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Free swimming could return to Spokane municipal pools this summer

The Spokane Park Board is scheduled to vote Thursday on a resolution that would eliminate entry fees at six city-owned pools this summer. Park officials said gate admissions were only …


Spokane lawmakers, water experts plan forum Tuesday night to discuss aquifer health

After several local governments expressed interest in buying some of Spokane’s water, city lawmakers are planning on forum to address the health of the region’s aquifer and the availability of …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 26, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

Monroe ‘road diet’ gets first contract approval ahead of planned construction this spring

The Spokane City Council has put pen-to-paper on the first portion of work along North Monroe Street to reduce traffic lanes from four to two. The city expects work to …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018, 4:57 p.m.

Skating ribbon could reopen in early March with new parts, city says

The attractions has been closed since an ammonia leak was discovered Feb. 3.


Regal Elementary students suggest alternative use for school zone cameras to capture speeders

Aron Watts’ sixth-grade class told two members of the Spokane City Council on Thursday they should consider rewarding obedient drivers for traveling at posted speed limits through school zones. The …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 9:37 p.m.

Stuckart proposes gun tax to fund mental health services in Spokane

City Council President Ben Stuckart wants to levy a tax on sales of guns and ammunition within city limits, with the proceeds going to fund mental health programs. He’ll have …


Looff Carrousel building takes shape in Riverfront Park, as Pavilion structures come down

The new home of the 109-year-old attraction is scheduled to open later this spring in time for Bloomsday, park planners said during a tour of the site Thursday. The building …


Spokane may have to pay $330,000 to demolish burned out Hillyard building that likely has asbestos

The building’s owner, Ivan Kriger, has not submitted plans to comply with a building official’s order that the property at 3011 E. Wellesley Ave. be torn down following a November …


Dawn Kinder confirmed to head Spokane’s neighborhood, business services

The 35-year-old Spokane native takes over for Jonathan Mallahan, who left his post at the city for a job with Catholic Charities earlier this year.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Mayor David Condon puts focus on river, city’s kindness in State of City address

Approaching his final two years in office, Mayor David Condon said the focus of his administration would be on re-establishing the Spokane River as the centerpiece of the city’s economic …


Mayor David Condon sets sights on major downtown work in final two years in office

Before the end of his second term, the mayor said there will be major steps taken toward a downtown prep sports complex, part of a blueprint for his final two …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018, 4:48 p.m.

Spokane settles federal lawsuit with family of man killed by police in 2013

The family of Danny Jones, a 40-year-old man shot and killed inside his truck outside the Salvation Army housing complex on Indiana Avenue following a road rage incident in August …


Solar-powered trash compactor bins to hit downtown Spokane streets

The devices are being leased from a Massachusetts-based company for a five-year period. Crews assigned to collecting garbage bags from dozens of bins downtown will instead focus their efforts on …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 5, 2018, 6:57 p.m.

Skating ribbon to close for up to three weeks after ammonia leak

Cracks in a custom-made piece of equipment used in the ice-making process at the city’s new ice ribbon in Riverfront Park caused a gas leak Saturday night. The city will …


Expansion of tiny, cottage homes gets Spokane City Council’s OK

Legislative changes passed this week are intended to promote infill development in areas all over the city by increasing the density allowed in certain areas and speeding up the process …


The view from the alley: On the garbage beat with Spokane’s swampers

Though much of the act of garbage collection has been automated in the City of Spokane, a handful of crews still collect waste the old-fashioned way - by hand. A …


Riverfront skating ribbon death is first on city-owned ice in Spokane

The feature’s change in elevation isn’t unique to Spokane, according to the designer. The city is still conducting a review into what led to a 63-year-old woman, described by family …


MLK Center plans open house, ribbon cutting in East Central neighborhood

The Martin Luther King Family Outreach Center is in the process of shifting operations to its new headquarters after winning a controversial bidding process to manage the East Central Community …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 10:49 p.m.

Skating ribbon fire pits doused amid concerns visitors were too close to flames

Three rustic, gas-fed fire pits ringing the new skating ribbon in Riverfront Park have been shut off by order of the Spokane fire marshal, over concerns visitors were putting their …


Developer drops plans for controversial North Indian Trail apartment complex

Developer Harley Douglass is pursuing a different use for 50 acres of undeveloped land off North Indian Trail Road, according to paperwork filed last month with the Washington Court of …


Father of Spokane Valley councilwoman loses Spokane City Hall job following investigation into unfair campaigning

Bob West, father of Spokane Valley City Councilwoman Brandi Peetz, said he wasn’t using his public computer at City Hall to campaign on her behalf against Caleb Collier. He was …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 11:39 p.m.

Spokane City Council overrides Condon veto of campaign finance reporting law

Lawmakers stood firm in their support of the campaign finance law, pushed by City Council President Ben Stuckart, to require more stringent reporting of donors and cap contributions. Opponents, who …


Spokane City Council races cost candidates, supporters more than $400,000 in 2017

Final reports filed with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission show November’s contests for three seats on the Spokane City Council cost a total of nearly $420,000, based on the amount …


Spokane City Council to consider overriding Condon veto of campaign finance reforms

With many members bristling at the notion that they should leave campaign finance laws to lawmakers in Olympia, the Spokane City Council will decide whether to affirm or toss a …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 9:24 p.m.

Spokane’s ice ribbon ties up successful first month, exceeds attendance goal for entire season

With school out for winter break, families on vacation and kids tired of being cooped up inside, the Riverfront Park’s ice ribbon has already exceeded its attendance goal for its …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 7:52 a.m.

Investigation underway after contaminants found in Spokane Fire Department air compressors

The state is investigating Eastern Washington’s largest fire department after contaminants reportedly were found in firefighters’ air tanks.


Councilwoman Amber Waldref terms out at City Hall, returns to nonprofit work in northeast Spokane

Elected as the then-youngest woman on the Spokane City Council, Waldref said she believes the city is on good footing with a long-term plan and is excited about work opportunities …


New twists, lawsuit in East Spokane pot shop imbroglio

Marco Barbanti, who’s been defending what city lawmakers called a sham arcade as a legitimate business enterprise existing solely to displace an East Spokane pot shop, is defending the owners …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 26, 2017, 2:38 p.m.

New apartment building will take place of three old homes in historic South Hill neighborhood

Three derelict110-year-old homes are being demolished to make way for a nine-unit complex of “higher-end” apartments on a nationally recognized historic street on Spokane’s South Hill.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 21, 2017, 10:16 p.m.

Kate Burke takes oath for Spokane City Council seat

Spokane’s newest city councilwoman takes the seat that will be vacated by longtime Councilwoman Amber Waldref, representing Spokane’s northeast district. A gathering of friends, family and local lawmakers observed her …