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Chamber breakfast turns spotlight on charitable causes
As the executive director of Spokane Valley Meals on Wheels, Pam Almeida is accustomed to the task of delivering food and encouragement to homebound residents.
Founding council members say goodbye
“Welcome to the end of an era.”
Cliff House gutted by fire
Firefighters knocked down a blaze that burned three floors of the historic Arbor Crest Winery Cliff House mansion on Wednesday.
Veteran duo shoulders workload for Millwood public works
If the staff at Millwood City Hall were a football team, Cleve McCoul and Paul Allen would be undervalued offensive linemen.
Jail sites narrowed to 10, three Valley sites on list
Depending on the viewpoint, three out of 10 ain’t bad.
Council wants to improve notification process
From Sprague Avenue to Greenacres, it’s been a source of concern: when to let someone know that their property zoning could change and how to do it.
SVP works to weather storm after flooding incidents
Ever since its beginnings as Spokane Valley’s most visible social service organization, Spokane Valley Partners has been helping low-income residents cover water and electric bills in a pinch.
SRCAA celebrates four decades of clearing the air
Since 1977, Ron Edgar has been helping local residents breathe a little easier.
City Council doles out lodging tax dollars
Some last-minute number-crunching succeeded in turning some frowns upside-down at Tuesday night’s Spokane Valley City Council meeting.
County promotes homelessness prevention program
The temperature was dropping into the single digits outside Millwood City Hall on Monday night as the town’s governing board heard a presentation on a new program to keep local residents shielded from the winter chill.
Millwood council hears summary of street survey
The Millwood City Council received an overview of traffic patterns on municipal streets on Monday night, paving the way for a series of safety upgrades throughout residential neighborhoods.
County OKs budget, worker layoffs
Despite some last-ditch pleas to save some jobs in the prosecutor’s office, Spokane County commissioners agreed Tuesday to lay off 149.6 workers and approve a budget that is down over $13 million from last year.
Change in the air: Grafos sworn in
Call it a negative trifecta for the man promising “Positive Change.”
Street standards to be discussed next Tuesday
The Spokane Valley City Council will road test its proposed new street standards...
Breast cancer information
Thursday, Dec. 10 at the Valley Hospital Health and Education Center, 12606 E. Mission Ave.
Liberty Lake council finalizes 2010 municipal budget
The discussion itself covered a gamut of municipal issues
CV, EV school districts roll back levy rates
10 answers and a question from Munson, Wilhite
Munson and Wilhite were asked to weigh in on what they hope to see from the council, what they will do next and offer some advice for their successors.
Comments on city center sought
The city wants to hear from you – no matter what happens in 2010.
Millwood Better for Business group celebrates first anniversary
In just over a year of existence, the Millwood Better for Business group has established a mission that is as much about community as it is about commerce.
Comcast pact moves forward
The City Council last week directed city staff to gather more detailed facts and figures on the price of hiring a consultant to find out just how much it would cost to broadcast meetings over the Internet and/or cable television.
Tai chi utilized as helpful resource for fall prevention
Carolyn Harstick left last week’s fall prevention workshop at the Spokane Valley Senior Center with a new perspective on balance.
Sides weigh in on future of Sprague/Appleway plan
The Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan had top billing when candidates for the Spokane Valley City Council gathered at CenterPlace last month.
Council seals court deal
While Spokane County District Court may not be the only deal in town, judges and an independent study recently showed it’s the probably the best deal.
Work ethic propels FHS grad Hatch to success at EWU
As a senior at Freeman High School, Kevin Hatch was a three-sport star who set school records in track, led the football team to the state championship game and dunked a basketball despite being well under 6 feet tall.
City hopes to have Barker Bridge crossed by spring
A new rendition of the Barker Road Bridge – complete with convenient lanes for pedestrians and cyclists – should be ready by the time the winter freeze begins defrosting on the banks of the Spokane River.
Fire commissioners pass 2010 budget
There are construction plans in the Spokane Valley Fire Department’s future.
Lunch among Neighbors – New owners help revive local deli
Business was brisk at Neighbors Deli on Pines Road during a lunchtime rush last week – but that didn’t mean the people behind the counter were anywhere near abrupt.
New vote tallies change nothing
Anyone hoping updated vote totals this week would bring any new developments in the general election results likely remains disappointed.
Potential Appleway site on latest jail list
A joint Spokane/Kootenai County-run jail facility near Liberty Lake?
Spokane Valley launches update of shoreline program
You might say the Spokane County Shoreline Master Program – a document dealing with uses along the Spokane River and other area waterways – has always been current.
CV, EV school districts address facility issues
The Central Valley School District was celebrating a critical victory on the ballot back in 1998.
It’s positive, Valley council will change
Incumbents fall in one-sided city election
Council approves parks, pools contracts
The contract to maintain Spokane Valley parks was one of the first the city awarded to an entity other than Spokane County.
Millwood council works through 2010 budget
After a major overhaul of Argonne Road this year, the Millwood City Council knew that the 2010 budget wasn’t likely to include an abundance of funding for road repairs.
No discount on talent – Valley painter finds niche in watercolor
Not many local artists can say they produce 50,000 copies of a painting for distribution each month.
Council races to be decided Tuesday
But all eyes, locally, are on the Spokane Valley City Council election, the outcome of which could set the course for the city for years.
Council gets results from District Court study
While it won’t take any formal action for at least two more weeks, the Spokane Valley City Council learned Tuesday that continuing a contract with Spokane County District Court may be its best option – for now.
New SCRAPS volunteer coordinator leads by example
If you happen to be shopping for a dog or cat at the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services shelter sometime in the near future, don’t be surprised if Francine Moniz provides a little help.
Cities put wheels in motion to improve bike routes
If the weather is decent and the roads are reasonable, chances are you’ll find Mike Basinger pedaling to work.
Council candidates debate SARP, budget, municipal priorities
There were conflicting reports throughout last week’s candidate forum at CenterPlace sponsored by the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce.
GSI presents marketing proposal for SARP
Want to meet for a cup of coffee at University Crossing? How about looking for that new prom dress down at Sprague Plaza?
Volunteer effort turns into healthy harvest for food bank
Earlier this month, Gilbert called Barbara Bennett, director of the Spokane Valley Partners Food Bank, to inform her that the farm had produced a slew of potatoes – the only dilemma was that they needed to be picked and hauled to the food bank.
Stakeholders to meet to discuss possibility of joint sewer governance
Twenty years ago, a proposal to combine city of Spokane and Spokane County sewer programs into a single utility was met with icy skepticism by many.
City hires crews to plow roads this winter
The Spokane Valley City Council, at its regular meeting, authorized an emergency contract with Poe Asphalt Paving Inc. for the company’s workers to be ready to operate city-owned machinery for snow-plowing operations.
Munson, McCaslin dustup one for the political ages
No one was more shocked to see Bob McCaslin’s name appear on the November general election ballot than Spokane Valley Mayor Richard Munson.
Liberty Lake council debates finer points of River District plan
It’s taken years to map out the development on the north side of Liberty Lake known as the River District.
National conference promotes resources for drug-endangered kids
The sixth annual National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children Conference took place Sept. 22-24 at the Red Lion Inn in downtown Spokane with over 400 attendees representing 30 states, 13 tribal nations and Canada.
Budget, contracts dominate council meeting
The Spokane Valley City Council had money on its mind Tuesday, voting to increase what the city collects in property taxes and getting a rundown of the cost increases associated with the city’s public safety contract with Spokane County.
County wants reimbursement after fair escape
While it’s agreed no wants to see a situation similar to the escape of criminally insane Philip Arnold Paul from the Spokane County Interstate Fair ever again, county commissioners are hopeful for something more: restitution.
Valley Christian student suffers fatal injury in football game
Valley Christian head football coach Jim Puryear remembers Andrew Swank as “a good teammate with a great smile.”
Community sighs in relief after fair escapee recaptured
It turned out to be no day at the fair for law-enforcement, fair officials, state mental health experts and the community at large on Sept. 17.
Council OKs contract to reduce false break-in alarms
The Spokane Valley Police Department has ringing in its ears.
Liberty Lake council, water district candidates debate issues at forum
Since Liberty Lake incorporated as a city back in 2001, there have been a few shifts on the City Council roster.
Local officials emphasize precautions against swine flu
The beginning of the academic year is always an eventful time for Melanie Rose, communications specialist with the Central Valley School District.
Valleyfest 2009 marks two decades of community celebration
Organizers of the first Valleyfest celebration at Terrace View Park in 1990 estimate that a crowd of around 4,000 may have turned out for Spokane Valley’s inaugural community celebration.
SARP start delayed until Oct. 15
Call it one last look.
Local officials looking at road funding sources
When it comes to funding for road projects, some local government officials are taking a Three Musketeers approach.
County to redo site search process for new jail
It’s back to square one for figuring out where a new Spokane County Jail will end up.
Mork a catalyst for progress, collaboration in Millwood
Dan Mork isn’t sure why he’s the only mayoral candidate in the city of Millwood this fall.
CHER sponsors health screening at Valley Hospital
Community Health Education and Resources, a nonprofit advocacy group based in Spokane, will sponsor a health screening at Valley Hospital and Education Center, 12606 E. Mission in Spokane Valley, on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Acts at this year’s fair something to ‘crow about’
Whether it’s “Good Vibrations” or “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” there should be something for just about everyone at this year’s Spokane County Interstate Fair.
Council dangles carrot for GSI
For Greater Spokane Inc., it was better than nothing.
Disincorporation campaign disbands, turns attention to vote
Around 70 people gathered at the Valley Library last week to hear the latest on an effort to put the disincorporation of Spokane Valley on the ballot.
Commissioners mull direction of stormwater department
Stormwater, in Spokane County, is flowing into some new territory.
Millwood council ponders safe street strategy
After serving as project engineer of the Argonne Road repavement project for the past year, Matt Gillis of Welch Comer Engineers resurfaced at the Millwood City Council meeting on Tuesday night.
Police target city crime hot spots
Whether it’s stolen cars in the south Dishman area or vehicle prowlings at Pines and Mansfield, Spokane Valley Police are working hard to cool off hot spots of criminal activity.
Robertson faces three challengers on council
Four candidates – including council appointee Ian Robertson – will seek to retain Council Member Steve Taylor’s Position 2 seat on the Spokane Valley City Council.
New program sheds light on dangers of prescription drugs
Haeger passed away in 2006 at the age of 22 from a methadone overdose, one of 308 deaths in Washington state that year attributed to the prescription drug.
Presentation highlights red flags of investment fraud
Deputy Travis Pendell of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office arrived at last week’s presentation on investment fraud with a simple message – Be smart with your money and be smarter with those who try to invest it.
Organizations make case for city funds
A dozen social services and economic-development organizations came forward to solicit the City Council for financial assistance to continue their public service in Spokane Valley.
Millwood to celebrate transformation of Argonne Road
When Millwood Mayor Dan Mork sent out a community survey in February 2006, he was hoping to determine how residents felt about their city.
November election picture getting clearer
A four-person race for an East Valley school board spot appears to have settled into a two-woman run.
New food warehouse helps SVP step up to plate
For the past two years, Witham has volunteered his time once a week to help the food bank at Spokane Valley Partners, collecting bread, rolls and other baked goods from local grocery stores.
Businesses, motorists adjust to Sprague overhaul
Autumn may be a few months away in the city of Spokane Valley, but orange has still emerged as a popular color along Sprague Avenue over the past few weeks. Call it the season of the safety cone.
Voters agree to continue public safety tax
Spokane County voters had no problem continuing to pay a sales tax designed to bolster public safety.
Council dives into pool pass program
While the current economy makes it tough for just about anyone to keep their head above water, the Spokane Valley City Council found a way Tuesday to keep local underprivileged youth in the swim of things.
New Southeast SCOPE branches out to emphasize rural safety
Al Fisher understands the importance of community participation in the context of public safety.
Robertson brings community-rich background to council
The newest member of the Spokane Valley City Council learned the value of civic involvement at a time when the world was in disarray.
Primary ballot deadline next Tuesday
Depending on where you live, there’s not much to get excited about for this primary election.
Education, not legislation, will target panhandlers
For nearly the entire six-year life of the city of Spokane Valley, officials have tried to deal with a situation that often involves scrawled, handwritten cardboard signs.
Greenstone, Liberty Lake debate details of River District development
Tuesday’s tour of the emerging Liberty Lake development known as the River District featured public transportation, a good deal of walking and plenty of talk about greenspace.
Trentwood Post Office spared from closure list
A Spokane Valley post office branch was the only one to make a list last week of potential closures under consideration by the federal government.
Robertson chosen to fill open spot on council
It took just over a month, but the Spokane Valley City Council is now a seven-piece group again.
Millwood anticipates completion of Argonne Road project
On Monday, Gillis appeared before the city’s governing board with a report on the final stages of the renovation that began in early May.
University earns district title, places fifth at state
Last year, the University A-2 American Legion squad bore more resemblance to the 1927 stock market than the 1927 New York Yankees.
County, residents at odds over Bigelow Gulch project
Residents of Orchard Prairie, a rolling rural terrain in north Spokane County, will tell you they have no problem with efforts to improve safety conditions along Bigelow Gulch Road.
Proposition 1 renewal on primary ballot
Get those pens out, it’s vote-by-mail time.
Council appointee to be chosen next Tuesday
Sixteen potential candidates stepped forward to fill the void of Taylor, who left the council to be the city administrator of Connell on June 30.
Council candidates mix it up at forum
Above 90-degree weather and soupy ice cream didn’t deter nearly 70 from attending a candidate’s forum put on by the Republicans of Spokane County last week.
National Night Out reinforces value of community policing
On Tuesday, Aug. 4, Van Leuven will join law-enforcement personnel and volunteers throughout Spokane County in observance of National Night Out, an annual event launched in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch.
Edgecliff residents dig in to restore senior meal site
On the morning of June 8, she walked into the makeshift dining area to find overturned tables and chairs, strewn food and walls scrawled with graffiti.
Council to conduct candidate interviews next Tuesday
The next member of the Spokane Valley City Council will be quizzed along with three others next Tuesday night.
Promotional campaign ramps up in support of incorporation
Along with the usual array of flowering trees and landscaped yards, Driskell passes a growing number of red campaign signs that call for the disincorporation of the state’s seventh largest city.
City take steps for winter snow removal
When Spokane County commissioners severed a contract for snow-removal services last December – right as this area received one of the longest bouts of prolonged snowfall in recorded history – it was like a cold shot to the face of Spokane Valley.
Pact signed, rates to go up for sewer service
A contract was signed, commitments made and a rate structure approved for the new wastewater treatment plant now under construction.
Community Frameworks promotes affordable housing with Valley Pointe
The theme of possibility was at the forefront of a groundbreaking event sponsored by Community Frameworks on Monday morning.
Valley council to readdress panhandling issue
Spokane Valley City Council Member Bill Gothmann admits he doesn’t have all the answers when it comes to dealing with the city’s panhandling concerns – but he would like to see some learning take place.
Council lays out procedure for replacing Taylor
There have been several “firsts” for the Spokane Valley City Council in the just over six years since incorporation.
City looks to strike deal with county for sewer service
Despite assertions from a commissioner that Spokane Valley has “repeatedly refused to commit” to Spokane County for sewer service, the city made moves last week to do just that.
Millwood council approves Fowler traffic study
The Coeur d’Alene-based design firm – which drew up the plans for an ongoing $1.3 million upgrade of Argonne Road – has been delegated by the Millwood City Council to complete a traffic-calming study in an area known as the “Fowler/Empire Corridor.”
Millwood council approves Fowler traffic study
The Coeur d’Alene-based design firm – which drew up the plans for an ongoing $1.3 million upgrade of Argonne Road – has been delegated by the Millwood City Council to complete a traffic-calming study in an area known as the “Fowler/Empire Corridor.”
Council moves forward with Discovery Playground
The spirit of a project that is described by most City Council members as “important” and “historical” was dampened somewhat by an accounting error that one Spokane Valley citizen as a “screw-up.”
Liberty Lake shifts gears with transportation agenda
The city of Liberty Lake is hitting the pavement to raise awareness about street funding.
Hoopfest wheelchair bracket marked by courage, competitiveness
Josh Brewer faked right and rolled left – clearing just enough room to throw his defender off balance – then launched the ball 12 feet from the basket in a perfect arc. Nothing but net.
City will pay county $1.1 million in public safety fees
While still unsure whether it is absolutely necessary, the Spokane Valley City Council voted last week to make a “good faith” payment of $1.1 million to Spokane County in disputed fees connected to the two organizations’ public safety contract.
Council votes to allow Broadway three-lane project
Before becoming mayor – even before Spokane Valley became a city – Richard Munson was bullish on Broadway Avenue.
Argonne project receives boost from state grant
When Millwood residents, business owners and city leaders gathered to discuss the priorities of a corridor study along Argonne Road nearly two years ago, the subject of inadequate sidewalks was near the top of the list.
Comments on sewer rate increases taken until Tuesday
With no one present to comment – and still some question about the overall time period for financing – Spokane County commissioners opted Tuesday to hold off on making any decisions on any potential increases in sewer rates. The new deadline is next Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Green is the theme for new Waste Management headquarters
Every week, workers with Waste Management of Spokane retrieve recycled materials from thousands of residential and commercial customers throughout the greater Spokane Valley.
City to try new tactic in Appleway negotiations
When it comes to the extension of Appleway Avenue, the following quote sums it up best: “Not everyone is talking together.”
SARP officially kicks in Oct. 1
After dozens of meetings, scores of public comments and a more than just a little controversy, the Sprague-Appleway Revitalization Plan will become law on Oct. 1 of this year.
Neighbors rally awareness for street safety in Millwood
Rick and Jeannie Pearson have lived in the same Millwood neighborhood for 22 years, investing time and money into a home and well-manicured yard on Fowler Road. Now the couple may be moving.
CVSD celebrates inspiring return of cancer survivor
Karen Hittle is well enough to prepare a meal these days – but cooking tends to be a challenge when your family has taken over the kitchen.
McCaslin looks to unseat Munson on City Council
It would appear the “October surprise” has been moved up to June. Saying “no one else would run,” longtime 4th District state Sen. Bob McCaslin filed last week to run against Spokane Valley Mayor Richard Munson for City Council.
Resource fair emphasizes support, appreciation for area veterans
It was a day to honor those who have served their country – and a time to let veterans know that their country is here to help.
Transportation Commission to hold community outreach meeting in Spokane Valley on June 16th.
Police seek information on HIV positive man
State scholarships provide college opportunity for disadvantaged kids
Council supports paying sewer plant debt early
After another week of strained relationships with county officials, the Spokane Valley City Council tackled one area where it is in agreement with the Board of Commissioners’: moving forward with the building of a wastewater treatment plant.
City, county at loggerheads over $2 million in back fees
Heated e-mail exchanges, a scuttled meeting and an anticipated state auditor’s ruling have capped a week’s worth of drama between the city of Spokane Valley and Spokane County officials.
Sports Commission elevates region as top-flight event site
If you had to associate the Spokane Regional Sports Commission with a modern-day athlete, the most appropriate comparison would probably be Bobby Jones.
Millwood council navigates concerns over Argonne Road project
As the project manager for a $1.3 million overhaul of Argonne Road in Millwood, Matt Gillis has a full agenda these days.
Mental health support group provides insight, fellowship
Marie Rupert believes in building a foundation of hope – beginning with people who take the time to listen and understand.
Council sending SARP for final approval
A last-minute attempt to limit the scope of the Sprague-Appleway Revitalization Plan was derailed by the Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday.
Efforts for snow removal continue despite tension
While Spokane Valley continues its efforts for a long-term solution for snow removal, it’s the city’s short-term plans that have county commissioners most concerned.
Van Orman outlines LL goals, achievements at chamber event
It was about a year ago that Liberty Lake Mayor Wendy Van Orman presented a state of the city address at the headquarters of Itron, one of the acknowledged business pillars in Spokane County’s easternmost community.
Spokane Shock, West Valley students team up against substance use
As part of a collaboration with the Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council, several representatives from the Shock worked with a crew from Community Minded Media and students from West Valley High School to produce a series of public service announcements warning against the dangers of drug and alcohol use.
First reading on SARP set for next Tuesday
It’s almost the end of the road.
County plans to break ground on sewage plant in June
When it comes to a new county wastewater treatment plant, the time for waiting may be over.
Staff cuts imminent as districts cope with reduced budgets
There’s plenty of budget misery to go around at Spokane Valley school districts.
Romney sworn in as newest Liberty Lake council member
Things are moving quickly for Ryan Romney.
East Valley student/athlete reaches great heights
Ask any student or teacher at East Valley Middle School and they will tell you that everyone looks up to Michelle Kazuba.
City gears up for Sprague Avenue improvements
Representatives from the city of Spokane Valley had little trouble directing traffic at last week’s open house to discuss upcoming construction projects on Sprague Avenue.
Council ponders empty space at police precinct
When the city of Spokane Valley incorporated in 2003, it inherited all kinds of contracts and property from Spokane County.
Kickoff event celebrates two decades of Valleyfest
There was little mention made about a small community celebration called Valleyfest in the pages of the Spokane Valley Herald back in September of 1990.
City looks at survey results as mostly positive
Although not exactly Ichiro’s numbers, municipal leaders are overall pretty happy with Spokane Valley’s batting average these days.
Council gets refresher on city finance
Bedeviled by disincorporationists and critics of the Sprague-Appleway Revitalization Plan, the Spokane Valley City Council offered a bit of scholastic counter-programming on Tuesday night.
Millwood council stays the course on Argonne project
While bulldozers negotiated their way up and down Argonne Road on Monday night, members of the Millwood City Council spent time discussing the exact route of a $1.3 million project along the town’s main thoroughfare.
Valley remains unscathed for swine flu thus far
So far, no swine. Spokane Valley has so far not had any reported cases of the H1N1 flu virus, despite national concerns that the disease is spreading nationwide and at least one case in Spokane County.
Former Valley center worker at home with Life Services
Early afternoon sunlight is streaming through an upstairs window in the home on Ash Street as Sharon Hengy reflects on the daily opportunity to bring warmth into the lives of others.
County prepares for likely sewer rate increases
Back in February, county officials were predicting that residential sewer rates could soon be in the $50-a-month range.
New hospital owners targeted by unionized employees
Pickets marched in front of Spokane Valley Hospital and Medical Center last week, but no employees at the health-care facility were on strike.
Public vote on SARP called for during hearing
Many of the same criticisms were voiced from the over two dozen who offered comments at Tuesday’s public hearing on the Sprague-Appleway Revitalization Plan.
Area retail climate a blend of gray, sunny skies
Running shoes are not the only sale items that have been moving quickly at Joe’s Sports in Spokane Valley this month.
Hearth Homes provides foundation of hope in trying times
As a carpenter, Karen Fournier has been restoring homes and other structures for the better part of two decades.
Schimmels, Wilhite to run again for council, Denenny declines
The last time Dick Denenny ran for re-election on the Spokane Valley City Council, it wasn’t much of a contest.
Council tries for compromise in new airport zoning
It took some sputtering and stalled starts, but a new airport overlay zone finally got off the ground last week.
City nurtures environmental awareness at Arbor Day event
Amidst all the talk about commercial zoning, street resurfacing and development codes, Mike Stone and his colleagues in the Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation Department are thinking green.
Fire commissioners split on new fire truck
After a couple of tries and a split vote by fire commissioners, the Spokane Valley Fire Department has decided to buy a new pumper-rescue truck.
Council gives authority to Spokane on Havana issue
Based on the pure logic of the situation, Mr. Spock would have been proud.
Munson defends incorporation in inaugural ‘Spotlight on Cities’ talk
There were no disincorporation picket signs or anti-city petitions at last Thursday’s “Spotlight on Cities” presentation hosted by the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Liberty Lake officials express concern with TIF oversight
Liberty Lake is miffed about the Tax Increment Financing.
County considers new Conservation Futures property
After all the hullabaloo surrounding the Riverfront Park YMCA site, county commissioners could move forward with a bit more traditional use for Conservation Futures funds.
Council committed to full-width paving of sewer projects
Roads – and how to keep them maintained – dominated discussion at Tuesday’s Spokane Valley City Council workshop meeting.
Local construction trends showing signs of resurgence
Since 1951, Baker Construction has been a pillar on the local development scene, emerging as one of the leading commercial builders in Eastern Washington – but like many other businesses, the Spokane Valley-based operation understands that the national recession represents more than a footnote in the company newsletter.
Millwood settles on construction bid for Argonne project
All that was missing was a drum roll.
Social service programs ramp up in economic downturn
As the programs director at Spokane Valley Partners, Connie Nelson coordinates a year-round social service agenda that provides support to less fortunate individuals and families throughout the area.
Munson will run again for City Council
Saying there’s “so much to do,” Spokane Valley Mayor Richard Munson announced Monday he would run for a third term on the City Council.
Havana overpass project looking to move forward
The wait for work to begin at Havana Street for a new overpass near the rail yards may be about over.
Liberty Lake grant to support promotion of Valley HUB
There may have been banner waving and applause emerging from the Valley HUB last month – but the most resonant ovation had nothing to do with a sporting event.
Outside funding paves way for city road projects
The streets of Spokane Valley will feature a confluence of construction work beginning this spring – each benefiting from different tributaries of funding.
City on its own for snow removal – for now
While both the mayor and Spokane County commissioners have both promised that snow will get plowed in the city of Spokane Valley next year, it’s still not certain how that will happen.
$50,000 city hall design study to move forward
While the 5-2 approval by the Spokane Valley City Council was expected, some of the cost numbers in a design study for a new city hall were not
Liberty Lake police department settles in to new precinct
Liberty Lake Police Chief Brian Asmus is adapting to his new tasks as a tour guide these days.
Public safety tax renewal gets support
While there may have been some tension between the two local governments recently, Spokane Valley Mayor Richard Munson told Spokane County commissioners he “fully supports” the renewal of a public safety tax.
Community meetings focus on CVSD budget priorities
While state legislators in Olympia discuss ways of dealing with a record-setting deficit, administrators in the Central Valley School District are holding a few budget talks of their own.
West Valley girls come back for third-place win at state
Last year, after the West Valley Lady Eagles came home from the 2A state basketball tournament without a trophy, coach Lorin Carlon had this to say to his team: “Now you’ve got a taste of it.”
Millwood City Hall upgrade blends historical, modern features
Last year, when Mayor Mork decided it was time for an update of City Hall, he listened to the advice of Bobbie Beese, a member of the Millwood Historical Society.
Legislators air concerns from Olympia at open house
A trio of legislators from Spokane County’s 4th district – Sen. Bob McCaslin, Rep. Larry Crouse and Rep. Matt Shea – met with citizens last Saturday at CenterPlace in Spokane Valley to discuss the latest developments from Olympia with much of the conversation focusing on the beleaguered state budget.
County may ask for public safety tax renewal
With the primary and general election ballots beginning to look crowded in 2009, Spokane County commissioners Tuesday pondered the idea of asking voters in May to renew a .1 of 1 percent sales tax that raises about $7.1 million a year for public safety purposes.
Mayor’s addresses host of topics during state of city
From sewage treatment to Sprague revitalization, Spokane Valley Mayor Richard Munson covered it all during last week’s state of the city address.
Open house showcases CenterPlace as regional gathering place
Just in case you hadn’t heard, CenterPlace is making a name for itself.
Council could spend $50,000 on city hall study
While a formal vote will be taken at an upcoming meeting, the Spokane Valley City Council agreed Tuesday to take a look at spending up to $50,000 in initial design work for a new city hall.
EVSD survey, event emphasize keys to Internet safety
It was an event that turned out to be part educational seminar, part wake-up call.
County sends mayor letter confirming ‘breach of contract’
In case Spokane Valley officials didn’t get the message last week, county commissioners made sure with a letter this week: The city is in violation of its public safety contract.
Council completes SARP study
A bit of fine-tuning was required, but the Spokane Valley City Council put the exclamation point on the Sprague-Appleway Revitalization Plan on Tuesday night.
Liberty Lake celebrates launch of new library
Itronix announces closure of Spokane Valley location
Millwood council, residents address concerns over street safety
Event encourages people to take active role in maintaining heart health
Council delays decisions on SARP, city hall
Council getting nearer to closing book on SARP
After years in the making and dozens of meetings, city of Spokane Valley officials are getting nearer the Sprague-Appleway finish line.
Spokane Valley adjusts to shifts in tax revenue
As the finance director for the city of Spokane Valley, Ken Thompson understands that tax revenue is the engine that propels a municipal budget.
Local educators weigh in on proposed WASL changes
School districts throughout Washington state are waiting to see what the future holds for education’s most publicized acronym.
Commissioners vote to oppose health district bill
Two out of three members of the county commissioners are convinced the current makeup of the Spokane Regional Health District board of directors is just fine the way it is.
Court dismisses lawsuit over Appleway right-of-way
If any agreement is going to be made over right-of-way property for extending Appleway Boulevard, it will be done without a decision from the Washington Supreme Court.
Council delays vote on city hall study until Feb. 24
With three members absent and an over $300,000 expenditure at stake, the Spokane Valley City Council decided Tuesday to hold up on making any decisions on a study that would outline details for a new city hall for at least two more weeks.
Liberty Lake council approves agreement with SCRAPS
It’s official – after nearly seven years, the city of Liberty Lake and Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services have been reunited.
SR-27 project emphasizes heightened awareness, safety
Peggy Gilliland is encouraged by the change in direction on State Route 27.
February Health Programs
Health agenda includes heart disease education, free screening
All local levies pass, EV bond failing
It’s the typical good-news, bad-news scenario.
Council sets some sign standards for SARP
While animated-style billboards may be a sign of the times, they won’t be welcomed in the city center area under the Sprague-Appleway Revitalization Plan.
Millwood council confirms details for Argonne Road project
The last time a representative from Welch/Comer Engineers appeared at a Millwood City Council meeting, autumn leaves – not snow – had begun to fall on the sidewalks along Argonne Road.
Sheriff’s office looking to recoup alarm-response costs
The Spokane County sheriff is calling foul over too many business and residential security alarms crying wolf.
Program makes strides in addressing graffiti abatement
In December, the Spokane Valley City Council voted to add graffiti to a list of violations under the municipal code.
Funding issues dominate Feb. 3 sample ballot
Money is the name of the game of the Feb. 3 special election.
Council OKs 2009 road projects
The Spokane Valley City Council agreed Tuesday to a slate of road projects to be done this year.
Spokane Valley prepares to implement new street standards
Since incorporating as a city in 2003, Spokane Valley has adhered to street standards established by Spokane County in areas such as design, construction and maintenance. Now, the city has decided to take a turn in the road.
State budget, new jail among topics at COG meeting
The acronym seems fitting for a group expected to keep the wheels in motion.
County seeks eight judges for District Court
Spokane County commissioners are taking steps to reduce the number of judges on the District Court because there could be significantly less cases for them to hear.
City, county take tentative steps to mend ties
Up until recently, the relationship between Spokane County and the city of Spokane Valley has been chillier than a January night.
City just getting by when it comes to street upkeep
When it comes to the quality of Spokane Valley roadways, the city gets a pass for now. But it may not do so a few years down the line.
New Huckleberry’s Natural Market highlights Rosauers upgrade
Back in March of 1960, shoppers in Spokane Valley were introduced to a new Rosauers supermarket at the corner of Sprague and University.
Liberty Lake council holds off on changes to parks development
The shortage of recreational facilities within Liberty Lake has been a topic of discussion ever since the city incorporated in 2001.
Warning issued for contaminated peanut products
Council considers need for new streets for SARP
While Sprague and Appleway are getting most of the revitalization attention, the need for more streets – particularly heading north-south – got a hard look at Tuesday night’s Spokane Valley City Council meeting.
Ballot to determine key funding for school districts
The passage of SHJR 4204 in November 2007 signaled good news for school districts throughout Washington.
Millwood moves ahead with right-of-way ordinance
After a few twists and turns, the Millwood City Council unanimously passed a right-of-way ordinance at a special meeting Monday night.
Commissioners OK contract for wastewater plant
Saying that to not act would be “reckless” but doing so could be considered “a calculated risk,” Spokane County commissioners signed a contract to accelerate the building of a new wastewater treatment plant.
Spokane Valley to review alternate service providers
Still stinging from Spokane County’s severance of the road-maintenance contract, the Spokane Valley City Council voted last week to begin to shop around for potential alternatives in every other area the city relies on the county for service – including law enforcement.
Costs, safety concerns pile up with winter weather
The holiday season was anything but a vacation for employees of the Spokane Valley Fire Department.
Argonne project spurs new Millwood business group
Bobbie Beese has seen it before – a road project along Millwood’s main thoroughfare that disrupts business and leaves local merchants wringing their hands.
City, county declare emergency over snowfall
That seems to be the general feeling by most as more snow was expected for New Year’s Day. And even more this weekend.
Local program provides prizes, support in helping smokers quit
The next “Quit and Win” program begins next month, with registration running from Jan. 5-10.
Liberty Lake police department, library prepare for new home
The Liberty Lake City Council approved the acquisition of the one-story, 37,400-square-foot structure...
Area police enthused about Crime Check return
It was just over a year ago that a funding initiative for emergency communication systems and facilities appeared on the ballot in Spokane County.
Budget to get legislators’ focus for ’09 session
Think the latest round of snow has been tough? It’s nothing compared to the storm area legislators feel they are in for in Olympia this year.
Officials emphasize precautions in cold conditions
As temperatures plummeted throughout Spokane County over the past week, officials continued to emphasize the importance of safety when combating cold and icy conditions.
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.
City picks up pieces after fractured road contract
Last winter, the city of Spokane Valley dug itself out from layers of snow with the help of road crews from Spokane County.
Public asked to comment on proposed street standards
Got something to say over proposed efforts to “calm” traffic in neighborhoods or improving the quality of streets? The city of Spokane Valley wants to hear from you.
City reeling after county severs road contract
In a move not unlike a high school breakup, Spokane County commissioners severed their relationship with the city of Spokane Valley – with a cell phone message.
Commissioners OK reduced budget for 2009
With a reduction of nearly 3 percent and 10 planned layoffs, the atmosphere was grim as Spokane County commissioners passed the 2009 budget on Tuesday.
Winter storm fallout proves costly for area cities
Each month, the city of Spokane Valley receives a bill for street maintenance as part of an annual agreement with Spokane County.
City of Spokane Valley sets the record straight
Since incorporating as a city in March 2003, Spokane Valley has gone from an abstract patch of Spokane County sprawl to the state's eighth largest city.
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