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Mission Avenue Project Update to be held on Feb. 11

Mission Avenue Project Update to be held on Feb. 11

A community meeting to review updated plans for the Mission Avenue - Flora to Barker project is scheduled for Wednesday, February 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Greenacres Christian Church, 18010 East Mission Avenue in Spokane Valley.

A formal presentation at 6:00 p.m. will include project updates made as a result of earlier meetings with the community. The presentation will include diagrams and information on roadway widths, lane configurations, and bike/pedestrian enhancements, as well as curbing and stormwater drainage improvements to be made.

Participants will also be asked to share their preferences on options for appearance and landscaping of the existing roundabout at Mission and Flora, and the roundabout to be installed at Mission and Long. Preferences for landscaping of roadside planting strips will also be discussed.

Everyone is welcome to attend, and are encouraged to bring their families, friends and neighbors.

Spokane Valley asks community for ideas on trail improvements

The Centennial Trail is a favorite for many to walk their dogs or ride their bikes, but there is one spot that needs some work.

The City of Spokane Valley is looking for your input on improvements at the Mission avenue entrance of the trail. The area is outlined in a black construction fence, covered in dirt and rocks, with a sign that has been boarded up.

Jacqueline Cox walks the trail daily with her dog Greg.

"Greg loves it, he loves the river he's always trying to take a dive,? said Cox.

But there are a few things missing that she's seen along other parts of the path.

"They have trees and benches along the trails going towards Spokane and towards Couer d'Alene but it would be nice if they put more seating out here, even if they're students they can come out here and read,? said Cox.

Ideas like this are exactly what the Spokane Valley city staff are looking for. They want to make improvements to the trail head with public funding.

The city will hold a public meeting on January 26th at 6:30 at the clubhouse at the River House apartments to hear community input.

City of Spokane Valley provides SnowInfo to community

City of Spokane Valley provides SnowInfo to community

Spokane Valley crews were out Friday morning applying deicer on primary and secondary arterials, and hillsides. They will continue monitoring conditions to respond as needed, and are coordinating with the Spokane Valley police department to address problem areas.

Community members are reminded that they are responsible for keeping sidewalks adjacent to their homes and businesses cleared of snow and ice, especially in areas used by schoolchildren and by those with mobility concerns.

The city wants to remind citizens to use particular care in slick conditions, whether driving or walking.

City of Spokane Valley New Year's closures

City of Spokane Valley New Year's closures

In observance of the New Year's holiday, the City of Spokane Valley business offices will be closed as follows:

City business offices will be closed on Thursday, January 1. Offices will reopen with regular hours on Friday, January 2.

The Spokane Valley University Transfer Station will be closed on Thursday, January 1, reopening with regular hours on Friday, January 2.

INBC at emergency levels of Type O negative and Type O positive blood

INBC at emergency levels of Type O negative and Type O positive blood

The Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) is calling all eligible O-Negative and O-Positive blood donors to roll up their sleeve and give blood as soon as possible.

INBC says blood supply has reached critical levels for O blood types, with only 10% of needed blood supply on the shelf. In order to reach a safe blood supply, over 500 blood donors are urgently needed this week.

O-Negative blood is the universal blood type and can be given to anyone in an emergency situations where there is not enough time to match a patient’s blood type. O-Positive is the most common blood type and so is crucial to have a safe supply on hospital shelves. INBC is the only supplier of blood to area hospitals and needs an average of 200 blood donors every day.

In response to the critical levels, INBC is opening its Spokane Center on Thursday, January 1st from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are needed at this time. Donation centers can be found in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston and the Valley Hospital. For more information, visit www.inbcsaves.org.

Hundreds protest Spokane Co. Sheriff's Office

A viral video showing a Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy talking about needing an armored vehicle for dealing with "Constitutionalists" sparked debate, and on Saturday, a protest.

The video was taken during an event where the Sheriff's Office was showcasing its newest army surplus vehicle, an MRAP, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle.

The protestors gathered outside the Spokane County Sheriff's Office on Saturday afternoon.

Sheriff releases statement regarding controversial video

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office released a statement Saturday regarding a recent online video of a Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy making a comment about ?Constitutionalists.?

The video, featured on the website Infowars, shows a deputy saying the department's new military surplus MRAP (mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle) is needed for dealing with ?Constitutionalists? among others who stockpile weapons and ammunition.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office released the following statement: