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  • Homeless camp ban allowed to proceed

    Randy Bracht, The Center Square|Updated Dec 14, 2023

    SPOKANE – A Washington state appellate court on Thursday upheld Proposition 1, a local ballot initiative to ban homeless encampments within 1,000 feet of schools, public parks, playgrounds and licensed childcare facilities within city limits. The measure passed with nearly 75% voter support during the Nov. 7 election, but its future was clouded pending the outcome of a dispute over the legality of the initiative. Following oral arguments heard Oct. 25, three judges on the Division III Court of Appeals said in Thursday’s pub...

  • More aid offered to fire victims

    Randy Bracht, The Center Square|Updated Sep 7, 2023

    MEDICAL LAKE - More assistance has been made available for families, property owners and businesses affected by recent wildfires. On Thursday, Gov. Jay Inslee expanded an earlier emergency proclamation by directing the state Department of Social and Health Services to provide benefits from the agency's Family Emergency Assistance Program through Sept. 29 to individuals and families without children in the areas of Pend Oreille, Spokane and Whitman counties. The program can...

  • Walsh to lead state Republicans

    Randy Bracht, The Center Square|Updated Aug 17, 2023

    OLYMPIA – The state Republican Party has a new chairman. Rep. Jim Walsh, 59, of Aberdeen, has replaced Caleb Heimlich at the top of the party. Walsh was elected in a 95-15 vote by Republican leaders attending the state committee meeting Saturday, Aug. 12. "Jim Walsh is an exceptional representative and community leader who has a proven track record of winning tough battles, including flipping Legislative District 19 from a Democrat stronghold since the days of FDR into a R...

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