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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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News >  Spokane

Spokane historians to re-enact the city’s great 1889 fire, on Twitter

Then, as now, smoke hung in the pines overlooking the young pioneer town beside the Spokane Falls. Area forests were ablaze. People and horses trudged along the dusty streets in the heat of an August afternoon. Little did they imagine that the buildings they passed within hours would catch fire and collapse into 32 blocks of ruin. Friday, 128 years later, Spokane history lovers plan to re-enact the day their city burned to the ground.

News >  Spokane

Spokane has transformed from a gritty railroad town to a hub for young professionals, health science students

Once upon a time there was a gritty little railroad town. Next to the switching yards where locomotives chuffed and cinders flew, its downtown had a nice department store where everybody shopped, and a famous hotel where everybody stayed. But in the 1960s a freeway bypassed the gritty little town, and out beyond its outskirts of bars and used-car lots some shiny suburban shopping malls appeared. We’re new, they said to the gritty little town, and you’re old. The future is here and it will pass you by. We will change, said the leaders of the gritty little town, rolling up their sleeves.
News >  Spokane

ESPN anchors often surprise the Davenport with free advertising

Whenever ESPN broadcasts a Gonzaga basketball game, the Davenport Hotel’s marketing director fires up his DVR. Because Matt Jensen can just about count on some gratis gratitude from the network’s on-air personalities. It started, Jensen said, in the early days of Coaches vs. Cancer. Gonzaga basketball Coach Mark Few and his wife, Marcy, would host a fundraiser at the Davenport Hotel. ESPN commentators sometimes served as emcees for the event, which would include a black-tie dinner, rounds of golf and attendance by lots of really tall people from all around the country.
News >  Spokane

Mission accomplished, Friends of the Davenport Hotel disband

UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017

Last week a group called Friends of the Davenport disbanded. Thirty-one years have come and gone since the group was created. Years marked by cutthroat business competition, some of most divisive political battles the city of Spokane has ever experienced, and, in the end, a triumph – a victory not just for a much-loved building, but also for the spirit of a community, a city of people who each considered the Davenport Hotel to be theirs. More on the Davenport Hotel, including historic and new photos, can be found in The Spokesman-Review’s
News >  Health

GOP’s health reform plan threatens Medicare

Little noticed in the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare is a tax cut that would benefit the wealthy and undercut Medicare, the federal program that insures 55 million older Americans and disabled people.
News >  Spokane

Nation plays Trump card

Upending the political establishment and shocking pollsters, an avalanche of disillusioned voters handed the White House to Donald J. Trump and control of both the House and Senate to Republicans.
News >  Spokane

In the end, it comes down to the battleground states

In the end, when voters have their say, the U.S. Constitution kicks the pollsters to the curb. The bookies who set the odds, the statisticians who crunch their numbers, the candidates who fill the air with braggadocio and promises, the phone bank robocallers who drive Americans nuts with dinnertime interruptions – all of them, come election day, have no choice but to fall silent and wait. It’s democracy’s turn. The people are about to speak.
News >  Spokane

Under Eastern Washington runs a fault line that has jolted U.S. politics

Fly over Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District and you might need a geologist’s eye to sense the fire and ice that marked this land of picturesque small towns and gently rolling fields. Jutting out from those gentle hills, towers of jagged basalt bear witness to eruptions past. Deep, cliff-shaded coulees mark the gouging path of ancient ice-age floods.
News >  Features

Carl Maxey: ‘From black scratch’

Look for a rags-to-riches story in Spokane, and amid all the lions of business and industry, few tales equal that of an illegitimate black orphan who struggled through a resistant, white society to become one of the city’s most prominent and controversial lawyers.