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Special-Ed Paperwork Delinquent Plans Said To Be Weeks Behind, But Often Months, Years Late

Superintendent Gary Livingston described recent audit problems to the Spokane School Board on Wednesday, saying special-education paperwork was “two or three weeks out of date.” State auditor’s records show a …


Smoking Ban Will Smolder Six Months Health Board Decision For More Study Gives Restaurants Reprieve; Health Officer Says No ‘Emergency’ Exists

The Spokane County Health Board retreated Thursday from its plan to ban smoking in all county restaurants. Threatened with a lawsuit and stranded without the support of its top doctor, …


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 …


Servick Appointed To Cda City Council

As expected, attorney Susan K. Servick was appointed to the Coeur d’Alene City Council Tuesday evening. The council voted unanimously to confirm Servick without discussion. Servick will serve the final …


Intern Wins Job As City Planner

The city council hired a new planner this week, appointing intern Greg Doyon to the $30,000-a-year post. He replaces Jim Hendrixson, who was fired last month for running an Amway …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 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 …


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 …


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 …