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  • County throws life raft to law library

    Spokane County commissioners gave their insolvent law library a cash infusion this week and held out the possibility of a larger bailout. The library has $75,129 in past-due bills on …


  • Spokane County lays off jail workers

    Spokane County will lay off 57 jail employees next month to offset a big drop in the number of inmates. The employees were notified Tuesday evening, and formal layoff notices …


  • Former sheriff says he won’t challenge Knezovich for job

    Former Spokane County Sheriff Mark Sterk announced Friday that he won’t challenge incumbent Ozzie Knezovich. Sterk declared earlier this month that he was considering a run, but he concluded there …


  • Former Sheriff Sterk won’t challenge Knezovich

    Former Spokane County Sheriff Mark Sterk announced today that he won’t challenge incumbent Ozzie Knezovich.


  • State error could cost Spokane County $325,000

    A mistake by the state Department of Retirement Systems could cost Spokane County nearly $325,000 – if commissioners don’t pass the burden to employees.


  • Spokane County still mulling jail options

    Spokane County commissioners are still exploring options as they prepare to take final testimony on proposed jail sites. A public hearing Wednesday will focus on a study that says, if …


  • County finds money to keep park restrooms open

    Restrooms will be available at Spokane County parks all this summer despite budget cuts that threatened service at seven parks.


  • Funds needed to run new jail

    A new Spokane County jail may require two public votes: one for bonds to build it and another for a sales tax increase to operate it. “I think we have …


  • Spokane County seeks park restroom solution

    A cost-cutting plan to leave restrooms locked at seven Spokane County parks this summer is getting a second look. Restroom service is to be eliminated this summer at seven county …


  • Costs for new Spokane County jail confirmed

    A new cost analysis confirmed what preliminary estimates had already shown: A new Spokane County jail would be cheaper to build on undeveloped West Plains land but would be cheaper …


  • Spokane County Jail vote delay changes PR needs

    Spokane County commissioners realized Tuesday they may need to extend a jail project public relations contract they haven’t yet signed. Chairman Mark Richard called that “a little bit frustrating.” Nevertheless, …


  • Parking on narrow Liberty Lake roads banned

    Parking will soon be banned on some narrow roads around Liberty Lake that were laid out in horse-and-buggy days. Spokane County commissioners unanimously approved the parking restrictions this week, and …


  • Tucker’s office to be reviewed

    Spokane County commissioners agreed Tuesday to pay for an outside review of the prosecutor’s office. Commissioners gave consultant David Bennett $5,000 to bring in a yet-to-be-identified Florida prosecutor to analyze …


  • Spokane County looking at budget staff

    Spokane County is moving to shore up its financial management with several new specialists. A back-burner plan to hire a budget director will heat up next month. Commissioners plan to …


  • County sales tax receipts up a tick

    Spokane County commissioners got a small measure of financial cheer this week. Chief Executive Officer Marshall Farnell reported that sales tax receipts are up slightly and that he may not …


  • Angry citizen spurs county to reassess office security

    Spokane County officials are looking for ways to improve security in their Human Resources building after an incident in which an angry man walked past the reception desk. County commissioners …


  • Richard recounts county’s highs, lows

    County Commissioner Mark Richard’s “state of the county” speech Friday wasn’t written in red ink, even though the county has plenty of it. He delivered his remarks to a breakfast …


  • Spokane Co. commissioner outlines accomplishments, cuts

    County Commissioner Mark Richard’s “state of the county” speech Friday wasn’t written in red ink, even though the county has plenty of it.


  • Planning urged to control land use around Fairchild

    Fairchild Air Force Base needs civilian protection to survive, local government officials were told this week. Spokane County officials asked leaders in Airway Heights, Spokane and Medical Lake to join …


  • Cuts loom for Spokane County parks

    Spokane County parks will be a little browner this summer because of budget cuts. Garbage cans may be fuller or gone, and restrooms may be locked.


  • In brief: Gunman fires shots into apartment

    Police continue to search for a gunman who fired a shot through an apartment wall Saturday in Spokane Valley that struck the metal post of the bed where a 3-year-old …


  • County parks take steep cuts

    Spokane County parks will be a little browner this summer because of budget cuts. Garbage cans may be fuller or gone, and restrooms may be locked. County officials hope, though, …


  • Church gets OK to put up bigger sign

    A Wandermere-area megachurch got permission Tuesday to supersize its sign. But the Turning Point Open Bible Church at 11911 N. Division St. can’t sell french fries like other owners of …


  • Two finalists named for raceway contract

    Four operators want to take over Spokane County Raceway Park, and a committee has narrowed the field to two, county commissioners learned Tuesday.


  • Changes target racetrack safety

    Spokane County Raceway Park is to get nearly $500,000 worth of government-financed improvements this year – not including plans to move a half-mile of racetrack. County officials want to re-route …


  • County OKs rural cluster changes, kid-free development

    Spokane County commissioners on Tuesday completed a two-year overhaul of controversial “rural cluster development” standards. The action rounds out a package of reforms designed to make the relatively dense subdivisions …


  • Spokane County approves jobs-slashing budget

    Spokane County commissioners approved a budget Tuesday that will eliminate about 150 full-time positions from the county’s payroll in 2010. The total number of layoffs is not clear at this …


  • Snow crews raring to plow

    The man with the big shovel says Spokane Valley is ready for winter. “We’ve got all the plows and equipment and all the chemicals we need,” city Public Works Director …


  • Short but sweet

    Spokane Valley’s spiffed-up swimming pools attracted more users and generated more revenue this summer than last despite a shorter season. Snow makeup days kept schools in session longer this summer …


  • Accord on sewer proposal

    Spokane Valley City Attorney Mike Connelly got a pat on the back Tuesday for diplomacy on a contentious issue that could have plugged every toilet in the city. City Council …