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Dan Pelle: Favorite Photos 2015

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the following has a collective value of 54 thousand. But the real value of capturing fleeting moments is priceless. The most interesting subject for me to photograph is people. What are they doing? What are they feeling? What are they saying? The right captured moment, no matter how loud or quiet, reveals the person. Oh, and by the way, I threw in a few scenics just for fun.

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Faces in the Crowd

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City of Spokane Valley Deputy Mayor Arne Woodard breaks out in laughter, May 6, 2015, after the Spokane Valley Mayor Dean Grafos’ State of the City address, as he displays his tie that pays tribute to comic actress Lucille Ball’s fictitious elixir Vitameatavegamin on the I Love Lucy television show from 1951. Woodard is know for his variety of neckwear and says he never wears the same tie during a calendar year.


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Inmates from Airway Heights Corrections Center, from left, Johnathen Harmon, John Zuvela, David Doud and Braeson Haskell await mop up duty , Aug. 28, 2015 near Geirger Boulevard. The team is know as Heights 43.


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Jack Berg, 9, roars with delight as he approaches a berm jump at the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex BMX track, July 24, 2015. The lad was participating in the Spokane Parks and Recreation Ultimate Sports Day Camp where campers learned the basics of BMX and skateboarding. Says Berg “I like to stand up and catch a little bit of air.”


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Central Valley School District’s Broadway Elementary School first grader Johnny Pechie is all ears and eyes as he digs into an ear of corn during lunch time, Sept. 30, 2015, in Analisa McCann’s classroom, in Spokane, Valley, Wash. WSU Spokane County Extension Food Sense purchases some 3000 ears of corn from Kallstrom Farms in Central Washington for the Food Sense program that teaches students about good nutrition and developing heathy eating habits. Pechie’s class helped husk the corn on Tuesday, then along with all students at Broadway Elementary, they were offered corn for lunch.


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Cruz Albisu lets his hands do the talking. His shop is a small, cluttered space where the Spanish immigrant makes high-quality leather boots and shoes. Albisu works in his small business that looks abandoned about half the time. But he’s in there in his smock, surrounded by forms and leather, making custom boots for loggers, smokejumpers, cowboys and others. We visited him on June 29.


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Natalie Achenbach, 11, is selling her chickens’ eggs to help support Syrian refugees, Nov. 9 in Spokane, Wash. The family has nine chickens and they have raise more than $1,500 dollars so far.


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Jace Malek snuggles with his new 7-week-old English bulldog, Kemo, Thursday afternoon, Feb. 5, at his home near Airway Heights, Wash. Malek calls the dog his “battle pal.” Friends and family gave the puppy to him just one hour before. Malek signed to play football with the Idaho Vandals even though he has a large tumor attached to both sides of his right hip, the University of Idaho honored Malek’s scholarship. He was to begin chemotherapy the next week after receiving the puppy. Malek ended up losing the leg.


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Laura Becker has become the new executive director of Spokane Arts. Becker is the third person to take the position. She previously worked in Seattle managing public arts Commission. We walked throughout downtown looking for a place to shoot her portrait. The STA Plaza provided and interesting backdrop.


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Chuck Moffitt, 68, saw his property tax bill go up almost $20 this year after his tax exempt status was stripped following last fall’s passage of the street levy. He lives in east Spokane, Wash., with “Oreo” his 13-year-old parrett. “I’m old, I’m disabled and I’m poor,” he said. “I think it’s a pain in the ass” he said on Feb. 20.


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Molly Schmidt celebrated her 110th birthday with family members, from left, Ryan Buriak, 11, great great nephew, Joanne McCrady, 81, niece, Nikki Miller, 41, Granddaughter, and Kiera Buriak, 50, great niece, July 22, at the Rose Garden Estates in Ritzville, Wash.


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Della Montgomery-Riggins has tears rolling down her face as she becomes emotional listening to speakers at a rally, March 6, in downtown Spokane, Wash. A gathered group of people were responding to a racist and threatening package received by NAACP president Rachel Dolezal. Dozens of supports linked arms and song songs in a show of solidarity with the NAACP.


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Will Medley, 10, tries on a modern firefighters helmet with a leather front as he tours a vintage 1936 Spokane Firefighters Union (Local 29) pumper engine on display, July 7, at the Shadle Aquatic Center in Spokane, Wash. The firefighters union and Spokane Parks and Recreation were hosting a free swim week.


News Happens

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A 150-pound black bear is lowered onto green tarps after being tranquilized by Fish and Wildlife officers, Oct. 16, in an empty lot on Lyons Avenue in north Spokane. The bear drew a crowd of over 200 people to watch the capture.


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Steven Peters has a hug for his son Anthony, 4, after a fire swept through their unit at the Broadway Square Apartments, July 27, in Spokane Valley, Wash. Their dog, Bonita, alerted the boy and his mother, Tara, to the blaze. Bonita saved everybody, Steven Peters said, holding Anthony, who was visibly shaken. “Without her we wouldn’t have known about the fire.”


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Chaps Diner and Bakery owner, Celeste Shaw receives a basket of flowers delivered by Spokane senior police officers Tim Ottmar, left, and John O’Brian, Feb. 24, at her business on the Cheney-Spokane Road. The flowers were given to the officers in the parking lot by a well-wisher who wanted them handed to Shaw. Shaw has suffered a pair of losses last week when her two business were burglarized and vandalized. The officers were there to give Shaw updates and support.


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Dick Stallman, left, and Ryan Doody, right, comfort Stallman’s dog Deuce, after a fire broke out in Stallman’s house early Wednesday morning, Sept. 9, 2015, near the corner of Empire Avenue and Crestline Street in Spokane, Wash. A roommate of the two men was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The man, in his 70’s, was removed from an upstairs room with heavy smoke and given CPR by fire rescue crews but later died.


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Jim Opsal. of Coeur d’Alene, stands in Northwest Boulevard and waves to the hundreds of passing law enforcement vehicles parading the the body of slain Cd’A Sgt. Greg Moore, May 9, 2015. Moore was shot and killed while on duty.


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Members of the Army National Guard Honor Guard pause to reflect on the task-at-hand of transferring the body of Korean War Veteran Cpl.Donald Therkelsen, Aug. 6, at Spokane International Airport. Therkelsen was reported MIA in July 1953 and his remains were found in a mass grave. He was positively identified in Hawaii and returned to Spokane.


Slice of Life

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Howard Riebe, left, and Jim Sipes, center, gather to pray with House of Charity regular Doug McKenney, right, in the chapel, June 17, in Spokane. Riebe and Sipes have been going to the House of Charity for the past three years, visiting with the folks who show up in the morning and offering to minister and pray with them if they wish.


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Duane Betts and Taylor Goldsmith of the indie rock band Dawes perform a free concert, Aug. 15, at Liberty Lake Park Pavilion. Betts, a touring member of the group, is the son of Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts while Goldsmith’s father played in the soul band Tower of Power. The band is named after Goldsmith’s fiddle-playin grandfather, Dawes Lafayette Goldsmith.


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Eagles founding members Don Henley and Glenn Frey crack themselves up during the opening moments of their show, May 29, in the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. They performed 27 song as part of their “History of the Eagles.”


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Ram Khadka shows his daughter, Roselyn, 3, a location along the coast of Japan as the pair visit Earth Day 2015, April 18, in Spokane’s Riverfront Park. Khadka and his family Bhutan but are refugees from Nepal.


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Miles McQuesten, 5, gazes upon his work of art, Jack the Evil Snowman, Jan. 23, at his home on west 16th Avenue in Spokane, Wash. The boy and his father, Rick, built the snowman Friday morning and the legs are constructed from branches and newspapers. The idea of the evil snowman came from the internet.


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Kaidy Mirabal and Jonah Kelley, Head Start students located at Holmes Elementary School, dress up during dramatic play time, March 31, in Spokane Head Start, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is a federally-funded program serving about 1000 low-income annually by helping nurture the whole family and give kids a jump on kindergarten. The program is run by Community Colleges of Spokane since 1973.


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A gathering of three birds get a free ride atop a feeding white horse, May 26, in a field near Colbert, Wash. Such a serene scene considering there was a triple murder just 200 yards away.


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Coeur d’Alene’s Sorensen Magnet School of the Arts and Humanities 5th and 6th graders partake in a workshop with members of the Cirque du Soleil’s production of Varekai, May 1, in the Spokane Veterans Arena. The 24 students participated in juggling, acting and a percussion with singing class.


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Madison Elementary School students, Corbin Fritz, left, and Chris Nathaniel, right, play a memory game during a meeting of the Madison Buddies, Feb. 25, in Spokane. The Madison Buddies program partners general education and special education students at lunch and in the classroom to help develop relationships.


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Ryan Orth launches his wife Emily’s wedding garter during their reception, to a gathered crowd of bachelors, June 6, in Helena, Montana. A bemused Emily sits on the right. Shot with a cell phone.


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Members of the Haran Dancers perform high steps on Main Avenue during the 37th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 14, in Spokane.


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Participants join in the Tour de Fat event celebrating bikes, beer and bemusement, Sept. 5, in Fort Collins, Colorado. The three-mile ride draws over 20,000 costumed people. Shot with a cell phone.


The Thrill of Victory……sometimes

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Liberty players celebrate at the buzzer their victory over Brewster, March 6, at the 2015 2B Boys Hardwood Classic semi-final game in the Spokane Veterans Arena. Liberty won 55-52.


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Okanogan’s Jordyn Boesel has tears streaming down her face as she hugs her dad and coach Brian Boesel after beating Wahkiakum in the WIAA 2B Girls Hardwood Classic championship game, March 7, in the Spokane Veterans Arena. Okanogan won 59-52.


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The Men’s Elite field cast long shadows as they race down Riverside Avenue during Bloomsday 2015.


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Weber State QB Jarrian Clark is blasted by Eastern Washington University’s Todd Raynes in the 3rd quarter, Saturday, Oct. 31, in Cheney, Wash.


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EWU basketball player Felix Von Hofe goes for the laughs as he assumes a mock pose during a photo shoot for the upcoming season, Nov. 2, in Cheney, Wash.


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Eastern Washington University standout WR Cooper Kupp (10) snags a TD pass with his finger tips in the 3rd quarter against Weber State to tie the score at 13, Saturday, Oct. 31, in Cheney Wash. EWU won 14-13.


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Ferris High School head football coach Jim Sharkey pauses his pregame preparations, in the locker room at Joe Albi Stadium, to inquire the state of mind of player Max Thompson. The team dedicated their game efforts to the memory of Thompson’s mother, Shari Thompson, who died from cancer just two months earlier.


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Spokane Shock receiver Mike Washington (7) grabs a TD pass in the second quarter past a diving LaRico Stevenson of the Philadelphia Soul, April 4, in the Spokane Arena.


Woodenville’s Mack Minahan and Jared Eisenbarth agonize on the ground after Gonzaga Prep’s Evan Weaver intercepted a batted pass and scored in the game’s final moments, Nov. 21, at Joe Albi Stadium. The Bullpups went on to win the 4A Washington State Championship two weeks later.


Scenes From a Street Corner

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Randy Muscarella offers a taste of his banana split to his 10-year-old rough collie, Whiskey, July 14, outside Doyle’s Ice Cream Parlor at the corner of Broadway and Nettleton. Doyle’s has been a fixture at that location since 1939.


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Painted wood chairs cast shadows in the early afternoon light, April 22, at the corner of Market and Olympic in Hillyard.


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Karrie Roberts, left, walks her llama “Sassy” around the block to meet Lee Ayars, center, and Candice Smith, Oct. 27, on the corner of 4th and Chestnut in the Hangman Valley neighborhood.


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A lipsticked-kissed broken window adorns the Palmistry Reading building on Sprague Avenue near Napa Street, May 28, in Spokane.


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Paul Schneider’s leghorn chicken watches the world pass by from a coop a couple of houses north of the corner of 40th and Dearborn, Sept 21, in Spokane.


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Tiger Scout James Cumming made his best attempt at tying his shoe laces as he tries to sell popcorn for a fund raiser in front of the Palouse Market, Oct. 3, on Main Street in Palouse, Wash.


Windstorm

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Tiar Atoi, 19, is tossed to the ground by high winds as he waits to catch a bus at STA Plaza, Nov. 17, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. The deadly storm, measured at 70 mph, killed two people and cause extensive damage to trees and homes.


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Jake Hines, of Capstone Construction, viws the damage a fallen tree caused at 4124 south Manito Boulevard, Nov. 21, in Spokane. The pine tree was blown down in the windstorm that hit the area on Nov. 17.


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Wearing a headlamp in her dark and powerless house, Shelly Aase embraces her dog Mattie Jo as they venture out from their home to view the wind damage on Upton near Milton, Nov. 20, in north Spokane, , Aase says the dog has been wrapped inside her coat for reassurance.


In Living Color

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Altocumulus cloud formations on Sept. 9, fill the morning sky looking to the east over Spokane’s north side.


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A lilac-colored bike, red barn and yellow sunflowers converge in a field, Sept. 3, near Ft. Collins, Colorado. Shot with a cell phone.


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A pair of ducks swim in the Spokane River through the colored reflections of the Chinese Lantern Festival, Sept. 26, in Riverfront Park


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Pat Bailey walks his dog Shelby along the paths in Manito Park’s Duncan Gardens, Aug. 19, 2015, in Spokane.


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Ron Newberry, of High Impact Graphics, displays a picture on his cell phone of his previous Seahawks window he painted at a local business. Newberry was working on finishing a Seahawks sign on the Dick’s storefront, Jan 21, at the Spokane Valley Mall.


It was a picture perfect setting for Spokane’s Dyllin Sloan, 18, left, Meg Perry, 17, center and Molly McKenzie, 17, as they have lunch in a sunflower field bursting with color at the corner of Glen-Grove Stale and Wallbridge, July 29, near Deer Park, Wash.

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