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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 …


Design of signature art for revitalized Riverfront Park set for vote

The full Spokane Park Board will vote later this month on a design and location for “Step Well,” architect and artist J. Meejin Yoon’s sculpture for Riverfront Park. The MIT …


Slower speed limits suggested near Spokane city parks

Neighborhood residents have been asking the city to address speeding on residential roads after a new state law was passed giving local governments more authority to set speed limits. One …


UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018, 2:20 p.m.

Spokane considers burning sewer sludge after outcry over fertilizer use

A study expected to be finished by the end of the year will explore the possibility of incinerating the solid material left over at the city’s waste water treatment plant …


Monroe Street work begins next week as road construction season kicks off

The lane reduction project, which has sparked some controversy along the 1.1-mile stretch of road leading from Spokane’s downtown to the Garland District, is scheduled to begin work next week. …


UPDATED: Mon., March 26, 2018, 12:18 p.m.

Overtime glut: Spokane City employees earned nearly $12 million after hours last year

The amount was the highest its been in the past five years, which city officials attributed to retirements, labor contract requirements and other demands of the job.


UPDATED: Tue., March 20, 2018, 11:56 a.m.

Salary cap for Spokane city employees part of budget reforms proposed by Ben Stuckart

The City Council president said a limit on earnings at four times the median household income of the city was reasonable and would address citizen concerns about the city’s increased …


UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018, 8 p.m.

Spokane Planning Director Lisa Key terminated; Stuckart criticizes decision

The decision is part of planned restructuring in Mayor David Condon’s administration that officials said is intended to more seamlessly align neighborhood outreach with planning. But some City Council members …


Spokane explores publicly owned broadband network intended to open up internet services, drive down costs

Spokane City Councilman Breean Beggs has proposed the creation of a working group that would explore the possibility of the city getting into the high-speed internet industry.