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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, 9:26 p.m.

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, 7:29 a.m.

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, 3:41 p.m.

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, 10:56 p.m.

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, 11 a.m.

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, 11:24 a.m.

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, 9:07 p.m.

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, 6:10 a.m.

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, 10:37 a.m.

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 …


Black Pearl request for lower card game tax in Spokane Valley at a standstill

A request from The Black Pearl Casino and Poker Room to reduce Spokane Valley’s gambling tax rate for card games appears to be at a standstill with city officials.


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.


Spokane Valley council changes timing, length of public comment period

The public comment process at Spokane Valley City Hall will be changing after two recent votes by City Council members to reduce comment time and change when those comments occur …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 10:52 p.m.

‘Pure fiction’: Spokane Valley City Council is not voting on 51st state idea

A longtime columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer apologized Tuesday for a story that falsely claimed the Spokane Valley City Council was planning to vote on a resolution in support of …


Spokane Valley to replace Pines Road rail crossing with underpass

After Spokane Valley successfully secured $19 million for the Barker Road project to construct an overpass separating vehicle and rail traffic, the city is now setting its sights on improving …


Spokane Valley card room wants lower taxes to compete with rates paid in Spokane

Spokane Valley reduced its gambling tax rate from 10 percent to 6 percent three years ago to help businesses like the Black Pearl Casino and Poker Room remain competitive with …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 10:26 a.m.

Spokane Valley hires D.C. lobbyist to help land federal transportation funding

The city of Spokane Valley has hired a lobbyist to help the city secure federal transportation funding for future rail projects.


Spokane Valley readies 2019 budget for passage next week

Spokane Valley is preparing to pass a $78 million balanced budget for next year that includes funding for road preservation, public safety, infrastructure and park improvements.