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Kathy Plonka: Favorite Photos 2015

The devastating death of Sgt. Greg Moore, the loving relationship between a father and son and some crazy Seahawks fans created a year that was both heartbreaking and beautiful. Here are a few frames from 2015. Thanks for letting me in.

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Refugee Day

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Ram Gurung, 84 attended World Refugee Day at Manito Park in Spokane on Saturday, June 20, 2015. She is from Bhutan, a landlocked country in South Asia at the eastern end of the Himalayas.


Bayview Fire

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“This is terrible,” said Brian Mock as he used a garden hose to dampen the bushes in front of cabins at MacDonald’s Hudson Bay Resort in Bayview on Monday, July 6, 2014. A fire broke out in Bayview on Sunday burning more than 2,000 acres so far.


Vacation Bible School

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Six-year-old Ronan Tweedy, center tries to tag out Jada Huffman, 7, and Walter Bennett while holding onto Atticus Tweedy, 5, far left and Joseph Perry, 10 second from left, during Vacation Bible School at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Rathdrum on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. This yearís theme is Everest: Conquering Challenges With God’s Mighty Power.


She’s 101 Years Old

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101-year-old Betty Hollingsworth enjoyed her birthday celebration at The McGrane Center’s Henry Heyn Adult Day Center Coeur d’Alene on Friday, February, 27, 2015.


The Andrew Sisters Revisited

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Winton Elementary 5th graders from left Juliana Ragan, Chloe Windsor and Paisley Ganske waited backstage for their turn to perform as the Andrew Sisters during the Pearl Harbor/Veteran’s assembly at the school in Coeur d’Alene on Monday, December 7, 2015.


MY Game

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Morris Anderson’s tattoo signifies his love for family and basketball. He is from Federal Way, Washington and was in Spokane on Saturday, June 27, 2015 for Hoopfest three-on-three basketball tournament .


Civil Rights Activist

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Legendary human rights activist, James Meredith, visited the Human Rights Educational Institute in Coeur d’Alene on Friday, October 16, 2015. It was Meredith’s attempt at enrolling at the University of Mississippi in 1962 that set off the riots that resulted in two dead, hundreds wounded and many arrested - as well as 31K national guardsmen sent in to enforce order. He is speaking at North Idaho Community College Oct. 16, followed by visits to University of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College.


Sheltered

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“I was homeless,” said Kayletta Thomas of Collins Apartments in Spokane on Monday, March 30 2015. The Collins building project is funded by the city to help the chronically homeless. After years of shelter programs that emphasized requirments for sobriety a following rules, government and non-profit officials are emphasizing housing first-give people a place to live first, do all you can to keep them safe and sheltered, and take on contributing problems from there.


Fallen Officer

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“He’s still very critical, still fighting for his life,” said police Sgt. Christie Wood Coeur d’Alene Police Department, center while she and Stu Miller of the Kootenai County Sherriff’s office answered questions following a police involved shooting on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore was shot once around 1:30 a.m. after checking on a suspicious individual in the 2800 block of West Wilbur in Coeur d’Alene.


Fallen Officer

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Flowers and notes continued to multiply on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at the site where Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore was shot on Tuesday morning.


Fallen Officer

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“Mrs. Moore is my teacher,” said Maya Averill, 9, during the candlelight vigil for Sgt. Greg Moore a 16-year veteran of the Coeur d’Alene Police Department who was shot about 1:35 a.m. in the 2800 block of Wilbur Avenue in northwest Coeur d’Alene.


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Kootenai County Fire fighter Ian Deland placed his hand over his heart as the motorcade of police vehicles escorting the body of Sgt. Greg Moore drove under the Idaho Street overpass in Post Falls on Thursday, May 7, 2015.


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“He was my friend,” said Sunshine Smith to her son Stuart Cornelsen, 4, as they visited the site on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 where Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore was shot on Tuesday morning.


Fallen Officer

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A motorcade of police vehicles pass under the Idaho Street overpass in Post Falls escorting the body of Sgt. Greg Moore Thursday, May 7, 2015. The Coeur d’Alene Police officer’s remains were being returned to Idaho for Saturday’s funeral following an autopsy.


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Coeur d’Alene patrol officer Jake Pleger gets a hug from Sgt. Christie Wood before the start of the funeral service for Sgt. Greg Moore at Lake City High School in Coeur d’Alene on Saturday, May 9, 2015.


Fallen Officer

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Officers stand at attention during the funeral service for slain Coeur d’Alene Police Officer Sgt. Greg Moore at Lake City High School on Saturday, May 9, 2015.


Fallen Officer

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The flag is reflected in the balcony area before the start of the funeral service for Sgt. Greg Moore at Lake City High School on Saturday, May 9, 2015.


Fallen Officer

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Officers salute during the funeral service for Sgt. Greg Moore at Lake City High School on Saturday, May 9, 2015.


Fallen Officer

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Coeur d’Alene Police officers were the pallbearers for the funeral service for Sgt. Greg Moore at Lake City High School in Coeur d’Alene on Saturday, May 9, 2015.


Fallen Officer

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Jonathan Renfro, who is suspected of shooting Coeur d’Alene police Sgt. Greg Moore early this morning made his first appearance in courtroom #12 at the Kootenai County Jail on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.


Family Values

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Bus driver Mike MacDonald, of Tesh Vocational Center, left watches through the window as Blane Gilbreath, center, waits for his dad to open the door of their Post Falls home on May 19, 2015. Blane has been going to Tesh Vocational Center, a local nonprofit that helps people with disabilities with employment and independent living for over 25 years.


Family Values

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“I lost one son and gained anther, I love them both,” said Sonny Gilbreath as he brushed his son’s hair at their home in Post Falls on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Blane Gilbreath, 46, suffered severe head injuries in a car accident in 1986. At 71-years-old Sonny is Blane’s sole caregiver.


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Blane Gilbreath pauses to listen to instruction while working at Tesh Vocational Center, a local nonprofit that helps people with disabilities with employment and independent living in Coeur d’Alene on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. He lost his sight after a seizure due to complications from head injuries sustained from a car accident in 1986. He was 17 years old.


Family Values

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Blane Gilbreath is led through Tesh Vocational Center, a local nonprofit that helps people with disabilities with employment and independent living by his friend Bob McRae on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Blane lost his sight after a seizure due to complications from head injuries sustained from a car accident in 1986. He was 17 years old.


Family Values

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Blane Gilbreath’s lunch is packed and ready on June 17, 2015. Blane, 46, suffered severe head injuries from a car accident in 1986. Blane spends Monday-Friday at Tesh Vocational Center, a local nonprofit that helps people with disabilities with employment and independent living. His father Sonny packs his lunch for him every morning.


Family Values

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Blane Gilbreath assembles tree plugs at Tesh Vocational Center, a local nonprofit that helps people with disabilities with employment and independent living in Coeur d’Alene on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. He’s been working and taking classes at TESH for 26 years.


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Blane Gilbreath, front, takes a moment to let a headache pass while working at Tesh Vocational Center, a local nonprofit that helps people with disabilities with employment and independent living on June 16, 2015. Frequent headaches still occur due to a car accident in 1986.


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Blane and Sonny Gilbreath, hold hands during prayer before dinner with friends at their house in Post Falls on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. “The first word he said after the accident was stop, the second word was Jesus,” said Sonny about his son Blane. He suffered severe head injuries in a car accident in 1986.


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Blane Gilbreath sips his coffee while watching a religious television show at his home on Wednesday July 1, 2015. He was 17 years old when suffered severe head injuries in a car accident in 1986. He and his father Sonny host a weekly Bible study at their home.


Family Values

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“He’s worse than Elaine on Seinfeld,” said Sonny Gilbreath, left as his son Blane Gilbreath danced to Linda Ronstadt in a shop on their property in Post Falls on Monday, July 20th 2015. Blane suffered severe head injuries in a car accident in 1986.


12th Man

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The Seahawks 12 man emblem shined through the fog at Riverfront Park clock tower in Spokane on Thursday, January 29, 2015. The Seahawks are set to take on the Patriots for a run at back-to-back Super bowl wins.


12th Man

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“I’ve been a fan since I was a kid,” said Lee Powers about the Seattle Seahawks during a visit to Brews Brothers cafe in Spokane on Thursday, January 29, 2015.


12th Man

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Busses near STA Plaza displayed support for the Seahawks in Spokane on Thursday, January 29, 2015.


12th Man

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“I love the Seattle teams,” said Barbara Mellon as she waited for a bus at STA Plaza in Spokane on Thursday, January 29, 2015.


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This 12th man poster was on display in the window of a home on West Sinto in Spokane on Thursday, January 29, 2015.


12th Man

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These Seahawk “Power” rings were for sale at Party Palace in Spokane on Thursday, January 29, 2015.


12th Man

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The Happy Time Bar is in Spokane was painted up and ready on Thursday January 29, 2015 to cheer on the Seahawks.


12th Man

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Students from Wilson Elementary showed their Seahawk pride in the form of 12 man in Spokane on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.The school has temporarily renamed themselves as “Russell” Wilson Elementary.


12th Man

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Spokane showed that you don’t have to be from Seattle to love the Seahawks. From busses to homes, blue and green dominated. Photos shot with an iPhone in the Hipstamatic app. Kindergartner Britta Kimball, center, along with the entire student body at Wilson Elementary School showed their Seahawk pride in Spokane on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.The school has temporarily renamed themselves as “Russell” Wilson Elementary.

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