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TUESDAY, OCT. 11, 2016

Roundabouts: Love 'em? Or leave 'em? 20 

When Coeur d'Alene installed its first roundabout, by the Coeur d'Alene Nazarene Church, I was skeptical. I thought it would cause more problems than it would solve. I was wrong. Now, I'm a big fan of roundabouts. They ease traffic through congested intersections -- and seem to be safer. What do you think about roundabouts?

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 6, 2016

ITT Tech shutters campuses, including Spokane Valley 

The for-profit college chain ITT Educational Services is shutting down its campuses days after the U.S. Department of Education banned it from enrolling new students who use federal financial aid. The company operates vocational schools including one in Spokane Valley. Do you know anyone who attended ITT Tech? Cindy

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TUESDAY, DEC. 29, 2015

Chad Gilbert leaps onto his snow sled at the top of the sledding hill at Valley Mission Park Monday. He and his family were enjoying the fresh snow. (J. Rayniak / The Spokesman-Review)

Woman injured while sledding at Valley Mission Park  

As the mom of 4 active sons who played most every sport aside from rugby, the two things that made me most nervous were skateboarding and sledding. The park near our house is fine, but when my husband took them to parks with steeper hills, I stayed home. Made me too nervous. Have you or your kids ever been injured while sledding?

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XXXtreme Espresso Draws Protest 10 

More than 200 people filled Spokane Valley City Council chambers and packed the hallways Tuesday to ask elected officials to force lingerie-clad baristas at nearby XXXtreme Espresso to cover up or move to a location out of the sight of children. Protesters said they think...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 2012

SR Picks Playboy Vet Over Shea Fear 

If there were a political version of the TV show “Fear Factor,” Republican Rep. Matt Shea would make an excellent host. Fear of U.S. currency. Fear of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Fear of “FEMA camps” where, according to a conspiracy theory, citizens will be...

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MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2012

Clark: A Race That Keeps Giving 

The tipster called me midday Friday with two eye-popping political developments, namely that 4th District state legislative candidate Amy Biviano appeared topless in a 1995 Playboy magazine spread. Five words immediately came to mind. “Well, it’s about damned time!” (Contractions don’t count.) See, I’ve been...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 9, 2012

Fireman Fired For Religious Emails 32 

The Spokane Valley Fire Department on Monday fired a captain who continued to send religious emails from his department email account despite numerous orders to stop. Capt. Jon Sprague (pictured in SR file photo by Tyler Tjomsland), who runs the Spokane County Christian Firefighter Fellowship,...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 20, 2012

Spokane Valley Solon Fills Clark Void 

Matt Shea – the Road Rage Republican running for re-election in Spokane Valley – has his knickers in a knot over his opponent’s supposedly dirty campaign tactics. Or in other words … “Hello, Kettle. Pot calling.” You know, I was really bummed a few months...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 16, 2012

Spokane Valley Rep Blocks Media

Spokane Valley Rep. Matt Shea must be feeling pretty low about "the media." Shea -- the same guy who pulled a gun on another driver in an apparent road rage incident and took photos of himself standing in his opponent's driveway -- has blocked multiple...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012

Man Arrested w/Bombs At Hooters 

A man was arrested with about 5,400 small explosive devices in his van during an undercover investigation at Hooters in Spokane Valley Thursday. Peter Ward Westhaver, 53, is in the Spokane County Jail on a no-bail federal hold. He met two men who turned out...

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Honeymooners Damage Area Hotel 

Three floors of a hotel were flooded Tuesday night after a fight between a couple celebrating their first wedding anniversary led to the man damaging the hotel room’s sprinklers. The Pheasant Hill Inn, 12415 E. Mission Ave., had just completed six months of renovations, the...

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AM: Santorum Visits Spokane Valley 

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum holds a copy of the U.S. Constitution as he speaks during during a campaign rally at the New Life Assembly of God on Thursday in Spokane. SR story here. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR Washington...

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Santorum, Paul Coming To Spokane 11 

A Secret Service agent, left, stands by as Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks at Belmont University on Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn. Santorum will be in Spokane Valley today. See below. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, of Pennsylvania, will hold a rally...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2011

Car Prowler Posts Video Of Loot 

Spokane Valley police say a video posted by a car prowling suspect on his Facebook page that features suspected stolen loot will be used as evidence against him. “It'd be kind of silly for us not to,” said Sgt. John Nowels. The video, posted two...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 27, 2011

Still Entertaining Crowds At 90 

Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, Nat King Cole. The names roll off his tongue with ease. Local musician Bruce Davis has worked with them all. And at 90, he’s still performing every week with his band, Variety Pak. From his home in Spokane Valley, Davis...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 25, 2011

Saving Critters Part Of Summer Job 

Otis G provides this feel-good photo & cutline information from the Spokane Valley: "Each year, the City of Spokane Valley Stormwater Utility hires some summer interns to do inventory on our storm drain systems. Last week, Tim Kincaid (who is a current student with the...

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FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2011

Handcuffed Man Escapes SV Police 

The handcuffed driver of a stolen car escaped from custody late Thursday when officers left him unattended as they chased his fleeing passenger, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department. Police are asking for help identifying the man who was was driving a purple Mercury...

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Missing: 2 Large Earthworms 

The Discovery Playground in Spokane Valley appears to be as popular with vandals as it is with children. Parks and Recreation staff noticed yesterday that one of two larger-than-life inchworms in the Secret Garden area of the playground had been stolen (the yellow one) and...

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Interest is growing in backyard chickens as more people want to know where their meat and eggs come from. Next week the North Idaho Fair is expected to see an increase in poultry participants. (Metrocreative)

Chicken Revolution 

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- After months of debate the Spokane Valley City Council made changes to the city's chicken regulations.Those changes make it possible for people who live with in the city limits to own chickens on small residential pieces of property. Craig Goodwin has...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 7, 2010

Autopsy: No Baton Strike On Creach 

According to the report, the bullet from Deputy Hirzel's gun hit Creach in the chest, traveled through his heart, lungs and hit his liver. It was found lodged in his lower ribcage. The report mentions scrapes and bruises consistent with what Creach may have received...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 13, 2010

KXLY: Hirzel Faces Sex Toys Probe, Too 18 

Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Hirzel is under investigation, not because of the deadly shooting at the Plant Farm last month, but because of a sideline business where he and his wife may have been selling sex toys online from their home.It appears that Deputy...

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Deputy's Vacation Frustrates Sheriff 

Item: Sheriff frustrated by vacation flap: Investigative panel allowed deputy to leave without consulting Knezovich/Thomas Clouse, SRMore Info: Hirzel “was already on vacation when I found out he was on vacation,” Knezovich said. “How do I un-ring that bell? I could have said bring him...

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Pastor's Family Still Seeking Answers 

Item: Deputy: One shot fired in death: He saw Creach with gun, then had ‘verbal exchange’/Thomas Clouse, SRMore Info: The news release offered no explanation of what was said or by whom, or why Hirzel felt the need to pull the trigger, killing the 74-year-old...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 28, 2010

SR: Delaying Info On Tragedy Ill-Advised 

Law enforcement leaders tell us that officers don’t get special treatment. Some tell us that they ought to be held to a higher standard. But the rules are clearly different when one of them is involved in a fatal incident. It is department policy to...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 27, 2010

Sheriff: No Cop Intends To Hurt Public 

Sheriff (Ozzie) Knezovich, shown in Dan Pelle/SR photo, acknowledged the concerns of Spokane Valley residents and the outrage many feel about what happened that night. Creach was a 74-year old pastor at Greenacres Baptist Church. But, Knezovich also says it's important to let the investigation...

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Huckleberries Online

D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.