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Council Initiative Passes

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Voters Endorse Boat-Race Ban

Hydroplanes The hydroplanes appear to be out of here. Preliminary returns show Coeur d’Alene voters endorsing an initiative that essentially bans unlimited class hydroplane racing from Lake Coeur d’Alene by …


Anti-Hydro Vote Rounds Turn Unopposed In Wake Of Fourth Of July Disturbance, Racing Ban Expected To Pass Easily

People who don’t want the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene to become grandstands for hydroplane racing are looking to forever sink racing on Tuesday. Given the lack of any kind …


Absence Makes Council No Fonder Of Missing Anderson Measure Would Make Seat Vacant After 4 Missed Meetings

Spokane City Councilman Chris Anderson disappeared from the council dais five months ago and still won’t say when - or if - he plans to return. “The best you can …


Red-Light Campaign Continues

The campaign reminding Spokane area drivers they’re supposed to stop at red lights will continue through winter, officials said Wednesday. Commuters can expect to see billboards urging them to stop …


Hydro Racing Ban Cda Voters To Decide On Barring Hydroplanes

It’s perhaps the most forgotten issue on the November ballot and the one that strikes closest to Coeur d’Alene. Along with joining the fight over bear baiting, radioactive waste, taxes …


City Council Absences Proposal Cracks Down On Truant Lawmakers

A colleague’s extended absence has so raised the ire of some Spokane City Council members that they’re trying to prevent anyone from being away so long again. A charter amendment …


Give Truant The Boot

Even Chris Anderson, whose brazen conduct made reform necessary, supports the Spokane city charter amendment on the Nov. 5 ballot. It would deem a council member’s seat vacant after four …


Council Approves Restaurant Smoking Signs Program Uses Traffic Signal Colors To Tell Prospective Diners If Smoking Is Allowed

The Spokane City Council on Monday gave a green light to a plan that uses traffic-signal colors to alert prospective diners to a restaurant’s smoking status. Council members voted 4-2 …


Proposition 1: Street Repairs

Taxpayers’ cash can save Spokane’s rough and rutted roads, say supporters of the proposed $37.3 million street bond. Without it, the streets will only get worse, they say. “If we …


Proposition 2: Strong Mayor

Spokane city government is adrift, says attorney Steve Eugster. He has a plan, he says, to get a leader aboard. Eugster is pushing a strong-mayor initiative that asks residents to …


Strong-Mayor Plan Comes Under Attack Last-Minute Campaign Launched To Keep Current Form Of Government

Opponents of the strong-mayor ballot proposition launched a last-minute campaign Wednesday with the slogan, “It’s a really bad idea.” “We have a system that’s worked pretty well for the last …


Pouring Taxes Into Potholes Street-Bond Proponents Say Pay Now Or Face Bigger Jolt Later

If Spokane’s washboard streets aren’t jolting enough, just take a look at the repair bill. On Sept. 17, city residents will be asked to approve a $37.3 million bond issue …


Strong Mayor Could Beat Up City

Would you buy a used car without checking beneath the hood? How about a different form of city government? On Sept. 17, Spokane voters will decide whether to switch City …


Council May Go For Partially Strong Mayor, Greene Says

The Spokane City Council might push for two of the changes in the proposed strong mayor initiative if that plan fails at the ballot box, Councilwoman Roberta Greene said Tuesday. …


Power Keys Strong-Mayor Debate Eugster, Greene Argue Pros, Cons Of Sept. 17 Initiative Before Nearly 200

1. Roberta Greene 2. Steve Eugster


Trial Brings Out Media, Capitalists

Marion Hawkins has waited for months for Susan Smith to come back to Union to face murder charges, but he’s more concerned about keeping his drinks cold than learning why …


Thwarted Developers Sue City They Claim Apartment Complex Unlawfully Blocked

Claiming the city unlawfully blocked their controversial apartment project, Mission Springs developers filed a lawsuit against Spokane and the City Council in Superior Court on Monday. “We feel the City …


Planners Seek Lower Speed Limit Speeds Would Drop From 30 To 25 Mph On Many Roads

Spokane transportation planners want to cut the speed limit on more than 50 residential streets because of increased traffic in the neighborhoods. The plan, which goes before the City Council …


Land-Use Planner Gets Promotion

Stacy Bjordahl, hired as a landuse planner by Spokane County in 1993, has been promoted to the new position of public hearings manager. Bjordahl can bring “a fresh perspective” to …


Panel To Buy Small Parcel For Park

A small parcel of land near Felts Field might become the city’s newest - and one of its smallest - parks. The city Park Board agreed to purchase the 1,000 …


Parkwater Area Wins Exception From City To Build ‘Pocket Park’

A small parcel of land near Felts Field might become the city’s newest - and one of its smallest - parks. The city Park Board agreed to purchase the 1,000 …


Lawyer Sues To Block Improvement Project

In an effort to lasso what he calls “reckless government,” attorney Steve Eugster on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the city of Spokane that aims to block a downtown improvement …


U.S., Canadian Cities Become Less Expensive

Tokyo tops the most expensive cities in the world for those who pay in dollars, while U.S. and Canadian cities have become cheaper this year, according to a survey published …


Valley Groups Try To Form 4 Little Cities

Some people who want to form a city in the Spokane Valley can’t seem to take no, no or no for an answer. Two weeks after Valley voters soundly rejected …


Many New Cops Are Now Ex-Cops Nearly Half Of Rookies Have Left Spokane Police Force

Last fall, enthusiastic recruits hit the ground running, but many have fallen by the wayside. File/The Spokesman-Review


City Has Vested Interest In Buying Old Suit Gypsy Loses Legal Standing In His Own Civil Rights Suit

A bill collection agency paid $25 at a sheriff’s auction for Grover Marks’ legal standing in a $40 million Gypsy civil rights suit against the city and county of Spokane. …


A Sway Away Incorporation Backers Seek Six Percent More Support For Their Proposed Valley City

1. Dick Trowbridge was plaesed to see his neighborhood along Orchard Avenue included in the proposed city boundaries. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review 2. Midilome resident Jeff Reed, with son …