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UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Spokane Valley Mayor Ben Wick redistributes committees, duties for council members

Spokane Valley Mayor Ben Wick redistributed what boards and committees council members were on, cutting one council members number by more than half and giving one council member who had …


More moderate Spokane Valley City Council to choose new mayor Tuesday

Spokane Valley will swear in three City Council members and choose a new mayor Tuesday, during their first meeting of the new year.


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 …


Spokane Valley to spend more than $600,000 on new CenterPlace roof

Fourteen years after it opened to the public, the CenterPlace regional event center needs a new roof.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

In close 4-3 vote, Spokane Valley City Council funds Northwest Winterfest festival, other tourism events

After a 4-3 vote, Spokane Valley City Council funded Northwest Winterfest, a Christmas light and cultural festival planned for next year, and nine other community and tourism events.


Spokane Valley council passes symbolic prohibition on income tax

Spokane Valley City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to prohibit any future income tax in the city, even if it becomes legal in Washington.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Peetz pulls ahead in close Spokane Valley council race; other Valley races largely unchanged

Brandi Peetz took the lead in the close Spokane Valley race Wednesday, going from four votes behind her opponent, to more than 200 ahead.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Hattenburg, Woodard win seats on Spokane Valley Council; Peetz, Rasmussen only 4 votes apart

Preliminary results show one moderate, and one conservative candidate pulling ahead Tuesday night, and one race that was too close to call.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Spokane Valley funds 13 nonprofits with $180,000

The Spokane Valley City Council approved more than $180,000 in funds to help more than a dozen nonprofits serve their community or boost business in the city.


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: Tue., Oct. 1, 2019

Spokane Valley City Council approves allocating $400,000 to repair city hall

John Hohman, deputy city manager, said the city won’t know the full extent of the damage until crews take apart the exterior council chamber walls, which are cracking.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019

Peetz v. Rasmussen: Spokane Valley City Council candidates differ in identifying city’s issues, solutions

Spokane Valley Councilwoman Brandi Peetz and challenger Michelle Rasmussen both hope to focus on public safety and a regional solution to homelessness if they win a four-year term on City …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019

Racial equity proposal sparks more disagreement at Spokane Valley council meeting

For the second time in three weeks, race became the subject of a tense and awkward exchange at a Tuesday night meeting of the Spokane Valley City Council. This time, …


Family of white supremacist murder victims, including Spokane Valley City Council candidate, call for racial equity talk in the city

Lance Gurel, who is one of the candidates running against Spokane Valley City Councilman Arne Woodard, said this weekend the impending execution of Danny Lewis Lee shows why the city …


UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019

Spokane Valley leaders clash over racial equity proposal at Tuesday council meeting

A tense and awkward exchange about race emerged at a Spokane Valley City Council meeting Tuesday night, exposing a rift about whether the city is welcoming to people of different …


Council votes to allow marijuana transporters to move to Spokane Valley

Marijuana transportation companies will be able to open offices in Spokane Valley after City Council voted Tuesday to add a new category to its marijuana regulations.


Brandi Peetz stresses public safety; challengers focused on leaner government in race for Spokane Valley City Council

While Spokane Valley City Councilwoman Brandi Peetz runs for re-election with a focus on improving public safety and community outreach, two other candidates vying for the nonpartisan position say they …


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019

Spokane Valley council candidate Al Merkel facing DUI charge after May crash

Spokane Valley City Council Candidate Al Merkel is facing a charge of driving under the influence after he was arrested in May.


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019

Spokane Valley City Council denies Catholic Charities request to build low-income housing

Spokane Valley City Council denied a proposal to change city code by St. John Vianney Church that would have allowed Catholic Charities to build affordable senior housing.


Getting There: Spokane Valley to select design following $1.2 million federal grant for Pines Road rail project

Spokane Valley is planning to select a design for its $29 million project to separate road and rail traffic on Pines Road and Trent Avenue.


UPDATED: Sun., June 2, 2019

Church renews effort to build low-income housing; Spokane Valley neighbors object

Neighbors worried about traffic and views oppose a plan by St. John Vianney Church to develop multifamily housing on a site it purchased in 2009 at the northwest corner of …


Crowded Spokane City Hall field leads filings for August primaries

All of the races for political positions in the city of Spokane will have competitive primaries, with four races attracting 25 candidates at the filing deadline Friday afternoon. Incumbents in …


Spokane Valley Youth Voice growing future leaders, organizer Councilwoman Linda Thompson says

When Spokane Valley City Councilwoman Linda Thompson was elected to the dais in 2017, she made a promise to give back to the community.


‘Winterfest’ celebration begins in Spokane Valley late this year

A new event celebrating the region’s diverse cultures with food, decorations and performances during the holiday season will debut in Spokane Valley next winter.


Spokane Valley’s City Council and Arts Council agree to work closely on future artwork donations

Spokane Valley City Council and the Spokane Valley Arts Council crafted an agreement that coordinates acceptance and delivery of future art donations to the city.


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.


Spokane Valley City Council considering restrictions on usage of City Hall

Proposed regulations would bar commercial, political and religious events at Spokane Valley’s new City Hall and grounds.


Artist wants ‘Heart of the Valley’ sculpture displayed for Spokane Valley rather than kept in storage

Cheney artist Richard Warrington, who created a sculpture for Spokane Valley last year, is upset that city officials have decided to store the artwork at its road maintenance facility until …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019

Spokane Valley residents seek zoning changes to limit development of duplexes, apartments and town homes in residential neighborhoods

A proposal by a group of Spokane Valley residents to tighten city regulations and limit the number of duplexes, town homes and cottages is gaining momentum and could be heard …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019

Spokane Valley nuisance property law gives neighborhood new lease on life

Last year, it was common for neighbors to be jolted awake late in the evening by police activity from a nearby chronic nuisance property. But that has changed since Spokane …