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Today’s highlights

Dave Smith has been hired as the new superintendent of the Newport School District. He is leaving his job as principal of Freeman High School. SR photo/Lisa Leinberger

I'm happy that it's Thursday for three reasons - it's one day closer to Friday, it's a Valley Voice Day and our 90 degree weather is supposed to come to an end this weekend. Happy day! In today's Valley Voice, reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on the departure of Freeman High School Principal Dave Smith. Smith is leaving to become the superintendent of the Newport (Wash.) School District, the same district where he grew up and where his father was superintendent.

The Liberty Lake City Council is beginning its 2014 budget process. They will make some key decisions during a day-long budget retreat coming up, such as whether to continue a utility tax and whether to develop vacant land the city owns at Mission Ave. and Signal Road.

Mirabeau Point Park has been dubbed a “jewel” by an SCC earth science instructor who gave a report Tuesday to the Spokane Valley City Council on the unique geolocial features in the park.

Today’s highlights

Greenacres Middle School eighth-grader Zach Windhorst salutes Friday after performing with teacher Dana Hilpert and her dog Murphy. SR photo/Dan Pelle

Welcome to wet and rainy Thursday. Today is a good day to stay inside and have that second cup of coffee while checking out highlights from today's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger stopped by Greenacres Middle School on the last day of school to check out their annual talent show. The singers, dancers and one dog strutted their stuff in the gym.

The Spokane Valley City Council had their annual day-long budget workshop this week. The city is looking for expenses and revenues to both increase a little more than 4 percent in 2014, but there is a long list of capital projects wanting attention. First among them is the replacement of the west Sullivan Road bridge.

St. Mary's Catholic Church is celebrating its 100th anniversary this week with a special Mass and potluck dinner Friday night. Current and former church members are invited to attend.

Lisa has another great story on two Central Valley High School students who created a bench using truck tailgates and tire rims. It was such a success that Greg Van Doren and Cory Jones are looking into starting a business to sell similar items.

Spokane Valley Council budget retreat

This is just a reminder that the Spokane Valley City Council will host their annual budget workshop Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague Ave. The public is welcome to attend the meeting, which will focus on planning and the 2014 budget. I plan to be there, so don't expect any activity on the blog tomorrow.

Today’s highlights

Andrea Gasser, a Central Valley High School junior, represents Israel at the International Economic Summit on Tuesday at the school. Students from CV and East Valley High School came together to display their research about the culture and economy of various countries around the world. Wearing a costume of some kind and serving a traditional food was optional. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

Happy Thursday, everyone, though I confess I thought today should be Friday. But since it's not Friday yet, it's time for some Valley Voice highlights. Reporter Lisa Leinberger recently stopped by an economic summit hosted by the marketing classes at Central Valley High School and East Valley High School. The students researched different countries and then presented what they learned during the summit. Some students went as far as wearing traditional costumes or bringing food samples.

The Spokane Valley City Council is preparing to make changes to the 2013 budget to pay for several new projects. They are providing funding for new carpet in City Hall, a yearlong advertising campaign, designing the Appleway Trail, developing the Balfour Park expansion and buying business route signs.

Lisa also has a story on the University of Idaho's performance group called DancersDrummersDreamers, which is performing at University High School Friday. The performance will include students from the high school.

Today’s highlights

Avid archer and hunter Jake Hodge holds the tension on his bow and checks the sights after they were adjusted at Spokane Valley Archery Friday. The large shop, with a small indoor range and large outdoor range, is a destination for archers looking for technical experience in the shop and a place to shoot, alone or in a league. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

We've got a bunch of good stuff for you in today's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger stopped by Spokane Valley Archery, which is seeing an increased interest in archery after it was featured in some popular movies recently. The business offers indoor and outdoor shooting as well as lessons and equipment rentals.

Lisa also has a story on the upcoming Millwood Daze. The annual event includes a fun run, parade, car show, art festival and lots more. It all takes place Aug. 25 at various locations in Millwood. Check her story for more details. She also has a report on the Central Valley School District budget. For the first time in years, the budget does not include cuts. The sports participation fees will continue, however.

The Spokane Valley City Council is considering a changed proposal from the Spokane County Library District that includes a smaller library as part of a proposed partnership with the city. The council also heard details on the proposed 2013 budget, which sets aside $2 million for street preservation after pulling money from other funds that was intended to be spent on other items.

Spokane Valley Fire Department Commissioner Monte Nesbitt announced his resignation this week after the firefighters union raised concerns about his residency. Nesbitt's resignation will be effective Dec. 31.

West Valley budget workshop

The West Valley School District will host a budget workshop for the community from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Millwood Early Childhood Center, 8818 E. Grace. The superintendent and deputy superintendent will give a brief presentation on the budget, including levies, and then take questions from the audience. Space is limited. People are asked to call Sue Shields at (509) 340-7204 for reservations.

Health District special meeting set

This isn't strictly a Spokane Valley issue, but there has been widespread interest in the proposed budget cuts at the Spokane Regional Health District. Staff and program cuts are included in the $2 million reduction. The special meeting will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the District's first floor auditorium at  1101 W. College. A vote on the budget could take place at the special meeting or at the next regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 1.

Saturday’s highlights

Washington State governor Christine Gregoire has declared State Highway 27 from Tekeo to Rockford as a scenic highway at the urging of Rockford Mayor Micki Harnois. This picture was taken south of Fairfield, looking north. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

Let's just start by saying “Oops.” Somehow the ending of my story on Highway 27 from Rockford to Tekoa never got on the page. We got a bunch of calls about this over the weekend. We'll rerun the story (the whole story) in Thursday's Valley Voice. But you can also read the full stoy here.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger talked to the Earth Science Teacher of the Year Dorinda Belcher, who works at North Pines Middle School. She also has a news-packed education column, so check that out to see what is going on in the various school districts. The Spokane Valley City Council spent a day last week talking about the 2012 budget. No decisions were made, but they went through each department's budget.

Also, for those of you wondering what happened to the Liberty Lake police blotter, it didn't fit and will also run in Thursday's Valley Voice.

West Valley budget meeting

The West Valley School District will host another special meeting tonight to get community input on what programs to cut and what programs to keep. The district is anticipating a fair-sized cut in the funds it receives from the State. The meeting will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at West Valley High School, 8301 E. Buckeye Ave. This will be the last special meeting to discuss the budget, so if you haven't had a chance to have your say yet, head on over.

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