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Spokane Valley continues crackdown on marijuana

As it aims to create a drug free city, the Spokane Valley city council is tonight discussing an ordinance intended to curb marijuana use by teenagers.

Let’s light up the Spokane Valley map!

Every year we generate a map of holiday light displays here at the paper. People register their own lights on a public map and those of us who like driving around looking at the lights have an easy way to find them. How about this: let this holiday season be the Spokane Valley season - let's fill that map with more holiday light displays in the Valley than anywhere else! Click here and let's get started.

A new place for city hall?

The Spokane Valley city council is considering a purchase of land for a new city hall. The 3.3 acre lot in question is located at Sprague Avenue and Dartmouth Road at the west end of U City Mall and for sale for slightly less than $1.2 million. See details in tonight's agenda or even better: come to the meeting. 

 

Tuesday morning roundup

It's been some time since I've looked at how this Spokane Valley beat of mine is developing, so here's a little roundup for you: This blog has grown from 99 to 130 followers (not explosive growth, but pretty darn good). I love hearing from you all, you really can't send me too many emails (Piah@spokesman.com) and the Valley Blog is a great spot for community news announcements. We are also gaining traction on Facebook where The Voices page is up from 790 to 830 followers - I like that! Keep the “likes” coming. If you want to connect with me on Facebook you can find me here.

Spokane Valley designates #GivingTuesday

At the last Spokane Valley City Council meeting, Mayor Dean Grafos designated Tuesday Dec. 2 as Giving Tuesday. Grafos said the globally celebrated day is a great opportunity for people to give back to the community. “This is a way for all citizens to join together and give in any way that's reasonable,”  Grafos said. 

 

Light the Christmas tree in Spokane Valley

The Rotary Club of Spokane Valley is getting the Christmas tree in the University City parking lot ready for the annual lighting ceremony on Dec. 4 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Santa is stopping by and the choir Solar Energy from the Sunrise Elementary School will be singing. 

Advent celebration on Sunday

Millwood Community Presbyterian Church is hosting an Advent party on Nov. 30 from 4-7 p.m. There will be crafts for children and adults, singing of Christmas carols and lots of snacks. The church is located at 3223 N. Marguerite Rd. Call: (509) 924-2350.

Facebook page tracks Spokane Valley History

David Sean Brown was born and raised in Spokane Valley. Back in 2010, he joined Facebook and quickly made contact with people he'd gone to school with or shared interests with. 

“I've always been interested in the history of Spokane and Spokane Valley,” said Brown over coffee at The Rocket Bakery on Argonne. And that's how he got the idea for the Facebook group: The History of Spokane Valley - 1960 to Present. 

Done with topless baristas, coalition moves on to weed

The Spokane Valley-based Coalition for Community Values has formed a task force that aims to limit access to all types of marijuana in Spokane Valley. City Council member Ed Pace asked city staff to look into regulations in Washington towns Wenatchee and Fife, which both have banned marijuana. 

Thursday morning coffee is on -

- at the Rocket Bakery on Argonne Road. I will be there around 9 a.m. and stick around until 10:30 a.m. Rumor has it we may get a visit from David Sean Brown who started and runs The History of Spokane Valley Facebook page. Stop by and say hello. 

List of rock homes is growing fast

Since the story on Spokane Valley river rock homes ran on Sunday, we've had more than ten people register their rock home on the online map we provided. Don't be left out - submit your home today. In a week or so we will share the map with The Spokane Valley Heritage Museum. Photos can be uploaded with your entry, or you can send a photo with the home's address to piah@spokesman.com 

Spokane Valley City Council meeting tonight

Just as I was hitting my stride with the Tuesday meetings, we're having one on a Monday. Tonight's agenda includes a noxious weed board update and a public hearing on the shoreline master plan, as well as an executive session about a real estate purchase. 

(To get email updates about meetings and other news from Spokane Valley go to the city's website and click on “follow us” at the bottom of the green menu on your left - pick which email lists you'd like to be included in.)

Speaking of executive session: I am overdue for a coffee date in the Valley - how about the Rocket on Argonne Road, Thursday morning? I will be there around 9 a.m. - I'm easy to spot with my newspaper dog tag and laptop computer. Stop by and say hello and tell me a Valley story or two. 

First dance with Mary Jane

You may remember Shelly Clark as one of the organizers behind the protest that lead to Spokane Valley outlawing topless barristas about a year ago. Thursday night, Clark and the Coalition for Community Values called a meeting at CenterPlace to discuss the impact the legalization of marijuana may have on Valley children. 

 

Is this Spokane Valley as you know it?

Just in time for the election, my colleague Jim Camden wrote a piece about how Spokane Valley has been rated the most centrist town in the United States by USA Today and the website Liveability.com 

Do you recognize Spokane Valley in the description? 

River rock homes in Spokane Valley

Together with staff at The Spokane Valley Heritage Museum we are looking for homes in Spokane Valley constructed with river rock. The homes we are looking for don't have to be as elaborate as the original Vera Water Pump House above, but the front or another significant part of the house should be built using river rock (a river rock foundation is not going to make it). However, if you have a stretch of river rock wall or entrance pillars, we'd be curious about those too. Please email your name, address, year the home was built and a snapshot (if you have one) to piah@spokesman.com 

STA open house and forum Thursday

Spokane Transit Authority is hosting a series of open houses asking the public for input on its long-range transit plan, Moving Forward. The first open house is Oct. 9 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Center Place, 2426 North Discovery Place. Valley residents are encouraged to show up and share their input on transit service today and in the future. Public input may be emailed to stamovingforward@spokanetransit.com or by calling the STA Moving Forward Hotline at (509) 343-1659.

Spokane Valley City Council meeting tonight

This evening's City Council meeting is a study session during which city staff will present research on current topics and issues facing the council. Tonight, we will hear about possible restrictions on truck parking in neighborhoods and get a briefing on proposed amendments to the Spokane Valley municipal code. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall - here's the agenda. 

Who makes Spokane Valley what it is?

A city is made up from the people who live there. It’s the sum of their experiences, trials, joys, victories and everyday life that makes a community what it is. One reason why I spend so much time driving around Spokane Valley and drink so much coffee (I haven’t slept since I got on this beat…) is because I want to meet the people who live here - and I need your help. 

The week of the Valley virus

The second week in Spokane Valley did not go quite as smoothly as the first one because the blog got a virus. Actually, I got a virus and was laid up for a day in the middle of the week, but hey, I still got some Valley miles in; 47 miles for those counting at home.

On Tuesday, I met the Valley Rotary Club at their regular meeting at Darcy’s Restaurant. Chris Cargill of the Washington Policy Center did an interesting presentation on policy development in the state and the upcoming election. Among many services and think tank initiatives the center runs WashingtonVotes.org – a website that lets you keep track of bills as they move through the Washington legislature. You can subscribe to email updates about bills you are following. I also got to talk to the Rotarians about the upcoming Rotary Men of Fashion show happening on Oct. 10 – story’s coming right up.

 

Senate Law and Justice Committee meets in Valley

The Senate Law and Justice Committee will meet in Spokane City Council Chambers, 11707 E. Sprague Ave., on Oct. 2 from 1- 3 p.m. Chaired by Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, the committee will hold its regular work session here instead of in Olympia. On the agenda is: Electronic monitoring/home detention; habitual property offenders, subject of legislation introduced by Padden last year; sentencing options related to mental health/illness such as treatment instead of jail; patent trolling; proposed revisions to state law concerning Limited Liability Companies and the constitutional separation of powers between the legislative, judicial and executive branches of state government. 

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