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2008 Archive Articles
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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.
SCRAPS adjusts to budget challenges, operational shifts
It has been a year of change at Spokane County Animal Protection Services – but just wait until 2009.
Month sheds light on lung cancer prevention, treatment
In the battle against lung cancer, Beryl Anderson serves most days on the front line.
CV event inspires students, community to support African cause
This school year, Courtney Vaughn has been studying about civil unrest in places like Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of the Congo as part of a “World Problems” class at Central Valley High School.
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.
New Habitat store brings deals, novelties to Valley
Jeff Howard has been putting some miles on his vehicle the past few months – all for a good cause.
Millwood ordinance clarifies sign standards
Business owners in Millwood’s historical district had been putting up portable signs in front of their shops for years – until last February.
Charges could come from Valley View fire investigation
There may yet be criminal charges filed as a result of last summer’s Valley View fire. But it’s tough to say how soon – or if at all.
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.
Graffiti ordinance will require team effort for compliance
Catching someone in the act of spray-painting graffiti is often difficult. It can also be hard to get a property owner to clean it up. But the Spokane Valley City Council plans to take steps to address both issues.
Liberty Lake council votes down property tax increase
Most of the crowd in attendance at last Tuesday’s Liberty Lake City Council meeting came to support a funding request by Friends of Pavillion Park for its summer concert program.
Freeman moving forward with initial phase of bond upgrades
The start of an extensive renovation project at Freeman High School is still several months away – but many will tell you that the foundation for the work was poured way back in December 2007.
Council considers city fee increases
Except for maybe the prices of items at the local dollar store, few things cost the same as they did back in 2003.
Meals on Wheels adjusts to stormy economic climate
The notices went out a few weeks ago to each client at Spokane Valley Meals on Wheels, right along with the regular array of hot lunches.
SVP works to reinforce volunteer corps as holidays approach
Linda Mays has earned a reputation as an efficient volunteer. In her role as a front desk secretary at Spokane Valley Partners...
Quilt presented to city of Spokane Valley
City preparing for lower sales tax in ‘09
When it came time to approve the city of Spokane Valley’s 2009 budget last month, the news was blunt – but not wholly unexpected.
Dishman Hills blooms from the ashes of Valley View fire
As he walks through the charred forest spotted with blackened pine trees, Michael Hamilton sounds optimistic.
GOP margins widen a week after elections
If Dino Rossi had a few more voters statewide like he does in Spokane County, he could have easily become our new governor next January.
Local presentations help unravel confusion of Medicare
Kathy Dugan understands that people need help navigating the ruddy terrain of Medicare.
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.”
Council gets first look at updated street standards
“Calming” traffic in neighborhoods and better quality roadways were two of the hallmarks of new and improved street standards reviewed by the Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday night.
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.
CV, EV school districts approve February levy votes
In her role as spokeswoman for the East Valley School District, Judi Christianson helps people understand the importance of levy funds in the overall budget picture.
City, county hope to apply political pressure for treatment plant
Enjoy those flushes now – they could cost plenty later.
Council agrees to change couplet back – partially
As Hannah Montana might say, it’s the best of both worlds.
New care center to emphasize Alzheimer’s education, outreach
The Pine Ridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, a 30,000-square-foot facility at 12009 E. Mission, is scheduled to open in December.
Valley resident, Whitworth collaborate on community resource guide
As a mother, Donna Orme taught her kids the value of helping others, from visiting the elderly at a nursing home to delivering gifts and food to the doorstep of less fortunate families during the Christmas season.
Forum examines substance abuse causes, solutions
Even in the preparatory stages, organizers of the inaugural Drug Free Spokane Month made it clear that the agenda for October would include an emphasis on positive and uplifting messages.
Community education programs shed light on lung cancer
Each year, more deaths are caused by lung cancer than by prostate, colon and breast cancers combined.
Constitution Party’s Baldwin makes local stop
There are a few names for president that some voters might not be familiar with as they peruse their recently mailed ballots.
Commissioners OK operator for motorsports park
While it wasn’t much of a surprise, it was a turning point in Spokane County commissioners’ plans for the West Plains motorsports park.
County looks at ways to modify, preserve Saltese Flats
The setting is tranquil at the intersection of Barker Road and 32nd Avenue, a terrain dotted with hay farms and roaming cattle.
CVSD committee works to make new math standards add up
A group of teachers, parents and administrators in the Central Valley School District will dedicate the next several months to completing their math homework.
Council OKs pair of traffic revisions
Responsive assistance to a growing problem or the heavy hand of government? The Spokane Valley City Council heard it both ways Tuesday night.
City gets the word out about telephone utility tax
The flyers are cheerful enough – bright orange and yellow graphics with easy-to-read text outlining a telephone utility tax that will take effect in the city of Spokane Valley beginning Jan. 1, 2009.
Commissioners consider boosting pretrial services
Changes are coming with Spokane County’s corrections system. But the Board of Commissioners said Tuesday they want to make sure they know what all the costs are before they start making them.
New Aslin-Finch store a blend of modern and traditional
There’s little debate that the new Aslin-Finch Feed Co. store on Sprague Avenue is a bit fancier than the old retail site just to the south, a building that went up a year after the end of World War II.
Council agrees on regionwide transportation priorities
There wasn’t much time to decide. But, then again, there probably won’t be much money, either.
Drug Free Spokane Month emphasizes hope, collaboration
Marilyn Bordner has seen the healing that takes place when people break free from addictions to drugs and alcohol.
Millwood council looks to pass right-of-way ordinance
If you live in Millwood, it may be a good idea to check the location of decorative stones, boats, basketball hoops and random piles of bark sometime this month.
Incumbent Crouse faces challenge by Thompson in 4th District
After 14 years and seven terms, Larry Crouse has seen more than a fair share of challenges as Position 1 representative from the 4th District in the state House of Representatives.
McCaslin, Owens face off for state senate seat
Last year, Judi Owens filed to run against Larry Crouse for the 4th district state representative seat. Then she had a talk with State Sen. Lisa Brown.
City making steady progress on street upgrades
Early autumn has arrived in Spokane Valley, a time for high school football, the apple festival in Green Bluff and freshly repaved concrete intersections.
City to spearhead panhandling awareness campaign
It’s not a problem unique to Spokane Valley, so the City Council will reach out to its colleagues in other local governments.
News anchor goes the extra mile for Cancer Patient Care
It was on Day 20 that Dave Erickson finally hit the wall.
Survey possible before ’09 jail vote
With nearly $250 million at stake, Spokane County commissioners want to make sure the public is cognizant of the need for a new jail.
Valleyfest soars to new heights as celebration of community
The 2008 rendition of Valleyfest began with the color and pageantry of a midtown parade and ended with the drizzle of raindrops on tarpaulin tents.
Council agrees to stay on revitalization target
Down two members, the Spokane Valley City Council chose not to get deal with the devil in the details of the Sprague-Appleway Revitalization Plan on Tuesday night.
Fire department headquarters will move
The administration for the Spokane Valley Fire Department will be on the move in the not-too-distant future.
Walk raises funds, awareness for juvenile diabetes
Adam Morrison knew something was wrong when his game went south.
New features, expanded schedule highlight Valleyfest 2008
For nearly two decades now, Peggy Doering has been part of the community celebration known as Valleyfest.
Smith approved as new Liberty Lake city administrator
Back in November 2005, Liberty Lake Mayor Steve Peterson announced that the position of city administrator would no longer be a part of the municipal hierarchy.
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.
Security at courthouse to get a boost
Out with the old and in with …the old?
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.
Council works through Book 1 of Revitalization Plan
The seas of discussion have been calm so far, but rougher waters of disagreement over aspects of the Sprague-Appleway Revitalization could be ahead.
New Valley Fire headquarters location discussed
A new administration building for the Spokane Valley Fire Department is in the works. But where it will be located is still up in the air.
City, developers, residents mull over Liberty Lake parks priorities
Parks, trails and open space have been trademarks of Liberty Lake well before the city’s incorporation in August 2001.
Campus redesign to benefit students at University of Phoenix
It’s common knowledge that paving your way to a college degree requires the ability to remain focused.
Grand opening for mall sheriff’s office
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and other dignitaries will help celebrate the grand opening of a Spokane County sheriff’s satellite office in the Spokane Valley Mall
Law-enforcement study gets another look by council
A city founder brought attention to an old – and controversial – subject at Tuesday night’s council meeting.
Millwood council considers detour for Argonne Road project
With a $1.3 million grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation in hand, the Millwood City Council was looking forward to a seamless upgrade of Argonne Road next summer...
CHER efforts focus on sustaining community health
Like the members of any good team, the staff at Community Health Education and Resources care more about a winning record than individual acclaim.
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.
Revitalization plan represents latest turn in Sprague/Appleway history
A decade ago, when engineers with Spokane County debated over the direction of Sprague Avenue, a traffic jam of opinions emerged from all sides.
Council gives charitable agencies a $5,000 raise
Ask anyone – a little raise in pay is better than none.
Empire Health sale approval means hospital gets new owners
It looks like the last of the obstacles stopping a for-profit Tennessee-based company from purchasing Empire Health Services – which owns Spokane Valley Hospital and Medical Center – has been removed.
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 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.
Revitalization plan criticized at public hearing
A plan to revitalize and return two-traffic to Sprague Avenue may drive some businesses right out of town.
New setting greeted with positive reviews at Juvenile Court
For Spokane County Commissioner Mark Richard, a walk from his office on West Broadway to the Monroe Court Building last Thursday represented a step in the right direction.
Top-flight parks a priority on municipal agenda
The divvying up of green space in the Spokane Valley isn’t as simple as it appears.
Little opposition voiced to city’s first utility tax
When it came time for the public to speak out on the passage of Spokane Valley’s first utility tax, one of the only voices heard put it bluntly: “No one cares.”
It took some doing, but the boots got filled Aug. 2.
State’s first top-two primary set for Tuesday
Barker Road Bridge project brings historic span up to date
Ken Knutson understands that replacing a bridge can be an inconvenience.
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.

Telephone tax proposal on Tuesday’s council agenda
It’s hardly the popular choice, but it’s one of the few available.

Health education agenda includes help for pre-diabetes, MS
Candidates vie to move on in 4th District election
The new top-two primary format gets its first real test Aug. 19, as there are five in the hunt for Rep. Lynn Schindler’s soon-to-be-vacated 4th District Legislative seat.
Public sounds off on proposed Sprague/Appleway plan
As the Spokane Valley City Council gets ever closer to approving a plan to revitalize Sprague Avenue, there are plenty of local residents who have something to say about it.
Chamber task force presents observations on Sprague/Appleway plan
A task force organized by the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce weighed in on the Sprague/Appleway Corridor Subarea Plan last Friday, providing an overview of how the proposed changes might affect the local business environment.
Local group has H.E.A.R.T. for animals when emergencies hit
While most of the news surrounding the Valley View last month fire dealt with the evacuation of residents and the impact on surrounding homes, one local group made sure that the animals affected by the blaze weren’t forgotten.
Firefighters praised, cause determined in Valley View blaze
Just over two weeks after the Valley View fire, the final hot spots have been extinguished, the origin has been determined, and those who responded congratulated.
City Council looking to pass telephone tax for roadwork
Back in 2001 when incorporation proponents crunched the numbers, they said the city of Spokane Valley could operate without any new taxes.
Proposed development would put historic retail block at risk
Spokane Valley’s first retail center took the form of a general store at the corner of Sprague and Pines where residents could buy groceries, clothing, home supplies and even stock up on gas for their Ford T-Tourer.
State announces new benefits to help residents quit smoking
Elizabeth Seymore understands the challenges smokers face when trying to quit.
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.
City will have to hurry to help Fill the Boot this year
Time is of the essence for firefighters, but right now they’re counting on some speedy reaction time from the city of Spokane Valley.
Denenny home to be rebuilt after fire
Work will begin soon to rebuild Spokane Valley Deputy Mayor Dick Denenny’s home after a Fourth of July fire caused extensive damage to the structure.
Restoration project announced for Millwood City Hall
Millwood Mayor Dan Mork made one thing clear at Monday’s City Council meeting – he’s not in favor of turning the city’s municipal centerpiece into “just another building.”
New superintendents begin work at CV, EV
Summertime is anything but vacation for the new superintendent of a school district – just ask John Glenewinkel and Ben Small.
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.
City benefits from advocacy, representation on area boards
Spokane Valley Mayor Rich Munson remembers a time when public transportation east of Havana was not exactly running on all cylinders.
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.
Electric car means smooth sailing for Spokane Valley resident
Every now and then, Allan deLaubenfels will hop in his electric car and drive to a local gas station.
Citizens sound off on police service, zoning
Spokane Valley City Council members got an earful Tuesday night from citizens seeking to pre-emptively strike down possible changes to police service and zoning.
Local Iron Man scales hurdles to support Cancer Patient Care
When Larry Halverson began preparing for the Coeur d’Alene Iron Man Triathlon last summer, it was clear he would need a metal upgrade.
Dishwashing detergents go phosphorus free July 1
If you’re a fan of Cascade or Electrosol dishwashing detergents, you may want to sit down
Commissioners make downtown site for jail official
It’s official: The site for a proposed new jail is right behind the old one.
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.
Indians kick off 2008 season on the right note
Mike Altig gazed out at the Avista Stadium field from his perch along the first baseline Tuesday night and reflected on the grandeur of minor-league baseball.
Top-two primary attracts plenty of candidates
Election fever is starting to burn hot again, as candidates have come out of the woodwork to run for the state’s first-ever top-two primary on Aug. 19.
Spokane Valley ranks best in records request audit
If there’s something you need to know from Spokane Valley, chances are you’re going to find out.
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.
Millwood considers establishing historical business district
Call it part shopping trip, part history lesson.
Barker Bridge contract awarded, artwork may wait
Getting over the river won’t be a problem, but – other than the cascading water – there might not be much to look at.
County solidifies telecommuting policy
Sometimes the best way to work is to just stay home.
CV band program recognized among region’s elite
Practice begins weeks before the first class of high school, as the humidity of August lumbers through the Spokane Valley.
Millwood council discusses funding for sidewalk upgrades
The slight rainfall outside Millwood City Hall on Monday night could have been mistaken for the applause of passing pedestrians.
Pools set to open June 14
Pool season opens on Saturday, June 14, in Spokane Valley. That’s when all three public pools open their doors for a full schedule of water fun.
Council discusses funding options for street maintenance
While there may be no single magic solution for the long-term funding of street maintenance in Spokane Valley, City Council members acknowledge that something needs to be done soon to put more greenbacks in the bank.
New SVP program director enthused about making a difference
Not far from Connie Nelson’s office at Spokane Valley Partners, a site has been cleared for a warehouse that will store fresh and frozen foods.
ALTCEW celebrates three decades of supporting area seniors
Right around the time Dorothy Phillips turned 65, she began volunteering for Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington.
Cancer Awareness Week spotlights healing, collaboration
It’s been 15 years since Larry Halverson launched a local fund-raiser to generate awareness for the fight against cancer.
Freeman headed for win in bond vote, EV falling short
What a difference five percentage points can make.
STA, Crime Check get strong support from voters
Transit and public safety officials had plenty to be happy about Wednesday morning.
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.
Liberty Lake council discusses shift in animal protection
You can add the city of Liberty Lake to the list of municipalities shopping for new animal protection services.
County, city order Spokane River restrictions
Enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend – just don’t do it on the Spokane River.
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.
Attempt to expand Greenacres lot sizes fails
An absent member – not a mandate – will keep lot sizes smaller in areas of north Greenacres.
Ballots need to be mailed in by next Tuesday
Does a special election still qualify as being “special” if there have been two others (along with a presidential primary) already this year?
Liberty Lale resolution outlines TIF priorities
Tax increment financing – TIF for short – has been utilized in the U.S. for over a half century to build sidewalks, improve sewer systems and add storm drainage.
Asthma Walk helps raise awareness in battle against lung disease
Council hears of need for more affordable housing
The secret is out: Spokane Valley – and Eastern Washington in general – is a pretty nice place to live.
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.
Millwood council considers implementing no-idle zones
Tom Brattebo is hoping that communities throughout Spokane County will get active about idling.
Pre-diabetes, skin cancer on health education agenda
Broadway and Fancher to get ruts worked out
Commissioners vote to support Crime Check ballot measure
It wasn’t a total surprise, but it was a bit of business that needed to be taken care of: Spokane County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to support the upcoming Crime Check/emergency communications ballot measure.
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.
SR-27 safety campaign includes enforcement, engineering upgrades
Once a month for the past year, a steering committee has been meeting to address safety conditions on State Route 27.
Freeman School District ready to go back before voters
It’s a trick every teen-ager knows. When you don’t get the answer you want, wait a little while and rephrase the question.
Reverse Job Fair takes place at CenterPlace ..view pic
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.
Liberty Lale library/community center bond voted down
Proponents of an initiative to fund a library and community center in Liberty Lake were feeling less than super on Tuesday night.
Ambulance interlocal agreement moving forward
It’s taken a little time, but area fire districts are answering the call that could result in less-expensive, more-efficient ambulance service.
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.
Liberty Lake breaks ground for new arboretum. View 360 panorama pics
View pictures from the 2008 Mayor's Ball
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.
Car tab fee option will get airings before public
A possible TBD in Spokane Valley is making it on the City Council agenda PDQ.
County looking at ways to deal with late sewer bills
Having a little trouble making that $33.46 sewer bill each month? Don’t worry, Spokane County is willing to work with you – to a point.
Screening helps residents tune into heart health
Paul Chapman had a full agenda scheduled for last Saturday – golf in the morning, a possible run in the afternoon.
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.
Civic upgrades require community investment
It’s rare to hear a complaint about public funding when strolling through the halls of CenterPlace at Mirabeau Point, Spokane Valley’s premier community hub.
City works out issues with developers beyond UDC
Last September, the city of Spokane Valley completed work on its uniform development code, a document that outlines design, zoning and construction standards for projects within city limits.
Millwood considers widening of Argonne Road project
The Millwood Town Council is ready to take the next step in improving pedestrian pathways along Argonne Road.
Fire commissioners approve station construction bid
Citizens in Spokane Valley are going to see their tax dollars at work soon as a new fire station will be built at 32nd Avenue and Whipple Road.
City’s celebrates its fifth in style at CenterPlace
They knew you were coming, so they baked a cake. Several in fact. It was Munson to mirambas last Monday, as the city of Spokane Valley feted itself and the community on its five-year anniversary.
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View video 5th birthday celebration (yahoo feed)
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Liberty Lale residents rally support for library/city center vote
It is early Saturday morning in the city of Liberty Lake and a handful of residents have decided that the prospect of a new library and city center is more important than sleeping in.
CROP Walk makes strides in battle against local, global hunger
If you happen to be chronicling the history of social service programs in Spokane Valley, you should probably start with a church at the corner of Main and Raymond.
ALTCEW program helps seniors navigate insurance maze
Kathy Dugan took a moment during a recent meeting of the Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisory group to read a message of appreciation.
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.
View Video of the Miss Spokane Valley Coronation/Crowning (wmv)
View Miss Spokane Valley Ambassador 2008 Slide Show
New parks director brings insight, experience to department
The task of overseeing the city of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department is anything but a picnic.
City to celebrate its 5th birthday (news article)
The city of Spokane Valley is having a party, and everyone is invited. Five year anniversary of incorporation.
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.
The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Comerce held their 6th Annual Business Fair this month at the Mirabeau Park Hotel. The event was sponsored by Staples with a $500 shopping spree as the grand prize. Over 100 businesses were represented.
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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.

City finally dives in to pay for pool construction
The sprawling saga of Spokane Valley’s swimming pools may be finally reaching its end.

Residents voice concern over changes to Sprague corridor
For nearly two years now, the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan has emphasized the benefits of change.
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.
Library district, EVSD take stock after ballot defeats
Mike Wirt knew the vote to fund three capital facility projects on Tuesday would be close – he was just hoping the final margin would go in favor of the Spokane County Library District.
Fund-raising central to social service efforts at Valley Partners
Welcome to Grant Mathematics 101. In the case of Spokane Valley Partners – formerly Spokane Valley Community Center and Food Bank
Work continues on Spokane County regional trails plan
The path to a regional Spokane County trails system is getting shorter all the time.
Havana overpass project set for summer
If you’re tired of waiting for that stalled train at Havana, some relief may be in sight for later this summer.
Latest ballots must be sent by Tuesday
The East Valley School District, Spokane County Library District and county corrections systems are all counting on yes votes this coming Tuesday.
Council renews discussion of lot sizes in Greenacres
Last September, when the Spokane Valley City Council gave its final approval to its Uniform Development Code, City Attorney Mike Connelly had some final words: “This can be changed at any time.”
Millwood council supports Crime Check initiative
Chuck Hafner is spending his free time these days talking to people about public safety.
Motorists, pedestrians expected to benefit from Appleway project
It’s a road improvement project that just might have its own cheering section. Beginning March 17, the city of Spokane Valley will launch a major renovation of Appleway Road, covering a span of 1.29 miles from Corbin to Hodges.
CASA program sets standard as defender of children
For the last 22 years, Gayle Kiser has been making a difference.
Pickleball, routine exercise keeps seniors well preserved
Former professional tennis star John McEnroe would have some adjustments to make if he showed up at the Valley HUB to play a game called Pickleball with local seniors.
City of Spokane Valley Mayor Rich Munson delivers the 2008 State of the City Report to assembled group at Mirabeau Park Hotel. Click here to view pictures.
Residents hope Edgecliff Neighborhood Center can be civic hub
When officials with Spokane Public Schools announced last April that Pratt Elementary would be shutting down, residents of the Edgecliff community paused to reflect on the loss of a facility that had been a civic staple for over half a century.
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.
Liberty Lake leaders, developers discuss allocation of TIF funds
In 2005, the topic of tax increment financing emerged on more than a few municipal agendas in the city of Liberty Lake.
Council addresses ‘doggy day cares’
Need to leave Rufus somewhere for a day or two? Not sure where he would be allowed to stay?
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.”
One more for the 4th: Wilhite will run for Legislature
Former Spokane Valley mayor and Council Member Diana Wilhite is the latest to announce she will seek Rep. Lynn Schindler’s soon-to-be-vacated spot in the state House.
Citizen campaigns rally to support library, EVSD votes
As part of a group called Citizens for Greater Spokane Valley Libraries, Hattenburg has been campaigning for a pair of ballot issues that would provide the framework and funding for a new Valley Library.
Local outreach provides support for West African church
The temperature hovered around 80 degrees earlier this week in Togo, a West African country situated between Ghana and Benin.

Valley Mission Park to get makeover
Near the top of the list are planned improvements for Valley Mission Park, located on Mission Avenue just west of Bowdish Road.

Shea announces candidacy for Schindler’s 4th District seat
Last week, 10-year 4th District Rep. Lynn Schindler announced she wouldn’t seek another term in the Washington state House of Representatives.
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.
Symposium sheds light on risks of substance abuse, Internet
Braydon Jones was a good student at West Valley High School, a popular kid who liked soccer and cheering for the Seattle Mariners.
Crime Check heading back to ballot in spring
If you first you don’t succeed – ask again.
Argonne project may include upgrades for foot, bike traffic
Last October, the Millwood Historical Society sponsored a walking tour of the town, complete with stops at landmarks like the Inland Empire Paper Mill and the Millwood Presbyterian Church.
Security gets hard look at county courthouse
Spokane County officials – by their own admission – have never really tried to defend the courthouse campus from the al-Qaidas of the world.
Central Valley, East Valley develop framework for superintendent search
By the time April rolls around, two Spokane Valley school districts are hoping the snow will be off the ground and a new superintendent will be in place.
New car tab tax has city, county thinking of options
Getting from here to there could get easier if local governments were to enact $20 car tab taxes within their jurisdictions.
Old Senior Center building to be razed
The future of the old Spokane Valley Senior Center building at Mission and Bowdish may be in flames.
Valley couple volunteers to build a better Habitat
It’s Saturday morning at the Habitat for Humanity Surplus Store on Trent and Hamilton and Randy Olson is trying to prevent a traffic jam.
Valley council, social service providers address homeless issue
An elderly man stood near the off-ramp of Evergreen and Interstate 90 last week clutching a cardboard sign with words scrawled in black ink – “Homeless shelter?” The temperature outside was dipping below 20 degrees.
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.
Possible bond vote, new taxes loom on city horizon
A Spokane Valley City Council retreat two weeks ago ended on somewhat of a cliffhanger.
Liberty Lake council to consider bond vote for community center
The next three City Council meetings – Jan. 22, Feb. 5 and 19 – will determine whether or not voters will be asked to approve a $9.8 million bond on April 22.
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.
Council looks at possibility of broadcasting meetings
Instead of a flag salute and roll call, it’s possible that Spokane Valley City Council meetings could start with the words “lights, camera, action!”
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.
Juvenile facilities tax to go before voters March 11
Specifically, commissioners decided Tuesday to ask Spokane County voters on March 11 to renew a one-tenth of 1 percent sales tax for juvenile detention facilities and jails the next few years.
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.
New mayor, staff additions signal Liberty Lake transition
Since the city of Liberty Lake incorporated in August 2001, there have been more than a handful of important City Council meetings.
Cancer survivor learns valuable lessons in stress management
Wendell Sather didn’t panic last January when a doctor told him he had prostate cancer. Instead, he took the diagnosis home and began to do some research.
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.
Year In Review, Part 1
This is the first of a two-part look at the noteworthy news and events in 2006.
City officials enthused about new Valley Library site
In all the discussions about a new civic center in Spokane Valley, the notion of a library has been underscored in bold print.
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.
Indians stadium to celebrate 50 years in 2008
The photograph is mildly disturbing to anyone who ever saw Brian De Palma’s “The Untouchables.”
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Valleyfest to include educational features, seniors' activities
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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