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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

Bob Dole


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, …


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 …