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Buildings’ demolition to make way for downtown Sportsplex

Demolition permits have been issued for two buildings on the north bank of the Spokane River in preparation for construction of a $42 million indoor sports complex.

Couple sue Spokane Arena over fall at a concert in 2013

Carleen Kenfield went to the Spokane Arena in 2013 hoping to see the Tran-Siberian Orchestra. What she got instead was four years of surgeries, physical therapy and constant pain.

Stephanie Curran named chief executive of Spokane Public Facilities District

Curran, 50, who started her career in the district managing the catering services at the INB Performing Arts Center, will take over for longtime executive Kevin Twohig, who announced his …

Downtown Spokane sportsplex could be built without a voter-approved bond, officials say

A proposed sports complex on the north bank of the Spokane River could be built with funds from several different partners, including the city, the Spokane Public Facilities District and …

UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017

Kevin Twohig to retire as CEO of Spokane Public Facilities District

Kevin Twohig is retiring after 16 years as the chief executive officer of the Spokane Public Facilities District, which owns and operates the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, the Spokane Convention …

UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017

Kevin Twohig honored for tourism leadership

Kevin Twohig, CEO of the Spokane Public Facilities District, was given Visit Spokane’s Leadership Excellence in Tourism award Thursday.

Spokane City Council to consider ban on elephant hooks

On Monday, the Spokane City Council will consider an ordinance banning the use of “bullhooks” - implements that resemble fireplace pokers with sharp, steel-hooked tips and that are used to …

Ground broken at Arena for memorial to fallen heroes

Several hundred people gathered Friday morning – the anniversary of 9/11 – to break ground on a new memorial honoring post-9/11 service members who died in the line of duty. …

City Council rejects paying $300,000 for soil cleanup at Grand Hotel

A proposal to use city funds to pay for more than $300,000 in environmental cleanup at the Davenport Grand Hotel was shot down this week by Spokane City Council members, …

Celebration, improvements in store for Spokane Arena’s 20th year

When the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena opened in 1995, the owner of the Spokane Chiefs declared it to be the finest facility of its kind in any small city in …

Spokane River access ramp sought

Spokane parks officials today will ask the city’s hearing examiner to approve a shoreline permit for a new access ramp for kayaks and small nonmotorized craft along the Centennial Trail …

New Grand Hotel Spokane will carry Marriott branding

More than nine months after starting construction, Spokane hotelier Walt Worthy now has a formal name for his new convention center hotel.

Skywalk extension proposed

Spokane could soon have a new downtown skywalk, the first in more than two decades. The skywalk would span Spokane Falls Boulevard and join the Spokane Convention Center with the …

Jesus Christ Superstar at Spokane Arena cancelled

A performance of Jesus Christ Superstar scheduled for the Spokane Arena featuring several famous rock stars was cancelled on Friday.

Landers: Convention Center project affects trail, boat access

Tree-lovers, Centennial Trail users and Spokane River paddlers will be the first to notice if preliminary construction for the $55 million Spokane Convention Center Completion Project begins as scheduled next …

Land for Worthy’s new hotel assessed

If Spokane hotelier Walt Worthy moves forward to build a new 700-room downtown hotel, he’ll have to pay the Spokane Public Facilities District $6.67 million for the land. In mid-August, …

Worthys ready to launch convention center hotel plan

After announcing plans last year to build what would be Spokane’s biggest downtown hotel near the Convention Center, developers Karen and Walt Worthy say they’re ready to start the first …

Large convention hotel nearer

Spokane developer Walt Worthy has signed a letter of intent to buy downtown land as part of his plans to build a 15-story, 700-room Convention Center hotel. Worthy, who owns …

Landers: River access should be natural part of project

The Spokane River shouldn’t have to speak up for itself. Like a hero who saves the day before 500,000 onlookers, the river ought to naturally have our attention and appreciation.

Landers: River access should be natural part of project

The Spokane River shouldn’t have to speak up for itself. Like a hero who saves the day before 500,000 onlookers, the river ought to naturally have our attention and appreciation.

Convention Center expansion designs debut

Preliminary concepts for expansion of the Spokane Convention Center will be on display for the public during a community event on Thursday. Three design and construction teams are competing for …

Paddlers want river access at Convention Center

Apparently no kayakers or rafters were allowed into the main flow of planning for the Spokane Convention Center expansion project. Paddling access to the Spokane River is doubtful under project …

Shenanigans continues its location hunt

The CEO of the company that recently closed C.I. Shenanigans said he’s looking for a new restaurant location in Spokane. RAM International’s Jeff Iverson said Spokane has been a good …

Owner closes CI Shenanigans unexpectedly

The owner of downtown Spokane restaurant CI Shenanigans closed the business Saturday evening, surprising the restaurant’s landlord, the Spokane Public Facilities District. About 40 workers were affected by the closure.

Shenanigans closes its doors as facilities district prepares for demolition

CI Shenanigans closes its doors, leaving about 40 workers out of jobs

Hoteliers see good, bad in Worthys’ plans

Spokane-area hotel managers have mixed feelings about Walt and Karen Worthy’s plans to build a 700-room downtown hotel. Yes, the 15-story full-service hotel will take away some of their business, …

PFD says voter approval sparked couple’s interest

The move by Walt and Karen Worthy to build a convention headquarters hotel on Spokane Falls Boulevard shows the economic potential of expanding the Spokane Convention Center, public officials said …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2012

Worthys to build 15-story hotel downtown

Developer and hotelier Walt Worthy will build a 15-story, 700-room hotel south of the Spokane Convention Center, connected to the center by a skywalk, according to a press release.

New lights in the arena save time and money

The audience for Wednesday’s Cirque du Soleil performance will be the first to see a show at the Spokane Arena under new lights. The Spokane Public Facilities District, which owns …

County money may back arena, center

Spokane County commissioners on Tuesday said they are willing to provide a financial backup on municipal bonds that will be sold to finance expansions of the Spokane Convention Center and …