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$400,000 payout for cyclist hit by Seattle councilwoman

A bicyclist who collided with former Seattle City Councilwoman Sally Clark as she drove to a speaking engagement is being paid $400,000 under the terms of a settlement.


Valley Council seat vacancies open for applications

Applications are being accepted for two seats on the Spokane Valley City Council, left vacant by the recent resignations of Dean Grafos and Chuck Hafner. Applicants must be United States …


Some Vancouver city councilors would refuse salary hike

Several Vancouver city councilors on Monday said they would either decline the hefty pay recently allotted by the city Salary Review Commission or donate the extra pay to charity.


Another Spokane Valley councilman resigns as political change grips city

A second Spokane Valley councilman has resigned amid acrimony between previous politicial leaders and the new majority with a libertarian streak. Chuck Hafner resigned Monday morning, following Councilman Dean Grafos’s …


Not to Spokane levels, but Vancouver boosts pay for mayor, council

The city of Vancouver’s salary review commission adopted an ordinance by a 3-2 vote Wednesday setting the mayor and city council’s dramatically higher salaries for 2017-18.


Dean Grafos resigns from Spokane Valley City Council, questioning ideology of remaining members

Spokane Valley City Councilman steps down and calls for investigation into city manager’s firing


City Council salary: Pay controversy manufactured, beside the point

Our community wants leaders who are more concerned about the number of citizen lives improved than the number of hours they clocked in this week.


City Council salary: The job is part-time; let the voters decide

We believe citizens want their council members to have real jobs, because it is one thing to pass legislation, quite another to have to comply with it.


Editorial: Time to reassess city government

The backlash over the council’s pay increase poses a larger question: Has the switch to a strong-mayor form of government delivered greater value?


Spokane Valley extends city manager’s suspension while working on termination deal

Spokane Valley city manager Mike Jackson’s suspension is extended for another month; meanwhile, he says he’d return to his job if given the opportunity.


Spokane Valley declines investigation into termination of city manager

Despite a protest outside City Hall Tuesday and numerous speakers supporting fired city manager Mike Jackson, the majority of the Spokane Valley City Council refused to consider launching an independent …


Ginger Ewing: Art can transform city’s narrative

To stabilize and build off changes, our city must start investing in those who are reimagining Spokane as the perfect place to spend a lifetime exploring, creating and investing in.


Valley Councilmen Grafos, Hafner want city manager’s firing investigated

Some Spokane Valley council members say Jackson was fired illegally


Editorial: Careful with investment politics

The city has made solid progress toward cleaning up the local environment in recent years. Symbolic gestures, however, can deflect attention from those real achievements, and redundant prohibitions on buying …


Spokane City Council limits participation in weekly public forums

On Monday Spokane City Council voted 5-2 to limit open forum speakers to once a month.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 5, 2015, 10:58 p.m.

Treppiedi continues to slip against Haynes in Spokane School Board race

Longtime Spokane School Board incumbent Rocky Treppiedi continued to lose ground Thursday evening in his bid to retain his seat as a director with Spokane Public Schools. With more ballots …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 4, 2015, 11:26 p.m.

Council races suggest conservative/progressive split in city

Tuesday’s election results suggest the city political strongholds are shifting.


Editorial: Ben Stuckart choice for Spokane City Council president

Since the Spokane council president position was created, it has featured strong candidates engaged in interesting races. This isn’t one of those years.


Shawn Vestal: It seems likely City Council will keep its liberal majority

In the wake of last week’s primary election, there is a much more interesting question than whether Mayor David Condon will hang on for a second term. Will the City …


OSHA: Let transgender people choose restrooms

Following local and national discussion about transgender rights, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released new guidelines covering use of workplace restrooms.


Spokane Valley City Council seeks to fill seat temporarily

The Spokane Valley City Council is looking for a Spokane Valley resident who is interested in serving as a temporary council member. The temporary member will serve until Bill Bates …


Spokane’s SWAT unit renaming met with skepticism

In Spokane, SWAT is no more. The police department has rebranded the decades-old team of officers trained in tactical response as the “Emergency Response Unit,” as it seeks to broaden …


Spokane Park Board approves face-lift for Riverfront Park

The first major renovation of Riverfront Park in decades is a step away from being sent to voters for approval. The Spokane Park Board approved the 2014 Riverfront Park Master …


County solid waste plan deadline worries Millwood

With plans for a new countywide solid waste system in disarray, the city of Millwood is grappling with how to respond. Spokane County has given city officials until April 30 …


No crosswalk at site of fatal hit-and-run

The intersection where a 55-year-old man was struck by multiple drivers and killed Sunday is known to be unfriendly to pedestrians, but there are no immediate plans for improvements. Don …


Spokane Valley Councilman Schimmels leaving after 10 years

Spokane Valley Councilman Gary Schimmels is a man of few words. Sometimes entire meetings go by with him doing little more than making motions in his role as deputy mayor. …


Spokane City Council pares down police oversight ordinance

Spokane City Council members voted unanimously Monday to create a new citizen Police Ombudsman Commission to oversee future investigations of officer misconduct and police performance. Council members backed away from …


Race splits Positive Change

Battle lines are being drawn in what is shaping up to be an acrimonious City Council race in Spokane Valley. Different factions of the Positive Change group that swept five …


Vestal: Voting clout depends on neighborhood

Did you vote in the primary? If you did, welcome to the ruling council. We are a small group, relative to the size of the city, and our authority is …


City leader wants state to outlaw studded tires

This would be the last winter you could use studded snow tires if Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart and others have their way. Frustrated with the millions of dollars …