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The Spokane County Fire District 8 board of commissioners will hold a speical meeting today at 5:30 p.m. at Station 82, 12100 E. Palouse Highway. The purpose of the meeting is to interview candidates that have applied to fill the vacant commissioner seat. The public is invited to attend.
And speaking of special meetings, the one last night on the County's Saltese Flats plan was a bit of a doozy. There was some shouting and strong opinions voiced. Look for a story in Saturday's Valley Voice for the full details.
Residents near Spokane County Fire District 8 Station 82 on the Palouse Highway in Valleyford shouldn't be alarmed if they see smoke rising into the air tomorrow. The district will be doing some live fire training at the station Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. Firefighters from the Department of Natural Resources and the Bureau of Land Management will also be participating.
Gretchen DeRusha, left, models one of her own wigs for the five Locks of Love donors in a fourth-grade class Thursday at South Pines Elementary. DeRusha, a cancer patient in remission, is a retired school district speech and language pathologist and she presented the girls with certificates for their generosity. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley
Good Monday morning, everyone. It's time to put out noses to the grindstone again and also time to take a look at some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. Kids, take notice. Spokane Valley pools open for the season this weekend and Splash Down begins daily operations this week.
Last week Ponderosa resident Chris Desborough returned from a 500 mile bike ride to Canada and back to raise money for Spokane County Fire District 8. A team of firefighters and paramedics saved his life in 2010 when his heart stopped beating and he's had a defibrillator and pacemaker in his chest ever since. He was back at work the day after his five day marathon ride, though he said he wasn't sitting down much.
Reporter Lisa Leinberger recently talked to a group of students at South Pines Elementary who donated their hair through the Locks of Love program. One of the girls was inspired to donate because of a neighbor who was diagnosed with cancer. Several of her friends have also donated.
SCRAPS will host an open house at 10 a.m. Saturday at what will be the new regional animal shelter once remodeling is complete. The building is located at 6815 E. Trent. There will be animals avaiable for adoption as well as entertainment, face painting, raffles and more.
Central Valley High School biology teacher Phil Plesek, center, talks about DNA with a group of Evergreen Middle School eighth-graders Wednesday at Spokane Valley Tech. Eighth-graders from Spokane Valley schools have been taking tours of the tech education center where career and science-oriented classes are available. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley
Good Monday morning everyone. I'm fairly certain it's still spring, but that wind is making for a chilly day today. While we wait for it to warm back up again, we can take a look at some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story about Evergreen Middle School students who visited Spokane Valley Tech to learn about the career and technical education classes and programs it offers.There's an open house coming up this week for students who are interested in attending.
Newman Lake Fire and Rescue is looking at using volunteers and a temporary help to replace a retiring deputy chief. The issue will likely be discussed again during the district's regular fire commissioner meeting tonight. Spokane County Fire District 8 got some input from citizens last week after hosting a series of public meetings on the district's strategic plan. Residents offered suggestions on how the district can improve as well as identifying what the district does well.
The Millwood City Council approved its draft Shoreline Master Program, according to a story by correspondent Valerie Putnam. The council made changes to the section that governs public shoreline access on private land. The council also awarded contracts for an irrigation project and resurfacing the city tennis courts.
I put out a partial schedule of Santa's visits to Spokane Valley neighborhoods yesterday, but the always busy jolly man is also making the rounds with Spokane County Fire District 8 firefighters in the areas south of Spokane and Spokane Valley.
Today: Santa will be at Station 82 at 12100 E. Palouse Highway, from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. He'll also be at the Albertson's parking lot at 32nd and Highway 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday: the Saltese and Morningside neighborhoods from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Friday: the Hangman Valley area and the Moran Prairie area east of Regal and south of 57th from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday: the Moran Prairie area west of Regal and north of 57th from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday: the Moran Prairie area west of Regal and south of 57th from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Monday: the Moran Prairie area east of Regal and north of 57th from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Steve Munts takes notes as an evaluator suggests that in the event of a wildfire, flammable material such as paper inside the home should be moved away from doors and windows before occupants evacuate, to prevent its heating up and igniting inside the house. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak
There was a lot to read in Saturday's Valley Voice, so all is forgiven if you didn't get a chance to read it all. The Spokane Valley Fire Department and Spokane County Fire District 8 have teamed up to hire a wildland fire inspector to help homeowners prepare their homes for wildfires. They are doing inspections of homes in forested areas to point out what measures people can take that may save their homes.
The Spokane Valley City Council again discussed street preservation and how to pay for it, but no conclusions were reached. They also discussed several other projects that have come up, including improving the Mission Aveneue trailhead in Greenacres, and what money might be available to pay for them. The council intends to discuss both issues in more depth at the day-long budget workshop scheduled for June 14.
In related news, planning commission chairman John Carroll has announced his intention to run for Dean Grafos' council seat this fall, setting up the first contested election so far. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on a $250 prize available to North Pines Middle School students who follow a series of clues to find a blue piggy bank named Piggy H.
Two Spokane Valley churches, Good Shepherd Lutheran and Christ Lutheran, have voted to combine to form a new church named Advent Lutheran Church. The original plan was to combine three congregations into one, but the majority of the members of Holy Trinity Lutheran did not vote to approve the plan.
We've been managing to keep busy this week and you'll be able to read our efforts in Thursday's Valley Voice. Construction has started on the Indiana Avenue extension project and I'll have details on what areas will be closed down and when. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has talked to Randy Russell, the new superintendent for the Freeman School District.
Also, Spokane County Fire District 8, which is south of Spokane Valley, recently got a federal grant to replace some aging equipment. The Spokane Valley City Council had a relatively light meeting this week, but did discuss paying to maintain current streets versus building new ones.