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Facebook page tracks Spokane Valley History

Nov. 20, 2014 11:14 a.m. - Updated: 11:42 a.m.

David Sean Brown was born and raised in Spokane Valley. Back in 2010, he joined Facebook and quickly made contact with people he'd gone to school with or shared interests with. 

“I've always been interested in the history of Spokane and Spokane Valley,” said Brown over coffee at The Rocket Bakery on Argonne. And that's how he got the idea for the Facebook group: The History of Spokane Valley - 1960 to Present. 

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Done with topless baristas, coalition moves on to weed

Nov. 20, 2014 9:38 a.m. - Updated: 11:43 a.m.

The Spokane Valley-based Coalition for Community Values has formed a task force that aims to limit access to all types of marijuana in Spokane Valley. City Council member Ed Pace asked city staff to look into regulations in Washington towns Wenatchee and Fife, which both have banned marijuana. 


Thursday morning coffee is on -

Nov. 19, 2014 1:40 p.m. - Updated: 1:42 p.m.

- at the Rocket Bakery on Argonne Road. I will be there around 9 a.m. and stick around until 10:30 a.m. Rumor has it we may get a visit from David Sean Brown who started and runs The History of Spokane Valley Facebook page. Stop by and say hello. 


List of rock homes is growing fast

Nov. 18, 2014 12:25 p.m. - Updated: 2:51 p.m.

Since the story on Spokane Valley river rock homes ran on Sunday, we've had more than ten people register their rock home on the online map we provided. Don't be left out - submit your home today. In a week or so we will share the map with The Spokane Valley Heritage Museum. Photos can be uploaded with your entry, or you can send a photo with the home's address to piah@spokesman.com 


Spokane Valley City Council meeting tonight

Nov. 17, 2014 2:48 p.m. - Updated: 3:03 p.m.

Just as I was hitting my stride with the Tuesday meetings, we're having one on a Monday. Tonight's agenda includes a noxious weed board update and a public hearing on the shoreline master plan, as well as an executive session about a real estate purchase. 

(To get email updates about meetings and other news from Spokane Valley go to the city's website and click on “follow us” at the bottom of the green menu on your left - pick which email lists you'd like to be included in.)

Speaking of executive session: I am overdue for a coffee date in the Valley - how about the Rocket on Argonne Road, Thursday morning? I will be there around 9 a.m. - I'm easy to spot with my newspaper dog tag and laptop computer. Stop by and say hello and tell me a Valley story or two. 


First dance with Mary Jane

Nov. 14, 2014 2:19 p.m. - Updated: 2:35 p.m.

You may remember Shelly Clark as one of the organizers behind the protest that lead to Spokane Valley outlawing topless barristas about a year ago. Thursday night, Clark and the Coalition for Community Values called a meeting at CenterPlace to discuss the impact the legalization of marijuana may have on Valley children. 


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Is this Spokane Valley as you know it?

Nov. 3, 2014 12:01 p.m. - Updated: 12:07 p.m.

Just in time for the election, my colleague Jim Camden wrote a piece about how Spokane Valley has been rated the most centrist town in the United States by USA Today and the website Liveability.com 

Do you recognize Spokane Valley in the description? 

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River rock homes in Spokane Valley

Oct. 15, 2014 11:39 a.m. - Updated: 11:51 a.m.

Together with staff at The Spokane Valley Heritage Museum we are looking for homes in Spokane Valley constructed with river rock. The homes we are looking for don't have to be as elaborate as the original Vera Water Pump House above, but the front or another significant part of the house should be built using river rock (a river rock foundation is not going to make it). However, if you have a stretch of river rock wall or entrance pillars, we'd be curious about those too. Please email your name, address, year the home was built and a snapshot (if you have one) to piah@spokesman.com 


STA open house and forum Thursday

Oct. 8, 2014 2:15 p.m. - Updated: 2:19 p.m.

Spokane Transit Authority is hosting a series of open houses asking the public for input on its long-range transit plan, Moving Forward. The first open house is Oct. 9 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Center Place, 2426 North Discovery Place. Valley residents are encouraged to show up and share their input on transit service today and in the future. Public input may be emailed to stamovingforward@spokanetransit.com or by calling the STA Moving Forward Hotline at (509) 343-1659.


Spokane Valley City Council meeting tonight

Oct. 7, 2014 12:21 p.m. - Updated: 12:29 p.m.

This evening's City Council meeting is a study session during which city staff will present research on current topics and issues facing the council. Tonight, we will hear about possible restrictions on truck parking in neighborhoods and get a briefing on proposed amendments to the Spokane Valley municipal code. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall - here's the agenda. 

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