Spokane Valley archive for Nov. 2011

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2011

Election results certified

The Spokane County Elections Office has certified the November election results. There were no surprises in the final results, but a look at the election statistics reveals some interesting information. The number of ballots returned in Spokane Valley resulted in a 54.73 percent return rate,...

Continue reading this post »

TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2011

Lane closures at Sprague and Pines

The city of Spokane Valley is shutting down some lanes at the intersection of Sprague and Pines for pavement repair work. The southbound curb lane on Pines and the westbound curb lane on Sprague will be closed through Friday. It could cause traffic problems during...

Continue reading this post »


Library district finalists to meet public

The Spokane County Library District has announced that it is bringing in two finalists for the executive director position for a public meet and greet Thursday night. The reception will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Fireside Lounge in CenterPlace, 2426 N....

Continue reading this post »

MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2011

Busy SV council meeting Tuesday

The Spokane Valley City Council has a busy agenda before it Tuesday night and the meeting could go long depending on the amount of discussion on several items that have attracted interest. The meeting is a study session so there will not be a general...

Continue reading this post »


The city of Spokane Valley’s new snowplow is parked next to one of the original plows at the Public Works Facility in the Industrial Park. The old snowplows, purchased from the WSDOT, averaged 2,500 miles each during last year’s snowy winter. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Saturday's highlights

The city of Spokane Valley’s new snowplow is parked next to one of the original plows at the Public Works Facility in the Industrial Park. The old snowplows, purchased from the WSDOT, averaged 2,500 miles each during last year’s snowy winter. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak...

Continue reading this post »

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2011

A fire training officer enters the burn room at the Spokane Valley Fire Department’s fire tower last Thursday evening. Spokane Valley and Spokane County Fire District 8 participated in night drills at the newly rebuilt facility. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Picture preview

We will have a bunch of good stories for you in the Thursday and Saturday Valley Voice sections, but I won't be here to post links. I will give you a little preview in the form of a picture slide show of some night training...

Continue reading this post »


Crews from the Spokane Valley Fire Department put out a metal shavings collection bag fire at Spur Industries in the Spokane Valley Industrial Park on Nov. 22, 2011. (Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department)

Update on Industrial Park fire

There is some new information available on the fire at Spur Industries in the Spokane Valley Industrial Park on Tuesday. According to a press relase from Spokane Valley Fire Department Capt. Pat Schaffer, it was a metal shaving collection bag that was on fire on...

Continue reading this post »

TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2011

Car not where it belongs 

A Spokane Valley Police Officer is reporting a car jammed between a utility pole and the building that houses Old Country Buffet at Sprague and Pines. No word on how the driver got there. 12:52 p.m. update: An officer just requested that a structural engineer...

Continue reading this post »


Fire in Industrial Park

A fire is being reported in a business at Euclid and Flora in the Spokane Valley Industrial Park. The initial call reported fire in a sawdust hopper. 11:12 a.m. update: The business is Spur Industries. According to its web site it is involved in metal...

Continue reading this post »


The original West Valley High School was at Trent and Argonne. An Albertsons store sits on this spot today. (Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum)

Old West Valley High School

On a winter day that seems more like a spring chinook, here's a snowy look back at the old West Valley High School that was built at Trent and Argonne in 1924. An Albertons store is on the site now and a new high school...

Continue reading this post »

MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2011

No council meeting this week

I just wanted to remind everyone that there is no Spokane Valley City Council meeting Tuesday because of the Thanksgiving holiday. The next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Nov. 29. While we're making scheduling notes, I have two more items. City of Spokane...

Continue reading this post »


Central Valley defensive coordinator Steve Kent’s intense energy and enthusiasm has sparked his Bears in holding their opponents to just 12 points in their last three games, including two playoff wins. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Saturday's highlights

Central Valley defensive coordinator Steve Kent’s intense energy and enthusiasm has sparked his Bears in holding their opponents to just 12 points in their last three games, including two playoff wins. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak Saturday's Valley Voice is packed to the gills with news...

Continue reading this post »

FRIDAY, NOV. 18, 2011

Technology petting zoo

The Liberty Lake Library is holding a petting zoo tomorrow, but there won't be anything with four feet or fur there. It's a technology petting zoo featuring all the latest gadgets. People can stop by the Library between 10:30 a.m. and noon Saturday to get...

Continue reading this post »


Fill the bus

It's an annual tradition to go grocery shopping the weekend before Thanksgiving and find Central Valley School District students there asking for food donations for their annual Fill the Bus food drive. Saturday is the seventh annual drive and 100 students are expected to be...

Continue reading this post »

THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2011

Deadline near for city spots

If you were thinking for applying for vacant seats on the Spokane Valley Planning Commission or the city's Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, time is running out. The deadline is Monday for all four vacancies (two on each). None of the positions are paid. The Planning...

Continue reading this post »


Central Valley sophomore Madie Laws, left, and junior Meaghan Schmidt, right, react as teacher Bill Plesek places a beef heart on a dissecting tray. School districts throughout the region are kicking off a new career and technical program focusing on biomedicine and other scientific areas through a program called Project Lead the Way. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Today's highlights

Central Valley sophomore Madie Laws, left, and junior Meaghan Schmidt, right, react as teacher Bill Plesek places a beef heart on a dissecting tray. School districts throughout the region are kicking off a new career and technical program focusing on biomedicine and other scientific areas...

Continue reading this post »

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2011

Thursday sneak peek

We're going to be bringing you a couple of interesting stories in tomorrow's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has some background information on Stephen Liberty, one of the region's early settlers. A monument was recently dedicated in his honor at the new Liberty Lake arboretum....

Continue reading this post »

TUESDAY, NOV. 15, 2011

Wick wins election

The Spokane County Elections Office just released another vote total, putting Ben Wick in the lead against challenger Marilyn Cline in the race for Spokane Valley City Council Position 6 by 360 votes. The County has 1,000 ballots left to count and about 400 of...

Continue reading this post »


Newman Lake Fire special meeting tonight

Newman Lake Fire District 13 will have a special commissioner meeting tonight at 6 p.m. One of the biggest items on the agenda will be the failure of the construction bond at the polls this month and what steps the district should take next. It...

Continue reading this post »


Wick increases lead again

As the vote counting continues and Ben Wick keeps increasing his lead over fellow Spokane Valley City Council candidant Marilyn Cline, it now seems safe to say that Wick will replace retiring councilman Bill Gothmann. In the most recent vote count released Monday night, Wick...

Continue reading this post »

MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2011

District 4 reps host meeting tonight

The District 4 state legislature representatives will host a public meeting tonight to discuss the budget cuts proposed by Governor Chris Gregoire. The meeting will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main. Feel free to stop by and...

Continue reading this post »


Ponderosa Elementary fifth-graders Isaiah Gessner, left, and Nick Griep, center, listen to Marine Corps veteran Rex Walter describe his experiences serving his country in the early 1950s. Ponderosa student ambassadors brought veterans from Broadway Court Estates to their school for a Veterans Day assembly Tuesday. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Saturday's highlights

Ponderosa Elementary fifth-graders Isaiah Gessner, left, and Nick Griep, center, listen to Marine Corps veteran Rex Walter describe his experiences serving his country in the early 1950s. Ponderosa student ambassadors brought veterans from Broadway Court Estates to their school for a Veterans Day assembly Tuesday....

Continue reading this post »

THURSDAY, NOV. 10, 2011

More election results to come

Sorry for the long pause between posts, but it's deadline day here at Valley Office central and my keyboard has been humming. I've been working on a story on the bond and levy results for Spokane Valley area towns and fire districts for Saturday's Valley...

Continue reading this post »


Today's highlights

The Positive Change group on the Spokane Valley City Council appear to be maintaining their control of the council, with incumbents Dean Grafos, Arne Woodard and Chuck Hafner in the lead. The race between Ben Wick and Marilyn Cline to replace Bill Gothmann, however, is...

Continue reading this post »

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2011

Wick lengthens lead

Tonight's updated Spokane Valley City Council elections results show that candidate Ben Wick has lengthened his lead from 20 votes to 105 votes over competitor Marilyn Cline. Results in the other races are largely unchanged. Dean Grafos how has 56.3 percent of the vote compared...

Continue reading this post »


News and events in the greater Spokane Valley area.


Blog Archives

Nov. 2011
01 02 03 07 08
09 10 14 15 16
17 18 21 22 23
28 29 30


Close

Sections


Profile

Close

Contact the Spokesman

Main switchboard:
(509) 459-5000
(800) 338-8801
Newsroom:
(509) 459-5400
(800) 789-0029
Customer service:
(800) 338-8801