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Thoma, former Spokane police officer, loses final claim for damages

A Spokane police officer fired in 2009 after a hit-and-run, drunken driving arrest lost his final claim for damages against the city Tuesday, though his attorney has vowed to appeal. …


Doug Clark: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge a worthy fad

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge caught up with me at high noon Friday next to the big red wagon in Riverfront Park. I took a seat on one of the …


Spokane giving smaller home lots a tryout

Affordable homes on smaller, urban lots. That’s how Jim Frank is succeeding in the coveted mixed-use Kendall Yards development on the north edge of the Spokane River gorge. Frank said …


Spokane City Council preparing laws to aid domestic violence victims

The Spokane City Council is preparing to pass new laws protecting victims of domestic violence against discrimination, while creating a fund to help prevent such violence and prosecute offenders. The …


Spokane city budget proposal boosts police resources

A second police precinct, a steady stream of newly trained officers and a race to the deadline for a cleaner Spokane River dominates Mayor David Condon’s 2015 budget proposal, which …


Spokane City Council finalists lean liberal

Not even a year ago, Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart was stymied by a conservative majority on the city’s legislative body on votes concerning tax issues, urban growth and …


Spokane joining nationwide ‘ban the box’ trend

Spokane Mayor David Condon said Monday the city would join a nationwide trend to “ban the box” and no longer ask city job applicants about their criminal background. At a …


Applicants for open Spokane City Council seat narrowed to 5

A list of nearly two dozen applicants for an open seat on the Spokane City Council has been narrowed to five finalists.


Spokane voters to decide on polishing Riverfront Park, fixing streets

There was little controversy at Monday’s Spokane City Council meeting, where discussion centered on two big tax measures: to revitalize Riverfront Park and continue funding for street maintenance. Voters may …


Spokane City Council to study cab rules; may suspend fees

Spokane cab drivers could soon face fewer regulations thanks to a new form of competition. The Spokane City Council is considering the temporary elimination of fees on cab drivers and …


Proposal would require City Hall to use recycled paper only

Paper-pushing at Spokane City Hall is likely to get a bit greener. A proposal expected to win council approval Monday night would require the city to use only recycled office …


Spokane adopts state elevator safety standards

Spokane has ended its nearly seven-month protest over the state’s changes to elevator safety codes. The City Council this week agreed to update local ordinances to include the state-mandated changes, …


Spokane Park Board approves face-lift for Riverfront Park

The first major renovation of Riverfront Park in decades is a step away from being sent to voters for approval. The Spokane Park Board approved the 2014 Riverfront Park Master …


Spokane officials work out agreement for food truck rules

Complaints from food truck operators that proposed city regulations were burdensome likely will lead to lighter rules. City officials on Wednesday worked out an agreement for a new food truck …


Spokane City Council aims to protect honeybees

The same Spokane City Council that legalized the raising of small farm animals in March is now taking aim at protecting honeybees. Council President Ben Stuckart has introduced an ordinance …


Minimum wage not on agenda in Spokane, Stuckart says

Don’t expect Spokane to follow Seattle’s lead on a $15-an-hour minimum wage. City Council President Ben Stuckart said Friday he has no plans to call for an increase, nor does …


Council implements PCB-free product preference

Spokane is taking what’s described as another big step toward improving water quality. New policies adopted last week require City Hall purchasing managers to give preference to PCB-free products ranging …


Spokane rally supports broad scope of reviews for oil terminal projects

About 50 people attended a rally Wednesday at Riverfront Park, urging state officials to consider how shipping more crude oil through Western Washington ports would affect rail traffic and public …


Doug Clark: Mayoral roast leaves trail of laughs at the Bing

(Last in a two-part odyssey.)


Doug Clark: Fire up the ovens, it’s time to (comedy) roast Mayor Condon

(First of a two-part series.) Overture. Curtains. Lights.


Stuckart, Salvatori face ethics complaints

A pair of ethics complaints have been filed against Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart and Councilman Steve Salvatori over sending taxpayer money initally allocated for a council assistant to …


Spokane neighborhood groups strive for urban renewal

The drizzle last week did nothing to discourage Grayson and Megan Bjork from one of their regular visits to the South Perry commercial district. The young couple, taking turns holding …


Council puts hold on additional projects like McDonald’s on Hamilton

Responding to community uproar over a planned McDonald’s drive-thru restaurant near Gonzaga University, the Spokane City Council this week imposed an emergency six-month moratorium on similar projects along Hamilton Street …


Spokane City Council won’t contest sprawl measure veto

The Spokane City Council’s anti-sprawl measure appears dead. For now, anyway. Council President Ben Stuckart, rather than trying to muster support for an unlikely override of Mayor David Condon’s veto, …


Mayor vetoes council plan that would have limited sprawl

Citing concerns about the region’s economic health, Spokane Mayor David Condon vetoed a contentious City Council plan Monday that relies on new utility restrictions to thwart improper sprawl outside city …


Oil trains carrying volatile Bakken crude have local officials preparing for the worst

The likelihood of a fiery, Quebec-style oil train derailment in the Inland Northwest is considered remote but authorities already have begun planning for the worst as shipments of Bakken crude …


Spokane closes loophole for contested developments

In a bid to curb unwanted sprawl, Spokane city leaders Monday imposed new prohibitions on extending water and sewer service to potentially contested developments outside city limits until any legal …


City Council revisiting decision to oppose Spokane Tribe casino

The Spokane City Council is poised to reconsider its opposition to the Spokane Tribe of Indians’ proposed Airway Heights casino. About two years ago, the council voted 4-3 to oppose …


Shawn Vestal: Ombudsman rule imperfect but promising

Spokane’s new path on police oversight has been greeted by some reform proponents as a horror, a travesty, a failure. Even supporters have been lukewarm about it: Best we can …


City Council approves new Spokane police contract, oversight law

Three more months of public debate, news conferences and negotiations have led to the Spokane City Council’s approval of a new police oversight law and union contract. After unanimously rejecting …