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Downtown cameras, security measures would be pushed under new plan considered by Spokane City Council

The panel is being asked to give its OK to a program that would encourage downtown businesses to put up more lighting and cameras to combat crime by giving them …


UPDATED: Sat., March 16, 2019, 6:05 p.m.

David Condon walks St. Patrick’s Day Parade as kilted mayor

Mayor David Condon was in his element Saturday afternoon. No criticism, no problems. Just tossing candies, shaking youngsters’ hands and wearing a kilt.


City Council mulling new laws that would make sidewalks safer after dog electrocuted, killed

After a dog was electrocuted on a sidewalk in downtown Spokane earlier this month, Spokane City Council members are in early talks of creating new laws that would make old …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 10:21 p.m.

Dog electrocuted in downtown Spokane in apparent ‘stray voltage’ incident outside bank

Washington Trust Bank at the corner of Wall Street and First Avenue has shut off all outdoor power after a man reported his dog was electrocuted Tuesday. The incident bears …


Fewer lunches and coffee breaks by federal workers begin to cut into profits at downtown Spokane eateries

In what is already a slow time of year for small businesses in downtown Spokane, the partial government shutdown means even fewer customers entering their doors.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018, 6:46 a.m.

Shelter for young adults to open in downtown Spokane at Westminster Congregational Church

Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ will soon be able to host up to 25 young people in a warming center a 10-minute walk from downtown Spokane.


Lyft, Uber drivers will have to pay new fees, follow new rules under Spokane City Council proposal

After more than two years of talks, the Spokane City Council seems poised to pass new local regulations on ride-hailing company drivers that will include a new driver’s license fee …


Police arrest man downtown after reports of gunshots

A man was arrested Monday night after multiple people reported a drive-by shooting in the area of Sprague Avenue and Browne Street in downtown Spokane.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

Man carrying flowers hit by car downtown

A man was injured Thursday afternoon when he was struck by a car in downtown Spokane.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 26, 2018, 9:51 p.m.

Here’s what the proposed downtown stadium could look like

By no means is it official, but a local architecture firm released a sample rendering for what a $31 million downtown sports stadium might look like in Spokane.


Police investigate weekend stabbing in downtown Spokane

A man was stabbed and hospitalized for minor injuries after an altercation early Sunday morning in downtown Spokane.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 6, 2018, 5:14 p.m.

Semitrailer crash blocks part of I-90 east near downtown

An overturned semi truck blocked two lanes of eastbound Interstate 90 near downtown on Saturday morning. No injuries were reported.


Two new skywalks open on old Macy’s building

Second-story pedestrians, rejoice. Spokane’s skywalk system is whole again.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 1, 2018, 11:26 p.m.

Vice President Mike Pence to appear for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in downtown Spokane on Tuesday

The vice president, a former colleague of McMorris Rodgers in the U.S. House of Representatives, will speak at an afternoon fundraiser at the Spokane Convention Center. Tickets to the event …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

City Council seeks emergency shelters as House of Charity cuts loom

City Council voted unanimously to solicit proposals from organizations that could operate overnight shelters nightly during the winter, not just when temperatures dipped below freezing.


Then and Now: The Spokane River

The Spokane River connects Idaho and Washington, Natives and white settlers, and a variety of landscapes and ecosystems.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, 7:04 a.m.

Downtown Spokane stadium plan gets backing from boosters, maybe a second chance from City Council

City Councilwoman Lori Kinnear is working against the clock to have her colleagues reconsider their vote against a bond measure that would ask taxpayers to cover the cost of building …


UPDATED: Mon., July 30, 2018, 8:23 p.m.

City Council rejects plan for downtown Spokane sports stadium; mayor calls vote ‘disappointing’

The Spokane City Council rejected an ambitious effort led by the mayor to build a downtown sports stadium in partnership with Spokane Public Schools.


House of Charity, city of Spokane agree to end 24/7 shelter, citing health and safety concerns

Around-the-clock staffing will end Sept. 1 at the downtown emergency shelter House of Charity, which has been put on life support multiple times by city funds since opening two years …


Boutique boom: Cluster of boutiques amid Spokane’s rebounding downtown scene suggests economic turnaround

Indicators point to a cluster economy of local clothing boutiques at the center of a downtown renaissance.


Spokane City Council could have final say on ballot measure to fund downtown stadium

Rick Romero offered Spokane School Board members a way out of a thorny decision over whether they’d ask voters to pay for a downtown sports stadium Wednesday night. The inclusion …


Condon: Minor-league soccer could come to Spokane with construction of downtown stadium

As the Spokane School Board weighs its options for asking voters to approve a new bond measure that would bring high school athletics downtown, Mayor David Condon is making the …


Body discovered Sunday afternoon on eastern edge of downtown Spokane

A body was discovered on the east end of Downtown Spokane Sunday afternoon.


Youth football, downtown Spokane stadium in spotlight amid concerns about head injuries

The revelation this week that former Washington State University quarterback Tyler Hilinski suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy prompted increased scrutiny about the safety of the high-impact sport on young players. …


UPDATED: Sat., June 23, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

Hogwash Whiskey Den loses $10,000 worth of scotch in flood

The Hogwash Whiskey Den in downtown Spokane lost $10,000 worth of whiskey, including a rare scotch collection, when the building flooded Thursday.


Shade, lighting options becoming clearer in new U.S. Pavilion

A team of high-level decision-makers overseeing Riverfront Park’s $64 million redesign were shown images this week of what will likely be the final recommendation on shading options within the new …


UPDATED: Thu., May 31, 2018, 7:32 p.m.

Spokane city leaders urge residents to continue donating to homelessness funding drive

The “Give Real Change” program launched last year has raised more than $15,000 to assist organizations providing assistance to the homeless. Residents can continue to give this summer at orange …


UPDATED: Tue., May 29, 2018, 9:32 a.m.

Sportsplex plans get OK from state regulators as legal wrangling plays out with property owner

A state committee signed off last week on plans that would build the $42 million structure by the end of 2020. The city still has to figure out an ongoing …


Proposed high-rise would rise 31 stories in downtown Spokane and become tallest building

Initial plans for a $65 million, 31-story high-rise at the entrance to the University District in downtown Spokane have been filed with the city.


Easing downtown Spokane building height caps could get second look from commission

The Spokane Plan Commission will consider at its June 13 meeting whether to reconsider its endorsement of a proposal that would lift building heights along Spokane Falls Boulevard near Riverfront …