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Group wants city to spend $4 million to renovate Indian Canyon golf course

A golf course with a storied past may have a moneyed future, as advocates urge city officials to fund a multimllion dollar renovation of the degraded course. Friends of Indian …


Panel cuts Spokane mayor’s pay

Following more than a year of controversy, debate and a ballot measure, Spokane Mayor David Condon is getting a pay cut.


De-icer used by city of Spokane contains PCBs

The deicer used by the city of Spokane on its streets contains trace amounts of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. Those toxins made news most recently when the company responsible for …


Power companies hope to repair most lines this weekend, but outages may linger

Power remains out for more than 70,000 Avista customers in Spokane County, as crews arrive from Western Washington to aid weekend efforts. Volunteers are needed to check on neighbors, Mayor …


Spokane parks spokeswoman resigns after police spokeswoman shifted into her role

Nancy Goodspeed, the longtime spokeswoman for Spokane’s parks department, announced her resignation from the city Thursday after she said she was told her duties would change. Goodspeed had been making …


Four locations throughout Spokane County accepting small yard waste from windstorm

Branches and green waste less than six feet long and three inches in diameter will be accepted at four locations around Spokane County for free through Sunday.


Neighborhood that includes Gonzaga asks for alcohol restrictions

Logan neighborhood leaders are asking the city to consider limiting the sale of alcohol to curb problems related to public drunkenness. The proposal to create Spokane’s third alcohol impact area …


Condon vetoes proposal on mobile homes; council overrides it

Mayor David Condon issued his second veto yesterday, and it was subsequently overridden by the City Council - within two hours. The veto focused on a comp plan text change …


Division and Main set for pedestrian upgrades in downtown Spokane gateway project

The city of Spokane will begin work on the next stage of its Division Street Gateway project this spring by creating a more pedestrian-friendly intersection at Division and Main Avenue. …


Former police spokeswoman said text from Straub made her ‘uncomfortable’

The former police spokeswoman who was transferred out of the department earlier this year in an episode that has been linked to the eventual firing of police Chief Frank Straub …


Gerry Gemmill leaves alma mater for opportunity at Spokane County

A split Spokane County Commission has chosen Gerry Gemmill as the next chief executive for the county. Friends and supporters say he’ll make good use of contacts and a perspective …


Lowest water users start saving $5 a month in Spokane

Almost 13,000 households in Spokane got a $5 credit on their monthly utility bills, and will continue to get it for a year, based on their water usage last winter. …


City pays 35 percent over appraisal for land it used to own

After years of failed attempts to build housing where a former downtown fire station stood, Ron Wells and other real estate investors sold back the land to the City of …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 9, 2015, 9:31 p.m.

Spokane will vacate marijuana possession convictions

Anyone guilty of a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge in the city of Spokane will soon be able to have the conviction removed from their criminal record. The Spokane City …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 9, 2015, 11:27 p.m.

In case ombudsman pick falls through, Spokane officials search for plan B

Even after selecting a candidate for police ombudsman last week, Spokane’s police ombudsman commission is hedging against a longer vacancy in the office by pushing for a search committee to …


Spokane County, cities butt heads on population growth

Spokane County commissioners and officials from the cities and towns they represent are at odds on where and how much population growth will occur over the next two decades.


Mayor Condon says to expect more of the same in second term

Citizens should expect more of the same from Mayor David Condon in the next four years as he embarks on his second term as Spokane mayor - the first time …


Spokane’s cell tower moratorium ends with stricter rules

New rules governing the location of cell towers were praised and unanimously passed by the Spokane City Council on Monday. It was a long way from six months ago, when …


100 years in Spokane: Woman tries to stab school principal with bayonet

From our archives, 100 years ago Mrs. Bessie Lunceford, 49, created quite a dramatic scene – with a bayonet – at the Walton School of Expression, a school of elocution, …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 3, 2015, 10:59 p.m.

Condon, Stuckart keep top spots at Spokane City Hall

For the first time in more than four decades, Spokane voters have given a mayor a second chance. Mayor David Condon coasted to victory with 62 percent of the vote …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 30, 2015, 10:25 p.m.

Candidate fact check: Has crime really fallen under the Condon administration?

With three days to vote, the wave of campaign literature continues unabated. But how true are the claims made by these mailers and door-hangers?


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 28, 2015, 10:06 p.m.

Mayor’s top staff rebut claims of dishonesty during ouster of former Police Chief Frank Straub

Theresa Sanders and Brian Coddington shot back this week against claims they were dishonest during Frank Straub’s ouster, saying an ethics complaint is politically motivated and frivolous.


Downtown Partnership skeptical of police precinct move

Mark Richards, president of the Downtown Spokane Partnership, voiced concern to the Spokane City Council Monday night about the police department’s plan to move its downtown precinct from its current …


Truth-testing Spokane City Council candidates

The ballots are out, and candidates want your vote. But getting your vote can be a tricky proposition, so they try all kinds of methods. Pictures of them and their …


100 years ago in Spokane: City leaders say they couldn’t stop showing of racist film; Group says Mount Spokane should be national park

From our archives, 100 years ago jbTwo Spokane city commissioners attended a meeting of Spokane’s “colored people” and answered some sharp questions about the movie, “The Birth of a Nation.”


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 19, 2015, 8:44 p.m.

City Council supports John Wayne bike trail across Washington

The Spokane City Council unanimously agreed to support the “preservation, maintenance and improvement” of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail Monday night, following threats from state legislators to abandon ownership of …


Condon says city is thriving; Lichty points to recent police controversy

Ronald Reagan, a political hero of Spokane Mayor David Condon, famously asked voters in 1980, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” The answer that year …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 16, 2015, 11:18 p.m.

In race to lead Spokane City Council, Stuckart faces legislative veteran

Not a lot of people wanted John Ahern to run against Ben Stuckart for the position of Spokane City Council president. Following his lopsided loss to Councilman Jon Snyder two …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 12, 2015, 9:50 p.m.

Spokane mayoral candidate Lichty files ethics complaint in police chief’s ouster

Mayoral candidate Shar Lichty has filed an ethics complaint against two city employees who gave false information to the media, including the Spokesman-Review, in the lead-up to Frank Straub’s ouster …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 12, 2015, 4:53 p.m.

Spokane mayoral candidate Shar Lichty files ethics complaint in ex-police Chief Frank Straub’s ouster

Mayoral candidate Shar Lichty has filed an ethics complaint against two city employees who gave false information to the media, including the Spokesman-Review, in the lead-up to Frank Straub’s ouster …