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Valley council coffee group could violate open meetings law

The new Spokane Valley City Council may have violated the Open Public Meetings Act before attending their first official council meeting Tuesday night. Four members of the seven-person council were …


Valley ousts city manager

In its first official move Tuesday, the new Spokane Valley City Council asked for – and got – the resignation of City Manager Dave Mercier. While the move caught many …


Spokane Valley council ousts city manager

In its first official move the new Spokane Valley City Council asked for the resignation of city manager Dave Mercier Tuesday.


Council meetings on TV

The long-discussed televising of Spokane Valley City Council meetings will begin next week thanks to some private donations. Community Minded TV (Comcast Channel 14) will begin taping the meetings on …


Pre-meeting meals valuable, mayor says

Expense vouchers reveal that Spokane Valley City Council members eat more at home than on the road. Since the city was formed six years ago, the council has gathered for …


New members sworn in

The speeches were few and short Wednesday night as the new members of the Spokane Valley City Council were sworn in before a packed room of friends, family and supporters. …


City Council honors outgoing members

Outgoing Spokane Valley Mayor Rich Munson banged his gavel Tuesday to officially begin his final council meeting. “Welcome to the end of an era,” he said. Munson, Diana Wilhite and …


Few voters cast ballots

Despite a lot of campaign spending and generous doses of controversy, Spokane Valley’s City Council elections last month failed to generate as much turnout as the Liberty Lake Sewer and …


City considers street standards

Higher standards for street construction and a $200,000 increase in street maintenance are scheduled for action Tuesday by the Spokane Valley City Council. A far-reaching overhaul of street standards calls …


Court contract sustained

Spokane Valley will continue to contract with the Spokane County District Court for judicial service. City Council members asked court officials some pointed questions Tuesday, then voted unanimously to rescind …


Slate of ‘positive change’ candidates overwhelm at polls

Five candidates promising “positive change” for Spokane Valley’s 6-year-old city government swept into power Tuesday. “We changed it,” said retired school administrator Chuck Hafner, who led the Positive Change committee. …


State, local issues drive Tuesday’s vote

Washington voters who have yet to turn in their ballots – and based on the latest figures, that’s most of us – have some interesting choices to make between now …


City crafting new shoreline plan

A plan to develop new shoreline regulations in Spokane Valley generated little enthusiasm Tuesday among City Council members. Several members resented having to spend $150,000 of city money for a …


Report praises police operation in Valley

Like an orchestra after a discordant warm-up, Spokane Valley’s police contract players began hitting the same notes at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. “Go figure,” Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said …


No-cost deal seeks low-income homes

Developers would be allowed to exceed density limits under a proposal to increase low-income housing in Spokane Valley. The plan is proposed by the city planning staff in cooperation with …


Robertson is best choice for Valley council

A bedroom community or an urban city? Seven years ago, Spokane Valley voters opted for the latter. Some residents have buyer’s remorse. Others never wanted incorporation, but a disincorporation effort …


City OKs 2010 budget

Spokane Valley City Council members adopted a 2010 budget Tuesday and opposed a statewide initiative they felt would undermine future budgets. Both actions were unanimous despite some sympathetic rhetoric about …


Endorsement: Wilhite has best vision for future of Valley

A quick glance at the candidates and their platforms suggests Spokane Valley City Councilwoman Diana Wilhite and her challenger, Brenda Grassel, might be interchangeable. Both of them are bright, business-friendly …


Candidates without opponents answer questions

Here is the final installment in a series of reports in which Spokane Valley City Council candidates address issues in their own words. All the candidates were asked the same …


Endorsement: Munson’s best choice for Valley and growth

After rejecting incorporation at least three times, Spokane Valley residents voted eight years ago to form their own city. It was a decisive turning point, a political affirmation of a …


Valley council candidates Robertson, Grafos, Pace, Foote respond

Here is the third in a series of reports in which Spokane Valley City Council candidates address issues in their own words. All the candidates were asked the same questions. …


Spokane Valley council candidates air views

Nothing separated Spokane Valley’s 10 City Council candidates at a forum Tuesday quite like the Sprague-Appleway Revitalization Plan. Candidates at the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce event tended to …


Valley council candidates Wilhite, Grassel answer questions

Here is the second in a series of reports in which Spokane Valley City Council candidates address issues in their own words. All the candidates were asked the same questions. …


Council candidates Munson, McCaslin share views

Here is the first in a series of reports in which Spokane Valley City Council candidates address issues in their own words. All the candidates were asked the same questions. …


City, county tense over contracts

A harsh exchange Tuesday revealed that Spokane Valley’s contracts for county service are in more peril than previously acknowledged. County Commissioner Mark Richard said after Tuesday’s City Council meeting that …


Spokane Valley, GSI address differences

Greater Spokane Inc. intends to earn its full $60,000 donation from Spokane Valley next year with a strategy to market the city’s Sprague-Appleway Revitalization plan to businesses around the country. …


Sprague-Appleway revitalization gets slight delay

Implementation of the Sprague-Appleway Revitalization Plan will be postponed two weeks, until Oct. 15, because of delays in publishing an easy-to-read copy of the plan. In other business Tuesday, the …


Valley, GSI working out differences

Greater Spokane Inc. intends to earn its full $60,000 donation from Spokane Valley next year with a strategy to market the city’s Sprague-Appleway Revitalization plan to businesses around the country. …


Spokane Valley park upkeep pact OK’d

Spokane Valley City Council members endorsed a staff proposal Tuesday to offer a seven-year contract for park maintenance. The contract, to take effect in January, would be two years longer …


Four file for Valley council job

Four people filed this week for a Spokane Valley City Council seat that promises a referendum on the city’s hot-button issues. As expected, the candidates include incumbent Ian Robertson and …