perform “As You Like It” at 5 p.m. Aug. 23.


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Area libraries offer summer reading programs for children and adults. Attend an event, then grab a good book to read while sipping a cool beverage. For more, visit or www.libertylakewa. gov/122/Library. Travel back in time and learn about our area’s history at the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, which is open daily to the public at 12114 E. Sprague Ave. For more: 922-4570 or www.valleyheritagecenter. org. Finally, get a glimpse into U.S. history with more than 100 replica flags on display at the new Flag Museum, located on the south side of the Pines Cemetery office, 16th and Pines. For more, call 9262753.

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Summer Reading kicks off with a BANG! Hang out at your library this summer and discover drums, dinosaurs, science, salsa, magic, and more (all free for you, your family and friends!) Visit our website for details.

With a focus this summer on science, the Spokane County Library District summer reading programs are geared to pique the interests of area youth as well as adults. "One of the things I am most excited about is science for all ages," Library Services Manager Gwendolyn Haley said. "We do adult programs every year coinciding with the kid's programs. These allow adults to explore and discover new interests." Literary Elements is the theme of this year’s adult-focused program. It includes an exploration into the genre of cybercrime. Librarian Kandy Brandt will introduce new novels and invite participants to bring their favorite cybercrime novel to share. Those with an interest in food may enjoy the Secrets of Sauerkraut event to learn how fermentation transforms and preserves food without chemicals, additives or vinegar. In addition to fermenting food, the library will offer a presentation of home brewing by Orlison Brewing Company of Airway Heights. "That's practical science for people who like beer," said Haley, who also noted this is the first time they have offered this sort of class. Other adult programs deal with DNA, how the Missoula Floods shaped the area’s topography, and performances by the Spokane band Milonga. "I love live music in the library,"

Haley said. "I am pretty sure there will be dancing too." One of the reasons for the programs is to encourage families to use the library over the summer, Haley said. She noted that studies have shown kids who read over the summer return to school in the fall without losing their skills. Fizz Boom Read, the program theme for children ages 5 and over, features program presentations by Mobius, West Valley Outdoor Learning Center and a discussion about dinosaur discoveries with local author Kelly Milner Halls. Haley said that the library will have lots of books about the subjects on display so that kids and adults can learn more about the ideas introduced during the program. These school-age offerings are just a sampling of the mix of science, building experiences and magic shows available this summer. Kids can turn old toys into art or other creations during Frankentoys, take a journey to Middle Earth with costumes and games, or enjoy a fullband performance by Eric Herman and the Thunder Puppies at CenterPlace. It will also be the first year the Library brings in Charlie Williams, the Noise Guy. "He can make almost any noise the kids can think of," said Haley, who has seen him perform prior. "I remember a little boy I thought was going to spontaneously combust because he was so excited during the show."

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Summer events just for adults Cybercrime: Mysteries and Suspense Find out what happens in novels when wired and wireless networks are used for high-tech crimes. 2 p.m. July 10 (Argonne), 7 p.m. July 29 (Otis Orchards) and 2 p.m. Aug. 6 (Spokane Valley)

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Dr. Kirk Anders, professor at Gonzaga University, will examine the basics of DNA and how it is being used to tailor specific medical treatments. 7 p.m. July 16 at Spokane Valley


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Family and friends thought we were crazy to take our kids (ages four and seven) on a two-week road trip from Spokane to Sinai, S.D. Fortunately for us, our daughters are good travelers, and fortunately for them, their mom is a librarian who knows how to keep them entertained. Since the season of family road trips is upon us, I’ll

let you in our little travel secrets that are available for free at the Spokane Valley Library. My husband has limited tolerance for children’s music, so we have found audiobooks to be a better choice on road trips. With kids three years apart in age, we looked for something that was appealing to all ages. The “Hank the Cowdog” series by John R. Erickson fits the bill. Hank lives on a ranch, where he serves as “ranch security” along with his trusty, if dim, sidekick Drover. These stories have everything needed for a long car trip: action, danger, adventure, humor and even a memorable song or two. We all loved listening and laughing to the stories together. When we’ve had enough togetherness

and there’s still a lot of road ahead of us, we encourage the kids to tune into their own devices. Playaways are a great choice. A Playaway is a small MP3 player pre-loaded with one book. Simply add your own headphones, and you’re off and listening. The great thing about these is that even a younger child can operate them with ease. If you already have an MP3 player, then definitely check out our digital library. Between the audiobooks on OverDrive and all the music offered through Hoopla, you should be able to download enough entertainment to sanely travel there and back again. Gwendolyn Haley is a Library Services Manager at Spokane County Library District.

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Hello again, this is Seth Woodard along with Howard Stegner introducing you to M.M. Cowley, who greatly added to the development of commerce at Spokane Bridge as well as the surrounding area. I, Michael M. Cowley, was born in 1841 in Rathdrum, Wicklow County, Ireland (Rathdrum, Idaho, was named after Rathdrum, Ireland). I was educated in the monastery of Clondalkin. At age 15, seeing no future in Ireland, I made my way alone to America. I had no money when I got here but was able to make it to Rochester, N.Y., where my uncle found a job for me. Two years later, I heard about more gold being discovered in California and headed west. When I reached Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., I needed money, so I took a job with the Army as a teamster — then a sutler (storekeeper). I continued as a sutler in Colorado until the Civil War began. In Placerville, Calif., I worked as a store clerk. My next move was north to Portland and on to Walla Walla, where I bought and worked a small ranch before striking out for the mines near Florence, Idaho. My first experience in mining was ground sluicing for $7 a day and meals. In the fall of 1862, I returned to Walla Walla, sold my ranch, and went into the packing business on a route from Walla Walla through the Spokane Falls area as far north as Wild Horse Creek, British Columbia, Canada. My pack trains consisted of from 40 to 80 mules, each mule carrying 300 pounds of merchandise. In 1867, I established a trad-

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The Cowley house, shown here in this circa 1913 photo, was located on the north side of the Spokane River from the Spokane Bridge development. It still stands today as the third oldest home in Spokane Valley. man in Coeur d’Alene. ing post at Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and started a ferry While I was in Walla across the Kootenai River, Walla, I became acquaintbuying furs from the Indied with a young lady ans and selling supplies to named Annie Connelly, miners. who had left Ireland for It seems that I was alAmerica at age 13. We ways on the move looking were married in 1873, for new experiences, so shortly after I arrived at after five years in Bonners Spokane Bridge. That Ferry, I moved to Spokane same year, Thomas Ford Bridge, where I went into and I built a new enlarged business with Thomas store, and Annie and I Ford buying the trading moved into the old log post, the toll bridge and store building after some other holdings from A.C. remodeling. That is where Kendall, who was in very our two daughters were poor health. Incidentalborn. Several years later, ly, James Glover arrived we built a new house. shortly after I did hoping (That house, which still to buy out Kendall, but stands on the north side since he was too late, he of the river, is the third moved onto what later beoldest house in the Spocame Spokane Falls. kane Valley.) Those were “stirring” In 1881, I bought out days at Spokane Bridge, Ford’s interest and conwhich in 1872 was the tinued the business unlargest place north of til 1889, when I sold the the Snake River, except trading post and moved to for perhaps Colville. It Spokane Falls. (Spokane had two stores, one hoCounty later took over tel, one saloon, a blackthe bridge and replaced it smith shop, a post office with a steel structure.) and a toll bridge. BusiI built another house at ness came primarily from Spokane Falls as I became miners and surrounding more and more involved tribes of Indians. My reIn this 108-year-old clipping from the Spokesmanwith the Traders National lationship with the Coeur Review, M.M. Cowley speaks of the “pioneer days” Bank of Spokane, becomd’Alene tribe improved of the region. ing president of the bank greatly when I learned to in 1892 until I retired 14 speak their language since from the Indians as well as furs. I years later. they didn’t always trust the interpreters. Quin-mo-see held sold them all the necessities, plus pow-wows near Spokane Bridge, beads, bright calico, blankets and Much of the material in this which included horse races, stick face paints. After Glover became article has been gathered from games and trading of goods. established at Spokane Falls, we the writings of Cowley himself and from his daughter, Eleanor I was also in the cattle busi- competed for contracts supplying ness and bought hay and grain the Army stationed at Fort SherCowley Smith, who included

this often told yarn involving her father: “One day a customer, who owed Cowley money but couldn’t pay, hailed Cowley from across the river — wanting to be ferried across. Cowley shouted, “Have you got a dollar?” The customer answered, “No, but I’ll sure pay you as soon as I get it.” Cowley responded, “If you’ve got no money, you’re just as well off on that side of the river as over here.” This installment of the Footprints in the Valley series was written by Spokane Valley Heritage Museum Executive Director Jayne Singleton and Bill Zimmer, a retired educator and longtime West Valley school board member. For more about this article or other aspects of the history of the Spokane Valley region, visit the museum at 12114 E. Sprague Ave. or call 922-4570.

FOOTPRINTS IN THE VALLEY In this 2014 history series from the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, “History Heroes” Seth Woodard and Howard Stegner will take readers on a tour of “Footprints in the Valley,” month by month, through photos, documents, articles and treasure hunts. This month: Meet M.M. Cowley, an Irish immigrant and prominent Spokane Bridge businessman.

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PACE celebrates character of 53 Valley students FROM STAFF REPORTS

More than 400 guests were expected to gather May 29 to celebrate 53 Spokane Valley students who schools identified as personifying the Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) character traits. Gold sponsors Dishman Dodge Ram Chrysler Jeep and Numerica Credit Union were joined by 26 additional sponsors, fellow PACE partners, teachers and principals, elected officials, honored students and their families and friends to recognize and celebrate good character. New this year, three local businesses were recognized with PACE Partner “Best Practice” awards for their efforts to support and promote good character in the community. The awards were presented to Dishman Dodge Ram Chrysler Jeep, KiDDS Dental and the Spokane Shock for their strong, ongoing support of PACE and good character in our community. 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 140 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 January 2014, PACE launched the West Plains Chapter with Cheney and Medical Lake schools and has already grown to 28 partners. “Recognition is such an impor-

tant part of bringing character to light,” said Elea Sprinkle, 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 and PACE partners. 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 and ethics 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 www. The students recognized are listed below.

Elementary schools Adams Elementary School Eli Hogberg, Grade 5 Arthur B. Ness Elementary School Nolan Langford, Grade 5 Broadway Elementary School Rorikai Saucier, Grade 5 Central Valley Kindergarten Center Brooklynn Boulet, Kindergarten Chester Elementary School Aimee Hawley, Grade 5 East Farms STEAM Magnet School Rachel Honaker, Grade 4 Freeman Elementary School Ellie Roibal, Grade 5 Greenacres Elementary School Anatoliy Topov, Grade 5 Liberty Lake Elementary School Halli Densley, Grade 5 McDonald Elementary School


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Students were recognized for their good character during the PACE awards banquet on May 29 at Mirabeau Park Hotel. Central Valley High School Haley Feider, Grade 12

Otis Orchards School Blake Freeman, Grade 8

Continuous Curriculum School Karlee Ludwig, Grade 8

Spokane Valley High School Adaleah “Addie” Ford, Grade 9

Dishman Hills High School Bret Howerton, Grade 11

Summit School Kennedy Clark, Grade 8

East Farms STEAM Magnet School Sofia Morales, Grade 5

Trentwood School Sidney Joy, Grade 4 University Elementary School Karrah Pope, Grade 4

East Valley High School Anthony “AJ” Lucero, Grade 12

Valley Christian School Hannah Hayes, Grade 5

Evergreen Middle School Grant Hannan, Grade 8

Washington Academy of Arts & Technology Logan Heath, Grade 2

Freeman High School Grace Rudy, Grade 12

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Freeman Middle School Marley Pratt, Grade 8

Tekoa High School Rebecca Zimmerman, Grade 11 Trent School Lakiya Anker, Grade 5 Trentwood School Jared Hathaway, Grade 7 University High School Shelby Rotchford, Grade 12 Valley Christian School Chantal Coyner, Grade 12

Barker High School Angela Mace, Grade 10

Greenacres Middle School Dori Ames, Grade 6

Washington Academy of Arts & Technology Max Kostenyuk, Grade 10

Bowdish Middle School Jordyn Ries, Grade 8

Horizon Middle School Lydia Lamm, Grade 8

West Valley City School Jaymee Finke, Grade 8

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CCA places first in TEAMS competition A team from Classical Christian Academy placed first among division II schools in the state-level Tests of Engineering Apititude, Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) competition. Pictured are (back row) Jon Bosse, Rachel Thurman, Heather Norcini, Ellie Heisey, Richelle Manson; (front row) Tristan Schmick, Alan Ballew and Elisha Coad.


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Students from Valley Christian School restained the wood structure at Pavillion Park and picked up trash in Liberty Lake among other projects in May. All secondary students at the school served throughout the Valley area as part of their school schedule.

Since 2008, the Valley Chamber Business Centers have conducted the NxLeveL® Entrepreneur Training Program. NxLeveL® is a 13week evening class offered for adults who have started or are planning to open a business to achieve their next level of success. To date, we have helped over 150 entrepreneurs complete the program in one of our three courses offered per year. The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber offers the program under the auspices of the WSU’s Small Business Development Center. Our program is considered to be the most dynamic of its kind in the state, due to the level of community involvement. It is facilitated by trained Chamber staff, contractors and volunteers from the business community with special interest created by guest experts from the fields of marketing, HR, media, management, accounting and banking. NxLeveL® provides the opportunity for participants to complete a functional business plan. Tuition per participant is $495, which includes all books and resource materials. Significant discounts are available for multiple students representing the same business. After completion of forms and an interview, a deposit of $150 is required to secure registration in the class, with the balance due at the first class. The program is also approved for the

Chamber events in June June 3, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Government Action committee meeting, Program: Reflections on the spring legislative session. Valley Hospital Education Center, 12606 E. Mission. Cost: $20 (includes lunch). Register at June 6, 8 to 9 a.m., Ambassador committee meeting, The Otis Grill, 21902 E. Wellesley, Otis Orchards. June 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Business Connections Lunch, Program: Digital Marketing/Social Media. Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N Sullivan, Spokane Valley. Coffee and conversation begin at 11:30 a.m.; program at noon. Cost: $28 members and guests; $45 nonmembers. Register at

Senator visits WVHS Senator Mike Padden visited West Valley High School recently to observe how the teacher collaboration time process has a direct impact on student success. Pictured are Superintendent Dr. Gene Sementi, WVHS Principal Gary Neal, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jean Marczynski and Senator Padden. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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The investment of a new owner is bringing new life to the Pines and South Pines cemeteries. Fairmount Memorial Association, Spokane's largest locally owned, full-service, nonprofit cemetery, funeral and crematory company, purchased Opportunity Cemetery Association's assets last June. The assets include Pines Cemetery at 16th Avenue and Pines Road as well as South Pines Cemetery at 32nd and Highway 27. The assets became available after a former board member, who managed Opportunity Cemetery Association, passed away. "They didn't want a national firm to end up with it," said Denny York, Fairmount’s President and CEO. “They wanted a local firm that was also a nonprofit.” The purchase ended a 25-year search by Fairmount to add Valley property to its holdings. After taking ownership, Fairmount set out to complete renovations at both properties. "These two cemeteries are big on our priority list," York said. "We think we owe it to the families. To become a premium cemetery, we're going to have to make it look like a premium cemetery." The projects began with an extensive cleaning up of the grounds, including engaging 10 groundskeepers specifically to trim out the entire cemetery. "It hadn't been done for years," York said. "They were here 14 full days. It took that long to get it back to what it should be."

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At left, Denny York, president/CEO of Fairmount Holdings Inc., stands with Family Service Representative Rob Goff at the Pines Cemetery. Fairmount purchased the cemetery property last year to add a Spokane Valley presence to its holdings. On the northwest corner of the cemetery's mausoleum lawn, Fairmount plans to build an approximately 1-acre cremation garden. The garden will feature pathways and a bridge for scattering a loved one’s ashes. "It's one of the most successful things we've done," York said of the cremation gardens at Fairmount's other facilities. "This is for future generations that want to come visit." In the near future, York said Fairmount intends to replace the fencing and upgrade the sprinkler system at the Pines cemetery. At the newer South Pines location, Fairmount needed to replace the well pump for $26,000. Other projects in the works for later this year include a lighted water feature and a columbarium, a wall to store cremated remains, in the center of the 7-acre developed section. Eventually, York said the Fairmount intends to enhance the entryway and plant trees inside the cemetery. "The real challenge has been at South Pines, if you drive by it doesn't look like a cemetery," York said. At Pines and 16th, the cemetery's office was converted into a sales office while the building's exterior received a new roof and paint. The interior was updated with new carpet, paint and furniture. This summer, York said Fairmount plans to fix the air filtration system and air conditioning in the mausoleum, located on the south side of the cemetery. York said they also plan to replace the roof.

FOR MORE ... Pines Cemetery, located at 16th and Pines Road, has been a part of the Spokane Valley since 1910. South Pines Cemetery, located at the corner of 32nd Avenue and Highway 27, opened in 2007. Fairmount Memorial Association, which purchased the properties last year, has been locally owned and operated since 1888. Pines Cemetery sales office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The Flag Museum is open to the public during these hours. For more information, call 926-2753 or visit Under the direction of Rob Goff, Pines Cemetery’s family service representative, Fairmount opened up additional cemetery plots at Pines Cemetery for the first time in several years on the north and south side of the property. "It's been a big blessing for the cemetery because it was assumed there was no available property left," Goff said. These additional spots became available because of Goff 's idea to convert grassed utility roads into plots. "We just looked at it differently," York said. "That's been a big deal for families out here."

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Biz Notes

Staff for new branch named

Cameron-Reilly expands with purchase

Incyte Diagnostics acquires MCL

Thomas receives promotion

Cameron-Reilly, a Spokane Valley-based concrete construction company, has purchased Meidling Concrete Inc. The acquisition adds Meidling’s focus on flat slabs, concrete polishing and concrete painting to Cameron-Reilly’s capabilities. Cameron-Reilly offices are located 309 N. Park Road, in Spokane Valley.

Incyte Diagnostics acquired the Yakima-based pathology group Medical Center Laboratory (MCL). MCL has provided clinical and anatomic pathology services in the Yakima community for more than 40 years. Owned and operated by pathologists, Incyte Diagnostics is a private company founded in 1957 by pathologists to provide anatomic diagnostic services in the Pacific Northwest. Incyte Diagnostics has laboratories located in Spokane Valley, Bellevue, Walla Walla and Pullman.

Nicole Thomas was recently promoted to service manager at Independent Wealth Connections. She has over ten years experience in a variety of sales and service occupations including retail, entertainment, customer service and THOMAS advertising. According to a press release, she has consistently displayed exceptional customer service and has created a level of “confidence and likability” well above average. Independent Wealth Connections is located at 2610 N. Pines Road.

Numerica promotes Ciani Lynn Ciani was recently promoted to executive vice president, general counsel at Numerica Credit Union. Ciani has more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry. Ciani graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration from UCLA. She also earned her Juris Doctor with cum laude honors from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Ciani is a member of the Washington, Idaho and California bars.

Discount City moves to Industrial Park Discount City Inc., a used appliance repair and warehousing business, has leased approximately 4,500 square feet of space in Building 2 in the Spokane Business and Industrial Park at 3808 N. Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley.


United Health Services Credit Union announced its staff for its new Spokane Valley branch at 16402 E. Sprague. UHSCU’s Spokane Valley team will include: Bryan Crabbe, branch

manager; Sue Wendt, member services representative; Shanna Hickam, financial services representative; and Robin Walter and Laura Kneesham, tellers. A grand opening for the branch is scheduled for June 27.

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Spokane Teacher’s Credit Union awarded $5,000 to area teens, including $1,000 to students from Dishman Hills High School in the Spokane Valley (pictured above), to help brighten the lives of hospitalized children, as part of STCU’s Hundred Dollar Project. The Sandpoint High School Interact Club received the most votes, winning $2,500 for its work of providing baby supplies to a local food bank. A three-person team from

Rogers High School received $1,500 to help provide supplies to homeless women and children. This is the third year for the Hundred Dollar Project, which encourages teens to “start a movement, launch an innovation, brighten a life or change the world.” Earlier this year, 35 teams of teens from Washington and Idaho submitted project ideas, and judges narrowed those down to 10 that received $100 each.

Each of the 10 finalists were invited to report back with a video showing how they used the $100 to do good. From April 14 through April 18, visitors to watched the videos and submitted more than 1,600 votes for the project they felt was most deserving of further prizes. (See the videos produced by the three winning teams at www. With branches throughout the Inland Northwest, STCU is based in Liberty Lake.

Seven Spokane-area educators were honored as teachers of the year at the Spokane Lilac Festival’s annual All City-Civic Military Luncheon. Each Teacher of the Year is selected by the Lilac royal court member from his or her school. Recipients were invited to ride on the Spokane Lilac Festival float in the annual Spokane Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade on May 17. Spokane Teacher’s Credit Union sponsors the Teachers of the Year recognition and provides each teacher with a $250 grant. This year’s recipients were: • Tamara Gower, Ferris High School, selected by Kaylee Pearson. • Peggy Wells, Freeman High School, selected by Mackenzie Claeys (upper right photo). • Regan Drew, Riverpoint Academy, selected by Chelsea Evans.

• David Whitehead, Mount Spokane High School, selected by Elsie Story. • Cathy Hopson, Valley Christian School, selected by Bekah Fields (lower right photo). • Robin Barnhart, Central Valley High School, selected by Maddie DeGeest (upper left photo). • Ann Everett, Medical Lake High School, selected by Majestic Tschabold.


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U-Hi boys enjoy record tennis season By Mike Vlahovich


It only took a little more than 50 years for a University boys tennis team to win a Greater Spokane League district championship — but who’s counting? The Titans beat every Greater Spokane League team except champion Lewis and Clark, had a 10-1 overall record and remarkably sent both finalists in singles and doubles, to the Region 3A tournament. “We beat all the 4A schools except LC,” coach Aaron Alteneder said. “I don’t think in the history of the school we ever beat two of those (other four 4A teams) in a year.” In the 1980s, Alteneder took over the girls tennis program at East Valley and the team, decimated by graduation, had but a single person come back. He scrounged up

TITAN GIRLS TO STATE Both University girls doubles teams qualified for state, which was contested May 30 and 31 in Kennewick. At the regional tournament, RyLee Skidmore and Katelyn Schmidt reached the doubles finals, finishing second, and the team of Sonja Bertrand and Julia Adair finished third in order to advance.

enough inexperienced girls from his geometry classes, he said, and the Knights ultimately went undefeated three straight years. “We started basically from nothing,” he said of his EV introduction to tennis. “That first year, we went 1-9.” The win came in the final match of the season, and “we might as well have won the super bowl.” Things differed in the Titan program. Instead of teaching them to play tennis and “calling it good,” he said the talent was there, so the players needed to focus on effort. “Going forward, they responded fantastically,” Alteneder said. “They were maybe as good as any kids I’ve ever coached.” En route, nine Titans combined won 75 percent of their sets, dropping two or fewer games eight times with three shutouts. Season No. 1 player, sophomore Kyle Smithgall, beat No. 3 Tyler Bates for the district singles championship. No. 2 Josh Ramsey and No. 4 Seth Olson, a junior, teamed up to top juniors Brad Earl (No. 5) and Andy Jackson (No.6) in the doubles title match. Until last year, Olson had been focused on baseball. During regional competition, all six Titans reached the quarterfinals, with Smithgall and the doubles team of Ramsay and Olson placing fourth, just short of state qualification. Additionally, juniors Jason Pierre and

Sports Briefs Athletes to be honored Several local athletes and coaches were among finalists recently announced for the 2013-14 Spokane Youth Sports Awards. Finalists from the Valley area include: Top male coach: Andres Monrroy, Central Valley High School; Jon Schuh, University High School High school top female team: Central Valley High School girls soccer, University High School slow pitch softball High school top male team: Freeman High School football Non-high school top individual male athlete: Sam Polsin, University/Central Valley Titans Lacrosse The winners will be announced during a ceremony June 10 at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox in Spokane. For more:

Johnson named finalist as top NHL rookie Tyler Johnson, former Spokane Chiefs

standout and Central Valley High School graduate, was named one of three finalists for the Calder Trophy, which honors the top rookie in the National Hockey League. Johnson, a Liberty Lake native, is a standout center for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He is the subject of a feature story this month in The Current’s sister publication in Liberty Lake. Read it online at

Indians open season The Spokane Indians host the Eugene Emeralds during their season opener June 13 at Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana. The game will be followed by a fireworks show behind center field fence. During the course of the season, additional fireworks nights, Yokes $1 Family Feast nights, giveaways and special events will take place. Individual game tickets, ticket packages and group areas are now on sale. For tickets and more information, go to


From left, Kyle Smithgall, Josh Ramsey, Seth Olson, Brad Earl, Andy Jackson and Tyler Bates all advanced to regionals from University High School’s district-winning tennis team. Nolan Osborn went undefeated in the GSL at No. 3 doubles. And doubles players Chris Osborn and Joe Palozzolo won 13 of 18 matches. Alteneder waxed philosophically in a treatise on what he calls a “niche” sport, one unlike the more visible sports that attract a large following. Creating a winning culture, he wrote, consisted of insisting his players not cut corners by avoiding training outside the tennis court confines. “It opened an entire dialog of why we were there, what my role was in helping them to develop,” he wrote, and that it was counterproductive to success if they cheated, for instance, on a training run. “Since the players were pretty experienced, I did not tweak a lot, concentrating mainly on strategy,” Alteneder wrote. “Sometimes this meant re-

ally focusing on just one aspect of the game over and over and trying to help develop a love of the game.” He was driving past the U-Hi tennis courts two hours after practice had concluded and saw several players working out on their own. That kind of dedication, he said, showed up in the season results. “The best part of it all for me, is when they place only the third plaque in half a century of boys tennis on the U-Hi gym wall (the other two were for league championships),” he said, “and any one of my players walk into the gym long after they graduate that it matters to them how that plaque has special meaning.” That is what he referred to when he talked to his players about “the culture of sport; the culture of tennis.”

WV track team succeeds with speed By Mike Vlahovich


Vic Wallace was a former track sprinter at North Central and college football player before he hooked up helping coach at West Valley. A sprinter himself, it was logical it would be the Eagles head coach’s focus. With a nod to Top Gun’s Maverick, WV has “the need ... the need for speed.” They took it to another level in winning the Great Northern League and district championships, sending a wealth of sprint and hurdles talent to the May 2931 State 2A meet.

Eagles sprinters took the top three places in the 100, led by Teven Duke and Zech Herford, swept the top three berths in the 110 and went one-two in the 300 hurdles, Marcus Jackson and Mack Baxter splitting 1-2 finishes. Some ran on both the 400 and 1,600 relays champions that account for 96 of WV’s meet-winning 178.5 points. It wasn’t speed alone. Pole vault champion Brendon Algeier cleared 14-6 and runner-up was Josh Miller. Other qualifiers are relay runners Martin Herford, Taylor Morton, Hunter Ferguson, Naddan Shaw, Skylar Ovnicek and Alex Hall.

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New EV coach’s story has personal appeal New East Valley High School boys basketball coach Jason Wilson enjoys time with his son, J.J., at a family gathering on Lake Pend Oreille.

By Mike Vlahovich THE FINAL POINT

Some might consider hanging with coaches socially a breach of journalistic ethics. I plead guilty. I’ve shared postgame buffets and chatter at their homes; ran Bloomsdays with a state championship winning football coach; been a teammate with others on numerous recreational sports teams; coached some in their youth who went on to coach; including a Valley high school and Eastern Washington basketball star who, when a new high school opened, built her state championship program from scratch. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d ever write about a head coach whose son I’ve babysat. Eighteen years ago, I was reminded recently on Facebook, I wrote a story about recently named East Valley boys basketball coach Jason Wilson. The story was about basketball’s catharsis for a University High player whose world had turned tragically upside down. Little could I know at that time that five years later, he would marry my brother’s daughter, Tracie, essentially making him my nephew-in-law. Jason and Tracie have three beautiful children: daughters Sophia, 11, and Gabbie,

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Girls qualifiers are McCall Skay in the 3,200, Rachel McGlothlen in the shot put and Ashley Meyer in the 800.

Knights join party The one-two distance punch of Scott Kopczynski and Chad Stevens will try and duplicate their performance during last fall’s State 2A cross country race. Stevens upset Kopczynski for the title in November. The two have chased each other in the 1,600 and 3,200 races this spring. During district competition, Kopczynski won both races with a season best 4 minutes, 15.81 seconds time in the former, and for him a somewhat pedestrian 9:29.05 in the latter, eight seconds below his season best. Stevens clocked 4:18.29 and 9:33.6.


7, and son J.J, 4. I consider them surrogate grandchildren, since my three single kids have yet to cooperate. From time-to-time, when Jason would head to basketball practice as JV coach at East Valley and Tracie was still at work, I watched their youngest, although I’m not sure at what level of competence: (True story: We were in my backyard on a snowy winter day throwing a ball to my daughter Linse’s high-strung dog. You know that sly testing glance you get from a child trying to get away with something he shouldn’t? J.J. tested the apparently icedover winter cover of our swimming pool. Just before I could warn him of the danger, he landed on his back, winter clothing covered in slush, wails of anguish.) During Jason’s senior year at U-Hi in 1995-96, I wrote about the anguish of a first-year varsity basketball player whose father and stepmother died three months apart and whose stepsister eventually had to return to her home in Washington, D.C.

“I didn’t know where I was going to go,” he says today. “When I think about it, it was pretty amazing.” Parents of two of his friends offered to take him in, he said. One even finished off the basement so he’d have a room of his own. Although it was his only year on varsity and at first he was merely a substitute, basketball was his salvation. “It helps considerably,” he told me at the time. “If I were sitting home, I’d go crazy.” Looking back, it seems coaching was foreordained. Soft-spoken when you’re around him, Jason is hardly the Type A personality you’d expect of a coach. Like his son, “I was pretty shy, I guess,” he said. “I’ve had people tell me, ‘you’re so quiet off the court.’” On the court? I took in one of his junior varsity games, stunned how this mild-mannered Clark Kent morphed into frenzied Bobby Knight.

Joining the duo at state are 800 and relay runner Casey Pederson, 200 and relay runner Cody Sherwood. Other relays team members are Kameron Summers, Nik Young, Colton Brown, Willie Stoutzenberger, Chris Janessa and Kody Vegessa. The Knights girls were district champions with 148 points led by the throws and distance efforts of Elisha Allred and Brittany Aquino. Aquino lopped off big chunks of time while winning the 1,600 and 3,200 in season-best times. Her 5:21:67 metric mile was 9.4 seconds faster than previously and 11:21.2 was 13.5 faster. Allred won the discus at 121-9 (her season best is 136-11) and javelin at 123-4. Others advancing to state are Alex Rankin in the high jump and relays, Zoe Novakovich in the 100 hurdles and relays and Taylor Sellers in the 200 spring and relays. Rounding out the relays are Taylor

Morscheck, Miccaela Verda, Sarah Byrne and Riley Short.

University sends quartet The Titans had a pair of regional titlists and qualified four to the State 3A track meet. Patrick Miranne won the 800 in 1:56.53. Pole vaulters Daniel Martin and Forrest Rogers went one-two, both clearing 14-feet. High hurdler Josh Smith joins them this weekend. Distance runner Grant Marchant from Valley Christian and sprinter Jackson Axtell from Freeman are among locals at the State 1B and 1A fields.

Golfers do battle Several Valley boys and girls golfers participated in their respective state tournaments contested in late May after The Current went to press. They were: University’s Nicholas Dixon, Katie Ochoa and Hannah Gropp; West

“I found being shy doesn’t really work when you’re coaching,” he understated. His persona changed during one frustrating summer league outing. “It wasn’t that I was really yelling. I found the more I talked to them and was engaged with the kids, the more I got out of them.” When Drew Vanderpool retired following this season, Jason was elevated to the head coaching position with the backing of players and parents. His plan is to simplify the playbook — even though he has a binder of copious notes gleaned over years studying the game — run when they can and play pressure, full-court defense. Beyond stressing competitiveness is a holistic approach from one who has been there. “Part of the appeal of coaching is working with the kids and helping them on and off the court,” Jason explained. “I always tell them (they) can talk to me whether it’s basketball or anything else. If they’re stuck in the middle of the night, I’ll do what I can to help you and we’ll go from there. We’re here for basketball, but it’s more than that.” Jason said that in the back of his mind, he always thought coaching would be fun. He assisted in track at his alma mater, hooked up with then-EV coach Steve Henderson and just completed his ninth year as the assistant. The stakes are higher now, but that doesn’t mean he won’t make time for family. And just maybe they’ll trust me to babysit once more. Mike Vlahovich is a longtime Spokane Valley sportswriter and member of the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame Scroll of Honor. Valley’s Tim Titus and Ashley Reitan; East Valley’s Ryan Brown, and Freeman’s Ryan Maine, Bayley Stajer and Olivia Griffith. West Valley’s Chris Meyer qualified in tennis.

Knights, Scotties baseball The memorable multi-sport careers of J.T Phelan and Gage Burland came to an end when East Valley was eliminated in the first round of the State 2A baseball tournament. EV won league and district tournaments before losing 2-1 to Selah and finishing with a 17-6 record. Phelan starred in football, basketball and baseball and was a multiple All-GNL selection in each. Burland was a football and baseball standout. Both will play on after high school. Freeman was unbeaten in the Northeast A League, but lost its last three playoff games, including the state tournament opener to finish 18-4.

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Exercise integrity daily By Sarah Richards


I enjoy working out. The benefits are numerous, but I’ll give you my top three: 1. I look and feel good. 2. I get to test my mental and physical limits. 3. I’ve made friends with some amazing people who inspire me. Now you may be wondering, “What does exercise have to do with integrity?” Aside from enjoying the three aforementioned benefits, integrity, like exercise, requires consistency and alignment. The definition of integrity, the PACE character trait for June, is “living a set of values which includes honesty, respect for others and a sense of personal responsibility.” Integrity encompasses all other PACE character traits, as well as how consistently and genuinely you apply them in your own life. Integrity is the bond made up of your beliefs, actions and words — all of which work together to build a foundation of your character. When those three elements are in alignment, you have a sense of wholeness. When one or more of those three are out of sync, there’s usually a feeling of uneasiness or unsureness, or even discordance or chaos.

Consistently tuning your integrity Have you tried to work out when you

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OPINION felt “out of alignment” or haven’t properly warmed up for the task? You just don’t feel like you’re accomplishing much. It’s true for integrity too. Fortunately, you can fine-tune your integrity a lot like you can fine-tune your body. It all begins with belief. Frank Outlaw, founder of a southern grocery chain called Bi-Lo, said it best: “Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” Integrity, like exercise, is an active concept. So here’s an exercise in integrity, along with some measurable results. First, write down character traits, values and beliefs you already hold, and those that you want to embody. There’s magic in the written word. It’s a tangible reminder of who you are and where you’re going. Next, write down the words and phrases you catch yourself saying frequently and the actions you take every day. Do your words and actions seem aligned with your beliefs, character and values? Take inventory of it, make connections, or note any disconnects. If your words and actions don’t line up with your beliefs, then perhaps you hold a different set of beliefs than what you thought. That’s OK. However, it’s important to be true and aligned. If you are seeking change, play “one of these things is not like the other” with your list, and embrace the antithesis of the belief, words or action that you seek to change. Rinse and repeat until your beliefs, words and actions align. At the end of the day/month/year, check in and refer to the first benefit mentioned earlier. Do you look good to yourself and others? Do you feel good? Do others feel good about you? How well you align and exercise your integrity will help you find that answer. Another resulting benefit is the opportunity to test your integrity’s limit. There will be times when belief wavers, and situations get challenging and uncomfortable. If you can remind yourself of why you are here on this earth and how you want to be, you can see what your integrity is made of, and flex those integrity muscles. You’ll remember these times always and will be stronger for it. Lastly, but certainly not least, when you exercise your integrity, you make likeminded friends who inspire you and who help to build you and your character up. We all make decisions about integrity every day, whether we’re conscious about it or not. It’s deciding to “live a set of values” daily. Exercise your integrity daily, as the little day-to-day decisions you make set your course for your destiny. Sarah Richards is the PACE Coordinator and Public Information Specialist with the Central Valley School District, a founding PACE partner.

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Fairmount hired two full-time salespeople to work on site who can sell plots on any of the association's seven properties. Currently, 60 plots have been sold. York also noted that for the first time in a very long time, upright markers and cremation benches can be purchased and installed for plots. Prior to the ownership change, only flat markers were allowed. "We brought them back to the cemetery, and they're selling well," York said. "We offer a lot of choice." As part of the Fairmount Association's flag program, 45 American flags lined up at Pines Cemetery to honor veterans over the Memorial Day weekend. This unique program began in 1971 at one of the association's properties, and every year, more than 3,500 flags “stand guard” throughout the seven cemeteries. "If you've never seen this, it's absolutely spectacular," York said. At the end of May, an intimate flag museum opened to the public on the Pines grounds. The museum is housed in a small building located near the cemetery's office. One hundred replica flags are on display. The museum moved from the Fairmount Memorial Park in Spokane out to the Valley to allow it to be open on a consistent basis. With the addition of the Pines locations, Fairmount owns and operates seven cemeteries around the area, including Riverside Memorial Park at 508 N. Government Way; Greenwood Memorial Terrace at 211 N. Government Way; Spokane Memorial Gardens at 5909 S. Cheney-Spokane Road; Fairmount Memorial Park at 5200 W. Wellesley; and Woodlawn Cemetery at 909 S. Thierman Road. This gives the Association 338 acres of developed property and 780 acres of undeveloped. The Pines Cemetery has 35 acres, and South Pines has seven acres developed, with another 69 acres of undeveloped farmland. "We think we have enough property to go out another 2,000 years," York said, stating the reason for slow development is the growing popularity of cremation. "We've only developed an acre and a half in the last 10 years." York did not disclose the price of the sale but did say as part of the agreement, Fairmount assumed Opportunity's debt held on the South Pines Cemetery location. Fairmount Holdings Inc., a for-profit division of the nonprofit Association, also owns Heritage Funeral Home and two community cremation and funeral storefronts located on East Sprague and North Division, respectively.

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Rockin’ B Ranch 9 Side by Side Counseling Services 25 Simonds Dental Group 2 Spokane County Library District 26 Spokane Indians 25 Spokane Spine & Disc 40 Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce 31 SYSA 7 The Floor Works 32 Valley Christian School 30 Church Directory 21 Service Directory 32

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Fallen heroes remembered via Liberty Lake circuit course


A Fallen Heroes Circuit Course honoring the memory of U.S. Air Force Capt. Victoria Ann Pinckney was dedicated at Pavillion Park in Liberty Lake on Memorial Day following a breakfast hosted by the Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary Club. This was the second installment of five courses representing each branch of the military to be placed throughout the city. The first course was built at Rocky Hill Park last September honoring Marine Cpl. Joshua Dumaw of Spokane Valley.

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Hummer of a summer: Even if you never leave Spokane Valley, why you have absolutely, positively no excuse to get bored.

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