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In brief: Spokane Vally mayor to present state of city address

SPOKANE VALLEY – Spokane Valley Mayor Dean Grafos will deliver his state of the city address at noon Wednesday, at the Spokane Valley Mall, 14700 E. Indiana Ave.

Grafos’ presentation will open the annual City Hall at the mall event where city staff and City Council members will be available for one-on-one conversations.

There will also be information about city programs and services, as well as fun family activities.

The event will take place in the Center Court area, near the JC Penney entrance.

Indians join push for text alerts

SPOKANE COUNTY – The Spokane Indians baseball club will join the push to get more county residents on a text message emergency alert system.

Spokane County commissioners inked a deal this week with the team, paying $4,060 for the rights to airtime on radio broadcasts and advertising space at Avista Stadium for Alert Spokane. Otto, the team’s mascot, will also be available for outreach and education programs aimed at getting more residents to sign up for the system, which allows emergency personnel to alert specific home owners about events in their area.

The county began pushing sign-ups for Alert Spokane last fall. Subscribers must share some information with the county in order to receive text message alerts on mobile devices, in addition to traditional landline phones. The outreach doubled the number of subscribers to the system, said Lorlee Mizell, the county’s director of emergency communications.

The Indians season kicks off at home against Hillsboro on June 18. The deal with the county is good for one year.

To sign up for alerts, visit

Dump passes available at COPS

NORTHWEST SPOKANE – The Northwest Neighborhood Association will pass out 65 free dump passes for neighborhood residents Saturday at the Northwest COPS shop. 

Dump passes will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the passes are good for two weeks after issue. A driver’s license or a utility bill will be required to verify residence in the neighborhood, which covers the area west of Ash Street to the Spokane River, bounded by Belt Street and Indiana Avenue on the South, Francis Avenue on the North to Fairview Avenue, including Westgate and Northwest Terrace.

Dump pass distribution will start at 9 a.m. Saturday at the COPS shop, 2215 W. Wellesley Ave., Suite D, next door to the laundry business at Shadle Center.

For more information, call Bob Turner at (509) 326-6422.

Sheriff to speak on home security

SPOKANE VALLEY – Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich will speak on home and neighborhood security at 6 p.m. Tuesday at St. John Vianney Parish Hall, 503 N. Walnut Road.

The presentation is sponsored by the SJV Knights of Columbus of St. John Vianney Parish. It will include vital information on why home security is important and 12 common-sense things to know about home security, including mapping your neighborhood, home security surveys, safe streets and nuisance abatement, fraud and identity theft prevention and emergency response procedures.

There will be a question-and-answer session.

Center to sell May Day carnations

SOUTH SPOKANE –Southside Senior and Community Center will sell carnations Friday to celebrate May Day.

Flowers will be $1 a stem. Proceeds will be used to support the programs and activities at the center.

Flowers will be sold at the following locations starting at 7:30 a.m.:

• Southside Senior and Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave., as well as on the corner of 27th Avenue and Ray Street.

• Albertsons, 510 E. 37th Ave.

• Albertsons, 3010 E. 57th Ave.

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