The Spokane Valley News Herald...
offers free, safe rides during holidays |
The Greater Spokane Substance
Abuse Council is announcing a free program to provide free
rides and tows home from Dec. 21 through Jan. 1, 2007.
support helps food bank ring in the holidays |
Once a week for the past
10 years, Deloris Christopher has set up shop in a room at the Valley Food Bank.
program brings Medicare picture into focus |
Residents who gathered in a
conference room at CenterPlace at Mirabeau Point last Wednesday were quickly introduced
to a theme of wellness.
about mixing alcohol and prescriptions |
Medicine Shoppe Pharmacies is getting
the word out this holiday season about the dangers of mixing prescription medications
seniors urged to apply for "Extra Help" |
More than 1 million low-income
seniors and disabled Americans who are enrolled in Medicare Part D drug plans
face big problems at the pharmacy in January.
in park improvements planned in 2007 |
Greenacres residents will soon have
a park of their own as part of the city of Spokane Valley's $3.5 million Parks
and Recreation Plan for 2007
honor outgoing county commissioner |
Retiring county Commissioner Phil Harris
received not one, but three standing ovations while receiving three tributes from
organizations he has served during his 12 years on the county board.
brings Medicare picture into focus |
Residents who gathered in a conference
room at CenterPlace at Mirabeau Point recently were quickly introduced to a theme
repair sparks courthouse history lesson|
If you want to know a little bit
about the history of the Spokane County Courthouse, just ask Ron Oscarson, the
county's facilities director.
Citizens Award |
Joseph French and his son Stokke were honored by fire commissioners
for their efforts in stopping a fire from spreading in a Liberty Lake home.
to hit state up for $6 million more |
An additional $6 million to complete
updating of the Avista Ballpark stadium is being sought by Spokane Indians Baseball
club and county officials.
Health District joins in AIDS awareness, prevention |
The Spokane Regional
Health District was part of an awareness event earlier this month calling attention
to the global HIV/AIDS pandemic.
collaborate with local tribe on new logo |
The Spokane Indians Baseball
Club, in conjunction with the Spokane Tribe of Indians, announced new team logos
and uniforms last week.
arrested in fatal hit and run |
Almost six months to the day, sheriff's
traffic detectives have arrested a suspect in the June 9 hit and run collision
that killed Costco pharmacist Robb Long.
2007 budget |
After trimming about $2 million from departmental budgets
and raising property taxes by 8 percent, Spokane County commissioners approved
the 2007 budget Tuesday.
sheds light on prevention of D.U.I. tragedies |
The message was too important
to wait for nicer weather.
mountain climber scales beyond physical challenges |
have lined up in Miriam Richards' path over the years.
Center supports returning soldiers |
At the Spokane Vet Center on Mullan
Road in Spokane Valley, the mission of support and encouragement continues to
Fire department issues
wise safety tips |
The use of open-flame candles can add ambience to the
holiday, provide "warmth" to a home and be a source of light during power outages.
center plan coming together slowly |
The future of the Spokane Valley Library
is shaping up a bit more - especially with the passage of the Spokane County Library's
District $9.4 million budget next week.
selection critical to symphony composition |
A Sept. 2 concert in Liberty
Lake's Pavillion Park marked the first time in 36 years that the orchestra's longtime
concertmaster, Kelly Farris, was not sitting in the first violin chair.
shelters run low on winter supplies |
As temperatures plummeted into single
digits earlier this week, several emergency warming centers provided warmth and
protection from the cold.
decision delayed until December |
Those on either side of the light rail
issue will have to wait until next month to hear what the Spokane Transit Authority
Board is going to do about the two failed advisory votes in the general election.
Valley students brighten holidays with food collection |
It's fifth period
at Central Valley High School and the caravan of food has begun. Sophomores, juniors
and seniors in the school's leadership program are scurrying about the classroom
of Leanne Donley, a freshman language arts teacher, hauling in containers of food
from across campus and counting the day's donated items.
says CenterPlace operations proving successful |
With just over a year under
its belt, CenterPlace at Mirabeau Park has proven to be a near success, according
to a report by Spokane Valley Parks Director Michael Jackson.
pays tribute to West Valley Outdoor Learning Center |
Award ceremonies don't
always include those who make the honor possible. Such was the case earlier this
month when members of the West Valley Outdoor Learning Center staff appeared at
the Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development conference
to receive recognition for their efforts.
Benefits of exercise
remain constant during winter months |
Years ago, Emil Larsen donned a wool
uniform and sprinted down the baseline as part of the Elk High School baseball
control questioned during Spokane Valley budget action |
While the city
of Spokane is actively seeking the services of the Spokane County Regional Animal
Protection Service, Spokane Valley is getting nervous about the increasing costs.
shines as community of learning |
There are no bells or buzzers that signal
the start of class at Summit School. Instead, you're likely to hear the jazz stylings
of Louie Armstrong or a tune from the 1950s pop charts. When the music stops,
class is in session.
Lake council hears early report on city center design |
Up until recently,
the 6.4-acre patch of land near the old site of Liberty Lake City Hall has not
drawn much attention.
Spokane pursue regional animal control idea |
It may be an idea whose time
has come: Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services may actually become
changes to county government, state posts unchanged |
Tuesday night was
the night for Democrats as they turned out in winning numbers to bring changes
to the top posts in county government.
tailor-made for surviving adversity |
It would be easy for Rosa and Alex
Figueroa to be more than just a little bitter when thieves broke into their tailoring
and formal-wear business.
Award pays tribute to
ambassador of hope, service |
Growing up on a farm in Missoula, Mont., Sister
Loretta Marie Marceau learned the value of helping others.
the Cure rallies support for battle against breast cancer |
When the Susan
G. Komen Foundation announced that the Davenport Hotel would host the second annual
Lunch for the Cure event, there was little doubt that the surroundings would be
superintendent leads with experience |
Despite moving into a new job this
summer, the responsibilities and the landscape haven't changed all that much for
election by the numbers |
On Tuesday, a week before the general election,
Spokane County officials made sure everything was accounted for.
emerge as a winner in voting process |
When it comes to busy workers, the
Spokane County Elections office just might rival Santa's workshop - at least during
the days leading up to Nov. 7.
Valley runners make great strides in sterling season |
As crowds gathered
near the finish line of the Great Northern League boys' cross country meet just
outside Medical Lake, it was clear that the contingent of Eagles from West Valley
High School would sprint away with the district title
25 years of making a difference for youth |
For more than a quarter century,
SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) has been helping students make a
difference in the lives of their peers, saving thousands of lives along the way.
Efforts focus on
increasing motorcycle safety |
The nation's largest organization for motorists,
AAA, is making an effort to help reduce the number of fatal crashes involving
motorcyclists in light of a growing number of accidents throughout the state.
retirement has Spokane Valley on lookout for police chief |
Both Cal Walker
and Ozzie Knezovich agree that whoever takes over as Spokane Valley police chief
will be qualified and efficient.
budget after public hearing |
Spokane Valley's $76 million budget was presented
at a public hearing Tuesday night and then approved for first reading.
Emphasis on environment
at arboretum's leaf festival |
Shades of yellow, red and orange may have
been the featured colors at last Saturday's Leaf Festival on the grounds of the
John A. Finch Arboretum, but, by the end of the day, green emerged as the underlying
Red Ribbon Week reinforces
drug prevention message |
Communities throughout the country are recognizing
Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31 with activities designed to further the message about
substance abuse awareness, treatment and prevention.
reflects on Valley's changing landscape |
As for current education issues
like the Central
Valley bond, on the ballot for the second time next month, Stocker said the
area "has a good history of supporting their schools."
zones to change |
A resolution to change school speed zones will be considered
at the Spokane Valley Council meeting next week.
stays positive in battle against cancer |
When he worked in the grocery
business, Pat Rooney was known as the voice of Tidyman's, and later Trading Co.
Stores, bellowing out weekly specials with the sort of good-natured humor that
made him a favorite with customers and staff.
celebrates autumn in Green Bluff |
It was 23 years ago that Rod and Karen
Hansen bought the land that would one day bloom into one of the more popular stops
along the Green Bluff map.
CV bond goes beyond classroom |
Back in March, the Central Valley School
District fell two percentage points short of passing a bond that would have provided
funding for a series of major construction and remodeling projects throughout
conversations bring municipal issues to forefront |
Part of a continuing
series called "Conversations with the Community," was billed as a discussion of
the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization project, but city officials who organize the
meetings make it clear that citizens can add a variety of issues to the agenda.
drivers keep Meal on Wheels running |
Throughout the course of a year, volunteers
like Lowell Brocklehurst donate their time and energy to a mobile catering service
called Valley Meals on Wheels.
center project may include new Valley Library |
prospect of a new city center has been a discussion topic at Spokane Valley City
Hall for some time now.
Valley School District officials discuss funding options with local leaders|
Lake Mayor Steve Peterson and several representatives from City Council met with
other local leaders and officials from the Central Valley School District to discuss
the benefits of impact fees along with other potential funding sources for area
Council votes to block Buckeye|
Those who traverse Buckeye and like to challenge
the cross-traffic on Argonne will soon find their way blocked.
Valley Fire Department reminding residents to 'Watch What You Heat'|
Stadium to receive $2 million in improvements|
Avista Stadium will receive
infrastructure improvements during the offseason due to a $2 million state appropriation.
shines as celebration of community |
Darryl and Julie Beeman had only been
residents of Spokane Valley for a few weeks when they attended the "Hearts of
Gold" parade on Sprague Avenue last year.
Good news, bad news:
valuations up, street fund down |
It was a bit of "good news, bad news"
during budget discussions at the Spokane Valley City Council meeting Tuesday night.
40 years of helping people help themselves |
The menu at last Thursday's
fund-raising breakfast for Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs didn't include
salmon or halibut - but there was plenty of talk about the benefits of fishing.
benefits of exercise in warding off Alzheimer's |
Residents who gather for
next week's Memory Walk sponsored by the Inland Northwest Alzheimer's Association
will be striding in the right direction.
District begins appointments for flu shots |
The Spokane Regional Health
District have begun making telephone appointments for flu shots and FluMist nasal-spray
Commerce meeting celebrates state of Valley business |
The annual breakfast
meeting, held at the Mirabeau Park Hotel, drew about 200 people and gave Chamber
President and CEO Eldonna Shaw an opportunity to review another impressive year
of growth for the organization.
Valley Council OKs support for outside agencies |
The Spokane Valley City
Council reached deep into the city's pockets to help support several social and
economic development agencies.
to seek Salary Commission members |
The City of Spokane Valley will be looking
for five citizens to serve on the newly created salary commission.
Seals provides help for disabled |
Easter Seals of Washington serves as
a statewide resource for adults and children with disabilities.
your pencils - election day is Sept. 19 |
For the first time in a primary
election, Spokane County voters are considering candidates on a mail-in ballot
instead of going to a polling place.
agenda to include collaboration with Sports Commission |
Last year, the
community celebration known as Valleyfest added a nighttime parade to its event
lineup. In 2006, organizers are branching out again - this time with timber sports.
chiropractic center takes proactive approach to wellness |
Visitors to Spokane
Valley Chiropractic Center are more likely to hear about unbalanced tires and
broken shoelaces than vertebral subluxation complex.
wage a dream for council members |
If Spokane Valley Council Member Bill
Gothman's experience is common among other members of the City Council, minimum
wage for the hours they put in would be a dream come true.
Orchards Community Church rings in centennial year |
It began as the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in 1906, founded by six families from Missouri and Wisconsin who
settled in the Spokane Valley. Now, 100 years later, the Otis Orchards Community
Church is celebrating its centennial year.
to go to public hearing |
A public hearing will be the next step in Sheriff
Office's efforts to revise Spokane County's pawnbroker ordinance.
Cal Walker looking
at justice system big picture |
When you first meet Cal Walker, Spokane
Valley chief of police, you are immediately drawn in with his smiling face and
friendly, down-home demeanor. Don't let that fool you, though.
says it takes guts to be a leader |
Knezovich, who was appointed Sheriff
earlier this year when Sheriff Mark Sterk retired, said leaders need to empower
people to get things done. But if they do something wrong, you can't ignore the
concerts stay in tune with symphony's educational efforts |
It was two years
ago this summer that Eckart Preu made his debut as conductor of the Spokane Symphony.
program aims to reduce indoor health hazards |
Indoor air pollution has
been identified as a significant risk by the Environmental Protection Agency Science
Advisory Board and the Centers for Disease Control.
preacher delivers lessons of encouragement, healing |
This weekend, Ziga
will be in Spokane Valley for a four-day conference at the Mirabeau Park Hotel.
now, Health District says |
As the school year approaches, Spokane Regional
Health District is reminding parents that immunizing children should be a priority.
Wellness Conference bringing information, fun |
One thing's for sure. You
don't have to give up fun to learn about all of the aspects of aging.
Free concerts serve as
prelude to symphony's outreach efforts |
It was two years ago this summer
that Eckart Preu made his debut as conductor of the Spokane Symphony.
County collaborate on designated dog park |
Spokane County's first designated
dog park was given a trial run earlier this week.
presented with Spokane Valley overview |
As a congressional representative
from the state's 5th District, Cathy McMorris understands the significance of
a State of the Union address.
group seeks FD-1 support to stop subdivision |
The Ponderosa Neighborhood
Association is drumming up support from affected fire districts to renew its request
for the county to withdraw its determination of nonsignificance.
Lake Council readdresses implementation of impact fees |
Most people seem
to agree that impact fees are a worthwhile investment.
Spokane Valley closer to right-of-way accord |
Spokane County and the city
of Spokane Valley came within a few letters, periods and question marks of reaching
an agreement for the turnover of the old Milwaukee right-of-way to the city.
Race has just
begun for new community center, food bank CEO |
Along with his duties as
the new chief executive officer for the Valley Food Bank and Spokane Valley Community
Center, Ken Briggs takes time to train marathon runners.
event to celebrate stories of healing, recovery |
It was about 15 years
ago that Marie Pizelo took a class called "Claytherapy" at the YWCA.
filing ends today for fall elections |
The last two candidates to file for
the upcoming primary and general elections just made it under the deadline last
Valley renovation pays tribute to the past |
Classes at West Valley High
School may have let out at the beginning of June - but this summer, the campus
itself has been on anything but a vacation.
voters pamphlet approved - for next year |
Spokane County voters will have
an additional source of election information thanks to commissioners' approval
of the publishing of a local voters pamphlet.
are they now? Valley's interim leaders look back on incorporation |
responsibility of starting up a new city was no easy task back in 2002.
Valley Council extends Ponderosa designation |
Ponderosa residents who are
trying to maintain the semirural ambiance of their neighborhood have a reason
to relax a bit thanks to the Spokane Valley Council's extension of their UR-1
residents to receive local election info in state pamphlet |
For the first
time, Spokane County residents will have a source of election information delivered
to their door in time for the general election.
agencies warn of heat-related dangers |
Cooling fans are gaining popularity
on the menu list at Valley Meals on Wheels.
work ethic propels local soccer squad |
The Spokane Soccer Club Falcons,
a team made up of local high school players, begins tryouts in March and tournament
play in the spring.
Valley discusses prospect of street roundabouts |
Spokane Valley could soon
see roundabouts installed at some intersections as engineers proceed with the
city's transportation improvement plan.
County one step closer to new wastewater treatment plant |
One of the major
hurdles on the road toward the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant
in Spokane Valley was crossed last week when a 20-year plan to reduce phosphorus
pollution in the Spokane River and Lake Spokane was announced.
county sign policing agreement |
Millwood taxpayers got a break when the
Millwood Town Council and Spokane County commissioners signed this year's policing
golfer charts steady course for success |
Soaring drives, precise pitch
shots and clutch putting are only part of Hank Frame's A-game.
Council decision finalizes union agreement, raises pay |
Despite three council
members' concerns about one aspect of the agreement, the Spokane Valley City Council
voted 5-1 to approve the city's first union contract.
revives 64-year-old tradition |
Tomorrow's (Saturday, July 15) All Valley
Picnic may be celebrating the 85th birthday of the Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce
and the Valley's growth in business, but it also revives a yearly tradition that
disappeared 65 years ago.
softball league a big hit with senior crowd |
This April, Julio Franco started
out the pro baseball season as the oldest player in the major leagues, signing
with the New York Mets at the age of 47.
district annexation delayed again |
Although it was up for approval on this
week's fire commissioner meeting agenda, fire staff asked for another extension
for an annexation application. The property being annexed is located north of
Trent Road, just east of Starr Road, near Moab.
involvement makes Pavillion Park shine |
Pavillion Park - one of the most
recognizable recreation areas in the Inland Northwest - started out as a mammoth
community service project.
program sets standard as defender of children |
For the last 20 years, Gayle
Kiser has been making a difference. As a volunteer with Spokane County's Court
Appointed Special Advocate program, Kiser stands up for children who are alleged
to have been abused, neglected or abandoned.
tax payment boosts local districts' revenues |
Several local taxing districts
will get an unexpected boost to their revenues as Kaiser Aluminum pays its back
identify water quality challenges in Spokane River |
Work is underway to
identify and eliminate the sources of toxic chemicals including PCBs, flame retardants,
metals, dioxins and furans from the Spokane River.
suggested for Spokane Valley Sign Committee |
In an effort to get a more
varied input on sign regulations, the Spokane Valley City Council has agreed to
look into expanding and, perhaps, changing the makeup of the city's sign committee.
stays on bright side of trail |
There is a hero out in Valleyford. He doesn't
play football or rope horses - he just tackles something called leukemia and transforms
an entire community into a better place.
program serves as business launching pad |
Things are going well for A-Plus
Mortgage these days. With 10 employees and plans to move into a new office in
July, Branch Manager Justin Knapp is glad he made the move from Wenatchee to Spokane
about two years ago.
river property remains under state ownership |
Spokane Valley and Spokane
County lost out as the wishes of citizens were heeded at the Washington State
Parks and Recreation Commission meeting last week.
airs needs, concerns of Greenacres residents |
An orderly and generally
friendly crowd of Greenacres residents gathered in the Greenacres Christian Church
on East Mission to face off with city of Spokane Valley council members and staff
of Internet dangers |
Attendees at last Thursday's town hall meeting on
computer safety learned that no one should underestimate the dangers on the Internet.
district preparing for Liberty Lake fireworks show |
Delays in responding
to a fireworks accident and medical emergency last year due clogged streets and
blocked accesses have prompted Spokane Valley Fire Department officials to develop
a comprehensive enforcement and education plan for the Liberty Lake Fireworks
show July 4.
Off-leash dog park
approved by commissioners |
Call it a dog park, an off-leash park or - as
they call it in other towns - a bark park. Whatever you call it, Spokane County
will now have one.
votes 4-3 to make Broadway three lanes |
Residents who live on Broadway
Avenue between Pines and Sullivan and the 11,000 or so drivers who travel on that
road will have a chance to see if the engineers are correct about the benefits
of having only three lanes.
Relay for Life teaches
lessons in hope, courage |
The rain and wind that swirled around the track
at East Valley High School last weekend did little to dampen the enthusiasm at
the sixth annual Relay for Life.
ownership dominates joint meeting |
The question is pretty simple: The county
owns the Milwaukee right-of-way where Spokane Valley hopes to extend the Sprague-Appleway
couplet, and the city wants it.
leaders aims at cooperation - not consolidation |
Some conspiracy buffs
may disagree, but leaders from throughout Spokane County who got together at a
recent council of governments meeting are quick to say its cooperation they are
seeking - not consolidation.
Valley buys police precinct building |
Spokane Valley council members gave
a unanimous approval for the city's purchase of the sheriff's precinct building
at their meeting Tuesday night.
Fest spotlights healing power of animals |
People were welcome to bring
their dogs to the fourth annual Pet Fest exposition at the Spokane County Fair
and Expo Center last weekend.
tax included in TIF revenues |
Thanks to the Washington state Legislature,
developers who are risking their money on the Liberty Lake tax increment financing
area will have another revenue source.
has new council member |
After six months without a full council, the Millwood
Town Council finally appointed a new member at its monthly meeting Monday night.
team up to sponsor Cancer Awareness Week |
American Cancer Society, Cancer Patient Care, Premera Blue Cross and the Inland
Northwest Candlelighters will all be hosting events aimed at raising awareness
about cancer treatment and prevention in the Spokane area.
in motion on Liberty Lake Community Center |
Since incorporating in August
2001, the city of Liberty Lake has established itself as a town that does not
let opportunities go to waste.
dog park proposed at state-line |
Area dogs may have a place to romp without
the restraints of leashes if Nancy Hill, director of the Spokane County Regional
Animal Protection Services, and Doug Chase, Spokane County parks director, have
saves train whistle quiet zone |
A "Catch-22" decision on whether to let
trains blow their whistles when crossing University Road or to close Fairview
to accede to federal regulations was avoided when Spokane Valley engineers found
a third option.
considers Broadway lane reduction |
City road engineers have painted a rosy
picture of Broadway Avenue if the Spokane Valley City Council decides to reduce
the number of lanes from four to three.
City may have
its own lobbyist |
Spokane Valley staff has been ordered to create a request
for proposal for the hiring of a part time lobbyist to represent the city in Olympia.
brings attention to eating disorders |
At the beginning of last Monday's
seminar on eating disorders, local therapist Dee Myers made it clear that conditions
like anorexia, bulimia and binge eating often involve causes that go beyond the
Plan is city legacy,
says Spokane Valley council member |
Approval of Spokane Valley's sub area
plan for the Sprague/Appleway corridor was called a "legacy" for the city by Council
Member Rich Munson Tuesday night.
to Army in Reserve center closure |
For now, the future of the Walker Reserve
Center, located on North Sullivan Road near the Spokane Valley Industrial Park,
is in the hands of The Defense Department's Office of Economic Adjustment.
faces residents on crossing plan |
City of Spokane Valley officials are
asking residents on Fairview in the vicinity of the Burlington Northern Santa
Fe and University Road crossing to make what can only be defined as a "Catch-22"
to West Valley bird expo |
The week itself was dedicated to the history
of flight - but it had more to do with red-winged blackbirds than airplanes.
coming on Spokane Valley permanent signs |
When Spokane Valley enforcement
officers are finished with cleaning up portable sign problems, the next step would
be to begin focusing on noncomplying permanent signs, according to Mike Connelly,
Liberty Lake officials welcome residents of annexed land |
Jack Rojan got
up early Saturday morning to soak up the sunshine and find out a little more about
his new city.
considers hiring hearing examiner |
Millwood may soon have some help in
administering, enforcing and interpreting zoning laws with the hiring of a hearing
Council approves comp, parks plans |
The future direction of the city of
Spokane Valley was set by council members Tuesday night as they gave their blessings
to the city's comprehensive plan, the parks master plan and other measures that
will affect the city's future.
stability underlined in state of city address |
Nearly four years removed
from that early discussion in a meeting room at the Spokane County courthouse,
the city of Spokane Valley is still going strong.
critical in West Valley levy revote |
Parents and staff in the West Valley
School District are hoping for a stamp of approval as ballots for the district's
replacement levy go out in the mail this week.
Valley may purchase police precinct building |
Spokane County Commission-ers
have given the county CEO the go-ahead to negotiate the sale of the Sheriff's
department Valley precinct building to the city of Spokane Valley.
step closer to final approval |
Spokane Valley's comprehensive plan moved
a step closer to final approval at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
sheds light on Valley parks and recreation |
Last March, Jerry Draggoo paid
a visit to the Spokane Valley City Council to talk about the definition of municipal
student advisory council strides forward |
For Brett Vlahovich, being a
part of Spokane Valley's Student Advisory Council has been a study in patience.
alerted of crosswalk danger near school |
Robert Tombari, a student at West
Valley City School, appealed to Spokane Valley City Council members to improve
crosswalks on busy Argonne and Mullan roads near the school.
in sight for Spokane Valley comp plan |
After two-and-a-half years of work,
the Spokane Valley City Council is now seeing its comprehensive plan process finally
coming to an end.
stand recalls Valley's early days |
When Florence Boutwell made the move
from New Jersey to the Inland Northwest in the early years of World War II, the
Spokane Valley was a rural patchwork of farms, orchards and roadside businesses.
County Board of Commissioners Appoint Ozzie Knezovich as Sheriff |
appointed Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich faced a whirlwind of activities Wednesday when
he stepped into his new office as Sheriff.
to stay on as Liberty Lake police chief |
There's not a new sheriff in town.
Brian Asmus, who has served as Liberty Lake police chief since December of 2001,
has announced he will stay with the city, despite an offer from Lakewood Police
Department of Pierce County to sign on as a lieutenant.
plan headed for approval |
At a work session Tuesday night, Spokane Valley
council members finally wrapped up deliberations on the city's comprehensive plan.
appointed to replace retiring sheriff |
The Spokane County Human Resources
meeting room was crammed with well-wishers last Friday as Sheriff Mark Sterk and
three others officially retired and a new sheriff was appointed - at least temporarily.
Gothmann a good fit on council |
Bill Gothmann always takes time to study
the game plan. The newest member of the Spokane Valley City Council is known to
arrive at meetings with the sort of background knowledge and attention to detail
that would rival a seasoned coach preparing for a championship final.
Fiddle contest brings
toe-tapping music to Spokane Valley |
If you didn't attend the 38th Annual
Northwest Regional Fiddle Contest, held this past weekend at East Valley High
School, you missed out on some toe-tapping country and bluegrass music.
Road improvement project bid awarded |
East Spokane Valley drivers who use
Barker Road will soon see a huge improvement in driving conditions thanks to a
widening project that is to begin April 17.
residents contemplate project appeal |
Residents of the Ponderosa area will
meet this week to discuss the appeal of a court decision approving a residential
development spanning 25 acres of unincorporated Spokane County.
treatment court brings healing to families |
It is a mending project woven
together by the efforts of family, friends and compassionate professionals. It
starts at the office of New Horizon Care Centers where dedicated staff members
pull together area resources to help turn back the corrupting effects of drug
and alcohol abuse.
discuss possible new county center |
The county isn't considering the sale
of any of its properties - the Spokane County Regional Health District in particular
- but commissioners talked about the possibility of building a whole new county
districts regroup after ballot defeats |
It came down to just about 44 votes.
A replacement levy in the West Valley School District - covering maintenance and
operations expenses and comprising about 20 percent of the operating budget -
garnered 59.3 percent of the vote in the March 14 election. A minimum of 60 percent
is required for approval.
Sign law is
sign of contention |
In the business world, no sign is a sign of no business,
and several Spokane Valley business people let the city council know that the
city's sign regulations were proving that theory.
leaders gather insight at summit |
Representatives from the city of Spokane
Valley took a trip to the other Washington last week, attending a weeklong conference
sponsored by the National League of Cities.
favors Ponderosa developer |
Spokane County Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza
has upheld an earlier decision by county Hearing Examiner Mike Dempsey, to approve
the preliminary plat of Ponderosa Ridge.
Valley bond falls short, East Valley levy approved |
A pair of Spokane Valley
school districts were disappointed by Tuesday's election results, but the county
elections department is smiling over the record turnout of voters.
sense of community at senior center |
Nick Guarisco will hit the century
mark in a few years. While plans for a 100th birthday celebration are still in
the works, the program will probably include a cake, maybe a few balloons - and
most likely some dancing.
with federal officials on jail expansion |
The money hasn't quite been allocated
yet, but jail officials were given the go-ahead to begin negotiations with federal
officials and to prepare for expanding the county jail at Geiger to accommodate
around 125 federal prisoners.
emphasized in state of county address |
At an early morning breakfast meeting
before the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce last Friday, Spokane County Commissioner
Todd Mielke underlined the importance of getting off to a healthy start.
Valley Council approves county contracts |
More than $1.6 million in county
service agreements were approved by the Spokane Valley City Council at its regular
meeting Tuesday night.
Review Board approves Liberty Lake annexation |
The Spokane County Public
Works building has functioned as a sort of adjunct municipal office for the city
of Liberty Lake over the past four years.
9-1-1 board eyes upgrade
of aging phone system |
Despite a vendor announcement that it would no longer
provide technological support for its aging equipment, the head of Spokane County
Emergency Communications says there are no problems with the 9-1-1 system.
utilities to go after deadbeats |
Those who have large, outstanding sewer
charges they have never paid, will soon find themselves being pressured by county
Food Bank to join forces with community center |
There is a change around
the corner for the Valley Food Bank. With a vote of the board of directors this
week, the facility is expected to join forces with the Spokane Valley Community
Center, creating a conglomerate that is expected to bring nutrition and services
to even more local residents.
outline Internet safety precautions for kids |
Stephanie Lister made an
important detour through the Spokane Valley last week to talk about the growing
dangers on the information highway.
Valley Council approves county contracts |
More than $1.6 million in county
service agreements were approved by the Spokane Valley City Council at its regular
meeting Tuesday night.
suit progresses despite bill provision |
Despite a state attempt to block
law suits against state agencies, Spokane County officials have decided to proceed
with its suit over penalties incurred when county mental health officials reportedly
sent too many patients to Eastern State Hospital.
members battle for 'neighborhoods' |
Are neighborhoods less important to
the city of Spokane Valley than, say, utilities? Or economic development?
districts outline bond, levy requests |
Every good teacher will tell you
that it's not wise to wait until the last minute to prepare for a final exam.
That's why those who support a cluster of educational initiatives on the March
14 ballot have been getting the word out to local voters for months now.
chiropractor dies in Florida |
A 62-year-old Spokane Valley man vacationing
in Florida has died from injuries he sustained when a car crashed into a Juno
Lake staff coping after City Hall flood |
On a night when the Liberty Lake
City Council gathered at the Trailhead Golf Course instead of City Hall, the talk
wasn't about sand traps or bunkers - but a considerable water hazard.
for anticipated growth |
The problem with gazing into a crystal ball is
that it's usually hazy. But that's what the Spokane Valley City Council tried
to do last Saturday at a day-long retreat at CenterPlace.
Spokane Valley takes
on more street work |
The city of Spokane Valley's taking it to the streets.
The door was opened to the possibility of allowing private companies to contract
for street maintenance work.
huge economic impact at expo center |
A study sponsored jointly by the city
of Spokane Valley and the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center has shown that the
total economic impact to the area from events at the fairgrounds amounts to more
than $24.2 million.
Review Board hears latest Liberty Lake annexation request |
The most recent
attempt at frontier development in Liberty Lake once again found the covered wagons
stalled at the starting line.
to comment on comprehensive plan running out |
Spokane Valley residents
have had plenty of chances to comment on the comprehensive plan. But there won't
be many more coming up.
of Liberty Lake goes to civic center drawing board |
A new community center
is on its way in Liberty Lake - but for now, the community is being asked to center
in on the planning process.
reverse position on annexation |
Spokane County commissioners have reversed
an older decision that recommended the Boundary Review Board disapprove annexation
of 644.1 acres to Liberty Lake.
sets fee for home businesses |
Those operating business out of their homes
in Millwood are now required to pay a fee for their business licenses.
resolution OK'd by commissioners |
A resolution that supports passage of
a House bill that would ban phosphorous in dishwashing detergents was approved
by Spokane County commissioners Tuesday afternoon.
of billboards in city won't change |
Those billboards along Sprague Avenue
and elsewhere in Spokane Valley? They're not going anywhere. But if they do, expect
that they'll pop up again somewhere else within the city limits.
Liberty Lake sewer plant underscores clean river policy |
From Coeur d'Alene
to the Spokane County Courthouse, government officials continue to stress the
importance of cleaning up the Spokane River.
fire responses continue upward trend |
The Spokane Valley Fire Department
experienced a 7.44-percent increase in responses during 2005, according to a report
by Chief Mike Thompson.
districts support levy lid-lift bill |
Washington state's fire chiefs and
fire commissioner associations are pushing for passage of a measure that would
allow their districts to seek voter approval of levy lid-lifts for a six-year
likely to get second rezone extension |
It's no secret: Spokane Valley's
comprehensive plan is not yet finished.
district seeks support for impact fees |
On Monday night, local government
officials learned that 43 school districts throughout the state collect impact
fees to fund capital improvement projects.
Gulch widening project goes forward |
The long-awaited realignment and widening
of the Bigelow Gulch Road is back on track thanks to the completion of Spokane
County's environmental assessment.
Arson fires high
in 2005 |
The number of suspicious fire investigations by the Spokane Valley
Fire Department didn't break the district's all-time record last year, but it
came pretty darn close.
Center director learns life lessons in Guatemala |
Dalpae arrived in Guatemala from Spokane in early December. The executive director
of the Spokane Valley Community Center has spent most of her professional career
to helping others - now she was face to face with the aftermath of a natural disaster.
Lake to establish lodging tax advisory group |
It seems to be one of the
byproducts of a developing city. Along with a parade of ordinances, refurbished
roads and a welcome mat at City Hall, you will typically find a preponderance
of new committees.
Valley School District officials not taking levy for granted |
A new apartment
complex is sprouting up on Pines Road not far from the main office of the East
Valley School District.
mull opposition to mobile home park exemption bill |
Spokane County commissioners
are considering whether they should actively oppose a bill that would exempt mobile
home parks from all charges related to sewers, which was submitted to the Legislature
Valley resource officer gets council OK
Valley High School will have its own resource officer next fall after a 5-1 vote
by the Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday night.
news aplenty in Liberty Lake state of city |
was a palpable sense of good fortune in the air as people gathered for a lunchtime
meeting in Liberty Lake on Tuesday to hear Mayor Steve Peterson give his annual
state of the city address.
open for business |
The Spokane County DUI court opened its doors to referrals
Jan. 3. The new court, which parallels to some extent the county's successful
drug court, is directed at both the chronic alcohol offenders and those who are
facing just one drinking and driving charge.
retiring, endorses deputy as replacement |
Spokane County Treasurer Linda
Wolverton will be stepping down from her post at the end of this year after more
than 12 years on the job.
continues as Spokane Valley mayor |
Without much drama, Spokane Valley Mayor Diana Wilhite was elected unanimously
by the City Council on Tuesday night to extend her term by two more years.
new mayor stresses cooperation |
It was just one of those mayoral kinds of days. On Tuesday, Dan Mork was sworn
in at the Millwood City Council meeting, replacing longtime mayor Jeanne Batson.
In Spokane Valley, it was announced that Mayor Diana Wilhite would resume her
post; and Dennis Hession officially became Spokane's 42nd city leader.
Valley High resource officer closer to reality |
If the Spokane Valley City Council goes along with a proposal made by commissioners
Tuesday, it looks like the East Valley School District will finally get its school
Official Newspaper |
The City Council of the City of Spokane Valley,
WA named the Spokane Valley News Herald as the city's "official" newspaper. The
designation means the News Herald will publish the city's legal notices on a contract
basis for one year.
Year in Review|
concerns the big story in 2005 |
This is the first of a two-part look back at the noteworthy news and happenings
- minus one - re-elected in 2005 |
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Year in Review|
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