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Spokane winery pairs reds and whites with jazz

From the garage to downtown: Nodland Cellars opens tasting room in the center of Spokane


Shawn Vestal: Giant board games likely coming to downtown Spokane thanks to one man’s energy

In the past couple of weeks, a proposal to bring oversized outdoor games downtown has sped from inspiration to likelihood, thanks to Ryan Oelrich.


Shawn Vestal: Downtown police presence must not be forgotten in shift from STA Plaza

Remember the great downtown panic of 2013? A sense of desperation about hooliganism and visible homelessness reigned. Business owners complained about unruly crowds. Tales of aggressive panhandlers were told in …


City likely to back affordable housing vision for Ridpath Hotel

The Spokane City Council will consider a resolution supporting Ron Wells’ proposal to reopen the Ridpath Hotel as low-income apartments.


Bozzi Media leases Paulsen penthouse for office and event space

Bozzi Media is the new tenant of the Paulsen Center’s penthouse.


Observatory bar and eatery focuses on scratch-made simplicity

Nothing on the food menu is more than $10 at the new Observatory in downtown Spokane.


Shawn Vestal: Two visions of Ridpath’s future still battling to take control of shuttered hotel

It is only natural that the long, strange trip that has unfolded over the past several years at the Ridpath Hotel would continue to get longer and stranger. Two potential …


100 years ago in Spokane: Downtown’s oldest building destroyed by fire

From our archives, 100 years ago Swanson’s Hotel, also known as the Albion Block, “said to be the oldest downtown building in Spokane,” was destroyed by an early morning fire.


Developer Ron Wells loses Ridpath bid

Spokane developer Ron Wells is losing his grip on rehabilitating the Ridpath Hotel as a different group steps in to consolidate ownership.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 3, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

The Dirt: Iron Goat Brewing moving downtown; dentist, gyms leasing new space

The Dirt: Iron Goat Brewing moving downtown; dentist, gyms leasing new space


Downtown Spokane’s ‘parklet’ visitors can sit, dine on Main Avenue

A parklet appeared in front of Wollnick’s on Main Avenue in downtown Spokane on Thursday, turning heads and moving passers-by to call it “neat” or “awesome.” But what is it?


Dicker purchases historic Montvale Hotel

The historic 36-room Montvale Hotel in downtown Spokane has joined Jerry Dicker’s growing portfolio of boutique hotels and restaurants. Ruby Hospitality, the Spokane developer’s company, paid $2.3 million in a …


Man behind Bing, Ruby projects buys Montvale Hotel

Spokane’s oldest hotel, the 36-room Montvale across the street from the Fox Theater, is joining Jerry Dicker’s growing portfolio of boutique hotels and restaurants.


Downtown developer buys old Dempsey’s bar

Jerry Dicker, a prominent developer credited with helping breathe new life into downtown Spokane’s entertainment scene, is moving his company’s headquarters into the building formerly occupied by Dempsey’s Brass Rail …


Hoopfest draws crowds despite 102-degree heat

They drank a lot of water. They wrapped their heads with wet towels. They sat in the shade close to fans and misting stations. Some found sanctuary between games in …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A divorce filing in Oklahoma had Spokane readers buzzing. The wife of R.T. Daniel, owner of many downtown Spokane business blocks, was suing him …


Doug Clark: Call out for all would-be buskers for Street Music Week

Monday noon will kick off the 13th annual Spokane Street Music Week, and the stars appear to be gloriously aligned. And by stars I mean those local TV meteorologists.


Downtown alcohol impact area designation up for state renewal

Spokane police hope the state Liquor Control Board will continue to ban the sale of certain high-alcohol beverages in the downtown area, though department data about its effectiveness is limited. …


Mobius reopens in temporary home inside downtown library

Youthful yelps of delight and discovery echoed from Spokane Public Library’s third floor Wednesday as children explored Mobius Science Center’s exhibits in its new, temporary location. The uncommon library sounds …


Riverfront Park increasing security patrols this summer

Officials at Riverfront Park hope to crack down on vandalism by increasing the hours security officers patrol during the summer. It’s part of a larger push to boost park security …


Noted Spokane developer Wendell Reugh dies at 86

Wendell Reugh, a prominent Spokane property owner and developer, died Sunday at age 86. Reugh rose from an office equipment salesman to residential contractor to major building owner through the …


Sharin’ o’ the green

The weather looked so dreary Saturday morning that Mary Eberle offered to take her four boys to the grocery store for candy instead of heading down to the parade and …


Rain clears in time for St. Patrick’s Day parade

The sky above downtown Spokane dried just as the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade was about to begin Saturday, allowing a noticeably thinner crowd to put their umbrellas down as …


Doug Clark: Public-minded mother deserves thanks

I’ve never met Kim Spain. Don’t know anything about her or what sort of dynamics, family or otherwise, she might be going through.


Stabbing suspect wanted to be serial killer, prosecutor says

Daniel G. Spain’s mother told police that her 25-year-old son’s goal is to become a serial killer, prosecuting attorney Kyle Treece said in court Friday, as Spain was charged with …


Ag Expo highlights trends in data use, outdoor technology

Bigger digs for the Spokane Ag Expo this year means more room for a variety of technological innovations. “It’s not just about the tractors,” said David Dobbins, president of the …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The front page headline doesn’t seem that earthshaking: “N.P. Grade Separation Work Awarded; To Begin at Once.”


Murals transform downtown

For weeks they painted, transforming the landscape under five downtown Spokane railroad bridges.


Bus riders impede flow of pedestrians at plaza, business group contends

Who has precedence on Spokane’s sidewalks: pedestrians or people waiting for the bus at the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza? Downtown business interests posed that question Monday in an email to …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Four men filed complaints with police about two “lady barbers” in Spokane who allegedly overcharged them for extra services.