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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...

Design work starts for Trent Avenue bridge replacement

The Washington state Department of Transportation is designing a replacement for the East Trent Avenue Bridge, which crosses the Spokane River just east of Hamilton Street in East Spokane. Al Gilson, Spokane-based spokesman for WDSOT, says the $20 milli...

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Spokane Gives effort expands in scope, influence

The Spokane Gives campaign has expanded in scope during its first three years. Entering its fourth year, its initiator, Spokane Mayor David Condon, sees potential for more growth in participation from the business sector. “We’re starting to get mo...

Airport reports increased revenues, passenger count

A preliminary financial report released last month shows revenue and passenger counts both rose at Spokane International Airport in 2016 compared with 2015, again exceeding the airport’s projections for the year.  Todd Woodard, director of marketing a...

STA debuts real-time updates on route status

As part of its Smart Bus Initiative, Spokane Transit Authority has begun rolling out some new features to help riders to track bus schedules here better. Brandon Rapez-Betty, STA spokesman, says buses now are equipped with GPS technology that provides r...

Library outlet set to open in Spokane Valley Mall

The Spokane County Library District says it plans to open The BookEnd, providing additional library space, in a vacant 2,200-square-foot area next to Macy’s on the second floor of the Spokane Valley Mall at the beginning of May. “The idea is for tha...

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