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‘Winterfest’ celebration begins in Spokane Valley late this year

A new event celebrating the region’s diverse cultures with food, decorations and performances during the holiday season will debut in Spokane Valley next winter.


Spokane Valley’s City Council and Arts Council agree to work closely on future artwork donations

Spokane Valley City Council and the Spokane Valley Arts Council crafted an agreement that coordinates acceptance and delivery of future art donations to the city.


Spokane Valley aims to speed up permits for northeast industrial area

Spokane Valley is considering a measure that speeds up the permitting process for potential businesses in the city’s northeast industrial area.


Spokane Valley City Council considering restrictions on usage of City Hall

Proposed regulations would bar commercial, political and religious events at Spokane Valley’s new City Hall and grounds.


Artist wants ‘Heart of the Valley’ sculpture displayed for Spokane Valley rather than kept in storage

Cheney artist Richard Warrington, who created a sculpture for Spokane Valley last year, is upset that city officials have decided to store the artwork at its road maintenance facility until …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 6:10 a.m.

Spokane Valley residents seek zoning changes to limit development of duplexes, apartments and town homes in residential neighborhoods

A proposal by a group of Spokane Valley residents to tighten city regulations and limit the number of duplexes, town homes and cottages is gaining momentum and could be heard …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 10:37 a.m.

Spokane Valley nuisance property law gives neighborhood new lease on life

Last year, it was common for neighbors to be jolted awake late in the evening by police activity from a nearby chronic nuisance property. But that has changed since Spokane …


Black Pearl request for lower card game tax in Spokane Valley at a standstill

A request from The Black Pearl Casino and Poker Room to reduce Spokane Valley’s gambling tax rate for card games appears to be at a standstill with city officials.


Commission recommends doubling salaries for Spokane Valley City Council

The Spokane Valley City Council is receiving pay raises for the first time in 13 years based on recommendations from a citizen salary commission.


Spokane Valley council awards lodging tax grants

The Spokane Valley City Council awarded several organizations funding through its lodging tax to promote tourism.


Spokane Valley council changes timing, length of public comment period

The public comment process at Spokane Valley City Hall will be changing after two recent votes by City Council members to reduce comment time and change when those comments occur …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 10:52 p.m.

‘Pure fiction’: Spokane Valley City Council is not voting on 51st state idea

A longtime columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer apologized Tuesday for a story that falsely claimed the Spokane Valley City Council was planning to vote on a resolution in support of …


Spokane Valley to replace Pines Road rail crossing with underpass

After Spokane Valley successfully secured $19 million for the Barker Road project to construct an overpass separating vehicle and rail traffic, the city is now setting its sights on improving …


Spokane Valley card room wants lower taxes to compete with rates paid in Spokane

Spokane Valley reduced its gambling tax rate from 10 percent to 6 percent three years ago to help businesses like the Black Pearl Casino and Poker Room remain competitive with …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 10:26 a.m.

Spokane Valley hires D.C. lobbyist to help land federal transportation funding

The city of Spokane Valley has hired a lobbyist to help the city secure federal transportation funding for future rail projects.


Spokane Valley readies 2019 budget for passage next week

Spokane Valley is preparing to pass a $78 million balanced budget for next year that includes funding for road preservation, public safety, infrastructure and park improvements.


Spokane Valley Councilman Ben Wick appointed seat on state freight board

Spokane Valley City Councilman Ben Wick was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to the Washington State Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board on Oct. 22.


Spokane Valley’s Browns Park slated for $1.1 million improvements

Spokane Valley is planning more than $1.1 million in improvements to Browns Park that include landscaping, a walking path with lighting, a restroom and picnic shelters.


Spokane Valley City Council mulls shorter comment periods, advance notice for committee removal

Spokane Valley City Council is mulling revisions to the city’s governance manual that will reduce time for public comments and slightly change the process for removing council members from committees.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 10:14 p.m.

Spokane Valley unveils new Myrna Park near Saltese Flats; namesake had deep roots in community

A section of land near Saltese Flats holds special memories for former Spokane Valley City Councilman Bill Gothmann, many of them of his late wife Myrna. The land is now …


Spokane Valley mayor appoints James Johnson to county human rights task force

Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins appointed resident James Johnson to the Spokane County Human Rights Task Force at a Sept. 25 meeting, which residents claim is a step in the …


Spokane Valley City Council may still not raise property taxes for 2019

Spokane Valley is planning to opt out of raising property taxes in 2019, which will mark a decade without an increase for residents.


Proposal to ban drones in Spokane Valley parks raises concerns among hobbyists, commercial operators

As drones gain popularity among hobbyists and commercial operators, the Spokane Valley parks department is grappling with how to balance their use with public safety and privacy.


Citizen commission to evaluate pay raises for Spokane Valley City Council

Spokane Valley is planning to appoint a five-person citizen salary commission to evaluate a pay increase for city council members.


Spokane Valley budget reflects familiar goals

Spokane Valley’s budget goals for 2019 remain similar to last year: funding for road preservation and public safety, as well as infrastructure and park improvements. At a projected $70.7 million, …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018, 8:43 p.m.

Traffic impact of 226-lot development project in Spokane Valley top concern with residents

The Vistas at Belleaire, a proposed 226 lot development in south Spokane Valley, is moving forward despite concerns from residents about increased traffic in the neighborhood.


Protesters ask Spokane Valley City Council to denounce racism

Valley Indivisible Progressives, an activist group, held a rally at Spokane Valley City Hall on Tuesday evening encouraging city council members to denounce racism.


Consumer consulting firm finds $500M ‘opportunity gap’ in Spokane Valley market

As Spokane Valley continues to support development of high-wage manufacturing jobs with construction of Katerra Inc.’s cross-laminated timber facility, it’s also coming up with a plan to bring more retail …


Spokane Valley City Council rejects plan for mixed-use development in Ponderosa neighborhood

Spokane Valley City Council denied a zoning change that could have brought a multiuse commercial development to the Ponderosa Neighborhood.


Spokane Valley to hire federal lobbyist to pursue transportation funding

Spokane Valley leaders are banking on the idea that spending money will bring in even more. The city is looking to hire a federal lobbyist, a position that will cost …