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It’s a haunting

There are a bunch of things going on this weekend, so let's start by taking a look at the annual Valley Mission Haunted Pool. (Don't worry, the pool has been drained. You won't get wet.) Organizers promise “spirits, ghosts and all manner of creepy crawlies” who will frighten “anyone brave enough to visit.” But if you're one of those people who don't care for clowns, you should probably stay out of the Creepy Clown Tunnel.

The haunted pool is designed for those age 12 and up, but younger children will be allowed if they are accompanied by a parent. The grand opening is tonight. Hours are from 7:30 to 10 p.m. today and Saturday as well as Oct. 28-29. Admission is $3 per person or $2 per person with a can of food for the Spokane Valley Partners Food Bank. Valley Mission Park is at 11123 E. Misson.

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.

Valley Mission Park sledding

In this 2008 photo Chad Gilbert leaps onto his snow sled at the top of the sledding hill at Valley Mission Park. SR photo/Bart Rayniak.

Does anyone out there have a story to tell about sledding at Valley Mission Park? I’m working on a story for Saturday and would love to talk to people who have used the hill. Send me an email at Be sure to include your full name and a phone number where you can be contacted.

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