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  • Those orange bikes are going away

    An orange bike leaning against the pole of a stop sign. An orange bike tethered to a handrail. An orange bike resting under a tree. Is this good advertising?


  • Suspicious fires rile Spokane homeowner

    For the second time in a little more than a month, Spokane firefighters put out a fire at the same home in northeast Spokane. The owner of the home, Jack …


  • County seeking to take over troublesome Mead property

    The first complaint about Jerry McDowell’s property came during the Ronald Reagan administration. In the decades that followed sheriff’s deputies have busted meth labs and fielded countless calls from neighbors …


  • Hilltop Mobile Park residents receive eviction extension

    Residents facing eviction from a mobile home park on Sunset Boulevard have been given more time to find housing. Last week, the owner of Hilltop Mobile Park, Nick Cline, gave …


  • RV residents evicted after annexation imposes stricter code

    Howard Gladwill’s fifth-wheel trailer has no wheels. Black scorch marks, hidden behind a Brussels sprout plant, tell of multiple troubles with his water heater. He’s lived in the trailer for …


  • Graffiti can be reported to city online

    The city has launched a new online graffiti reporting tool, allowing people to photograph the graffiti, upload the address where it was found and report it to the city’s code …


  • Spokane tries to streamline graffiti reporting, enforcement

    Amanda Rosler is not easily deterred. With volunteers from Gateway Church she has taken on the graffiti problem in Hillyard. The group goes house to house, knocks on doors and …


  • Abandoned grocery draws complaints from neighbors

    The new owners of the vacant Albertsons building in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood are preparing to post no-trespassing signs to remedy neighborhood complaints and police concerns about transients. The empty …


  • Clark: Volunteers aren’t worthy of paranoia, or maybe they are

    A ruckus erupted over Spokane’s code enforcement last week, with critics claiming that recruiting volunteer citizens to act as public snitches smacks of “Big Brother” in some book by George …


  • Code violator volunteer program criticized

    A program by the city of Spokane seeking volunteers to root out code violators among their neighbors has brought criticism, with some comparing the effort to Big Brother. City representatives …


  • City calls for Ridpath closure

    The last moneymaking venture inside the former Ridpath Hotel in downtown Spokane has been ordered to close. The city of Spokane announced Monday that, starting this week, it will enforce …


  • City will enforce full closure of Ridpath

    The last tenant of the former Ridpath Hotel in downtown Spokane will no longer be allowed to operate there.


  • Shawn Vestal: Deteriorating Ridpath doesn’t help downtown

    If you want to feel good about what’s happened in Spokane over the past several years, take a stroll around the Davenport. If you want to feel lousy, walk around …


  • Junk cars top complaint

    Two of Spokane Valley’s code enforcement officers briefed the City Council on what they do and how they do it during Tuesday’s council meeting. The most common complaint is for …


  • Code enforcers join volunteers on walk

    One thing the city of Spokane’s code enforcement officers have no control over is the weather. Monday, the rain was flying sideways down Sprague Avenue, pushed by winds strong enough …


  • City fees jump for trash, other code violations

    Spokane residents who ignore warnings from city code enforcement officers about abandoned vehicles, fire hazards, dilapidated structures or junk on their property will face significantly stiffer fees under new rules …

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