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2010 Archive Articles

SARP in council’s sights for second half of 2010 (year in review part 2)
Denenny named Citizen of the Year for community contributions
Rescue 8 gets a helpful push into service
Alarm ordinance working well, say police
East Valley School Disstrict programs take a stand against bullying
Change arrives in first half of 2010
Council OKs broadcast equipment, contracts
Spokane Valley paves way for street improvements in 2011
A to Z founder remembered by community
Liberty Lake council includes compromises in 2011 budget
Valley Meals on Wheels awarded grant for essay, community contributions
Mayor’s half-brother appointed to Planning Commission
Millwood church steps up to plate with food distribution
CVSD hoping voters rally for capital facilities bond
Liberty Lake council fine tunes budget before final approval
Valley-area properties on Conservation Futures list
Whistles won’t be quieted anytime soon
Millwood approves budget, increases utility rates
Meals on Wheels rolls into 2011 with countywide contract
Liberty Lake budget talks include library shift, revisiting golf course
Commissioners OK 2011 budget
Fire commissioners agree to ambulance agreement tweaks
SCRAPS to remodel, lose after-hours receiving room
Appleway Court to offer affordable housing for low-income seniors
HUB retrenches, finds stability in events, programming
Spokane Valley plow plan in snowy effect
Bid opening for fire administration building Dec. 16
Liberty Lake leaders shed light on proposed pay increase
Millwood leaning toward utility rate increase
Council approves speed-limit changes
Council to hear ‘quiet zones’ report Dec. 7
Liberty Lake council raises property tax, hears library pitch
Community efforts rally support for Thanksgiving causes
Council moves forward with SARP, fee changes
Updated ballot counts reveal no changes
STA takes to the street in responding to proposed cutbacks
Spokane Valley bike/ped plan shifts into gear
Close races remain undecided as ballots counted
City to take next step in broadcasting meetings
Residents voice concerns over Liberty Lake budget cuts
Chamber group hears regional transportation report
City Council puts brakes on SARP
General election ballots due Tuesday
Bennett reflects on nourishing role as food bank director
New Liberty Lake park highlights investment in greenspace, history
Initiatives crowd November ballot
Panhandling ban in city deemed successful
Valley routes would be cut, revised under STA proposal
Liberty Lake council approves utility tax, proposes cuts
Good Roads Association paves way for better streets
Council cuts COLA, gives to charities
Commissioners confirm Medical Lake site for new jail
Millwood moves ahead with road safety upgrades
Citizen survey adds to debate over Liberty Lake deficit
Pastor’s son tells council father’s death ‘unacceptable’
City manager contract approved in tight vote
School districts set community P.A.C.E. with character building
Fire department’s new canine crew member has scents
Spokane County considering fee change to recover costs
Conditional-use overhaul a big win for Elephant Boys
Fire commissioners weigh in on Sprague Avenue debate
Valleyfest 2010 characterized by diverse agenda
TBD discussion takes centerstage at COG meeting
More information on Creach death trickles out
Registrations recommended for ALERT Spokane
Valley Fire Department emphasizes support of local veterans
Charitable organizations make pitch for city funds
Care Cars provides transportation support for area seniors
Area tries to come to terms with pastor’s death
Council to consider TBD motion next Tuesday
Retired principal invests time in community causes
Renovated Freeman campus adds new dimension to start of school
Council relaxes nonconforming-use rules
Valley police enforce new panhandling ordinance
Property owners weigh in on city center plans
Van Orman emphasizes resilience in Liberty Lake State of City address
Council decision could relax nonconforming-use zones
Sprague study details history of commercial struggles
Romeyn poised to take on popular incumbent for Congress
TBD talk rolls on at Valley council meeting
SCRAPS looking to increase license fees, workspace
Greenacres woman dies in relay collision
Council offers city manager job to Jackson
Primary election ballots must be mailed by Tuesday
Millwood community celebration set for second year
Liberty Lake council ponders revenue sources to bridge budget gap
Commissioners to move forward with 9-1-1 tax increase
Council agrees to continue funding TV broadcasts
District 9 looking for levy renewal
Millwood nears decision on road safety improvements
Otis Orchards reunion features fond memories of simpler times
Council backs off of Sprague decision
City manager decision set for Aug. 10
City, ChangePoint address panhandling concern
Community awareness theme headlines National Night Out
CVSD moves forward with capital facilities plan
Jackson a finalist in city manager search
Council looks to tweak nonconforming use rules
Council approves funding for launch of Greenacres park
Liberty Lake council reaches compromise with new sign program
McMorris Rodgers challenged by Valley trio
Valley council deals major setbacks to SARP
Budget parsed by council at retreat
Greenacres Fire Station to be dedicated Sept. 11
HUB officials hold out hope for regional collaboration
Green agenda a priority for Millwood Tree Board
Council ponders Sprague reconfiguration vote
Council prepares to dive into budget next Tuesday
Council wants to explore own path to road funding
Liberty Lake council wary of regional TBD proposal
Humble service defines Valley Rotary for over 60 years
Council sets wheels in motion on Broadway changes
Valley signage issues have been long debated
Meeting draws tepid response on mixed-use zone
Centennial Trail ascends to lofty ground with national honor
Volunteers, participants emerge as champions in Relay for Life
Council to take up topic of Broadway restriping
SCLD looks ahead with optimism to August ballot
Fair to have beefed up security this season
Fire commissioners consider station names
Freeman High School slated for completion in August
Council begins to weed through city manager candidates
Candidates come out of woodwork in final days of filing
Comcast agreement to stay intact
Pair of road projects to get later starts
Council readdresses escalating panhandling issue
Local leaders mull over regional animal protection
Council takes aim at loosening restrictions on Auto Row
Local resident to challenge Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers
Former SVP worker now extols benefits of healthy, affordable food
EV senior sets courageous example of scaling obstacles
State titles, clutch efforts highlight prep sports year
Council favorable to continue televising meetings
While nothing is official yet – and the main proponent was absent on Tuesday when the discussion took place – it appears the Spokane Valley City Council may continue to support televising meetings over cable television.
Commissioners set to make decision on jail site
A new jail may be in the county’s future, but staffing at the existing one continues to be reduced.
Liberty Lake council hears appeal for help from HUB
Since it opened as Sports USA in 2004, few have doubted the benefits of a 66,500-square-foot multipurpose venue nestled near the western border of Liberty Lake.
Bicycle safety has had bumpy history in city
On the surface, it would seem like a no-brainer.
Central Valley grad inspires others with successful fight against cancer
Paula Rabey admits it – she is a devoted Chuck Norris fan.
Discussion on zoning gateway to SARP criticism
A discussion last week on the current status of the “gateway zone” west of Argonne quickly became another chance for critics and affected business owners to ratchet up more complaints against the Sprague-Appleway Revitalization Plan.
City to apply for grants for new road projects
Discussion on a late addition to Tuesday night’s City Council agenda began with an apology. It ended with approval to seek grants for two big road construction projects for Spokane Valley that could begin years sooner than previously anticipated.
Millwood residents air concerns over traffic, parking
In the past, when topics like street safety and parking have generated concern in Millwood, the conversation is typically included on a monthly City Council agenda.
City hopes to have Barker Bridge spanned by summer
In the realm of capital facilities, the ingredient of time can be as vital as mortar or concrete.
Meeting outlines ripple effect of reclaimed water
Reclaimed water, and the rules that govern it, took center stage at CenterPlace last week.
City staying the course on Sprague/Sullivan project
No mistake about it: Sprague and Sullivan will be closed for three weeks in July and August for reconstruction.
Liberty Lake, Millwood farmers markets showcase seasonal fare
As the first mayor of Liberty Lake, Steve Peterson knows a few things about the role of a city in community development.
Commissioners ponder best site to build new jail
When the subject is where to build a new jail, it’s expected there will be a certain amount of NIMBYism to come up.
CVSD mulls over numbers for facilities funding
The last time a capital facilities proposal for the Central Valley School District appeared on the ballot, Mike Pearson was in the superintendent’s seat.
Juvenile Court in need of workers, cash
Various departments whose budgets were cut may be looking for some relief.
Experience in city management won’t be required
The next city manager of Spokane Valley will likely make less money and could have less experience – but he or she will have a college degree.
Road projects slammed at council meeting
Temperatures may have been moderate outside this week, but the heat was definitely rising inside the Spokane Valley City Council chambers on Tuesday night.
HUB officials hope nonprofit status will mean positive impact
If you were to compare the history of the HUB Sports Center to a high-profile playoff contest, the latest news from the embattled venue could be likened to a series of clutch points with the game on the line. The dilemma for HUB Executive Director Phil Champlin has to do with the final margin still being up in the air.
Tree City guidelines prove enriching for Liberty Lake, Millwood
When it comes to the priority of trees in a community, both Millwood and Liberty Lake have made it a point to plant some serious roots.
Vacancies on Sprague continue to worsen
A leisurely drive by the boarded-up windows and vacant storefronts reveals the obvious: Sprague Avenue isn’t exactly bustling with economic activity.
Jail site public hearing set for next Wednesday
The campaign season for a new Spokane County correctional facility has officially begun.
Frustrations aired at 4th District town hall meeting
Anger and disappointment – largely directed at Gov. Christine Gregoire and west side Democrats – were the big themes at last Saturday’s 4th District legislative town hall meeting at University High School.
Millwood residents air concerns about code enforcement, streets
On a day when windy conditions and road obstructions made it difficult to get through to Millwood, several residents of the city did their best to reach municipal leaders with concerns over code enforcement and street safety.
New Northwest Harvest warehouse a boon to local food distribution
If you happen to notice a bumper crop of fruits and vegetables sprouting up at local food banks these days, it probably has something to do with the new Northwest Harvest food distribution site in Spokane Valley.
Council to take steps on SARP, city manager
At next Tuesday’s study session, the Spokane Valley City Council will take some formative action on two nagging issues: the Sprague-Appleway Revitalization Plan and the search for a new city manager.
Broadway three-lane project criticized
Work is set to begin in the next few months, but several angry citizens aired their displeasure over safety improvements to Broadway Avenue that will see the arterial reduced to three lanes between Pines and Park roads.
Spokane County Library District mapping out direction for capital facilities
It was a tough defeat for Mike Wirt, the kind of disappointment that lingers well after the post-election press conference.
Green transportation themes travel beyond Earth Day
It is the utopian portrait of eco-friendly transportation in contemporary society – a hybrid bus gliding down the street, trailed by cycling commuters and smiling pedestrians striding their way to work.
Council members put an end to meals before meetings
It’s time to clear the table. They’ve had enough, thanks.
Commissioners get numbers for budget, jail
It’s been the litany of this far-too-long poor economy: Revenues go down, expenses go up.
Knezovich takes levelheaded approach to multi-layered agenda
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich would rather talk about his responsibilities as a steward of public safety than discuss the duties of a politician that often accompany his office like the media obligations of a high-profile head coach.
West Valley truancy board provides support for students, families
Julie Curtis has seen the discouraging statistics at school districts throughout Spokane County and the state of Washington – increasing dropout rates, troubling levels of absenteeism and a puzzling lack of resources for students who find themselves falling behind in class-time and credits.
Council OKs interlocal agreement with Airway Heights
They’re not exactly next-door neighbors. But they’re going to be partners.
Citizens, city collaborate on ideas for Greenacres park
As the 40th anniversary of Earth Day approaches this month, residents of the Greenacres area are hoping to celebrate a permanent green theme in the form of a new neighborhood park.
Residents pitch in to transform WV land into community garden
Last week, Wendy Wallingford decided to spend part of her Saturday getting back to basics.
Commissioners stress jail publicity campaign
By nearly all accounts and county commissioners’ own admission, the road to building a new Spokane County Jail facility has been a long and winding one.
UW grad Prugh launches PGA career with a flourish
There was a time when Alex Prugh would step away from the golf course during the winter months and head to a nearby mountain, trading in his irons for a set of snow skis.
Commissioners OK Liberty Lake parking restrictions
It looks like some folks will have to get creative finding a parking space on some narrow roads around Liberty Lake.

Readers, writers reflect on Herald’s influence over 90 years
Florence Boutwell knew little of the Spokane Valley terrain, let alone the history, when she enlisted in the U.S. Navy and headed west from New Jersey almost 68 years ago.

Army Reserve center not an option for fire department
The old adage goes something like this: “If something’s too good to be true, it probably is.”
Snow-removal options get consideration by council
This past winter may not have been the snownanza of the last two seasons, but that doesn’t mean the city of Spokane Valley is going to get off lightly in coming years.
Liberty Lake council deliberates over road funding ideas
A few years before the vote for incorporation won at the ballot in Liberty Lake, residents of Spokane County’s easternmost community decided to start a fund dedicated to building trails.
Commissioners grant more funds for capital cases
The case against a Deer Park man accused of murdering a witness in an assault case against him continues to drain funding from Spokane County coffers
Council mulls over comp plan adjustments
While much of the talk at Spokane Valley City Hall lately has revolved around the future of the embattled Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan, the city’s governing board turned its attention to some different development questions at Tuesday’s study session.
Councils pensive on moving forward with TBD
The road appears to be getting longer to form a transportation benefit district – or TBD -- in Spokane County.
Jail sites to be narrowed, prosecutor’s office critiqued
As county officials attempt to educate the public on the need for a new jail, a Utah-based consultant has expressed there needs to be more done in the prosecutor’s office to make sure charges get filed in a timely manner.
Millwood council sharpens focus on street safety
In a discussion addressing the dilemma of speeding motorists detouring down local streets, the Millwood Council decided against taking a shortcut of its own on Monday night.
Council prepared to dive into SARP overhaul
The vote wasn’t even close. But at least two of the votes – and the reasons behind them – came from unexpected sources.
City councils to hold third joint meeting with new faces
When the city council of Spokane and Spokane Valley gathered in July 2008 for their first joint session, the meeting “made history,” according to the latter’s mayor.
ChangePoint seeks to provide direction, encouragement
Those who work and volunteer at Spokane Valley’s most visible social service agency will tell you that the mission is less about footing the bill for disadvantaged residents than getting them back on their feet.
Millwood plans more improvements for Argonne
As hundreds gathered for the inaugural 5K community run in Millwood last August celebrating the end of an extensive renovation project along Argonne Road, talk centered around new sidewalks, the quality of pavement and pedestrian-friendly intersections.
Commissioners ponder ‘do not mail’ resolution
It’s not exactly pushing the envelope.
Valley to get new Wal-Mart
The long-rumored Sam’s Club, which would be located near the Spokane Valley Costco at 5601 E. Sprague, is not going to happen. Instead, expect a new Wal-mart instead.
Fire officials to investigate acquiring Army Reserve center
Spokane Valley Fire officials have been thinking about buying new. But a tempting fixer-upper opportunity may change those plans.
Council to revisit city’s adult-entertainment code
Spokane Valley officials are hoping to strip away any ambiguities to the existing laws governing adult entertainment in the city.
State of County presentation focuses on moving forward
The 300 or so who attended the State of the County address at the CenterPlace Regional Event Center in Spokane Valley were treated to breakfast with a generous side of optimism last Friday morning.
STA stays in gear while addressing budget challenges
As Spokane County emerges from the national recession, more people are utilizing public transportation on the road to recovery.
SARP changes can’t come until 2011
On the advice of the city attorney, Spokane Valley City Council members won’t be able to make any substantive changes to the Sprague-Appleway Revitalization Plan until next year.
Negotiations to continue on Appleway right-of-way
While the temperatures dipped back down to the normal range for this time of year throughout the Inland Northwest this past week, there was a definite thaw in the air between the Spokane County commissioners and Spokane Valley City Council.
Valley chamber launches business center in Liberty Lake
The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce will open the Valley Chamber Business Center at Liberty Lake later this month, a project designed to help area entrepreneurs kickstart projects by providing office space and resource support.
Inland Empire Paper approaches centennial milestone
This summer IEP will observe the 100-year mark of business incorporation.
Vet Center gets word out about little-known benefit
For the last 25 years, John Custer has been working to ensure that military veterans aren’t forgotten.
Pact to form transportation benefit district urged
When it comes to local road-improvement needs, the road ahead doesn’t look much smoother.
Local expert steps up to plate for National Nutrition Month
March may be National Nutrition Month, but for Joan Milton, the emphasis on healthy eating is a year-round priority.
Millwood council reviews waste management approach
Representatives of the Millwood City Council showed up at their meeting Monday night prepared to tidy up their approach to waste management.
Commissioners set public hearing for Liberty Lake parking
The public will get a chance to voice their opinion on plans to restrict parking near Liberty Lake next Tuesday.
Celebrate Recovery provides message of hope, healing
Every Tuesday, a celebration takes place at a brick chapel on Argonne Road.
Divided council agrees to fund precinct commander
The “Positive Change” council members were positively divided Tuesday night when it came to funding a precinct commander to assist the Spokane Valley Police Chief.
Auto Row driving for upgrades along Sprague corridor
It’s an area that brings in around 20 percent of Spokane Valley’s annual sales tax revenue and is known for names like “Gus” and “Appleway,” but for representatives of Auto Row, the key word over the past several years has been “underappreciated.”
Jail vote could be put off until April 2011
Spokane County commissioners aren’t locked into a November general election to decide on a new jail.
Discovery Playground grand-opening set for May
This winter has been kind to Spokane Valley’s newest playground.
Spokane Vvalley Partners juggles staffing to deal with budget challenges
December 2009 was a soggy month all around at Spokane Valley’s leading social service agency.

City, county ponder Milwaukee right-of-way direction
Long before there was talk of light rail and conversation about fancy terms like “multi-modal transportation,” steam-powered trains rumbled along the tracks of the old Milwaukee Railroad.

County briefs new council on wastewater progress
It would be fair to say that – with everything else involved with governing a city – having to deal with the issue of wastewater, well, stinks.
Commissioners learn more about aircraft contract
A contract with a company that will take aerial photographs for tax-assessment has nearly taken flight at Spokane County.
Feed Spokane director begins fast to shed light on hunger
In case you missed breakfast this morning or skipped lunch because of a hectic afternoon, Maurice Smith can relate.
SARP overhaul could come sooner than later
Citing a “need for urgency,” the majority of the Spokane Valley City Council said they wanted to take steps to move forward with suspending the current zoning rules under the Sprague-Appleway Revitalization Plan.
Jackson, council finalize interim city manager contract
The former Spokane Valley deputy city manager who first signed on with the city as the director of parks and recreation in 2003, Jackson will serve as the city manager for at least six months after agreeing to a formal contract this week.
Council ponders current paveback, snowplow programs
Despite the likelihood of having to dip into the city’s reserves, the Spokane Valley City Council indicated Tuesday that it would continue the current program of “curb to curb” paving of streets where sewer lines are installed.
Flood-plain appeals may see final resolution
For those who have been paying for unneeded insurance due to inaccurate flood-plain mapping, they might stop getting soaked soon.
West Valley SCOPE invested in community safety
In addition to municipal offices, a utilitarian kitchen and a garage for the Public Works department, Millwood City Hall is home to a unique group of volunteers.
Jackson to continue in city manager role
Describing him as “well qualified” but also “willing to step up,” Spokane Valley City Council members unanimously agreed for Mike Jackson to continue on as acting city manager on Tuesday night.
Public weighs in on potential jail sites
No one, it seems, is lacking an opinion on where to locate a new jail for Spokane County.
Millwood council reviews SVFD report card
In the parlance of fire protection, they’re known as “standards of coverage,” but for representatives of the Spokane Valley Fire Department, the annual review of agency efficiency is the equivalent of a grade on a doctoral thesis.
Meeting focuses on possibility of Valley dog park
Spokane Valley residents Gregg and Wanda Tenner have nothing but good things to say about the off-leash dog park located some 20 miles to the east of their home in the Ponderosa area.
Bill to force mailing of voters pamphlet protested
Print – at least in the form of a voters pamphlet – is dead at Spokane County.
Council lays out upcoming agenda
By just about any standard, the newly sworn-in Spokane Valley City Council has moved fast this past month.
New council members get board assignments
Spokane Valley City Council members now know what boards and committees they will serve on this year.
City gears up for improvements along Sullivan corridor
As a senior engineer and project manager with the city of Spokane Valley, Craig Aldworth doesn’t include “door-to-door sales” in his job description.
Local family holds on to hope after Haiti earthquake
John and Allyson Halpin know it will take more than a paper airplane to deliver help to the people of Haiti – but a simple, folded jet is a start.
Council moving toward new city manager
The Spokane Valley City Council has made its change, now it just has to decide who’s in charge.
Liberty Lake seeks new direction with wayfinding sign program
The incorporation of Liberty Lake as Spokane County’s newest city in 2001 included a variety of civic initiatives
Rocky road ahead for 2010 legislative session
It might be a good time for local 4th District legislators to pick up some suits of armor. Because, by just about any standard, the 2010 legislative session looks like it could get bloody.
Assessor’s office looking toward the sky
Like most of Spokane County, the assessor’s office was hit hard by budget cuts for 2010.
Jenkins leaves legacy of leadership on Libertry Lake council
As a member of the Liberty Lake City Council for nearly seven years, Patrick Jenkins had the opportunity to be a part of the early growth and development in Spokane County’s easternmost city.
Freeman staff, students weather challenges of construction
Along with most residents of the Inland Northwest, Freeman High School Principal Dave Smith has been grateful for the moderate winter of 2009-10.
City manager let go by new council
Towey named new mayor of Spokane Valley
Station 10 construction to move forward
It’s taken an extra year – no thanks to the sluggish economy – but the Spokane Valley Fire Department will move forward with construction of a new fire station on East Sprague Avenue this year.
Millwood shuffles staffing duties at City Hall
Along with a jovial personality and an endearing wit, the city of Millwood lost a valuable employee when Eva Colomb passed away last September at the age of 58 from ovarian cancer.
A ‘Change’ comes to City Hall
The agenda was short, the message concise.
Founding council members say goodbye
“Welcome to the end of an era.”
Appleway extension will be problem for new council
After losing in the general election in November, Mayor Richard Munson said that acquiring the right-of-way for the eastern extension of Appleway Boulevard past University Road was one of his bigger regrets.
Year in Review Part 2
This is the second of a two-part look back at all the Spokane Valley notable news and events in 2009
Year in Review Part 1
This is the first of a two-part look at all the notable news and events of 2009.

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2009 Valley News Articles Archive
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