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Shrine Circus to visit Spokane Valley

The 64th annual Shrine Circus will visit Spokane Valley the weekend of April 26 to 28, setting up tents in the vacant lot across from Spokane Valley City Hall on Sprague Avenue just west of University Road. There will be elephants, horses, clowns and more under the big top during several shows each day. The circus is run by the El Katif Shriners, who use the money raised to support Shriners Hospitals. The Spokane Shriners Hospital for Children is one of 22 hospitals they run across the country.

Valley forum looks at options for road funds

At an open forum at Spokane Valley Tech on Tuesday morning, city staff presented the financial reasons why a different source of revenue is needed if Spokane Valley wants to maintain its streets at the current level.

Valley cuts ribbon on new Appleway Trail

Spokane Valley children on bikes and in strollers were at the front of the pack Thursday morning waiting for the ribbon to be cut opening the Appleway Trail. The trail is open from University Road to Pines Road, running along an abandoned railroad right-of-way just south of Sprague Avenue.

Valley Chamber of Commerce welcomes new leader

The blustery and gray weather was no match for Katherine Morgan’s enthusiasm last week. Morgan is the new president and CEO of the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce and on Oct. 23 the Chamber threw her a welcome reception at CenterPlace in Mirabeau Point Park. “There couldn’t be a more fitting place to have this reception than the center of this great community,” Morgan told the crowd of about 60 business owners and public officials. Barry Baker, chairman of the chamber’s board, introduced Morgan and thanked her predecessor, Eldonna Shaw, for her 13 years of hard work and dedication.

Eldonna Shaw to step down as Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce president

Back in 2001, When Eldonna Shaw first came to interview for a position with what was then the Valley Chamber of Commerce, she had trouble finding the office. She remembers driving around looking for the address before finally locating it. “Essentially we were on the second floor of the office building behind the Quality Inn,” Shaw said, smiling at the memory. During the interview she decided to give her potential employer a bit of free advice.

Chamber chooses Gothmann as citizen of year

Former Spokane Valley Councilman Bill Gothmann has been keeping busy since he decided not to run for re-election in 2011, but he’s had to clear space on his calendar next Saturday. That’s the night the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce will present him with the 2012 Harry E. Nelson Citizen of the Year award at its annual awards gala. Gothmann said his phone call from chamber president Eldonna Shaw announcing the award left him stunned.

Chamber says it isn’t being forced to move

Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce President Eldonna Shaw clarified the circumstances surrounding its announced move to Liberty Lake, saying this week the building the chamber leases at 9507 E. Sprague Ave. was not put up for sale until after the chamber told the owner it was not exercising its option to buy. The chamber announced last week that it would be closing the office at the end of May and consolidating its staff and programs at its second location in Liberty Lake. A news release and comments made by Shaw indicated the decision to move came after the building was put up for sale. The news release stated, “When it was determined in 2011 that the Spokane Valley building would be for sale, the chamber board of directors convened a task force to study the needs of the organization and to review all options.”

Spokane Valley chamber closing one office

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday that it would shutter its office on East Sprague Avenue in May and consolidate its staff in its Liberty Lake location at 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane. The chamber began looking at site alternatives last year when the owner of the building at 9507 E. Sprague Ave. announced it was being sold, chamber president Eldonna Shaw said. A task force was created to explore options, and surveys were sent to the chamber’s 764 members, she said.

Pageant sponsor calls quits

Miss Spokane Valley will reign no more. The annual competition run by the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce has been mothballed for the second time in its history. The contest began in the 1930s and ended in the 1970s before it was resurrected by the chamber in 2004. “We think it’s maybe time for another group in the community to embrace it and take it on,” said Chamber President and CEO Eldonna Shaw. “The cost was becoming prohibitive for the chamber, and it’s not directly related to our mission.”

Denenny will receive business chamber’s citizen award

Former Spokane Valley City Councilman Dick Denenny will be given the 2010 Harry E. Nelson Citizen of the Year award during the annual awards gala hosted by the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 22. Each year’s recipient is selected by previous award recipients, which include former City Council members Diana Wilhite and Mike DeVleming. Valleyfest organizer Peggy Doering received the award in 2009. Denenny was selected for being “a tireless worker for improvements to the city,” according to a Chamber press release.