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UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

New city hall one of many signs of progress, Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins says

Spokane Valley is poised for growth with a balanced budget, a new city hall building and infrastructure improvements to lure new businesses to the city, Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 8:39 a.m.

Rod Higgins wins close vote to maintain role as Spokane Valley mayor

Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins narrowly held on to his position Tuesday in a vote that shows a divided City Council. In two 4-3 votes, council members selected Higgins to …


Spokane Valley City Council will pick a mayor on Tuesday

Five Spokane Valley city officials on Tuesday evening will take the oath of office to form a new council that is expected to be more moderate. Newly-elected council members Ben …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 6:21 a.m.

Rod Higgins overcomes election night deficit, re-elected to Spokane Valley City Council

Rod Higgins is poised to retain his seat as Spokane Valley mayor against challenger Chris Jackson in a race that’s been close since initial ballots were counted Nov. 7.


Higgins widens lead over Jackson

Incumbent Rod Higgins increased his lead over challenger Chris Jackson in the Spokane Valley Council Position 1 race.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 10:48 p.m.

Maps show Valley voters rough on incumbents; Higgins edges ahead of Jackson

Voters throughout the Valley pulled support from most incumbents.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 8:34 a.m.

Spokane Valley voters toss incumbents on City Council; Munch, Collier and Pace lose seats

Voters on Tuesday rejected conservatives on the Spokane Valley Council on Tuesday, voting out incumbents Mike Munch, Ed Pace and J. Caleb Collier, and putting a fourth conservative in danger …


Jackson challenges Higgins for Valley Council Position 1

Spokane Valley City Council Position 1 pits incumbent experience against challenger’s youth.


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 8:13 a.m.

Higgins, Merkel in Valley council race

The race comes down to the experience of Rod Higgins, and the fresh perspective of Al Merkel. We think both should advance and continue that debate.


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 10:24 p.m.

Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins faces two challengers in re-election bid

The 2017 City Council election in Spokane Valley has turned into a barnstorm of new faces challenging incumbents. The five open seats have attracted 13 candidates resulting in two contested …


UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017, 5:32 p.m.

Neighbors around Spokane Valley’s Mayhew Road are furious about proposed development - say they received no notice

Spokane Valley residents in the semi-rural neighborhood between Mayhew and Keller Roads protest a proposed single-family development that will change the look of their neighborhood forever.


Valley council cleared

The Washington State Auditor’s Office has issued a detailed report clearing the Spokane Valley City Council – specifically Councilmen Ed Pace and Sam Wood, and Deputy Mayor Arne Woodard and …


Spokane Valley City Council names Mark Calhoun city manager in unanimous vote

For a secret mission it had an anticlimactic outcome: the Spokane Valley City Council unanimously appointed acting city manager Mark Calhoun its new city manager Tuesday evening, putting an end …


Valley looking for new funding source for roads

With decline of landlines, Spokane Valley faces a tough reality: Switch utility tax to natural gas or power, or run out of road maintenance funds.


Spokane Valley leaders still optimistic about new library

Spokane Valley City Council wants a new library by its new city hall, but is uncertain how to make it happen.


A new City Hall to rise for Spokane Valley

Spokane Valley breaks ground for new city hall at U-City Mall


Spokane Valley councilman on extended sick leave resigns

A Spokane Valley Councilman on extended sick for the past 18 months has resigned his post. The move – following the abrupt resignations this spring of two other councilmen – …


Valley council owes public an explanation

Why did the council spend more than it seemingly had to? What did the public get in exchange? What did the council get, other than an assurance of secrecy?


Valley Councilmen Grafos, Hafner want city manager’s firing investigated

Some Spokane Valley council members say Jackson was fired illegally


Spokane Valley leaders say they want to stick with sheriff contract for policing

Spokane Valley’s mayor stood with Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich Friday to declare that the city won’t set up its own police department, despite persistent rumors to the contrary. Joining …


Editorial: Valley council takes ugly turn

The Spokane Valley City Council majority’s firing of the city manager is the latest example of how collaborative decision-making has been replaced with political agendas.


Spokane Valley council mulls regional sportsplex idea

Proposed downtown Spokane sportplex may bring new softball facility to Spokane Valley


Valley council passes resolution about transgender access to bathrooms

The Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday evening approved a resolution asking the state to repeal the bathroom access rules for transgendered people that were recently issued by the Washington …


Restroom rules to be deliberated in Spokane Valley Tuesday

Spokane Valley City Council to discuss gender preference bathroom access


Spokane Valley City Council seeks to fill seat temporarily

The Spokane Valley City Council is looking for a Spokane Valley resident who is interested in serving as a temporary council member. The temporary member will serve until Bill Bates …


Spokane Valley Council candidates benefit from PACs contributions

Recent donations from PACs and associations have inflated the coffers of some Spokane Valley City Council candidates in time for a last-minute advertising push before Election Day. The Washington Association …


City Council candidates show similarities at forum

The lack of controversy in the races for Spokane Valley City Council was evident in the candidate forum held Wednesday by the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce. At one …


Higgins, Thompson face off again for Spokane Valley council seat

Appointed incumbent Rod Higgins and challenger Linda Thompson are facing off in the race for Position 1 on the Spokane Valley City Council, and it’s not the first time the …


Pace leads in fundraising

With the primary election over, most candidates have turned their attention to raising money for the November general election. Some Spokane Valley City Council candidates have been more successful in …


Race splits Positive Change

Battle lines are being drawn in what is shaping up to be an acrimonious City Council race in Spokane Valley. Different factions of the Positive Change group that swept five …