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Nov. 8, 2007, midnight
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.
Oct. 30, 2007, midnight
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.
Oct. 29, 2007, midnight
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.
Oct. 27, 2007, midnight
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.