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Spokane Valley archive for Jan. 1, 2014

SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2014

MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014

Watch rail safety briefing

If you've been wondering what kinds of plans are in place for dealing with potential train derailments across the Inland Northwest, you might want to tune in to Tuesday night's Spokane Valley City Council meeting. Spokane Valley Fire officials will be updating city leaders on…

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Pothole patrol

Spokane Valley wants your help finding potholes that need filling. The pothole hotline is (509) 921-1000. Reports also can be filed online at -- select the "Report a Pothole" link. The city says it needs the following information to be included in pothole reports:…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 18, 2014

Welcome to the land of free parking 

Don't be surprised if you see Spokane Valley boasting about the abundance of free parking in future advertisements and other marketing materials. City leaders, pleased with the response they've received from the "Friendliest Permitting in Washington" marketing campaign, are looking to broaden community promotion efforts.The…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 11, 2014

City Council texting ban proposed

With smart phones and tablet computers making it easier than ever to stay in touch, the City of Spokane Valley is considering a texting ban for council members while in public meetings. It hasn't been a problem in Spokane Valley, officials say, but other cities…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 7, 2014

City reminding people to clear sidewalks 

Spokane Valley residents are being reminded that it’s their responsibility to shovel snow from sidewalks adjacent to their property. The city says local ordinances require that sidewalks be clear of snow and ice within a reasonable amount of time, and violators could face $500 fines.…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 29, 2014

Perhaps they should form a joint task force

As state regulators prepare to start issuing marijuana licenses, some towns and cities are struggling with the idea that pot soon could be legally sold for recreational purposes in their communities. Liberty Lake wants a timeout and last week adopted a six-month moratorium, as reported…

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MONDAY, JAN. 27, 2014

FRIDAY, JAN. 24, 2014

Spokane Valley City Council takes Tuesday off

Now there's no excuse to miss the State of the Union address, nor the potentially Eastern Washington-centric GOP response. The Spokane Valley City Council has cancelled its Tuesday evening (Jan. 28) meeting, which otherwise would have been getting under way about the same time President…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 16, 2014

Memorial service set for Gary Schimmels

A memorial service for civic leader Gary Schimmels is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 4521 N. Arden Road in Otis Orchards. Schimmels, a former Spokane Valley deputy mayor and longtime councilman, died unexpectedly Wednesday at his home. He was 75.…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15, 2014

A time for mourning 

Spokane Valley is mourning the loss of two icons. Former Spokane Valley Deputy Mayor Gary Schimmels died unexpectedly this morning at his home. Schimmels, 75, had served on the city council since Spokane Valley's inception but lost his re-election bid in November to Ed Pace,…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 7, 2014

It's now Mayor Dean Grafos 

A business man who once actively sought to abolish the City of Spokane Valley now is its mayor. Councilman Dean Grafos was selected Tuesday night by fellow council members to serve in the largely ceremonial position. He edged Councilman Chuck Hafner in a 4-3 split.…

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