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UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019, 7:37 p.m.

Nearly $1M grant will help Volunteers of America battle youth homelessness

State and local officials gathered at the Philanthropy Center on Tuesday to celebrate a $940,000 grant to expand efforts to combat homelessness among students and young adults in Spokane.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019, 11:19 a.m.

Ben Stuckart wants City Council to rally against car-tab initiative; Tim Eyman travels to Spokane to protest

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart introduced a resolution on Monday that would formalize the council’s opposition to Initiative 976, which critics believe could jeopardize funding for critical transportation projects …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019, 9:11 a.m.

Council approves development of Upriver Drive into a new Spokane public park

The Spokane City Council unanimously approved a proposal from Avista Corp. to close a nearly half-mile stretch of Upriver Drive and replace it with a public park.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019, 9:09 a.m.

City inks deal on new warming center for Spokane homeless

After months of harried searching, the city may have found a new emergency homeless shelter.


Condon touts city’s progress in annual address to City Council

In his annual Statement of Conditions and Affairs at City Hall on Monday, Mayor Condon championed the city’s One Spokane strategic plan, which lays the course for the city’s growth …


Woodward aims to use trust amassed over broadcast career to bring about change if elected Spokane mayor

Nadine Woodward has been hesitant to bring her political views into the nonpartisan race, declining to seek the endorsement of either political party. Instead, she’s argued that the election is …


Stuckart vows to stick to facts, principles that have guided his City Hall career if elected Spokane mayor

As Ben Stuckart faces November’s vote, he contends with a well-documented, eight-year record at City Hall. But he also offers a deep, hands-on background in local government in politics. Stuckart …


Spokane’s Proposition 1 would make bargaining between the city and unions public

The proposal is intended to bring more transparency to talks between City Hall and public employees, including clerical and maintenance workers, firefighters and police. The initiative is sponsored by Better …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 3, 2019, 7:57 p.m.

Spokane city employee leading homeless shelter efforts resigns

As the city scrambles to open a new shelter and temporary warming center before winter, the man leading the effort has resigned – prompting city leaders to ask if he …


Spokane backs Boise’s appeal of homeless camping ruling to Supreme Court

As part of a larger effort, the city of Spokane has voiced its support of Boise in that city’s appeal of a 2018 court decision that requires cities to provide …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 30, 2019, 10:37 p.m.

Salvation Army approved as homeless shelter operator. Next step: a building.

The Spokane City Council named the Salvation Army as the operator of the city’s next homeless shelter on Monday, but the city still has to identify a location.


New proposal would dump utility bills for Spokane’s homeless shelters

Councilwoman Kate Burke will introduce a proposal to offer homeless shelters a 100 percent credit credit on their water and sewer bills.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019, 7:46 p.m.

Homeless to be left in the cold as Condon, City Council trade jabs over lack of adequate shelter space

Mayor David Condon acknowledged that the city will not have adequate shelter space when cold weather hits this weekend. The Spokane City Council and mayor held dueling press conferences on …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019, 7:19 p.m.

Spokane urges state to adopt clean fuel standard

The Spokane City Council approved a resolution supporting a clean fuel standard in Washington.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019, 2:57 p.m.

Spokane City Council demands specifics before awarding $3 million for homeless shelter services

The Spokane City Council refused to empower city administrators with the ability to enter into a contract with the Salvation Army until costs are clear.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019, 9:46 a.m.

Browne’s Addition designated historic district by Spokane City Council

The Spokane City Council signed off on the new historic district overlay zone for Browne’s Addition.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019, 6:02 p.m.

Spokane City Council to consider resolution support state clean fuel standard

The resolution would advocate for a clean fuel standard that would aim to reduce transportation’s negative environmental impact by requiring refineries and fuel importers to reduce the “carbon intensity” of …


Spokane receives cleanest financial audit in 15 years

Spokane has undergone its annual audit and, for the first time in a long time, it came back with no major findings.


Leaders say sit-lie ordinance won’t be suspended even if Spokane remains without shelter

Neither the mayor nor the Spokane City Council sees the need to suspend the city’s sit-lie ordinance this winter following last year’s dramatic battle.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 8:56 p.m.

Plan to redirect city funds from ‘Curing Spokane’ producer’s development project is ‘dead,’ Stuckart says

Developer Larry Stone is seeking $300,000 from the city to support a major downtown development project, but Ben Stuckart proposed diverting that funding toward drug addiction treatment instead.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 8:12 a.m.

Spokane City Council overrides mayor’s veto regarding how city employees are loaned to other agencies

The Spokane City Council swiftly overrode Mayor David Condon’s veto of a law that will regulate the loaning of city employees and property to outside agencies.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019, 1:21 p.m.

Mike Taylor, civil engineer with ties to health care and academic communities, dies at 75

Taylor continued working for the city up until his death, overseeing 13 construction projects at Spokane’s Riverside Water Reclamation Facility intended to drastically reduce pollutants flowing into the Spokane River.


As winter approaches, city pledges to take action on homeless shelter

The city of Spokane could submit offers on property for one or more new emergency homeless shelters this week.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019, 9:06 p.m.

The flashier remade U.S. Pavilion is just the latest version of Spokane’s Expo ’74 centerpiece

Built and operated for $11.5 million for the World’s Fair in Spokane, the structure started life as a temporary exhibition place that is now an iconic piece of the city’s …


‘There’s all these added layers of amazing’: Newly renovated U.S. Pavilion gets its debut

Spokane Parks and Recreation feels like it has scored big with the newly renovated U.S. Pavilion, which declutters the iconic Riverfront Park centerpiece and emphasizes the structure’s open netting that …


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: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019, 9:01 p.m.

As Grocery Outlet site seems less likely, Spokane considers 3rd Avenue homeless shelter without regional partners

With the county’s support for a new emergency homeless shelter on East Sprague uncertain, the city has found a new option in a Daybreak Youth Services building on East 3rd …


Spokane City Councilwoman Kate Burke dreams big on child care, explores problem of declining access

Councilwoman Kate Burke wants to provide free access to early childhood care in Spokane.


Condon expresses doubts whether city’s efforts to handle homelessness are working

As he prepares to leave office, does Mayor David Condon think that the city’s efforts to address homelessness have been adequate?


Spokane City Council sets new rules for employee, equipment loans

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