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  • County settles raceway suits, resolving contractors’ claims

    The Spokane County Raceway will cost taxpayers $850,000 more under a lawsuit settlement county commissioners approved Tuesday. Commissioners Mark Richard and Bonnie Mager, who don’t agree on much about the …


  • City, Valley might back vehicle tax, Mielke says

    Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke said Tuesday that Spokane and Spokane Valley city officials have indicated they may seek a countywide vehicle tax. A countywide “transportation benefit district” requires the …


  • 911 upgrade would allow texts, photos

    Emergency communications are about to join the Information Age in Spokane County – and get more expensive. Residents will pay 75 cents a month next year for 911 service, a …


  • Spokane County 911 tax to go up in January

    Emergency communications are about to join the Information Age in Spokane County – and get more expensive.


  • Transportation needs get collaborative look

    Local government officials in Spokane County say the region needs about $20 million a year in additional funding to keep up with road and highway needs. They are proposing the …


  • Commissioners finalize raceway funds

    Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager dissented again Tuesday during final action on a $588,500 racetrack expenditure. Commissioners Todd Mielke and Mark Richard said the money was needed for safety improvements …


  • County OK’s money for Avista Stadium upgrades

    Spokane County soon will start design work on $2.8 million worth of baseball stadium improvements required by a lease that pays $15,000 a year. County commissioners unanimously appropriated $10,000 Tuesday …


  • County spends another $500,000 on raceway

    County commissioners’ tempers flared Tuesday along with public spending on the Spokane County Raceway. Commissioners Todd Mielke and Mark Richard drove to a $1.1 million finish while Commissioner Bonnie Mager …


  • Mielke, Richard flush with raceway money

    I see county commissioners voted last week to feed more of our money into the Spokane County Raceway near Airway Heights. This time, as outlined in reporter John Craig’s revealing …


  • County picks Medical Lake site for new jail

    Spokane County Commissioners today voted to put a new jail at a site near the Medical Lake freeway interchange and a community corrections on the campus of the existing Spokane …


  • Spokane County law library falls behind on bills

    Spokane County commissioners gave their insolvent law library a cash infusion this week and held out the possibility of a larger bailout. The library has $75,129 in past-due bills on …


  • County throws life raft to law library

    Spokane County commissioners gave their insolvent law library a cash infusion this week and held out the possibility of a larger bailout. The library has $75,129 in past-due bills on …


  • Spokane County lays off jail workers

    Spokane County will lay off 57 jail employees next month to offset a big drop in the number of inmates. The employees were notified Tuesday evening, and formal layoff notices …


  • Spokane County still mulling jail options

    Spokane County commissioners are still exploring options as they prepare to take final testimony on proposed jail sites. A public hearing Wednesday will focus on a study that says, if …


  • Funds needed to run new jail

    A new Spokane County jail may require two public votes: one for bonds to build it and another for a sales tax increase to operate it. “I think we have …


  • Victims, families share their heartaches, healing

    Sitting in a courtroom Thursday listening to a man plead guilty for his role in her son’s murder, Tracey Cochran felt voiceless, and desperate. “It’s so hard to sit there …


  • Spokane County seeks park restroom solution

    A cost-cutting plan to leave restrooms locked at seven Spokane County parks this summer is getting a second look. Restroom service is to be eliminated this summer at seven county …


  • Costs for new Spokane County jail confirmed

    A new cost analysis confirmed what preliminary estimates had already shown: A new Spokane County jail would be cheaper to build on undeveloped West Plains land but would be cheaper …


  • Spokane County Jail vote delay changes PR needs

    Spokane County commissioners realized Tuesday they may need to extend a jail project public relations contract they haven’t yet signed. Chairman Mark Richard called that “a little bit frustrating.” Nevertheless, …


  • Richard recounts county’s highs, lows

    County Commissioner Mark Richard’s “state of the county” speech Friday wasn’t written in red ink, even though the county has plenty of it. He delivered his remarks to a breakfast …


  • Spokane Co. commissioner outlines accomplishments, cuts

    County Commissioner Mark Richard’s “state of the county” speech Friday wasn’t written in red ink, even though the county has plenty of it.


  • Cuts loom for Spokane County parks

    Spokane County parks will be a little browner this summer because of budget cuts. Garbage cans may be fuller or gone, and restrooms may be locked.


  • County parks take steep cuts

    Spokane County parks will be a little browner this summer because of budget cuts. Garbage cans may be fuller or gone, and restrooms may be locked. County officials hope, though, …


  • Hurdles await park plan

    Spokane County and Airway Heights officials will meet this month to discuss a regional sports park on the Spokane County Raceway Park grounds. It’s a goal the two governments have …


  • County OKs rural cluster changes, kid-free development

    Spokane County commissioners on Tuesday completed a two-year overhaul of controversial “rural cluster development” standards. The action rounds out a package of reforms designed to make the relatively dense subdivisions …


  • Mead-area housing plan rules out kids

    School-age children would be banned from living in a 415-acre development under a proposal Spokane County commissioners will consider Tuesday. A covenant running with the Mead-area land would limit residential …


  • Short-handed assessor wants help from above

    Spokane County residents may want to avoid backyard sunbathing in April. That’s when county Assessor Ralph Baker wants to take a series of high-resolution, low-altitude aerial photographs that promise to …


  • County gives city time on YMCA debt

    Spokane County leaders Tuesday expressed frustration with Spokane City Council’s vague response to their offer to pay off the city’s debt on its purchase of the downtown YMCA. After two …


  • County leaders considering higher taxes, fees

    Spokane County drivers may be required to pay an extra $20 per year to register their vehicles and voters may be asked to approve an extra 3.75 cents per gallon …


  • City on the road to peaceful growth

    Spokane County has raised a white flag. After years spent fighting Spokane’s growing city limits, county commissioners are taking a friendlier stance on what would be the largest expansion of …

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