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Saturday’s highlights

Photos and flowers are seen in the Pines Cemetery’s Mausoleum on Wednesday. Fairmount Memorial Association has acquired the Pines Cemetery and South Pines Cemetery. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland

The wet weather returned again today, but we have some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice to keep us entertained while we stay dry. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on Pines Cemetery and South Pines Cemetery being purchased by the Fairmount Memorial Association. The Pines Cemetery has been run by the Opportunity Cemetery Association since 1910. The South Pines Cemetery opened in 2007.

The city of Spokane Valley is considering new regulations on shoreline development as part of its state mandated update of the Shoreline Master Program. Last week the city council and the city's planning commission had a joint meeting to go over the draft regulations. A public hearing and an open house will be held in July.

Correspondent Steve Christilaw has a story on longtime East Valley cross country and track and field coach Dave McCarty. He has been with the district as a teacher and a coach for 36 years. He was also a star athlete in the district as a student.

Spokane River public access hearing tonight

This is just a reminder that the Spokane Valley Planning Commission is having a public hearing tonight on a draft public access plan for the Spokane River. The plan is part of the city's state-mandated update of its Shoreline Master Program. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague Ave.

Saturday’s highlights

Luke Pillsbury, director of youth ministries for Opportunity Presbyterian Church on Pines Road, sits with some of the toys for the church’s toy store, where community members who are invited can get toys at a deep discount. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

Welcome to a snowy, somewhat slippery Monday morning. We brought you some good stories in Saturday's Valley Voice, so lets look at some of the highlights. Opportunity Presbyterian Church opened its toy store for business Saturday, carrying on an annual tradition of providing extremely low cost toys to low income residents. The store, which is organized by the church youth, has been growing every year.

A Newman Lake woman was recently charged with animal cruelty after someone reported buying a sick puppy from her Iron Horse Kennel on Hauser Lake Road. An inspection by SCRAPS animal control officers reportedly showed other violations at the dog kennel as well. The woman, identified as Wilma L. Turner, also has a hearing scheduled for Wednesday on allegations that she has violated her probation after she pled guilty to two charges related to conditions at her kennel in 2011.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on East Farms Elementary School teacher Elisha Erickson, who was recently given an award by the Spokane Valley Fire Department for taking in two children that were dropped off at a fire station with little information. One of the children was a student of Erickson's. Lisa also has a story on a possible bond vote in the East Valley School District. The school board will meet Tuesday to decide whether or not to run a bond to modernize and repair several schools. Four previous attempts to pass a bond in recent years have failed.

The Spokane Valley City Council had several discussions during its Tuesday meeting, including a draft Shoreline Master Program restoration plan, fee amounts for 2013 and street maintenance and sweeping contracts.   

Shoreline public hearing tonight

The Spokane Valley Planning Commission is having a public hearing tonight on the proposed shoreline environmental designations. The city is currently making its way through a state mandated update of its Shoreline Master Program and the environmental designations are a piece of that plan. This is your chance to come and comment on the proposed designations. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague.

Key items on council agenda tonight

There are a couple key items on the Spokane Valley City Council agenda for tonight's meeting, both of which have the potential to make it a lengthy meeting. First up is a public hearing on a proposed development agreement to go with property on Conklin Road south of Broadway. The owner wants to rezone the land high density residential and put in apartments, a plan the surrounding neighbors in their single family homes have objected to. The proposed agreement restricts density and building height, among other stipulations. The council is scheduled to vote after the public hearing on whether to accept the agreement.

The item that will likely include a lengthy discussion is a report on the proposed goals and policies of the city's Shoreline Master Program. It's a detailed document, so it's expected that council members will have questions.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. tonight at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague.

Quiet city council meeting tonight

I'm afraid there's not much on the agenda of tonight's Spokane Valley City Council meeting unless you have a burning desire to discuss shoreline goals and policies. The draft goals and policies have gone through an advisory group and the city's planning commission and are now coming before the council for discussion and approval. This very lengthy process will end with a new Shoreline Master Program that will regulate shorelines in Spokane Valley, but that result is likely more than a year away. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague.

Today’s highlights

A dock sits below the Coyote Rock development May 8 in Spokane Valley. The Shoreline Master Program draft goals and policies includes a requirement that residential developments with more than two homes have community rather than individual docks. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland

We have a nice, sunny Thursday before us, but there is still time to take a look at some highlights from today's Valley Voice. The Spokane Valley Planning Commission had a rather lengthy meeting last week to go over the draft goals and policies for the city's Shoreline Master Program update. Among the items they discussed were the policies addressing gravel mining pits and docks.

The Spokane Valley City Council also met and they approved awarding the bid for resurfacing and reconstruction work on Evergreen Road from 16th to 32nd and on 32nd between Highway 27 and Best Road. Vera Water and Power will be installing a new water line as well. Construction should start in about a month.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger spoke to 8-year-old Ansel LaPier recently. The Liberty Lake resident recently won a national award for a short film that he wrote, filmed and acted in. Correspondent Cindy Hval, who is always an expert on the emotions that make mothers tick, has a touching column today about her recent Mother's Day celebration.

Today’s highlights

Joseph Yacker opens the front door of the new Spokane Valley Fire administration building Monday, to show the prominent display of a beam from the World Trade Center in the entryway. Yacker works with information systems in the building. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

Today's Valley Voice is pretty packed with news, so you might need two cups of coffee to get through it all. The Spokane Valley Fire Department opened a new administration building for business this week. The new building, located next to Station 8, is designed to be an essential services building in a disaster. This is the same building where a piece of beam from the World Trade Center was installed during construction.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger talked to Mary Collins of Spokane Valley High School, who was recently named the 2012 Washington State Classified School Employee of the Year. The Spokane Valley City Council had a long discussion Tuesday on the merits of the regional animal shelter plan proposed by Spokane County and how much it would cost the city.

The Spokane Valley Planning Commission met last week for a public hearing on the draft goals and policies of the Shoreline Master Program update. The plan, which regulates development on shorelines, is undergoing a state mandated update. There was a bit of controversy during the meeting regarding the recusal of commissioner Marcia Sands. Sands works for the Department of Ecology, which approves all shoreline plans. Four commissioners voted not to excuse Sands, who now says she is debating whether to step down from her seat on the commission.

Public hearing tonight on shoreline plan

There is a Spokane Valley Planning Commission public hearing tonight on the draft goals and policies of the city's Shoreline Master Program. The plan regulates development on all shorelines within 200 feet of the ordinary high water mark. The state is requiring that all cities and counties update their plan by the end of 2013. The shoreline plan currently in use by the city was inherited from Spokane County when the city incorporated. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. tonight at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague. 

Shoreline open house draws small crowd

A kayaker surfs Sullivan hole, a Spokane River low-water play spot for white-water enthusiasts in 2011. SR file photo.

First, let's start off with a hat tip to SR reporter Mike Prager, who agreed to attend last night's Shoreline Master Program open house in Spokane Valley while I attended the Mayor's State of the City speech. The city is resuming work on the plan, which regulates development along all shorelines in the city, after work stalled for several months. The state requires that the plan be updated by the end of 2013. The next step is a public hearing on the plan's goals and policies before the city planning commission Thursday at 6 p.m. You can read Mike's story about the open house here.

What to do, what to do

Spokane Valley Mayor Tom Towey. SR file photo.

If you are looking for something to do Thursday night, there are a couple of choices. If you have an interest in shoreline development, check out Spokane Valley's open house on the Shoreline Master Program. The city is mandated by the state to update it's plan by 2013. The plan regulates development in the 200 feet of shoreline adjacent to the ordinary high water mark. It has been a hot topic of conversation lately and there is a public hearing coming up on the city's draft goals and policies. The open house will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague.

If talking about the shoreline doesn't float your boat, check out Mayor Tom Towey's first State of the City speech from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Valley Fourth Memorial Church, 2303 S. Bowdish Road. The mayor will talk about the city's accomplishments in 2011 and goals for 2012. The mayor will repeat his annual message three more times during April (I'll post those dates and locations later).

Today’s highlights

Teacher Robbie Robinson, second from left, stands in a greenhouse with Harmony High School students, from left, Satieva Ankey, Josh Armstrong, Chris Kinyon, Cody Buchanan and Franki Turner. SR pohto/Dan Pelle

We have a ton of good stuff to highlight in today's Valley Voice, so much that I'm not sure I can include it all without making this the mother of all blog posts. So, here we go. Spokane County is looking at a building on East Trent as a possible home for a new regional animal shelter, but first the county commissioners have to convince Spokane and Spokane Valley to go along with the plan and open their pocketbooks to pay for it.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger stopped in at Harmony High School to look at a new product the students are making and selling called Harmony Hot Peppers. It's a mix of dried, ground hot peppers that I hear really clears your sinuses. The students built their own greenhouse to grow the peppers for the mix.

The Spokane Valley City Council spent some time Tuesday with the planning commission and a pair of Seattle land use attorneys to discuss the city's Shoreline Master Program, which has to be updated by the end of 2013. The Liberty Lake City Council heard a request for more money from the Liberty Lake Library to hire staff, but spent a lot of time discussing where the money might come from.

Also in Liberty Lake, police have identified two suspects in a recent string of vehicle prowls, but no arrests have been made yet. There's a partial list of possible stolen property included with the story.

If you are looking for a chuckle (and a clever headline), check out correspondent Cindy Hval's story on the celebration of her cats' birthdays. The cat pictured with the story looks less than thrilled about his birthday attire.

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.

Thursday’s highlights

Greenacres Middle School students jam the seventh-grade hallway at 10:10 a.m. Tuesday as they pass between classes. The school is at maximum capacity with 756 students. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

Take a look at today's Valley Voice for news on what is happening in the Spokane Valley area. We've got a little bit of everything today - schools, fire department and the city council.

Since the Central Valley School District bond failed, the natural question that comes up is “Now what?” Reporter Lisa Leinberger talked to Superintendent Ben Small, who is considering his options and plans to make recommendations to the school board at the March 14 meeting.

Anthony W. Sotin, who was arrested last month on two counts of arson and one count of wire fraud, was in Federal court this week to accept a plea deal that has him pleading guilty to two arson charges in exchange for a reduced sentence of 10 years in prison.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department has been reducing their response times and plans to reduce them even more in the next five years. They've got several different options they're looking at to accomplish this. And the Spokane Valley City Council discussed concerns over the process to update the city's Shoreline Master Program, which the city inherited from Spokane County when it incorporated.

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