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UPDATED: Sat., June 9, 2018, 10:14 p.m.

Federal judge: Spokane’s handling of former police Chief Frank Straub’s dismissal ‘a hot mess’

Hearing oral arguments in an appeal of the former police Chief Frank Straub’s wrongful termination lawsuit against the city on Friday, Judge Jay Bybee said officials bungled the dismissal that …


Spokane City Council gets pay raise in 2019, mayor’s salary stays flat

A volunteer panel of citizens handed the City Council and its leader raises of 3.5 percent and 6 percent, while keeping the mayor’s salary at $168,000. All are among the …


In wake of Ennis trial, city leaders say progress within police department is ongoing

Two days after a jury convicted a former police officer of rape, city leaders said there’s work to be done to reform the department.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 29, 2017, 7:11 p.m.

With veto of City Council ordinance, Condon says campaign finance better left to the state

The mayor said he supports certain efforts to curb the role of “dark money” in politics. But, he said, the issue is better managed at the state level, and the …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

Mayor David Condon unveils stormwater exhibit during children’s storytime

While the tots’ attention was focused on the magnetic toy and Ribby the Redband trout, the city is moving toward the finish line on its massive stormwater tank project that …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 6:56 p.m.

Mayor, police chief lament lack of Justice Department report on police reforms, tout work in the department

Mayor David Condon said Wednesday his appeal earlier this fall to the Trump administration to release a report highlighting the Spokane Police Department’s reform efforts sought to highlight the city’s …


Shawn Vestal: Delay in approving Spokane budget looks more like meddling by City Council

The Condon administration moved seven employees from one office to another.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 10:21 p.m.

Community leaders denounce racism and violence following Sunday hate crime

In response to a violent hate crime Sunday in north Spokane, prominent community leaders gathered Wednesday morning to denounce racism and hate.


UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017, 6:39 p.m.

Spokane mayor proposes increase in utility rates through 2020

Spokane residents will see a 2.9 percent increase in utility rates next year, the fifth year of inflation-tied bumps


UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 10:48 p.m.

Brian Schaeffer named Spokane fire chief by Mayor David Condon

Brian Schaeffer was named chief of the Spokane Fire Department on Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017, 10:50 p.m.

Former U.S. attorney Mike Ormsby appointed city attorney by Spokane Mayor David Condon

The former U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington could soon become the city of Spokane’s top lawyer.


UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 8:07 a.m.

Former Downtown Spokane Partnership president files for mayor’s race in 2019

Michael Tedesco, a 38-year-old Spokane native, has filed to run when Mayor David Condon is termed out of City Hall in 2019. Tedesco called for a more collaborative relationship between …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 7:14 a.m.

Ousted streets director Serbousek pegged to return to old job as bridge engineer

Public Works Director Scott Simmons said Mark Serbousek’s expertise in bridge design and construction is needed as Spokane looks to build and maintain several high-profile spans in the city limits. …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 12:57 p.m.

Open Doors family shelter needed to offer safe refuge for Spokane’s homeless 24 hours a day

The Open Doors family shelter is the final piece of Spokane’s effort to make sure every homeless person has a safe, warm place to be 24 hours a day.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 4:43 p.m.

Spokane Mayor David Condon will sign law barring local participation in hypothetical Muslim registry

Mayor David Condon will sign a law passed unanimously by the City Council on Monday night prohibiting local officials from helping to establish a religious registry, an act that some …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 10:42 p.m.

Mayor David Condon among Inland Northwest residents attending Trump inauguration

Local Donald Trump supporters who made the 2,000 mile trek to Washington, D.C., witnessed both a hopeful populist address from their new president and the unrest caused by his political …


New deadline in works for harassment training agreed to following Condon ethics complaint

Sherry Jones, the National Organization of Women member who filed an ethics complaint against Mayor David Condon over the handling of a sexual harassment complaint against former Police Chief Frank …


Spokane mayor asks retired Utilities Director Rick Romero to help craft long-range plan; Ethics Commission cries foul

The City’s Ethics Commission voted last month not to approve contracting with Rick Romero, the popular former utilities director who was the architect of the city’s integrated clean water plan. …


Spokane City Council approves budget that increases spending 17 percent in 2017

The Spokane City Council signed off on a $945 million spending plan that increases services for the poor and hires additional neighborhood resource officers to fight property crime. But Mayor …


Spokane braces for busy snow-plowing season

Winter is coming, so grab a shovel. Or get someone else to keep your driveway free of snow.


Mayor Condon proposes $50,000 settlement in Frank Straub public records case

A public records lawsuit filed in August by retired Spokane Police detective Brian Breen has been settled by the City of Spokane, though the City Council still has to approve …


Shawn Vestal: Shelly O’Quinn worries political divisiveness is keeping business from Spokane, but maybe that’s what companies want

Is political divisiveness fouling Spokane’s business climate? Or is it fueling it?


Spokane releases new batch of finalists for police chief; names include finalists from last list

Spokane has announced the finalists for the top police position. They are John Bruce of Frisco, Texas, Robert “Bob” Lehner of Elk Grove, Calif., Craig Meidl the interim police chief, …


City Council, Mayor Condon announce desire to move on after recall petition tossed

A visiting judge Tuesday afternoon tossed a recall petition against Mayor David Condon.


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.


Visiting judge will review proposed recall of Mayor David Condon

The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office has submitted proposed ballot language on the possible recall of Spokane Mayor David Condon. A judge will consider if the proposed recall can move forward …


Doug Clark: Spokane City Council should reject Craig Meidl for police chief

Craig Meidl, Mayor David Condon’s double-cross selection for police chief, answered questions Thursday night in a crammed stuffy room at Spokane’s West Central Community Center. What this was supposed to …


Editorial: City Hall turmoil self-inflicted

City Hall launched two processes designed to be transparent and inclusive. Both unraveled.


Meidl addresses Thompson salute, desire for full City Hall buy-in at public forum

Craig Meidl said he was doing all he could to achieve community support following an unorthodox nomination for police chief by Mayor David Condon. He promised to build relationships between …


Former parks spokeswoman Goodspeed sues Spokane for $1 million in wake of Straub ouster

Nancy Goodspeed alleges she was illegally replaced by Monique Cotton in the city’s Parks Department after Cotton alleged sexual harassment by her former boss, Frank Straub. When she returned to …