I have the privilege to watch, through my camera’s viewfinder, many significant and minor happenings in the Spokane area and share them with the readers of the Spokesman-Review. Here are some of my favorite photos from 2015.
Eastern Washington standout receiver Cooper Kupp, right, scampers for a few more yards while stiff-arming Northern Arizona’s Eddie Horn (7) in the first half Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 at EWU’s Roos Field. The Lumberjack’s handled the Eagles 52-30.
Lewis and Clark’s Leo Haghighi, left, makes a diving catch past the outstretched arms of Mead’s Beau Skinner for the first score of the game Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 at Joe Albi Stadium.
Gonzaga Prep’s Mia Padon celebrates after shooting a successful final shot in the shootout to win over Central Valley in the GSL match-up Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 at Gonzaga Preparatory School.
Gonzaga Preps’ Maggie Davidson makes a full-extension diving pickup of a hard hit ball, only to have it return to the net and get slammed by a Mead hitter Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 at Gprep.
Gonzaga Prep QB Liam Bell looks for a place to land after vaulting over a defender on a keeper play Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 at Gonzaga Prep’s field.
Michele and John Barron stand quietly after laying a paving stone inscribed with their son’s name in the walkway surrounding the new memorial outside the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. Josh Barron, a U.S. Marine, was killed in the crash of a V-22 Osprey aircraft in Hawai’i in May 2015.
Central Valley lineman Scott Peck, left, swings over the discourage North Central’s Jake Healy (22), right, from pursuing running back Braedon Orrino, center, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 at Joe Albi Stadium.
Lewis and Clark’s Adam Thompson (on the ground) falls backwards into the endzone for a touchdown against North Central and looks to the ref for the call in the first half Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 at Joe Albi Stadium.
Mead’s Cody Connall (20), second from right, lays an obvious facemask grab against Southridge’s QB Mason Martin (7) late in the first half in the non-league game at Joe Albi Stadium Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015.
A runner spashes into a mud bog off an inflatable water slide Saturday, July 18, 2015 on the course of the Dirty Dash at Riverside ORV Park off Seven Mile Rd. northwest of Spokane. The annual muddy fun run draws thousands of participants, mainly in large groups of friends or family.
Graham Carnagey, 5, with the encouragement of his mother Laura Carnagey, right, struggles to make any sound at all on the trumpet Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 at Spark Center, an art and meeting space in the Kendall Yards development. The Spokane Symphony sponsored the musical “petting zoo” to let kids try wind, brass, string and percussion instruments.
Baseball great George Brett walks out of the Pioneer League dugout to shake hands with Mike Redmon Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 before the All-Star Game at Avista Stadium where the Northwest League all-stars took on the standouts of the Pioneer league in the first ever unified all-star game in Spokane. Brett, brother of owner Bobby Brett, served as honorary manager of the Pioneer League and Redmon served the Northwest League team.
Matt Van Vleet, who lives on 18th Ave., east of Bernard St. on the South Hill, surveys the damage to his garage and two cars from a neighbor’s tree Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Another car not shown, a Subaru, was purchased only a week ago.
Randy Shaw, right, holds up a gag gift from comedian Ken Martin, left, at the retirement roast for the veteran TV anchor at the Bing Crosby Theater Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. Martin said the gift was made for the retirement of “Spokane’s most famous news man.”
Andrew Stich, right, of the Community Colleges of Spokane grits his teetch and edges Lane Community College’s Josh Rambert, left, at the line to win the 400m hurdles Tuesday, May 19, 2015 during the NWAC Track and Field Championships at Spokane Falls Community College.
Maryland’s Lexie Brown, left, and A’lexus Harrison, right, beat Andraya Carter, center, of the Tennessee Lady Vols to the loose ball on their way to beating the Vols 58-48 to claim a spot in the Final Four Monday, Mar. 30, 2015 at the Spokane Arena.
Skydiving instructor Rogers Stack stands in the doorway of the airplane with his client, Lisa Rivera of Richland, just before leaping out of the airplane on a tandem dive more than two miles above Ritzville, Washington Thursday, June 25, 2015. Stack works for West Plains Skydiving, which is based on a tiny air strip near Ritzville.
Erica Williamson (running) of The Bitters, from Perry St. Brewing Co., returns to second base to tag up after shortstop Alex Moe of The Runs catches a fly ball and falls to the ground at Grant Park during a game of kickball Sunday, July 13, 2015. A league of several teams plays adult kickball through the summer at Grant Park.
Ross Welburn of Hayden rides his shark cycle in the parade at Kinetic Fest, a daylong celebration of moving sculpture and human-powered transportation Saturday at the Riverstone development in Coeur d’Alene Sunday, July 12. Welburn created the frame from wood and plastic pipe and covered it with plastic.
WWII veteran Bob Beshore pauses for a photo in front of a B-24 Liberator at Spokane International Airport Monday, June 29, 2015. Three WWII aircraft, a B-24, a B-17 and a P-51 Mustang stopped in Spokane as part of the Wings of Freedom tour by the Collings Foundation, non-profit educational foundation. Beshore, 91, was a bombadier who participated in only three missions in the South Pacific before the Japanese surrendered.
With an expansive view of Saltese Flats, Peter Dunau, left, rides a cable to meet up with other zipliners at a platform high in a pine tree at Mica Moon Zip tours Wednesday, June 3, 2015. The recently opened attraction is situated on the side of Mica Peak, taking guests through pine forests, groves of aspens and over a wide valley.
A Homeland Security officer explains to Anthony Bosworth, center, and a crowd of protesters that they cannot walk onto the plaza in front of the Federal Building with their guns because of a judge’s order banning firearms Friday, Mar. 6, 2015. Bosworth was arrested for open carry of a firearm in the plaza recently and came back Friday with likeminded protesters. Minutes later, Bosworth walked into the plaza anyway and protesters followed.
A group of tom turkeys puff up and strut with a flock of hens on 17th Ave. on Spokane’s South Hill Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. The flock slowed, and occasionally stopped, morning commuter traffic on Bernard St.
After tree crews cleaned most of the downed trees from the Nov. 17 windstorm on S. Arthur St. between 27th and 28th Ave. the lines and broken poles await repair on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 . JESSE TINSLEY firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Aripa, right, shoots video of his mother, Barb Aripa, talk about Lucy Covington, who passed away in 1982, and her legacy Tuesday, Nov. 24 t the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. At left is Keller Condon. Covington, an Indian activist and educator who died in 1982, is considered a hero to the people of the Colville tribes.
Neighbors survey downed powerlines caused by falling trees along Arthur St. on Spokane’s South Hill Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, the day after a record-setting wind storm caused widespread power outages and traffic problems caused by falling trees.
Lummi Nation Blackhawk fans cheer in the closing moments of their 54-33 win over the Neah Bay Red Devils Saturday, Mar. 7, 2015 at the Spokane Arena. Freddie Lane waves a ceremonial paddle. “We’re a canoe people,” said Lane. “So are the Makah people (of Neah Bay),” says a reporter. “But ours are faster,” said another man. “Look at the score.”
Wacey Loe rides a snowskate, a broad skateboard deck mounted on a fat, short ski, off a jump at Silver Mountain Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. They are becoming popular with skateboard-oriented snow hounds and snowboarders bored with boards and bindings.
Greg Jensen stands and salutes as “Taps” is played nearby during military honors offered at the chapel nearby Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake. Jensen, a Vietnam era veteran of the Air Force, goes to the cemetery almost every day with his lawn chair and a Bible to visit the grave of his late wife, Estrella. They were married 42 years. “It’s been sixteen months and I miss her every day.”
Meghan Long, center, of Ferris High School is surprised as she is announced as the 2015 Lilac Festival Queen Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at the Bing Crosby Theater. At left is Jami Pratt of Freeman and at right is Bailyn Piecewicz of Mt. Spokane.
Third-graders Kalae Rockford, left, and J.J. Moore laugh in surprise as water tension is broken by adding liquid soap, causing their “dome” of water droplets to break down and run off the surface of a penny Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 at Westview Elementary. Kids in Spokane Schools will have their day extended by 30 minutes next year, with most schools planning to use the extra time for science education.
Certified Medical Assistants Rhonda James, left, and Tina Scotti, right, give six immunizations in quick succession to 14-month-old Qwilleran Galligan while his mother Maranda Galligan comforts the toddler at the CHAS clinic in North Spokane Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015.