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Spokane City Council could have final say on ballot measure to fund downtown stadium

Rick Romero offered Spokane School Board members a way out of a thorny decision over whether they’d ask voters to pay for a downtown sports stadium Wednesday night. The inclusion …


Condon: Minor-league soccer could come to Spokane with construction of downtown stadium

As the Spokane School Board weighs its options for asking voters to approve a new bond measure that would bring high school athletics downtown, Mayor David Condon is making the …


Washington state’s first library kiosk opens in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood

Spokane Public Library unveiled a new library kiosk outside the West Central Community Center Tuesday, the first automated machine of its kind in Washington state. The machine works like a …


Spokane City Council steps in to slow push toward combined 911 center

The unanimous panel granted themselves approval authority over any additional steps to combine dispatch duties for emergency responders. The council had previously grilled members of Mayor David Condon’s administration about …


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 10:21 a.m.

Spokane water denied to Five Mile Prairie land owner who sold land for pump station

City lawmakers say their hands are tied by local and state regulations that limit where they can extend water service. Ginny Beadle’s application was denied, despite part of her land …


Spokane to consider extending water service to Indian Trail, Beacon Hill developments

Amid the threat of legal action and opposition from neighbors, the Spokane City Council will consider three applications Monday to receive city water in areas beyond municipal borders and areas …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 10:24 p.m.

Emails show Spokane Councilwoman Karen Stratton encouraged cease-and-desist letter be sent to Councilwoman Kate Burke

City Councilwoman Karen Stratton said she urged a nonprofit to send cease-and-desist letter to Kate Burke in April because she was concerned about the spread of unsubstantiated rumors and the …


Youth football, downtown Spokane stadium in spotlight amid concerns about head injuries

The revelation this week that former Washington State University quarterback Tyler Hilinski suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy prompted increased scrutiny about the safety of the high-impact sport on young players. …


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 6:47 p.m.

City attorney says Tracfone agreed to pay $1 million in back taxes, despite nondisclosure agreement

City Attorney Mike Ormsby told lawmakers that the prepaid wireless service provider, which operates under trade names that include Straight Talk and Walmart Family Mobile, will pay about seven years’ …


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 10:43 p.m.

Spokane School Board questions proposed downtown stadium to replace Joe Albi

The issue of a new stadium in downtown Spokane is going down to the wire.


Spokane City Council dedicates $430,000 in public dollars to Catalyst building in University District

The money, taken from a pool of $2 million established several years ago to promote large-scale economic development in town, will go toward building streets and installing a waterline to …


Who pays for the region’s parks, playgrounds and natural areas?

Rambling across the thousands of acres of pristine nature or tumbling over playground equipment in Spokane-area parks, you might wonder, “Who’s paying for all this?”


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 10:49 p.m.

Spokane school zone speed cameras snare 21,500 motorists, net $4 million in fines

Ticketing speeders in school zones has been a lucrative undertaking. Since 2016, the cameras have caught 21,500 drivers speeding past Longfellow and Finch elementary schools. The fines have generated $4 …


UPDATED: Mon., June 18, 2018, 11:47 p.m.

Spokane City Council tables salary cap, hiring ordinance for a month

Spokane City Councilwoman Karen Stratton asked to delay until July her latest bill aimed at reining in the hiring, firing and payroll authority of Mayor David Condon.


Rent spike at lower South Hill complex spurs city policy talks, pushes for further discussion

A deal has been struck to assist a half dozen residents of a lower South Hill apartment complex who faced an almost doubling of their rent following the sale of …


Spokane City Council gets pay raise in 2019, mayor’s salary stays flat

A volunteer panel of citizens handed the City Council and its leader raises of 3.5 percent and 6 percent, while keeping the mayor’s salary at $168,000. All are among the …


UPDATED: Thu., May 31, 2018, 7:32 p.m.

Spokane city leaders urge residents to continue donating to homelessness funding drive

The “Give Real Change” program launched last year has raised more than $15,000 to assist organizations providing assistance to the homeless. Residents can continue to give this summer at orange …


McMorris Rodgers tells local officials House-passed prison reform bill ‘a step’ to address overcrowding

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers told a roundtable of local officials Wednesday that a federal prison reform bill passed by Congress last week was “an idea whose time has come.”


Commerce Department awards Spokane’s efforts on East Sprague

The city received a Smart Partnership Award for pulling together entities in support of a revitalization of East Sprague Avenue, first discussed in 2013.


Scott Windsor removal as head of Spokane’s garbage collection efforts draws City Council ire

A “leadership change” was cited as the reason for Scott Windsor’s removal after 10 years as head of the city’s solid waste management. Spokane City Council members said Monday night …


Report finds harassment, bullying by 5 Spokane firefighters; accused push back on allegations

A 40-page report filed by the city’s Human Resources Department last month details allegations of verbal and sexual harassment by former leaders of the Spokane Fire Department’s Fire Station No. …


Spokane leaders have ‘no appetite’ for Seattle-like ‘head tax’ to address homelessness

Mayor David Condon and a majority of the Spokane City Council pointed to investments that have already been made in addressing housing issues within city limits that don’t necessitate taxing …


Spokane pays $36,300 fine to state regulators following Waste-to-Energy Plant incident

The city and the Washington Department of Labor and Industries negotiated a settlement that lessens the fine to the city for safety violations found following the incident Oct. 4, 2016, …


UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2018, 7:19 p.m.

Spokane Councilwoman Kate Burke receives cease-and-desist letters for calling nonprofit contractor ‘a sexual predator’

Two local law firms have sent letters to City Councilwoman Kate Burke demanding she stop referring to an employee of a local nonprofit as “a sexual predator.”. Burke threatened the …


UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2018, 7:36 p.m.

Online survey asks downtown Spokane, University District parkers what they want

The results of the survey, which will be available through the end of May, are expected to inform the results of Spokane’s first parking study in more than seven years.


Residents of homeless camps in Spokane to be directed to shelters under new law

New city laws aiming to protect Spokane’s publicly owned land will prohibit camping in the future. Those living in the camps will be directed to services, including shelters, unless all …


UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2018, 11:33 a.m.

Spokane’s Elkfest canceled permanently over concerns about noise, traffic, trash

The annual free concert in Browne’s Addition will not take place in June, and will end after 13 years of filling neighborhood streets, organizers said Monday. The decision comes after …


UPDATED: Mon., May 7, 2018, 10:43 p.m.

Woman who died after falling at Spokane’s ice ribbon fell suddenly on her back

City officials released footage Thursday showing the fatal fall of 63-year-old Lorrie Sims.


Camping, marijuana and drone use to be restricted under new rules for Spokane’s parks

The Spokane City Council is scheduled to consider Monday a suite of laws that will alter how the enforcement arm of the city’s Parks Department may respond to people staying …


UPDATED: Fri., May 4, 2018, 9:52 a.m.

Proposal floated to close more of Monroe Street, speed up city ‘road diet’ project

A road construction firm that is building one of two sections of the new three-lane North Monroe Corridor is considering closing more blocks of the street in what they hope …