Common Sense Debris Cleanup

Common Sense Debris Cleanup Includes Recycling

American Recycling Corp – Spokane

iScrap App, which shows current prices being paid for recycled products

American Recycling Corp. Scrap Prices – Spokane
6203 E Mission Ave, Spokane Valley WA 99212 Phone: 509.535.42710

This firm is accepting scrap metal, steel, and aluminum and copper. However there are restrictions on recycling both burnt copper and automobiles. Only one load of copper will be allowed per household, and most of us will be saving this copper in a special pile on the side, to take in last. Why, only one load? Because, there have been too many thieves making a living off of melting stolen copper wiring. You will need to get a letter certifying that you are a bonafied resident of the disaster area who has lost your home or outbuildings. In other words, you are not a crook.

The person who can supply this is, Fire Marshall, Jared Harms, Spokane County Fire District #4, Deputy Chief / Fire Marshal – CFEI, (509)220-7446. Harms replied to our request with this:

Thank you for reaching out. We can certainly get those letters out to citizens that have been impacted within the fire zone. We just need the names of the residents, their address, and preferred email to send the letter to. You can share my email with citizens needing this letter and I will get it to them.

American Recycling will take cars for scrap, if, you have the paperwork showing ownership. If you do not have “ownership paperwork” they will not accept the car.

There is an alternative way to provide the necessary paperwork, and it is called a “HULK” slip, which is available at the S.C.O.P.E. Deer Park Office 316 E Crawford St, Deer Park WA 99006
509 .276.7848 Hours:? left msg.

Sorting the metals as you cleanup is really smart, take a look at the different amounts paid for the different types of metal per pound and you will see for yourself

or the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office 1100 W Mallon Ave, Spokane Ave Spokane WA 99260, 509.477-2240.

FYI—To find out more about wildfire disaster assistance, text RECOVERY to 99411

Pacific Steel & Recycling

2901 E Trent Ave, Spokane WA 99202 Phone: 509.55.1673, or 800.243.2618
Hours: Mon-Fri 8-4, Sat 8-12, Closed Sept 4, 2023

Pull & Save Auto Parts
We want your vehicles, dead or alive!

Spokane Valley Location 509.921.8000, and in Mead 509.928.4000

DISCLAIMER: Spokane County Waste Disposal advises that that the victims of the wildfire begin cleanup by getting ahold of their Waste System “transportation conractor” (contact information below); This is information noted from attending the Meeting at Riverside High School on Tues 08/29/23-6pm.

Sunshine Disposal & Recycling

509.934.5678, mailbox is full, cannot accept messages at this time.
PO Box 13369, Spokane Valley WA

This firm is in charge of the transportating portion of Spokane County Waste Disposal System. Contact them first for instructions on what you have to do to utilize their waste disposal system and make sure you take your wallet with you.

Costs and availability of the County requirements are unknown. Asbestos Test Kit and their Results wait times are also unknown at this time.

flyer for cleanup

Taxes and Building Codes,Then What?

Pete standing above main elec panels after the fire
Pete by main elec

Taxes and Building Codes, Then What? You already know about 3 steps we have taken post wildfire from our previous post.

STOP Everything!!!

Before you jump into cleaning up and building take a look at this. Destroyed Property Tax form! If you fail to submit a form before you start, the property tax assessor’s office will not give you a break on taxes at all. But is all the paperwork worth it? It is not a huge break, but maybe every little bit counts for those of us who have lost everything.

Destroyed Property Form (Fillable PDF Application) 

Destroyed Property Form (B&W Printable Application)

State Laws (For Your Information)

The second form to submit, is needed if you have already paid property taxes this year so you can request a refund on those taxes. Honestly, the  value of your home has decreased quite a bit! Are you looking at a pile of ashes where your home used to be?

There will be no reductions on your taxes prior to the fire for this year.  The Spokane County Tax Office will keep the full value of your property taxes paid for the first part of the year, through to August 18th (date of the fire). After you send in the form to the assessor’s office, they will have to come out and verify how much of a “loss of value” you have experienced.  What percentage. They will then reduce the taxes on the remainder of this years taxes by that percentage.


If you are rebuilding, when you are done, the taxes will immediately return to 100% full blast again. Furthermore, the tax collector will not suffer any losses, because, during the next tax levy period they “can and will” raise the rates to cover their losses from this, “tax break”.  Our taxes will increase again.

Remember that when you are at the bottom
there is only one way to go, UP!

3 year Tax Break for Disaster Victims

surprised girlNot Really!

3 year tax break? There are some credits available to apply for but if you read all the paperwork you will see that as soon as you rebuild, those credit’s disappear into thin air. The worst part is that the Assessors Office can make up the difference for their losses in tax collection during the next levy period. So, the fire disaster victims do not get a 3-year break from our high property tax assessments after all.

Here is what the Spokane Tax Assessor Announced:

Tax Relief Options for Those Impacted by Fires

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. – Spokane County Assessor Tom Konis issued a statement making wildfire victims aware of property tax relief available to those suffering from destroyed property because of the Gray and Oregon Road fires…

FAQ Guide About Destroyed Property (6 pages long) from the Washington State Department of Revenue, along with additional details on the state law. After reading through all of it, what looks most important… just in case you are a little busy with that disaster thingy.

If you have damages that exceed 20% of the assessed value on your property tax assessment, you can apply for a 3 year break on your taxes. Applications must be submitted prior to  starting construction on new improvements… 

Q15 They will prorate the taxes for this year….

Q16. What happens if I replace the destroyed property?
If the destroyed property is replaced with new construction… the taxable value for that assessment year will include the new construction value as of July 31. The total value will take into consideration the new construction as well as the value reduction due to destroyed property. The value of any portion of new construction completed after July 31 will be added to the assessment roll for the next assessment year.

Q19. How is the reduction or refund of current year taxes calculated?

Q20. If property taxes have already been paid, the county will issue a refund based on the assessed value reduction.

Q23. Can taxing districts impose an administrative refund levy for collection in the subsequent tax year based on the destroyed property adjustments?

Destroyed Property Form (PDF Application) 

Destroyed Property Form (B&W Printable Application)

State Law

Submit a Petition For Property Tax Refund


We must remember to request a refund from the Dept of Revenue, by filling out a Petition For Property Tax Refund form. Be sure to remember these three generous politicians in the next election.

Tom Konis

Spokane County WA, Tax Assessment Office Assessor’s Website Homepage:   509-477-3698

Michael Baumgartner

Spokane County Treasurer

Mary Kuney

Chair of the Board of County Commissioners and representing District 4.

Gas Prices

surprised girlGas Prices

The skyrocketing gas pump prices make it difficult to even consider taking a relaxing scenic drive anymore. During the past couple of weeks, I drove around painting beautiful scenes outside. The smile did not leave my face, and the only downer I felt was at the gas pump. I could not remember when was the last time I went for a drive. American freedoms could soon become a thing of the past.The American Response to the Great Reset

To understand what is behind all of this check out this little booklet, “The American Response to the Great Reset“, written by Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA. It is a short 39-pager that explains it so it is easy to understand. This is the best-condensed reference I have found on the subject.

With the COVID health crisis announcements of fear 24/7. We switch to an ecology-driven scare tactic by the government.

LIE #1 – Electric Transportation

In order to save our planet we must use “electric/mass-transit” transportation.

Governmental overreach initiates tax hikes on fuels. A basic “strong-arm”, budget-enforced isolation move. “If they can’t afford gas then we can make them quit driving.”


  • Less pollution (except when you look at the battery manufacturing & disposal)


  • Expensive electrical grid improvements
  • Expensive initial vehicle purchase
  • The battery is hazardous materials, with short charge life, costly to replace
  • Wheels are low mileage, high-cost replacement

This is not possible until we build a grid capable of supporting increased demand and recharging stations across the nation.

LIE #2 – Windmills/Solar Panels/Water

We can save the planet using Wind/Solar/Water alternative energies.

Sounds great until you look at what these alternative systems can supply along with what they require in real life. “We will outlaw fossil fuels and only allow alternate energies to force them to stop using fossil fuels.”


  • Wind, solar, and water are renewable sources


  • Wind/Solar/Water inadequate or sporadic (weather)
  • Wind/Solar/Water decreased performance
  • Wind/Solar/Water parts are rarely recyclable
  • Windmills are an expensive initial purchase
  • Wind turbines kill birds
  • Wind vane high-cost replacement and hazardous materials
  • Solar panel high-cost replacement and hazardous materials
  • Water damns affect migrating salmon

Manipulation by lawmakers is a crime, it is a dictatorship. Passing laws without constituent approval, that severely limits travel ability, but have no effect on a politician’s chosen mode of travel is wrong.

It really bugs me when I see the smiling fools in Washington DC hop onto a jet plane, helicopter, or limousine for another vacation or night out that is paid for by our tax dollars. They do not stand at the pump and pay upwards of $5 per gallon for their limo fuel, we pay for that fuel too.

Freedom Index 118-1

A Freedom Index?ostrich with head buried in sand

Don’t be an ostrich with your head stuck in the sand. Stay abreast of what our elected officials are up to.

The John Birch Society

Thanks to JBS, we are able to understand what the heck they are doing there in Washington D.C. No need to hide from the truth anymore. Go ahead and pull your head out of the sand. Read all about The Freedom Index online here.

“The New American magazine has just released its first Freedom Index and Congressional Scorecards for the (current) 118th Congress. These scorecards rate members of Congress on how faithfully they are upholding their solemn oath “to support this Constitution.”

Also, don’t forget our state Legislative Scorecards, which rate state legislators from all 50 states on their adherence to the U.S. Constitution and limited-government principles.”

These are gems of information about exactly what our elected officials do. Real good information. Washington officials have a really low grade. Patty Murry was 100% anti-constitutional across-the-board scores with her voting record. NOT someone I want to vote for!

It is just so amazing to me how disinterested in public opinion and constituent desires our politicians are. They are out there doing their own thing on our tax dollars and think they are entitled. Hoping for HONEST elections and a new soup broth in our government stewpot before everything in the United States is ruined.

Endless Wars

Are Endless Wars Part of Your Plan?

Not for me, I say. The endless wars that America is involved in are so counterproductive for caring for our own nation. “End Endless Wars Act” would repeal the 2001 AUMF act and make is so Congress decides who we go to war with, not the president. The guy who can’t walk upstairs without falling.

JBS Article Quote

ACT NOW: Members of Congress are seeking to enact legislation that would repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which has been used to unconstitutionally mire the United States in several foreign military conflicts.

S. 1872, titled the “End Endless Wars Act,” is sponsored by U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and cosponsored by Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah), J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), and Mike Braun (R-Ind.). If enacted, this bill would repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), enacted by Congress one week after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

S. 1872 is important because under Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the U.S. Constitution, Congress, not the president, possesses the power to declare war. By adopting the 2001 AUMF, Congress unconstitutionally abdicated this power.

Furthermore, as Senator Paul noted in his press release, the 2001 AUMF was used to unconstitutionally drag the United States into multiple wars over two decades:

The 2001 AUMF was passed days after the attacks of 9/11 to bring the terrorists responsible to justice. The wording of the 2001 AUMF was precisely worded to authorize the President to make war on those who attacked us on 9/11 or anyone who harbored them. Not a word about making war on “associated forces.” Not a word on making war on their descendants. Not a word on making worldwide war on religious extremism. But that’s exactly what the 9/11/2001 AUMF has become — a catchall for permanent war.

Since its passage, presidential administrations of both parties have used the 2001 AUMF to justify wars in over 20 countries, from Afghanistan to Libya, to Somalia, to Yemen. By not repealing the 2001 AUMF any President alone has the ability to decide where and when to engage in hostilities without congressional approval. The result has been thousands of lives lost and trillions of dollars spent in endless conflicts across the globe.

It is imperative that Congress follow the Constitution by reclaiming its constitutional powers. Ignoring the Constitution has cost the United States trillions of dollars and many lives unnecessarily lost.

Rather than continuing to engage in useless foreign wars, the United States should heed the wisdom of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. For example, in his farewell address, President George Washington said, “It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.”

Contact your U.S. representative and senators and urge them to support S. 1872 and to end all U.S. intervention in foreign military conflicts.

Thank you,

Your Friends in The John Birch Society

Extreme Gun control

Extreme Gun Control is not good. I want to keep our second amendment rights intact.

Quoted From JBS Article

URGENT; ACT NOW: Congressional Democrats are seeking to use a discharge petition to force House floor votes on extreme gun-control bills H.R. 698, H.R. 715, and H.R. 2403. The former two bills both have over 200 cosponsors, and only six Republican votes are currently needed to pass them. This development comes as California Governor Gavin Newsom is advocating an Article V constitutional convention to enact similar tyrannical gun controls over the entire United States. Contact your U.S. representative (along with your two senators) and urge them to strongly oppose dangerous, unconstitutional bills.

Members of Congress are seeking to pass extreme and unconstitutional gun-control legislation that would effectively nullify the Second Amendment.

The tragic shooting at Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 27 has given leftists another excuse to push their predetermined goal of civilian disarmament. Notably, they are conveniently ignoring the cause of the shooting — a radical, gender-confused individual who allegedly had a hatred for Christians — along with broader radicalization among “LGBT” individuals.

Unfortunately, many Republican politicians are caving to leftist pressure and joining the effort to incrementally make it impossible for civilians to defend themselves. In Tennessee, for example, Governor Bill Lee signed an executive order strengthening draconian background checks while calling on the state General Assembly to enact a “red flag” law. We must ensure that Congress doesn’t cave or restrict our God-given freedoms!

Several unconstitutional gun-control bills have been introduced in Congress. These include:

  • H.R. 698, the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2023”: This bill would ban the possession, sale, manufacture, and transfer of firearms erroneously classified as “assault weapons.”
  • H.R. 768, the “Extreme Risk Protection Order Expansion Act of 2023”: This bill would implement a national “red flag” law. “Red flag” laws are particularly dangerous as they allow the government to confiscate law-abiding Americans’ firearms — without due process or even an accusation of a crime — merely because they are labeled as “dangerous.” This violates both the 2nd and 4th Amendments. Furthermore, “red flag” laws wouldn’t even have prevented the Nashville shooting.
  • H.R. 715, the “Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2023”: This bill would enact draconian federal background checks for firearm transfers between ordinary American citizens. Expanded background checks will result in citizens needing the government’s permission to own or purchase a firearm — violating the Second Amendment — and it also would inevitably result in a national gun registry. Such a registry would enable the government to easily confiscate people’s weapons at a future date, similar to what actually happened in other countries like Australia.
  • H.R. 625, the “Keep Americans Safe Act”: This bill would limit magazines to 15 rounds of ammunition or less — this bill would not “keep Americans safe.”
  • H.R. 660, “Ethan’s Law”: This bill would Americans to store their firearms in a certain way inside their own homes — a major violation of privacy — if a minor is present. Violating the law would lead to criminal penalties, including the seizure and forfeiture of the firearm.
  • H.R. 2392, the “Pause for Gun Safety Act”: This bill would mandate a national, seven-day waiting period for firearm transfers, another unconstitutional intrusion upon the right of self-defense
  • H.R. 2403, the “Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2023”: This bill would require a nationwide background check period of at least 10 days for firearm purchases.

Regardless of the specific proposals being pushed in Congress, they are unconstitutional and only amount to advancing the Left’s civilian-disarmament schemes. For an illustration of its ultimate goal, one only needs to look at Canada, which is in the process of totally outlawing firearms.

The ability of a person to defend him- or herself is a fundamental God-given right. Stripping individuals of this right would make them utterly dependent upon the government for their very lives and allow it to strip them of other rights without fear of reprisal.

It is imperative that we protect and defend the Second Amendment. Thus, urge your U.S. representative and senators to oppose H.R. 698, H.R. 768, H.R. 715, H.R. 625, H.R. 660, H.R. 2392, H.R. 2403, and any other legislation that infringes upon the God-given right to self-defense.

Thank you,

Your Friends in The John Birch Society

DEADLINE to Appeal

Assessed Value 2024 Tax NoticeThe DEADLINE to Appeal your property tax valuation to the Board of Appeal is July 3, 2023! Look for your notice in the mail right away. If you fail to meet this deadline, then you will not be able to do a darn thing about the increases that they have decided on. This valuation statement/notice is what they base tax rates on later in the bill, payments you have to make in April and October of 2024.

Do you disagree with the values that the Spokane County Assessor has assigned to your home and property? If the answer to this question is yes, please make it a point to follow through and file an appeal. We will gladly help you get through it.

The appeal process is a handful of paperwork, but it is worth it. Express your concerns to the offices that are making insane cuts into your household budget by raising taxes higher and higher until you can no longer stay current. Our home has done this process last year, and plan to appeal it every year till this trend of unaccountability stops.

Here is a sample response that can be downloaded and used with minor changes to record your own property tax information. It is available in both “Word” “AssessedValue2024TaxExample
“PDF” “AssessedValue2024TaxExample” formats.

If you don’t agree with the increased valuation amounts, please reply to the assessor’s office right away. Then, also to the Board of Equalization…. before it is too late.

SSB 5077 UCC

Today’s hot bill is entitled “SSB 5077 UCC Uniform Commercial Code” which does not sound very scary. Think again! Please go to the Washington Legislative site and vote against it, CON.

Unfortunately, it seems as though our Washington legislators are blindly voting for it (49 yays and 0 nays). What? Lobbyists tell them it simply updates the uniform commercial codes, no problem. Why shouldn’t we trust the lobbyists? They have done no harm for the past couple of decades, right? I do not want to allow our legislators to pass laws (that they do not read). The government should not set up a manner of managing currency (worldwide) that will monitor the values and spending allowances in America when they can’t even run a balanced budget.

The SSB Bill 5077 is 134 pages long, and it amends  84 RCW laws. Do you think the politicians are actually reading this before they vote?

Saturday, Town Hall

Did you throw this away?

That is what we all do with political advertisements from your mailbox, right? They do make great fire starters in the wood stove.

Well, if you want to drive down to the valley at 10 am tomorrow morning you can check out what they have to say about the laws they are passing in Olympia for us. Maybe, we will even get a chance to put our own two cents in.