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  • West Plains rail upgrade gaining speed

    The state of Washington is backing a Spokane County plan to bring improved rail service to the West Plains for economic development. The state has identified a 7-mile stretch of …


  • Land near Fairchild readied for future

    Spokane County is launching an environmental assessment on 140 acres it owns near Fairchild Air Force Base in an effort to make the land attractive to employers who would bring …


  • Rail tracks removed from Fairchild base

    Spokane County’s long-running Geiger Spur railroad realignment project is about to pull into the station. Crews are removing a little over two miles of abandoned tracks from Fairchild Air Force …


  • High cost a surprise for rail removal

    Spokane County will have to pay $83,652 more than estimated to remove abandoned railroad tracks from Fairchild Air Force Base. The low bid among three submitted this week by local …


  • Consultant explains prospects for Geiger Spur

    A long, low railroad tunnel on Snoqualmie Pass could help Spokane County’s Geiger Spur railroad project. A consultant told county commissioners recently that westbound trains from the East Coast might …


  • Railroad renovation planned if grant, loan win approval

    Spokane County officials hope to give their Geiger Spur railroad a $416,808 renovation next year. The project depends on approval of a grant and a low-interest loan from the state …


  • Spur rail opens next week

    The Geiger Spur, the new rail line near Airway Heights and Medical Lake, was completed in late November and officially opens Jan. 2. “I hope it brings new business to …

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