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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 …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017, 9:17 p.m.

Lincoln and Monroe work gets final approval after city shaves $103,000 from cost estimate

The final price tag for the two-year project that repaired utilities and repaved a 10-block stretch of the downtown couplet was lowered after some concern from the City Council they …


Spokane City Council passes local campaign finance reform laws

City Council President Ben Stuckart said the city needed to create its own regulatory scheme given the proliferation of outside spending on local races this year. Opponents criticized the law …


Jonathan Mallahan, longtime social services director, plans departure from Spokane City Hall

Mallahan, who started with the city as an intern in the Office of Neighborhood Services in 2006, will leave City Hall at the beginning of next year for a position …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 11:27 a.m.

Spokane budget adds police, upgrades alleys and maintains homeless funding amid Public Works concerns

Lawmakers unanimously approved a spending plan bolstered by healthy sales and real estate tax receipts, but not before ushering through a series of amendments aimed at reversing some of the …


Shawn Vestal: Spokane Council President Ben Stuckart takes a shot at slowing dark-money politics

These days local, knock-on-the-door, face-to-face politics is being swamped by the most corrosive elements of post-Citizens United moneyball politics: Dark money, gray money, PAC shell games, special interests, and cash …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, 9:38 a.m.

Parking garage, trail features head envisioned for long-vacant Bosch lot

After abandoning plans to build a climbing wall on a gravel parking lot north of the Post Street Bridge, city officials are now looking at constructing a parking garage and …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 9:28 p.m.

Supreme Court rejects city’s tax exemptions for 2014 street tax

City of Spokane loses its fight to offer a special exemption to seniors and the disabled on property taxes to fix the streets.


100 years ago in Spokane: Mayor agrees to give up position

The office of Spokane mayor changed hands, in a surprisingly nondramatic fashion. In 1917, the mayor was not directly elected. The city commissioners (aka city council members) simply chose one …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 10:39 p.m.

City moving forward with final three projects to stop raw sewage from flowing into Spokane River

Two traditional stormwater tanks and one “matrix” of underground filtration chambers are currently being bid on by area constructions firms. The city hopes to award contracts by the end of …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

Mayor David Condon unveils stormwater exhibit during children’s storytime

While the tots’ attention was focused on the magnetic toy and Ribby the Redband trout, the city is moving toward the finish line on its massive stormwater tank project that …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 9:37 p.m.

Cost overruns prompt request for additional $250,000 for Lincoln and Monroe downtown paving project

The Spokane City Council will be asked to add an additional quarter of a million dollars to the two-year paving project that caused headaches for downtown businesses and pedestrians. The …


Spokane schools will not ‘ban the box’ on job applications

Spokane Public Schools will continue to ask job applicants about their criminal history, despite a Spokane city ruling outlawing the practice.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 27, 2017, 11:02 p.m.

Spokane City Council votes to ‘ban the box’ for private employers, fines delayed one year

A five-vote supermajority of the Spokane City Council voted Monday night to “ban the box” and potentially impose fines on noncompliant businesses beginning in 2019. The law will take effect …


Spokane loses out on federal grant that would have paid for some new police next year

The Justice Department announced this week that the Spokane Police Department was not among the 179 law enforcement agencies in the country receiving a federal grant to bolster hiring. Officials …


U.S. Pavilion plans with temporary shade structure, no permanent cover approved by Spokane park officials

Park planners have signed off on a $16.5 million construction plan for the new U.S. Pavilion that will include temporary overhead shading for events in the summer. Critics said their …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 6:56 p.m.

Mayor, police chief lament lack of Justice Department report on police reforms, tout work in the department

Mayor David Condon said Wednesday his appeal earlier this fall to the Trump administration to release a report highlighting the Spokane Police Department’s reform efforts sought to highlight the city’s …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 6:41 a.m.

Spokane City Council may ban businesses from asking for job seekers’ criminal backgrounds on applications

Three years after eliminating the question about criminal history from applications for jobs at City Hall, lawmakers are proposing a measure that would extend to all employers within city limits. …


Shawn Vestal: Delay in approving Spokane budget looks more like meddling by City Council

The Condon administration moved seven employees from one office to another.


Spokane officials balk at billing for sidewalk snow clearing

The proposal, which has been tabled for this snow season, would have allowed the city to hire crews to clear trouble areas near schools and businesses. Officials also say they …


Blessings Under the Bridge struggling after deal with city falls through

Spokane’s largest homeless outreach has moved amidst a disagreement with the city over how to provide services. The nonprofit was leasing space under the I-90 bridge until the city served …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 10:04 a.m.

Avista agrees to buy power from Spokane’s trash incinerator for 5 more years

The city has been selling the extra energy produced at its Waste-to-Energy plant on the West Plains since it opened in 1991. A change in state law requiring utilities to …