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Leslie Malloy and cancer survivor Barb Gady, staff members at Freeman Elementary, hug after posing for a group photo with other Freeman employees in front of a pink tractor from Northwest Farm Credit Services. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland
Welcome to winter. At least, that's what it felt like with this morning's wind. Brrrrrr. With that said, it's time to move on to some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a couple of stories on how local schools are promoting awareness of cancer during October, which is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month. East Valley High School social studies teacher Dave Robinson is sporting bright pink hair, beard, mustache and eyebrows after his students collected 54 pounds of candy for the school's annual Fall Festival. His new (temporary) look has gone viral and Robinson has appeared on Good Morning America.
A pink tractor stopped by Freeman Elementary School last week in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month on a day when nearly all the staff members wore some sort of pink. The annual pink day started 13 years ago after one staffer was diagnosed with breast cancer.
A hearing was held last week to consider a rezone request for a vacant piece of property owned by Arger Real Estate just east of Evergreen Road immediately northwest of where Alki Avenue ends. The request, if granted, would change the single family zoning to single family-urban. The change would allow multi-family housing such as duplexes, a nursing home or an assisted living center.
Tiffany Allen, who has Down Syndrome, sits beside the formal dress she will wear as she vies for homecoming princess at East Valley High School. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley
Hold on to your hat, and your Saturday Valley Voice, so it doesn't blow away on this very breezy Monday. We had a couple of stories about teenagers doing well to start off with. Reporter Lisa Leinberger wrote about East Valley High School junior Tiffany Allen who has been nominated for homecoming royalty. Allen, who has Down syndrome, is getting a lot of support from her fellow students.
Teenager Micaela Halpin won second place in the recent video and photo contests run by the city of Spokane Valley in celebration of the city's 10th anniversary. Halpin's winning entries and the entries of the other winners can be seen at www.spokanevalley10.com.
A recent dog attack in the small town of Latah is illustrating the problem that many small towns are having with animal control. Many of the towns contract with SpokAnimal, which doesn't have any enforcement powers outside of the Spokane city limits. Now the towns are looking to the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service for help.
East Valley High School student Sierra Nalder, in black, acts the part of drunken driver while she looks at a bloody mock crash on Thursday on the road outside the school. The mock crash, staged in front of the student body with firefighters, law enforcement and even funeral home personnel, illustrated the consequences of drinking and driving. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley
Happy Monday, everyone. After a too short weekend, we're all back again to take a look at some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. First up is a story a mentioned last week on the recent mock crash at East Valley High School. It was an emotional experience for some as they watched fellow students act out the aftermath of a drunk driving accident. Copious amounts of fake blood was used to set the scene.
Reporter Lisa Leinberger talked to the Horizon Middle School Math is Cool team after they recently won the state championship. Correspondent Valerie Putnam has a rundown of the farmers markets in the Spokane Valley area, including the new Veradale Farmers Market.
The town of Liberty Lake will host its huge annual community garage sale on Saturday, so be prepared for heavy traffic and scarce parking. After Wednesday you can find a map of participating sales at www.libertylakesplash.com/yardsales.
Wayne McKnight, the athletic director at West Valley High School, stands under the historic entryway that was salvaged from the old building and built into the new West Valley campus May 16. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley
I'm sorry I'm so late in posting some highlights from today's Valley Voice, but I spent all morning out at a mock crash at East Valley High School and have been furiously typing ever since. (Look for that story in Saturday's Valley Voice.) For today we have a nice package from reporter Lisa Leinberger, who profiled three retiring school teachers.
The featured teachers are: Wayne McKnight of West Valley High School, who has been with the district for 39 years and is now the athletic director; Marla Pflanz of East Valley High School, who founded the Strolling Strings during her 35 year career; and Kim Wellington of Central Valley High School, who started out teaching shop 35 years ago.
The city of Spokane Valley took in a $3 million budget surplus at the end of 2012. Sales tax revenue was up and expenses were down. No decision has been made yet what to do with the money and the city's finance director said he doesn't expect a repeat of the windfall at the end of this year.
Andrea Gasser, a Central Valley High School junior, represents Israel at the International Economic Summit on Tuesday at the school. Students from CV and East Valley High School came together to display their research about the culture and economy of various countries around the world. Wearing a costume of some kind and serving a traditional food was optional. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley
Happy Thursday, everyone, though I confess I thought today should be Friday. But since it's not Friday yet, it's time for some Valley Voice highlights. Reporter Lisa Leinberger recently stopped by an economic summit hosted by the marketing classes at Central Valley High School and East Valley High School. The students researched different countries and then presented what they learned during the summit. Some students went as far as wearing traditional costumes or bringing food samples.
The Spokane Valley City Council is preparing to make changes to the 2013 budget to pay for several new projects. They are providing funding for new carpet in City Hall, a yearlong advertising campaign, designing the Appleway Trail, developing the Balfour Park expansion and buying business route signs.
Lisa also has a story on the University of Idaho's performance group called DancersDrummersDreamers, which is performing at University High School Friday. The performance will include students from the high school.
Spokane Valley Police are looking for a car stolen from the East Valley High School parking lot.
Police say the car’s owner parked his silver 1996 Honda Civic in the lot before attending baseball practice Monday at 4:15 p.m. When he returned an hour later, the car was gone.
The car’s Washington license plate is 785UMG. It has a large Oregon Ducks sticker in the rear window and a black front bumper.
Security cameras captured footage of a suspicious dark SUV with two occupants in the area.
If you have information about this case, call Deputy Scott Streltzoff at (509) 241-5285.
Two teenage boys were cited for racing their cars up Sullivan Road Tuesday even though one driver said the 48-year-old witness was "too old" and shouldn't be believed, according to a Spokane Valley Police Department press release.
The witness called police at 12:40 p.m. to report seeing two cars speeding north on Sullivan and that one cut him off and nearly made him crash near the I-90 overpass. The two ran through a stop sign at Wellesley and entered the East Valley High School parking lot, the witness reported.
The school resource officer contacted the two boys. One of the drivers had an instructional permit and the other had an intermediate license that prohibits passengers under the age of 20. Both cars had passengers, police said.
One driver was cited for reckless driving and no valid operator's license. The other was cited for racing and violation of an intermediate license restriction.
Andrew Croneberger, a U-Hi senior, practices at school during a portrait session May 2. Andrew was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at a very young age. He finds solace in his music and can replicate any song just by listening. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland
Here it is, as promised - the annual graduation section of the Valley Voice. We've got lists of every graduating senior at schools in the Spokane Valley area, plus a few schools in other areas that also draw students from the Valley. Reporters and correspondents have written stories profiling one notable student from each high school. Some of these teens have really exceptional stories to tell. I can't link to them all, but here's a sampling.
University High School senior Andrew Croneberger is a star student, athlete, musican and composer. He also has Asperger's syndrome. Valley Christian School senior Crystal Heden was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 4, but she hasn't let that slow her down. Central Valley High School senior Gaven Deyarmin bears the scars from two near death experiences, but he still managed to excell at basketball, football and track while also bringing home a 3.92 grade-point average. East Valley High School senior Jake Foust already has his own business. Contract Based Education senior Jamal Davis is back on track after being side tracked by alcohol, drugs and some time in jail.
There are many more great seniors to read about. See them all on the Voices page here.
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.
Rylee Walker, 17, shows some of her art work as she talks about her career goals during her senior project presentation Friday, at East Valley High School. For their senior culminating project students are required to compile a portfolio about their high school careers, a video about their lives and their plans for the year after high school. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley
Welcome to spring. Or is it winter? At any rate, it's Thursday and time to run down the highlights from today's Valley Voice. The Spokane Valley City Council spent some time Tuesday talking about Spokane County's new proposal for a regional animal shelter. There are a lot of questions council members want answered before they are prepared to make a decision.
Students at East Valley High School recently made their senior culminating project presentations to teachers and community volunteers. Reporter Lisa Leinberger stopped by and talked to some of the students about their plans for the future.
Correspondent Cindy Hval stopped by Spokane Falls Community College recently when they hosted Pearl Harbor suvivors who spoke to a packed room about what they saw and did that day in Hawaii. Their stories are very moving. You might need a tissue for this story.
Spokane Aerial Performance Arts founder and instructor Sherrie Martin works with Carolyn Kinghorn on Dec. 4 as she attempts an arrow maneuver while hanging upside down on long pieces of silk fabric. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak
It's time to check out the highlights from today's Valley Voice as we pause mid-way between Christmas and New Year's. Reporter Lisa Leinberger stopped in at East Valley High School's traditional formal holiday lunch that they do every year right before winter break. No one is quite sure how long the tradition has lasted, but everyone seems to love it.
The Spokane Valley City Council once again discussed the renewal of the city's street maintenance contract. Some council members have been pushing to rebid the contract early before it ends. At the end of the night the council agreed to bring the renewal back for a vote at the Jan. 10 meeting. Former East Valley School District superintendent Chuck Stocker has been named the citizen of the year by the Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce. Though he officially retired years ago, he spends much of his days volunteering in the community.
Correspondent Cindy Hval has a story on an interesting new fitness business, Spokane Aerial Performance Arts, that sends students shimmying up long swaths of silk suspended from the ceiling.
A team of students gather around a picnic table and bench they built during their East Valley High School construction class on Friday in Spokane Valley. SR. photo/Dan Pelle
We've got a bunch of news coming your way in today's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger checked in with East Valley High School students who are building picnic tables and benches as part of a competition.
Neighbors have come forward to say that Spokane Valley City Council candidate Marilyn Cline has been running a haircutting business in her home without reporting the income on the state financial affairs statement as required. I also checked the state and local records and found out that Cline doesn't have all the necessary licenses to operate a business in her home.
The city of Spokane Valley is working to apply for a $10 million grant to complete the funding package to replace the Sullivan Road bridge that carries southbound traffic, which is failing. The City Council candidates gathered last week for their first debate, which had a few sparks. It looks like one more debate is coming up next week. I'll have more details on that later.
Chris Lomen and John Smith of Marlin Windows Inc. install new energy-efficient windows on the south side of Centennial Middle School. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak
There was a lot of school news in Saturday's Valley Voice as the three Spokane Valley school districts prepare to open their doors soon. Correspondent Steve Cristilaw took a look at the East Valley High School and West Valley High School football teams as they prepare for the season. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on new windows being installed at Centennial Middle School and another on the new budgets passed by East Valley and West Valley. Techers and administrators in both districts are taking pay cuts.
The Spokane Valley City Council took another look a a proposal to extend Mansfield Avenue east of Pines where it has a several hundred foot gap. The council previously voted not to ask for a grant for the work, but last week they voted to approve the grant application after learning that nearby developers were willing to chip in 10 percent of the project cost.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department spent the last week responding to several unexplained fires and fished a drunken man out of the Spokane River.
“I’m really involved with my music,” said Central Valley senior Corbin Croom. When he’s not making music with the CV drum line, he takes AP classes, has performed with the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, attended Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., and job shadows surgeons to prepare for his ultimate career in medicine. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak
Welcome to our annual graduation edition of the Valley Voice. In it you can find every graduating senior in the greater Spokane Valley area. Counselors at every school also gave us the name of a notable student to interview and you will find their stories in today's Voice as well.
There are too many seniors profiled to include links for them all here, so I'll just pick a few to highlight. Let us introduce you to East Valley High School senior Hunter Bonawitz, who has cerebral palsy and can't speak. Meet University High School senior Spencer White, who overcame an angry and troubled childhood to win a full ride scholarship to Gonzaga University. Then there is Corbin Croom, the Central Valley High School senior so determined to become a surgeon that he's already observed a dozen surgeries.
The smaller schools also have exceptional graduates. RiverCity Leadership Academy senior Jake Kennedy found his inner voice and has turned it into effortless writing. Liberty High School senior Tyler Wilson is legally blind, but you would never know it if you watched him play on his school's basketball or football team. Northwest Christian senior Cole Ramey nearly lost his arm in an accident as a young boy, but has been playing basketball with full use of his arm.
If you would like to see the featured seniors from other Spokane Valley schools or other schools in Spokane County, check out the Voices web page here.
If there's a better way to start off a relaxing holiday weekend than with a yummy breakfast that helps local students, I'm not sure what that would be. On Saturday morning the Applebees restaurant at Pines and Mission will be serving up breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. to benefit choir students at East Valley High School. Tickets are $7 at the door. The only downside that I can think of is having to get out of bed at a reasonable hour instead of sleeping in. But certain sacrifices sometimes have to be made.
Alert readers may have noticed an item in today's Liberty Lake crime blotter in the Valley Voice that references a hand gun turned in to the Liberty Lake Police Department this week. The man who turned it in said teenagers had been passing it around and he didn't want it to fall into the wrong hands. Today news comes from the Spokane Valley Police Department that an East Valley student has been arrested in connection to the gun. According to a police press release, the student brought the loaded gun last week to Harmony High, East Valley's alternative high school, and had been making threats against the father of a female friend.
The 14-year-old student has been arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm on school property, second degree unlawful possession of a firearm and felony harassment. Click here for more details.
Yesterday the Spokane Valley Police Department arrested an 18-year-old East Valley High School student for allegedly selling drugs in the school parking lot. The student also had a bottle of vodka in his car. He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, a felony, and being a minor in possession of alcohol. Click here for more details.
East Valley High School staged a mock crash on Tuesday. Students played the roles of the crash victims in a performance staged by the school's Washington Drug Free Youth club to show the dangers of drinking and driving. Representatives from the Spokane Valley Fire Department, the Spokane Valley Police Department and MedStar participated in the event. The Fire Department has provided some photos of the mock crash.
We've gotten a call or two this morning from people concerned about the closed streets and emergency vehicle activity at East Valley High School. Not to worry, the school is just hosting a mock crash demonstration to help illustrate the dangers of drinking and driving. I hope to have pictures from the Spokane Valley Fire Department to post later.
Members of the East Valley High School Washington Drug-Free Youth puppet troupe include from left, Cally King, Searra Cameron, Jon Merkel, Mickell Rigsby, Jessica Rabe, Morgan Hendricks and Kendall Bancroft. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak
There's a nice, thick Valley Voice to read today. Reporter Lisa Leinberger takes a look at the Washington Drug Free Youth chapter at East Valley High School. It is the largest chapter in the state. Members take a pledge to be drug free and in exchange they get a t-shirt and discounts and local businesses. They also talk to younger students about the importance of being drug free.
The Spokane Valley Planning Commission voted unanimously last week to recommend to the City Council that the rules on keeping chickens in residential areas should be relaxed. Roosters, however, will not be welcome.
Correspondent Jill Barville has an inspiring story on Jeana Moore, who walked 4,434 miles across the country to raise awareness of the National Bone Marrow Registry. There is also a tribute to the Very Rev. Mart Craft, who served at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Evanglist for 42 years. He died recently of cancer at the age of 71. He founded Mid-City Concerns and was president of Connoisseur Concerts in addition to his work with the church.
In Thursday's Valley Voice we'll take a look at the Washington Drug Free Youth chapter at East Valley High School. It's the largest chapter in the state, though EVHS certainly isn't the largest high school. Reporter Lisa Leinberger will look at the group of teens who are willing to plege to stay drug free and submit to random drug tests to prove it.
Last week's Spokane Valley Planning Commission meeting was for the birds - literally. After hours of public testimony and discussion, the commission unanimously voted to recommend to the city council that the city's rules on chickens in residential areas be relaxed to allow more people to keep the feathered creatures in their back yards. Everyone who testified at the public hearing was in favor of the idea. The city council will have the final say on the matter.
We'll also have a report on the Liberty Lake Council meeting this week. Among other things, they discussed their council retreat that is set for next week at City Hall.
A student set another student’s hair on fire with a cigarette lighter at East Valley High School on Tuesday, police said Wednesday. The 17-year-old suspect was arrested after staff called police. The boy was sitting behind a 16-year-old girl when she noticed a “weird smell” and discovered her hair on fire, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department. The boy patted her head and said “it’s not that bad,” and she pulled clumps of burned hair away. One student told police the boy used a cigarette lighter, “igniting her hair into flames that were several inches high,” according to the news release/Spokesman-Review. More here.
Question: Did anything as crazy as this happen when you were growing up?