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Spin Control Nicholas Deshais

THURSDAY, OCT. 30, 2014

Finalists for Huntington Park plaza

The city's plan commission recommended three names for the new plaza next to City Hall to the City Council this week, and the names reflect recent history and Native culture. The commission, which has been discussing the names since July, suggested naming the plaza after...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 28, 2014

FRIDAY, OCT. 17, 2014

THURSDAY, OCT. 16, 2014

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FRIDAY, OCT. 10, 2014

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 17, 2014

Spokane skywalk staircase comes down 

If a skywalk staircase comes down and no one's around to see it, does it make a sound? Okay, there were plenty of people to see it slowly get dismantled at the corner of Main Avenue and Howard Street, but we were a little disappointed...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 16, 2014

FRIDAY, SEPT. 12, 2014

Lyft and Uber are coming 

The Spokane City Council is preparing to change city law to allow "for-hire" drivers to do business in town. The law is aimed at new taxi-like services springing up around the country, namely Lyft and Uber. Read the draft operating agreement between the city and...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 26, 2014

City Hall Scoop: Lilac Queen as Councilwoman

Steve Salvatori was a fiscal conservative from California. Karen Stratton is a political unknown and lifelong Spokanite. Together, they will complete one term on the Spokane City Council. Stranger things have happened in Spokane. Like when Stratton was named Lilac Queen in 1977 and posed...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 22, 2014

Q&A with council finalist Karen Stratton 

Today, Spin Control is releasing throughout the day the answers to a Q&A we received from the five finalists to fill the Spokane City Council vacancy created by the resignation of Steve Salvatori. The council is scheduled to pick one of the finalists on Monday....

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Q&A with council finalist Kitty Klitzke 

Today, Spin Control is releasing throughout the day the answers to a Q&A we received from the five finalists to fill the Spokane City Council vacancy created by the resignation of Steve Salvatori. The council is scheduled to pick one of the finalists on Monday....

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Q&A with council finalist E.J. Iannelli  

Today, Spin Control is releasing throughout the day the answers to a Q&A we received from the five finalists to fill the Spokane City Council vacancy created by the resignation of Steve Salvatori. The council is scheduled to pick one of the finalists on Monday....

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Q&A with council finalist Julie Griffith 

Today, Spin Control is releasing throughout the day the answers to a Q&A we received from the five finalists to fill the Spokane City Council vacancy created by the resignation of Steve Salvatori. The council is scheduled to pick one of the finalists on Monday....

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Q&A with council finalist Adrian Dominguez 

Today, Spin Control is releasing throughout the day the answers to a Q&A we received from the five finalists to fill the Spokane City Council vacancy created by the resignation of Steve Salvatori. The council is scheduled to pick one of the finalists on Monday....

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TUESDAY, AUG. 19, 2014

City Hall Scoop: Hoofing It

The gavel pounded not even 30 minutes into last night's Spokane City Council meeting, and Council President Ben Stuckart erupted at attendees for cheering and applauding. He called for a five-minute recess and warned the crowd that another "outburst" would send the rest of the...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 14, 2014

TUESDAY, AUG. 12, 2014

City Hall Scoop: Plazas and Trolleys

The Spokane Transit Authority is its own government entity, but it got a good going over at last night's Spokane City Council meeting. Two items passed by the council dealt with public conveyance: a resolution supporting the $5.8 million renovation of the STA Plaza, the...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 6, 2014

TUESDAY, AUG. 5, 2014

Spokane mayor releases budget proposal

A second police precinct, a steady stream of newly trained cops, and a race to the deadline for a cleaner Spokane River dominates Mayor David Condon’s 2015 budget proposal, which he released earlier today. The $585 million budget plan is in many ways a continuation...

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THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014

WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014

Sit-lie protest draws few

Only two people actually sat at today's protest against Spokane's sit-lie ordinance, though one was in a wheelchair. The only other two protesters stood outside downtown's Spokane Regional Business Center to talk about why they believed the law targets the homeless. The law in question,...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 5, 2013

THURSDAY, AUG. 29, 2013

A mass transit, double-decker bus in Spokane? 

At last week’s Planning, Community and Economic Development committee meeting, Spokane city planning director Scott Chesney was discussing the Larry H. Miller empire and its request to temporarily shut down some streets while the car dealer did some re-arrangement. Not exciting stuff. Then, off-handedly, Chesney...

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Nicholas Deshais
Joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He is the urban issues reporter, covering transportation, housing, development and other issues affecting the city. He also writes the Getting There transportation column and The Dirt, a roundup of construction projects, new businesses and expansions. He previously covered Spokane City Hall.

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