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Spokane officials: Complicated downtown road construction could extend to next year

City staff overseeing the $3.1 million road reconstruction project in downtown Spokane urged patience Monday as they deal with labyrinthine utility infrastructure underground. Closing streets and paying overtime may not speed this project, but policies will likely change to benefit future roads projects over the next 20 years.

Smart Bombs: Industry alarmists heat up

After pounding the “job killer” theme and exhausting all Al Gore jokes, conservatives still face the problem of global warming. I’m all for a solution that doesn’t shake workers or rattle the economy, so let’s hear them. The Reagan administration allowed refineries to trade pollution credits to phase out leaded gasoline. The first Bush administration used a cap-and-trade scheme to curtail acid rain. But like the health insurance mandate, which was originally a Republican idea, such market-based solutions are now demonized.

Anthony’s the apparent winner of Anthony’s

The company that owns Anthony’s restaurant on the north bank of the Spokane River along Spokane Falls has won the bidding to buy the building it’s in from the city of Spokane.

Getting There: Lincoln Street redesigned with pond in mind

A newly rebuilt section of Lincoln Street on Spokane’s South Hill contains an innovative system for gathering and reusing storm water in Cannon Hill Park. Mayor Mary Verner led a gathering of public officials and neighbors along the street last week to congratulate them on the project.

Jim Kershner: Lincoln roadwork reveals link to the past

You might be surprised by what you find when you scrape Spokane’s surface. Earlier this week, construction crews scraped the asphalt from Lincoln Street – as part of the enormous reconstruction project between 17th Avenue and 29th Avenue – and exposed row after row, block after block of the original red brick paving.

Lincoln Street work begins

The long-awaited reconstruction of Lincoln Street south of 17th Avenue begins this morning in a four-month project that will add a new environmental element to Spokane streets: storm water gardens. Traffic will be closed during construction on what arguably has become the most dilapidated street in Spokane, especially in the vicinity of Wilson Elementary School at 25th and Lincoln.

Siddoway chosen to fill Appeals Court vacancy

A Spokane attorney involved in a couple of the most contentious civic projects in the past 20 years was named Wednesday to an opening on the state Court of Appeals. Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed Laurel Siddoway to the Division III Appeals Court bench in Spokane, filling the slot of retired Judge John Schultheis. Siddoway, a partner at Randall and Danskin, has 30 years of experience in such complex areas as contracts, securities and real estate law, and a special interest in the First Amendment, Gregoire said.

Stormwater diversion will ease river pollution

Spokane city stormwater engineers think they’ve come up with a way to reduce pollution going into the Spokane River, and they have enlisted the support of residents in the Manito/Cannon Hill Neighborhood to get the idea moving. The experimental project involves building small stormwater collection basins along Lincoln Street near Cannon Hill Park this summer and diverting some of that water from the city’s sewer system.