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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?


Sandpoint To Build New Library Decision Ends Years Of Debate Over Whether To Build Or Remodel

After years of bickering over whether to build or remodel, it appears Bonner County will finally get a new public library. Library board members have agreed to buy nearly two …


Specter Blames Cia Mess On White House Bungling Clinton Says Confirmation Process Too Harsh, Too Partisan

New nominee John M. Deutch. Photo by Associated Press


Report Says Logging Down, Profits Up

National forests in Montana and North Idaho cut less timber last year but made almost twice as much profit from it, the U.S. Forest Service says. The annual cost-and-benefit report, …


Securing The Ridge Several Area Groups Want To Buy The Big Rock Land To Keep It Free Of Development And Ensure Public Access

1. Sierra Club member Beth Harper hikes up the Big Rock Ridge near Dishman Hills that the county hopes to purchase for a park. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review 2. …


Gorbachev Urges Yeltsin To Step Down

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev insisted Thursday that he is ready for a political role in the post-Cold War world he helped shape. “Don’t send me into the archives of …


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 …