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UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017

Local leaders offer optimism following Avista’s announced sale to Hydro One

City, county and state elected officials said Wednesday they were heartened by the utility’s public message following the announced sale that it would maintain its commitment to partnerships in and …


UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017

Stuckart drops out of congressional race, citing family medical issues

The City Council president’s campaign released a statement Tuesday, six months after he declared his intention to unseat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.


UPDATED: Thu., June 1, 2017

Shawn Vestal: It’s early, but Stuckart’s heartened by polling

The election is 18 months away, but Ben Stuckart is finding fodder for optimism in early polling on his effort to unseat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.


UPDATED: Mon., May 15, 2017

Spokane City Council narrowly approves former U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby as city attorney

Supporters on the council touted Ormsby’s long career of public service and professionalism, but critics pointed to the continued debt of bonds issued for a downtown parking garage under his …


UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017

Lisa Brown stepping down as WSU Spokane chancellor, says she’s considering congressional run

Lisa Brown is stepping down as chancellor of Washington State University’s Spokane campus and says she is again considering a run for Congress.


Kendall Yards developer sees ‘enormous potential’ for residential neighborhood on downtown’s east end

Could another Spokane site magically morph into a thriving urban neighborhood like Kendall Yards is? Developer Jim Frank believes so. He sees “enormous potential” for the east end of downtown, …


UPDATED: Wed., April 12, 2017

WSU student wants to challenge Cathy McMorris Rodgers

A student of political science and physics at Washington State University will run for Congress next year, pushing the message that anybody can run for office, no matter his or …


Ben Stuckart hosts town hall as he challenges Cathy McMorris Rodgers for her seat

Spokane City Council president Ben Stuckart started his town hall meeting Tuesday night by thanking the Spokane County Republican Party for publicizing his event and “getting an active turnout.”


UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017

Former Downtown Spokane Partnership president files for mayor’s race in 2019

Michael Tedesco, a 38-year-old Spokane native, has filed to run when Mayor David Condon is termed out of City Hall in 2019. Tedesco called for a more collaborative relationship between …


Ethics Commission again declines charges brought against Mayor Condon

Former City Council President Joe Shogan, whose ethics complaint against Mayor David Condon has now been dismissed twice by the city’s Ethics Commission, said he’ll refile one more time over …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017

Spokane Mayor David Condon will sign law barring local participation in hypothetical Muslim registry

Mayor David Condon will sign a law passed unanimously by the City Council on Monday night prohibiting local officials from helping to establish a religious registry, an act that some …


City leaders believe Trump’s ‘sanctuary city’ order won’t apply to Spokane

City Council President Ben Stuckart and Councilmen Breean Beggs said Wednesday they don’t believe President Donald Trump’s executive order cutting federal funding to “sanctuary cities” will affect Spokane because officials …


Election surprises aren’t over yet

Last May, the 5th Congressional District race featured the incumbent Republican, Democrat Joe Pakootas, Independent Dave Wilson and Republican Tom Horne. Now, none of them may be our representative.


Knezovich, Stuckart, Baumgartner, Shea announce runs for McMorris Rodgers’ seat

The news that an appointment as interior secretary is imminent for Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers prompted City Council President Ben Stuckart to declare his candidacy for her vacant seat …


Spokane mayor asks retired Utilities Director Rick Romero to help craft long-range plan; Ethics Commission cries foul

The City’s Ethics Commission voted last month not to approve contracting with Rick Romero, the popular former utilities director who was the architect of the city’s integrated clean water plan. …


Developer planning to appeal Spokane City Council’s decision to nix North Indian Trail apartment project

A 750-unit apartment complex near the Sundance Plaza shopping center was axed earlier this week by the City Council, which cited concerns about traffic safety brought forward by neighbors. But …


Stricter campaign finance and lobbying rules and ending sales tax exemption up for vote in I-1464

Initiative 1464 seeks to toughen state campaign and lobbying laws.


After Columbus Day revision, City Council votes to recognize Italian American heritage

City Councilwoman Amber Waldref worked with the Italian American Club of Spokane to propose Oct. 1 each year as a day to recognize contributions by local Italian Americans to the …


Mayor David Condon’s 2017 budget calls for 16 percent increase in spending and shift of police resources to property crimes

Spokane has the highest property-crime rate among Washington’s largest cities, a problem Mayor David Condon wants to address by moving police from patrol and traffic to investigations.


Railroads keep most bridge inspection data secret

With railroad bridges carrying oil, coal and hazardous cargo through cities and towns, local officials are asking whether the structures are safe, but can’t get much information.


Shawn Vestal: Recalling the mayor doesn’t make much sense

Shawn Vestal: There are few things that make less sense for Spokane right now than a recall of the mayor.


Council to vote on renaming Columbus Day

Spokane may become the latest city to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day in place of Columbus Day.


Editorial: Calm prevails in police search

Fortunately, a compromise was forged between the mayor and two councilmembers, Lori Kinnear and Breean Beggs, who asked for more time to bring in candidates. The mayor agreed to that …


Shawn Vestal: Lack of public involvement leads Stuckart to reject Meidl’s appointment as police chief

City Council President Ben Stuckart said Thursday that he would vote against Craig Meidl’s appointment as Spokane’s police chief Monday night. He will urge his fellow council members to do …


Meidl says he still wants police chief job, even without Stuckart’s support

In an interview Thursday, Craig Meidl said he wants to focus on reducing crime in Spokane and that he’s fine serving as chief without the support of City Council President …


Stuckart to ask City Council to reconsider ballot measure fining coal, oil trains

City Council President Ben Stuckart said it may have been “hasty” to ask voters if the city should fine coal and oil train operators and will ask the measure be …


Condon’s pick for city attorney drops out; former attorney blasts Straub report

Laura McAloon cites a “toxic” relationship with City Council President Ben Stuckart as her reason for dropping out of contention for the city attorney’s office. Stuckart says she didn’t have …


City Council OKs deal with GSI to continue business development, federal lobbying

The Spokane City Council signed a short-term deal Monday with Greater Spokane Inc. for business development services, following a monthlong delay on a contract extension. The contract requires GSI to …


Spokane city attorney nominee McAloon denies influencing Straub report

Laura McAloon said Saturday the 126-page report finding major issues in the handling of harassment investigations and public records requests at City Hall was not unduly influenced by her or …


New city attorney in jeopardy, council members say

City Councilmembers on Wednesday renewed their call for an elected city attorney, following involvement from new hire Laura McAloon prior to a revised version of the report into former Spokane …