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Northwest council seat filled by replacement now goes to voters, with four choices

When Steve Salvatori quit the Spokane City Council for work in Texas last year, some people clamored for his replacement to be in his mold: a business-minded, fiscally conservative government outsider. Instead, the majority on the City Council dipped into the employment rolls at City Hall and appointed Karen Stratton, a former aide to Mayors Jim West and Mary Verner who had spent the past few years working in the city clerk’s office.

West Central coalition holding forum on underage drinking

To Kelly Cruz, it’s pretty simple: Either you pay for underage drinking prevention programs now, or you pay for incarceration later. “And we all know jail time is six or seven times as expensive,” Cruz said.

West Central Neigborhood leader wins lottery

A West Central Neighborhood leader says his life won’t be altered much by his recent one-in-a-million lottery win that will give him $1,000 a week for the rest of his life. Kelly Cruz, 53, bought the $5 ticket on New Year’s Eve at Safeway on Northwest Boulevard. He went to the grocery store to buy milk and bread and Lotto tickets for his father, Henry Cruz, who stayed in the car and frequently plays the lottery. Cruz decided he, too, would get a ticket and chose a “Lucky for Life” scratch ticket because it’s a game his brother often plays.

Campaign fliers are mum on author

Dozens if not hundreds of fliers left on cars and doorsteps against Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin’s campaign for state Senate could violate state disclosure law. The black-and-white fliers that appear to be printed with a copy machine or computer printer criticize McLaughlin, a Republican, for her vote in support of revoking the alcohol impact area in the West Central neighborhood. One version of the flier said, “Nancy McLaughlin voted for fortified malt liquor sales over safe neighborhoods. We don’t need that kind of representation in Olympia.”