Spokane Valley archive for Jan. 2011

MONDAY, JAN. 31, 2011

East Valley bond information meetings

The East Valley School District board of directors is considering asking the voters to pass a construction bond this year. A series of informational meetings to discuss the potential bond are being held beginning tonight at 6 p.m. at the Administration Building, 12325 E. Grace....

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The right way to report a pothole

It's confession time. When I wrote up a brief for the Saturday Valley Voice on how to report a pothole in Spokane Valley over the internet, I somehow managed to misspell "Spokane" in the web address. Tired fingers? I don't know. We'll run it again...

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Bus mechanic Everett Combs holds Eve. Combs is the one who found the stray kitten near the Freeman School District bus barn.

Saturday's highlights

Bus mechanic Everett Combs holds Eve. Combs is the one who found the stray kitten near the Freeman School District bus barn. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak It's Monday again, and a chilly one at that. Monday, of course, means highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. The...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 28, 2011

''Eve,'' the Itty Bitty School Bus Kitty, is held by Freeman Transportation Supervisor Charlotte Trejbal. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Coming on Saturday

''Eve,'' the Itty Bitty School Bus Kitty, is held by Freeman Transportation Supervisor Charlotte Trejbal. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak This week's Saturday Valley Voice is packed. Reporter Lisa Leinberger will check in with the "Itty Bitty School Bus Kitty" that was found and adopted by...

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Freeman superintendent retiring

Freeman School District superintendent Sergio Hernandez has announced that he will retire when his contract comes up for renewal on June 30. He has led the district since July 2006 and oversaw a successful bond campaign that resulted in a new high school and work...

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Senate candidate arrested

Olympia reporter Jim Camden has a story in today's paper (which is also getting a lot of comments online) about the arrest of Roy Murry in Las Vegas for carrying a concealed weapon this week. Murry is one of the three men the Spokane County...

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                   (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane Valley wildlife

Over the years Spokane Valley has become more and more urban. Sometimes we forget that there really is a lot of wildlife out there if we just look. Spokesman-Review photographer Jesse Tinsley spotted this beaver swimming in the Spokane River near the Barker Road bridge...

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Mako, the Spokane Valley Fire Department arson dog, poses with fire investigator Rick Freier and a student at the Sunrise Elementary Science Fair this week. (Photo courtesy Spokane Valley Fire Department)

Sunrise Elementary students meet Mako

Spokane Valley Fire Department arson dog Mako poses with fire investigator Rick Freier and a student at the Sunrise Elementary science fair Thursday night. The photo is courtesy of the Spokane Valley Fire Department. It looks like Mako the arson dog had a good time...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 27, 2011

Coming soon to a park near you

Every summer the City of Spokane Valley shows free movies in Mirabeau Park. You have until Tuesday to vote on which ones you would like shown this summer. There are two categories: family choice and teen choice. Viewing dates are July 23 and August 20...

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Valley Lilac Festival candidates   back row, left to right: Porscha Smith, University; Christa Gentili, The Oaks Christian Academy; and Brianna Bogart, Valley Christian. Front row, left to right: Katie Mandler, Gonzaga Prep, and Kaleigh Fox, Central Valley.  (Colin Mulvany)

Today's highlights

Valley Lilac Festival candidates back row, left to right: Porscha Smith, University; Christa Gentili, The Oaks Christian Academy; and Brianna Bogart, Valley Christian. Front row, left to right: Katie Mandler, Gonzaga Prep, and Kaleigh Fox, Central Valley. SR photo/Colin Mulvany Well, it's Thursday again and...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26, 2011

Coming Thursday

The Valley Voice is going to look a little purple on Thursday. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has interviews with all the Lilac Princesses who live in the Valley. There are girls from Valley Christian, University High School and Central Valley High School. The princesses from Gonzaga...

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Falco's open for business

The phones have been abuzz this morning with rumors that Falco's in Spokane Valley was closing. This is thanks to an ad in today's paper (page A2 if you want to look). The problem is, the ad says its a "going out for business sale"...

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Talking trash

There's nothing particularly fascinating about trash, but it's something that has to be dealt with. Reporter John Craig has a story in today's paper about the ongoing dispute between local governments about what happens next for the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System. There are arguments...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 25, 2011

This truck may be the cause of a fire at Premier Lumber at 25170 E. Kildea Road in the early morning hours of Jan. 24, 2011.  (Photo courtesy Spokane Valley Fire Department)

East Farms business burns

This truck may have caused a fire this morning at 25170 E. Kildea. The photo is courtesy of the Spokane Valley Fire Department. The Spokane Valley Fire Department put out a fire at Premier Lumber on Kildea just off Starr Road in the wee hours...

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Otis Orchards feeling the pain

A car hit a utility pole in Otis Orchards at 4:30 a.m. today and wiped out power and internet for hundreds of residents. Avista was able to restore power within about 90 minutes, but the internet problems are taking a bit longer to fix. Read...

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West Valley meeting change

If you were planning to go to the West Valley School District board meeting tomorrow, make a note. The meeting date and time has been changed to Monday, Jan., 31, at 7 p.m. in the District Conference Center, 8818 E. Grace. The change was made...

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Two men were recently recognized for their livesaving efforts by the Spokane Valley Fire Department. They are pictured here along with the Engine 7 crew that responded to the call. Pictured from left to right are Firefighter Holin Honeyfield, Cpt. Tim Cruger, Paramedic Rich Bruce, Steve Stermer, Heith Carlton and Fire Chief Mike Thompson. (Photo courtesy Spokane Valley Fire Department)

Men recognized for saving hit and run victim

Two men were recently recognized for their livesaving efforts by the Spokane Valley Fire Department. They are pictured here along with the Engine 7 crew that responded to the call. Pictured from left to right are Firefighter Holin Honeyfield, Cpt. Tim Cruger, Paramedic Rich Bruce,...

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MONDAY, JAN. 24, 2011

Meetings tomorrow

Tuesday nights have certainly been interesting lately and that should continue tomorrow. The Spokane Valley City Council will meet and the top item on the agenda is the second reading and final vote on the proposed emergency comprehensive plan amendment to eliminate the City Center...

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Central Valley’s Tyler Chamberlain (24) blasts past University’s Justin Donahue during a game Jan. 11. (Dan Pelle)

Saturday's highlights 

Central Valley’s Tyler Chamberlain (24) blasts past University’s Justin Donahue during a game Jan. 11. SR photo/Dan Pelle There's a lot of good stuff from Saturday's Valley Voice to check out if you missed it over the weekend. Correspondent Steve Christilaw has a nice look...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 21, 2011

Dump hunger this weekend

Most of us probably have a few stray items in our cupboards that we can part with. Maybe you bought something to use in a particular recipie that you never made. Or maybe you hit a really good sale and have more of something than...

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Jeanne Erickson uses Zebra finger puppets to teach singing and pitch development during her music class, Tune Tales, at CenterPlace, Wed., Jan. 19, 2011. She uses musical games and movement to introduce children to music and music theory.  (J. Bart Rayniak)

Coming on Saturday

Jeanne Erickson uses zebra finger puppets to teach singing and pitch development during her music class at CenterPlace on Wednesday. She uses musical games and movement to introduce children to music and music theory. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak Another Saturday, another wonderful Valley Voice. The...

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Freeway a sheet of ice

That rain falling out there has turned I-90 and most other roads into a sheet of ice. On my way into the office most people were being sensible and driving slowly, except one man who zipped who past me in the left lane. A few...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 20, 2011

Thieves rob Redeemer Lutheran Church

Someone stole thousands of dollars in electronic equipment from Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3606 S. Schafer Road, this week. The theft was discovered Wednesday. Since there was no sign of forced entry, Spokane Valley Police believe someone may have hidden inside the church Tuesday night when...

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A state trooper checks out a slide off in the median near Barker Road on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, on I-90. Snow was falling heavily in North Idaho and eastern Spokane Valley Thursday morning.  (Jesse Tinsley)

Slip sliding away

A state trooper checks out a slide off in the median near Barker Road this morning on I-90. Snow was falling heavily in North Idaho and eastern Spokane Valley Thursday morning. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley There have been a steady stream of accidents all day on...

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CV Superintendent Ben Small answers a question from a member of the Liberty Lake Kiwanis Club about the upcoming CV bond levy at a Jan. 12 meeting.  (J. Bart Rayniak)

Today's highlights

Central Valley Superintendent Ben Small answers a question from a member of the Liberty Lake Kiwanis Club about the upcoming CV bond levy at a Jan. 12 meeting. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak Pour your coffee and settle in, it's time to take a look at...

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