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FRIDAY, DEC. 3, 2010

Santa takes a break at the downtown Starbucks on Dec. 3, 2010 (Pia Hallenberg)

He's getting ready for the North Pole 

Walking through downtown I saw good old Santa taking a little break outside a coffee shop. He was reading the paper and enjoying what looked like a latte - I'm sure he's getting ready for the Hillyard North Pole this weekend.The North Pole, with shopping,...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 2, 2010

Be aware of phony door-to-door sales

The Spokane Sheriff's Department said Crime Check has received numerous reports of suspicious persons representing themselves as salesmen this week. Some say they are Comcast employees, but that may or may not be the case said a Comcast spokesperson. It's especially residents in Hillyard, Gleneden...

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SPD update on crime prevention

From Greater Hillyard Business Association's Luke Tolley:"I just got a call from SPD's Sgt. Tom Hendren, the officer who met with GHBA to discuss crime activity in downtown Hillyard.He let me know that last night they served warrants on two houses/apartments on Olympic, one just...

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Help the garbage crews

The City of Spokane Solid Waste Management Department is asking residents for assistance during these snowy days. Residential customers are asked to place their garbage carts and recycling bins in front of snow berms and clear of other obstacles. Commercial customers are asked to remove...

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Santa is coming to Hillyard this weekend

The Hillyard North Pole opens this weekend. This is the Hillyard shopping district's main Christmas celebration and it runs this weekend and next. The event will feature vendors, treats and a bake sale - as well as pictures with Santa, of course. Bring a canned...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 30, 2010

MONDAY, NOV. 29, 2010

Two pickups frame a completely covered car on East Queen, over the Thanksgiving weekend 2010 (Charles Hansen)

He's not going anywhere soon

Blog reader Charles Hansen sent in this photo from East Queen. The snow-covered car (the white bump in the middle) had been sitting there abandoned for some time when the plows came by.Writes Hansen: "Here is a picture of the only idiots that refused to...

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Keep the blog posted

Keep the Hillyard blog posted - photos and e-mails about street conditions and other snow related issues are very welcome. Send them to and I'll list as many as I can. Look out for your neighbors in this nasty cold. The elderly are especially...

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Gary Taitch removes snow from a neighbor's driveway along South Cedar Street on Monday, Nov. 22, 2010. Taitch complained that snowplows berm in driveways and cover sidewalks, yet "they expect you to keep your sidewalks clear." (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Looks like plows will make it...

... just in time before the next storm hit tonight. If you are getting impatient you can check the progress of City plows at this link.Type in your address on the top of the snow plowing progress map to get a closer look at your...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 26, 2010

Clyde Decker wears his bright red Christmas shirt that reads “Hillyard Santa” on the front and “For The Kids” on the back, Friday as he shops for toys at Walgreens. “I love this store because they have such good deals,” said Decker.   (CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON / The Spokesman-Review)

Hillyard's Santa needs a hand

Here's a link to yesterday's story about Clyde Decker and the incredibly job he does every year, collecting Christmas presents for kids in Hillyard - he can always use more. And don't forget about the Hillyard North Pole - it's coming up on December 4...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24, 2010

MONDAY, NOV. 22, 2010

A cat and two dogs play in the fresh snow  in Lofer in the Austrian province of Salzburg, Friday, March 5, 2010. After springlike temperatures the last days, winter has returned to the alpine country. (Kerstin Joensson / Associated Press)

As cold hits, take extra care of pets

SCRAPS - the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service - sent out a reminder today to all pet owners that pets should be brought indoors. There's a blizzard warning in effect overnight and it's already well below freezing outside. "No pets should stay outside for...

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Snow update from the city

With a couple inches of snow on the ground, City of Spokane street crews have been out since the early hours of the morning Monday plowing snow and putting down de-icer on City streets.Crews concentrated first on hills and now are working on arterials throughout...

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GHBA meeting today at noon

The Greater Hillyard Business Association has it's board meeting today at noon at the Outlaw Cafe. And Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. is the usual meeting time for the Historic Hillyard Merchants Committee - also at the Outlaw Cafe.If you'd like to stay in touch...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 18, 2010

Hillyard's North Pole is ready to roll

Hillyard's traditional North Pole Celebration will be held at The River Church, 5201 N. Market Street this year. The festival includes treats and vendors, shopping opportunities and of course a visit from Santa. Have your pictures taken with Santa in Hillyard this year. The North...

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City hours on Thanksgiving

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Spokane City Hall will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 25 and 26. Municipal Court also will be closed both days. City libraries, the solid waste transfer stations, and the Waste to Energy Facility will be closed on...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17, 2010

Neighborhood council meeting today 

Via e-mail from Luke Tolley: "Our Hillyard Neighborhood Council meeting is today, 11/17 at 6:30pm at the Northeast Community Center.As well as our normal reports from our other organizations and committees, we will be spending a good portion of time on GHNEPA. If you have...

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MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2010

Small business event on Thursday

Mayor Mary Verner will host a discussion about the issues facing small businesses in Spokane on Thursday Nov. 18 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the City Council Chambers. The Mayor will be joined by three small business owners and also by people who have...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 12, 2010

Early morning robbery

From the Spokane Police Department: "Early Friday morning, at about 12:45 AM, a male walked into the Qwik Stop at Wellesley/Market, wearing a scarf pulled up over his face. He displayed a handgun and demanded money from the clerk before leaving the store. Spokane Police...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 10, 2010

Girls day out and the Mayor is coming

Girls Day Out was on the top of the agenda today at the Historic Hillyard Merchants' meeting. The annual shopping event is Saturday and it takes place in Hillyard, Garland, North Monroe and on East Sprague (the International District). Go to the Girls Day Out...

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MONDAY, NOV. 8, 2010

Take the small business survey 

Join Mayor Mary Verner on Thursday, Nov. 18, as she hosts a discussion about the issues facing small businesses in Spokane. The event, called “Let’s Talk: A Conversation with Mayor Verner about our Small Business Community,” will be held in the City Council Chambers in...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 4, 2010

Girls Day Out planning meeting tonight

There's a Girls Day Out planning meeting tonight at the Outlaw Cafe at 6 p.m. Girls Day Out is an annual neighborhood shopping event and this year it takes place in Hillyard, the Garland District, Monroe Business District and the International District (East Sprague) on...

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Pia Hallenberg covers everything going on in the Hillyard neighborhood.