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Few pot convictions thrown out in Spokane, as Washington state considers similar amnesty law

The Spokane City Council passed a measure at the end of 2015 that would allow those with misdemeanor marijuana convictions to petition the court for their record to be cleared. …


UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019, 4:59 p.m.

Spokane to offer free STA bus passes to those receiving homeless assistance

The Spokane City Council abruptly voted Thursday to set aside $30,000 in the city’s budget to purchase the passes, which supporters said is necessary to provide transportation options for those …


UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019, 7:33 a.m.

Retiring Spokane park director Leroy Eadie was the first in his family to go to college. He pushed his mom to get a degree, too.

Leroy Eadie is retiring after spending more than two decades with the city and 10 years leading Spokane’s Parks and Recreation Department.


City Council uses $3.2 million collected from red-light runners and school-zone speeders to build sidewalks

School-zone speeding tickets and fines collected from drivers running red lights are funding $3.2 million in new sidewalks and a series of other traffic features meant to keep pedestrians safe.


Spokane seeks $1.7 million from contractor for delayed sewage tank project

City of Spokane wants nearly $1.7 million from a construction company after the company took a year longer than scheduled to complete a waste water digester. The company is also …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:23 p.m.

Spokane City Councilwoman Karen Stratton, husband file for bankruptcy protection

The couple said in an interview the filing, submitted to the court Thursday, is the result of legal malpractice claims against Chris Wright’s one-man law firm. Stratton said she wants …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:21 p.m.

Park board wants to sell unused land; opponents say it can’t

After last-minute outcry from conservation groups, the Spokane Park Board deferred a proposal which would have allowed them to sell surplus park land without a vote of the people.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:25 p.m.

Bike sharing may be back this spring with new rules

City leaders hope to bring bike sharing back to Spokane by spring, but with a new set of rules for both companies and riders.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019, 10:56 p.m.

Spokane Parks approve first naming sponsorship agreement for Numerica Ice Ribbon and SkyRide

Riverfront Park’s biggest attractions will now be known as the Numerica Skate Ribbon and SkyRide after the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department approved their first title sponsorship agreement, which will …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 10:03 p.m.

Despite advice from mayor, Spokane voters approve tax for police and firefighters

Ignoring the advice of Spokane’s mayor, 64 percent of voters approved a $5.8 million-a-year tax that will pay for 20 new police officers and help maintain 30 recently-hired firefighters.


Post Street Bridge construction pushed back

Spokane’s drivers will have to wait at least two years before they see a new Post Street Bridge after higher-than-budgeted costs pushed construction back a year.


It’s Election Day in Spokane: Ballots due by 8 p.m. tonight

Voters might want to brave the cold and return their ballots to the post office or ballot boxes in person for today’s special election a Spokane County Election official said.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 6:31 a.m.

Only 2 percent of Spokane water, trash customers pay bills on time. City officials hope to change that.

Spokane water customers now have twice as long to pay their utility bills after Spokane City Council increased the time people have to pay from 10 to 20 days.


Shawn Vestal: City Hall bullying report underscores problems between administration and council

A couple of months back, the city received the results of a “fact-finding report” regarding concerns of city staffers who felt they were mistreated, and possibly even bullied in violation …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 10:57 p.m.

Spokane City Council votes down cameras in City Hall break room

Spokane City Council unanimously voted to keep cameras out of the City Hall break room, which would have been used to monitor sales at a new self-serve fresh food lunch …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 11:35 a.m.

Investigation that will cost up to $25,000 shows no bullying by Spokane council members

Some city employees say disagreements between the Spokane City Council and the mayor’s administration have put employees in the middle, creating an environment in which they have been treated with …


City to resume sit-lie enforcement in February

Now that Spokane’s shelter capacity has increased by 275, the city will resume enforcing a law that bars people from sitting, sleeping or lying on the streets of downtown Spokane …


Spokane City Council approves Sportsplex agreement

The Spokane City Council approved an agreement which will soon allow the city to purchase property and begin design and other work on the the $42 million Sportsplex project.


Spokane City Council passes infill regulations

The Spokane City Council unanimously approved a series of infill regulations, allowing less parking, taller homes and smaller lots in some parts of the city.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 9:21 p.m.

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear appeal from former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub

The nation’s highest court denied a request to look at the case of Frank Straub, who alleged wrongful termination in his ouster from city employ in September 2015. Straub was …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 10:12 a.m.

Kevin Parker, Michael Baumgartner say they won’t run for Spokane mayor; KXLY anchor Nadine Woodward says she has ‘no immediate plans’

As the race for Spokane mayor draws closer, local leaders say the pool of candidates will likely narrow and stronger candidates will come forward later in the election season. Two …


Spokane City Council may allow less parking, taller homes in some parts of city

Spokane City Council is considering loosening parking restrictions and allowing taller buildings in some parts of the city, which supporters say will increase development and create more options for homeownership.


Spokane Poet Laureate Mark Anderson, Spokane Arts launch Poetry at the Podium

Poetry at the Podium will give more than 30 poets a year the chance to read a poem at council meetings during the time set aside for “Words of Inspiration.”


Spokane to pave 54 miles of dirt, gravel roads across the city

The City of Spokane has approved a funding plan to start paving the 54 miles of unpaved roads across the city, starting with District 1 and 2.


As outcry over public sleeping ban continues, officials say illegal camping has as well

As public outcry over laws prohibiting camping, sitting or sleeping on public property grows, city officials and police say illegal camping is more wide spread than it has been in …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018, 6:46 a.m.

Shelter for young adults to open in downtown Spokane at Westminster Congregational Church

Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ will soon be able to host up to 25 young people in a warming center a 10-minute walk from downtown Spokane.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 24, 2018, 3:11 p.m.

Ethics complaints filed against City Councilwoman Kate Burke; at least two then withdrawn

Three people filed ethics complaints against City Councilwoman Kate Burke, saying her participation in a protest with homeless activists in front of City Hall disqualified her from voting on homeless …


City of Spokane considering giving University District $1 million property on east edge of downtown

The city of Spokane may soon give a property with a $1 million estimated value at the edge of downtown Spokane to the University District as it scales back other …


U-District’s $15.4 million bridge finished, but controversy over delays and bike landing continue

Three months late, and on the chilly cusp of winter, the bicycle and pedestrian bridge in Spokane’s University District is finally open.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 24, 2018, 3:14 p.m.

Spokane City Council wants other cities to help pay for homeless services

After agreeing to increase funding for to address homelessness, the Spokane City Council voted unanimously to ask other cities to provide for the basic needs of their homeless population.