News Releases for March 2017

March 31

Repairing Vehicle Leaks Helps Our River

11 a.m. - The City of Spokane is participating in a new campaign called “Don’t Drip & Drive” aimed at stopping vehicle leaks and protecting the Spokane River.

Final Four mayors engage in good-natured rivalry

9:44 a.m. - We look forward to seeing the Gonzaga University flag fly victoriously over City Hall in Columbia, S.C.

SPD Arrests Juvenile for Threats Against a High School

9:08 a.m. - SPD investigated a threat call Thursday afternoon that resulted in a Juvenile being arrested for threats against a high school and its students.

March 30

City Recognizes Businesses for Excellent Wastewater Management

1:52 p.m. - The City of Spokane today is recognizing businesses that have excelled in the management of wastewater generated as part of their processes.

SPD Recognizes Outstanding Employees at Employee Awards Ceremony

8:30 a.m. - The Spokane Police Department (SPD) will recognize employees for their service to the Spokane community at the annual SPD Awards Ceremony.

March 29

SPD partners with Caffé Affogato for tomorrow’s Coffee with a Cop

9:15 a.m. - SPD will hold our next Coffee with a Cop event in partnership with Caffé Affogato, March 30, from 10-12 p.m. at Caffé Affogato, 19 W. Main Ave.

March 28

New Interim Pay-by-Phone Parking System to Begin

11:13 a.m. - Installation will begin Tuesday, March 28

City of Spokane Announces Changes to the PEG TV Cable Lineup

10:31 a.m. - Local access channel to be available in high definition

March 27

Suspension Bridges Re-Open in Riverfront Park

3:36 p.m. - Riverfront Park re-opened suspension pedestrian bridges. While enjoying incredible river views, please use caution. The river remains closed.

Weekend Incidents Lead to Several Arrests for Guns and Drugs

5:54 a.m. - Police Officers on patrol over the weekend seized a number of firearms and a significant amount of drugs during four different incidents.

March 25

Cause of fatal residential fire under investigation

9:42 a.m. - This morning at approximately 3:45 a.m., SFD responded to a residential structure fire in the 1900 block of W. Fairview Ave.

March 23

Stolen Firearms and Stolen Ammunition Lead to Downtown Area Motel

3:38 p.m. - SPD investigation leads to the recovery of a stolen vehicle, numerous stolen firearms, and nearly 10,000 rounds of live ammunition.

SPD Receives Culture Audit from Gonzaga University Professor

2:45 p.m. - Spokane Police Department Receives Culture Audit from Gonzaga University Professor

March 22

Spokane Police Investigate Suspicious Packages

4:56 p.m. - Spokane Police investigate suspicious packages left on a gas pump at the Mobile station in the 100 block of W. 2nd Ave.

March 21

Mayor declares flooding emergency, closes river

3 p.m. - Spring runoff following the wettest winter on record has forced the temporary closure of the Spokane River through the City of Spokane

Spokane Falls Death Investigation

8:12 a.m. - Spokane Police are investigating the death of a person who went off the Canada Island footbridge into the falls of the Spokane River.

March 20

SPD and Street Department Urge Drivers to Avoid Upriver Drive Area

5:04 p.m. - Spokane Police and the Spokane Streets Department urge drivers to avoid the area of E. Upriver Dr. between E. Mission Ave., and N. Greene St.

Downriver and Creek at Qualchan Golf Courses Open This Week

4:19 p.m. - The Creek at Qualchan opens Wednesday March 22, and Downriver opens Thursday, March 23, 2017. They join Esmeralda, open as of March 20.

March 16

Fire Officials Warn Citizens To Stay Out Of The Spokane River

2:28 p.m. - Localized flooding expected as river levels rise

Esmeralda Golf Course Opens Monday, March 20, 2017

11:13 a.m. - As early signs of spring arrive, Esmeralda golf course is preparing to open Monday, March 20.

March 13

Mayor, partners announce 'Spokane Ride to Care'

1 p.m. - The Spokane Fire Department has partnered with numerous community agencies to offer transportation alternatives on non-emergency medical calls.

SIRR Team Investigating Officer Involved Shooting

11:58 a.m. - The SIRR Team is investigating a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) officer-involved shooting that occurred on March 6, 2017.

March 10

Looff Building Demolition Begins Next Week

4:30 p.m. - Construction on the new building for the Looff Carrousel is underway, with building demolition scheduled to begin Monday, March 13, 2017.

SPD Arrests Suspect After a Standoff Lasting Several Hours

4:06 p.m. - Spokane Police arrest suspect hiding in attic of residence after a standoff lasting several hours.

New Salish Name for Canada Island in Riverfront Park

1:22 p.m. - Park Board selected a new name for Canada Island - a Salish name snx? mene? (sin-HOO-men-huh), translated to Salmon People.

March 9

Spokane Fire Department: Don’t forget to check your smoke alarms!

3:16 p.m. - With the upcoming time change, SFD says it’s a good, easy reminder when changing clocks to check your smoke alarms and change batteries. 

March 7

City to Review Response Plan to Winter Weather

4:22 p.m. - The Spokane City Council will consider a resolution on Monday, March 13, to establish a process to consider improvements to the City’s Snow Plan.

March 3

Nationwide search begins for fire chief candidates

12:22 p.m. - Applications for the fire chief position are due March 31.

March 1

Spokane Police are investigating a Robbery/Kidnapping

4:36 p.m. - SPD is investigating a Robbery/Kidnapping that started in Spokane Valley and continued into Downtown Spokane.

Spokane Police Request Public's Help in Location Missing Elderly Male

2:33 p.m. - Spokane Police requesting media and public assistance locating missing elderly male.

Spokane Police Department's Next Coffee With A Cop

11:51 a.m. - the Spokane Police Department will hold our next Coffee with a Cop event in partnership with Forza Coffee.

Spokane Police Request Public's Help in Location Missing Adult Male

8:55 a.m. - SPD is requesting the public's assistance in locating missing person.