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UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 11:16 a.m.

Inslee appoints Judge Shelley Szambelan to Spokane County Superior Court

Governor Jay Inslee announced Tuesday that he has selected Spokane Municipal Court Judge Michelle “Shelley” Szambelan to replace Superior Court Judge Linda Tompkins, who recently announced her retirement.


Spin control: First woman mayor in Seattle in 91 years? Ho hum.

Good for Seattle, which soon will have its second woman mayor, and the first in 91 years. Spokane had three in its last 32.


Former Spokane Mayor Mary Verner recovering from ‘terrible’ bicycle accident that landed her in ICU

Former Mayor Mary Verner spent 11 days in the ICU following a bicycle accident three weeks ago.


It’ll be Jay Inslee vs. Bill Bryant in Washington governor race

It’s Inslee vs. Bryant for governor and likely Habib vs. McClendon for lieutenant governor as voters whittle down long lists of candidates seeking statewide office.


Verner, Upthegrove top lands commissioner field

Community outreach and internal communication were not Goldmark’s strengths. DNR has been beat up over the recent wildfire seasons, and morale is low. Fresh leadership is on the way, but …


Crowded lands commissioner field wants to take on wildfire preparedness

Seven candidates are vying for the position of Washington’s public lands commissioner. It’s the top job at the state Department of Natural Resources, which manages 5.6 million acres of state …


Mary Verner announces bid for Lands Commissioner

Former Spokane Mayor Mary Verner is venturing back into elective politics as a candidate for Commissioner of Public Lands.


Spokane law erasing some marijuana convictions to go into effect without mayor’s signature

New rules allowing people to erase previous marijuana possession convictions will go into effect at the end of the month, without Spokane Mayor David Condon’s signature or his support.


Most recent Playfair sale compounds city’s losses

The legacy of Playfair Race Course is on display at the commercial park that took its place, as blue steel silhouettes of horse and jockey appear to race across the …


Damage unclear as wildfires sweep region

Much of the devastation from numerous out-of-control Northwest wildfires fanned by high winds was unclear Saturday as officials scrambled to pull in more firefighting resources and douse the flames. There …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 15, 2015, 10:43 p.m.

Fire roundup: More than 100 structures lost in Chelan; dozens of homes lost in central Idaho

The gusting wind overnight may have brought lower temperatures and cleared out the smoky shroud that clung to the Spokane area, but it fanned the flames of several regional fires, …


Doug Clark: What will happen if mayoral hex comes undone?

“I ’m not intimidated by old history, I know Spokane is willing to embrace a good strong mayor for the future of Spokane for a second term.” – A confident …


Gov. Inslee declares drought emergency throughout Washington state

OLYMPIA – Washington has a statewide drought emergency that will likely lead some farmers to go without water for their crops and some small water districts to look at reductions …


Drought emergency for all of Washington

OLYMPIA — Washington has a statewide drought emergency that will likely lead to some farmers going without water for their crops and some small water districts looking at reductions for …


Mild winter yields low snowpack, water reserves

OLYMPIA – There’s a big downside to the relatively mild winter with more rain than snow that most of Washington experienced, and it’s not for skiers and snowboarders. Parts of …


Central Washington residents say Natural Resources failed them in battling Carlton Complex fires

OLYMPIA – Government agencies failed to react fast enough to smaller fires that grew last July into the largest wildfire in state history, Central Washington residents told legislators Thursday. While …


Spokane mayor to decline $7,000 pay raise

Facing public pressure and criticism from the City Council, Spokane Mayor David Condon said Wednesday he will not take a $7,000 pay increase as planned in his 2015 budget proposal. …


Spokane mayor’s budget plan includes raises for himself, his cabinet

Spokane Mayor David Condon already makes more money than Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Next year, if his proposed pay raise gets approved by the City Council, he’ll make more than …


Drone will be used to monitor wildfires

With a nasty wildfire season at hand, Washington can now send in backup without further endangering firefighting crews on the ground. The Federal Aviation Administration approved the state to operate …


Fraud investigators targeting Spokane DVD mogul

A California DVD mogul who promised to build a high-tech production facility in downtown Spokane, drawing the endorsements and support of local business and political leaders, is being investigated by …


Spokane City Council candidates square off in debates

Two debates filmed Tuesday showcasing candidates for Spokane City Council races had two distinct tones. A debate between Michael Cannon and Candace Mumm, who are vying for a seat representing …


City hopes to extend sewage outflow deadline

Spokane city leaders have promised for more than a decade to stop the flow of raw sewage into the Spokane River by 2018. But with five years left until that …


Firefighter contract negotiations stall

Spokane city administrators and firefighters have reached an impasse in contract negotiations following the rejection of a proposed contract agreed to by former Mayor Mary Verner. The Spokane Firefighters Union …


Why city chose to blame Zehm remains unexplained

Spokane city leaders finally are admitting that mistakes were made during a 2006 police confrontation that led to the death of Spokane resident Otto Zehm. But it remains unclear if …


Revised water rates likely

As gardeners wait for the final frost and homeowners start mowing their lawns, the Spokane City Council is set to give them relief by putting an end to the city’s …


Mayor has brought changes to his office’s way of doing things

Change has come to Spokane City Hall courtesy of voters, who in November ousted Mayor Mary Verner from office in favor of David Condon. In his first 100 days as …


Spokane Mayor Condon fires City Attorney Delaney

Spokane City Attorney Howard Delaney, under fire for his handling of the Otto Zehm case and more recently its negotiated settlement to rehire an alcoholic police sergeant who fled from …


Cowan throws hat in ring for Congress

A local film director says he’s ready for a career change. Rich Cowan, president and CEO of North by Northwest, a Spokane-based film production company, said Friday that he’s decided …


Council to tackle firefighter contract

Spokane city leaders are readying for a showdown with the Spokane Firefighters Union over a three-year contract negotiated between the firefighters and former Mayor Mary Verner in the final days …


Condon to keep salary at $100K for 2012

Spokane Mayor David Condon will hold his salary at $100,000 this year as promised, despite the recent controversy over his predecessor’s pay. But he said he will review his options …