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Spokane Valley won’t bid on Painted Hills

Spokane Valley officials will not be on the steps of the Spokane County Courthouse next week when the Painted Hills Golf Course is auctioned off to satisfy bankruptcy debts. A divided City Council narrowly voted Tuesday not to participate in the sale after members of the community stepped forward to say they have a plan to save the golf course. Everyone who spoke during Tuesday’s meeting asked the city to stay out of it. At previous meetings, residents pleaded with the city to buy it.

Valley council won’t bid on Painted Hills

Spokane Valley officials will not be on the steps of the Spokane County Courthouse next week when the Painted Hills Golf Course is auctioned off to satisfy bankruptcy debts. A divided City Council narrowly voted Tuesday not to participate in the sale after members of the community stepped forward to say they have a plan to save the golf course. Everyone who spoke during Tuesday’s meeting asked the city to stay out of it. At previous meetings, residents pleaded with the city to buy it.

Valley Tech, Avista extend entrepreneurship program to high schoolers

Central Valley School District is partnering with Avista Corp. to teach and encourage budding business owners. An entrepreneurship program offered for the first time to high school students through Spokane Valley Tech is designed to teach the basics of business with an end goal of a business plan. It starts Thursday.

Domestic violence shelter set to open

Domestic violence victims fleeing abusive partners will have a new housing option next month when the YWCA opens a new confidential safe shelter in Spokane Valley. The YWCA already operates a similar shelter in Spokane that can house up to 40 women and children at a time. The new shelter is much smaller and can house three single women and three to four families at a time in seven bedrooms. “It’s because of the numbers we’re seeing from Spokane Valley that we started this one,” said marketing and development coordinator Meagan Pierluissi.

Burn ban not being heeded

A burn ban in Spokane County does not seem to be deterring people from lighting recreational fires in their backyards and elsewhere. In recent weeks some backyard fires and campfires have escaped, starting brush fires. No backyard fires escaped during the week of Aug. 22-28, but Spokane Valley Fire Department Fire Marshal Kevin Miller said his department responded to seven of the illegal fires and asked that they be put out. “We’re still having some issues,” Miller said.

Pace leads in fundraising

With the primary election over, most candidates have turned their attention to raising money for the November general election. Some Spokane Valley City Council candidates have been more successful in this than others, with challenger Ed Pace collecting more than $11,000 as of Wednesday and political newcomer Donald F. Morgan collecting only $167. Pace’s top contributor is retired businessman Jack Pring, with the maximum donation of $1,800. Duane Alton, a retired tire shop owner now known for his Citizens for Responsible Taxation group that campaigns against school district levies across Washington State and North Idaho, has donated $1,100.

Race splits Positive Change

Battle lines are being drawn in what is shaping up to be an acrimonious City Council race in Spokane Valley. Different factions of the Positive Change group that swept five council members into power in 2009 are backing different candidates in the race for Position Four. Councilman Dean Grafos and former Councilwoman Brenda Grassel are backing challenger Ed Pace, while Mayor Tom Towey and Councilman Chuck Hafner are backing incumbent Gary Schimmels. Donors who supported the Positive Change candidates in 2009 are also split.

School districts approve budgets

In preparation for the coming school year, the three Spokane Valley school districts have passed their budgets. In the Central Valley School board approved a total budget of $136,942,430, estimating an enrollment of 12,620 full-time students, an increase of 770 students from last year’s budgeted amount.

Police: 22-year-old man shoots self overnight

A 22-year-old man shot himself in the head and is now in critical condition at an area hospital, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office said. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the incident, which occurred before 1 a.m. on Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley.

Painted Hills purchase still being considered

Spokane Valley City Council members were tight-lipped about their intentions Tuesday after hearing a short presentation on the possible purchase of the Painted Hills Golf Course. It will be sold in a trustee’s auction next month because its owners filed for bankruptcy. The council agreed, however, to vote next week on whether to send City Manager Mike Jackson to the auction with the city’s checkbook in hand.

Fire district settles with architect, engineer over station errors

The Spokane Valley Fire Department commissioners voted Monday to accept a mediated settlement with the architect who designed the new Edgecliff Fire Station. Commissioners voted unanimously to accept $35,000 from Pondera Architecture and $15,000 from the civil engineer that Pondera hired to work on the project.

Spokane garbage deal is best, consultant says

Local government officials seeking to reorganize the region’s garbage system will find their best deal in an offer being made by the city of Spokane, a consultant reported on Wednesday. That offer involves the city relinquishing control of the Colbert and Valley transfer stations to Spokane County in exchange for an agreement to keep garbage from outside the city flowing to the city-owned incinerator on Geiger Boulevard.

Three men arrested trying to resell stolen tires

Three men have been arrested in connection with a tire theft at the Appleway Auto Nation store over the weekend, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office said. Two were booked into jail Monday after allegedly trying to sell some of the stolen tires to another store, while a third was arrested Wednesday after a search of his home revealed more of the stolen property and drugs.

Valley City Council wants input on lodging tax disbursement

Even though their power has been taken away, the Spokane Valley City Council still wants to have a say in deciding which organizations and groups are awarded funding from the lodging taxes paid by travelers staying in local hotels. Changes in state law have given the city’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee the power to determine which organization is awarded how much. In the past the council could accept, reject or modify those recommendations, but no more. Now the council can only accept or reject the committee’s decision.