Spokane Valley

TUESDAY, OCT. 7, 2014

Spokane Valley City Council meeting tonight

This evening's City Council meeting is a study session during which city staff will present research on current topics and issues facing the council. Tonight, we will hear about possible restrictions on truck parking in neighborhoods and get a briefing on proposed amendments to the...

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MONDAY, OCT. 6, 2014

Who makes Spokane Valley what it is? 

A city is made up from the people who live there. It’s the sum of their experiences, trials, joys, victories and everyday life that makes a community what it is. One reason why I spend so much time driving around Spokane Valley and drink so...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 3, 2014

The week of the Valley virus  

The second week in Spokane Valley did not go quite as smoothly as the first one because the blog got a virus. Actually, I got a virus and was laid up for a day in the middle of the week, but hey, I still got...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 30, 2014


In the market for a rabbit or two?

SCRAPS is hosting a special adoption event on Oct. 1 from 2-6 p.m. at the Spokane County Fairgrounds, featuring animals from the recent seizure near Deer Park. Up for adoption are: 60 rabbits, 14 roosters and two billy goats. A $25 adoption fee is requested...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 29, 2014

A Spokane Valley Fire Department firefighter helps put out an arson fire at 64th Avenue and Campbell Road on Thursday, Sept. 25. It is one of the 19 arson fires reported in the area south of Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake in the week since Sept. 18, 2014.  (Spokane Valley Fire Department)

Suspected arson fires continue to flare

Fire investigators believe that the high number of brush fires spotted lately are the work of an arsonist. The fires are within Fire District 8 and there has been more than two dozen of them. Scott Maben wrote today's story on the fires - please...

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The week to come

Here's your Monday afternoon blog update and a quick look ahead at the week to come. Remember, there's no Spokane Valley City Council meeting tomorrow, Sept. 30. the council will resume its regular meeting schedule with a study session on Oct. 7. At that meeting,...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 26, 2014

Finally Friday

It's Friday at the end of my first official week on the Spokane Valley beat - what did I do? Well, I put 140 miles on my little car. I'm a spoiled woman, used to a 10 minute commute and the ability to walk to...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 25, 2014

Sullivan Bridge project celebrated 

The Spokane Valley City Council and dignitaries from around the area gathered on the shore of the Spokane River to kick off the Sullivan West Bridge Replacement Project, today at 3:30 p.m. The west bridge is the southbound part of the 60-year-old structure which is...

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Friday morning coffee

The Spokane Valley Blog is touring coffee houses in the Valley and surrounding municipalities starting at Galaxy Grind, 12402 E. Saltese Rd., at 9 a.m. on Sept. 26. That's tomorrow. Feel free to stop by and say hello. The morning coffee dates will continue for...

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Don't park it here

It's not easy driving a big rig: In downtown Spokane they get jammed under railway overpasses and soon they may be restricted from parking on residential streets in Spokane Valley. The City Council has scheduled a study session on Oct. 7 to possibly adopt an...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2014

OxyContin pills are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. Drug overdose deaths rose for the 11th straight year, federal data show, and most of them were accidents involving addictive painkillers despite growing attention to risks from these medicines. As in previous recent years, opioid drugs � which include OxyContin and Vicodin � were the biggest problem, contributing to 3 out of 4 medication overdose deaths. (Toby Talbot / Associated Press)

The Valley Precinct wants your drugs

The Spokane Valley Police Precinct is giving everyone a chance to get rid of their old drugs on Sept. 27. Drop off expired, unused and otherwise not needed medication between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Precinct, 12710 E. Sprague Ave.

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 23, 2014

Spokane Valley City Council meeting tonight

The Spokane Valley City Council his holding its regular meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague Ave. On the agenda are items dealing with the comprehensive plan update, the 2015 property tax ordinance and an informational update on...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 22, 2014

Construction on the western Sullivan Road bridge, shown Dec. 28, 2011, is scheduled to begin late this year or early next year. (Jesse Tinsley)

Sullivan Bridge project kickoff

The replacement of the Sullivan Bridge begins on Sept. 25 and the public is invited to stop by for a project orientation at 3:30 p.m. Spokane Valley Mayor Dean Grafos will be there together with other city dignitaries and project staff. The $15 million project...

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Geoffrey Mwangi and his son, Judah, 15 months, wave goodbye to the Wild Goose hot air balloon as the Spuds balloon inflates early Saturday morning during Valleyfest at CenterPlace in Spokane Valley. (PHOTOS BY DAN PELLE)

Valley Fest took flight

This weekend marked another wonderful Valley Fest celebration - the 25th to be exact. Check out photographer Dan Pelle's slide show from the festive weekend here. And share your favorite Valley Fest memories in the comments below.

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 19, 2014

Zombie breakfast not a dead affair

I attended the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce "Zombie Breakfast" this morning at Mirabeau Park Hotel and got a chance to say hello to the new president and CEO of the chamber, Katherine Morgan. John Guarisco said that Morgan was selected from a group...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 18, 2014

Scouting out the new beat (test)

Hello Spokane Valley

- I'm your new designated reporter and I am looking to have some fun with this blog, too. I just spent a good hour visiting with Carolbelle Branch at City Hall, and she helped me come up with a list of people and places to...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27, 2014

Valley's first legal pot store set to open

The Valley’s first state-licensed recreational marijuana shop is hosting a grand opening celebration Friday. Sativa Sisters is located in the former Planned Parenthood building at 10525 E. Trent Ave., just inside Millwood city limits. It plans on carrying marijuana from at least three regional producers,...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 21, 2014

Grocery Outlet expanding into Valley

Grocery Outlet plans to open its first Valley location next month. The Berkeley, California-based company bills itself as a bargain grocer. The new 22,000-square-foot Valley location will be in the former Rite Aid drug store at 12115 E. Sprague Ave.. It will be the family-owned...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20, 2014

WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014

TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014

Valley imposes more restrictions on pot retailers 

Valley leaders unanimously adopted new restrictions on recreational marijuana retailers tonight despite warnings from pot entrepreneurs that it could doom the fledgling industry's success here. The local restrictions go beyond the existing state prohibitions on marijuana operations within 1,000 feet of schools, parks and libraries....

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TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2014

Valley pools open Saturday

Spokane Valley’s three public pools will open Saturday for the summer. All cost $1 per person for open swim sessions, which are generally available seven days a week through August from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and again from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Be...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2014

Valley goes with Sunshine over Spokane County 

It’s official. After years of discussions and negotiations over regional garbage disposal, Spokane Valley is going its own way. City Council members decided unanimously tonight to contract with Sunshine Disposal & Recycling to handle disposal of the Valley’s estimated 45,000 tons of garbage each year....

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TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014

Valley Council favors Sunshine Disposal offer

Spokane Valley likely will be taking a pass on joining the county's regional solid waste system. The city council unanimously decided tonight to advance a proposed contract with Sunshine Disposal & Recycling for final consideration next week, despite warnings from county officials who contend that...

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