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Opportunity Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Laurie Spence and students dance the Dabke, a traditional Lebanese dance, during International Day on Wednesday in Spokane Valley. The five-step dance is often performed at weddings. SR photo/Dan Pelle
Good Monday morning, everyone. It sounds like we need to get our dose of sunshine in today before the clouds come back for the rest of the week. Meanwhile, we have some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger stopped by Opportunity Elementary School last week when they were celebrating International Day. Students learned about the culture of various countries and tried samples of traditional foods.
If your usual driving route includes Pines Road, you have probably already noticed that it is under construction. The Washington Department of Transportation is grinding and repaving the road, which is known as Highway 27 south of 16th Avenue. The repaving will be done between 32nd Avene and Montgomery Drive. There will be patching and crack sealing between Montgomery and Trent. Construction and lane restrictions will be during the overnight hours beginning at 7 p.m.
Lisa also has a story on University High School principal Alan Robbins, who just finished his first year on the job. He has spent a lot of his time getting to know the district and his students.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich reassured Rockford residents last week that he won't abandon them even though the town hasn't paid the bill for its law enforcement services contract. The town is still trying to come up with the money to pay the $32,000 bill.
Correspondent Valerie Putnam has a report from Millwood, where the town council talked about a water line running underneath property recently vacated for a Millwood Presbyterian Church construction project. There are also parking improvements coming to Buckeye Ave. between Argonne and Vista roads.
Austin Long and his mother, Ann Long, are both graduating from Eastern Washington University this Saturday. SR photo/Dan Pelle
Once again we have a lot of good stuff for you in today's Valley Voice. Reporter Pia Hallenberg has a story on mothers graduating from Eastern Washington University at the same time as their children, including former Central Valley School District board member Ann Long. She and her son Austin will graduate this weekend.
The Spokane Valley City Council has decided to move forward with a zone change request without requiring an agreement that would mitigate the impacts of an apartment complex surrounded by single family homes. The zone change on Conklin is strongly opposed by neighbors and the city's planning commission has recommended the negotiation of a development agreement to increase buffering and limit density.
Reporter Lisa Leinberger has several stories today, beginning with fifth grade students at Opportunity Elementary School who recently participated in their annual congressional hearings. Students learn about the Constitution and their roles in society.
Lisa has details on schedule changes coming up this fall in the East Valley School District. Elementary school will start later and CCS students will now be bused directly to their school. She also put together a list of where children can get free meals during the summer.
A fifth-grade girl from Opportunity Elementary School reported Thursday that a man repeatedly offered to give her a ride to school as she waited for the bus, according to a police press release. The girl was near Pierce Road and Valleyway and walked to a nearby bus stop where there were other students. The car was described as an older red sedan with tinted windows. Click here for more details (second item).
West Valley boys basketball guards Jordan Gassman, left, and Dylan Ellsworth have led the Eagles to a 15-1 start. SR photo/Colin Mulvany
We had some interesting stories in Saturday's Valley Voice, so here's your chance to take another look if you missed them. Spokane Valley had a public meeting to discuss construction options for the west Sullivan Bridge and which might work best for commuters and businesses.
Reporter Lisa Leinberger talked to Terri Crum, who puts together snack packs for homeless and at-risk students at Opportunity Elementary School. The packs ensure that kids won't go hungry over the weekend. Correspondent Steve Christilaw has a a story on Jordan Gassman and Dylan Ellsworth, both guards on the basketball team at West Valley High School.
Eastpoint Church near Sprague and Sullivan just finished its fourth expansion and now has a 1,000 seat auditorium for Sunday services, concerts, dinner theater and more.