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THURSDAY, SEPT. 19, 2013

Rustin Hall and his son Joseph unfold the wing structure of the 24-foot, 75-pound dragon they built for the University High School drama department production of “Shrek.” (Dan Pelle)

Today's highlights

Rustin Hall and his son Joseph unfold the wing structure of the 24-foot, 75-pound dragon they built for the University High School drama department production of “Shrek.” SR photo/Dan Pelle Now that I have finally found my copy of today's Valley Voice that was sitting...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 8, 2013

Tyler Reeves mixes colored sprinkles and frosted animal cookies into ice cream to make Brain Freeze’s Circus ice cream.

Today's highlights

Tyler Reeves mixes colored sprinkles and frosted animal cookies into ice cream to make Brain Freeze’s Circus ice cream. SR photo/Dan Pelle Good Thursday morning, everyone. It's time for some highlights from today's Valley Voice. The election results are in for races in Spokane Valley,...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 6, 2013

Last chance to vote

Attention procrastinators: Today is your last chance to vote in the primary election. Ballots must be postmarked by today or dropped off before 8 p.m. at any ballot drop box located at local libraries. Many people didn't get a ballot, which only includes races with...

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THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2013

Curt Buyser of Critter Control removes a captured yellow-bellied marmot near the Gonzaga University baseball field earlier this month. (Dan Pelle)

Today's highlights

Curt Buyser of Critter Control removes a captured yellow-bellied marmot near the Gonzaga University baseball field earlier this month. SR photo/Dan Pelle I love Thursday for two reasons: it means it's nearly Friday and it's a Valley Voice day. Today's Voice section is packed with...

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TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2013

Rockford candidate forum tonight

The candidates on the primary ballot for Rockford City Council Position 5 have been invited to participate in a candidate forum tonight at 7 p.m. at the McIntosh Grange and First and Lake St. in Rockford. The candidates are Larry Van Every, Chuck Collison and...

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FRIDAY, JULY 5, 2013

Greg Williams and Colleen Ramsey (reflected in mirror) drive the streets of Spokane Valley during a training session last week for the West Valley School District. (Dan Pelle)

Thursday's highlights

Greg Williams and Colleen Ramsey (reflected in mirror) drive the streets of Spokane Valley during a training session last week for the West Valley School District. SR photo/Dan Pelle Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a safe and fun Fourth of July celebration. Before the...

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MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2013

Opportunity Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Laurie Spence and students dance the Dabke, a traditional Lebanese dance, during International Day on Wednesday in Spokane Valley. The five-step dance is often performed at weddings. (Dan Pelle)

Saturday's highlights

Opportunity Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Laurie Spence and students dance the Dabke, a traditional Lebanese dance, during International Day on Wednesday in Spokane Valley. The five-step dance is often performed at weddings. SR photo/Dan Pelle Good Monday morning, everyone. It sounds like we need to...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2013

Rockford town hall meeting tonight

There will be a town hall meeting with Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich tonight in Rockford. All area residents are invited to attend and ask questions at the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the McIntosh Grange at First and Lake Street.

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TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013

Broadway Elementary School students extend hands for high-fives from from Swoop, the Eastern Washington University mascot during an assembly, May 17 in the school gym. (Dan Pelle)

Saturday's highlights

Broadway Elementary School students extend hands for high-fives from from Swoop, the Eastern Washington University mascot during an assembly, May 17 in the school gym. SR photo/Dan Pelle Well, here we are on a Tuesday that feels like a Monday. I've successfully moved my base...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2013

This man is suspected of Robbing the Bank of Fairfield in Rockford on Monday, March 18, 2013.  (Photo courtesy the Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

Rockford bank robbed

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is looking for the man pictured above, who is suspected of robbing the Bank of Fairfield branch in Rockford just after noon on Monday. According to a Sheriff's Office press release, bank employees told deputies that the man handed over...

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MONDAY, FEB. 25, 2013

Tony Ludiker has won five national fiddle championships, played with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony and trained many local musicians.

Saturday's highlights

Tony Ludiker has won five national fiddle championships, played with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony and trained many local musicians. Photo courtesy Tony Ludiker. Good Monday morning, everyone. We started with snow and now I see sunshine. What's next? While we ponder that, let's take a...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 24, 2013

The Lilac Festival Royalty Coronation is scheduled for Sunday. (File)

Today's highlights

The Lilac Festival Royalty Coronation is scheduled for Sunday. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley Good Thursday morning, everyone. I got my wish. It's supposed to be above freezing today! As we wait for our mini heat wave, we've got a few highlights from today's Valley Voice to...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31, 2012

FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2012


During the 2004 Southeast Spokane County Fair, cousins Shelby and Kailyn Gady, then 10 and 9 respectively, of Rockford snuggled with their blue ribbon winner Simmental  cow, Butterfinger. This year's fair continues today and Sunday.
 (File/ / The Spokesman-Review)

SE Spokane County Fair starts today

During the 2004 Southeast Spokane County Fair, cousins Shelby and Kailyn Gady, then 10 and 9 respectively, of Rockford snuggled with their blue ribbon winner Simmental cow, Butterfinger. SR file photo. The 68th annual Southeast Spokane County Fair got up and running in Rockford today....

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 2012

Today's highlights

Perhaps the biggest news in today's Valley Voice is that the Spokane Valley City Council agreed this week to negotiate with SCRAPS for animal control services. The city has been contracting with SCRAPS since incorporation, but SpokAnimal had also submitted a proposal to provide animal...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 9, 2012

Hot Rockford Nights

The fourth annual Hot Rockford Nights car show will be held Saturday in Rockford City Park, but there's also something to do Friday night as well. Car owners can pre-register for $15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Harvest Moon in Rockford and then stick...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2012

FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012

The grand council meeting shuffle

Just about every city with a council meeting scheduled for next week is doing a bit of shuffling to avoid the Fourth of July holiday on Wednesday. The only exception is Spokane Valley, which will have its council meeting at its normal time at 6...

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TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012

Rockford park trashed by vandals

The Rockford city park was hit hard by vandals sometime late Sunday night, according to a Spokane County Sheriff's Office press release. Nearly every building and fixture in the park was broken and/or spray painted, causing thousands of dollars in damage. City employees spent all...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012

Rockford fire levy passes

Sorry for my absence from the blog yesterday; I was knee deep in deadlines. But there's some good news today for the Rockford Fire Department. Last night's election results show the department's annual operations levy is passing with 67.8 percent approval. It will collect $12,500...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2011

At the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, a 1915 Rauch and Lang electric car is part of the new exhibit in the Campbell House carriage house. (Jesse Tinsley)

Today's highlights

At the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, a 1915 Rauch and Lang electric car is part of the new exhibit in the Campbell House carriage house. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley Happy last Thursday before Christmas. It's time to take a look at the...

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MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2011

Central Valley defensive coordinator Steve Kent’s intense energy and enthusiasm has sparked his Bears in holding their opponents to just 12 points in their last three games, including two playoff wins. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Saturday's highlights

Central Valley defensive coordinator Steve Kent’s intense energy and enthusiasm has sparked his Bears in holding their opponents to just 12 points in their last three games, including two playoff wins. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak Saturday's Valley Voice is packed to the gills with news...

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MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2011

Ponderosa Elementary fifth-graders Isaiah Gessner, left, and Nick Griep, center, listen to Marine Corps veteran Rex Walter describe his experiences serving his country in the early 1950s. Ponderosa student ambassadors brought veterans from Broadway Court Estates to their school for a Veterans Day assembly Tuesday. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Saturday's highlights

Ponderosa Elementary fifth-graders Isaiah Gessner, left, and Nick Griep, center, listen to Marine Corps veteran Rex Walter describe his experiences serving his country in the early 1950s. Ponderosa student ambassadors brought veterans from Broadway Court Estates to their school for a Veterans Day assembly Tuesday....

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2011

More election results

Last night I didn't mention the scores of other election results, including the races in Liberty Lake. Former mayor Steve Peterson is making a comeback by trouncing opponent Josh Beckett with 74 percent of the vote. Council candidate Shane Brickner captured 664 votes to Keith...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2011


During the 2004 Southeast Spokane County Fair, cousins Shelby and Kailyn Gady, then 10 and 9 respectively, of Rockford snuggled with their blue ribbon winner Simmental  cow, Butterfinger. This year's fair continues today and Sunday.
 (File/ / The Spokesman-Review)

County Fair underway in Rockford

During the 2004 Southeast Spokane County Fair, cousins Shelby and Kailyn Gady, then 10 and 9 respectively, of Rockford snuggled with their blue ribbon winner Simmental cow, Butterfinger. SR file photo. Anyone who likes animals and small town fun should check out this weekend's Southeast...

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