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Saturday’s highlights

East Valley High School student Sierra Nalder, in black, acts the part of drunken driver while she looks at a bloody mock crash on Thursday on the road outside the school. The mock crash, staged in front of the student body with firefighters, law enforcement and even funeral home personnel, illustrated the consequences of drinking and driving. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

Happy Monday, everyone. After a too short weekend, we're all back again to take a look at some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. First up is a story a mentioned last week on the recent mock crash at East Valley High School. It was an emotional experience for some as they watched fellow students act out the aftermath of a drunk driving accident. Copious amounts of fake blood was used to set the scene.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger talked to the Horizon Middle School Math is Cool team after they recently won the state championship. Correspondent Valerie Putnam has a rundown of the farmers markets in the Spokane Valley area, including the new Veradale Farmers Market.

The town of Liberty Lake will host its huge annual community garage sale on Saturday, so be prepared for heavy traffic and scarce parking. After Wednesday you can find a map of participating sales at

Today’s highlights

The Positive Change group on the Spokane Valley City Council appear to be maintaining their control of the council, with incumbents Dean Grafos, Arne Woodard and Chuck Hafner in the lead. The race between Ben Wick and Marilyn Cline to replace Bill Gothmann, however, is still too close to call. More votes will continue to be counted over the next week or two.

Correspondent Cindy Hval has a touching story featuring a local couple whose grandson, Marine Lance Cpl. Garrett Gamble, has been honored at the Veterans Memorial at Valley Fourth Memorial Church. The church dedicated the 24-hour, lighted memorial earlier this year.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger checked in with an eighth grade class at Horizon Middle School that recently had a chance to chat on the phone with an astronaut on the International Space Station. The Liberty Lake Police Department recently responded to several 911 calls from citizens who saw a man drag a woman across Appleway Blvd. and force her into a car.

Today’s highlights

Doug Scott closes the gate to a pasture at his Mica/Valleyford farm off Jackson Road. The three-story barn was built on what began as the California Ranch in the 1870s. It was used as a way station for the Kentuck Trail. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

There are so many good stories in today's Valley Voice I don't know where to begin. People living near Saltese Flats have probably noticed a whole bunch of water pooling up on the land that was once a lake before it was drained for farming more than a century ago. But Spokane County officials haven't started their plan of flooding the flats with treated wastewater. It's just Mother Nature at work, as reporter John Craig outlines in his story.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger talked to Horizon Middle School students who are working to clean up nearby Browns Park. Spokane Valley Fire Department arson dog Mako visited the Spokane Valley City Council meeting this week to provide a chance of pace. In other fire department news, Fire Chief Mike Thompson was just named the Washington State 2011 Fire Chief of the Year.

In addition to being a sucker for pictures of cute critters, I also love historic red barns. We've got a great picture of one today to accompany a Landmarks column by correspondent Stefanie Pettit. She wrote about a barn near Mica that was built in the 1800s on what was then the California Ranch. It served as a way station on the Kentuck Trail and is still in use today.

And if you read correspondent Cindy Hval's touching story on a Mother's Day luncheon for birth mothers who gave their children up for adoption I recommend grabbing a couple of tissues first.

Alert readers may have noticed that yesterday I mentioned a story about a new sign at Liberty High School. It was in the North/South Voice today, but won't appear in the Valley Voice until Saturday. So now we all have something to look forward to.

Coming Thursday

We've got another great batch of stories coming your way in Thursday's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger went to Spangle to check out the new sign in front of Liberty High School that lists all the school's academic and music competition wins in addition to sports championships. She also talked to students from Horizon Middle School who are helping clean up Browns Park at Pines and 32nd.

Spokane Valley Fire Department Chief Mike Thompson was just named the 2011 Fire Chief of the Year.  The fire department's arson dog, Mako, visited the Spokane Valley City Council meeting this week to give a change of pace to the gathering. So check out your paper tomorrow and start reading.

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.

Coming on Saturday

Don't you just love Fridays? Not only is it the last day of the work week (for most people), but it's also the day before the Valley Voice comes out. There will be some great stuff in the Voice tomorrow. I'll have part two of the report from this week's Spokane Valley City Council meeting. This part will cover discussions on improvements to Broadway Avenue and the comprehensive plan amendment that would repeal the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger is on top of the school news, as usual. She did a story on Central Valley's new composting program that was begun by students at Horizon Middle School. Her education column will also have the names of the four finalists being considered for the superintendent position at the Freeman School District. The community will have a chance to meet the candidates themselves at 6:15 p.m. Monday in the Freeman Middle School gym. 

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