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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

Third-graders Audrina Gainey, left, and Stephanie Sawchuk, right, wear ball gowns and munch on a lunch served by parents and teachers May 24, at Sunrise Elementary. The event, called the Fairy Tale Ball, was a time to dress up and practice proper dining etiquette. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

There's a lot to check out in today's Valley Voice, so grab a cup of coffee and settle in. I almost wish I was at Sunrise Elementary when reporter Lisa Leinberger was there last week to check out the third grade Fairy Tale Ball because it sounds like so much fun. The students dressed up in their finest clothes and snacked on food made by their parents.

If you are looking for things to do this weekend, you have a couple of options. The grand opening of Greenacres Park is Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The park has a playgroung area with splash pad and sand box, restrooms, a large picnic shelter and play fields. Saturday is also West Valley Days in Millwood, which includes a parade, carnival and free bike raffle.

The Spokane Valley City Council discussed their second thoughts about accepting the donation of a sculpture in a new entry to be built at Appleway and Thierman next year. Several council members suggested putting the work of art in Balfour Park instead so people can get up close to it.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department will have a replacement levy on the ballot in August. It currently provides 53 percent of their annual budget and there was discussion this week on what would happen if the levy fails. Six of the department's ten stations would close and staff would be cut from 180 to 76.

Sunrise Elementary students meet Mako

Spokane Valley Fire Department arson dog Mako poses with fire investigator Rick Freier and a student at the Sunrise Elementary science fair Thursday night. The photo is courtesy of the Spokane Valley Fire Department. 

It looks like Mako the arson dog had a good time last night at the annual Sunrise Elementary science fair. Spokane Valley Fire Department fire investigator Rick Freier brought his canine partner to the fair for students to meet and it looks like some of the kids were happy to pet him and learn a little about how he works. After a few months on the job Mako has settled in enough to begin making the rounds of local schools. If you are interested in having Freier and Mako visit your school or event to talk about fire safety, call the fire department at 928-1700.

Saturday’s highlights

Tyler Brink pulls his homemade ski sled and Eric Wagemann trudges his homemade “ski bike” up a hill at Valley Mission Park on Wednesday. The hill has been busy since the recent snowfall and several injuries occurred on the popular sledding hill over the weekend. SR photo/Bart Rayniak

In case you missed Saturday’s Valley Voice, check out these links to some of our stories from the weekend. Students at Sunrise Elementary had a fun time making paper masks and writing songs to go with them last week. Doctors at Valley Hospital and Medical Center reported treating more than 30 people over the long Thanksgiving weekend for sledding injuries at Valley Mission Park - everything from a punctured lung to fractured spines. People appear to be sledding in a closed area with more obstacles rather than the traditional sledding hill next to Splash Down.

The Spokane Valley Hearing Examiner has decided that the designation of a lab/husky mix named Casey as a dangerous dog by SCRAPS will stand. The owner had appealed the label, which includes requirements for extra insurance, sturdy fencing and following other restrictions. Spokane Valley Fire has approved a 2011 budget that includes construction of a new administration building and no property tax levy increase.

Coming on Saturday

Jerry Stout puts the finishing touches on his snowman he built in his Upriver Drive apple orchard on Thursday. “The snow is actually working, and I’m out of work, so I’ve got the time,” remarked the 65-year-old. He found buttons in his wife’s sewing kit for eyes, painted a night light for the nose, and used yarn for the mouth. SR photo/Bart Rayniak

Recent snow has been a boon for sledders but people need to be careful when zipping down a hard packed, icy hill. The emergency room at the Valley Hospital and Medical Center saw more than 30 injured sledders over the extended Thanksgiving weekend with broken bones and other serious injuries. Take a look at the story in Saturday’s Valley Voice.

Also coming Saturday is a peek into classrooms at Sunrise Elementary when students got to make paper masks. Plus Spokane Valley Fire has been dealing with surge in calls related to the bad weather, including more car accidents and broken water and sprinkler system pipes.

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