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Spokane Valley is getting used to seeing Larry Crouse's name on the ballot. Increasingly, it is getting used to seeing it as the only name running every two years for 4th District state representative, Pos. 1. The longtime Valley resident has represented the community in Olympia since beating the last Democrat to serve the 4th District, George Orr, in 1994. With his name unopposed on ballots due Nov. 6, The Current caught up with the long-tenured representative as he prepares to begin a 10th term this January.

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This is your 10th general election. You were opposed five of the first six times you ran, but only once in the past four elections. What do you make of this trend?


I work with everybody over there. It doesn't matter if they are Democrat or Republican or Independent or who they are. It's all about policy for me, and I stay out of politics — the political side of it — as much as possible. And I've been there a long time. Being a senior person, I have a lot of knowledge. I have this historical knowledge that they talk about. ... I have the reputation now of working for everybody. One of the best persons I worked with for years was (retiring Democratic Spokane Sen.) Lisa Brown. She was a real ally on a lot of things, especially local issues. Q: While you are not challenged in this election, there are several ballot issues of which I would guess the outcome is important to you. What is your thought about charter schools, for example? A: Our school systems over here in our district are really well run. I have a great relationship with the school officials. ... I understand charter schools, there could be a place, but (the comment of some local officials) was, "Well, if you want charter schools, how about just deregulate us? We'll do what charter schools can do, but (unfunded mandates and regulations) have the public school system in a situa-

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A Cup of Joe tion where they can't function like a lot of them would like to. Q: How about gay marriage? A: I've consistently been very conservative on social issues. I'm strongly prolife. ... Some of my best friends are homosexual, and I have no problem working with them, dealing with them, their life is their life, whatever. We're about policy and relationships and stuff like that, but to actually make it a law in the marriage, I've strongly opposed that for a long time. Q: How about requiring a two-thirds supermajority for raising taxes in the Legislature? A: I've always supported that issue. It's too easy for government people who you get over there to get barn blind. I used to raise horses, Arabian show horses, and you tend to think your horse is the best. ... A lot of times we kind of lose track of what's going on, and everything seems so important — We have to get this done!

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A: First, you mentioned Matt. Matt, getting to know him more, is so bright, one of the brightest legislators over there. And he's getting to be very effective. I was his mentor for two years, and I emphasized the importance of building relationships with Republicans, but I said more importantly, you have to build a relationship with the Democrats. ... He's been working real hard, and he's been doing wonderfully in Olympia, and I think that because of what happens locally, that overshadows what he's doing over there. ... He is respected over there more and more all the time. Q: What keeps you wanting to go back to Olympia? What's still driving you? A: Well, it's certainly not the drive back and forth or being away from home. Let's get those out of the way. Other than that, the job really is good. I'm the type of guy, I like to fix things. I'm a policy wonk. I like to build things. So this job really fits me well for that. ... I probably focus more on killing bad stuff than getting other stuff through. I've been an advocate of less legislation my whole career over there. There's too many bills, and luckily our system weeds out a lot of the bad stuff. ... So where I have focused my time and attention is stopping bad legislation, which is really hard to do when you're in the minority. But I'm reallly good at it. We have stopped numerous bad issues that would have come in and cost us, especially in the energy field. Q: You told the Spokesman that in your last term you missed as many votes as you ever had before because of your back and a resulting surgery. Are you feeling healthier now? A: I'm much better now. I did the treadmill this morning. I try to walk a mile or two a day, and that seems to help a lot. So it's tolerable, but it was a tough two years. ... My health is a lot better right now. I've lost weight, I'm down about 30 pounds, down to 199 this morning. When I came back from session I was 230. I'm just doing it slowly. I'm hoping to get down so my old suits fit me by the session, and I'm thinking it's another 5 to 10 pounds. Q: I've got to ask you about a longtime colleague of yours who wasn't with you in Olympia this past term for the first time in your career. In what ways have you felt the absence of Bob McCaslin? A: Thank you for that question. I can remember my very first term, stressful situations and committees and pressure from peoples — and you don't even know where the bathrooms and the meeting rooms were. I literally wouldn't have time to go to the bathroom. ... So at the end of the day you're just burned out, and I would drive out of the

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Spokane Valley City Council members voted Oct. 9 to purchase an eight-acre parcel on Sprague Avenue and Herald Road for $2.5 million from local businessman Jack Pring. The land is slated to be used for the expansion of Balfour Park and a new library. The Spokane County Library District participated in the agreement and will be working with the city on a plan for the site in which it will use a portion of the property for a library. The SCLD has five years to pass a bond for a new library or else the city can purchase the library’s portion back.

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The Central Valley School District board of directors will hold a public hearing Nov. 13 to gather input on a potential sale of land to the city of Liberty Lake. The district owns a 23.85-acre vacant lot east of Liberty Lake Elementary School that was most recently targeted as a future middle school site. The agreement would allow the district to sell the land at a minimum cost — $10 has been reported — so the city could develop and maintain the portion of the site that could be used for youth recreational fields. The agreement allows the district to then buy the land back at the same rate when it’s ready to build a school on the site.

A revised Capital Facilities Plan for the city of Liberty Lake was presented in October and shed insight into some pending projects within city limits. Among the 2013 projects planned for the community — some of which will require grant funding to come through — include phase one development of Town Square Park on vacant, city-owned property at Appleway and Signal; a roundabout at Harvard and Mission; extension and completion of a pedestrian trail along Sprague Avenue; and work on a Fallen Heroes Circuit Course in community parks.

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3UP 3DOWN Three Up, Three Down features at-aglance news from the Spokane Valley area: — what’s coming up in November — what went down in October Six of these items are represented on the artistic rendering of the Valley by local artist Casey Lynch on the previous spread.

CITY OF SPOKANE VALLEY Compiled by Josh Johnson

After several high-profile road construction projects had Spokane Valley drivers seeing plenty of orange as improvements were made in the city this past summer, the City Council received its first glimpse recently of what the 2013 road construction season could look like. Among the roads likely to be impacted include stretches of Sprague, Sullivan, Argonne, Park, 24th and 32nd. The City Council has scheduled a pair of special meetings in early November for chiefly educational purposes. A meeting at 1 p.m. Nov. 2 will be held at City Hall so the Council can receive updates on the Sullivan Bridge project. A meeting at the downtown Spokane library at 2 p.m. Nov. 7 in conjunction with other regional entities has been scheduled to learn more about urban transportation corridors. Though most of the orange signs have been put away for the season, a few road construction projects are scheduled to wrap up in November, including shoulder work on Park Road and Montgomery, sidewalk infill on Pines Road between 16th and 24th and the Sprague Avenue swale project. City Council members voted Oct. 9 to purchase an eight-acre parcel on Sprague Avenue and Herald Road for the expansion of Balfour Park and a new public library. See this entry on the artistic map on pages 6-7. The City Council approved a bid that will help the lights along Pines Road operate together more efficiently, improving traffic flow. See this entry on the artistic map on pages 6-7. A 15-foot by 8-foot blue-and-white helium blimp carrying 2 to 3 pounds of camera equipment was used last month to photograph the Sullivan Road Bridge. The photos will be used to help create visual simulations depicting the finished bridge and its relation to the surrounding environment.

CITY OF LIBERTY LAKE Compiled by Josh Johnson

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news public regarding the proposed 2013 budget at a hearing scheduled for its 7 p.m. Nov. 13 meeting. The city’s most recent Capital Facilities Plan sheds light on some priority projects for 2013. See this entry on the artistic map on pages 6-7. One other capital item planned for 2013 would see the city invest $200,000 into a vacant 23.85-acre lot east of Liberty Lake Elementary School currently owned by the Central Valley School District. Past bonds to build a school on the site have failed, and the district doesn’t have immediate plans for the lot, which sticks out as the only unimproved lot in a developed residential area. The city has worked with the school district on an agreement that would transfer ownership to the city until the district is ready to build a school. In the meantime, the city would build and maintain youth recreational fields at the site that would be consistent with what would eventually be part of a school. Mayor Steve Peterson presented his 2013 budget at the Oct. 16 City Council meeting emphasizing a proactive approach toward a “safe, clean, green” community. The budget also proposes the city move its utility tax, which was cut to 3 percent for 2012 after debuting in 2011 at 6 percent, out of the general fund for dedicated street maintenance use. A reciprocal borrowing agreement between the Spokane County Library District and the Liberty Lake Municipal Library was finalized. See this entry on the artistic map on pages 6-7. The City Council debated Oct. 2 the merits of cracking down further on smoking at its public parks, debating a proposed ordinance that would impose a $25 fine for the infraction. Several Council members expressed discomfort with the idea and whether it was a priority for enforcement, and Police Chief Brian Asmus suggested recrafting the ordinance toward the Council’s biggest area of concern — smoking during the often crowded series of public concerts and performances held over the summer months — an idea the Council members embraced. City staff was directed to return with a revised proposal.


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Millwood’s sixth annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be on the front lawn of the Inland Empire Paper Co., 3320 N. Argonne Road, at 6 p.m. Dec. 7. Launching a Memory Project in December, Millwood Historical Enthusiasts is collecting pictures, stories and any other interesting historic items to document for future generations. For more information, visit Tickets are $35 for the West Valley Education Foundation’s wine tasting and

auction to be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place in Spokane Valley. The city of Millwood, facing a potential budget shortfall for the third consecutive year due in part to deficits in the water, sewer and general funds, set a public hearing to discuss the budget during. The hearing is set for the Nov. 13 City Council meeting. The city is also anticipating a drop in property tax revenue. Millwood City Council held the first public hearing for the 2013 revenues and property tax levy during the October Council meeting. Discussion included how declining property values are estimated to decrease assessed property tax revenue by 1%. The remaining hearings are required to be held before the end of the year. During the October meeting, the City Council approved paying $1,600 as part of the updated interlocal agreement for Greater Spokane Emergency Management, the entity that provides emergency management for all the cities, towns and unincorporated areas in Spokane County.


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Central Valley scheduled a series of seven “Community Connections” at various schools between Oct. 30 and Nov. 15. The events are intended to highlight innovation in the district and feature the 2012 report card for an audience of business leaders, elected officials, parents and interested residents. The 7:30 a.m. presentations will feature students and teachers with a focus on career and college readiness. The remaining forums include Nov. 6 at Greenacres Middle School, Nov. 7 at Central Valley High School, Nov. 8 at University High School, Nov. 13 at the Early Learning Center, Nov. 14 at Barker High School and Nov. 15 at Broadway Elementary. For more, visit or RSVP at 228-5400. The CVSD board of directors will hold a public hearing Nov. 13 to consider selling land to the city of Liberty Lake until the time when they would be ready to build on the vacant lot. See this entry on the artistic map on pages 6-7. The University and Central Valley high school drama departments are both staging productions in November. U-High students will be performing “Les Miserables,” while CV students will perform Charles Dickens’ “Nicholas Nickleby.” Central Valley High School senior Austin Rehkow made national news when he booted a 67-yard field goal to send a wild game against Shadle Park into overtime Oct. 18. The Bears went on to win, and Rehkow went on to appear on

SportsCenter and the Today Show, among several other national news outlets. The kick set a Washington state record and was reported to be the third-longest in history by a high school student. The CVSD board of directors received a report at its Oct. 22 meeting that the construction of the Spokane Valley Tech building at Sprague and University is on schedule. Superintendent Ben Small added that the joint project between Valley school districts will double its number of programs for the 2013-14 school year to eight. The new programs will include entrepreneurship, finance, biomedicine innovation and engineering. He said the programs at Spokane Valley Tech are really the “high-end, innovative programs that are the future to this region.” Central Valley High School students hosted a “Rally in the Valley” event Oct. 24 where students debated election issues and candidates showed up to debate as well. The second annual event featured participants from some of the more prominent local races.


There will be a K-12 Book Fair at Freeman High School Nov. 5-9. Those attending the book fair will find the latest and finest titles for kids, as well as books of interest to parents. Student conferences will take place the week of Nov. 5-9. The district will once again be using the Skyward module that allows parents to schedule conferences online. The Freeman PTSA will host the “Freeman Talent Show” at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15. Students in grades K-8 are invited to showcase their talents. For those students who don’t have an act, the band will be holding a workshop from 12:45 to 2:55 p.m. Nov. 8 to help students develop their talents. The Freeman School District recently implemented another Skyward Family Access feature: attendance emails. If a student has an absence or tardy marked during the school day, parents are notified by email about the attendance. At the Oct. 11 school board meeting, Board Member Randy Primmer reported a recent discussion at the Spokane County School Directors meeting was allday kindergarten and the benefit of more contact time for students. One option to increase student contact time is to perhaps add every Friday rather than the current every-other-Friday format. The board will discuss options at a future work session. The “Harvest Hoe Down” was held Oct. 26. Everyone enjoyed the myriad games, activities, great food and delicious treats.

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Changes in SVFD leadership Longtime Spokane Valley Fire Department Commissioner Monte Nesbitt stepped aside from his leadership position in October following a challenge to his residency in the district. Remaining commissioners will consider a replacement Nov. 30 from a crowded and prominent pool of applicants. Interested parties include former Central Valley School District Superintendent Mike Pearson and a pair of former Spokane Valley mayors, Diana Wilhite and Mike DeVleming.

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The problem was quickly corrected and students returned to school the next day.

EV students get a day off A malfunctioning water pump caused temporary drinking water concerns in Spokane Valley’s Trentwood Irrigation District Oct. 16. As a precautionary measure, the East ValHigh School at 7 p.m. Nov. 7. Representatives of Gonzaga University will present at East Valley High School College Financial Aid KNIGHT for students and parents. It is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the library. As in past years, the day before Thanksgiving will be an early dismissal day. Students will be dismissed on Nov. 21 at the following times: 12:40 p.m., grades K-6; 11:20 a.m., grade 7; 11:40 a.m., grade 8; 11:30 a.m., East Valley High School. There will be no ECEAP, EVSD Preschool Programs, or PEP programs for this half day and no afternoon bus for Skills Center. Test scores continue to trend upward in the East Valley School District. In a comparison of baseline test scores in 2009-2010 to the most recent results in 2011-2012, East Valley students recorded notable gains, particularly in math. The options for participating in sports in East Valley have increased. The district’s elementary athletic program, which consists of introducing students to multiple sports in a series of miniseasons, has been expanded. The introductory program, which was previously available to only sixth grade students, has been extended to fifth-graders. After a year of planning, East Farms Elementary School has taken the first step in becoming a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Magnet School. Ultimately, the aim of STEAM is to integrate all curriculum areas in a manner that prepares all students for college and careers.

West Valley School District Compiled by Jim Ryan

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Avista makeover begins Improvements to Avista Stadium that will be completed in advance of the 2013 Spokane Indiana regular season are under way at the ballpark. The construction, funded jointly by the Indians and Spokane County, includes replacing the main concession building, upgrading the administration building, creating a new team store, updating restrooms and repaving the entire outer concourse. at West Valley High School, 8301 E. Buckeye, on at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 8. The public is invited to attend and enjoy the inspirational program and to take a moment to thank the veterans who gave so much in defense of our nation. There will be a “Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive” the week before Thanksgiving. Students from all the schools in the West Valley District are being encouraged to collect food for the needy. Those not contacted by the students can drop off food items at any school during the week. The West Valley Education Foundation “Wine Tasting and Auction” will be held Nov. 3 at CenterPlace at Mirabeau Point Park. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Cost of the event is $35. Money raised will be used to help fund scholarships for the students. Along with the wine tasting, there will be both a silent and live auction. For more information, call 340-7204. West Valley City School was recently awarded a “Project Lead the Way” grant, which is a leading provider of rigorous and innovative curriculum for science, technology, engineering and math education. Contract Based Education High School’s first community service project of the year was a food drive in conjunction with 2nd Harvest Food Bank. CBE is proud to be represented on the West Valley Board of Directors by student representative Chelsea VanSchoonhoven. Seth Woodard Elementary held its “Fall Carnival Night” Oct. 26. It was a fun night for students, parents and the entire community. The evening was complete with games, a haunted house and lots of great-tasting goodies.

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Shea, Biviano race continues to make headlines The 4th District state representative race between incumbent Republican Matt Shea and Democrat Amy Biviano continues to make headlines for all the wrong reasons. Substantial policy differences and visions between the two candidates exist, but most of the attention during the campaign has revolved around gun charges and other personal issues surrounding Shea and now an old photo shoot involving Biviano. A conservative group reported in October that Biviano posed for Playboy magazine while a student at Yale in the mid-1990s. Biviano told media outlets she doesn’t regret the decision but wouldn’t do it again now that she’s a mother. The race, quite fortunately, wraps up Nov. 6.

Community Briefs WSU graduates local students Several local students earned undergraduate degrees from Washington State University for the summer 2012 semester. These include Samuel K. Clark (summa cum laude) of Greenacres; Jessica Rae Cardone Bunney (cum laude), Jordan Leeann Doak and Oliver Easton Walter of Liberty Lake; Bryonna Mimi Enger (summa cum laude), Heidi Elizabeth Huppert (summa cum laude), Lauren Danielle Mackleit, Britney R. Miller, Christopher David Joseph Sothen and Tyler K. Wilcox of Spokane Valley; and Gregory Roy Emtman of Valleyford.

SCLD trustee position available Spokane County Commissioners are now accepting applications for a Spokane County Library District Board of Trustees position, which will be available as of Jan. 1, 2013. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 8. For position requirements and instructions on how to apply for the open position, visit

Valley student awarded highest scholarship at Biola Jordan Jarvis of Greenacres was among 132 students to receive Biola University’s highest scholarship, the President’s scholarship, for the 20122013 academic year. Jarvis is a freshman at Biola, a private Christian university located in La Mirada, Calif.

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Calendar of Events COMMUNITY Nov. 1 | Books are Fun Book and Gift Fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Good Samaritan Retirement Center, 17121 E. 8th Ave., Spokane Valley. Book and gift items for all ages at discounted prices. All proceeds benefit Good Samaritan leisure activities. For more: 924-6161, ext. 650 or

Nov. 1 | Great Candy Buy Back 4 to 7

p.m., KiDDS Dental, 1327 N. Stanford Lane, Suite 5, Liberty Lake. Dental office buys leftover Halloween candy at $1 per pound and sends it to troops overseas in this fifth annual event. Also, goodie bags and prizes. For more: 891-7070 or

Nov. 1 | LLCA Moms Night Out 6 to 8:30 p.m., Liberty Lake Children’s Academy, 1322 N. Stanford Lane, Liberty Lake. Snacks and vendors offering gifts for early holiday shopping with proceeds benefiting Liberty Lake Children’s Academy. For more: 922-6360 Nov. 2 | HarVEST Festival of Fun 6 to 9

p.m., Valley Christian School, 10212 E. 9th Ave., Spokane Valley. Community event includes kid’s activities, food, music by local performers, silent auction and bull riding. All-inclusive tickets can be purchased for $30 or $100 a family at Valley Christian School. For more: 924-9131

Nov. 2 | Halloween Candy Buy Back 3 to 7 p.m. DaBell Orthodontics, 720 N. Evergreen Road, Suite 101, Spokane Valley. Trade in unopened, excess candy and receive $1 per pound. The candy will be shipped to troops serving overseas as part of Operation Gratitude. Candy donations will be tracked by school as well. The school that

donates the most candy will receive a donation in the amount of the total money distributed to kids from that school. For more: 921-1700

a greater understanding of what communities strive to be, so the library can best support that vision. For more:

Nov. 3 | Friends Book Sale 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Titles for all ages plus tickets will be sold for a Kindle drawing to be held Nov. 17. For more: 232-2510

Nov. 8-9 | Books are Fun Book and Gift Fair 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Spokane Valley Hospital,

Nov. 7 | Fourth annual Heritage Day Celebration 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Suite 1. Hosted by the Spokane Tribe of Indians, this free event will offer an education for all ages about the rich heritage and culture of the tribe. Bring a donation to a food drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank and a sack lunch. For more: 477-2770 or

Nov. 8 | Ladies Nite Out 5:30 p.m., Mirabeau

Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Road. $50 ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, wine and the opportunity to bid on a selection of items, experiences and services to benefit Spokane Valley Partners. Table sponsors and donors also sought. For more: or 927-1153, ext. 13

Nov. 8 | Thank God I'm Fabulous 5 to

8 p.m., Spokane Events & Catering, 10512 E. Sprague Ave. Free Spokane and North Idaho Power Woman networking event mixing business with girls night out. Door prizes, giveaways, demos, presentations and more. Men also welcome. $5 appetizer bar and a no-host bar. Vendor information:

Nov. 8 | Community Library Forum 6 to 7:30 p.m. Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. Spokane County Library District forum to gain

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near the gift shop, 12606 E. Mission Ave. Book and gift items for all ages at discounted prices. Proceeds benefit the Spokane Valley Hospital Auxiliary. For more: 953-3246 or bookfairsarefun.

Nov. 9 | 26th annual St. John Vianney School Auction 5:30 p.m., DoubleTree, 322 N.

Spokane Falls Court, Spokane. Auction begins at 5:30 p.m. with silent tables. Dinner served at 6:45 p.m. followed by live auction and dancing. $45 per person, $450 per table of 10. For more: 926-7987

Nov. 10 | Eighth annual Heritage Program and Luncheon 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines Road, Spokane Valley. Presentation on "Bretz’s Flood" by author John Soennichsen. Music, raffles and door prizes plus the presentation of the Heritage Preservation Award. Cost $20. Proceeds benefit the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum. For more and RSVP: 922-4570

Nov. 10 | Spokane Cork and Keg Festival

7 to 10 p.m. Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. Hundreds of wines and microbrews plus hors d'oeuvres prepared by the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy. Live music by the Martini Brothers. Must be 21 to attend. Tickets are $45 in advance at www. or Eau de Vie Wine Shoppe, 21718 E. Mission Ave., Liberty Lake, or $50 at the door. For more: 467-7744

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Nov. 10 and 24 | Spokane Novelists Group

Noon to midnight, Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley Ave. Strong critiquing of fiction only, novels and short stories. Bring 5-10 pages to read to the group and 6-8 copies. Free. For more: 8911695 or

Nov. 15 | Anime Club 4 to 5 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. Watch Anime, hang out with friends, eat snacks and more for grades 6-12. Movies and munchies provided. For more: Dec. 1 | Breakfast with Santa 9 to 11 a.m. CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. Pancake breakfast, children’s games, crafts, picture with Santa and other activities. Hosted by Spokane Valley Rotary Club. Proceeds benefit Rotary College Scholarships Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and other Rotary service projects. $5 per person at the door. For more: 6880300 or

MUSIC & THE ARTS Nov. 1-3, 5-6 | “Nicholas Nickleby” 7:30

p.m. each day, Central Valley High School Performing Arts Center, 821 S. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. Students performing Charles Dickens’ classic. Tickets $11 at the door, general seating begins at 6:15 p.m.

Nov. 1-3, 8-11 | “Les Misérables” 7 p.m. each day except 2 p.m. Nov. 11, University High School Theatre, 12420 E. 32nd Ave., Spokane Valley. University drama students worked throughout the summer to create innovative new set, which includes a mechanically revolving

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Treasure from the past

Two Spokane Valley teachers received $500 for their classroom from a recent drawing in which Spokane Teachers Credit Union gave away four $500 grants. Above left, East Valley High School’s Julie Dodge is shown with STCU’s Lance Kissler. Below left, Evergreen Middle School’s Amanda Mortensen (center) is pictured with STCU Director of Branches Pamela Moore and Senior Communications Officer Dan Hansen. Along with a teacher from Rathdrum, Idaho, and another at St. George’s School in Spokane, Mortensen and Dodge were selected at random from more than 2,000 entries. The educators were notified in surprise announcements at their respective schools. STCU only stipulates that the money be used on anything the teacher believes will enhance students’ classroom experience, whether a basic need or something special. Submitted photos

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Jay Steward of Spokane Valley recently came across a program from Orchard Avenue School that his father performed in at the Dishman Building in February 1912. He knew The Current was planning an article on Orchard Avenue (see opposite page), so he sent it in.

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Orchard Avenue: A community name, a beautiful thoroughfare By Bill Zimmer Spokane Valley Heritage Museum

Orchard Avenue was platted in 1908 and rapidly developed from that point. There were 440 acres in the original plot, and in 1920, 60 more acres were added when an irrigation district was formed. In 1909, as the area continued to grow, the firm of Neely and Young began promoting the sale of land tracts ranging in size from one half acre to twenty acres. Promotional materials printed at that time stated that, “Orchard Avenue will be boulevarded, fountains will be installed at intersecting streets, the most complete and comprehensive water system for irrigation and domestic uses will be installed. ... Trees are being planted and a new suburban depot will be built. A school is located on the property, and grounds have been purchased for a college.” As evidence of the seriousness of the promoters and developers, by 1911, the water system was complete, 110 acres were sold to the Spokane Park Board to be developed as a park, the brick school and a Grange hall were complete, more than 2.5 miles of shade trees had been planted throughout the development, a sectarian college was almost complete, the Orchard Avenue Grocery (a general store) was established near the Inland Empire Electric train depot and about half of the available land was sold — primarily to “wealthy people from the east” at $900 to $2,000 per acre. One of the greatest needs of a developing community is for a school, which was the case of Orchard Avenue in the Spokane Valley. In September 1900, Orchard Park School opened with 28 students. It was located on what is now Park Road. Earlier that year, the Orchard Park School District had been formed by combining Carnhope, Trent and Chester. The district had included what is now Dishman, Millwood, Pasadena Park, Orchard Avenue and half of Yardley and Parkwater. Seth Woodard was very involved in the formation of the new district. He fought hard to gain approval of the three former districts, especially the Carnhope District. Woodard was an early Valley settler who, along with his father, donated land to the railroad coming through the Valley and established Woodard Station, which later became Millwood, combining the Woodard name with that of the new paper mill. In order to accommodate the growing school population, the Dishman School was opened in 1910. Further need for schools was evident as Millwood Grade School opened in 1912. A short time later, the Orchard Park students moved to the Millwood building, which became Millwood High School after an approved high school curriculum was developed. In 1925,

Valley of the sun A monthly series of historical chronicles providing a window into the past — and a connection to the heritage — of the communities that make up the Spokane Valley. February Dishman March Chester April Opportunity May Vera June Greenacres July Saltese August Spokane Bridge September East Farms/Otis Orchards October Trentwood November Orchard Avenue December Millwood

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The entryway to Orchard Avenue gives a glimpse at the grandeur of the development, which was platted in 1908 near present-day Park Road.

Above: A class of Orchard Avenue School fifth-graders pose for a picture during the 1936-37 school year. The arrow below the front row points out Clarence House, who is still living. At left: Lincoln Prickett stands in front of a service station his family owned at the northeast corner of what today is the intersection of Park Road and Trent Avenue. The building remains and is inhabited by the Corner Club Tavern, 2208 N. Park Road. the new West Valley High School at the corner of Argonne Road and Trent Avenue was dedicated and opened with 250 students. The Orchard Park School District rapidly grew from an original property valuation of $100,000 at its formation in 1900 to $2.5 million in 1932. From its beginning, Orchard Avenue was known as a progressive community. In March 1917, a small group of residents

met and formed the Orchard Avenue Community Club. An article in The SpokesmanReview dated May 1932 describes the club as follows: “The club owns its own community hall facing Park Road just south of the Spokane International Railroad tracks, together with seven adjoining lots and a wading pool. It has property valued at $10,000 and is free from debt. The community hall is a center for Boy Scouts, Campfire Girls, 4-H

club, Parent Teachers Association and other community organizations. The Orchard Avenue Community Club has continuously expended efforts for the benefit of the community.” In 1933, a tragedy struck the Orchard Avenue community and the Spokane area in general when four Orchard Avenue boys drowned in the Spokane River at the waterworks dam near Minnehaha Park. Two of the boys were the sons of the Rex Weiler family, and two were the sons of Harry Jackson. The boys had built a skiff covered with canvas and launched themselves in the Spokane River. According to eyewitnesses, the skiff was caught in an eddy above the dam and dashed against a stone abutment. One boy, being a good swimmer, made the bank, but when he saw the boat capsize he dove in and swam around the abutment but was caught in the current and swept over the dam. Another of the older boys had reached safety but went in after his younger brother and was also washed over the dam. The boys were described as leaders in their schools and in Boy Scouts. As the Valley has continued to grow, so has the school population at all levels. In 1953, the new Orchard Avenue was opened at Park Road and Mission and was appropriately named Seth Woodard. In 1959, a new West Valley High School was opened at Vista and Buckeye. The old high school became Argonne Junior High. Over the past 100 years, the Orchard Avenue community has developed much like other areas of the Spokane Valley in accordance with the foresightedness and ingenuity of its residents. Bill Zimmer is a retired educator and a longtime volunteer for the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, located at 12114 E. Sprague Ave. Additional items about the history and culture of the Orchard Avenue area — or any of the communities in the Valley of the Sun series — are available in the museum archives. For more information, call 9224570 or visit

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‘Mock election’ helps students practice citizenship By Jocelyn Stott Wave Contributor

Parents in the West Valley School District may have gotten a bit of a surprise when they received a voter packet from their son or daughter encouraging the whole family to vote. This year, both parents and students were encouraged to register to vote. Plus, they were provided with research created by students, for students. Some high school students in the district organized the mock election as part of classes they were taking on civics and politi-

cal science. After doing a lot of research, they created ballots and voters guides for students of all ages in the district. The students said they hope that by creating the ballots students and their parents will both be more excited and knowledgeable about the election. “It helps with the apathy to-

wards voting, if you feel empowered and informed,” said Dillon Brown a 10th grader at Spokane Valley High School. Some of the students even found that discussions with their parents had an impact. “I even got my mom to switch parties,” said Gleb Liashedko, another SVHS 10th grader and ASB president. The students encouraged their classmates to figure out whose ideas they liked better. Learning about a candidate and choosing a favorite is essential to being an American citizen, they say. “It is interesting,” said Bri Walton, a 10th grader at River City Leadership Academy. “Even if you are young, you are still capable of figuring out who to vote for.”

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Who are the Secret Service? The Secret Service are the police officers that guard the president’s family. The special force was originally started to catch people making fake money. After the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901, however, the Secret Service began protecting presidents and their families, too. It’s not always fun to be followed everywhere you go. Some president’s kids tried to get away from their bodyguards when they were teenagers. Fun fact: Secret Service officers wear sunglasses not to protect their identity, but to see their surroundings better.

This voters’ guide showing U.S. President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney was given to all elementary school students in the West Valley School District. Those students voted in a “mock election” for the same race that adults in the United States will be voting for in the real election Nov. 6.

Have you talked to your mom, dad or guardian about the upcoming presidential election? Every four years, the United States of America votes for a president. When they do, the people who are over 18 years old or older get to learn what the president will try to do for America if he or she gets elected. When adult voters decide which presidential candidate has the best ideas, they vote for that person on a ballot. The candidate with the most votes gets to be the president for four years. This election year, 3,500 students from 10 schools in the West Valley School District received their own voter packets — just like the adults get — so they can practice voting, too. Whether you go to a West Valley school or not, you can learn about the people running for president. But that’s not all we get to choose. It takes a lot of people, with many ideas, to run our country. In addition to choosing a president, voters choose people who vote and make laws called representatives and senators. Both our state of Washington and the

United States needs these people to help the government run. Each one of the 50 states has to also pick a new governor (that’s like a president but for states). Each of these jobs requires a vote, so people have to decide which ones they want to vote for. There are often dozens of people voters must learn about and choose in order to vote in an election. It’s good to practice voting because once you become 18, you get to do it a lot. It’s not hard to do, but you have to listen to people’s ideas to see which one you like the best. When you get to be an adult, maybe you will run for a government office and lead your city, state or country. What would you do as president of the United States?

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Pets at the White House From cats and dogs to a hippopotamus, lots of animals have lived with the president The president of the United States is a very stressful job. It can be difficult to keep 300 million Americans happy, right? Being the president comes with some perks, too. For starters, the president and his or her family lives in the White House, a huge mansion in Washington, D.C. Kids still get to go to school when their mom or dad is president, and they can have pets, too. President Calvin Coolidge reportedly had six dogs, a cat, lion cubs, bobcat, goose, antelope, donkey, wallaby and a pygmy hippopotamus. President John F. Kennedy’s children, John Jr. and Caroline, had a pony named Macaroni.

When Amy Carter, the daughter of President Jimmy Carter, lived in the White House, she had a cat named Misty Malarky Ying Yang. Carter also had a tree house built in the yard for her by her dad. She had slumber parties with her friends in the tree house while the Secret Service guarded them from the ground. (For more about the Secret Service, check out the box on page 14.) Another famous cat that lived in the White House was named Socks. He lived there in the 1990s with President Bill Clinton. Believe it or not, two alligators have been White House pets. Both John Quincy Adams, our sixth president, and Herbert Hoover, the 31st president, had an alligator. The 15th president, James Buchanan, once received a herd of elephants as a president,

but he gave them to a zoo. Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president, was known to love the outdoors and its wildlife. He had a zebra, bear, parrot, coyote, hyena, lion, rats and a one-legged rooster. His daughter, Alice, had a snake named Emily Spinach. Today, President Barack Obama’s family has a dog named Bo. When he was elected in 2008, Obama promised his daughters they would get a dog. Bo joined the family in 2009.

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Above: President Bill Clinton had a cat named Socks that roamed the White House when he was president in the 1990s. At left: Amy Carter lived in the White House during the late 1970s with her dad, President Jimmy Carter, when she was between the ages of 4 and 9. Amy’s cat had a long and interesting name: Misty Malarky Ying Yang.

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Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy, had a pony named Macaroni that lived at the White House during the early 1960s. Macaroni was a gift from Lyndon B. Johnson, who was Kennedy’s vice president before later becoming president himself.

Wave challenge: Be a good citizen In November, Spokane Valley communities will be talking about this month’s PACE trait: citizenship. In fact, they won’t only be talking about citizenship, many adults will be showing good citizenship when they vote in the election Nov. 6. But citizenship isn’t just about voting. Here are three suggestions for how you can be a good citizen this month. 1. Pick up some trash: With the help of a parent, clean up an area of your neighborhood that has been victimized by litter. Helping your community stay clean and inviting is part of calling the Spokane


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Thrift store provides avenue to help homeless Nonprofit spotlight: Union Gospel Mission Thrift Store By Heidi Scott Current Contributor

With increased cardboard signs at street corners, concerned citizens are often left wondering how they can help the homeless. One answer might surprise you: Go shopping. There are more than a dozen thrift shops within a few miles of Sprague, but the Union Gospel Mission Thrift Store is unique. It is directly connected to the Union Gospel Mission. The goal of the UGM Thrift Store is “to increase the impact of UGM ministries through restoration by supporting rescue and recovery.” As staff and volunteers partner with donors, they

aim to provide affordable goods, quality service and job training. The Union Gospel Mission works to provide a positive resource for individuals struggling with addiction and other mental health issues. The main goal is to help individuals “through love and the Gospel” become “God-dependant, contributing members of society.” Established more than 60 years ago, founder Albert Arend’s mission is still in place: “Our aim is not free meals, but freed persons; not free beds, but free beings.” Rescue, recovery and restoration are the main three areas of focus under which UGM currently oversees 11 separate programs. Some of these are the Anna Ogden Hall Recovery Center for women, two crisis shelters for women and children in Spokane and Coeur d’ Alene and a youth outreach program.

As the local ministry began gaining a positive reputation, people wanted to help by making donations of money and household goods. During the process, there were often items donated that were not immediately needed. Storage was quickly filled, and the logical choice was to open a thrift store as a way to gain capital from these donations. The first store opened near downtown on Boone in 2003, providing a way for people to

support the Mission with a larger variety of donations. It was so successful that a second store was opened in the Valley on Sprague Avenue two years later. In the beginning, both stores were called Classy Rack. About three years ago, the name was changed to Union Gospel Mission Thrift Store to clarify the connection to the Mission. Both continue to have the same high standards for quality

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The Union Gospel Mission Thrift Store at 11921 E. Sprague Ave. is open six days a week and raises money for the local nonprofit.

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The staff of the thrift store, from left, includes, Carol Ferguson, Kris Abadallah, Lisa CinqMars, Lisa Rigg, Jenalee Hall, Nereo Lima, Cherie Moisan, Larry Jones, Mak Yuroshek and Terrilynne Sutton.

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CHURCH DIRECTORY YOUR CHURCH GOES HERE For as little as $7 a month, area churches can share service times, special programs or upcoming events in The Current. It’s simple. Call or email to learn more about the church directory: 242-7752 •

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UGM Thrift Store, 11921 E. Sprague Ave.

UGM Thrift Store discounts: 20 percent off for military on Tuesdays, seniors on Wednesdays and students on Saturdays

Total annual revenue for UGM: About $10 million

Upcoming UGM event: Citywide Thanksgiving Dinner at Spokane Convention Center Nov. 21.

Total UGM thrift store revenue: About $1.3 million (more than 13 percent of UGM’s total support) Average donations per month (2012): 775 Store hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday How to donate: Drop off at the store during business hours or 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at Union Gospel Mission, 1224 E. Trent Ave.


Urgent needs: Razors, socks (men and women), toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, men’s shoes, anti-fungal cream and other footcare products. Also needed: Butter, cooking oil, coffee, canned tuna and chicken, canned soup, condiments, paper napkins, diapers (larger sizes), pillows, towels, journals and pens, red-letter Bibles, family-friendly DVDs, other canned food and dried goods.

if you bring in your frequent shopper card, you can get double punches. Normally, this card is punched for every $15 Continued from page 16 purchased with a $10 discount after 10 for which they’ve come to be known. A punches. savvy shopper can find everything from The store recycles items that do not a sauna to a baby basinet. Jewelry, housemeet the high standard wares, books, clothing, of quality expected of infurniture, even seasonal store stock. Metal, paper goods like costumes How to help and other recyclables are and decorations, fill the sent to appropriate centhe homeless shelves. ters. Clothing that canThe only things purUnion Gospel Mission sugnot be stocked out front chased new from a vengests people interested in is put through a bailing dor are the sunglasses machine and sent to helping the homeless to and reading glasses, third-world countries, distribute a small packwhich still sell at a low where it is donated to age containing a service price. Everything else in needy families. The store information card from UGM, stock comes from donastrives to have as little a granola bar and a bus tions. Local businesses waste as possible in its pass. Pass this along to any also donate items, inoperations. homeless person as a way cluding Walkers Fine “We try to be good to offer real and immediate Furniture, Fikes Northstewards of all we are help. Cards are available at west and Winco, which given,” Store Manager the mission listing available donates its lost and Cherie Moisan said. found items after the services and schedules. Donations are always waiting period expires. needed in menswear, The store will celebrate including shoes, socks, is seventh anniversary Nov. 17 with spejeans and other clothing. Moisan added cial events from 9:30 a.m. to noon. There the store is always on the lookout for will be a drawing for a gift basket, and

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Two Columns joins Valley’s worldly little mile ago, certainly fits into this varied Valley neighborhood. Two Columns may be the only place in town serving homemade gyros, which makes those of us living close to the Valley’s “International Mile” quite fortunate. Additionally, the Mediterranean menu is emphasizing gluten-free and vegetarian dishes that have become sought after amongst the dining crowd. This is a small enterprise where the owner is cooking and serving the recipes he brought with him from the region of his ancestors. There is something very genuine and old world about that, and I hope the Valley embraces his efforts. We should because we are, after all, a culturally diverse and sophisticated little city — cuisine-ly speaking.

International flavors abound on stretch of East Sprague By Craig Swanson Spokane Valley Scoop

Cuisine-ly speaking, you can travel around the globe in less than one mile along Sprague Avenue. At the eastern end of this short trip is O’Doherty’s Irish Pub (11723 E. Sprague), where a clock on the wall counts down the seconds to the next St. Patty’s Day. On the far west end of this worldly mile heading into the sunset is Three Sisters Vietnamese and Chinese Cuisine (10615 E. Sprague), that gets the very high Urbanspoon rating of 90 percent ladling out a Pho they say is un-fo-gettable. In between Ireland and Vietnam lie a handful of eateries representing countries near and far. The majority of the owners were born in these foreign lands far beyond the Spokane Valley city limits. I am not sure what it means, but I think it might say that people, including restaurateurs, find our little neck of the planet to be a nice place to set up camp. Though it seems unlikely, maybe it just means these folks think we have a wide range of taste here. At any rate, we certainly have a wide range of selection in that short but global mile. You can dine in the Orient at HuHot Mongolian Grill (11703 E. Sprague) or at Sushi Sakai (11520 E. Sprague) across the street. Abelardo’s (11519 E. Sprague) next door puts you back in our hemisphere south of the border. Whether or not the cooks know English, they know how to serve fluent Mexican. Trust this gringo when I tell you that the American dollar goes a long way at this place. If you have a belly that can bury one of their burritos, then you got yourself

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This gyro at Two Columns costs $7.50, Craig Swanson of the Spokane Valley Scoop reports. “Absolutely as good as I’ve eaten,” he writes on his blog. “… It and the rest of the homemade menu are a welcome addition to our little strip that rivals a world’s fair for cuisine diversity.” a belly to be proud of. Down the avenue just a skip and a jump to the west you wind up back in the busiest part of the planet at Top of India (11114 E. Sprague) and its neighbor, Peking Palace (11110 E. Sprague), which is by now one of the oldest eateries in the Valley considering I remember eating there as a kid and that wasn’t yesterday. If you did not want to travel that far, you could back up two buildings and land in Italy at Ferraro’s (11204 E. Sprague), where owner Pat Ferraro still speaks in a heavy accent 50 years after moving to Spokane

from Italy at the age of 12. Across the street, Monica Sanders, who owns the cupcake shop Love @ First Bite (11305 E. Sprague), speaks with an equally charming accent that she has retained from her motherland of Colombia. The new kid on the block is Two Columns (11511 E. Sprague), a Greek and Italian restaurant located at the location formerly known as T-Pranos, formerly known as Pinocchio’s and originally known as Wendy’s. Owner Masada Areano, who immigrated to America after picking up a doctorate in business at Cambridge 30 years

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Prepare your morning for takeoff at Skyway Café By Kyle Hansen Critics on Bikes

Breakfast diners have always been known for family gatherings. Some families make a point to eat out at breakfast on a scheduled basis. They sit waiting for a plate of pancakes, joking and enjoying each other’s company. The entire outing is centered on sharing an experience, and few breakfast diners boast an experience as noteworthy as that of the Skyway Café. The Skyway offers an atmosphere unlike any other breakfast diner. The inside

And, as always, the whipped of the café, which is at Felts cream topping can only imField Airport, is decorated IF YOU GO prove the dish. with overhanging airplane The Skyway Café models, a ceiling fan resemNot all of the meals at the bling a propeller, pictures of 6105 E. Rutter Ave. Skyway can compare to the B1 bombers and Piper Cubs waffles, however. The hol534-5986 and old war bond posters. landaise sauce in the eggs Critics on Bikes rating: Black-and-white photobenedict seems bland, lack+3/4 Bike Lane graphs of former pilots cover ing the hint of lemon flathe remaining square inches vor that adds a subtle pop of the walls. The theme at to most recipes. The hash the Skyway Café is as much a part of the browns have very little of that golden crisp experience as the meals. impression beyond the outer surface. For as long as I can remember, the Skyway’s Belgian waffles have been one of my favorite breakfasts. The juicy fruit toppings combine perfectly with the fluffy texture and slightly buttery accent of the waffles.

But the eggs are prepared with precision to the customer’s taste. And the bacon is thick with just the right balance of soft and crunchy, with a smoky flavor. Prices are reasonable for the quality, with most meals

below $10. A breakfast at the Skyway Cafe is not perfect, but it’s worth the trouble for the experience. The combination of an original atmosphere with a few outstanding meals at an affordable price makes the meal a morning well spent. So head on over to the Skyway and prepare for flight into uncharted territory. But be warned, you may experience turbulence. Critics on Bikes is a monthly column written by Kyle Hansen, a lifelong Millwood resident and junior at West Valley High School. Local businesses are reviewed on a four-point rating system: 1/4 (road rash), 2/4 (flat tire), 3/4 (bike lane) and 4/4 (Tour de France).

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Biz Notes STCU named on FORTUNE’s ‘Great Place to Work’ list FORTUNE magazine announced in October that Liberty Lake-based STCU is one of America’s great places to work. The region’s largest not-for-profit credit union ranked 16th among medium-sized companies on the “Great Place to Work Best Small & Medium Workplaces� list. No other Northwest company made the list of medium-sized companies. The small- and medium-company lists were revealed online before being published in the Nov. 12 issue of the print magazine. STCU staff learned of the results in an email from Tom Johnson, STCU President/CEO. “Those of us who are privileged to work at STCU already knew it was a great place to work,� Johnson said. “It’s wonderful to have that validated by an organization known for putting companies through a rigorous proving process.�

PACE names new officers Local Better Business Bureau President and CEO Elea Katzele has been named president of PACE, Partners Advancing Character Education, for the 2012-13 year. Stephanie Watson of East Valley School

District will serve as president-elect and Brandie Evans of KiDDS Dental will serve as secretary. Central Valley School District Superintendent Ben Small is moving into the past president role after two years as president. PACE has 107 business partners in the Spokane Valley community.

McKee added to State Bank team State Bank Northwest recently announced the addition of Jeff McKee as vice president, commercial loan officer. McKee, who has been in banking in the Spokane area for more than 10 years, mckEE will serve regional business clients out of both the Northpointe and Spokane Valley branches.

Marquiss takes on role at Walla Walla Chamber Newman Lake native Nick Marquiss will be working with the public policy department of the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce this year through the

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Going beyond basketball Mark Few emphasizes winning game plans for life on and off the court By Craig Howard Current Contributor

Well after most of the crowd had filtered out of the McCarthey Athletic Center and back into a slate gray autumn evening last month, Gonzaga Head Coach Mark Few stood in a far corner of the gym, adeptly dribbling a basketball behind his back. The point man at Point Guard U. The former backcourt standout at Creswell High School in Oregon’s Willamette Valley probably would have played college basketball, if not for a shoulder injury suffered in football during his senior year. Instead, Few’s career path carried him to coaching, where he now oversees one of the most successful programs in the entire nation — a program that on this day has seen a standing-room-only multitude of around 6,000 wait in line for a 15-minute scrimmage. In Spokane, the Zags are lauded as the region’s delegate on the national stage, a team that shows up on ESPN nearly as often as powerhouse programs like Kentucky, Connecticut or North Carolina, despite being based in a town most outsiders can’t pronounce. For over a decade now, local fans have turned out in droves to rally around anything associated with Few and his roster. The event known as “Kraziness in the Kennel” on Oct. 20 was no exception. “What they’ve done at this place is remarkable,” said Jay Bilas of ESPN in the 2009 Zags documentary, “The Decade of Excellence.” “It’s not just how they’ve done in the NCAA tournament. The consistency with which they’ve won in the West Coast Conference is stunning.” The astonishing numbers include 11 WCC titles in the past 12 years and a conference winning percentage in Few’s tenure — .886 (163-21) — that rivals any run in the history of college or professional sports. Few’s overall winning percentage — .792 (342-90) — trails only Roy Williams of North Carolina among current NCAA coaches. When March arrives, the Zags are inevitably ready. The team has qualified for the NCAA tournament 14 consecutive years, a record exceeded only by Kansas, Duke and Michigan State. Few has led the team to 17 tournament wins and four trips to the Sweet 16. Yet bring up the list of staggering achievements in Few’s presence, and he will quickly defer credit to his players and assistant coaches. The Oregon native, now 49, would rather be fishing on a quiet stream somewhere than accepting a Coach of the Year award or fielding questions at a

from 1991 to 1999, ultimately taking over the program when Dan Monson moved on to the University of Minnesota before the 1999-2000 season. He will tell you that he stays in Spokane despite more lucrative offers because he and Valley his wife, Marcy, have connections decided to raise their four children here. How Gonzaga Over the years, Few basketball has has sent a handful of intertwined with players to the NBA five Spokane Valley and many more to pro lives PAGE 23 leagues overseas. It is the magnanimous work of ex-Zags off the court, however, that may bring Few the most pride — from Ronny Turiaf ’s foundation for youth with heart ailments to Adam Morrison educating people about diabetes. For his part, Few enthusiastically supports a variety of charitable causes but consistently opts against promoting his efforts. “He’s not about the headlines and the publicity,” Santangelo said. “He’s about helping for the right reasons.” The Current caught up with Coach Few before the start of the 2012-13 season to chat about life as one of the Inland Northwest’s most recognized, reluctant and influential luminaries.

We have a certain way of doing things. We just kind of call it ‘Being a Zag.’ — Gonzaga coach Mark Few


You certainly don’t cultivate this, but there is a certain degree of celebrity status attached to your role — the sold-out arenas, games on ESPN, media attention, etc. Does it ever get to you that most people don’t see the non-glamorous side of your job that takes up most of your time — the recruiting, scouting other teams, practice and even something as mundane as a travel agenda?

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Gonzaga University Head Coach Mark Few watches over his team. crowded press conference. “He has a lot of confidence in the team he’s put together, so it’s very collaborative,” said former Gonzaga guard Matt Santangelo, a three-time all-WCC guard who was part of five NCAA tournament wins. “I

think it also shows how humble he is.” Few’s coaching roots go back to his days as an assistant at Creswell and later at Sheldon High in Eugene. He went on to spend two years as a graduate assistant at Gonzaga before serving as an assistant coach


I don’t expect people to see that. It just kind of comes with the territory. The games are probably the smallest part of the whole deal. All the other facets eat up 365 days of the year. Our life is played out in the public realm. It’s changed so much just since I’ve been a head coach, let alone since I’ve been an assistant. I just like working with the guys, coaching the guys. That’s the part you kind of focus on. You attack the other parts with your own style. Q: Can you describe what it was like to take over as

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Gonzaga head coach after you had been on the bench for that incredible run in 1999? A: It was strange. Wow, it was exciting and daunting. For the first time, we have these expectations coming off an Elite Eight, so it was interesting. Q: Your teams have gone to the NCAA tournament in each of your 13 years as head coach. You’ve won your initial game in the bracket 10 times. Yet it seems Zag Nation now expects far more each March. Have we become entitled, and maybe even a little spoiled, as fans? A: I don’t think people understand how difficult it is to just get into the NCAA tournament. I think it’s always healthy for people to take a step back and look at the far more traditionally successful programs with more resources, higher exposure leagues, etc. that have missed the tournament throughout that time. It’s getting tougher because more schools are putting an emphasis on basketball and investing in their programs. Take a look at what these guys have been able to do.

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Sports You’re not gifted anything. UCLA can tell you that last year, or ask an Arizona. Each year you start with zero and you’ve got to earn your way in, and it’s a tough ticket. Q: You played basketball, football and baseball in high school. At what point did you think you might like to be a coach? A: I just wanted to stay involved in athletics on some level. After I sorted through some things at school, it looked like it was going to be teaching and coaching. I tried to play both basketball and baseball at Linfield (College in McMinnville,Ore.), but you start getting up into that collegiate level, it gets pretty competitive. Q: You were a point guard at Creswell High. How good were you? A: I was on a great team. We were ranked No. 1 all year then were upset in the state tournament semifinals. It was a very successful team. I was probably a little bit better of a baseball player than basketball. Q: You and your wife, Marcy, have been the catalysts for a fundraising effort that has raised almost $6 million for the battle against cancer. Why has Coaches vs. Cancer

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been such an important project for the both of you to support? A: Cancer affects everyone in some aspect or another. Marcy has had a couple close friends who were diagnosed not long ago, and they’re both doing well now. We were just thinking if there was some small way we could have an impact — not only to give back but to get other people thinking about it and being more aware. It’s far exceeded our expectations from when we started. Both Marcy and I feel that one of your callings when you’re here on earth is to give back and to try and make a difference in one way or another, and this was just an area we thought we could lend a hand. Q: Along those same lines, most Gonzaga fans could chronicle the team’s conference championships and provide a thorough recap of the program’s success in the NCAA tournament — but the Zags have also become leaders in another, less publicized, area. I’m talking about everything from serving food at Union Gospel Mission to visiting kids at Shriner’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House. Why is your team so dedicated to community causes? A: If you play at Gonzaga, you know that a good portion of your career here is to going to be about giving back to the community or to a charity. They’ve all been great with that. The blessings and the value they add to your own life far outweigh what you do for other people just as far as the people you meet. I can’t overemphasize what a great job our guys do with all of that because we ask a lot of them. Q: Growing up in Creswell, Ore., your dad was a pastor. What did you learn from his example? A: When you can do something to help, you should. I was able to observe that. That’s what my mom and dad did and continue to do. It was engrained in our daily lives. I hope we do a good enough job here with that. Q: Why is it a priority for your team to have an impact beyond basketball? A: We have a certain way of doing things. We just kind of call it “being a Zag.” We teach basic principles. And, hopefully, at the end of it, it turns out being the best experience of someone’s life, playing here and living here and then they move on and take that with them. Hopefully, it kind of molds them into what they’ll be the rest of their lives. We just want them to try to do the best they can. Q: You’ve had opportunities to jump ship at Gonzaga over the years. Schools like Arizona, Indiana and your alma mater, Oregon, have made inquiries. One year, the University of Washington offered to double your salary if you be-

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A capacity crowd showed up for Gonzaga’s annual “Craziness in the Kennel” season kickoff event held Oct. 20 at the McCarthey Athletic Center on the Spokane campus.

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came a Husky. Why have you stayed? A: I think it just speaks volumes of how I feel about this place and what I think we’re capable of here. The school, the community, all of the above. I think this is a great place for me and my family. From a basketball standpoint, I think it has as much potential as any of those schools. Q: This year’s team includes a former walk-on named Mike Hart who some say epitomizes the Zags’ approach to basketball. If your entire team played with that sort of effort, how good could you be? A: The sky would be the limit if you could get everyone to play like Mike Hart. That’s his gift. That’s his talent just as much as running fast or jumping high or shooting the ball. Q: What are some of your impressions of local high school basketball and a conference like the Greater Spokane League? A: We scout the GSL, most definitely. I think in the Spokane area, not just the GSL, we have some of the better coaching groups in the country. The coaches are really sound in all aspects. The most impressive thing is how much time they spend improving their programs. Q: People have said the Gonzaga basketball players and coaches might be the most effective ambassadors for Spokane and the Inland Northwest. How much has that recognition factor changed over the years?

Zags in November Photo courtesy of Gonzaga University Athletics

Gonzaga Head Coach Mark Few addresses the media at an NCAA press conference. A: It’s tough to go anywhere now and not have someone know about Gonzaga. It’s pretty amazing — but it’s still a process to get them to know where Gonzaga is or how to pronounce Spokane. Q: When it comes to the local sports scene, we have the Spokane Indians, the Chiefs in hockey and the Spokane Shock, but there’s never really been that majorleague presence on the national map, other than the Zags. Does that put more pressure on your program, just because the attention is never really dispersed? A: I think that’s what makes this job so special and unique. That’s one thing we really sell recruits on. I mean here’s this metropolitan area that extends all the way out to Coeur d’Alene and yet we’re the only game in town, at least on a national level.

It makes for a really good situation from an athlete’s perspective. Again, it’s a real selling point for us — this community’s support and love for the Zags. Our crowds and our atmosphere and how guys are received in the community — it’s a real selling point. Q: The Zags are ranked in the preseason Top 25 again this year. How good can this team be? A: This team does not have the most talent of any team we’ve had here, but it does have a nice balance. It has a lot of guys of equal ability and a lot of depth. We should be a very skilled team. They have great chemistry and they’re enjoyable to be around. The polls are really pointless right now. No one’s played any games, so it’s based pretty much on what you did last year and what you might be capable of this season.

The 2012-13 season opens this month for Gonzaga’s men’s basketball team, who will play the following games. Nov. 9 6 p.m. Southern Utah University Nov. 12 9 p.m. West Virginia University Nov. 18 1 p.m. University of South Dakota Nov. 22 6 p.m. Clemson University (at Old Spice Classic) Nov. 23 TBA TBD (at Old Spice Classic) Nov. 25 TBA TBD (at Old Spice Classic) Nov. 29 6 p.m. Lewis-Clark State College

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Valleyites among ardent followers of Zags, Few

By Craig Howard

Current Contributor

Ever since stunning the college basketball world with a bid to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament in 1999, Gonzaga University has been accruing popularity in areas far beyond the Inland Northwest. While you will now find Zags T-shirts everywhere from Anchorage to Orlando — not to mention mainland China — the hub of Zag Nation still sits resolutely in Spokane County, with greater Spokane Valley comprising a good chunk of the stronghold. What follows is a handful of impressions from Valleyites who count themselves among the more dedicated aficionados of Gonzaga hoops and the program’s maestro, Mark Few — plus the thoughts of one Valley resident who provides a perspective of the iconic coach from someone with a referee’s whistle. Let the Zagmania begin …

Zags to the rescue As a longtime fan of Gonzaga basketball, Jonnelle Pierce understands her favorite team is known for never giving up, regardless of the deficit. To this day, Pierce still talks about an inspiring rally by Mark Few and his squad that took place on a cold January day in 2004. Only this dramatic turnaround took place on the floor of a hospital, not a basketball court. Pierce’s son, Austan, had been diagnosed

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A hospital visit from the Zags turned Austan Pierce and his family into lifelong fans.

with a cancerous tumor while in the sixth grade. He was at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Spokane undergoing treatment when Few and the Zags stopped by to offer some encouragement. “It was just something that gave Austan a bright ray of hope when things were pretty bleak,” Pierce said. “The Zags made him feel a part of their team.” When his health began to improve, Austan was invited to a Gonzaga practice and even spent a game on the home bench. Meanwhile, Pierce and her husband were invited to the Coaches vs. Cancer fundraising banquet as special guests of Coach Few and his wife, Marcy. “Coach Few helps his players understand the importance of reaching out to those who are struggling,” said Pierce, a teacher who has worked 28 years in the Central Valley School District. “Both he and Marcy are about making the world a better place.” Austan warded off cancer and went on to excel for Team St. Luke’s, a Spokane-based sports program for residents with physical disabilities. He is currently a junior at the University of Texas-Arlington and a standout on the school’s wheelchair basketball team. “Austan still loves the Zags,” Pierce said. “They taught him that life is more than just about being good at basketball — it’s about looking outside yourself and helping others get through tough times.”

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Peggy Cannon, who is retired from the West Valley School District, has collected her share of Gonzaga memorabilia as a longtime devoted fan and graduate.

Zag grad, Zag fan When Peggy Cannon worked for the West Valley School District, her office was festooned with an array of Zags memorabilia, including prized autographs from GU greats like Jeremy Pargo and Adam Morrison. One year, when a basketball signed by the Zags was part of an auction at a West Valley fundraiser, Cannon made sure to secure the winning bid. “Let’s just say it wasn’t inexpensive,” she said. Cannon retired as an administrator in 2010 after a career at WVSD that spanned back to 1991. About midway through her tenure, she went back to school, earning a degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga. While enrolled at GU, she went to one basketball game in the Martin Centre, but has always made it a point to follow the team faithfully on television. “It’s tough to get tickets, even when you’re a student,” Cannon said. Cannon gives credit to Few for setting a tone of “character and class” that has defined the program over the years. She notes that even when a player stumbles, Few is “all about building quality people, not just good basketball players.”

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Spokane Valley resident and West Coast Conference referee Mike Peterson exchanges opinions with Gonzaga’s Mark Few. “I remember when (Josh) Heytvelt went through his struggles (arrested on drug charges during the 2006-07 season), Coach Few still saw the value in him as a person and worked to get him back on track. That really impressed me,” she said. Cannon, who graduated with her degree from GU in 2003, said the basketball program continues to have a ripple effect on the entire university and the greater Spokane region. “It’s meant such a change on campus and brought such notoriety to the school,” she said. “Enrollment has increased, and

they’ve been able to build more buildings. You see how it’s brought pride to this community. Now, when you’re out of town and you tell someone you’re from Spokane, the first thing they want talk about is Gonzaga basketball.”

Zags and zebras Mike Peterson was a three-sport standout at University High School who went on to play football at Washington State University.

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Mike Stone, director of parks and recreation for the city of Spokane Valley, earned a master’s degree from Gonzaga in 1990. The season ticket holder rarely misses a home game.

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Over time, Peterson turned in his cleats for stripes and a whistle. He has been calling games as an NCAA Division I basketball official since 1986, starting when you could still walk up to the ticket booth on the day of a Gonzaga home game and not worry about a perpetual sell-out. Peterson still lives in the Spokane Valley area, traveling during the season to a variety of locales within the West Coast Conference. The agenda means stops in Portland, Ore., San Francisco, southern California and Provo, Utah, along with the occasional home contest in Spokane. When the Zags are on the road in the WCC, Peterson said the team from Spokane typically faces the most rancorous crowd of the year, along with an opposing squad that treats the game as the highlight of its schedule. “Any official in the WCC will tell you that when Gonzaga is in town, it’s an entirely different atmosphere,” Peterson said. “But Coach Few always has his team ready.” As for Coach Few’s approach to the referees, Peterson said the all-time leader in WCC winning percentage “focuses way more on coaching than he does the officials.” “He’s competitive — he wants to win,” Peterson said. “He doesn’t agree with every call. He’s interested in a fair game being called.” Peterson recalls instances when Few has pulled players from games for trash talk that he interprets as poor sportsmanship.

Such infractions are rare throughout the season. “Teams are a reflection of their coach,” Peterson said.

View from the stands When Gonzaga moved into the plush new surroundings of the McCarthey Athletic Center in November 2004, Mike Stone was there, sitting many rows behind a backboard, as a proud season ticket holder. The current director of parks and recreation for the city of Spokane Valley, Stone earned his master’s degree from GU in 1990. He attended a handful of games at the old Martin Centre as a graduate student, but it wasn’t until the improbable run in 1999 that Stone became immersed in Zags culture. Now, he can give you a comprehensive breakdown of the program, the strengths and weaknesses of the roster and the latest recruiting news. Stone said he admires Few for “creating a program that has consistent success.” “They’ve become so good now that even if they had a down year or two, I don’t think the fans would go away,” Stone said. “All along, Coach Few has been a good representative of the university and Spokane and always been gracious and positive about the support he receives from the community.” Stone and his wife rarely miss a home game. Watching Few roam the sidelines, Stone said he has been impressed by a leader “who always has his teams well prepared.” “He’s really into the game,” Stone said.

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Central Valley High School boys basketball coach Rick Sloan compares some of his squad’s recent successes to the overlooked but hard-working teams from Gonzaga’s early run. “When it comes to officiating, if he feels an official has missed a call, he’ll say something — but he’s never belligerent. He’s a coach who will always take a stand for his team.”

Zags, Bears and a winning attitude Rick Sloan knows what it’s like to have the odds stacked against your team. The head coach of the Central Valley boys basketball team remembers qualifying for the state 4A tournament in Tacoma back in 2006 and reading an article in the Seattle Times that predicted the Bears would lose their first two games and soon be on the bus back to Spokane. Instead, CV stunned heavily favored schools like Gig Harbor and South Kitsap before finishing second to a Franklin squad led by several NCAA Division I-bound stars. Last year, CV secured another secondplace state trophy, defying predictions and drawing parallels to the Gonzaga teams of over a decade ago that ignored the stigma of “an obscure school from Spokane” to achieve greatness. “Our teams that made a run have been

similar to those early Zags teams,” said Sloan. “There weren’t many expectations for both of us, but both teams believed in themselves, were unselfish and worked hard.” While Gonzaga may have now moved from mid-major Cinderella story to among the elite programs in the nation, Sloan said Few and his staff “have done an impressive job of living up to the expectations.” “Fans think it’s simple to win consistently at that level and to manage the egos and chemistry of players who have each been all-league and all-state — but it’s not,” Sloan said. Each June, Sloan and the Central Valley roster attend the Gonzaga Team Camp along with a slew of high school squads from across the region. Sloan described Coach Few and his assistants as “great resources for all the coaches in the Spokane area.” “Coach Few is a humble guy who hasn’t forgotten where he came from,” Sloan said. “He’s built a road map for teams that aspire to be great, even if you’re not sure that greatness is possible. The Zags have provided that belief and that hope.”

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Former CV standout shining at Seattle Pacific By Ryan Collingwood Current Contributor

When a wet-behind-the-ears Ryan Looney was handed the keys to Eastern Oregon University men's basketball program eight years ago, he knowingly inherited a mess. The antipode of his current situation at Seattle Pacific, really. When the 1994 graduate of Central Valley High School was given the reigns at SPU in 2009, it was already one of the more primo NCAA Division II programs in the country. EOU — led by a then 28-year-old Looney — was one of the more downtrodden programs in the NAIA ranks at the time. The club's 4-22 mark in his debut season and the lowly campaigns that preceded it validated that. But even when wins came at a premium during that trying 2004-2005 season, his approach never wavered. "I knew I had a philosophy that would work," Looney said. "Regardless if we had success or not that first year, we were going to live and die by it." The Mountaineers went on to have their most successful four-year stretch in school history, a meteoric rise that included three 20-plus win seasons, a pair of conference titles and a run to the NAIA National Tournament's Elite Eight. And his teams are doing the same a notch up the collegiate basketball food chain. Seattle Pacific, ranked No. 10 in the preseason NCAA II men's hoops poll, has punched its ticket to eight straight NCAA tournaments, the last three under Looney. The most successful coach in the history of EOU hoops and, most recently, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference coach of the year at SPU's most fundamental philosophy, however, starts with recruiting. Recruiting to his system is a priority, but always secondary. "We want to recruit high-character kids first, regardless of ability," Looney said. "People who want a great education, to play with other great guys and be in an opportunity to win."

Learning from the best As far as Xs and Os go, Looney can point to myriad influences. A graduate assistant at NCAA Division III University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, he took a particular liking to heralded Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan's swing offense. The system which Looney uses today, is a very patient, methodical and emphazies getting the ball inside for high-percentage shots. As far as day-to-day stuff, though, the Eastern Oregon University alum — Looney played guard at EOU for two years after transferring from Montana Western —

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Seattle Pacific Coach Ryan Looney has a long history of basketball success, back to days when he was a standout guard at Central Valley High School, where he graduated in 1994. looks no further than his days in Veradale. During Looney's prep career Central Valley won a pair of Greater Spokane League titles under Hall of Fame coach Terry Irwin, and were ranked as high as No.1 in the 4A poll his senior season. Irwin, who retired in 2004, may have been the ascending coach's biggest influence. "As a 15-17 year old kid I was fortunate to learn the value of hard work under Irwin," Looney said. "I was able to play on a team that was extremely disciplined. I learned a lot from him."

Making moves Before taking a graduate-assistant gig at UW-Lacrosse, Looney's first head coaching job was at little Cove High School — located minutes away from EOU — fresh after graduation in 1998. Just a few years later he'd be one of the youngest collegiate head coaches in the country. Looney spent two seasons in Wisconsin earning his Masters of Science degree in sports management while also getting his feet wet at the college level. The experience led to his first true gig at North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene as the program's lone assistant coach. His stay at the NJCAA level wasn't long, though. Looney headed back to the Mid-

west after a just a season with the Cardinals when he accepted an assistant coaching job at NCAA II Minnesota State-Moorhead. And, ultimately, that two-year stint led to his hiring at EOU in 2004 and a five-year tenure saw his Mountaineers win 63.3 percent of their games — the best percentage of all-time among EOU coaches. Now, entering his fourth season at SPU with a 65-24 mark, Looney is cognizant that bigger opportunities may surface. But being comfortable takes precedence over a career climb. "It (isn't) about coaching at the highest level, but being fortunate to be coaching basketball every day," Looney said. "When I took this job, I wanted to be in a spot where my family loved it. Leaving LaGrande was probably one of the hardest things I've ever had to do in my life." Looney, now 36, is married to former EOU cross country and track standout Julianna Morris. They have two young children in daughter Peyton and son Micah.

Recruiting locally Looney's clubs have almost been littered almost exclusively with Northwest products. Take a glance at SPU's 14-man roster. It features just one player who doesn't hail from the region. "We're always trying to get to recruit the

area," Looney said. "We never want to recruit outside of the Pacific Northwest unless there's a real specific need." Even during his days at EOU, Looney made it a point to recruit the best available talent from the Greater Spokane League. The Mountaineers' third-ranked team — the highest ranking in school history — back in 2008 featured Jeremy Templeton (Ferris), Beau Azadganian (Gonzaga Prep) Kyle Janke (West Valley), Josh Landsverk (Shadle Park) and Nick Ambrose (Central Valley). SPU, which returns all five of its starters this season, also welcomes back Ferris product Riley Stockton. The Falcons also have some familiar transfers, too. Former Post Falls star Shawn Reid, an all-Big Sky Conference guard at Montana State last season, is now at SPU. Patrick Simon of Ephrata, a transfer from Washington State, is also on the roster. The Falcons landed Gonzaga transfer Andy Poling (Portland) last season.

Big-time wins SPU is 4-1 against NCAA Division I foes the last three seasons. The Falcons knocked off No. 16 Arizona in Tucson in an exhibition contest a year ago. Two seasons ago Looney led the Falcons to a pair of exhibition wins over Nevada and Eastern Washington.

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Why I love football — the worldwide version By Chad Kimberley Current column

I have to admit that for the majority of my life I have been an anti-soccer activist. I parroted the primary reasons why our culture does not embrace soccer as a mainstream sport: there isn’t enough offense and the flopping is embarrassing. Of course, I wouldn’t stop there as I also would say the game is boring to watch, the rules do not make sense (I never could understand offsides) and the violence across the world over an outcome of a soccer game is ridiculous. Yet over these last few years, soccer has started sucking me in through multiple fronts. I began watching World Cup action and was enthralled by the passion of both the players and the nations they represent, as many countries would literally come to a stop as their team competed on the pitch (cool soccer word meaning “field,” another reason to love soccer — er, football). Along with watching the best of the world compete, I also had the opportunity to start watching my daughters learn the game and compete each week at Plantes Ferry, and I loved the fact they were out there running,

A mighty kick

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In one of the more enduring memories of the Greater Spokane League football season, Central Valley High School kicker Austin Rehkow belted a 67-yard field goal to send a game against Shadle Park into overtime. Rehkow set a state record with the kick and gained national attention.

playing and learning healthy competitiveness. But the final thing that has pushed me over the edge from hater to supporter is one very simple decision I made during the summer; I began coaching myself. This year, I had the opportunity to coach the boys soccer team at Valley Christian School as we re-launched a program which we have not had for several years. As I made the decision to start coaching, I quickly immersed myself into all things EURO 2012, read tons of articles and books, started picking the brains of other coaches and friends who had played the game and most importantly started trying to train my brain to dribble with my feet instead of with my hands. With the first day of practice came the daunting realization that my guys were way behind where other teams would be as we went around our huddle while they shared the last time they had played competitive soccer (remember, these are high school students): “Around second grade,” “I played as a kindergartner,” and, my favorite, “What, this isn’t football practice?” Yet through it all these guys started learning about crosses, headers and pull-backs. They started learning about formations, offsides (yes, I now understand) and throwins and how to substitute into the game correctly (much more confusing than I would have guessed). And along with their learning has come my own realization of why I love this game.

Soccer is all about the team. In so many other sports one dominant athlete can make a difference in the outcome of the contest. The starting pitcher can mow down the opposition for nine innings like Felix Hernandez or the shooting guard can break down the defense and score at will when he is on fire (think Michael Jordan of the mid-’90s). Yet soccer requires a team effort like no other sport that I have coached. I haven’t come across too many forwards that are going to carry the ball 100 yards and fire a shot into the goal; they need the help of their teammates to make it happen. Soccer is all about community. The community happens not only within the team, as it does for many sports, but also on a more personal level with the fans. From the youngest of players who charge through the team tunnel of parents after the game, regardless of the outcome, to the high school teams which walk across the field after a win to thank their fans and clap for them. I love that during the game players may knock each other down and chase each other all over the field, but after the game shake each other’s hands and fist bump the refs before heading home. Soccer is all about the goals. From the smallest toddler who barely bumps the ball across the goal line to the high school kid who soars into the middle of the 18 yard box and strikes home a goal off of his head, the moment that ball sneaks by a goalie, the celebration begins. I love the celebrations. Although the pros often turn the goals into

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Valley Paralympians named All-Americans

choreographed moments, the younger levels simply erupt in pure enthusiasm and excitement. I liken those moments of seeing the ball meet the net as similar to watching a horror movie. You are on the edge of your seat waiting and waiting as you anticipate being shocked or scared and even though you know it is coming you still jump out of your seat and get the adrenaline rush when it happens. Soccer is all about the kids. Every soccer season, there are hundreds of dads, moms, neighbors and friends who pack up the soccer balls, cones and practice jerseys several times a week to volunteer their time to work with kids. They do it because they love kids and they want to see kids, all kids, have a chance to play, have community with other kids and learn to work together. I know my daughters have had phenomenal coaches, and I hope I have been a good influence on the guys I coach because we don’t do it for the huge paychecks or endorsement deals, we do it for the kids. With my first season of coaching wrapping up and some of the boys starting to look longingly at the gym and the start of basketball season, I am thankful for the opportunity to coach this beautiful game. Now I just need to find an adult league team who needs a slow — I mean really slow — left-footed forward who is ready to get off the sideline and into the game himself. Current contributor and sports aficionado Chad Kimberley teaches at Valley Christian School.

CV girls net district title

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From left, Austin Pruitt of Central Valley High School, Mikila Salazar of West Valley High School and Amberlynn Weber of Central Valley were among 53 athletes nationwide named 2012 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field High School AllAmericans. The athletes all competed for Team St. Luke’s.

The Central Valley girls soccer team celebrates its district championship after a 3-1 victory against Mead on Oct. 23. The team advanced to regionals, which were played after Current press deadlines.

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Whitman College Community Fellows program. He will work on behalf of Walla Walla businesses to represent them in local government bodies and to policy makers in Olympia. He also plans to focus his efforts on the economic development of Walla Walla's local industries. Marquiss is the son of Kurt Marquiss of Newman Lake and Susan Bertel of Liberty Lake. He is a 2009 graduate of East Valley High School. He is currently a senior economics major at Whitman.

Grounds Guys honored Spokane Valley Grounds Guys franchisees, Kenny and Paula Smith, were awarded five awards at The Dwyer Group’s 31st Annual Reunion - more than any other franchisee for The Grounds Guys. The Smiths have been servicing the Liberty Lake, Spokane Valley and Spokane areas with lawn and landscape needs since 2007, when they founded Smith Valley Landscape Management. In 2011, Kenny and Paula decided to partner with The Grounds Guys to open The Grounds Guys of Spokane Valley. Among the Smiths’ awards were “Franchise of the Year,” “Builder of the Year” and “Recruiter of the Year.”

Walmart opens location on west side of Valley Walmart opened a 147-785-square-foot new store Oct. 17 at 5500 E. Sprague Ave., its second in Spokane Valley. The company said the store provides about 350 local jobs, includes more than 30 merchandise departments and offers a broad assortment of groceries. At its grand opening celebration, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation presented $2,000 or $1,000 grants to local community groups that serve residents, including Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels, Spokane Valley Partners, Orchard Elementary School, Hearth Homes, the SCRAPS Hope Foundation and Toys for Tots.

Bailey joins Paychex Paychex Inc., a provider of payroll, human resource and benefits outsourcing solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses, recently hired Ryan W. Bailey as sales consultant for the Inland Northwest region, including Spokane Valley. Bailey is a graduate of Washington State University, where he was a member of the men’s basketball team and helped lead the bailey

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I’m not retired, just retreaded Do you remember all those old people who used to irritate you by driving their cars too slowly or by walking with their shopping carts right in the middle of the aisle? At the time, all you could think of was getting around them, right? You know the ones I mean — the ones who were always reminiscing about times you didn't know or care about? Well, guess what. I looked in the mirror the other day, and I have become one of them. It is not that easy to boom like a baby boomer anymore. I thought it wouldn't happen to me. But here I am, and I have to make the best of it. The idea of retirement, or in my case, selective reduction, was not supposed to be in my vocabulary. I figured I would probably retire in my 80s. I used to design restaurants and lived in southern California. At the time of my retirement, most of my friends were divorcing their wives or vice versa, and marrying a spouse the square root of their age. Perhaps they were attempting to recapture their youth? My problem was I didn't notice I was getting older. Age crept up on me without my awareness. What I did notice was the addition of aches and pains, gray hairs, and as I previously mentioned, thoughts of the past. Since the average salary for the work you do after you retire is usually about one third of what you previously made, I have been attempting to re-invent myself, or stated in a more respectable way, to retread myself. No, I don't want to drive a bus for a hotel to pick up customers at the airport or drop them off at restaurants. No, I don't want to greet people at the front door of a retail establishment. And no, I don't want to do allnight security for some establishment that will treat me like a number rather than a person. Though all these jobs I have mentioned are honorable and keep bread on the table, they are just not for me.

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Citizenship comes with responsibilities, privileges

By Burke Horner Current guest column

By Dan Dunne Current guest column

It has been fulfilling to look for new and different vocational avenues. Through volunteering to work with challenged children, teaching them how to ride horses or rekindling my desire to increase my stamina through weight lifting, attending a Navy Seal training called TRX, or swimming, I have been able to maintain my sanity while being retired and unemployed. What has been, for me, the most phenomenal and rewarding challenge is my interest in learning to ballroom dance. I became a widower three years ago, and for a while I was not sure what my future might bring. I had relocated my wife and youngest daughter to Washington state so that my wife, my son and his family could see each other more often. Though we had never been on the eastern side of Washington state before, we found ourselves on the border of Idaho, in a beautiful little community called Liberty Lake. While I had always wanted to learn the fundamentals of dance for most of 40 years, I was predominantly a human post that my wife would dance around. I barely moved my feet. Not a very classy dance move but adequate for my wife's needs. After my wife's death, I discovered through the newspaper that my community had different activities available to all ages. I found that dancing lessons, at economical prices, were available. What amazed me was that there were actually younger people than I who were klutzy dancers, too, and that we shared a similar need to unklutz ourselves. What also amazed me was the camaraderie that existed between those of us who were on a quest to learn and perfect the different types of dances. No, I had no desire to become a member of "Dancing with the Stars" or any other talent show. I just wanted to learn to dance. With the exception of my close neighbors, I hardly knew anyone in our new locale. But once I began dancing, I found something magical occurring. The other dance students were becoming my friends. And one of them, who is far younger than I am, is now far more than a friend to me. We have a little group now that we call "Team Five." We dine, dance and travel together, something I never thought would be possible in my advancing years. But it has happened, and the pain of loss I felt before has been replaced by laughter like I never would have believed was possible.

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Think for a moment about a club you know of or want to be a part of — and what being a member of that club is like. For some, that may be a sports team, a school or a tightknit group of friends. Becoming a part of that club takes a certain measure of effort, and being part of it provides rewards. When we consider the political bands which connect us with one another as a sort of club, we refer to the quality of being in that club as citizenship. Citizenship begins at a local level, like being a part of the neighborhood you live in. It extends to a town or city, and on a grand scale, you are a citizen of the state and country which you call home. Being a member or citizen of these “clubs” grants you an amazing set of privileges and rights, but demands your participation. Being a part of the neighborhood you live in may not have a formal definition, but the best of neighborhoods have character and qualities people are proud of. Though “Browne’s Addition” or “South Hill” may not be as wellknown as “Hyde Park” or “Capitol Hill,” people use these names with pride and actively want to be recognized as having a home or business there. Being a part of a great neighborhood means taking care of it by doing things like picking up trash, being friendly to your neighbor and participating in activities and events which make it the place you want to live or work. Your home and school is located in a city and county, and because of that you get an amazing set of services provided by those municipal organizations. Cities and counties provide law enforcement and fire departments, utilities like electrical power and water, and even parks and libraries. Membership or citizenship in these organizations requires obeying local laws and paying appropriate taxes on things like owning property and sales transactions. Citizenship in the state and country in which we live provides amazing benefits and privileges, some of which we take for granted. The 14th Amendment of our nation’s constitution defines: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the juris-

diction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” Membership — citizenship — in the United States is a privilege which millions of people around the world wish they could obtain. Simply stated, being a citizen of our nation provides you the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Our constitution declares that you are free to speak and write what you wish; you may choose to follow a religion of your choice; you may read and publish the ideas of your choice. We as a people, acting through our government, will protect you from harm: from evildoers within or beyond our borders. You will be given justice by rule of law and judged by a jury of your peers. You will be rescued if you are injured, fed if you are hungry and given an education. There are a small set of responsibilities and duties which come with these rights and privileges. You are responsible to vote according to your will. Your vote implies your responsibility to be well informed of the issues which you are asked to vote on. You are responsible when called upon to support our justice system: to serve as a jury member or to serve as a witness. It is your duty to obey laws — the rules of our country, our state and of our cities and towns. It is also your duty to pay taxes, and when and if called upon, to join our military in defense of our nation. To some extent, citizenship also calls for patriotism: to speak and act with pride for our nation. Citizenship at local levels, regional levels and national levels provides amazing rights and benefits in exchange for participation in a small but important set of actions. Be sure to lead and encourage those around you to live up to their citizenship and participate! In Washington State — we vote by mail — be sure to mail or deposit your ballot in a ballot box by Nov. 6! Dan Dunne is a city of Liberty Lake council member and board member for Spokane Area Youth Choirs. He has earned degrees from the University of Washington and Gonzaga University and has enjoyed a 20-year career in engineering and product development. Dunne is the father of two boys and a loving husband. He volunteers his time at Liberty Lake Elementary School, Greenacres Middle School and Spokane Public Radio. This column was written as part of a monthly series highlighting the PACE (Partners Advancing Character Education) trait of the month, which is “citizenship.”

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6:30 p.m. to midnight, Spokane Valley Assembly of God Church, 15618 E. Broadway Ave. Potluck followed by meeting. For more: 924-6320 or www.

stage as seen in the original stage production. New special effects never before seen in Central Valley School District feature “rock concert-like” IQ lighting, stage projections and new vocal sound effects. Cast and crew of more than 80 students. Tickets $12, reservations recommended. For more:

Nov. 2 | World War II Music Series 7 to 8

p.m., Otis Orchards Elementary School, 22000 E. Wellesley Ave. 5MOR musicians bring Big Band Era to life with Latin, waltz and swing sounds from the '30s and '40s, in addition to highlighting the history of the timeless music. For more:

Nov. 3-4 | Bi-Annual Central Valley High School Craft Fair 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Valley High School, 821 S. Sullivan Road. Admission $2. Benefits the Central Valley High School band program.

Nov. 6 | Journey to the Cross Benefit Craft Fair 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spokane Valley Adventist

Church, 1603 S. Sullivan Road. Handmade arts and crafts, food and holiday gifts from a variety of vendors. All proceeds benefit the 2012 Journey to the Cross Outreach Event. Free admission. For more: 926-5866

Nov. 10-11 | University High School Craft Fair 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10

a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, University High School, 12420 E. 32nd Ave. $2 ticket benefits the U-High band, children under 14 are free. Vendor spots available. For more:

Nov. 10-11 | Fall Folk Festival 11 a.m. to 10

p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Spokane Community College, The Lair, 1810 N. Greene St. Free celebration of cultures includes multiple stages with music and dance performances, workshops, storytelling, crafts and activities for kids, jam room and food. Robbins’ Rebels, a group of musicians performing traditional and newly composed fife and drum music, will be part of a special Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Nov. 16-18 | Custer’s Christmas Arts & Crafts Show Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. Cost $7 good all weekend; free for ages 12 and younger. For more: 924-0588 or

Nov. 30 | World War II Music Series 7 to 8 p.m. Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. 5MOR musicians bring Big Band Era to life with Latin, waltz and swing sounds from the '30s and '40s, in addition to highlighting the history of the timeless music. For more: Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 6-9, 14-16 | The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge — Mark Brown

7:30 p.m. except 2 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16, Ignite Community Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway. PG13/R for language. For tickets and more: www. or 795-0004

Dec. 1 | Handmade Holidays Trunk Show

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., The Service Station, 9315 N. Nevada, Spokane. Artists from the Inland Northwest Etsy team will be selling stocking stuffers, original ornaments and one-of-akind gifts. For more: events/448823318493397

Dec. 1-2 | EV Band Craft Fair 10 a.m. to

5 p.m., 15711 E. Wellesley Ave. Vendors still

Dec. 4 | Spokane Valley Quilters Guild

CIVIC & BUSINESS Nov. 3 | 60th Anniversary Open House 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appleway Florist & Greenhouse, 11006 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley. Hourly door prizes, grand prize drawing, free 2013 calendars, grab bags, chance to win gift certificates, coffee tasting and more. For more: 924-5050 or Nov. 6 | Election Day Ballots must be

postmarked by this date or turned in by 8 p.m. at drop boxes located at Spokane County public libraries.

Nov. 8 | Great Harvest Bread Co. Open House 5 to 7 p.m., 21651 E. Country Vista Drive,

Liberty Lake. Free samplings of new holiday products at this shopping event. For more: 8919336

Nov. 8 | “Organize Your Finances” workshop 5:15 to 6:30 p.m., Liberty Lake

Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Free dinner and workshop from STCU sharing benefits of getting organized; how to develop an efficient bill-paying system; what records to keep, where and for how long; what to have handy in case of a natural disaster. For more and registration: or 344-2202

Recurring Citizen’s Academy 6 to 9:30 p.m. every

Thursday, October 4 through November 15. Get a free, eye-opening look at your Sheriff’s Office plus hear from experts in forensics, major crimes, defensive tactics, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, internal affairs and more. Ride-along on patrol and experience a pursuit ending PIT maneuver. For more: 477-6044 or tpendell@

Liberty Lake City Council 7 p.m. on the first

and third Tuesdays of each month, City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive

Millwood City Council 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, City Hall, 9103 E. Frederick Ave.

Rockford City Council 7 p.m. on the first

Wednesday of each month, Town Hall, 20 W. Emma St.

Spokane County Board of Commissioners

2 p.m. Tuesdays, 1026 W. Broadway, Spokane

Spokane Valley City Council 6 p.m.

Tuesdays, City Hall Council Chambers, 11707 E. Sprague Ave., Suite 101

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p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m. Roller Valley Skate Center, 9415 E. 4th Ave., Spokane Valley. Spokannibals v.s. Jet City Roller Derby. Advance: $8 adults, $6 student/senior at At the door: $10 adult, $7 kids/seniors, $5 with military ID. All calendar listings were provided to or gathered by Current staff. If you would like your event considered for the community calendar, please submit information by the 15th of the month to

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Though each of us comes from a different background, our love for dance has bonded us as friends. We are constantly in touch with each other, even when we are not dancing or dining. And our interest in dancing keeps each of us aware that we don't have to necessarily perfect our dancing skills but that we must enjoy what we know and keep that as the most important feature of our dancing. I also am quite aware that constructive teaching of dance, with laughter included, is a beautiful art, which my present teacher does so well. Persistence in attempting to learn something is important, especially when it is being taught well. But to enjoy and roll with the flow of learning to dance, even in making a mistake and eventually resolving it, is the beauty of letting one's hair down, no matter how much is left at this stage in life, and just living it well. So, I am retreading, even though much of it is in my dance shoes, and I am re-inventing myself each day in areas I would not have thought possible in my younger years. The simplicity of friendship and laughter is all one needs from others. Go after it rather than waiting for it to come to you. I was lucky that dance was my conduit. What's yours? Burke Horner lives in Liberty Lake. Guest columns may be sent to for consideration.

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parking lot and go around through the Capital and I'd look, and Bob's light was on, corner office ground floor. I'd pull in and go and talk with Bob. At this time, he had already had 12 years, so he was an old pro. And we would talk for a half hour, and I'd go home feeling a lot better. There were so many times I would stop, sometimes two or three days in a row, and he would just kind of put things in perspective for me. I learned a lot from Bob. ... Bob was a wonderful friend, and I miss Bob over there, but I know where Bob is. I'll see him again. Q: You're 67 years old and have retired professionally, but do you have a few more years in you that you want to spend in Olympia? A: I'm taking it one term at a time, but I do if my health holds out and I feel like I can do the job. I don't want to be irrelevant over there. ... With the attrition over there, getting someone to stay over there for a long time is fairly rare, but it's all about building relationships.

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30 • November 2012

Volume 1, Issue 10 Editor/publisher

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General Manager

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Kelli Dexter Circulation Ken Nagle Mike Wiykovics Contributors

Ryan Collingwood Kyle Hansen Craig Howard Chad Kimberley Valerie Putnam Jim Ryan

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Rubertt added to Camp Fire’s national leadership council

Camp Fire Inland Northwest serves more than 4,000 children ages 3-18 annually in clubs, after school programs, and day and resident summer camps. One of 75 councils across the country, it is headquartered out of Spokane Valley offices at 524 N. Mullan Road.

Camp Fire Inland Northwest Executive Director Colene Rubertt has been named one of nine leadership representatives for the national organization Camp Fire. Rubertt was invited by Camp Fire CEO Cathy Tisdale to contribute to the CEO

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TOWN OF ROCKFORD Compiled by Heidi Scott

The third annual Veteran’s Appreciation Potluck will be held at the McIntosh Grange Nov. 11. The event will begin at noon with the potluck lunch followed by a 45-minute program. Veterans who have participated in the Honor Flight program will speak about their experiences, along with plenty of other recognition of local veterans. The Rockford Church Bazaar will hold its annual fundraiser, the Church Bazaar, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 1. A chipping event for residential yard waste will be held in Rockford Nov. 17, though the annual event may not last in the future. See this entry on the artistic map on pages 6-7.

A visioning workshop was held Oct. 24 for the shoreline of Rock Creek. Notices had been sent out in advance from the county, which was confusing to some residents since much of the shoreline is under city jurisdiction. The workshop was offered to clarify confusion and present the county’s revised management plan for Rockford, Waverly and Latah. Hearings will be held Nov. 8. A good time was had by all attendees of the annual Halloween events in Rockford. The annual Weenie Roast and Grange Halloween party offered warmth and treats to chilly trick-or-treaters. This night continued the community-wide tradition of this holiday.

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Clarification An article in the October Current, "Darcy's positioned to fan flames of success," was about a new restaurant opened by the same couple who "opened the sandwich shop, Casey's Place, several years ago." That truly was "several years ago," as

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The 50-day Harley-Davidson business trip Two executives share lessons on business and life learned on the road By Josh Johnson Current staff column

It sounds like the stat line from the finale of another Amazing Race season: “After 38 states, 31 events, 49 days and nearly 11,000 miles — Wayne and Stan, you are team No. 1.” Wayne Williams and Stan Hilbert, respectively the CEO and COO of Liberty Lake-based Telect Inc., are sitting across from me in Hilbert’s office, talking excitedly about an exhilarating experience. It’s an executive and sleek business environment, but the conversation feels akin to listening to the lucky kid talk about his summer trip to Hawaii on the first day of school. But here they sit, a pair of hard-charging business executives who found a way to morph their careers and their passions. The two men, avid Harley-Davidson riders, decided that for the company’s 30th anniversary, they would ride around the country, share their product and meet with customers first-hand. Williams, who helped found the company with his parents, Bill and Judi, wrote before leaving in July that the trip “is dedicated to the customers that have supported us through the many changes of the communications industry.” Reflecting now after safely returning to their offices in September, Hilbert and Williams said the trip was a huge success, specifically in how it enabled them to connect with customers — and potential customers — in new and fresh ways. Some lessons learned are shared below. Some are about business, some are about life and some — like the men who morphed the two in the first place — are about both.

Be prepared Hilbert emphasized that for the hundreds of hours on the road and visiting customers, hundreds of hours were spent preparing for the trip. “There is no substitute for preparation,” he said. “I don’t think we really had any real issues because on the motorcycle we were prepared, and for the customer visits we were prepared, and if there was something that was slightly amiss, we could adjust. The preparation was just huge. It really turned out to be quite successful because of the preparation.”

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From left, Kevin Cook, Stan Hilbert and Wayne Williams reflect on Telect’s 30-year Ride from this screenshot pulled from one of the company’s many video postings during the trip. The men traveled more than 11,000 miles to meet with customers around the country in celebration of Telect’s 30th anniversary.

It’s not so much the heat, it’s the … traffic? As the weather turns frigid for motorcycling, I asked the men which was worse: Riding in a frigid rain-snow mix in Spokane, or riding through the Texas heat in August. As it turns out, neither. While both aren’t ideal, Williams and Hilbert agreed nothing compared to the agony of Interstate 95 south on the east coast. So was it the humidity? “Well, traffic was going 5 to 10 miles per hour, 95 degrees, 95 percent humidity and the heat off of your bike generating another 20 degrees — and you’re pulling your clutch in and out on a motorcycle,” Williams recalled. “By the time you’re done, your forearm is as large as your leg on your left one.” Hilbert, the numbers guy, immediately brought up the stats from that day: “It was Aug. 15, and we went 165 miles in five hours.” Williams added a political observation, somewhat ironically: “It’s no wonder the economy in the United States is so bad. The beltway on the East Coast is all on the road, not in their offices.” Of course, the difference between the Telect team and the politicians was that the former were purposefully operating out of mobile offices. The others were literally stuck in gridlock.

It’s all about relationships Hilbert, who spends his time in finance and operations, said his eyes really opened on the trip to the importance of the customer relationships that have been developed over decades. “A key takeaway for me was the importance of our relationships with our customers,” he said. “Throughout the United States, we could feel where we were strong and we could feel where we were weak. If you did a heat map of our sales throughout the United States, that would reflect those relationships. Where the relationships were strong, sales were strong.”

Changing gears Williams said returning from the trip, he has focused on trying to create “ride momentum.” Specifically, he is adamant that things not return to business as usual after the journey. “I don’t think Telect is unique,” Williams said. “If you’ve been in business a long time, everybody who reads this article is dealing with some sort of competitive pressure out there. Everybody’s wondering, ‘How am I going to make more money?’ The one thing I think we are convinced with after doing this ride is you certainly aren’t going to do this the same way you did before.”

Gathering customer data — first hand

Hilbert and Williams shared amusement at the recollection of a recent encounter with an auditor who asked them why they haven’t done customer surveys this year. “We spent 49 days on the road, 30-plus visits interacting with over 600 individual customers that represented I don’t know how many different accounts,” Williams said. “If anything is going to change the business, it’s those 49 days. I told him if I could spend 49 days on the road each year and get that much information, I would. It was huge.”

Mixing business and pleasure In the end, the two men encouraged people to think outside the box when solving business problems. Sure, they enjoy riding Harleys, and the trip was full of wonderful memories. But does the fact that they had a great time mean it must have somehow been less effective? In this case, Williams said the beloved Harleys themselves were a critical part of the trip’s success. “People thought, ‘It’s a boondoggle,’ and honestly I’ve got to tell you — the motorcycle, it was just the hook to get excitement,” Williams said. “And it did. It was the icebreaker.” Josh Johnson is editor and publisher of The Current. Write to him at


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November 5, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Chamber Family Night, Chuck E. Cheese’s, 14919 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley

November 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Government Action Committee meeting, Valley Hospital Education Center, 12606 E. Mission, Spokane Valley. Program: TBD. Cost: $20.00 (includes lunch); register at November 15, noon, Transportation Committee meeting, Longhorn BBQ, 2315 N. Argonne, Spokane Valley. Program: Steve Worley on Spokane Valley construction projects for 2012 and 2013 proposed, plus status of Sullivan Bridge project. November 27, 5 to 7 p.m., Meet the Chamber Member Reception, Altek & American Security, 22819 E. Appleway Ave., Liberty Lake. Certificate presentations at 6 p.m. November 30, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Annual Meeting, Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan, Spokane Valley. Be sure to check our website at for more details and updates.

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