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Public surveys offer wish lists for Finch Arboretum draft master plan

Upgrades to Spokane’s venerable arboretum are going to be guided by a new master plan under development by the parks department.


Democrats see fresh energy in Spokane County primary; French shrugs off second-place finish

Democrats fared well in Spokane County races Tuesday, but can that momentum last in the general election?


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 7, 2018, 9:39 p.m.

Johnson, Brandt advance in race for Spokane County District Court Judge

Patrick Johnson emerged as front-runner in the race for Spokane County District Court Judge, securing 39.5 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary election. Johnson was one of three challengers …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 10:57 p.m.

City Council to solicit public input on proposed stadium’s location Monday

The Spokane City Council will meet once more Monday to decide whether voters should weigh in on the location for a new sports stadium.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 11:08 a.m.

Cecily Wright resigns as Spokane County GOP chair, calls Allsup defense a ‘serious mistake’

A day after a video surfaced showing her defending a 22-year-old white nationalist, Cecily Wright resigned as chairwoman of the Spokane County Republican Party.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 7:37 a.m.

Many voices, differing opinions as question of downtown stadium dominates school board meeting

The shadow of a downtown stadium loomed large over a packed meeting where the Spokane City Council was scheduled to consider only taxes for new libraries.


6th District candidates make final push leading up to primaries

As primary election night approaches, Spokane County 6th District House candidate Dave Wilson has raised several thousand dollars more than his opponents. None of the candidates, Wilson included, thinks that …


Sue Lani Madsen: Resolution on nuclear-free community a distraction from city priorities

Sandwiched between a resolution on a $77 million bond proposal for library projects and an ordinance vacating an alley is a resolution declaring Spokane a nuclear-free community and calling for …


UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

County pushes back against state move to expand commission

As Washington moves forward on a new law to expand Spokane County’s board of commissioners from three members to five, the county is pushing back, with a lawsuit planned to …


UPDATED: Sun., June 24, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

After 45 years, Spokane County’s chief civil prosecutor, Jim Emacio, is stepping down

During Jim Emacio’s career as Spokane County’s chief civil prosecuting attorney, he’s provided legal advice to more than 23 commissioners, defended the county in several court cases, helped establish the …


Kootenai County Commissioner Dist. 3 candidates speak on building codes, other issues

A crowded ballot for Kootenai County Commissioner District 3 shows some familiar names. In 2016, Bob Bingham edged Leslie Duncan in the last Kootenai County commissioner primary. Bingham earned 29.2 …


UPDATED: Tue., April 10, 2018, 2:04 p.m.

Newport sees airport in its future

Newport is one of the few rural towns without its own airfield. An effort is underway to change that.


UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018, 11:11 p.m.

Congressional candidates Brown, Bonneau talk health care, gun control at Pullman town hall

Two of the three congressional candidates vying to represent Washington’s 5th Legislative District, Democrat Lisa Brown and Republican Jered Bonneau, disagreed on health care and gun control, but found common …


UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018, 12:36 p.m.

Spokane County Commission: What you need to know

With change on the horizon, we take a look at the history of the Spokane County Commission, its makeup and the functions it performs within the county.


UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018, 10 p.m.

Community members weigh in on proposed Barker Road roundabout

Spokane Valley community members voiced opinions on a proposed roundabout for the Barker Road grade separation project at a council meeting Tuesday.


UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 9:19 a.m.

Spokane Valley faces shortfalls in road maintenance budget

Spokane Valley has a reputation for keeping its roads in good condition. But now, with its funding for road preservation in decline, city officials may have to look at raising …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 7, 2018, 7:43 p.m.

Over 400 show up for Lisa Brown campaign training

The race for Washington’s 5th Congressional District may be months away, but the parties have already begun the foundational work of campaign building. For the campaign of challenger Lisa Brown …


Councilwoman Amber Waldref terms out at City Hall, returns to nonprofit work in northeast Spokane

Elected as the then-youngest woman on the Spokane City Council, Waldref said she believes the city is on good footing with a long-term plan and is excited about work opportunities …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 11:22 a.m.

Three new middle schools planned as Spokane Public Schools prepares for sixth-grade influx

In anticipation of moving sixth grade students into middle school, Spokane Public Schools is looking to build three new middle schools.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 6:30 a.m.

Spokane Valley City Council forgoes property tax increase for ninth year in a row

For the ninth year in a row, the Spokane Valley City Council is foregoing increasing property taxes by 1 percent, the maximum annual increase allowed by law without a public …


The graying of America is stretching local tax dollars

More and more these days, when paramedics in Fairfax, Virginia, respond to emergency calls, they find an older person who has fallen, broken a bone or suffered a heart attack.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 14, 2017, 10:42 p.m.

Spokane Valley City Hall celebrates grand opening of its new building

Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins said a few words, thanked the appropriate people and proceeded to cut a green ribbon in front of the Spokane Valley City Hall’s new $14 …


Panel of citizens will set salaries for Spokane County sheriff, prosecutor

The Spokane County commissioners addressed Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s salary on Tuesday, although they didn’t give him the raise he’s been seeking.


Huge bonfire draws attention of Spokane Valley Fire Department

It’s not uncommon for the Spokane Valley Fire Department to respond to outdoor fires this time of year, even though burning yard debris, garbage and construction materials is illegal year-round.


Washington State DOT touts roundabouts

If you count the number of roundabouts then Washington is among the top three circle-happy states in the nation, after Wisconsin and Georgia.


UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017, 12:22 p.m.

Transportation district gains little ground in Spokane Valley

A $20 car tab tax could be a way to replenish dwindling revenue for road maintenance.


New Spokane Valley City Hall coming together, official says

New Spokane Valley City Hall should be ready by fall.


Condon, City Council clash over mayor’s hiring/firing powers

The recent show of good faith between a City Council critical of human resources debacles and a reinvigorated Mayor David Condon could be sidetracked by a lingering dispute from the …


Some question if Spokane Valley business group crosses political line

Recent ads purchased by the Spokane Valley Business Association have raised some eyebrows. The ads, which ran in the Valley Voice, criticize some City Council members for overspending on the …


Valley seeks new planning commissioner

Spokane Valley is seeking a volunteer to serve on the planning commission. The opening is for a vacated term that ends Dec. 31.