Spokane Valley

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26, 2014

Advent celebration on Sunday

Millwood Community Presbyterian Church is hosting an Advent party on Nov. 30 from 4-7 p.m. There will be crafts for children and adults, singing of Christmas carols and lots of snacks. The church is located at 3223 N. Marguerite Rd. Call: (509) 924-2350.

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THURSDAY, NOV. 20, 2014

David Sean Brown runs a Spokane Valley history page in Facebook  (Pia Hallenberg)

Facebook page tracks Spokane Valley History

David Sean Brown was born and raised in Spokane Valley. Back in 2010, he joined Facebook and quickly made contact with people he'd gone to school with or shared interests with. "I've always been interested in the history of Spokane and Spokane Valley," said Brown...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, 2014

Thursday morning coffee is on -

- at the Rocket Bakery on Argonne Road. I will be there around 9 a.m. and stick around until 10:30 a.m. Rumor has it we may get a visit from David Sean Brown who started and runs The History of Spokane Valley Facebook page. Stop...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 18, 2014

Linda Rae Osmonson owns a classic river rock home in the Spokane Valley. She has spent the past decade on restoration efforts. (Colin Mulvany)

List of rock homes is growing fast 

Since the story on Spokane Valley river rock homes ran on Sunday, we've had more than ten people register their rock home on the online map we provided. Don't be left out - submit your home today. In a week or so we will share...

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MONDAY, NOV. 17, 2014

FRIDAY, NOV. 14, 2014

First dance with Mary Jane  

You may remember Shelly Clark as one of the organizers behind the protest that lead to Spokane Valley outlawing topless barristas about a year ago. Thursday night, Clark and the Coalition for Community Values called a meeting at CenterPlace to discuss the impact the legalization...

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MONDAY, NOV. 3, 2014

Connie Klien, center, Marsha Plewman, left, and Bev Hannibal open and check ballots Thursday at the Spokane County Elections Office. (Dan Pelle)

Is this Spokane Valley as you know it? 

Just in time for the election, my colleague Jim Camden wrote a piece about how Spokane Valley has been rated the most centrist town in the United States by USA Today and the website Liveability.com Do you recognize Spokane Valley in the description?

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15, 2014

River rock homes in Spokane Valley

Together with staff at The Spokane Valley Heritage Museum we are looking for homes in Spokane Valley constructed with river rock. The homes we are looking for don't have to be as elaborate as the original Vera Water Pump House above, but the front or...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8, 2014

Riders board and disembark from the No. 66 bus at the Jefferson Park and Ride in downtown Spokane on Friday. The routes to and from Cheney are busier these days, boosting the bottom line of the Spokane Transit Authority and staving off service cuts on other routes. (Jesse Tinsley)

STA open house and forum Thursday

Spokane Transit Authority is hosting a series of open houses asking the public for input on its long-range transit plan, Moving Forward. The first open house is Oct. 9 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Center Place, 2426 North Discovery Place. Valley residents are encouraged to show...

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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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