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UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 9:04 p.m.

Starbucks, some Spokane coffee shops switching to eco-friendly straws

The Seattle megachain of coffee shops has begun to stop offering plastic straws and is providing recyclable strawless lids at locations in Washington and Oregon. That includes a downtown Spokane …


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 10:43 p.m.

Spokane School Board questions proposed downtown stadium to replace Joe Albi

The issue of a new stadium in downtown Spokane is going down to the wire.


Stuckart: Greyhound may be in violation of Spokane law by allowing Border Patrol searches

City Council President Ben Stuckart published a warning online Tuesday to transportation carrier Greyhound, arguing they may be in violation of Spokane’s anti-discrimination laws by permitting federal border agents on …


UPDATED: Mon., June 18, 2018, 9:08 a.m.

Nike opens downtown Spokane location; sidewalks barriers cleared

Downtown Spokane welcomed its latest retail giant Thursday with the grand opening of the sportswear company’s shop at Main Street and Howard Avenue.


Berserk Bar celebrates grand opening Friday night

Dressing up as Klaus Nomi is encouraged but not required.


Shawn Vestal: Spokane deserves classier motto, like ‘Keep Spokane Kind of Gross’

From torn-up roads, to large infrastructure and park projects, to that one looming crane, Spokane is entering a construction season that marks the way the city is changing distinctly.


First Friday: Galleries welcome June with a burst of color

Most artists’ opening receptions are this Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., but the art stays on the walls at venues all month long.


Woman accused in downtown Spokane stabbing arrested

Police on Monday arrested a woman from Wisconsin accused in a downtown Spokane stabbing.


UPDATED: Mon., May 7, 2018, 10:10 a.m.

Bloomsday 2018: Coverage of the race

With a blare of sirens and the crack of a starting gun, Bloomsday 2018 sped away under clear, sunny skies, wheelchair racers leading the pack.


Howard Street pedestrian bridge will open in time for Bloomsday

Runners and spectators participating in Bloomsday can expect some Riverfront Park features to open in time for the race.


UPDATED: Mon., March 26, 2018, 10:11 p.m.

Suspect identified in sexual assault case at a Starbucks in Spokane

A homeless man reported he was sexually assaulted by another homeless man in a downtown Starbucks earlier this year.


Asbestos stops work on Otis Hotel renovation

Work to restore the Otis Hotel in downtown Spokane was stopped this month after air quality inspectors found signs of asbestos, and no sign the developer had hired a certified …


Yellow-roofed skywalk attached to Parkade will be no more

This week, workers from Kilgore Construction began dismantling the yellow-roofed skywalk over Main Avenue, scrapping the metal in preparation for a newly designed structure matching the new skywalks connecting to …


Shawn Vestal: A feeling of the future in the lights of downtown Spokane

Spokane’s evenings have sure gotten a lot more colorful. The Steam Plant towers blaze nightly. The Grand Hotel and the Fox and the old Masonic Temple glow in changing hues. …


Police looking for person of interest in downtown Spokane shooting

Spokane police are searching for a person of interest in a downtown shooting late Monday night.


Solar-powered trash compactor bins to hit downtown Spokane streets

The devices are being leased from a Massachusetts-based company for a five-year period. Crews assigned to collecting garbage bags from dozens of bins downtown will instead focus their efforts on …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 5, 2018, 8:53 p.m.

Jeep flips when hit by pickup in downtown Spokane

A Jeep Patriot upside down and facing the wrong way was the spectacle of a busy downtown Spokane intersection Monday afternoon.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, 9:28 a.m.

Central Spokane’s Cooper-George Apartments get $7.5 million upgrade

The $7.5 million transformation of Spokane’s first luxury senior apartment community into “big city downtown living” is nearly complete at the Cooper-George Apartments, a midcentury high-rise at the base of …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 9:39 p.m.

First Night will no longer host a downtown Spokane New Year’s Eve party

First Night Spokane will no longer host a New Year’s Eve party downtown amidst waning attendance and rising costs.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 9, 2018, 3:37 p.m.

After years of decline, Spokane’s skywalks are getting a boost

The city’s upper avenues once served as busy footpaths between bustling commercial centers. Today, two new skywalks are under construction at the former downtown Macy’s at a cost of about …


Developer Ron Wells uses passion, savvy to preserve Spokane’s heritage

In the past four decades, Ron Wells has saved dozens of buildings from the wrecking ball, and rehabilitated them for every purpose: living, dining, playing and working.


Downtown bank building to be renovated into a modern food hall

Plans are in the works to renovate the Umpqua Bank building downtown at the corner of Riverside and Wall into a modern food hall with mulitple restaurants.


Spokane takes step to become a ‘Smart City’ research center

A local public-private-university collaboration called Urbanova is using street lamps to shed light air pollution.


Blessings Under the Bridge struggling after deal with city falls through

Spokane’s largest homeless outreach has moved amidst a disagreement with the city over how to provide services. The nonprofit was leasing space under the I-90 bridge until the city served …


Getting There: City floats plan to phase parking lots out of downtown

12,658: That’s how many parking spaces there are in the city core, about 80 percent of which is off-street parking in privately-owned lots and garages.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 9:42 p.m.

Man arrested in connection with violent sexual assault at downtown bus stop

Spokane police are investigating a woman’s claim that she was violently raped at a bus stop in downtown Spokane Saturday night.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 9:15 p.m.

Portland developer, poker player envisions Otis as boutique hotel

Curtis Rystadt said he’s partnering with the Hotel Indigo chain to turn the historic Otis into a 112-room hotel.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 4:35 p.m.

Supporters of coal, oil train fine initiative accused of violating Washington campaign finance laws

The group Safer Spokane has been hit with a complaint alleging yearlong violations of the state’s campaign finance disclosure laws for failing to file fiscal reports as required by law. …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 6:04 p.m.

Dodson’s Jewelers finds adaptation, service key to 130 years in business

Dodson’s Jewelers survived the Spokane fire of 1889 and went on to become a retail fixture for generations of local residents. The family owned company is celebrating its 130th anniversary …


Ridpath’s revival into small downtown Spokane apartments attracts renters

Nearly 10 years after the last hotel guests checked out, downtown Spokane’s Ridpath Hotel is getting new tenants. And they pay rent.