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Fairchild Air Force Base doubles down on KC-135

Col. Charles “Brian” McDaniel, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander at Fairchild Air Force Base, says he’s identified his main objective for the base, since taking command on July 25. “For me, I want it to be the center of excellence in air refueli...

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Growth rate slows for Spokane County’s biggest tax bills

Tax bills levied on the top 50 property owners in Spokane County for 2014 totaled $46.3 million, up 4.4 percent from the total tax bills for the top 50 property taxpayers in 2013, county records show. The rate of increase, though, was substantially slowe...

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Spokane International Airport, tenant association object to proposed FAA hangar policy

Spokane International Airport and the Spokane Airport Tenant Association claim a controversial airport hangar use policy proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration has significant flaws. The policy outlines the use of hangars at any airport that re...

Spokane Valley council mulls new parking restrictions for big rigs

Spokane Valley city council members will consider two options next week that would prevent commercial tractor-trailers and potentially even recreational vehicles from parking in residentially zoned parts of the city, says Dean Grafos, Spokane Valley mayor...

NWBDA appoints new leader as Acevedo steps back

Debbie Shipman has been named president of the Northwest Business Development Association, and longtime president Gil Acevedo plans to stay on with the nonprofit to help with the transition until May, when he plans to retire. Shipman says her goal for th...

Spokane Regional Transportation Council gives nod to newest transportation program

The Spokane Regional Transportation Council has rolled out its 2015-to-2018 transportation improvement program for Spokane County, which contains 96 projects totaling $304 million. Anna Ragaza-Bourassa, a senior transportation planner with SRTC, says th...

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Proposed abandoned property law stirs debate

City leaders say a proposed registry of vacant, single-family Spokane homes in foreclosure would hold companies and banks accountable for keeping the properties in good condition, but a mortgage lending association representative says many mortgage lender...

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Valley Fire Department updates two of its stations

The Spokane Valley Fire Department is wrapping up $1.4 million worth of renovations to its University and Otis Orchards stations, says Larry Rider, deputy chief of support systems for the fire department. ...

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Plugging stricter parking enforcement

With the addition of 350 parking meters on Spokane city streets outside the downtown core, a high-tech tool to find people with unpaid parking tickets, and steel boots that put teeth into previously unenforceable meter violations, the city of Spokane esti...

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Art barrier planned to hide downtown lot

City, community, and arts leaders are combining efforts to improve a vacant lot at Third Avenue and Division Street—currently filled with rebar, bits of broken concrete foundation, and dried-out weeds—by putting up a portable, 420-foot plywood fence t...

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