Spokane Valley archive for March 2011

THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011

Bring on the sun

I pulled this photo out of our achives just because I felt the need to look at something bright and cheerful. This "Picture Perfect" photo was submitted by Richard Chan in 2008. It was taken at Art on the Glass at the Arbor Crest Winery....

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Clouds cover Mount Spokane as a hiker moves south on the Ben Burr trail on the Moran Prairie last October. (Christopher Anderson)

Today's highlights

Clouds cover Mount Spokane as a hiker moves south on the Ben Burr trail on the Moran Prairie last October. SR photo/Christopher Anderson You'd better hold on to your hats, it's a really windy day out there. Perfect weather to stay in and read the...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2011

Coming Thursday

We've got some great stuff coming your way in Thursday's Valley Voice. I talked to all five candidates who are finalists for the seat on the Spokane Valley City Council that was vacated when council woman Rose Dempsey resigned. In addition to that story with...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2011

Tonight's city council meeting

Sorry for the late notice, but there's a few interesting things going on at the Spokane Valley City Council meeting tonight. First and foremost, the council will be interviewing candidates for one of the vacant council positions. During the rest of the evening the council...

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Five Guys now open!

I drove by the new Five Guys Burgers and Fries location at 10 N. Sullivan Road yesterday afternoon and there's a small "now open" sign out front. The sign on the door says hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Your mission, should...

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MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2011

Oops. Wrong pipe.

Scanner traffic says that a sewer installation crew on Boone Avenue between Greenacres Road and Long Road has accidentally severed a 2-inch natural line gas line. Spokane Valley Fire Department crews are on the scene. Additional intersections in the area may be shut down until...

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Among construction projects in Spokane Valley, work has started again on the Barker Road sewer project at Laberry Drive in Greenacres. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Saturday's highlights

Among construction projects in Spokane Valley, work has started again on the Barker Road sewer project at Laberry Drive in Greenacres. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak There was a lot to go over in Saturday's Valley Voice and I've got highlights in case you missed a...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011

Coming on Saturday

People in certain neighborhoods have already seen the bright orange "road construction" signs popping up, which means it's time for the annual road construction season story in the Valley Voice. It will run tomorrow, complete with a nice map and information on the estimated start...

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Got fish?

It seems like all the fast food places are having Lenten fish specials on Fridays these days. But if you want to sit down and eat with your family instead of hitting the drive through, check out the Lenten fish fry tonight at St. Mary's...

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Fatal accident update

According to a Washington State Patrol press release, 29-year-old Teri M. Scheele of Spokane was driving the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of I-90 at Barker just after 3 a.m. when she hit a car head on. The driver of the car she hit,...

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East I-90 closed at Barker Road

The eastbound lanes of I-90 are completely closed at Barker Road and a detour is in place. A three car accident was reported at 3:10 a.m. today and the road has been closed ever since. Initial reports from the Washington State Patrol is that someone...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011

East Valley School District Superintendent John Glenewinkel, second from right, listens as EV Executive Director of Operations Brian Wallace presents the fiscal future of the school district and upcoming bond at an informational meeting March 15. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Today's highlights

East Valley School District Superintendent John Glenewinkel, second from right, listens as EV Executive Director of Operations Brian Wallace presents the fiscal future of the school district and upcoming bond at an informational meeting March 15. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak There's a nice fat Valley...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2011

Spokane Valley Fire Department's Greenacres Fire Station.  (Photo courtesy Spokane Valley Fire Department)

Greenacres Fire Station open house

The brick Greenacres Fire Station opened in November and is now ready for the public to take a look around during an open house scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The station, at 17217 E. Sprague, replaces a manufactured home that was put...

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Coming Thursday

Tomorrow will bring yet another stellar Valley Voice with a ton of community news. The plans to extend Indiana Avenue east of Sullivan hit a bump in the road when the Spokane Valley City Council narrowly voted to table a motion to award the construction...

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Flags at half staff to honor McCaslin

Spokane Valley Mayor Tom Towey read a proclamation at last night's city council meeting calling for flags at city facilities to be flown at half staff through Sunday in honor of councilman and former senator Bob McCaslin, who died last week. McCaslin was elected to...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2011

Looking back

Now that spring has officially arrived and crocuses are valiantly blooming, it's time to think about planting and growing. Farms were once the core of the Spokane Valley area. This photo takes a look back at Bert and Ruth Porter’s Veradale Farm circa 1940. The...

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Valley office phone issues 

Our phone and computer network in the Valley office crashed hard yesterday and we're still having some issues. If E.T. wanted to phone home and was in our office, he would probably get a busy signal. Reporter Lisa Leinberger is having the most trouble, so...

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Gothmann won't seek re-election after all

In this 2005 photo from The Spokesman-Review archives, Bill Gothmann is sworn in as a city council member with his wife, Myrna, at his side. Spokane Valley City Councilman Bill Gothmann announced yesterday that he won't seek re-election when his term expires at the end...

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MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2011

Valley council meeting tomorrow

Sorry about the interruption in the flow of blog posts. It's really hard to blog without an internet connection. Tomorrow's Spokane Valley City Council meeting has quite a few things that will be of interest to the community. The council will meet in executive session...

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Now then, where was I?

University High School senior Lauren Archibald was part of the No. 1 doubles team that won the district championship and advanced to regionals last year. U-Hi shared the GSL girls tennis title last year and returns several key players. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak Well, I...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2011

Spokane Valley city councilman and State Sen. Bob McCaslin, left, responds to a question on Tuesday while having coffee with fellow councilman Tom Towey, Jake Mauch, end of table, a man who ask not to be identified and Bill Miller, far right. (J. BART RAYNIAK)

McCaslin memorial March 27

Scott Maben reported in this morning's paper that a memorial service for Sen. Bob McCaslin will be held at 2 p.m. March 27 at University High School, 12420 E. 32nd Ave. McCaslin spent 30 years in the Washington state senate and had been serving on...

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The HUB Sports Center hosted the Apex Awareness Volleyball Tournament for Kira’s Kloset, March 5 and 6, and 16 teams from throughout the Inland Northwest traveled to play. The facility has five full-size basketball courts that can be converted into 10 volleyball courts. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Jumpers for Japan

Kids and grownups throughout the area can participate in Jumpers for Japan, a shoot-a-thon to raise money for the Red Cross Japan Tsunami relief fund March 27 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Hub Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo. From Phil Champlin, executive director...

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MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2011

Did someone say pancakes?

The Edgecliff SCOPE office will present a community pancake feed Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon at VFW Post 1435, 212 S. David St. The breakfast will include pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage and coffee. Adults can get breakfast for $5. Children 10 and younger will...

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Dylan Long takes Adams the Therapy Dog for a walk down the Barker High School hallway with para-pro Ron Polley, and Comprehensive Medical Intervention teacher, Lynn Kovacich, during school Tues., March 8, 2011. Lynn has been using the male Golden Retriever in her classroom for the past two years. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Saturday's highlights

Our Saturday edition of the Valley Voice included a story about a special therapy dog at Barker High School, a couple of Valley firefighters who competed in the annual Scott Firefighter Stair Climb, and a story about an autistic teen who has found a way...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011

Where's my tropical drink?

The City of Spokane Valley will not be having a meeting next week on March 15. Several council members will be attending a congressional conference in Washington, D.C. Since that will leave me with some free time on my hands, I've decided to take a...

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