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UPDATED: Fri., May 22, 2020

Spokane County cleared to move to Phase 2 of reopening

Spokane County is cleared to move to Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start reopening plan.


Hertz creditor talks reach impasse ahead of Friday deadline

Hertz Global Holdings has been at loggerheads with a key group of creditors with time running out to cut a deal that addresses missed debt payments, according to people with …


Using U.S. jobless claims as economic gauge becomes trickier

For decades, the U.S. jobless-claims report has provided a straightforward, routine read on the labor market every Thursday. Now it carries a variety of asterisks.


The tech industry’s shift to remote work will forever change Silicon Valley

Living in Silicon Valley was a requirement for many people in top jobs at the technology companies. But that’s changing in the wake of the coronavirus.


Wall Street opens lower, but still on track for weekly gain

Stocks are opening mostly lower on Wall Street following a mixed showing in overseas markets. The S&P 500 fell 0.4% in early trading Friday, but it’s still on track for …


Enterprising Spirit: Paint-and-sip studio owner has kept customers creating despite shutdown

When Jackie Casey went to her first paint and sip class at a Pinot’s Palette in Arizona, she was less than excited. In fact, she was preemptively embarrassed about her …


100 years ago in Spokane: Rail executive predicts city, region will be ‘jammed’ with tourists

Louis W. Hill, the chairman of the Great Northern railroad, predicted that 1920 would be the best tourist year ever in Spokane and the Northwest.


UPDATED: Fri., May 22, 2020

Spokane Indians can’t play ball, but they still hosted a sellout by providing fans a stadium-fare fix

The organization offered 200 orders of stadium fare – two hotdogs, two German sausages, two burgers, potato salad, chips, cookies and souvenir cups – on Thursday and they sold out …


UPDATED: Thu., May 21, 2020

13 new cases confirmed in Spokane as health district awaits approval to move to next reopening phase

About half of the 13 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed on Thursday are related to the same outbreak, that health officials say is now controlled.


UPDATED: Fri., May 22, 2020

Most Memorial Day events have been canceled; private remembrances can proceed

Memorial Day won’t feel quite the same this year. Because of social distancing requirements forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, most public events have been canceled.


UPDATED: Thu., May 21, 2020

Spokane City Council weighs, defers rate increase for ambulance service

The Spokane City Council continued to ask questions at a proposed 28% rate increase for American Medical Response, the city’s medical transportation provider.


UPDATED: Thu., May 21, 2020

Spokane clears path for sidewalk eateries; more action to help restaurants reopen expected

On Thursday, the Spokane City Council took swift action aimed at reducing the lag time between filing an application and receiving city permission to operate on a sidewalk, street or …


UPDATED: Thu., May 21, 2020

Spokane Valley bar dispute escalates with state citation over violation of stay-home restrictions; owner vows to fight

State agents have issued a Spokane Valley bar owner a citation for remaining open in defiance of a state business closure order. But the bar owner says he may continue …


UPDATED: Thu., May 21, 2020

Wednesday’s rain set record in Spokane, but no flooding observed

Rainfall on Wednesday broke records more than a century old in Spokane, Lewiston and Pullman.


Gardening: Volcanic ash helps keeps soil very fertile

Monday marked the 40th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens. I was mowing my yard that day before a really big (or so I thought) thunderstorm moved in. …


Spokane Valley Fire roundup: Who’s a good dog? Pet alerts Greenacres family something amiss in garage

A dog saved the day by alerting a family that their garage was on fire in the area of Greenacres


Phillips Creek Trailhead work begins: Pandemic slows work; volunteers pitching in to build pathway

Construction on the Phillips Creek Trailhead in the Dishman Hills Natural Area got underway last week with the goal of opening to the public by the end of June.


Front Porch: Showing some love to locally owned eateries

You never know how much you miss something until it’s gone. Derek and I have entered the blissful state of the almost-empty nest. With just one kid at home our …


Somebody Needs You: Man with disability seeks vacuum cleaner

The goal of Somebody Needs You is to match donors with the specific requests of needy Spokane residents. The list of requests is coordinated by the Volunteers of America in …


Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary moves fundraiser for Honor Flight to online

The Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary Club has hosted a Memorial Day breakfast to raise funds for Inland Northwest Honor Flight. This year, a pandemic has intervened and the breakfast has …


Citizen Journal: Former Fort Wright home brings back childhood memories

In 1955, Donna Potter was 12 years old as she and her brothers David and Douglas walked up the steps to their new home.


Spokane Valley plans variety of roadwork projects

The City of Spokane Valley has more than a dozen projects slated to start this year, including major road improvements, sidewalk installations and improvements to CenterPlace Regional Event Center.


Weathercatch: Potent upper-level low system erupts over region with uproar

Unless you were following the National Weather Service-Spokane’s Special Weather Briefings last weekend, it would have seemed unlikely that the Inland Northwest would be slingshot by a powerful storm system …


Spokane County restaurants, retailers and salons gear up to reopen next week

Spokane County has applied for permission to reopen some segments of its economy earlier than originally planned, based on criteria from Gov. Jay Inslee’s office. When those businesses come back, …


100 years ago in Spokane: Census revision shows slight growth over previous decade

Spokane’s boosters were breathing a sigh of relief, after more than 200 names were added to Spokane’s 1920 census, thus putting the 1920 population slightly above the 1910 number.


UPDATED: Wed., May 20, 2020

Graduates from Spokane Public Schools will receive diplomas in modified drive-thru observances

It won’t be held at a stadium or an arena, but graduation could be a pretty sweet ride for the class of 2020 in Spokane Public Schools. After more than …


UPDATED: Wed., May 20, 2020

Reopening: It’s back to business, but not business as usual

As countries around the world loosen their coronavirus restrictions, it’s back to business, but not business as usual


Mayor says Mexico City will begin gradual reopening June 1

Even as Mexico saw its largest one-day death toll, Mexico City has announced it will begin a gradual reopening June 1


UPDATED: Wed., May 20, 2020

Spokane adds 6 additional cases, no new deaths on Wednesday

Six new cases of COVID-19 were announced in Spokane County Wednesday.


UPDATED: Thu., May 21, 2020

Officials: Development on West Plains, slowed by pandemic’s effects, beginning to regain momentum

Coronavirus-related concerns halted several development projects on the West Plains, but activity is beginning to pick up again to accommodate an expected influx of 5,000 new jobs in the area, …