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City may tap ‘Photo Red’ money for general fund

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner gave a preview Wednesday of a 2012 budget she says would be painless for residents who obey the law. Verner proposed to close a tentative $6.6 …


Local governments hope to avoid side effects of federal tax order

Local governments are fighting a federal order to send the IRS 3 percent of what they owe their suppliers and contractors. Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton estimates the unfunded congressional …


Pot arrests disproportionately high in Pullman

Arrests for marijuana possession per 1,000 people in Pullman were nearly triple those of Spokane last year. And the arrest rate could increase this year in the college town; Pullman …


Ferraro found energized rally in Spokane

It was just days after the 1984 Democratic National Convention, when she’d been named the first woman vice presidential candidate on a major party’s ticket, that Geraldine Ferraro did Spokane. …


Gonzaga student body campaigns for pedestrian safety

Gonzaga University has stepped up a pedestrian safety campaign after four students have been hit at intersections near the school since January. “You need a light?” a student government member …


Clark: Spokane bigger than Tacoma? Betting on it

I hope nobody minds, but I have put our Spokane pride on the line in a friendly cross-state wager with Peter Callaghan, a columnist with the Tacoma News Tribune. Our …


Clark: Spokane’s leanin’ alright, but toward the drab

In her State of the City address on Friday, Spokane Mayor Mary Verner announced that the city was “leaning forward,” which, as we all know, is the first move a …


Have we no shame? Survey says yes

This city has been called a lot of names over the years. But here’s a new one: Spokane is the boldest town in the United States.


Commissioners approve incinerator improvements

Getting rid of a ton of garbage may cost about $12 more next year if the Spokane City Council accepts an agreement county commissioners offered Tuesday. Commissioners unanimously approved a …


County set to approve amendments to Waste-to-Energy Plant contract

County commissioners are ready to bless a plan to make Spokane’s garbage burner more competitive with regional landfills. The deal, which could be approved today, would allow Spokane to order …


Garbage deal taking shape with proposal for regional board

Public officials throughout Spokane County agreed Thursday to create a new regional garbage-disposal system that might not use Spokane’s Waste-to-Energy Plant. A host of thorny details are to be worked …


County, cities review waste system plans

More than 50 people turned out Wednesday for the first day of a conference to form a new plan for garbage disposal in Spokane County. Twenty-two officials from Spokane County …


Verner or not, garbage summit is a go

Next week’s regional Solid Waste Summit will occur with or without Spokane participation, County Commission Chairman Al French announced Friday. The two-day gathering of local government officials throughout the county …


Aryan Nations denies role in downtown bomb placement

A leader of the Aryan Nations on Saturday issued a statement denying involvement with a bomb left at Spokane’s Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March on Monday. Morris Gullett, a …


Leaders, residents discuss violence in the community

The Spokane-area community gathered Saturday morning to discuss the attempted bombing along the Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March on Jan. 17. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and state Rep. …


City, county plan waste summit

Spokane County commissioners slogged through garbage issues for three hours Tuesday on their way to a Solid Waste Summit. They authorized Chairman Al French to join Spokane Mayor Mary Verner …


Debbie DuPey

Debbie DuPey, 47, divides her time between Spokane and Guatemala – two very different worlds. DuPey, a writer, artist and longtime Spokane specialist in domestic violence prevention, is trying to …


City considers bid for Carlyle Care Center

Spokane leaders believe they finally have a viable buyer that will maintain the Carlyle Care Center as stable downtown housing serving people with mental illness. The city bought the Carlyle …


Mt. Spokane increases nights, reduces prices

Less than an hour drive north from downtown Spokane, Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park has been the local stomping grounds for generations of ski and snowboard enthusiasts – 80 …


Doug Clark: Sticking it to Tacoma chases blues

Spokane has been officially reaffirmed as Washington’s second-largest city, once again snuffing our nemesis Tacoma like a cigarette butt under a biker’s boot heel. The numbers were unveiled last week …


Population estimate shows city leading Tacoma by slim margin

OLYMPIA – Spokane remains the Avis of Washington cities. Population figures released from the state Office of Financial Management keep Spokane in second place, with an estimated count of 205,673 …


Attorney: Spokane’s red-light camera ticket system flawed

Local attorney John Clark challenged Spokane’s system of issuing tickets from red light cameras, arguing Thursday in Spokane Municipal Court that the city is not following well-established law.


Cities, county will examine SCRAPS facility needs

A proposed new regional animal-control shelter got a scratch behind the ears and a pat on the shoulders Friday. Elected officials from Spokane, Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake and Spokane County …


GoGoFinder helps you find what’s hot, happening

Plenty of events planned for this summer in the Northwest


Freeway redraws housing footprint

With decades of studies, draft reports, public meetings and money shortfalls, Spokane’s north-south freeway has remained more of a concept than a road. Even the portion of the freeway that …


‘Hey Google’ effort to hold rally Wednesday in Spokane

An effort to promote Spokane as one of two Google test sites for upgraded, high-speed Web communications wants the public’s help. A group called Hey Google, Pick Spokane is staging …


Lack of snowfall brings savings

A light snowplowing season is helping local governments recover from the previous, financially punishing winter. “We really needed the break,” said Neil Kersten, Spokane Valley’s public works director. “We’ve done …


Planning urged to control land use around Fairchild

Fairchild Air Force Base needs civilian protection to survive, local government officials were told this week. Spokane County officials asked leaders in Airway Heights, Spokane and Medical Lake to join …


Those movies set in Spokane? I’ve got just the ticket for you

I spent the past three days watching three movies filmed in Spokane: “Lies & Illusions,” “Wrong Turn at Tahoe” and “Give ’em Hell, Malone.” Why? So you don’t have to.


Home sales stay up

Home sales exceeded year-ago levels for the fourth consecutive month in January, but prices continued to weaken and inventory increased. There were 177 closed sales for the month, according to …