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Today’s highlights

Volunteers Kathy McAteer, left, along with Kathy and John Malone sort through donated food on Tuesday at Spokane Valley Partners. SR photo/Dan Pelle

I have to begin by apologizing for not blogging much this week. I've been scurrying about trying to work ahead for next week, which includes two days off (yay) and early deadlines (ugh). For now we should celebrate being exactly one week from Thanksgiving by going over some highlights from today's Valley Voice.

Eight Spokane Valley churches have been collecting money to give to the Spokane Valley Partners Food Bank to buy turkeys and other items for Thanksgiving baskets that will be handed out to those that need them next week. The churches are collecting money instead of actual turkeys this year because Thrivent Financial has promised to match their donations up to a $1,600 cap.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on several Central Valley High School music students that created the LETEM Play non-profit that distributes donated musical instruments to low-income students. The students have handed out $13,000 worth of instruments and have begun offering music clinics.

The results of the November elections will be certified next week, but the outcome of at least one race is still unknown. There is a tie among two city council candidates in the town of Latah and one race for Spokane Valley Fire Department commissioner is very near the threshold that will require an automatic recount. In Spokane Valley challenger Ed Pace has cemented his lead over City Council incumbent Gary Schimmels.

The Spokane Valley City Council debated on whether to request state funding for the Appleway Trail Project or the expansion of Balfour Park. The city's finance committee recommended Appleway Trail, but Balfour Park also has some support.

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 sure where the morning went, though I think I had a phone headset on for most of it. Still, it is not too late for some highlights from today's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger checked in with MeadowWood Golf Course range hand Brett Siddoway. He's in charge of fishing golf balls out of the lake in addition to cleaning golf carts and other tasks. HIs story is being told as part of a summertime series featuring people with unusual jobs.

Lisa also has a report on budget plans in the Central Valley School District. The district is looking at cutting kindergarten and first grade class sizes and offering all-day kindergarten at more schools. Doing so will mean hiring more staff and using portable classrooms.

The Spokane Valley City Council agreed this week to accept partial grant funding for the Appleway Trail. The city has three years to use the grant money, which should be enough time to find additional funding for the project, the council said. In other city news, the city has created a free smartphone app that uses mapping software to find local places to eat, play, shop and stay. You can use it to find local pools, department stores, gas stations and more. Look for it in the Android Play Store in the next few days. It will be available for iphones in a couple of weeks. 

The Spokane County Medical Examiner has identified the man killed in a motorcycle accident in Liberty Lake early on July 4. He is 45-year-old Matthew L. Jones.  

Saturday’s highlights

Broadway Elementary School students extend hands for high-fives from from Swoop, the Eastern Washington University mascot during an assembly, May 17 in the school gym. SR photo/Dan Pelle

Well, here we are on a Tuesday that feels like a Monday. I've successfully moved my base of operations across the room and am all set to go, so let's take a look at our packed Saturday Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger wrote a story on Broadway Elementary students, who won a contest to have the Eastern Washington University mascot Swoop visit their school. The entry was a last minute decision, but the kids enjoyed the visit.

Three draft designs for the expansion of Balfour Park were presented to the community during a recent public meeting. The majority of people seemed to favor the design that put an angled library on the southwest corner of the property at Sprague and Herarld. Spokane Valley is developing the site in partnership with the Spokane County Library District.

Filing week is over and there are some heated races coming up. Controversies in Latah and Rockford have brought out more than the usual number of candidates. Every Spokane Valley City Council seat will be contested this fall.

A preliminary design for the Appleway Trail was presented at a recent public meeting to get input on planned features. The city has no construction money for the project and is creating a design so the project will be ready to go. At a recent meeting the Spokane Valley City Council heard details on several proposed comprehensive plan amendments.

The town council in Rockford recently took the unusual step of cutting their own pay to save money. They are down to one full-time employee and other changes are likely in the future.

Appleway Trail meeting tonight

This is just a reminder that there is a public meeting tonight on the draft master plan for the Appleway Trail proposed for the old Milwaukee Railroad right of way south of Sprague Ave. The vacant land is owned by Spokane County, which has agreed to let the city develop a trail on the property. The trail would run from University Road to Evergreen Road.

The city collected comments at a previous public meeting where people identified what kind of amenities they would like, such as benches, play areas, trees and possibly community gardens. Those comments have been used to create the draft plan that will be presented tonight from 4 to 6 p.m. at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place.

Today’s highlights

Former Spokane Valley Mayor Mike DeVleming pauses during an interview on March 8, at Vera Water and Power. DeVleming was Spokane Valley’s first mayor and led the new city council in marathon meetings as they put the city together from the ground up. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland

There is a lot of news packed into today's Valley Voice, so let's get going. The city of Spokane Valley is celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend and there's a story on the city's early history that includes the city's first mayor and a current city councilman who spent his evenings and weekends trying to get incorporation on the balllot.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on a very lengthy East Valley School District meeting on K-8 education this week. Parents and teachers packed the meeting room and many gave their opinions on how the district should proceed.

The Spokane Valley City Council had several highlights this week. They appointed a new planning commissioner, signed a new City Hall lease that will save the city more than $73,000 the first year and awarded the first street preservation contract of the season.

There was also a big turn out for the city's public meeting on the proposed Appleway Trail that would run between University Road and Evergreen along the old Milwaukee Railroad right of way. The trail received an enthusiastic response.

Correspondent Cindy Hval has a story on the recent Celebrating Salish Conference, which brought together people involved in keeping the Salish language alive. The language is spoken by several Native American tribes, including the Kalispel Tribe.

New Appleway Trail coming

The stretch of undeveloped land south of Sprague Avenue frontage, east of University Road, is an old railroad right-of-way that the city of Spokane Valley would like to turn into a community trail for use by pedestrians and bicyclists. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

Reporter Mike Prager has some information in his Getting There column today on the proposed Appleway Trail through the heart of Spokane Valley. The city is holding a meeting next Monday to get input on the trail, which would follow the old Milwaukee Railroad right of way between University Road and Evergreen. A section of the trail has already been built from Tschirley Road to the eastern city limits. Read his story here for more details.

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