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Spokane Valley swears in three City Council members

Spokane Valley swears in three City Council members

From the City of Spokane Valley:


In a brief ceremony on Monday, December 30, incumbents Chuck Hafner and Rod Higgins, along with newly-elected Bill Bates, took the oath of office as Spokane Valley City Council members. Each will serve a four-year term from 2014 through 2017.

Patty Murray remembers JFK

Patty Murray remembers JFK

Senator Patty Murray released the following statement on the 50th anniversary of the President John F. Kennedy's death:

Like so many Americans I still vividly remember November 22nd, 1963. As an 8th grader in my small hometown of Bothell, Washington I still remember playing in our school’s marching band in front of a local elementary school when someone came in and whispered in the ear of our band director. He immediately stopped the song we were playing, asked us to pull out the music to God Bless America, and we began to play. Then there was an announcement that the President had been shot. It was stunning.

I also remember going home and seeing my mom do two things that she never did, watch TV all day and cry. For me, it was the day the world got bigger than the small town I lived in. And from that day on, the Kennedy legacy of service was talked about often in my house. Those conversations helped instill in all of my brothers and sisters the knowledge that we have to be part of the bigger world beyond our own home and that we should work where we could to make our school, our community, and the world a better place.

Eight apply for Spokane Valley appointments

Eight apply for Spokane Valley appointments

From the City of Spokane Valley:


Six community members applied to fill two openings on Spokane Valley's Planning Commission, and two more applied for two openings on the City's Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.

Spokane Valley seeks advisory committee members

Spokane Valley seeks advisory committee members

From the City of Spokane Valley

Community members who are involved in tourism promotions efforts, visitor accommodations, or in presenting events that attract visitors, are invited to apply for openings on the City's Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.

Spokane Valley Councilman receives municipal leadership certificate

Spokane Valley Councilman receives municipal leadership certificate

From the City of Spokane Valley:

Spokane Valley Councilmember Arne Woodard has received a Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities.

To earn the certification, Woodard completed more than 30 hours of training designed to enhance elected officials' skills in municipal excellence, including sessions in budgeting, land use planning, personnel, safety and leadership.

Woodard, who holds Council Position 3, was elected to serve a four year term from 2012 through 2015.

AWC is a private, non-profit, non-partisan corporation that represents Washington's cities and towns before the state legislature, the state executive branch, and regulatory agencies with a goal of creating and maintaining livable cities and towns throughout the state. While membership is voluntary, AWC maintains 100 percent participation by Washington's 281 cities and towns.

McMorris-Rodgers to host Town Hall Meeting

McMorris-Rodgers to host Town Hall Meeting

U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers will host her annual Town Hall Meeting in Spokane on Wednesday, August 21st at the Lincoln Center.

 

The forum will allow 5th Congressional District Residents to ask questions and hear responses from McMorris-Rodgers regarding legislative and economic issues in Eastern Washington. The Congresswoman has also invited residents who can't attend the event to ask questions via her Facebook page.

 

McMorris-Rodgers Town Hall Meeting

  • Wednesday, August 21st, 6pm
  • The Lincoln Center
  • 1316 N. Lincoln St. Spokane, WA

County Commissioner Pitches New Animal Facility Proposal

A new proposal is being shopped around to local elected officials. The proposal could build a new regional animal facility that voters turned down last November. After going back to the drawing board, Spokane County Commission Todd Mielke, says the proposal is cheaper by a few million.

The original concept was estimated to be about $15 million. When the proposal made the ballot last year, it was reduced to $9.3 million to convert an already existing building into what they’d need. That was voted down.

The new plan has been reduced to $4.5 million and would take over an existing building. Mielke says they have three choices, one at the vacant Harley Davidson building on East Trent, another in a now vacant mattress building north of Sprague and Fancher. Another on the east end of the Fairgrounds on Broadway that went on the market last week.

If approved by all the jurisdictions, this proposal doesn’t need voter approval because it’s below $6.5 million.