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TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2014

Valley pools open Saturday

Spokane Valley’s three public pools will open Saturday for the summer. All cost $1 per person for open swim sessions, which are generally available seven days a week through August from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and again from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Be…

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Valley goes with Sunshine over Spokane County 

It’s official. After years of discussions and negotiations over regional garbage disposal, Spokane Valley is going its own way. City Council members decided unanimously tonight to contract with Sunshine Disposal & Recycling to handle disposal of the Valley’s estimated 45,000 tons of garbage each year.…

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TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014

Valley Council favors Sunshine Disposal offer

Spokane Valley likely will be taking a pass on joining the county's regional solid waste system. The city council unanimously decided tonight to advance a proposed contract with Sunshine Disposal & Recycling for final consideration next week, despite warnings from county officials who contend that…

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TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014

Valley Council dumps controversial land-use plan 

A proposed land-use change that would have allowed large apartment complexes in a mostly rural neighborhood along Barker Road was dumped tonight by the Spokane Valley City Council. Council members voted 6-1 against moving the proposal forward for further consideration, saying the infrastructure is inadequate…

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City Hall at the Mall event Thursday

Spokane Valley Mall will be transformed into Spokane Valley City Hall for part of Thursday. Mayor Dean Grafos will kick of the event at noon with his first state of the city address. Other highlights include demonstrations of the Valley's new smartphone app, and the…

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City eases its own pot restrictions

Spokane Valley eased restrictions tonight on where recreational marijuana can be grown and packaged. The move is designed to open industrial sites north of the Spokane River along the city’s eastern edge that were excluded when Spokane Valley imposed a 1,000-foot buffer around the Centennial…

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Senior Fair set for April 25 at CenterPlace

The Senior Empowerment Resource Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25 at CenterPlace Regional Event Center in Spokane Valley. “The goal of the event is to inform seniors and their families about the services and resources that are available in Spokane…

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First pot license issued in Spokane Valley

The first recreational pot license has been issued in Spokane Valley. Farmer J's LLC has been issued production and processing licenses for a site located in an industrial park north of Interstate 90 and east of Argonne Road. The company reportedly specializes in infused marijuana…

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MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014

Ballots arrive this week in Spokane Valley

Voters in Spokane Valley are being asked to increase their property taxes $14 per $100,000 of assessed valuation to pay for a $22 million library expansion. Ballots must be postmarked by April 22 or taken to official drop boxes located outside public libraries countywide and…

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MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014

Spokane Valley app gets trade show rollout

Spokane Valley's clever smartphone app is getting a trade show rollout. The app, which relies on GPS coordinates and Google Places to steer users to the services or activities they're looking for, will be among the featured tech innovations at the city's booth in Thursday's…

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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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