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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 …


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 11:17 p.m.

Expect street closures downtown this weekend

Downtown traffic will be a little dicey Saturday, as many streets will be temporarily closed for the annual Junior Lilac Parade. Construction near the Spokane Convention Center, which is hosting …


UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2018, 7:36 p.m.

Online survey asks downtown Spokane, University District parkers what they want

The results of the survey, which will be available through the end of May, are expected to inform the results of Spokane’s first parking study in more than seven years.


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 3:32 p.m.

Beavers chewing up trees at water’s edge along Riverfront Park

If you’ve walked along the Centennial Trail in the past several months, it’s likely you’ve seen efforts by humans to stem the tide of voracious beavers. They’re eating trees they …


Rachel Dolezal paintings prompt flap between downtown Spokane library, artist

Anthony Stevenson said he should have been able to display artwork from former Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal during a Black History Month exhibition at the downtown library. Library officials …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018, 4:57 p.m.

Skating ribbon could reopen in early March with new parts, city says

The attractions has been closed since an ammonia leak was discovered Feb. 3.


Police investigating death near Wells Fargo building

Police investigated reports of a person jumping off of the Wells Fargo Center in downtown Spokane Tuesday afternoon. Spokane police closed First Avenue between Wall Street and Howard Street at …


Mayor David Condon sets sights on major downtown work in final two years in office

Before the end of his second term, the mayor said there will be major steps taken toward a downtown prep sports complex, part of a blueprint for his final two …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 5, 2018, 6:57 p.m.

Skating ribbon to close for up to three weeks after ammonia leak

Cracks in a custom-made piece of equipment used in the ice-making process at the city’s new ice ribbon in Riverfront Park caused a gas leak Saturday night. The city will …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 8:42 p.m.

Ammonia leak closes Riverfront Park’s skating ribbon for the weekend

An ammonia leak was detected at the skating ribbon on Saturday afternoon, and the city’s Parks Department decided to shutter the attraction throughout the rest of the weekend as a …


Preparations under way for downtown food hall

Demolition has started on downtown Spokane’s old Sterling Savings Bank building in preparation for the a modern food hall.


125-unit apartment complex planned for east Valley

Demolition has started on downtown Spokane’s old Sterling Savings Bank building in preparation for the a modern food hall.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 9:24 p.m.

Spokane’s ice ribbon ties up successful first month, exceeds attendance goal for entire season

With school out for winter break, families on vacation and kids tired of being cooped up inside, the Riverfront Park’s ice ribbon has already exceeded its attendance goal for its …


Froma Harrop: Downtown retail bucks dying-mall trend

Wausau, Wisconsin, for example, has not one vacant storefront in the entire downtown shopping area. The Wall Street Journal singled out Wausau as an important case study because it is …


First Night planners crossing fingers for large turnout to keep Spokane event going

If the event doesn’t attract close to 10,000 people, Miller said this year’s First Night could be its last night.