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Tuesday, October 22, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Spokane Christmas shoppers have many choices for longtime independent retailers

Spokane shoppers can be joyous to know that many of the area’s longtime retail businesses are going strong with the help of loyal customers.


John Conley’s knack for a deal turned into colorful life as he built Spokane’s iconic White Elephant

As a teenager, John Conley built airstrips in the South Pacific during World War II. He came home to build one of the most iconic stores in Spokane.


UPDATED: Sat., July 22, 2017, 10:10 p.m.

John Conley, founder of the White Elephant, dead at 90

John Conley, founder of the White Elephant and a highly regarded figure in Spokane community, has died. He was 90.


From counting worms at White Elephant to writing, Laura McBride discovered hard work pays offs

McBride is returning to her former stomping grounds to mark the release of “’Round Midnight,” released last week from Touchstone, with a reading at Auntie’s. In an email interview, McBride …


Businessman mourning death of grandchild, Molly Conley

A Spokane business stalwart is struggling to find answers after his 15-year-old granddaughter was gunned down in Western Washington last month as she walked with friends. More than 2,000 family …


SWAT team arrests man at White Elephant

A SWAT team surrounded the White Elephant store on North Division Street on Friday night after a report of a man entering the building through an air duct on the …


Conley family serves up 65 years worth of White Elephant deals

John Conley was a teenager fresh out of the Navy when he opened his first White Elephant military surplus store in 1946. “The term ‘white elephant’ refers to something expensive …


Jolly old elf is holdover from Crescent display days

Technically, Santa is supposed to be up on the rooftop, but for the past 22 years, he’s stood proudly in the parking lot at the White Elephant store on East …


Jolly old elf is holdover from Crescent display days

Technically, Santa is supposed to be up on the rooftop, but for the past 22 years, he’s stood proudly in the parking lot at the White Elephant store on East …


Refurbished mascot has a storied past

As landmarks go, the big elephant atop the White Elephant store at 12614 E. Sprague Avenue in Spokane Valley is pretty distinct. Unique, in fact – and with quite a …


Sporting goods store owner, others create Outpost for learning to hunt

Pat Conley’s sons love the smell of pine and campfire. “They’re outdoorsmen and respect the outdoors,” he said with obvious father’s pride. “They’re law abiding, trustworthy kids and I think …