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  • Deal ends raceway deadlock

    A recent court agreement may lead to a sigh of relief by county commissioners and investors in the former Spokane Raceway Park. The agreement breaks a stalemate over testing to …


  • Sheriff gets $128,000 for gear

    Spokane County commissioners gave Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich $128,223 from reserves Tuesday – about one-third of the amount he requested for equipment and software. Knezovich requested $372,631 last week, but commissioners …


  • Kootenai, Spokane counties think big

    What if: • Kootenai County’s free Citylink bus system connected with Spokane Transit Authority routes to allow commuters to travel back and forth across the state line?


  • Sheriff argues for supplies

    Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich gave county commissioners a $372,631 list of equipment and software Tuesday that he’d like to buy with county reserves. Commissioners took no action, but agreed to discuss …


  • $1 million grant to help pay for YMCA site

    The sun was shining Tuesday on Spokane County’s Conservation Futures program if nowhere else. County commissioners learned that a grant will reduce the cost of the YMCA site in Riverfront …


  • Proposal increases county commission from 3 people to 5

    Voters may get a chance to decide whether Spokane County needs more than three commissioners to run local government, the number it’s had since Washington became a U.S. territory in …


  • Commissioner French touts fiscal health of Spokane County

    The state of Spokane County isn’t as bad as it might have been and things are looking up, county commission Chairman Al French said Friday. French told some 215 business …


  • State of county not so bad

    County Commissioner Al French addresses 215 business and civic leaders at Greater Spokane Inc. breakfast meeting Friday.


  • County set to approve amendments to Waste-to-Energy Plant contract

    County commissioners are ready to bless a plan to make Spokane’s garbage burner more competitive with regional landfills. The deal, which could be approved today, would allow Spokane to order …


  • Probe finds many errors in Bigelow Gulch project

    Spokane County’s $66 million project to upgrade Bigelow Gulch Road seems to have as much trouble with state officials as the pavement has potholes. A draft report from the Washington …


  • Human rights dialogue revs up

    After racist literature was distributed throughout the region in 2009, a North Idaho anti-racism group mobilized leaders in Kootenai and Spokane counties to send a message at a news conference …


  • Move on without fear, region’s leaders urge

    While political and religious leaders interviewed last week denounced the bombing attempt along the route of Spokane’s annual march honoring Martin Luther King Jr., they shared a range of opinions …


  • Canine appeal dominates commissioner’s first meeting

    New Spokane County Commissioner Al French was tested in doggy court Tuesday during his debut meeting. He cut to the chase in an appeal on behalf of Chaos and Henry, …


  • County leaders balk at city’s timeline for waste plant

    Establishing a garbage democracy in Spokane County may prove as difficult as bringing representative government to Afghanistan. The challenge came into sharp focus Tuesday when Spokane city officials asked county …


  • Commissioners maintain conservation priorities

    Last-minute pleas to preserve land on Beacon Hill failed to persuade county commissioners to shuffle a priority list for Conservation Futures property acquisitions. Eight people urged the commissioners to give …


  • County receives conservation list

    Spokane County’s Conservation Futures program may get a new, narrower target for acquiring public open-space land. County commissioners received a staff and advisory committee recommendation to focus on the top …


  • County budget to tap reserve

    Next year’s Spokane County budget will dig deeper into county reserves, not taxpayers’ wallets. County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday not to impose legally permitted 1 percent increases in property tax …


  • County considers using reserves to save public safety jobs

    Spokane County commissioners may dip into reserves to save jobs and offset some of the most painful cuts in their 2011 general fund budget. Commissioners Mark Richard and Bonnie Mager …


  • New assessor to replace chief deputy with appraiser

    Vicki Horton says she’ll reorganize the Spokane County Assessor’s Office when she takes charge in January, but only Chief Deputy Assessor Kevin Best will be dismissed. Best was recruited by …


  • County raises fees, extends jail contract

    A public relations contract to promote a Spokane County jail construction bond measure will be extended four months at a cost of $46,156. In other action Tuesday, county commissioners voted …


  • GPS to track county plows

    A year from now, Spokane County residents may go online when snow falls to find out which roads have been plowed. Some road graders and plow trucks are being equipped …


  • County considers new formula for building permit fees

    An overhaul of building permit fees in unincorporated Spokane County could reduce costs for big projects and make small ones more expensive. County commissioners will take testimony Nov. 30 on …


  • Spokane County auditor will heed critics’ ideas

    Democratic Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton says she’ll implement some good ideas from her Republican critics. Dalton made the announcement Friday at a meeting of the county Canvassing Board, which …


  • Richard, Knezovich spar over budgeting

    A 2 ½-hour Sheriff’s Office budget meeting Tuesday produced more heat than light. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and County Commission Chairman Mark Richard each accused the other of “insulting” …


  • County commission objects to shoreline rules

    A state rewrite of Spokane County’s shoreline regulations is a “prime example” of state agencies “out of control,” Commissioner Mark Richard said Tuesday. With Washington’s budget on life support, the …


  • Mager, French debate raceway, waste

    The “only candidate who has created jobs” will face the “only fiscal conservative” in a prerecorded county commission debate tonight at 7 on KSPS-TV. Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager will …


  • Medical Lake site chosen for jail in 2-1 vote

    Spokane County commissioners accepted no public testimony but aired their own views on a new jail for an hour and a half Tuesday. They then voted 2-1 to confirm a …


  • Clark: Idling minds run a bit rich on track tribute

    Thanks to some of my diabolical readers, the raceway monument to our con-men commissioners is right on track. If you recall, I sounded the alarm last week for assistance in …


  • Spokane County approves land, sewer deal

    County commissioners unanimously approved an agreement Tuesday to trade 70 acres of undeveloped Spokane County Raceway land for Airway Heights sewer and water connections.


  • Clark: Let’s commission a monument to runaway spending

    How about that Spokane County Raceway, huh? Ho, hum. Another day. Another $850,000 blown out the ol’ exhaust pipe.

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