Spokane Valley archive for Feb. 2011

MONDAY, FEB. 28, 2011

Tomorrow's meetings

There are some city council meetings tomorrow that might be of interest to those interested in keeping up on what city government is doing. The Spokane Valley City Council will meet tomorrow at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague. On the agenda is...

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Armed robbery at convenience store

The McDonald Food Mart at Sprague and McDonald (across from our office) was robbed at gunpoint a few minutes ago. Police are already on scene. The robber is described as a white male with blond hair wearing a checkered jacket. It is not known what...

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Grab an umbrella

If you're looking for something to do this afternoon, head to the groundbreaking for the new Spokane Valley Fire Department administration building at 3:30 p.m. If the weather doesn't shape up, though, it looks as though you might need an umbrella to do so. The...

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This photo shows the interior of a house on the 13200 block of East 24th Avenue that burned. Piles of charred, shoulder- high debris had to be removed. The damage is estimated at $160,000.  (Photo courtesy Spokane Valley Fire Department)

Saturday's highlights

This photo shows the interior of a house on the 13200 block of East 24th Avenue that burned. Piles of charred, shoulder- high debris had to be removed. The damage is estimated at $160,000. Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department. Batten down the hatches...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 25, 2011

Coming on Saturday

Tomorrow sounds like a really, really good day to curl up with a blanket and a cup of coffee to read the Valley Voice. There will be an update on the efforts of Millwood residents to save the wading pool that has been a city...

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It's Barney time

Meet Barney, the newest cute creature featured for adoption from the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service. He is about a year old and gets along well with other dogs as well as cats. Since he's young, he could use a bit more training, which...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 24, 2011

Part of Highway 27 closed

The Washington State Patrol has closed Highway 27 between Fairfield and Tekoa because of poor visibility. It is unknown when the road may reopen. Be very careful when driving through areas prone to drifting and blowing snow.

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Some libraries closed

Apparently if you live in Otis Orchards or Fairfield you can't use your snow day to head to the library to check out a fresh batch of books. The Spokane County Library District has closed those branches because of the weather. Check here for a...

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North Palouse Community Food Bank president Sheila Dyer assists a client last Thursday. Although the food bank is open only limited hours, Dyer will let people set up appointments for emergency needs. The food bank serves Fairfield, Rockford, Latah and Waverly. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Thursday's highlights

North Palouse Community Food Bank president Sheila Dyer assists a client last Thursday. Although the food bank is open only limited hours, Dyer will let people set up appointments for emergency needs. The food bank serves Fairfield, Rockford, Latah and Waverly. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak...

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 (Nina Culver)

Are we having fun yet?

School children all over the Valley are giddy this morning. Probably everyone knows by now that just about every school district is closed today - Freeman, Central Valley, West Valley and Liberty. East Valley is on its winter break this week, so they are not...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23, 2011

As a winter storm arrives in Spokane, snowflakes land and melt on a car window on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011.  (Colin Mulvany)

It's here

As a winter storm arrives in Spokane, Wash., snowflakes land and melt on a car window on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011. SR photo/Colin Mulvany Well, the snow we've all been eagerly anticipating is here. At the moment it is tough to see across the parking...

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Coming Thursday

We've got tons of good stuff coming your way again in Thursday's Valley Voice. The East Valley School Board voted to take the plunge and ask residents to approve a bond on the April ballot. The Spokane Valley City Council had a fairly short meeting...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 22, 2011

Bits and pieces

Don't forget that the Liberty Lake City Council is having a retreat tonight at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 22170 E. Country Vista Drive. The agenda for the evening shows they will be discussing the project list for street maintenance, status of the Valleyway and...

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Spectacular sunset: The sun sets on the horizon, as seen from the Otis Orchards post office last Saturday. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Spectacular sunset

We had some gorgeous sunsets last week and SR photographer J. Bart Rayniak shot this view recently as seen from the Otis Orchards post office. There was another great sunset last Thursday for a short time, but the one time I wanted a lengthy red...

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MONDAY, FEB. 21, 2011

A wide-open garage like this one in Liberty Lake is an almost irresistible opportunity to burglars, police say. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Saturday's highlights

A wide-open garage like this one in Liberty Lake is an almost irresistible opportunity to burglars, police say. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak There is a lot to catch up on if you missed Saturday's Valley Voice. Open garages like the one pictured above have been...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 18, 2011

Coming on Saturday

Saturday's Valley Voice is going to be packed with good stuff. Even though Monday is a holiday, I plan to drop in and post some links. But if you can't wait that long, tomorrow you can check out our newly redesigned Voices web page that...

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Avista crews replace a power pole on East Sprague. (Nina Culver)

Flying high

Here's a look at what is happening outside our Spokane Valley office right now. Avista has been replacing power poles up and down Sprague for the last couple of weeks and today it's our turn. Don't look down!

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Bits and pieces

As we look ahead to next week, Monday should be fairly quiet because of the President's Day holiday. City offices in Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake will be closed. But it is a different story on Tuesday. Tuesday night the Liberty Lake City Council will...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 17, 2011

Tennessee (Photo courtesy of SCRAPS)

Meet Tennessee, a happy hound

This week's Feature Creature is a happy looking hound called Tennessee. Staff at the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service estimate he is between one and two years old. He likes to play, walks well on the leash and appears to be house trained. He...

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Members of the East Valley High School Washington Drug-Free Youth puppet troupe include from left, Cally King, Searra Cameron, Jon Merkel, Mickell Rigsby, Jessica Rabe, Morgan Hendricks and Kendall Bancroft. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Today's highlights

Members of the East Valley High School Washington Drug-Free Youth puppet troupe include from left, Cally King, Searra Cameron, Jon Merkel, Mickell Rigsby, Jessica Rabe, Morgan Hendricks and Kendall Bancroft. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak There's a nice, thick Valley Voice to read today. Reporter Lisa...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 16, 2011

An aerial view of the corner of Sprague and Sullivan looking north, taken in 1965. Photo courtesy Spokane Valley Heritage Museum.
 (Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum)

The open range

People talk all the time about how rural Spokane Valley used to be - full of orchards and farms. But it can be a hard thing to picture while driving down a major commerical and commuter corridor like Sullivan Road. This aerial view of the...

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Coming Thursday

In Thursday's Valley Voice we'll take a look at the Washington Drug Free Youth chapter at East Valley High School. It's the largest chapter in the state, though EVHS certainly isn't the largest high school. Reporter Lisa Leinberger will look at the group of teens...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 15, 2011

Chunk missing from overpass

The driver of an oversized load apparently forgot to double check his math yesterday and wacked the Flora overpass on westbound I-90. He hit it hard enough to rip off a chuck of concrete more than a foot wide and three inches deep, according to...

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Hunger has been dumped

The final numbers are in from the five week Dump Hunger campaign to collect donations for local food banks. The goal was to fill a dump truck with 225,000 pounds of food. Western States Equipment branches in five western states teamed up with regional Albertson's...

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Fairfield public hearing

Since there is no Spokane Valley City Council meeting tonight, I may head south and drop in on the Fairfield City Council meeting instead. At tonight's meeting there will be a public hearing on a proposed utility tax to raise money for street maintenance, which...

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