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Retirees scale climbing wall as part of Active Aging Week

Mary Donovan didn’t come here to climb. But there she was Tuesday finding the next hand hold as she reached out her shaking hand on the climbing wall at Wild …


Then and Now: Operation Walkout

During the Cold War, atomic bombs were on everyone’s mind. Spokane was chosen as the first city in the nation to attempt a complete evacuation of its downtown area, about …


Shawn Vestal: There it is again – the center of Spokane is the state’s poorest district

These figures are new, but the phenomenon isn’t. But incomes in the city are not just low compared to booming Seattle – they are hovering near the poverty line, indicating …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

Spokane mayor releases initial 2020 budget, including money for 20 new police hires and $220 million in construction

Mayor David Condon’s final budget proposal for the City of Spokane includes funding for an additional 20 police officials, roadwork designed to ease congestion on the crowded Hamilton arterial and …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019, 8:47 p.m.

Naked man holding tree branches arrested in downtown Spokane

Police arrested a naked man Tuesday morning who appeared high and was holding tree branches in both hands while fleeing in downtown Spokane.


City of Spokane considers $106,000 investment to help build 6-story apartment building downtown

The project would replace a small drive-through bank building at the corner of Riverside Avenue and Browne Street with a six-story building. The cash that would come from the city …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019, 7:49 p.m.

After high-speed chase and water rescue effort, police arrest man who jumped into Spokane River, covered himself with rocks

A multiagency car chase starting in Airway Heights led to a man abandoning a pregnant woman in his car to jump into the Spokane River to hide Friday morning. With …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019, 6:22 p.m.

Providence Health Care giving $1 million toward construction of inclusive playground in Riverfront Park

The playground in the southwest corner of the downtown park is expected to supplement the taxpayer-funded ice age-themed playground on the Spokane River’s north bank. The inclusive playground is being …


UPDATED: Sat., July 13, 2019, 7:14 p.m.

Two Eastern Washington football players seriously injured in downtown shooting

Two Eastern Washington football players were shot early Saturday in downtown Spokane’s central bar district, at the intersection of West Main Avenue and North Division Street.


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019, 6:50 p.m.

Spokane police recommend charge of second-degree arson for man accused of setting downtown ATM on fire, returning to pee on it

A man accused of setting an ATM on fire – and then urinating on it – was arrested Friday on suspicion of second-degree arson.


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 8:01 p.m.

Someone set a downtown ATM on fire … and then urinated on it

At about 1 a.m. Wednesday, a security guard at the Bank of America Financial Center building at 601 W. Riverside Ave. caught a man setting something on fire and placing …


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 11:05 a.m.

Spokane police investigating 33-year-old man for homicide in the death of his mother in her downtown apartment

Police suspect man may have given his mother a lethal dose of drugs in downtown Spokane apartment.


UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019, 5:34 p.m.

Second childrens’ book reading at downtown Spokane library by drag queens draws similar protest numbers

Supporters and protesters turned out once again Saturday at a public reading for children hosted by drag queens. Police were present, but no arrests were made before or after the …


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 2:10 p.m.

Spokane mayoral campaign pushes community to question, defend safety of downtown library

Spokane police are called much more often to the STA Plaza and other public locations downtown than the library. But a social media conversation started by mayoral candidate Nadine Woodward …


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 10:51 p.m.

Thieves pretending to need help flag down driver and steal her car in downtown Spokane, police say

Spokane police say a woman could only watch as a pair of alleged thieves drove away in her car early Wednesday morning after feigning a need for help.


It takes two: The Mango Tree blossoms with second location

The Mango Tree, a new restaurant featuring mostly northern Indian cuisine, opened the downtown space formerly occupied by Hill’s, and its staff is striving to serve some of the freshest …


Bloomsday 2019 is Sunday: Here’s what Bloomies need to know

Downtown roads will close at 5 a.m., and participants are reminded that backpacks aren’t allowed on the Bloomsday course due to safety concerns. If you’re looking for last-minute registration and …


Riverfront Park outdoor summer movies will not take place in 2019, event promoter says

The Western Washington-based company that had been organizing the outdoor movie series in Riverfront Park since 2013 cited long travel times and the “transitions” in the downtown park as the …


Then and Now: Granite and Paulsen buildings

A tale of two neighbors: The Granite Block was the result of a massive rebuild after the Great Fire of 1889; the Paulsen Building had roots in the sudden wealth …


Spokane’s oldest organized church, Westminster Congregational Church of Christ, prepares for 140-year celebration

The church has withstood challenges from without and within in its 140 years of existence, which makes Westminster older than Spokane itself. Within its stately stone walls, a congregation meets …


‘Seattle is Dying’ report prompts political response to homelessness in Spokane

City Council President Ben Stuckart declared from the dais last week that neither Seattle nor Spokane is dying, but the divisive KOMO-TV report has prompted a wide-ranging discussion on the …


Downtown cameras, security measures would be pushed under new plan considered by Spokane City Council

The panel is being asked to give its OK to a program that would encourage downtown businesses to put up more lighting and cameras to combat crime by giving them …


UPDATED: Sat., March 16, 2019, 6:05 p.m.

David Condon walks St. Patrick’s Day Parade as kilted mayor

Mayor David Condon was in his element Saturday afternoon. No criticism, no problems. Just tossing candies, shaking youngsters’ hands and wearing a kilt.


City Council mulling new laws that would make sidewalks safer after dog electrocuted, killed

After a dog was electrocuted on a sidewalk in downtown Spokane earlier this month, Spokane City Council members are in early talks of creating new laws that would make old …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 10:21 p.m.

Dog electrocuted in downtown Spokane in apparent ‘stray voltage’ incident outside bank

Washington Trust Bank at the corner of Wall Street and First Avenue has shut off all outdoor power after a man reported his dog was electrocuted Tuesday. The incident bears …


Fewer lunches and coffee breaks by federal workers begin to cut into profits at downtown Spokane eateries

In what is already a slow time of year for small businesses in downtown Spokane, the partial government shutdown means even fewer customers entering their doors.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018, 6:46 a.m.

Shelter for young adults to open in downtown Spokane at Westminster Congregational Church

Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ will soon be able to host up to 25 young people in a warming center a 10-minute walk from downtown Spokane.


Lyft, Uber drivers will have to pay new fees, follow new rules under Spokane City Council proposal

After more than two years of talks, the Spokane City Council seems poised to pass new local regulations on ride-hailing company drivers that will include a new driver’s license fee …


Police arrest man downtown after reports of gunshots

A man was arrested Monday night after multiple people reported a drive-by shooting in the area of Sprague Avenue and Browne Street in downtown Spokane.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

Man carrying flowers hit by car downtown

A man was injured Thursday afternoon when he was struck by a car in downtown Spokane.