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Battle Continuing Over New Alton’s

North Spokane residents battling to stop Wal-Mart from coming into their neighborhood clashed with Alton’s Tires representatives last week before the Spokane County hearing examiner.

While traffic, size and location were part of the discussion, noise quickly became the key issue.

“I think they were surprised by how much information we had,” said Karen Barniol, who helped organize the group to fight Wal-Mart.

Neighbors worry that if the county allows a zoning change for Alton’s, which would locate at Highway 2 and Eaton Avenue, it will pave the way for the requested Wal-Mart zoning change.

Michael Dempsey, hearing examiner, allowed Alton’s additional time to respond to the neighborhood’s noise study.

Dempsey is expected to make a decision in late December.

, DataTimes