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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.


Valley City Council accepts Meridian’s bid for city hall project

The Spokane Valley City Council picked the lowest big for construction of the new city hall by Meridian Construction Inc.


State lawmakers praise Spokane Valley City Council

Tuesday evening became an unofficial legislative recognition night at the Spokane Valley City Council meeting, when all the Valley’s representatives in Olympia showed up. Rep. Bob McCaslin, R-Spokane Valley, thanked …


SCRAPS finds new home in former motorcycle dealership

Above the din of circular saws and nailguns, the excitement in Nancy Hill’s voice is unmistakable. “At first it looked like a war zone in here,” the executive director of …


Retreat Lets City Council Have ‘A Heck Of A Love-In’

The Spokane City Council emerged from its retreat Monday feeling chummy and primed for the future. Eleven hours of almost non-stop talk had council members getting to know each other, …


Dog, Cat License Increases Among Council Items Tonight

That “free” pet-sterilization program approved by Spokane voters last fall comes with a cost. At tonight’s meeting, the City Council plans to raise the annual price of dog and cat …