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Pay Raise? What Pay Raise? Council Members Angry About Budget Item Crum Failed To Mention

Spokane City Manager Roger Crum never got around to telling his bosses about a proposed salary hike for himself and 15 other top city managers. The increase almost slipped past …


Hasson Questions Way Duncan Hired

Spokane County commissioners officially hired a retired Air Force officer Tuesday to lead the county’s human resources department for $60,000 a year. But Commissioner Steve Hasson expressed reservations over the …


Commissioners Postpone Decision On Budget Sheriff’s Department Shortfall Likely To Be Covered By Accounting Switch

Spokane County commissioners Tuesday put off a decision on how to solve a $600,000 budget crisis in the sheriff’s department. But they agreed not to touch the county’s $550,000 savings …


Parents Wary Of Double-Shift Plan Children Walking To School In Dark, Effect On Sports, Families Are Concerns

Threats to their children’s safety weighed on the minds of parents who commented Monday on the possibility of double-shifting students at Post Falls Junior High School. The school board, which …


Liberty Lake Developer Wins Some, Loses Some

A development company that plans a project near Liberty Lake won partial approval for its proposal this week. Liberty Lake Village Limited received permission to divide almost 16 acres near …


Dare, 42 City Staff On List Of Cuts Proposed To Council

The city’s money blues made for deep cuts in Spokane’s 1996 proposed spending plan. City Manager Roger Crum delivered a proposal to the City Council on Monday that took a …


Teachers Impressed With Writing Test

Teachers in Spokane’s schools have a strong new tool for teaching students how to write. Writing tests given the past two years to students in the fifth, seventh and 10th …


What’s A Bus Stop Without A Bench? Sta Approves Funding For Seats Outside Downtown Transit Hub

Many bus riders would rather wait outside than inside the $20.6 million Plaza. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review


Adults Hear What’s On Teens’ Minds At Forum

Sadie Heilman talks to adults about family issues at a teen forum at Lewis and Clark Wednesday night. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review


Study Group Plan Ok’d For Mount Spokane Ski Area Would Be Run By Public Development Authority

Spokane County Commissioners Tuesday embraced the idea of creating a public development group to run Mount Spokane Ski Area instead of the current private operator. The Mount Spokane 2000 Study …


Rv Park Approved At Blackwell Island Critics Fear The Move Will Spark City’s Massive Expansion South Of The Spokane River

A controversial recreational vehicle park will be built on Blackwell Island - a move many fear will trigger massive expansion of the city south of the Spokane River. The City …


Cda Teachers To Get 3.2 Percent Pay Hikes Union’s Unanimous Approval Of Contract Brings Relief, End To Tough Negotiations

Coeur d’Alene teachers got an average 3.2 percent salary increase in a contract approved unanimously by their union membership Friday. The school board approved the agreement Thursday.


Radio Towers Gain Approval Commissioners Also Ok Indoor Riding Stable

South Spokane County developers got full sway Tuesday night as county commissioners approved controversial radio towers and an indoor riding stable. Citadel Broadcasting Co., which owns KGA-AM and KJRB-AM, now …


Schools Pass Emergency Levies Higher Enrollments Enable Decisions, Explained As Buffer Against State Cuts

Coeur d’Alene and Bonner County school officials passed emergency levies Monday designed, in part, to offset a predicted shortfall in state funding. Lakeland School District, too, may use part of …


Emergency Mutual Aid Ok’d

Post Falls is leading the way in disaster preparedness by forming a mutual aid agreement between its public agencies. The Post Falls school board approved the emergency aid agreement with …


Council Reduces Budget Cda Property Taxes Go Down After $58,450 Cutback

City taxpayers will get a 1 percent reduction in their property taxes after the City Council trimmed $58,450 from next year’s budget Tuesday evening. The cuts will have to be …


Gypsies’ Suit In City’s Lap County To Pay City $390,000 And Wash Hands Of Liability

Spokane County commissioners Tuesday threw in their cards over the massive Marks family lawsuit, folding for perhaps a penny on the dollar. Commissioners gambled that it was worth giving $390,000 …


Cda Council Urged To Stop Its Spending Some Residents Lobby For Frugality During Hearing On Proposed $33.5 Million Budget

When Ray Bradley and his wife built their dream home on the Spokane River seven years ago, the tax man said it was worth $112,000 and the annual property tax …


County Commissioner Candidates Debate

Six candidates for the District 1 seat on the Spokane County Commission will meet early Friday for a forum sponsored by the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce. The event will …


Inmates Fund Youth Center Money From Geiger Work Crews Pays For Day Detention Facility

Spokane County commissioners Tuesday funneled money from a county-owned prison to Superior Court to create an innovative day confinement center for young criminals. The county’s precarious financial position appeared to …


County Commissioners Propose Curfew

A recent spate of gang violence that killed two girls and wounded four other youths has Spokane County commissioners talking curfew. They’ll seek the state attorney general’s opinion on the …


Skateboarders Deserve A Place Of Their Own

What’s wrong with this picture? Coeur d’Alene Councilman Mike McDowell doesn’t mind “Thong Man” “hanging out” at City Beach. But he doesn’t want skateboarders to show their faces at nearby …


The Wine Cellar Restaurant Agrees To Install Wheelchair Lift

The Wine Cellar will install a wheelchair lift, but won’t have to take other steps to upgrade handicapped access, the Coeur d’Alene City Council ruled Tuesday. That decision is in …


City Council Approves Expo Addition

The Post Falls City Council approved the first addition of Expo, listened to complaints about the draft city budget and voted to ignore their own fireworks law Tuesday night. Expo, …


City To Raze House Damaged Beyond Repair

This house at 1111 W. Augusta has been approved by the City Council for cemolition. Photo by Liz Kishimoto/The Spokesman-Review


City Council Votes To Shut Compost Plant Future Of Smelly Operation Now Up To Commissioners

Fed up with odor complaints and “Band-Aids” they say don’t work, Spokane City Council members voted Monday to shut down the $2 million regional composting plant. “The fact is: It’s …


Air Quality Board To Let Smoke Settle

Ignoring public outcry, the Spokane County Air Pollution Control Authority on Thursday put off grass-burning reform for another three months. Led by Spokane County Commissioners Steve Hasson and Phil Harris, …


Commissioners Backing Off Health Takeover Officials May Delay Vote Or Decide Against Seizure

County commissioners wavered Thursday in their bid to take over the Spokane County Health District. At a minimum, commissioners said, they will vote Tuesday to delay the seizure by one …


Board Attempts To Clear The Air At Colbert Plant Hasson, Harris Lead Air Pollution Board To Order Daily Sniffing Inspections

Two Spokane County commissioners on the county’s air pollution board want action against the odor-plagued Colbert compost plant. At their encouragement on Thursday, the board agreed to order local air …


Commissioners Agree To Allow State Review Of Assessor’s Office

Spokane County commissioners agreed Tuesday to accept the state’s offer to help rescue the beleaguered county assessor’s office. The state Department of Revenue will review Assessor Charlene Cooney’s operation for …