Top photos of 2013: Kathy Plonka

December 19, 2013 12:00 a.m.  •  3 comments

It’s been an interesting year. I’ve laughed, cried and just stared in amazement. Here’s a sampling of my favorite pictures from 2013. Thanks, Kathy Plonka

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“I walk five miles a day,” said Rob MacKinnon as he braves the windy weather during his daily walk through his Post Falls neighborhood on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013.

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Ike BlackWolf of Pendelton, Oregon participates in the horse parade at Julyamsh Powwow in Post Falls, Idaho on Saturday, July 27, 2013.

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“Clowns can be scary,” said Shawn Byers, 9, of Coeur d’Alene as he paints his face during “clowning around” performing arts class at Hayden Meadows Elementary in Hayden, Idaho on Tuesday, July 30 2013. The class is part of Art on the Green’s Art Shop 2013.

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Spokane residents Olivia Nemac, 15, left and Ruby Falciani, 16, right share a laugh before the start of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Spokane on Sunday, April 21, 2013.

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This water lily is in full bloom on Fernan Lake near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho as cooler temperatures arrived on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.

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This juvenile osprey is nesting above Lake Coeur d’Alene on Saturday, July 13, 2013. North Idaho has the largest nesting population of osprey in the Western U.S.

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Fourteen-year-old Isaac Sanders, of Rathdrum, Idaho demonstrates a ballet move on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. He has been recruited by the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, Russia.

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This long toed salamander was caught in a small lake north of Priest Lake on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. The salamander is part of multi-species baseline initiative study in the Idaho Panhandle.

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Mullan volunteer fire fighter Jason Gribble tosses smoldering debris while putting out hot spots in the aftermath of The Silver Dollar Bar, and a conjoining miner’s union hall in Mullan, Idaho early Tuesday morning, May 14, 2013. Both structures were over 100 years old and completely destroyed.

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Coeur d’Alene resident Chris Moore decided to wear his Ironman mask while skiing Schweitzer Mountain on Thursday, April 4, 2013. Schweitzer Extended Ski Season through April 14, 2013.

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East Valleys Jacob Mehaffey (79 )ramps up the team during the game against Sandpoint at East Valley High School on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.

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Lake Stevens Ainsley Mattingly serves the ball duing the USA Volleyball Pacific Northwest Qualifier at the Spokane Convention Center on Friday, March 22, 2013.

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Fern frost forms on a car window at Hauser Lake on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. Window frost (also called fern frost or ice flowers) forms when a glass pane is exposed to very cold air on the outside and moderately moist air on the inside.

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University High girls soccer coach Megan Poulson, third right, tries to console members of the team as they retired the #9 jersey for McKenzie Mott during an assembly held at the school on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. University High School students McKenzie Mott and Josie Freier were killed in a car accident Saturday Oct. 5, 2013.

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” You have to roll with the punches,” said Hayden Lake resident Stacey Sprock as she prepares for a job interview on Oct. 29, 2012. Stacey has four children, each with special needs. She and her husband separated in 2008.

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Stacey Spock, center along with her children from left, Kendall,16, Kameryn,11, Kylynn, 5 and Kristian,13 look through posters at Hastings in Spokane Valley on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2013. Each child has a developmental disorder or life-changing condition.

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“Mornings are crazy,” said Stacey Sprock as she dresses her daughter, Kylynn Sprock-Parrett, 5, at their home in Hayden, Idaho on Nov. 9, 2012. Kylynn was diagnosed with Autism when she was three-years-old.

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Stacey Sprock waits patiently to feed her son Kameryn, 11, at their home in Hayden Lake, Idaho on Jan. 16, 2013. Kameryn’s condition leaves him vulnerable to uncontrollable spasms.

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“He gets obsessed with things,” said Stacey Sprock, left as she directs her son Kristian Sprock-Parrett, 13, away from cartoons at their home in Hayden on Nov. 9, 2012. Kristian was diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome when he was 12-years-old.

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Kendall Sprock-Parrett listens for tones during a hearing test at St. Joseph’s Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic in Post Falls on Dec. 7, 2012. Kendall was diagnosed with Cholesteatoma, a cyst located in the middle ear and skull bone. Kendall is deaf in his left ear and has lost half his hearing in his right.

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Kylynn Sprock-Parrett, 5, was diagnosed with Autism at the age of three. She works with a therapist at Superstars Occupational Therapy in Coeur d’Alene on Nov. 30, 2012.

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Stacey Sprock looks for a toy to comfort her crying daughter, Kylynn Sprock-Parrett, as Kylynn’s older brother, Kendall Sprock-Parrett, tries to calm her during a birthday dinner for their 13-year-old brother Kristian (not pictured) at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers in Coeur d’Alene on Nov. 14, 2012. Social situations are often difficult for Kylynn who suffers from Autism.

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Eleven-Year-old Kameryn Sprock-Parrett’s service dog Nestle, greets him before bedtime at their home in Hayden on Jan. 16, 2013. Kameryn was born with congenital hydrocephalus; commonly know as water on the brain.

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“I am not super woman, I am not super mom, I am not anything super special or super power, I’m a mom,” said Stacey Sprock as she carries her son Kameryn, 11, through their home in Hayden Lake on Jan. 16, 2013. “He’s my hero,” said Sprock about Kameryn.

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