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Today’s highlights

Central Valley sophomore Madie Laws, left, and junior Meaghan Schmidt, right, react as teacher Bill Plesek places a beef heart on a dissecting tray. School districts throughout the region are kicking off a new career and technical program focusing on biomedicine and other scientific areas through a program called Project Lead the Way. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

A recent class at Central Valley High School was not for the faint of heart, since students were dissecting beef hearts. The class is part of a new program to introduce students to science, technology, engineering and math called Project Lead the Way featured in a story in today's Valley Voice by reporter Lisa Leinberger.

The Spokane Valley City Council voted in a split decision to make the speed limit on Indiana east of Sullivan 35 miles per hour as far as the newly completed one-way couplet, which will now have a lower speed limit of 30 mph.

Lisa has another interesting story on early settler Stephen Liberty, who was recently honored with a monument at the new Liberty Lake Arboretum. In other Liberty Lake news, police responded to several shoplifting calls last week.

Road work on Sullivan Road

There is a bit more work going on near the Sullivan and Indiana intersection this week. The work will be going on between Mission and the Sullivan Road bridge. Sullivan will be reduced to one lane in each direction starting at 7 p.m. today and continuing through Thursday morning. After that there will be intermittent lane closures through Sunday. Some turn lanes may also be closed at times.

Workers will be pouring concrete and striping the road, but rain may slow the work down. Keep watch for flaggers who will be directing traffic through the area.

Methadone clinic public hearing

We ran a story by reporter John Stucke last month about a California company's proposal to open a private-pay methadone clinic in Spokane Valley. The public hearing on their proposal will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main.

There is currently one methadone clinic in Spokane County run by the Spokane Regional Health District and it has a lengthy waiting list. Methadone is used to treat people addicted to opiates like heroin or prescription painkillers.

The proposed location is 15812 E. Indiana, which is a commercial building east of Sullivan Road. The facility would be called Spokane Treatment Solutions.

Saturday’s highlights

At the Outdoor Learning Center in Spokane Valley, volunteer Chris Hatten, 14, holds a barn owl named Willie during an open house at the center July 22. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

If you have driven by the intersection of Indiana and Sullivan this morning, you already know what one of the stories from Saturday's Valley Voice was about. The intersection will be under construction for the next six weeks. Sullivan is down to one northbound lane and one southbound lane. Turns onto east or west Indiana will be limited at times. Broadway is also having some work done between Park Road and Pines Road, which means lane closures and delays.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger visited the West Valley Outdoor Learning Center, which is having some rare open houses this month so the public can stop by and meet the birds, snakes and turtles. After some debate, the Spokane Valley City Council narrowly rejected setting the speed limit on the new section of Indiana at 35 miles per hour.

Now that the temperatures are toasty, it's the perfect time to check out Mary Lou's Homemade Ice Cream and More on Evergreen. Fresh, locally grown fruit is used to make the chilly creations. They also plan to expand their menu to add burgers, wraps and sandwiches.

Coming on Saturday

Our commuting lives are going to be disrupted starting Monday. In Saturday's Valley Voice I'll have details on the Sullivan Road and Indiana Avenue intersection, which is going to be partially shut down for six weeks while concrete is laid. The Broadway Avenue Safety Project also starts Monday, which will create lane closures and delays for 10 weeks on Broadway between Park Road and Pines Road.

The Spokane Valley City Council had discussions ranging from speed limits on the new section of Indiana, railroad quiet zones and I-90 signs. Reporter Lisa Leinberger went to one of the recent open houses at the West Valley Outdoor Learning Center. The center isn't usually open to the public. She'll also have the dates of the three open houses left this summer.  

Packed agenda tonight

The agenda for tonight's Spokane Valley City Council meeting is quite lengthy and we'll probably be there a while. It's a study session, so no votes are scheduled and there won't be any public comment taken. People are always invited to come and listen, however. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague. 

Items on the agenda include a discussion on what type of sign to use at gateway areas of the city, the city's shoreline goals and policies, the speed limit on Indiana Avenue, a bike lane striping project and the city's Bike and Pedestrian Master Program. Of course, if you'd rather stay home in comfort you can now watch the meetings live on the internet. Just go to the city's web site at www.spokanevalley.org and click on SVTV.

Today’s highlights

Two year colon cancer survivor Susie Leonard Weller is celebrating life and challenging herself post-colostomy by participating in her first triathlon-the Valley Girl Triathlon. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

Here I am with your usual dose of Thursday Valley Voice highlights, even if it is (much) later than normal. But there's no law against reading the daily paper with dinner instead of breakfast, right? Correspondent Jill Barville recently talked with Susie Leonard Weller, who is preparing to participate in the Valley Girl Triathlon Sunday in Liberty Lake. It is the colon cancer survivor's first triathlon.

Reporter Lisa Lienberger headed down to the Fairfield Library lately for a special storytime in Salish. It's part of the special summer activities being hosted by the Spokane County Library District.

The Spokane Valley City Council spent nearly two hours Tuesday talking about economic development. The council was discussing what the city can do immediately to help boost business and what can be done in the long term. Construction is coming to the Sullivan and Indiana intersection in August. There will be traffic flowing through during construction, but turning options will be limited. It sounds like it will be a bit messy, so start planning alternative routes now.

Coming Thursday

It may be hot outside but we've managed to put together a cool Valley Voice for Thursday. The Spokane County Library District's summer program recently brough in a Salish speaker from the Colville Tribe for a children's storytime in Fairfield. Reporter Lisa Leinberger headed down there to check out the program.

The Spokane Valley City Council talked economic development for nearly two hours this week and I'll have a report on their discussion. You can also get your first detailed look at the upcoming construction on the Indiana and Sullivan intersection, including which parts of the intersection will be closed when. The project is set to start Aug. 1.

Don't look for me to post links to the stories until late tomorrow, though. I'll be away from the computer most of the day and I'll be around in the late afternoon to do some posting. That is, unless I melt first.

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