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Tour highlights Spokane history

The historic buildings of downtown Spokane hold a rich history that few people get the chance to hear. Maggie Cahalan said she grew up in their midst yet knows little …


Liquor sales restricted in downtown Spokane

Thirty-two low-cost, high-alcohol beers and wines can no longer be sold in downtown Spokane beginning May 15. The state Liquor Control Board Wednesday approved a Spokane city request to establish …


For parade, we’re all a wee bit Irish

Spring hasn’t sprung yet, but there was plenty of green sprouting in Spokane Saturday as thousands of people crowded downtown for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.


Spokane council members not keen on YMCA options

Spokane City Council members are poised to reject Spokane County’s offer to buy the vacant Riverfront Park YMCA, a decision that could force the city to sell parkland or raise …


Historic merit up for debate

A new battle over the former YMCA pits the building’s history against the natural and cultural history of the island on which it sits and the adjacent Spokane Falls. In …


Deadlines near on YMCA’s fate

Almost a half-century after David Rodgers turned a shovel of dirt to commemorate construction of a new downtown YMCA, he considers the decision to build the Y along the shore …


Free downtown Spokane carriage rides start Friday

Free holiday horse and carriage rides for downtown shoppers begin Friday and continue through Christmas Eve.


Stores strategize in light of last year’s difficult holiday season

Retailers across the region have just one wish: Whatever else happens, please spare us a winter like last year. Consumers are still in a cautious state of mind, but store …


Her daughter’s legacy takes firm root

Abe Lincoln got some company Tuesday. Three European hornbeam trees were planted in a triangular traffic island at Main Avenue and Monroe Street where a statue of Lincoln stands.


Spokane woman’s memorial to daughter grows anew

Abe Lincoln got some company Monday. Three new European hornbeam trees were planted in a triangular traffic island holding Spokane’s Lincoln statute at Main Avenue and Monroe Street.


Power restored in downtown Spokane

Electrical power has been restored in downtown Spokane after a 3:40 p.m. outage interrupted service to traffic lights and major buildings for about an hour.


City could sell YMCA

The Spokane City Council is poised to buy the YMCA property in Riverfront Park on Monday, but that’s no guarantee of public ownership. A majority of council members said this …


Lilac procession draws droves

Mary Hall claimed her spot for the 71st annual Spokane Lilac Parade on Saturday afternoon so her grandchildren would have a front-row seat. But grandma and the kids got more …


Luxury log building company has a deal on two structures

Two almost-complete luxury log buildings in North Idaho are sitting in the yard at Edgewood Log Structures, and company owner Brian Schafer has a deal for anyone who will take …


Homeland Security to combine offices

Spokane’s Homeland Security department will consolidate 30 of its workers from three downtown offices into a single building on the north side of the Spokane River. The move is part …


Spring Barrel Tasting

There’s no need for a long road trip to taste wine made from fruit in the state’s best growing regions. Spokane winemakers are bringing grapes from the Columbia Valley, Yakima …


Hotel project could resume in June

The co-owner of a stalled hotel project in downtown Spokane said Wednesday she hopes work can resume by June on the corner of Third Avenue and Division Street. Rita Santillanes …


Hotel financing evaporates after church demolished

The co-owner of a stalled hotel project in downtown Spokane said Wednesday she hopes work can resume by June at the site on the corner of Third Avenue and Division …


Anticipation grows for downtown co-op

If you haven’t heard about Main Market Co-op yet, you need to know that something exciting is coming to downtown Spokane this fall. This member-owned co-op is under construction at …


Our View: Private development of YMCA site remains sound

As recently as last summer, one scenario for Spokane’s 42-year-old YMCA building envisioned its existence and continued use for 15 to 20 more years. That was expected to be a …


Our View: Plan to buy unwise, a poor fit for conservation fund

When YMCA leaders broke ground for their building on Havermale Island more than 46 years ago, Y president (and later Spokane mayor) David H. Rodgers proclaimed it “part of the …


City to replace entertainment district signs

The City of Spokane will replace the signs it placed last month on meters in the new downtown Entertainment Parking District in an attempt clear up confusion over who can …


Spin Control: All signs point to drivers’ confusion

The city of Spokane has created a new type of parking sign in downtown, and a new parking district. And, shockingly enough, it has people confused. Drivers passing around the …


Venues’ needs drive new meter rules

In trying to alleviate one parking problem in downtown Spokane, the city has created another: confusion. New signs limiting parking for people with disabilities to four hours near the Fox, …


New parking signs confuse some motorists

In trying to alleviate one parking problem in downtown Spokane, the city has created another: confusion.


Downtown power outage delays portions of Thursday paper

A fire in an underground transformer shut down power in downtown Spokane Wednesday night, affecting many businesses and residences, and threatening The Spokesman-Review’s press run.


Sirti tenant moving into new offices

A Spokane tech manufacturer is moving into new offices this week after seven years as a tenant at Sirti, the state-funded technology assistance agency. MatriCal Inc., which became a Sirti …


Spreading good cheer

Not long ago, the best way to capture the spirit of the holiday season was to go downtown. Sprawling shopping malls hadn’t come on the scene and downtown merchants competed …


Less is more, except in parking

The downtown life offers easy access to work, nightclubs, restaurants, shopping and cultural activities. What it doesn’t offer condo owners is much in the way of parking. Condo owners pay …


Time to update the plan

As more and more people find their way to downtown Spokane, the city is going to have to consider ways to accommodate larger numbers of pedestrians. Ron Wells, a downtown …