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Climbing rents in Spokane County a burden for many

Mon., Dec. 11, 2017

Thousands of apartment units have been built or are under construction along Indiana Parkway, east of the Spokane Valley Mall, in Spokane Valley, where developers have been trying to satisfy the demand for rental housing. Photographed Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
The rental affordability crisis is prevalent in cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. But, that crisis has arrived to Spokane County with nearly half of renters spending 30 to 50 percent of their income on rent, according to a recent report.

Parking garage, trail features head envisioned for long-vacant Bosch lot

Sun., Dec. 10, 2017

Plans for the Bosch lot included a parking structure and park-like lanscaping that will extend down one side of the Post Street bridge, allow one side for car traffic out of downtown. (US Architecture + Design, the city of Spokane)
After abandoned plans to build a climbing wall above a gravel parking lot north of the Post Street bridge, city officials are now looking at constructing a parking garage and more trail space at the Bosch lot, a troubled piece of property that has been sitting dormant for 40 years waiting to be included as part of Riverfront Park. Money for the project is part of nearly $52 million the city will set aside for public investment during Mayor David Condon’s final two years in office.

Bold as Brass: Tubas serenade at STA Plaza

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 9, 2017, 9:30 p.m.

Brian Houser, of Cheney, Wash., plays Christmas songs on his CC tuba during a Spokane Tuba Christmas concert, Sat., Dec. 9, 2017, in the STA Plaza. The concert, conducted by Vern Windham, featured over 40 tuba and euphonium players. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Commuters trickling through the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza Saturday afternoon were greeted by an uncharacteristic sound: the rumbling baritone reverberations of 39 tubas playing in unison.

Share your favorite holiday light locations with us!

Sat., Dec. 9, 2017, 5:35 p.m.

Do you or a neighbor go all out with the holiday displays? Does your street do up the holidays right? Do you just love that place with the thousands of lights synced to Christmas music? We want to hear about it.

Riverfront Park’s ice ribbon debut draws scores of skaters

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 9, 2017, 3:31 p.m.

Skaters take to the ice during the grand opening of the Riverfront Park Skating Ribbon, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in downtown Spokane, Wash. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
As hundreds of patrons glided under the soft glow of multicolored lights, twinkling across the ice at the base of a 60-foot Christmas tree, Riley Witt couldn’t resist a comparison. “It’s beginning to be the Rockefeller corner of Spokane,” said Witt, the architect of the wandering, 645-foot ice skating ribbon, which opened at Riverfront Park on Friday night.

Long lines greet first day of the Christmas Bureau

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017, 5:25 p.m.

In the toy room, Amber Squires, left, and Jamie Wilson find the perfect gifts for their children on the opening day of the Christmas Bureau , Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at the Spokane Fair And Expo Center. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Christmas Bureau recipients began lining up at the Spokane County Fairgrounds long before the doors were scheduled to open at 10 a.m. and volunteers worked hard to open early at 9 a.m. to get people inside out of the cold.

Report: Wolf population increase not hurting deer numbers

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017, 7:27 p.m.

A group of about three dozen elk are visible May 3, 2016, below the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain in easter Washington state. The growing population of wolves in eastern Washington state does not appear to be hurting the populations of deer, elk and other ungulates according to a report issued this week by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. (Bob Brawdy / AP)
The growing population of wolves in eastern Washington state does not appear to be hurting the populations of deer, elk, moose and bighorn sheep, according to a report issued this week by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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