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  • SATURDAY, AUG. 13, 2011

    Councilwoman wants Prop 1 advisories on November ballot

    Spokane voters could get a hint from the Spokane City Council when deciding the fate of a citizens initiative on the November ballot. The City Council will consider on Monday …


  • SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011

    Mayor seeks rare re-election

    Can Mary Verner break the curse of the one-term mayors? For a big clue, residents can look to the upcoming primary election. No Spokane mayor has won re-election in four …


  • THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011

    Q&A: Mary Verner, running for Spokane mayor

    Mary Verner gives her positions on taxes, libraries, streets and other issues facing the city in The Spokesman-Review’s Spokane City Council candidate questionnaire. Verner, the incumbent, faces Michael Noder, Robert …


  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011

    Police ombudsman rules downgraded

    An arbitrator this week revoked a law that strengthened Spokane’s police ombudsman powers because the city did not consult the Spokane Police Guild before it was approved last year. The …


  • SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2011

    Seniors, youth face cuts to park programs

    Some of Spokane’s senior and youth centers could face closure next year under budget-balancing proposals soon to be considered by the Spokane Park Board. Park officials stress that the budget …


  • SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2011

    Funds growing in race for Spokane mayor

    With about six weeks to go before the August primary, one challenger for the job of Spokane mayor has raised almost twice as much as incumbent Mary Verner. The other …


  • SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2011

    Glass struggle: Spokane’s hard-to-use resource

    Spokane’s giant stockpile of beer bottles and other glass is about to shrink. Faced with fewer options and higher costs for recycling glass, in late 2008 the city began taking …


  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2011

    Council accepts sewage loan

    Spokane will borrow more than $1 million from the state to help prevent untreated sewage from spilling into the Spokane River. The City Council on Monday agreed to accept a …


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2011

    Spokane holds Flag Day celebration

    Onlookers in red, white and blue watched as Spokane’s new Flag Day Parade passed through downtown Saturday. The Flag Day Parade and Celebration began at the Convention Center and ended …


  • THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011

    Clark: Mayor sings for food bank; other candidates welcome

    Mary Verner became a history-making Spokane mayor on Wednesday. No, it didn’t have anything to do with her current attempt to become the first two-term mayor since Spokane had a …


  • THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011

    Education Notes: Students honored for saving water

    Garfield Elementary School, Spokane Public Schools’ APPLE program and the city of Spokane’s Water Stewardship program are helping the city save water. On Tuesday, Mayor Mary Verner recognized the students …


  • THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011

    Two enter mayoral race

    Spokane voters gained two more choices for mayor on Wednesday, and one of them already tops the list for fundraising. David Condon, former district director for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris …


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2011

    Doug Clark: Shogan clears his throat for charity, again

    Say what you will about City Council President Joe Shogan. He’s a bit too opinionated, perhaps. He doesn’t suffer fools well and can be a bit quick to pop his …


  • FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011

    Condon’s criticism of public salaries could backfire

    Spokane mayoral hopeful David Condon has made government salaries an early issue of his campaign, targeting specifically city employees earning more than $100,000 a year. But until taking a leave …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011

    City Hall to add security guard

    Spokane City Hall will be watched by at least one security guard 11 hours a day starting next month. The decision, officials say, is the result of a few incidents …


  • THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011

    Verner calls for hiring more police officers

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner ordered the hiring of at least six new police officers to fill vacant positions within the department and called for adding more officers next year. The …


  • THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011

    Verner presents mix of budget solutions

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner gave a preview Wednesday of a 2012 budget she says would be painless for residents who obey the law. Verner proposed to close a tentative $6.6 …


  • SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2011

    Spokane group collecting signatures for city medical marijuana initiative

    Spokane citizens could soon have their say on the controversy growing locally and statewide on the enforcement of marijuana laws. Citizens for a Sensible Spokane, a group that supports legalization …


  • TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011

    Condon running for mayor of Spokane

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner finally has an obstacle in her re-election bid. David Condon, the deputy chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., said Monday that he …


  • THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011

    Verner seeks rule change to overlook lowest bidder for contracts

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner has shifted her position on new rules allowing the city to overlook the lowest bidder for city contracts when companies have poor records following the law. …


  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011

    Bargaining support on agenda for Spokane City Council

    With the possibility of new rounds of negotiations in which city leaders could ask for more wage and benefit concessions, the Spokane City Council may give its union employees a …


  • MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2011

    Sixth annual Komen race has Spokane awash in pink

    About 9,000 people painted downtown Spokane pink Sunday in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Now in its sixth year, the event will raise roughly $500,000. Seventy-five …


  • THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011

    City of Spokane short $6.6 million in ’12

    For the fourth straight year, Spokane leaders are forecasting a multimillion-dollar shortfall in the next annual budget. The city predicts a $6.6 million gap between expected revenues and expenses in …


  • TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2011

    Rally to feature NAACP leader

    The head of the nation’s largest civil rights organization will lead a march in Spokane on Sunday to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther …


  • SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2011

    Lights out around the world honor Earth Hour

    For an hour Saturday, millions of people and thousands of businesses around the world shut off their lights in recognition of Earth Hour. Landmarks around the world went dark for …


  • THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011

    Owners, law agencies disagree on legality of pot dispensaries

    Marijuana advocates say Spokane has quickly earned a new nickname: Spokansterdam, a nod to the Dutch city where the sale and use of marijuana is legal.


  • THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011

    ‘Community Bill of Rights’ group launches new proposal

    A group that sponsored a ballot proposal that was thoroughly rejected by Spokane voters in 2009 says it hopes to offer voters a shorter list of requests this year. Gone …


  • THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011

    City foresees energy district

    The potential for an energy-based development district around the Waste-to-Energy Plant could be compromised if the facility is not reclassified as an alternative-energy provider, Spokane officials said Wednesday. Mayor Mary …


  • SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2011

    Editorial: Overpaying fire districts doesn’t serve taxpayers

    When a significant West Plains annexation agreement was reached a year and a half ago, Spokane Mayor Mary Verner hailed it as a sign of improved intergovernmental cooperation. Indeed, the …


  • SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2011

    Commissioner French touts fiscal health of Spokane County

    The state of Spokane County isn’t as bad as it might have been and things are looking up, county commission Chairman Al French said Friday. French told some 215 business …


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