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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Getting There: A new vision for Division starts to take shape, with bus rapid transit running on a street freed up by the NSC

Transportation planners will be asking residents to weigh in on the future of the Division Street design, following planned completion of the North Spokane Corridor and implementation of high-speed bus service. That may include some planning from the city that will give the bustling arterial a more neighborhood feel with through traffic taking other routes around Spokane.

Happy Hour of the Week: Hops n Drops

Details + don’t miss: The Spokane Valley Mall and Northside locations have the same menus. Bountiful food options are $6.25-$9.50 each during Happy Hour, and there are well drinks ($5.75), domestic beers ($5.25), craft beers ($5.75) and more. Up north, the feast included boneless wings, cheese curds, fish tacos, flatbreads, taquitos and cocktails. Plus reverse Happy Hour!

Getting There: After glacial progress, East Central braces for effects of North Spokane Corridor’s eventual arrival at I-90

New plans for an on-ramp to the North Spokane Corridor off Hamilton Street have freed up some of the real estate in the East Central neighborhood that was going to be used for traffic lanes. WSDOT is asking residents of the neighborhood what they’d like to see on the leftover land, but there may not be enough for major housing projects, officials say.

Happy Hour of the Week: Nudo Ramen House North

Details + don’t miss: Happy Hour at the downtown and north Spokane locations are identical, plus 35% off rose on Sundays, all-day Happy Hour on Mondays, $3 pints starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, 20% off sake bottles on Wednesdays and 50% off bottles of wine on Thursdays. The larger north locale, however, also serves sushi, and the Happy Hour crunchy and Washington rolls are standouts.

Ranchers win suit over Spokane County’s Bigelow Gulch Road expansion

The judgment for Frank and Gloria Bingaman, who have run cattle operations on their property for 31 years, is compensation for land taken by the county as it widens Bigelow Gulch east of the city from two lanes to a four-lane road with wide shoulders and a center turn lane.

With another section of the North Spokane Corridor complete, freeway is on track to be finished in 10 years

The North Spokane Corridor is on track to be complete in 2029, and “five big projects” building the freeway will begin in 2020, said Mike Gribner, eastern region administrator for the Washington State Department of Transportation. “We can see the finish line from here. Finally,” Gribner told about 100 people who gathered on the northbound lane of the highway below the Francis Avenue overpass Friday morning.

Happy Hour of the Week: 1898 Public House

It’s $4 for craft drafts, well cocktails and glasses of wine. Ordered and devoured: Ahi Poke Tuna (with an awesome Wasabi Aioli), Devilish Deviled Eggs, Coconut Shrimp, Smoked Brisket Sliders, Smoked Manhattans and Martinis – extra dirty, extra olives. Pro tip: Grab a table with a view of the beautiful golf course. A return is in order – stat!