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Neighborhood that includes Gonzaga asks for alcohol restrictions

Logan neighborhood leaders are asking the city to consider limiting the sale of alcohol to curb problems related to public drunkenness. The proposal to create Spokane’s third alcohol impact area is spearheaded by resident Ben Krauss and is in the early stages of review by the police department. If approved by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, an “alcohol impact area” designation could eventually lead to restrictions on the sale of cheap drinks with high alcohol content, like malt liquor and fortified beer, in the Logan area, which includes Gonzaga University.

Ramos to face Fagan in City Council race

Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan has a clear opponent after the third day of ballot counting put a little more space between his challengers, Randy Ramos and Ben Krauss. Ramos, a recruiter with Spokane Tribal College, leads Krauss by 26 votes.

Two local primary races change as more ballots counted

The top finishers in two local primary races changed in the second day of counting ballots. In the race to face incumbent Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan in the November election, Randy Ramos, a Spokane Tribal College recruiter, edged ahead of Ben Krauss, a Spokane police crime analyst.

Race to face Fagan in November remains close

In the battle to face incumbent Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan in the November election, there is a new leader after the second day of ballot counting.

Condon and Lichty advance in mayor race

Spokane Mayor David Condon had the best primary election night of his elected life Tuesday, but he acknowledged the lopsided vote wasn’t a cause for unbridled celebration. “We all know what that spread means, don’t we,” he said. “We all know what happened four years ago, but I’m very grateful for the results.”

Candidates make their pitches

Councilman Mike Fagan has the reputation of saying what he thinks, no matter the consequences. He questions the safety of vaccines. He says he hadn’t seen racism in Spokane until recently – and it came from the disgraced former NAACP president, Rachel Dolezal. He thinks allowing women to become cops or Marines is a lowering of standards. In a debate about abortion rights, he questioned a fellow council member’s religious beliefs.

Spokane City Council candidate had DUI in 2009

Randy Ramos, the only candidate actively campaigning against Councilman Mike Fagan in this year’s Spokane city elections, was charged with drunken driving in 2009 and still owes money to a debt collection agency for unpaid fines related to the incident.