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Youth Center completes relocation to Browne’s Addition

The Peaceful Valley Youth Center has completed its move to Browne’s Addition and settled in the downstairs area of All Saints Lutheran Church on Spruce Street, just across from Coeur d’Alene Park in Spokane. The church underwent extensive remodeling – including the installation of a wheelchair ramp from Spruce Street, a lift and a partial sprinkler system. Most of the $300,000 the youth center had raised for the move has been spent, and the Rev. Alan Eschenbacher said the church kicked in another $20,000.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Little Leona Levy, 9, left for school at 9 a.m. When she failed to return home after school, her parents became worried.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago John Benton, 9, was arrested for “nearly throwing several Washington Water Power interurban trains down the cliffs at Garden Springs.”

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago C. Jay Boyington, the principal of Webster School, believed the boys at his school were getting a little too shaggy. He got “tired of looking at the same hair on a head for so long a time.”

Kendall Yards works to mesh with surrounding neighbors

Residents at the edges of the Kendall Yards development say the cool downtown Spokane project has boosted their neighborhoods and transformed an eyesore into a bustling civic gathering spot. Still, there are some growing pains.

MarmotFest stages fun for all ages

Children 12 and younger get in free at MarmotFest, a day of music, food, face-painting and bubbles in the Peaceful Valley neighborhood. Adults have to pay to get in, and those 21 and older are invited to the beer-and-wine garden.

Ground broken for new youth center in Browne’s Addition

Several people questioned the sanity of having a groundbreaking with temperatures around 12 degrees, but they still showed up. Speaker of the House Frank Chopp had the foresight to bring a pickax Friday when the Peaceful Valley Youth Program celebrated its move to All Saints Lutheran Church, 314 S. Spruce St., in Browne’s Addition.

Browne’s Addition OKs youth program funds

At its regular meeting on June 5, the Browne’s Addition Neighborhood Council voted in favor of giving $37,000 in community development funds toward the move of Peaceful Valley Community Center’s youth program to All Saints Lutheran Church, 314 S. Spruce St. The money will be used for remodeling at the church.

WSU students offer plans for Peaceful Valley project

A group of Washington State University architecture students have been working on plans for a possible remodeling of Peaceful Valley Community Center. Professor Matthew Cohen’s third-year architectural design students used Peaceful Valley Community Center at 214 N. Cedar St., and nearby Glover Field as an example of a community project they may encounter in real life.

Browne’s Addition council schedules revote

The Browne’s Addition Neighborhood Council has scheduled a revote on whether to spend $37,000 in community development funds to help move the Peaceful Valley Community Center youth program to All Saints Lutheran Church. The first vote on this issue was held at the end of a chaotic Feb. 6 meeting where the council decided against supporting the move.

Browne’s council allocates funds; money for youth program not on list

The Browne’s Addition Neighborhood Council special meeting on Feb. 13 at the Museum of Arts and Culture was much more calm and organized than the group’s meeting on Feb. 6. When the previous meeting’s vote against allocating $37,000 in community development funds to help the Peaceful Valley Community Center Youth Program move to All Saints Lutheran Church was called into question, chairwoman Katherine Fritchie said the special meeting was solely about allocating and preserving the neighborhood’s community development funds.

Church programs’ clients irk Browne’s Addition neighbors

It was standing room only when the Browne’s Addition Neighborhood Council held a special meeting Jan. 16 at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. On the agenda was one thing: Peaceful Valley Community Center’s possible move into All Saints Lutheran Church on South Spruce Street. Mark Reilly, director of Peaceful Valley Community Center, had barely started his presentation when he was peppered with questions about current programs at All Saints and their impact on the neighborhood.

Moving youth program to All Saints would allow it to grow

Moving the youth program from the Peaceful Valley Community Center to All Saints Lutheran Church in Browne’s Addition would allow enrollment to more than double. The program has looked at relocation opportunities for several years because the Peaceful Valley building is small, old and rundown. Mark Reilly, director of Peaceful Valley Community Center, said other locations were all too expensive.

Memorial honors basketball player Talley’s zest for life

It’s 155 days until Hoopfest 2012, and if things had worked out differently, Jerry Talley would be on the basketball court in Peaceful Valley getting ready – snow or no snow. Jerry Talley was a tall, good-looking Native American man who his friends called the King of Peaceful Valley. Most of the time you could see him at the basketball court near Main Avenue and Maple Street in his beloved Peaceful Valley just downhill west of downtown Spokane. He’d be there for a pick-up game with any and all takers – the first one on the court and the last one to leave it.

Public garden takes shape in Peaceful Valley

It seems to be the year of the community garden. Earlier this year, volunteers began putting in a garden in Grant Park on the South Hill, and now another garden on Parks Department property is coming to life in Peaceful Valley. Located on the River Walk – a strip of park land just south of the river, off Water Avenue, west of the Peaceful Valley Community Center – the Peaceful Valley Community Garden will feature 27 raised beds when it’s completed, and it already has a waiting list.

Body identified as man missing since December

A body found in Peaceful Valley has been identified as a Spokane County man reported missing in December. The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Francisco Poncho Johnston's identity this morning following an autopsy Tuesday.

City puts charter changes on ballot

City voters soon will have 11 choices to make about the future of municipal governing. The Spokane City Council decided Monday to place proposed changes to the City Charter on the Aug. 16 ballot.

River patrol nets violators

Saturday was a good day to wet a line but a particularly bad day to cast into one of the Spokane River stretches that closed to fishing on March 15. About 25 volunteers from three area fishing clubs devoted the day to patrolling the river downstream from Monroe Street and upstream from Upriver Dam to look for illegal fishing activity.

Developer presents site plan for Riverside condos

The city of Spokane’s Design Review Board met Feb. 24 to take a look at the Riverview Condominiums that may be built on the hillside sloping off the 1400 block of West Riverside Avenue, above Peaceful Valley’s Cedar Street, just east of the Cedar Street staircase. This was the first hearing in the process of granting a binding site plan for the condos. A binding site plan is an application for development on a certain parcel of land.

Modern apartment units rising in Peaceful Valley

Spokane architect Chris Olson wasn’t afraid to try something different with his first residential apartment building. A principal with the Spokane firm nystrom olson collins, he’s a month from finishing a four-unit apartment complex in Peaceful Valley he’s dubbed “C4” and which has a design look that’s modern and slightly edgy.