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Today’s highlights

Ralph and Geraldine Reifenberger live near Fairfield on farmland that has a 97-year-old barn on the property. They have been married for 63 years. SR photo/Dan Pelle

We packed a ton of news into today's Valley Voice, starting with a profile of new Spokane Valley City Councilman Rod Higgins. His background is mostly in the mining industry, but it includes detrours as a seed farmer, mail sorter and a broker.

Reporter Nicole Hensley has two reports from the East Valley School District. One story looks at the aftermath of the district's fifth bond failure. The second looks at the district's plans to take over the former Walker Army Reserve Center off Sullivan Road. The property was declared surplus and isn't costing the district any money to acquire.

The Spokane Valley City Council met to talk about road construction projects in 2013. The Mayor also gave SCOPE an award and key to the city in recognitition of their positive impact on the community.

Correspondent Cindy Hval tops it all off with a Love Story on Fairfield couple Ralph and Geraldine Reifenberger.  

Today’s highlights

A firefighter with the Spokane Valley Fire Department hauls a hose Tuesday through the front yard of a house at 9621 E. Empire Ave. that was donated to the department for a training exercise. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland

Today is Thursday, so join me in celebrating the fact that it is almost Friday and there's a new Valley Voice to look over. I have to single out SR photographer Tyler Tjomsland for taking a great photo of a traning fire in Millwood. The house was donated to the Spokane Valley Fire Department, which spent Tuesday training in it before they burned it to the ground.

Reporter Nicole Hensley has a trio of stories today, one of them looking at the fifth failure of an East Valley School District construction bond. Superintendent John Glenewinkel said the bond lacked parental support and the district will look at whether to try again with a trimmed down version.

Nicole also talked to 89-year-old Newman Lake resident Lee Hutchison, who travels four times a week by bus to volunteer at the Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She was recently named employee of the month in recognition of her tireless work.

Theater Arts of Children is getting ready to stage a production of “The Three Musketeers.” Nicole spoke to some of the actors preparing for opening night.

Today’s highlights

Liberty Lake Police Officer Jeff Jones. SR photo/Colin Mulvany

Another Thursday means more Valley Voice highlights to look over. The Spokane Valley City Council had to turn to a coin toss this week in selecting a new council member after three tie votes. Rod Higgins, who has served on the city's planning commission for the last year, won the toss and was sworn in as the newest council member.

There's a new police officer on patrol in Liberty Lake. Officer Jeff Jones joined the police department in January after working as a Pend Oreille County sheriff's deputy for eight years. He's adjusting to a busier pace and a much shorter distance between calls.

Reporter Nicole Hensley has a story on a flyer the Citizens for Responsible Taxation has sent out opposing the East Valley School District bond. The school district says the information on the flyer is incorrect. The group has opposed school bonds and levys throughout the county in recent years.

Saturday’s highlights

Luke Pillsbury, director of youth ministries for Opportunity Presbyterian Church on Pines Road, sits with some of the toys for the church’s toy store, where community members who are invited can get toys at a deep discount. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

Welcome to a snowy, somewhat slippery Monday morning. We brought you some good stories in Saturday's Valley Voice, so lets look at some of the highlights. Opportunity Presbyterian Church opened its toy store for business Saturday, carrying on an annual tradition of providing extremely low cost toys to low income residents. The store, which is organized by the church youth, has been growing every year.

A Newman Lake woman was recently charged with animal cruelty after someone reported buying a sick puppy from her Iron Horse Kennel on Hauser Lake Road. An inspection by SCRAPS animal control officers reportedly showed other violations at the dog kennel as well. The woman, identified as Wilma L. Turner, also has a hearing scheduled for Wednesday on allegations that she has violated her probation after she pled guilty to two charges related to conditions at her kennel in 2011.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on East Farms Elementary School teacher Elisha Erickson, who was recently given an award by the Spokane Valley Fire Department for taking in two children that were dropped off at a fire station with little information. One of the children was a student of Erickson's. Lisa also has a story on a possible bond vote in the East Valley School District. The school board will meet Tuesday to decide whether or not to run a bond to modernize and repair several schools. Four previous attempts to pass a bond in recent years have failed.

The Spokane Valley City Council had several discussions during its Tuesday meeting, including a draft Shoreline Master Program restoration plan, fee amounts for 2013 and street maintenance and sweeping contracts.   

Newman Lake Fire special meeting tonight

Newman Lake Fire District 13 will have a special commissioner meeting tonight at 6 p.m. One of the biggest items on the agenda will be the failure of the construction bond at the polls this month and what steps the district should take next. It looks like there will be some discussion about the 2012 levy as well. The meeting will be held at Station 1 at 10236 N. West Newman Lake Drive.

District 13 special meeting

Spokane County Fire District 13 in Newman Lake is having a special public meeting tonight at 7 p.m. to give out information about the district's bond on the November ballot. The district is asking for $2.2 million to build a new Station 1. The meeting tonight is at the old Station 1, 10236 N. West Newman Lake Drive. If you have any questions about the bond, head on over and ask some questions.

Vote today to have a voice

Just a reminder to residents in the East Valley School District that ballots for the bond election must be postmarked today in order to be counted by the Spokane County Elections Office. Otherwise you have until 8 p.m. today to drop it off at the Elections Office at 1033 W. Gardner or put it in one of the special ballot drop off boxes located all public libraries.

The first results will be released at 8 p.m. tonight and you can check www.spokesman.com for information. Additional ballots will continue to be counted over the next week or two before the election results are certified.

Today’s highlights

East Valley School District Superintendent John Glenewinkel, second from right, listens as EV Executive Director of Operations Brian Wallace presents the fiscal future of the school district and upcoming bond at an informational meeting March 15. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

There's a nice fat Valley Voice today to keep you busy over your morning cup of coffee. There are two sides to any story and that is the case with the East Valley School District's upcoming bond election. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has the views from both sides today. Is new construction long overdue or is the timing bad?

The Spokane Valley City Council hit the pause button on awarding a bid for the Indiana Avenue Extension road construction project over concerns about the road's design. The issue has been tabled for two weeks while the council seeks more information. The project was scheduled to start in mid-April.

Those of you who are fans of Geno's Italian Restaurant on Spokane's north side take note - the restaurant is closing on Saturday. Reporter Pia Hallenberg has a story on the end of the popular restaurant. Apparently the crowds are huge this week as everyone goes for one final visit. One woman said she was flying in from Washington, D.C., for her last meal there.

The Liberty Lake Police blotter has news of several arrests in the last week, including one shoplifter who ran out of the Safeway directly towards a detective.

Coming Thursday

We've got tons of good stuff coming your way again in Thursday's Valley Voice. The East Valley School Board voted to take the plunge and ask residents to approve a bond on the April ballot. The Spokane Valley City Council had a fairly short meeting Tuesday, but did vote to approve a ban on selling e-cigarettes to minors.

The North Palouse Community Food Bank in Fairfield has been well supported by the community. It serves the towns of Fairfield, Rockford, Latah and Waverly and we went down there last week to so how they do it. Reporter Lisa Leinberger talked to some third graders at Pasadena Park Elementary who have been learning about the Iditarod sled dog race. The students made centerpieces that will be shipped to Alaska to decorate the tables of the mushers who will gather for a banquet.

There will also be another Spokane Valley campaign announcement for the November election. You'll have to check out the Valley Voice tomorrow for more details. 

Bits and pieces

There was some excitement after I left work last night. An armed man robbed the Dollar Tree store at 9211 E. Montgomery at 7:20 p.m. Witnessess said they saw him loitering around the front of the store for quite some time before he did the deed. Click here for more information, including a description.  

Reporter Jody Lawrence-Turner has a story today on why the local bonds failed, including one for the Central Valley School District. Theories include the economy and vote by mail. See more from Central Valley Superintendent Ben Small here.

Today’s highlights

Central Valley Superintendent Ben Small answers a question from a member of the Liberty Lake Kiwanis Club about the upcoming CV bond levy at a Jan. 12 meeting. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

Pour your coffee and settle in, it's time to take a look at some highlights of today's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger interviewed Central Valley School District superintendent Ben Small to get all the information you ever wanted to know about the district's upcoming bond, including a full list of what schools will benefit. Correspondent Cindy Hval has a story on a program called Safety Net, which helps youth who are aging out of the foster care system.

The Spokane Valley City Council voted Tuesday to advance an emergency ordinance to remove the City Center zone from SARP to a second reading. There was a lot of public comment on the issue that was almost evenly split. I didn't have enough space to include them all, but there's a representative sample in there. On a related note, check out my story in today's main paper about council woman Rose Dempsey's resignation.  

Bond information meeting tonight

If you're looking for something to do tonight and the zoning discussion at the Spokane Valley City Council meeting isn't your cup of tea, the Central Valley School District will host a bond information meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at North Pines Middle School, 701 N. Pines Road. A $69.6 million bond is on the Feb. 8 ballot and if it passes it will be used to pay for a long list of school expansion and remodeling projects. Check the district's web site for more details on the bond.

Coming Thursday

We have so many stories for Thursday's Valley Voice I'm not sure if we can fit them all in. Reporter Lisa Leinberger will score a trifecta, writing all three of the cover stories. She takes another look at the Central Valley construction bond issue by visiting Evergreen Middle School, which is scheduled for renovation if the bond passes. The East Valley School District board met again this week. Supporters of the district's “re-visioning” plan to combine grades pre-kindergarten through the eighth grade in the same building controlled the microphone this time.

An assembly was held recently at Central Valley High School to recognize the school's orchestra teacher, who is deploying to Afghanistan with the Army Reserves. The Spokane Valley City Council held a mostly uneventful meeting with a light agenda. Meanwhile, the Liberty Lake Police Chief believes a prolific garage buglar is back in town and up to his old tricks after being arrested last month.

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