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Board clears McDevitt of conflict of interest

James McDevitt does not have a conflict of interest between the River Park Square project and his role as U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington, a state bar association panel ruled …


City ordinance reins in public-private deals

Never again. That’s the message city leaders say they hope is sent with the ordinance approved unanimously Monday that outlaws some of the most controversial elements of the River Park …


Attorney’s pick faces opposition

A former Spokane mayor and other critics of the River Park Square project are opposing the nomination of a local lawyer to be the next U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington …


Garage critics oppose Ormsby nomination

A former mayor of Spokane and other critics of the River Park Square project are opposing the nomination of a local lawyer to be the next U.S. attorney for Eastern …


Council to take up public-private deals

An ordinance designed to prevent officials from entering into deals similar to the one that partnered the city with River Park Square in the late 1990s will be considered tonight …


Ormsby nominated to be U.S. attorney for East Side

Michael C. Ormsby, who won a political office when he was 18 and has spent ensuing years in public service positions, has been nominated to be the next U.S. attorney …


City officials release more RPS documents

Spokane city officials on Thursday turned over a packet of River Park Square documents they had previously labeled confidential. The records, which detail disputes among attorneys working for the city …


Mall garage price-fixing conspiracy suspected

The attorney who originally handled the city’s litigation over River Park Square wanted to accuse a former Spokane mayor and two City Council members of being part of a conspiracy …


U.S. attorney cleared in RPS case

The office that investigates possible misconduct by U.S. attorneys has cleared Eastern Washington’s federal prosecutor of allegations leveled against him last year surrounding River Park Square. H. Marshall Jarrett, head …


Mayor hopes law ends garage debate

Mayor Mary Verner said a proposed ordinance aimed at preventing financial ordeals similar to the River Park Square deal should put an end to official city discussion of the controversial …


City’s RPS strategy faces familiar critic

The Seattle attorney who originally represented the city of Spokane in the contentious River Park Square issue is accusing his successor of misleading council members with a failed legal strategy …


RPS lawyer cleared of conflict of interest

An attorney for the owners of River Park Square did not violate bar association rules against conflicts of interests when he represented the mall and the company that publishes The …


Cowles Co. opposed RPS papers’ release

The company that owns The Spokesman-Review fought last year against the release of hundreds of pages of documents generated in the lead-up to the River Park Square lawsuit settlement. The …


Parking garage claims settled

The IRS and a law firm for two Northwest attorneys involved in the River Park Square garage bonds have settled an investigation into the sale of bonds which were at …


Cowles firms pay $6.5 million judgment

Cowles Co. development firms have paid a $6.5 million judgment, plus 12 percent interest, to satisfy a 2004 ruling obtained by the former manager of River Park Square, court documents …


RPS files to get review

An outside attorney from the U.S. Justice Department will be asked to investigate whether anyone involved in the River Park Square development project broke federal corruption laws.


Mall garage was tax exempt

The River Park Square parking garage was exempt from property taxes while it was operated by a city-created agency, a Washington state appeals court panel agreed this week. A three-judge …


Parking prices may go up

The Spokane City Council soon will consider making downtown parking more expensive – partly to help pay off bonds for the River Park Square parking garage. A proposal endorsed by …


City settles lawsuits over RPS documents

The city of Spokane apologized Monday for illegally withholding nearly 90 public documents related to a failed River Park Square parking garage deal in the 1990s. The apology was part …


Council to look at RPS disclosure settlement

Spokane City Council members today are expected to consider a $299,000 settlement with Tim Connor, Camas Magazine and its publishers for failure to disclose public documents related to a failed …


RPS suit returning city to court

The city of Spokane faces the potential loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars for its refusal years ago to release public records associated with its failed involvement in River …


City sued for refusing release of RPS settlement documents

The city of Spokane received notice this week that a lawsuit has been filed seeking documents that were used by city leaders to determine how much financial concession River Park …


County appeal seeks unpaid tax on garage

River Park Square issues are headed back to court. Spokane County commissioners voted Thursday to appeal a recent decision from a Whitman County Superior Court judge that said property taxes …


City decides to challenge RPS ruling

The legal battle over the city’s failed involvement in River Park Square’s downtown parking garage returned to City Hall on Monday, one year after the city settled a trial in …


City appealing River Park Square ruling

The city of Spokane will appeal a ruling that kept it from collecting money from one of the participants in the River Park Square parking garage project. Mayor Dennis Hession …


No back taxes owed on RPS garage

The River Park Square parking garage did not have to pay property taxes during the years it was part of a contentious public-private partnership with the city of Spokane, a …


Mall owners owe former councilman $38,090

The owners of River Park Square owe former City Councilman Steve Eugster $38,090 in attorney fees for work he did defending himself and his wife against claims filed by the …


Spokane’s link to River Park Square coming to an end

The last financial connections between the city of Spokane and the owners of River Park Square are being severed through a refinancing of a $22.65 million community development loan made …


Judge overturns RPS decisions

OLYMPIA – The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday said that Spokane judges wrongly threw out journalist Tim Connor’s claim that the city illegally denied him documents related to River Park …


RPS conflict gives damage, lessons

If a settlement worked out last week in the River Park Square case means the troubling saga will soon be over, no one will greet the news with more relief …