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Saturday’s highlights

A kitten cries for attention after a staffer at SCRAPS placed adoption papers and a pet license on its cage Tuesday. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

What is it about Monday mornings and fresh snow? Mondays also mean highlights from the Saturday Valley Voice, so here we go. Reporter Nicole Hensley has a story with some details about upcoming changes at SCRAPS as well as a look back at the organization's history. Can you guess what the most popular cat name is?

The Ambulance Service Board, which includes the Spokane Valley Fire Department as well as most fire departments and districts in Spokane County, has negotiated a contract extension with AMR that includes a $100 reduction in the base cost of an ambulance trip starting in February.

A Liberty Lake Police Officer had an interesting day last week when a fleeing suspect rammed his patrol car. The officer was unhurt, but the brand new police car was damaged. The suspect was arrested the next day in Spokane.

Nicole also has a story on a group of pickleball players that are looking for new blood. The majority of the players are seniors, but all ages are welcome.

Going pink

Spokane's largest ambulance service is going pink for October.

American Medical Response has emblazoned one of its Spokane-based ambulances with bright pink stripes for breast cancer awareness month. Most of its 150 employees in Spokane also are wearing special pink shirts they bought themselves to help raise money and awareness for breast cancer research and prevention.

“We really believe it’s important to raise awareness of breast cancer risks, prevention and ways to screen for it,” Rocco Roncarati, general manager of AMR Spokane, said in a prepared statement. “Our employees have completely embraced this effort and they’re already jockeying over who gets to drive the pink ambulance.”

Coming Saturday

Saturday’s Valley Voice will have a bit of everything - school kids, emergency services and city government. The students at Pasadena Park Elementary spent the fall reading to earn points. Now they’re spending those points to buy Christmas gifts at the Scholar Dollar Store run by Cheri Reed.

The new contract between American Medical Response and the majority of the fire districts and departments in Spokane County seems to be going well. Spokane Valley Fire is administering the contract and data shows that response times are dropping. Auditors gave the City of Spokane Valley a clean bill of health this week, but the city is currently involved in a criminal case against a former employee who is facing felony theft charges for allegedly stealing money from city deposits.

And in a story that shows how the economy is affecting everyone, Spokane Valley Partners has announced that there will be no Season of Sharing this year.

Read tomorrow’s stories here for more details.