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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, …


Veto Power Put To Legal Test Legislature Goes To Court Over Lowry’s Authority To Reject Portions Of Bills

The Legislature and Gov. Mike Lowry clashed in Thurston County Superior Court on Monday over the governor’s power to veto sections of bills and items in appropriation measures. There seemed …


Sloane Rejects Conflict Of Interest Charges City Attorney Says Accusations In Science Center Deal Have No Basis

No conflicts of interest. That’s the word from Spokane’s city attorney, who Monday cleared several Park Board members of charges they should have shied away from issues regarding the Pacific …


Fairchild’s Future Looks Safe For Now Spokane Base Avoids Closure List

Spokane business and political leaders were pleased Monday with early reports of military bases the Pentagon wants to close. Fairchild Air Force Base isn’t on a preliminary list of targeted …


State Seeks Input On Phone Plan Us West Wants To Sell Rural Phone Exchanges

Telephone customers in 12 Eastern Washington communities are being asked for their opinions on a US West plan to sell their exchanges to Pacific Telecom Inc. The Washington Utilities and …


Prosecutors Take The Stand In Job Fight Fired Deputies Say Sweetser Made Workplace Hostile

Recent turmoil and back-stabbing in the Spokane County prosecutor’s office spilled into the courtroom this week with tales of spying, namecalling and door-slamming. Two fired deputy prosecutors took the witness …


Proposed City Boundaries Expected To Change

Arguments continued Thursday over the boundaries of a proposed city in the Spokane Valley, and it appeared likely at the end of the evening that the lines were likely to …


Improvement Projects Suggested For Highway 395 $4.5 Million Available For Road Work; More Left-Turn Lanes Favored By Many

Left-turn lanes were popular at a meeting Tuesday in Deer Park to hear suggestions on how to spend almost $4.5 million to make U.S. Highway 395 safer. About 55 people …


Meetings Set For Dangerous Road

The state Department of Transportation will discuss safety improvements for one of the Eastern Washington’s most dangerous roads during meetings this week in Colville and Deer Park. More than 8,000 …


Traffic Pipeline Millwood Might Have Found A Way To Stall The Development To The North That Is Causing Traffic Problems On Argonne Road

(From Saturday, February 18, 1995 Valley Voice:) Millwood Town Councilman Dan Mork’s name was misspelled in a story in Thursday’s Valley Voice. 1. Millwood Mayor Jeanne Batson sees a lot …


Administrator Latest To Be Cut By Prosecutor

A top administrator in the Spokane County prosecutor’s office is the latest casualty in a continuing post-election shake-up. Office manager Cliff Collier was clearing off his desk Wednesday after being …


Granny Flats May Be Forced On City Advocacy Group For Disabled Wants State Growth Mandates Enforced

(For the record Friday, February 17, 1995): Jim Bamberger is a member of the Spokane City Plan Commission. A story on accessory dwelling units published in Thursday’s Spokesman-Review reported his …


Police Chief’s Hires Under Fire Temporary-Seasonal Workers Have Been Employed For Three Years

Spokane Police Chief Terry Mangan’s hiring policies are drawing fire from unions and civil service officials. Two employees hired by Mangan as temporary-seasonal workers have been on the payroll more …


Council Appoints Cheri Rodgers To Serve On City Plan Commission

Cheri Rodgers has been on the outside for so long that she needs binoculars. But this week the Indian Trail resident and mother of four teenagers was appointed by the …


City Council Extends Moratorium On Further Housing Developments

In/Around: Five Mile Prairie Five Mile Prairie has been given a bit more development-free time. The Spokane City Council this week voted unanimously to extend the prairie’s housing moratorium through …


Mead Wants To Enlarge Alternative-School Site

A Spokane County planning board will next week consider a proposal to nearly double the size of the facility that houses the Mead alternative high school program. The nearly 150 …


Batt Wants UI Surplus For Boise

Republican Gov. Phil Batt wants cash-strapped budget writers to earmark the $2 million he had analysts identify as unneeded payroll money given the University of Idaho to underwrite expanded engineering …


Lowry Drinking Scrutinized Governor Denies Any Problem; Longtime Adviser Says Two Aides Quit Over Concerns About Alcohol During ‘92 Race

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Zoo Manager’s Pleas Are Met With Skepticism

(For the record, Friday, February 17, 1995): Spokane County commissioners are considering an offer of 81 acres, site of Walk in the Wild zoo, from Inland Empire Paper Co. The …


Higher Ed Funding Called Inadequate President Says WSU Favors 4.3 Percent Tuition Increase

Washington State University President Sam Smith complained Tuesday that colleges and universities are taking a back seat in the funding of state services. Four-year institutions are expected to receive only …


Hearing On New City Set For Tonight Request To Exclude Yardley Area Expected To Be Hot Topic At Tonight’s Public Meeting

The state Boundary Review Board will hold a public hearing tonight on a proposal to form a city in the Spokane Valley, the third such plan in five years. The …


Much Maligned Used Car Dealers Taken For A Ride

We’ve all heard the one about the poor innocent customer who got taken to the cleaners by a sleazy used car dealer. Here’s a tale that turns that cliche on …


County May Ask For Inclusive City Borders

Spokane County officials are concerned that a proposed city in the Valley will create “islands” of unincorporated areas where it will be difficult to provide sewers. They may ask the …


Suspended Official Claims Retaliation

Suspended state Risk Management Bureau Chief Ed Fridenstine accused his former superiors on Thursday of retaliating against him for implicating then-Gov. Cecil Andrus in what Fridenstine claimed was the illegal …


Park Service Comes Under Fire Two Northwest Republicans Accuse Department Of Financial Mismangement

The National Park Service is guilty of financial mismanagement and poor maintenance of the parks, two Northwest Republicans charged Thursday. Parks officials replied that their staff is too small and …


Park Board Approves Science Center Contract 20 Year Lease To Bring $10.3 Million Center To Riverfront Must Still Pass City Council Next Month

The Pacific Science Center cleared its first major hurdle Thursday on its trek to the Riverfront Park pavilion. Spokane Park Board members unanimously approved a contract leasing the pavilion to …


Commissioners To Decide Fate Of Walk In The Wild If County Rejects Land Offer, Zoo Will Lose Home

(For the record, Friday, February 17, 1995): Spokane County commissioners are considering an offer of 81 acres, site of Walk in the Wild zoo, from Inland Empire Paper Co. The …


Gingrich’s Wife’s Job Defended Aide Denies Impropriety In Marianne Gingrich Working For A Company That Is Lobbying The Israeli Government

A spokesman for House Speaker Newt Gingrich Monday defended a job given to Gingrich’s wife by a company seeking to run a free-trade zone in Israel. Marianne Gingrich was hired …


Tacoma Considers Land Swap

After a decade of negotiation, the City Council is poised to complete a major land swap designed to better protect Tacoma’s water supply. Under the deal, Tacoma would give up …


Doe Cuts Could Mean Reductions At Inel More Than 2,000 Jobs May Be Trimmed In Next Two Years

President Clinton and U.S. Energy Secretary Hazel O’Leary have pledged to cut at least $10.6 billion from her agency’s budget over the next five years, including some expenditures for the …