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Parking Plan Ok’d

The city next fall will begin charging for parking year-round at its downtown lots. The City Council agreed Tuesday with a parking commission report that said providing year-round management would …


Merits Of Rv Park Debated Neighbors Urge City Council To Deny Blackwell Island Proposal

Developers want this marshy floodplain for an RV park and boat launch. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review


More Heroin Means More Demand For Treatment Addicts Have To Wait Months To Join County’s Methadone Program

Bruce never dreamed he’d live in a dingy, roach-infested downtown apartment, let alone be evicted from one. But the money he scrapes up working at odd jobs and collecting aluminum …


County Misses Deadline On Zoo Land Inland Empire Paper Co. Had Offered Land As A Gift; Missed Chance May Force Zoo To Close Or Move

Spokane’s beleaguered zoo lost its best chance for salvation when Spokane County commissioners let a deadline pass for accepting the zoo land as a gift. The lost opportunity means Walk …


A Victory By Any Other Name May Not Be Right

The Clinton administration’s recasting of V-J Day is being denounced by some Inland Northwest veterans as yielding to the Japanese. Or, as Spokane resident Jack Donohoe, a Bataan Death March …


Sen. West Tells Racing Group He’s Not The Enemy Lawmaker Holds Out Hope For Change As Whrc Meets To Review 1995 Dates

The co-chairman of a horsemen’s organization that is lobbying for an acceptable racing season in Spokane criticized State Sen. Jim West on Saturday. On Monday, West fired back. West was …


Annexation More Than Adding Land Plan To Add South Hill Acreage To City Would Gut Budget Of Rural Fire District 8

Rural residents would pay a lot for Spokane’s gain if an aggressive city expansion plan succeeds. City officials want to annex an 1,800-acre chunk of the South Hill that already …


Sandpoint May Ask Court To Bypass Voters To Upgrade Two Water Plants

Jack DeBaun, water treatment plant operator at Sandpoint’s Sand Creek facility, inspects a screen. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review


Senator Wants Students Insured

A state senator wants Idaho’s colleges and universities to require students to have private health insurance as a condition of enrollment. Sen. Robert Lee, R-Rexburg, wrote in a letter to …


Arts Funding A Cultural Lifeline For Rural Areas Programs Turn Towns Into Communities

An audience of 1,400 people took their seats at the Civic Center here the other night for a performance, financed in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, featuring …


Rights Panel First Line Of Defense Against Bias Commission Deals With Ugly Side Of Spokane

A black Ferris High School senior complains a Spokane police officer pulled him over and told him his crown-shaped air freshener proves he’s a gang member. A white man in …


Liberty Lake Annexation Denied

The Liberty Lake Sewer District board has denied a proposal to annex 310 acres. George Kennett, of Newport, Wash., asked to add his farmland, located east of Simpson Road and …


Housing Project Proposed For Pasadena Park Area Developer Seeks Zone Change For 179-Home Neighborhood

In/Around Pasadena Park, Otis Orchards, Veradale A developer plans to build a 179-home neighborhood in the Pasadena Park area.


With Review Board’s Green Light, Race Is On For Incorporation Team

Valley incorporation supporters at a Chamber of Commerce meeting are, from left, Bill Tackaberry, Sue Delucci, Howard Herman, Joe McKinnon and Clark Hager. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review


Separating Fda Fact From Fiction

In the months since the November election, a consortium of far-right think tanks, lobbyists and public relations gurus has concocted a new mythology: the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, responsible …


What Parking Problem? Some Uptown Kellogg Business Owners Say That With Newly Built Lots, City Shouldn’t Waste Money On Parking Patrol

Scarce parking space along streets such as McKinley Avenue has prompted officials in Kellogg to plan to hire a part-time parking enforcement officer. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review


Congress Moves To Reform Environmental Laws

In actions that would change federal environmental policy, the House voted Thursday to allow massive unregulated logging in national forests while the Senate approved a measure that would bar temporarily …


House Approves Cuts; More To Come Rancor Erupts Over Whether Savings Will Go To Deficit Or Tax Cuts

House Republicans began their promised assault on the federal budget in earnest Thursday by approving $17.1 billion in cuts to current domestic spending and recommending another $100 billion they want …


Fox Wants To Reject Federal Funds

State Schools Superintendent Anne Fox says she will advise the state Board of Education next week she wants to reject nearly a half-million in federal funds under the Goals 2000 …


Murray Rips Gop Tactics On Species Act

Two Western Democrats charged Thursday that Republicans launched a sneak attack on the Endangered Species Act by voting to slash $1.5 million from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service budget. …


Lawmakers Still Have A Stack Of Bills To Consider By Historical Trends, Only Half Of 854 Bills Left Will Become Law

When the Legislature bumped up against its Wednesday deadline for each house to act on its bills, a total of 854 bills were still alive and set for further consideration. …


No Rise In Revenue Expected Gains, Losses In Industry, Employment Will Balance Out

Washington’s economy remains stable, but state tax revenue collections are expected to remain essentially flat in the coming two-year budget cycle, the state’s revenue forecaster said Thursday. Chang Mook Sohn’s …


Gop Plan Asks For Higher Gas Taxes, License Fees

House Transportation Committee chair Rep. Karen Schmidt, R-Bainbridge Island, releases the committee version of the transportation budget. Photo by Associated Press


Arbitrator Agrees With County, Says Jailers Don’t Get Larger Raise

An arbitrator sided with Spokane County in its pay dispute with jailers, county officials say. Portland arbitrator Thomas Levak issued an initial ruling in the dispute recently.


House Oks Bunker Cleanup Money

The state House of Representatives on Wednesday approved $2.26 million for cleanup of the contaminated Bunker Hill site. The appropriation bill passed 59-5. It now goes to the state Senate, …


Moran Growth Causing Drainage Problems ‘We’re Like The Sewer For Moran Prairie,’ Nearby Resident Says

When their battle started, S. Cynthia Olson and her husband stockpiled sump pumps and dug two ditches beneath their south Spokane home. The water started as a trickle in their …


Trouble

Some of President Clinton’s choices who have had problems in the confirmation process: Zoe Baird: The attorney who was Clinton’s first choice to be attorney general also became the first …


Lawmakers Finding It Hard To Halt Payroll Growth But The 100 Or So Workers Expected To Join State Payroll Would Be The Smallest Increase In A Decade

When Republican Phil Batt laid out his blueprint for a leaner, more efficient state government 8 1/2 weeks ago, he challenged lawmakers to freeze the state payroll at this year’s …


State Probe Finds Job-Selling At Western State Investigation Could Lead To Criminal Charges; Employees Suing Officials, Supervisors

A supervisor at the Western State Hospital kitchen and dining room forced at least one employee to pay for her job and loaned several workers money at crushing interest rates, …


Citizens Deserve Legitimate Choice On Charter Options

Should the citizens of Spokane city and county be allowed just one vote to improve local government? Consolidate or else. Or should they get a multiple choice?