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Early store openings change Black Friday tradition

Friday was one of the busiest shopping days of the year, but the crowds out at stores weren't nearly as crazy as they used to be.

A lot of stores like Target opened their doors Thursday at 6 p.m., so by Friday morning the big ?doorbuster? deals� were already gone. But, good news for Black Friday shoppers: the crowds aren't nearly as bad and there are still a lot of great buys.

Shopper Leah Hughes was happy to see a fairly calm Target Friday morning in Spokane Valley, but no way was she coming out on Thanksgiving Day.

"I think Thanksgiving is kind of a family day,? Hughes said. ?I much more prefer, you know, if it's going to start, it's going to start Friday morning."

Hughes is looking for a ?Grave Digger? remote control car. The Spokane Valley location was sold out.

"The good news is they have them at the north store, so they are going to hopefully put one on hold for me," Hughes said.

Other shoppers absolutely live for Black Friday.

"I could go all day,? said shopper Kim Papich. ?You want to hear what else I am going to buy today?"

Papich and her sister Jennifer hit the stores bright and early Friday morning.

WSU Athletic Hall of Fame to induct Steve Gleason at Apple Cup on Saturday

WSU Athletic Hall of Fame to induct Steve Gleason at Apple Cup on Saturday

Washington State University will induct Steve Gleason as the 178th member of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame during this year's Apple Cup game. The ceremony is set to take place during an on-field ceremony between the first and second quarters of Saturday's game against Washington.

 

“I'd encourage fans to be there to make sure they don't miss anything,” said Associate Director of Athletics, Bill Stevens.

 

Stevens said each year a selection committee determines who is elected into the hall of fame.

 

City of Spokane Valley Thanksgiving holiday hours

City of Spokane Valley Thanksgiving holiday hours

City of Spokane Valley business offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday as follows:

City business offices will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, and will reopen with regular hours at 8:00am on Monday, December 1.

The Spokane Valley University Transfer Station will be closed on Thursday, November 27, reopening with regular hours at 7:30am on Friday, November 28.

 

Spokane Valley police investigating mobile home explosion

One man was injured when a trailer he was in exploded late Wednesday night.

Spokane Valley firefighters responded to the�trailer�in the 17500 block of�East Sprague�around 11:30 PM.

They had suspicions that explosion was related to drug manufacturing. Spokane Valley police are currently waiting to obtain a search warrant to confirm those suspicions.

The man staying at the trailer was treated for minor injuries and is currently not in custody pending the results of the search warrant.

Deputies suspect the man was extracting the THC from marijuana plants to produce honey oil. That is a controlled substance and manufacturing it is a felony despite the fact that marijuana is now legal.

Spokane Valley crews launch winter operations

Keeping a close eye on the forecast, crews in Spokane Valley expect to launch winter operations at midnight on Wednesday, applying deicer along primary and secondary arterials, on selected hillsides, and at key intersections. 

Although the forecast may change, the city said drivers may still want to be prepared for icy conditions, and allow extra time for a safe commute.

The city also stated it is a good time for community members in Spokane Valley to be sure they have a ready supply of deicer and/or traction sand as well as shovels to keep sidewalks adjacent to their properties cleared of snow and ice as required by the Spokane Valley Municipal Code.

Keeping sidewalks cleared is especially important in areas regularly used by pedestrians, including children going to and from school, and those who use wheelchairs or mobility assistance devices. 

Early morning fire destroys Liberty Lake home

Spokane Valley Firefighters are investigating a house fire at Buckeye Avenue and Barker Road in Liberty Lake.�

It started just before 2 a.m. Tuesday morning. There was no one inside the home when the fire started.

Neighbors tell investigators�the owners are away on vacation.

The structure is a total loss with an estimated damage total near $130,000.

Investigators are currently working to determine the cause but have no reason to believe this was a suspicious fire at this time.

Traffic investigators ask for the public’s help regarding hit and run

Spokane Valley Traffic Unit Investigators are asking the public for information regarding a serious hit and run collision that occurred on Friday night in Spokane Valley.

Spokane County Valley Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian hit and run collision at the intersection of 16th Street and Oberlin on November 14 2014, at approximately 5:20 p.m. A citizen found the 51-year-old male victim crawling off of the roadway and immediately called 911.