Spokane Valley archive for Feb. 2013

THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2013

The caretakers of Saltese Cemetery are looking for missing benches that are similar to these sculpted by Concrete Works, a Spokane Valley company.

Benches stolen from Saltese Cemetery

The caretakers of Saltese Cemetery are looking for missing benches that are similar to these sculpted by Concrete Works, a Spokane Valley company. Photo courtesy of Concrete Works. Apparently two benches featuring decorative rabbits have turned up missing from the Saltese Cemetery. The benches had...

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Washington State Patrol trooper Jon McKee, left, and Airway Heights police officer Mike Suniga haul their cold bodies out of Liberty Lake on Feb. 22 after taking their 16th polar plunge of the day in support of Special Olympics Washington. (Dan Pelle)

Today's highlights

Washington State Patrol trooper Jon McKee, left, and Airway Heights police officer Mike Suniga haul their cold bodies out of Liberty Lake on Feb. 22 after taking their 16th polar plunge of the day in support of Special Olympics Washington. SR photo/Dan Pelle There's a...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27, 2013

A farm- themed play structure and a splash pad grace the new Greenacres Park. (Jesse Tinsley)

Park planning meeting

A farm- themed play structure and a splash pad grace Greenacres Park. SR file photo. The Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a public meeting tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, to talk about updates to its...

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Back at it again 

I'm back in front of the computer today after spending all day yesterday at the Spokane Valley City Council's winter retreat. I'll have a story in Thursday's Valley Voice on the discussion about lodging tax and I'll tackle their 2.5 hour discussion about trash in...

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MONDAY, FEB. 25, 2013

Tony Ludiker has won five national fiddle championships, played with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony and trained many local musicians.

Saturday's highlights

Tony Ludiker has won five national fiddle championships, played with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony and trained many local musicians. Photo courtesy Tony Ludiker. Good Monday morning, everyone. We started with snow and now I see sunshine. What's next? While we ponder that, let's take a...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 21, 2013

Ralph and Geraldine Reifenberger live near Fairfield on farmland that has a 97-year-old barn on the property. They have been married for 63 years. (Dan Pelle)

Today's highlights

Ralph and Geraldine Reifenberger live near Fairfield on farmland that has a 97-year-old barn on the property. They have been married for 63 years. SR photo/Dan Pelle We packed a ton of news into today's Valley Voice, starting with a profile of new Spokane Valley...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20, 2013

SCOPE honored by Spokane Valley Mayor

Spokane Valley Mayor Tom Towey gave SCOPE a certificate of appreciation and a key to the city at last night's city council meeting as part of his monthly community recognition award program. The director of SCOPE, Rick Scott, was there to receive the award on...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 19, 2013

During auditions for “I Hate Hamlet,” fight coordinator Brian Rempel, left, and Ignite! Community Theatre’s artistic director, Scott Finlayson cross swords, while Richard Donnelly waits to audition for the role of John Barrymore. “I Hate Hamlet” opens April 12. (Colin Mulvany)

Saturday's highlights

During auditions for “I Hate Hamlet,” fight coordinator Brian Rempel, left, and Ignite! Community Theatre’s artistic director, Scott Finlayson cross swords, while Richard Donnelly waits to audition for the role of John Barrymore. “I Hate Hamlet” opens April 12. SR photo/Colin Mulvany I'm bringing everyone...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 15, 2013

Do you sew?

If sitting in front of your sewing machine is your happy place, you might want to check out the event going on Saturday in Fairfield. The Top Stitch is putting on a show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfield Community Center on...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 2013

The other side of the story

This afternoon I got a call from a woman who didn't give her name. She said she grew up in the Millwood house that was donated to the Spokane Valley Fire Department for a training burn this week. Her family sold the house last summer...

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How old is too old?

Two teenage boys were cited for racing their cars up Sullivan Road Tuesday even though one driver said the 48-year-old witness was "too old" and shouldn't be believed, according to a Spokane Valley Police Department press release. The witness called police at 12:40 p.m. to...

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A firefighter with the Spokane Valley Fire Department hauls a hose Tuesday through the front yard of a house at 9621 E. Empire Ave. that was donated to the department for a training exercise. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Today's highlights

A firefighter with the Spokane Valley Fire Department hauls a hose Tuesday through the front yard of a house at 9621 E. Empire Ave. that was donated to the department for a training exercise. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland Today is Thursday, so join me in celebrating...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13, 2013

Bettman Road project meeting tonight

The city of Spokane Valley is hosting a public meeting tonight to talk about a planned stormwater project along the east side of Bittman Road and Dickey Street between 11th and 14th Avenues this summer. The meeting will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 12, 2013

Burning it down

I spent some time shivering in the cold this morning watching the Spokane Valley Fire Department doing training fires in a donated house near Empire Ave. and Woodruff Road in Millwood. The training is mainly for the benefit of eight recruits going through the department's...

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MONDAY, FEB. 11, 2013

Liam Kennedy, left, and Jaden Conwell, both 8 years old and third-graders at Adams Elementary, read pen pal letters from schoolchildren in Ghana, Wednesday. The most recent letters included talk of Christmas activities. (Jesse Tinsley)

Saturday's highlights

Liam Kennedy, left, and Jaden Conwell, both 8 years old and students at Adams Elementary, read pen pal letters from schoolchildren in Ghana, Wednesday. The most recent letters included talk of Christmas activities. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley I'd wish everyone a good Monday morning, but it's...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 7, 2013

After many years of having a nine-man police department, Liberty Lake has hired a new officer to bring the city’s ranks to 10. Officer Jeff Jones is experiencing a bit of culture shock. He went from being a deputy in rural Pend Oreille County, often driving 50 miles or more to respond to a call, to an urban environment. He’s learning the lay of the land and getting used to a new style of policing. (Colin Mulvany)

Today's highlights

Liberty Lake Police Officer Jeff Jones. SR photo/Colin Mulvany Another Thursday means more Valley Voice highlights to look over. The Spokane Valley City Council had to turn to a coin toss this week in selecting a new council member after three tie votes. Rod Higgins,...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6, 2013

A coin toss decides it

The appointment of a new Spokane Valley City Council member took an unusual twist last night when the six remaining council members had three tie votes in a row. They decided the issue with a coin toss. The new council member is Rod Higgins, who...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 5, 2013

And the winner is...

....to be determined at tonight's Spokane Valley City Council meeting. Tonight the council's first order of business will be to appoint a new council member to fill the vacancy created by the resignation by council woman Brenda Grassel when she moved outside the city limits....

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MONDAY, FEB. 4, 2013

Christina Humrich, Kaylie Maresh, Sarah Wu, Rachael Radavich and Janne Kaschnitter participate during class time in Company Ballet School’s old dance studio, Jan 23, in Spokane Valley. An additional dance space is under construction. (Dan Pelle)

Saturday's highlights

Christina Humrich, Kaylie Maresh, Sarah Wu, Rachael Radavich and Janne Kaschnitter participate during class time in Company Ballet School’s old dance studio on Jan 23. An additional dance space is under construction. SR photo/Dan Pelle We managed to pack a bunch of news into Saturday's...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 1, 2013

Firefighters balance on a roof as they cut into it while fighting a fire at 21023 E. Wellesley on Jan. 28, 2103.  (Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department)

A firefighter balancing act 

I was cleaning out my email today and found this photo sent to me on Monday. I was struck by how precariously the top firefighter is balanced as he cuts a hole in the roof of a home in the 21000 block of East Wellesley....

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Brett Rountree is overcome with emotion as she is announced as the 2013 Lilac queen on Sunday at the Bing Crosby Theater. Emily Staker, left, and Katie Heitkemper, right, look on. (Jesse Tinsley)

Thursday's highlights

Brett Rountree is overcome with emotion as she is announced as the 2013 Lilac queen on Sunday at the Bing Crosby Theater. Emily Staker, left, and Katie Heitkemper, right, look on. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley Let's file this in the "better late than never" category. I...

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