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Taylor Smith, left, watches as robot operator Joshua Hall, holding the remote, at right, maneuvers a tracked vehicle through the legs of a chair Wednesday, during a summer school session at Broadway Elementary. Fourth- and fifth-grade students got a chance to operate robots, which they dubbed “Mars rovers” in keeping with the space theme of the session. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley
Good Monday morning everyone. I'm pleased to announced that our weather cool down is here - and so are the highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. A big road construction project is starting today on Argonne Road between Bigelow Gulch and Wellesley Ave. The road is being ripped out and rebuilt, a process that will take several weeks to complete. Traffic is down to one lane in each directions and there are left turn restrictions.
Reporter Lisa Leinberger checked in with the Fresh Start Community Garden, which got its start earlier this year on donated land across from Valley Mission Park. The lush garden is producing vegetables for the Spokane Valley Partners Food Bank and some raised beds have been rented by community members. It's too late to plant this year, but if you are interested in having your own garden keep it in mind for next year.
Lisa also dropped by Central Valley's STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Academey. Elementary students were using robots to simulate the Mars Rover and learning about space.
Jerry Kienbaum talked about collecting snowmobiles for his museum in Greenacres on Monday. SR photo/Kathy Plonka
The top news in today's Valley Voice is reporter Lisa Leinberger's story on the East Valley School District's continuing transition to a K-8 education model. The district has had several meetings lately and heard emotional testimony from parents. On Tuesday they voted unanimously to moved the preschool and other special programs to East Valley Middle School in the fall.
Lisa also has a story on Spokane Valley resident Jerry Kienbaum, who has spent years amassing a collection of vintage snowmobiles. He runs the Northwest Museum of Vintage Snowmobiles.
Spokane County is planning several upgrades to the Argonne Road corridor north of the Spokane Valley city limits over the next few years, replacing pavement and adding sidewalks. The only project scheduled for this year is the replacement of the Bruce Road bridge over Deadman Creeek south of Mount Spokane Park Drive.
The Spokane Valley City Council spent some time Tuesday on how to avoid a bill of over $300,000 when new limits on the number of misdemeanor cases public defenders can handle take effect in October. That amount would be the city's share of seven new attorneys Spokane County might have to hire to help with the load. The increased cost would be charged to the city every year.
Spokane County engineers will host an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Pasadena Park Elementary School, 8508 E. Upriver Drive, to discuss upcoming projects on or near the Argonne Road corridor north of the Spokane Valley city limits. Projects to be discussed include a sidewalk at Pasadena Park Elementary, the Argonne Road grade separation project for the Centennial trail, work on the Argonne/Upriver Drive intersection and the reconstruction of Argonne Road from Wellesley to Bigelow Gulch.
Additional upcoming projects are the Bruce Road preservation project from Stoneman Road to Peone Road and the Bruce Road reconstruction project from Peone Road to Day-Mount Spokane Road.
People will be asked to give their input on the projects, some of which are contingent on getting grant funding.