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There was close to 100 people at the Violence Prevention Summit at City Hall on Feb. 8, 2011. Featured speakers were Mayor Mary Verner, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick (Pia Hallenberg)

City Hall summit filled to the brim

This blog was a twittering and facebooking fool last night at City Hall's crime prevention summit. On stage were Mayor Mary Verner, Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick and Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. Colleague Jonathan Brunt had this story in today's paper. It was interesting that only a...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 8, 2011

Violence prevention summit Tuesday

Mayor Mary Verner, Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick and Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich are hosting a community conversation on how to prevent violence tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. in the city council chambers, lower level at City Hall. The meeting will be moderated by Steve Becker,...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 3, 2011


Hillyard Mann Center clarification

At this morning's meeting in the Historic Hillyard Merchants Committee it was brought up that Spokane Public Schools will put in an alternative high school program at the Mann Center. I just checked with Spokane Public Schools and that's not correct. Spokane Public Schools does...

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What's in a name?

Interesting conversation about what to call the part of Hillyard that's on the east side of the train tracks. A canine reference is often used in the name of this part of town - you all know what I'm talking about. Part of the area...

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Hearts in Hillyard

This neighborhood has a lot of heart, there's no question about that, and for Valentine's Day the merchants are putting together a 'Heart of Hillyard' promotion. Look for special events, promotions and discounts. And speaking of Valentine's Day, the Outlaw Cafe is once again hosting...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 1, 2011

THURSDAY, JAN. 27, 2011

Old Rogers High School is one of few art deco schools in the U.S.   (Colin Mulvany)

Rogers, a historic place

Rogers High School made it on to the National Register of Historic Places. The original building is from 1932 and one of a handful of high schools built in art deco style. Read colleague Mike Prager's story about the award here.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26, 2011

How to promote a neighborhood 

One issue that's always on the agenda here in Hillyard, is how to promote the business district. At the Wednesday meetings someone usually has a question or a suggestion for advertising or some sort of promotion. And the questions remain the same: what works and...

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Bakery opening in Hillyard 

The first round of applause at this morning's Historic Hillyard Merchants Committee meeting came after an announcement that a bakery is opening in one of the old buildings up here - stay tuned for more details after the meeting.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 25, 2011

City council decision on impact fees

The city council made a decision on impact fees last night. Here's a link to colleague Jonathan Brunt's story from the meeting. An impact fee is a one-time tax on builders; the money is supposed to go toward the development of infra structure such as...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 21, 2011

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19, 2011

Impact fees high for Hillyard

Another issue brought up this morning was the proposed impact fees that were put on hold at the City Council meeting last night. It was noted by several people that the impact fees would be higher in Hillyard and northeast Spokane than in downtown and...

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Highlights from Wednesday morning

The blog made it - carefully on icy streets - to the meeting in the Historic Hillyard Merchants Committee meeting this morning. Councilmember Bob Apple is here today and about 20 neighbors and business owners are here, too. There's a meeting today at 3:30 p.m....

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THURSDAY, JAN. 13, 2011

From left, Bill Nighy, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.”

Hogwarts in Hillyard

NOrtheast Youth Center is offering a magic class straight out of Harry Potter on Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The class is taught by Hogwarts' professors and covers potions, divination and herbology - it promises to be a magically good time. Cost:...

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MONDAY, JAN. 10, 2011

Thursday's Beacon Hill hearing

The Beacon Hill development got a preliminary plat/PUD hearing before the city of Spokane hearings examiner Thursday morning. About 20 people were there to testify in support of the development, which has been widely embraced by Hillyard business people and residents. The project presented at...

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Hillyard Festival 100th anniversary planning 

There's a meeting on Tuesday, Jan 11th at 6:30pm at the Northeast Community Center (4001 N. Cook Street) of the Hillyard Festival Association meeting and we need your help. This year is our 100th anniversary of celebrating the Hillyard Festival, so I am asking you...

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Beacon Hill development hearing Thursday

The preliminary plat/PUD hearing for the proposed Beacon Hill housing development is Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the city council briefing room, lower level of city hall. Look for a story in tomorrow's Voice section. And here's an e-mail from Luke Tolley, Hillyard Neighborhood...

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A new year - lots of new plans

The Historic Hillyard Merchants Committee met for the first time this year, this morning at the Outlaw Cafe. First on the agenda was the upcoming Snowflake Ball - it was canceled because of low ticket sales. Moving right along to upcoming events: there are plans...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 4, 2011

It's meeting time

- once again. The Hillyard blog will be at the Historic Hillyard Merchants Committee meeting Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. (or maybe a little earlier to get breakfast...) at the Outlaw Cafe. See you there.

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MONDAY, JAN. 3, 2011

Welcome to 2011

Hope you all got into the new year in the best way: surrounded by friends and family and somewhat awake at midnight. It's a cold one out there and I'm sure I wasn't the only one who woke up to a frozen pipe Saturday morning....

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TUESDAY, DEC. 28, 2010

Happy New Year

The blog has a few days off here toward the end of the year, but it will return in full force on Monday Jan. 3. Remember to send the blog a note with neighborhood news to And once we get started on the new...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 22, 2010

Holiday hours in Hillyard

The Historic Hillyard Merchants Committee is not meeting on Dec. 29 - but back together again on Jan. 5, 2011. It should be noted that the Outlaw Cafe IS open on Wednesday, and there's plenty of coffee and breakfast for everyone. Hillyard businesses are closed...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 21, 2010

Family health center pre-enrolling

The Riverstone Family Health Center is opening a clinic at Northeast Community Center in January, adding dental services by March. Patients can pre-enroll at this time by stopping at the clinic's temporary office in room 320 at the Northeast Community Center, which is located at...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010

City holiday hours and tips on tree disposal 

Spokane City Hall will be closed on Fridays, Dec. 24 and 31, in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.The Spokane City Council is not scheduled to meet on Monday, Dec. 27. Council meetings will resume on Monday, Jan. 3, with a 3:30 p.m....

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Pia Hallenberg
Pia Hallenberg joined The Spokesman-Review in 2004. She is currently a reporter for the City Desk covering Spokane Valley city hall and community news. She also writes news features about people and events.

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