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Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the Spokane Regional Health District building Friday afternoon to protest the attempted ouster of Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz.
Although nonbinding, the resolution would lay out the city’s template for criminal justice reform, prioritizing efforts that reduce crime while emphasizing opportunities for diversion from jail and rehabilitation for defendants.
A record 73 fire alarms on Fourth of July 1920 prompted the city's fire chief to ask the City Council to ban even the safe-and-sane fireworks.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department respond to steady reportes of structure blazes
A dog saved the day by alerting a family that their garage was on fire in the area of Greenacres
A quick response from the Spokane Valley Fire Department limited damage to the Pentagon Bistro at 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane in Liberty Lake after a fire was discovered shortly before 9:30 p.m. Monday. Several people called to report seeing flames on an outside wall. When firefighters arrived, they found flames at the northeast corner of the restaurant going up into the eaves. Crews were able to limit the damage to the exterior of the restaurant, said department spokeswoman Julie Happy.
Former Spokane Valley Fire Department Battalion Chief Stan Cooke has come out of retirement to become the interim fire chief of Newman Lake Fire and Rescue. Cooke is a familiar face to many longtime residents of Newman Lake. When he lived there in the 1990s, he was the district’s emergency medical services instructor and spent time serving on the fire district’s board of commissioners.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday state and local governments are seeking up to $1 trillion for coronavirus costs, a stunning benchmark for the next aid package that’s certain to run into opposition from Senate Republicans.
Many times when firefighters and paramedics work to revive a patient having a heart attack, they don’t know if the patient survived or not. But crews with the Spokane Valley Fire Department found out about a happy ending when a recent patient, a young father to two young children, showed up this week with a plate of cookies and a message of gratitude. Department spokeswoman Julie Happy said Jared Burnham was outside teaching his young son how to ride a bike on April 18 when he had a heart attack. A neighbor called 911 and started CPR, which Valley Fire crews from Station 7 and Station 10 continued when they arrived. He was taken to the hospital for further treatment.
With more people staying home and doing yard work and clean-up projects, the number of illegal fires has risen sharply in the area served by the Spokane Valley Fire Department recently. The numbers have been driven in large part by people burning yard waste, garbage and construction debris, all of which are illegal. Using a burn barrel is also illegal. So far this year the department has responded to 48 illegal fires, up sharply from the 12 reported in the same time frame in 2019, said department spokeswoman Julie Happy. There were only seven illegal fires reported in that time frame in 2018.
The fire roundup reports of the Spokane Valley Fire Department’s recent call responses
Washington kids selling lemonade in their front yard might soon get the protection of the state against any move by a local government or health agency to shut them down.
From nonprofit leaders to independent business owners, the Spokane City Council will weigh a diverse set of seven finalists for a vacant seat and select a winner on Monday.
What will make or break the relationship at City Hall – and what broke the last one – isn’t what happens when everyone’s looking. It’s what happens when no one is, and how honest you are about it.
More big changes are coming to Spokane County Fire District 3 in southwest Spokane County after the district annexed Medical Lake into its boundaries in August.
The mayor used his veto power 10 times during his eight years in office, by far the most of any elected official who’s held that position since 2001. Condon would often say he was using the power on principle, to defend his office against a City Council that proved more than willing to check that power.
A dispute over where to operate a warming shelter for the city’s homeless opened old wounds with the Spokane City Council, even as Mayor David Condon celebrated the beginning or completion of major initiatives.
Spokane Valley can expect at least two hotly debated City Council issues from this year to come up again in 2020 as a new council member is sworn in and the body chooses a new mayor.
After a 4-3 vote, Spokane Valley City Council funded Northwest Winterfest, a Christmas light and cultural festival planned for next year, and nine other community and tourism events.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department has put out a 2020 calendar full of historical photos and facts in honor of its 80th anniversary.