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Spokane Valley one step closer to City Hall, awards design contract to Cd'A architectural firm

Spokane Valley one step closer to City Hall, awards design contract to Cd'A architectural firm

 

Spokane Valley is one step closer its own City Hall.

 

Architects West, Inc. was awarded the contract for architectural design services for the project. The company was one of four design firms that submitted proposals for the project. The firm is located in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

 

"We are thrilled to begin the design work for a new City of Spokane Valley City Hall at University City," said the City of Spokane Valley Mayor Dean Grafos. "It will be a key piece of a new civic center located within a growing and repurposed mix of commercial, educational, and multi-family opportunities and potential in this vital area. With the favorable financial and construction conditions that prevail today, our City now has the opportunity to build a much needed, but "right-sized" municipal structure that reflects our City's continuing commitment to lean government and responsible stewardship of our tax dollars."

 

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

 

Registration for the world's largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament is now live!

 

Entry forms for Spokane Hoopfest 2015 are available online at register.spokanehoopfest.net. Hard-copy entry forms are also available at any Bruchi's Cheesesteaks and Subs or Yokes Fresh Market northwest locations. 

 

This year Hoopfest will celebrate its 26th year as a Spokane institution. Every year the tournament brings approximately 28,000 players and 225,000 spectators to the streets of downtown Spokane.

 

Registration to the tournament is guaranteed to teams that register prior to May 11th. Forms and entries to those who register late are only granted based on space availability with an additional $20 late fee through May 25th. Nonetheless, Hoopfest organizers recommend playing it safe by registering early.

 

Proposition for new libraries to appear on the August ballot

Proposition for new libraries to appear on the August ballot

 

A new resolution will put a proposition on Spokane County resident's ballots to help finance new and expanded libraries in the greater Spokane Valley and Millwood areas.

 

The resolution, adopted by the Spokane County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, places a proposition on the August 4, 2015 ballot that would more than double the public library space in the greater Spokane Valley and Millwood by authorizing construction of the following:

  • A new 30,000 sq. ft. Spokane Valley Library on Sprague Avenue adjacent to the property where the City of Spokane Valley is considering expansion of Balfour Park, creating a library/park combination. This library construction is estimated at $14.5 million
  • A 10,000 sq. ft. library in Veradale/Greenacres on Conklin Road one-half block south of Sprague, estimated at $5 million
  • A 6,000 sq. ft. expansion of the Argonne Library, estimated at $1.5 million
  • A repurpose of the existing 60-year-old Spokane Valley Library, estimated at $1 million

 

Spokane Valley Deputies attempting to locate adult male with dementia

Spokane Valley Deputies attempting to locate adult male with dementia

Spokane Valley Sheriff’s deputies are attempting to locate and check the welfare of 68-year-old Mathew R. Soran last seen in the area of South Pines Road and 19th Avenue in Spokane Valley.

 

Staff at St. Philomenas, an assisted living facility, stated Soran was last seen at approximately 11:45 a.m. when he left to go for a walk.  Soran has dementia and may be confused or disoriented.

 

Soran is described at 5’10, approximately 220 lbs. with white hair and was wearing a baseball cap, a dark hooded sweatshirt and may have had a dark colored lightweight jacket.  Soran does not have access to a vehicle but is not dressed for the approaching nighttime weather.   

 

Anyone who has possibly seen Soran or knows of his location is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.    

Two Washington teens selected to present at international traffic safety conference

Two Washington teens selected to present at international traffic safety conference

Hunter Watson, a senior at University High School in Spokane Valley and Kennedy Gwin, a junior at Hoquiam High School were among just four students in the United States selected to give presentations at the Lifesavers international traffic safety conference in Chicago on March 15. The other two are James Fairfield and Cayley Wilson from Melvin-Sibley High School in Gibson City, Illinois.

 

Man struck, killed by SUV in Spokane Valley

A man was killed Friday morning in Spokane Valley after he was hit by an SUV.

The accident happened just before 5:30 a.m. on Mission, just east of Progress.

Spokane Valley Police say the man was likely crossing the street at Mission and st. Charles when he was struck by an SUV. Neighbors living nearby came out and attempted to administer CPR to the victim.

Valley police rushed to the scene. When they pulled up, the driver of the SUV wasn't there, but they said he returned a few minutes later and admitted he was involved in the accident. Deputies administered a field sobriety test to make sure the driver wasn't intoxicated.

“We had two drug recognition experts on scene and they did an evaluation. Initially, they determined no impairment on the driver. The driver is being very cooperative with us at this point in the investigation. So at this point we don't think there's any impairment,” Spokane Valley Police Sergeant Brett Gores said.

As of Friday afternoon the driver is not facing any charges.

The victim's family has been notified but he hasn't been officially identified pending an autopsy by the medical examiner.

State Senate votes to extend ban on cell phone use while driving

State Senate votes to extend ban on cell phone use while driving

The Washington Senate has voted to extend the state's ban on cell phone use while driving to cover the range of functions a smartphone can now serve.

In a 35-14 vote Tuesday, Senators sent to the House a bill that would update legislation written in 2008 that bans hand-held phone calls and texting while driving. Since then, mobile platforms for Facebook, Twitter and a plethora of other social networking and video game uses have gained millions of users. Under existing law, they're legal for drivers to use while behind the wheel, despite being distracting.