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Marijuana sales in Spokane County jumped in fiscal 2017

Marijuana retail sales in Spokane County increased by 57 percent during the 2017 Washington state fiscal year, which ended June 30. While sales continued to climb quickly in the latest 12-month period, the growth rate was down sharply from the 2016 fisca...

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Study explores seniors’ transportation challenges in Spokane

The Spokane office of nonprofit Special Mobility Services Inc. is in the early stages of using a $160,000 grant to study what it suspects are widespread, unmet transportation needs of senior residents living in Spokane County. The grant, which will go to...

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Spokane Tribe preps for industrial push

The Spokane Tribe of Indians is laying the ground for its next ambitious step on the West Plains—developing a 155-acre “green” industrial park to support its goal of creating its own utility company that would generate and distribute solar energy. ...

Costco environmental decision appealed

A resident of the Camelot neighborhood, located across the Newport Highway from the planned Costco site north of Spokane, wants a more thorough environmental review of the project. Tom Cooney, a retired attorney, has appealed the county’s findings—ca...

Valley library plans might receive new lease on life

The Spokane County Library District and the city of Spokane Valley are set to amend and extend an agreement that would allow for the construction of a library at the northeast corner of Sprague Avenue and Herald Street, just across Sprague from the new Ci...

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Spokane COPS looks to balance future with effective past

Patrick Striker, executive director of Spokane Community Oriented Policing, known here more generally as Spokane COPS, says a challenge he sees facing the 25-year-old nonprofit—and others like it—is balancing its past successes with more recent and em...

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Taking recreation to new heights

The city of Airway Heights is set to begin construction this fall on its planned community recreation center. Plans for the project, which is being funded through a $13 million bond approved by voters last August, call for the construction of a two-story...

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Spokane Arena food court expansion gets underway

The Spokane Public Facilities District has begun upgrading food service areas in the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, located at 720 W. Mallon, and expects to complete the work by this fall. Kevin Twohig, CEO of the facilities district, says the changes ...

$12 million jail addition set in Kootenai County

Construction has started on a $12 million expansion for the Kootenai County Jail, in Coeur d’Alene. The expansion will add 114 beds in a 20,000-square-foot expansion to the jail at 5500 N. Government Way, bringing the total to 441 beds, says Kootenai C...

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Film industry back from the dead as Z Nation enters fourth season

The future of the film industry here looks bright, and the dead are still very much alive in the Spokane area, as crews begin shooting the fourth season of Z Nation, a show on the Syfy television network. The show, which began production for the new sea...

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