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In brief: Resignation creates opening on West Valley school board

Thu., Jan. 31, 2013, midnight

A resignation has created an opening on the West Valley school board.

The open seat represents District 4, the area near Seth Woodard and Orchard Center elementary schools.

The prior seat holder, Sam Andrews, recently took a job with the district’s accounting and payroll. He resigned to avoid a conflict of interest.

Andrews applied for the position while on the board, but resigned in December before starting in January, district spokeswoman Sue Shields said.

The board appointed Andrews in 2010 to fill the seat left vacant by a retiring Debbie Hjortedal. Andrews is a 2007 graduate of West Valley High School.

The board meets twice a month for meetings in addition to attending some school functions.

The individual appointed to the seat would have to run for election in November to keep it.

Vote for free Spokane Valley summer movies

SPOKANE VALLEY – The city of Spokane Valley is once again soliciting votes to decide what movies will be shown this summer in Mirabeau Park. The two movies that get the most votes will be shown free of charge on July 20 and Aug. 17.

The movies under consideration are: “The Amazing Spiderman,” “Brave,” “Grease,” “Hook,” “Hotel Transylvania,” “The Lorax,” “Pitch Perfect,” “Rise of the Guardians,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “Wreck-It-Ralph.”

To vote, visit and click the voting link before Feb. 15. Write-in suggestions of movies will also be accepted; movies must have a rating of G, PG or PG-13. People can also vote by calling (509) 720-5408 during business hours or by emailing

Schools go into lockdown after boys heard talking about gun

A tip led some schools in West Valley School District to lockdown Monday after a Millwood woman in her yard overheard two boys talking about getting a gun and going to a school, according to a West Valley School District letter to parents.

Pasadena Park and Orchard Center elementary schools exterior doors were locked around 9 a.m., as well as the Millwood Early Childhood Center and RiverCity Leadership Academy. Classes continued as normal.

Authorities searched for the two boys, but nobody was found matching their descriptions. Security cameras were examined for suspicious activity as well, but nothing indicated a problem, district spokeswoman Sue Shields said.


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