Spokane Valley archive for Sept. 2011

FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 2011

Park Road open house

If you live or work in the vicinity of Park Road between Indiana and Broadway, head over to an open house Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Woodard Elementary, 7401 E. Mission. The meeting will be hosted by the city of Spokane Valley's Public...

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Burn restrictions lifted

The burn restrictions imposed in Spokane Valley, Millwood and Liberty Lake in early August will be lifted today, according to a press release from the Spokane Valley Fire Department. The restrictions applied to open burning and recreational fires. However, a permanent ban on yard waste...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2011


Bubba Ferguson, Tyler Zandhuisen, Chris Lewis, Kaleb Allen, Aaron Danneker and Loren Vanden Berg muscle up a hide-a-bed couch from the banks of the Spokane River near  South Riverton and Desmet during the Seventh Annual Spokane River Clean-Up.  (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Today's highlights

Bubba Ferguson, Tyler Zandhuisen, Chris Lewis, Kaleb Allen, Aaron Danneker and Loren Vanden Berg muscle up a hide-a-bed couch from the banks of the Spokane River near South Riverton and Desmet during the Seventh Annual Spokane River Clean-Up in 2009. SR file photo. It has...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2011

Ask the Washington State Patrol anything

This should be interesting. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste will take to Twitter today to answer questions from the public from 2:30 to 4 p.m. So if you've had a question you've always wanted to ask, now is your chance. You probably shouldn't ask...

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Road work still going on

I realized there is still a lot of road work going on even though it's nearly October when I stumbled across a closed lane on Sprague Ave. at McDonald Road this morning. A check of this week's traffic update from the city of Spokane Valley...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2011

City council candidate debate Thursday

All the candidates for the open Spokane Valley City Council seats have been invited to take part in a debate Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place. Candidates in the contested races will be up on stage answering questions and...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2011

Budget hearing tomorrow

The city of Spokane Valley will hold a public hearing on its proposed 2012 budget at Tuesday's City Council meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague. If you want to have some input on next year's budget, now is your chance to...

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The newest roundabout in the Spokane Valley is at Flora Road and Mission Avenue. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Saturday's highlights

The newest roundabout in the Spokane Valley is at Flora Road and Mission Avenue. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak We managed to pack a lot of news into Saturday's Valley Voice. We looked into the growing popularity of roundabouts, which are popping up all over Spokane...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2011


During the 2004 Southeast Spokane County Fair, cousins Shelby and Kailyn Gady, then 10 and 9 respectively, of Rockford snuggled with their blue ribbon winner Simmental  cow, Butterfinger. This year's fair continues today and Sunday.
 (File/ / The Spokesman-Review)

County Fair underway in Rockford

During the 2004 Southeast Spokane County Fair, cousins Shelby and Kailyn Gady, then 10 and 9 respectively, of Rockford snuggled with their blue ribbon winner Simmental cow, Butterfinger. SR file photo. Anyone who likes animals and small town fun should check out this weekend's Southeast...

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Rob West, 41, of Hillyard, poses in the stocks as his son, Jasper, photographed him with John Brooks, of Cheney, playing a sheriff. The display was provided by the Living History Players at Valleyfest, Sept. 25, 2010 at Mirabeau Point Park.  (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Valleyfest starts tonight

Rob West, 41, of Hillyard, poses in the stocks as his son, Jasper, photographed him with John Brooks, of Cheney, playing a sheriff. The display was provided by the Living History Players at Valleyfest, Sept. 25, 2010 at Mirabeau Point Park. SR file photo. If...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2011

RV on fire on Argonne off ramp

An RV is in flames on the westbound I-90 Argonne off ramp in Spokane Valley. Spokane Valley Fire Department crews are responding. An officer also just radioed in that a gawking driver caused an accident on I-90 near the off ramp.

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Dylan Stevens, of Medical Lake, shows a rainbow trout he caught at Mirabeau Falls, to his sister, Rheese, last year during Valleyfest. The Mirabeau Falls will be stocked for fishing at the 21st annual Valleyfest this weekend. (File photos)

Today's highlights

Dylan Stevens, of Medical Lake, shows a rainbow trout he caught at Mirabeau Falls, to his sister, Rheese, last year during Valleyfest. The Mirabeau Falls will be stocked for fishing at the 21st annual Valleyfest this weekend. SR file photo. You can grab a copy...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2011

Coming Thursday

If you need to make plans for the weekend, you will have to pick up a copy of Thursday's Valley Voice. We will have previews of Valleyfest and the Southeast Spokane County Fair in Rockford, which are both this weekend. Don't despair, though. If you...

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Spokane Valley Fire Department crews fight a brush fire in the Mirabeau Park natural area in Spokane Valley on Sept. 20, 2011.  (Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department)

Brush fire near Mirabeau Park

Spokane Valley Fire Department crews are responding to a brush fire in the forested area south of Mirabeau Parkway near Mirabeau Park. Someone called in and reported seeing a column of smoke. 9:00 a.m. update - It sounds like this fire is in the same...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 20, 2011

The Spokane Valley Fire Department battled a two-alarm fire at the Valley Mission Professional Building on Sept. 19., 2011. (Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department)

More details on two-alarm fire

Photos courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department. Reporter Mike Prager and I have a story in today's paper on the explosion and fire yesterday morning in the Valley Mission Professional Building across from the Valley Hospital. Someone reported seeing light smoke just before 7 a.m....

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MONDAY, SEPT. 19, 2011

The Spokane Valley City Council is looking at potential fixes of the southbound bridge of Sullivan Road. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Sullivan Bridge taking center stage

The Spokane Valley City Council is looking at potential fixes of the southbound bridge of Sullivan Road. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak Reporter Mike Prager has a story today on structurally deficient bridges, including the span over the Spokane River that carries southbound traffic on Sullivan...

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Glen Prosser of Prosser and Sons, and his son, Jason, finish up the construction of a structure playground in the new Greenacres Park at Boone Avenue and Long Road on Monday. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Saturday's highlights

Glen Prosser of Prosser and Sons, and his son, Jason, finish up the construction of a structure playground in the new Greenacres Park at Boone Avenue and Long Road on Monday. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak It never fails. I take a Friday off and there...

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Office building fire is out

Spokane Valley Fire Department crews on the scene of an office building fire on East Mission across from Valley Hospital are reporting that the fire is out, but there are still a few hot spots left. Crews are still on the scene and Mission is...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 15, 2011

Teacher Casey Lee demonstrates with a model mouth how to brush teeth after handing out toothbrushes to her ECEAP class at the Central Valley Early Learning Center on Monday. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Today's highlights

Teacher Casey Lee demonstrates with a model mouth how to brush teeth after handing out toothbrushes to her ECEAP class at the Central Valley Early Learning Center on Monday. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak In today's Valley Voice is my story on Dick Behm, a longtime...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2011

Spokane Valley businessman Dick Behm died Sept. 12, 2011.  (Photo courtesy of Dick Behm)

Longtime Valley businesman Dick Behm has died

Dick Behm, a fixture in Spokane Valley, died Monday. His family has owned businesses in the Valley for generations, including Behm's Creamery. He was a member of the Spokane Valley Business Association and this year he was named the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2011

Sullivan and Indiana to reopen today or tomorrow

Drivers will be happy to learn that the City of Spokane Valley anticipates opening the intersection of Indiana and Sullivan sometime today or tomorrow. As recently as last week the finishing date for the project to install concrete in the intersection was estimated at Sept....

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Dogs and the Fair don't mix 

You might think people would realize that they shouldn't stop by the Spokane Interstate Fair in this heat and leave their dogs locked in the car, but you would be wrong. Apparently the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service found two dogs locked in a...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 12, 2011

An STA bus travels its route through Cheney, one of the routes that are proposed for restructuring under the  2 percent of cuts coming to Spokane Transit Authority. Currently, two bus routes go to Cheney, and both the routes go to EWU. (Jesse Tinsley)

STA route changes start Sunday

An STA bus travels through Cheney in March 2010. SR file photo. If you are still not sure how the Spokane Transit Authority route changes will affect you, check out reporter Mike Prager's story today that lays out what is being cut and what changes...

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Like many seventh-graders, Karissa Johnston, 12, left, and Charli Bise, 12, struggle with getting their locker to open on the first day of classes at East Valley Middle School on Wednesday. (COLIN MULVANY PHOTOS)

Saturday's highlights

Like many seventh-graders, Karissa Johnston, 12, left, and Charli Bise, 12, struggle with getting their locker to open on the first day of classes at East Valley Middle School on Wednesday. SR photo/Colin Mulvany We had a ton of news packed into Saturday's Valley Voice....

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