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City considers changes to Master Bike Plan

City considers changes to Master Bike Plan

Spokane's Planning and Development department is proposing changes to the Master Bike Plan for Spokane and is seeking public feedback on the changes.

 

According to the city, the amendment affects both text in Chapter 4 (the Transportation Chapter) and to Map TR 2, the Planned Bikeway Network Map. One of the major changes calls for adding bicycle facilities to the Bike Plan. That includes already-completed facilities such as the Dwight Merkel Park trail loop and the Spokane International Airport bike lane loop and forthcoming projects on the Centennial and Fish Lake trails. The amendment also provides text changes to describe a new Neighborhood Greenway classification.

The City’s Planning and Development department is proposing changes to the Master Bike Plan for Spokane and is seeking public feedback on the changes.

 

Spokane lawmakers introduce WSU med-school bill with broad bipartisan support

Spokane lawmakers introduce WSU med-school bill with broad bipartisan support

Spokane lawmakers Michael Baumgartner and Marcus Riccelli introduced bills in Olympia on Wednesday that pave the way for a new Washington State University medical school in Spokane, with broad bipartisan co-sponsorship demonstrating deep support in the House and Senate.

Senate Bill 5487, sponsored by Sen. Baumgartner, R-Spokane, has a total 17 signatures. The measure sponsored by Rep. Riccelli, D-Spokane, House Bill 1559, has a total 60 signatures. According to the Washington State Legislature, the strong support in both chambers augurs well for a proposal that aims to boost medical education statewide and relieve a severe shortage of doctors across the state of Washington.

“I am thrilled to be able to submit this bill,” Riccelli said. “Sixty members of the House of Representatives from both sides of the aisle, from all over the state, are joining together to support a stronger, more vibrant medical school system in Washington.”

Mayor David Condon announces local jobs initiative

Spokane Mayor David Condon announced a plan to build a deeper, more qualified local construction workforce workforce as the city prepares to take on the more significant list of public works projects ever.

 

The announcement came on Monday at City Hall where Mayor Condon spoke of a plan to get a broad group of stakeholders to discuss the plan over the next few days. These stakeholders will discuss how best to prepare workers for construction careers that will help improve the median household income in Spokane. As part of these discussions, the group will decide how to define local labor utilization goals to recruit, train, and employ a broad cross-section of local community members.

 

“The plan builds depth in our construction workforce, and puts people to work locally,” Condon said.

 

Council Member to hold mobile office at Triple L Cafe

Spokane City Council Member Amber Waldref will host a mobile office at the Triple L Cafe on Friday, Nov. 14 from 12:00 pm -1:00 pm.

Citizens are encouraged to attend, learn about the 2015 Spokane City budget, and voice their opinions or ask questions about issues or policies facing the city.

Council Member Waldref represents District 1, which includes Northeast Spokane and parts of the East Central Spokane.

The Triple L Café (formerly the Outlaw Café) is located at 5012 North Market St. Reservations are not needed.

Spokane County ballots mailed today and tomorrow

Spokane County ballots mailed today and tomorrow

Heads up voters, the Spokane County Elections Office is mailing more than 275,000 ballots this week.

If you are a registered voter and do not receive a ballot by Friday, October 24, please contact the Spokane County Elections Office at (509) 477-2320 for a replacement ballot. If you are not a registered voter in the State of Washington, you have until Monday, October 27 to register in person at the Elections Office at 1033 W. Gardner.

If you are returning your ballot by mail, it must be postmarked no later than Election Day – Tuesday, November 4. It is important that you check the pickup time on the mail box to ensure you are not too late. If the last pickup of the day has already been made, please take your ballot to the county's ballot drop boxes located at all city and county libraries, the STA Plaza and the Elections Office. Drop boxes are opened on October 16 and closed promptly at 8 pm on Election Day.

RSVP now for state-wide teleconference on I-594

RSVP now for state-wide teleconference on I-594

Want to learn more about Initiative 594 on the November ballot this year? This is your chance to listen to, and ask questions of, state experts from the comfort of your own home.

Today, October 14, at 6 pm the Yes on 594 campaign is hosting a tele-town hall with over 100,000 Washingtonians around the state to discuss the importance of closing the background check loophole.

Initiative 594 would require everyone who purchases a gun to undergo a background check, no matter who they buy it from or where they purchase it.

Participants include former Bellingham Police Chief Don Pierce and domestic violence advocate Trese Todd who will discuss the loophole in our state and how Initiative 594 would close it.

The discussion will be moderated by Reverend Sandy Brown, president of the board of directors of the Center for Gun Responsibility and provide an important opportunity for voters to ask questions about background checks.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers introduces new Military Outreach Liaison

Cathy McMorris Rodgers introduces new Military Outreach Liaison

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers released a statement Thursday announcing retired Air Force service member and longtime veterans advocate John Davis as her new Veterans and Military Outreach Liaison.

“I am both humbled and honored to welcome John Davis to my team. Over the past four decades John has dedicated his life to serving our country, our military and our veterans, and his compassion for the Eastern Washington veteran community has impacted countless lives,” the congresswoman said.

Davis' role with the congresswoman's office will be to assist veterans with their claims and records, and provide support and information on how to navigate the VA system.

Davis enlisted in the Air Force in 1968 and served in many locations, including Fairchild Air Force Base in the 92 Munitions Maintenance Squadron. While assigned at Fairchild AFB, John graudated from Spokane Falls Community College and Eastern Washington University where he studied counseling and sciences.