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Mountain View Middle School fitness and health teacher Cathy Inouye high-fives student Brendan Schuller as the last bus leaves on the last day of school on Friday in Newman Lake. The school is closing after 32 years. SR photo/Dan Pelle
Wecome to another rainy Thursday. I think the sunshine we had the last couple days was all just an illusion. But that's okay, because we have plenty of stories in today's Valley Voice to keep you busy. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has two great stories on the cover today. The first is about the last day of school at East Valley's Mountain View Middle School, which has closed for good. It was an emotional day for students and teachers alike. They tried to have a happy last day, but tears flowed when it came time to say goodbye and get on the buses for the last time.
In the second story she talks to new Contract Based Education graduate Johnny Martinez, whose controversial artwork was vandalized during the school's graduation celebration. Some pieces were completely destroyed while others were only slightly damaged. One piece is missing.
Today we also have the full story on the new scenic byway between Rockford and Tekoa. The Liberty Lake City Council met this week and voted not to change its invocation policy and not to put the city manager form of government on the November ballot.
Mountain View Middle School social studies teacher, Lisa Nunlist (center) and athletic director, Angie Bordwell (right) wave goodbye as the last buses depart on the last day of school, June 17, 2011 in Newman Lake, Wash. The school is closing after 32 years. SR photo/Dan Pelle
For Thursday's Valley Voice reporter Lisa Leinberger visited Mountain View Middle School on the last day of school before the building closed for good. Her story will be in the Voice and photographer Dan Pelle put together an online slideshow here. She will also have a story on some recent vandalism at Contract Based Education, a West Valley alternative school.
There will be a report on the Liberty Lake City Council meeting where there were votes on whether to put a goverment change on the November ballot and whether to change the council's procedure for invocations. My story on the Highway 27 scenic byway between Rockford and Tekoa will run tomorrow - this time, all of it. The ending was missing in Saturday's Valley Voice so we are rerunning it. We will also have last week's Liberty Lake crime blotter, which we were not able to fit in on Saturday.
The scanner is reporting several small fires along Highway 27 near 32nd Avennue, 44th Avenue and Tolbert. No word yet on what may have caused the fires, some of which are in the trees. The one at 32nd is about an eighth of an acre in size, the first crew on scene said. I guess it's not too wet out there for fires.
The Washington State Patrol has closed Highway 27 between Fairfield and Tekoa because of poor visibility. It is unknown when the road may reopen. Be very careful when driving through areas prone to drifting and blowing snow.