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  • Kendall Yards works to mesh with surrounding neighbors

    Residents at the edges of the Kendall Yards development say the cool downtown Spokane project has boosted their neighborhoods and transformed an eyesore into a bustling civic gathering spot. Still, …


  • Condon to keep salary at $100K for 2012

    Spokane Mayor David Condon will hold his salary at $100,000 this year as promised, despite the recent controversy over his predecessor’s pay. But he said he will review his options …


  • Health district funds chopped 8.7 percent

    Local public health officials voted Wednesday to cut 8.7 percent from the Spokane Regional Health District’s budget for next year. The move, announced last month, included several layoffs and changes …


  • Candidates for council District 3 talk jobs

    The race to represent Northwest Spokane has turned into one about priorities. Is the top priority jobs, as Steve Salvatori argues, or is jobs one of many priorities, as Joy …


  • Spin Control: Council president race in North Side voters’ hands

    The race for Spokane City Council president would appear to be a tossup, particularly in many north Spokane precincts where a clear favorite has yet to emerge. No duh, you …


  • Varied views spice up council race

    A late entry in the race for Spokane City Council president turned what otherwise would have been a sleepy primary into a campaign with interest. Voters can chose among a …


  • Q&A: Steve Corker, running for Spokane City Council president

    Steve Corker gives his positions on taxes, libraries, streets and other issues facing the city in The Spokesman-Review’s Spokane City Council candidate questionnaire. Corker faces Ben Stuckart, Dennis Hession and …


  • Verner urges council to reject library-only tax

    A proposal to ask voters for a library tax appears unlikely to make the ballot after Mayor Mary Verner and her staff urged council members last week to consider a …


  • Deputy fire chief cut stirs furor

    The Spokane City Council’s decision last week to cut a deputy fire chief position has angered administrators and Mayor Mary Verner. “It was not discussed with me. It was not …


  • City vehicle tab tax in limbo

    The Spokane City Council is balking on plans to impose a new $20 tax on vehicles this year, and in a surprise move shifted money away from road plowing and …


  • City Council delays vote on tab tax

    Motorists in Spokane soon could have to pay an extra $20 a year to license their vehicles. But a final decision on whether to impose the local tab tax was …


  • Symphony’s absence noted at annual Comstock Park fete

    Where beach chairs and blankets last Labor Day covered the grass at Comstock Park, the Cataldo Catholic School football team practiced on-side kicks. Instead of the Spokane Symphony and Rossini, …


  • City Council meeting may have violated state law

    The Spokane City Council on Monday likely violated state law by meeting during an anthrax scare, which closed City Hall to the public. Firefighters and police were called to City …


  • 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 …


  • City adds hours for assistants

    Spokane City Council members’ secretaries will make more money, getting an additional eight hours a week under a budget plan approved unanimously Monday evening. The council began hiring personal assistants …


  • Council seeks more assistance

    Although facing significant budget troubles in 2011, Spokane City Council members today will consider spending $50,000 to increase the hours worked by their personal assistants. Once considered a part-time job, …


  • Sewer rates may go up

    Flushing your toilet in the city of Spokane may cost $5 a month more in 2010. Spokane Mayor Mary Verner on Monday presented her 2010 budget to the City Council. …


  • Kennedy’s journey brought him to Spokane

    The road that carried U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy to the heights of American political power passed through Spokane nearly 50 years ago when his brother, John F. Kennedy, was …


  • Police image cited in review of vote

    The Spokane Police Department’s battered reputation may have hurt the city’s ability to win public support for new taxes, some elected leaders say. Earlier this month, voters rejected an $18.5 …

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