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Proposal to rename East Central Community Center after MLK creates debate

The effort to rename the East Central Community Center after a civil rights icon has met pushback from those who believe the name should continue to reflect the neighborhood it …


100 years ago in Vantage, Washington: Wait continues for stranded motorists

A watered-down firecracker ordinance “won’t spoil Fourth fun,” said a Spokane Daily Chronicle headline.


Catholic Charities, city to consider land deal to spur affordable housing project near Gonzaga Prep

The city of Spokane will consider selling five parcels of city-owned property to facilitate the development of 96 units of affordable housing under a partnership between Gonzaga University, Catholic Charities …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 7:28 p.m.

Salvation Army objects to Stuckart’s concerns about group’s treatment of LGBT community

In response to concerns Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart expressed Wednesday about discrimination against the LGBT community at a new city-funded shelter, the Salvation Army said it doesn’t discriminate …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 11:39 a.m.

Spokane officials pick operator for new homeless shelter, but location, funding questions remain

The city announced a service provider for its proposed homeless shelter on East Sprague.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019, 8:38 p.m.

Commission renews Spokane Police Ombudsman Bart Logue’s contract

With glowing praise, the Office of the Police Ombudsman Commission unanimously voted on Tuesday to renew Bart Logue’s contract to serve as the civilian watchdog of the Spokane Police Department …


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: Sat., Aug. 3, 2019, 2:58 p.m.

Spokane City Council support for new shelter softens in face of opposition

The city is soliciting public input on its plans for a new emergency shelter in East Central, but few details about its operation have been fleshed out.


UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019, 5:57 p.m.

Study examining moving downtown Spokane police precinct delayed by City Council

The city council is expected to vote on a resolution that would ask the city to study the feasibility of returning a police precinct to the heart of downtown.


UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019, 10:34 p.m.

Spokane City Council diverts state sales tax to fund affordable housing

The city of Spokane will redirect a percentage of the state sales tax it collects to affordable housing assistance.


UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019, 3:05 p.m.

Spokane City Council to consider expanding tax incentive zone for multifamily homes

The City Council will review a proposal to expand the multifamily tax exemption zone, which seeks to incentivize an increase in housing density.


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019, 6:50 p.m.

Water in part of Hillyard may be contaminated for up to a week, city says

A commercial hydroseed vehicle, which has a tank containing a mixture of seed, mulch and water, may have allowed a backflow into the city’s water system when filling from a …


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019, 9:52 a.m.

Triple murderer implicated in Spokane City Hall bombing to be first man executed as a result of new federal directive

The death sentence handed down to Danny Lewis Lee, a white supremacist who was implicated in the bombing of Spokane City Hall in 1996, was for a triple murder that …


Spokane homeless activist dying of liver disease won’t give up on his life’s work

Alfredo LLamedo is dying of liver disease but won’t stop advocating for the homeless and downtrodden of Spokane.


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 9:40 p.m.

Spokane council members suggest moving police precinct back to heart of downtown

Four years after the city of Spokane moved its downtown police precinct away from the Spokane Transit Authority’s headquarters, City Council may explore the feasibility of bringing a precinct back …


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019, 10:21 p.m.

Homeless family sues over handling of tent-city protest outside Spokane City Hall

The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Spokane, denounces the city’s handling of the encampment dubbed “Camp Hope,” where homeless people slept and demonstrated through late November …


Shawn Vestal: If you think lawn care stinks, Spokane has a program for you

Even if you like your lawn – even if yours is a cool, plush carpet to which you relish devoting unreasonable amounts of time, money and natural resources – it …


UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

Despite demands from Spokane City Council, city is relying on new dispatch center

Despite orders from the Spokane City Council to maintain an independent dispatch crew for firefighters, the city is now relying on a new regional system to handle emergency calls.


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019, 10:55 p.m.

Former Woodward campaign manager hints at reasons for her departure in blog post

The former campaign manager for mayoral candidate Nadine Woodward said she was asked “to act contrary to (her) values” in a blog post on Monday.


City funds 80 shelter beds for women, family and children

After two homeless shelters almost lost 100 beds for women and children, Spokane City Council approved $360,000 to restore most that were lost.


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 7:58 a.m.

Spokane City Council approves agreement for new shelter at border with Spokane Valley

The Spokane City Council approved a purchasing agreement for a new shelter for people who are homeless at the border of Spokane and Spokane Valley that could serve more than …


City Council adopts Hank’s Law, aims to make sidewalks safer after dog electrocuted

The City Council passed a law requiring heated sidewalks to comply with modern safety standards following electrocution of dog last winter in downtown Spokane.


UPDATED: Sat., June 29, 2019, 8:37 p.m.

Spokane to lose 100 shelter beds for women, children and families in July

In a few weeks, Spokane will lose 100 shelter beds for women, children and families because the two shelters that serve those populations lost some of their funding.


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019, 7:44 a.m.

Spokane City Council candidates disagree on homelessness, affordable housing

Spokane City Council candidates were divided on how to make Spokane safer and reduce homelessness, with some arguing for mandatory drug treatment and more police, and others saying more housing …


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 8:11 a.m.

Spokane mayor, council candidates debate homelessness, downtown crime

All five candidates for mayor shared a stage for the first time Tuesday, disagreeing on homelessness, affordable housing and how to improve safety downtown.


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 10:14 a.m.

Spokane residents can soon park their cars on the street for 3 days without risking ticket

Spokane residents now have three days to leave their cars in front of their homes without risking a parking ticket, after the Spokane City Council loosened parking restrictions Monday night.


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Spokane City Council votes to explore suing opioid makers, distributors

Spokane City Council unanimously voted to ask the city’s legal department to explore suing opioid manufacturers and distributors for their role in the opioid epidemic.


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 9:29 a.m.

Spokane City Council defers action on new cost-sharing agreement with Hoopfest

Spokane City Council indefinitely deferred a new cost-sharing agreement with famed 3-on-3 basketball tournament Hoopfest due to concerns that smaller events may not have access to the same type of …


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019, 9:03 a.m.

Spokane City Council to consider suing opioid manufacturers, distributors

Spokane City Council members are considering suing opioid makers and distributors for allegedly lying about how addictive the drugs were and failing to contact law enforcement about thousands of suspicious …


Memories abound as city begins renovations on Dutch Jake’s Park

The city of Spokane broke ground on renovations at Dutch Jake’s Park on Tuesday, and leaders hope to reopen the park to the public in the fall.