KiDDS Dental promotes healthy teeth, fun times

KiDDS Dental has been a pillar in the Liberty Lake community since they opened their doors almost seven years ago. Since then, their scope has gone beyond the small town as people from all over the Spokane and Northern Idaho areas, even the western side of Washington, bring their kids to see Dr. Jared Evans for dental care.

Utah native Dr. Jared Evans is the proprietor of a pediatric dental practice in Liberty Lake called KiDDS Dental.

Utah native Dr. Jared Evans is the proprietor of a pediatric dental practice in Liberty Lake called KiDDS Dental.

Dr. Jared – as his patients call him – is originally from Utah, but his wife and official business manager Brandie, hails from Idaho Falls. After dental school at Nova Southeastern University in Florida and an additional two-year pediatric dental residency, they settled in Liberty Lake.

Dr. Jared chose pediatric dentistry as a specialty because of the advice of his academic leaders. His involvement in community events included a lot of work with families and it seemed to be a natural fit for him. That foundation of community involvement has carried over into his practice.

As the dental office manager, Brandie is constantly thinking of ways to give back to their clients and be an active part of the community. Whether it’s renting out an entire... Read Full Story →

Farmers Markets make triumphant return to sites across region

It’s Farmer’s Market season at last in the Inland Northwest. Fresh produce, locally cultivated meats, breads, craft items and prepared foods are available at an open air market near you. Not sure where to find your local farmers market? Here’s a quick guide you can reference throughout the season. Most sites also accept coupons through the Women’s, Infants and Children’s (WIC) program and provide discounts for low-income seniors through the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition program. To learn more, visit

The Liberty Lake Farmers Market is one of many open air markets throughout the Inland Northwest specializing in locally grown produce, homemade crafts, artisan breads and other unique products. File Photo.

1st & College, Cheney, WA
Dates and times:
Every Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the first and third Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m..
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Corner of Main and Astor, Colville, WA
Dates and times:
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 1 through Oct. 30
For more information:
Call Ken Anderson (509) 738-2261

Kootenai County
Location #1:
Corner of Prairie and Highway 95
Dates and times:
Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 1 to October 23.

Location #2:
5th Street between Sherman & Front, downtown Coeur d’Alene
Dates and times:
Wednesday nights from 4 to 7 p.m.

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Spokane Valley empty nester enjoys new career

Cheryl Boisen worked in a myriad of interesting part time jobs while raising her children in Spokane Valley, but she never really had a career.

As an avid skier and sports enthusiast, she enjoyed working at Lulu’s Ski Shop for 12 years where her employer would work around her busy “mom” schedule. She also worked as a ski instructor while her kids hit the slopes or were at school. She coached softball at one point and worked at Carver Farms for a while. But raising her kids and supporting her husband in his career was always top priority – until all the kids left home 10 years ago.

Cheryl and her husband Erick, retired from the Spokane Valley Fire Department, raised their four kids in Spokane. Cheryl was born and raised in Southern California and moved here when she married her husband, a Spokane native, over 40 years ago. When their nest was finally empty, Cheryl missed the kids, but not for long.

Pictured: Cheryl Boisen. Submitted Photo.

She felt sad when that first football season started because she missed taking her girls to buy their homecoming dresses. She missed going to see the football games. “But then I got over it,” she said. “I knew this next phase of my life was going to be a great adventure for me and for my kids.”


Liberty Lake painter inspires generations at The Art Chalet

When Annette Carter of the Liberty Lake Ward in the Spokane Valley Stake speaks of the many students she has taught over the years, her eyes take on the glow of a Monet landscape.

Annette Carter sets up for an art show displaying work by students of her adult watercolor class at The Art Chalet in Liberty Lake. Photo by Tanya Smith.

Carter’s walls are covered with mementos and thank you notes from grateful protege’s, among them a published artist and several college scholarship winners. You can tell she not only enjoys creating beautiful art, she loves making a difference in the lives of others.


The 5 Browns bring a slice of Hollywood to Spokane

While the 5 Browns’ latest concert tour may include stops like Spokane and Opelika, Ala., the quintet of virtuosic piano prodigies and siblings are excited about the recent release of an album that is all Hollywood.

The 5 Browns from left to right: Melody, Gregory, Desirae, Deondra and Ryan. Contributed Photo.

Inspired by some of Hollywood’s leading films and scores, “The 5 Browns in Hollywood” meshes the worlds of classical music and cinema with arrangements representing a diverse collection of world famous films that range from classics such as “The Wizard of Oz” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” to the more recent features like “The Hours.”

“We grew up watching classic movies,” says Desirae, the oldest Brown. “We all know the lyrics word for word. Many of them are songs from childhood that are dear to our hearts so creating this album was very personal and fun.”

Her sister Melody agrees, adding that “the reason this album is so fun to listen to is because you’ve heard the film music so often, but now it’s being performed in a totally new way.”

The Juilliard trained sibling team will be performing selections from their new album live in concert with the Spokane Symphony at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox on May 14.

The 5 Browns – Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae were born in Houston and raised in Alpine, Utah and have been playing the piano since early childhood. When Desirae began to plan for... Read Full Story →

Gonzaga professor studies successful marriage relationships

Mark Young always wanted to work with people, but it wasn’t until he saw his wife, Cami, working as a recreational therapist that he started thinking about working with families and couples.

Once he started his graduate work at Idaho State University he found his niche working with couples and specializing in marriage counseling.

Five years ago Young, a member of the Liberty Lake Ward in the Spokane Valley Stake, arrived in Spokane to run the graduate program in counseling at Eastern Washington University. In 2008 he transferred to Gonzaga University where he currently works as the director of the new Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling program. Much of his work includes research of healthy couple relationships and why they work.

Mark Young and his family on one of their many family outings. Contributed Photo.

His research places a significant degree of emphasis on how an individual sees themselves and others; believing that perceptions influence what we expect and then how we interact.


Valley mom balances motherhood with musical career

In many ways, Misti Moberly of the Belle Terre Ward in the Spokane East Stake embodies the biblical “virtuous woman” as described in Proverbs 31. She stays home to raise her young children. She supports her husband in his career and church callings. She grows a large garden, preserves the food for her family’s use, is a thrifty shopper, skilled seamstress and gourmet cook – not to mention the fact that she’s handy with a hammer and a paintbrush.

Misti Moberly attends the Belle Terre Ward in the Spokane East Stake. Contributed Photo.

In addition to all this, she still finds time to share her passion for music and wonderful vocal talent with the community.

Aside from being the choir director in her ward, Misti teaches private lessons in her home and a voice class for the Christian Youth Theater in North Spokane. She’s also working with several other talented women in her stake in preparation for a classical music recital this March entitled “Come to the Garden of Music.”

Fresh out of college with her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Boise State University, Misti was struggling to find a place for music in her busy life as a wife and mother when she and her husband, Paul, moved to Spokane a year and a half ago.

“I missed the music scene desperately,” she said.

Luckily, Joyce Hawkins, a talented pianist in her ward, encouraged her and three other professional vocalists to work together toward a concert that would allow themselves to grow musically.

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Missoula mom finds success with vinyl lettering

Missoula stay-at-home mom Heather Burnham had been looking for a way to make a little extra cash since her husband is a full-time student and unable to find part-time work these days. Fluent in Spanish as a second language and a skilled American Sign Language interpreter, Burnham did not want to leave home to join the workforce because staying at home to raise her kids herself was just too important.

Many moms in similar situations have turned to their hobbies to make a little extra income from home but Burnham, a member of the Missoula Third Ward in the Missoula, Mont. Stake, admits she’s not very “crafty”. “I can sew but not well enough to turn a profit,” she said.

A couple years ago Heather was introduced to vinyl lettering. She loved it because she could decorate her “rental white” apartment walls without damaging them. When she heard about so-and-so’s sister or friend who produced vinyl decals from home she thought it was something she could do.


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