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Spokane Valley City Council names Mark Calhoun city manager in unanimous vote

For a secret mission it had an anticlimactic outcome: the Spokane Valley City Council unanimously appointed acting city manager Mark Calhoun its new city manager Tuesday evening, putting an end to rumors about Rep. Matt Shea and county commissioner candidate Josh Kerns being shoo-ins for the job.

Spokane Valley close to appointing new city manager

The City of Spokane Valley announced late Tuesday that a new city manager may be appointed at the Oct. 25 city council meeting. The appointment is made by the city council. Names of the 42 candidates who applied for the job have not been released.

CNN hires fired Trump campaign manager

CNN has hired former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as a commentator on the campaign, only days after he was fired by the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Spokane Valley declines investigation into termination of city manager

Despite a protest outside City Hall Tuesday and numerous speakers supporting fired city manager Mike Jackson, the majority of the Spokane Valley City Council refused to consider launching an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding Jackson’s termination.

Seattle Mariners hire Jerry Dipoto as new general manager

  SEATTLE – It is now Jerry Dipoto’s job to end Major League Baseball’s longest postseason drought. The Mariners confirmed Monday their choice of Dipoto, 47, to be their new general manager and will formalize it on Tuesday in a 10 a.m. news conference at Safeco Field.

Miami Marlins tab GM Dan Jennings as manager

Even the mother of the Miami Marlins’ new manager is questioning the wisdom of the choice. Marlins general manager Dan Jennings was selected Monday to replace Spokane native Mike Redmond in the dugout. Jennings has 31 years of experience in professional baseball, but he never played in the majors and has never managed.

MLB Managers of the Year: Francona and Hurdle

Terry Francona of the Cleveland Indians and Clint Hurdle of the Pittsburgh Pirates won the Manager of the Year awards Tuesday. Francona (left in photo) edged John Farrell of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox for the American League honor 112 points to 96 in a close vote by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. It was the first Manager of the Year honor for Francona.In his first season with the Indians, he directed them to a 24-win improvement and their first playoff berth in six years. Hurdle (right) was a runaway winner, selected first on 25 of 30 ballots by the N.L. panel after taking the Pirates to the playoffs in their first winning season since 1992. Don Mattingly of the Dodgers came in second. It also was the first Manager of the Year honor for the 56-year-old Hurdle. – AP

Liberty Lake park a hidden treasure

Whether you are into camping, fishing, swimming in the lake, picnics or just enjoy sitting under a tree reading a book, you can do all of that at Liberty Lake Regional Park, 3707 S. Zephyr Road. “A lot of people don’t know about this place,” said Spokane County Recreation Program Manager Angela Simmons.

Crum takes interim Spokane Valley post

Spokane Valley hired an interim deputy city manager last week with little fanfare. Former Spokane City Manager Roger Crum will fill the spot at least through the end of the year, said City Manager Mike Jackson. “It could go into 2012 as well,” Jackson said. “I said I wouldn’t fill the position permanently until 2012.”

‘Schweitzer Sam,’ resort designer, dies

Inland Northwest skiers knew it would be a good day if they woke to hear Sam Wormington yodeling on the radio during his regular ski reports. “Schweitzer Sam” Wormington, the first general manager of Schweitzer Basin ski area, now Schweitzer Mountain Resort, died April 5 at age 90.

Spokane Valley City Council approves contract for city manager

Four thousand dollars and a retirement package stood between three Spokane Valley council members and their approval of City Manager Mike Jackson’s new contract. Council members Bob McCaslin, Brenda Grassel and Dean Grafos voted against the package, calling it too generous, while the other four council members voted to approve the contract. The contract will take effect immediately.

Spokane Valley chooses new city manager

In a split decision Tuesday night the Spokane Valley City Council voted to give acting city manager Mike Jackson the job he has held since February after the former city manager was asked to resign by the new council. Jackson was hired by the city in 2003 as the Parks and Recreation director and was promoted to deputy city manager in 2007.