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Oil, coal train measure aims for ballot

One proposed ballot initiative that would put restrictions on oil and coal shipments via railroad through Spokane for public safety reasons is in the signature-gathering process, while another that sought to ban such shipments outright by codifying people...

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City’s economic development effort gains momentum

Officials with the city of Spokane say its economic development program is starting to have some noticeable impacts this season, with several key projects starting or expected to start construction soon. City planner, and team lead for the program, Andr...

Valley Fire Department’s protection rating boosted

A recent upgrade to the Spokane Valley Fire Department’s fire protection rating likely will mean reduced insurance premiums for property owners in the cities within its coverage area, officials say. Melanie Rose, the department’s community affairs o...

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Next Generation Zone prepares young adults for careers

Sherman Birdtail says he doesn’t know where his life would be without the educational, employment, and emotional support he’s received from the staff of Spokane’s Next Generation Zone, a career center for young adults. “I came in at 16 to get my ...

O’Quinn to leave county post

Spokane County said this morning that Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn has accepted the position of CEO for the Inland Northwest Community Foundation and will leave the board of commissioners in June. Per state law, three candidates to replace O’Quinn w...

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Spokane Transit Authority projects set to begin soon

Spokane Transit Authority has big plans ahead, as it begins some of the first projects from its 10-year-long Moving Forward plan this spring. In last November’s general election, voters approved STA’s Proposition 1 to fund 25 projects designed to mai...

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Plans for Mann center end in heap

After multiple attempts by local public entities to find ways to preserve and repurpose the Hillyard landmark Joe E. Mann Army Reserve Center complex, the long-vacant, brick-and-masonry buildings have been demolished to make way for rental storage units. ...

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Fairchild Air Force Base receives third tanker squadron

Fairchild Air Force Base has added a third squadron to its ranks, with the relocation of the 384th Air Refueling Squadron there this month. Previously located at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas for the past 43 years, the 384th Air Refueling Squadron ...

Monroe Street temporary striping still being mulled

The city of Spokane hasn’t decided yet whether to give neighborhood residents and business owners a chance to test lane reductions that would result as part of a controversial planned North Monroe Corridor improvement project. Marlene Feist, city of S...

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Wage hike weighs on Spokane-area employers

Todd Mielke, the CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated, says a survey of its members shows a majority of respondents believe Washington state’s mandatory minimum wage increase implemented at the beginning of the year is affecting their businesses negative...

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