Mayor Nadine Woodward

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 Launches 2021 Construction Season

Apr 8, 2021
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The city of Spokane will soon break ground on several new construction projects, including a massive overhaul of East Sprague and a partial demolition of the Post Street Bridge.

During a news conference Thursday, Mayor Nadine Woodward said the new projects would provide jobs in a time of economic challenges, and benefits for both motorists as well as cyclists.

Eastern Washington to move to Phase 2 of re-opening

Feb 11, 2021

The door has opened a little wider for Spokane and eastern Washington counties as they emerge from the pandemic. 

Governor Jay Inslee announced during a press conference Thursday that the East region of the state, which includes Spokane and eight other counties have met the metrics to move to Phase 2. The criteria the region had to meet included a flat or declining hospitalization, positivity and new cases rate. 

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Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward says the city is making plans for outdoor winter and holiday celebrations to improve peoples’ moods and allow them to safely be out in the community.

“There are some things we have learned in the past in our Covid recovery, and that is we can do events very safely like we did Fourth of July," Woodward said.

Spokane Reaction To New Covid Restrictions Is Mixed

Nov 15, 2020
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Spokane reaction to the governor’s restrictions is mixed.

At the governor’s press conference, one Spokane nurse asked people to follow the public health guidelines. Clint Wallace, who works at Providence Sacred Heart, says he and his colleagues are tired from eight intense months of caring for patients with the virus.

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The Spokane City Council voted Monday to indefinitely put off a decision about whether to add fluoride to the city’s drinking water. But it did decide to accept up to $4 million in grant money to continue studying the concept.

The proposal to fluoridate Spokane’s water has rekindled a decades-long debate about whether the benefits of adding fluoride to the water outweigh the negatives.

Spokane City Council Considering Water Fluoridation

Aug 26, 2020
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Water fluoridation may be in the city of Spokane’s future.

The city council is considering a request by dentists to fluoridate the city’s water supply. The proposal may be added to the council’s agenda as early as next Monday.

Water fluoridation has been proposed – and rejected – before by Spokane residents. Supporters such as Dr. Elisabeth Warder believe it’s time to consider it again.

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For the second consecutive night, Mayor Nadine Woodward declared a curfew for downtown Spokane.

“We are following a situation in Riverfront Park by the Red Wagon where it has been going on for several hours," Woodward said during a late evening virtual press conference.

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.

Spokane COVID Response


Tuesday will mark one month since Spokane County recorded its first confirmed case of coronavirus. Since then, 275 people have tested positive; 15 have died.

On Monday, community leaders held a briefing to answer some of the questions they heard during an online and telephone town hall meeting from last Wednesday. They included a question for Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward about how economic and other restrictions would be lifted, when it’s time.

Spokane COVID Response

Spokane elected officials are urging residents to obey the rules set out by Governor Jay Inslee and ‘stay at home’ if at all possible.

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and others held a press briefing this [Tuesday] morning, in which they presented a unified front in favor of physical distancing strategies to combat the coronavirus.

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Today on Inland Journal and the Inland Journal podcast, the Washington Democratic presidential primary is still too close to call. Bernie Sanders led after the first count Tuesday night. Joe Biden holds the lead now. Biden won in Idaho. What’s next for Democrats in those two states as the presidential campaign moves to the next phase? The Idaho legislature voted this week to move the northern half of the state to full-time Daylight Saving Time when Washington and Oregon do. We’ll dig into our archive and talk with a proponent of Daylight Saving Time. We’ll hear about a new survey by the city of Spokane to gauge how people think the city should move forward in adapting to climate change. And we’ll celebrate the Hindu Festival of Colors with the Spokane Hindu community.

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The NCAA says it will hold its regional men’s basketball tournament at the Spokane Arena as scheduled next Thursday and Saturday. But it won’t allow fans inside.

The collegiate sports body announced, because of concerns about the coronavirus, it will allow only the teams, essential personnel and limited family members to attend the games.

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Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward today [Monday] announced the city will move its downtown police precinct to the former Umpqua [UMP-kwah] Bank building at Riverside and Wall.

During last fall’s campaign, Woodward had expressed displeasure with the current precinct location at the Intermodal Transportation Center several blocks to the southeast. She said it was too far out of the way and vowed to bring the police hub closer to the center of the core.

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Nadine Woodward was sworn in Monday as Spokane's 45th mayor.

An inaugural ceremony was held at the U.S. Pavilion in Riverfront Park.

After being introduced by her former TV news colleague, Charles Rowe, Woodward gave an inaugural address that included remarks focusing on the homeless issue that she made a centerpiece of her campaign.