A member of the council's majority, Karen Stratton is facing a challenger backed by Mayor David Condon
Diane Crow stands in the parking lot at Indian Trail Elementary School before six people who are giving up a few hours of one of the last days of summer to talk to strangers. Specifically, they're here to ring doorbells alongside Karen Stratton in hopes of convincing voters that she should keep her seat on the Spokane City Council.
Why poor people are imprisoned in Benton County; plus, Congress lets a major conservation fund to expire
DEBTORS' PRISONS The American Civil Liberties Union and the Terrell Marshall Law Group in Seattle filed a class-action lawsuit against Benton County for jailing people who cannot afford their COURT-IMPOSED DEBTS.
How a debate over adding two more commissioners turned political and personal
Over the years, plenty of local politicians have mused about the merits of expanding the number of Spokane County commissioners. In 2007, Commissioner Bonnie Mager argued that five commissioners would provide more representation.
What exactly is Spokane missing without a police ombudsman?
From day one, Spokane's new police ombudsman — interim or not — will walk into office greeted by a stack of backlogged complaints and at least four requests to conduct investigations independent of the police department's Internal Affairs Division, something that has never been done before. Those four cases will test police accountability advocates' argument that the ordinance passed by the city council in 2014 weakens the ombudsman's authority to investigate independent of the police department.
Mayor David Condon and Chief Frank Straub have parted ways. What that means for the SPD and next month's mayoral election
The timing couldn't have been much worse for Spokane Mayor David Condon.
Envision Spokane's new initiative would take the city beyond a $15 minimum wage; businesses say it hurt workers
"What this proposal is about is not too hard to grasp," says Kai Huschke, standing under the gaze of hard-hat-wearing workers depicted in a labor-themed mural outside of the Laborers Local 238 office.
The Northwest's drought continues; plus, surprising support for Washington's charter schools
RUNNING DRY Remember that HISTORIC DROUGHT you spent the summer hearing about?
Anyone can say anything they want at Spokane City Council meetings; is this the best way to get the public's input?
It's the most democratic three minutes in Spokane. After Council President Ben Stuckart gavels the city council's evening legislative session to order, after the Pledge of Allegiance and a couple of proclamations are read, it's time for open forum, when anyone gets three minutes to share their thoughts on almost any subject with the city's lawmakers.
Spokane Public Schools looks to cut after handing out raises; plus, heat-packing protesters
MIND THE GAP There's no such thing as a free lunch — or, in the case of Spokane Public Schools, no such thing as free raises for lunch ladies.
One family from Syria has found welcoming arms in Spokane, and many others may follow
Hussein doesn't want his full name printed. The 40-year-old Arabic man with a trimmed black beard doesn't want his face in the paper, either, at least not while Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is still in power.
A longtime businesswoman faces off against a seasoned City Hall staffer
The race for Spokane City Council's soon-to-be vacant District 2 seat has the potential to push the already liberal council majority even further left. The two candidates running to replace outgoing councilmember Mike Allen, considered part of the council's conservative minority, bring different backgrounds to the table.
Why the case of a convicted murderer sentenced to life is getting a new look
At just 35, Vy Thang has spent more time in prison than he has out of it. In 1999, he was convicted of aggravated murder in the first degree — the state's most serious murder charge — for kicking an elderly woman to death in her home two years earlier.
The community mourns the loss of a father and two young girls; plus, delays in setting Mayor David Condon's salary
A Driver's Death
How the Spokane Education Association became more active, confrontational and willing to strike
Spokane Education Association President Jenny Rose has been wrong about her members twice in the past year. The first time was this spring, when her members staged a one-day walkout to protest over-testing and underfunding of Washington state schools.
Poor people — some innocent — will languish behind bars before they're convicted. Time inside can cost them jobs, homes and children
Just $50 stands between David Hill and his freedom.
Spokane Public Schools' elementary schools will get 30 extra minutes of class time every day this year
When Rocky Treppiedi, a Spokane Public Schools board member since 1996, first got a real sense of how unusual Spokane's elementary school schedule was, he was horrified. "This was the district's dirty little secret for decades, it turned out," Treppiedi says.