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  • Condon campaign donation scrutinized

    The state Republican Party gave David Condon’s campaign for mayor $25,000 on Oct. 27. It’s easily the largest contribution to a Spokane candidate this year, and has supporters of Mayor …


  • Conviction likely to bring changes at department

    The conviction of Officer Karl Thompson could mean a significant shift in the running and politics of the Spokane Police Department, some city officials and police accountability advocates said after …


  • Endangered Spokane department down to one employee

    Steve Parker squeezes the handle on the gas pump for a final jolt to hit 5 gallons. The station’s pump records 5 gallons. If he were a normal customer, he …


  • Condon to open coffers for TV ad blitz

    Spokane voters likely will have plenty of chances in the next few weeks to see David Condon on TV. The candidate who is challenging Spokane Mayor Mary Verner has spent …


  • Mayor’s race highlights water, police choices

    If the results of the August primary are any sign, Spokane voters liked what they saw from Mary Verner during her first 45 months in office. Characterizing herself as even-keel …


  • Verner looking to limit burden

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner warned Monday that her budget for 2012 will focus on spending cuts rather than new taxes to help cover projected shortfalls. “We also must limit the …


  • Council limits police reviews

    Spokane’s police ombudsman on Monday lost the power to independently investigate misconduct allegations against the city’s law enforcement officers. The Spokane City Council voted 5-2 Monday to repeal police oversight …


  • Billboard sponsor unidentified

    The person who paid for five billboards criticizing the Spokane City Council and Mayor Mary Verner for their decisions on water rates plans to remain anonymous. Five billboards were erected …


  • Spokane police to investigate fewer thefts, burglaries

    If you’re a victim of a burglary, theft or car prowling in Spokane, don’t expect to get the crime solved. The Spokane Police Department announced Wednesday the official elimination of …


  • COPS holds crime-prevention event

    About 40 people joined Mayor Mary Verner, Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick, neighborhood resource officers, COPS representatives and crime specialists, at a COPS-sponsored community crime prevention forum at Northeast Community Center …


  • Mayor renews water rate debate

    The long summer debate over water rates in Spokane apparently will extend into the fall. Spokane Mayor Mary Verner this week promised to float a new proposal on water rates …


  • Mayoral candidates focus on differences

    One of the first debates between the two candidates for Spokane mayor – incumbent Mary Verner and challenger David Condon – focused on style. Condon promised to take charge of …


  • City’s FAQ answers challenged

    Spokane city leaders are continuing to mislead the public about the fatal Otto Zehm confrontation, new court documents suggest. Federal authorities say city officials provided “patently false” information in a …


  • Park budget restores center funds

    Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and a large group of seniors and youth advocates warned the Spokane Park Board on Tuesday to think twice before slashing the budgets of youth …


  • Consultant poised for Zehm case review

    When Spokane Mayor Mary Verner promised this month that there will be an internal review examining the death of Otto Zehm, it wasn’t the first time a city leader has …


  • Northeast Youth Center marks milestone

    Michael Glatzmaier said the Northeast Youth Center in Hillyard changed his life. “Growing up I did not have a good influence or someone to look up to,” he said. “The …


  • Condon ad takes aim at water rates

    Fresh off the Spokane City Council’s decision to raise water rates for next year, Spokane mayoral candidate David Condon released a new commercial this week attacking that decision. The ad …


  • City announces choice for planning director

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner has selected a new planning director, a position that has been empty for nearly two years.


  • Mayor visits first Sister City

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner last week rekindled the city’s relationship with its first sister city. This year officials from Nishinomiya, Japan, and Spokane celebrated the 50th anniversary of their sister …


  • Panel won’t overturn decision on police ombudsman’s powers

    Efforts to expand the Spokane police ombudsman’s authority to conduct independent investigations into alleged officer misconduct have suffered another blow. The state Public Employment Relations Commission has not only rejected …


  • Mayor’s FAQs on Zehm case short on real answers, again

    It is sad that the Otto Zehm case is becoming a political spectacle. Sad, and absolutely appropriate. Because it’s hard to see what else – apart from insistent public pressure …


  • Mayor promises ‘thorough’ review of Otto Zehm case

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner announced this morning that a “thorough internal and external review” of the five-year-old death of Otto Zehm would start when the legal cases are finished.


  • Condon calls Zehm case “indictment” on city government

    Spokane mayoral challenger David Condon today called the city’s handling of the Otto Zehm case “an indictment” on city government, and called for greater police oversight as well as at …


  • Sustainable September set to start

    For a third year, Spokane area residents are being asked to take a month to consider how to make their community more environmentally and economically healthy. Sustainable September, a project …


  • Feds sought meetings with city leaders on Zehm case in 2009

    U.S. Department of Justice officials two years ago had significant enough “ethical concerns” with the city of Spokane’s legal department that they asked to meet with Mayor Mary Verner, police …


  • Mayor, community dedicate new Garry park monument

    About 200 people showed up at Chief Garry Park on Wednesday for the dedication of a memorial inspired by the park’s namesake, revered Spokane tribal leader Spokane Garry, who died …


  • Timeline of events in Otto Zehm case

    • March 18, 2006: Otto Zehm, 36, a mentally ill and unemployed janitor, is beaten, Tasered and hogtied inside a Zip Trip convenience store by seven Spokane police officers after …


  • Verner’s winning margin unrivaled for sitting mayor

    In Spokane, where voters routinely chew up and spit out their chief elected officials after one term, Mayor Mary Verner’s primary win Tuesday was rare. But to finish with nearly …


  • Doug Clark: Mayor race yields losers, worse losers

    The primary is past tense. The shocking election results are (mostly) in. In capturing a whopping 59.9 percent of the vote Tuesday night, incumbent Mary Verner is making the most …


  • Verner vows to seek resolution in Zehm civil suit

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner announced today that she is seeking “all courses of action” to end the civil case surrounding the fatal 2006 confrontation between Spokane police and mentally ill …


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