NEWMAN LAKE – This week the Spokane County commissioners unanimously upheld a decision by Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services Director Nancy Hill to not renew the commercial dog kennel license of Iron Horse Kennel. The business, owned by Wilma Turner, failed to pass its annual inspection three times in October after animal control officers reported finding rats in the feed and unsanitary conditions.
Turner pleaded guilty to several criminal charges in 2011 after inspections turned up substandard conditions. She was recently found in violation of her probation when inspections in 2011 and 2012 revealed further problems at the kennel.
Commissioner Todd Mielke said that the pattern of violations over the past two years raised sufficient concerns in his mind to vote not to renew.
Hill said an attorney is researching what comes next and noted that Turner has 30 days to appeal the decision. “I want to make sure I’m following the right steps,” she said. “This is not something we do all the time.”
Eventually SCRAPS could go as far as seizing Turner’s dogs if she refuses to shut down, Hill said. “We’re hoping we’re going to be able to work with her on placement,” she said. “We want to do what is best for the animals.”
Meeting set on future of parks and recreation
SPOKANE VALLEY – The city of Spokane Valley wants help updating its Parks and Recreation Master Plan.
Officials will host a meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at CenterPlace, 2421 N. Discovery Place. Attendees will be asked about what they’d like to see at city parks and recreation programs.
The master plan is available for viewing at www.spokanevalley.org. Copies are also available at CenterPlace and city hall, 11707 E. Sprague Ave. Call (509) 720-5401 for more information.
Youth program to hold family fun night
FAIRFIELD – The Fairfield youth program is hosting a Family Fun Night fundraiser at the Fairfield Community Center at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. There will be free games and tickets can be purchased for 50 cents each to pay for popcorn, cotton candy and a jumping castle.
The Community Center is at 304 E. Main St. To reach Fairfield, head south from Spokane Valley on Highway 27.
Health fair will be hosted at CenterPlace
SPOKANE VALLEY – Get Connected for Your Health will be hosted by the Spokane Valley Healthy Communities Network and the Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation Department from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at CenterPlace, 2421 N. Discovery Place.
The free event will feature booths on a variety of health-related topics, door prizes and demonstrations. Call (509) 720-5408 for more information.
Town hall meeting with sheriff planned
ROCKFORD – A town hall meeting with Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the McIntosh Grange in Rockford.
Residents are encouraged to attend and ask questions or voice concerns. The Grange is at 319 S. First St.
City Hall at the Mall set for Thursday
SPOKANE VALLEY – Spokane Valley City Council members and Mayor Tom Towey will be available for questions during the city’s second annual City Hall at the Mall from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Spokane Valley Mall. City staff members will also be on hand to answer questions during the day at tables set up in the second floor food court.
Residents will also be able to report a pothole, reserve city park facilities or ask about road construction.
A schedule of when various experts will be staffing the tables will be posted on the city’s website at www.spokanevalley.org before the event. Call (509) 720-5411 for more information.
Urban Growth Area meeting Wednesday
SPOKANE COUNTY – The Spokane County Commissioners will host a public meeting on the Urban Growth Area update Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Public Works Building, 1026 W. Broadway Ave. Some of the proposed adjustments to the UGA boundaries are close to the Spokane Valley city limits.
Maps and other information about the proposed changes are available online at www.spokanecounty.org/bp. Written comments may be sent to Steve Davenport, AICP, Spokane County Department of Building and Planning, 1026 W. Broadway Ave., Spokane WA 99260. Call (509) 477-7221 for information.