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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, 7:04 a.m.

Downtown Spokane stadium plan gets backing from boosters, maybe a second chance from City Council

City Councilwoman Lori Kinnear is working against the clock to have her colleagues reconsider their vote against a bond measure that would ask taxpayers to cover the cost of building …


UPDATED: Mon., July 30, 2018, 8:23 p.m.

City Council rejects plan for downtown Spokane sports stadium; mayor calls vote ‘disappointing’

The Spokane City Council rejected an ambitious effort led by the mayor to build a downtown sports stadium in partnership with Spokane Public Schools.


Shawn Vestal: Don’t get hung up on stadium in plan to improve schools

The most exciting, vital pieces of a massive city-school bond proposal lie right under the shadow cast by a plan to build a stadium: New schools. New libraries. New playfields …


UPDATED: Sun., July 29, 2018, 9:21 a.m.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers pushes House bill targeting EPA pollution standards in Washington

The measure, which passed as part of a larger spending package approved by the House of Representatives, prohibits the federal agency from enforcing its new water quality standards in Washington …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 3:40 p.m.

Spokane agrees to sell water to Medical Lake to help out in the summer

Spokane water may flow next summer to the parched West Plains town of Medical Lake during the dry summer.


House of Charity, city of Spokane agree to end 24/7 shelter, citing health and safety concerns

Around-the-clock staffing will end Sept. 1 at the downtown emergency shelter House of Charity, which has been put on life support multiple times by city funds since opening two years …


UPDATED: Tue., July 24, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

Five face discipline as city wraps investigation of bullying and hazing within Spokane Fire Department

The city of Spokane will discipline five firefighters after concluding its investigation into allegations of harassment and bullying at Spokane Fire Department Station 2.


UPDATED: Mon., July 23, 2018, 10:35 p.m.

Spokane City Council approves millions of dollars in reserve funds for housing, street and downtown projects

About $30 million was moved from reserve accounts for specific projects planned in the final two years of Mayor David Condon’s term, which includes a city investment in the new …


UPDATED: Mon., July 23, 2018, 3:10 p.m.

Christmas in July: Festive Mayor David Condon announces new driveway gates for city’s snow plows

Spokane will bring its total of driveway-clearing gates on its snow removal vehicles to 16 this winter, which won’t completely eliminate driveway berms within city limits but should reduce their …


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. …