Doug Scott closes the gate to a pasture at his Mica/Valleyford farm off Jackson Road. The three-story barn was built on what began as the California Ranch in the 1870s. It was used as a way station for the Kentuck Trail. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak
There are so many good stories in today's Valley Voice I don't know where to begin. People living near Saltese Flats have probably noticed a whole bunch of water pooling up on the land that was once a lake before it was drained for farming more than a century ago. But Spokane County officials haven't started their plan of flooding the flats with treated wastewater. It's just Mother Nature at work, as reporter John Craig outlines in his story.
Reporter Lisa Leinberger talked to Horizon Middle School students who are working to clean up nearby Browns Park. Spokane Valley Fire Department arson dog Mako visited the Spokane Valley City Council meeting this week to provide a chance of pace. In other fire department news, Fire Chief Mike Thompson was just named the Washington State 2011 Fire Chief of the Year.
In addition to being a sucker for pictures of cute critters, I also love historic red barns. We've got a great picture of one today to accompany a Landmarks column by correspondent Stefanie Pettit. She wrote about a barn near Mica that was built in the 1800s on what was then the California Ranch. It served as a way station on the Kentuck Trail and is still in use today.
And if you read correspondent Cindy Hval's touching story on a Mother's Day luncheon for birth mothers who gave their children up for adoption I recommend grabbing a couple of tissues first.
Alert readers may have noticed that yesterday I mentioned a story about a new sign at Liberty High School. It was in the North/South Voice today, but won't appear in the Valley Voice until Saturday. So now we all have something to look forward to.