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Saturday’s highlights

McKenzie Mott's jersey was retired during an assembly held in honor of her and fellow classmate Josie Freier at University High School on Friday. The two were killed in a car accident on Saturday, October 5, 2013. SR photo/Kathy Plonka

It's Monday again. Monday seems to come around much too quickly, but at least it means we have a Saturday Valley Voice to go over. This weekend correspondent Jill Barville wrote a column based on her perspective as a parent with a student at University High School, where students are struggling to cope with the death of two students killed in a car accident. An assembly was heldto remember Josie Freier and McKenzie Mott on Friday and hundreds of toys were collected in their honor for the Toys for Tots charity.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger stopped by North Pines Middle School for a seventh-grade class that was studying the laws of motion. They were running experiments to learn whether balls of the same size but different weight behaved differently when rolled down a ramp.

Spokane Valley City Council incumbent Gary Schimmels and challenger Ed Pace answered some questions about their views on Spokane Valley issues. Ballots will be mailed this week and this story is one of a series featuring City Council candidates.

Correspondent Valerie Putnam has a report from Millwood, where the city councilvoted to accept a loan to fund a water line replacement project. Residents have also reported increased vandalism and Mayor Dan Mork indidated he would ask for extra police patrols.

Today’s highlights

Jayden Immonen, 12, left, and seventh-grade classmate Garrett Black, 13, center, and eighth-grader Lauren Green, 13, work on a poster for friend Logan Becker, a seventh-grader at North Pines Middle School battling cancer, on Oct. 4 at the school. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland

It's Thursday, which means two things. It's nearly Friday (thank goodness) and it's time for some Valley Voice highlights. Reporter Lisa Leinberger stopped by North Pines Middle school on a day when nearly everyone was wearing purple in honor of one of their classmates. Logan Becker, a seventh-grader, is fighting cancer and students came up with the idea of wearing purple to show their support.

We also have the second installment in a series of question and answer format stories featuring candidates for Spokane Valley City Council. Appointed incumbent Rod Higgins is facing off against challenger Linda Thompson for Position 1.

The Spokane Valley City Council took care of a few housekeeping items on Tuesday, including moving the 2014 budget forward to a final vote and awarding a contract for a series of street preservation projects in the spring.

Today’s highlights

Ashlee Zack, 13, thumbs through a book about Facebook at North Pines Middle School library. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

Good morning and happy Thursday. As usual we have some interesting highlights from today's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger stopped by North Pines Middle School, which recently got a $5,000 grant to buy new library books. The librarian was happily able to replace “DOS for Dummies” with a book on the history of Facebook.

The Spokane Valley City Council got its first look at a preliminary list of proposed street preservation projects for 2013. The list is fairly extensive and calls for 17 different sections of road to get a grind and overlay or just an overlay of new pavement.

Spokane Valley Fire Department Commissioner Monte Nesbitt has announced his immediate resignation due to health reasons. He fell ill last week and was diagnosed with stress-induced cardiomyopathy after several days of tests.

For those of you looking for an update on Miss Chicken, correspondent Stefanie Pettit has a column today about her most recent visit with her feathered friend.

Saturday’s highlights

North Pines Middle School eighth-grader Asha Abbas, 14, and seventh-grader Isabella Moua, 13, share a laugh Wednesday after an English language development class presentation in which students tell stories about themselves using Microsoft Phot Story. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland
It's another gloomy Monday morning, but we've got some Saturday Valley Voice highlights to start our day with. The Spokane Valley City Council spent eight hours in a retreat last week going over the preliminary 2013 budget numbers and discussing how they might fund street preservation. No decisions were made, so the issue will continue to be discussed at future meetings.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger visited a English language development class at North Pines Middle School attended by young immigrants from all over the world. The students were presenting photo stories and some talked about where they came from.

Some Millwood residents upset about a recent 14 percent water rate increase visited the Millwood City Council meeting to complain about the rate hike. Correspondent Valerie Putnam reported their concerns about paying too much for water this year.

Spokane Valley pools are open now and we have details about open swim times and swim lessons. The Spokane Valley Fire Department renamed several fire stations last week and the names of one or two might surprise you.

Saturday’s highlights

Nancy Ledeboer holds a book in the Argonne Library branch Wednesday. Ledeboer is the new administrator of the Spokane County Library District. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

Good Monday morning everyone. (Well, it will be after I have a second cup of coffee.) It's time to take a look at Saturday's Valley Voice in case you missed any of our great stories. Reporter Pia Hallenberg interviewed West Valley High School student Joey Bird, who started racing go-karts at the age of eight. He has won six championships and several awards and is moving up to bigger and more powerful race cars.

The Spokane County Library District welcomed a new director this month, Nancy Ledeboer. She said she is pleased at how well maintained the libraries are, the good condition of the district's books and the willingness of staff to take change in stride.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on a generous $10,000 donation from the Intersection Church to North Pines Middle School. The gift was unexpected and the school is still considering how to put the donation to good use.

Residents on the west end of Spokane Valley will notice that engines from the Spokane Fire Department are responding to 911 calls for help in addition to crews from the Spokane Valley Fire Department. Valley Fire's Station 6 is being torn down and replaced and the crew has moved to Station 1 near University City. The Spokane Fire Department will be responding in certain areas to make sure all emergency calls get a timely response.

Coming on Saturday

We've got more great stuff coming up in Saturday's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger talked to a science teacher at North Pines Middle School after she was recenlty named the Washington State Science Teacher of the Year. You'll have my long-awaited report on the day-long Spokane Valley City Council budget retreat held Tuesday. The discussion ranged from possible budget cuts in 2012 to prioritizing capital projects.

The section of Highway 27 from Rockford to Tekoa has been delcared a scenic byway, as has Highway 278 from Rockford to the Idaho state line. We'll look at how that may benefit the area. We'll also have the Liberty Lake crime blotter. The town has been suffering a rash of car prowls lately, so everybody lock your cars and hide your valuables.  

Saturday’s highlights

Steve Munts takes notes as an evaluator suggests that in the event of a wildfire, flammable material such as paper inside the home should be moved away from doors and windows before occupants evacuate, to prevent its heating up and igniting inside the house. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

There was a lot to read in Saturday's Valley Voice, so all is forgiven if you didn't get a chance to read it all. The Spokane Valley Fire Department and Spokane County Fire District 8 have teamed up to hire a wildland fire inspector to help homeowners prepare their homes for wildfires. They are doing inspections of homes in forested areas to point out what measures people can take that may save their homes.

The Spokane Valley City Council again discussed street preservation and how to pay for it, but no conclusions were reached. They also discussed several other projects that have come up, including improving the Mission Aveneue trailhead in Greenacres, and what money might be available to pay for them. The council intends to discuss both issues in more depth at the day-long budget workshop scheduled for June 14.

In related news, planning commission chairman John Carroll has announced his intention to run for Dean Grafos' council seat this fall, setting up the first contested election so far. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on a $250 prize available to North Pines Middle School students who follow a series of clues to find a blue piggy bank named Piggy H.

Two Spokane Valley churches, Good Shepherd Lutheran and Christ Lutheran, have voted to combine to form a new church named Advent Lutheran Church. The original plan was to combine three congregations into one, but the majority of the members of Holy Trinity Lutheran did not vote to approve the plan.

Coming on Saturday

The little piggy did not go to the market. It's somewhere in or around North Pines Middle School and students there are in the midst of collecting clues to find the pig, named Piggy H., so they can win $250. Reporter Lisa Leinberger was at the school this week and she'll have a fun story on Piggy H. in Saturday's Valley Voice.

Also coming tomorrow is a look at the discussion the Spokane Valley City Council had about road projects and street preservation, an unusual new church called Advent Lutheran Church and the work the Spokane Valley Fire Department and Spokane County Fire District 8 are doing to help homeowners protect their homes from wildfires. There will also be another campaign announcement, so make sure you pick up your paper tomorrow.

Valley students competing in underwater robotics competition

This sounds like a fun event to go and watch. Students from all over the Spokane area, including teams from North Pines Middle School and East Valley Middle School, will be at Eastern Washington University tomorrow to compete in the Inland Northwest SeaPerch underwater robot obstacle course competition. The SeaPerch program is sponsored by the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research.

The students were all given kits of pipe, motors, cables and circuit boards to use in building their submersible robots. The compeitition will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in the pool in EWU's Aquatics Building on its Cheney campus.

Bond information meeting tonight

If you're looking for something to do tonight and the zoning discussion at the Spokane Valley City Council meeting isn't your cup of tea, the Central Valley School District will host a bond information meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at North Pines Middle School, 701 N. Pines Road. A $69.6 million bond is on the Feb. 8 ballot and if it passes it will be used to pay for a long list of school expansion and remodeling projects. Check the district's web site for more details on the bond.

Natural gas leak near North Pines Middle School

Spokane Valley Fire crews are responding to a reported natural gas leak in the 11700 block of East Alki behind North Pines Middle School. The dispatcher said someone was doing some digging and hit a gas line. Residents report hearing hissing. They are shutting down Alki as I type, so try to avoid the area.

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