November 28, 2013 in City

In brief: Spokane Valley passes law aimed at ‘bikini baristas’


No more topless Tuesdays at Spokane Valley espresso stands.

City leaders, upset with the number of barely clad baristas, have made it illegal for women to expose more than 50 percent of either breast while in public. Other body parts must also be covered up under the new ordinance approved unanimously Tuesday night by the all-male Spokane Valley City Council. Violators can be sent to jail for up to 90 days.

The crackdown followed dozens of complaints about a bikini coffee stand just two doors down from City Hall known for its topless Tuesdays and Thursdays when baristas wore no more than a G-string and pasties.

The city of Spokane rejected a similar proposal, but Spokane County commissioners are still considering their own crackdown. No vote has been scheduled yet on the county proposal, and Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn has said she would want to hear from residents before proceeding.

Staff report

Emaciated foal seized from ranch dies

One of the horses seized from a West Plains ranch earlier this month has died.

The horse, a 5-month-old foal, was found emaciated and malnourished at Janice Hickerson’s ranch during a seizure of 63 horses on Nov. 15, according to a news release. Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service agents couldn’t find its mother.

The horse is the only casualty among 63 horses taken in November and 26 horses taken in July from Hickerson’s ranch, according to the release.

Though there is an active warrant for her arrest, Hickerson, also known as Janice Long, has not been found.

Kaitlin Gillespie

Thanksgiving affects offices, services

The following offices and services are affected by the Thanksgiving holiday:

Most city and county offices will be closed both today and Friday. The exception is Kootenai County, where county offices will be open Friday but with shortened hours, closing at 3 p.m.

Spokane Public Library branches will be closed today only, while Spokane County Library District branches and the Coeur d’Alene Public Library are closed both today and Friday. Federal offices are closed today only, although Social Security offices will be closed to the public Friday as well.

Garbage pickup will be one day late.

Post offices and Idaho state liquor stores will be closed. Most banks will be closed.

Staff report

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