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City explores housing quality action

City of Spokane officials are reaching out to community organizations and residents this month to gather input about housing quality in the city. Three public meetings have been held in June to review recommendations offered by Mayor David Condon’s Hou...

Douglass family members request five comprehensive plan amendments

Prominent Spokane developers Harlan Douglass and his sons, Harley and Lanzce, are seeking a total of five amendments to the Spokane County comprehensive land-use plan. One request seeks to tweak language to clarify that development of access from major m...


Combating elder fraud

With cases of elder financial fraud on the rise, Edward D. Jones & Co., one of the nation’s leading suppliers of financial services for individual investors, sent 85 employee volunteers to Washington, D.C., last month to meet with legislators to discuss...


Spokane’s road work backlog: Year of the big fix

Although a number of long-planned transportation system improvements are underway, it likely will take much of this road construction season—if not longer—for street crews to complete urgent repairs of winter and spring water damage. In Spokane, the ...


Work on Riverfront Park projects hits full stride

The city of Spokane parks department says it plans to open the new Riverfront Park ice rink—and ticket office for the rink and Skyride facility—in November. “The desire is to make the ice ribbon a destination place as the holidays approach,” says...

Spokane County preps for $19 million in Bigelow Gulch projects

The Spokane County Public Works Department plans to start two projects worth a combined total of $19 million as part of its continuing work on Bigelow Gulch and Forker roads. Martha Lou Wheatley-Billeter, Spokane County’s public works information and o...


Appraiser shortage hits both private, public sectors

Filling a national shortage of real estate appraisers comes down to a matter of compensation catching up with demand, says Michael Robinson, owner of Hearthstone Appraisal PLLC, of Spokane. He adds, however, that some forces within the industry don’t ...


Coeur d’Alene begins City Hall renovations

The City of Coeur d’Alene has launched a $1.9 million remodel project of its City Hall building, at 710 E. Mullan, at the east end of the city’s central business district. The intent of the project is to prolong the life of the City Hall building in ...


Exiting WSU chancellor mulls next challenge

As Washington State University Spokane Chancellor Lisa Brown enters her final months in that position, she says timing and opportunity have intersected to mold her time at the school. “In some ways, I’ve just been in the right place at the right tim...


City, Brown Building Materials prepare to meet in court

An eminent domain case involving the city of Spokane and B-ONE LLC, which operates Brown Building Materials, and pertaining to key property next to the Spokane River near downtown, now is scheduled to go to trial on Oct. 9. The petition, filed by the cit...

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