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UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

Local governments couldn’t force kids’ lemonade stands to be licensed under proposal in Washington House

Washington kids selling lemonade in their front yard might soon get the protection of the state against any move by a local government or health agency to shut them down.


Shawn Vestal: Ceremonial gestures aside, honesty will make or break new City Hall relationships

What will make or break the relationship at City Hall – and what broke the last one – isn’t what happens when everyone’s looking. It’s what happens when no one …


Spokane County Fire District 3 adding 11 paid positions paid for by grant

More big changes are coming to Spokane County Fire District 3 in southwest Spokane County after the district annexed Medical Lake into its boundaries in August.


Condon’s final days as mayor marked by clashes with City Council over homeless shelter, division of power

A dispute over where to operate a warming shelter for the city’s homeless opened old wounds with the Spokane City Council, even as Mayor David Condon celebrated the beginning or …


New Spokane Valley leaders hope to take on public comment, inclusion in 2020

Spokane Valley can expect at least two hotly debated City Council issues from this year to come up again in 2020 as a new council member is sworn in and …


2020 calendar highlights 80-year history of Spokane Valley Fire Department

The Spokane Valley Fire Department has put out a 2020 calendar full of historical photos and facts in honor of its 80th anniversary.


Higgins Point Overlook will be unveiled

A spot along the Spokane River will be dedicated to a former longtime community leader.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 13, 2019

Political newcomers seek Liberty Lake City Council position 1 seat

The race for Liberty Lake City Council position 1 doesn’t have an incumbent after Councilman Bob Moore abandoned the seat in favor of running for the seat vacated by Shane …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019

Kinnear and Kiepe seek South Hill seat on City Council

A preview of the race between Tony Kiepe and incumbent Lori Kinnear to represent District 2 on the Spokane City Council.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019

Deer Park City Council candidate supports direction of current government

Caleb Stapp faces Heather Newsom in the Nov. 5 election for position 4, currently held by retiring Councilman Don Stevens.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 10, 2019

Spokane Valley City Council votes to allow property condemnation to speed up Barker Road separation project

After negotiations slowed to buy property in the path of the Barker Road separation project, the Spokane Valley City Council voted Tuesday to allow staff to condemn property if no …


Liberty Lake’s Trailhead Golf Course gets upgrades; offers scooters as alternative to golf carts

The city-owned Trailhead Golf Course in Liberty Lake has been making improvements to entice golfers to it’s nine-hole course and the latest of those efforts is the acquisition of four …


Spokane City Council sets new rules for employee, equipment loans

The Spokane City Council adopted an ordinance establishing a policy for sharing city employees.


Ken Johnson, Spokane County Fire District 10’s new chief, honored for opportunity

Spokane County Fire District 10 has a new fire chief, but Ken Johnson is no stranger to the district. He started his career there as a volunteer firefighter when he …


In brief: Spokane, Spokane Valley city offices closed for Fourth of July

Spokane Valley holiday closures In observance of the Independence Day holiday, city of Spokane Valley offices and services will be closed today. City offices will be open for regular hours …


Spokane Valley updating parks master plan

Community members have turned out for two recent public meetings to give input on an update to Spokane Valley’s Parks Master Plan, asking for more parks in the city and …


Spokane County seeking volunteer for civil service commission

Spokane County is seeking a volunteer to fill a vacancy on its civil service commission, which is responsible for reviewing the job performance of law enforcement.


Northwest Winterfest event in Spokane Valley postponed because of tariffs

Northwest Winterfest, a holiday-themed event scheduled to take place in Spokane Valley later this year, has been postponed due to concerns with the trade conflict between the U.S. and China.


Valley Fire sees thefts of brass caps from fire safety connection systems at area businesses

The Spokane Valley Fire Department has noticed a rash of thefts of brass fire caps from Fire Department Connection systems at businesses in Liberty Lake.


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019

City clashes with Civil Service Commission over reinstating employee accused of sexual harassment

The city of Spokane is fighting an order to reinstate an employee it demoted and later laid off over sexual harassment complaints after after the Civil Service Commission found he …


Spokane Valley aims to speed up permits for northeast industrial area

Spokane Valley is considering a measure that speeds up the permitting process for potential businesses in the city’s northeast industrial area.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019

Spokane City Hall to push employment for applicants with disabilities

The new program will work within the city’s existing civil service rules to match applicants with disabilities to jobs they’re qualified to do. The goal is to serve as an …


City to resume sit-lie enforcement in February

Now that Spokane’s shelter capacity has increased by 275, the city will resume enforcing a law that bars people from sitting, sleeping or lying on the streets of downtown Spokane …


Commission recommends doubling salaries for Spokane Valley City Council

The Spokane Valley City Council is receiving pay raises for the first time in 13 years based on recommendations from a citizen salary commission.


Spokane Valley council awards lodging tax grants

The Spokane Valley City Council awarded several organizations funding through its lodging tax to promote tourism.


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 …


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 …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018

Demonstrators, including Councilwoman Kate Burke, chain themselves together to protest removal of City Hall homeless camp

The demonstration – which drew a large crowd as well as onlookers from the nearby ice-skating ribbon in Riverfront Park – was an attempt to stop police from clearing out …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018

City Councilman Breean Beggs to run for city council president

City CouncilmanBreean Beggs has filed to run for city council president, saying he hopes to continue his work on criminal justice reform and help the council and the mayor’s office …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018

Spokane County Commission again votes for 1 percent property tax increase

Spokane County Commissioners approved a 1 percent property tax increase to fund core county services, road construction and property acquisition for the Conservation Futures program.