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Bond measure, if approved, would spell end for beloved South Hill dog park

The city’s approval of a $495 million bond is sure to displace the wooded, impromptu dog park behind Mullan Road Elementary School.


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 6:47 p.m.

City attorney says Tracfone agreed to pay $1 million in back taxes, despite nondisclosure agreement

City Attorney Mike Ormsby told lawmakers that the prepaid wireless service provider, which operates under trade names that include Straight Talk and Walmart Family Mobile, will pay about seven years’ …


Free swimming will require SplashPass in Spokane, other pools offer free days

Entry to Spokane’s six publicly owned pools will be free for everyone this summer, but will require registration and acceptance of pool rules. The Spokane Parks Foundation has partnered with …


UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 9:05 a.m.

Spokane residents could save up to $500 on utility bill for reducing yard turf

In a move aimed at reducing the amount of water residents use to irrigate their lawns during the dusty summer months, the city of Spokane is offering an annual rebate …


Washington trots out new weapon for cities in the fight against ‘zombie’ properties

New law will help the city of Spokane clean up abandoned properties that are becoming a nuisance.


Higher Ed, housing and medical push Spokane to near-record permit levels

The city of Spokane issued a near-record $516 million in building permits in 2017. Higher education, the medical industry and affordable housing were big drivers of construction.


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 10:04 a.m.

Steam Plant, other Spokane buildings to turn orange for developmental disability awareness

Lights for the Steam Plant stacks and other city venues will beam in orange during March to highlight the national Developmental Disability Awareness Month in Spokane, an initiative supported locally …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.

UPDATE: Woman injured on ice ribbon is in critical condition, not dead, city now says

The city Parks and Recreation Department has issued a correction and apology after confirming that the woman who was injured in a fall at Riverfront Park’s new ice ribbon, who …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 6:43 p.m.

City says woman injured on ice ribbon in critical condition, not dead

A skater at Riverfront Park’s new ice ribbon who fell Friday later died from their injuries, according to Spokane Parks and Recreation.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

Spokane settles federal lawsuit by Mexican national who claimed he was unlawfully detained by police

The City of Spokane has settled a federal lawsuit filed by a Mexican national who alleged he was unlawfully detained by an officer following an automobile collision, that he didn’t …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 9:28 p.m.

Supreme Court rejects city’s tax exemptions for 2014 street tax

City of Spokane loses its fight to offer a special exemption to seniors and the disabled on property taxes to fix the streets.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 5:09 p.m.

Nancy Goodspeed settles discrimination lawsuit prompted by City Hall shuffling during Frank Straub scandal

The city of Spokane will pay $165,000 to former parks employee Nancy Goodspeed as the city attempted to manage a sexual harassment scandal involving former police chief Frank Straub.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 9:38 p.m.

Opposition to Proposition 2 grew in precincts farthest from downtown rail lines

Map of vote split in Spokane city precincts shows voters closest to downtown core and its rail line supported Proposition 2, those farthest away strongly opposed.


Goodwill donation drive will benefit military veterans recovering from homelessness

Spokane-area Goodwill locations are seeking donations of new household items for military veterans recovering from periods of homelessness. The donation drive is one of several initiatives to help local veterans …


Spokane should hire track inspectors rather than pursue folly of fines on certain rail shipments

We are notoriously poor at judging risk. We worry most about what we don’t understand, have never experienced or feel most powerless to control. We overlook familiar yet hazardous everyday …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Spokane flags ordered flown at half-staff after Las Vegas shooting, lawmakers offer condolences

State and national flags at city facilities will be flown at half-staff until sundown Friday in the wake of America’s deadliest shooting in modern history, Mayor David Condon announced Monday …


Knezovich warns North Monroe road project would impede evacuation of downtown Spokane during emergencies

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich waded into a contentious discussion about street design earlier this month by officially coming out against the planned street renovation on North Monroe, saying its redesign will …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 6:01 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Even if the homeless can’t be ‘fixed,’ Spokane should keep offering help

Randall and Steven, and people like them, represent perhaps the toughest frontier in the effort to combat homelessness – people who, for a host of reasons, remain unhelped, unhoused, un-“fixed”.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 9:49 p.m.

City of Spokane asks for comments on proposed Bosch lot land restriction swap

The city of Spokane has opened a 30-day public comment period on a proposed land restriction swap.


Hundreds of units for Spokane’s homeless, in the forest

More than 300 units of affordable housing for the elderly, working and chronically homeless are coming up fast on property formerly owned by the Sisters of the Holy Names of …


City of Spokane garbage truck catches fire outside auto parts store

A city of Spokane garbage truck was rendered inoperable after catching fire Monday afternoon in Spokane’s East Central neighborhood.


Riverfront Park work quickly taking shape

Redevelopment of Riverfront Park is taking shape as construction reaches a midpoint on the south bank and buildings rise from the ground


Lilac City Invitational champ will take home $10,000

The 54th Lilac City Invitational is offering its biggest first-place check in decades. The winner will pocket $10,000, a bump from the $8,000 collected by 2016 champion Derek Barron.


UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 7:56 p.m.

Spokane resumes full funding for 24/7 homeless shelters, including House of Charity

After months of pleading for funding from other government and private sources, Spokane has agreed to commit more than half a million dollars to fully fund a 24 hour shelter …


UPDATED: Mon., June 19, 2017, 11:21 p.m.

Spokane allows pot shop to move amid complaints that a sham arcade abused zoning laws

An east Spokane pot shop was handed a victory Monday night by the City Council over what some call a sham arcade that had prevented them from moving.


Rich Landers: Life jacket requirement renders tubers disposable

Tubers have a right to be stupid while floating on the Spokane River within the City of Spokane. A stand-up paddleboarder who is brave, skilled or foolish enough to paddle …


UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 11:11 p.m.

Judge orders city of Spokane to restore water service to Fairways Golf Course

Superior Court Judge Michael Price on Tuesday agreed with an attorney representing Fairways Golf Course and issued an order demanding the city of Spokane restore water service “forthwith” to the …


UPDATED: Tue., May 30, 2017, 10:32 p.m.

Spokane shuts off water to Fairways Golf Course amid long-standing rate dispute

The city of Spokane shut off the water Tuesday to the Fairways Golf Course in the middle of a years-long dispute regarding unpaid bills and a brewing legal fight over …


UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 4:29 p.m.

City announces holiday closures

The city of Spokane announces closures for the Memorial Day holiday.


Spokane offers anmesty period for companies delinquent on their business registration

The city of Spokane will waive penalities for local companies delinquent on their city business registrations if they act by the end of August.