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"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)
- Idaho Reports/Sherry Adkins, SR
- Sand Creek Byway set to open today/SR
- North Idaho farmers get fed help after hail/AP
- Homeless man charged in CdA stabbing case/AP
- Judge: Centuries-old flag must stay in Montana/AP
- Mountain lion stalks campers at Montana lake/Missoulian
- Idaho's top Demo faces 1st challenger in 8 years/Dan Popkey, IS
- Reagan Republicans fund-raise to protect name/David Cole, Press
- Spokane man guilty of 19 counts of wire fraud/Coeur d'Alene Press
- Commerce chief offers encouraging jobs news/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise
- Orbusmax Special: Washington woman charged with starving kids to death over bad breakup here
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?
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
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.
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.
“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)
- Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR
- Warmer version of spring starts today/Mike Prager, SR
- Property crimes on rise in Coeur d’Alene/Tania Dall, KXLY
- Leaf gets probation in drug case/Melissa Luck, KXLY
- Coeur d’Alene Tribe No. 2 among NIdaho employers/Becky Kramer, SR
- Papa John’s reopens several local restaurants/Bert Caldwell, SR
- WSU bat master sweetens spot for long shot/Shawn Vestal, SR
- Allred: An admittedly unlikely governor candidate/Tom Hasslinger, Press
- Kootenai County housing sales are up/Brian Walker & Bill Buley, Press
- Benewah GOP asks candidate to quit/David Cole, Coeur d’Alene Press
- Free-market think tanks start up news organizations, hide funding/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise