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Upbeat Spokane mayor cites progress three years into term

Pacing back and forth at the edge of the stage, far from the lectern but nearer his audience, Spokane Mayor David Condon gave a confident, upbeat appraisal of his first …


Spokane City Council puts hold on cell tower construction

No new cell towers will be built in Spokane until the “form, fit, function and placement” of the towers is defined by the City Council, which put a six-month moratorium …


Team will set theme for Riverfront Park design

The first of many multimillion-dollar projects to remake Riverfront Park launches this week as the city begins building a team that will determine the overarching look and design of the …


Spokane seeks seat at talks on proposed Vancouver oil terminal

A BNSF freight train pulling 103 cars of crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken formation derailed in rural Illinois last week, sending flames and jet-black smoke into the sky and …


Women’s pay 78 percent of men’s in Washington state

Spokane City Councilwoman Candace Mumm is all too familiar with the conditions that have led women workers in Washington state to make 78 cents on the dollar compared to their …


New state rule on apple maggot puts Spokane yard waste recycling at risk

An emergency rule issued last month by the Washington state Agriculture Department to protect the state’s $2 billion apple industry has threatened to derail Spokane’s curbside yard waste recycling program …


Spokane’s NW Neighborhood Council considers splitting in two

Members of the Northwest Neighborhood Council in Spokane are talking about splitting up. The council area is the largest in Spokane, taking in 11,000 households and 23,000 residents.


Street levy surprises city, some residents with higher tax bills

Chuck Moffitt’s house is one large cabinet of curiosities. With his long hair, big beard and tiny parrot on his shoulder, Moffitt, 68, fits in next to the handmade dragon …


Tax exemption puts Spokane and county at odds

When city leaders encouraged Spokane voters to pass last year’s street levy, they promised that existing property tax rates wouldn’t change. Now that promise is in jeopardy.


Paid sick leave policy leads to local thanks

Next time you get a burger at the Lantern Tap House in Spokane’s Perry District, rest assured it didn’t come with a cough. The restaurant has enacted a paid sick …


Spokane council holds off booting Fagan from health board

A crowd of vaccination opponents hoping to dissuade the Spokane City Council from kicking Councilman Mike Fagan off the county health board erupted into shouts of “coward” when a chance …


City Council takes step back from removing Fagan from health board

About 50 people packed the City Council briefing center on Thursday to hear the council’s discussion regarding a letter to Councilman Mike Fagan asking him to “clarify” his recent questioning …


Mike Fagan says he won’t resign health board position

Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan declared Wednesday that there was “no way” he would resign from the county health board amid criticism of his statements questioning the safety of vaccines. …


Stormwater tanks prep work turns up landfill, fire waste

There’s an old landfill on East Sprague Avenue that used to be set on fire whenever its piles grew too high. After a massive fire ravaged downtown Spokane and destroyed …


Fagan refuses to resign from health board, council moves to remove him

As Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan declared Tuesday that there was “no way” he would resign from the county health board, other council members began the process to remove him.


Councilman Mike Fagan questions need for vaccines

Three days after the Spokane Regional Health District asked every adult and child in the region to get vaccinated against measles, health board member and Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan …


Councilman Fagan spreads vaccine conspiracy; blames illegal immigrants

Three days after the Spokane Regional Health District asked every adult and child in the region to get vaccinated against measles, health board member and Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan …


City tax audit on phone companies finds $700K gain

An ongoing audit of taxes paid by telephone companies operating in Spokane has turned up $700,000 in unexpected funds for the city, including more than $500,000 in unpaid taxes, interest …


Shawn Vestal: Eighth Man lacks focus, but knows when to stand down

I went to a City Council meeting expecting a brawl. Instead, there was an outbreak of civility.


Court orders initiative vote

Envision Spokane, the twice-failed initiative seeking to bolster environmental protection and neighborhood and labor rights, will be before voters again, after a decision Thursday by a state appellate court. The …


Jan Quintrall resigns from city of Spokane

Jan Quintrall, the embattled head of Spokane’s Business and Developer Services division, announced her resignation from the city Tuesday, saying she had “broken the public’s trust, and I can’t repair …


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Quintrall announces resignation

The Spokane administrator who led Spokane’s engineering, streets, business and other departments, announced Tuesday that she was resigning her position.


Doug Clark: Jan Quintrall’s feed-a-thon leaves an empty feeling

So City Hall business czar Jan Quintrall dropped 400 smackers on lunch for a dozen city workers at the posh Spokane Club. And just days after poor planning director Scott …


Jan Quintrall’s staff lunch expenses surprise City Council members

Days after the dismissal of Spokane’s city planning director for what was described as a misuse of city funds, Jan Quintrall, head of the city’s Business and Developer Services Division, …


Spokane City Council will hire its own attorney

The Spokane City Council is poised to assert its independence from Mayor David Condon’s administration as it begins a search for its own attorney. Council members say relying on legal …


Quintrall’s hire of manager focus of civil service probe

The hiring of a temporary worker making $44.75 an hour to oversee unionized, full-time city employees is being investigated by the Spokane Civil Service Commission. Jan Quintrall, head of the …


Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

From our archives, 100 years ago The Spokane City Council was preparing an ordinance that would solve the jitney bus problem by requiring all operators to pay a city license …


Spokane updates its ethics code

Everything you need to know at Spokane City Hall, you probably learned in kindergarten: don’t steal, don’t take gifts from strangers, don’t lie. But now those rules are codified in …


City moves to reduce fire response times

For nearly a decade, Spokane city leaders have called for expanded fire service in the southwest corner of town. This week, Spokane Mayor David Condon said his administration was making …


Pimps, johns risk car impoundment under Spokane ordinance

Johns and pimps on Spokane’s East Sprague Avenue now face more than jail time if cops catch them in the act – their cars will be impounded. This week, the …