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The HUB Sports Center hosted the Apex Awareness Volleyball Tournament for Kira’s Kloset, March 5 and 6, and 16 teams from throughout the Inland Northwest traveled to play. The facility has five full-size basketball courts that can be converted into 10 volleyball courts. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

With all that rain that's coming down out there, now is a good time to get a cup of coffee and check out the stories from today's Valley Voice. This week the Spokane Valley City Council advanced two ordinances. One will loosen the rules on chickens in residential areas and the other will toughen language that applies to adult retail businesses. Both are now scheduled for a final vote during the March 22 council meeting.

Spokane Valley Finance Director Ken Thompson has announced that he will retire in June. He will be the fourth department head to leave the city in a little over a year. The city plans to replace him as soon as possible and applications will also be accepted soon for the city attorney position.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger headed out to the Valley HUB recently to see how the non-profit is doing. Business is up and there's enough money to pay the bills, but the issue of ownership of the building is still out there. Regular correspondent Stefanie Pettit has a touching column about her long time friend and mother figure who recently died. 

If you are handy in the kitchen and looking for a steady opportunity to volunteer, Shalom Ministries in downtown Spokane is looking for a volunteer chef to cook breakfast four times a week and dinner once a week for low income people. Reporter Pia Hallenberg has a nice feature in today's Voice on current volunteer chef John “Gus” Olsen, who is retiring.