Top Photos of 2013: Dan Pelle

December 23, 2013 10:10 a.m.  •  0 comments

These are just a few of the thousands of pictures I have taken capturing the lives and times of our community in 2013. I have been astounded by the love, courage and strength of people in our area. From the most visible athletes and city leaders making daily news to the quietest fleeting moment of our neighbors and friends, we strive to bring their human experiences to life in the Spokesman-Review’s pages and websites. Special thanks to Rogers High School football team trusting me throughout the season.

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Makyla Carney, 13, snuggles up close to her horse, Brymbo, before taking him into the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center area for a drill team practice, July 22, 2013 in Spokane, Wash. Carney and 38 other campers were participating in the three-day 4-H South Horse Camp.

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Neither snow nor rain nor a flock of ducks can prevent USPS city carrier Kristopher Krampert from the swift completion of his appointed rounds, Jan. 8, 2013, near the corner of 22nd and Manito Boulevard in Spokane, Wash. Over 60 mallards meandered the yard looking for a bite to eat. Krampert says he sees them often when delivering the mail. “They are used to me.”

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Leona Dick, 9, of Spokane, Wash., performs a Fancy Shawl Dance as part of the Spokane Tribe’s 5th Annual Heritage Day Celebration, Nov. 6, 2013, at the Spokane Fair & Expo Center. The girl is a member of the Strong Heart Dance Group. Visitors to the event were able to learn of the Tribe’s history and view a dugout canoe made by Wellpinit students.

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Students from Cataldo Catholic School form a conga line as they complete the second of two laps around Cannon Hill Park, Oct. 18, 2013, in Spokane Wash. Seventh and eighth graders ran one mile as part of a fitness test and to set goals for the year.

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Audrey Willey, 94, strikes the final notes of the classic song “Danny Boy” as she played piano for a Thanksgiving lunch gathering at the Southside Senior & Community Center, Nov. 19, 2013, in Spokane, Wash. Willey has some 200 songs she plays from memory. “I don’t have to carry music around. It’s in my computer,” she said as she pointed to her brain. She started playing at the center one year ago and prefers WWII-era songs, with the most requested being “In The Mood.”

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A flock of Canada geese fly past Rachel Rowley, Jenni Niemann and Amy Gates as they participate in a paddle board yoga class, July 18, 2013, in Lake Coeur d’Alene.

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Heels for HEALing race participants stab marshmallows in downtown Spokane, August 18, 2013, as part of a Women’s Stiletto Sprint to benefit the Women’s Heeling and Empowerment Network. Some 55 competitors participated in the benefit event with proceeds going to The Women’s Healing and Empowerment Network. WHE’s resources help survivors of domestic violence. Events for the day also included a costume contest, parade of shoes for auction and street dancing.

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Rick Young, right, kicks his heels just a little faster than Dusty Wetzler as they compete in the Heels for HEALing Men’s Stiletto Sprint, Aug. 18, 2013 on First Avenue in downtown Spokane, Wash.

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A family dog watches the world go by on a sunny fall afternoon from inside the living room of a home on the corner across from Audubon Park, Nov. 20, 2013, in Spokane, Wash. The house is on the corner of Audubon Street and Glass Avenue.

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Night falls over Riverfront Park, July 28, 2013 in Spokane, Wash., as crowds gather in the park to watch the Allegro Baroque and Beyond 35th Annual Royal Fireworks Concert.

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Fireworks light up the night sky at the conclusion of the Allegro Baroque and Beyond 35th Annual Royal Fireworks Concert, July 28, 2013 in Spokane’s Riverfront Park.

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May Vidmar, 91, hugs and kisses 100-year-old Harvey Schluter during his birthday celebration at the Hillside Inn, July 31, 2013 in Spokane, Wash. “Aunt May” sang a rendition of Happy Birthday and yodaled for him. His actual day of birth is on July 2, but the Hillside Inn was closed that day.

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May Vidmar, 91, who worked at amusement parks and the circus, reflects on her life after a birthday celebration at the Hillside Inn, July 31, 2013 in Spokane, Wash. Says Vidmar, “It makes me happy to make people happy.”

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The Montvale Hotel, which saw a few few flakes of snow on Thursday morning, Feb. 21, 2013, in downtown Spokane, Wash., could be headed for bankruptcy.

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Hoopfest players from the Tugboats and Gesundheit teams splash their way through a Hoopfest game in a parking lot, June 28, 2013, on a court at Spokane Falls and Stevens. Soaking rains did not deter some 27,000 participants from competing in the world’s largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

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Superman Nick Morlan, of the Marvels Rejects, launches a jump shot against Dunkk Dynasty June 29, 2013, on Washington Street during Hoopfest 24.

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Gonzaga’s coach Mark Few walks arm-in-arm with players Elias Harris and Kelly Olynyk, with Mike Hart trailing, after losing to Wichita State in their third round NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game, Thursday, March 23, 2013, at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Zags were ranked No. 1 in the country and had a No. 1 seed in the west for the tournament. Harris and Hart graduated, and Olynyk left school with one year left to play to join the NBA Boston Celtics.

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Spokane Chiefs Liam Stewart and Chiefs’ fans celebrate Stewart’s fourth goal of the season to tie the score 1-1 in the first period against Portland’s goalie Brendan Burke, Oct. 26, 2013, in the Spokane Arena.

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Aaliyah Johnson gets her first shot up over Gonzaga Prep’s Mary Hoffman in the opening moments of Thursday night’s game at Mead High School. Johnson missed the shot but the Panthers got the rebound and she attempted another but also missed. She was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, a rare neurological disorder caused by inflammation of the spinal cord and was the team’s manager. Coach Quantae Anderson ironed out the details to allow her to start the game and complete a dream of playing in a varsity game.

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Spokane Chiefs goalie Eric Williams uses his stick to deflect a point-blank shot by Dominic Zwerger for a save during the first period of the team’s Red-White game, Aug. 25, 2013 in the Spokane Arena.

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Gonzaga’s Drew Barham celebrates his 3-point shot against Wichita State in the second half of their third round NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game, Thursday, March 23, 2013, at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Zander Johnson, 8, of Lewiston, Idaho, gets a blast from a sprinkler as he makes his way down Riverside during Bloomsday 2013, May 4, in Spokane, Wash. The 7.45 mile race numbered some 47,000 participants.

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Washington State University coach Mike Leach mocks a quarterback after an incomplete pass during the Crimson and Gray Spring Football Game, April 20, 2013 at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane, Wash.

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Gonzaga’s Elias Harris and Drew Barham put the squeeze on Wichita State’s Carl Hall in their third round NCAA Divison 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game, March 23, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Shockers ousted the No. 1 Zags from the tournament.

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Spokane City Council District 3 candidate Candance Mumm explodes with excitement as she celebrates her winning 56 percent of the votes with, from left, campaign manager Nick Castrolang, husband Steve Mumm, and niece Morgan Armstrong, Aug, 6, 2013, at the Central Food building in Spokane’s Kendall Yards. Mumm also won in the general election against Mike Cannon to gain the council seat.

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Jundy Germack pauses with her camera at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake, Wash., to reflect at the gravesite of her husband, David Lee Germack, a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran who died in 2009. Judy is a school teacher at Lidgerwood and wanted to bring back photographs to her students. “This is a beautiful place to remember veterans,” says Judy.

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Ann Kaluza and her grandson, Connor Kaluza, morn the loss of their grandson and brother, Brendon Kaluza-Graham on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 after Brandon was shot on Monday morning by a homeowner as Brandon was driving a stolen car on Spokane’s north side.

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Spokane Police Honor Guard members Shaney Redmon and Mike McCasland, right, stand guard after Bishop Blase Cupich entered St. Aloysius Church for the Thomas Foley memorial, Nov. 1, 2013, in Spokane, Wash. Foley represented Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District and was speaker of the House.

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Rogers High School football coach Matt Miethe gathers his players at the stroke of midnight Aug. 21, 2013, to begin a short Midnight Madness practice under the stars on the school’s football field. They were the first team in the GSL to start practice. Rogers has not had a winning season since 1994. Miethe and his coaches, and players hope to change that this season.

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Rogers High School senior Cody Dodson takes the high road and Charles Smith the low route in bringing down Shadle Park’s Alvin Welch after a 25 yard pass reception and run during the season opener, Sept. 6, 2013, at Joe Albi Stadium.

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Rogers High School football player Jacob Meusy is consoled by cheerleader Kasandra Carter after the homecoming game against North Central, Sept. 20, 2013. “We go to practice. We work our butts off. We just want to win,” says Meusy. Rogers lost 28-21 and fell to 0-3 for the season.

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Rogers RB James Welty has his hair cut by his mother, Billie, late in the evening, Oct 24, 2013, after a day of early morning AFROTC drill team practice, school and then football practice. He needs a haircut every three weeks to meet AFROTC regulations. On the foreground table rests his player of the week knit hat, left, and his AFROTC shoes and uniform, right.

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Rogers player Jacob Meusy’s helmet shows a season’s worth of battle scars from the trenches for the Pirates. The senior plays both offensive and defensive line.

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Rogers junior Jessie Hegar, left, consoles distraught senior Jacob Meusy in the school’s locker room, Nov. 7, 2013 after the final game of the season. The Pirates lost to North Central 20-7 and finished with a record of 0-10.

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