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In brief: Businesses named for excellence

SPOKANE VALLEY – The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce recently announced the winners of the 2010 Awards of Excellence at its Gem of the Valley gala.

The business of the year award is given for leadership, outstanding customer service and contribution to economic development. The winners are: Clarks’ Tire and Automotive, small business of the year; ALSC Architects, medium size business of the year; and Banner Bank, large business of the year.

Other winners include: Spokane Valley Partners, nonprofit of the year; Dick Behm of Behm’s Valley Creamery, chamber member volunteer of the year; John Guarisco of MDI Marketing, Community Caring Award; and Sheri Dickinson of Mountain West Bank, chamber ambassador of the year award. As previously announced, former Spokane Valley city councilman Dick Denenny was presented with the 2010 Harry E. Nelson Citizen of the Year Award.

Phone or go online to report potholes

SPOKANE VALLEY – See a pothole? The city of Spokane Valley is now giving citizens two options for reporting the offending craters. In addition to calling (509) 921-1000 to report potholes, they now can be reported online at Click on the “report a problem” link on the left side of the page, then select “report a pothole.”

Whether you call or click, there is some specific information that has to be given so the city can fill the holes in the road. Give the exact location of the pothole – street address, which side of the street, which lane, etc. Include information on the size of the hole and how bad it is. If you want someone from the city to contact you, you can provide an e-mail address or telephone number.

Votes count toward Mirabeau movie picks

SPOKANE VALLEY – It’s never too soon to think about summer.

The city of Spokane Valley is already taking votes on which movies to show for free in Mirabeau Park this summer. One movie will be shown on July 23, the second on Aug. 20. The Family Choice category includes “Despicable Me,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Megamind,” “Secretariat” and “Toy Story 3.” The Teen Choice category includes “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” “Labyrinth,” “The Last Airbender,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”

If you want to vote, visit the city’s website at In the City News section, click on “Help choose free movies in the park.” If you don’t like any of the options given, there is also a spot where you can write in a different movie. Movie ballots can also be filled out at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place. The voting deadline is Tuesday.


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