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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 …


UPDATED: Thu., May 3, 2018, 1:11 p.m.

Bullying concerns brought by Burke against Stuckart unfounded, city says

The city received concerns from newest City Councilwoman Kate Burke following a March meeting that featured an exchange with City Council President Ben Stuckart over the introduction of a letter …


UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 8:09 p.m.

Ethics Commission: Mayor David Condon honest in handling of Frank Straub questions

The final complaint targeting Mayor David Condon for his handling of the ouster of former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub was unanimously dismissed by the city’s Ethics Commission on Wednesday, …


UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018, 6:36 a.m.

Spokane City Council names pedestrian span ‘University District Gateway Bridge’

The Spokane City Council unanimously adopted the name that has been used as a placeholder for the long-promised span spilling into the bustling University District.


UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018, 6:48 p.m.

Two historic downtown buildings will soon make way for auto dealer parking

Two historic buildings eligible for protection are being demolished in downtown Spokane and will be replaced by a parking lot for a large auto dealer.


UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 10:51 p.m.

Before Ethics Commission, Condon denies dishonesty in Frank Straub ouster

In testimony Wednesday afternoon at City Hall, Spokane Mayor David Condon repeatedly said his reason for requesting Frank Straub’s resignation in September 2015 was prompted by letters from police brass …


Spokane City Council doubles number of permissible garage, yard sales

The Spokane City Council unanimously approved a legal change Monday night that doubles the number of allowable garage and yard sales from two to four each year within city limits.


Garage, yard sales could be more frequent under proposed Spokane law

In an effort to permit groups that use such sales to raise money, Spokane City Councilwoman Karen Stratton is proposing doubling the number of permissible yard sales within city limits …


UPDATED: Fri., April 13, 2018, 10:10 p.m.

Ben Stuckart re-enters campaign for Spokane mayor

Ben Stuckart is running for mayor. Again.


Riverfront Park art piece gets Park Board approval

The nearly unanimous panel voted Thursday afternoon to begin design and construction of “Step Well,” a public art piece designed by Boston-based artist and architect J. Meejin Yoon. The final …


Spokane, Airway Heights close to new water deal following well contamination

The two-year agreement will cap the amount of water Airway Heights can use from the Spokane aquifer and give the city time to address a long-term solution for well contamination …


UPDATED: Sat., April 7, 2018, 9:41 p.m.

Dirt stockpile changes could contribute to $400,000 overrun for Liberty Park stormwater tank

City engineers said they had a verbal agreement to store dirt removed ahead of construction of a 2-million


UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 3:26 p.m.

Early review is in: ‘The ribbon skates beautifully’

As a five-season roller derby veteran, I’m giving the Riverfront Park skate ribbon my seal of approval.


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 9:54 p.m.

Trade those blades for wheels: Skating ribbon opens for roller skaters in Riverfront Park

The ice is gone, but skaters are still welcome at Riverfront Park’s skating ribbon, which opened Monday for roller skaters, scooter enthusiasts and skateboarders.


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Elkfest appeals Spokane’s call to pay $4,500 for overtime cops at concert

Ahead of the annual free concert’s 14th edition, organizers of Elkfest in Browne’s Addition are balking at the city’s order they pay nearly $4,500 in salaries to police officers to …