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Spokane Valley aims to speed up permits for northeast industrial area

Spokane Valley is considering a measure that speeds up the permitting process for potential businesses in the city’s northeast industrial area.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 9:41 p.m.

Spokane City Hall to push employment for applicants with disabilities

The new program will work within the city’s existing civil service rules to match applicants with disabilities to jobs they’re qualified to do. The goal is to serve as an …


City to resume sit-lie enforcement in February

Now that Spokane’s shelter capacity has increased by 275, the city will resume enforcing a law that bars people from sitting, sleeping or lying on the streets of downtown Spokane …


Commission recommends doubling salaries for Spokane Valley City Council

The Spokane Valley City Council is receiving pay raises for the first time in 13 years based on recommendations from a citizen salary commission.


Spokane Valley council awards lodging tax grants

The Spokane Valley City Council awarded several organizations funding through its lodging tax to promote tourism.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 13, 2018, 10:25 p.m.

U.S. Border Patrol arrests former student from Kenya at Spokane Intermodal Center

Despite a city ordinance that bars federal immigration agents from accessing nonpublic city property without a criminal warrant, U.S. Border Patrol arrested a former student from Kenya at the 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 …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 9:27 p.m.

Demonstrators, including Councilwoman Kate Burke, chain themselves together to protest removal of City Hall homeless camp

The demonstration – which drew a large crowd as well as onlookers from the nearby ice-skating ribbon in Riverfront Park – was an attempt to stop police from clearing out …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018, 8:49 p.m.

City Councilman Breean Beggs to run for city council president

City CouncilmanBreean Beggs has filed to run for city council president, saying he hopes to continue his work on criminal justice reform and help the council and the mayor’s office …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 10:29 p.m.

Spokane County Commission again votes for 1 percent property tax increase

Spokane County Commissioners approved a 1 percent property tax increase to fund core county services, road construction and property acquisition for the Conservation Futures program.


Spokane Police oversight panel files formal complaint against department alleging lack of access to reports, footage

The Police Ombudsman Commission is arguing that members of the department are withholding certain information needed to perform civilian oversight of law enforcement. The complaint comes in the midst of …


City Council preparing to fund new shelter space

Spokane City Council is poised to approve funding for 60 additional shelter beds, one of the first steps in a network of new or expanded warming shelters.


County commissioners vote to sue state over commission expansion

Spokane County commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to file a lawsuit to block expansion of the board from three members to five.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018, 9:34 a.m.

Early endorsements stack up for mayoral candidates

The two men who have already announced intentions to replace outgoing Mayor David Condon have almost a year before their names might be on the ballot.


Lime scooter proponents say vehicle sharing program leaves Spokane more sweet than sour

The pilot program that filled Spokane with hundreds of Lime scooters and bikes ended Friday. The city and company called the bike-share program a local success and look forward to …


As one-man hunger strike continues, city lawmakers reexamine sit-and-lie ordinance

The city of Spokane may re-examine a law that critics say criminalizes the homeless for sleeping or sitting on public sidewalks when they have nowhere else to go, after a …


Under Kate Burke proposal, Spokane City Hall visitors could stay all day; critics say plan could turn lobby into day shelter

City Council could soon vote on a proposal to allow people to stay in City Hall’s lobby all day, which one council member said could turn the building into a …


Spokane Valley readies 2019 budget for passage next week

Spokane Valley is preparing to pass a $78 million balanced budget for next year that includes funding for road preservation, public safety, infrastructure and park improvements.


Immigration officials continue to operate at Spokane Greyhound bus station despite city ordinance

More than 200 people have been apprehended by border patrol around the Spokane Greyhound bus station since 2013, 30 of which were arrested last fiscal year.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

Only a few close races remain in Spokane County

Two days after polls closed, only a few local races in the November 2018 election cycle remain too close to call.


Spokane real estate excise tax revenue again expected to hit post-recession highs

Spokane’s strong real estate market has again helped boost city street and other projects.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:23 p.m.

Jeff Holy defeats Jessa Lewis for state Senate seat

Republican Jeff Holy will move on to the state Senate.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 5, 2018, 7:03 p.m.

Analysis: The paths to victory for Brown and McMorris Rodgers

We’ve spent months writing about the issues, examining the ads and interviewing the candidates on your ballot for Tuesday’s election.


Where they stand: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown on health care, Medicare and Medicaid

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted for a narrowly unsuccessful Republican plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system. She says it was in an effort to give states and patients …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 20, 2018, 9:37 a.m.

Ads from independent group urging Pakootas write-in called ‘stunningly misleading’

Independent group mails out ads asking voters in Spokane’s 6th Legislative District to write in a candidate who isn’t running.


Comparing Oregon’s and Washington’s oversight on recycling

Spokane’s once-meticulous tracking of recycled materials has gone away under the single-stream system, and the company that sorts it all in a facility on the West Plains declines to make …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 3:35 p.m.

Jeff Holy, Jessa Lewis vying for Washington’s 6th District Senate seat

A would-be newcomer to Washington’s statehouse will face a former police officer and current state representative in the race for Washington state’s 6th Legislative District seat.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 28, 2018, 2:21 p.m.

Randy Brandt, Patrick Johnson face off for district court judge seat

Two candidates vying to become Spokane County District Court’s newest judge are on their way to the general election after escaping a close race in the primary.


Timm Ormsby’s election opponent focused on legislation, not Ormsby’s recent driving charge

Voters and donors aren’t backing away from incumbent 3rd District Representative Timm Ormsby, a Democrat, despite him being charged with driving under the influence in February. Since then Ormsby has …


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown lay out health care philosophies at Spokane conference

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said the role of the federal government is to increase choice and competitiveness in the U.S. health care market, while Democrat Lisa Brown urged a push …