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Another special East Valley board meeting

The East Valley School District board of directors have held several special meetings in the last two weeks to get input from parents and students on the closure of Mountain View Middle School next month. The board has announced another special meeting for Wednesday night to discuss the input they received. The meeting will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at East Valley Middle School, 4920 N. Progress. If you can't make it, reporter Lisa Lienberger plans to attend and will have a story in Saturday's Valley Voice.

East Valley board to meet with students Monday

“It's kind of heartbreaking for me,” said Jim Stookey, who's been teaching at the school since 1985 . He drove all three of his son's with him to Mountain View Middle School when they attended there. “I have a lot of fond memories of the people.” SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

The East Valley School District board of directors hosted three special meetings this week to talk to community members and parents about the closure of Mountain View Middle School, which will happen at the end of the school year. On Monday the board will hold two more special meetings, this time to meet with students at both middle schools and discuss their concerns about the process of merging together into one school.

The first meeting is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at East Valley Middle School, 4920 N. Progress. The second is at Mountain View Middle School, 6011 N. Chase, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

I'm sure many students are worried and upset about the changes, so hopefully these meetings will help ease their minds.

Last East Valley special meetings today

The East Valley School District board of directors will hold the last two special meetings today to discuss upcoming changes to the district, including the closure of Mountain View Middle School and moving Skyview Elementary students. While the decisions are not up for debate, the district is seeking input from parents and the community on how to best handle the transition. A meeting held Monday apparently drew a fairly good crowd of about 100 people.

The first of today's meetings is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Administration Center, 12325 E. Grace. If you go to this one, arrive early to make sure you get a seat. The board room isn't all that big. The second meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Trent Elementary Audiorium, however, will accommodate a large crowd. The school is located at 3303 N. Pines Road.

East Valley special meeting tonight

The East Valley School District board of directors will host a special meeting tonight to discuss upcoming changes in the district, including closing Mountain View Middle School and moving Skyview Elementary students. The closure decisions have been made, but the district is seeking input from parents and community members on how to make the changes as painless as possible. Tonight's meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mountain View, 6011 N. Chase.   

If you can't make it tonight, additional meetings are set for 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Administration Center, 12325 E. Grace, and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Trent Elementary, 3303 N. Pines.

Coeur d’Alene Brewing Shutting Down

Coeur d’Alene Brewing Co. (which operated for quite awhile @ Lakeside & 2nd (across from the Coeur d’Alene Press office) Facebooks: “The news nobody wanted. We regretfully announce that we are unable to secure a new location and suitable financing to re-open the brewery and brewpub. The assets will be available for sale hopefully to someone who will re-open locally. For purchase information, contact: gstromberg@cdabrewing.com. We will miss you and our beer.” (H/T: Get Out! North Idaho)

Question: Did you frequent Coeur d’Alene Brewing Co. often?

City of Spokane closures on Labor Day

In observance of the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 6, Spokane City Hall will be closed along with other City facilities, including the garbage transfer stations and the waste-to-energy plant.

Parking meters don’t have to be plugged on Labor Day, and garbage pickup and curbside recycling will be a day late all week with Friday’s pickup occurring on Saturday.

Spokane Public Library branches will be closed on Monday, Sept. 6. The Shadle, South Hill, and Downtown branches will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 8. All other branches—Eastside, Hillyard, and Indian Trail—also will be closed on Tuesday, Sept. 8, because those branches normally are closed on Mondays so the holiday is observed on Tuesday.

The Spokane City Council has cancelled its meeting for the week of Sept. 6 because of a lack of a quorum. The Council will meet next on Monday, Sept. 13, at a 3:30 p.m. briefing session and a 6 p.m. legislative session. The Council meets in the City Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Meetings also are shown live on CityCable 5, the City’s government-access cable station, and on the web at SpokaneCity.org.

Meanwhile, the Riverfront Park attractions, including the Imax Theater, Spokane Falls Skyride, Pavilion rides, Rotary Riverfront Fountain, and Carousel, are open throughout the weekend and on Labor Day. Pig Out in the Park, featuring lots of food and music, also is scheduled Sept. 1 - 6 in the park. Go to RiverfrontPark.com for information on all activities.

City splash pads and golf courses will be open throughout the weekend. For splash pad information, go to SpokaneParks.org or call the Aquatics Hotline 625-6960. For golf information, go to SpokaneGolf.org.

Via e-mail from the City of Spokane



What are the 13 state parks targeted for closure?

Here’s the list:

Lake Osoyoos

Brooks Memorial



Fay Bainbridge

Fort Okanogan


Fort Ward

Joemma Beach


Lake Sylvia

Old Fort Townsend



and the Camp Moran environmental learning program.