Spokane Valley archive for May 2011

TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011

Police support Special Olympics

A team of local law enforcement members will gather in Liberty Lake Wednesday morning at 5:30 a.m. to begin their leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run that will go throughout Washington and end at the 2011 Washington State Special Olympics Summer Games in King...

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Traffic issues

There are a few small projects happening on Spokane Valley streets this week that will create occasional traffic problems. The southbound curb lane on Argonne Road will be closed just north of Knox Avenue on Wednesday, so expect congestion as people try to merge into...

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Fire on North Argonne

Spokane Valley Fire Department crews are responding to a call reporting a structure fire at 1121 N. Argonne. The caller said he could see smoke coming from the north building near Boone. The first crew on the scene said there is a light amount of...

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During a media demonstration at Valley Fire Station 8 on Monday, Spokane Valley Fire Department fire investigator Rick Freier shows how his K-9 partner Mako, an arson dog, can sniff out gasoline and other liquid accelerants used by arsonists.  (Colin Mulvany)

Meet arson dog Mako

During a media demonstration at Valley Fire Station 8 in September, 2010, Spokane Valley Fire Department fire investigator Rick Freier shows how his K-9 partner Mako, an arson dog, can sniff out gasoline and other liquid accelerants used by arsonists. SR photo/Colin Mulvaney If you've...

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The original historic metal gates to the Fairfield Cemetery, damaged in an ice storm two years ago, have been restored and will be rededicated in a Memorial Day ceremony, Mon., May 30, 2011 (J. Bart Rayniak)

Saturday's highlights

The original historic metal gates to the Fairfield Cemetery, damaged in an ice storm two years ago, have been restored and will be rededicated in a Memorial Day ceremony, Mon., May 30, 2011. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak. Well, I didn't manage to make it on...

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FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011

Coming on Saturday

We had so many stories for tomorrow's Valley Voice we literally could not fit them all in. So a few (including the Liberty Lake police blotter) will be held over until Thursday. But you will still get some great stories tomorrow. The Fairfield Cemetery Association...

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November 2011 elections

It seems awfully early to be talking about the elections scheduled for this fall, but it's really not. The candidate filing week is June 6-10 and there are a ton of seats up for election in local city councils and school boards. Anyone who doesn't...

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A simple metal cross marks Rudolph Norman's grave. He was buried at the five acre Fairfield Cemetery in 1920.  (J. Bart Rayniak)

Memorial Day celebration in Fairfield

A simple metal cross marks Rudolph Norman's grave. He was buried at the five acre Fairfield Cemetery in 1920. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak I haven't heard of too many Memorial Day celebrations being planned, but Fairfield is having one that will both celebrate veterans and...

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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011

Arrowleaf balsamroot is in bloom along the Spokane River in Otis Orchards, Sat., May 14, 2011. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Something to brighten your day

Since it looks like we'll be trapped inside because of bad weather for a while, here is a little something bright and cheerful to improve your day. SR photographer J. Bart Rayniak took this photo of arrowleaf balsamroot along the Spokane River in Otis Orchards...

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Be careful out there

The weather today is cold, wet, windy and miserable. But more than that, it's a bit dangerous out there. Not only are local rivers and lakes approaching flood stage, but there is some standing water in some areas that can surprise an unwary driver. This...

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“I’m really involved with my music,” said Central Valley senior Corbin Croom. When he’s not making music with the CV drum line, he takes AP classes, has performed with the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, attended Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., and job shadows surgeons to prepare for his ultimate career in medicine. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Today's highlights

“I’m really involved with my music,” said Central Valley senior Corbin Croom. When he’s not making music with the CV drum line, he takes AP classes, has performed with the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, attended Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., and job shadows surgeons...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011

Breakfast is served

If there's a better way to start off a relaxing holiday weekend than with a yummy breakfast that helps local students, I'm not sure what that would be. On Saturday morning the Applebees restaurant at Pines and Mission will be serving up breakfast from 8...

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Coming Thursday

Thursday's Valley Voice will be a bit different this week. It's the section we do every year that we call the "grad tab," which includes information on every graduating senior in the greater Spokane Valley area (including the Freeeman and Liberty School Districts). Included in...

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TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

Another special East Valley board meeting

The East Valley School District board of directors have held several special meetings in the last two weeks to get input from parents and students on the closure of Mountain View Middle School next month. The board has announced another special meeting for Wednesday night...

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Police talk electronics at Spokane Valley Mall

Today is the second day of the Take 25 campaign organized by local law enforcement agencies to encourage parents to take 25 minutes to talk to their children about safety. Today a digital forensics expert from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office and a representative from...

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MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011

Upside down kayak reported in river

Spokane Valley Fire Department crews are responding to a report of an upside down kayak in the Spokane River just west of Harvard Road. I'll report more details as I hear them. 10:46 a.m. update: Emergency responders are in place at Harvard, Barker and Flora...

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The Slice has a blog

Spokesman-Review columnist Paul Turner has written his observations and musings in thousands of Today sections (even before it was called the Today section). Paul's fans will be happy to know that he has joined the ranks of the SR bloggers. Check out his new blog...

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Steve Munts takes notes as an evaluator suggests that in the event of a wildfire, flammable material such as paper inside the home should be moved away from doors and windows before occupants evacuate, to prevent its heating up and igniting inside the house. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Saturday's highlights

Steve Munts takes notes as an evaluator suggests that in the event of a wildfire, flammable material such as paper inside the home should be moved away from doors and windows before occupants evacuate, to prevent its heating up and igniting inside the house. SR...

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FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

Coming on Saturday

The little piggy did not go to the market. It's somewhere in or around North Pines Middle School and students there are in the midst of collecting clues to find the pig, named Piggy H., so they can win $250. Reporter Lisa Leinberger was at...

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