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TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014

Valley imposes more restrictions on pot retailers 

Valley leaders unanimously adopted new restrictions on recreational marijuana retailers tonight despite warnings from pot entrepreneurs that it could doom the fledgling industry's success here. The local restrictions go beyond the existing state prohibitions on marijuana operations within 1,000 feet of schools, parks and libraries.…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2014

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 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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TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014

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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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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TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014

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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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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TUESDAY, DEC. 3, 2013

SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011

Cat rescued from burning basement

Spokane Valley firefighters doused a basement fire today, and rescued the family cat while they were at it. Damage to the home at 6918 E. 6th Ave. was estimated at $4,000. Firefighters said the fire was confined to the basement and investigators were still trying…

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David Wasson oversees coverage of politics and state and local government and assists with editing on the City Desk.

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