City of Spokane

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The Spokane City Council voted Monday night to change an agreement to allow the city to study the feasibility of fluoridating the city water supply.

Voters Narrow Spokane County Municipal Races

Aug 3, 2021
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Here are the August 3 primary election results from the municipal races in Spokane County.

In the city of Spokane's Northwest district, former state legislative candidate Zack Zappone won a five-way race. He'll face Spokane hamburger restaurant owner Mike Lish in the November general election.

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About $200 million in federal pandemic rescue plan money are coming Spokane’s way. Local officials have outlined the deliberative public process they’ll use to decide how to spend it.

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For the second year in a row, Fourth of July public fireworks displays were cancelled in the Spokane area. But they may return later this summer.

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The worst of the heat wave appears to have passed, but what’s left of it is taking much of the sizzle out of Fourth of July celebrations. Fire officials are discouraging people from discharging their own fireworks and now, even professional shows have been cancelled.

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The city of Spokane will investigate allegations of racism against its city manager after a departing division director accused the city’s top employee of mistreating him because he is Black.

According to The Spokesman-Review, Cupid Alexander, the leader of the city’s homeless and neighborhood services department and the only Black leader at City Hall, announced he was resigning on Monday. On Wednesday, local media obtained emails from Alexander to city manager Johnnie Perkins alleging a pattern of mistreatment, and that Perkins was forcing him out early.  

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A departing director of the city’s homeless and neighborhoods services division has accused the city manager, who oversees all employees at city hall, of mistreating him because of his race, according to a report by The Spokesman-Review.

Annual Survey Puts Spokane Park System In National Top 20

May 31, 2021
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A group that puts out an annual report ranking city park systems in the U.S. has slotted Spokane’s system in its top 20.

The Trust for Public Lands is a national organization that works to conserve land and create parks.

WA State Auditor Releases Results Of Review Of Spokane City Housing Agency

Apr 19, 2021
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The Washington state auditor’s office says a Spokane city agency failed to comply with its own rules when it made financial agreements with outside contractors in 2017 and 2019.

That was one finding in a report released Monday by the auditor’s office.

Spokane Hires New City Administrator From San Diego

Mar 23, 2021
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Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward has named a new city administrator.

Johnnie Perkins comes from San Diego. He was most recently the deputy chief operating officer and director of environmental services for the city of San Diego.

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Utility crews around the Inland Northwest worked overnight to restore power to tens of thousands of customers after heavy snow fell around the region.

More than 5,000 Avista customers remained without electricity on Saturday morning in the Spokane area, other parts of northeastern Washington and northern Idaho. Inland Power reported about 1,000 homes without power, mostly in Spokane County. Northern Lights was working only a handful of outages affecting a few dozen customers.

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The coldest temperatures of the fall are coming this weekend.

Spokane officials say they’re working with the city’s shelters to make extra space available.

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Thursday’s Washington Supreme Court ruling that struck down the car tabs initiative has brought relief to the people who look for money for transportation projects.

Spokane City Council President Breean Beggs calls the decision “a big win for the city.” He says it can continue to charge vehicle owners a $20-a-year to fund street and pedestrian improvements.

Local legislators say the ruling puts a spotlight on the need to find new ways to fund transportation projects.

Spokane Council Turns Down Agreement With Police Guild

Jun 29, 2020
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The Spokane City Council voted unanimously Monday night not to ratify a contract agreement between the city and the Police Guild.

That agreement would have given raises, retroactively, to officers all way the back to 2016.

The seven-zero vote came as council members said the proposal doesn’t give the city enough authority over the actions of the officers in the department.

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One more Spokane insititution is re-emerging from a coronavirus-induced postponement. The city’s community court will reopen Monday and resume its two-day-a-week schedule.

City Of Spokane Releases Climate Survey Results

May 7, 2020
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Health and economic issues are top of mind for most people right now. But results of a survey released this week by the city of Spokane show the environment is still important to people.


More than 1,400 residents answered questions in a recent online poll about climate change.

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The federal government is sending about $90 million from the coronavirus recovery fund to Spokane County.

County commissioners say they’re interested in hearing how people want that to be divided. They’ve created an online survey for people to fill out.

But one Spokane group hopes they’ll do more to make sure the money gets into the right hands.

Spokane City Construction Season Begins Today [Wednesday]

Apr 15, 2020
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The city of Spokane today [Wednesday] announced its construction schedule for this year.

Mayor Nadine Woodward says it includes about $70 million worth of infrastructure work that was already planned. She says it’s adding an additional $10 million in street improvements.

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Some Spokane residents are upset with plans by the city to construct a portion of the Centennial Trail through their neighborhood.

That neighborhood is bounded by Boone Avenue along Summit Boulevard, through Mission and West Point.

Laura Garrabrant owns a home on Mission across from the bluff overlooking the Spokane River.

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Spokane city officials today [Friday] celebrated the completion of the huge underground tank project that has closed Spokane Falls Boulevard near the downtown library for months.

The storage tanks can hold more than two million gallons of wastewater until it can be discharged to the city’s water reclamation plant.

The city built a new public plaza with a view of the Spokane River and its lower falls on top of the facility.

Ground Broken For New Spokane School, Library

Oct 1, 2019
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Spokane city and school district officials broke ground today [Tuesday] on what they call a new educational campus near the Northeast Community Center. It’s a joint project between the city and the school district.

Spokane City Council Puts Off Shelter Management Decision

Sep 24, 2019
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Fall is here and the city of Spokane is beginning to feel the need to lock in plans for emergency shelters for this winter.

But plans are still not settled. The city has no shelter locked in and few concrete details. Because of that, the city council voted Monday night to wait before choosing an agency to operate whatever facility they ultimately decide on.

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The Spokane school board last night [Wednesday] approved its part of a land exchange that involves the schools, the city and its parks and libraries.

The city will deed land it owns to the school district for middle schools in the Mullan Road neighborhood on the South Hill and the Foothills area in the northeast.

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Three months after budget cuts at the House of Charity reduced Spokane's shelter capacity by about 150 beds, the city has gained back about 100.

Thursday, the city announced that Salem Lutheran Church in West Central would open Friday night with space for about 60 people. On December 1, a space on West Cannon opened with accommodations for 40.


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Spokane got its first taste of snow last week, but Nov. 15 marks the official start of snow season for the city.


If big vehicles like RVs and boats aren’t moved from street parking by Thursday, they could be towed by the city to make way for snow plows.

City of Spokane Announces Snow Removal Plan

Oct 22, 2018
Jared Brown


It’s not even Halloween yet but the City of Spokane is preparing for a snowy winter. On Monday it announced its new snow removal plan.


The biggest change from last year’s snow plan addresses snow berms in front of residential driveways.

Spokane Councilmember Works on Sidewalk Initiative

Sep 21, 2017
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We’ve all run across this situation at least once. You’re walking down a sidewalk in your neighborhood, or someone else’s, and you see the path ahead of you buckled, kind of like a pitched tent, or the concrete is all broken up.

Spokane City Councilman Breean Beggs is considering a citizen initiative to fix situations like that. He’s eyeing the 2018 general election ballot. 

City Shares Details of Monroe Street Construction Project

Sep 21, 2017

City of Spokane engineers this week provided more details of their Monroe Street project, scheduled to begin next spring.

The city bills the project as a balancing of interests. It’s designed to narrow the street to slow traffic and make it safer for cars, but also for pedestrians and bicyclists. The goal is also to make the neighborhood more livable and to make it easier for customers to access businesses on the street.

Spokane 'Point-in-Time' Count Shows More Homeless

Jun 15, 2017

On January 16, Spokane city officials and about 100 representatives from 30 community organizations conducted their annual one-day “Point-in-Time” census of homeless people. The census is required by the state. The canvassers made contact with 1,090 people. That number is up about a hundred from the year before.

Despite the increase, Dawn Kinder believes Spokane is making progress in helping people, especially families, find places to live and stabilize their lives. Kinder directs the city of Spokane’s Department of Community, Housing and Human Services.

Inland Journal, June 15, 2017

Jun 15, 2017

This week on Inland Journal, we’ll hear excerpts from an Idaho Supreme Court hearing over whether the governor’s veto of a bill repealing the state grocery tax is legal. We’ll talk with Washington state school Superintendent Chris Reykdal about his vision of the state’s schools. We talk about the results of the annual homeless census in Spokane. And the head of the Upper Columbia United Tribes talks about this week’s ceremony in Kettle Falls honoring salmon and their role in Native life.