Council reaffirms special zone designations for Auto Row
With plenty of other places to locate, the Spokane Valley City Council reaffirmed Tuesday night that office buildings won’t be welcome on Sprague’s Auto Row. But certain types of restaurants and entertainment destinations will be.
Council gets into zoning specifics of SARP
As the Spokane Valley City Council delved deeper into the Sprague-Appleway Revitalization Plan on Tuesday, there were no sweeping changes – but there were some surgical strikes.
Valley Fire won’t raise levy rate in ‘09
A sluggish economy and a desire to not overreach financially in 2009 both contributed to a decision to scale back the Spokane Valley Fire Department budget for next year.
Incumbents keep seats in local elections
While a national mandate for “change we can believe in” was more than evident Tuesday night, the mood for local elective races could be better described as “candidates we have faith in.”
CV students rally to support principal’s family, cancer cure
The fans who attended last Thursday’s regular season finale at Central Valley High School may have been rooting for different teams – but by the end of the game, everyone was pulling for Karen Hittle, wife of CVHS Principal Mike Hittle, to win her battle against pancreatic cancer.
Stars and stripes salute
Spokane Valley Fire Chief Mike Thompson (forefront) was one of several dignitaries to speak at the dedication of the department’s newest building, Fire Station No. 9, last Thursday. The ceremony was held in honor of the victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 and included the presentation of an American flag draped from a ladder truck.
Argonne Road traffic hazard to get signage
That home-style pot roast you love so much? And the fresh strawberry pie for dessert? It’s not worth taking your life in your hands, according to the Spokane Valley City Council.
Reward offered for rape suspect
Crime Stoppers has offered a cash reward for information that leads to the capture of a fugitive wanted for first degree rape of a child. Roger Walters is being sought for the sexual assault of a 5-year-old child in town of Lamont, Washington. Whitman County police report that information developed during the course of their investigation indicates that the fugitive may have fled to the Spokane area and gone into hiding.
EVSD begins school year with optimistic outlook
Jan Beauchamp strode into a meeting room at the East Valley School District administrative office earlier this week with some good news – it turns out 100 additional high school students had signed up for the 2008-09 school year.
Conference on heart health Sept. 13
Community Health Education and Resources will present a Heart Health Conference and Screening on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Deaconess Health and Education Center. The $15 admission fee includes tests for cholesterol (a full lipid panel), blood pressure, blood glucose, body/mass index and body fat percentage. Presentations will include topics such as knowing your heart numbers, healthy eating, preventing heart disease, CPR and diabetes and your heart. Registration is required. Call 232-8138 or visit www.cherspokane.org to find out more.
Wilhite won’t move on to general election
A former Spokane Valley mayor will remain on the City Council for the time being, as her bid for a 4th District representative seat in the state House of Representatives failed.
County in no rush to purchase YMCA building
While the county’s Conservation Futures program has been used to protect environmental areas, it has never been used to secure land in the middle of an existing public park – especially in downtown Spokane.
Good Evening, Sheriff:
I attended the ceremony Thursday in which the Valley View fire responsibilities were returned to our local Fire Departments from the state-wide Incident Command structure. The Incident Commander, who was not a Spokane area resident, told the audience that this was the best cooperation with a Sheriff's department he had ever seen. The Sheriff did not just appoint a liason, he assigned staff who were at the Command Post. He also was very pleased because he was kept well informed on what areas were evacuated, and you worked effectively with the State Patrol to create the evacuation. In fact, he told the audience, that the procedures set up by the Sheriff in this fire should become the standard for the State.
Congratulations on doing an outstanding job. I appreciate the protection you and your deputies provide me, my family, my city, and my county.
Bill Gothmann - Spokane Valley City Council
Fire aftermath gets close scrutiny
With last week’s fire – which scorched over 1,000 acres, 11 homes destroyed and caused millions of dollars in damage – mostly contained and who started it identified, clean up efforts in Dishman Hills continue.
Council votes no on law-enforcement assessment
After two hours of deliberation, public comment, a Powerpoint presentation, an emotional outburst or two, and the lights going out, the Spokane Valley City Council narrowly defeated a proposal to have an independent consultant conduct an assessment of the Spokane Valley police contract.
Public comments sought on public safety grant
Spokane County and the city of Spokane are working together to secure a $70,535 Office of Justice Programs grant that the two entities would split for needed public safety equipment and personnel.
SCLD to solicit help on facilities planning
Still stinging from a pair of ballot defeats that would have jumpstarted two brand-new libraries in Spokane Valley, Spokane County Library District board members agreed Tuesday to move forward with a system-wide facilities master plan.
Residents, developer clash over proposed zoning change
It is the latest chapter in the epic struggle between commercial and residential interests and, for the city of Spokane Valley, another opportunity to consider how development affects the shifting complexion of the community.
Liberty Lake state of the city rings with corporate flair
Along with a summary of municipal happenings and budgetary highlights from the past year, attendees at last Friday’s state of the city address in Liberty Lake were treated to an overview of the local corporate arena, featuring topics from regional business marketing to public transportation.
City to attempt to help firefighters Fill the Boot safely
Re-emphasizing that it’s the action of soliciting in traffic – not the event itself – the Spokane Valley City Council encouraged city staff Tuesday to come up with some way for firefighters to continue to “Fill the Boot” each summer for muscular dystrophy.
Proposed new jail would be built downtown
Costs and community concerns weighed into the Board of County Commissioners’ decision Tuesday to build a proposed new jail behind the existing one at the courthouse campus.
SNAP building avenues for quality affordable housing
The call came into the office of Spokane Valley Partners on a Friday afternoon – a family stranded with nowhere to stay, wondering if the social service agency, known more for its food and clothing banks, had any resources for shelter.
Friends of the Library provide SCLD with valuable support
They have helped build libraries in Cheney and Medical Lake, supported critical ballot issues affecting regionwide library services and sponsored book sales that have brought the illumination of reading into homes across Spokane County.
City Council supports May STA, public safety votes
Neither issue was supported unanimously, nor was it unconditional. But the Spokane Valley City Council gave its recommendation for approval of a pair of ballot issues that will come before voters May 20.
CV, EV boards announce new superintendents
John Glenewinkel and Ben Small each understand the importance of a good education. Beginning July 1, both will begin the task of leading local school districts as new superintendents – Glenewinkel in the East Valley School District and Small in Central Valley.
District 8’s levy lid lift vote passes
Following on the heels of Spokane Valley Fire Department’s successful levy lid lift vote last fall, Fire District 8 – which serves a portion of the southwest part of the Valley – had its own reason to celebrate Tuesday.
Millwood, Liberty Lake celebrate environment with arboretum projects
There was little doubt that the new logo for the city of Millwood would include some sort of tree. In a community known for streets lined with rows of maple, oak, elm and other varieties, a municipal emblem without some form of shrubbery would be like leaving the nostalgia out of a Norman Rockwell painting.
Pros, cons of Crime Check aired at meeting
Is Crime Check a necessary crime-reporting tool that will lift some of the load off the existing 9-1-1 system or a feel-good, nice-to-have program that not an absolute priority? It all depends on whom you ask.
New Miss Spokane Valley Ambassador 2008 crowned
Lauren Aubertin from University High School was crowned Miss Spokane Valley Ambassador Friday night, March 22, 2008. Ashley Eggleston from Valley Christian was 1st runner up and Nicole Luth from Central Valley High School was 2nd runner up.
EVSD board votes to run bond vote again in May
School administrators across the state applauded the passage of EHJR 4204 last November, a legislative resolution which stated that educational levies could be approved with a simple majority, or any margin over 50 percent of the vote.
City to investigate possible car tab tax
That pothole on Argonne? That crack in the pavement on Sprague? Unless the city of Spokane Valley can come up with some answers, they may be the rule rather than the exception.
Mandatory sewer hookups return for some
As Spokane County contemplates the start of the new sewer construction year, the Board of Commissioners is looking to the past to make sure that those who missed out on the chance to hook up to the wastewater-treatment system when they had the chance do so now.
SCLD contemplates U-City land, future vote after election loss
The Spokane County Library District board of trustees met at the Spokane Valley Library on Tuesday, a week after suffering a pair of ballot defeats that would have set the wheels in motion on the construction of two new libraries and expansion of another branch.
Efforts on Turtle Creek joint planning area continue
Spokane County commissioners Tuesday discussed the ongoing efforts to work out a joint-planning agreement with the city of Spokane Valley regarding the Turtle Creek development just off of Barker Road south of Sprague.
Consultants recommend two-way return to Sprague
When Dick Behm – a longtime business owner on Sprague Avenue – approached the podium last Tuesday night, probably more than one person assumed the first words out of his mouth might be this: “I told you so.”
Developers get lowdown on changes to Sprague/Appleway
With about 50 or so developers, real estate agents and generally interested citizens in attendance last Friday, Spokane Valley’s top planner laid out what the city hopes will become of the Sprague/Appleway corridor in the future.
City collects input on Sprague/Appleway revitalization project
Call it the Extreme Makeover – Sprague/Appleway edition. If all goes according to a document called the subarea plan, the new and improved rendition of Spokane Valley’s main corridor would include a city center, townhouses, shops, walkways and the return of Sprague to a two-way street.
Money on council’s minds at Saturday retreat
A casual atmosphere, a couple of boxes of doughnuts and several pots of coffee were the primary ingredients to last Saturday’s Spokane Valley City Council retreat at CenterPlace.
Liberty Lake council votes to support affordable housing
At Tuesday’s meeting of the Liberty Lake City Council, developer Todd Prescott sat in the back of the room waiting to hear what the city’s governing board had to say about Liberty Village, the latest rendition of an urban town center built in the Orenco Station mold.
2007 Year in Review, Part 2
(This is the second part of a recap of all that was worth noting in 2007. The first part, featuring January to May, appeared last week.)
Munson chosen as new mayor of city
Richard Munson – who has been on the City Council since the citizens of Spokane Valley elected to incorporate in 2002 – was chosen as mayor Tuesday night.
Service for former Council Member Flanigan on Saturday
The city of Spokane Valley lost one of its founding fathers last weekend. Mike Flanigan – who was one of the first members of the City Council to be elected in 2002 and the first to not seek re-election – died early Sunday at his home of apparent cardiac arrest.
EVSD bond vote to appear on March ballot
Speakers at Monday’s community kickoff for an East Valley School District bond initiative used superlatives to describe the impact that an approved vote would have on the learning environment.
Liberty Lake council sets timeline for civic center design
For the better part of a year, the city of Liberty Lake hosted a series of community meetings to discuss the details of a community center that would include a state-of-the-art library and amenities like an amphitheater, walkways and a founder’s park paying homage to the history of the area.
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In a Small Space
It started out as a small project. Patty and Sterling Haskins of
Liberty Lake wanted to extend and open up their condominium's "cozy"
kitchen by changing the countertops.
Chris and Julie Kelsey had lived in their North Spokane home for
5 years and at last made the decision to embark on a complete remodel.
Finally their home could reflect their style and personalities.
Secret of Happiness The secret of happiness is a great mystery to many people, constantly
searching for joy in everyday life. I’ve heard people say: “When
I finally graduate from college, then my life will be better.” “I’ll
truly be happy when I get a better job.” “As soon as my new home
is built, I know I’ll be more content.” “I know I’ll be happier
if I move and have new experiences.”
Laura Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series immortalized
the everyday life of pioneer women. There is a new historical novel,
Melinda and the Wild West, by Linda Weaver Clarke.
are a Part of Life
Dreams can come true, no matter what age you are. Dreams are a part
of life and they come straight from the heart.
“Storms make oaks take deeper roots,” my mother reminded me. She
always told me that trials made us better people.
Law of Life
There is a Law of Life that relates to everyone. This law is something
we have no control over, but if we knew the importance of this law,
we would accept it more readily.
Labeling a Student
Teachers have a great responsibility. They are not only teaching
young minds, but they are shaping the future.
A Great Responsibility
“No amount of success can compensate for failure in the home…(To
be a parent is) the greatest trust that has been given to human
beings.” (David O. McKay)