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New trail segment OK’d

A bike and pedestrian trail almost two decades in the making will see significant progress thanks to federal stimulus money accepted Monday night by the Spokane City Council. The 10-mile …


Spokane City Council OKs police overseer

After years of debate, Spokane on Monday hired its first independent police ombudsman. But exactly how independent and effective the new overseer can be remains part of a contentious debate.


Bad streets stay atop city survey

Here’s no surprise: Spokane residents want smoother streets. It’s the top desire of citizens who so far have taken an online City Council survey about what they want from city …


Lawyer off case for city

A majority of Spokane City Council members expressed concern Wednesday when they learned the city has agreed to pay up to $200,000 in public funds to a private attorney who …


New city sign code approved

Spokane leaders this week finalized sweeping new rules governing signs. The city’s sign code, approved 6-1 by the Spokane City Council on Monday, creates rules in places where none exist, …


Council OKs Y purchase

The Spokane City Council on Monday grudgingly agreed to buy the former YMCA in Riverfront Park. The unanimous vote means the YMCA of the Inland Northwest will be fully compensated …


City grudgingly agrees to buy YMCA site

The Spokane City Council on Monday grudgingly agreed to buy the former YMCA in Riverfront Park.


City could sell YMCA

The Spokane City Council is poised to buy the YMCA property in Riverfront Park on Monday, but that’s no guarantee of public ownership. A majority of council members said this …


City may purchase 11 snowplow blades

City leaders hope to have a bigger arsenal to clear the pavement if Spokane gets another batch of deep snow this winter. The Spokane City Council next week will consider …


SCAFCO banking on Playfair site

The country is in the midst of a significant recession, but that’s not stopping Larry Stone from making a significant investment in his grain storage and steel stud manufacturing company, …


Array of candidates file for City Council

David Elton is under a court order not to attend Spokane City Council meetings. That didn’t stop him from becoming a candidate for the council’s open seat representing south Spokane …


County plans to offer funds for YMCA site

Spokane County will offer taxpayer funds to the city to buy the YMCA property in Riverfront Park, but only after the city completes a feasibility study and agrees the building …


Council candidates file

Spokane City Council races and a special election for a legislative seat in southeastern Washington began to fill up Tuesday on the second day of filing week. Michael Fagan, one …


City offers unions grim alternatives

City and union leaders talk a lot about cooperation and communication these days. But as time inches closer to deciding how to cut $7 million from Spokane’s 2010 budget, employee …


Settlement would pay family $1.9 million in city truck death

The family and estate of a teen killed in 2007 when he was struck by a city recycling truck would be paid $1.9 million under a proposed settlement that will …


City may sell Playfair property at loss

The city’s gamble on the former horse track it bought in 2004 is poised to become a short-term loser. But in the long run, city officials say, selling the track …


City approves $200,000 for defense in Zehm case

The Spokane City Council on Tuesday agreed to pay up to $200,000 to defend the city in a lawsuit resulting from the death of Otto Zehm, who died in police …


‘Good cops’ impress city critic

A fixture of Spokane City Council meetings and frequent critic of city government praised police officers Sunday afternoon after he was robbed and the suspects were apprehended. Hank Valder, who …


Sustainability plan gets cool acceptance

The Spokane City Council on Monday gave a lukewarm endorsement to ideas designed to help combat climate change. The council’s approval was so reluctant that it added an amendment to …


Council to evaluate new bike plan

Many Spokane streets would have more room for bikes under a plan that soon will be considered by the Spokane City Council. “We talk about being more bike- and pedestrian-friendly …


Council will take up bike plan discussion

Many Spokane streets would have more room for bikes under a plan that soon will be considered by the Spokane City Council.


Council to debate revised sign ordinance

Many Spokane business owners were outraged by the City Council’s attempt to adopt new sign rules two months ago, and their reaction has paid off.


Our View: City should have risked arbitration on chiefs’ pay

Old assumptions ought to be tested every so often to see if they’re still valid. Especially assumptions that keep us from acting prudently. At Spokane City Hall, for example, there …


Council votes for a study of Y buy

The Spokane City Council wants to study whether buying the YMCA building in Riverfront Park with Conservation Futures funds is the “highest and best use” of that money for the …


Fire chiefs to get raises despite layoff concerns

Spokane city fire battalion chiefs will get raises over the next four years, despite concerns by some City Council members that the economy is forcing taxpayers to take cuts or …


Council OKs batallion chief raises

Spokane city fire battalion chiefs will get raises over the next four years, despite concerns by some City Council members that the economy is forcing taxpayers to take cuts or …


City wants to buy Y, but will study options

The Spokane City Council wants to study whether buying the YMCA building in Riverfront Park with Conservation Futures funds is the “highest and best use” of that money for the …


Eugster to run for City Council

The City Council race in south Spokane went from zero candidates to two Friday, with the prospect of becoming the most interesting election on the municipal ballot this fall. Former …


Council considers Y’s fate

Spokane leaders have three weeks to decide the future of the downtown YMCA or risk forfeiting $1 million. The Spokane Park Board put the money down on the Y, which …


Officials rack brains to bridge budget gap

Cuts, concessions and taxes. They’re all on the table as Spokane leaders face a $5.5 million budget deficit in 2010.