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In brief: Fairchild protection tax measure gets Spokane OK

Spokane City Council members voted 4-1 Monday to endorse a countywide tax measure to protect Fairchild Air Force Base from civilian encroachment.

Councilman Mike Fagan, a longtime opponent of taxes, voted no because he believes a more cost-effective way can be found to protect Fairchild.

“I do not believe the people in my district can afford a tax increase,” he said.

Council members Mike Allen, Jon Snyder and Steve Salvatori voted yes along with Council President Ben Stuckart. Nancy McLaughlin and Amber Waldref were absent.

Proposition 1 would lift a limit on property tax collections countywide by 6.3 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, raising $18.1 million to purchase and relocate manufactured housing in the accident potential zone at the northeast end for the Fairchild runway in Airway Heights.

The cost would be about $12.60 annually on a $200,000 home for up to nine years.

County Commissioner Al French told council members the tax is a relatively small investment to protect a base that generates $1.3 billion annually in economic activity.

He said 188 manufactured homes in seven parks are being eyed for purchase and relocation.

Mike Prager

Accident prompts pedestrian safety review

A deadly accident over the weekend has prompted city officials to review pedestrian safety along a busy stretch of North Monroe Street.

A young girl is dead, her mother remains hospitalized and a boy was hurt after a station wagon hit the family about 6:30 p.m. Friday. Witnesses told police they were not in a crosswalk.

City Councilman Jon Snyder on Monday said he is asking the city’s traffic and engineering staff to look at ways of improving safety on the Monroe corridor from Montgomery to Garland avenues.

Staff reports

Woman’s parental rights request denied

A woman who lost parental rights to her three children due to her addiction to an online role playing game has had her request to regain parental rights rejected by the Idaho Court of Appeals.

The Court of Appeals upheld a North Idaho First District Court judge’s decision, the Coeur d’Alene Press reported.

Police in December 2010 responded to a noise complaint and found insufficient food in the home, a butcher knife near toys and one child with severe tooth decay.

The district court found that the unnamed woman chose to play “World of Warcraft” six to eight hours a day to meet group objectives in the game rather than take care of her children.

Associated Press