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Wild variation on demolition derby lights up Stateline crowd

That was not the case Wednesday night at the Stateline Speedway in Post Falls.

“In the event that we run all the laps, someone could win without all the boats destroyed,” said raceway promoter Larry Bertrand to a handful of drivers brave enough to enter the night’s main event, the full-contact boat race. “But, obviously, we’re here tonight to destroy all the boats, and we’re pretty good at it.”

Hundreds filled the stands as the sun set, fireworks exploding over the oval track as “The Star-Spangled Banner” welcomed fans to the event. Usually held on the last day of the racing season at the speedway, the track has had such a huge turnout for the boat race that it added another edition for this year’s opening week, Bertrand said. Read more. Kip Hill, SR

AM: Mini Sturgis Returns To Stateline

"I've been dancing for 30 years," said Micky Martin, of Spokane Valley,front right, during opening night of the 7th annual Mini-Sturgis at  Cruiser's bar in Post Falls on Thursday. The event runs through Saturday night. Scott Maben/SR reports on the 8th annual Mini-Sturgis event and that the owners of Cruisers have put the bar up for sale here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

On Scene Of The Fatal Accident

Mama Kautz, one of my Twitter buds, was 3rd on the scene of that fatal, 3-vehicle crash last night near the stateline. Here's what she posted on her blog: "I had stopped to get gas at the truck stop. Got back on the freeway. Was driving along, glanced at my phone … yes … I did. I was looking at it, not texting, for once. I look up and have to hit my brakes. (insert guardian angel working overtime) There is smoke … thought it was fog … except that cars were pulling over! I ended up being the 3rd car on the scene of an accident. We, meaning the other drivers, are just kind of sitting there. I didn’t think to call 911. Weird. I guess I figured others would be. (somebody did say they couldn’t get through) I thought why are we sitting here….why isn’t anybody HELPING. I got out of my car and started running up to the cars. More here.

Question: Have you ever been one of the first to the scene of a serious accident?

Stateline WalMart To Get Interchange

Exciting news for the west end of Post Falls as work will finally start on the interchange of I-90 and Beck Road,  which will serve as the main access to the 200-acre Pointe at Post Falls commercial development currently being built by Foursquare Properties of Carlsbad, Calif. The project is right now home to the Post Falls Cabela's store, a WalMart supercenter and the Sysco food service distribution center/Matthew Behringer, Inland Northwest Business Watch. More here.

Also, business bits:

  • The Hair Zoo on Seltice Way in the same strip mall as Upscale Mail is closing.
  • Also closed recently was the Northstar store by TacoTime in Coeur d’Alene's Silver Lake Mall
  • The Hallmark Coach House Gifts store that had been in the Silver Lake Mall in Coeur d’Alene has now closed.The Hallmark store on Ironwood however is still open.
  • More business bits here

Stateline bridge engineers pay tribute to kayakers

PADDLING – The new stateline bridge over the Spokane River, which is expected to open to traffic on Tuesday, features a railing with illustrations of an evergreen tree, symbolizing Washington, and a kayaker.

Give credit to state and county engineers for listening to paddlers concerns and recognizing the area’s importance to recreation:

Part of the bridge was reconfigured to avoid affecting Dead Dog Hole, a popular kayaking spot.

Coming Thursday

It's time to take a look at the stories we've got coming for you in Thursday's Valley Voice. There was a public hearing before the Spokane Valley City Council this week on a proposed developers agreement between the city and St. John Vianney Church, which has applied to rezone a piece of property to the south of the church so Catholic Charities can build a low income senior housing complex. Plenty of people spoke against the agreement, but several also spoke in favor of it.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger recently visited with some happy dogs out at the Patricia Simonet Laughing Dog Park at Stateline. The Liberty Lake Police Department recently had a good week, clearing up several related crimes by recommending various criminal charges against five teenagers. They also dealt with a wayward gardner who wanted potting soil for his pots and decided to take some from a construction site.

There will also be a report from last week's public hearing before the Planning Commission on the city's proposed Bike and Pedestrian Master Program. People were overwhelmingly in favor of it and it received a unanimous nod of approval from the commission.

AM Headlines — 4.14.10

“It’s job security in my eyes,” said Kendall Shedd of Seltice Way Stop’N Go in Stateline on Tuesday about raising cigarette tax in Washington. Cigarettes soon will cost about $8 a pack as Washington legislators add another $1 in taxes. John Stucke’s SR story here. (Kathy Plonka/SR)