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A goat waiting to be milked reacts as more goats push past Lorie Arnold, owner of Heron Pond Farm, and Corey Zalewski, left, who try to keep them from invading the milking room on Monday. Arnold said the goats typically are excited to be milked and some will try to force their way past others for a turn. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland
Good Thursday morning, everyone. As we brace for Hoopfest and some really hot weather, let's take a look at some highlights from today's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger stopped by Heron Pond Farm to meet the goats behind thar specialty cheeses that are sold in local stores and featured in the menus of local restaurants. Apparently the goats are pretty pushy when milking time rolls around.
New shoreline rules being considered in Spokane Valley would give the green light to the Trailside at Coyote Rock development that has been stalled since 2011. There has been some dispute over the ordinary high water mark in the area and a ruling in 2011 meant that the proposed Trailside homes fell within the 200 foot buffer from that mark. The new rules would shrink the buffer to 50 feet in that area.
Correspondent Cindy Hval checked out the new Sideline socks that feature distintive elements from Spokane's skyline in the colors of Gonzaga University, Washington State University, the Spokane Shock and Lewis and Clark High School. You can look for them at Hoopfest.
A dock sits below Coyote Rock development in May 2012 just after the Washington State Court of Appeals ruled that docks installed at the development were illegal. SR file photo
The Washington State Supremen Court has declined to review a Court of Appeals decision that ruled the two docks installed by a developer in the Coyote Rock development on the Spokane River are illegal. The appeals court said that shoreline exemptions can only be used by homeowners, not a developer building a spec home. This ends, for now at least, the long debate over the legaility of the docks. I'll keep an eye on what happens next. Look for a story on the issue in Friday's paper.
A dock sits below the Coyote Rock development Tuesday. The Washington state Court of Appeals ruled that docks installed at the development were illegal. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland
We have a ton of good stories for you in Saturday's Valley Voice, so let's get right to it. The Washington State Court of Appeals recently ruled that the docks at the Coyote Rock development are illegal after a lawsuit filed by the Department of Ecology, but the court didn't examine one of the issues presented by the DOE and the environmental groups that joined the lawsuit.
Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a great story on students at Summit School, who sent their teacher light-hearted threats in iambic pentameter to convince him to allow them to put on a shortened, clown-based version of “Hamlet.” Lisa also reported on vandalism of the sheds at the East Valley community garden. Police quickly arrested the group of teens responsible, but students were left to clean up the mess.
A goup of Girl Scouts has come through in a big way for the town of Millwood. Correspondent Valerie Putnam reported on their successful effort to raise enough money to repair the town's wading pool. The Spokane Valley City Council seems willing to explore contracting with SpokAnimal for animal control services instead of SCRAPS. City staff is still in the information collecting stage.
On Sunday, rafters, kayakers and canoeists protest the proposal to build docks along the Spokane River. SR photo/Dan Pelle
Reporter Pia Hallenberg has a story in today's paper on Sunday's floating protest against proposed docks in the Coyote Rock development on the Spokane River. The docks are the subject of a couple of lawsuits. Environmentalists are worried about more boats on the river and the impact on native fish.
Both docks in the Coyote Rocks development in Spokane Valley were damaged this spring from the rising waters of the Spokane River. SR file photo/J. Bart Rayniak
Outdoors writer Rich Landers has an interesting story in today's paper about the ongoing controversy surrounding 30 proposed docks at the Coyote Rock development on the Spokane River. So far there have been fines and a lawsuit. It looks like next week a formal challange will be heard by the Pollution Control Board. And on Sunday a protest rally/river float is planned at noon at Plantes Ferry Park, which is near the development. Read Rich's story for more details.
SPOKANE RIVER — Every regulator with a clue seems to agree that plans to build up to 30 docks at the Coyote Rock development are a bad idea for the Spokane River.
The river has emphasized the sentiment — see photo above — as spring runoff swept around the bend past Plantes Ferry Park, damaged pilings and nearly ripped out the first two docks to be approved.
However, nobody at the city, county or state level seems able to thwart a bad plan and its threats to struggling native redband trout and the area aesthetics.
My column today, “Coyote Rock docks cause howl,” spells out the issue and the importance of the unprecidented upcoming trial before the Washington state Pollution Control Board.
Some paddlers, rafters and anglers are planning to rally with their boats for a play day at Plantes Ferry Park Sunday at noon.
But the real action will start Monday when the Spokane Riverkeeper, Gonzaga Law, and the Center for Justice begin a formal challenge of the permit issued by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife under the state Hydraulic Code. This is the first appeal before the board of the Hydraulics Project Approval process.
We've got more good stuff coming your way in Saturday's Valley Voice. Spokane Valley Partners had an open house this week to celebrate a recent grant and reporter Lisa Leinberger. Lisa also stopped by the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, which is getting ready to display a sign from the old East Trent Motor In.
The Spokane Valley hearing examiner recently made his decision on a new part of the Coyote Rock development along the Spokane River near Plantes Ferry Park. He ruled that the developer has to build homes set back 200 feet from a new high water mark set by the Department of Ecology. The proposed plat has been sent back to the developer, Coeur d'Alene based Neighborhood Inc., for revision.
There will also be a wrap up of the last week of calls for the Spokane Valley Fire Department. They responded to fires started by everything from a boy playing with a magnifying glass to a Robin that landed in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Theresa Ray sorts through bananas for Spokane Valley Partners Food Bank. She works at NOVA services and volunteers at the food bank. She also brings NOVA clients with her for job training. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak
I hope everyone had a great weekend and that at least part of that time was spent checking out Saturday's Valley Voice. But if you didn't, I've got links to some of the stories we brought you. Reporter Lisa Leinberger checked in with Spokane Valley Partners, which houses nearly a dozen agencies and groups under one roof to help low income residents. Correspondent Valerie Putnam reports that Millwood has changed course and will open the wading pool once someone is hired to staff it. I'm sure lots of children in the area will be happy to hear that.
The developer of the Coyote Rocks development along the Spokane River and the Department of Ecology are arguing over the ordinary high water mark of the river. The newest phase of the development may be in jeapordy if the Spokane Valley hearing examiner sides with the DOE. That decision won't come for a couple weeks. The Spokane Valley City Council spent some time last week discussing sign codes and landscape regulations and some changes may be coming on those.
Some cooler weather should arrive with your Saturday Valley Voice this week (thank goodness). A hearing was held last week on the Trailside portion of the Coyote Rock development along the Spokane River near Plantes Ferry Park. There is a dispute between the developer and the Department of Ecology on where the river's ordinary high water mark is east of the Centennial Trail foot bridge. If the hearing examiner agrees with the DOE, the developer's attorney says it may kill the project.
Reporter Lisa Leinberger recently visited Spokane Valley Partners to check out their programs and see what is new. I'll also have the second round of reporting from Tuesday's Spokane Valley City Council meeting. The council spent some time discussing sign codes and landscaping regulations. Some changes to those rules might start going through the amendment process soon.
This is the second of two docks that a judge says were built with a valid city-awarded exemption from the Shoreline Management Act. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak
The City of Spokane Valley has come out ahead in a lawsuit filed against it by the Department of Ecology, but an attorney with Spokane Riverkeeper has already indicated he will likely file an appeal of the decision given by a Spokane County Superior Court judge. The lawsuit involves docks in the Coyote Rock development on the Spokane River. Read to see why some believe the docks are illegal.
Also in today's Valley Voice is a story on Meals on Wheels delivering donated pet food to home-bound senior citizens. Some seniors were sharing their food with their pets because they didn't have enough money for pet food.