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Council members refer to trial parking meters as ‘Big Brother’

It was raining, but the woman leaving the spot still popped out of her car to tell Sarah Beemer there was time left on the meter. More than enough time …


HotZone’s free Wi-Fi to fold

The HotZone, downtown Spokane’s pioneering free wireless Internet service, is headed for the dustbin. Like other technology ventures, it fell victim to fast-shifting public preferences and a dynamic marketplace, said …


Security Ambassadors lose leader to cancer

Larry Killstrom, who for 16 years headed Spokane’s downtown Security Ambassadors program, died this week after being diagnosed with cancer. He was 64. Friends and associates considered Killstrom the chief …


Gay pride parade celebrates same-sex marriage approval

A month before their scheduled nuptials, Kath’ren Bay and Alexis Higdon stood side by side in a flatbed truck rolling down Main Street, clutching signs thanking the state of Washington …


Spokane police can cite smokers who violate law

Spokane police have a new responsibility: enforcement of smoking laws. The Spokane City Council on Monday unanimously gave its police officers the power to write $50 tickets for violating smoking …


Frustrated by loitering crowds, building owners turn to technology

Young people loitering on downtown Spokane sidewalks have a new foe: the Mosquito. Several building owners in the downtown core, fed up with swearing, spitting and unruly behavior on public …


The Dirt

Music venue being planned Spokane residents Caleb and Karli Ingersoll are planning to open The Bartlett, an all-ages music venue, along with a separate beer and wine bar, in the …


Then and Now photos: A city is born

Spokane’s story began on the corner of Howard Street and Spokane Falls Boulevard. Original settlers James Downing and Seth Scranton drove the first surveyor’s stake there in 1871. It was …


Doug Clark: Losing Huppin’s costs downtown part of soul

The news flash stopped me cold Thursday afternoon. Huppin’s TV, Audio, Cameras and More is closing its iconic store in the downtown business core.


Electronics retailer Huppin’s consolidating to north Spokane store

Huppin’s TV, Audio, Cameras and More, one of Spokane’s oldest and best-known retail businesses, will close its downtown store and consolidate its retail operations in the company’s north Spokane location. …


Then and Now photos: Downtown still stacks up

The twin stacks of the Central Steam Plant were completed in 1916 by the Merchants Central Heating Co. The 225-foot stacks used 333,340 bricks and extended above the elegant facility …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2013, 4:53 p.m.

Credit union moving to historic downtown building

The Spokane Teachers Credit Union announced today that it will move its commercial lending operations to the Hutton Building, a building it owns as a result of foreclosure last year.


Historic Ridpath will have a future if Wells succeeds

The logjam may finally be breaking at the Ridpath Hotel. Developer Ron Wells, whose fine touch with condos and historical properties is well-established, has begun purchasing units at the decrepit …


Homeless campers getting the boot

As many as 50 people living under the Interstate 90 viaduct in downtown Spokane will have to find somewhere else to sleep. Spokane officials announced Thursday that they will enforce …


Parking enforcement gets new name, duties

Introducing a kinder, gentler meter maid. Spokane officials on Wednesday announced a rebranding of its parking enforcement division.


Downtown’s Beignets closes, blames loiterers

Owners of a downtown Spokane restaurant are closing their doors and blaming teens and adults who they say loiter on the block and harass customers. Judie Sowards, who owns Beignets …


Downtown group may fire leader

Less than a year on the job, the leader of a downtown organization that collects about $1 million each year from downtown property owners and tenants is in danger of …


Hoteliers see good, bad in Worthys’ plans

Spokane-area hotel managers have mixed feelings about Walt and Karen Worthy’s plans to build a 700-room downtown hotel. Yes, the 15-story full-service hotel will take away some of their business, …


Police searching for man linked to hotel slaying

Spokane police are searching for a “person of interest” in a Thursday morning murder at a downtown hotel.


Police seek gunman in deadly shooting at hotel

Spokane police were working Thursday night to find a suspect in a deadly shooting outside a downtown Spokane hotel. A fight that broke out in the parking lot of the …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2012, 3:13 p.m.

Dead man may be tied to Wednesday shooting

A fight outside a downtown Spokane hotel escalated into a shooting, killing one man and leaving Spokane Police scrambling to find a suspect who remains on the loose after he …


Jensen-Byrd plans on hold for at least a year

Washington State University officials say they’ll wait a year or more before reconsidering the fate of the empty Jensen-Byrd building on the edge of downtown Spokane’s University District. What they …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2012, 5:42 p.m.

Victim in downtown fire will go to Harborview

One person was severely burned in a downtown apartment fire Saturday, Spokane Fire Department officials say.


Bicyclist arrested for carrying heroin, gun, buglary tools

A traffic stop Friday morning in downtown quickly escalated into a police chase that led to a loaded discovery of drugs, burglary tools and a loaded gun.


Violence concerns downtown Spokane businesses

SPOKANE — Some downtown Spokane businesses concerned about late-night violence will discuss the issue tonight at a meeting of the Riverside Neighborhood Council.


Changes to noise ordinance could alter city’s soundscape

Late last year, a violinist began showing up in front of River Park Square. He played popular music that could be heard at least a block away and often drew …


Spokane police arrest ‘prolific graffiti tagger’

Spokane police arrested a man they say is a “prolific graffiti tagger” believed to have caused property damage throughout the city and county in excess of $50,000.


Japanese-American men tour very different downtown

Ken Kato, and Dave Heyamoto, both 62, grew up in downtown Spokane in the 1950s and early ’60s. Kato’s family lived in a now-torn down building directly across from the …


Here’s the Dirt: Love crepes? This is for you

Judie and Ryan Sowards are leasing a downtown Spokane storefront for a new Euro-styled creperie called Beignets, in the Crescent Building.


Photos: P.M Jacoy’s, downtown fixture for more than century

P.M. Jacoy’s, a well-known seller of cigars, sporting-event tickets, magazines, books and the largest selection of out-of-town newspapers in Spokane, was opened in 1897 by Peter M. Jacoy. Originally named …