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Spokane seeks $1.7 million from contractor for delayed sewage tank project

City of Spokane wants nearly $1.7 million from a construction company after the company took a year longer than scheduled to complete a waste water digester. The company is also …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:21 p.m.

Park board wants to sell unused land; opponents say it can’t

After last-minute outcry from conservation groups, the Spokane Park Board deferred a proposal which would have allowed them to sell surplus park land without a vote of the people.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:25 p.m.

Bike sharing may be back this spring with new rules

City leaders hope to bring bike sharing back to Spokane by spring, but with a new set of rules for both companies and riders.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

Adults and students may soon use the same Spokane libraries at schools

When it comes to the future of libraries in Spokane, civic leaders aren’t going by the book – they’re writing a new one. It’s been a great read so far. …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019, 10:56 p.m.

Spokane Parks approve first naming sponsorship agreement for Numerica Ice Ribbon and SkyRide

Riverfront Park’s biggest attractions will now be known as the Numerica Skate Ribbon and SkyRide after the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department approved their first title sponsorship agreement, which will …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 10:03 p.m.

Despite advice from mayor, Spokane voters approve tax for police and firefighters

Ignoring the advice of Spokane’s mayor, 64 percent of voters approved a $5.8 million-a-year tax that will pay for 20 new police officers and help maintain 30 recently-hired firefighters.


Post Street Bridge construction pushed back

Spokane’s drivers will have to wait at least two years before they see a new Post Street Bridge after higher-than-budgeted costs pushed construction back a year.


It’s Election Day in Spokane: Ballots due by 8 p.m. tonight

Voters might want to brave the cold and return their ballots to the post office or ballot boxes in person for today’s special election a Spokane County Election official said.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 10:52 p.m.

Spokane Mayor David Condon keeps focus on the future in his final State of the City address

The mayor spoke about areas of agreement between the executive and legislative branches of government and how investments made now on streets, police and housing should pay dividends for generations.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 6:31 a.m.

Only 2 percent of Spokane water, trash customers pay bills on time. City officials hope to change that.

Spokane water customers now have twice as long to pay their utility bills after Spokane City Council increased the time people have to pay from 10 to 20 days.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 6:33 a.m.

Getting There: Six big road projects that could smooth (or beautify) your commute in Spokane this year

This year, the city of Spokane will spend $15.2 million on six notable transportation projects in 2019.


The Spokane City Council wants you to support tax to maintain 30 firefighters and hire 20 new police officers. The mayor doesn’t.

Spokane voters will decide on a $5.8 million a year levy to pay for fire department and police staffing, a tax that six of the seven members of the City …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 10:57 p.m.

Spokane City Council votes down cameras in City Hall break room

Spokane City Council unanimously voted to keep cameras out of the City Hall break room, which would have been used to monitor sales at a new self-serve fresh food lunch …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019, 3:01 p.m.

Portland comedian Mohanad Elshieky says he was accosted by Border Patrol agents at Spokane bus station

“They walked around before they asked me and few others to step outside and took my documents and interrogated me for around 20 mins then claimed my papers were fake …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 11:35 a.m.

Investigation that will cost up to $25,000 shows no bullying by Spokane council members

Some city employees say disagreements between the Spokane City Council and the mayor’s administration have put employees in the middle, creating an environment in which they have been treated with …


Spokane Assistant Fire Chief Trisha Wolford leaving to lead Maryland department

Assistant Fire Chief Trisha Wolford will soon leave the Spokane Fire Department to become chief of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department in Maryland.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Closures, events around the city

Most of the City of Spokane and Spokane County government offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. day Monday, with only some public works services and …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 9:41 p.m.

Spokane City Hall to push employment for applicants with disabilities

The new program will work within the city’s existing civil service rules to match applicants with disabilities to jobs they’re qualified to do. The goal is to serve as an …


City to resume sit-lie enforcement in February

Now that Spokane’s shelter capacity has increased by 275, the city will resume enforcing a law that bars people from sitting, sleeping or lying on the streets of downtown Spokane …


City’s newest warming center will soon have capacity for 120

The Erminia Avenue warming center is likely the last of four new winter warming centers to go online for the season. The 52-mat warming center, which is managed by the …


Spokane City Council passes infill regulations

The Spokane City Council unanimously approved a series of infill regulations, allowing less parking, taller homes and smaller lots in some parts of the city.


Spokane City Council approves Sportsplex agreement

The Spokane City Council approved an agreement which will soon allow the city to purchase property and begin design and other work on the the $42 million Sportsplex project.


Advocates, vets say animal care services are a growing need for homeless, low income population

For many people experiencing homelessness or poverty, having a pet is a need for survival not a luxury, but finding a safe place to sleep that accepts pets, affordable veterinary …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 9:21 p.m.

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear appeal from former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub

The nation’s highest court denied a request to look at the case of Frank Straub, who alleged wrongful termination in his ouster from city employ in September 2015. Straub was …


Park board to lay out guidelines for moving Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Spokane Park Board may approve the process advocates should follow to move the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial from Riverfront Park to the Spokane arena Thursday.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 10:12 a.m.

Kevin Parker, Michael Baumgartner say they won’t run for Spokane mayor; KXLY anchor Nadine Woodward says she has ‘no immediate plans’

As the race for Spokane mayor draws closer, local leaders say the pool of candidates will likely narrow and stronger candidates will come forward later in the election season. Two …


Spokane City Council may allow less parking, taller homes in some parts of city

Spokane City Council is considering loosening parking restrictions and allowing taller buildings in some parts of the city, which supporters say will increase development and create more options for homeownership.


Habitats, trail systems and sound barriers: Spokane Parks Department lays out master plan for Finch Arboretum

The Finch Arboretum could see dozens of changes over the next few years including a new pathway, a sound wall and a collection of plants from around the Inland Northwest.


Spokane, Boy Scouts picking up fresh-cut Christmas trees

Spokane area residents have about a week and a half to dispose of their fresh-cut Christmas trees before the city’s and the Boy Scouts’ Christmas tree pickup programs end.


Spokane to pave 54 miles of dirt, gravel roads across the city

The City of Spokane has approved a funding plan to start paving the 54 miles of unpaved roads across the city, starting with District 1 and 2.