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New lights under I-90 overpass proposed to combat crime near Lewis and Clark High School

Following the success of increased lighting in the East Sprague neighborhood, the city will consider installing new LED fixtures under the I-90 overpass near Lewis and Clark High School. Principal …


Downtown Spokane has long history of experimentation, controversy with parking

The Washington Supreme Court had to decide whether downtown Spokane would install parking meters back in the 1940s. Today, rates are competitive with other similar-size cities, but officials are calling …


UPDATED: Sat., June 17, 2017

Man stabbed in downtown Spokane

A man was stabbed during a fight at Howard Street and Riverside Avenue in downtown Spokane Saturday morning.


Decision on whether to cover U.S. Pavilion in Riverfront Park delayed a month

The Spokane Park Board voted unanimously Thursday to request more information on how much re-covering the structure would cost before instructing a design team to abandon the idea.


UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017

Park Board to vote Thursday on scrapping plan to re-cover Riverfront Park Pavilion

The team in charge of re-imagining the central feature of Expo ‘74 has proposed leaving a cover off the U.S. Pavilion as part of renovations occurring through Riverfront Park. Critics …


UPDATED: Wed., June 7, 2017

Records: Witness says man shot dead in downtown Spokane last week put shooter in headlock

A man shot dead during a fight in downtown Spokane last week had the shooter in a headlock before the fatal shots were fired, according to court records.


UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017

Spokane to get tougher on downtown parking meter limits starting July 1

Enforcement of existing laws that place limits on how long a particular motorist can stay on a certain city block will start July 1. Until then, violators will receive notices …


Bloomsday post-race festivities and shirt pick-up will be along Main Avenue this year

Spokane Falls Boulevard has been dug up to install a 2.2-million gallon stormwater tank downtown, and the construction of an ice ribbon has closed portions of Riverfront Park. But Bloomsday …


UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017

Spokane signs short-term deal for pay-by-phone parking downtown

After a hiatus that began last month, downtown parkers will once again have access to a pay-by-phone service beginning Tuesday, according to a news release.


UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017

Ridpath loan of $1.75 million clears first hurdle from Spokane City Council

The city will have to vote a few more times before Ron Wells’ loan to convert the old hotel into mixed housing gets final approval.


UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017

Spokane looks to revise snowplow plan after brutal winter

City officials plan to scrutinize Spokane snow plow policies after a tough winter that left streets an icy rutted mess and led to scores of complaints.


UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017

Riverfront Park construction schedule on track, despite snowy winter

Construction of a new home for the Looff Carrousel, the Howard Street bridge replacement and an ice ribbon skating facility are all on schedule despite a cold and snowy winter, …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017

City Hall will be asked to approve $1.75 million in funding for Ridpath Hotel rehab

Plans and money are coming together to revitalize the decaying Ridpath Hotel. With the help of a $1.75 million city loan expected this spring, developer Ron Wells is closer to …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 21, 2017

Pay-by-phone parking suspended while Spokane negotiates contract with new vendor

After the city did not receive about $80,000 worth of dues from the company providing pay-by-phone parking services, the option was shut off at downtown meters. Officials are working to …


Spokane ponders ending agreement with pay-by-phone parking service over unpaid fees

LocoMobi, operator of the QuickPay meter payment application, owes the city roughly $80,000 in unpaid revenue, city officials said. Ending the agreement could mean an interruption of the service that …


Man randomly attacked with a knife in downtown Spokane

A man randomly attacked a man with a knife in downtown Spokane late Monday night.


Stormwater tanks, green spaces and traffic blockages headed downtown in 2017

City workers will begin installing two massive subterranean tanks to retain stormwater beginning early next year in downtown, part of ongoing efforts to clean up the Spokane River. The work …


Sale of Otis Hotel, work on Montvale and Odd Fellows buildings raise hopes for western downtown Spokane

In the mid-2000s, developers along the western edge of downtown Spokane’s entertainment district were promising big things, including condos, street-level stores and refurbished rentals. But those promises mostly went by …


Spokane City Council to consider tougher enforcement of parking meter time limits

A proposal the City Council will consider Monday night will not change any meter parking policies, but it will authorize enforcement officers to use license plate readers to identify parkers …


Wall Street reopens Friday

Wall Street is reopening on Friday after spending two summers under construction.


Free parking after 5 p.m. in downtown Spokane road construction zone

Parking meters within the Lincoln and Monroe Street construction zone in downtown Spokane are now free after 5 p.m.


Base layer of pavement should be ready for downtown Spokane traffic by year’s end

Downtown Spokane streets Lincoln and Monroe will have a base layer of blacktop by Halloween - as long as there’s no snowfall.


Cornerstone of downtown Spokane’s skywalk system to be replaced

The City Council signed off on an agreement this week calling for the replacement of the downtown skywalk spanning Wall Street and linking the old Macy’s department store and River …


Beggs, Kinnear want BNSF to join push for stricter train safety standards

If BNSF does not agree to lobby state and federal decision-makers to assist the City Council in beefing up security standards for Bakken crude and coal on trains running through …


Spokane County gives $50,000 to help House of Charity out of deficit

The Spokane County Commission has voted to give $50,000 to help the House of Charity provide round-the-clock homeless services amid a major budget shortfall.


Daiquiri Factory owners say it will reopen in same location, amid continued controversy

Family members of Jamie Pendleton say they’ll reopen the controversial downtown bar in June, two years after the business was closed as part of a rent dispute. Nick Cavasier, a …


Downtown Spokane Macy’s bids due Wednesday

Offers to buy the former Macy’s department store building in downtown Spokane are due Wednesday, and two local organizations say they are interested.


Bloomsday organizers investigating T-shirt shortage, offer online orders through Friday

Some Bloomsday participants went home shirtless Sunday due to a shortage of finisher T-shirts. Race Director Don Kardong said organizers are investigating the issue, and affected participants can order a …


Gary Crooks: Why is the fight over marijuana?

Just the fact that bars need bouncers should raise this question: Why place them outside the


Two years in, homeless feel targeted by sit-lie law

When a divided Spokane city council passed a law banning sitting and lying on downtown sidewalks, advocates said the law was intended to clean up downtown, not criminalize homelessness. Nearly …