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Archive for March 2012

Know anything about economic development?

If you do, then the city of Spokane Valley wants you. The city is now accepting applications from people interested in serving on the city's new economic development committee that will be charged with identifying projects and improvements to boost the economy in Spokane Valley. The committee will include two city council members, two business representatives, two tourism representatives, a citizen at large and a youth member age 16-19.

Those applying are not required to live within the city limits. The committee is expected to meet several times over four months and prepare a final report for the city council. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on April 13 in person or by mail to City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley WA 99206. Applications are available online at www.spokanevalley.org and at City Hall.

Free pet adoption event this weekend

The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service is taking the lead in hosting a “Mega Match-a-thon” free pet adoption event Friday and Saturday. Shelters and rescue groups from all over the area have been invited to participate in the event, which will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Subaru of Spokane, 423 W. Third.

Organizers are hoping to adopt out more than 200 animals. All dogs and cats will be vaccinated, microchipped and spayed or neutered. Spokane County residents must pay $25 for a dog license or $15 for a cat license. People who do not live in Spokane County will not be required to buy a license.

The adoption event is being underwritten in part by a $10,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Today’s highlights

Spokane Valley Heritage Museum Executive Director Jayne Singleton highlights a photograph of Titanic's grand staircase on display in the museum's exhibit about the April 15, 1912, sinking of the ship. SR photo/Dan Pelle

Here we are, having yet another rainy day. But it's also Thursday, which means there are some great stories from the Valley Voice to read while you have your coffee. The Spokane Valley City Council voted Tuesday to provide $30,000 in lodging tax funding to Valleyfest. This is the second round of allocations of lodging tax money for 2012 and there was a bit of a furor when Valleyfest didn't get funded in the first round.

In other news from the city, Spokane Valley Public Works Director Neil Kersten has confirmed that he is leaving the city sometime in May. He's one of the few department heads left who has been with the city since the beginning. He'll be going back to Alaska, where all his children and grandchildren live.

The Spokane Valley Heritage Museum has opened a new exhibit on the Titanic as the 100th anniversary of the sinking approaches. The exhibit includes information on local passengers who went down with the ship.

The town of Rockford is trying again to pass a one-year replacement levy to help fund the town's fire department. The levy failed in November, though is did get 56.71 percent approval. The levy requires a 60 percent supermajority to pass. The levy, which is on the April 17 ballot, would provide nearly 40 percent of the department's annual budget.

Liberty Lake Rotary moves

The Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary Club has announced that it is moving the location of its weekly meeting. Instead of at the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District, the meetings will be held at the Meadowwood Technology campus Liberty Room at 2100 N. Molter Road beginning April 5. The meetings will continue to be held every Thursday at noon. Lunch will be available from Seasons Cafe at the new location.

Lodging tax, street revenue on agenda

The agenda for tonight's Spokane Valley City Council meeting is so full, I won't be the least bit surprised to be sitting there for more than four hours. There are a couple of items that are sure to generate a lot of discussion, including a vote on awarding the second round of lodging tax money. The first round didn't see any going to Valleyfest, a first since the city incorporated. A majority of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee members have recommended against giving Valleyfest any fuding in the second round as well, but the council has the final say.

The council is also set to have a discussion on how to pay for the estimated annual $11 million shortfall in street preservation funding. The shortfall has continued to grow in recent years as funding hasn't kept up. Several council members have said openly that they don't believe it is possible to fund the entire shortfall.

Shed fire at Park and Broadway

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A building described as a barn or a shed burned to the ground this morning at the corner of Park Road and Broadway Avenue. Smoke and flames were visible when firefighters from the Spokane Valley Fire Department arrived. The shed was next to a vacant home. The fire appears to be suspicious and is under investigation, according to a fire department press release. Anyone with information about the fire should call the department at 928-1700 or Crime Check at 456-2233. Photos courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

Liberty Lake Civic Center open house

The city of Liberty Lake has announced an open house Wednesday at 6 p.m. to present information on Phase 1 of the city's proposed Civic Center project. The first phase would expand the Liberty Lake Farmers Market and add more parking on land the city owns at Signal and Mission. The open house will be at City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive. Call 755-6706 for more information on the project.

One lane of Sullivan Bridge closed

The city of Spokane Valley closed one lane of the Sullivan Road Bridge over the weekend for work related to the preliminary design of a replacement bridge. The west curb lane of the bridge that carries southbound traffic is expected to be closed through 7 p.m. Saturday, so plan accordingly if you need to drive through that area.

HuHot employee robbed at gunpoint

An employee of the HuHot Mongolian Grill located near Sprague and Bowdish reported to police that two armed, masked men took his deposit bag and cell phone at about 12:30 a.m. this morning. The two reportedly ran away behind Spokane Valley City Hall and a police K-9 tracked them to a spot where they may have gotten into a truck or SUV and driven away, according to a police press release. The victim's cell phone was found in the grass.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that helps solve the crime. Anyone with information should call the tip tine at (800) 222-TIPS or visit www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org. Click here for more details on the robbery.

Saturday’s highlights

Michele Nelson of SCRAPS checks a stray for an identification chip. SCRAPS and other area animal welfare groups will hold a pet adoption event Friday and March 31. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

Goodness, what happened to the warm weather and sunshine we had yesterday? It's a dull and rainy Monday out there, the perfect time to catch up on anything you missed in Saturday's Valley Voice. The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service is heading up a huge free pet adoption event this weekend. Organizers hope to find new homes for more than 200 pets.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger talked to members of the Central Valley High School Knowledge Bowl team, who apparently credit their success to their mascot, a monkey carved from a coconut named Mojo. It seems to be working; the team won the recent state competition on Marysville, Wash.

The Spokane Valley City Council had some discussions last week on sidewalk projects as part of the Safe Routes to School program. The council also talked about the city's new pavement managemet program.

This isn't in the Valley, but if you are a fan of Southern cooking and/or the South Perry neighborhood, you will want to check out Pia Hallenberg's story on a new restaurant opening there at the end of May or in early June. Called Casper Fry, the restaurant will be run by the same people behind Madeleine's. 

“Not my pants” burgler also suspect in game shop crime

It turns out that a burgler allegedly caught in the act of burglarizing a garage yesterday who told police the pants he was wearing weren't his after drugs were found in his pocket is also a suspect in the burglary of a game store that lost nearly $15,000 in merchandise earlier this week. Numerous X-boxes, controllers and games were stolen from the Game On store in the 11800 block of East First. According to a police department press release, Walter W. Young is facing charges of second-degree burglary and first-degree theft for the crime.

Young's alleged accomplice, 25-year-old Coda Archuleta, was arrested Thursday night after the Spokane County SWAT team searved a search warrant on an apartment in the 10100 block of East Main. Police reportedly found weapons in the apartment in addition to most of the items taken from Game On. Archuleta is also facing charges of second-degree burglary and first-degree theft. Click here for more details.

I swear, officer, these aren’t my pants

Spokane Valley Police arrested a man last night allegedly caught red handed burglarizing a garage and when they found suspected methamphetamine in his pants pocket he swore the pants didn't belong to him. According to a police press release, a resident in the 1600 block of Norh Flora Road found a man inside his car parked in his garage just before 7 p.m. Stolen items belonging to the victims were also found on Walter W. Young, 32. He now faces a felony burglary charge and a charge for possession of a controlled substance. Click here for more details.

Garage destroyed by fire this morning

Firefighters from the Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to a reported garage fire in the 6500 block of East Seventh just after 4 a.m. today. The garage was heavily damaged, but firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading to a nearby mobile home. No one was injured and the homeowner had insurance, according to a Valley Fire press release. There's no word yet on the cause of the fire. Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

Today’s highlights

Rylee Walker, 17, shows some of her art work as she talks about her career goals during her senior project presentation Friday, at East Valley High School. For their senior culminating project students are required to compile a portfolio about their high school careers, a video about their lives and their plans for the year after high school. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

Welcome to spring. Or is it winter? At any rate, it's Thursday and time to run down the highlights from today's Valley Voice. The Spokane Valley City Council spent some time Tuesday talking about Spokane County's new proposal for a regional animal shelter. There are a lot of questions council members want answered before they are prepared to make a decision.

Students at East Valley High School recently made their senior culminating project presentations to teachers and community volunteers. Reporter Lisa Leinberger stopped by and talked to some of the students about their plans for the future.

Correspondent Cindy Hval stopped by Spokane Falls Community College recently when they hosted Pearl Harbor suvivors who spoke to a packed room about what they saw and did that day in Hawaii. Their stories are very moving. You might need a tissue for this story. 

Reward offered for burglary tips

Crimes Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a reward for information that helps solve a burglary that occurred at the Game On store located in the 11800 block of East First Ave. in Spokane Valley sometime late Monday or early Tuesday. Thieves stole cash and electronics worth more than $14,000. The Spokane Valley Police Department has released an itemized list of the items stolen, including eight X-box gaming systems, 16 X-box controllers, 150 X-box video games, a Toshiba laptop, two X-box external hard drvies and 100 Blue Ray movies. It appears the thief or thieves have a fondness for playing video games and watching movies.

Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to call the Crime Stoppers tip line at (800) 222-TIPS or visit www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org.

Community meeting on sidewalks tonight

The city of Spokane Valley will host a community meeting tonight on a plan to add sidewalks, curbs, bike lanes and storm drain improvements on Pines Road between 16th Avenue and 23rd Avenue. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at South Pines Elementary, 12021 E. 24th. The city also needs input from nearby property owners who have fencing and/or landscaping in the public right of way. Call the city at 720-5411 for more information on the project. 

Full agenda for council meeting

Tonight's Spokane Valley City Council meeting looks a bit long, judging from the number of reports and discussions on the agenda for the study session. The topics to be covered include the city's Transportation Improvement Plan, a sidewalk and transit accessibility project, Safe Routes to School projects, the city's pavement management program, animal control and economic development.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague. And if you would prefer to watch the meeting from the comfort of your recliner, remember that the meetings stream live here.

Saturday’s highlights

Nancy Ledeboer holds a book in the Argonne Library branch Wednesday. Ledeboer is the new administrator of the Spokane County Library District. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

Good Monday morning everyone. (Well, it will be after I have a second cup of coffee.) It's time to take a look at Saturday's Valley Voice in case you missed any of our great stories. Reporter Pia Hallenberg interviewed West Valley High School student Joey Bird, who started racing go-karts at the age of eight. He has won six championships and several awards and is moving up to bigger and more powerful race cars.

The Spokane County Library District welcomed a new director this month, Nancy Ledeboer. She said she is pleased at how well maintained the libraries are, the good condition of the district's books and the willingness of staff to take change in stride.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on a generous $10,000 donation from the Intersection Church to North Pines Middle School. The gift was unexpected and the school is still considering how to put the donation to good use.

Residents on the west end of Spokane Valley will notice that engines from the Spokane Fire Department are responding to 911 calls for help in addition to crews from the Spokane Valley Fire Department. Valley Fire's Station 6 is being torn down and replaced and the crew has moved to Station 1 near University City. The Spokane Fire Department will be responding in certain areas to make sure all emergency calls get a timely response.

St. Patrick’s Day in Fairfield

If you need a dose of corned beef to properly celebrate St. Patrick's Day, head south to the annual St. Paddy's Day Feed at the Fairfield Community Center Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. The price of $15 per person will get you a menu of corned beef, cabbage, baby reds, salad, Reubens and a beverage. To get to Fairfield head south from Spokane Valley on Highway 27. When you get to Fairfield, turn left on Main Street and go up the hill. The Community Center will be on your right.

Pedestrian emphasis patrol on Sullivan today

You may notice a few extra police cars along Sullivan between I-90 and 16th Avenue today. The Spokane Regional Health District has announced a pedestrian emphasis patrol in that area today in partnership with the Spokane Valley Police Department. During the patrol an officer in plain clothes will cross Sullivan in crosswalks to see if motorists stop as required. They will also be checking whether actual pedestrians use the crosswalk.

The ticket for failure to yield to a pedestrian is $124. The fine for a pedestrian failing to use the crosswalk is $56. Research has shown that when a pedestrian is at fault in an auto vs. pedestrian accident it is usually because they were not using the crosswalk, the Health District said in a press release.

Today’s highlights

Joel Elgee, left, and paramedic Nick Muzik look at baby Leona, who was delivered with Muzik’s help in Liberty Lake Jan. 25. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

There are some good stories in today's Valley Voice to go with your morning coffee. The feel good story of the day is about the successful birth of a healthy baby girl who was helped into the world by a Spokane Valley Fire Department crew and an AMR abulance crew. This baby wasn't waiting around and firefighters delivered the baby in only a few minutes. The family recently stopped by Station 3 in Liberty Lake to express their gratitude.

Spokane Valley's Public Works Director Neil Kersten takes a trip to Honduras every year to help build schools. He's on the board of directors of the non-profit that does the work, Schools for the Children of the World. The Spokane Valley City Council voted Tuesday to exempt Spokane Valley businesses from a new state law that limited alcohol signs in windows. Two council members voted against the exemption after several citizens testified against it.

The city planning commission met recently and gave their vote of approval to rezoning property west of Conklin and a little south of Broadway to high density residential. Scores of neighbors testified against allowing apartment buildings on land surrounded by single family homes. The planning commission did recommend that the city negotiate a development agreement with the property owner that would provide larger setbacks and restrictions on height and density on some areas of the property. It will be up to the city council to make the final decision.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger spoke to a Spokesman-Review carrier who spotted and put out an early morning fire at the Brass Rail Tavern in Rosalia recently. The property owners are grateful for his help and have promised him a steak dinner.

Special Newman Lake Fire District meeting

The Newman Lake Fire District 13 commissioners have called a special meeting for 6 p.m. tonight at Station 1, 10236 N. West Newman Lake Drive. The discussion will cover the bond results, fire station construction and the district's EMS levy. If you are interested in the discussion, stop by and see what everyone has to say.

Sullivan Bridge meeting tonight

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The city of Spokane Valley is hosting another community meeting on plans to rebuild the west Sullivan Bridge that carries southbound traffic over the Spokane River. Temporary repairs to the bridge were recently completed to allow weight restrictions on the failing bridge to be lifted. The city is currently trying to get grants to cover the expected $20 million cost to replace the bridge.

The meeting will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. tonight at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place. City staff members involved in the project will be on hand to discuss design options. Call (509) 720-5001 for more information on the project.

Light agenda for tonight’s council meeting

There are only a few items on the agenda for tonight's Spokane Valley City Council meeting, but how long the meeting lasts depends on how much discussion there is on those items. The council is scheduled to consider the second and final reading of proposed ordinances to change the city's landscaping rules and remove restrictions on the number and size of signs advertising alcohol.

The alcohol signage ordinance attracted some negative public comments at a previous meeting, so there may be more of the same tonight. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague. See you there!

Stolen tools returned by hooded figure

A tip to Crime Check has led to the arrest of one person in the recent theft of tools from the East Valley School District maintenance office. The tip came after police released video of the thief in action. After the video was release, somone wearing a hooded sweatshirt returned the tools to the front porch of the maintenance office. Reporter Meghann Cuniff has more details here.

In other crime news, police are searching for an “aggresive panhandler” who threatened a Spokane Valley store manager with a knife on Sunday. The woman was reportedly asking people for money at Sprague and Sullivan when she was approached by the manager. She drove away in a white F-150 truck. Meghann has more details on that case here.

Nine arrested at Spokane Valley party

The Spokane Valley Police Department had to ask for help from other law enforcement agencies when they responded to a report of a loud party in the 16100 block of East Broadway at 1 a.m. Sunday. Numerous party goers were intoxicated and spread out in the street and several yards, according to a police press release. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office Air 1 helicopter responded to monitor the situation. In the end, police arrested nine people on charges ranging from rioting and resisting arrest to minor in possession of alcohol. Reporter Meghann Cuniff has more details here.  

Saturday’s highlights

After seven years as superintendent of the West Valley School District, Polly Crowley is stepping down. She visits with Orchard Center Elementary School Principal Travis Peterson on Tuesday in Spokane Valley. SR photo/Dan Pelle

There was a good mix of stories in Saturday's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger topped off the front page with a nice profile on West Valley Superintendent Polly Crowley, who has announced her retirement at the end of the school year.

The issue that is likely to generate some debate was a discussion by the Spokane Valley City Council last week on whether they should ban curbside fundraisers such as Fill the Boot. The city currently gives out permits to local charities to do this once a year, but many groups apparently aren't following the rules and there are safety concerns.

The 2011 numbers are in for the Spokane Valley Fire Department and show an increase in arson fires and a decrease in accidental fires. The number of arson arrests are up as well and the department is proud of it's high solve rate for the criminal fires. Correspondent Valerie Putnam attended the recent Millwood City Council meeting, where they voted to change the regular meeting date and spent a lot of time discussing water rates.

Valley Fire hosts another open house

I'm continuing today's Spokane Valley Fire Department theme on my blog with the annoucement that Valley Fire Station 7 (1121 S. Evergreen) will have an open house tomorrow. The department is working to rename all their fire stations and are hosting open houses at each one to ask the public to suggest possible names. The open house will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. People can meet the on-duty crew, tour the station, have refreshments and meet Mako the arson dog. The weather is supposed to be nice, so grab the kids and head over there.

Garage fire this week

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The Spokane Valley Fire Department has provided a few pictures of a detached garage fire reported just before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 5100 block of North Evergreen. (The pictures are a little dark, but hopefully you can make out details). The fire started when flammable objects placed too close to the wood stove caught fire. There were a couple of older cars and tools in the garage. The damage is estimated at $25,000.

Today’s highlights

Cemetery Director Richard Cesler, far right, reads the names of veterans from Washington who did not receive funeral honors. SR photo/Colin Mulvany

It's Thursday, which means another edition of the Valley Voice has hit porches across Spokane Valley. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story today on the monthly Veterans Memorial Tribute Program held at the Eastern Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake. The ceremony gives formal honors to veterans who did not receive the honors at their own funerals for whatever reason.

The Spokane Valley City Council spent a fair amount of time Tuesday complaining about a recent story and editorial on a possible conflict of interest due to the close ties some council members have to Jack Pring, the owner of property the city is considering purchasing. After their digression from the agenda, the council decided to move forward with the purchase by preparing a conceptual site plan for the property and negotiating a letter of intent to purchase.

The city recently launched new permit software that has opened up a whole new realm for how employees can track and process permits. There are also plans to open up information to the public by this summer. And if you are looking for something to do this weekend, Lisa has information on the play “Did Someone Say Murder?” being put on by the East Valley High School drama department.

Argonne project open house tonight

The city of Spokane Valley will host an open house tonight on the Argonne corridor project scheduled for this summer. The open house will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Spokane Valley High School, 2011 N. Hutchinson Road. Residents and business owners can come learn about the project and the proposed timeline and ask questions. Several improvements are planned on Argonne between Knox and Trent, including curb work and adding a right turn lane on northbound Argonne at Montgomery.

Animal control, property on agenda

There are a couple of interesting items on the Spokane Valley City Council agenda for tonight. Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke is expected to be there to present information on a new regional animal control concept and the council is also scheduled to discuss the possible acquisition of property on East Sprague across from the old University City Mall. The police chief will also be there to discuss charitable solicitations in public right of way. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague, if any of those topics interest you.

Spokane Valley home damaged in attic fire

This home in the 15100 block of East Sixth in Spokane Valley was damaged by an attic fire on March 5, 2012. Firefighters had to rip open the wall and roof to put out the fire. Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

A teenage boy noticed smoke in his home in the 15100 block of East Sixth in Spokane Valley Monday and called the Spokane Valley Fire Department just before 1 p.m. A fire was located in the attic and it took firefighters 20 minutes to rip holes in the roof and the walls to put out the flames, according to a fire department press release. It appears that the fire started near the fireplace and damages could top $15,000. The teen was able to get out of the house safety and there were no injuries.

Greenacres Elementary burgled, drug arrest on I-90

It was a busy weekend Spokane Valley, apparently. Someone broke in to Greenacres Elementary School Saturday at 2:57 a.m., according to a police press release. Officers responded to an alarm to find a window that had been pried out of the wall on the est side of the building. Reporter Meghann Cuniff has more details here; anyone with information on the break in is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

Two Sheriff's deputies made a felony drug arrest Saturday near the Argonne exit on I-90 when they saw a driver commit two traffic infractions right in front of them, according to a police press release. They noticed the driver seemed “excessively nervous and jittery” when they pulled her over. Meghann has more details here.

East Valley calls special board meeting

The East Valley School District has called a special board meeting for 4:30 p.m. today at the East Valley Administration office, 12325 E. Grace. The only item on the agenda is a discussion on “board relations.” I'm not sure exactly what that means, but it may be worth checking out.

Saturday’s highlights

Ashton Toth plays Don Lockwood and sings the title song in a scene from “Singing in the Rain,” which is being staged at Central Valley High School. During the production real rain is generated by hoses in the rafters, and by the end of the number, Toth is soaked. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

There were so many school stories stuffed inside Saturday's Valley Voice that perhaps we should have named it the Student Weekly. And these are the fun stories about school that feature kids having a good time.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger talked to students at Central Valley High School about their upcoming production of “Singing in the Rain.” Apparently they will actually make it rain on stage during performances. There are 75 students in the cast, not counting the orchestra.

Lisa also saw what the University High School drama department did at Chester Elementary School for Read Across America Week. The high school students performed plays based on children's books, including “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss and “The True Story of the three Little Pigs” by Jon Scieszka.

Correspondent Steve Christilaw had a story on the Freeman girls basketball team that he wrote as they prepared to play in the State tournament held over the weekend. They were trying to win their third state title, but unfortunately did not make it.

Spokane Valley teams advance at State

University’s Jared Miller drives to the hoop between two Lake Washington defenders. Photo courtesy of Patrick Hagerty.

Spokesman-Review reporter Greg Lee was a busy man yesterday, checking in with the Spokane Valley basketball teams playing at State in Tacoma. If you haven't checked out his stories in today's Sports section, here are some links for you. The University High School boys beat Lake Washington and the girls beat Seattle Prep. The Central Valley High School boys bested Garfield of Seattle and the girls won over Eastlake. Correspondent Mike Vlahovich watched the Valley Christian boys win over Sunnyside Christian at the Spokane Arena. Correspondent Michael Anderson was in Yakima to see the Freeman High School girls beat Granger to advance.  It's great to see all our teams doing so well. Good luck!

Police investigating child luring report

A fifth-grade girl from Opportunity Elementary School reported Thursday that a man repeatedly offered to give her a ride to school as she waited for the bus, according to a police press release. The girl was near Pierce Road and Valleyway and walked to a nearby bus stop where there were other students. The car was described as an older red sedan with tinted windows. Click here for more details (second item).

Land deal under scrutiny

The Spokane Valley City Council is in the early stages of exploring a possible joint purchase of property with the Spokane County Library District. The eight acre spot at Sprague and Herald across from the old University City Mall is owned by Jack Pring, who has close ties to six of the seven council members. An attorney from the State Auditor's Office said it is possible to complete the deal without violating conflict of interest laws, but the council will need to proceed carefully and make sure all the proper procedures are followed. Click here to read my story in today's paper.

U-High student arrested for gun

A University High School student was arrested very early this morning after a search of his home turned up a gun he allegedly displayed during a fight in Browns Park across from University High School yesterday. Students reported to school administrators that Benjamin Washington, 18, flashed the gun threateningly during the fight. Police obtained a search warrant for the home and found two guns inside. Washington was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm. Click here for more details.

Today’s highlights

Nick Kane and Bayley Brooks dance at the Coeur d’Alene Eagles Lodge Ballroom early last month. Dance partners only since June, the pair have proved to be a quick study. SR photo/Kathy Plonka

We've got another batch of good stuff for you in today's Valley Voice. Perhaps the most touching story is by correspondent Cindy Hval, who attended a wedding recently at the Orchard Crest Retirement Community in Spokane Valley. Kent Collings, 95, and Lorraine Lanterman, 77, met at the bridge table at the retirement facility and dated for four years before tying the knot.

Rainey Coffin talked to young ballroom dancers Bayley Brooks, 14, and Nicholas Kane, 16. The two are getting ready for the 2012 USA Dance Nationals in Baltimore. The Spokane Valley City Council tackled several different subjects at this week's meeting, including alcohol advertising and lodging tax fund distribution.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department found an additional $312,000 in reserves and a contingency fund to pay for the higher than expected bid to tear down and rebuild Station 6 on the west end of town. The Liberty Lake Police Department has had some success in identifying more vehicle prowl victims and suspects after a recent surge in thefts.  

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