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Newman Lake to be treated for aquatic weeds Sept. 9-11

BOATING —The public access site and boat lauch at Newman Lake will be closed Sept. 9-11 to allow treatment of the lake with herbicide to control Eurasian milfoil and other aquatic invasive weeds.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says gates to the access at the Spokane County lake will be closed early on Tuesday, Sept. 9, and re-opened early on Friday, Sept. 12.

The Newman Lake Flood Control Zone District, under permit from the Washington Department of Ecology, has hired Aqua Technex to treat milfoil infestations on about 28  acres throughout the 1,200-acre lake with 2-4-D (dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, dimethylamine salt), Diquat, and Glyphosate.  The treatment is a follow-up to similar work conducted in June.

A swimming and boating restriction, noted on posted signs, will be in force during treatment and for 24 hours after treatment. The boating restriction is needed because wave action reduces the herbicide’s effectiveness.

Newman Lake is open to fishing year-round.

Newman Lake boat access closing for weed control

BOATING — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife public access site at Newman Lake will be closed June 3-5 to allow treatment of the lake with herbicide to control Eurasian milfoil and other aquatic invasive weeds. 

The Newman Lake Flood Control Zone District, under permit from the Washington Department of Ecology, has hired Aqua Technex to treat milfoil infestations on about 80 acres throughout  the 1,200-acre lake with 2-4-D (dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, dimethylamine salt).  

 A swimming restriction will be in force during treatment and for 24 hours after treatment.  Boating and swimming will be discouraged the day of treatment and for two days after.  Signs with that information will be posted. The boating restriction is needed because wave action reduces the herbicide’s effectiveness.

 Karen Kruger, Spokane County Water Resources Technician, says last summer’s aquatic weed treatment at Newman Lake went well, thanks in part to volunteer efforts to help keep boaters out of the herbicide application area.

 Aquatic herbicide application permits authorized by Ecology include requirements and restrictions to protect fish and wildlife.

 WDFW lands manager Brian Trickel said the gates to the area will be closed early on Tuesday, June 3, and re-opened early on Friday, June 6.

 Newman Lake is about 20 miles northeast of Spokane, about two miles west of the Idaho border, and is open year-round for fishing. 

Today’s highlights

David Schultz, second from left, talks with incoming sixth-grader Brandon Hawvermale, 11, and his parents Keith, left, and Amanda, at Centennial Middle School during an open house on Tuesday. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

I've been zipping all over the county during a very busy week, so my apologizes for not posting this earlier today. There must be some rule of journalism that says that every jurisdiction must scheduled a special meeting during the same holiday week. But on to the highlights from today's Valley Voice.

The City of Spokane Valley will not participate in next week's auction to purchase the Painted Hills Golf Course. The property is being auctioned off in a trustee's sale on the steps of the Spokane County Courthouse to satisfy bankruptcy debts. The city council narrowly voted Tuesday not to try to buy the course after several residents spoke against it, including one person who said he represented a group trying to buy and preserve the golf course.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger stopped by Centennial Middle School this week for a meet and greet session before the first day of school. Students picked up their schedules, met their teachers and tried to get their lockers open.

Recently some Newman Lake residents invited Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke to come take a tour of the lake and look at areas that have been severely eroded. Reporter Mike Prager was along for the ride as well as homeowners asked for new regulations to help save their beaches and homes.

Newman Lake milfoil treatment this week

Spokane County is scheduled to do a milfoil treatment on Newman Lake this week, weather permitting. People are asked to stay off the lake until Friday to allow the chemical time to work properly against the invasive aquatic plant. A map of the treatment area is available at http://www.nlfczd.org.

Boaters asked to stay off Newman Lake during milfoil treatment

BOATING — Boaters are being asked to stay off Newman Lake until Friday as Spokane County plans to treat Eurasian water milfoil infestations with 2,4-D herbicide during the week.

Milfoil clogs waterways for everything from fish to boats and poses the danger of entrapping  swimmers, the county's Newman Lake Milfoil Control Plan points out.

 

Today’s highlights

The shoreline reinforcement project at a Newman Lake cabin stops the shore from disappearing under it, as seen Tuesday. The Spokane County Conservation District secured a grant to lay “bio logs” of coconut husks wrapped in netting and plant willow trees and other waterside species to create a root matrix that will stabilize the shoreline. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

There are some good stories in today's Valley Voice on everything from erosion control to an entry in the East Farms Diary. A property owner on Newman Lake has teamed up with the Spokane County Conservation District for an erosion control project on their shrinking beach. The addition of power boats to the lake has led to larger wakes, which has washed away 30 feet of beach in the last 15 years.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger spent the day at East Farms STEAM Magnet School recently as students made presentations on projects they have been working on this trimester. Their efforts ranged from watermelon plants to a helicopter mockup.

Half of the Liberty Lake Police Department is now wearing body cameras and recording all their interactions with the public. Wearing the cameras is voluntary and five members of the department have signed on, including the police chief.

The Spokane Valley City Council doesn't seem very happy with changes to the lodging tax rules. A new state law removes the final decision making on who is awarded money and how much from the city council and gives it to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. The council has no power to change the awards set by the committee.

Newman Lake property owners meeting

The Newman Lake Property Owners Association is planning a meeting for Wednesday night to discuss, in part, an erosion control project put in place on one Newman Lake property by the Spokane County Conservation District. There will also be a presentation by Newman Lake Fire and Rescue and a discussion on milfoil removal. All Newman Lake property owners are invited to attend and bring something for the dessert potluck.

The meeting will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Tri-Community Grange on Starr Road.

Saturday’s highlights

Luke Pillsbury, director of youth ministries for Opportunity Presbyterian Church on Pines Road, sits with some of the toys for the church’s toy store, where community members who are invited can get toys at a deep discount. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

Welcome to a snowy, somewhat slippery Monday morning. We brought you some good stories in Saturday's Valley Voice, so lets look at some of the highlights. Opportunity Presbyterian Church opened its toy store for business Saturday, carrying on an annual tradition of providing extremely low cost toys to low income residents. The store, which is organized by the church youth, has been growing every year.

A Newman Lake woman was recently charged with animal cruelty after someone reported buying a sick puppy from her Iron Horse Kennel on Hauser Lake Road. An inspection by SCRAPS animal control officers reportedly showed other violations at the dog kennel as well. The woman, identified as Wilma L. Turner, also has a hearing scheduled for Wednesday on allegations that she has violated her probation after she pled guilty to two charges related to conditions at her kennel in 2011.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on East Farms Elementary School teacher Elisha Erickson, who was recently given an award by the Spokane Valley Fire Department for taking in two children that were dropped off at a fire station with little information. One of the children was a student of Erickson's. Lisa also has a story on a possible bond vote in the East Valley School District. The school board will meet Tuesday to decide whether or not to run a bond to modernize and repair several schools. Four previous attempts to pass a bond in recent years have failed.

The Spokane Valley City Council had several discussions during its Tuesday meeting, including a draft Shoreline Master Program restoration plan, fee amounts for 2013 and street maintenance and sweeping contracts.   

Today’s highlights

Collette Bise, who raises Angus beef on a farm near Newman Lake, nuzzles Fluffy, one of the farm cats, Nov. 16. Her dog, Tibby, was shot and killed nearby on Oct. 25. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

Good Thursday morning everyone. It's time for some highlights from Today's Valley Voice. First up is a sad story by correspondent Cindy Hval about a family dog shot by a poacher new Newman Lake. The dog was killed at the same time as a fawn on private property that was liberally posted with “No Hunting” signs. The dog's owner heard her dying yelps. Both the property owner and the Humane Society are offering rewards for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a report on higher than expected enrollment in the Central Valley and West Valley school districts. The Spokane Valley Fire Department is working to put togetther a history wall in its new Administration Building.

Correspondend Stefanie Pettit has a column about Bing Crosby's history in Spokane before he left law school to persue a Hollywood career. It's an interesting look at his early life.

Reward offered for poacher who shot fawn, dog

The Humane Society and the Humane Society Wildlife Trust are offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the poacher who shot a fawn and a dog on private land near Newman Lake. The baby deer and dog were found shot to death only a few feet apart in the area of McCoy and Hauser Lake Road on Oct. 25. The dog belonged to a neighbor of the property owner, who is also offering a $1,000 reward for information.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife at (509) 710-5707. Callers can remain anonymous.

Boat safety emphasis this weekend

Spokane County Sheriff Deputy Jay Bailey checks the boat of anglers before they launch at West Medical Lake in 2011. SR file photo.

If you are planning to head out on a local lake this weekend (like Newman Lake or Liberty Lake), you may run into a Spokane County Sheriff's Office boat safety emphasis patrol. According to a Sheriff's Office press release, deputies will have “zero tolerance” for infractions like boathing under the influence, lack of life jackets and failure to have the mandatory boating education card. They will also be looking for wake violations and noise violations.

If we get some sunny weather this weekend I'm sure some boats will be out in the water. Just keep in mind that the water is still really cold. Everyone on a boat must have a life vests and children 12 and younger must wear their life vest unless the boat is docked or anchored. Everyone have fun and stay safe this weekend. 

Newman Lake resident kills intruder

A 911 operator heard gunshots over an open line at about 1 a.m. Sunday when a Newman Lake homeowner reportedly shot an intruder, according to a Spokane County Sheriff's Office press release. Deputies found a the man lying at the top of a set of stairs inside the home, the release said. The man will be identified after an autopsy is completed today. An investigation is ongoing; click here for more details.

Newman Lake man arrested in scam

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office recently arrested a Newman Lake resident for allegedly running a scam on Craigslist. Deputies believe Eric Pittsley, 35, was taking money from people after offering to sell them cars or rent homes to them, but he never delivered. Seventeen victims have been identified. Reporter Meghann Cuniff has more details here.

Newman Lake boat ramp closed for repairs

BOATING — The public boat ramp at Newman Lake will be closed for repairs starting Wednesday (Oct. 5), the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this week.

The public access remains open, but no boat launching will be possible.

The agency does not yet know how long the closure will continue. 

Newman Lake is open to fishing year-round.

Woman trapped in flipped car

I hear on the scanner that a woman is trapped in her upside down car on a steep hillside on West Newman Lake Drive near Sutton Bay. A deputy said she is “responsive.” There's no word yet on why she crashed. Fire crews are on the way to free the woman.

10:25 a.m. update: Newman Lake Fire District units on the scene are asking for help from the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

10:35 a.m. update: The car is apparently 25 feet down a steep embankment from the road. That's going to make extrication tricky.

Man arrested w/ gun at Newman Lake

A man was arrested with a gun in the Newman Lake area Saturday after threatening two people, officials said.

Edwin J. Valenzuela, 59, told deputies two men attacked him and punched him in his recently installed pacemaker, so he displayed his gun.

But the victims, including Jeffrey Morse, president of the homeowner's association, said Valenzuela had contacted residents at 11733 N. Honeymoon Bay looking for a key to the boat slip area about 9:45 p.m. and became angry when a woman said she didn't have one, officials say.

Morse and Lyle Putz went to give Valenzuela a key, but Valenzuela grabbed Putz around the neck and held a gun to his head, according to court documents. The men said Valenzuela repeatedly called them racial epithets that incorrectly describe their race.
  

Valenzuela was arrested, and deputies say they found a black pistol with two loaded magazines in his room.

He was released from jail on his own recognizance Monday after appearing in court on two counts of first-degree assault.

Update on Newman Lake bike vs. car accident

A bike helmet may have saved the life of a 6-year-old Newman Lake boy who was hit by a pickup truck at the intersection of Malvern Road and Morris Road on July 28. The boy was riding north on Malvern in the southbound lane while the truck towing a jet ski was going east on Morris. The boy apparently did not stop at the stop sign and a large natural berm at the intersection prevented the truck driver from seeing him until the last instant, said Detective Dave Thornburg of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office in a press release.

The driver of the truck was not speeding and alcohol does not appear to be a factor, Thornburg wrote. He simply didn't have enough time to stop. It was intially feared that the young boy was seriously injured and he was taken to the hospital by helicopter, but he is now home and recovering “nicely,” he wrote.

The boy was knocked to the ground and “tumbled many times against the ground and the undecarriage of the pickup. In this incident, it is very clear that wearing a bicycle helmet saved this boy's life,” Thornburg wrote.  

Accident closes road in Newman Lake

A car has hit a 7-year-old boy on a bike in the area of Morris Road and Malvern in Liberty Lake. The boy was unconscious when 911 was called, but was reportedly awake when paramedics were treating him. MedStar was launched to take the boy to a local hospital. Sheriff's Deputies have shut down Morris in that area so they can complete their investigation.

4:06 p.m. update: Morris Road is now open again.

The keeper of the boxes

As a very young attorney in Spokane in the late 1940s, my dad, Joe Nappi, was given space in an office by Charles Cowan, an established and respected attorney. Our families soon became close friends and by the time I came along, Charles had died. His widow, Iowa, and her widowed sister, Keo, lived together in North Spokane. They became like surrogate grandmothers to us, as both our grandmothers were dead.

Iowa and Keo were part of the King family, a well-known family in Spokane in the early decades of the 20th century. Iowa lived to the late 1970s. Childless, her estate went to charity and to two nephews. Remaining were about six boxes of photos, letters and greeting cards, given to my dad. My dad, before he died, told me I could have them because I was always interested in Iowa and Keo and their younger lives before I knew them and in Spokane's early history.

For more than a decade, the Iowa-Keo boxes have been in bins in my basement storage. I wrote a few articles about them over the years and scanned into our photo archives some of the historic photos in the collection, especially those featuring early Spokane scenes.

I have always felt a great responsibility to share the memories and the history in the boxes and often pictured writing a book in my retirement years. Maybe I still will. But in the meantime, I hope to share some of it, on occasion in this blog and in the newspaper, too.

In Sunday's paper, we published four of the historic lake photos compiled by Keo, with my essay on lake life then and now.

Almost everyone I know has these collections of photos and letters and so I ask today: Who would you designate your Keeper of the Boxes?

Sign up for watersports demo at Newman Lake

WATER SPORTS — Wintersport Ski Bike & Board is organizing a huge water sports demo day at Newman Lake Resort on Friday.

Liquid Force pros Arron Reed & Bob Soven will be on hand as well as Liberty Lake Mastercraft.

Visitors can try new 2011 products from HO, Hyperlite, and Liquid force.

To liven it up,  there'll be a DJ, live music, raffle shwag and free pizza.

 Space is limited; pre-registration required. Call for more details 509-328-2030

Plans afoot for a new fire station in Newman Lake

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I took a drive out to Newman Lake last night for a special community meeting to get input on plans to build an new fire station on land the Newman Lake Fire District owns at Starr and Moffat. There was a good turn out. The old Station 1 on West Newman Lake Road is old and too small. The fire engines barely fit inside and on one support column you can see where repeated hits from the engine side mirrors have gouged chuncks out of the concrete. I'll have more details in a story in Thursday's Valley Voice, but until then you can look at a few pictures of the current station that I took on my cell phone.

New fire station in Newman Lake

Spokane County Fire District 13 in Newman Lake will host a special meeting tonight to get input from residents on plans to build a new fire station in the volunteer district. A presentation will be given on the construction plans and discussion will follow. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Station 1, 10236 N. West Newman Lake Drive.

Special meeting tonight on new Newman Lake fire station

Fire District 13 in Newman Lake will have a special commissioner's meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at Station 1, 10236 N. West Newman Lake Drive. The lengthy agenda is packed with discussion items having to do with the new station the district is planning to build.

Commissioners will talk about the estimated cost of the project and the construction schedule and get input from the community. The station architect will also be in attendance.

‘2-Fer’ Tiger Musky Tourney coming to Silver, Newman lakes

TOURNAMENT FISHING — The Cascade Musky Association has scheduled its third annual 2-Fer tiger musky tournament at Silver and Newman lakes for May 21-22.

The open tournament starts at Silver Lake and concludes the next day at Newman.

The $20 per angler entry fee includes both days.

The event is limited to 35 boats.

For times, registration and information, contact:

Ranching in Newman Lake

We haven't had a historic photo for a while, so here's a look back at the ranching culture that used to be so prevalent in the Valley area. This haying picture was taken on the James Day Ranch at Newman Lake circa early 1920s. The photo is courtesy of the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum. See anyone you recognize?