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Vacant house burns

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Spokane Valley Fire Department crews responded to a report of smoke and flames seen coming from a home at 8815 E. Broadway at 7 a.m. today. It was quickly upgraded to a working fire. The flames caused extensive damage to the home, according to Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Clifford.

Neighbors told firefighters that the house had been vacant for about a month but the owner had been inside doing repairs recently, Clifford said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and a a dollar estimate for damages is not yet available. Broadway Ave. was shut down while firefighters worked. Photos courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

Victims in double fatal accident identified

The man and woman killed in a traffic accident at East Broadway Avenue and North Locust Road in Spokane Valley on Valentine’s Day have been identified as Justin J. Stevens, 35, and Alisha K. Germany, 29.

The two were heading west on Broadway at high speed when their car left the road and hit a small tree and a telephone pole before hitting a large tree head-on. Neither was wearing a seat belt and alcohol was believed to be involved, according to a police news release. The two were declared dead at the scene.

Stevens was a level 3 registered sex offender with a lengthy criminal history, including convictions for first-degree rape, failure to register as a sex offender, obstructing an officer, first-degree criminal trespass and possession of a controlled substance. He was required to register as a sex offender after being convicted of raping a 78-year-old woman at knifepoint in 1995.

Germany had convictions for fourth-degree domestic violence assault and failure to cooperate with police.

Two dead in Spokane Valley accident

A man and a woman killed in a traffic accident last night at Broadway and Locust in Spokane Valley have not yet been identified. Police believe speed and alcohol were involved in the crash, which sent a red Corvette head on into a large tree. Witnesses reportedly told police the car was going about 60 or 70 miles per hour in the 35 mph zone. Click here for more details.

Road work still going on

I realized there is still a lot of road work going on even though it's nearly October when I stumbled across a closed lane on Sprague Ave. at McDonald Road this morning. A check of this week's traffic update from the city of Spokane Valley shows a lot going on.

Work on Broadway is happening this week between Pines Road and University Road. There will be traffic lane and sidewalk closures during the week, so be prepared for delays if you drive this route. The intersection of 11th and Herald road will be closed until 5:30 p.m. today for storm water work. Detours will be in place and the intersection should reopen tomorrow. Evergreen Road between 16h and 24th will be completely closed Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drivers are asked to use McDonald Road instead. And of course crews are still hard at work on the I-90 widening project east of Sullivan.

Remember to watch for work crews and keep your speed down when going through work zones.

Van on fire on Broadway

Spokane Valley Fire Department crews are responding to a cargo van on fire on Broadway just east of Fancher. The van is reportedly partially full of insulation. Expect traffic problems in the area.

Road closures ahead

Greenacres residents will notice today that the intersection of Mission and Flora is now closed for the installation of a new roundabout. The closure is part of the project to extend Indiana Avenue east to that intersection. Detours are available along Boone, Arc and Baldwin. The detour route has been changed from earlier plans because recent heavy rains have slowed the repaving of several streets torn up for sewer installation. The detour routes are in residential areas, so people are urged to drive slowly and carefully.

The sidewalk work on Broadway from Moore to Flora is also continuing this week, so expect narrowed lanes and delays during the day through Friday.

More traffic issues

The City of Spokane Valley has announced other temporary traffic shutdowns for this week. Today the eastbound curb lane on Broadway at Dyer road will be closed until 5 p.m., as will the southbound lane of Dyer just south of Broadway. The closures should only last for today.

The eastbound curb lane of Sharp Ave. between Evergreen and Bannon will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day this week. The work should be completed on Friday.

This is the time of year when roads start getting dug up for small and large projects alike, so such short-term closures will become more frequent. Make sure to keep your speed down and stay well clear of the workers.

Traffic issues

There are a few small projects happening on Spokane Valley streets this week that will create occasional traffic problems. The southbound curb lane on Argonne Road will be closed just north of Knox Avenue on Wednesday, so expect congestion as people try to merge into one lane. Sidewalk repair work will be happening on Broadway between Moore and Flora through Friday. Expect narrowed lanes and some delays.

Then, of course, there are the multiple street closures in Greenacres for sewer installation work. The project to extend Indiana Avenue to the intersection of Mission and Flora is also ongoing.

Saturday’s highlights

Horizon Middle School eighth-grader Lucas Fitzsimmons, left, gets help separating leftover food waste and soiled paper from garbage, as part of the Central Valley School District’s cafeteria composting program. Assisting him, from right, are eighth-grade leadership students Colby Potts, Emma Kennedy and Scott McKinley. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

Here we are on another lovely Monday morning. Well, it will be lovely after the morning coffee kicks in. So now is the perfect time to take a look at what was published in Saturday's Valley Voice. The kids at Horizon Middle School stepped up to launch a new composting program that will be used by the entire Central Valley district by the end of the school year. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has the story and we also have a catchy rap tune performed by students to go with it. Just beware - you might find yourself singing it later.

Lisa also has information on the four finalists for the Freeman superintendent position. They are: Cheney High School principal Thomas Gresch, Liberty School District superintendent Bill Motsenbocker, Coeur d'Alene High School Principal Randy Russell and Mead School District executive director of human services Kelly Shea.

I've also got a look at what additions the Spokane Valley City Council is considering to go along with the Broadway Avenue Safety Project, including resurfacing part of Broadway and improving drainage in an area that floods during storms. The council also discussed the comprehensive plan amendment that would eliminate the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan. It became clear during their discussion that only councilman Bill Gothmann favors keeping SARP.

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