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UPDATED: Mon., July 23, 2018, 3:10 p.m.

Christmas in July: Festive Mayor David Condon announces new driveway gates for city’s snow plows

Spokane will bring its total of driveway-clearing gates on its snow removal vehicles to 16 this winter, which won’t completely eliminate driveway berms within city limits but should reduce their …


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 9:32 p.m.

Appellate court upholds dismissal of former Police Chief Frank Straub’s lawsuit against city

A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that city officials didn’t wrongfully terminate Frank Straub as chief of police in 2015. Straub’s attorney is …


UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 8:09 p.m.

Ethics Commission: Mayor David Condon honest in handling of Frank Straub questions

The final complaint targeting Mayor David Condon for his handling of the ouster of former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub was unanimously dismissed by the city’s Ethics Commission on Wednesday, …


UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 10:51 p.m.

Before Ethics Commission, Condon denies dishonesty in Frank Straub ouster

In testimony Wednesday afternoon at City Hall, Spokane Mayor David Condon repeatedly said his reason for requesting Frank Straub’s resignation in September 2015 was prompted by letters from police brass …


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 9:37 p.m.

Condon picks Matthew Antush as next Spokane Municipal Court judge

Matthew Antush was attending a Drug Court graduation Thursday when he received an important phone call. Antush walked out into the hallway and was instructed to call human resources to …


UPDATED: Mon., March 26, 2018, 12:18 p.m.

Overtime glut: Spokane City employees earned nearly $12 million after hours last year

The amount was the highest its been in the past five years, which city officials attributed to retirements, labor contract requirements and other demands of the job.


Dawn Kinder confirmed to head Spokane’s neighborhood, business services

The 35-year-old Spokane native takes over for Jonathan Mallahan, who left his post at the city for a job with Catholic Charities earlier this year.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Mayor David Condon puts focus on river, city’s kindness in State of City address

Approaching his final two years in office, Mayor David Condon said the focus of his administration would be on re-establishing the Spokane River as the centerpiece of the city’s economic …


Mayor David Condon sets sights on major downtown work in final two years in office

Before the end of his second term, the mayor said there will be major steps taken toward a downtown prep sports complex, part of a blueprint for his final two …


Ethics Commission revives complaint against Mayor David Condon stemming from Frank Straub dismissal

The panel has agreed to listen to arguments in a complaint made by former City Council President Joe Shogan, who has filed multiple allegations against Mayor Condon for dishonesty in …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 2:40 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Mayor Condon should have argued his case against city’s new campaign finance law

Rather than making a public appeal tied to his opposition to the new campaign finance legislation, Mayor David Condon stayed strategically quiet during the two months that the proposal was …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

Spokane settles federal lawsuit by Mexican national who claimed he was unlawfully detained by police

The City of Spokane has settled a federal lawsuit filed by a Mexican national who alleged he was unlawfully detained by an officer following an automobile collision, that he didn’t …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 11:39 p.m.

Spokane City Council overrides Condon veto of campaign finance reporting law

Lawmakers stood firm in their support of the campaign finance law, pushed by City Council President Ben Stuckart, to require more stringent reporting of donors and cap contributions. Opponents, who …


Spokane City Council to consider overriding Condon veto of campaign finance reforms

With many members bristling at the notion that they should leave campaign finance laws to lawmakers in Olympia, the Spokane City Council will decide whether to affirm or toss a …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 1:15 p.m.

Spokane’s 2018 budget delayed by City Council over concerns in Public Works division

A unanimous City Council on Monday delayed a vote on next year’s spending plan three weeks to get more information about the proposed movement to City Hall of six city …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 7:03 p.m.

Spokane announces new snow plowing plan: 5 changes for your winter preparations

Plows will roll sooner, and parking restrictions will change under a new snow plowing plan intended to avoid the issues of last year’s response. Chief among the changes is the …


Mayor, City Council consider adding 10 Spokane police officers in 2018

The salaries of the new hires, which could bring the ranks of the Spokane Police Department to 325 commissioned officers, will be paid for through a combination of grant money …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Spokane flags ordered flown at half-staff after Las Vegas shooting, lawmakers offer condolences

State and national flags at city facilities will be flown at half-staff until sundown Friday in the wake of America’s deadliest shooting in modern history, Mayor David Condon announced Monday …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 10:08 p.m.

Spokane leaders unveil free medication disposal units set up across the city

Spokane’s municipal and regional leaders gathered Wednesday morning at the downtown police precinct to announce the roll-out of free medication disposal units set up across the city.


Condon touts progress on environmental policies, chooses not to sign climate change ordinance

The mayor said this week he had continued concerns about the future costs of some of the covenants agreed to by the City Council last month. Spokane has already taken …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 10:16 p.m.

Condon adds real estate broker, political fundraiser to mayor’s office to focus on economic development

Charlie Wolff, of SDS Realty, will focus on the city’s efforts to promote infill development and sell public real estate, the mayor said. Dawn Sugasa, a political fundraiser for the …


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:27 p.m.

Utility rate increases of 2.9 percent through 2020 approved by unanimous City Council

The rate increases, which are tied to the city’s estimated 25-year average of inflation, will be used to continue funding improvements to Spokane’s water treatment facilities. They take effect Jan. …


UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

Local leaders offer optimism following Avista’s announced sale to Hydro One

City, county and state elected officials said Wednesday they were heartened by the utility’s public message following the announced sale that it would maintain its commitment to partnerships in and …


Riverfront Park redesign continues a legacy of balance

Honoring the past and envisioning the future are two of the key goals decision-makers in the $64 million redesign of Riverfront Park are trying to achieve.


Downtown Spokane has long history of experimentation, controversy with parking

The Washington Supreme Court had to decide whether downtown Spokane would install parking meters back in the 1940s. Today, rates are competitive with other similar-size cities, but officials are calling …


Spokane Gives month of charity sees more than $2.5 million in volunteer work

The fourth annual Spokane Gives month of charity saw a record number of volunteers, who worked on projects from homelessness to community beautification.


UPDATED: Mon., May 15, 2017, 11:22 p.m.

Spokane City Council narrowly approves former U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby as city attorney

Supporters on the council touted Ormsby’s long career of public service and professionalism, but critics pointed to the continued debt of bonds issued for a downtown parking garage under his …


UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017, 10:31 p.m.

A new $25,000 grant hopes to fund programs that serve Spokane-area youth outside of school.

A new $25,000 grant is designed to fund programs that serve Spokane-area youth outside of school.


UPDATED: Mon., April 24, 2017, 10:35 p.m.

Spokane human rights code changes become law without mayor’s signature

In a letter to the City Council, Mayor David Condon said there was no analysis performed on how much processing complaints at City Hall would cost Spokane and that new …


UPDATED: Mon., April 17, 2017, 11:03 p.m.

Amnesty program offered for SCRAPS pet licensing in May

Late fees for pet licensing will be waived in May to draw in more participants