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  • Cheerleader

    Roger Harnack|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    Emmalyn Marney, 6, of Spokane Valley, cheers at the pep rally during Eastern Washington University's Homecoming celebration....

  • County gives update on snow removal plan

    Valley Herald|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    SPOKANE VALLEY - County Commissioner Josh Kerns highlighted that the Public Works department maintains the largest county road system in the State of Washington. The county maintains over 5,100 lane miles of roads. Public Works officials also announced the every grader in the fleet can be equipped with a snow gate/boot to clear curbed residential areas. These snow gates/boots were designed and manufactured in-house by public works employees. The new snow gates/boots are more compatible with the current equipment, easier to...

  • Election Ballots mailed

    Updated Oct 26, 2023

    Election season is here, and the county has sent approximately 362,000 ballots out to all registered voters residing in the area. The cost per ballot is calculated at 35 cents, which covers not only printing but also the logistics of mailing these crucial voting tools. This year, the county has invested approximately $126,700 to print and mail those ballots. It’s crucial to ensure every eligible voter has their voice heard. In 2023, the county said they have been working to deliver an impressive number of ballots to d...

  • City moves transportation ordinance forward

    Matthew Stephens, Valley Herald|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    SPOKANE VALLEY – The city has been discussing a transportation benefit district for quite some time, and Deputy City Manager Erik Lamb brought the second reading of ordinance 23-018 on Oct. 24, which was passed by council. Lamb also asked for consensus on setting a public hearing, and that passed with five council members voting for it, and two voting in opposition. Council woman Laura Padden and council woman Brandi Peetz did not vote in favor of the ordinance during the s...

  • Armed suspect surrenders

    Clare McGraw, Cheney Free Press|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    SPOKANE VALLEY – In a high-stakes operation, Spokane Valley Deputies successfully apprehended a wanted suspect with a history of armed offenses and uncooperative behavior. The suspect, identified as 43-year-old Donald E. Weber, was the subject of multiple felony warrants, including Assault 2nd Degree charges, a Department of Corrections warrant, and a DUI misdemeanor warrant. The tense standoff unfolded on the afternoon of October 22, 2023, when law enforcement became aware o...

  • Valley slowpitch teams finish strong

    Matthew Stephens, Valley Herald|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    SPOKANE VALLEY – High School sports are moving quickly into the post season, and the slow pitch softball teams from Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake have solidified their rankings this year. The Greater Spokane League has a few teams performing well out of Spokane Valley, and the University Titans are sitting in the top ranked spot in the league 3A division. The Titans won the league championship after beating Mount Spokane 12-5 on Oct. 20. It’s the first district title for...

  • Man arrested and charged for pointing laser at aircraft

    Clare McGraw, Cheney Free Press|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    SPOKANE VALLEY – In a recent incident that underscores the gravity of laser strikes on aircraft, a suspect was apprehended after targeting a helicopter with a green laser. The suspect, 42-year-old Johnny R. Blackstock, was arrested and charged with two counts of unlawful discharge of a laser 1st degree. The incident occurred on the evening of October 13, 2023, near Spokane Valley, Washington. At approximately 7:55 PM, the Spokane Regional Air Support Unit’s (SRASU) Air 1 hel...

  • Valley soccer teams eyeing playoffs

    Matthew Stephens, Valley Herald|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    SPOKANE VALLEY – With playoff soccer already underway, a couple of Spokane Valley teams are already in the postseason mindset. The Greater Spokane League 2A division had the West Valley Eagles winning the championship this season, and moving right into a top playoff spot. The Eagles finished their regular season with a 5-0 shutout win over Clarkston Oct. 19, and went undefeated 16-0 on the year. The East Valley Knights finished third in the division, with 10 wins and six l...

  • Homecoming Dash

    Roger Harnac|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    Members of the Eastern Washington University fast-pitch softball team race down the bed racing track on Oct. 19. Their team made it to the semi-final round of the competition. More homecoming photos on page B8....