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News >  Spokane

Park Board Approves Science Center Contract 20 Year Lease To Bring $10.3 Million Center To Riverfront Must Still Pass City Council Next Month

The Pacific Science Center cleared its first major hurdle Thursday on its trek to the Riverfront Park pavilion. Spokane Park Board members unanimously approved a contract leasing the pavilion to the Seattle-based science center for 20 years with options for two 10-year renewals. "We're going to make this into a world-class facility," George Moynihan, the center's executive director, told the board. "I'm very excited."

News >  Spokane

Teacher Appeals Dismissal In Sex Case Mead District Fired Man Over Incidents At Lewis And Clark

A teacher accused of having sexual relations with two students when he taught at Lewis and Clark High School is appealing a decision that upholds his dismissal by the Mead School District. Shawn Wright last week appealed to Superior Court a hearing officer's ruling that Mead was justified in firing him. The Mead District fired Wright in July 1994 after a nine-month investigation into charges he had sex with one student, sexually exploited a second and served alcohol to minors - all while teaching in the Spokane School District.
News >  Spokane

Council Will Go Ahead With Boundary Battle Request To State Review Board May Delay Incorporation Vote

Sue Delucchi, incorporation proponent A hailstorm of criticism didn't dent the Spokane City Council's plans to ask a state panel to change the boundaries of a proposed Spokane Valley city. Valley residents and backers of a new city there called the council everything from land grabbers to thieves, invoked Biblical phraseology and labeled the move all-out war.
News >  Nation/World

City’s Notification Efforts Criticized

The city sent out 1,200 fliers last week to Spokane residents living near a traffic barrier at 29th Avenue and Pittsburg Street. The fliers alert residents to tonight's City Council hearing on a petition designed to put the barrier to a public vote. Some of the barrier's chief opponents - who live within a few blocks - say they too should have been included in the notification process.
News >  Idaho

Spokane Park Plans Reviewed

Documents for improvements to two Spokane parks - the Pacific Science Center lease agreement and the Manito Park plan - are available for public review at all Spokane city libraries, COPS shops, community centers and in the Park Department office. The Manito plan guides suggested improvements to the park for the next five years, including upgrading irrigation systems, adding lights and improving accessibility.
News >  Spokane

City Council Balks At Going Into Bicycle Business

Bicycle shop owner Mike Conley didn't want to buy Greg Yost's Riverfront Park bike business. Neither did several of his competitors, Conley said. And at least three members of the Spokane City Council said Tuesday night that a city purchase of the park's bicycle rental and sales business is a bad idea.
News >  Spokane

‘Dysfunctional’ Council Is Going To See A Shrink

A California consultant Thursday summed up the Spokane City Council the same way some critics have for years. "This group looks a little dysfunctional to me," said Bill Mathis, hired by the council to help set goals for the coming year. "This is not working very well." Council members must be able to communicate before they can decide what they want to do in 1995, said Mathis, who was in Spokane this week to plan for the council's Jan. 20-21 retreat at the Airport Ramada Inn.
News >  Spokane

City Council Retreat Could Cost Taxpayers $6,000 Most Members Voted For Work Session, Hiring Out-Of-Town Consultant

A retreat to help Spokane City Council members set goals for the coming year could cost taxpayers at least $6,000. The council earlier this week told City Manager Roger Crum to hire an out-of-town consultant to "facilitate" a weekend retreat at the Airport Ramada Inn. Crum is talking with William Mathis of Napa, Calif., about running the retreat planned for later this month.
News >  Spokane

Teacher Loses Appeal Of Firing By Mead Schools

A teacher accused of having sexual relations with two students when he worked at Lewis and Clark High School lost an appeal of his dismissal by the Mead School District. Hearing officer Jane Wilkinson on Wednesday upheld Mead's decision to fire Shawn Wright, said Scott Menard, the Mead School District's superintendent of personnel. Wright, Northwood Junior High's former choir director, can appeal Wilkinson's decision to Superior Court, Menard said.
News >  Nation/World

Business Fee Hikes Go To Council Again Increases Expected To Generate $219,000 For City If Approved

A proposal to raise business fees makes an encore appearance before the Spokane City Council on Tuesday after a narrow defeat two weeks ago. The ordinance would bump business license fees by $10, from $50 to $60, and fees businesses pay per employee by $1. The base peremployee fee varies according to a business' size. Increasing the fees would add $219,000 to the city's bank account. They last were increased in 1982.