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Mark Richard and Eric Sawyer: Advisory Option B is better for Spokane’s future

Joe Albi Stadium has decayed to the point of no return. The infrastructure is crumbling and it has outlived its useful life. Local high school sports doesn’t draw enough fans …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 25, 2018, 8:12 a.m.

Downtown Spokane businesses may seek more lights and video cameras to fight crime

In an effort to curtail petty property crimes such as larceny, vandalism and loitering, the city’s Business Improvement District is asking downtown business owners whether they’re interested in installing more …


Mark Richard: A valuable network in city’s core

The first downtown skywalk celebrated its 50th birthday with little fanfare recently, but skywalks have played an important role in both our history and our success in sustaining a vibrant …


Downtown Rising: Demand for urban living and experiences transforming Spokane’s core

Downtown Spokane is in the midst of a major transformation, with hundreds of millions of dollars in investment pouring into the city’s core. Mark Richard, president of the Downtown Spokane …


Vets Garage opens at new site

The newest local facility offering support to veterans is called the Vets Garage, but you won’t find any cars inside. This garage, across from the Spokane County Regional Health District …


New veterans services offered in refurbished garage in Spokane

This Vets Garage, across from the Spokane County Regional Health District building, was unveiled to the public during a grand opening Saturday.


Valley hears standardized signs plan

An effort to standardize signs for visitor destinations in the region got an icy reception from the Spokane Valley City Council Tuesday evening. Mark Richard, president of the Downtown Spokane …


Workers Bill of Rights proposal qualifies for Spokane ballot

Enough signatures have been collected in Spokane to put a proposed Workers Bill of Rights charter amendment on this November’s ballot. If passed, the newest measure put forth by Envision …


Valley cuts ribbon on new Appleway Trail

Spokane Valley children on bikes and in strollers were at the front of the pack Thursday morning waiting for the ribbon to be cut opening the Appleway Trail. The trail …


Doug Clark: How to rid the STA Plaza of those pesky people

There’s a rumble in our concrete jungle. Yes, fight fans, the battle’s over pedestrian turf rights outside the bus plaza.


Bus riders impede flow of pedestrians at plaza, business group contends

Who has precedence on Spokane’s sidewalks: pedestrians or people waiting for the bus at the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza? Downtown business interests posed that question Monday in an email to …


Downtown business leaders meet to discuss STA Plaza’s future

A task force of business leaders met behind closed doors on Wednesday to talk about the future of the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza in the heart of downtown. The meeting …


Shawn Vestal: Pause on STA Plaza redo revealing

As the downtown business illuminati attempt to derail eight years’ worth of planning for improved bus service in Spokane, they insist that it’s not because they don’t like poor people. …


Spokane city leaders back plan to make downtown more inviting

A collection of business, government and community representatives gathered in Spokane City Hall’s Chase Gallery on Friday morning to show their support for an initiative to make downtown “safer and …


Spokane city law proposal would cap surveillance

A proposed law limiting the use of surveillance technology in the city of Spokane has been diminished to the point of being ineffective, according to local and state civil rights …


Spokane business group names leader

Former Spokane County Commissioner Mark Richard will lead downtown Spokane’s main business group. The Downtown Spokane Partnership announced Thursday that Richard started this week as the organization’s new president.


Former county Commissioner Mark Richard lands new job

Former Spokane County Commissioner Mark Richard will lead downtown Spokane’s main business group.


French, Mielke ask to reverse casino deal

Two Spokane County commissioners are asking the Bureau of Indian Affairs to overturn a 2010 contract that prevents the county from taking sides on the Spokane Tribe’s proposed casino in …


Justice reform study starts as city, county look into combining services

Spokane city and county leaders on Wednesday announced the latest step in a proposal to consolidate the region’s criminal justice system. Mayor David Condon and Spokane County Commissioners Todd Mielke …


Officials agree on criminal justice collaboration

Spokane city and county leaders today announced the latest step in a proposal to combine the region’s criminal justice system.


Closing Geiger: Wise or worrisome?

On its face, moving inmates from the Spokane County jail system to a jail in Kennewick solves big problems. In the short term, local governments would save hundreds of thousands …


UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2012, 4:49 p.m.

Richard giving up Spokane County Commission seat

Spokane County Commissioner Mark Richard will leave his post at this end of this year rather than seek a third term.


No appeal of Ponderosa Ridge

The final plat of a controversial development in the Ponderosa neighborhood was approved unanimously by Spokane County commissioners in November and the neighborhood group opposed to the development has said …


County districts nearly equal in population after latest adjustment

Starting this month, when residents of nine Spokane County precincts call their commissioner, they can call him Al. Not Todd or Mark.


Small towns struggle to pay rising sheriff’s bill

The arrival of the bill from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office can be an annual occurrence of heartburn for some small towns in south Spokane County that contract with the …


County cuts preservation office funds

The Spokane historic preservation office will get only $5,000 from Spokane County in the $136.6 million 2012 budget county commissioners adopted Wednesday. The county has given $20,000 a year to …


County updates its online services

A new “gateway to government services” promises to eliminate something people hate about Spokane County offices: going to one department only to find out they should have gone somewhere else. …


Sewer rates should stand pat

A new report on Spokane County sewer charges may give ratepayers a sigh of relief. A consultant’s study shows no increase in adopted rates is necessary and small reductions are …


Price cuts draw extra pool revenue

Reduced prices and special offers paid off for Spokane County aquatic centers this summer. Parks Director Doug Chase and recreation manager Angela Simmons told county commissioners Tuesday that the new …


County passes helmet law

Spokane County commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday requiring helmets for bicycling and other wheel sports in unincorporated areas. The law applies to children 3 through 15 years old, and …