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  • Spokane County Commissioners revise public meeting rules for ‘administrative’ topics

    Spokane County Commissioners gave themselves the option this week to move public hearings they believe won’t be well-attended to afternoons. A revision to county laws approved unanimously by the three …


  • Groups petition for higher summer flows in Spokane River

    State officials must do more to protect summer flows in the Spokane River, which will face increased challenges from climate change and population growth in years to come, environmental groups …


  • Conservationists ask Spokane-area water users to conserve, protect river

    As a drought measure, John Osborn has cut his daily shower to two minutes. He’s installed low-flush toilets in his home and replaced his lawn with low-water landscaping.


  • Out & About: Annapurna a reality for Jess Roskelley

    OUTCLIMB – Jess Roskelley of Spokane departed for Nepal this week with climbing partner Benjamin Erdmann and a film crew to attempt an ascent of the world’s 10th-highest peak. Roskelley, …


  • Spokane County Commissioner fined $100 for past campaign violation

    The Washington Public Disclosure Commission laid to rest a three-year-old election spat involving Todd Mielke on Thursday, fining the Spokane County commissioner $100 for authorizing a public employee to campaign. …


  • Environmental groups ask for review of Mount Spokane decision

    OLYMPIA – Environmental groups are asking Thurston County Superior Court to overturn a state agency’s decision allowing the Mount Spokane ski area to expand into areas with old-growth forest. The …


  • County CEO announces retirement, Mielke a possible candidate for job

    Spokane County CEO Marshall Farnell plans to retire this year after more than 40 years working in county government. County Commission Todd Mielke is a possible candidate to replace him.


  • New Roskelley guidebook reveals charms of Columbia River

    Internationally recognized mountaineer John Roskelley of Spokane came down to sea level for his latest adventure, compiling 1,200 miles of sea kayaking on the mighty Columbia into a guidebook for …


  • Landers: Senior climbers help make history

    Two Spokane Mountaineers have lofty senior status for their role in taking a couple of upstart climbers under their wings 50 years ago and launching them toward the top of …


  • Roskelley to receive lifetime award

    John Roskelley of Spokane, one of the world’s premier mountaineers in the 1960s, ’70s and ‘80s, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Piolet d’Or in Chamonix, France, in …


  • Roskelley to receive lifetime award

    John Roskelley of Spokane, one of the world’s premier mountaineers in the 1960s, ’70s and ‘80s, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Piolet d’Or in Chamonix, France, in …


  • Republicans Mielke, O’Quinn lead commission races

    Republicans are poised to retain control of the Spokane County Board of Commissioners as two races on Tuesday’s ballot were leaning toward the GOP candidates in initial returns. Republican Commissioner …


  • Roskelley seeks county seat

    John Roskelley – international mountaineer, author and environmentalist – wants to return to the job he held for nearly a decade as Spokane County Commissioner. Roskelley, a Democrat, held the …


  • Judge declares Roskelley can run

    Former Spokane County Commissioner John Roskelley on Thursday beat back a challenge to his candidacy to reclaim his old office. Visiting Superior Court Judge Allen C. Nielson ruled that Roskelley, …


  • Roskelley will get his name on ballot

    Spokane County Commission hopeful John Roskelley’s name will be on the ballot. A Republican-backed challenge of the Democrat’s voter registration was dismissed on Wednesday, clearing the way for Roskelley’s name …


  • Challenge against candidate Roskelley dismissed

    A challenge of the legality of Democrat John Roskelley’s voter registration was dismissed on Wednesday, opening the way for him to appear on the primary election ballot in a District …


  • Doug Clark: Roskelley’s candidacy is all downhill from here

    Welcome to Clark Knows It All. I will now provide answers to the pressing problems that nag at us like a stage mother at a recital.


  • Book Notes: Mix of Johnsons set to appear at Auntie’s

    It’s a June of Johnsons at Auntie’s Bookstore. Father and son Larry and Nathan Johnson will sign copies of their book, “Montana Waterfalls: A Guide for Sighters, Hikers and Waterfall …


  • Residency challenge set for hearing

    A hearing is set for Wednesday on a lawsuit challenging the residency of Spokane County Commission candidate John Roskelley. Roskelley, a Democrat, is seeking to return to his old commission …


  • GOP hopes to oust Roskelley from ballot

    The Spokane County Republican Party plans to go to court today to try knocking Democrat John Roskelley off the primary ballot. The county GOP filed a challenge to Roskelley’s current …


  • Spokane GOP challenges Roskelley candidacy

    Spokane County Republicans challenge Roskelley’s “residence.” He says it’s just politics.


  • Bill to ease county vacation of roads dies

    A bill to change the way county governments can vacate roads has died after residents living in the Moran Prairie area objected to the measure. Controversy over the bill dates …


  • Mielke testimony in Olympia favored land-use appeal fee

    Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke testified earlier this month in favor of a bill that would charge a $400 fee to citizens who appeal local land-use decisions to the state’s …


  • Roskelley running against Mielke

    Former Spokane County Commissioner John Roskelley said Thursday he’s ready to take his old job back. Roskelley, a Democrat, announced this week that he is running for county commissioner in …


  • Roskelley wants his old job back

    Former Spokane County Commissioner John Roskelley said he’s ready to take his old job back.


  • Roskelley duo chills out on icy waterfall climb

    Spokane climbers John and Jess Roskelley shared some quality time in a room with an incredible view last weekend during their visit to Alberta’s Columbia Icefields. The only price the …


  • Peak of desire

    Only as an afterthought did John and Jess Roskelley talk about the corpses in their route through the Death Zone of Mount Everest. On May 30, their first morning back …


  • Roskelleys reach top of Everest

    Standing on top of the world’s tallest mountain early today, 20-year-old Jess Roskelley became the youngest American to make it to the summit of Mount Everest.


  • Makalu: climb for the ages

    Time does not forget great moments in history, even if the present can sometimes be oblivious. After initially being shunned by the American mountaineering community, the 1980 Spokane-to-Makalu Expedition has …


  • Play’s Not Only Thing

    For my 15-year-old grandson, Jess, Sunday was a day of upsides and downsides. It also was a day of up hills and down hills, some of them nearly perpendicular. It …

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