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During a media demonstration at Valley Fire Station 8 in September, 2010, Spokane Valley Fire Department fire investigator Rick Freier shows how his K-9 partner Mako, an arson dog, can sniff out gasoline and other liquid accelerants used by arsonists. SR photo/Colin Mulvaney
If you've never had a chance to meet Mako, the Spokane Valley Fire Department's arson dog, head to the Spokane Valley City Council meeting tonight. Mako and his handler, assistant fire marshal Rick Freier, will be on hand for a demonstration near the beginning of the meeting. Mako is a friendly fellow with a keen nose that can pick up a single drop of an accelerant. And once the demonstration is over, you can sneak out the door unless you'd like to stick around for an hour or two of discussion on regional government, municipal economics and solid waste. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague.
The original historic metal gates to the Fairfield Cemetery, damaged in an ice storm two years ago, have been restored and will be rededicated in a Memorial Day ceremony, Mon., May 30, 2011. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak.
Well, I didn't manage to make it on the computer yesterday to post Saturday's Valley Voice links. What can I say. The weather was better than expected and we did some running around. Now then, on to the interesting stuff. There was a Memorial Day celebration yesterday in Fairfield and the historic 1895 gates were re-dedicated. The town of Millwood is getting ready to host the West Valley Days community event this weekend and it promises to be a lot of fun.
Correspondent Jill Barville talked with popular preschool teacher Diane Knowles on the eve of her retirement after 32 years in the classroom. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a report on the latest East Valley School District meeting held to discuss the changes coming up, including the closure of Mountain View Middle School and transferring students from Skyview Elementary. This week's education column by Lisa is also packed with news, including details on a new Central Valely elementary principal and which Central Valley board member has resigned.
Last week the Spokane Valley City Council had a long discussion on whether or not to accept a grant from the Department of Ecology to help pay for the city's work to update the Shoreline Master Program, which is required by state law. After the lengthy debate, the majority of the council voted to apply for the grant.
We had so many stories for tomorrow's Valley Voice we literally could not fit them all in. So a few (including the Liberty Lake police blotter) will be held over until Thursday. But you will still get some great stories tomorrow. The Fairfield Cemetery Association will host a Memorial Day celebration on Monday to honor veterans and re-dedicate the century old cemetery gates. Reporter Lisa Leinberger will have a report on the latest special East Valley School District board meeting where they again discussed the closure of Mountain View Middle School. The West Valley Days celebration in Millwood is coming up next weekend and we'll have your schedule for that. And the Spokane Valley City Council this week voted, after much discussion, to apply for a Department of Ecology grant and to buy new permit tracking software.
Of course we all know that Monday is a holiday. What does that mean for you? It means the City of Spokane Valley offices will be closed and so will this blog. I might post some links if I feel ambitious, but don't expect much else. Besides, we'll probably all be huddling in the back yard trying to have the traditional Memorial Day barbecue in the rain. Have a great weekend!
It seems awfully early to be talking about the elections scheduled for this fall, but it's really not. The candidate filing week is June 6-10 and there are a ton of seats up for election in local city councils and school boards. Anyone who doesn't file at the Spokane County Elections Office by the end of the day on June 10 will not be on the ballot this fall. Some candidates, however, have already thrown their hat in the ring by filling out Public Disclosure Commission documents so they can start fundraising now.
The City of Spokane Valley has four council seats up for election and three of those already have announced candidates. Councilman Dean Grafos is running for re-election and planning commission chairman John Carroll has filed to run against him. The newest appointees to the council, Arne Woodard and Chuck Hafner, are running for election in order to continue serving out the terms they were appointed to. So far no one has filed to run against them. Councilman Bill Gothmann has announced he will not run for re-election and so far no one has filed for his seat (though I am hearing things that indicate that will change soon).
And it's not just Spokane Valley. This fall the Liberty Lake Mayor and four council seats are up for election. There are three seats on the Millwood City Council, plus three each on the Fairfield City Council, Latah City Council, Rockford City Council, Central Valley School District and Freeman School District. There are two seats up for grabs for the East Valley School District, the Liberty School District and West Valley School District. Plus there will be a scattering of fire district commissioners and one Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District commissioner on the ballot.
For an off year election, the ballot is going to be pretty crowded in November. So sit down and buckle up. It should be a fun ride.
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.
The little piggy did not go to the market. It's somewhere in or around North Pines Middle School and students there are in the midst of collecting clues to find the pig, named Piggy H., so they can win $250. Reporter Lisa Leinberger was at the school this week and she'll have a fun story on Piggy H. in Saturday's Valley Voice.
Also coming tomorrow is a look at the discussion the Spokane Valley City Council had about road projects and street preservation, an unusual new church called Advent Lutheran Church and the work the Spokane Valley Fire Department and Spokane County Fire District 8 are doing to help homeowners protect their homes from wildfires. There will also be another campaign announcement, so make sure you pick up your paper tomorrow.
Keith Arp levels a fence post at the newly constructed Veterans Memorial in front of Valley Fourth Memorial Church. When completed, the memorial will be available 24/7 for community members to pray and meditate for members of the military. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak
I suggest on this lovely, bright and sunshine filled day that we first spend a little time checking out today's Valley Voice. The congregation of the Valley Fourth Memorial Church plan to dedicate a new veterans memorial on May 29, which of course is the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend. It will honor all the local military members who have been killed in action since 9/11.
The Spokane Valley City Councl picked Positive Change architect Chuck Hafner to fill the vacant seat in their ranks, a move that probably doesn't surprise anyone. The Farm Fresh Fruit stand on Argonne just south of Sprague has been having problems with complaints and a feud with a neighbor factors into that.
Reporter Lisa Leinberger was in attendance at the Liberty Lake City Council meeting this week when the council members discussed whether or not to continue having prayer at the beginning of each meeting. And for those of you who followed the exploits of Chicken, Spokane Valley's most famous bird, correspondent Stefanie Pettit has an update on the popular fowl.
We've got a bunch of good stuff coming your way again for the Thursday Valley Voice. The Spokane Valley City Council voted to appoint a new council member to replace Bob McCaslin. The Liberty Lake City Council had an interesting discussion on beginning each meeting with a prayer. The owner of the Farm Fresh Fruit stand on Argonne just south of Sprague has been having frequent visits from the code enforcement officers lately and the owner is placing a lot of the blame on a neighboring property owner. A new veteran's memorial will be unveiled soon at Valley Fourth Memorial Church.
Those are the highlights, so be sure to grab your copy of the Valley Voice tomorrow. Or you can always check back here for some links.
The Spokane Valley City Council will select a new council member to join them on the dias tonight during the council meeting at 6 p.m. in City Hall. The new council member, either IT professional Ben Wick or Positive Change organizer Chuck Hafner, will be immediately sworn in.
There are a few other interesting discussions on tonight's agenda. The council will also vote on whether to allow 60 days for a developer's agreement to be negotiated with St. John Vianney Catholic Church, which is seeking to rezone a piece of property. The issue has become heated at times.
The council will also discuss a proposed drainage project on Broadway and other proposed capital projects - including railroad quiet zones at the Union Pacific crossings on Vista and Park Roads.
Teacher Bob McCaslin and his CV Kindergarten Center class show the hats they can wear during school recess, provided to them by doctors and staff from Advanced Dermatology, who came to the school May 3 to teach skin and sun safety. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak
There's a whole bunch going on in today's Valley Voice, so sit back and get your mouse clicking finger warmed up. While many school districts are trying to deal with expected budget cuts, the Central Valley School District has announced it does not plan to lay any teachers off this year and will instead not replace people who are leaving the district. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has that story.
I have a report from this week's Spokane Valley City Council meeting, where council members selected a new planning commissioner and interviewed two council candidates. The Liberty Lake Police Department is reporting an increased crime rate for 2010, but the rate is still the lowest in Spokane County based on population. The Department is also moving forward on replacing two officers who recently resigned.
If you are looking for something to do this weekend Lisa has information on the annual Heritage Fair hosted by the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum. The Liberty Lake Farmers Market and the Millwood Farmers Market are also setting up their tents for the season.
Principal Tammy Fuller reflects on 32 years of achievements displayed in the Mountain View Middle School trophy case. She hopes to find a place for the trophies and awards and is planning events to mark the last days of the school. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak
There's a must-read story in Saturday's Valley Voice that needs to be looked at today if you didn't manage to get to it on Saturday. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has an excellent story on Mountain View Middle School, which will be closed at the end of this school year as the East Valley School District struggles with state funding cuts and the loss of a recent bond. She talked to students, teachers and parents who are in mourning for their school. Some of the students are second generation attendees and some of the teachers were once students at the school themselves. It's a real community school, something you don't find a lot in today's more transient society.
Meanwhile, there was also a bunch of news coming out of City Hall last week. There are six candidates for the vacant Spokane Valley Planning Commission seat, one of whom has had a rocky relationship with city staff and once made a comment during a council meeting that could be considered threatening. I also took a look at the two candidates who will be interviewed for the vacant City Council seat during tomorrow's council meeting. Chuck Hafner is the favorite to get it, thanks to his long involvement in the community and his strong ties to the Positive Change council members.
The city's Community Development Director, Kathy McClung, has announced that she will retire at the end of July. That annoucement got an immediate strong reaction from councilman Bill Gothmann, who said he believes some council members have been hostile to city staff and that has caused the departure of more than a half dozen key staffers.
Rounding out Saturday's package were details on the new trash pickup days and an update on Millwood's efforts to save the city's wading pool. A special meeting is set for today at 5 p.m. for the council to vote on an ordinance to allow citizens to raise money to repair the pool.
This week reporter Lisa Leinberger headed out to Mountain View Middle School to see how everyone there is reacting to the news that the school will be closed at the end of the school year. Her story on that will be in Saturday's Valley Voice, along with a trio of stories out of the Spokane Valley City Hall. I'll have a look at the planning commission candidates, a story on the two candidates for the open city council seat and a story on another city staffer who is leaving.
We'll also have a short story on new trash pickup days for Waste Management customers in Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Otis Orchards and Millwood. The new days start the week of May 16.
Freeman Schools Superintendent Randy Russell introduces himself to night custodian James Marratt during a visit to the high school last Thursday. He takes the helm of the district on July 1. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak
The clouds are back this morning, but at least we got some sun yesterday. No sun, of course, means you have the perfect excuse to stay inside and check out today's Valley Voice. Even though the weather isn't the greatest, work has begun on the Indiana Avenue extension project in Greenacres. The intersection of Flora and Mission won't be shut down to build a new roundabout until about the second week of June and that portion of construction should only take about five weeks.
Randy Russell hasn't started work as the new Freeman superintedent yet, but he's stopped by to introduce himself. Reporter Lisa Leinberger talked to him about his years as a principal in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene. The Spokane Valley City Council discussed road projects on the city's six year construction plan on Tuesday. Nothing was decided, but it sounds like the council wants to consider doing less new construction and more street preservation.
Taking a look to the south, Spokane County Fire District 8 recently received a grant that will pay to completely outfit the district with new breathing apparatus equipment. The grant is worth more than $300,000.
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.
Empty store fronts are a common sight up and down Sprague Avenue in Spokane Valley. Only two tenants remain in the once thriving Opportunity Center at Pines Road and Sprague Avenue. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak
I see the sun outside, but I'm sure that won't last. So I won't mind if you put off reading the Valley Voice until the clouds come in. But when you do pick it up, we've got some stories to take notice of. After Tuesday's City Council meeting the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan is finally dead. I've got a story with reaction to that, plus a story on the city council's selection of three candidates to interview for the vacant council seat. One is Chuck Hafner, who helped get four of the current council members elected, and returning candidates Steven Neill and Ben Wick.
Correspondent Cindy Hval has a great story on her son learning how to drive. Her account is something that any parent who has tried to teach a child how to drive can sympathize with. (Like she said, I'm speaking firmly, not yelling. Well, except for that one time.) For a bit of cross town news, check out the Landmarks column by correspondent Stefanie Pettit. She takes a look at a 1879 farm house on Five Mile Prarie. Maybe I'm just a sucker for wrap around porches, but it's a nice looking house that also holds a bit of Spokane area history.
There was a whole bunch of stuff going on this week in Spokane Valley and we'll have the news for you in Thursday's Valley Voice. The Spokane Valley City Council voted on which candidates to interview for the vacant council position, though the mayor recused himself from the discussion. The council also took the final step to kill the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan, which has been coming for more than a year. The Spokane Valley Fire Department has had some good news: the contractor using its land at Euclid and Barker for storage promises to be out of there by May 15. Meanwhile, let's hope the weather forecasters are wrong about the whole rain and snow thing tomorrow. Otherwise I may have to invest in a rowboat.
Tonight's meeting looks pretty straightforward. The council will give a final yes or no vote on several comprehensive plan amendments, including the removal of the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan. There will also be final votes on a new detention services agreement and on an ordinance to allow livestock on lots larger than 40,000 square feet in mixed use zones.
The council will also decide which of the seven candidates for the vacant council seat they wish to interview. There were eight candidates but the Mayor said Monday that longtime SCOPE volunteer John Baldwin has withdrawn his name from consideration.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague.
Joseph Guerrinha, center, practices with his teammates after taking a monthlong break from soccer to recover from a concussion. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak
We managed to pack a bunch of interesting stories in Saturday's Valley Voice, starting with the touching story by correspondent Steve Christilaw about Central Valley High School soccer player Joseph Guerrinha. He's back in the game after suffering a serious concussion that he has no memory of.
The Spokane Valley City Council discussed projects to improve the Mission trailhead in Greenacres and establish railroad quiet zones west of Millwood. The were also questions as to whether the city counld afford to do the work. In other City news, newly appointed councilman Arne Woodard has already filed the required paperwork to run in the November election.
Correspondent Juli Bergstrom-Wasson has a look at the new Five Guys Burgers and Fries location at Sprague and Sullivan. I went in once to check it out and the line was nearly out the door. But you can munch on free peanuts while you wait and watching the kitchen staff at work is entertaining.
The sun is shining (for now) and it's Friday (thank goodness), so it's time to look ahead at what is in store for the Saturday Valley Voice. I'll have the second helping of news from this week's Spokane Valley City Council meeting. They discussed projects that would improve the Mission Avenue trailhead in Greenacres and establish quiet zones on the Union Pacific line west of Millwood. They also talked about whether they had funding to do the work.
The Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced the end of the annual Miss Spokane Valley competition. Another person has filed paperwork to run for City Council in November and reporter Lisa Leinberger will have a story on Hearth Homes, which provides housing for homeless women. The organization just got a large donation that enabled it to buy a house.
Kathi White of Post Falls prepares for a ride with the help of volunteer Bukre Horner at Equine TLC in Post Falls last week. Equine TLC offers therapy to people with disabilities. SR photo/Kathy Plonka
I could say there is so much in the Valley Voice today that it took me this long to read it, but the reality is that I've been busy writing stories and posting other news and my usual Valley Voice highlights post got pushed from early morning to early afternoon. So, without further ado, here we go.
The Discovery Playground is open for the season. The new playground was very popular last year and some features were literally loved to death. So there are a few new things to see and, in a few weeks, new security cameras with motion detectors. Last year someone stole several large fiberglass eggs that were later found and tried to make off with a large Salmon.
Reporter Lisa Lienberger has great story on Equine TLC, a non-profit that gives disabled children and adults therapy on horseback. The group is having a fundraiser next week to raise money for an indoor arena.
This week the Spokane Valley City Council took the next to last step to eliminate the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan. I also checked in with the Happy Quilters, a group of women at Christ Lutheran Church who make quilts non-stop to send to Lutheran World Relief, which distributes them around the world. And that's just the beginning of their work for charity.
Next week the Spokane Valley City Council will be considering eight people who applied to fill the council seat vacated by the death of councilman Bob McCaslin. Five of them previously applied for the vacant council seat just filled by Arne Woodard and three are new faces. Take a look at my story here for more details.
The story wasn't able to fit in today's paper, but it should be in tormorrow's edition for you old fashioned people who prefer to get ink on your fingers while reading the newspaper.
On Tuesday the council will have an executive session to discuss the candidates, then vote during the regular council meeting on which of the eight to interview. Right now the interviews are scheduled for May 10.
There are a few interesting items on the Spokane Valley City Council agenda for tonight, but since it is a study session there won't be a general public comment period. There are action items: the first reading of several ordinances having to do with comprehensive plan amendments. Public comment will be taken on those items. Most are fairly standard changes, but one would eliminate the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan. (The most controversial amendment, the St. John Vianney Church rezone request, has been removed for negotiations and will not be discussed tonight.)
Other items that have attracted public interest are railroad quiet zones on the Union Pacific line at Park Road and Vista Road and the Mission Avenue trailhead in Greenacres. Both will be discussed tonight, so head on down to City Hall at 6 p.m. tonight to hear about where the council wants to go with both those proposals.
Horizon Middle School eighth-grader Lucas Fitzsimmons, left, gets help separating leftover food waste and soiled paper from garbage, as part of the Central Valley School District’s cafeteria composting program. Assisting him, from right, are eighth-grade leadership students Colby Potts, Emma Kennedy and Scott McKinley. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak
Here we are on another lovely Monday morning. Well, it will be lovely after the morning coffee kicks in. So now is the perfect time to take a look at what was published in Saturday's Valley Voice. The kids at Horizon Middle School stepped up to launch a new composting program that will be used by the entire Central Valley district by the end of the school year. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has the story and we also have a catchy rap tune performed by students to go with it. Just beware - you might find yourself singing it later.
Lisa also has information on the four finalists for the Freeman superintendent position. They are: Cheney High School principal Thomas Gresch, Liberty School District superintendent Bill Motsenbocker, Coeur d'Alene High School Principal Randy Russell and Mead School District executive director of human services Kelly Shea.
I've also got a look at what additions the Spokane Valley City Council is considering to go along with the Broadway Avenue Safety Project, including resurfacing part of Broadway and improving drainage in an area that floods during storms. The council also discussed the comprehensive plan amendment that would eliminate the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan. It became clear during their discussion that only councilman Bill Gothmann favors keeping SARP.
Don't you just love Fridays? Not only is it the last day of the work week (for most people), but it's also the day before the Valley Voice comes out. There will be some great stuff in the Voice tomorrow. I'll have part two of the report from this week's Spokane Valley City Council meeting. This part will cover discussions on improvements to Broadway Avenue and the comprehensive plan amendment that would repeal the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan.
Reporter Lisa Leinberger is on top of the school news, as usual. She did a story on Central Valley's new composting program that was begun by students at Horizon Middle School. Her education column will also have the names of the four finalists being considered for the superintendent position at the Freeman School District. The community will have a chance to meet the candidates themselves at 6:15 p.m. Monday in the Freeman Middle School gym.
Spokane Valley Mayor Tom Towey stood at the pulpit at Valley Fourth Memorial Church and gave his first State of the City address to about 50 people Monday. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak
The Spokane Valley City Council has been busy this week, which is reflected in today's Valley Voice. Mayor Tom Towey gave the first of four State of the City speeches Monday. He talked about highlights from 2010, goals for 2011 and the city's budget. Friends and family of slain pastor Scott Creach also spoke out about the use of unmarked patrol cars by the Sheriff's Office, which provides policing for Spokane Valley.
During Tuesday's meeting the council listened to more than an hour of public testimony before agreeing to postpone a decision on the zone change being sought by St. John Vianney Catholic Church so a low income senior housing complex can be built next to the church. City staff will spend the next month negotiating a developer's agreement with the property owner to impose restrictions on how the land can be used.
I also put together an update on land owned by the Spokane Valley Fire Department at Barker and Euclid that a contractor has been using for storage. The company has overstayed its welcome and fire commissioners are taking steps to encourage the company to leave. Additional information came in after my deadline that the construction company's president is now in contact with the department and a new agreement is being negotiated. I'll have more on that as things get worked out.
Reporter Pia Hallenberg also has a bit of cross-town good news. Neighbors near Northwoods Park north of Spokane recently volunteered their time to clean up the park and say they plan to maintain it this summer. Northwoods is one of the parks Spokane County can no longer afford to maintain.
My goodness there was a lot of people at the Spokane Valley City Council meeting last night. The council chambers were packed and the public comment period lasted for well over an hour. Most people were there to complain about a proposed comprehensive plan amendment to rezone property next to St. John Vianney Catholic Church to allow Catholic Charities to build a low income senior housing complex. It has become a highly emotional and controversial issue. My story on the council's discussion and decision will be in Thursday's Valley Voice.
Also in the Valley Voice will be an update on the efforts of the Spokane Valley Fire Department to evict a construction company from land the department owns at Barker and Euclid. The company has been using the site for storage for years and they were supposed to be gone by now.
I'll also have a report on the Mayor's first State of the City speech. There will be four in all and the second one will be Thursday night at 7 p.m. at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place. So if you missed the first one, there are plenty of other chances to get in on the discussion.
The Spokane Valley City Council meeting tonight looks pretty straightforward. There's only one item up for a vote - the first reading of a proposed ordinance that would allow livestock on parcels larger than 40,000 square feet in mixed use zones. It would only affect a handful of properties in the city.
The council will also hear reports on the street vacation process and a Broadway Avenue stormwater drainage project. The report on the annual comprehensive plan amendments will probably be lengthy, as there are several. The major one would do away with the entire Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan and the proposed amendment that has gotten a huge amount of attention is a request from St. John Vianney Catholic Church to rezone a parcel it owns so senior low income housing can be built. Tonight's discussion will not include a vote, which will come later in the month.
So if you find yourself out and about tonight, drop by City Hall at 11707 E. Sprague at 6 p.m.
Before I do the highlights from the most recent Valley Voice on Saturday, I thought it might be helpful to post some quick hits on a few stories published in the Voice while I was driving for endless hours through Montana. (Lots of mountains. And cows.)
April 2: I had an update on changes to the planned Indiana Avenue extension project and details on the construction plans for Greenacres Park. There was also a story on efforts by the Spokane Valley Fire Department to get land they own at Barker and Euclid cleaned up after the Barker Bridge contractor has been using it for storage for years. Reporter Lisa Leinberger had a look at the first ever drama put on by students at Contract Based Education, a West Valley alternative high school.
April 7: In my absence Lisa Leinberger attended the Spokane Valley City Council and wrote about the votes to approve the improved Indiana Avenue extension project and the construction bid for Greenacres Park. The council also voted to add planning commissioner Arne Woodard to their ranks. Lisa also had another story on the East Valley bond (many people have probably already received their ballots).
I know it seems like I just got back from vacation, but next week is spring break and I'll be turning over the blog reins to fellow reporter Lisa Leinberger. She'll post as much as she can. It looks as though she will be attending an interesting Spokane Valley City Council meeting in my absence. On the agenda is a possible vote on the newly redesigned Indiana Avevenue extension project, a vote on awarding the construction bid for Greenacres Park and a vote on who to appoint to one of the vacant city council seats. She gets to have all the fun.
At any rate, I'll be back bright eyed and bushy tailed on April 11. Here's hoping for good weather!
We'll have plenty of pictures and maps to spice up the Valley Voice on Saturday. The design of the planned extension of Indiana Avenue east to the Flora and Mission intersection has been changed to accommodate neighborhood concerns. There will be a map of the new configuration as well as a story on the changes and how they came about.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department has been a bit frustrated with the Barker Bridge contractor that is still storing heavy equipment and debris on land the department owns at Barker and Euclid. The department agreed to let the contractor use it, but everything was supposed to be cleaned up by now.
Reporter Lisa Leinberger will have a story on the first ever drama performed by students at Contract Based Education, an alternative high school in the West Valley School District.