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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15, 2010

Summary... 

The meeting is wrapping up and Mayor Verner summarized it this way: "Rest assured that we recognize and value this little corner of the city. What I'm hearing is for you to report, report, report and then have faith that we are listening. It's not...

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Business owners aim to protect reputation

Several business owners are upset with how and when media refer to Hillyard. One person said that when something good happens in Hillyard, the area is referred to as "Northeast Hillyard" - but when something bad happens, like the recent shooting at the Special K...

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Neighborhood "patrols"

One business owner talks about confronting two intruders on his property, cutting up steel and trying to steal his "stuff" out of a yard. This happened last night. He says he "kicked the guy's" behind, because he ended up in a wrestling match with the...

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Crime prevention measures

They are labor intensive, someone has to watch them all the time. The business owners in Hillyard have purchased ISP addresses so their camera feeds can be viewed at the COPS shop.SPD needs license plate numbers, times and dates. Descriptions of the people who show...

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Hillyard neighborhood resource officer Kim Thomas listens at meeting in Hillyard on 15/12/2010 (Pia Hallenberg)

SPD explains what it's doing already  

SPD: patrol officers in general run from disaster to disaster. The drug unit is not well equipped to deal with drug problems like the one in Hillyard. SPD says that you can't just throw a couple of officers out there in plain clothes and take...

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What's the problem?

Marv Peterson: "There is so much drug dealing and vandalism going on here. I was broken into. We know the people who did it but we can't do anything about it."Richard Burris: "We sometimes go out at night to keep an eye on things. There...

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Community members listen to SPD and Mayor Mary Verner and city officials at the Outlaw Cafe on 12/15/2010 (Pia Hallenberg)

It's a who's who in Hillyard right now

In response to a letter sent to City Hall and the Spokane Police Department in November, there's a community meeting going on right now at the Outlaw Cafe on Market Street. About 30 people are here - including council member Amber Waldreff, Mayor Mary Verner...

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MONDAY, DEC. 13, 2010

Hillyard Santa Clyde Decker is framed by TV reporters on the opening morning of his annual toy give-away on Dec. 13, 2010. Decker will be giving away donated toys to more than 3,000 kids. Bank of America's Hillyard branch is hosting the toy give-away and have lent Decker a vault for the toys in the basement. (Pia Hallenberg)

Santa Clyde got started today 

There was a line in the parking lot outside Bank of America's Hillyard branch even before it opened today. But people were not lined up to refinance their mortgages, they were lined up to get a toy for their children from Hillyard Santa, Clyde Decker.Bank...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 12, 2010

Lots of Hillyard meetings this week

The Greater Hillyard Business Association is meeting on Monday Dec. 12 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Outlaw Cafe located at 5012 N. Market Street. This is a special meeting about the utilities and maintenance payment plan for the Historic Hillyard Business District that's...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 10, 2010

Keep an eye out for your kids

Colleagues put together this story on a reported attempted child abduction this morning in Northeast Spokane, near East Euclid and North Atamont. Watch out for your kids, know which way they go to and from school and call Crime Check if you see anything unusual.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 9, 2010

Santas congregate in Hillyard

The Hillyard North Pole continues this weekend, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The North Pole is located at The River Church, 5201 N. Market Street - bring a food donation and get a deal...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8, 2010

Spokane blog meeting

The blog spent the morning at a blogger forum put on by LaunchPad at the Apple Store downtown. They were all there - DrinkNectar - SpoCool - Spokane Southie - Spokane Grapevine - and a whole bunch of other blogs from around town. This blog...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 3, 2010

Santa takes a break at the downtown Starbucks on Dec. 3, 2010 (Pia Hallenberg)

He's getting ready for the North Pole 

Walking through downtown I saw good old Santa taking a little break outside a coffee shop. He was reading the paper and enjoying what looked like a latte - I'm sure he's getting ready for the Hillyard North Pole this weekend.The North Pole, with shopping,...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 2, 2010

Be aware of phony door-to-door sales

The Spokane Sheriff's Department said Crime Check has received numerous reports of suspicious persons representing themselves as salesmen this week. Some say they are Comcast employees, but that may or may not be the case said a Comcast spokesperson. It's especially residents in Hillyard, Gleneden...

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SPD update on crime prevention

From Greater Hillyard Business Association's Luke Tolley:"I just got a call from SPD's Sgt. Tom Hendren, the officer who met with GHBA to discuss crime activity in downtown Hillyard.He let me know that last night they served warrants on two houses/apartments on Olympic, one just...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 1, 2010

Help the garbage crews

The City of Spokane Solid Waste Management Department is asking residents for assistance during these snowy days. Residential customers are asked to place their garbage carts and recycling bins in front of snow berms and clear of other obstacles. Commercial customers are asked to remove...

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Santa is coming to Hillyard this weekend

The Hillyard North Pole opens this weekend. This is the Hillyard shopping district's main Christmas celebration and it runs this weekend and next. The event will feature vendors, treats and a bake sale - as well as pictures with Santa, of course. Bring a canned...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 30, 2010


MONDAY, NOV. 29, 2010

Two pickups frame a completely covered car on East Queen, over the Thanksgiving weekend 2010 (Charles Hansen)

He's not going anywhere soon

Blog reader Charles Hansen sent in this photo from East Queen. The snow-covered car (the white bump in the middle) had been sitting there abandoned for some time when the plows came by.Writes Hansen: "Here is a picture of the only idiots that refused to...

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Keep the blog posted

Keep the Hillyard blog posted - photos and e-mails about street conditions and other snow related issues are very welcome. Send them to piah@spokesman.com and I'll list as many as I can. Look out for your neighbors in this nasty cold. The elderly are especially...

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Gary Taitch removes snow from a neighbor's driveway along South Cedar Street on Monday, Nov. 22, 2010. Taitch complained that snowplows berm in driveways and cover sidewalks, yet "they expect you to keep your sidewalks clear." (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Looks like plows will make it...

... just in time before the next storm hit tonight. If you are getting impatient you can check the progress of City plows at this link.Type in your address on the top of the snow plowing progress map to get a closer look at your...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 26, 2010

Clyde Decker wears his bright red Christmas shirt that reads “Hillyard Santa” on the front and “For The Kids” on the back, Friday as he shops for toys at Walgreens. “I love this store because they have such good deals,” said Decker.   (CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON / The Spokesman-Review)

Hillyard's Santa needs a hand

Here's a link to yesterday's story about Clyde Decker and the incredibly job he does every year, collecting Christmas presents for kids in Hillyard - he can always use more. And don't forget about the Hillyard North Pole - it's coming up on December 4...

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Pia Hallenberg
Pia Hallenberg joined The Spokesman-Review in 2004. She is currently a reporter for the City Desk covering Spokane Valley city hall and community news. She also writes news features about people and events.

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