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Former Spokane Valley Mayor Mike DeVleming pauses during an interview on March 8, at Vera Water and Power. DeVleming was Spokane Valley’s first mayor and led the new city council in marathon meetings as they put the city together from the ground up. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland

There is a lot of news packed into today's Valley Voice, so let's get going. The city of Spokane Valley is celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend and there's a story on the city's early history that includes the city's first mayor and a current city councilman who spent his evenings and weekends trying to get incorporation on the balllot.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on a very lengthy East Valley School District meeting on K-8 education this week. Parents and teachers packed the meeting room and many gave their opinions on how the district should proceed.

The Spokane Valley City Council had several highlights this week. They appointed a new planning commissioner, signed a new City Hall lease that will save the city more than $73,000 the first year and awarded the first street preservation contract of the season.

There was also a big turn out for the city's public meeting on the proposed Appleway Trail that would run between University Road and Evergreen along the old Milwaukee Railroad right of way. The trail received an enthusiastic response.

Correspondent Cindy Hval has a story on the recent Celebrating Salish Conference, which brought together people involved in keeping the Salish language alive. The language is spoken by several Native American tribes, including the Kalispel Tribe.

CdA Incorporated 125 Years Ago

Why was Coeur d'Alene formed?  As we approach the 125th anniversary of the founding of the city (It is either Friday (Aug. 3) or Wednesday, Aug. 29 (depending on which reference in the early City minutes is correct), it is worth a quick look at the original Articles of Incorporation where there are 36 reasons for forming the city. Through the lens of 125 years of hindsight, some of them are pretty interesting.  They are contained in the attachment (spelling errors are from the original document).  Here are some of my personal favorites:

  • Third:  To restrain and suppress bawdy houses …
  • Sixth:  To prevent the firing of fire arms.
  • Ninth:  To creat (sic) and maintain poor-houses …
  • Tenth:  To provide pest houses.
  • Fifteenth:  To establish and regulate markets.
  • Ninthteenth (sic):  To provide for the inspection of lumber …
  • Twenty third:  To require and regulate the planting of shade trees on the streets.
  • Twenty Seventh:  To regulate the storage of gunpowder …
  • Twenty Eight:  To regulate the construction and cleaning of fire places…
  • Thirtieth:  To regulate prevent and furnish (sic) the carrying of concealed weapons.
  • Thirty fourth:  To establish and maintain a free public library and … appoint a librarian and janitor therefor …

Question: Which reason for incorporating Coeur d'Alene in 1887 do you appreciate most?