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UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Woodward taps former city spokesman Brian Coddington, county budget director Tonya Wallace

If confirmed by the City Council, Brian Coddington, who worked for more than five years under Mayor David Condon, will return as the city’s director of communications and marketing, and …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 13, 2018

U.S. Border Patrol arrests former student from Kenya at Spokane Intermodal Center

Despite a city ordinance that bars federal immigration agents from accessing nonpublic city property without a criminal warrant, U.S. Border Patrol arrested a former student from Kenya at the Spokane …

Advisory vote in on new stadium location, ball passes to school board’s court

By an almost two-to-one margin, voters preferred to build a new 5,000-seat stadium at the current Albi site, instead of new site on the north bank that was pushed by …

Immigration officials continue to operate at Spokane Greyhound bus station despite city ordinance

More than 200 people have been apprehended by border patrol around the Spokane Greyhound bus station since 2013, 30 of which were arrested last fiscal year.

UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018

City buys South Hill property illegally bulldozed in 2017

The city of Spokane’s parks department has closed on the sale of 50 acres of private land abutting the popular trails of the South Hill’s bluff.

Survey: East Sprague respondents support pedestrian bridge construction, fewer travel lanes

Property owners and business people on East Sprague Avenue agree: They want fewer lanes on the road. A recent city of Spokane survey found that owners on Sprague between Bernard …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018

Shawn Vestal: At a moment of acrimony in city politics, Amber Waldref chose compromise over conflict

In a time of combat at City Hall, Amber Waldref has been a peacemaker.

Seeking to meet demand, city expands tax exemption for multifamily housing

Hoping to tie a surging demand for more apartment units in Spokane with a desire for density, the Spokane City Council approved changes to a city tax law this week …

UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017

Cities choosing ‘welcoming’ over ‘sanctuary’ for immigrants

A rural town in south-central Idaho that’s become a hotbed of refugee support and opposition has opted to take a softer stance in affirming its role as a welcoming city …

Gender could be more important majority in city, county government

For the first time since the territorial government was led by Glovers and Cannons and Comstocks, a majority of women hold seats on the Spokane City Council. Also for the …

Shawn Vestal: Spokane Valley council could use a refresher course in open meetings law

Has the four-member majority of the Spokane Valley City Council granted itself an exemption to state open meetings law? Are they – as the majority before them was credibly accused …

week in review

Fairfield City Council – Council members voted to select Century West Engineering as the town’s primary engineering firm for 2010 and TD&H Engineering as the secondary engineering firm. They also …

Week in review

Fairfield City Council – The Fairfield 2010 yard debris collection will be April 24 at the Truax Fire Station. The council is looking into purchasing new window blinds at the …

Week in review

Spokane Valley Fire – A promotion ceremony was held for new assistant Fire Marshal Terry Thompson and inspector Greg Bennett. Chief Thompson reported that the department came in about 3 …

Week in review

Fairfield City Council – The council heard a presentation on the Spokane County Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan, which it voted to adopt. There was also a discussion on possibly …

Spokane’s top economic development official resigns

Citing concerns about her inability to “change the culture” at City Hall, the city’s top economic development official has submitted her resignation.

Week in Review

Fire District 8 – New commissioner Dennis Ross was sworn in. The commissioners voted to approve a Spokane/Kootenai County Mutual Aid agreement and also approved an interlocal agreement to extend …

Week in review

Spokane Valley Fire – The proposed 2010 budget of $29.5 million was presented and next year’s projects were discussed. The number of calls are down slightly over this time last …

Week in review

Fairfield City Council – Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich was in attendance to discuss the vandalism issues plaguing the town. Citizens are urged to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233 if they …

Week in review

Fairfield City Council – Bids were opened for the sewer improvement project and the low bidder was Piersol Construction at $55,949. The project will begin in two or three weeks …

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Fairfield City Council – The town’s annual Water Use Efficiency Performance report has been completed. The recent Flag Day celebration was well attended. The town is expecting to receive a …

Government almanac

Monday Fire District 2 (Fairfield) – 7 p.m. at 17815 E. Truax Road.

Government almanac

Monday Millwood City Council – 7 p.m. at City Hall, 9103 E. Frederick Ave.

Week in review

Fairfield City Council – Bids for sidewalk work on Main and Johnston streets were opened and council members voted to give the contract to the lowest bidder, Bacon Concrete Inc. …

Government Almanac

Monday Valley Fire – 4 p.m. at Station 8, 2110 N. Wilbur.

Government Almanac

Monday Fire District 2 (Fairfield) – 7 p.m. at 17815 E. Truax Road.

Week in Review

Fire District 13 (Newman Lake) – Commissioners approved to motion to pay deputy chiefs on an hourly basis rather than salaried. The auxiliary will be purchasing equipment for the district, …

Government almanac

Monday Millwood City Council – 7 p.m. at City Hall, 9103 E. Frederick.

Week in review

Valley Fire – Commissioners plan to hold a joint meeting with the civil service sometime in May. The special election in February cost the district $40,000. It would have cost …

Week in review

Fire District 2 (Fairfield) – Commissioners met with a representative from Advanced Communications to discuss different radio options available when the district uses grant money to purchase new radios. No …