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UPDATED: Wed., March 20, 2019, 10:13 p.m.

Multiple residents displaced in downtown Spokane apartment fire

Multiple downtown Spokane residents were displaced Wednesday morning after a fire tore through several units in a century-old apartment building near Lewis and Clark High School.


Parking study: Spokane should create “premium” parking zone with meter rates of up to $5 per hour

The Spokane parking study suggestion that may cause the most heartburn among motorists urges the city to increase on-street hourly rates.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:09 p.m.

Longtime chef, bartender take over ownership at downtown’s Scratch and Rain

Two employees and one of their spouses have purchased the restaurant and bar and are planning to largely keep things the same while they get comfortable in their new roles. …


Then and Now: Spokane Steam Laundry

The plentiful flow of the Spokane River gave the first settlers, S.R. Scranton and J.J. Downing, the idea to build a simple sawmill as early as 1871. Another early settler, …


Clean air agency says Otis Hotel developers violated asbestos rules

Troubles continue to mount for the renovation of the Otis Hotel in downtown Spokane, as the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency issued asbestos-related violations to five companies working on the …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 9:01 p.m.

B.C. company purchases Bank of America building in downtown Spokane for $47.7M

The Bank of America Financial Center – the tallest building in downtown Spokane – has been sold to Canada-based Redstone Group, which marks the commercial real estate company’s first investment …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 9:48 p.m.

Driver flees scene after critically injuring pedestrian in downtown Spokane

Spokane police are asking for the public’s help in finding a driver who critically injured a pedestrian early Thursday in downtown Spokane.


As Sears declares bankruptcy, the retailers’ storied history in Spokane mirrors its rise and fall

While Sears is a wholly American story, it’s a Spokane story as well. Its rise was more than evident here, as the retailer built the city’s most modern department store …


Spokane Park Board dedicates funding for potential purchase of land for Sportsplex site

The panel took the first step earlier this month toward signing an agreement that could finalize the orientation of the long-imagined $42 million prep sports facility on the north bank …


Otis Hotel renovation hit with $140,000 in fines for asbestos violations

Three companies renovating the Otis Hotel in downtown Spokane have been cited for violating state health and safety rules, receiving fines that total nearly $140,000, the first round of financial …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 29, 2018, 4:55 p.m.

Avista cut power to much of downtown Spokane for 10 minutes due to trespasser

Spokane police announced on social media late Monday morning that most of downtown would lose power for about 10 minutes.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018, 9:24 p.m.

Police arrest suspect in downtown stabbing

Police arrested a man suspected of stabbing and killing another man early Tuesday at a downtown Spokane 7-Eleven after a fight broke out in the parking lot.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 25, 2018, 7:07 a.m.

Police arrest woman suspected of setting fire to her Spokane apartment

Two units in a historic apartment building near downtown Spokane were damaged by flames Monday morning. Police arrested a woman on suspicion of arson following the fire that neighbors say …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 7:11 a.m.

Built immediately after Great Spokane Fire, Genesee Block Building transforms from pawnshop to upscale

The Genesee Block in downtown Spokane is one of 15 buildings constructed in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1889 that remain standing, but a little-known fire in 2016 …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 8:06 p.m.

Crime is higher near downtown Spokane homeless shelter, and businesses are fed up

The relationship between business owners and the chronically homeless who spend much of their time in the six-block radius near Pacific Avenue and Division Street downtown has reached a boiling …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018, noon

Getting There: There are more places to park than you probably think

Spokane parking by the numbers


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. …