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Lila Pearl is Haskell's wife!
Ironically, Spokane County approved a private airfield near Cheney with houses directly at the end of the runway that it continues to insist pose no safety concerns. See http://www.cheneyfreepress.com/story/2010/11/18/front-page/neighbors-rally-to-oppose-a-private-airstrip-planned-outside-of-cheney/4166.html How does that figure?
Mielke´s comparison to Antoine Peak is not fair. 50% of the cost of acquiring Antoine Peak came directly from the State and the rest of the funds came from Conservation Futures funds which are dedicated to acquisition of lands that benefit wildlife, conserve natural resources, and increase passive recreation and educational opportunities. The purpose of the acquisition was not to provide recreation.
Yes, but you should not swim in or otherwise expose yourself to the river within 48 hours of a sewer overflow -- exposure to raw sewage can cause a long list of nasty illness.
I applaud Steve´s efforts to revitalize downtown -- unfortunately, his party has a platform of dismantling the Growth Management Act and both Mr. Mielke and Mr. Richard have demonstrated a similar distain for that law.
The Growth Management Hearings Board has over and over again found their decision out of compliance with the law and the basic tenants of good land use planning.
Lack implementation of our land use laws make it cheap for developers to develop on undeveloped lands in places far from existing urban services, while passing the costs of roads, schools, and infrastructure on to us. This creates economic disinsentives for the redevelopment of our downtown core.
Without the GMA and good land use planning, we will continue to have the type of sprawl in this community that has allowed our downtown businesses to die and for the number of vacant buildings to increase. We need to redirect development into our downtown core if we want those buildings to open again and stop encouraging development in rural areas by the reckless land use decision and arbitrary expansion of the Urban Growth Area.
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