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Parks and streets measures on November ballot

The streets and Riverfront Park plan is on the November Ballot and, if approved, current streets and park funding would remain in place, giving the city $60 million to improve Riverfront Park and $25 million to spend on upgrades to Spokane streets.

The master plan for Riverfront Park includes a promenade on Howard Street, a new and improved carrousel, moving the ice rink to the edge of the park, and creating a destination playground.

Residents in favor of improving the park said they'd like to see Riverfront Park get this makeover to help keep Spokane's downtown vibrant and thriving.

"I don't think there's anything wrong with the park," explained�Spokane resident Theo Anderson.�"I like the garbage goat and the sculptures of the runners. It's a really nice park, but�I think it's good to keep the momentum going and make it better."

Resident Taylor Main agreed, saying, "I think Spokane is on their way to becoming a bigger city, so the more you can attract people downtown with entertainment with better parks is better for Spokane."

The Spokane City Council voted unanimously over the summer to allow the two measures to go to a vote.

City Council lays out Spokane's legislative priorities

How do you think state tax dollars should be used in Spokane? The city council has and an idea and they put it in writing at Monday nights council meeting.

People advocating for both the University of Washington and Washington State University shared why they thought their medical programs should be on the city's legislative agenda.

Each year the city writes up a list of things they want legislatures to focus on in Olympia.

This year, WSU's $2.5 million in start-up funds for an accreditation for a new medical school is a top priority.

A little further down the list is the University of Washington's Spokane medical program's expansion.

Those advocating for the university of Washington say they want to send a unified message, that both programs should have an equal priority.

WSU advocates say a four year program has more benefits to the city.

"The only thing we are really missing in this health care operation in Spokane is an accredited medical school, this is the final piece." Dean and Associate Professor of WSU Medical Sciences Ken Roberts said.

Spokane Police search for coffee stand robbery suspect

A man believed to be responsible for two Spokane coffee stand robberies in the past two days is still at large as of Sunday evening. Spokane Police are looking for a man described as an African American in his 20s or 30s.

Warm weather delaying opening of Riverfront Park's Ice Palace

A warmer than average fall is keeping the Riverfront Park Ice Palace from opening. The rink was planning to open on Oct., 22nd, but says it's pushed the opening day back to Oct.. 29th, pending cooler weather.

Officials with the rink say they need 6�or more�days of cooler weather, and then a stretch of average fall temperatures for the ice to form and stick around.�

The delay has sent more business to other indoor ice rinks like Eagles Ice-A-Rena.

"We will accommodate," Manager Josh Wattam said. "A lot of people don't like skating super late, but we will stay open till midnight if need be."

He says this is the first time he has ever seen a delay in opening the Riverfront rink.

"It is definitely having an impact," Wattam said. "Usually they are able to get their ice in already but it's just the strange weather."

Working 4 you: Saving on holiday travel

Working 4 you: Saving on holiday travel

Thinking about planning a trip for Thanksgiving? Now might be the time to get moving.

When it comes to booking Thanksgiving airfares, travelers don't get too much flexibility around the Thursday holiday.

The days with the highest fares are the days the most people want to travel. That's the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after. So, it may not be your first choice, but you can usually find the best fares on Thanksgiving day. Maybe a morning flight can get you on the ground for a turkey dinner.

But, if you know which day you want to fly, book it now.

According to Consumer Reports, fares rise in October by about $3 for every day you wait to book a flight.

Finding the best price on tickets often means searching the most options.

Consumer Reports recommends making that search easier by using a website that pulls airfares from multiple sources, like Kayak, Expedia and Travelocity.

A connecting flight may save you some money, but some travel experts prefer a nonstop in colder weather when cancellations may throw off holiday plans.

700 seasonal jobs available in Spokane

It's that time of year again when companies beef up their staff to get ready for the busy holiday shopping season. Many companies in Spokane already have their advertisements up, looking for their holiday helpers.

?This time of year is when we start to look for good employees, especially sales people,? Darian Jorden, store manager of Aspen Sound said.

Aspen Sound has three locations in the Inland Northwest. Jorden said they'll likely hire three additional people for full-time work for the season.

"We usually don't mess around with the part time stuff," Jorden said. "We want somebody that is here, we want somebody that is going to be here the who time and really focus on what we have."

Aspen Sound is one of the many employers in Spokane that are starting to hire. There's more than 700 seasonal jobs listed on SimplyHired.com, a website that pulls links to job postings. Many of the listings are for department stores like Target, Macy's and Nordstrom. While a majority of the positions are for retail, there are other options such as stocking and delivering.

Mayor Condon declines controversial salary increase

It was news that sparked controversy last week, but now Spokane Mayor David Condon says he is declining a salary increase.

Mayor Condon said city officials strive everyday to keep the City Government affordable and said he is declining the salary increase to show support for the ongoing public discussion about the cost of city government.

Mayor Condon's decision comes after he received scrutiny from the City Council last week.

In the proposed budget, Mayor Condon would make close to $180,000. To put that in perspective, that's more than Governor Jay Inslee's salary.

"As we have started this conversation over the last week, as I've talked to our citizens, the cost of government is at the top of their mind and it is mine," Condon said.

The 2011 voter-approved City Charter states that the mayor will make as much money as the highest paid city employee. Right now, that's Police Chief Frank Straub.

At first, the Mayor pushed back against the Council's complaints, citing the law, saying he was legally obligated to take the increase. But now, he says, under legal review he has figured out a way to not take the raise.