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After four years of negotiating the city could soon have a new police contract.

Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward announced the contract in a press conference Friday and members of the city council and police union both voiced their support.

Kate Burke won't seek reelection

Feb 11, 2021
City of Spokane

A Spokane city councilwoman has announced she won't run for a second term. That move inserts some intrigue in a council district that commonly elects people with a variety of views.

Spokane City Councilwoman Kate Burke announced she will not seek a second term. She made the announcement in a Facebook post Wednesday saying she’s cherished the opportunity, but wanted to make space for others.

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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Police are investigating a hate crime Monday after a Jewish temple in Spokane was vandalized with anti-Semitic symbols.

When workers arrived at Temple Beth Shalom Monday, they found the Holocaust memorial and the side of the temple had been vandalized, according to the Spokane Police Department. Police suspect a white man last seen wearing blue jeans, a dark jacket and a red mask spray painted Swastikas on the temple. He was caught on Temple Beth Shalom’s security cameras Monday.

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While most Gonzaga Prep students were hustling to class before the 8 a.m. bell, an alumna of 1997 was circling the Earth for the third time this morning.


Lt. Col. Anne McClain says she’s wanted to be an astronaut since she was 4 years old. And during her time at Gonzaga Preparatory School, no one told her that wasn’t possible; instead the school encouraged her trajectory toward NASA.

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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.

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The prospect of a catastrophic accident is driving the sponsors of Proposition 2. That’s the ballot measure that would fine the owners of railroad cars who ship uncovered loads of coal or certain types of petroleum on rail lines within the city of Spokane. Supporters and opponents generally agree about the need to protect the region from the effects of a destructive rail-related incident. But they disagree about whether this ballot measure is the right way to do it.

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From the Studio presents the Golden West Winds. This group is part of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West from Travis Air Force Base, California. Performers include A1C Candy Chang on flute, SrA  SSG Natalie Wren on Oboe, TSgt Andrew Tucker plays percussion, SrA Daniel Shifren on bassoon, A1C Emily Hoffner on French Horn and SrA Alaina Shaw on clarinet.

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City officials say Spokane is making progress in helping homeless people, and especially families, stabilize their lives. This despite an 11% increase in the number of homeless people counted during the city’s one-day census in January.

The city says it and its private social service partners made contact with 1,090 homeless people during the annual Point-in-Time count on January 16. That number is up about a hundred from the 2016 figure.

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It was 25 years ago this Sunday that the Spokane area experienced its greatest loss due to fire since the Great Spokane Fire of 1889. The event was called Firestorm '91.

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  A coalition of human rights groups and politicians says there needs to be independent oversight to the Spokane county Sheriff’s office.

How The Sad Puppies Won — By Losing

Aug 26, 2015

"We smacked the Sad Puppies with a rolled-up newspaper," said a woman on the shuttle bus between hotels at WorldCon in Spokane, Wash., on Sunday night. "It's the only way to teach them."

The Boeing Company built more than 700 KC-135 Stratotankers for the Air Force in the 1950s to the mid-1960's. The majority of these "flying gas stations" are still flying today because of delays in building a modernized replacement.

The annual World Science Fiction Convention is happening now in Spokane, Wash., packed with the usual discussion panels, author readings and autograph sessions. In most ways, it's like any other WorldCon — five days of mingling between fans and creators of genre-related media from novels to paintings to music to podcasts. WorldCon has been held nearly every year since 1939 (World War II necessitated a break), rotating through different cities around the globe.

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President Obama’s emergency declaration for Washington unlocks federal firefighting tools. U-S Senator Maria Cantwell applauded the declaration during a stop in Spokane Friday, but says the state still needs aerial resources.


Spokane will be the center of science fiction and fantasy next week. The World Science Fiction Convention comes to Spokane for its annual event Wednesday through Sunday. While the city welcomes guests, it also plays host to a controversy among insiders.

Condon Challenges ‘Worker Bill of Rights’ Validity

Aug 5, 2015

Only one citizen’s initiative has qualified for the November election, but a court challenge prompted by Mayor David Condon yesterday (Monday) seeks to keep it off the ballot. He says one issue is the city’s authority to enforce it, but opponents say he’s playing into political pressure.

The city of Spokane has filed a lawsuit against the giant chemical company Monsanto. City officials filed the suit in U.S. District Court against the chemical giant.

City Buys Natural-Gas Garbage Trucks to Save Money

Aug 3, 2015

20 new garbage trucks will take on Spokane’s routes this month, running on a new, and cheaper, fuel. The city is slowly transitioning its garbage fleet from diesel to natural gas.

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Spokane Fire Department

The Spokane Fire Department’s small, non-emergency vehicles must be staffed by two people and aim to arrive within 12 minutes of the 911 call. Those changes came down in an ordinance from the city council this week, with encouragement by union leaders but opposition from the fire chief.

Meet The Three Candidates for Spokane Mayor

Jul 24, 2015
David Condon

Three people are facing off in Spokane to become the next mayor. Incumbent David Condon is seeking to be the first mayor re-elected in Spokane in 40 years. His challengers, Shar Lichty and Mike Noder, bring unique policy ideas and vastly different political backgrounds to the race. 

Little Spokane Fire 70% Contained by Friday

Jul 10, 2015
Little Spokane Fire
231 Fire Command Center

Firefighters working on the Little Spokane fire have it 70 percent contained (as of late Friday afternoon). Over the past day about 300 firefighters have worked on the roughly 170 acre fire that started at the Painted Rocks trailhead in Riverside State Park.

Little Spokane Fire
231 Fire Command Center

As of 10:00am Wednesday:

The fire is still completely un-contained, but fire incident commanders say they have a fire line around all of the blaze. Fire officials say they are making good progress at the fire burning along the Little Spokane River just north of Spokane.

The Little Spokane Fire sparked Monday afternoon at a hiking and paddling trailhead in Riverside State Park. Fire officials for this blaze and the '231 Fire' are sharing a command center.

Spokane city councilman Jon Snyder says it’s time to revise the city’s water plan. He's concerned the city needs to carefully review requests to provide water for areas outside the city that have been added to the Urban Growth Area by the county.

Floyd Remembered for Hard Work At WSU

Jun 22, 2015
Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

Memories of Dr. Elson Floyd are pouring in from across the country, just days after the Washington State University president died. On campus, WSU students in Pullman and Spokane took Monday afternoon to honor him with moments of silence and memorials.

In the last week, Spokane, Washington, has severed most of its official ties with Rachel Dolezal, the local civil rights leader who gained national infamy for lying about her race.

Ombudsman Commissioners Asked For Altered Minutes

Jun 18, 2015

Spokane’s city council will meet today (Thursday) and discuss the findings of an independent report on the city ombudsman commission. The eight findings show workplace misconduct against a staff member, who is not named in the report.

The 'Davenport Grand' in Photos

Jun 17, 2015
Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

The Davenport staff and owners opened the new Davenport Grand Hotel in Spokane today. The convention-style hotel holds 716 guests rooms, 3 restaurants/bars, and 63,177 sq feet of meeting space. 

At a Monday night rally in downtown Spokane, members of the city's black community said they want to put former NAACP president Rachel Dolezal behind them.

Former NAACP official Rachel Dolezal shared her views on race — including her own — in a live interview Tuesday, the first time she's spoken with the media since reports emerged that questioned her racial identity.

When the Today show's Matt Lauer asked, "Are you an African-American woman?" Dolezal replied, "I identify as black."