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Programming note

I'll be away from the computer most of the day tomorrow and all day Friday, so expect light posting. Fellow Valley Voice reporter Lisa Leinberger has promised to post some story links on the blog tomorrow, but that will probably be about it. We've got some good stories coming up tomorrow and Saturday, so feel free to check here for links.

Freeman School District Board Member Diane Woodman passes away

A prayer service for Diane Woodman, a Freeman School Board member since 2005, will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 4521 N. Arden Road.

Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph's Saturday at 11 a.m.

Woodman passed away July 3 after a brief battle with cancer.

She retired as a school librarian in 2007 from Otis Orchards Elementary School in the East Valley School District. She began her career in education as a kindergarten teacher in 1975 at Trent Elementary School in Central Valley and left for a brief time to work at Microsoft for a year.

Woodman was featured by the Spokesman-Review in a story about her retirement from teaching. She said during her career, the students hadn't changed much.

“They still love recess,” she said. “They still love to tell you about their weekend. Kids in general haven't changed. They want love and attention.”

Rally for the bond

Citizens for East Valley, the campaign for the East Valley School District Construction Bond, will hold a rally at the corner of Harvard Road and Wellesley Ave. in Otis Orchards today from 3:45 to 6 p.m.

The campaign is hoping residents vote in favor of a $33.75 milllion school construction bond which will renovate and expand Trentwood, East Farms, Otis Orchards, Skyview and Trent elementary schools. It would add 40 new classrooms, four new gyms and a middle-level enrichement center, and the buildings would receive a technology upgrade. Mountain View Middle School would be closed.

Property owners can expect to see an increase of 86 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, which would increase East Valley's total levy and bond tax to $4.39 per $1,000.

The district expects $32.5 million in matching funds from the state.

Voters must return their ballots by April 26. the bond needs a supermajority of 60 percent to pass.

Members of the campaign will be at the rally with architectural renderings of what each school could look like after the construction.

Discovering Spring

It's been closed all winter, but next week Spokane Valley will re-open it's premier park.

Discovery Playground, 2426 N. Discovery Place, will open April 15 with a ceremony from 3 to 5 p.m. The event is open to all ages and will include a tree planting with Mayor Tom Towey and other city officials. There will also be interactive vendors near the shelter area where visitors can receive seedlings to take home and plant.

For more information, call Recreation Coordinator Jennifer Papich at (509) 720-5408 or email

McCaslin memorial March 27

Scott Maben reported in this morning's paper that a memorial service for Sen. Bob McCaslin will be held at 2 p.m. March 27 at University High School, 12420 E. 32nd Ave.

McCaslin spent 30 years in the Washington state senate and had been serving on the Spokane Valley city council since 2010. He stepped down from his seat in the senate in January because of ill health.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, a graduate of Washington State University, worked for Kaiser Aluminum and later owned a real estate firm.

McCaslin died Sunday. He was 84.

You can read Olympia reporter Jim Camden's obituary about McCaslin here.

Jumpers for Japan

Kids and grownups throughout the area can participate in Jumpers for Japan, a shoot-a-thon to raise money for the Red Cross Japan Tsunami relief fund March 27 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Hub Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo.

From Phil Champlin, executive director of the Hub: “Check and cash donations are due at the door to participate to shoot jump shots. Times to shoot are open.
Each participant will need to allow twenty minutes to complete shooting 50 jump shots.
There will be food, music, skills contests and prizes. Our goal is for each child or adult to request $20 from
each person they ask to donate, however any amount of donation will be much appreciated.”

For more information, call the Hub at (509) 927-0602 or visit their website here.

Did someone say pancakes?

The Edgecliff SCOPE office will present a community pancake feed Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon at VFW Post 1435, 212 S. David St.

The breakfast will include pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage and coffee. Adults can get breakfast for $5. Children 10 and younger will be admitted for $2.50.

For more information, call the Edgecliff SCOPE office at (509) 477-6345.

Where’s my tropical drink?

The City of Spokane Valley will not be having a meeting next week on March 15. Several council members will be attending a congressional conference in Washington, D.C. Since that will leave me with some free time on my hands, I've decided to take a week off from the computer.

Fellow Valley Voice reporter Lisa Leinberger has promised to check in on the blog occassionally and post some story links, but there will be much less posting next week. If you have an event you would like put on the blog, send her an email at

Look for me to come back full of energy on March 21.  

Welcome to the neighborhood

Welcome to the new Spokane Valley blog. My name is Nina Culver. I have been with The Spokesman-Review since 1995 and have worked in the Spokane Valley office off and on since before city incorporation. Over the years I have covered just about every Valley beat there is. Right now I primarily cover the City of Spokane Valley, Spokane Valley Fire, Valley churches and the Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake police departments.

Our goal is to make this a one-stop shopping place for residents of the greater Spokane Valley area to come to get news and information about their neighborhoods. We’ll include all the smaller towns that are within the Valley Voice circulation area, including Fairfield, Rockford and Liberty Lake.

Here you will find links to Valley Voice stories about crime, education, city government and other issues important to residents. Check in early and often to find breaking news that I hear over the police scanner on my desk. You will be able to find out what will be discussed at the next Spokane Valley council meeting and what events are coming up.

So consider the lines of communication open. If you have a question or suggestion, feel free to leave a comment on a blog post or send an email to

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