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Wednesday, January 23, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 10:14 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 …


Spokane Assistant Fire Chief Trisha Wolford leaving to lead Maryland department

Assistant Fire Chief Trisha Wolford will soon leave the Spokane Fire Department to become chief of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department in Maryland.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Closures, events around the city

Most of the City of Spokane and Spokane County government offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. day Monday, with only some public works services and …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 9:41 p.m.

Spokane City Hall to push employment for applicants with disabilities

The new program will work within the city’s existing civil service rules to match applicants with disabilities to jobs they’re qualified to do. The goal is to serve as an …


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 …


City’s newest warming center will soon have capacity for 120

The Erminia Avenue warming center is likely the last of four new winter warming centers to go online for the season. The 52-mat warming center, which is managed by the …


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.


Advocates, vets say animal care services are a growing need for homeless, low income population

For many people experiencing homelessness or poverty, having a pet is a need for survival not a luxury, but finding a safe place to sleep that accepts pets, affordable veterinary …


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 …


Park board to lay out guidelines for moving Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Spokane Park Board may approve the process advocates should follow to move the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial from Riverfront Park to the Spokane arena Thursday.


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.


Habitats, trail systems and sound barriers: Spokane Parks Department lays out master plan for Finch Arboretum

The Finch Arboretum could see dozens of changes over the next few years including a new pathway, a sound wall and a collection of plants from around the Inland Northwest.


Spokane, Boy Scouts picking up fresh-cut Christmas trees

Spokane area residents have about a week and a half to dispose of their fresh-cut Christmas trees before the city’s and the Boy Scouts’ Christmas tree pickup programs end.


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 …


Ice ribbon attendance remains above former rink’s numbers, park leaders say

As the second season of the newest Riverfront Park attraction, the Skate Ribbon, is underway, the parks department says attendance is growing, but not as much as last year.


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.


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 …


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 …


Activists behind ‘Camp Hope’ to continue protest in downtown Spokane

The activists behind the protest homeless encampment in front of City Hall known as “Camp Hope” plan four protests in downtown Spokane to demand repeal of city ordinances prohibiting camping …


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.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 13, 2018, 6:50 p.m.

City, developer disagree over including road in South Hill housing project

City staff, the Greenstone development company and dozens of neighbors to a new development on the South Hill made their case in a hearing Wednesday over whether a road should …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 10:36 p.m.

Spokane joins statewide group to increase teen homeless services

Spokane is joining three other Washington counties in an initiative to study youth homelessness and fill in gaps between shelters and the services at-risk young people need to succeed.


Spokane City Council puts property tax to pay more firefighters, police on ballot

A new property tax that would pay for 20 police officers and 30 firefighters as well as criminal justice programs will be on the ballot in February after the Spokane …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 10, 2018, 11:30 p.m.

Spokane City Council passes Uber and Lyft regulations

Spokane City Council unanimously approved new regulations on ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft, which would require safety inspections, licenses and a surcharge on rides.


As new shelters open, Spokane to enforce anti-camping law

Residents of Camp Hope, the homeless encampment built around the side entrance of city hall, were told by law enforcement Thursday that they had 48 hours to leave the property …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 4:58 p.m.

Crash closes Sprague-Freya intersection for morning commute

Spokane police have closed the intersection of Sprague Avenue and Freya Street to investigate an early-morning crash between a dump truck and car.


100 years ago in Spokane: Public gathering ban drives rift through citizenry as flu cases grow

The ban on public gatherings was reinstated – in a modified form – during a contentious meeting of the city board of health.