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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 …


County Looks Into Complaints Of Parks Department Workers

Spokane County officials are investigating claims from nearly a dozen parks department workers that Director Sam Angove has created a hostile work environment. County commissioners have asked the Human Resources …


Tax-Increment Financing

What it is: An incentive to bring business to a community that might move elsewhere. What it pays for: Public infrastructure needed for a development - sewer, water, utilities and …


County Goes In Hock Over Weaver Probe Boundary Officials Will Borrow $100,000 To Pay For Investigation Of 3 Killings On Ruby Ridge

Boundary County commissioners will borrow $100,000 to pay for an ongoing investigation into the 1992 standoff between federal agents and Randy Weaver. “Money for the investigation was not in our …


Legislators Accused Of Taking Bribes

A member of the House of Lords on Friday implicated some of his peers in a scandal in which legislators have been charged with being paid to ask leading questions …


County Builds A Back Road To Electronic Age It’s Not The Information Superhighway, But Bonner County Goes On-Line Sunday

Bonner County, all 1,900 square miles of it, is about to become one electronically linked community. After a year of dabbling, the Panhandle Free-Net will be up and running Sunday. …


Clinton Puts His Neck Out For Mexico As Congress Balks At Bailout, President Acts On His Own

With Mexico on the verge of financial collapse and Congress balking at helping a neighbor, President Clinton struck out on his own Tuesday with an emergency Mexican rescue package of …


County May Change Manufactured Home Zoning

A new manufactured home in Armstrong Estates off Valleyway. Photo by Shawn Jacobson/The Spokesman-Review


Council Will Go Ahead With Boundary Battle Request To State Review Board May Delay Incorporation Vote

Sue Delucchi, incorporation proponent A hailstorm of criticism didn’t dent the Spokane City Council’s plans to ask a state panel to change the boundaries of a proposed Spokane Valley city. …


Fda Faces Major Surgery But Officials Say Proposed Changes Would Imperil Public Health

Tombstones flank the grim headline: “If a murderer kills you, it’s homicide. If the FDA kills you, it’s just being cautious.” The full-page newspaper ads are part of a campaign …


City To Consider Incorporation Plan 29th-Pittsburg Traffic Barrier Also On Council’s Agenda For Tonight

A move to blunt the impact of possible Spokane Valley incorporation and a 29th Avenue traffic barrier - two widely controversial topics - top tonight’s Spokane City Council agenda. The …


City’s Notification Efforts Criticized

The city sent out 1,200 fliers last week to Spokane residents living near a traffic barrier at 29th Avenue and Pittsburg Street. The fliers alert residents to tonight’s City Council …


Medical Firms Fund Fda Critics

One of House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s favorite targets is the Food and Drug Administration. He recently called the FDA “the leading job killer in America” and Commissioner David Kessler “a …


Parties Split On Block Grants For Welfare Republican Governors Seeking More Freedom To Craft Programs

Donna Shalala Health secretary