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Suspected arson fires continue to flare

Fire investigators believe that the high number of brush fires spotted lately are the work of an arsonist. The fires are within Fire District 8 and there has been more than two dozen of them. Scott Maben wrote today's story on the fires - please keep an eye out for anything suspicious and call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233 with any reports. You can also contact Fire District 8 directly. 

Today’s highlights

Improvements made to Woodlawn Cemetery in Spokane Valley include a new entry gate and central bench/columbarium. SR photo/Kathy Plonka

We've got several good stories for you in today's Valley Voice. Correspondent Cindy Hval talked to 12-year-old Justin Peterson, who has been working to raise money for Honor Flight. The organization takes World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the WW II memorial. Peterson recently won a national competition that will result in a $15,000 donation to Honor Flight.

The Spokane Valley City Council held a special meeting last week with local state legislators to pitch the importance of replacing the west Sullivan Bridge. The city is trying to come up with the last $10 million it needs to fund the project, which is estimated to cost $19.5 million, and wants the state to help fund the projects.

Correspondent Stefanie Pettit has a story on Woodlawn Cemetery in the Edgecliff Neighborhood. The cemetery was overgrown until residents of the neighborhood banded together to clean it up. It was called Englewood Cemetery when it was established in 1888. The cemetery is now owned and maintained by the Fairmount Memorial Association and is again open for burials.

Spokane County Fire District 8 is looking at a budget deficit for 2013 after a maintenance and operations levy failed at the polls last November. The fire commissioners are looking at ways to fill in the gap while also making numerous cuts.

The results of the West Valley School district mock election are in and mirror the actual election results, reports Lisa Leinberger. The experience gave students a taste of what a real election is like.

Saturday’s highlights

Alysia Brewer, rear center, leads a Zumba exercise class at Eastpoint Church in Spokane Valley Tuesday. SR photo/Christopher Anderson

It's Monday morning again, though a slipperty one, and therefore time to take a look at Saturday's Valley Voice. The first phase of the Ponderosa Ridge development south of 44th Avenue just outside the Spokane Valley city limits has been given the go-ahead by Spokane County Commissioners. The Ponderosa Neighborhood Association has decided not to file a legal appeal, but plan to keep pushing their concerns that there aren't enough roads out of the neighborhood if an evacuation is required.

Churches are apparently expanding to include popular Zumba exercise classes. Correspondent Jill Barville checked in with three Spokane Valley churches about the classes they offer.  Correspondent Steve Christilaw has a story on University High School assistant coach Dave Orndorff. This year he is coaching two of his sons and his nephew.

Saturday’s highlights

Central Valley defensive coordinator Steve Kent’s intense energy and enthusiasm has sparked his Bears in holding their opponents to just 12 points in their last three games, including two playoff wins. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

Saturday's Valley Voice is packed to the gills with news from the Spokane Valley area. Correspondent Steve Christilaw checked in with the Central Valley High School football team, which has had a successful season. Spokane Valley City Council candidate Ben Wick has clinched a win over competitor Marilyn Cline to take a seat on the council. Wick was ahead by only 20 votes on election night, but he drew further ahead as the vote counting continued.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on last week's Liberty Lake City Council meeting, which operated without a quorum for a while. The Spokane Valley City Council, after much discussion and a close vote, agreed to allow city staff to apply for a grant to build a decant facility to process the waste removed from the city's drywells. The council also unanimously approved the 2012 budget.

Fire District 8, Fire District 13 and the town of Rockford are regrouping after fire levies and bonds failed at the November polls. Each is considering how to move forward after voters rejected their request for money. Commissioners from the Spokane Valley Fire Department heard a presentation on their 2012 budget last week, which includes the construction of a new Station 6.  

Saturday’s highlights

Ponderosa Elementary fifth-graders Isaiah Gessner, left, and Nick Griep, center, listen to Marine Corps veteran Rex Walter describe his experiences serving his country in the early 1950s. Ponderosa student ambassadors brought veterans from Broadway Court Estates to their school for a Veterans Day assembly Tuesday. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

More election results topped Saturday's Valley Voice as votes continue to be counted. Reporter Lisa Leinberger reported the results for Liberty Lake City Council, mayor and Proposition 1.  The proposition to switch to a city administrator form of government failed and former mayor Steve Peterson is poised to retake leadership of the city.

Fire levies and bonds in the areas around Spokane Valley mostly did not do well. A construction bond in Fire District 13 failed, as did an M&O levy in Fire District 8 and replacement fire levy in Rockford. The only success story was the small town of Spangle, which passed a fire levy and a police levy.

Lisa also wrote a story on her trips to Veteran's Day celebrations at West Valley High School and Ponderosa Elementary School. Recently the owners of Savage Land Pizza sued Spokane County Water District 3 because of a dispute over the installation of a new water main. The East Valley School District board of directors has voted to put a replacement levy on the Feb. 14 ballot.

More election results

Last night I didn't mention the scores of other election results, including the races in Liberty Lake. Former mayor Steve Peterson is making a comeback by trouncing opponent Josh Beckett with 74 percent of the vote. Council candidate Shane Brickner captured 664 votes to Keith Kopelson's 559. Liberty Lake's Proposition 1 to shift to a city manager form of government was soundly defeated.

In Millwood Brian Ellingson and Glenn Bailey were ahead, if only barely. Ellingson has 20 more votes than Mike Ellis and Bailey was ahead of David Kopp by 21 votes. In Rockford Clinton Stevenson was only ahead of Steve Christman by five votes.

In Newman Lake Fire District 13 challenger Kathleen Small has 140 more votes than incumbent commissioner Clayton Andersen Sr. The vote for a bond to pay for a new station gathered 330 votes against and 326 votes of approval. The M&O levy in Fire District 8 is winning by 41 votes.

Several of the close races, including Spokane Valley City Council Position 6, will be decided by the 40,000 votes left to count. Another batch of ballots will be counted today and the new results should be available late this afternoon. Click here for more details.

Today’s highlights

Hosts of the Rockin' B Ranch, Pamela and Scott Brownlee, will let the curtain fall on their Cowboy Supper Show after 17 years at the end of this season. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

There are a lot of good stories in today's Valley Voice, but we'll be here all day if I try to link to them all. With that in mind, I'll just give everyone a few highlights. Reporter Lisa Leinberger recently visited the Rockin' B Ranch near Stateline, where owners Pamela and Scott Brownlee plan to hang up their spurs and head off into the sunset after this season is over. They have been offering cowboy supper shows with local musicians for 17 years.

The Spokane Valley City Council did its first edit of the proposed Bike and Pedestrian Master Program, replacing words like “increase” and “ensure” with “encourage” to make sure the plan doesn't tie their hands in any way. They'll take a detailed look at the rest of the proposed plan at a later day.

Spokane County Fire District 8 has approved putting its first ever maintenance and operations levy on the November ballot. The district is asking voters for $400,000 per year for two years to help backfill the $600,000 a year the district lost in declining property tax revenue.

Lisa also checked in with the volunteers at the East SCOPE in Otis Orchards as she nears the end of her tour of Spokane Valley area SCOPE stations.

Coming Thursday

Sorry I haven't been too active on the blog this week. My fingers can only type so fast and sometimes there just isn't enough time in the day. But we've spent our time wisely, putting together another bunch of great stories for Thursday's Valley Voice.

I'll have an update on last night's Spokane Valley City Council discussion on the proposed Bike and Pedestrian Master Program. Council members spent some time editing the document, but there will be more discussion to come. Reporter Lisa Leinberger checked in with the Rockin B Ranch near Stateline. The facility, which offers cowboy supper shows and Patrick McManus shows, will be closing its doors for good in October. If you have never had a chance to go out there for some family friendly entertainment, now is the time. Their food is pretty good, too.

The commissioners in Spokane County Fire District 8 recently voted to place a maintenance and operations levy on the November ballot. It will be their first ever M&O levy. We will also have some information on the Labor Day celebration in Liberty Lake, which includes a celebration of the city's 10th anniversary.

Free yard waste disposal for Ponderosa, Painted Hills

Residents in the Ponderosa and Painted Hills neighborhoods who are served by the Spokane Valley Fire Department or Spokane County Fire District 8 can drop off yard waste for free disposal Saturday. The two organizations are sponsoring the event so people can get rid of debris that would become a fire hazard later in the year. So roll up your sleeves and clean that yard so you can drop everything off at Haase Landscape, 12202 E. Thorpe Drive, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Items that will not be accepted include trash, root balls, stumps, lumber or branches thicker than three inches in diameter.  

Today’s highlights

Freeman Schools Superintendent Randy Russell introduces himself to night custodian James Marratt during a visit to the high school last Thursday. He takes the helm of the district on July 1. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

The clouds are back this morning, but at least we got some sun yesterday. No sun, of course, means you have the perfect excuse to stay inside and check out today's Valley Voice. Even though the weather isn't the greatest, work has begun on the Indiana Avenue extension project in Greenacres. The intersection of Flora and Mission won't be shut down to build a new roundabout until about the second week of June and that portion of construction should only take about five weeks.

Randy Russell hasn't started work as the new Freeman superintedent yet, but he's stopped by to introduce himself. Reporter Lisa Leinberger talked to him about his years as a principal in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene. The Spokane Valley City Council discussed road projects on the city's six year construction plan on Tuesday. Nothing was decided, but it sounds like the council wants to consider doing less new construction and more street preservation.

Taking a look to the south, Spokane County Fire District 8 recently received a grant that will pay to completely outfit the district with new breathing apparatus equipment. The grant is worth more than $300,000.

Santa Claus is coming to town

And he is most certainly making his list and checking it twice. The jolly red-robed one will be touring neighborhoods in Fire District 8 south of the Spokane and Spokane Valley city limits every night this week. Since his reindeer are resting up for the big night, he will be ferried around by a fire engine.

He’ll be making the rounds from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today through Wednesday. Here’s the schedule: Today - Ponderosa neighborhood south of 44th Ave.; Tuesday - Painted Hills and Bella Vista neighborhoods, plus the Albertsons parking lot at 32nd and Highway 27; Wednesday - Saltese and Morningside neighborhoods.

The rest of the week he’ll be out and about from 5 to 8 p.m.: Thursday - Moran Prairie east of Regal and south of 57th and the Hangman Valley area; Friday - Moran Prairie west of Regal and north of 57th; Saturday - Moran Prairie west of Regal and south of 57th; Sunday - Moran Prairie east of Regal and north of 57th and the Hangman Valley area.

Any schedule updates can be found on the district’s web site.  

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