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Batt Tells Game Panel He’s Sorry

Republican Gov. Phil Batt apologized to members of the Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Friday, calling last week’s letter seeking their resignations “premature and ill-conceived.” Batt met with five …


Wildlife Agency To Change Fish And Game Chief Pledges To Address Batt’s Concerns

Idaho Fish and Game Director Jerry Conley says his department will take immediate steps to respond to Gov. Phil Batt’s list of complaints. Batt on Friday met with Fish and …


Ex-Aides Sue Sweetser Over Firing

Spokane County Prosecutor Jim Sweetser is being sued for wrongful termination by two former deputy prosecutors. Joining the lawsuit are two other longtime employees who fear they’ll be fired next. …


City Continuing Talks With Developer Over Purchase Of Acreage In/Around: Indian Trail

Spokane officials still are negotiating with developer Leif Sorenson over the purchase of land in Indian Trail in order to build a 4 million gallon water tank. “We thought we …


Retirement Center Planning New Buildings And Services

The owners of the Park Place Retirement Community in the Spokane Valley plan to expand the complex to include facilities for elderly people who need intensive care. The expansion on …


Hearing Scheduled For Review Of Several Proposed Subdivisions In/Around: Deer Park, North Division Y, Colbert

Several proposed North Side subdivisions - large and small - go before a panel of hearing examiners next week for review. The panel, comprised of three members of the county …


Acts Of Commission: Office Has A Bad Rep Scandal Over Ambulance Dispute Latest Blow To County Leadership

An ambulance controversy involving a dying man left Robin Ricks disgusted with Kootenai County. Ricks and other county residents believe political wrangling between ambulance companies hampered a routine emergency call …


Fish Advocates Sought

Nominations are being accepted through Jan. 31 for the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department’s new Inland Fish Policy Advisory Group. The 15-member group will advise the department on issues relating …


New Logo A Winner, But Department’s Contest Wasn’t

The new Washington Fish and Wildlife Department has a new logo. The department was born last year after the state Legislature approved a merger of the Fisheries and Wildlife agencies. …


Batt To Back User Fee Increase If Conditions Met

After hinting that he would propose an increase in the fuel tax or vehicle registration fees, Gov. Phil Batt on Wednesday set conditions under which he might be convinced to …


Republicans Consider Backing Off Balanced Budget Promise

Republicans are privately considering whether to back off their promise to find enough spending cuts to balance the federal budget in seven years. Key GOP budget experts have warned that …


Lowry’s Higher Ed Plan Blasted Governor’s Proposal Finds No Defenders In Legislature

Paying for college: Gov. Lowry’s plan drew heavy criticism Tuesday. File/The Spokesman-Review


Council Considers Hiring Legislative Lobbyist One Member Says City Needs Fulltime E, Ear, Voice In Olympia, But Another Questions The Cost

Commuting to Olympia just isn’t hacking it. So to make sure Spokane doesn’t get left behind during the 1995 legislative session, City Council members are considering hiring a lobbyist.


Fox Completes Sweep Of Top Education Officials Dismissal Of Expert On School Aid Causes A Capitol Stir

The state Department of Education’s top expert on the complex and controversial school aid distribution formula was fired on Tuesday by state Schools Superintendent Anne Fox in what was described …


New County Administrator Will Earn Less Than Employees

County Administrator Jim Lindow, appointed to the job last week, will make less money this year than two people he directly supervises. Lindow, 49, formerly county director of social services …


Planning Commission, Airport Board Have Vacancies

Spokane County commissioners are accepting applications for the Airport Board and the planning commission. The Airport Board appointment would be for a three-year term. The five-member board meets monthly and …


Wilson: Golden State Or Welfare State?

Gov. Pete Wilson packed his inaugural address Saturday with promises to tighten up on welfare and cut taxes and government regulations. The Republican took the oath for his second term …


New Idaho Superintendent Fires Three Those Fired Believe Politics, Campaign Contributions Played Role

State Schools Superintendent Anne Fox fired three Department of Education administrators Tuesday, including the supervisor of millions of dollars in federal special education funding and the man who wrote three …