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Lawmakers Decry Search Of Ranch Where Wolf Died

State and federal lawmakers bristled Thursday at federal agents’ handling of a search at a Lemhi County ranch. Lemhi County Sheriff Brett Barsalou has withdrawn his cooperation with Fish and …


Proposed Borders Shift Again Backers Of A Valley City Aren’t Sure How To React To New Boundaries Set By State Board

People who support forming a city in the Spokane Valley left a Wednesday meeting on their incorporation proposal not knowing how to feel. The state Boundary Review Board had altered …


Commissioners Get Rocky Start By Reading ‘Wrong’ Gravel Draft

The county’s new leaders Wednesday tip-toed into one of their most contentious issues - gravel mining on the Rathdrum Prairie. They still sparked controversy.


State Says Survey Of Foster Homes Encouraging Inspection Of Nearly 1,400 Homes In State Resulted In 12 Licenses Revoked, Including One In Spokane

When state inspectors visited a foster home on Spokane’s South Hill they found a developmentally disabled young man making a fire in a cold, messy, knifestrewn house without supervision. It …


Butterflies Aren’t Free Park Board Considers Fate Of Expo ‘74 Relics

Windswept. The butterfly at the Howard Street Bridge is the only one still intact. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review


Anne Fox Assistant Takes Lottery Job

Pat Reilly, a top assistant to State Schools Superintendent Anne Fox, announced Wednesday he’s leaving for a job with the Idaho Lottery Commission. Reilly, since January director of communication for …


Cda Urges Donation Of Illegally Collected Fees

This city will ask developers if it may keep nearly half a million dollars it collected from them illegally. In return, the city promises to publicize the names of the …


Time For State To Rehabilitate Rehab Programs

If you needed a reminder that the Columbia Basin no longer is a trout fisherman’s mecca, you got one last week. Hundreds of anglers averaged little more than one fish …


Workers Want King Holiday Off Staffers Say Holiday Needed To Combat Image

The city of Sandpoint has never honored Martin Luther King Day, an official holiday for state and federal workers. City Clerk Helen Newton wants to change that. She and several …


Lowry Names Two To State Logging Board

A Clark County commissioner and an environmental lobbyist have been appointed to the state board that regulates the logging industry. Gov. Mike Lowry appointed Commissioner John C. Magnano and Judith …


Plans For Budget Cut Threaten Salmon Research

Research needed to guide Northwest salmon recovery efforts could suffer because of a budget cut being considered in Congress. A 10 percent decrease in this year’s National Biological Service budget …


House Debates Civil Suit Reforms Corporations, Lawyers Battle Over Easing Of Liability Laws

Marching into the more controversial reaches of the “Contract With America,” the Republican-controlled House argued Monday over business-backed legislation to alter the civil legal system. “Simply too extreme,” the White …


Competing Bid Offered For Ski Hill Mount Spokane 2000 Plan Challenges Current Operator

The Mount Spokane 2000 group wants to negotiate with the state parks commission to create a non-profit corporation to run the ski resort on Mount Spokane. Instead of the current …


Barre Withdraws From Presidential Run

Averting a further split among conservatives, former Premier Raymond Barre said Monday he would not run for the presidency. Barre’s decision leaves the door open for a possible late entry …


Competitive Bids Must For Ski Area

What sort of a ski resort will Mount Spokane be over the next 20 years? The state parks commission has heard loud and clear from the people it serves that …


Investigator Tied To Coverup Of Brother’s Murder Mexico’s Attorney General Says Ruiz Massieu Could Be Extradited

Even as former Special Prosecutor Mario Ruiz Massieu prepared to face a U.S. magistrate in New Jersey today on currencydeclaration violations, investigators in Mexico were laying the groundwork for his …


Future Of Valley At Core Of Issues Incorporation, Freeholders Will Each Affect Services, Taxes

It is a year of decision in the Spokane Valley. A drive to form a city there looks strong. The city would be smaller and more urban than in two …


Epa Ruling Not A Blow To State, Tribe Says

State officials are overreacting to an Environmental Protection Agency action giving Salish and Kootenai tribes authority over water quality on the Flathead Reservation, a tribal leader said. The EPA last …


The Battle For Aquifer Custody Epa Sole-Source Plan Brings Out Region Warriors

Tom Lamar of the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review


Spokane Forced To Scale Back Goals Cost-Cutting Officials Likely To Slash Funding For Area’s Top Projects

Spokane is pushing big budget requests in a tight-fisted year. The likely outcome is the city won’t get what it wants, said Rep. Jean Silver, R-Spokane, chairman of the House …


City Council Engulfed In Spite, Squabbles

Alleged death threats. Personal jibes. Filibusters. Politics in Spokane marches to a different tune now and - along the way - it’s getting ugly.


Despite High Cost, State Tilts Toward New Construction

Co-location of state agencies is the concept of grouping them in a common facility to improve delivery of state services and save taxpayers money. Whether co-location across the state will …


Cda May Ban Annexation After Fee Program Killed

The City Council next week will vote on a proposal to block annexations until officials can find a new way to pay for road construction and other services driven by …


Counties Say They Can Better Manage Forest Lands But State Officials Say Transfer Could Hamper Fire Efforts

State lands officials say a proposal to transfer 500,000 acres of state forest to Western Washington counties could harm firefighting efforts statewide. County officials supporting the plan say they can …


On Lousy Day In Neighborhood, Panel Reduces Funds For Pbs Mr. Rogers, Vice President Gore Defend Spending On Educational TV

Mr. Rogers and Vice President Gore meet with children at a D.C. day care center. Photo by Associated Press


Balanced Budget Amendment Defeated Republicans Blame Clinton For One-Vote Loss, Vow To Bring It To Vote Again

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Wilson’s Challenge To ‘Motor Voter’ Rejected

A federal judge Thursday rejected Gov. Pete Wilson’s challenge of the new “motor voter” law, which lets people register to vote when they apply for drivers’ licenses or welfare. The …


County May Ask Share Of TV Take

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today is scheduled to consider asking court officials to halt telecasts of the O.J. Simpson trial unless the media agree to reimburse the …


Broke D.C. Closes For Day To Save Money

The District of Columbia government shut down Monday. There was no trash pickup, no street cleaning, no city business, no open recreation centers - services that have eroded and then …


County, Companies Agree To Land Swap Firm To Get North Bank Land; County Will Get Warehouse

Four crumbling buildings near the Spokane County Courthouse would be leveled and a longtime Spokane business would move under terms of a complicated land swap. The deal involves the county, …