Longtime Spokane activist and political organizer Paul Dillon announced Monday morning he is running to represent District 2 on the Spokane City Council. By Monday night, so too had small business owner and U.S. Air Force honorary commander Cyndi Donahue.
The death penalty is no longer an option in the trial for Lori Vallow Daybell, who is charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the deaths of 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 16-year-old Tylee Ryan along with Chad’s previous wife, Tammy Daybell.
During a special meeting Monday, the Coeur d'Alene School Board of Trustees unanimously voted to place a two-year levy on the May 16 ballot. If voters approve it, the tax will collect $25 million annually and replace a $20 million levy passed in 2021.
Rich Hadley, who for 21 years led the region's business chamber now called Greater Spokane Incorporated, died on Sunday. Hadley is credited by many Spokane leaders for his vision and partnerships that created the University District and Washington State University's Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. A former U.S. Navy air intelligence officer during the Vietnam War, Hadley also forged a strong relationship with Air Force officials, becoming one of the region’s foremost advocates for protecting Fairchild Air Force Base and boosting its future role.
Spokane activists are calling for the resignation of Spokane police Chief Craig Meidl, saying that the chief’s recently reported communications with local business leaders amounted to a shadow effort to undermine police reforms and hurt political opponents.
Compared to the last revenue forecast in November, the state's projected revenue for the budget cycle ending in June is up by $194 million but the projected revenue for the budget cycle ending in 2025 has decreased by $483 million, according to the state's Economic and Revenue Forecast Council.
The city collected nearly $2.7 million from parking in 2013; by 2019, that figure jumped roughly 30% to almost $3.4 million. Parking revenues stagnated briefly between 2015 and 2017, but jumped roughly 10% in 2018.
As chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has shepherded 15 separate bills that make up much of the package her fellow Republicans have dubbed the “Lower Energy Costs Act.” Other components from the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Natural Resources Committee round out the package, which aims to increase domestic mining and drilling while paring back regulations.