Stories tagged: Al French
Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 6 a.m.
Spokane lawmakers propose expanding county commission, electing by district
The bill would take effect in 2022 and would add two members to the Spokane County Commission. It’s received bipartisan support in Olympia and the city of Spokane, but current …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 10:27 p.m.
Spokane County air pollution regulators approve new rules, fees to battle smelly marijuana farms
Dozens of marijuana farmers in Spokane County will have to pay fees ranging from $500 to $2,000 this year to cover the expenses of enforcing state laws governing nuisance smells. …
UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 9:05 p.m.
Spokane County budget includes $400,000 cut for regional health district
Some agencies and departments that receive funding from Spokane County avoided steep cuts in 2018. The Spokane County Regional Health District isn’t one of them.
UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 6:20 a.m.
Split Spokane County Commission approves 2018 budget
Commissioners Al French and Mary Kuney voted in favor of the spending plan, which will use money set aside from the road construction budget to cover day-to-day expenses next year …
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 8:38 p.m.
Spokane County won’t ask job applicants about their criminal records
The Spokane County Board of Commissioners voted this week to remove questions about past criminal convictions from county job applications.
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, 9:54 p.m.
Mary Kuney sworn in as Spokane County commissioner
Mary Kuney was sworn in as a Spokane County commissioner Friday evening, two days after Gov. Jay Inslee appointed her to fill the seat that previously belonged to Shelly O’Quinn.
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 10:19 p.m.
Governor taps Mary Kuney to fill vacancy on Spokane County Commission
Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday tapped Mary Kuney to fill a vacancy on the Spokane County Commission, less than two weeks after the two sitting commissioners announced they could not …
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 8:14 p.m.
Spokane County commissioners deadlock on appointment of third Republican colleague, give decision to Democratic governor
Deadlocked in a heated debate about who should fill a vacant seat on the Spokane County Commission, Republican commissioners voted Tuesday to let the Democratic governor make the selection.
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 11:44 a.m.
Spokane County commissioners in stalemate over selection of third member
A rift in the Spokane County Republican Party has resulted in a stalemate between two county commissioners who are running out of time to choose a new colleague.
Fri., Sept. 8, 2017
Editorial: Kuney is best choice as commissioner
We hope Kuney still has the support of French, because it would appear as if Commissioner Kerns is in Chase’s corner. A Kerns-Chase power bloc on the commission is worrisome.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 10:59 p.m.
Spokane County Commission reverses course on property tax vote
Spokane County voters won’t be asked whether they want to raise property taxes this year. The county commissioners, Al French and Josh Kerns, voted to rescind a tax proposal on …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 1:05 p.m.
Spokane County leaders may abandon tax hike proposal, cut jail funds instead
The Spokane County commissioners may walk away from a proposal to raise property taxes to fix an estimated $10 million budget shortfall.
Sat., Aug. 5, 2017, 7:23 p.m.
Chase, Kuney and Guarisco make shortlist to replace O’Quinn on Spokane County Commission
The Spokane County Republican Party convened Saturday in a church in Spokane Valley to pick three potential replacements for Shelly O’Quinn, who recently vacated a seat on the county commission …
UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 10:49 p.m.
Local leaders offer optimism following Avista’s announced sale to Hydro One
City, county and state elected officials said Wednesday they were heartened by the utility’s public message following the announced sale that it would maintain its commitment to partnerships in and …
Wed., June 21, 2017, 6 a.m.
Spokane County commissioners lift moratorium on outdoor pot grows
The Spokane County commissioners have lifted a moratorium on outdoor marijuana farms, but they replaced it with zoning rules that are significantly more restrictive to the pot industry.
UPDATED: Fri., June 16, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Citing legislative duties, Shelly O’Quinn to stay another month on Spokane County Commission
Shelly O’Quinn was expected to resign from the Spokane County Commission this month to lead a major nonprofit organization, but the Legislature’s inability to craft a bipartisan budget has thrown …
Sun., June 11, 2017
Property valuations delayed because of staffing shortage in Spokane County Assessor’s Office
Property valuations will be more than four months late this year because of a staffing shortage in the Spokane County Assessor’s Office.
UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 11:11 p.m.
Spokane County aims for accountability in negotiations with jail medical care contractor
Spokane County plans to add measureable performance standards to its contract with NaphCare Inc., the Alabama company that provides medical care to county jail inmates.
Fri., March 3, 2017
Lift tax cap to maintain vital services
Legislators shouldn’t continue to shackle local governments that are, in many instances, performing state-prescribed duties. It’s time to allow budgeting to reflect reality.
Mon., Dec. 5, 2016, 9:31 p.m.
County officials balance budget with property taxes former commissioner says should be devoted to roads
For the third year in a row, Spokane County officials are balancing the budget by diverting money that a former commissioner says should be spent on road improvements.
Mon., June 20, 2016, 9:06 p.m.
Spokane County, neighborhood groups sign sweeping settlement in land-use disputes
Spokane County agreed it will not expand the area where urban growth can occur for at least nine years without meeting certain benchmarks, while controversial boundaries drawn in 2013 will …
Wed., June 8, 2016, 1:18 p.m.
Inslee approves Spokane Tribe’s West Plains casino project
Gov. Jay Inslee gave the final approval on Tuesday for the Spokane Tribe’s casino project, clearing the way to a $400 million gaming and retail development on the West Plains. …
Mon., May 23, 2016, 8:38 p.m.
Neighbors cite roads, wildlife in opposition to proposed West Plains mining plan
Residents along Brooks Road, a lightly maintained gravel street on the West Plains, have spoken out against plans by Ron Calhoun to mine basalt on his 70-plus acres. Calhoun says …
Wed., May 18, 2016, 3:59 p.m.
Spokane County contracts with Alabama firm to provide jail medical services for $2.6 million
NaphCare, Inc., is buttressing the meager nursing staff at the aging Spokane County Jail.
Fri., May 13, 2016, 6:23 p.m.
Spokane County Commissioners revise public meeting rules for ‘administrative’ topics
Spokane County Commissioners gave themselves the option this week to move public hearings they believe won’t be well-attended to afternoons. A revision to county laws approved unanimously by the three …
Tue., Jan. 26, 2016, 5:38 p.m.
County commission rejects pay raises for Knezovich, Haskell
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich will continue to earn less than his undersheriffs after county commissioners rejected a proposal to boost the salaries of the sheriff and prosecutor. Knezovich and …
Fri., Nov. 13, 2015, 8 p.m.
Gerry Gemmill leaves alma mater for opportunity at Spokane County
A split Spokane County Commission has chosen Gerry Gemmill as the next chief executive for the county. Friends and supporters say he’ll make good use of contacts and a perspective …
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 3, 2015, 10:39 p.m.
Spokane County voters turn down proposal to expand commission
Spokane County voters turned down by a wide margin a proposal to expand the three-member county commission. Just over 62 percent of voters said “no” to Spokane County Proposition 1.
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 27, 2015, 10:14 p.m.
Spokane County CEO job offered to Gerry Gemmill in split vote
Gerry Gemmill, who previously worked for Spokane County and the City of Spokane, is favored by two Spokane County commissioners to become the county’s next CEO.
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 26, 2015, 10:12 p.m.
Spokane County commissioners could choose new CEO Tuesday
Feuding commissioners are uncertain what will be the outcome of a meeting Tuesday to talk about a new Spokane County CEO. Commissioners could appoint a handpicked replacement for Marshal Farnell, …