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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Peter Barnes

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News >  Spokane

Valley council opposed wards

Five of the seven Spokane Valley City Council members live within a one-mile radius at the south end of town, and only one lives north of the Spokane River where rapid development has angered many longtime residents. A bill in the Legislature last year could have changed that by allowing voters to replace citywide council elections with a system requiring council members to come from different wards.
News >  Spokane

Lessons for life

While the class of 2008 will be the first to face a new Washington state requirement that students develop a post-graduation plan, schools in the Inland Northwest have spent time and resources for years preparing students for the increasingly complex job market. "We have to educate our students on what it is going to require for them post-high school, and we have to start really early," said Central Valley High School counselor Pam Stickney.
News >  Spokane

Work awaits engineers

Spokane Valley's list of road projects is ripe with state and federal grants. Spending that money, though, and overseeing the work has eclipsed the manpower in the city's small public works department, which also faces several job openings for highly coveted engineers.

News >  Voices

Streets to be vacated

The City Council voted Tuesday to give portions of two streets to a Sprague Avenue car dealership, turning down a suggestion by public works officials that would trade land for another cross-street on the couplet. The Appleway automotive group and Gus Johnson Ford asked the city to vacate about 1,000 feet of First Avenue and Sipple Road between Sprague and Appleway Boulevard to make way for new buildings and remodeling plans.
News >  Spokane

Region studying impact fees for roads

As the region's leaders try to reconcile growth with Washington laws forbidding new development that overloads public roads, local governments are taking a closer look at impact fees. "The bottom line is we are at a point where development is causing intersections to fail," Spokane Valley City Attorney Mike Connelly told the City Council Tuesday night.
News >  Spokane

Valley street plans to change

Spokane Valley can be a dead-end place, and a lot of people like it that way. The disjointed streets and the bulbs of private cul-de-sacs that speckle the Valley floor are often held in high regard by the families who live along them. But in the coming months the city will replace the rules on roads it inherited from the county with standards that could make residential developments more interconnected.
News >  Spokane

Contest has voters talking

A Spokane Valley City Council race that wasn't even contested a month ago now has voters talking, and former U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt is chiming in. Nethercutt, Councilman Steve Taylor's former boss, has voiced his support for the deputy mayor recently in a recorded phone message dialed in to likely Valley voters.
News >  Voices

Student parkers frustrate homeowners

Neighbors a short walk from University High School are fed up with students using their street as a parking lot, and the Spokane Valley City Council agreed Tuesday to consider lengthening the school-hours no-parking zone on Collins Road. "It's frustrating because we were here before the high school went in," said Randy Kenworthy, who submitted a petition from homeowners favoring the change.
News >  Voices

Fire department requests levy lid lift

One of the most significant public safety measures before Spokane Valley voters this fall has carried a fairly low profile. The Spokane Valley Fire Department is asking for a six-year levy lid lift, arguing that the additional revenue will help the department keep up with growth in both population and 911 calls.

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