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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 10:21 p.m.

City Council passes resolution supporting multimillion dollar library and school bonds

The Spokane City Council threw its support Monday behind two propositions which will ask voters in November to fund millions in school and library construction.


Seattle City Council set to vote on controversial head tax for large employers

The Seattle City Council is scheduled to vote Monday afternoon on a proposal to tax the city’s largest employers to help address homelessness.


Walking across busy streets in Spokane more dangerous

Officials are working to make Spokane safer. Multiple lanes of traffic and too few crosswalks leave the city third in the rate of pedestrians getting hit by cars.


Montana man becomes city council member without running for office

A Laurel man has become a city council member without running for office.


Coin toss to decide winner of tied city council election

A coin toss will decide the winner of a tied election for a city council seat in a south-central Idaho city.


Another election tie in Idaho heading for possible coin flip

A coin toss will likely be needed to decide the winner of a west-central Idaho tied election, the second election tie in the state this week.


Minneapolis elects black transgender woman to City Council

Minneapolis has elected a black transgender woman to its City Council, another national first in what advocacy groups have described as a banner night for transgender people in public office.


Lewiston city council candidate Follett drops out of race

A large field of candidates for Lewiston City Council shrank by one Tuesday as Greg Follett dropped out of the race five days after it emerged that he purchased cocaine …


Moscow City Council, mayor candidates talk goals, accomplishments

Candidates for Moscow City Council and mayor answered questions ranging from the role of city government to their thoughts on the city granting a conditional use permit to New Saint …


Everett outlaws bikini-clad employees at certain businesses

The City Council in Everett, Washington has voted to require employees at coffee stands to wear a minimum of tank tops and shorts, in response to businesses where woman often …


Spokane leaders scrap decades-old plan for Ferris campus arterial

Signaling shift towards alternative transportation, City Council drops two ‘auto-centric’ items from growth plan


Shawn Vestal: Measures to curb global warming are squarely within city’s purview

As an organization that uses a lot of energy and emits pollution, the city is squarely within its purview to identify and adopt ways of saving gas, using less energy …


Doug Clark: Time in jail may be good thing for wannabe politicians

So two out of the four candidates running for a Spokane Valley City Council seat have reportedly spent time in jail.


Spokane Valley City Council unlikely to institute term limits for council members

The Spokane Valley City Council has the power to create term limits for council positions, but it is unlikely to do so as the measure has almost no support within …


Editorial: Alexander a fresh voice for council

Alexander strikes us as an independent thinker who would provide a fresh perspective.


Editorial: Beggs, Dunau should advance in council race

Breann Beggs has achieved important accomplishments, though we worry about his political activism. Andy Dunau, who is supported by former council members Mike Allen and Steve Salvatori, evinces a thoughtful, …


Pot ordinance tweak was fair play

Letting the denial stand could invite other businesses to suddenly become kid-oriented to block the opening of a pot shop.


UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017, 4:24 p.m.

Spokane Valley council plans public hearings on road projects and budget amendment

Two public hearings are scheduled for the Spokane Valley City Council meeting on May 23: the 2018-23 transportation improvement program which consists of dozens of road improvement and pavement preservation …


UPDATED: Mon., May 15, 2017, 4:13 p.m.

Local candidates: On your mark, get set, file

Filing week for candidates seeking many local offices this year starts Monday morning and ends Friday afternoon.


UPDATED: Wed., April 5, 2017, 5:46 p.m.

Eight, including 5 Spokane Valley council members, to seek election in fall

Five open positions on the Spokane Valley City Council draw early filings with the PDC from new and veteran politicians including Ben Wick


Phoenix turns down petition to adopt sanctuary city status

The Phoenix City Council on Wednesday turned down a petition to adopt sanctuary status for immigrants following a contentious and emotional discussion that ended with chants against the council.


Divided nation awaits leadership

The presidential contest mirrored the divide closer to home. The city of Spokane favored Clinton. The county wanted Trump. The West Side wanted Clinton. The East Side wanted Trump.


Spokane Valley’s city hall on track for August completion

Spokane Valley Public Works Director Eric Guth gave a brief city hall construction update to the city council Tuesday evening.


Shawn Vestal: Recalling the mayor doesn’t make much sense

Shawn Vestal: There are few things that make less sense for Spokane right now than a recall of the mayor.


Valley may seek $4.5M in state help for Balfour Park expansion

The Spokane Valley City Council is considering whether to ask the state for $4.5 million in funding to expand Balfour Park, but the idea met some resistance Tuesday.


Thirteen people apply to fill last seat on Spokane Valley City Council

The Spokane Valley City Council has 13 applicants for the last vacant city council seat


Council interviews six for open seats

The candidates have very different resumes, but all supported the same policies: no budget increases, keep taxes low and focus on growing a strong tax base by retaining and recruiting …


Valley council discusses police service contract

If it will cost tax payers $75,000 to provide identical uniforms that read Spokane Valley Police Department, and “Police” not “Sheriff” across the back, is it worth it? What about …


Shawn Vestal: Mayor can’t defend secrecy in one breath, condemn it in the next

Mayor David Condon’s outrage over the supposed politicization of a city hall investigation rings hollow, columnist Shawn Vestal says.


Two vacancies on Spokane Valley City Council draw numerous applicants

The Spokane Valley City Council will appoint two members to fill seats vacated when members Dean Grafos and Chuck Hafner resigned. The appointed council members will serve until the general …