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Dr. Steven Ghan to Give Talk on Climate Change This Wednesday

On Wednesday, June 10th from 7pm to 8:30pm Dr. Steven Ghan will be at the Spokane Valley Library (12004 East Main Ave) to discuss the impact of climate change on glaciers in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Citizens’ Climate Lobby is hosting this discussion.

Mountaineer and renowned climate scientist Dr. Steven Ghan takes you on a visual journey along the crest of the North Cascades, where spectacular alpine scenery holds a disturbing truth: melting glaciers. He will show how this mirrors ice loss around the world, from the Arctic Ocean to the great continental mountain ranges, and how it relates to the repeated advance and retreat of global ice over the last 800,000 years. Dr. Ghan will explore the profound human impacts of the continued depletion of the world’s frozen water, discussing concrete and effective ways to stop it.

For more information, call 509-570-8485 or email dgcamp@hotmail.com.

Army Corps of Engineers to seek public comment on Tesoro-Savage Terminal Work

From a press release sent out today:

In February 2014, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, received an application from Tesoro Savage Petroleum Terminal, LLC, for Department of the Army authorization under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act to construct an export terminal at the Port of Vancouver. Proposed activities requiring authorization from the Army Corps include replacing decking, mooring hardware and fender systems, filling hollow steel pilings, removing portions of overwater structures, and installing oil transfer and return lines, a jib crane, manifolds and related facilities on an existing pier. The remainder of the proposed terminal would be built in uplands and does not require Army authorization. Upland work would include constructing rail lines, above-ground storage tanks, buildings and related facilities.

The Corps has determined a standard individual permit process is required for the proposed work, and will issue a public notice later in June to seek public input. The Corps is including in its analysis of the project under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) the specific activities in the Columbia River requiring a Department of Army permit, and the environmental impacts of those specific activities. The Corps will also analyze those portions of the project that would occur outside of the Columbia River, but are integrally tied to the activities requiring a permit and over which the Corps has sufficient control and responsibility to warrant Federal review. The Corps may extend its analysis beyond the specific activities requiring an Army permit only to the extent allowed under existing law, regulation and policy. For this proposal, associated activities that are beyond the control and responsibility of the Corps, such as mainline rail service to bring crude oil to the terminal, cannot be analyzed as part of the permit process.

The full press release can be found here.

Work on High Drive begins Monday

Construction on High Drive is set to begin Monday, May 18 from Bernard Street to Grand Boulevard.

The contractor intends to perform minor work starting May 18, with major work scheduled to start Wednesday, May 20. Once major work begins, High Drive will close between Bernard and Grand Boulevard with only local access allowed.

This is the second phase of work on High Drive. Phase I construction in 2014 extended from 29th Avenue to Bernard Street. The estimated $5 million project includes pavement reconstruction, Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) 24 storage facilities, storm sewer, swales and water main placement. Work also calls for six-foot sidewalks on the bluff side, a four foot planting strip on the bluff side, and a continuation of bike lanes on both sides of the street.

Weekly meetings with the contractor, which are open to the public, began Thursday, May 14 and occur every Thursday during construction. The meetings are held at 8 a.m. at Rocket Market (726 E. 43rd).

The project is being funded with Federal funds and various City funds, including the 10-Year Street Bond.

Work in the High Drive area this year will also include work on CSO 20 at High Drive and Hatch Road, which calls for construction of a storage facility for the CSO tank. The project will include road replacement from Grand to Scott Street, new crosswalks at Hatch Road, traffic calming, parking, bike lanes, a pedestrian island, and sidewalk.

Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington Service Planning Survey

Every four years Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington (ALTCEW) seeks community feedback to help determine how it will prioritize a portion of state and federally funded programs. Your feedback will help to better understand the community needs and how ALTCEW can better serve people in your area. Your feedback is anonymous. The survey link can be found here.

About ALTCEW: Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington (ALTCEW) works with and through community organizations to administer a wide range of services for adults 60 and over and people with disabilities. Serving Ferry, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, and Whitman Counties in Washington State, the Agency and its programs are funded through a partnership of federal, state and local governments.

Cars Parked Along Bloomsday Route to be towed

Cars still parked along the Bloomsday route will be towed starting Tuesday. City Streets crews began cleaning the Bloomsday route Monday. Citizens are asked to remove their cars for street sweeping to occur.

No Parking Signs have been placed on Riverside on the north side of Street from Jefferson to Hemlock. On Tuesday, April 28, the south side of Riverside from Jefferson to Hemlock will be swept. For more information, see the weekly obstruction notices placed on the Spokane City website here.

Earned Sick & Safe Leave Stakeholder Group Applications

On Monday, April 20th, Spokane City Council passed Resolution No. 2015-0038 which establishes a working group to provide recommendations to City Council on an earned sick and safe leave policy for the City of Spokane (city-wide).

The goal of the working group is to provide specific recommendations to the Council on elements of an appropriate policy for the City that considers community health and well-being, preventing spread of disease, economic equality, business vitality, family and personal safety related to domestic violence, and regional competitiveness.

Council encourages the working group to review elements of other city or state policies, but provide policy recommendations that consider local business and workforce needs.

Applicants must be residents of the City of Spokane pursuant to Spokane Municipal Code 04.01.030 (A). Please turn in your application to Debra Robole at drobole@spokanecity.org by May 1st.

Application information can be found here. Applications are here.

Twisted Willow Traffic Meeting This Wednesday (Southgate Neighborhood)

Last year developers vested a 100+ home subdivision called Twisted Willows over in Glenrose that proposed to have all the traffic enter and exit on 42nd Avenue on the east side of Southgate.

There will be a new traffic impact meeting at 6:15pm this Wednesday, April 15th at Fire Station 81 (6117 S. Palouse Hwy.) to discuss an updated design that will have traffic entering and exiting on both 42nd and 43rd Avenues into Southgate and potentially through Trickle Creek to Glenrose. To read the announcement and look at the updated plans, see here. For more information, see this post on the Southgate Neighborhoods website.

Spokane Journal of Business endorses STA Proposition No. 1

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Yesterday, the Spokane Journal of Business said “Yes to Buses” and endorsed Proposition 1: the ballot initiative that will fund Spokane Transit Authority’s Moving Forward pPlan by increasing the sales tax by three tenths of one percent. An excerpt is below, but you can read the whole thing here.

… However, we believe the long-term benefits that would emanate from this sizable financial investment outweigh the measure’s flaws, and we encourage voters to support it…..

STA says the added funding would enable it to provide an estimated 25 percent increase in bus service, which it expects will accommodate a 30 percent increase in ridership to more than 15 million rides a year by 2025. As part of a long-range plan, the transit authority says it would implement more than 25 improvements across the region to meet a growing demand for transit services.

To learn more about STA’s Moving Forward Plan and Proposition No. 1, click here.

Special screening of “From Spokane With Love” tonight at the Magic Lantern

Tonight at 7pm, the Magic Lantern (W 25 Main) is hosting a special screening of the documentary film “From Spokane With Love.” Tickets are $8. After the film, there will also be a panel discussion.

“From Spokane With Love” is a heart-warming, entertainig and informative movie about the Friendship Delegation from Spokane, which includes Councilman Jon Snyder and his son Jackson, who went to Iran to try and bridge the gap of stereotypes and misinformation and bring their two peoples together.

Councilman Snyder testifies on Senate oil train bill

Yesterday, Councilman Jon Snyder was in Olympia and testified on Senate Bill 5057; concerning the shipment of oil via rail. While the bill does more than current state law, Councilman Snyder points out that it ignores pipelines altogether and that the small tax increase on tank cars does not reflect the potential costs of derailment. Listen to his testimony above.