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Spokane Valley continues crackdown on marijuana

As it aims to create a drug free city, the Spokane Valley city council is tonight discussing an ordinance intended to curb marijuana use by teenagers.

Today’s highlights

Rustin Hall and his son Joseph unfold the wing structure of the 24-foot, 75-pound dragon they built for the University High School drama department production of “Shrek.” SR photo/Dan Pelle

Now that I have finally found my copy of today's Valley Voice that was sitting right in front of me on my desk, I can go over some highlights. (Don't ask. It's one of those days.) Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a cool story on a local family that built a huge mechanical dragon for the University High School's winter play “Shrek.” She breathes smoke, she talks and she moves. It will take five students to control the beast. The production is scheduled for Dec. 5-14. Is it too soon to buy tickets?

The Southest Spokane County Fair is this weekend in Rockford. The 69th annual event features a parage, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, live music, a pancake breakfast, a fun run and much more. Of course, you can't forget all the animals either. They even play center stage in the Cow Chip Bingo.

A woman interested in opening a gymnastics facility is asking the city of Spokane Valley to make changes to its zoning code to allow her business to be located in an industrial zone. In a close vote, the city council sent the proposal back to the planning commission for further deliberation.

The city of Liberty Lake has finished a couple of missing links in its trail system along Sprague Avenue. There will be a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sprague and Molter Road.

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

Brett Siddoway, 18, holds up a fishing net full of golf balls he gathered from the aquatic driving range at MeadowWood Golf Course on July 3. Siddoway has been a range hand at the course the last three summers. SR photo/Colin Mulvany

I'm really not sure where the morning went, though I think I had a phone headset on for most of it. Still, it is not too late for some highlights from today's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger checked in with MeadowWood Golf Course range hand Brett Siddoway. He's in charge of fishing golf balls out of the lake in addition to cleaning golf carts and other tasks. HIs story is being told as part of a summertime series featuring people with unusual jobs.

Lisa also has a report on budget plans in the Central Valley School District. The district is looking at cutting kindergarten and first grade class sizes and offering all-day kindergarten at more schools. Doing so will mean hiring more staff and using portable classrooms.

The Spokane Valley City Council agreed this week to accept partial grant funding for the Appleway Trail. The city has three years to use the grant money, which should be enough time to find additional funding for the project, the council said. In other city news, the city has created a free smartphone app that uses mapping software to find local places to eat, play, shop and stay. You can use it to find local pools, department stores, gas stations and more. Look for it in the Android Play Store in the next few days. It will be available for iphones in a couple of weeks. 

The Spokane County Medical Examiner has identified the man killed in a motorcycle accident in Liberty Lake early on July 4. He is 45-year-old Matthew L. Jones.  

Special meeting in Liberty Lake

The Liberty Lake City Council is holding a special meeting today at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive. The purpose of the meeting is to amend an interlocal agreement with the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Celebrate the Fourth of July

This is just a reminder that there are two opportunities to celebrate the Fourth of July in the Spokane Valley area tomorrow and it's even possible to go to both celebrations. The celebration at Greenacres Park at 1311 N. Long Road begins at 9:45 a.m. with the lineup for the children's parade, which will begin its tour of the park at 10 a.m. The day includes free ice cream, a children's concert, live music and a petting zoo. The Bubba Dogz gourmet hot dog cart will be available for food purchases and kids can run through the splash pad and play in the playground. The event will wrap up by 3 p.m.

Then it's time to head a little further east to Liberty Lake. A free concernt featuring Six Foot Swing and Tuxedo Junction begins at 6 p.m. in Pavillion Park, located at Country Vista Drive and Molter Road. There will be food and drink items available for purchase. The fireworks will start a little after 10 p.m. You can find parking at the nearby Liberty Lake Elementary School on Molter.

And I'm sure the Spokane Valley Fire Department won't mind if I remind everyone that fireworks are illegal in Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Millwood and unincorporated Spokane County. It's a bit dry out there after our recent heat wave.

Saturday’s highlights

Spokane Valley Tech students run though the large room that used to be a Rite-Aid during a sports medicine class taught by Keith Eggleston on Wednesday. Eggleston was teaching the students how to analyze body movements and make corrections for injury prevention and efficiency. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland

Welcome to a blistering hot Monday. If you start hearing a lot of noise tonight and tomorrow, that's me whining about the lack of air conditioning in my house. But I'm nice and cool for now and ready with some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice.

Residents on both sides of the southeastern Spokane Valley city limits had some tough questions and comments for Spokane County representatives presenting information on their plan to restore wetlands in the Saltese Flats. The flats are located just outside Spokane Valley east of Barker Road. The area used to be a lake before it was drained for farming and ranching in the late 1800's.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger stopped by the new summer school classes being offered by Spokane Valley Tech. The free 13 day sessions cover everything from cosmetology to fire science to biomedical science. Students who attend the entire session can get credits. Lisa also has a story the new name for Contract Based Education - Dishman Hills High School.

Correspondent Steve Christilaw talked to The Pearl Snaps, a Spokane Valley blugrass band that recently competed in the National Old-Time Fiddlers Contest and Festival in Weiser, Idaho. The group has several performances lined up this summer and has put together a CD.

The yard sales are coming

The giant Liberty Lake Community Yard sale is coming on Saturday, so it's time to get ready. The map of sale locations is expected to be released online later today at www.libertylakesplash.com/yardsales. On the day of the sale the map will be available at sale locations and at the Liberty Lake Portal at Mission Ave. and Molter Road. Commercial vendors will be set up on Settler Drive next to Pavillion Park and some sales will be set up in the park.

The sale is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satuday. Expect a lot of traffic and difficulty finding parking spots as well as some good deals. Happy shopping!

Arbor Day tree planting in Liberty Lake

The city of Liberty Lake will celebrate Arbor Day with its 11th annual tree planting on Friday. The tree will be planted at City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive. Everyone is invited!

Today’s highlights

John Loucks, a board member with the Christian Conference Center, walks through a sanctuary overlooking Liberty Lake, near the historic Zephyr Lodge. The property may be put up for sale. SR photo/Dan Pelle

You can't go wrong with a cute cat and we've got one for you in today's Valley Voice. The students and staff at Broadway Elementary call the black and white cat Kudo, though apparently that isn't really his name. The cat lives near the school and appears twice a day to help the crossing guards as children cross the busy street. He's often out there waiting before the crossing guards get there.

The historic Zephyr Lodge on the shore of Liberty Lake may go up for sale soon. It's owned by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and there isn't enough money to run and maintain the 52 acre property that also includes a softball field, volleyball court, trails and and outdoor chapel.

The city of Spokane Valley is prepariing to adopt new maximum exemption levels that will reduce the number of proposed building projects that have to go through a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review. The new maximum will sharply increse the number of multi-family units allowed before a SEPA review is triggered.

Saturday’s highlights

Michelle Schimmels, special education teacher at McDonald Elementary School, works with first-grade student Cooper Brummett during recess March 29. SR photo/Dan Pelle

Good Monday morning everyone. Let's start off the week by taking a look at some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story in McDonald Elementary School special education teacher Michelle Schimmels, who recently received a Meritorious Service Award from the Central Valley School District after seven different people nominated her. She works with high needs children and was lauded for having a way of understanding what the children need.

Community gardens are booming in Liberty Lake. The city recently finished adding 12 raised garden beds to its garden at the arboretum. There are also 11 raised beds at Rocky Hill Park and demand has been high. The city provides everything except the seeds.

The Spokane Valley City Council had a special meeting last week with Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers. They used their time to lobby for help in getting the final bit of funding to replace the west Sullivan Bridge and to ask about moving the Bridging the Valley railroad overpass projects back to the forefront.

Liberty Lake council meeting postponed

This is just a reminder that the Liberty Lake City Council meeting orginally scheduled for today has been postponed to Tuesday, April 9. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive.

But don't despair. Tonight's Spokane Valley City Council meeting is good to go. The highlight of the meeting should be a report on gang enforcement and property crimes as well as a discussion on proposed changes to the city's law enforcement contract. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. tonight at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague.

Saturday’s highlights

Liam Kennedy, left, and Jaden Conwell, both 8 years old and students at Adams Elementary, read pen pal letters from schoolchildren in Ghana, Wednesday. The most recent letters included talk of Christmas activities. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

I'd wish everyone a good Monday morning, but it's no longer morning. At least it's still Monday! Once again we have some Saturday Valley Voice highlights to mention. The Spokane Valley Police Department saw great success on emphasis patrols for vehicle prowling and garage burglaries at the end of 2012. The department is currently looking for a way to keep that success going within current staffing. The effort took four officers off patrol and reassigned them for a month.

Reporter Nicole Hensley came up with a couple of great stories. Fourth graders at Adams Elementary have been sending letters to pen pals in Ghana. The students also raise money to help pay for school improvements for their pen pals, such as tables in the cafeteria and used computers. Central Valley High School basketball score keeper Bill Pierce has been inducted into the school's Hall of Fame for his three decades of service to the school.

Nichole also has a report on how the city of Liberty Lake allocated its lodging tax money.

Saturday’s highlights

Firefighters build steps to get a horse out of a pool in the 17000 block of East Montgomery on Dec. 18. The horse was not injured when it fell through the pool cover. Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

Good morning on this last day of 2012. We have some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice in case you missed them. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on Spokane Valley Heritage Museum volunteer Peggy Taylor. The museum recently threw a surprise 89th birthday party for the longtime volunteer.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department performed a unique rescue recently when a horse broke through the cover of a swimming pool. Fire crews and citizens built makeshift steps so the horse could climb out of the shallow end.

The city of Liberty Lake has decided to stick with SCRAPS for animal control services after considering switching to SpokAnimal. The city council recently approved a new contract and included funds for the contract in the 2013 budget.

Split decision on council meetings

Different cities are taking different directions on whether or not to have a council meeting the week of Thanksgiving. The city of Spokane Valley has cancelled its normal Tuesday meeting because of the holiday, but the city of Liberty Lake is going ahead with its council meeting. The meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall, will include a public hearing on the proposed 2013 budget. City Hall is located at 22710 E. Country Vista Drive.

Saturday’s highlights

CV freshmen Jaimee Clark, standing at left, and Alexandra Burke, standing center, consult as they evaluate the entrepreneurial project of third-graders at Sunrise. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

Welcome to a wet, windy Monday. But look on the bright side; we've got Thanksgiving to look forward to. As always we have some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on a program that teams Sunrise Elementary students with Central Valley High School DECA students to learn about running a business. The students are selling products that they made.

Sullivan Park will double in size after the construction of the new Sullivan Bridge is complete. The park will be expanded as mitigation for the portion of the park that will be used as a staging area during construction. Other improvements in that area are also planned.

The HUB Sports Center has a new after school program for Greenacres Middle School that is proving to be popular. The students get help with their homework, have a snack, listen to guest speakes and play games.

The city of Liberty Lake is taking a second look at its animal control contract with SCRAPS. Mayor Steve Peterson iswants to see if SpokAnimal can provide the city cheaper service or if the SCRAPS contract can be changed to cost the city less out of pocket.

Lisa also has a report on a Central Valley school board meeting where a decision was reached to sell land in Liberty Lake to the city of Liberty Lake for $10 so it can be used for playing fields. The district has the option to purchase the land back for the same price in the future if it needs the property.  

Special meeting in Liberty Lake Tuesday

The Liberty Lake City Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. for a public hearing on the city's proposed 2013 budget. If you would like to read up on the issues in advance, the budget is available at www.libertylakewa.gov. If you can't make this meeting, a second public hearing on the proposed budget is scheduled during the regular council meeting on Nov. 20. Tuesday's meeting will be at City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive.

Saturday’s highlights

Tyler Saunders, left, a senior from Mead High School, gets tips on how to safely mount a new cutting tool on a large milling machine from veteran machinist Cal Christen at Spokane Community College on Friday. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

Welcome to another Monday morning. We've got several highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger recently spend another day at the East Farms STEAM Magnet School for an entry for her ongoing East Farms Diary. The school, which focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts and math, had a day of hands on activities where students could do everything from making a clay pot to throwing a football.

Lisa also met up with students taking classes through the new Spokane Valley Tech skills center that is still under construction. The center is bringing together the Central Valley, West Valley, East Valley and Freeman school districts. The program is also open to students from other districts.

Liberty Lake Mayor Steve Peterson recently signed up to be tested on a driving simulator that the city's insurance company brought to town. It tested the reactions of city employees to bad weather, failed brakes, blown tires and other scenarios.

Crime rates drop in Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake

Reporter Tom Clouse has a story in today's paper about the dropping violent crime rate in Spokane, Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake. The story is looking at 2011 numbers. Burglaries, however, were up across the board. So which is the safest city to live in? Liberty Lake. Read the story here for more details.

Today’s highlights

West Valley City School students, including Jaymee Finke, left, and Lacey Marrow, right, prepare for the school’s haunted house this Friday and Saturday. SR photo/Dan Pelle

Happy Thursday, everyone. Is anyone getting some snow? Before we start thinking about winter, though, we have to tackle Halloween. The students at West Valley's City School are putting on their annual haunted house this weekend. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has details on “Outbreak: Rise of the Zombie Hunters.”

The women of Millwood Presbyterian Church are preparing for their 25th annual bazaar this weekend. They have made almost everything that will be for sale. The bazaar is somewhat unique in that it doesn't allow outside vendors. The proceeds from the sale benefit local charities.

The Spokane Valley City Council is discussing whether to change the setback and building height requirements for multi-family housing that sits next to single family homes. The Central Valley School District is discussing whether to sell 23 acres of land in Liberty Lake that it isn't using to the city of Liberty Lake for $10. No, that isn't a typo. The city could use the space for playfields and if the district wants the land back in the future it can buy it back for the same price. A public hearing and vote are scheduled for the district's next board meeting on Nov. 13.

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