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  • 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 …


  • Liberty Lake Update: Mayor shares proposed budget

    Liberty Lake Mayor Wendy Van Orman unveiled her proposed budget Tuesday night, two weeks earlier than last year and earlier than what the state requires. Of note, sales tax revenues …


  • Adminstrator form of government on Liberty Lake ballot

    The Liberty Lake City Council will deal with several issues in the near future, including the recently implemented 6 percent utility tax and what could be a change in the …


  • CdA councilman: Didn’t know law

    Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Ron Edinger said Wednesday he’s the victim of a smear campaign because he believes the proposed makeover of McEuen Field should be put to a public …


  • Utility rate hikes on agenda

    Of all the proposals to raise utility rates this year in Spokane, it’s the smallest one that may have the smallest chance of approval. The Spokane City Council on Monday …


  • Editorial: Community demands ombudsman with clout

    Spokane City Council members are pondering several options in response to an arbitrator’s July ruling that revoked new powers for the police ombudsman because the Spokane Police Guild had not …


  • Council debates ombudsman appeal

    The Spokane City Council appears headed for a showdown over whether to appeal a decision limiting the powers of the city’s police ombudsman. The mention of a proposed ordinance accepting …


  • Challengers for council discuss Medical Lake

    Medical Lake’s only contested race in the Aug. 16 primary election is for incumbent City Councilman Howard Jorgenson’s position. Jorgenson faces two challengers who are making their first bids for …


  • Plan for CdA’s McEuen Field has plenty of room for contention

    The City of Coeur d’Alene has been wrestling for more than a dozen years over what to do with McEuen Field – 20 acres of land stretching from City Hall …


  • Kellogg to install 3 new flagpoles

    The city of Kellogg will accept an offer from the owner of Dave Smith Motors to donate three new flagpoles to the city – one for the American flag, one …


  • Kaminskas defeats Laux, joins council

    The Liberty Lake City Council elected Cristella Kaminskas as the newest council member Tuesday night. Kaminskas edged Larry Laux in a 4-2 vote. Kaminskas, who was narrowly defeated by council …


  • Mayor Trulove sworn in

    The Cheney City Council has officially changed. Council members Teresa Overhauser and Mike McKeehan were sworn in after winning their re-election campaigns in November. Also sworn in was new council …


  • 4 positions available on Spokane Valley Planning Commission

    City officials are taking applications for four positions on the seven-member Spokane Valley Planning Commission. One position would require a chosen applicant to take over the two-year unexpired term of …


  • LL incumbents keeping their seats

    Incumbents triumphed in the November elections in Liberty Lake, with Odin Langford keeping his seat on the City Council and Frank Boyle staying on as a Liberty Lake Sewer and …


  • CdA balances budget without job cuts

    When Coeur d’Alene opened its new library two years ago, space quadrupled and attendance and usage more than doubled. But staffing has only increased from 15 full-time employees to 16.5. …


  • Taylor resigns from council

    Spokane Valley City Councilman Steve Taylor announced Tuesday that he will resign June 30 to become city administrator of Connell, Wash. Taylor, 33, has been on the council since Spokane …


  • Doug Clark: Saving money and brain cells: Now that’s efficient

    Proving that they’re gol-darned serious about saving our tax dollars, Spokane City Council members voted Tuesday night to hire a new efficiency expert. And they’re going pay this person about …


  • Plan to go green has some seeing red

    Citing fears of meddling by the United Nations and concern over increased government spending, some Spokane City Council members are opposing suggestions from a local task force that wants to …


  • When city’s business runs dry, Eugster steps forward

    Words I never thought would come out of my mouth: “Welcome back, Steve Eugster. Gawd, how I’ve missed you.”


  • Council faces cold reality

    Spokane Valley officials were still stinging Tuesday from last week’s surprise announcement that Spokane County won’t plow city streets next winter. An indignant City Council braced for a future in …


  • Council accepts pool bid

    Spokane Valley City Council members bowed Tuesday to the adage that sometimes you can’t win for losing. The council tried to get a swimming pool renovation project back on track …


  • City Council to purchase tablet computers

    The Spokane Valley City Council plans to save a $20,400 tree. Council members voted last week to purchase a dozen “tablet” computers at an estimated cost of $1,700 apiece as …


  • Graffiti riles residents

    When Mary Fryback gives a tour of her West Central neighborhood, the sights are likely to be grungy alleys and walls covered with graffiti, not dramatic views of the Spokane …


  • CdA priorities at street level

    Adding more police staff and spending more to repave streets top the Coeur d’Alene City Council’s list of funding priorities for the coming year. Council members and the mayor spent …


  • City Council approves street-repair contract

    In its latest foray into private contracts for public works, the Spokane Valley City Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a $1.175 million deal with Poe Asphalt Paving to repair …


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