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Deq Official Quits Job That Law Places Under Governor’s Control

North-central Idaho’s regional administrator of the Division of Environmental Quality has decided to resign in the wake of legislation stripping his job of civil service protection beginning July 1. Gregg …


Clinton Outlines New List Of Spending Cuts Nasa Takes Brunt Of Latest Trimming; No ‘Mean Spirit’ In Plan, President Says

With a vow to slash the cost of government without resorting to “a mean spirit or a meat ax,” President Clinton on Monday announced another set of spending cuts in …


Sheriff’s Letter Asks 911 Merger Post Falls Center Duplicates Newer County Operation, Clegg Tells State

The state should shut down Post Falls’ 911 center now that the county’s version is running smoothly, sheriff’s officials said Monday. Kootenai County Sheriff Pierce Clegg contends the city’s emergency …


Gingrich Admits He Mishandled Book Deal

After defending his book arrangement for months, Speaker Newt Gingrich admitted Friday that he “totally mishandled” the original deal that would have brought him a $4.5 million advance. Gingrich said …


Probe Of Ag Dept. ‘Favors’ Reaches White House

Independent Counsel Donald C. Smaltz has asked the White House for information on who may have influenced political appointments at the Agriculture Department after President Clinton’s election. According to a …


Parliament Sends Yeltsin Austere Budget

Russia’s austere 1995 budget, aimed at reining in high inflation and meeting international lenders’ demands, passed its last legislative hurdle Wednesday with approval by parliament’s upper house. The Federation Council …


Leaky Levee Pinehurst Residents Ask To Clean Up Damaged Dike Or Face Losing Corps Of Engineers Support

A river rips through it. Ray Dose stands atop the breached levee along Pine Creek at a spot where rising runoff waters eroded the earthen barrier in February. Photo by …


Moran Prairie Residents Question Annexation Critics Say City Just Wants To Fatten Tax Base, Bypass Growth Act

More than 200 angry residents guffawed and applauded during a public hearing Wednesday night to debate Spokane’s annexation of a chunk of unincorporated South Hill. Because of fire codes at …


Park Workers Don’t Have The Time

The historic clock at Riverfront Park has stopped. Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review


Senator Retreats From Cap On Hanford Funds But Lawmakers Say That Spending Will Be Cut And Tri-Party Agreement Junked

Sen. J. Bennett Johnston backed off a proposal to cap funding for Hanford cleanup at about half current levels. But the Louisiana Democrat and other members of the Senate Energy …


Office Aims To Protect Women

Armed with a chilling set of statistics on the increase in violent crime against women, President Clinton on Tuesday named the first director of a new Justice Department office to …


Education Board Overrules Anne Fox Panel Accepts Goals 2000 Funds Over Superintendent’s Objections

Anne Fox opposes what she calls undue federal intrusion.


Blm Official Warns Agents Of Anti-Fed Backlash Workers Advised Not To Resist If Arrested

The Idaho director of the Bureau of Land Management has advised employees on official business not to resist if they are arrested by state or local authorities. Instead, Bureau employees …


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 …