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UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 8, 2015, 9:13 a.m.

In Fagan vs. Ramos race, it’s the notorious vs. the unknown

The race for Spokane City Council in District 1, representing northeast Spokane, pits a conservative, controversial incumbent against a political newcomer.


Election preview: Spokane Proposition 1, the Worker Bill of Rights

Spokane Proposition 1, the Worker Bill of Rights, is a four-pronged proposition that would amend the city charter to require large employers to pay workers a “family wage,” ensure equal …


Spokane’s Doomsday Hill would get new paved paths under plan

A new plan would add paved paths to separate cyclists, pedestrians and runners from Pettet Drive, otherwise known as Doomsday Hill.


Officials gave false details leading up to chief’s resignation

In the weeks, days and hours leading to the ouster of Spokane’s police chief, city officials provided incorrect information to the public about growing concerns among police employees about Chief …


No police chief search in works; Dobrow named as interim

City leaders have no plans to begin a search for a permanent police chief after the Tuesday ouster of Frank Straub, a move police reform advocates say is a mistake. …


Doug Clark: Former police chief Straub’s demise small sting to Condon

In the most shocking breakup since Kermit and Miss Piggy, Spokane Mayor David Condon has given the boot to Frank Straub, the same guy Condon handpicked for police chief over …


With Spokane police chief Frank Straub out, reforms must continue

Former Police Chief Frank Straub described his management style as direct, honest and blunt, but denied Wednesday that he had been abusive or obscene while managing sometimes difficult changes in …


Salary review panel seeks applicants for open seat

After overwhelming support from voters in this summer’s primary election, the citizen board charged with setting the Spokane mayor’s pay is seeking applicants to fill its ranks. The city of …


Councilman challenges Spokane’s borrowing from investment fund

Quick growth in Spokane’s collection of investments, and a predilection by city leaders to dip into the investment pool to fund one-time projects, has led at least one Spokane City …


Reclaimed dump site to become Pride Prep sports field

The site of an old, forgotten landfill will soon be a school’s sports field, but only after the city of Spokane finishes burying and covering a 260,000-gallon stormwater tank . …


Paving will give East Central direct road to Spokane core

When it comes to building highways in Spokane, no neighborhood has borne more pavement than East Central. More than 1,000 houses in Spokane were leveled to make way for the …


Most recent Playfair sale compounds city’s losses

The legacy of Playfair Race Course is on display at the commercial park that took its place, as blue steel silhouettes of horse and jockey appear to race across the …


Shawn Vestal: Larry H. Miller’s Madison Street closure plan still possible

The word on the street – the word about the street – is that Larry H. Miller plans to take another stab at closing part of Madison. Which might surprise …


Downtown Spokane’s ‘parklet’ visitors can sit, dine on Main Avenue

A parklet appeared in front of Wollnick’s on Main Avenue in downtown Spokane on Thursday, turning heads and moving passers-by to call it “neat” or “awesome.” But what is it?


Supreme Court will decide if Envision Spokane’s 2013 initiative will be placed on ballot

More than two years after the Community Bill of Rights was blocked from the ballot by a Superior Court judge, the Washington state Supreme Court agreed to hear the case …


Condon releases city’s 2016 capital, operational budget proposals

Calling the upcoming year “pivotal” in its large funding outlays toward street work, renovating Riverfront Park and the continued effort to stop pollutants from entering the Spokane River, Spokane Mayor …


Long wait to hire Spokane police ombudsman nears end

Three finalists for Spokane’s police ombudsman will be in town this week for community interviews, signaling an end in sight for a hiring process many say has left the position …


Spokane firefighters will continue to answer medical calls in SUVs

SUVs will continue to respond to some medical emergencies in Spokane, according to an agreement announced Monday between the city and the firefighters union. The agreement follows a vote by …


City, fire department unveil hire-ahead program for new cadets

As Spokane’s aging firefighters head toward retirement, and the amount of overtime pay the department consumes rattles the Spokane City Council, Chief Bobby Williams and Mayor David Condon this week …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Patrons of the Spokane Public Library were confronted with this jarring sign when they arrived: “Closed in the morning on account of insufficient appropriation.”


Spokane city administrator defends transfer of spokeswoman Monique Cotton

Spokane City Administrator Theresa Sanders said Wednesday she takes responsibility for the decision to transfer a police department spokeswoman to the parks department, a move that raised questions among some …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A moderate earthquake shook windows and rattled dishes north of Spokane.


City of Spokane creates incentive program for new development

Cities are responsible for roads, pipes and cops, generally speaking. With the creation of a new program aimed at encouraging development, the city of Spokane is hoping to get involved …


City investment pool loan to help fund East Mission trail bridge

The Centennial Trail is a long ribbon of pavement running through the heart of Spokane with few places where a walker, runner or cyclist has to stop for traffic. Now …


Paid sick leave vote put on hold

A proposal to require employers to give their workers paid sick leave won’t be considered by city leaders until after they approve city spending for next year – after the …


Judge rejects Condon’s attempt to block vote on worker rights

A Superior Court judge on Thursday denied Spokane Mayor David Condon’s request to block Envision Spokane’s Worker Bill of Rights from appearing on the Nov. 3 ballot, saying that the …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 13, 2015, 5:44 p.m.

Judge rules against mayor, allows Envision to appear on November ballot

A Superior Court judge denied Spokane Mayor David Condon’s request to block Envision Spokane’s Worker Bill of Rights from appearing on the Nov. 3 ballot this afternoon, saying that the …


City responds to Envision claim

The city of Spokane asserted the mayor’s right to “initiate and control litigation” in a court document Wednesday, a claim aimed at Envision Spokane, which argued earlier in the week …


City to Envision: Mayor can “initiate and control” lawsuits

The city of Spokane asserted the mayor’s right to “initiate and control litigation” in a court document today, a charge aimed at Envision Spokane, which yesterday argued that the mayor …


Spokane City Council toughens penalties for wage law violations

Low-wage workers got a break Monday night, and maybe some overdue overtime pay, when the Spokane City Council stiffened penalties for businesses that violate wage laws. Council members backed the …