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Memorial service set for Gary Schimmels

A memorial service for civic leader Gary Schimmels is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 4521 N. Arden Road in Otis Orchards.

Schimmels, a former Spokane Valley deputy mayor and longtime councilman, died unexpectedly Wednesday at his home. He was 75.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made in Schimmels' name to Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services (SCRAPS), 2521 N. Flora Road, Spokane Valley, WA 99216.

A luncheon is planned at the church following the memorial.

Saturday’s highlights

Tiffany Allen, who has Down Syndrome, sits beside the formal dress she will wear as she vies for homecoming princess at East Valley High School. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

Hold on to your hat, and your Saturday Valley Voice, so it doesn't blow away on this very breezy Monday. We had a couple of stories about teenagers doing well to start off with. Reporter Lisa Leinberger wrote about East Valley High School junior Tiffany Allen who has been nominated for homecoming royalty. Allen, who has Down syndrome, is getting a lot of support from her fellow students.

Teenager Micaela Halpin won second place in the recent video and photo contests run by the city of Spokane Valley in celebration of the city's 10th anniversary. Halpin's winning entries and the entries of the other winners can be seen at www.spokanevalley10.com.

A recent dog attack in the small town of Latah is illustrating the problem that many small towns are having with animal control. Many of the towns contract with SpokAnimal, which doesn't have any enforcement powers outside of the Spokane city limits. Now the towns are looking to the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service for help.

You need a cat, don’t you?

The kitty doors are bursting at the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service, so the shelter is offering free cats to good homes today and Satuday. One hundred and three cats have come in since June 1 and they need someone to feed them, pet them and snuggle with them. I highly recommend warm, purring lap kitties as a sleep aid.

The adoption fees are waived and every cat gets free microchipping, spaying/neutering and vaccinations. All you have to do is pay for a $15 license and you can take a cat home. Shelter hours are from noon to 5:30 p.m. both days. The shelter is located at 2521 N. Flora Road. Go forth and adopt!

Saturday’s highlights

Gretchen DeRusha, left, models one of her own wigs for the five Locks of Love donors in a fourth-grade class Thursday at South Pines Elementary. DeRusha, a cancer patient in remission, is a retired school district speech and language pathologist and she presented the girls with certificates for their generosity. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

Good Monday morning, everyone. It's time to put out noses to the grindstone again and also time to take a look at some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. Kids, take notice. Spokane Valley pools open for the season this weekend and Splash Down begins daily operations this week.

Last week Ponderosa resident Chris Desborough returned from a 500 mile bike ride to Canada and back to raise money for Spokane County Fire District 8. A team of firefighters and paramedics saved his life in 2010 when his heart stopped beating and he's had a defibrillator and pacemaker in his chest ever since. He was back at work the day after his five day marathon ride, though he said he wasn't sitting down much.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger recently talked to a group of students at South Pines Elementary who donated their hair through the Locks of Love program. One of the girls was inspired to donate because of a neighbor who was diagnosed with cancer. Several of her friends have also donated.

SCRAPS will host an open house at 10 a.m. Saturday at what will be the new regional animal shelter once remodeling is complete. The building is located at 6815 E. Trent. There will be animals avaiable for adoption as well as entertainment, face painting, raffles and more.

Spokane Valley news

New Spokane Valley Fire Department Fire Chief Bryan Collins. Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

In case you missed today's paper, there are a couple of good Spokane Valley stories in there. The Spokane Valley Fire Department picked a new fire chief Monday, Bryan Collins of California. The board of commissioners and two panels of community members interviewed the top six candidates last week. There was one internal candidate in the top six as well as someone from the Spokane Fire Department.

Reporter Mike Prager got a look inside the former Harley Davidson dealership on East Trent in Spokane Valley Monday that will be the new home of SCRAPS. Elected officials from Spokane, Spokane Valley and Spokane County were there to unveil the building and talk about the remodeling work to be done this year. The County hopes to have the new regional shelter up and running by Jan. 1, 2014.

Saturday’s highlights

A kitten cries for attention after a staffer at SCRAPS placed adoption papers and a pet license on its cage Tuesday. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

What is it about Monday mornings and fresh snow? Mondays also mean highlights from the Saturday Valley Voice, so here we go. Reporter Nicole Hensley has a story with some details about upcoming changes at SCRAPS as well as a look back at the organization's history. Can you guess what the most popular cat name is?

The Ambulance Service Board, which includes the Spokane Valley Fire Department as well as most fire departments and districts in Spokane County, has negotiated a contract extension with AMR that includes a $100 reduction in the base cost of an ambulance trip starting in February.

A Liberty Lake Police Officer had an interesting day last week when a fleeing suspect rammed his patrol car. The officer was unhurt, but the brand new police car was damaged. The suspect was arrested the next day in Spokane.

Nicole also has a story on a group of pickleball players that are looking for new blood. The majority of the players are seniors, but all ages are welcome.

Top names for Spokane pets

Is your cat's name Missy or Smokey? If so, they're a statistic.

Spokane Regional Animal Protection Services dug up the top names for dogs and cats out of their data they've been collecting for the past couple of years and if you thought there were a lot of dogs named Buddy, you were right. 

When you adopt a pet, you may fill out a licensing form which includes a space for a name. That's where this information comes from.

When S.C.R.A.P.S. combines with the city of Spokane's animal control, we'll be able to take a bigger look at what names are the most popular in the entire county. This only covers unincorporated Spokane County, Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake. 

New home for regional animal control

Regional animal control is expected to find a new home at the former Schumate Harley-Davidson building, according to a Spokane Regional Animal Protection Service news release.

The building, located at 6815 E. Trent, will be retrofitted to handle animal control for all of Spokane County.

Spokane City Council voted to switch to country services for their animal control, breaking off their ties to SpokAnimal after three decades of contracts.

S.C.R.A.P.S. will begin their 20-year contract with the city of Spokane beginning in 2014. They’ll take over animal licensing and combine their data with the city’s as well.

The new contract does not increase local taxes and the city of Spokane will pay the county $561,000 per year, according to prior reports.

A news conference is being held later today to talk about the site and host a tour for public officials and local media outlets.

Correction: Our original blog post named the building as Latus Harley-Davidson based on information from Spokane County news releases. 

Why did the chicken cross the road?

To get to the other side, of course. Why this particular chicken decided he needed to cross I-90 near Argonne this morning is a mystery, however. It took a SCRAPS animal control officer, four WSP troopers and a DOT employee about 45 minutes to capture the wayward bird during this morning's commute. He seemed intent on evading capture. Maybe he was on his way to visit a girlfriend?

Whatever the rooster's intent, he's now locked up at the SCRAPS shelter waiting for his owner to claim him. “We hope the owner comes and gets him soon,” said SCRAPS animal protection operations manager Nicole Montano in a press release. “He is really a beautiful bird and we'd like to get him back home as soon as possible.”

If you know where this bird belongs, call SCRAPS at (509) 477-2984. Photo courtesy of SCRAPS.

Today’s highlights

Role call: Shauna Cozza, 7, gives a humorous monologue about the existence of fairies Monday as she auditions for a part in the upcoming Theater Arts for Children production of “The Three Musketeers,” at the TAC headquarters in Spokane Valley. TAC will host a silent auction and buffet Saturday. The Star Tacs, the theater’s improv group, will perform. Tickets for the fundraiser are $30 per person or $50 per couple and are available by calling (509) 995-6718 or by sending an email to email@theaterartsforchildren.org. The theater is at 2114 N. Pines Road, Suite 3S. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

I'm not sure where the morning went. I was so busy working on stories for Saturday's Valley Voice I forgot to write up some highlights from today's Valley Voice. I blame the sleep deprivation.

The Spokane Valley City Council voted this week to approve a 20-year contract with the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) for animal control services. City staff said the county hopes to have a new regional shelter complete by the beginning of 2014. The city of Spokane is expected to vote on a contract with SCRAPS later this month.

New Valley Voice reporter Nicole Hensley has a story on the crud going around local schools that is resulting in a high number of absences. There's been a short term reporting change in the newsroom and Nicole will be working for the Valley Voice for a couple months while Lisa Leinberger tries her hand at the night cops beat.

It seems as though New Year's Eve and New Years Day were busy for local law enforcement and the city of Liberty Lake is no different. Officers there responded to quite a few calls on New Year's Day, ranging from a bar brawl to a 13-year-old boy arrested for assaulting his mother.

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.

Today’s highlights

Debbie Johnson, World Relief Spokane Citizenship and Naturalization Program manager, left, works with Veniamin Avdeyev and Ana Mpawanayo, rear, as they take a civics test on Nov. 29 in Spokane. SR photo/Dan Pelle

Now is a good time to check out today's Valley Voice while we wait to see if the weatherman is right and snow is on the way. The Spokane Valley City Council appears to be ready to vote on a contract with the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service for animal control services as soon as the contract language is finalized. This would end a year of debate over whether the city should stick with SCRAPS or contract with SpokAnimal.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a couple of good stories. She wrote about people who take citizenship classes through World Relief Spokane. The classes help them prepare for their naturalization test so they can become citizens.Lisa also has another entry in the East Farms Diary. She has been spending days at the East Farms STEAM Magnet School as the kids focus on science, technology, math, engineering and art.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department commissioners picked former Central Valley School District superindendent Mike Pearson to fill a vacancy on the board of commissioners. He will be sworn in at the next commissioner's meeting.

Nearly free pets for adoption

The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) is having an “Empty the Shelter” adoption special all during December. People can adopt animals for only the cost of a license, which is $15 for cats and $25 for dogs. All the other benefits are still included - the vet check, vaccinations, a micro chip and spaying or neutering.

While it might be tempting to give someone an adorable kitten for Christmas, don't just go out and get someone a furry friend for Christmas unless you are sure the person wants a pet and would be able to take care of it. Or you can just head over and find a new friend for yourself. The shelter is located at 2521 N. Flora Road.

Another animal control discussion

Animal control is once again on the Spokane Valley City Council meeting agenda for tonight, but it appears that the end may be in sight. Tonight the council members will discuss a draft agreement with SCRAPS, who they have been negotiating with for several weeks. It looks as though the draft includes some key changes from earlier proposals, including not having an automatic yearly price increase. As of right now a vote is scheduled on whether to approve the contract at the Dec. 11 council meeting.

If you are interested in hearing tonight's discussion, the meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague.

Saturday’s highlights

Joshua Bailey, 5, enjoys a kiwi during lunch with fellow kindergartners on Wednesday at Broadway Elementary in Spokane Valley. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland

There is a strange, golden orb in the sky on this Monday morning. While we are enjoying some sunshine, check out some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on an experiment in Central Valley schools to serve lunch to half-day kindergartners. It's being tried at Broadway Elementary, where 72 percent of students quality for free or reduced price lunches.

Valleyfest organizers are once again waiting to see if they will receive lodging tax funding from the city of Spokane Valley. For the second year in a row the organization was not recommended to receive any by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.

Correspondent Valerie Putnam has a story on the discussion at the recent Millwood City Council meeting over the public access requirement for properies on the shore of the Spokane River under the state-mandated update of their Shoreline Management Program.

The town of Fairfield is looking for donations of personal hygiene items for gift baskets for local teens. There is still a week to make a donation. SCRAPS is also looking for donations as it hosts several adoption events and fund raisers during December.  

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.  

Today’s highlights

Katie McLaughlin hands a treat to a Husky-mix at SCRAPS. She is a student in East Valley's STAR program, which partners with several businesses in the area that invite students to work during the afternoons to gain some experience. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland

It's time to put the leftover Halloween candy down and take a look at some highlights from today's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger spoke to East Valley students participating in the school district's Success Toward Responsibility program, which helps disabled students transition to adulthood. Two of the students have been getting volunteer experience at the SCRAPS shelter.

Lisa also has details on the second annual Central Valley School District report card. Superintendent Ben Small is leading several Community Connection events at local school to talk about the report card with the public. A list of the presentation locations and times is included with the story.

The Spokane Valley City Council approved the 2013 budget without fanfare during Tuesday's council meeting. They also heard details of several events planned to celebrate the city's 10th anniversary in 2013.

SCRAPS is having a cat sale

Five tabby cats, who were surrendered by an owner that could not care for them, arrive at SCRAPS in Spokane Valley in June. SR file photo.

The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service is reporting that their cat room population has exploded from eight to 51 in only a few days. In response, SCRAPS will be having a nearly free cat sale Thursday and Friday. People will only have to pay for a $15 license. The spay/neuter, vaccinations, vet check and microchip are all free.

A SCRAPS press release promises that a wide variety of ages, breeds and sizes are available. If you have been thinking of adopting a cat, this is a great opportunity. Just stop by the shelter at 2521 N. Flora Road and see which adorable kitty works its magic on you. SCRAPS is open from noon to 5:30 p.m.

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.  

Today’s highlights

Perhaps the biggest news in today's Valley Voice is that the Spokane Valley City Council agreed this week to negotiate with SCRAPS for animal control services. The city has been contracting with SCRAPS since incorporation, but SpokAnimal had also submitted a proposal to provide animal control services. The decision has been discussed for months. The decision isn't final, however, until the city approves a contract.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger tagged along last week when a group of new teachers and employees in the East Valley School District took an orientation tour of the district on a school bus. They got a look at each of the schools and what makes them unique.

If you are planning ahead, start thinking about the Southeast Spokane County Fair in Rockford Sept. 21-23. It features livestock, a carnival, parade, fun run, live music, pie eating contest, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, horse show and Cow Chip Bingo. Admission is free, so bring the family.

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