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UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 24, 2020

Texas woman’s erroneous Spokane parking charge reveals processing error affecting hundreds

When a Texas woman visited her daughter last September, she paid for parking several times in Spokane. Four months later, she was charged again. Apparently, the city’s parking services vendor …

Shawn Vestal: City says it’s building a long-term solution, even as it adds emergency beds for homeless

With the recent arrival of actual winter, the city has injected a quick $45,000 into adding 50 emergency shelter beds for the homeless.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Sportsplex to host 2022 national track championships, supporters announce at groundbreaking

The $53 million facility is still just a hole in the ground right now, but in a little more than two years it will play host to the over-40 national …

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 22, 2019

Spokane tries new road preservation technique ‘to keep the good streets good for longer’

The city of Spokane is trying a new road preservation technique in a bid to prevent streets from developing cracks that eventually turn into potholes for cars to rattle and …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

Children are back in school, so slow down and be safe

Spokane drivers will have at least 30,000 reasons to ease up on the gas pedal Thursday morning. That’s how many students will be walking, driving, busing and perhaps even skateboarding …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 1, 2019

One-third of the 300 residents affected by water contamination in Hillyard remain without clean water

The city of Spokane lifted its no-drink order in Hillyard Wednesday, but more than 100 residents of Easy Acres Mobile Home Village remained unable to drink tap water as of …

UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019

City lifts water restrictions in Hillyard, files incident report with police after cleaning system of debris, E. coli bacteria

The announcement comes five days after the discovery of contaminated municipal water supplies. The city suspects a commercial hydroseeder may have caused the contamination while hooked up to a hydrant. …

Then and Now: The 1905 downtown Carnegie Library

The city’s first public library at 10 S. Cedar St. was quickly outgrown and required a four-story addition. Since the 1960s, it has been used as a nursing college and …

Local governments, industries submit plans to limit pollution in Spokane River as conservation groups cry foul

The Department of Ecology has accepted applications from Spokane, Liberty Lake, Spokane County, Kaiser and Inland Empire Paper to avoid having to meet a standard for cancer-causing pollution that they …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Adults and students may soon use the same Spokane libraries at schools

When it comes to the future of libraries in Spokane, civic leaders aren’t going by the book – they’re writing a new one. It’s been a great read so far. …

Partnership between school’s Mark Anderson, city’s Rick Romero led to landmark school and library bonds

It probably won’t be a bestseller, but Mark Anderson and Rick Romero just wrote the book on local intergovernmental cooperation.

With new openings, city, charities seek to balance shelter space with need

As the city’s temporary network of warming centers across the city grows and begins to fill up, many existing emergency shelters have had to turn people away or only have …

Spokane Police oversight panel files formal complaint against department alleging lack of access to reports, footage

The Police Ombudsman Commission is arguing that members of the department are withholding certain information needed to perform civilian oversight of law enforcement. The complaint comes in the midst of …

Spokane Park Board dedicates funding for potential purchase of land for Sportsplex site

The panel took the first step earlier this month toward signing an agreement that could finalize the orientation of the long-imagined $42 million prep sports facility on the north bank …

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 8, 2018

Spokane Mayor updates City Council in annual address

Spokane Mayor David Condon promised to send a completed budget to the City Council by Nov. 1 and highlighted declining property crime rates in his annual Conditions and Affairs of …

Bond measure, if approved, would spell end for beloved South Hill dog park

The city’s approval of a $495 million bond is sure to displace the wooded, impromptu dog park behind Mullan Road Elementary School.

UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018

City attorney says Tracfone agreed to pay $1 million in back taxes, despite nondisclosure agreement

City Attorney Mike Ormsby told lawmakers that the prepaid wireless service provider, which operates under trade names that include Straight Talk and Walmart Family Mobile, will pay about seven years’ …

Free swimming will require SplashPass in Spokane, other pools offer free days

Entry to Spokane’s six publicly owned pools will be free for everyone this summer, but will require registration and acceptance of pool rules. The Spokane Parks Foundation has partnered with …

UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018

Spokane residents could save up to $500 on utility bill for reducing yard turf

In a move aimed at reducing the amount of water residents use to irrigate their lawns during the dusty summer months, the city of Spokane is offering an annual rebate …

Washington trots out new weapon for cities in the fight against ‘zombie’ properties

New law will help the city of Spokane clean up abandoned properties that are becoming a nuisance.

Higher Ed, housing and medical push Spokane to near-record permit levels

The city of Spokane issued a near-record $516 million in building permits in 2017. Higher education, the medical industry and affordable housing were big drivers of construction.

UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018

Steam Plant, other Spokane buildings to turn orange for developmental disability awareness

Lights for the Steam Plant stacks and other city venues will beam in orange during March to highlight the national Developmental Disability Awareness Month in Spokane, an initiative supported locally …

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018

UPDATE: Woman injured on ice ribbon is in critical condition, not dead, city now says

The city Parks and Recreation Department has issued a correction and apology after confirming that the woman who was injured in a fall at Riverfront Park’s new ice ribbon, who …

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018

City says woman injured on ice ribbon in critical condition, not dead

A skater at Riverfront Park’s new ice ribbon who fell Friday later died from their injuries, according to Spokane Parks and Recreation.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018

Spokane settles federal lawsuit by Mexican national who claimed he was unlawfully detained by police

The City of Spokane has settled a federal lawsuit filed by a Mexican national who alleged he was unlawfully detained by an officer following an automobile collision, that he didn’t …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017

Supreme Court rejects city’s tax exemptions for 2014 street tax

City of Spokane loses its fight to offer a special exemption to seniors and the disabled on property taxes to fix the streets.

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

Nancy Goodspeed settles discrimination lawsuit prompted by City Hall shuffling during Frank Straub scandal

The city of Spokane will pay $165,000 to former parks employee Nancy Goodspeed as the city attempted to manage a sexual harassment scandal involving former police chief Frank Straub.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017

Opposition to Proposition 2 grew in precincts farthest from downtown rail lines

Map of vote split in Spokane city precincts shows voters closest to downtown core and its rail line supported Proposition 2, those farthest away strongly opposed.

Goodwill donation drive will benefit military veterans recovering from homelessness

Spokane-area Goodwill locations are seeking donations of new household items for military veterans recovering from periods of homelessness. The donation drive is one of several initiatives to help local veterans …

Spokane should hire track inspectors rather than pursue folly of fines on certain rail shipments

We are notoriously poor at judging risk. We worry most about what we don’t understand, have never experienced or feel most powerless to control. We overlook familiar yet hazardous everyday …