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Spokane Valley archive for Jan. 1, 2010

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24, 2010

Free pictures with Santa

Once we get through Thanksgiving it will be time to think about taking the kids to have their picture taken with Santa. Triple R Auctions will host "A Little Bit of Christmas" and offer free pictures with the jolly fellow on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.…

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Stolen property found in Valley

Spokane Valley Police detectives got a search warrant for a storage unit at Secure-It Storage at 18815 E. Cataldo after learning that stolen property was being stored inside. On Monday police found stolen motorcycles, engines, transmissions and a trailer mounted generator worth $10,000 taken from…

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Thursday previews

The roads are all open, the kids are in school and it's really, really cold out there. That must mean it's time for previews of Thursday's Valley Voice.Some West Valley students had a unique opportunity recently to visit the Eastern Washington University science lab. The…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 23, 2010

School closures

Some school districts are already announcing that classes will be cancelled tomorrow because of the expected frigid weather and snow. You can check online for up to date school closure information. I'm sure students in the Liberty and Freeman School Districts are hoping for a…

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Roads opening up

(originally posted at 11:09 a.m.) The Washington State Patrol has announced a few road openings in the last few minutes. Highway 195 is now open in Whitman County. Highway 23 is now open between Harrington and Steptoe. I'll update the list as more are announced.11:36…

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Spokane Valley fugitives wanted

Crime Stoppers is offering cash rewards for two Spokane Valley residents who are wanted for violating the conditions of their probation. Anyone with information on their locations can call the Crime Stoppers tip line at (800) 222-TIPS or go online. Tipsters don't have to give…

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Winter weather

A whole bunch of roads in south Spokane County are closed because of blowing and drifting snow, but the one that probably impacts Valley residents the most is the closure of Highway 27 from Fairfield to Oakesdale. I also heard some reports earlier of three…

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MONDAY, NOV. 22, 2010

Saturday's highlights

I came in this afternoon to find an email inbox bursting with accident reports and pleas from local law enforcement agencies for drivers to slow down and be careful. It looks like it's going to get downright nasty tonight, so everyone drive slowly out there.…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010

Next week

All of the Spokane Valley City Council regulars (including me) will have to find something else to do on Tuesday nights for the next two weeks. There's no meeting next week because of Thanksgiving and on Nov. 30 there is no meeting because several council…

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Traffic alert

It looks like the intersection of Appleway and Barker will be closed off and on between 8 a.m. and noon Saturday for utility work. I'm sure traffic will be backed up in the area, so plan ahead and avoid it.I couldn't help noticing when I…

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This home in the 4300 block of North Harvard Road burned Nov. 8 after hot wood stove ashes were left next to a woodpile, which caught on fire and then spread the flames to the home.  (Photo courtesy Spokane Valley Fire Department)

Coming on Saturday

A home in the 4300 block of North Harvard Road was damaged by fire Nov. 8 when hot wood stove ashes caught a wood pile on fire and spread the flames to the home. Damages were estimated at $150,000. (Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire…

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Bob Mendenhall clears a snow drift from the entrance road to St. Joseph Catholic Cemetary off Trent Ave. in the Spokane Valley, Wash. Monday morning, Dec. 22, 2008.  "I guess even the dead have to have their sidewalks cleared off," he mused. (J. Bart Rayniak / The Spokesman-Review)

The white stuff

(top) Spokesman-Review photographer Bart Rayniak took this shot at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetary off Trent Ave. during the huge snowstorm in December 2008. (right) A look at Sprague and McDonald outside the SR valley office in December 2008. You wouldn't know it, but there's a…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 18, 2010

Attempted robbery near Pines and Sprague

An attempted robbery was just reported at the Medicine Hat Pharmacy at 12414 E. Sprague. A man came in and gave employees a note, but left without getting anything. The man was described as being in his 30's and wearing a camouflage bandana, green coat,…

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Take me home

This dog looks completely adorable. According to SCRAPS she is gentle, likes to snuggle and knows how to sit. We've named this lab/shepherd mix Spice, but you can name her whatever you want when you adopt her. At SCRAPS she is known as impound number…

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Capt. Mark Hill, right, and firefighter Brad Huffman stand by their truck Tuesday. They are part of the crew that will staff the new Greenacres Fire Station at 17214 E. Sprague Ave.   (Jesse Tinsley)

Today's highlights

Capt. Mark Hill, right, and firefighter Brad Huffman stand by their truck Tuesday. They are part of the crew that will staff the new Greenacres Fire Station at 17214 E. Sprague. Jesse Tinsley/SR photo.There's so much to check out in today's Valley Voice that you…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17, 2010

Special public hearing in Fairfield

The town of Fairfield has rescheduled its public hearing on the proposed 2011 property tax levy to 7 p.m. on Nov. 23 at City Hall, 218 E. Main. Also, the Fairfield council voted this week to raise sewer rates $3 a month in 2011 and…

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This Liberty Lake Dairy wagon  delivered milk to the Valley and Spokane. Photo circa 1910-1915. Courtesy Spokane Valley Heritage Museum (Courtesy Spokane Valley Heritage Museum)

A look back

This Liberty Lake Dairy wagon delivered milk to the Valley and Spokane. Photo circa 1910-1915. Courtesy Spokane Valley Heritage Museum.The Spokane Valley Heritage Museum has opened up their historical photo collection to us and we regularly print old photos in the Valley Voice. It's kind…

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Coming Thursday

Liberty Lake residents have the power to stop an ongoing crime spree by doing only one thing - locking up. Residents leaving their garages and the cars inside them unlocked have created a one stop burglar buffet for several weeks now. More thefts will be…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 16, 2010

Are we in Kansas?

I'm pleased to report that my roof is still on my house. This morning at 1 a.m. I wasn't so sure that would be the case, but an early morning inspection showed all roofing tiles present and accounted for. I'm sure there are residents of…

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School walking routes workshops

This just in: the City of Spokane Valley is teaming up with the Spokane Regional Health District, the Central Valley School District and the West Valley School district for two community workshops this week to discuss safe walking routes to schools. The workshops are designed…

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MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2010

Construction Bond Information Night

Central Valley School District Superintendent Ben Small will present informational meetings regarding the district’s upcoming $69.6 million construction bond upon which voters will decide in February. Tonight’s meeting will be held at Chester Elementary School, 3525 S. Pines Road, at 6:30 p.m.Tomorrow night's meeting will…

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Follow me

Check the right side of the page for a new link to click to follow me on Twitter. Two of my fellow bloggers convinced me to give it a try. It will also make it easier for people to get my breaking news about things…

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SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2010

Gwyneth Cadwell, who took this photo, writes: "Who says all the pretty flowers are gone in the fall. Cholchium (late fall crocus) is the purple bloom."  (Photo courtesy of Gwyneth Cadwell)

A perfect picture

Longtime Valley Voice readers know that we have an occassional feature on Saturdays called "Picture Perfect" where our readers send in their photos of Spokane Valley scenes. This is a lovely shot by Gwyneth Cadwell, who identifies the flower as a Cholchium (late fall crocus).…

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Saturday's highlights

Happy Sunday, everyone. We had a banner day yesterday in the Valley Voice. A group of Orchard Avenue neighborhood residents are complaining about Union Pacific trains blowing their horns too much and blocking the Park Road intersection for extended periods of time. Some parents asked…

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