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Today’s highlights

Central Valley High School’s marching band practices on Saturday at Eastern Washington University’s Jim Thorpe fieldhouse in Cheney, for a trip to Washington, D.C., to perform in the Presidential Inauguration Parade. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland

Sorry I'm so late with the highlights from today's Valley Voice. Let's just chalk it up to being one of those days. But we do have some great stuff for you. Reporter Nicole Hensley stopped by to chat with the Central Valley High School marching band before they left for their trip tp play in a parade at the inauguration of President Obama. The band is one of only 14 high school groups selected to march in the parade.

The Spokane Valley City Council selected five candidates to interview for a vacant city council position. Those selected include former state legislative candidate Amy Biviano, current city planning commissioners Kevin Anderson and Rod Higgins, Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council executive director Linda Thompson and real estate appraiser Samuel Wood.

Former Spokane Valley Fire Department Capt. Jon Sprague argued before the department's Civil Service Commission this week that he was improperly fired in October. He was fired from the department after refusing to stop sending religious emails to a group of fellow firefighters using the department's email system.

Nicole has a second story out of Central Valley High School on the school's world geography class that will be going away at the end of the school year. Students presented information and food from countries around the world that they had researched.

CV marching band ready for takeoff

It’s almost time for the Central Valley High School marching band to take flight for their Washington D.C. dreams.

They leave Thursday for their date with the presidential inauguration parade next week. They’ll march right by the White House along with musicians from each state in the union which includes 14 other bands.

They practiced over the weekend along with their Color Guard who will be waving their decorated flags. Lindsey Kridler has never been to the East Coast before so this trip will be a first for her. She’s looking forward to the museums and tours at the Capitol.

“We’re all very excited about it, working very hard at practices and getting ready,” Kridler said last week at Eastern Washington University’s Fieldhouse.

Because it’s an off season for marching band, all the gym space at CVHS was checked out, band director Eric Parker said. The Fieldhouse was the biggest venue they could get into at the last minute.

A more in-depth version of this story will appear in Thursday’s Spokane Valley Voice and will include an analysis of the repertoire from the band director and thoughts from students on tomorrow’s trip.

(Coordination is key to the perfect flag wave for a Central Valley High School Color Guard member. Lindsey Kridler practices her skills Friday for next week's presidential inauguration parade. Photo Nicole Hensley)

Saturday’s highlights

Members of the Spokane Valley Fire Department honor guard placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, on Oct. 8. Photo courtesy Matt Jorgensen

I think a cup of coffee (or two) is even more important on days like these when there's a nip in the air. While you sip your brew, take a look at some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on the effort of the Central Valley High School marching band and color guard to participate in the Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C. in January. They are in the midst of an award winning year and hope that will give them an extra edge on their application.

Lisa also has details on two upcoming events that will benefit the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service. There is a Howl-O-Ween pet costume party and a Kibble4Kritters event to collect pet food.

Four members of the Spokane Valley Fire Department honor guard recently participated in a wreath placing ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery. One honor guard member describes it as a special experience that gave him chills.  

Saturday’s highlights

The Central Valley High School Marching Band and Color Guard rehearses Tuesday for the Northwest Association for Performing Arts Championhips to be held Saturday in Hillsboro, Ore. The band made history by winning first place at the University of Oregon Festival of Bands at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore., last weekend. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

The Central Valley High School Marching Band and Color Guard have had “Unflagging success“ according to a story by Lisa Leinberger in Saturday's Valley Voice. The band recently won first place in the University of Oregonal festival of Bands after putting in hundreds of hours of practice. Lisa also has an education column packed with news about local schools, including a production of “Beauty and the Beast” at University High School.

Former SR reporter Mike Vlahovich wrote an obituary on Spokane Valley “institution” Harry Larned. He was a co-founder of the Sports Creel and a former Spokane County Commissioner and Spokane Valley Fire Department Commissioner.

The Spokane Valley City Council disagreed over allocations recommended by the Lodging Tax Committee. There was also discussion of accepting a second round of applications for the lodging tax money. No decisions were made; a vote is scheduled for the Nov. 15 meeting.

City of Spokane Valley staff members hosted a developer's forum last week to share improvements being made to the permitting process and to get suggestions for further improvement. There was a surprisingly good turnout for the 7:30 a.m. meeting and the crowd was friendly enough to crack a few jokes.  

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