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In brief: Cities, groups taking old Christmas trees

For those ready to part with the once-living Christmas tree in their living room, several groups and waste disposal services are willing to haul it away:

“In the city of Spokane, trees will be removed with the trash curbside, free of charge. The city asks that residents place trees three feet from trash cans and cut in half trees that are more than 6 feet tall.

“Trees free of decorations may be recycled at the waste incinerator at 2900 S. Geiger Blvd. or the transfer stations at 3941 N. Sullivan Road or 22123 Elk-Chattaroy Road.

“For $10, volunteers from Scout Pack 304 will pick up old trees. Call Jim at (509) 363-1882 to set up a time.

“From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday trees can be dropped off for $5 at the Rosauers at 14th Avenue and Lincoln Street.

“Troop 343 will collect trees Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Covenant United Methodist Church, 15515 N. Gleneden Drive.

“Trees can be dropped off at Ferris High School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A $5 donation goes toward the school’s senior all-night party.

“In Spokane Valley, tree removal is free for Waste Management customers who have yard waste service. Trees under 6 feet will be removed for other customers for a $3.25 fee.

“Trees will be collected Saturday and Sunday at East Valley High School for $7, or pickup is available for $10 by calling (509) 979-4927. Proceeds benefit the school’s all-night graduation party.

“Trees can be dropped off at University High School, University Elementary and Broadway Elementary from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for $5. Pickups for $10 can be arranged by calling (509) 228-5307, with proceeds benefiting the high school band and color guard.

“At Coeur d’Alene High School the choir will collect trees between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Saturday through Jan. 13 for $2. Trees can be picked up for $5 by calling (208) 667-4507, Ext. 503.

“Post Falls High School also will collect trees between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Saturday through Jan. 13 for $2. Pickup, for $5, can be arranged by calling (208) 691-6746.

“In Sandpoint, trees can be dropped off near the city shop in the 800 block of Airport Way, across from the Bonner Business Center.

Peter Barnes

Spokane Valley

Cab driver accused of drug possession

A taxi driver was arrested Tuesday night when a Spokane Valley police officer caught her driving with what authorities said was a suspended driver’s license and baggies of methamphetamine and marijuana.

The cabbie, 53-year-old Valerie Jean Scates, apparently had just pulled away from her home at 7425 E. Third Ave. when Officer Scott Bonney spotted her cab, Sgt. Dave Reagan said.

Reagan said Bonney knew where Scates lived and that her license was suspended because Bonney had been trying to serve an arrest warrant on her.

Scates argued when Bonney pulled her over, and the officer had to pull her out of her cab, Reagan said. He said Bonney struggled with Scates until a second officer arrived to help handcuff her.

While Scates was being booked on suspicion of third-degree driving with a suspended license and resisting arrest, jail officers discovered she had baggies of methamphetamine and marijuana, Reagan said. So she also was booked on suspicion of drug possession.

John Craig