Polar Bear Roll

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  • (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Kelli Youk and Crystal Kreager make snow angels after taking part in the Priest River Panthers’ Polar Plunge at the docks at Bonner Park West after the Special Olympic team’s event turned into a Polar Bear “roll.” Several dozen people turned out to take part in the annual fundraiser, which also included a chili cookoff and auction. For more photos, see Page 10.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Members and supporters of the Priest River Panthers Special Olympics team ready for the start of Saturday’s Polar Plunge.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Tiffany Simpkins and son, Chase, make their way down the hill during Saturday’s Polar Plunge event, a fundraiser for the Priest River Panthers Special Olympics.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Curtis Mullaley and Billy Mullaley auction off a Seahawks blanket at a fundraiser for the Priest River Panthers Special Olympics team.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) A young Polar Plunge participant readies to stand up after rolling down the hill.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Polar Plunge participants roll their way down the hill during Saturday’s fundraiser for the Priest River Panthers Special Olympics team.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) In addition to the polar bear plunge, the Priest River Panthers also held a chili cookoff and auction to raise money for travel to regional competitions. Pictured is Javon Schryver as he gets a bowl of chili. The chili contest was won by his mom, Shai Schryver.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Chase Simpkins runs down to the Priest River in his first Polar Plunge.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Michelle Schultz, local program coordinator for the Priest River Panthers Special Olympics team gets ready for Saturday’s Polar Plunge

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Polar Plunge participants have fun after rolling down the hill during Saturday’s fundraiser for the Priest River Panthers Special Olympics team. Originally, the group had planned to run into the Priest River but low water and solid ice made for a change of plans.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) A young Polar Plunge participant rolls her way down the hill during Saturday’s fundraiser for the Priest River Panthers Special Olympics team.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Young Polar Plunge participants wait for the start of Saturday’s fundraiser for the Priest River Panthers Special Olympics team.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Participants in Saturday’s Polar Plunge event wait for the signal to begin rolling down the hill. Originally participants were going to jump into the Priest River, but due to concerns over low water levels and safety due to ice, the event was converted into a roll.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) A young Polar Plunge participant carefully makes her way down to the shore of the Priest River so she could say she got to the water.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Billy Mullaley and Curtis Mullaley work to peak the interest of auction participants at Saturday’s fundraiser for the Priest River Panthers Special Olympics.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Priest River Panthers Special Olympics team members and supporters pose for a photo before the start of Saturday’s Polar Plunge. The plunge turned into a “roll” down the hill due to concerns about the water level and ice.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Participants in the Priest River Panthers’ Polar Plunge begin rolling down the hill at Bonner Park West after it was determined water levels were too low to jump into the Priest River.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Polar Plunge participants roll their way down the hill after the Priest River Panthers Special Olympics team’s fundraiser was turned into a “roll.”

  • (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Kelli Youk and Crystal Kreager make snow angels after taking part in the Priest River Panthers’ Polar Plunge at the docks at Bonner Park West after the Special Olympic team’s event turned into a Polar Bear “roll.” Several dozen people turned out to take part in the annual fundraiser, which also included a chili cookoff and auction. For more photos, see Page 10.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Members and supporters of the Priest River Panthers Special Olympics team ready for the start of Saturday’s Polar Plunge.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Tiffany Simpkins and son, Chase, make their way down the hill during Saturday’s Polar Plunge event, a fundraiser for the Priest River Panthers Special Olympics.

  • 3

    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Curtis Mullaley and Billy Mullaley auction off a Seahawks blanket at a fundraiser for the Priest River Panthers Special Olympics team.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) A young Polar Plunge participant readies to stand up after rolling down the hill.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Polar Plunge participants roll their way down the hill during Saturday’s fundraiser for the Priest River Panthers Special Olympics team.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) In addition to the polar bear plunge, the Priest River Panthers also held a chili cookoff and auction to raise money for travel to regional competitions. Pictured is Javon Schryver as he gets a bowl of chili. The chili contest was won by his mom, Shai Schryver.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Chase Simpkins runs down to the Priest River in his first Polar Plunge.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Michelle Schultz, local program coordinator for the Priest River Panthers Special Olympics team gets ready for Saturday’s Polar Plunge

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Polar Plunge participants have fun after rolling down the hill during Saturday’s fundraiser for the Priest River Panthers Special Olympics team. Originally, the group had planned to run into the Priest River but low water and solid ice made for a change of plans.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) A young Polar Plunge participant rolls her way down the hill during Saturday’s fundraiser for the Priest River Panthers Special Olympics team.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Young Polar Plunge participants wait for the start of Saturday’s fundraiser for the Priest River Panthers Special Olympics team.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Participants in Saturday’s Polar Plunge event wait for the signal to begin rolling down the hill. Originally participants were going to jump into the Priest River, but due to concerns over low water levels and safety due to ice, the event was converted into a roll.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) A young Polar Plunge participant carefully makes her way down to the shore of the Priest River so she could say she got to the water.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Billy Mullaley and Curtis Mullaley work to peak the interest of auction participants at Saturday’s fundraiser for the Priest River Panthers Special Olympics.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Priest River Panthers Special Olympics team members and supporters pose for a photo before the start of Saturday’s Polar Plunge. The plunge turned into a “roll” down the hill due to concerns about the water level and ice.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Participants in the Priest River Panthers’ Polar Plunge begin rolling down the hill at Bonner Park West after it was determined water levels were too low to jump into the Priest River.

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    (Photo by CAROLINE LOBSINGER) Polar Plunge participants roll their way down the hill after the Priest River Panthers Special Olympics team’s fundraiser was turned into a “roll.”

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