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Nina Culver is a freelancer for The Spokesman-Review's daily newspaper and weekly Voice sections.


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News >  Spokane
May 28, 2020, 5 a.m.
A team of Liberty Lake Elementary fifth-graders swept the top spots at a recent Spokane Math Is Cool competition done entirely online. The team as a whole won first place and team members took the top four spots in the individual portion of the competition. In all, seven of the 11 team members who competed were in the top 11 in the individual competition. Of those seven, six are girls, said Liberty Lake Elementary Principal Jennifer Tesky.

News >  Spokane
May 28, 2020, 5 a.m.
Local Rotary clubs typically award grants to community organizations every year, but when things shut down for the coronavirus pandemic, the Spokane Rotary 21 club swung into a higher gear.

News >  Spokane
May 28, 2020, 5 a.m.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department had several larger fires to deal with the week of May 18-24, one of which resulted in the death of the family dog. No people were injured in the fires.

News >  Spokane
May 27, 2020, 7:17 p.m.
Now that she’s 72 years old, Spokane Valley high school counselor Suzanne Ruth-Scott is finally ready to retire and bring to an end her 50 years working in the West Valley School District.

News >  Spokane
May 24, 2020, 12:15 p.m.
The Rev. Ken Peters of Covenant Christian Church criticized Gov. Jay Inslee’s orders to stay home on Sunday, while other worship leaders said they didn’t want to risk their congregations’ safety during the pandemic.

May 21, 2020, 5 a.m.
The Washington State Future Business Leaders of America organization just wrapped up its annual state competition, but it was unlike any that had come before. It was entirely virtual

News >  Spokane
May 21, 2020, 5 a.m.
The Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary Club has hosted a Memorial Day breakfast to raise funds for Inland Northwest Honor Flight. This year, a pandemic has intervened and the breakfast has been canceled, but the club is still working to raise money for Honor Flight.

News >  Spokane
May 21, 2020, 5 a.m.
Construction on the Phillips Creek Trailhead in the Dishman Hills Natural Area got underway last week with the goal of opening to the public by the end of June.

News >  Spokane
May 21, 2020, 5 a.m.
A dog saved the day by alerting a family that their garage was on fire in the area of Greenacres

News >  Spokane
May 16, 2020, midnight
Local organizations have been awarded $1.4 million from the USDA to prepare boxes of fresh produce and other food to deliver as part of the national Farmers to Families Food Box program.

News >  Spokane
May 14, 2020, 5 a.m.
Hundreds of thousands of boxes of Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas and other popular cookies are sitting in warehouses as the Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho council considers when and how to move forward with its annual cookie sale.

News >  Spokane
May 14, 2020, 5 a.m.
The Spokane County Library District has launched a new program, Creativebug, which is co-owned by Joann Fabrics and Crafts.

News >  Spokane
May 14, 2020, 5 a.m.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department says illegal burning is not abating

May 8, 2020, 5:28 p.m.
When the fishing season opened on Tuesday, local anglers grabbed their fishing poles and tackle boxes and hit the local lakes hoping for a nibble on their lines.

News >  Spokane
May 7, 2020, 6 a.m.
A quick response from the Spokane Valley Fire Department limited damage to the Pentagon Bistro at 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane in Liberty Lake after a fire was discovered shortly before 9:30 p.m. Monday. Several people called to report seeing flames on an outside wall. When firefighters arrived, they found flames at the northeast corner of the restaurant going up into the eaves. Crews were able to limit the damage to the exterior of the restaurant, said department spokeswoman Julie Happy.

News >  Spokane
May 7, 2020, 5 a.m.
The renovation of the Mirror Pond, perhaps better known as the Duck Pond, in Manito Park went on hiatus last month and people noticed.

News >  Spokane
May 7, 2020, 5 a.m.
Former Spokane Valley Fire Department Battalion Chief Stan Cooke has come out of retirement to become the interim fire chief of Newman Lake Fire and Rescue. Cooke is a familiar face to many longtime residents of Newman Lake. When he lived there in the 1990s, he was the district’s emergency medical services instructor and spent time serving on the fire district’s board of commissioners.

May 7, 2020, 5 a.m.
Several schools in the Central Valley School District were recently recognized by Washington in the area of excellence in growth for students who receive special education services. Local schools earning the recognition for improvement in special education include Mica Peak High School and McDonald and Sunrise elementary schools.

News >  Spokane
April 30, 2020, 5 a.m.
Many times when firefighters and paramedics work to revive a patient having a heart attack, they don’t know if the patient survived or not. But crews with the Spokane Valley Fire Department found out about a happy ending when a recent patient, a young father to two young children, showed up this week with a plate of cookies and a message of gratitude. Department spokeswoman Julie Happy said Jared Burnham was outside teaching his young son how to ride a bike on April 18 when he had a heart attack. A neighbor called 911 and started CPR, which Valley Fire crews from Station 7 and Station 10 continued when they arrived. He was taken to the hospital for further treatment.

April 30, 2020, 5 a.m.
Otis Orchards Elementary School principal Suzanne Savall, like several local principals and teachers, will be retiring at the end of the school year. But what makes Savall unique is that she’s spent her entire 38-year career at the small elementary school in the East Valley School District.

News >  Spokane
April 30, 2020, 5 a.m.
Paige Hamilton was recently recognized with the 2020 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award after dedicating more than 900 hours last year to the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service.

April 29, 2020, 3:26 p.m.
There are rarely traffic jams in the small Adams County farming town of Ritzville, but there was one Wednesday morning as people turned out in droves for 20 tons of free potatoes.

News >  Spokane
April 23, 2020, 5 a.m.
When schools closed and the shut down order began, the city of Liberty Lake swung into action. It activated a new Facebook group called Connecting Liberty Lake and recruited volunteers to sign up to help their neighbors with things like grocery deliveries.

April 23, 2020, 5 a.m.
Evergreen Elementary School Principal Mike Danford found himself missing his students only days after the Mead School District canceled classes, so he started making videos he calls “Mr. Danford Shares” and posting them on YouTube for his students to watch.

News >  Spokane
April 23, 2020, 5 a.m.
With more people staying home and doing yard work and clean-up projects, the number of illegal fires has risen sharply in the area served by the Spokane Valley Fire Department recently. The numbers have been driven in large part by people burning yard waste, garbage and construction debris, all of which are illegal. Using a burn barrel is also illegal. So far this year the department has responded to 48 illegal fires, up sharply from the 12 reported in the same time frame in 2019, said department spokeswoman Julie Happy. There were only seven illegal fires reported in that time frame in 2018.