David Sean Brown was born and raised in Spokane Valley. Back in 2010, he joined Facebook and quickly made contact with people he'd gone to school with or shared interests with.
“I've always been interested in the history of Spokane and Spokane Valley,” said Brown over coffee at The Rocket Bakery on Argonne. And that's how he got the idea for the Facebook group: The History of Spokane Valley - 1960 to Present.
The Spokane Valley-based Coalition for Community Values has formed a task force that aims to limit access to all types of marijuana in Spokane Valley. City Council member Ed Pace asked city staff to look into regulations in Washington towns Wenatchee and Fife, which both have banned marijuana.
- at the Rocket Bakery on Argonne Road. I will be there around 9 a.m. and stick around until 10:30 a.m. Rumor has it we may get a visit from David Sean Brown who started and runs The History of Spokane Valley Facebook page. Stop by and say hello.
Since the story on Spokane Valley river rock homes ran on Sunday, we've had more than ten people register their rock home on the online map we provided. Don't be left out - submit your home today. In a week or so we will share the map with The Spokane Valley Heritage Museum. Photos can be uploaded with your entry, or you can send a photo with the home's address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Just as I was hitting my stride with the Tuesday meetings, we're having one on a Monday. Tonight's agenda includes a noxious weed board update and a public hearing on the shoreline master plan, as well as an executive session about a real estate purchase.
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Speaking of executive session: I am overdue for a coffee date in the Valley - how about the Rocket on Argonne Road, Thursday morning? I will be there around 9 a.m. - I'm easy to spot with my newspaper dog tag and laptop computer. Stop by and say hello and tell me a Valley story or two.
You may remember Shelly Clark as one of the organizers behind the protest that lead to Spokane Valley outlawing topless barristas about a year ago. Thursday night, Clark and the Coalition for Community Values called a meeting at CenterPlace to discuss the impact the legalization of marijuana may have on Valley children.
Just in time for the election, my colleague Jim Camden wrote a piece about how Spokane Valley has been rated the most centrist town in the United States by USA Today and the website Liveability.com
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Together with staff at The Spokane Valley Heritage Museum we are looking for homes in Spokane Valley constructed with river rock. The homes we are looking for don't have to be as elaborate as the original Vera Water Pump House above, but the front or another significant part of the house should be built using river rock (a river rock foundation is not going to make it). However, if you have a stretch of river rock wall or entrance pillars, we'd be curious about those too. Please email your name, address, year the home was built and a snapshot (if you have one) to email@example.com
Spokane Transit Authority is hosting a series of open houses asking the public for input on its long-range transit plan, Moving Forward. The first open house is Oct. 9 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Center Place, 2426 North Discovery Place. Valley residents are encouraged to show up and share their input on transit service today and in the future. Public input may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the STA Moving Forward Hotline at (509) 343-1659.
This evening's City Council meeting is a study session during which city staff will present research on current topics and issues facing the council. Tonight, we will hear about possible restrictions on truck parking in neighborhoods and get a briefing on proposed amendments to the Spokane Valley municipal code. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall - here's the agenda.
A city is made up from the people who live there. It’s the sum of their experiences, trials, joys, victories and everyday life that makes a community what it is. One reason why I spend so much time driving around Spokane Valley and drink so much coffee (I haven’t slept since I got on this beat…) is because I want to meet the people who live here - and I need your help.
The second week in Spokane Valley did not go quite as smoothly as the first one because the blog got a virus. Actually, I got a virus and was laid up for a day in the middle of the week, but hey, I still got some Valley miles in; 47 miles for those counting at home.
On Tuesday, I met the Valley Rotary Club at their regular meeting at Darcy’s Restaurant. Chris Cargill of the Washington Policy Center did an interesting presentation on policy development in the state and the upcoming election. Among many services and think tank initiatives the center runs WashingtonVotes.org – a website that lets you keep track of bills as they move through the Washington legislature. You can subscribe to email updates about bills you are following. I also got to talk to the Rotarians about the upcoming Rotary Men of Fashion show happening on Oct. 10 – story’s coming right up.
The Senate Law and Justice Committee will meet in Spokane City Council Chambers, 11707 E. Sprague Ave., on Oct. 2 from 1- 3 p.m. Chaired by Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, the committee will hold its regular work session here instead of in Olympia. On the agenda is: Electronic monitoring/home detention; habitual property offenders, subject of legislation introduced by Padden last year; sentencing options related to mental health/illness such as treatment instead of jail; patent trolling; proposed revisions to state law concerning Limited Liability Companies and the constitutional separation of powers between the legislative, judicial and executive branches of state government.
SCRAPS is hosting a special adoption event on Oct. 1 from 2-6 p.m. at the Spokane County Fairgrounds, featuring animals from the recent seizure near Deer Park. Up for adoption are: 60 rabbits, 14 roosters and two billy goats.
A $25 adoption fee is requested for rabbits; $10 for roosters and $50 for the billy goats. The adoption fee helps recover the cost of care and feeding of the animals during their holding period. Call SCRAPS at (509) 477-2532.
Fire investigators believe that the high number of brush fires spotted lately are the work of an arsonist. The fires are within Fire District 8 and there has been more than two dozen of them. Scott Maben wrote today's story on the fires - please keep an eye out for anything suspicious and call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233 with any reports. You can also contact Fire District 8 directly.
Here's your Monday afternoon blog update and a quick look ahead at the week to come. Remember, there's no Spokane Valley City Council meeting tomorrow, Sept. 30. the council will resume its regular meeting schedule with a study session on Oct. 7. At that meeting, city staff will present two ordinances aimed at regulating semi truck parking on residential streets. Look for a preview story about that issue in The Valley Voice on Oct. 2.
On Sept. 30, I will have lunch with the Rotary Club of Spokane Valley at noon. The group's fashion show is coming up on Oct. 10, so look for a story about that next week. I'm looking forward to meeting the good folks at Rotary and would be happy to come meet with your Spokane Valley based community group as well. Just shoot me an email at email@example.com
On Wednesday, Oct. 1, I will be at Forza Coffee Co. - 325 S. Sullivan Rd. - at around 9 a.m. for another round of Valley morning coffee. Please stop by and say hello and share a Spokane Valley story with me.
It's Friday at the end of my first official week on the Spokane Valley beat - what did I do? Well, I put 140 miles on my little car. I'm a spoiled woman, used to a 10 minute commute and the ability to walk to many of my assignments downtown, so that's a lot of miles for me.
I met the entire Valley City Council at the meeting I covered on Tuesday. I'm happy to say that everyone was really friendly and helpful.
The Spokane Valley City Council and dignitaries from around the area gathered on the shore of the Spokane River to kick off the Sullivan West Bridge Replacement Project, today at 3:30 p.m. The west bridge is the southbound part of the 60-year-old structure which is currently held together with temporary reinforcement. Before the ribbon cutting, Spokane Valley Mayor Dean Grafos told the gathering that bridge safety never was an issue but that replacement was badly needed. “This is one of the most vital pieces of Valley infrastructure,” Grafos said, adding that it’s a major north-south arterial. “More than 4,500 jobs depend on smooth flow of traffic on this bridge.”
The Spokane Valley Blog is touring coffee houses in the Valley and surrounding municipalities starting at Galaxy Grind, 12402 E. Saltese Rd., at 9 a.m. on Sept. 26. That's tomorrow. Feel free to stop by and say hello. The morning coffee dates will continue for the next couple of months as I get to know Spokane Valley in more detail. To keep updated, follow me on Twitter or like me on Facebook - and of course, read the blog. It's good for you.
It's not easy driving a big rig: In downtown Spokane they get jammed under railway overpasses and soon they may be restricted from parking on residential streets in Spokane Valley. The City Council has scheduled a study session on Oct. 7 to possibly adopt an ordinance restricting parking - read the story here.