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In brief: Planning, lodge tax panels accepting seat applications

Sat., Nov. 3, 2012

SPOKANE VALLEY – The city of Spokane Valley is looking for community members interested in serving on the planning commission or the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.

The planning commission will have three openings at the end of the year.

The planning commission holds public hearings on zoning and land use issues before making recommendations to the City Council.

Planning commissioners serve three-year terms.

The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the City Council on how to distribute lodging tax money collected in the city, which must be used to promote tourism. The committee includes two people from hotels/motels and two people representing organizations eligible to receive funding from the tax. The committee is led by a council member, currently Brenda Grassel.

Terms on the committee range from one to two years.

For both panels, appointees are recommended by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council.

Applications are available at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague Ave., or online at They are due Nov. 16 – by 4 p.m. for the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee and by 5 p.m. for the planning commission. For more information call (509) 720-5102.

Pet adoption possibilities at PetSmart stores today

SPOKANE VALLEY – Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service, Spokane Humane Society and SpokAnimal will continue to participate in the National Pet Adoption Weekend today and Sunday at two area PetSmart stores, located at 9950 N. Newport Highway and 15615 E. Broadway Ave., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will include animals for adoption from Spokane’s three animal shelters.

During the event, adoption fees will be waived thanks to a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. New owners must purchase a license for their new pets, the fee is $25 for a dog and $15 for a cat. All adopted animals will be spay/neutered, vaccinated for rabies and microchipped.

Appleway Florist holding open house to mark 60th

SPOKANE VALLEY – The Appleway Florist and Greenhouse, founded by Bob and Virginia Lewis in 1952, will celebrate its 60th anniversary with an open house today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be anniversary specials, door prizes, coffee tasting, desserts and hot wassail.

The family-owned business is located at 11006 E. Sprague Ave.


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