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Saturday’s highlights

Spokane Valley kayaker Steve Bailey surfs the “Sullivan Hole” on the upper Spokane River on August 1, 2011. The wave is a Spokane low water play spot for whitewater enthusiasts. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

If you missed Saturday's Valley Voice you should go back and take a look. It's full of interesting news and stories this week. The picture in the middle of the front page of kayakers having fun on the Spokane River makes me want to run down, jump in and cool off. (My kingdom for a cold front!) Correspondent Steve Christilaw has an interesting story to go with the picture.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger wrote about the old East Trent Motor In sign that has found a new home at the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum. She also stopped in at an open house held last week at Spokane Valley Partners to celebrate the receipt of some grant funds.

The developer of the Coyote Rocks development on the Spokane River near Plantes Ferry Park has hit a stumbling block. The Spokane Valley Hearing Examiner recently ruled that the developer must redo a preliminary plat map for a new section of the development to take into account a new ordinary high water mark set by the Department of Ecology.

Correspondent Valerie Putnam wrote that the Millwood City Council just approved a real estate exise tax on all home sales in its jurisdiction. Apparently it was the only city or town in the state that didn't already charge the tax, which is one-half of one percent of the selling price and is paid by the seller. The money will be used to fund capital improvement projects as well as maintenance and operation costs.

There's more to read, but we would be here all day if I listed it all. Check out the Voice page here.

Saturday’s highlights

Doug and Teresa Sadler work in the raised beds that the Pumpkin Patch Community Garden grows for the Second Harvest Food Bank. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

Here we are on a slightly damp Monday morning, starting another work week. If you missed taking a look at Saturday's Valley Voice I've got a few highlights for you. Business is, well, blooming at the Pumpkin Patch community garden in Millwood, according to reporter Lisa Leinberger. Residents can rent a raised bed to raise vegetables and there's a section of the garden earmarked for the food bank. Last year more than 500 pounds of food was donated.

Another local market has sprung up in the Ponderosa neighborhood. Correspondent Valerie Putnam had some details on the Ponderosa Market at 4120 S. Bowdish. It's open on Tuesdays, which means it doesn't conflict with the Millwood Market on Wednesdays or the Liberty Lake Market on Saturdays.

The Spokane Valley City Council had its first look at the draft goals and policies for the Shoreline Master Program last week. The goals and policies set the direction of the shoreline regulations that must be included in the state mandated plan. Some council members objected to portions of the draft document. The discussion will continue.

Coming on Saturday

We have a few interesting things coming up in Saturday's Valley Voice. Some members of the Spokane Valley City Council had some harsh words this week for a draft version of the goals and policies to be included in the city's Shoreline Master Program. The plan would regulate all shoreline areas in the city.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger checked in with the Pumpkin Patch community garden in Millwood to see how things are growing. It's a little early in the season for any pumpkins, though. In that same vein, a new farmers market has opened in the Ponderosa neighborhood and we'll have information on that for anyone who wants to stop by and browse.

Saturday’s highlights

Spokane Valley Fire Marshall Kevin Miller looks at a 1,300-pound steel girder that was recovered from one of the towers at the World Trade Center. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

Well, I hope everyone had a nice, long weekend. I just have one question. Is it too early in the season to start complaining about the heat? Some kids in Millwood probably are complaining about it. In Saturday's Valley Voice correspondent Valerie Putnam reported that efforts to repair the city's wading pool aren't moving very fast and the pool is still dry. Whether it will open at all this year is still being debated.

Longtime Spokane Valley fixture Sally Jackson is back on the baseball field as a coach. She and her husband Ron both coached for many years before Ron died in April. Correspondent Steve Christilaw spoke to her about going back on the field.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department has finally received a piece of steel beam from the World Trade Center towers. The department is preparing an installation ceremony for Sept. 11. Reporter Lisa Leinberger checked in with Edgecliff SCOPE and spoke to volunteers about how they are working to improve their neighborhood. The Spokane Valley City Council had a lengthy discussion on whether to put the one-way Sprague issue on the November ballot. No final decision has been made yet, but the council did agree to move forward with a traffic study that will allow a cost estimate for the work to be prepared.

Coming on Saturday

We'll have a great Valley Voice on Saturday to help everyone kick off their Fourth of July weekend on a proper note. The Spokane Valley Fire Department is creating plans for a ceremony to dedicate a piece of steel beam that was recovered after the World Trade Center towers collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001. I'll have information on how the public can be involved in that.

There will be an update on the Millwood wading pool and reporter Lisa Leinberger stopped by Edgecliff SCOPE to see what the group of volunteers is up to. The Spokane Valley City Council had a discussion this week on whether to pay for a traffic study in preparation for putting the issue of one-way Sprague on the November ballot. The decided to move forward with the study and the vote on whether to put the issue on the ballot must be made by Aug. 15.

I won't post my story links on Monday as usual because of the holiday. I'll see you back here Tuesday morning.

Get ready for West Valley Days

The annual West Valley Days festivities put on by West Valley SCOPE will happen Saturday in Millwood City Park. It's a fun event with a small town feel and you don't even have to drive very far to get there. As always the event starts with a parade at 11 a.m. that will travel west on Grace and north on Stout until it reaches the park on Frederick. The events in the park (from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) include carnival games, prizes, a DJ, food, silent auction and more. As always there will be a free bike raffle. This year there are eight bikes of various sizes abilable and drawings will be at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Children must be present to win. The weather is supposed to be nice, so pack up the kids and head over.   

Police support Special Olympics

A team of local law enforcement members will gather in Liberty Lake Wednesday morning at 5:30 a.m. to begin their leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run that will go throughout Washington and end at the 2011 Washington State Special Olympics Summer Games in King County on June 3. According to a Spokane County Sheriff's Office press release, officers will carry the torch through Liberty Lake, Millwood and Spokane Valley and Spokane. Be extra vigilant when driving area roads tomorrow and keep an eye out for the torch runners.

November 2011 elections

It seems awfully early to be talking about the elections scheduled for this fall, but it's really not. The candidate filing week is June 6-10 and there are a ton of seats up for election in local city councils and school boards. Anyone who doesn't file at the Spokane County Elections Office by the end of the day on June 10 will not be on the ballot this fall. Some candidates, however, have already thrown their hat in the ring by filling out Public Disclosure Commission documents so they can start fundraising now.

The City of Spokane Valley has four council seats up for election and three of those already have announced candidates. Councilman Dean Grafos is running for re-election and planning commission chairman John Carroll has filed to run against him. The newest appointees to the council, Arne Woodard and Chuck Hafner, are running for election in order to continue serving out the terms they were appointed to. So far no one has filed to run against them. Councilman Bill Gothmann has announced he will not run for re-election and so far no one has filed for his seat (though I am hearing things that indicate that will change soon).

And it's not just Spokane Valley. This fall the Liberty Lake Mayor and four council seats are up for election. There are three seats on the Millwood City Council, plus three each on the Fairfield City Council, Latah City Council, Rockford City Council, Central Valley School District and Freeman School District. There are two seats up for grabs for the East Valley School District, the Liberty School District and West Valley School District. Plus there will be a scattering of fire district commissioners and one Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District commissioner on the ballot.

For an off year election, the ballot is going to be pretty crowded in November. So sit down and buckle up. It should be a fun ride.

Saturday’s highlights

Eldon Jon of AC Starr Farms finishes spreading a load of cow manure donated by neighbor Carol Bear on the East Valley Schools Farm on April 25. The field is between East Valley High School and East Valley Middle School off Sullivan Road on Wellesley Avenue. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

Saturday's Valley Voice included news from nearly every corner of the Spokane Valley area. Reporter Lisa Leinberger worte about improvements to the East Valley garden at Wellesley and Sullivan, which will include beds for community members who want to grow their own vegetables. She also has a story about the East Valley school board's discussions on what happens now after the bond vote failed and state budget cuts are on the horizon.

The small Liberty Lake Police Department is down by two officers after they unexpectedly resigned for personal reasons. The department's detective and sergeant are taking patrol shifts to try and fill the gap until replacements can be hired.

Correspondent Valerie Putnam has a report on a special Millwood City Council meeting last week. The council heard and approved a plan by a group of residents to raise $10,000 to save the wading pool in Millwood City Park. The pool will not open until the money is raised. It would pay to resurface and repair the pool. Donations can be made at the Bank of America in Millwood.

Coming on Saturday

Here's a quick look at what is coming in the Valley Voice on Saturday. There have been some unexpected changes to the Liberty Lake Police Department and I'll take a look at what is next. Citizens in Millwood who have been trying to save the town's wading pool are moving forward with their plans. Reporter Lisa Leinberger will also have a look at the small farm run by the East Valley School District and changes that are in store this year.

Now, all everyone has to do is hope for good weather on Sunday for all the Bloomsday participants. Go forth and run! Of course, walking it works too.

Saturday’s highlights

Taylor Keeton prepares to throw to first base from third at University High School. The Titan standout and his team were playing the Mt. Spokane Wildcats. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

University High School ended up getting a lot of coverage in Saturday's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger wrote a story on the spring drama “Assassins” that students will be performing the next two weekends. The school's drama department has been tackling tough, edgy performances in the last couple of years. Regular correspondent Steve Christilaw also weighed in with a story on the school's baseball program and senior player Taylor Keeton.

Correspondent Valerie Putnam wrote a nice feature on Glenn Bailey, who has served on the Millwood City Council for 20 years. Now that is dedication to public service.

Coming on Saturday

Saturday's Valley Voice is going to be packed with news from all corners of the Valley again. It will make for some good morning reading with your coffee and scrambled eggs. The Spokane Valley City Council heard a report on the planned Indiana Avenue extension project that will connect Indiana to the intersection of Mission and Flora. Construction is expected to start in mid-April.

The Millwood City Council voted to have a citizen's advisory committee study the wading pool issue. Reporter Lisa Leinberger checked in with a therapy dog named Adams at Barker High School. A team from the Spokane Valley Fire Department recently competed in the annual stair climb competition in Seattle. The team took first place and one firefighter came in third overall.

Saturday’s highlights

This photo shows the interior of a house on the 13200 block of East 24th Avenue that burned. Piles of charred, shoulder- high debris had to be removed. The damage is estimated at $160,000. Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

Batten down the hatches so you don't blow away in the wind and take a look at some of the stories we had in Saturday's Valley Voice. A group of Millood residents is upset that the city council wants to tear out the wading pool in the city park to save money. But insurance and maintenance issues may spell doom for the popular pool. The council is taking another look at the issue.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department spent several hours at a fire in the 13200 block of East 24th on Feb. 17 because the house was so cluttered. The home is not currently habitable and the owner did not have insurance. That fire topped events for the week ending Feb. 23.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger talked to former Liberty Lake mayor Steve Peterson last week. He has filed paperwork with the Public Disclosure Commission to run for mayor in November. He lost that seat in 2007 to the current Liberty Lake mayor Wendy Van Orman.

Electronic books are apparently becoming more and more popular and the Spokane County Library District has greatly expanded their ebook collection by partnering with Project Gutenberg, which offers free downloads of classic books.

Coming on Saturday

Tomorrow sounds like a really, really good day to curl up with a blanket and a cup of coffee to read the Valley Voice. There will be an update on the efforts of Millwood residents to save the wading pool that has been a city park staple for decades. Reporter Lisa Leinberger will have a campaign announcement for the November Liberty Lake election for mayor.

The Spokane County Library District, which serves the entire Valley area except Liberty Lake, recently added thousands of free electronic books to its web site. They're available to anyone. It was also a busy week for the Spokane Valley Fire Department and we'll have pictures of a fire they struggled to put out in an extremely cluttered home.

Saturday’s highlights

Otis Orchards Elementary kitchen manager Judy Boykin serves up chicken fried steak wth potatoes and gravy, vegetables, rolls and cookies for the senior meals lunch Feb. 3. Lunch through Valley Meals on Wheels is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

We managed to pack several interesting stories into Saturday's Valley Voice. Here's the roundup, in case you missed it. Otis Orchards Elementary is the only school in the area to be a senior meal site through Valley Meals on Wheels. Reporter Lisa Leinberger checked in on how it is going and found that several of the seniors have given volunteer applications to Principal Suzanne Savall. The lunches are served on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Spokane Valley City Council spent a day last week in a lengthy winter retreat discussing everything from funding street maintenance to a possible city hall site. The Simply Northwest gift shop known for its gift baskets is now under new ownership. An employee purchased the store from founder De Scott.

Residents in Millwood are apparently upset over a recent vote by the city council to shut down and tear out the wading pool that has been in the Millwood City Park since 1954. After hearing from several residents, last week the council agreed to take another look at the plan.

There was some brief excitement last week for Spokane Valley Fire Department firefighters. That generated some advice from assistant fire marshal Bill Clifford - it's a really, really, really bad idea to try and clean up a large gasoline spill by putting a match to it.

Saturday’s highlights

Karl Felgenhauer, president of the nonprofit Fairfield Care, stands in a one-bedroom apartment at the newly reopened senior facility. “We started with nothing,” he said, “but we're here to stay.” SR photo/Bart Rayniak

Well now, how about those Eagles? If you were too busy Saturday basking in the glow of a national championship win, I've got some links to Valley Voice stories you can get caught up on. The East Valley School District board was forced to move its meeting when upset parents didn't leave the meeting room when the meeting was recessed. The furor is surrounding the district's plan to move to a pre K-8 school system.

The old Fairfield Good Samaritan is now under the ownership of the community non-profit organization Fairfield Care and is open to seniors looking for independent living apartments. Assisted living units will be open in the Spring once the appropriate licenses are in place.

Weather caused a scary momemt for some Spokane Valley Fire Department firefighers when their truck slid backwards down an icy hill as they were on their way to a call. The town of Millwood is considering chlorinating the town's water and the council also voted to remove parking restrictions on Laura Road between Frederick and Buckeye.

Robbery reported in Millwood area

A 911 caller in the 8000 block of E. South Riverway in Millwood reports that three men robbed him at gunpoint in his home. More information to follow when available. 

4:35 p.m. update: The man said he and his mother were tied up by the robbers, but were able to free themselves.

Saturday’s highlights

Pasadena Park Elementary volunteer Cheri Reed helps third-grader Grace Peters find the perfect gift for her family at the Scholar Dollar Christmas store, which she organizes. SR photo/Bart Rayniak

Now that we’re all up on this fine Monday morning and on our first (or second) cup of coffee, it’s time to take a look at some highlights from Saturday’s Valley Voice in case you missed it. Spokane Valley Fire is heading up a new ambulance contract that includes nearly every fire department and district in the county. Response times are down and some tweaks are being made to the contract to make it better.

A volunteer grandma at Pasadena Park Elementary spends her December running the Scholar Dollar store for children who have earned points by reading. They can spend their points on Christmas gifts. Spokane Valley Partners is not having a Season of Sharing this year due to budget cuts.

An audit of 2009 records shows no problems for the City of Spokane Valley, according to auditors. However, the city is dealing with a criminal case against a former employee for theft of city money. Millwood residents will see increases in their water and sewer rates beginning Jan. 1. And at Tuesday’s Spokane Valley council meeting, deputy mayor Gary Schimmels will recommend that the council appoint the mayor’s half-brother to the planning commission.

Santa hits the road

The jolly man himself is planning a couple of stops in the Valley area this weekend as kids start polishing their Christmas lists and trying to behave. Because he KNOWS if you’ve been bad or good.

Santa will make an appearance at the annual Millwood Christmas tree lighting Friday at 6 p.m. at Inland Empire Paper, 3320 N. Argonne. The event will include a performance by The Company Ballet Dane Troupe. There will also be hot chocolate, cookies and caroling.

On Saturday Santa is expected to attend a breakfast hosted by the Spokane Valley Rotary Club from 9 to 11 a.m. at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place. The morning includes carnival games, face painting and goody bags. Kids can have their pictures taken with Santa, who is expected to arrive at 9:30 a.m. on an engine from Spokane Valley Fire. (The reindeer have to rest up for Christmas Eve.) The breakfast is $4 at the door.

Saturday’s highlights

Pastor James Kashork, left, of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church,and Pastor Matt Larson, of Good Shepard Lutheran Church, give communion during a joint Reformation Sunday worship service at Christ Lutheran Church. Colin Mulvany/SR photo.

There were some interesting stories to be found in Saturday’s Valley Voice and I’ll recap some of the highlights here for those of you who missed it. Three Spokane Valley Lutheran churches have voted to consolidate and form an all new church. The City of Millwood is discussing budget cuts for 2011. The city doesn’t have enough money to pay for planned traffic calming improvements and may have to raise the utility rates. The new false alarm ordinance in Spokane Valley has led to a drop in the number of false alarms police must respond to and a leaky pipe that sent water into an electrical socket started a house on fire.

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