Spokane Valley archive for July 2013

WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013

This brush fire burned an area north of Mansfield Ave. in Spokane Valley on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. It was started by an illegal camp fire.  (Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department)

Brush fire hot spot burns again

The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded yet again to a brush fire in the hills north of Mansfield Ave. on Tuesday. The wooded area between Pines Road and Mirabeau Parkway has been a frequent spot for brush fires started by children and transient campers the...

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TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013

Everything is on tonight's council agenda

Well, it's not everything, but it sure is a lot. There are going to be a ton of interesting discussions at tonight's Spokane Valley City Council meeting. Topcis include a draft plan for the expansion of Balfour Park, adding sewer lines to vacant industrial land,...

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MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013

Taylor Smith, left, watches as robot operator Joshua Hall, holding the remote, at right, maneuvers a tracked vehicle through the legs of a chair Wednesday, during a summer school session at Broadway Elementary. Fourth- and fifth-grade students got a chance to operate robots, which they dubbed “Mars rovers” in keeping with the space theme of the session. (Jesse Tinsley)

Saturday's highlights

Taylor Smith, left, watches as robot operator Joshua Hall, holding the remote, at right, maneuvers a tracked vehicle through the legs of a chair Wednesday, during a summer school session at Broadway Elementary. Fourth- and fifth-grade students got a chance to operate robots, which they...

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FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013

This classic 1969 Camaro was destroyed by fire on Friday, July 26, 2013.  (Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department)

Classic Camaro toasted in fire

The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to three fires overnight, two of which were accidental and another was the result of our hot, dry weather. The first was reported in the 100 block of South Green Ridge Drive in Liberty Lake just before 9 p.m....

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THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2013

Dave Smith has been hired as the new superintendent of the Newport School District. He is leaving his job as principal of Freeman High School. (Lisa Leinberger)

Today's highlights

Dave Smith has been hired as the new superintendent of the Newport School District. He is leaving his job as principal of Freeman High School. SR photo/Lisa Leinberger I'm happy that it's Thursday for three reasons - it's one day closer to Friday, it's a...

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TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013

"Pit crew" CPR

I saw an interesting demonstration yesterday of the new "pit crew" style of CPR courtesy of the Spokane Valley Fire Department. They had a team of paramedics showing the new style, where everyone has a specific job and they rotate positions every two minutes. One...

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MONDAY, JULY 22, 2013

“It's challenging,” said Nancy Beam, 13, of Rathdrum, as she played her violin during Otis Orchards Strings Camp on Tuesday. (Kathy Plonka)

Saturday's highlights

“It's challenging,” said Nancy Beam, 13, of Rathdrum, as she played her violin during Otis Orchards Strings Camp on Tuesday. SR photo/Kathy Plonka It looks like we're in for another stretch of hot weather this week. While we mentally prepare, let's take a look at...

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FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013

Washington state governor Chris Gregoire has declared Highway 27 from Tekoa to Rockford a Scenic Byway. This picture was taken south of Fairfield, looking north. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Fairfield community yard sale

The Fairfield community yard sale is running today and Saturday, so stop by if you happen to be down that way. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days and maps of the sale locations will be available at the post office...

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THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2013

Curt Buyser of Critter Control removes a captured yellow-bellied marmot near the Gonzaga University baseball field earlier this month. (Dan Pelle)

Today's highlights

Curt Buyser of Critter Control removes a captured yellow-bellied marmot near the Gonzaga University baseball field earlier this month. SR photo/Dan Pelle I love Thursday for two reasons: it means it's nearly Friday and it's a Valley Voice day. Today's Voice section is packed with...

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TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2013

Rockford candidate forum tonight

The candidates on the primary ballot for Rockford City Council Position 5 have been invited to participate in a candidate forum tonight at 7 p.m. at the McIntosh Grange and First and Lake St. in Rockford. The candidates are Larry Van Every, Chuck Collison and...

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MONDAY, JULY 15, 2013

Three candidates try for SV council seat

In today's "in case you missed it" category, we ran a story Saturday that profiled the three candidates for Spokane Valley City Council that will appear on the primary election ballot that will hit mailboxes this week. Deputy Mayor Gary Schimmels is running for re-election...

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Ellin Schafer, 15, above, and her mother, Carolyn, assemble a quilt at their home in Spokane Valley on Tuesday. Carolyn Schafer is organizing a quilting drive for the members of Mason Flemmer’s unit. Flemmer, the orchestra teacher at Central Valley, is being deployed for the third time to Afghanistan. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Saturday's highlights

Ellin Schafer, 15, above, and her mother, Carolyn, assemble a quilt at their home in Spokane Valley on Tuesday. Carolyn Schafer is organizing a quilting drive for the members of Mason Flemmer’s unit. Flemmer, the orchestra teacher at Central Valley, is being deployed for the...

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THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2013

Today's highlights

Brett Siddoway, 18, holds up a fishing net full of golf balls he gathered from the aquatic driving range at MeadowWood Golf Course on July 3. Siddoway has been a range hand at the course the last three summers. SR photo/Colin Mulvany I'm really not...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013

Sex offender living in Otis Orchards

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office sent out a notification today about a Level III sex offender now living in the 19200 block of East Buckeye in Otis Orchards. A person classified as Level III is considered the most likely to reoffend. Carroll L. Pollard, 66,...

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TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2013

Special meeting in Liberty Lake

The Liberty Lake City Council is holding a special meeting today at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive. The purpose of the meeting is to amend an interlocal agreement with the Washington State Department of Transportation.

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MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013

Ten-year-old Kaylee Martin and her mom Michele Martin browse the book selection at Liberty Lake Library on Tuesday. The library is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. (Kathy Plonka)

Saturday's highlights

Ten-year-old Kaylee Martin and her mom Michele Martin browse the book selection at Liberty Lake Library on Tuesday. The library is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. SR photo/Kathy Plonka Now that we're all back from a lengthy weekend, let's take a look at some...

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FRIDAY, JULY 5, 2013

Greg Williams and Colleen Ramsey (reflected in mirror) drive the streets of Spokane Valley during a training session last week for the West Valley School District. (Dan Pelle)

Thursday's highlights

Greg Williams and Colleen Ramsey (reflected in mirror) drive the streets of Spokane Valley during a training session last week for the West Valley School District. SR photo/Dan Pelle Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a safe and fun Fourth of July celebration. Before the...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 2013

Celebrate the Fourth of July

This is just a reminder that there are two opportunities to celebrate the Fourth of July in the Spokane Valley area tomorrow and it's even possible to go to both celebrations. The celebration at Greenacres Park at 1311 N. Long Road begins at 9:45 a.m....

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MONDAY, JULY 1, 2013

Spokane Valley Tech students run though the large room that used to be a Rite-Aid during a sports medicine class taught by Keith Eggleston on Wednesday. Eggleston was teaching the students how to analyze body movements and make corrections for injury prevention and efficiency. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Saturday's highlights

Spokane Valley Tech students run though the large room that used to be a Rite-Aid during a sports medicine class taught by Keith Eggleston on Wednesday. Eggleston was teaching the students how to analyze body movements and make corrections for injury prevention and efficiency. SR...

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