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Aug. 1, 2023

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Stevens County is latest to ask voters for sales tax to fund new jail

COLVILLE – The Stevens County Jail, located in the basement of the courthouse, has long been overcrowded. Officials complain it’s in poor condition and poses safety hazards.

Candidates for Coeur d’Alene schools emphasize community trust after recent levy failure

Candidates for a seat on the Coeur d’Alene Schools Board agree the district has work to do to regain community trust, but differ on the best way to make that happen.

Truth tester: Many claims in Spokane City Council election ads are misleading

Citywide races in Spokane may be drawing the most money and the most negative ads , but City Council candidates also are facing a deluge of attacks.

Mayor Woodward takes leave of absence to be with dying mother

Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward has taken a leave of absence to be with her dying mother, according to a Thursday morning press release.

Truth testing: Negative ads color Spokane mayor, City Council President races

Local elections in Spokane have gone negative.

Should voters care what Spokane’s mayor thinks about abortion? We Believe, We Vote says yes

We Believe, We Vote, a conservative Christian organization, wants voters to know what local politicians think about, abortion, gay marriage, states rights and a host of other issues that can’t be affected at the local level. Should voters care?

Once known as the ‘last Democrat in Kootenai County,’ CdA councilman says he strives for nonpartisanship as he faces challengers criticizing his development votes

Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Dan English is facing two challengers for his seat in the November election: self-described unaffiliated voter Rob Knutson and Republican Roger Garlock.

Stone threatens legal action if anti-Woodward attack ad over Trent shelter isn’t pulled off the air

At least one Spokane news station has pulled an election season attack ad criticizing Mayor Nadine Woodward and the city-run Trent Avenue homeless shelter in response to a legal threat from a political ally of the mayor named in the TV spot.

After August recall, remaining West Bonner school district trustees face challengers in November

While the remaining members of the West Bonner School Board consider candidates for two vacancies left by a recent recall election, those board members are at the same time defending their own seats in the November election.

Spokane County general election ballots to hit mailboxes this week

Get your black and blue pens ready — the county is mailing out 362,000 ballots to registered voters.

Spokane Good Government Alliance wielding unprecedented fundraising to support Woodward and other candidates

Amid an unprecedented amount of money flooding into Spokane elections this year, one group stands alone: the Spokane Good Government Alliance.

The six candidates for Central Valley School Board discuss legislative advocacy, parent’s rights in candidate forum

Curriculum, local control and parents’ role in education dominated conversation among candidates in a student-moderated Central Valley School Board election forum Monday evening.

South Perry District hit by more anti-LGBTQ+ vandalism

Vandalism appearing to target the LGBTQ+ community is continuing in the South Perry District, and Spokane City Council candidate Paul Dillon is among those whose property has been defaced .

Small-town issues front and center in Fairfield

Times are changing in Fairfield, a town of nearly 600 nestled in the Palouse 40 minutes south of Spokane.

New jail gets formal vote of support from Spokane County Commission

In a symbolic move, the Spokane County Commission on Tuesday officially declared its support for a 0.2% sales tax that would raise an estimated $1.7 billion over the next 30 years. 

Spokane mayoral debate: Woodward says she’s brought strong leadership; Brown argues city needs new direction

A debate for mayor of Spokane Wednesday night covered a range of topics, including the pressing issues of homelessness and the city’s budget deficit .

Spokane City Council president debate: Wilkerson, Plese spar on homelessness, public safety as Election Day nears

Policing and homelessness garnered much of the attention as candidates for Spokane City Council president took the Spokesman-Review-hosted debate stage Wednesday night at Gonzaga University.

Cheney City Council candidates take opposite positions on proposed housing plan

Before they were on a ballot facing off for a Cheney City Council seat, the candidates for position 2 already were on opposite sides of a proposed plan for housing north of Cheney.