Spokane Valley archive for Nov. 2010

TUESDAY, NOV. 30, 2010

Road and school closures

As you get ready to drive home, be extra careful. The scanner is humming with reports of cars sliding off the road and into ditches and snowbanks. If you're heading south from Spokane, a deputy has requested that Hatch Road be closed south of 57th...

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Central Valley boundary review hearing tomorrow

Just a reminder that the Central Valley School District is holding a boundary review public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Greenacres Elementary, 17915 E. Fourth. The hearing will go over the proposed attendance boundary for a new elementary school to be build at Mission...

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Mail theft and fire hydrants 

I've gotten a couple pleas for for Valley residents to follow some safety tips. The Spokane Valley Police Department is advising that thieves have broken into mailboxes at the Franciscan Apartments twice in the last month. Mail theft is often up this time of year...

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MONDAY, NOV. 29, 2010

Tis the Season

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas out there. Spokesman-Review photographer Bart Rayniak took this photo at Sprague and Sullivan while he was out and about this weekend. Is it just me or does it almost look like Santa is ready to pounce?

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Accident blocking at Trent and Starr

The Washington State Patrol is investigating a two car head on collision at Trent and Starr Road that is blocking traffic. Injuries are reported, but no further information is available yet. Plan to avoid the area. I'll update with more details when they are available.3:25...

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Last day for Planning Commission applications

Applications for the two vacancies on the city of Spokane Valley's Planning Commission are due by 4 p.m. today, so if it's something you have considered, now is the time. The commissioners make recommendations to the city council on zoning, municipal code and environmental issues....

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SCRAPS animal protection assistant Rachel Sayer sits with a dog  that was found  Nov. 19,  and brought into the shelter by a citizen. The dog had no chip, no license and no ID on its collar.  (J. BART RAYNIAK / The Spokesman-Review)

Saturday's highlights

SCRAPS animal protection assistant Rachel Sayer sits with a dog that was found Nov. 19 and brought into the shelter by a citizen. The dog had no microchip, no license and no ID on its collar.There was a lot to read in Saturday's Valley Voice,...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 26, 2010

Coming on Saturday

We've got a great lineup of stories coming in the Saturday Valley Voice that you can peruse while having a turkey omelet or turkey sandwich. The struggle of the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service to get pet owners to license their pets is not...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 25, 2010

Hutton  tree farm manager Ericka Clement and natural resources consultant Don Hyslop inspect  U-cut Christmas trees.   (J. BART RAYNIAK)

Thursday's highlights

We've got a couple interesting stories in today's Valley Voice for when you need to take a break from turkey and pumpkin pie. Starting Saturday you can head out to the Hutton Settlement off Upriver Drive and buy a u-cut or pre-cut Christmas tree for...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24, 2010

A few tidbits

A few schedule notes to report. The City of Spokane Valley will close its offices Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. The city will be open for business as usual on Monday, Nov. 29. Also remember that there will be no city council meeting...

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Ski Mor was a ski resort built by the Schafer family in the Chester Hills area near the end of 44th Avenue in the Spokane Valley. This photo was taken in the mid 1930’s. It had a nice lodge with a big fireplace, two ski jumps and a toboggan run. Photo courtesy Spokane Valley Heritage Museum (Photo courtesy Spokane Valley Heritage Museum / The Spokesman-Review)

Snowy history 

In honor of the white stuff currently on the ground, here' s a look back at the Ski Mor, a ski resort built by the Schafer family in the Chester Hills area near the end of 44th Avenue in the Spokane Valley. The photo was...

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Free pictures with Santa

Once we get through Thanksgiving it will be time to think about taking the kids to have their picture taken with Santa. Triple R Auctions will host "A Little Bit of Christmas" and offer free pictures with the jolly fellow on Friday, Saturday and Sunday....

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Stolen property found in Valley

Spokane Valley Police detectives got a search warrant for a storage unit at Secure-It Storage at 18815 E. Cataldo after learning that stolen property was being stored inside. On Monday police found stolen motorcycles, engines, transmissions and a trailer mounted generator worth $10,000 taken from...

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Thursday previews

The roads are all open, the kids are in school and it's really, really cold out there. That must mean it's time for previews of Thursday's Valley Voice.Some West Valley students had a unique opportunity recently to visit the Eastern Washington University science lab. The...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 23, 2010

School closures

Some school districts are already announcing that classes will be cancelled tomorrow because of the expected frigid weather and snow. You can check online for up to date school closure information. I'm sure students in the Liberty and Freeman School Districts are hoping for a...

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Roads opening up

(originally posted at 11:09 a.m.) The Washington State Patrol has announced a few road openings in the last few minutes. Highway 195 is now open in Whitman County. Highway 23 is now open between Harrington and Steptoe. I'll update the list as more are announced.11:36...

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Spokane Valley fugitives wanted

Crime Stoppers is offering cash rewards for two Spokane Valley residents who are wanted for violating the conditions of their probation. Anyone with information on their locations can call the Crime Stoppers tip line at (800) 222-TIPS or go online. Tipsters don't have to give...

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Winter weather

A whole bunch of roads in south Spokane County are closed because of blowing and drifting snow, but the one that probably impacts Valley residents the most is the closure of Highway 27 from Fairfield to Oakesdale. I also heard some reports earlier of three...

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MONDAY, NOV. 22, 2010

Saturday's highlights

I came in this afternoon to find an email inbox bursting with accident reports and pleas from local law enforcement agencies for drivers to slow down and be careful. It looks like it's going to get downright nasty tonight, so everyone drive slowly out there....

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FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010

Next week

All of the Spokane Valley City Council regulars (including me) will have to find something else to do on Tuesday nights for the next two weeks. There's no meeting next week because of Thanksgiving and on Nov. 30 there is no meeting because several council...

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Traffic alert

It looks like the intersection of Appleway and Barker will be closed off and on between 8 a.m. and noon Saturday for utility work. I'm sure traffic will be backed up in the area, so plan ahead and avoid it.I couldn't help noticing when I...

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This home in the 4300 block of North Harvard Road burned Nov. 8 after hot wood stove ashes were left next to a woodpile, which caught on fire and then spread the flames to the home.  (Photo courtesy Spokane Valley Fire Department)

Coming on Saturday

A home in the 4300 block of North Harvard Road was damaged by fire Nov. 8 when hot wood stove ashes caught a wood pile on fire and spread the flames to the home. Damages were estimated at $150,000. (Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire...

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Bob Mendenhall clears a snow drift from the entrance road to St. Joseph Catholic Cemetary off Trent Ave. in the Spokane Valley, Wash. Monday morning, Dec. 22, 2008.  "I guess even the dead have to have their sidewalks cleared off," he mused. (J. Bart Rayniak / The Spokesman-Review)

The white stuff

(top) Spokesman-Review photographer Bart Rayniak took this shot at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetary off Trent Ave. during the huge snowstorm in December 2008. (right) A look at Sprague and McDonald outside the SR valley office in December 2008. You wouldn't know it, but there's a...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 18, 2010

Attempted robbery near Pines and Sprague

An attempted robbery was just reported at the Medicine Hat Pharmacy at 12414 E. Sprague. A man came in and gave employees a note, but left without getting anything. The man was described as being in his 30's and wearing a camouflage bandana, green coat,...

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