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    Jan Quintrall’s staff lunch expenses surprise City Council members

    Days after the dismissal of Spokane’s city planning director for what was described as a misuse of city funds, Jan Quintrall, head of the city’s Business and Developer Services Division, … 258

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    Spokane County Deputy Brian Hirzel fired

    A Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a Spokane Valley pastor in 2010 has been fired for improperly using county-owned vehicles. 190

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    Quintrall announces resignation

    The Spokane administrator who led Spokane’s engineering, streets, business and other departments, announced Tuesday that she was resigning her position. 180

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    Jan Quintrall resigns from city of Spokane

    Jan Quintrall, the embattled head of Spokane’s Business and Developer Services division, announced her resignation from the city Tuesday, saying she had “broken the public’s trust, and I can’t repair … 129

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    Junior officers try on vests for size during police academy

    Garrett Mosar has wanted to be a police officer since he was 2. As he tried on a heavy police vest and had his picture taken Saturday afternoon at Spokane … 122

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    LDS church announcement on protection for gays makes waves in Idaho

    As Idaho lawmakers held a second day of hearings Tuesday on legislation to add civil rights protections for gays, big news emerged from the Mormon church, which announced support for … 119

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    Idaho hits record-low unemployment in December

    Idaho finished 2014 with an unemployment rate of 3.7 percent in December, which represents a seven-year low, according to preliminary state forecasts. 110

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    Group targets Central Valley school bond, levy

    Bright yellow fliers encouraging a “no” vote on Central Valley School District’s bond and levy are arriving in mailboxes this week. Bold, black lettering states that the district wants voters … 110

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    Spokane Deputy Brian Hirzel fired for misusing patrol car

    A Spokane County sheriff’s deputy cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a Spokane Valley pastor in 2010 has been fired for improperly using county-owned vehicles. Brian Hirzel, of … 87

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    Navy seeks to expand sonar exercises off Coast

    SEATTLE – The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more … 86

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    Idaho senators introduce bill to repeal law that allowed ‘instant racing’ machines

    An Idaho Senate committee agreed unanimously Friday to introduce legislation to repeal the 2013 law that authorized betting on “historical” horse races, and led to slot machine-like “instant racing” machines … 74

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    Civil rights protections for gays in Idaho rejected on party-line vote

    Idaho lawmakers have killed legislation to provide civil rights protections to gays on a straight party-line vote, with all 13 Republicans on the House State Affairs Committee voting against the … 66

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    Spokane City Council will hire its own attorney

    The Spokane City Council is poised to assert its independence from Mayor David Condon’s administration as it begins a search for its own attorney. Council members say relying on legal … 58

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    Doug Clark: Jan Quintrall’s feed-a-thon leaves an empty feeling

    So City Hall business czar Jan Quintrall dropped 400 smackers on lunch for a dozen city workers at the posh Spokane Club. And just days after poor planning director Scott … 55

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    Spokane County says drug task force is still in its budget

    County officials are pushing back after Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich predicted last week the end of large-scale drug trafficking investigations due to budget woes. Knezovich said Monday he’d met with county … 53

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    Upper Columbia tribes seek to restore river’s salmon runs

    For 75 years, tribes along the upper Columbia River have dreamed of restoring salmon above Grand Coulee Dam. Now, they’re planning an initial study of what it would take to … 53

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    Add the Words bill hearing draws 500

    BOISE – Nearly 500 people flocked to Idaho’s state Capitol on Monday to give heartfelt testimony on a proposed law to ban discrimination against gays and transgender people. “If there … 51

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    Gambling wheel in Elks Temple has colorful history

    Tucked away in a corner between the restaurant and bar at the Elks Temple in Spokane Valley is a unique piece of Spokane’s colorful history. It’s an enormous gambling wheel, … 50

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    Area Seahawks fans feed on football frenzy

    There is no Cascade Curtain when it comes to Seahawks pride. As Seattle’s National Football League team gears up for its second Super Bowl appearance in as many years, Eastern … 49

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    In brief: Comcast official apologizes for rude name change

    A Comcast official apologized Wednesday after a service representative apparently changed the name of a customer in Spokane to “Asshole” on her printed bill. The matter was first reported by … 48