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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 …


Spokane Valley narrows tourism facility options to sports complex, fairgrounds upgrades or CenterPlace expansion

Spokane Valley officials are examining options on how to best spend $1.8 million in lodging tax funds toward a future tourism facility.


UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 10:57 p.m.

Spokane Valley City Council suggests it will reject proposed development

The Spokane Valley City Council will consider denying a zoning change that could bring a possible multi-use development to the Ponderosa neighborhood. Dennis Crapo of Diamond Rock Construction Inc. is …


Spokane Valley approves signal at intersection of Sullivan and Wellesley

Spokane Valley city officials recently approved design of a signalized intersection at Sullivan Road and Wellesley Avenue to improve safety and handle an anticipated increase in traffic.


UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018, 6:37 a.m.

Spokane Valley residents express disapproval of City Council members’ removal of peer from committees

At a packed Spokane Valley City Hall, resident after resident lambasted City Council members for ousting fellow Councilman Ben Wick last week from his appointments on the Spokane Regional Transportation …


UPDATED: Sat., July 7, 2018, 7:32 p.m.

Spokane Valley Councilman Ben Wick abruptly ousted from two committee positions

Spokane Valley City Councilman Ben Wick was ousted from his positions on the Spokane Regional Transportation Board and the city’s finance committee at a recent council meeting that left residents …


Spokane Valley City Council buys home at dangerous four-way stop on Carnahan Road after repeated crashes

After repeated problems with cars crashing onto residential property at the intersection of Eighth Avenue and Carnahan Road in Spokane Valley, the City Council will buy out one of the …


UPDATED: Sat., June 30, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

Valley eyes rule change to allow parklets along Appleway Trail

Spokane Valley is considering allowing businesses to place parklets along the Appleway Trail to boost economic development and provide a gathering place for people. Several businesses along Sprague Avenue are …


Spokane Valley officials consider traffic measures on East 22nd Avenue

Spokane Valley officials are considering a plan to implement radar speed signs and truck restrictions on a segment of 22nd Avenue near the site of a proposed single family development.


Spokane Valley approves new hotels for industrial areas

Spokane Valley officials approved a change to city code that allows developers to build hotels in industrial zones.


Spokane Valley uses reserves for street repairs as telephone taxes slump

Spokane Valley officials are planning to use the city’s reserve fund to address a budget shortfall for road maintenance.


UPDATED: Tue., June 5, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

Spokane Valley officials evaluate conflict of interest involving hearing examiner, developer

Spokane Valley is weighing termination of a long-standing contract with Spokane County to avoid a conflict of interest between its hearing examiner and a developer.


Former Spokane Valley Councilman Bill Gothmann donates 11 acres for park

For former Spokane Valley city councilman Bill Gothmann, there’s a section of land south of Saltese Flats that holds a special place in his heart.


UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 9:19 a.m.

Spokane Valley faces shortfalls in road maintenance budget

Spokane Valley has a reputation for keeping its roads in good condition. But now, with its funding for road preservation in decline, city officials may have to look at raising …