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MONDAY, DEC. 13, 2010

Santa Claus is coming to town

And he is most certainly making his list and checking it twice. The jolly red-robed one will be touring neighborhoods in Fire District 8 south of the Spokane and Spokane Valley city limits every night this week. Since his reindeer are resting up for the...

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Pasadena Park Elementary volunteer Cheri Reed helps third-grader Grace Peters find the perfect gift for her family at the Scholar Dollar Christmas store, which she organizes. By reading, students earn points that they can cash in to buy gifts for family members at the store.  (J. Bart Rayniak)

Saturday's highlights

Pasadena Park Elementary volunteer Cheri Reed helps third-grader Grace Peters find the perfect gift for her family at the Scholar Dollar Christmas store, which she organizes. SR photo/Bart RayniakNow that we're all up on this fine Monday morning and on our first (or second) cup...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 10, 2010

Christmas in Fairfield

Fairfield Care will celebrate its first Christmas with a community celebration. The meal will be potluck, but there will also be prizes, bingo, Christmas carols and Christmas presents for children 12 and under. If you're looking for a bit of holiday cheer, head to 503...

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What's on tap

There are some interesting meetings coming up next week. The Spokane Valley City Council will meet at its usual time at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague. There are several proposed motions on the agenda, including approval of several street maintenance contracts....

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Coming Saturday

Saturday's Valley Voice will have a bit of everything - school kids, emergency services and city government. The students at Pasadena Park Elementary spent the fall reading to earn points. Now they're spending those points to buy Christmas gifts at the Scholar Dollar Store run...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 9, 2010

Mayor's brother picked for planning commission

Spokane Valley Deputy Mayor Gary Schimmels is recommending that Bill Bates, mayor Tom Towey's half-brother, be appointed to one of the two vacant seats on the planning commission. Bates retired from Rosauer's as vice president of retail operations for 26 stores. Schimmels is recommending that...

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The  Barker Road Bridge is  reopened in both directions.  (J. BART RAYNIAK)

River users feel betrayed

The Barker Road Bridge the day it opened back up to traffic in June 2010 after being closed for two years. SR photo/Bart Rayniak.Outdoors writer Rich Landers has a story today about problems with river access after the construction of the Barker Bridge. Kayakers and...

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For 22 years, Santa has stood proudly in the parking lot at the White Elephant store on East Sprague Avenue in the Spokane Valley waving  at passersby. The 13-foot-tall statue once graced the windows of The Crescent department store in downtown Spokane. (J. BART RAYNIAK)

Today's highlights

For 22 years, Santa has stood proudly in the parking lot at the White Elephant store on East Sprague Avenue in the Spokane Valley waving at passerby. The 13-foot tall statue once graced the windows of The Crescent department store in downtown Spokane. SR photo/Bart...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8, 2010

Planning Commission meeting on emergency amendment

The Spokane Valley Planning Commission meeting Thursday will include a public hearing on an emergency comprehensive plan amendment to remove the City Center zone of the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan and replaced it with mixed use zoning. There will also be a study session on a...

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Coming Thursday

There are a few goodies on tap for tomorrow's Valley Voice. A Liberty Lake city council member was so frustrated during Tueday's meeting focusing on the 2011 budget that she got up and walked out. A special meeting has been called for 6 p.m. Dec....

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Firefighters and employees from Spokane Valley Fire shopped for the Tree of Sharing at the Valley Mall on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Photo is courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department. (Photo courtesy Spokane Valley Fire Department)

Tree of Sharing update

Yesterday's Spokane Valley Fire shopping trip at the Valley Mall to benefit the Tree of Sharing was a rousing success. Pictured are some of the 43 firefighters and department employees who picked up 75 gift tags and shopped for local low income residents. The photo...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 7, 2010

A garage fire burns at 3102 N. Lily Road on Dec. 7, 2010. Photo is courtesy of the Spokane Valley Fire Department. (Photo courtesy Spokane Valley Fire Department)

Garage fire caused by gas fumes igniting

A Spokane Valley man learned the hard way this afternoon that gasoline fumes and open flames don't mix. The man was apparently working on his snowmobile when gas fumes ignited and his garage burned, according to a press release from assistant fire marshal Bill Clifford...

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Spokane Valley audit exit conference

Representatives from the Washington State Auditors Office have been auditing the City of Spokane Valley for several weeks. The exit conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the council chambers at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague. Council members are expected to attend the meeting,...

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Garage fire

Spokane Valley Fire units are heading to a fully involved garage fire on Lily Road north of Woodard Elementary. On the scanner it sounds like some fire engines were delayed for several minutes because of a train. "We're all stacked up on Park waiting for...

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This sign welcomed drivers to Washington as they crossed Idaho-Washington state line on Highway 10 before Interstate 90 was constructed.  (Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum)

Old Highway 10

This sign welcomed drivers to Washington as they crossed Idaho-Washington state line on Highway 10 before Interstate 90 was constructed. The photo is courtesy of the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum.

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Tree of Sharing

I'm told that about 30 firefighters from Spokane Valley Fire will be stopping by the Valley Mall today at noon to purchase gifts for the Tree of Sharing. Every year the trees are put up in local malls decorated with tags listing gifts or needed...

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MONDAY, DEC. 6, 2010

Convenience store robbieries

On the heels of last week's bank robbery are two convenience store robberies, the most recent this morning. An armed man entered the Zip Trip at 15504 E. Fourth at about 2:30 a.m. today. The clerk told police that the man brandished a black pistol...

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Council meetings Tuesday

Both Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake are back in the swing of things with council meetings Tuesday night. The Spokane Valley meeting will include a proposed resolution amending the master fee schedule, a report on lodging tax proposals, a report on railroad crossing quiet zones,...

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Tyler Brink pulls his homemade ski sled and Eric Wagemann trudges his homemade “ski bike” up a hill at Valley Mission Park, Wednesday. This was the first day of sledding for the Spokane Valley boys. The hill has been busy since the recent snowfall, and several injuries occurred on the popular sledding hill over the weekend.  (J. BART RAYIAK)

Saturday's highlights

Tyler Brink pulls his homemade ski sled and Eric Wagemann trudges his homemade "ski bike" up a hill at Valley Mission Park on Wednesday. The hill has been busy since the recent snowfall and several injuries occurred on the popular sledding hill over the weekend....

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FRIDAY, DEC. 3, 2010

Jerry Stout puts the finishing touches on his snowman he built in his Upriver Drive apple orchard, Thurs., Dec. 2, 2010. "The snow is actually working, and i'm out of work, so I've got the time," remarked the 65 year-old. He found buttons in his wife's sewing kit for eyes, painted a night light for the nose, and used yarn for the mouth.  (J. Bart Rayniak)

Coming on Saturday

Jerry Stout puts the finishing touches on his snowman he built in his Upriver Drive apple orchard on Thursday. "The snow is actually working, and I'm out of work, so I've got the time," remarked the 65-year-old. He found buttons in his wife's sewing kit...

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Bank robbery update

No arrest has been made in yesterday's bank robbery. A K9 team was unable to track the suspect and people in a home that drew police's attention for a time turned out to be uninvolved, according to police spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan.The robber got away...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 2, 2010

Bank robbery near Sprague and Bowdish

The Sterling Savings bank near Sprague and Bowdish was robbed just before 2:30 p.m. Police are flooding the area. Dispatchers say the suspect is discribed as a white male, age 25-30, about 5' 6" tall and 130 pounds. He was reportedly wearing a dark coat,...

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Santa hits the road

The jolly man himself is planning a couple of stops in the Valley area this weekend as kids start polishing their Christmas lists and trying to behave. Because he KNOWS if you've been bad or good. Santa will make an appearance at the annual Millwood...

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Two contracted graders clear compact snow and ice off 15th Avenue just east of McDonald Road in Spokane Valley on Monday.  (J. Bart Rayniak)

Today's highlights

Two contracted graders clear compact snow and ice off 15th Avenue just east of McDonald Road in Spokane Valley on Monday. SR photo/Bart RayniakThere are a few good reads in today's Valley Voice. The City of Spokane Valley's public works director believe's the city's plowing...

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Traffic lights out along Argonne

All traffic lights are out at the intersections of Argonne and Knox and Argonne and Broadway. Others may be out as well. A dispatcher reports that Avista had to turn off power in the area temporarily to deal with a downed power line. A deputy...

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