The Homicide Survivor Support Group in Spokane started in the 1990s and continued until 2004, when it disbanded for 10 years until being reactivated three years ago. Open to anyone who has lost a loved one to death by homicide, the meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the Shadle Park Library.
In 10-plus years of writing this twice-monthly column, I’m almost positive the Thanksgiving writing duty has mostly fallen in my lap. Oh, I know colleague Stefanie Pettit has tackled it a time or two – but still that’s a lot of gratitude, and frankly, I’ve been feeling less than grateful lately.
Mayor David Condon said Wednesday his appeal earlier this fall to the Trump administration to release a report highlighting the Spokane Police Department’s reform efforts sought to highlight the city’s three-year efforts to change police culture. It was not meant to criticize changes to the voluntary federal program, enacted under President Barack Obama, to review department policies and procedures.
Hotel taxes collected in Spokane Valley should stay in Spokane Valley, city officials decided this week. The Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday modified how it plans to spend the lodging tax it expects to collect next year by diverting money from regional groups like the Spokane Sports Commission to Spokane Valley organizations like Crave NW and Valleyfest.
Three years after eliminating the question about criminal history from applications for jobs at City Hall, lawmakers are proposing a measure that would extend to all employers within city limits. Supporters say the measure eliminates a debilitating hurdle for those leaving jail and looking for employment, but some lawmakers and officials are wary about how the city law would co-exist with efforts currently underway in Olympia.
Two sexually violent predators from Spokane may not be getting new court hearings to seek their freedom after appellate judges sided with the state of Washington over when it can submit mental evaluations of the inmates.
Sheriff George L. Reid declared that two county commissioners played a “most contemptible trick” on him. They asked him to go along with them on a tour of warehouses where food is stored, to discuss plans for placing guards around them. The commissioners, Charles R. Howard and W.H. McVay, told the sheriff to meet them at 8 a.m.