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Doug Clark: Boisterous City Council meeting should boost ratings

It’s only natural to be a bit nervous at the start of a new year, wondering whether the next 12 months will be a boom or a bust. But though …


Condon proposes panel to discuss jobs training

With $500 million of public works projects scheduled during the next five years, Spokane Mayor David Condon has a plan to create a qualified local workforce to help in construction. …


City Council disrupted by rowdy crowd

After numerous, ultimately unsuccessful attempts to quiet the packed Spokane City Council chambers, Council President Ben Stuckart gaveled the meeting to an early close and stormed from the chambers Monday …


Larry Stuckart, advocate for the poor, dies at 65

Larry Stuckart, a champion for Spokane’s downtrodden who helped build the city’s most prominent nonprofit helping the poor, died after a 10-month struggle with cancer. He was 65. For 20 …


Council passes public works project apprentice requirement

Almost 200 people packed the Spokane City Council chambers and Chase Gallery on Monday night for the council’s final meeting of the year. Most of them came to support an …


City Council members don boxing gloves for Rogers debate club benefit

A bout in a Spokane boxing ring ended peacefully Tuesday, although not without fervor over a fairy tale and strong words about pens and swords. Spokane’s City Council President Ben …


Spokane mayor’s wage would be set by panel under proposal

Spokane’s mayor would no longer have to be the highest-paid city worker under a proposal voters may decide next year. Councilman Mike Fagan is proposing to give the city’s Salary …


Spokane City Council President Stuckart fined for ethics violation

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart was fined $250 by the city’s ethics committee this week for improperly sharing a confidential email dealing with a lawsuit. In a unanimous decision, …


Stage, music festival proposed to honor Som Jordan

When three potential names for the plaza next to Spokane City Hall were recommended to the City Council last month, Isamu (Som) Jordan’s name wasn’t included. City Council President Ben …


Shawn Vestal: Stuckart’s email forward fails the smell test

A few months back, Don Waller, the head of the Spokane firefighters union, criticized the mayor’s plan to expand political appointments as “not the way government is supposed to work.” …


Spokane planning director leaves abruptly after ‘loss of confidence’

Hours after the city planning director was forced out of his job on Wednesday, one of Spokane’s premier developers publicly called on the mayor to hire him back. Jim Frank, …


Spokane 2015 budget pays 164 workers six figures

The number of city employees earning six figures has increased under Spokane Mayor David Condon, despite his critical stance against such high earners when he was campaigning for office and …


Stuckart action referred to city’s ethics panel

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart is the subject of a possible ethics violation for leaking what city officials call a “highly confidential email regarding a pending matter of litigation.” …


Stuckart subject of possible ethics investigation

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart is the subject of a possible ethics violation for leaking what city officials call a “highly confidential email regarding a pending matter of litigation.”


Spokane City Council prohibits immigration status inquiries by employees, including police

Beheadings and Ebola made an appearance at this week’s Spokane City Council meeting, as did some deferred gratitude from Council President Ben Stuckart, who thanked the Spokane Tribe of Indians …


City’s housing, human services department struggles to find footing after merger

Debbie Detmer has worked for more than 15 years to get the homeless into homes. Most recently, as executive director of Salem Arms Community Housing, she’s helped find homes for …


Oil shipments across Washington could triple by 2020

Nearly 3 billion gallons of crude oil will move through Washington on trains this year, and that figure could triple in five years. Communities along the route and state regulators …


City Council’s Stratton partner in pot production

August was a busy month for Karen Stratton. Not only was she appointed to the Spokane City Council. She also planted her first marijuana crop.


Spokane mayor to decline $7,000 pay raise

Facing public pressure and criticism from the City Council, Spokane Mayor David Condon said Wednesday he will not take a $7,000 pay increase as planned in his 2015 budget proposal. …


Doug Clark: Condon will be a better-paid one-term mayor

OK. Let’s pretend for a moment that you are a Spokane mayor planning on a second term. (Guffaws. Chortles. Giggles …)


Administrative raises jar city budget talks

Concerns over proposed pay increases for Spokane Mayor David Condon and a majority of his 13 cabinet members are threatening to derail budget discussions at City Hall, as the mayor …


Spin Control: Campaign donation ‘error’ puts focus on Condon war chest

Before it was changed, a recent filing with the state Public Disclosure Commission by Spokane Mayor David Condon’s re-election campaign showed a small contribution that if true was not only …


Spokane councilman Mike Fagan tries to halt police pact

Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan unsuccessfully attempted to derail an employment contract agreement between the city and the police leadership union Monday night, saying “citizens still hold a grudge” against …


Shawn Vestal: Downtown Spokane concerns expose hypocrisy

There’s a wonderful scene in Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life,” in which officers in the British army that is violently “colonializing” Africa display their obtuseness when they are told …


Audit faults city’s grant handling

For the second year in a row, Spokane administrators committed several violations of rules for handling federal money, a state audit has found. In response, some Spokane City Council members …


Spokane’s SWAT unit renaming met with skepticism

In Spokane, SWAT is no more. The police department has rebranded the decades-old team of officers trained in tactical response as the “Emergency Response Unit,” as it seeks to broaden …


Spokane ambulance contract to be rebid

Spokane Mayor David Condon said he would ask for another round of bids for the city’s ambulance contract in response to concerns from City Council President Ben Stuckart. The request …


City’s search for ambulance provider produces sole bid

Spokane leaders may rebid an ambulance contract after no competition emerged to challenge the firm that already provides the city’s emergency transportation. Only American Medical Response bid on the five-year …


Hilltop Mobile Park residents receive eviction extension

Residents facing eviction from a mobile home park on Sunset Boulevard have been given more time to find housing. Last week, the owner of Hilltop Mobile Park, Nick Cline, gave …


Council poised to relax limit on parking

If you live in the city of Spokane, get home from work at 6 p.m., park on the street and don’t leave again until 7 the next morning, you’re violating …