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Saturday’s highlights

Second-grader Isabella Collier reads quietly in her class at South Pines Elementary School on Wednesday. Isabella is in the Student, Parent Alternative Classroom Experience program, where parents opt in and promise to volunteer and contribute funds to the program. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

I trust we have all dusted ourselves off from last night's storm and are ready for another Monday. I made the mistake of having my windows open when the storm hit last night and had to scurry around closing them when I started choking on the dust. There is dusting in my future.

Now on to the highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. A final community meeting was held last week to discuss the design of the Balfour Park expansion. Several well attended meetings were held in the spring to get input on what amenities to include and people who stopped by last week seemed pleased with the result. The Spokane County Library District has also installed a Little Free Library on the site in lieu of the expected Spokane Valley Library branch that is planned for the site.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger stopped by South Pines Elementary School to check out their Student, Parents Alternative Classroom Experience (SPACE). Parents help keep the class organized so the teacher has more time to spend with students.

Correspondent Valerie Putnam reports that the city of Millwood is considering whether to accept a $448,208 loan from the state to repalce a 60-year-old water main that runs under Buckeye Avenue. A special meeting is planned later this month so the council can vote on the loan.

Paving work is expected to begin next week on Indiana Avenue between Pines Road and Mirabeau Parkway and on Carnahan Road from Eighth Avenue to the city limits. The city is making one final road construction push before the weather becomes too cold for paving.

 

Saturday’s highlights

Jayne Singleton, director of the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, reads a list of Civil War veterans from a 1913 Spokesman-Review Tuesday at the museum. Sources like the old newspaper helped provide links from area pioneers to the Civil War. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

Here we are at Monday again. It's the start of another work week in addition to being the day for a look at some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger stopped in at the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum to check out a new exhibit on the Civl War. Some of the items on display include bone saws and a 1913 edition of The Spokesman-Review that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.

The city of Spokane Valley is taking a look at what could be the final design of the expansion of Balfour Park. Another public meeting is planned for September to get input on what people think of the plan. The expansion would include a reading garden, veterans memorial, picnic shelter, a splash pad and more.

Lisa also has a story on University High School graduate Stevie Gildehaus, who will travel to Brazil next year as a Fulbright scholar. She will help teach English classes as well as take classes at a local university.

Everything is on tonight’s council agenda

Well, it's not everything, but it sure is a lot. There are going to be a ton of interesting discussions at tonight's Spokane Valley City Council meeting. Topcis include a draft plan for the expansion of Balfour Park, adding sewer lines to vacant industrial land, the Spokane County Saltse Flats wetlands restoration project and landscaping Appleway Blvd. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague.

Saturday’s highlights

Broadway Elementary School students extend hands for high-fives from from Swoop, the Eastern Washington University mascot during an assembly, May 17 in the school gym. SR photo/Dan Pelle

Well, here we are on a Tuesday that feels like a Monday. I've successfully moved my base of operations across the room and am all set to go, so let's take a look at our packed Saturday Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger wrote a story on Broadway Elementary students, who won a contest to have the Eastern Washington University mascot Swoop visit their school. The entry was a last minute decision, but the kids enjoyed the visit.

Three draft designs for the expansion of Balfour Park were presented to the community during a recent public meeting. The majority of people seemed to favor the design that put an angled library on the southwest corner of the property at Sprague and Herarld. Spokane Valley is developing the site in partnership with the Spokane County Library District.

Filing week is over and there are some heated races coming up. Controversies in Latah and Rockford have brought out more than the usual number of candidates. Every Spokane Valley City Council seat will be contested this fall.

A preliminary design for the Appleway Trail was presented at a recent public meeting to get input on planned features. The city has no construction money for the project and is creating a design so the project will be ready to go. At a recent meeting the Spokane Valley City Council heard details on several proposed comprehensive plan amendments.

The town council in Rockford recently took the unusual step of cutting their own pay to save money. They are down to one full-time employee and other changes are likely in the future.

Today’s highlights

East Valley Middle School student Max Thrasher, center, hands a rock to Avista biologist Tim Vore to help weigh down a plastic mesh box containing trout eggs Friday, in the Spokane River at Mirabeau. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

Unfortunately it's not Friday yet, but it is Thursday and that means highlights from today's Valley Voice. A big crowd packed the Spokane Valley Library basement meeting room to give their input on what features should be included in the expansion of Balfour Park. The city purchased property across from the old University City Mall last year to expand the park and partner with the Spokane County Library District to place a new library branch there.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger caught up with East Valley Middle School students who are doing a unique science project in the Spokane River. They are placing trout eggs in the river to hatch. When they grow large enough they'll be relocated to Liberty Lake.

Lisa also has a follow up story on the famous crossing guard cat at Broadway Elementary School. The students call him Kudo, but it turns out that his name is really Uno. Uno the cat also has a history in Browne's Addition in Spokane, where he would invite himeself into apartments and receive gifts of tuna from his adoring fans.

Dozens turn out for Balfour Park meeting

The basement meeting room at the Spokane Valley Library was packed last night as people told the city and the Spokane County Library District what they would like to see in an expanded Balfour Park. The city is partnering with the library district to expand the park and build a library on land across from the old University City Mall. Everyone seemed pretty excited about a new park. People were turned loose with markers to draw what they wanted to see in the park on maps of the site. There was nearly unanimous support for features like a farmers market, walking paths, a veterans memorial, a picnic shelter and a reading garden. Check out my story in Thursday's Valley Voice for full details.

Balfour Park meeting tonight

The city of Spokane Valley will put on a community meeting tonight to get input on the expansion of Balfour Park and the proposed new Spokane County Library District branch planned for the site at Sprague Ave. and Herald Road. After a presentation, those attending will be asked to get into small groups and brainstorm ideas on what features should be included in the park.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. tonight at the Spokane Valley Library, 10024 E. Main.

Today’s highlights

Sidewalk construction near Pasadena Park Elementary School is seen East Upriver Drive Oct. 5. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland

It looks like this might be the last sunny Thursday we have in a while, so let's dive in to some highlights from today's Valley Voice. The Spokane Valley City Council voted Tuesday to buy just over eight acres of land at Sprague and Herald from businessman Jack Pring. The city is partnering with the Spokane County Library District, which plans to build a new library on a portion of the site if a planned construction bond passes. The city plans to use its portion to expand Balfour Park.

New sidewalks are going in near Pasadena Park Elementary and reporter Lisa Leinberger has the story. The project is being paid for with a Safe Routes to School grant. Reporter Pia Hallenberg spoke to some teens who plan to sleep outside in cardboard boxes as part of a homelessness awareness project. Teens are being asked to collect pledges to benefit Family Promise of Spokane, Shalom Ministries and Mission Community Outreach Center.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department board of commissioners is under new leadership after the resignation of commission chairman Monte Nesbitt. Former vice-chairman Kolby Hanson has taken over the leadership role.

Meeting on expansion of Balfour Park tonight

The city of Spokane Valley is hosting a community meeting tonight to discuss a traffic study done to examine the impact if the city goes through with plans to purchase land at Sprague and Herald for a new library and expansion of Balfour Park. Traffic engineer Inga Note will be there to discuss how to mitigate those impacts on the surrounding neighborhood. The meeting starts at 6 p .m. at Spokane Valley Fire Station 1, 10319 E. Sprague.

Saturday’s highlights

Junior Darbi Dobson, a thrower with the East Valley High School Knights track team, practices throwing the discus during practice at EVHS. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

We had technical difficulties over the weekend that stopped our main Saturday Valley Voice stories from posting on the web, but they're up now and ready for your perusal. The Spokane Valley City Council continues to consider purchasing property at Sprague and Herald from the Pring Corporation to be used to expand Balfour Park and partner with the Spokane County Library District on a new library. This particular piece of property has been the topic of discussion before and the city was previously asked to consider buying it in 2007.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger talked to students at Broadway Elementary School who have been collecting used ink cartridges and old cell phones for years, raising $25,000 to buy new technology for the school. Lisa also has a report on a community forum scheduled for tonight to present the finalists for the University High School principal position.

Correspondent Steve Christilaw talked to a former volleyball player turned shot put and discus thrower at East Valley High School. Darbi Dobson is one of the top throwers in the state.