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After they had their picture taken, twins, Maddie and Erik Cathcart, 2, tell Santa what they want for Christmas at River Park Square on Saturday. SR photo/Colin Mulvany
Happy Thursday, everyone. It's almost Christmas, which means we have a couple Christmas-themed stories for you in today's Valley Voice. Correspondent Cindy Hval interviewed Santa, AKA Jim Burney, who has been donning his red, fur-trimmed suit for 39 years. These days he can be found at River Park Square in downtown Spokane. I hear he's even a Seahawks fan. He even dishes about his favorite reindeer in a quick Q&A.
Correspondent Jill Barville was at the Spokane International Airport for a Fantasy Flight to the North Pole for local children. The 63 children on the flight were nominated by local social service agencies. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on autistic Barker High School student Jonathan Finck, who has his colorful art on display in the school's hallway. His fellow students enjoy watching him work.
The city of Spokane Valley is looking at an annual funding shortfall of $3 million for street preservation projects. The city has been spending about $4 million a year but should be spending $7 million, a recent study of street conditions showed.
Volunteer Shannon Braithwait, left, puts out clothing at the Council Closet, a clothes bank at Barker High, on Wednesday. Students and their families can choose clothes from the donated items when the closet is open. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley
I abandoned the blog for a day off Friday, but now it's Monday and I'm back with some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has two interesting stories. The Central Valley School district houses the Council Closet in Barker High School. The closet provides used clothing, shoes and other items to students in need.
At Pasadena Park Elementary, students got the chance to vote on a new rock climbing wall for the playground earlier this year. The wall is now installed and students have been eagerly climbing all over it. The new equipment was purchased by the school's Parent Teacher Organization.
Correspondent Deborah Chan has a touching column on her struggle with breast cancer. Correspondent Steve Christilaw wrote about the Central Valley High School cross country team, which recently won the state championship.
The pond and landscaped area known as Mirabeau Springs in Mirabeau Point Park was once the tiger enclosure at Walk in the Wild Zoo, which closed in the 1990s. The area was reclaimed as the park, which sits behind the YMCA and CenterPlace in Spokane Valley. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley
Welcome back, everyone. I'm back from vacation and ready to go, so let's check out some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. The Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation Department has put out a new brochure highlighting the history of the site that now includes Mirabeau Park, Mirabeau Springs and CenterPlace. The land was the former site of the Walk in the Wild Zoo. The brochure includes a map that locates each of the old animal enclosures so people can find them as they walk the trails in the wooded area. What is now Mirabeau Springs was the old home of two Bengal tigers named Lilly and Kasey.
Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on Barker High School, an alternative school that just graduated its largest class ever. She looked into what makes the school so successful. She also has a story on Sarah Matlack, who is the fourth generation of her family to graduate from Central Valley High School.
Correspondent Steve Christilaw has a story on Central Valley High School junior Katie Wardsworth, who won the recent Washington State Hammer Championships. She comes from a family of hammer throwers and is expecting a lot of interest from college track and field coaches.
Our Saturday edition of the Valley Voice included a story about a special therapy dog at Barker High School, a couple of Valley firefighters who competed in the annual Scott Firefighter Stair Climb, and a story about an autistic teen who has found a way to communicate through art.
You can find a complete listing of Saturday's Voices stories here.
Saturday's Valley Voice is going to be packed with news from all corners of the Valley again. It will make for some good morning reading with your coffee and scrambled eggs. The Spokane Valley City Council heard a report on the planned Indiana Avenue extension project that will connect Indiana to the intersection of Mission and Flora. Construction is expected to start in mid-April.
The Millwood City Council voted to have a citizen's advisory committee study the wading pool issue. Reporter Lisa Leinberger checked in with a therapy dog named Adams at Barker High School. A team from the Spokane Valley Fire Department recently competed in the annual stair climb competition in Seattle. The team took first place and one firefighter came in third overall.
I came in this afternoon to find an email inbox bursting with accident reports and pleas from local law enforcement agencies for drivers to slow down and be careful. It looks like it’s going to get downright nasty tonight, so everyone drive slowly out there. I’m already hearing accidents and slide-off’s on the scanner.
Now for the highlights from Saturday’s Valley Voice. I took a look at why the City of Spokane Valley is doing so well financially when other cities are hurting. Correspondent Steve Christilaw took a look at the East Valley football team’s journey to the playoffs. There were more discussions about the city budget in Liberty Lake and reporter Lisa Leinberger wrote about the annual Thanksgiving dinner at Barker High School.