Valleyford Park is getting its own eyes and ears.
A live-in overseer is due to move, with a trailer, onto the grounds of the 20-acre park just south of the Palouse Highway.
Never mind that the park season is over for the year. Sue Cronk, one of the leaders of the effort to develop this park, is delighted by the latest development. She sees it as an antidote for vandalism.
Millwood and Seth Woodard are schools again.
Few traces were left on Monday morning to show that the two West Valley schools had undergone an adventure for several days as a Red Cross storm shelter.
Millwood held people ranging from infants to the elderly, some with medical conditions, some needing oxygen, from Tuesday through Sunday.
Spokane Valley educators and school board members gathered earlier this week to ask legislators to restore a cut in school money, stem runaway paperwork and make it easier for schools to buy computers.
Sen. Bob McCaslin, the sole lawmaker to attend the session, advised that the educators prioritize their goals and lean on the appropriate legislative committee chairmen in order to accomplish anything.
Central Valley School District is, cross your fingers, ready to open its school doors on Monday.
If the weather cooperates, that is.
The last school building to get power back was University High School - Friday at 6:30 a.m.
1. Marie and Spencer Roberts of Liberty Lake like to use Valley Mission for its swings and also enjoy the fanciful murals on the swimming pool walls. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review
2. A "no trespassing" sign guards the empty lot across from Valley Mission Park. The lot, owned by Modern Electric, is coveted by the county for park expansion. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review
1. History teacher Mike Thacker leads his Freeman High students in a discussion that will last for 90 minutes. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review
2. Mike Thacker's U.S. history class at Freeman High. The school is in the first year of its four-period schedule. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review
1. Students at Valley Christian School honored war veterans with songs and drama. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review
2. A U.S. Air Force color guard from Fairchild presents the flag to students at South Pines Elementary during a Veterans Day program at the school. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review
While West Valley's Kara Foss uses Jose Gonzales of Mexico as a writing table, Millie Champalbort of France and Maria Iranoa of Austria talk with their hands. The dinner at WV High was for foreign exchange students from all over Spokane. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review
Lucille Keogh speaks in voice that is half-whisper, half-croak.
Part of it is due to a cold. But mostly Keogh has been on the run - showing a dozen Russian visitors the glories of the Inland Northwest.
She's taken them to Coeur d'Alene beach at dawn, learned the tales of the stained glass windows of St. John's Cathedral, and she's seen them wowed by an impromptu display of a million dollars in a downtown bank.
President Clinton beat Bob Dole. Bear baiting was made illegal. And Indian gambling got the green light.
Election Day was Wednesday at East Valley High School. So on Thursday morning, Richard King and his students pored over the results of the students' mock vote.
Eugene Jablonsky, the Antarctica Penguins and the Atlantis Anchors struck a blow this week for the beauty of music.
"Orchestra, a Contact Sport," was the season's first concert for the Evergreen Junior High orchestra. Jablonsky, who directs the orchestra, recruited nearly 20 Central Valley High School orchestra players for the fun, all with one aim in mind: to boost recognition of the rigors demanded of young musicians.
With the open campus policy, which has been revoked, students such as Jennifer Blessing and Jennifer Bieber were able to take breaks off of the West Valley High campus. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review
Starting next week, Central Valley School District students who get in trouble at school have an alternative to suspension.
An evening program for suspended students and their parents is opening. It includes sessions on interpersonal skills, family relations, alcohol and other drugs, and youth crime.
Central Valley and University high schools will try a four-period schedule for one week in November.
The pilot project, which will run Nov. 20-27, is part of a year-long study of a four-period schedule at the high schools.
The Central Valley School Board heard an update on the study earlier this week. The board must still approve adoption of the controversial schedule; a vote on the matter is expected to come at the end of this school year.
Chaunte Wiltse learned a valuable lesson in communications last week.
"When you do something, make sure everybody knows about it, make it fun and give simple directions," said Wiltse, a 14-year-old North Pines Junior High student.
Central Valley School District has paid out nearly $200,000 to settle two claims against a gym teacher.
The most recent payment came earlier this month, when the school district paid a Spokane Valley family $100,000 over a 1992 neck injury suffered by their daughter, then a 14-year-old student at Greenacres Junior High, in a weightlifting accident.
Most high schools in the Spokane Valley are keeping track of their graduates to see how many continue their education.
And in most cases, the closely watched figure is not how many students are going on to four-year schools, but how many choose two-year degrees.
Dennis Olsen knows the importance of reading to your children. He and his wife Sharon tried it with their son Brian and has challenged families in his school to do the same. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review