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Leading with Character – Werner approaches oneyear mark as Valley Police chief By Craig Howard Current Editor Integrity. Honesty. Accountability. Mark Werner learned these traits and more growing up around Air Force bases across the country. His enlisted dad and persistent mom made sure that Mark and his two siblings learned the importance of a good work ethic and the importance of following through – even when it wasn’t always the easiest path. “We definitely learned about responsibility,” Werner said. “My parents were fantastic.” The military life meant stops for the family in Hawaii, Florida, Colorado and Washington, D.C., after Mark was born in Mississippi. When the Werners settled in the northeastern Washington town of Newport during Mark’s junior year of high school, Mark remembers it feeling like home. “I liked the small-town environment,” he said. “It was a change from some of the larger urban areas we’d lived in. In Newport, you were close to the outdoors, you got to know people.” The move represented a homecoming for Mark’s parents who had met when both were living in Chewelah. They had returned to the Evergreen State to be closer to their parents. Mark played football and basketball in school but was small for his age. The growth would come after he graduated from high school in 1982. “I was a late bloomer,” he recalls. Werner enrolled at Spokane Community College and studied criminal justice before leaving to work part-time and save money for school. A stint in the logging field lasted around a year before he decided to follow his father and older brother and enlist in the Air Force.

Mark Werner was named Spokane Valley Police chief last June, replacing Rick VanLeuven who retired after nine years leading SVPD. Werner began with the Spokane County Sheriff ’s Office in 1994 as a patrol deputy. Photo by Craig Howard Werner was initially stationed in Great Britain in 1984. A year later he was married. Werner and his wife returned to the States in 1988 and have remained in the Spokane area ever since. In 1993, Werner received his bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in criminal justice from Eastern Washington University. The diploma would open doors for a career change from the military to law enforcement. In December 1994, Werner joined the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy. It would begin a career span that would see him climb the ranks to detective, patrol sergeant and chief criminal deputy. Along the way, he also distinguished himself as a leader with the SWAT Team where he served with eventual Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. When Spokane Valley Police Chief Rick VanLeuven announced he would retire in 2016, Werner emerged as one of the candidates for the job. He was among three nominees from the Sheriff’s Office to be interviewed. On June 14, 2016, Werner was announced as the third police chief in the city’s history. Q: How do you think your background, especially growing up in a military family, affected your career path? A: Having been raised in a family with my father serving in the United States Air Force certainly influenced my decision to serve in the USAF. I think my parents being raised in small hard-working communities in northeastern Washington and instilling in me

many of the values they grew up with such as family, community, responsibility, discipline, honor and integrity were consistent with the values I saw in the law enforcement community, which made this career path appealing to me. Q: Why did you eventually decide to pursue law enforcement as a profession? A: A lot of it goes back to seeing the values I grew up with being represented in the law enforcement community and a desire to be involved in serving our communities by helping to keep them safe. Q: You've held a number of different jobs in the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. How do you think those duties may have helped you prepare to be a police chief? A: Having had a wide range of experiences allows me to relate to the experiences our officers/ deputies are experiencing as they progress through their law enforcement careers. The increase in responsibilities in these different positions certainly has broadened my view of the criminal justice system and our role in it. Knowing and understanding these processes enables me to navigate and impact change more effectively. Q: Talk about the process of being named chief of Spokane Valley Police. Is this a role that you were aspiring to? A: The initial process included submitting a resume, two different panel interviews and a writing assignment. This was not a position I was aspiring to. However, under the Spokane Valley contract with

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the (Spokane County) Sheriff’s Office, the sheriff is required to submit three qualified candidates for the position. As I began to think about the interview process, I recognized I needed to represent the Sheriff’s Office and myself in the most positive light. At the end of this process, I just wanted Spokane Valley to recognize it had three qualified candidates to consider. As it turns out, I was selected and I’m grateful for it. We have a lot of wonderful, hardworking personnel working in the Spokane Valley Police Department who are committed to providing quality law enforcement services to the community. This position challenges me by requiring me to move out of my comfort zone in many aspects. I am very pleased with the way things turned out and I am honored to have this opportunity to work with committed men and women in the service of this community. Q: How did your predecessor, former Chief Rick VanLeuven, influence some of the ways you are approaching your new duties? A: Chief VanLeuven’s commitment to providing topquality law enforcement service to this community resonates today. His steadfast leadership created an effective-running organization with the right people in the right positions, which has made my transition to this new position so much easier because it’s not like there was anything broken. Q: How would you best describe the connection between the Spokane Valley Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office? A: There is a connection of mutual benefit, which results in a greater service and response level for the community that would not exist independent of one another. Sheriff (Ozzie) Knezovich’s leadership and support are what makes this relationship work so effectively. Q: What has the learning curve been like in your first year? A: It really has been fairly smooth. I’ve had some learning experiences along the way and anticipate I’ve got a few more in my future. Participation in the weekly City Council and city staff meetings has taught me a lot about how hard the people entrusted to make decisions and provide services to

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Millwood faces continued scrutiny over land purchase

By Mary Anne Ruddis Current Correspondent Citizen opinion is still readily apparent at Millwood City Council meetings over the controversial purchase of two land parcels in a residential area on South Riverway. In question is the city’s decision to purchase the properties and their intended use. In public comments, residents raised concerns about the purchase price of the parcels and questioned the council as to why they would pay over and above the appraised price for the properties. The council was also challenged on the legality of paying more than the appraised price. The city attorney responded that the price included closing costs and various liens and encumbrances on the properties. This was not a satisfactory answer for the residents and another speaker brought the question to the council again in the second open comments section. The city attorney questioned the format of the public comments stating that the forum should not be one of questions and answers and that he would be happy to meet with anyone individually to discuss the particulars. When questioned on the choice of purchasing the properties in the residential area, the city maintained that the lots were purchased in accordance with the city’s Shoreline Master Plan (SMP). The plan included provisions to “improve and maintain public access to the river” as well as “retain public rights-of-way within the shoreline area and where possible provide public visual or physical access to the shoreline.” In approving the SMP the City Council noted that less than 2 percent of the city’s shoreline is publicly owned and called for more public access to the river. The issue as to the use of the properties has been referred to the Planning Commission for public input and recommendations. The Planning Commission meets the last Wednesday of the month. The March 29 meeting agenda included the potential uses of the South Riverway property with a focus on the site conditions. Subsequent meetings will address public concerns to identify and evaluate possible uses. After studying the issue and receiving public input, the Planning Commission will compile a report

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on or before Aug.1for the council to consider in making their final decision on use. Information and meeting times for the public process will be emailed or mailed to interested parties, posted on the city’s public notice bulletin boards and posted on the city’s website. To be added to the project distribution list, send an email to info@millwoodwa.us or a note to the City of Millwood 9103 E Frederick Ave, Millwood, WA 99206. Other comments reiterated concerns from previous meetings that a public park along the river in a residential neighborhood brings unwanted elements from outside the community including litter, noise, crime and unruly behavior into the area. Also of concern is speeding on Dalton and questions about the policing contract with the county. Millwood has the equivalent of a three-quarter time officer in the contract with the county. Due to constraints at the county level, that does not necessarily equate to having enough patrols. The city is exploring engineered speed controls such as speed bumps to help alleviate the issue. Other items included an approval to update the existing Water Master Plan that expires in February 2018. The update would be in place for another 10 years. Sidewalk work on Grace Ave is set to begin after school is out around mid-June and scheduled to be completed at the end of August before school starts again. The Spokane Regional Transportation Council approved the city’s application for funding for a congestion relief project on Argonne Road for the preliminary engineering design and right-of-way acquisition. The project involves widening Argonne between Frederick Avenue and Liberty to allow for installation of left turn pockets at Euclid/Empire, Dalton and Liberty. The council decided that it would be best to have a full council and asked the mayor to search for a candidate to fill the council seat vacated when Connie Smith resigned in February. Smith resigned amid controversy over the legality of the process used in filling the seat and questions of conflict of interest. Smith was the realtor who sold the city the properties currently being heatedly debated. The mayor will be soliciting applications from candidates over the next month. The city has a new website at www.millwoodwa.us. The old website www.cityofmillwood.org will remain active for a time but will not be updated. Visitors will be referred to the new site for all current information.

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Continued from page 2 Spokane Valley work to get these things accomplished. Q: What would you say are some of the biggest challenges your department faces in this community? A: I’m going to take the liberty to categorize “challenges” into internal challenges and external challenges. Our current number one internal challenge is retention and recruitment of qualified law enforcement personnel. This situation is not unique to the Spokane Valley Police Department or Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. This is a nationwide issue and it is being discussed between law enforcement agencies nationwide. We are currently looking at implementing some strategies to improve our applicant pool and will continue to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs. Our number one external challenge is addressing property crimes. Anyone who has lived in this region knows we have had a significant issue with property crimes in the last several years. There is a direct correlation between property crimes and drug addiction; specifically, opioid and methamphetamine addiction. I strongly believe as a community, we cannot adequately address the property crimes issue without addressing the driving force of most these crimes, which is drug addiction. The drug addiction issue is a very complex problem with no

quick and easy solutions. Q: From SCOPE to Crime Check to Neighborhood Watch, citizens here have opportunities to be part of the solution when it comes to keeping their community safe. What advice would you give to residents who want to do more to help themselves and their neighbors? A: Certainly call in and make a report of any suspicious activity or crimes occurring. Getting to know your neighbors in your neighborhood and recognizing anything that looks out of place. Encourage citizens to become involved in the Neighborhood Watch Program. SCOPE is always looking for more volunteers. Our Crime Prevention Deputy Chris Johnston is a great resource for security assessments for residents and businesses. Q: What have you enjoyed most about being chief so far? A: Coming into the Spokane Valley Police Department, I noticed the personnel assigned to the precinct come to work committed to the citizens of Spokane Valley. They are committed to providing quality service to the Spokane Valley. What makes this so effective and rewarding is the overwhelming support the citizens give our officers. There is a team effort between the community and our staff to identify criminals in our community and hold them accountable.

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2016 City Accomplishments

Staff presented accomplishments by each department. Some highlights include: Human Resources attained the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) WellCity Award for the sixth consecutive year, reducing city health care premiums by 2 percent and successfully passed its insurance audit. The Finance department emerged with a clean audit conducted by the State Auditor’s Office. Information Technology completed the migration of the city’s traffic network to its own system. New equipment for public safety include six refurbished automobiles, new mobile data computers, new security cameras at the police precinct, and a new CAD/RMS system to record and dispatch crime reports. Community and Economic Development reported that more than $168 million in construction projects currently exist within the city. Repairs were they byword for Parks and Recreation last year. Some 2015 windstorm damage still remains. Mirabeau Springs Pond had to be drained and the system cleaned of sludge and debris to repair a broken pump. The Centennial Trail received its first major repair project. CenterPlace underwent a heating system repair and a roof repair, although more is needed. The good news was that the Browns Park Championship Volleyball Court was completed and a splash pad installed. In addition, bookings for CenterPlace are up this year by 33 percent. Public Works reported $3.3 million in street preservation projects including Broadway, Sullivan to Moore; 32nd. Avenue, Dishman- Mica to Pines; Appleway, Park to Dishman-Mica and McDonald, 16th to Mission. Completed construction projects include McDonald Road, 32nd Avenue, Appleway from Park to DIshman-Mica, and the Pines-Mirabeau and Indiana/ Evergreen intersections. The State Transportation Improvement Board approved three grants: Mission, Flora to Barker; Sullivan/Euclid Intersection and 32nd Avenue sidewalk, Pines to Evergreen.

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By Bill Gothmann Current Correspondent Spokane Valley Closes Spokane River On March 21, Spokane Valley closed the Spokane River until further notice. High water levels during seasonal runoff result in the river being extremely unsafe to everyone, including rescue personnel. Therefore, Spokane Valley passed a resolution on stating, “The city has been advised by Spokane County Sheriff (Ozzie) Knezovich and Police Chief (Mark ) Werner that these conditions constitute a significant safety concern.” When the city is notified by authorities that conditions have changed, council will consider a resolution terminating these restrictions. New City Hall on Schedule The new City Hall is within budget and on time to completed by Sept. 30. It was 67 percent completed on March 7. Officials announced that there is a panoramic view of the building on the city website, www.spokanevalley.org. Council Decides on Future Solid Waste Options On March 7, the council considered options for our solid waste pickup. The agreements with Waste Management of Washington and Sunshine Disposal expire on March 31, 2018. The city has engaged Epicenter Service as its consultant and, with their help, sent out requests for proposals (RFP) asking respondents to price out four different scenarios. The two recommended by staff were a single contract for all services or one exclusive contract for single family residences/commercial/ multifamily and two or more nonexclusive contracts for drop boxes. An example of a drop-box would be that used for a construction site. The lowest rate proposals were $11.7 million, and $12 million for these services. Present cost is $13.5 million. Council chose the latter scenario of contracts because it retains multiple vendors and allows for competition in the drop-box sector. This scenario is comparable to the city’s present service. Public Works and Community Development Reorganized With the resignations of the Public Works director, the Public Works Capital Improvement

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Work continues on the new Spokane Valley City Hall building in the U-City area. On March 7, city officials announced that the project was 67 percent complete. Contributed photo Program senior engineer and the promotion of the Community Development director to deputy city manager, the staff was presented with the opportunity to take a close look at these two organizations. The proposed reorganization would result in a net 0.65 full-time equivalent employee (FTE) reduction. It includes the elimination of four positions: Public Works director, Community and Economic Development director, Capital Improvement program manager, and Development Services manager. It adds 3.35 positions: assistant building official, city engineer, and engineering manager and increases the Economic Development specialist from 0.65 to 1.0 FTE. These changes will ultimately result in a $200,000 decrease to the budget. The new organization provides a city engineer to oversee all of engineering, a building official to oversee development services/ building planning/inspection, and an Economic Development manager. Housing Development Draws Criticism Eight citizens expressed opposition to a housing development slated for an area between Mahew and Keller north of Wellesley. Located within an R3 zone, the development would place 33 housing units on eight acres. According to those testifying, these would be adjacent to a neighborhood consisting of homes on large lots up to 5 acres in size. Speakers had concerns of increased traffic, especially at Wellesley and Evergreen intersection, decreased property values, decreased privacy due to taller buildings and a decrease in their rural atmosphere. City Attorney Cary Driskell advised the citizens that these issues are not the purview of the council and referred

them to the city’s Community and Economic Development department and Deputy City Manager John Hohman. The final decision will be made by the hearing examiner. Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) Approved A trio of funded construction projects were added to the TIP: Mission Avenue Improvement, Flora to Barker; 32nd Avenue Sidewalk, SR27 to Evergreen and Signal Backplates in various parts of the city. In addition, six funded Pavement Preservation projects were added: Mission Preservation, Pines to McDonald; Mission Preservation (preliminary engineering only), McDonald to Evergreen; Indiana Preservation, Mirabeau Parkway to Evergreen; University Preservation, 16th to 24th; University Preservation (preliminary engineering only), 24th to Dishman Mica and Saltese Preservation, Houk to 24th. For a complete list of projects and a corresponding map of these projects, go to www. spokanevalley.org, select Public Works/Construction Projects. Adding a Multipurpose Room to City Hall Deputy City Manager John Hohman presented plans by Architects West for a 2000 square foot multipurpose room in the basement of the new City Hall. It could be used for training, displaying art work and conducting large meetings that would not be held elsewhere. This will require adding restrooms and providing improvements in the lobby and north stairwell area. Staff received an estimate of $304,182 from Meridian, the present contractor, if the room were added to the present contract. However, if it were done

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as a separate contract after City Hall was built, Architects West estimates it would cost $240,550. Because it would impact schedule, cost more, and the city has no funds allocated for it, staff decided to put it off until after City Hall is built. Staff is asking the present contractor to make the basement ready for the modification at a cost $3,166.54. This adds air conditioning vents and plumbing valves, preventing having to tear into walls. Adding this room will be brought back to council in the future to see if they wish to fund it. New Crime Reporting Method Obsoletes Old Method The new, National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) will result in more detailed crime reporting according to Police Chief Mark Werner and Lieutenant Matt Lyons. The new system collects data on many more types of crimes, on the offender, the victim and property. It distinguishes between an attempted crime and a completed crime; it records rape data regardless of gender. It also reports each crime of an incident, instead of only the most serious crime. For example, a burglar who steals from the residence, damages the residence and then steals the victim’s car would be reported as three crimes. The present Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system would only report the most serious crime. In general, statistics will result in an apparent, but not actual, increase in crime. Also, because NIBRS differs so significantly from the UCR system, citizens should be very careful when analyzing historical crime data or comparing one jurisdiction with another. Although law enforcement within the state was targeted to

change to NIBRS in 2012, Spokane County did not have the equipment to support NIBRS until now. Transportation Benefit Districts (TBD) Can Fund Streets One of the methods by which the state Legislature permits cities to fund streets is the Transportation Benefit District (TBD). Three types of TBDs exist: one encompassing a special area, one encompassing multiple jurisdictions and one that coincides with the city boundaries whereby it is an integral part of the city. The TBD can, without a vote of the people, impose an initial $20 vehicle license fee and increase it every two years up to $50. It can also impose impact fees. With a vote of the people, it can impose a vehicle license fee for up to $100, a 0.2 percent increase in sales tax and a one-year excess property tax levy. Projected revenues are $1.4 million for a $20 license fee and $4.7 million for a 0.2 percent sales tax increase. Council Member Ed Pace called the TBD, “a regionalized, big government aficionado gimmick.” Deputy Mayor Arne Woodard cautioned that, “If and whenever we enact a tax we do not want to put our citizens and businesses at a disadvantage to those localities around us.” He noted we have an advantage now with our low taxes. This was a discussion item only. Should the City Permit Shipping Containers in Residential Areas? Some residents want to use these containers as storage units. Staff gave an overview of regulations of Spokane Valley and other jurisdictions. It should be noted that pods used for moving are treated differently than shipping containers. Spokane County and the city of Spokane allow shipping containers, treating them as accessory units. Coeur d’Alene,

Liberty Lake, Cheney, Kennewick, Pasco, Richland and Spokane Valley do not permit them as permanent structures within residential areas. This item will now go to the Planning Commission for their consideration. Should the City Permit More Animals in Residential Areas? Staff discussed a number of farm-related issues: produce sales on private property, collection of rainwater, reuse of grey water for irrigation, composting toilets, and bee keeping. However, the conversation focused on animal issues. Spokane Valley divides animals into three categories: small, medium, and large. All three are limited to one acre or 40,000 square foot lot sizes except for chickens and bees, which are permitted in all residential zones with limitations. The city of Spokane divides animals into two categories: small and large. Large animals are permitted in residential agriculture zones only. These include horses, donkeys, llamas and so forth. Small animals are permitted in five of their six residential zones. These include fowl, mink, chinchilla, swine, goats, and sheep, all of which are limited to 36 inches, shoulder height, or 150 pounds. Council consensus was to move toward the city of Spokane’s regulations on animal keeping. These animal issues now go to the Planning Commission. Council Rejects idea of Establishing a Port District Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) has researched establishing a port district for all of Spokane County. Spokane Valley contributed $7,500 toward this 2015 study. A port district is authorized to assess a property tax of up to 45 cents per $1000 assessed valuation. They use these funds to construct large economic development projects. When the developments are completed, the port district leases these properties, thereby receiving revenue. This permits the property tax levy to be decreased. The district attracts businesses, provides jobs, and provides funds to both the port district and the local county. Approximately 25 percent of the nation’s port authorities are within Washington State. Currently, there are 75 Washington port authorities and, of that, only six of the 75 are deep draft cargo ports. The other 69 port districts have an economic development focus. Council did not want the city to participate in a port district. Deputy City Manager Hohman informally spoke to several businesses in this area. Property owners that are for the port district welcome the cash to build roads. Those against them believe it is unfair to inject public money, thereby putting them at a disadvantage.

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In other city news:

• Council Member Caleb Collier noted that to receive a reduction in fire insurance rates because of the city’s improved rating through the Spokane Valley Fire Department, residents and businesses must individually contact their respective insurance company. • The mayor appointed Lori Cook, general manager of the Residence Inn in Spokane Valley, to the Spokane County Tourism Promotion Area Commission. This commission allocates Spokane County tourism dollars received from county hotel room taxes. • NAACP President Phillip Tyler and Meg Demand denounced a recent post made by a Spokane Valley resident on social media. Tyler asked council to “build on our shared values and denounce this hateful behavior. Apathy is acceptance.” • Mayor Rod Higgins declared March Development Disabilities Awareness Month • Schools in the area are requiring unvaccinated students to remain home during the recent mumps epidemic. Wood and Pace sit on the Spokane County Regional Health Board and reported that they are working to reverse this rule. • Council Member Mike Munch reported that the Spokane Regional Health District is expecting a 50 percent cut in federal funds next year. • Council Member Pam Haley learned that the Trump Administration will require that all applications for grants be shovel ready.

• Council Member Pace proposed that staff develop a human rights resolution. • County Commissioners are sending a letter to the state Legislature supporting Spokane Valley’s request for $540,000 for Appleway Trail improvements.

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Mending in Millwood – Goodwin gleans, imparts lessons from surviving cancer By Craig Howard Current Editor Craig Goodwin had been in the company of cancer before. He knew it from a safe distance, diligently visiting parishioners from his church as they fought the disease in hospital rooms, treatment centers and, sometimes, hospice sites. As a Presbyterian pastor, Goodwin carried with him proverbial “tidings of good joy,” uplifting passages that spoke of hope, grace and love. This was, after all, the gospel he had seen consistently deliver spiritual and physical healing through the one he had always followed and preached of – Jesus Christ – the ultimate physician who raised Lazarus from the grave. Then, in the fall of 2013, with the glorious array of colors announcing another Inland Northwest autumn, Goodwin found himself settling in to write a book. He was on sabbatical from his work as pastor at Millwood Community Presbyterian Church, a refuge of faith and goodwill established in 1920, seven years before Millwood itself was incorporated. A week into his writing, Goodwin noticed a lump in his neck. He

went in for a CT scan and waited for the results of the biopsy. The day after his scan, he presided over two funerals. That Sunday, he preached a sermon, just as he had for countless Sundays before. Yet things were not the same. “I remember just feeling numb,” Goodwin said. “Like, ‘Is this really happening?’” When Goodwin and his wife, Nancy, went in to learn of the biopsy results, they were the only ones outside of Craig’s sister, a nurse, who knew of the ordeal. When the report came back as high-grade B-cell lymphoma, Nancy remembers feeling “fear and disbelief.” “I have prayed with and for cancer victims for years,” said Nancy, who also serves as a pastor. “But for it to happen to someone so close to me, I was in shock. You just can't imagine it happening to you.” Chemotherapy started right away. With the proximity of the tumor to Craig’s spinal column, doctors said it was a good thing he had it checked quickly. “If I’d waited another month, who knows?” Goodwin said. Looking back, Goodwin had a

Craig Goodwin has served as pastor of Millwood Community Presbyterian Church since 2004. In October 2013, he was diagnosed with cancer. Contributed photo sterling track record of making decisions that had a tendency to pay off in the long run.

a life of “teaching, exploring the scriptures and proclaiming the Word,” might be in his future.

He’d been a solid student at Kentwood High in the Puget Sound area, playing basketball and tennis and staying out of trouble. When he was accepted into the University of Washington, he joined a fraternity, but soon found the brash approach to life left him feeling hollow. One day, he decided to walk away from drinking and start a Bible study group.

After graduating from Washington, he accepted an internship at University Presbyterian Church. Later, he applied to Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena California, one of the leading schools of its kind in the nation. The campus currently is home to around 4,000 students from 90 countries representing 110 denominations. It was here that Goodwin remembers “many faiths and a dynamic mix of traditions.” He graduated from Fuller in 1995 and returned back to Seattle.

“I realized I had some decisions to make,” Goodwin said. “I also saw a lot of other people who were wondering which path they were going to follow.” Goodwin stayed in the frat, but away from the party scene. He became a reliable sounding board, a listener and a friend to those wandering in uncertainty. “I liked being an encouragement to people,” he said. “I was someone they could talk to if they were struggling. I was just trying to be a faithful presence but mostly I was just being myself.”

Craig and his wife Nancy are parents to two daughters, Noel and Lily. During Craig's treatment, Nancy said that family support was a key to staying positive and resilient. Contributed photo

Goodwin had started at UW with thoughts of pursuing a career in business but a trip to Ireland as a student helped him realize that

Craig and Nancy moved to the Houston, Texas area in 1997 after an opportunity came for both of them to serve as associate pastors at Clearlake Presbyterian Church. The couple spent seven years in Texas, a time Goodwin remembers as “a great experience with the people there.” To this day, Craig and Nancy still keep in touch with many friends that were sad to see them leave. Since arriving in Millwood in 2004, Goodwin has been a catalyst for dynamic, positive change.

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An accomplished photographer, Craig Goodwin found that his camera and trips to places like Palouse Falls (pictured on this issue's cover) and Priest Lake (above) where Northern Lights create remarkable skyscapes, brought solace during his recovery from cancer.


Continued from page 8 Projects like the Crossing Youth Center, Pumpkin Patch Community Garden, Millwood Farmers Market and a weekly food distribution by Second Harvest in the parking lot of the church have all been guided by Goodwin’s civic-minded initiative. The church grounds are now home to a thriving community center that was built under Goodwin’s guidance and funded through an ambitious capital campaign. Goodwin often refers to a passage in Jeremiah 29 that reads, “Seek the good of the community God has called you to serve.” “He certainly has a communityfocused ministry,” said Arlene Koth who has been a member of Millwood Presbyterian since 1967 with her husband, Frank. “He’s not just reaching out to the congregation here, he’s reaching out to all of the neighbors around us.” When news of Goodwin’s diagnosis got out, those at the church and in the community of around 1,800

reacted as if a relative was battling cancer.

true going on and be grateful. I want to live out of that place.”

“It was devastating,” Koth said. “But then you saw how he was dealing with it, his attitude and just the example of his life. He always maintained that optimism.”

While Goodwin’s family formed a safety net during his recovery, members of the church stepped up with their own support. Some filled in with sermons on Sundays; all wanted to know how their cherished pastor was faring.

With two daughters to take care of, Craig and Nancy put on their brave faces and forged ahead through his hair loss and treatment fatigue. Nancy remembers being “in new territory where it wasn’t that easy to trust God as in other areas of my life.” Family rallied consistently to their side. “When I felt God's peace and presence it was usually through their tangible acts of love and grace,” Nancy said. “The experience taught me how fragile life is. Any moment it could be taken away from you. I am one that trusts that God has much more for me beyond this life, but at the same time, the life given to me here and now is precious. I don't want to waste it. It's easy to think about all the things that may not be going right in life, but wow, if we could just open our eyes to see all the good and beautiful and

“I think it really brought the church together in prayer and support,” Koth recalls. Koth is one who is incorporating Goodwin’s example to help a relative currently going through his own cancer challenge. “It’s helped me to help my sonin-law,” she said. “I think back to Craig’s optimistic attitude and his sense of trust that things will work out to the best of God’s will.” Along with chemotherapy and radiation, doctors removed Goodwin’s spleen in June of 2014. By February, the chemo sessions were done. Through it all, he remembers “feeling the sense that God was there, present and near.” “The reality is that it is very difficult,” he said. “It doesn’t seem

fair but I still felt peacefulness and calm. It was a reminder that we need to trust in God’s goodness and love.” As for being on the other side of such a struggle, Goodwin said it has made him “a better pastor.” “I’d spent a lot of time with people diagnosed with cancer and now I was the one in the hospital room,” he said. “My perspective and appreciation for those experiences has increased. Sometimes we have the illusion that we can always be free of uncertainty, but it’s part of life. That’s why faith is so important in sustaining us along that journey.” Declared in remission from cancer in 2014, Goodwin has had each scan come back clear in the months and years since. Still, he says he doesn’t want to forget the education received from a tenuous but enlightening time. “Going through it, you feel things are never going to be the same,” he said. “When you’re well, it’s easy for things to migrate back to the norm. I want to make sure I integrate those lessons and that perspective into my life now.”


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April 8 | Behold Jesus, 1 and 6:30 p.m., INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Admission is free to this Easter drama based on the life of Jesus. Presented by Valley-based Spokane Dream Center. For more information, call 924-2630. April 14-16 | Journey to the Cross presented by Spokane Valley Adventist Church. The Easter story as told by a cast of 200. The 30-minute tours leave every 15 minutes. No cost for the event. Times vary. Call 926-5866 or visit www.journeyspokane.com for more information. The church is located at 1601 S. Sullivan in Spokane Valley. April 22 | Spokane Fire Department open house for Greenacres Fire Station #10, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 17217 E. Sprague Ave. Try on firefighter gear, tour the fire station and enjoy refreshments. For more information, visit www. spokanevalleyfire.com. April 29 | Breath of Spring Luncheon/Tea, 1 to 3 p.m., Otis Orchards Community Church, 23304 E. Wellesley Ave., Otis Orchards. For more information, call Milly Kropp at 928-1979.


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ACT 2 senior classes | Affordable classes offered by Community Colleges of Spokane to those who are retired or planning to retire. A wide range of courses from geology and history to exercise and art are offered at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, as well as other locations throughout the area. More at www.sccel.spokane. edu/ACT2. Baha’i Fireside Conversation | 5 to 6 p.m., third Friday of the month. Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. Discussion of Baha’i teachings, history, and perspectives on resolving the challenges facing humanity. All

are welcome. More at 599-2411 or www.bahai.us. Inland Empire Blues Society monthly meeting | Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m., Bolo's 116 S. Best Road. Café Card Club | 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays. On Sacred Grounds, 12212 E. Palouse Hwy., Valleyford. Play pinochle, cribbage, or hearts. More at www. onsacredgrounds.com. Catholic Singles Mingle | Meeting times and locations vary. This group, with no dues, is for single adults of all ages. More at www.meetup.com/CatholicSingles-Mingle. DivorceCare Recovery Support Group | Mondays 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Eastpoint Church, 15303 E. Sprague Ave. Learn how to heal from the deep hurt of divorce and discover hope for your future. DivorceCare for Kids (ages 5-12) meets at the same time and location. Cost is $25 for workbook. More at 892-5255 or eastpointchurch.com. Military Sobriety Support Group | 10 to 11: 30 a.m., Spokane Vet Center, 13109 E. Mirabeau Parkway, Spokane Valley. Call Steve at 893-4746 for more information. Grange Meeting and Dessert | 6:30 p.m., first Wednesday of the month, Tri-Community Grange, 25025 Heather St., Newman Lake. The public is welcome for this community-based service organization. For more information call 226-2202 or see us on Facebook. Men’s Weekly Bible Study | 7 a.m. Tuesdays. Millwood Presbyterian Church, 3223 N. Marguerite Road, Millwood. The men’s weekly Bible Study meets in the Reception Hall with different members sharing in the leading of the study. All men are invited to join. More at www.milwoodpc.org. Pancreatic Cancer Action Network | 6:30 p.m., the first Monday of each month. Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave., Liberty Lake. More at www.pancan.org or 534-2564. Rockford Crochet Class | 10 a.m. to noon, Saturdays. The Harvest Moon, 20 S. First St., Rockford. Activities include hairpin lace, knit, embroidery, needlepoint, and arm knitting of infinity. More at 892-4412 or 2913722. Rockford Historical Society |

11:30 a.m. second Friday of the month (Feb. to Nov.). Harvest Moon restaurant, 20 S. First St., Rockford. More at 291-3193. Spokane County Library District | 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, Lego club, teen anime club and writing clubs. More at www.scld.org Spokane Valley Eagles | 16801 E. Sprague Ave. Breakfast served Sundays 9 to 11:30 a.m. Lunch served Thursdays 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by bingo from 1 to 3:30 p.m. More at www.foe3433. com. Spokane Valley Partners Food Bank | Weekly distribution takes place Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10814 E. Broadway by appointment. Appointments are available during the following days/times: Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Thursday (reserved for advanced-age seniors — age 60 and over — and/or physicallyhandicapped people with limited mobility): 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Address verification is required. To make an appointment, call 927.1153 ext. 10, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

MUSIC & THE ARTS RECURRING Drop-in Square Dance Lessons | 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (through May 18). Western Dance Center, 1901 N. Sullivan Road. Square dance lessons for $3 per person; no partner needed. More at 2709264. Pages of Harmony | 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Wednesdays. Thornhill Valley Chapel, 1400 S. Pines Road. If you enjoy singing, you will love the four-part, a cappella harmony of this men’s barbershop chorus. More at www.pagesofharmony.org. Spirit of Spokane Chorus | 6:45 p.m., Tuesdays. Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines Road. Make new friends by joining this women’s chorus, specializing in four-part, a cappella harmony in the barbershop style. More at 218-4799. Spokane Novelists Group | Noon to 4 p.m., second and fourth Saturday of the month.

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Otis Orchards Community Church, 23304 E. Wellesley Ave., Otis Orchards. A support/critique group for writers. Open to anyone with an interest in writing fiction (no memoirs, nonfiction, poetry, etc., please). Participants should bring 5-10 pages to read aloud and 6-8 copies for others to read along and critique. More at 590-7316. Spokane Valley Camera Club | 7:15 p.m., third and fourth Monday of the month (September through April). Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District building, 22510 E. Mission Ave., Liberty Lake. All levels of ability—students through experienced photographers—are invited to learn. Social events include field trips and workshops. More at 951-1446 or www.sv-cc. org Spokane Valley Writers’ Group | 6:15 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month. Lakeside Church, 23129 E. Mission Ave. This supportive critique group welcomes adult writers. More at 570-4440. Teen Writers of the Inland Empire | 4 p.m., first Thursday of the month (except holidays). Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. Teen writers (grade six and older) meet to write and share their work. More at 893-8400.

HEALTH & RECREATION March 30 | Liberty Lake Nine Hole Golf Club will hold their registration on Thursday, March 30 at 9 a.m. at 24403 E. Sprague Ave., Liberty Lake. All new golfers welcomed. Please contact Bette (509) 928-6854. April 5 | Opening Day of Meadowwood Women’s Golf Club, 8 a.m., Meadowwood Golf Course, 24501 E. Valleyway Ave., Liberty Lake. Meeting at clubhouse with coffee and rolls precedes golf at 9 a.m. April 12 | Sign-up meeting for Spokane Valley Women’s Evening Golf League, 6 p.m., Liberty Lake Golf Course, 24403 E. Sprague Ave., Liberty Lake. Season begins April 26. April 22 | ParaSport Spokane presents “Gateway to Gold,” 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., University High School, 12420 E. 32nd Ave. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Lunch is included. This free clinic will feature wheelchair racing, ambulatory running, seated and ambulatory throwing. All equipment will be provided. For more information, call ParaSport

Spokane at 999-6466 or teresa@ parasportspokane.org. April 2017 | Finding Your Balance and Igniting Your Joy, Willow Song Music Therapy, E. 21101 Wellesley, Otis Orchards. This is a mindfulness-based class, exploring the connection with the physiology of stress and tension and well-being. Includes a guided progressive muscle relaxation. Understand how to use music mindfully to support body, mind and soul optimum function, discover your rhythm and learn how to reduce stress. $25 per person. For schedule and more information, call 592-7875 or visit www.willowsongmusictherapy. com.

RECURRING HUB Sports Center 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. Various activities and events occur throughout the week including: • Badminton open gym: 7 to 9 p.m. Tues., $5/person • Basketball open gym: Noon to 1 p.m. Tues. and Thurs., $4/person • Pickleball drop-in: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Mon. through Thurs.; 10 a.m. to noon Tues. and Thurs.; and 7 to 9 p.m. Wed. and Sun. $2/ seniors ($4/non-seniors) • Classes including Kenpo Karate, Modern Farang-Mu Sul, and Zumba Aerobics. See website for cost and times.

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Yoga in Rockford | 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Rockford Park, 20 W. Emma St., Rockford. In case of inclement weather, classes will be held at Dave’s Autobody, 8 W. Emma St.

CIVIC & BUSINESS RECURRING Flag Museum | Sponsored by the Sons of the American Revolution and the Fairmount Memorial Association, details the rich history of the American flag, Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Pines Cemetery, 1402 S. Pines Road, Spokane Valley. For more information: 926-2753 or www. fairmountmemorial.com/southpines-cemetery Spokane Valley Kiwanis | 6:45 a.m. Tuesdays. Valley Hospital Education Center, 12606 E. Mission Ave. More at www. spokanevalleykiwanis.net. Spokane Valley Rotary | Noon to 1 p.m., Tuesdays. Darcy’s, 10502 E. Sprague Ave. More at www.svrotary.org.


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Voters go to ballot to decide on emergency communications By Tyler Wilson

Current Correspondent This month, voters on Proposition 1 are being asked to continue funding technological progress for Spokane County emergency services. CONNECT. CONNECT.



Register to Exhibit at The Business Showcase Exhibitor registration is now open for the largest B2B tradeshow in the Spokane Valley. The Business Showcase features more than 70 exhibitors, free workshops for businesses, a ‘Fireside Chat’ with a local business visionary, and onsite shredding services. Who should exhibit: • Marketing/web/social media/firms • Promotional/product providers • Financial/insurance/legal providers • Education/workforce development providers • Health care/employee benefit service providers • Hospitality and event facilities • Community organizations • And all others who serve businesses For more information, visit: spokanevalleychamber.org/the-businessshowcase/

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If approved, the April 25 ballot measure would renew the onetenth of 1 percent sales and use tax that helps operate, maintain and improve emergency communication systems and services countywide. The tax equates to one penny on every $10 purchase. The initial tax was approved in 2008 and the money has funded multiple service enhancements, including a new computer-aided dispatch system (CAD), integrated communications systems and radios that connect emergency service agencies and the operations of Spokane County’s Crime Check program. Spokane Valley Fire Chief Bryan Collins said the previous analog dispatch system didn’t allow for fire and law enforcement crews to communicate with each other. “Most people are unaware of how often we go to the same calls – the police almost always go out on our calls for things like scene safety,” Collins said. “We really couldn’t talk to each other on our radio systems.” In a March 15 press conference on the levy, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich explained the importance of having an interconnected system in response to natural disasters and mass emergency situations. “Before we did not have that capability, I could literally see a firefighter not 200 yards away and not be able to communicate with them,” Knezovich said. “Now we can.” The new CAD system allows dispatchers to coordinate the most effective and timely response based on location.

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“The computer monitors all units by automatic vehicle location,” Collins said. “It knows all the

assets by type and location and the computer can quickly assign the closest unit.” While the initial tax provided funds to implement the CAD and provide approximately 4,000 public safety radios across multiple agencies, additional funding is needed to maintain and upgrade the system and to replace equipment when necessary. “The radios we wear on our hips, for example, life cycle is five to seven years,” Knezovich said. “I’ve already had this for three. So it is one of those aspects that without this funding, there are many things we can no longer do.” Prop. 1 will continue funding for Crime Check, which is a service for residents to report crime without clogging the emergency 911 line. Last year, Crime Check (456-2233) fielded more than 247,000 calls. “If this tax were to go away, the Crime Check wouldn’t be funded and all those calls would have to be added to 911 dispatch,” Collins said. “Based on that volume, there are times when you might get a busy signal.” The next 10 years If approved, Prop. 1 will fund upcoming programs and technology advancements, many of which are mandated requirements from federal and state levels. Next Generation 911 is a mandated internet-protocol-based system that allows photos, videos, voice and text messages to be received through 911 dispatch, then shared with emergency responders. Other services to be funded by Prop. 1 include: Improvements to ALERT Spokane, the region’s citizen emergency notification system. A “reverse 911” system allows for information to be distributed to citizens in important times in need – for example an alert for people in an area to evacuate because of a fast-moving wildfire. Expansion of the county’s radio channel capacity to accommodate high-use times, such as extreme weather emergencies or public safety situations. Implementation and expansion of FirstNet/OneNet. FirstNet is a nationwide program that creates

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Food for Fines for the win!


By Erin Dodge

Current Guest Contributor We’re inviting you to celebrate National Library Week and support your community with a donation of food. Spokane County Library District announces the fifth annual Food for Fines event during National Library Week, April 9 to 15, 2017.

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Your donations go to the Second Harvest Food Bank and other regional food banks serving Spokane County and reduce your overdue fees! For every non-perishable food item, $2 will be forgiven from a cardholder’s account, up to a maximum of $20 per library account. Food for Fines are applied to overdue and/or damaged items fees and cannot be applied to lostitem charges or accounts referred to collection. You don’t need a fine to donate. Anyone can bring in a non-perishable food item to help households and children facing food insecurity. Food insecurity occurs when people run out of food, eat less, skip meals, go hungry or when they subsist on a nutrient-poor diet because they cannot afford to buy food. This is especially critical for children and directly impacts their ability to stay focused during the school day and succeed academically.

Get financially savvy during Money Smart Week By Danielle Milton

Spokane County Library District Discover sound financial practices during Money Smart Week, April 22 to 29 with Spokane County Library District’s programs that help you manage your finances and financial investments. Money affects everyone from all walks and all stages of life. Our programs, from presentations by professional cheapskates to the Better Business Bureau, will make you smarter with your dollars. “The Ultimate Cheapskate,” Jeff Yeager, talks about how to achieve a happier, healthier life –only if you are not willing to pay the price for it.

The generosity of our library members never fails to inspire us. Over the past four years, staff has welcomed thousands of members who have donated during Food for Fines week. Since 2013, we have collected over 16,000 pounds of food and forgiven over $15,000 in fines. In many cases, our generous members contributed much more food to the collection barrels than

Yeager is the author of four books on frugal living and was a cast member on the TV show, “Extreme Cheapskates.” He’ll share practical advice at an affordable price (free!) on Saturday, April 22, at 2 p.m. at the Spokane Valley Library. Can’t make it to the Saturday event? The Ultimate Cheapskate also provides advice at the Cheney Library on Sunday, April 23, at 2 p.m. and at the North Spokane Library on Monday, April 24, at 7 p.m. Every penny saved helps and coupons are an easy way to earn savings. Become a coupon clipper and learn how to make coupons stretch your shopping dollars at Otis Orchards Library on Tuesday, April 25, at 2 p.m. and at Argonne Library, Thursday, April 27, at 2 p.m. The person knocking on your door, or the email in your inbox, with an offer too good to be true is probably too good to be true. We’ll take a look at “House and Home

what was needed to pay their fines. Some had no overdue fees at all and still contributed food throughout National Library Week. This April watch for the food bins at all Spokane County Library District locations. It’s a win-win for everyone! Erin Dodge is the communication specialist for Spokane County Library District. Scams” with the Better Business Bureau and how to protect yourself on Thursday, April 27, at 6 p.m. at the Spokane Valley Library. Identity theft can be devastating. One way to thwart identity thieves is to shred your important personal and financial documents. Any document with your personal information, account information, or Social Security number is a potential risk. DeVries Business Services provides professional document shredding on Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Spokane Valley Library parking lot. Gather your important documents for shredding and prevent the potential headache of identity theft.

Celebrate National Library Week with a donation of food to the Second Harvest Food Bank and reduce your overdue fees! April 9–15, 2017, bring in a non-perishable food item and receive $2 off any overdue fees for each item.* Donations benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank and their networks in Cheney, Deer Park, Fairfield, and Medical Lake. *$20 maximum forgiven per library account. Food for Fines can only be applied to overdue and/or damaged items fees. Cannot be applied to lost item charges or accounts referred to collection.

You can find even more Money Smart Week events throughout the District in “Engage” magazine, found at any of our libraries and online at www.scld.org. Danielle Milton is a business and career development librarian at the Spokane County Library District.


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Continued from page 12 a dedicated public safety wireless, broadband network for emergency responders. OneNet is the Washington state version of that program. “In a big disaster, a cell network can go down,” Collins said. “We won’t have to fight that issue anymore. We can push data and information across OneNet.”


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If the proposition fails, Spokane County would still be tasked with funding mandated programs. “It will have to come out of every individual budget,” Collins said. “About 80 percent of our budget is people. It would be pretty easy to do the math to see what we would have to cut.” Even the advancements made to the CAD system and other technology upgrades would quickly begin to erode without maintenance funding, Collins said. “It would be fine for about a year, but like your cell phone, it becomes antiquated,” Collins said. “It would be out of date and we

would be back in the situation we had before.” Collins also stressed that voters can continue to expect upfront communication about where the money is going. “We built in mechanisms to make sure this is very transparent,” he said. “There is a citizen’s oversight group on how we’re spending the money, and we’ve had very good reports and no major issues. That’s an assurance back to the public.” At the press conference, Knezovich highlighted the citizens’ contribution to the advancements of the past 10 years. “Spokane County has become cutting edge in this field,” he said. “Not very many communities have as robust a system as we have, and I really do thank the citizens for providing the resources for us to do that. But this really means maintaining it and building out to the future.” More information can be found at www.Prop1Spokane.org or by calling 477-6001. Registered voters can expect a ballot in the mail by April 10.

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The Wonderful Book By Leonid Gore 2010 ages 3-7

A lost book becomes whatever the finder needs it to be until a little boy reads it aloud to the enjoyment of those around him. Super cute artwork.

No Pirates Allowed Said Library Lou by Rhonda G. Greene 2013 ages 4-8

What happens when Pirate Pete barges in to Lou’s library with his parrot Igor trying to find treasure? Certainly not what he expects. Kids love the fun illustrations.

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Elizabeth has so many books that she turns her home into a library so she could share her collection with the town.


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Packhorse Librarians

In 1935, as part of the New Deal, Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration. This program helped recover from the Great Depression. Most New Deal programs were for men and required hard physical labor which wasn’t acceptable for women at the time. However, it became evident that there was a need for jobs for women. Sewing, cooking, nursing and cleaning jobs became available, but arguably the most successful and ingenious job might have been the pack horse librarians in rural Kentucky. At this time thousands of people in rural Kentucky didn’t have access to telephones, radios or newspapers making them very isolated from the rest of the world. The only way to travel through these areas was on foot, by horse or occasionally by boat, up to 80 miles a week. The librarians were paid $28 a month to maintain and distribute materials. Most felt it was meaningful work, sharing books, magazines and most importantly contact with the outside world to people who had never had access before. The WPA did not pay for any materials so most were donated or discarded by others. Popular Mechanics and Women’s Home Companion were the most popular magazines. All children’s books were popular. They were used to teach the young

Art work by Tami Booher depicting the a pack horse librarian at work delivering books to a woman at home. and also the illiterate adults to read. The program had 30 branches serving close to 100,000 residents when in 1943, the WPA was dismantled. There was no longer pay available to keep this rural program in place regardless of it being a huge success. Many of the areas served were left without a library service for decades but, while in place the librarians fostered an appreciation of reading and expanding their knowledge of the world.

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That Book Woman by Heather Henson Librarians of Kentucky by Kathi Appelt and Jeanne C. Schmitzer 2008 ages 6 and up Lark loves to read, her brother Cal has no 2001 ages 10 and up

desire to until the tenacity of the Pack Horse The writing is really more informative than librarian makes him realize that reading must a story but the photographs are what tie it all be very important, important enough for him to together and make this book interesting. learn himself. Winner of the Christopher Award, the Great Lakes Book Award and others. My Librarian is a Camel: How Books Are

Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brought to Children Around the World by Margaret Ruurs ages 8 and up. Brown ages 5-8

Explore how 13 countries have alternative Based on the real-life librarian Luis Soriano and kinds of libraries. Boats, elephants, burros, his journey to bring literacy to rural Colombia. buses, wheelbarrows, donkey carts, camels, the Down Cut Shin Creek: The Pack Horse methods of book delivery are endless.

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Henry was raised in a Chicago suburb. Both of his parents were art historians so he was exposed to many different artists and styles from a very young age. His attempts at drawing were heartily encouraged so drawing became a large part of his life. The desire to add words to bring his art to life came much later. After graduating from high school, He attended Cornell University. His plan upon graduating was to become a lawyer but he worked as a business consultant instead. During the next five years, he realized that this was not his true calling. He became a high school history teacher in San Francisco and began to write his first book, The Hounds of Rowan. When published in 2007 people quickly realized that it was unique in that it encompassed a range of genres including, history, mythology, folklore, fantasy and science fiction. Besides writing, Henry created all of the artwork in the old-fashioned way with a dip pen, paintbrush, and India ink. This led to a four-book series. He now lives in Brooklyn where he recently completed and released Impyrium, the first book in his new fantasy series.

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Student of the Month A four-year starter on the University High School soccer team, Adam Drassen has already tallied game-winning goals this season against Gonzaga Prep and Ferris. The senior has served as team captain the past two seasons and was part of a squad that advanced to regionals his sophomore year. Drassen has played club soccer with the Spokane Sounders, a team that made it to the state quarterfinals last season. Off the pitch, Drassen works parttime, maintains a 3.65 grade point average and is a member of the National Honor Society. He also volunteers with Meals on Wheels and the Salvation Army. Drassen plans to attend Western Washington University in the fall.

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APRIL 2017 • 19 Besides maintaining a 4.0 grade point average and participating in sports and various clubs at University High School, Carley Epperly finds time to work parttime and volunteer with groups like Vacation Bible School. The senior is part of Spanish Club, Washington Drug Free Youth and Crimson Crew which mentors underclassmen. She serves as secretary of U-Hi’s National Honor Society chapter and is a cheerleader. Epperly has been accepted to the University of Washington where she plans to study business administration and go into accounting. She is currently participating in track for the Titans where she competes in the long jump and triple jump.

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About and for Valley seniors Art classes celebrate creativity at Valley Senior Center

“Some (ACT2 students) may have wanted to take art over their lifetime but career and kids didn’t allow the time,” said Frey. “Classes are very affordable. You can take as many or few as you like.”

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Instead of taking the classes for college credit, they can be taken for enjoyment and personal growth.

By Mary Anne Ruddis

Art is something that everyone can do, a way for all of us to express ourselves with a wide range of activities. Just ask the artists at the Spokane Valley Senior Center. At the popular site for seniors located in the CenterPlace building near the Valley YMCA, several art classes are offered through the Community Colleges of Spokane ACT2 program. ACT2 provides a variety of affordable classes for those who are retired or preparing to retire. Research shows that tapping into imagination and creativity later in life can help art participants realize potential they may not have known they possess. Katie Frey has been teaching art for eight years and offering classes through ACT2 for about two years.

Frey teaches two classes at the Spokane Valley Senior Center. On Wednesdays, “Open Art Multimedia” is a free flowing class. “Everyone is doing something different and working on their own projects,” Frey said. Students can be working with watercolor, oil, acrylic, colored pencils or any medium they wish. “It isn’t a how-to class but [a place] to see demos and get help with individual projects,” Frey points out. On Thursday, Frey teaches an acrylic painting class where students “learn and practice basic acrylic techniques.” Other instructors offer additional art classes such as drawing, ink, colored pencil and watercolor at the center through

Original watercolor paintings and other student works will be featured at the Spokane Valley Senior Center ACT2 Show and Sale on April 28. Photo by Mary Anne Ruddis

Art classes at the senior center are affordable and feature instruction in watercolor, oil, acrylic, colored pencils and other mediums. Photo by Mary Anne Ruddis


president of the Spokane Valley Senior Citizens Association.

In art class, Frey says participants “don’t have to live for others and can explore something just for the fun of it.” “We are never too old to start something new,” Frey said. “Art is so diverse and there are so many different styles not necessarily just drawing and painting, some abstract, some realistic, some collage style. Especially in the open art class, there is something for everyone. You find an area to excel at and enjoy yourself. It may take some time to find your particular area of art and if you keep at it, you’ll find it.” Students Deborah Phaneuf and Nancy Collins echoed Frey’s statements. “It is nice to do something different,” said Phaneuf. “I never took classes until now.” “It’s fun and relaxing and uses the other side of my brain and I meet lots of new people,” Collins said.

Katie Frey teaches art at the Spokane Valley Senior Center as part of the ACT2 program offered through Community Colleges of Spokane Photo by Mary Anne Ruddis

All of the art classes held at the Spokane Valley Senior Center will be joining together to present their work for sale at the Spokane Valley Senior Center ACT2 Show and Sale on Friday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the senior center located at 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. All pieces are under $75. Sales are cash and check only, no credit cards. “It’s important [for seniors] to get out into the community during the day,” said Jim Stone, current

The art classes are just one way of engaging. The center also offers a wide variety of activities that are volunteer driven and a great way for seniors to create a sense of community and be engaged. Research has found that being actively engaged in life is a vital part of healthy aging. Art promotes not only engagement in life, but also an avenue to discover new aspects of yourself that can enrich your later years. Volunteers are vital to the continued stability of the center and Stone wants to encourage people to donate time in any capacity they are able. Without their caring commitment, many of the activities at the center would not happen. The center will be recognizing volunteers during volunteer Appreciation Month on April 22 with a volunteer luncheon at Darcy’s Restaurant on Sprague Avenue in U-City. If you have volunteered in the past year at the center, you can sign up to attend at the front desk or call 926-1937 for more information. Want to find out more? Visit the Spokane Valley Senior Center website at www. spokanevalleyseniorcenter.org or call 926-1937 for more information on classes, activities and volunteer opportunities. Details on the art classes can be found on the Spokane Valley Senior Center website calendar.

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Aguilar brings stellar running pedigree to new role at U-Hi By Mike Vlahovich

Current Sports Editor A distance running fanatic, Ernie Aguilar is a familiar face around Central Valley School District track and field and cross country events. He’s coached at Evergreen and Horizon middle schools and formed a running club. He’s assisted with cross country at CV with head coach Kieran Mahoney, helping the Bears return as one of the elite programs in the state.

His credentials include formative years as a distance standout at East Valley and injury-plagued career Eastern Washington University.

before going into administration, prodded Aguilar to fill the track vacancy. Aguilar says he turned it down twice.

Now a counselor at University, the peripatetic pied piper is settling into a new role, hired this winter as the head boys track coach of the Titans.

“I was hoping Mike would change his mind,” Aguilar explained. “When we got back from winter break, that’s when I told Frandsen I would apply for the job.”

He replaces Mike Barbero who resigned for several reasons, including the fact that he’s a new father and studying for his master’s degree. Barbero remains the Titans boys cross country coach.

Had he aspired to become a head high school coach?

“I thought I would be of more help at the middle school,” Aguilar says. “It’s a different animal, but I’m hoping for it to be long-term.” University Principal Kevin Frandsen, himself a successful Titan track coach with two team state titles in 1998 and 1999

“That’s a good question,” Aguilar answers. “I’m honored that Frandsen came in and asked me to take this ship on. I felt he believed in me. His heart is all about whatever you can do to help students.” Now that he’s counselor full time, he said it was as if this was meant to be. He talked about gleaning knowledge from eight legendary area Hall of Fame high school

coaches who mentored him over the years, two of them his coaches at EV. Another told him that being a counselor and coach goes hand in hand. The sport is in the family. His oldest son Bryce was named cross country coach at East Valley in the fall. He and brother Bryan helped Ernie with his youth club. Both ran for Central Valley. The best way to describe his coaching style, Ernie said, is “ebullient” – encouraging athletes to give the best they have. “That’s where you find your potential.” His emphasis, as in counseling, is to believe in each person to be able to accomplish what they want in their lives. “I trust my coaches to do the best that they can and make our team the greatest we can be,” Aguilar said.

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Valley Sports Notebook By Mike Vlahovich

Current Sports Editor Qualifying for the state A basketball finals twice and settling for second place in both years hurts. But the disappointment of the Freeman boys’ squad this year paled in comparison with the challenge school principal Jim Straw was enduring, coach Marty Jessett said. It was the balm that put the losses in perspective and diminished the sting of this year’s defeat. Straw fell ill around the beginning of the season and it took two weeks or so to discover the cause, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. “Our guys kind of dedicated the season to him,” Jessett explained. “They put in a lot of time and work during the season and a lot of time in the off-season. But when you think about what Mr. Straw was going through this season, it changes your perspective.” From discouraging diagnosis to rehabilitation, he’s made dramatic progress and was able to be at

Final Point Revisiting the RPI after roller coaster prep brackets By Mike Vlahovich

Current Sports Editor I stand corrected. The RPI, designed to set up basketball tournament brackets more equitably did have some merit when comparing rankings to seeding in last month’s state high school basketball tournaments. The RPI was designed to take the human element out of past draws, like last year when two unbeaten teams from essentially the same region, Central Valley and Moses Lake, were pitted against each other in the first round of state in

post-season games, including the state tournament, Jessett said. A year ago, the Scotties lost to King’s which was led by Gonzaga University recruit Corey Kispert. The road to a title went through the team again until he was injured. Freeman gained a measure of revenge this March in the semifinals beating King’s to reach its second straight title game, but lost to Zillah 69-53 to complete a 24-2 season. “We didn’t play our best game,” Jessett said. “Zillah’s a great team with great players, but we felt we could play with them. We didn’t play our best game. It probably was a ‘B’ effort and we needed our ‘A’ game.” All but one starter returns next year. Those shoes will be tough to fill. Freeman’s scoring leader during the regular and post-season, Ryan Maine’s career ended in the state final. You can’t replace a kid like Ryan,” Jessett said. “He’s probably the most mentally tough kid I’ve ever coached. He always attracted the best defender, never batted an eye and took every bump. “I don’t think we can replace him, but we’ll just re-invent ourselves.” They’ll be longer and play inside

2016. This season in virtually every classification, the first through fourth/fifth seeded teams reached the quarterfinals as designed. Of the final eight in each of the six boys and girls classification tournaments, all but five teams followed form. The RPI had done its job up to that point. Furthermore, of 24 Final Four teams, 15 followed form in the girls tournaments and 17 did so among boys. Winning championships, however, proved considerably problematic for the top seeded schools. Only two No. 1 or 2 ranked teams of a possible 12 made the finals in the Washington girls’ tournaments and neither won the title. Four of the champions were ranked seventh or eighth by the RPI, including 4A champion Kentridge, a team Central Valley would have played in the semifinals had they not faltered, losing by a point in its tournament opener.

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rostering several 6-foot-4 and taller players, including sophomore Dylan Oja who was third leading scorer. Michael Coumont, second leading scorer with a 16.3 average, also returns. The Scotties are hoping third time’s a charm at state next year. Bears win streak ends Central Valley’s winning streak ended at 52 games and the defending girls’ state 4A champions were denied a repeat title, settling for fourth place instead. But there’s always next year for the Bears who only graduate two players. And for those who will be playing for a fourth straight year, there’s solace in the knowledge they’ll add to their 73-6 record overall, including 54-1 the past two seasons, and win perhaps another title. “We lost by one point, that’s what people remember. We were supposed to win three in a row. What happened?” said coach Freddie Rehkow. “My view is different. You have to be messed up in the head to think that’s not good.” There was a pressure to maintain the winning streak. People were understandably disappointed. But

The boys had better success with six of 12 finalists either ranked in the top one or two of the RPI. Two No. 1 seeds and one No. 2 were champions. The stunners, perhaps, were No. 13 Foss winning over No. 4 Selah for the 2A title. Locally, Liberty, No. 12 ranked in the RPI, reached the finals in 2B before “settling” for second place. Upsets are the norm during college “March Madness.” Look what happened in the bracket busting first two rounds of this year’s NCAA men’s tourney. By that measure Hardwood Classic can be considered a success, I suppose. In CV’s case, however, I wish that other aspects, like the media polls, would factor in the seeding process. My quibble, as was CV coach Freddie Rehkow’s, is that the defending champion Bears entire resume of work wasn’t taken into consideration when they were ranked fifth in the RPI despite being defending champions with

their lone loss on the first night of competition was by a single point and the girls, Rehkow said, missed several opportunities to win the game. “They played their best and we didn’t,” Rehkow said. “If that’s disappointing, I’m sure there a lot of people who would trade for (our) disappointment.” Lexie Hull averaged 17 points a game, Lacie Hull 10, with ample backing by Hailey Christopher and Camryn Skaife. Knights at state At the beginning of the season, coach Rob Collins said his young team had a chance to be better than three previous teams that placed in the 2A girls state basketball tournament. Although losing in the first round of the state tournament during the Knights fourth straight trip he wasn’t far off. EV beat Port Angeles 56-33 in a regional game that sent them to Yakima where they lost to eventual fourth place Wapato. EV will lose only Elle Burland to graduation, albeit a major cog in the program. Sophomore Genesis Wilkinson averaged 13.5 points in four playoff games, freshman Brie Holecek averaged 12.0.

52 straight wins. A deserved higher seed may have been the difference between the Bears winning the title and the fourth place trophy they brought home. That said, it turned out despite the slight given the seed they had, the Bears essentially wound up right where they belonged in the quarterfinals opposite No. 7 and eventual state champ Kentridge, which had upset No. 1 Kentlake on the same day CV lost by a point to No. 6 Bellarmine Prep in their tournament openers. I suppose that’s why they play the game. During the year it must be pointed out, CV beat No. 4 ranked Sunnyside twice during the tournament, beat No. 1 ranked Kentlake for a second time this year and beat No.2 seed Moses Lake, also for the second time, to place fourth. Not a bad year’s work considering the new RPI had its flaws along with its improvements.

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SVFD Report – April 2017 From Current News Sources

Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) crews responded to a total of 1,274 emergency calls from Feb. 22 through March 22. Incidents include: • Structure Fire – Feb. 23 – SVFD crews responded to a reported structure fire in the 20000 block of East Micaview Drive just before 11 a.m. The first units on the scene observed heavy grey and black smoke coming from a metal-sided detached 36-foot by 40-foot outbuilding about 40 feet behind the home. The retired residents were home at the time of the fire and were alerted by a neighbor. Due to safety concerns about possible building collapse, firefighters remained outside, surrounding the burning building to extinguish the fire. The building was insured and contained a new truck, fifth wheel trailer and boat along with tools and storage. It was a total loss with estimated damages exceeding $150,000. With rapid and efficient attack, firefighters kept the fire from spreading to another outbuilding and to the nearby home, saving an estimated $260,000. The cause of the fire is undetermined. • Furnace Fire – Feb. 26 – Just before 7:30 a.m., SVFD crews responded to a reported fire in a manufactured home in the 200 block of South Neyland Ave. Firefighters located and quickly extinguished the fire inside a closet containing a natural gas-fired furnace. The furnace, closet and floor sustained fire damage. The cause of the fire was accidental. As a note to residents, SNAP, Spokane County’s nonprofit community action agency, offers free furnace repair and replacement to residents who qualify. The agency also provides home repairs, including electrical work. Call 456-7627 for more information. • Rescue – March 1 –SVFD crews responded to a rescue call in the 2500 block of North Drummond Street shortly before 12 p.m. Upon arrival, firefighters found a man with his foot stuck under a car. The man had been changing a tire when the jack supporting the

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vehicle collapsed and pinned the man’s left foot under the car. Crews quickly used jacks and cribbing to lift the car just enough to remove the foot. The man refused medical treatment and appeared to have full movement with no visible injuries. • Residential Fire – March 8 – Just before 5 p.m., SVFD crews responded to a reported structure fire in the 7200 block of East Boone Avenue. Firefighters arrived to find a vacant, single-story residence with smoke showing from the eaves. They quickly extinguished the fire in a bedroom and crawl space. Damage was estimated to be $15,000. The cause of the fire is undetermined. • Duplex Fire – March 10 – SVFD crews responded to a reported structure fire in the 100 block of North Bannen Road just after 1 p.m. Firefighters arrived to find a duplex with smoke and flames showing from a side door of one of the units. Crews quickly knocked down the flames. The homeowner was outside and discovered the fire when she returned inside. The fire originated in the kitchen and was determined to be an electrical fire. There was extensive damage throughout the one side of the duplex and it was deemed a total loss. Although there were no civilian or firefighter injuries, two cats and hamsters did not survive the fire. • Smoke Investigation – March 20 – Shortly before 4 p.m., SVFD crews responded to a report of smoke in the vicinity of the 24900 block of East Hawkstone Loop. Firefighters investigated and found the source of the smoke was authorized outdoor burning by a nearby homeowner. • Motor Vehicle Accident – March 21 – SVFD crews responded to a reported motor vehicle accident at 24001 E. Mission Avenue just before 3:45 p.m. The elderly driver had been feeling unwell and decided to pull off the road when he fainted. His pickup truck landed on top of some landscaping and bystanders called 911. Paramedics treated the patient, who had regained consciousness and was transported to the hospital. By the numbers: •

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Greenacres Fire Station 10 Open House and New Ladder “Push In” – April 22 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.—SVFD invites the community to join us for free family fun at Greenacres Fire Station #10, 17217 E. Sprague. Try on firefighter gear, tour the fire station, take pictures and enjoy treats. And, at noon, attendees can participate as we “push in” our brand new fire truck, Ladder 10. Visit www. spokanevalleyfire.com for more information.

*Brush, Commercial, Residential, Rubbish, Vehicle Fires and Unauthorized Burning About SVFD - Spokane Valley Fire Department serves the cities of Liberty Lake, Millwood, Spokane Valley and unincorporated areas of Spokane County including the communities of Otis Orchards, Pasadena Park, and the area surrounding Liberty Lake, with a combined population of 125,000 across approximately 75 square miles. SVFD firefighters and paramedics responded to more than 16,250 emergency calls in 2016. Established in 1940, SVFD is an Accredited Agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International

(CFAI), one of only a handful in the state of Washington. SVFD operates 10 stations providing fire suppression, emergency medical services, vehicle extrication, hazardous materials response, special operations rescue, fire investigation, fire prevention, commercial property inspection, CPR and fire safety training. SVFD also offers free home fire safety inspections and installation of free smoke alarms. For more information call 928-1700 or visit www.spokanevalleyfire.com.

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New nonprofit helps teens from all walks of life feel like royalty By Staci Lehman

Current Correspondent Spring Goode wants every high school student in the area to be able to attend prom. “Crazy things happen every day,” she said. “Someone gets seriously sick or something else goes wrong, and for a student not to be able to go to prom because they can’t afford a dress, I just don’t think is fair.” Goode recently founded The Royal Closet, a nonprofit that loans formal wear, free of charge, to area students who may not have the budget for dress clothes. For months in advance, Goode has been collecting dresses – around 50 so far – shoes, purses, accessories and men’s formal wear. “So far everything we’ve received is wonderful,” she said, although she would like to have more men’s dress clothes donated. “I think some of that (lack of men’s donations) is due to the boys usually renting their formal wear.” Goode will distribute the clothing at an event on April 15 at Valleypoint Church on Pines Road in Spokane Valley. “We’ll have a shopping event where girls can try on dresses just like if they were going to a store,” she said. “We also have people who have donated shoes and accessories so ideally they can get the complete outfit.” There are also plans to do drawings throughout the event, such as a certificate to Capri Salon for hair styling, and other promrelated prizes. Teens interested in checking out dresses and other items need to bring their student IDs and sign an agreement that they will return the clothing unharmed. There is no process to check family income levels and no geographic restrictions as to who can borrow clothes. “I would love it to be anybody from any school,” Goode said. “I understand this year our inventory isn’t tremendously large but anybody we can help we want to

The Royal Closet is a new nonprofit that provides prom dresses and other formal clothing at no cost to students in need. The group is looking for donations to help with the approaching prom season. Photo by Staci Lehman help. That includes Northern Idaho or wherever.” In the future, shopping events will be held prior to both homecoming and prom. So far, Goode hasn’t done a lot of advertising, mostly relying on social media and the Valley high schools to spread the word. East Valley High School did conduct a recent formal wear drive to help collect supplies and made it into a competition between the classes to see who could bring in the most. Careful Cleaners on Pines Road in Spokane Valley very generously offered to dry clean everything that has been donated for free. Goode is still looking for a little more help though. She works fulltime as a medical coder for Cancer Treatment Centers of America and runs The Royal Closet in spare time and on breaks. Doing both has her burning the candle at both ends though so she is looking for some like-minded individuals to help out. “I am still looking for volunteers for the shopping event. I’m hoping to find other ladies like myself who want to create a nice shopping environment for these girls,” she said. In the meantime, she keeps churning ahead, patterning The Royal Closet after a similar nonprofit she saw doing good work

on the west side of the state. “We used to live over in the Seattle area and the Kent School District has the same project,” she said. “When we moved over here, in researching, I found that the schools here don’t have that. I know that there are other programs out there like this but I’m hoping that between this program and those, we can branch out and reach more kids in need.”

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East Valley High School, 15711 E. Wellesley Ave. Central Valley High School, 821 S. Sullivan Ave. University High School, 12420 E. 32nd Ave. Capri Salon, 15412 E. Sprague Ave. To shop for formal wear for Prom: Show up at Valleypoint Church, 714 S. Pines Road between 12 and 4 p.m. on Saturday April 15 and bring a student ID. If you are available to volunteer for the April 15 shopping event, please also message Goode through The Royal Closet’s Facebook page.


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Millwood Print Works to turn inaugural page this month By Jamie Borgan

Current Correspondent Millwood’s street credibility in the art scene is about to get a big boost. Later this month, the Spokane area’s first membership-based community print shop opens to the public right in the heart of Millwood. The space, at 8921 E. Euclid, is located in a former taxidermy shop. That’s not an issue for its three founders, Bethany Taylor, Thom Caraway and Derek Landers, who are busy launching a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their brainchild, Millwood Print Works. The vision for Millwood Print Works is a collective art space where aspiring printmakers can learn to operate letterpresses, learn to screen print and then practice those talents with their own projects. As their mission statement claims, Millwood Print Works aims to “educate” the public about printmaking, provide “access” to learning and creative opportunities and “build community” around printmaking. Classes will be offered to the public, who can also pay membership fees and work on their own projects, including custom invitations, cards, posters and fine art pieces once they’ve learned the intricacies of operating the letterpresses. The three founding artists bring a complimentary blend of skills to the project and the synergy of their collaboration borders on the serendipitous. Caraway, an assistant professor at Whitworth and Spokane’s former poet laureate had long been interested in bookmaking. Because of this, a Whitworth colleague had given him a letterpress which sparked even more of an interest in printing. Caraway already knew Landers, a graphic designer, and the two began envisioning an art space where print aficionados could learn and create together and provide education to the community. Landers was especially excited about the opportunity to teach screen printing.

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It was about this time that the two met Bethany Taylor, a printmaker who had recently moved from Nashville, where she had spent years working at Hatch Show Print, a nationally renowned and historic print shop. With Taylor’s expertise on the mechanics of the letterpress, the three began the process of putting together a community print shop. They soon learned of a space in Millwood from another community artist; the space, owned by Millwood Presbyterian Church, was offered to them rent free. The trio has worked ambitously to ready the space and put the necessary organizational framework in place. As Caraway says, they’ve worked at “getting organizational stuff right and having a clear sense of who we are and where we’re going.” This emphasis on organizational clarity and purpose has obviously paid off, as Millwood Print Works was one of eight arts organizations awarded a Spokane Arts Grant Award (SAGA) from a pool of 74 applicants in the first round of funding in 2017. The $7,500 grant will help with remodels and equipment in their space. All three affirm that community response to the print shop has been incredibly positive. “It has been extraordinary,” says Taylor, who recently attended a print-making panel, mostly comprised of art professors. “The consensus was that we need a community print shop.” This excitement has fueled a surfeit of community interest. A pair of donated letterpresses have been delivered recently from Gonzaga University, and public interest, especially over social media, has been abundant. There are organizations such as Portland’s Independent Publishing Resource Center that offer up similar approaches in larger cities, but nothing in the Spokane area, and certainly nothing so singularly focused. Millwood is happy to have them too. Landers refers to Millwood as a “hidden gem” and says they’ve been warmly welcomed. As they’ve been working to ready the space, Landers says “people just stick their heads in the door-they’re happy we’re here.” Millwood Print Works plans to

Millwood Print Works will open on Euclid Avenue off Argonne in Millwood later this month. The site included two donated letterpresses from Gonzaga University Contributed photos begin offering limited classes in late April with the goal of having the shop fully operational by July. Once open, interested community members will be able to purchase a membership to use the equipment, which will include some paper and ink. Memberships will be available on a monthly basis for those interested in completing a single project or annually for those wanting to explore printing more in depth.

Landers, Taylor, and Caraway envision being an all volunteer run organization initially, and all three plan on donating time weekly to the shop. For more information about Millwood Print Works, visit their website: http:// millwoodprintworks.com/.

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Burch settles into role as newest SVFD commissioner

The Spokane Valley Fire Department Board of Commissioners holds regular meetings twice a month on the second and fourth Mondays of every month. Meeting agendas can be found online at www. spokanevalleyfire.com.

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“Proposition 1 is coming up that would maintain the emergency communications system and in ’18 or ’19 is the next levy,” he said.

Eight months after being appointed the Spokane Valley Fire Department’s (SVFD) most recent commissioner, Patrick Burch is settling in and reaching his stride. “It’s been a great experience – we are very lucky to have the department that we have,” said Burch, who was appointed in July of 2016 to fill a vacancy created by a resignation on the board. Spokane Valley Fire commissioners provide financial oversight to the SVFD, among other duties. “We approve budgets, we approve expenditures,” said Burch. “We hire the chief. We develop policy. We review contracts with our unions.” A 15-year Spokane Valley resident, Burch first became involved with SVFD in 2008 when he joined the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) as a volunteer. CERT members were trained volunteers who help with community outreach and public events and activities, but were also deployed in case of emergencies. “They help relieve fire crews so we are freeing up people who could potentially save a friend or family member,” he said.

Burch would also like to raise the profile of the Board of Commissioners.

Fire Commissioner Patrick Burch In 2016, CERT transitioned to Fire Corps, of which Burch is still a member. Fire Corps volunteers provide support services to SVFD such as installing smoke alarms in homes, performing blood pressure checks, assisting with community events, conducting welfare checks and relieving fire crews watching over downed power lines until utility crews can respond. As the appointee to an unexpired term, Burch must run for elected office in November 2017 to fill the remainder of the six-year term which expires in December of 2019. Until then, he is going full-speed ahead with his commissioner role. His goals for his tenure as a commissioner include making sure the five-person board is making good decisions from a safety standpoint and to make sure levies

Sheriff’s Office warns against river danger From Splash News Sources The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of the severe danger the Spokane River presents due to its extremely high flow rate and frigid temperature. Residents are urged to please stay off/out of the Spokane River and make sure to maintain a safe distance from the river. Spokane County has issued an emergency order closing access to the river. The city of Spokane Valley also issued a similar announcement regarding the river within municipal limits.

The river is also full of debris being carried downstream and the banks are full or overrun causing trees, brush, rocks and other obstacles to “strain” the rushing water and have an extreme amount of force pushing against them that could easily trap a victim. When the very cold temperatures of the snow runoff is added to this, making hypothermia an almost immediate factor. Residents are urged to avoid the river until further notice.

“People need to know that we’re accessible as a committee,” he said. “We would like to hear from the public.” In particular, Burch is working to get more young people involved. He says the Fire Corps is a good place to start, especially for those who think they may be interested in fire careers in the future. “This is a great opportunity to get in and get to know people in the department, to find out if fire service is really for them.” While fire commissioners are paid positions (less than $10,000 per year), Burch says he gives his time to the cause because serving his community is important to him and he learned to serve from his parents. “It’s our community, why not get involved?” he said. Burch also served in the Navy Reserve in the past and volunteers with Boy Scout Troop 418. He served as scoutmaster of the troop until recently. In his time away from SVFD, Burch is co-owner and business manager of Neurotherapy Northwest, a private practice specializing in mental health and therapy for conditions including ADHD, autism, depression, anxiety, PTSD, head injury, stroke, chronic pain, hypertension, stress, learning disorders and headaches or migraines.


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Weather or not, spring arrives in the Inland Northwest By Craig Howard Current Editor On the first Saturday this past December, I rolled out my lawnmower on a dry, mild afternoon and addressed a chore that was weeks overdue. The same weekend, a few houses down, my neighbors were unraveling their Christmas lights. A week later, my lawn – neatly mowed to resemble the outfield grass at Safeco Field – was buried in snow. On March 7, a late winter storm set down in Spokane County less than a week after a bright, resonant day seemed to signal the dawn of spring. My snow shovel was dutifully retrieved from the garage like a sand wedge pulled from a golf bag right when it appeared each remaining fairway was devoid of hazards. Welcome to the zany, bewildering – and inevitably unique – climate of the Inland Northwest. While March 20 may have been the first “official” day of spring, those of us who have lived here a while know better. After all, it was only eight years ago – on March 29, 2009 – when 3.9 inches of snow fell on the greater Spokane area, setting a new local record for that day and pushing the snowfall total for the 2008-09 winter to a new alltime mark of 93.6 inches. The winter before, 92.6 inches of snow transformed the area into a Winter Wonderland, as in “I wonder when this snow is ever going to stop.” The National Weather Service actually reported a trace of snow on June 10, 2008, although there is no official documentation of any local baseball games being snowed out or picnics at Pavillion Park layered in ice. While our neighbors on the west side of the state enjoy more temperate winters with commonplace precipitation, our geographical address – on the fringe of the Columbia Basin with an average elevation of over 1,800 feet – puts us in the pipeline for snow, sleet, hail and general frostiness. With the Rocky Mountains to the east and north and the Cascades to the west, the Inland Northwest

ON THAT NOTE is nestled in a slope where cold air often settles during certain months. Hence the scarcity of palm trees in Otis Orchards and abundance of vacant tennis courts at Central Valley High School in February. Don’t get me wrong, this is still a great place to live, despite the chilly quarter or so of the year. Visit Spokane, the area’s official envoy of tourism, notes on its website that we boast “four true seasons,” including “seemingly endless winter recreation.” Visit Spokane also draws a comparison of our region to the Puget Sound area, or “the rainy coastline of Washington state,” claiming that Spokane and its surrounding communities receive a paltry average of 16.5 inches of rain each year while enjoying around 260 days of sunshine. No mention if those days include ice-covered weeks in January when the yellow circle in the sky is visible but emits about as much warmth as a frozen grapefruit.

that isn’t possible.” The Inland Northwest is known for its “active weather pattern,” Sherry says, making exact predictions a challenge. Overall, though, weather forecasters fare pretty well, accurately anticipating snow, sun and other conditions 90 percent of the time in an average 24-hour span. The success rate is nearly as good – 80 percent – over 48 hours. Mark Twain may have summed up the chore of predicting the elements best when he said, “Climate is what we expect. Weather is what we get.” One thing is certain – most residents are glad that colder weather seems to be on the downhill slide. Just in case, my golf bag this spring will include the normal array of clubs along with the obligatory umbrella and snow shovel.

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Spokane-area weather landmarks

Warmest temperature – 106 degrees – Aug. 4, 1961 Coldest temperature – 24 degrees below zero – Feb. 2, 1996 Most rainfall in a month – 32.5 inches – April 1973 Coldest month on record – daily average of 1.4 degrees – January 1949 Warmest average month – July with an average temperature of 84.7 degrees Information from Global Summary of the Day which began recording Spokane County weather data in August 1941.

We know that a decrease in sunlight can lead to a condition known as “seasonal affective disorder,” characterized by higher levels of melatonin, the sleepinducing hormone and lower levels of serotonin, a natural mood stabilizer. Along with a dialing down of nourishing brightness, winter can also present challenges in the exercise department, another source of emotional and mental health according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Along with new approaches like light therapy and supplements like Vitamin D, “the sunshine vitamin,” bundling up and stepping outside has been known to help combat the winter doldrums. A 2004 study at the University of Michigan found people who spent at least 30 minutes outside each day showed improved mood, memory and creativity. Tom Sherry is accustomed to questions about when spring weather will be here to stay . The longtime meteorologist at KREMTV says while new technology has brought advances to his profession, “the demands on the forecast have gotten much tougher.” “Used to be you could forecast snow for tomorrow,” Sherry said. “Now people want to know what time snow will start and end. How much will fall by a certain time of day? Will it rain at my house at a certain time and how much will fall? Will it be sunny or cloudy six days from now? Viewers want a more precise forecast and sometimes

Conditions on the Saltese Flats have varied dramatically over the past month, from a snow-covered to a venue emerging from layers of a lingering winter. Photos by Craig Howard

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