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Engine crew douses car fire at Valleyfest parade

The annual Valleyfest parade on Sept. 20 had a little extra excitement for the Spokane Valley Fire Department honor guard and a fire engine crew participating in the event. The firefighters spotted people pushing a smoking MG convertible into a parking lot at Pines Road and Sprague Avenue around 8 p.m., said Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Clifford. Spokane Valley City Councilman Ben Wick had been riding in the car in the parade when it began to smoke.

Spokane Valley City Council takes on bikini baristas

Spokane Valley City Council members said Thursday they’d like to see a new law regulating nudity at drive-thru coffee stands, just days after the Spokane City Council turned down a similar proposal. The announcement that the Spokane Valley council would create an ordinance to regulate the attire of scantily clad baristas prompted applause from the crowd at a special meeting Thursday.

Valley Rotary plans fashion fundraiser

Mike Payson, president-elect of the Spokane Valley Rotary, was recently fitted for a new outfit. A sport coat, a shirt, pants, “and shoes with green soles,” he said. “That’s so far from me, you can’t even imagine.”

Teen places in contest honoring Spokane Valley

Teenager Micaela Halpin turned in her multiple entries into the “This is Spokane Valley” photo and video contest with no expectations. After all, other people also turned in multiple entries. The contest winners were announced at Valleyfest, and Halpin was surprised to find out that she had earned two second place wins in the contest designed to celebrate the city of Spokane Valley’s 10th anniversary. “I didn’t really expect much,” she said. “It was pretty shocking that I got two awards. It was pretty awesome.”

Council OKs funds for development, social service groups

The Spokane Valley City Council used a new formula to award funding to economic development and social service agencies Tuesday, avoiding a protracted discussion on what organizations should be funded and how much they should get. For the first time, all 15 agencies that submitted requests received funding, although none got exactly what they wanted. Their combined requests added up to more than $270,000; the city only allocates $150,000 each year. Each agency was invited to make a 10-minute presentation before the council earlier this month.

XXXtreme Espresso draws protests

More than 200 people filled Spokane Valley City Council chambers and packed the hallways Tuesday to ask elected officials to force lingerie-clad baristas at nearby XXXtreme Espresso to cover up or move to a location out of the sight of children. Protesters said they think the laws pertaining to adult entertainment venues should apply to the drive-thru coffee stand in the 11700 block of East Sprague Avenue.

Police looking for convenience store robber caught on tape

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help identifying a man who robbed a 7-11 convenience store earlier this month. The robber was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a black nylon mask.

Library hinges on bond vote

Residents in the Spokane Valley area may get to decide as soon as April if a new Spokane Valley Library will be built on the corner of Herald Road and Sprague Avenue. When the Spokane County Library District first approached the city of Spokane Valley about jointly purchasing and developing the land at Sprague and Herald, they anticipated running a countywide construction bond in 2015 to pay for a new library branch. Now the board of trustees is set to approve creating a Library Capital Facilities District in the Spokane Valley area and putting a bond for local projects on the ballot in April.

Claims checked in Pace-Schimmels council race

Spokane Valley City Council candidate Ed Pace has taken aim at incumbent Gary Schimmels in a blog post on his campaign website, The post, “My opponent has drifted away from the original Positive Change platform,” alleges Schimmels has “reversed course in a number of areas.”

Gymnastics school seeks code change

A proposal to add gymnastics facilities in industrial zones proved divisive Tuesday, causing a narrow majority of the Spokane Valley City Council to send it back to the planning commission for further review. Spokane Valley resident Tiara Raciot filed a code text amendment to allow specialized training/learning schools in light industrial zones; a conditional use permit would be required in heavy industrial zones. Raciot said she needs a building for her gymnastics school with a tall enough ceiling height and no support columns, and she’s not found one elsewhere in town. City staff recommended not approving the amendment, but five of the seven planning commissioners voted to recommend approval.