Spokane Valley archive for May 2012

THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012

Third-graders Audrina Gainey, left, and Stephanie Sawchuk, right, wear ball gowns and munch on a lunch served by parents and teachers May 24, at Sunrise Elementary. The event, called the Fairy Tale Ball, was a time to dress up and practice proper dining etiquette. (Jesse Tinsley)

Today's highlights

Third-graders Audrina Gainey, left, and Stephanie Sawchuk, right, wear ball gowns and munch on a lunch served by parents and teachers May 24, at Sunrise Elementary. The event, called the Fairy Tale Ball, was a time to dress up and practice proper dining etiquette. SR...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012

Meeting on expansion of Balfour Park tonight

The city of Spokane Valley is hosting a community meeting tonight to discuss a traffic study done to examine the impact if the city goes through with plans to purchase land at Sprague and Herald for a new library and expansion of Balfour Park. Traffic...

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School zone patrols today 

The Spokane Valley Police Department is conducting emphasis patrols in school zones today. The special patrols are sponsored by the Spokane Regional Health District. Police are concentrating on schools south of Mission, north of 32nd Avenue, east of Pines Road and west of Sullivan Road....

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TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012

Spokane Valley beaches to be cleaned

Contaminated dirt from the north bank of the Spokane River near Harvard Road is removed by Able Cleanup Technologies to be disposed of at the Graham Road Landfill in 2008. SR file photo. The Department of Ecology plans to clean up some beaches this summer...

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Police Officer Kevin Schmeckpeper rides down stairs while practicing bike handling techniques at the skate park in Pavillion Park in Liberty Lake May 15. Most of the Liberty Lake police officers will be getting certified for bike patrol for the summer in this, or a similar class. (Jesse Tinsley)

Saturday's highlights

Police Officer Kevin Schmeckpeper rides down stairs while practicing bike handling techniques at the skate park in Pavillion Park in Liberty Lake May 15. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley We are a day late doing the Saturday Valley Voice highlights because of the holiday, but they say...

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FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012

Spokane County Sheriff Deputy Jay Bailey checks the boat of anglers before they launch at West Medical Lake on Saturday. The opening day of the lowland lake fishing season is a good opportunity for the deputies to contact a large number of boaters to be sure their boats are up to snuff. Requirements include: Current registration on board, registration numbers properly shown, boat drivers 35 and under need boater education certificate, life jackets for everyone in the boat and functioning fire extinguisher.  (Rich Landers)

Boat safety emphasis this weekend

Spokane County Sheriff Deputy Jay Bailey checks the boat of anglers before they launch at West Medical Lake in 2011. SR file photo. If you are planning to head out on a local lake this weekend (like Newman Lake or Liberty Lake), you may run...

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THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012

Andrew Croneberger, a U-Hi senior, practices at school during a portrait session May 2. Andrew was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at a very young age. He finds solace in his music and can replicate any song just by listening. (Tyler Tjomsland)

High school graduation tops today's Valley Voice

Andrew Croneberger, a U-Hi senior, practices at school during a portrait session May 2. Andrew was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at a very young age. He finds solace in his music and can replicate any song just by listening. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland Here it is,...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2012

Here come the graduates

Everyone get ready. The Voices sections tomorrow are our special annual graduation edition. We'll have lists of graduating high school seniors from every high school in the Spokane area, pictures of the valedictorians and profiles of notable students from each school. Every year I am...

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Detective Michael Drapeau, front, and investigators with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office remove evidence from a house at 6704 E. Third Ave., where Shane Smith, 38, was arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with the homicide of Warren Flinn. (Colin Mulvany)

Homicide suspect arrested in Spokane Valley 

Detective Michael Drapeau, front, and investigators with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office remove evidence from a house at 6704 E. Third Ave., where Shane Smith, 38, was arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with the homicide of Warren Flinn. SR photo/Colin Mulvany Reporter Meghann Cuniff has...

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TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012

Rockford park trashed by vandals

The Rockford city park was hit hard by vandals sometime late Sunday night, according to a Spokane County Sheriff's Office press release. Nearly every building and fixture in the park was broken and/or spray painted, causing thousands of dollars in damage. City employees spent all...

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Zone changes on today's council agenda

The Spokane Valley City Council is scheduled to have a final vote tonight on whether to approve several proposed zoning changes. One of the changes, which would allow a high density apartment complex on vacant land surrounded by single family homes, has been controversial. I...

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Road work not done after all

The city of Spokane Valley announced this morning that work at the intersection of Sprague and Custer Road will not be done today as originally thought. The new estimate is that Sprague will be reduced to one lane in each direction for utility and signal...

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MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012

Traffic problems coming and going

There will be another traffic hangup popping up starting Tuesday in Spokane Valley, but a second traffic issue will go away. The eastbound lane of Mission at the Flora roundabout will be closed Tuesday through Friday for sidewalk ramp work. Traffic will be detoured down...

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Linda Crowe, pastor of Veradale United Church of Christ for the past 17 years, is shown outside the church on Tuesday. She is retiring. (Jesse Tinsley)

Saturday's highlights

Linda Crowe, pastor of Veradale United Church of Christ for the past 17 years, is shown outside the church on Tuesday. She is retiring. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley Apparently we're back to rainy and cool Mondays now. While you enjoy your morning coffee, we've got a...

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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

Edgecliff SCOPE breakfast

The volunteers of Edgecliff SCOPE will be putting on a fundraising breakfast Sunday morning from 8 to 11 a.m. at the VFW, 212 S. David. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and beverages. The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages...

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THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012

Driver brandishes gun; more mayhem

It has been a busy couple of days for police in Spokane Valley. On Wednesday a driver called police to report that another driver had nearly run him off the road and waved a handgun in the air near Trent and Argonne. Officers were able...

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A dock sits below Coyote Rock development Tuesday. The Washington state Court of Appeals ruled that docks installed at the development were illegal. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Today's highlights

A dock sits below the Coyote Rock development May 8 in Spokane Valley. The Shoreline Master Program draft goals and policies includes a requirement that residential developments with more than two homes have community rather than individual docks. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland We have a nice,...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012

Meeting on Terrace View Park tonight

If you have some ideas about what play equipment should be installed in Terrace View Park, the city of Spokane Valley would like to hear from you. A community meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. today at McDonald Elementary School, 1512 S. McDonald, to get...

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Sex offender moves near Opportunity Elementary

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office sent out a notification yesterday that level 3 sex offender Joseph R. Wheeler, 34, has moved to the 1300 block of South Robie Road near Opportunity Elementary School. A level 3 offender is considered the most likely to reoffend. Wheeler...

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TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2012

Street preservation in Spokane Valley

The packet for tonight's Spokane Valley City Council meeting isn't an inch thick, which bodes well for the length of the meeting. The council is set to award the bid for the Evergreen Road construction project between 16th and 32nd. There will also be discussions...

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MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012

Newman Lake resident kills intruder

A 911 operator heard gunshots over an open line at about 1 a.m. Sunday when a Newman Lake homeowner reportedly shot an intruder, according to a Spokane County Sheriff's Office press release. Deputies found a the man lying at the top of a set of...

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A dock sits below Coyote Rock development Tuesday. The Washington state Court of Appeals ruled that docks installed at the development were illegal. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Saturday's highlights

A dock sits below the Coyote Rock development Tuesday. The Washington state Court of Appeals ruled that docks installed at the development were illegal. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland We have a ton of good stories for you in Saturday's Valley Voice, so let's get right to...

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FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012

Hitchhiker gets his wish

A Spokane Valley police officer granted the wish of a hitchhiker at Sprague and Vista late Wednesday who wanted a ride downtown after learning the man was considered an armed career criminal and had a baggie of methamphetamine in his backpack. David C. Cooke, 51,...

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THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012

Spokane Valley kayaker Steve Bailey surfs the "Sullivan Hole" on the upper Spokane River, Mon. evening, August 1, 2011. The wave is a Spokane low water play spot for whitewater enthusiasts. J. (J. Rayniak / The Spokesman Review)

More shoreline discussions tonight

Spokane Valley kayaker Steve Bailey surfs the "Sullivan Hole" on the upper Spokane River in August 2011. The wave is a Spokane low water play spot for whitewater enthusiasts. SR file photo. The Spokane Valley Planning Commission will continue its discussion on the proposed goals...

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A camera mounted near the roofline (upper right) of a Central Valley School District bus is part of a system that will record when motorists pass the bus when the stop arm is deployed as part of a trial run of the new technology. (Jesse Tinsley)

Today's highlights

A camera mounted near the roofline (upper right) of a Central Valley School District bus is part of a system that will record when motorists pass the bus when the stop arm is deployed as part of a trial run of the new technology. SR...

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