Year In Review: Photos by Young Kwak 

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It was an honor to cover our region once again in 2015 for Inlander readers. Just as with every other year, I'm grateful for the people I met, who told their stories and shared some time with me.
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Participants run into the water during the Polar Bear Plunge at Sanders Beach in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. Hundreds of people took part in this annual event. The air temperature was in the high teens while the water was about 40 degrees fahrenheit. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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(Clockwise from bottom) Brooke Grissom, Lauren Louden, Logan Shenkel Grace Barnes and Jeannie Husskison, perform a dance, "Your Story. My Story. Our Story", choreographed by Karla Parbon, during a Human Trafficking Candlelight Vigil at River Park Square in Spokane, Wash., Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. A couple of hundred people attended. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Owner/Artist Beth Swilling, top, tattoos coral and kelp onto customer Dakota Ross at Mom's Tattoo & Piercing in Spokane, Wash., Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Ric Gendron works on an untitled acrylic painting at his studio, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Head Baker Shaun Thompson Duffy, left, folds some sprouted quinoa and sunflower seed bread as bar Alissa Wilde folds a rustic artisan loaf at Bouzies Bakery, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Spokane Anarchy Wrestling’s Jesse “Mad Man” Mannson, right, and Spokane Anarchy Wrestling’s Jay “Trash” Mannson, center, kick Spokane Anarchy Wrestling’s Rook “Gladius” Kelly in the "battle royale" match during the Battle of Washington wrestling event, held at Swaxx, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Washington State University Spokane College of Nursing 2nd year BSN students, Emily-Anne Zajac, left, adminsters Tdap vaccine while Asami Bertelsmann, right, administers Meningococcal vaccine on 11 year old James Port, center, as his grandfather Nicholas Lown watches during a "Free Childhood Vaccination Clinic" event at Centennial Middle School, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in Spokane Valley, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Mark Solomon holds his 3 year old son Alex on the suspension bridge to view the Spokane River at Riverfront Park, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. This Winter, higher than average temperatures have resulted in high flows from snow melt, which more typical in Spring. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Fish Culturist T.J. Lebret feeds 2 month old Rainbow Trout at the Spokane Tribal Hatchery, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Wellpinit, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Robert Wynecoop, of the Spokane Tribe, dances during the 22nd Anniversary Powwow at the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel, Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Worley, Idaho. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Spokane Shock quarterback Jarrett Brown (16) dives in for a touchdown past Philadelphia Soul defensive back James Romain, left, and linebacker Joe Goosby (18) during the first half of an Arena Football League game at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Spokane Shock wide receiver Mike Washington (7) makes a touchdown catch against Philadelphia Soul defensive back LaRico Stevenson (23) during the first half of an Arena Football League game at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Carrie Thomson poses for a photograph holding a photograph of her son Ryan Holyk at E. Sprague Ave. and Vista Rd., Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Spokane Valley, Wash. This intersection is where a Spokane County Sheriff's deputy, driving at about 70 mph without his light or siren on, may or may not have struck and killed her son Ryan Holyk, who was riding his bicycle. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Ben Joyce paints "Manito Country Club", for an undisclosed commission, at his studio, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Larry Hankins, resident since January 2013, speaks with Inlander staff writer Lael Henterly, not pictured, at Father Bach Haven, an rental building for the chronically homeless, Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. Hankins had been homeless for 2 years before becoming a resident at Father Bach Haven. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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22 year old Central Washington University sophomore Ashley Garcia and other marchers walk on W. Riverside Ave. during an immigration reform march, Friday, May 1, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Jack Nisbet poses for a photograph by a ponderosa pine near the intersection of Latah Creek and the Spokane River, Friday, May 1, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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The Lilac Bloomsday Run is photographed, Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Mullen Road Elementary School first grade teacher Carolyn Soderquist applauds a speaker during a one day teacher walkout, at Riverfront Park, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. The Spokane Education Association, who represent Spokane Public Schools teachers, and separately, East Valley School District teachers voted to hold a one day walkout to protest a lack of legislative funding for education. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Aaron Ramsey, left, cheers as parade participants pass by during a pride parade, Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Riverfront Park is photographed from the Spokane Convention Center, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Hillsboro Hops infielder Nate Robertson, right, slides safely into second as Spokane Indians infielder Dylan Moore makes a catch during the third inning of a Class A Northwest League baseball game at Avista Stadium, Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Pedro Garcia, an H-2A visa worker from Zacatecas, Mexico, picks Skeena cherries at K.S. Orchards, Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Royal City, Wash. The H-2A visa program exists to allow U.S. companies to temporarily hire foreign nationals for seasonal agricultural work. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Co-owner Clarence "Cip" Paulsen III poses for a photograph in the mother marijuana plant room at Grow State, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. The plants in the mother room will clone new plants that will be allowed to flower. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Riders leave arrive at Saranac Commons during Bike Prom, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. Over one hundred people participated. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Westminster United Church of Christ pastor Andy CastroLang speaks during a "Rally to Strengthen Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance" in front of some of the over one thousand completed postcards supporting paid sick leave, at city hall, Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. Approximately 50 people attended the rally. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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The Royal Band, conducted b David Dutton, performs George Frideric Handel's "Musick for the Royal Fireworks, 1749, as fireworks are set off over Riverfront Park, during the Royal Fireworks Concert, Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Volunteer Erik Finman, left, from San Francisco, helps Kelsey Wheeler use an Oculus virtual reality headset during Future Frontiers Robotics Experience, a part of the Think Big Festival at the The Village at Riverstone, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Eagle Nest Ranch owner Ben Myren, from Colville, Wash., throws hay into a pen to feed one of his cows at the Spokane County Interstate Fair, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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18 year old Ashley Hanson, from Elk, Wash., walks her Hampshire Suffolk cross sheep Dale out of the competition ring after winning the overall market competition at the Spokane County Interstate Fair, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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The windmill gallery is photographed at the Spokane Chinese Lantern Festival, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Owner Almaz Ainuu poses for a photograph at Queen of Sheba, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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An order of Sautéed Sweetbreads and Parisian Gnocchi is photographed at Fleur de Sel, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, in Post Falls, Idaho. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Executive Chef Ian Wingate poses for a photograph at the Davenport Grand Hotel's Table 13 restaurant, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Artist Tara Steinmetz paints at her home studio, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Spokane Falls Community College Chorale Director and Music Teacher Nathan Lansing, second from the left, conducts the Spokane Falls Community College Symphony Orchestra while watching (left to right) Age of Nephilim guitarist Josh Rodriguez, drummer Devon Jensen and guitarist Matt Lefebvre perform in preparation for a live recording at the school's music building auditorium, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture Manager of Art @ Work Tammy Gabbert, left, holds a 7 foot LEGO® Minifigure, used as decor for Nature Connects: LEGO® Brick Sculptures, as Exhibit Preparatory John Richardson raises a lift during at the museum, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. The 7 foot LEGO® Minifigure was designed at the museum as generic characters, 3D printed at FMI-EPS, LCC, in Post Falls, ID, and then assembled by Richardson, once the parts were returned to the museum. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Crawdad Run's fiddler Kristi Hunker, left, and guitarist Jim Thomas, from Yakima, Wash., rehearse in the hallway during the 20th Annual Spokane Fall Folk Festival, held at Spokane Community College, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Flugelhorn player Michael Lenke, left, and vocalist/keyboard player Kari Marguerite, of Kari Marguerite and the Seventy-Six, perform at The Palomino, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Brandon Johnson uses a chain saw to clear a tree at his sisters house near E. 23rd Ave. and S. Garfield St., after a wind storm, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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A truck, crushed by a tree, sits on a residential driveway on E. Plateau Rd., after a wind storm, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Avista Utilities Line Foreman Shak Katzer watches Journeyman Lineworker Taylor Jacobs and Apprentice Lineworker Nate Thurston ground a line at the corner of E. 17th Ave. and S. Mt. Vernon St., Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. A major windstorm on Tuesday, Nov. 17 knocked out power to a majority of customers in Spokane and surrounding areas. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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City of Spokane Wastewater Management Laborer II Chad Omoto works with a crew to clear branches near N. Garfield St. and E. Plateau Rd., a week after a major windstorm that resulted in the loss of power for an estimated 180,000 utility customers, in Spokane, Wash, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. With the assistance of utility crews from Northern California to Canada to Montana, service was restored to most utility customers in Spokane. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Alex Cavanagh removes a snow berm around his vehicle after the snow was plowed on his street, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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The view from Edwidge Woldson Park shows a blanket of snow over Spokane, Wash., Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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6 year old Connor Anderson takes a jump off a hill while sledding at Franklin Elementary School, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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Participants run into the water during the Polar Bear Plunge at Sanders Beach in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. Hundreds of people took part in this annual event. The air temperature was in the high teens while the water was about 40 degrees fahrenheit. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)