Spokane Valley archive for April 2011

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011

Coming on Saturday

Here's a quick look at what is coming in the Valley Voice on Saturday. There have been some unexpected changes to the Liberty Lake Police Department and I'll take a look at what is next. Citizens in Millwood who have been trying to save the...

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Clean out your medicine cabinet

Many of us have half full bottles of prescription drugs in our cabinets and bathrooms simply because we don't know how to dispose of the leftovers when we no longer need to take the medicine. Get those plastic bags ready, because there's a solution. On...

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The circus is in town 

Jennifer Thomas, an elephant trainer for TZ Productions, hands out bread treats to her Asian elephants Marie, 30, left, and Shelly, 31, during preparations for the Shrine Circus at the Spokane Valley Mall in 2010. SR photo/Dan Pelle You may have noticed a huge tent...

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East Valley to declare emergency

The East Valley School District board of directors has called a special meeting for 1 p.m. today to declare a fiscal emergency. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be at the Administration building at 12325 E. Grace. This is the district's first...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011

Let's play!

This pup looks so happy and friendly; I swear he is smiling. Bean is a male pit bull mix up for adoption this week at the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service shelter. The staff says he could use a couple of their free training...

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Where were your elected officials today?

The answer was probably the fourth and final State of the City address by Spokane Valley Mayor Tom Towey. The event just ended at CenterPlace and the audience was full of politicians. Here's a sampling: Spokane Mayor Mary Vernor, Liberty Lake Mayor Wendy Van Orman,...

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Empty store fronts are a common sight up and down Sprague Avenue in Spokane Valley. Only two tenants remain in the once thriving Opportunity Center at Pines Road and Sprague Avenue. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Today's highlights

Empty store fronts are a common sight up and down Sprague Avenue in Spokane Valley. Only two tenants remain in the once thriving Opportunity Center at Pines Road and Sprague Avenue. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak I see the sun outside, but I'm sure that won't...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011

Coming Thursday

There was a whole bunch of stuff going on this week in Spokane Valley and we'll have the news for you in Thursday's Valley Voice. The Spokane Valley City Council voted on which candidates to interview for the vacant council position, though the mayor recused...

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Open house on I-90 changes

The Washington State Department of Transportation will host an open house Thursday to present design options for Interstate 90 between Barker Road and Harvard Road. There are plans in the next few years to add lanes and make changes to the on and off ramps...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011

Vote today to have a voice

Just a reminder to residents in the East Valley School District that ballots for the bond election must be postmarked today in order to be counted by the Spokane County Elections Office. Otherwise you have until 8 p.m. today to drop it off at the...

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Tonight's city council meeting

Tonight's meeting looks pretty straightforward. The council will give a final yes or no vote on several comprehensive plan amendments, including the removal of the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan. There will also be final votes on a new detention services agreement and on an ordinance to...

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MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2011

Special meeting Tuesday in Liberty Lake

The Liberty Lake City Council will have a special public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The only item on the agenda is a discussion led by consultant Stan McNutt on the pros and cons of different types of government, inlucing strong mayor and city manager...

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Saturday's highlights

Joseph Guerrinha, center, practices with his teammates after taking a monthlong break from soccer to recover from a concussion. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak We managed to pack a bunch of interesting stories in Saturday's Valley Voice, starting with the touching story by correspondent Steve Christilaw...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2011

Hop on over to an Easter egg hunt

Spokane Valley will play host to a couple of large community Easter Egg hunts tomorrow if you know some kids with empty Easter baskets who are ready to do a little hunting. Each event also has plenty of other activites for kids of all ages...

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Coming on Saturday

The sun is shining (for now) and it's Friday (thank goodness), so it's time to look ahead at what is in store for the Saturday Valley Voice. I'll have the second helping of news from this week's Spokane Valley City Council meeting. They discussed projects...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2011

Kathi White, of Post Falls, prepares for a ride with the help of volunteer Bukre Horner at Equine TLC in Post Falls last week. Equine TLC offers therapy to people with disabilities. (PHOTOS BY KATHY PLONKA)

Today's highlights

Kathi White of Post Falls prepares for a ride with the help of volunteer Bukre Horner at Equine TLC in Post Falls last week. Equine TLC offers therapy to people with disabilities. SR photo/Kathy Plonka I could say there is so much in the Valley...

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New Freeman superintendent

Randy Russell, principal of Coeur d'Alene High, holds his birthday gift, a model viking ship, in the office of his school Friday, Sept. 29, 2006. He just turned 40 years old. JESSE TINSLEY The Spokesman-Review The Freeman School District has announced on their web site...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011

Natural gas line broken in Chester Hills

Scanner dispatchers indicate that a natural gas line has been broken on Mariam, a short street in the Chester Hills neighborhood east of Dishman-Mica. Spokane Valley Fire Department crews are responding. Streets in the area are being shut down and some homes in the immediate...

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Opportunity Presbyterian Church circa the 1920's. The church is still at the same location at N. 202 Pines Rd. Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum. (Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum)

The old Opportunity Presbyterian Church

I was rummaging around this morning and found this historical photo of Opportunity Presbyterian Church circa the 1920's. The church is still at the same location at 202 N. Pines Rd, but the church and its surroundings sure look a lot different now. It's always...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2011

Multiple fires along Highway 27 

The scanner is reporting several small fires along Highway 27 near 32nd Avennue, 44th Avenue and Tolbert. No word yet on what may have caused the fires, some of which are in the trees. The one at 32nd is about an eighth of an acre...

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New Freeman superintendent chosen tomorrow

The Freeman School District board of directors announced this morning that they will be having a special meeting at 8 a.m. Wednesday to select a new superintendent. They will meet in executive (closed) session to discuss the qualifications of the candidates, then come back into...

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Quiet zones and trailheads on today's agenda

There are a few interesting items on the Spokane Valley City Council agenda for tonight, but since it is a study session there won't be a general public comment period. There are action items: the first reading of several ordinances having to do with comprehensive...

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MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2011

Meet the Freeman finalists

Just a reminder that at 6:15 p.m. tonight residents in the Freeman School District can stop by the middle school gym to meet the four finalists for the superintendent position. This is your chance to meet them and ask questions. The finalists are: Cheney High...

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