Airway Heights' mayor from the late '90s, Karen Stratton's former legislative assistant and a formerly incarcerated person of color were the only unexpected names to file to run for election in the August primary.
Tusko, an especially large elephant, went on a rampage in Sedro Wooley after a performance there. Tusko escaped from the circus tent, “upset two automobiles, stalked angrily down the main street, where he broke up a street dance.”
The proposal, which evenly divided the council members present Monday night, would not solve a staffing problem that dates back several years and is not driven primarily by the two dozen workers who did not get their shots, said Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer. Spokane City Council President Breean Beggs, who did not vote Monday night, said he wouldn't support the request because he believes the city made the right call in interpreting Gov. Jay Inslee's vaccine mandate to include firefighters responding to medical calls. That decision is also being challenged in federal court, Beggs noted, in a case that's scheduled to go to trial in October.
A rotting wooden bridge over the railroad tracks on the West Plains has infuriated residents for three years. At long last, the county announced it's worked out an arrangement with the railroad to fix the problem.
The Spokane Parks Department announced the closure on social media this week, citing the need for "inspection and minor repairs" on the span that was originally built as part of preparations for Expo '74. The south suspension bridge, as it's known, is slated for the same kind of renovations that shuttered its partner to the north for nearly three years.
"We all have a stake in dealing with the demand side," said former U.S. Attorney Bill Hyslop, a founding board member of the group Spokane Alliance for Fentanyl Education (SAFE), which kicked off its effort to address what the Centers for Disease Control has identified as an epidemic at a symposium held at the Davenport Grand Hotel.
A Spokane priest having an apparent mental health crisis caused outcry from officials in the U.K. after he spoofed royal guardsmen last month by claiming to know the battalion’s chaplain and gained access to the guard barracks at Windsor Castle, a home of Queen Elizabeth II.
Libraries don’t just check out books, movies and music anymore. It’s becoming more common to have what’s known as a Library of Things, which means that people can check out everything from gardening tools to cake pans.
The crews at the Spokane Valley Fire Department are always on hand to help in a variety of emergencies, including when a small tornado tosses your RV trailer to the side like a pile of discarded tissues.
Those two tornadoes that touched down in the Spokane area last Friday evening? Yes, it was an unusual occurrence. Although Eastern Washington averages nearly one tornado a year, two don’t usually happen in the same general vicinity, 17 minutes apart.