Steven Roger holds his six-month-old son Dylan upon his return to Spokane from an overseas deployment on Friday, Oct. 1, 2010. Twenty-two reserve soldiers of the 643rd ACD marched into the new Armed Forces Reserve Center at Fairchild Air Force Base upon their return from a year long deployment in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Kaysha Lybecker dances and spins as she warms up the crowd of young girls with some games. Lybecker and her Rogers High School friends put on their prom dresses and turned the school commons area into a giant princess tea party for young girls in the Hillyard neighborhood on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010.
Wild grass frame a field of winter wheat on the Moran Prairie on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010.
Shirley Lin, 6, begins to cry as she hears her mother, Shou Feng Zheng, talk of her fear of being deported to China on Friday, Oct. 15, 2010.
A peaceful Mt. St. Helens is covered in snow 30 years after the May 18, 1980 eruption. This view is from the Johnson Center.
The winter season has seen mild snowfall but lots of fog as evening commuters travel Highway 195 past Latah Creek and the Qualchan Golf Course south of Spokane, Wash., on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010. Lights from housing developments make the fog glow with bright colors on both sides of the highway.
A multiple exposure shows the difficulty of a camel spin by Sean Rabbitt during his performance in the junior men short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in the Spokane Arena on Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.
As Steven Gray of Gonzaga drives the lane #42 Ryan Reid of Florida State, right, reaches in to steal the ball during second half action of their NCAA Tournament game in Buffalo, NY on Friday, Mar. 19, 2010.
EWU begins the era of the red turf on Roos Field on the Cheney campus on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010. Eastern beat Montana in the closing seconds including a touchdown on a turnover on the last play of the game to win 36-27.
EWU fans congratulate Brandon Kaufman as he scores the first Eagle touchdown on the new red turf of Roos Field on the Cheney campus against Montana on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010.
A raindrop strikes a puddle in downtown Spokane on Thursday, May 27, 2010.
With cool nights in the Colville National Forest, many Rainbow Family followers sleep communally around campfires. About 300 Rainbows are attending this regional gathering, but a national gathering next year could attract thousands to a Washington state forest.
Local endodontist Dr. Rod Tataryn and his dental assistant Jerilynn Cunnington perform a root canal on a 700-pound male lion at Cat Tales Zoological Training Center on Friday, Mar. 5, 2010.
As morning light breaks over the Atlantic Ocean, Airman 1st Class James White with 92nd Air Refueling Wing from Fairchild Air Force Base, sleeps during his nine hour flight to England in a KC-135R air refueling tanker. White was on his way to a four-month deployment in Kyrgyzstan that will involve deicing aircraft at the Manas Transit Center.
In a delicate dance between man and machine high above Afghanistan, an F-15E Strike Eagle tops off its tanks with jet fuel provided by a Fairchild Air Force Base 92nd Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker on deployment at the Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan.
As Idaho running back Corey White dives for the end zone, he is denied six points by linebacker John McKinley who tackled White out-of-bounds during the Silver and Gold game in the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho on Friday, April 23, 2010.
A burning roof eve falls away as Spokane Fire Department firefighters battle a fire at the Houston Apartments at 617 E. Houston Avenue. Eight-five residents in 29 units were safely evacuated during the three-alarm fire on Oct. 31, 2010.
One of eight dogs that have been living in a car on East Hartson Avenue, paces in squalor on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010. SpokAnimal C.A.R.E. left a ticket for the owner to fix the issue, but nothing has been done.
On the outskirts of Bickleton, Wash., windmills have been sprouting up on farms. The green energy source has been a boon to the small town that is using some of the increased property tax revenue to fund a new $10 .4 million K-12 school.
With the temperatures hovering near 0 degrees, mist from the Spokane River shrouds Riverfront Park, in Spokane, Wash. on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010.
Left to right, Caitlin Miller of Cheney, Jade Heidinger of Ferris, Ellen Taylor of LC and Myryda Johnson of Medical Lake, Meg Cressey of Gonzaga Prep pose for a candid photo. The girls are the 2010 Lilac Royality.
David Cheney has buried his two dogs in his backyard on the 3300 block of East 55th Avenue in Spokane, Wash. The dogs, Abby and Snoopy, died after someone fed them poisoned meatballs.
After venting the roof, Spokane Fire Department firefighters scramble for safety as flames explode from a seven-car garage near the corner of Pacific and Hemlock on Oct. 19, 2010.
Johnny Weir performs at the U.S. Figure Skating Exhibition Gala on Jan. 24, 2010 in Spokane, Wash.
Carissa Outen works on math problems with a tutor at her home on May 13, 2010. On her wrist, she wears a courage bracelet given to her by an Albertson's customer.
Bloomsday 2010 women's elite wheelchair racer, Shirley Reilly, streaks down Riverside Avene during warm-ups before the race. Reilly finished in 2nd place.
Megan, a 10-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, had a soft chair and a front row seat to watch Bloomsday 2010 participants stream past her home near the corner of Riverside and Cannon in Browne's Addition. The dog belongs to Livia Dennison.
With a Westboro Baptist Church member standing on an American flag, a pair of female counter-protesters kiss as they drive along 37th Avenue at Regal on Oct. 21, 2010 near Ferris High School.
Sally Mahar, dressed as Mrs. Uncle Sam, shows her support during the Tea Party rally on April 15, 2010 on the steps of the Spokane Convention Center.
Mead High School volleyball player, Kuulei Zalopany, celebrates a point during a emotional match against rival Mt. Spokane on Sept. 23, 2010.
Three-year-old Hudson Kramer kisses his six-month-old little sister Lily, as his mother Brandy Kramer holds Lily's twin sister Dahlia at their home in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. The babies were born premature and Dahlia needed surgery.
"I'm just like a human scarecrow," said Janet Kleinsmith, as she patrolled the rows of freshly planted Western Larch, Western White Pine, Douglas fir and Engelmann spruce trees at the Forest Service Nursery in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho on Wednesday, June 2, 2010. Kleinsmith walks the rows from 4:30-8:30 every morning in order to keep the birds from eating the seedlings.
In this June 4, 2010 photo, technician Chris Lewandowski holds a one-year-old hatchery-bred sturgeon at the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho's Fish hatchery in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Revered as spiritual messengers by the tribe, the sturgeon can live for a century and grow to 8 feet long. As recently as the 1970s, thousands of them lurked in the Kootenai River's cool, gray-green depths. Now, fewer than 500 adults remain, and they're federally protected under the Endangered Species Act.
PFC Brian Borkoski says good-bye to his wife Cassi Borkoski, left, and his 14-month-old daughter, Magdalena Borkoski, at the National Guard Armory in Post Falls, Idaho on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010.
Outrageous clothing was the uniform of choice for Post Falls High School 10th graders as they watched the powderpuff football game on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010.
Mark Liter of Idaho Fish & Game and Tyler Long of Hickey Brothers Fishery board the boat on Lake Pend Oreille in Hope, Idaho on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010. Hickey Brothers Fishery, of Bailey's Harbor, Wis., was hired by Fish and Game to reduce the population of mackinaw, also known as lake trout .
This Dalmatian was waiting for its owner while raindrops gathered on the drivers side window in Coeur d'Alene on Wednesday, June 16, 2010.
Paul Dunham, 83, stands in his bedroom window at his home in Hayden, Idaho on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010. Almost 90 percent of Americans age 50 and up say they want to remain in their own homes as long as they can, according to a recent AARP report.
"Whatever you're dealt in life, you just deal with it," said 83-year-old Paul Dunham as he finishes his morning routine at his home in Hayden on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010. Dunham suffers from a neuro-muscular disorder that has reduced his body to 83 lbs.
"There's an easy way and a hard way to do things," said 83-year-old Paul Dunham while he uses the bathroom sink as a prop to dry his hair at his home in Hayden, Idaho on Aug. 24, 2010. He suffers from a neuro-muscular disorder that prevents him from lifting his arms above his waist.
"It throws you off balance," said Nancy Dunham, 79, as she uses her cane to walk her dog Isabella near her home in Hayden. Nancy suffers from congestive heart failure, neuropathy and glaucoma.
Paul and Nancy Dunham kiss good-bye as he is taken to their daughter's house on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010.
The seniors on the East Valley High School football team last fall were a huge support to team manager, Christina Nelson, after her mom died of breast cancer shortly before the start of her senior year.
Former Gonzaga University men's basketball standout, Ronny Turiaf, acknowledges the audience and fellow members of the 2010 graduating class during commencement at the Spokane Veterans Arena on Sunday, May 9, 2010. Turiaf, who is currently a member of the Golden State Warriors NBA team, received his degree in Sports Management. He was one of 47 student athletes at Gonzaga's commencement ceremonies.
The Gonzaga bench erupts as the Bulldogs roared back to tie the score after being 12 points down to the Stanford Cardinals. Their spirited comeback fell short, 84-78.
Spokane Army Honor Guard SSG Bob Allen salutes the American Flag during the dedication of the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake, Wa., Mon., May 31, 2010.
"This is a swell day," smiled retiring mail carrier Ernie Turner, as he worked his last Monday, Mar. 1, 2010. He'll hang up his bag after 51 years of service to the United States Postal Service this week.
Purdue guard Chris Kramer drives hard and made this last second basket to lead the Boilermakers to a 63-61 overtime victory against the Texas A&M Aggies, Sun, Mar. 21, 2010.
David Williams pilots the "Miss Wahoo" on Coeur d'Alene Lake on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, the first time for any hydroplane in 42 years. "Emotionally, it felt amazing to be driving a hydro on Lake Couer d'Alene," Williams said.
East Valley offensive and defensive lineman go thru their early morning workout, Thurs., Aug. 19, 2010.
For 22 years, Santa has stood proudly in the parking lot at the White Elephant store on East Sprague in the Spokane Valley waving his hand at passersby.
BriAnna (cq) Smith, 10, releases her pigeon that will carry her Christmas wish list to the North Pole, Sun., Dec. 12, 2010. She asked Santa for an IPod.
Dirt and debris fly as a Porsche race car rolls on the track at the Spokane County Grand Prix at Spokane Raceway Park on Saturday, July 10, 2010. The driver, Richard Satre, walked away from the crash and the race resumed after the wreck was cleared. The event pit sports car enthusiasts head to head in BMWs, Porsches, American cars and open wheel racers.
Katie Ribelin of Moses Lake leads her horse Rocky from the practice arena on Thursday, June 3, 2010, at the Spokane Fair and Expo center, the site of the Inland Empire QHA All Novice Show and Inland Empire QHA Silver Circuit.
Boom operator Tech Sgt. Gabe Ourso gives a wave to one of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds which had just finished refuling behind the KC-135 air refueling tanker while the demonstration team was enroute to Spokane on Thursday, July 22, 2010, for Saturday's Skyfest 2010. The boom operators lies in a coffin-sized pod at the rear of the plane and flies the boom into position to deliver fuel.
Gonzaga's Elias Harris, left, battles Loyola Marymount defender Drew Viney, right, in the first half on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at Gonzaga University's McCarthy Athletic Center. The Bulldogs beat the Lions 85-69.
Heidy Baker wife of Vernon Baker, walks back to the church after military honors at an adjacent field escorted by Capt. David Darney, left, and Tom Norris, right. Several hundred friends, family, dignitaries and neighbors gathered Saturday, July 31, 2010, to remember Vernon Baker as a WWII war hero and a westerner who loved to hunt and live in the woods.
Lydiah Young, 3, and Gabe Brown, 4, watch as drummers Tomba Singh, left, and Brojen Singha, right, perform "Pung", a combination of drumming, dancing and acrobatics, at the Shadle Library on Thursday, 30, 2010. The Jayanthi Raman Dance Company performed a demonstration of the music and dance of India for an audience at the library as a preview for their full lenth performance Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Bing Crosby Theater.
Animal Control Officer Ashley Brown climbs onto a car to try and unlock it through the sunroof to free a dog left in the car on a hot day Saturday, July 17, 2010, along Sprague in Spokane Valley. It took her only a few minutes to unlock the car and release the dog, which was warm to the touch and panting, a sign that the heat was beginning to affect the dog.
In this Nov. 24, 2010 photo, Josh Easley and Dave Martin work while standing on a suspended platform over the new shaft hole on the 4900 level in the Lucky Friday mine in Mullan, Idaho. The Lucky Friday is already one of North America's deepest hard-rock mines. Now, the 62-year-old mine is about to get much deeper. Owner Hecla Mining Co. is sinking a new shaft to depths of nearly 9,000 feet. It will allow the mine to go after richer silver deposits.
Mt. Spokane's Rachel Jones, center, tries to get another touch on the ball before Decatur goal keeper Kayla Lipston, left, gets her hands on it during the state playoff game on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 at Joe Albi Stadium. Following Jones is Decatur's Abby McFaul, right.
Dot Babcock, , center, widow of John Henry Foster Babcock, explains that her husband didn't like to smile while looking at a picture of her late husband with Canadian soldiers, from left, Master Warrant Officer Derek Ingersoll, Brigadier General Denis Thompson and Lt. Col. Kevin Cameron after the memorial service for her husband, the last living Canadian WWI veteran. The soldiers are all from the Royal Canadian Regiment, the unit Mr. Babcock was received into when he was transported to England to serve in WWI.
Tea, as served by the Brambleberry Cottage and Tea Shoppe in Spokane, consists of a small pot of tea, a crumpet and a scone with Devonshire cream and jam.
Tyree Clowe, a former football standout at Central Valley, winds up for the hammer throw Monday, May 24, 2010, at Spokane Falls Community College. Clowe won the event at the NWAACC Track and Field Championships.
Betty Cook, left, visits with Elinor Foltz of the Twilight Wish Foundation on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010 in North Spokane. Twilight Wish grant wishes to older people who have helped their community.
A sibling pair of shepherd mix puppies await adoption at SpokAnimal, the organization that provides animal control services, including the handling of stray and abandoned pets, to the city of Spokane.