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Today’s highlights

Betsy Blake, Cathy Lobe, center, and Jan Stripes, rear, work on producing homemade placemats for Meals on Wheels at Lobe’s home in northwest Spokane on Feb. 1. SR photo/Dan Pelle

At the top of today's Valley Voice is news that residents along south Evergreen will have their street fully repaved this summer after a new water line is installed underneath it. This week the Spokane Valley City Council approved using city money to repave the road.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a report on the Liberty Lake City Council meeting, where council members voted to not change their attendance policy. It was the topic of some discussion last year after a couple of council members had accumulated several absences.

Rainey Coffin has a story on a group of retired home economists who make placemats for the local Meals on Wheels organization. Longtime correspondent and Master Gardener Pat Munts wrote a story on a Spokane Valley couple who are making every effort to make sure a hummingbird survives the winter.

Today’s highlights

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.

Coming Thursday

One quick note before we get into Thursday's coming attractions. Expect light posting for the next couple of days as I stay home, sleep in and sit in my recliner. I promise to poke my head in at least once to post links to Thursday's stories and, thanks to the wonders of technology, I'll pre-write a preview of Saturday's Valley Voice that will post on Friday.

Now then, where were we. On Thursday I'll take another look at the situation involving docks installed illegally at the Coyote Rock development on the Spokane River near Plantes Ferry Park. The Department of Ecology sued the City of Spokane Valley over what it said were improper exemptions from the Shoreline Management Act.  A judge has recently released a letter of opinion in the case. Also, we'll have a great story on Meals on Wheels volunteers delivering pet food to seniors who would sometimes share their own food with their furry companion because they couldn't afford to buy pet food.

Courthouse watch: 9.22.09

A financial scandal that ravaged a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding low-income people earned the last of two women responsible a felony theft conviction today.

Rachelle D. Solomon, 39, received no jail or probation but was ordered to pay $5,000 to Mid-City Concerns Meals on Wheels in a sentencing deal approved by Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price.

“Ms. Solomon’s obviously very sorry about what she did,” her lawyer, Richard Agman, said in court. “Obviously, what she did was wrong.”

Solomon and Cheri Mataya-Muncton, 43, spent thousands of dollars in Meals on Wheels donations on a Florida vacation, Victoria’s Secret shopping sprees, video rentals, lunches, computer equipment, home upgrades and furniture while working for the agency.

Read the rest of my story on Solomon’s sentencing in tomorrow’s Spokesman-Review.

Read a story on Mataya-Muncton’s sentencing in June here, and check out a detailed report of the embezzlement in this story from last summer.