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Sheriff Seeks $1.1 Million, Quickly Goldman Warns Emergencies May Go Ignored Without Budget Help

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Department is so strapped for cash, deputies might have to ignore emergency calls and the jail might have to release inmates early, Sheriff John Goldman warned …


City Allows Only One Of 19 Trees To Be Felled Homeowners Wanted To Clear Douglas Fir Away From House

City officials recommend against planting Douglas fir trees along a street because they shed too many branches. But the City Council still won’t allow an Ash Avenue couple to remove …


County Erases Jobs From Books 81 Positions, Most Of Them Unfilled, To Be Cut Starting Next Tuesday

Spokane County will save $2.7 million next year by eliminating 81 jobs - most of them unfilled but still showing on the books. Tuesday, Commissioner Steve Hasson called the positions …


Commission Votes Against Placing Taxes On September Ballot

In a rare split vote, Spokane County commissioners voted Tuesday against putting two environmental taxes before voters on the September ballot. The 2-1 votes represent one of the few occasions …


Meters Just The Ticket For Downtown Council Votes, 5-1, For Return And Boosts Hourly Rate From 30 Cents To 75 Cents In Core

The meter expired Monday on free parking in downtown Spokane. City Council members voted 5-1 to reinstall the more than 300 parking meters taken out of the downtown core three …


Spokane School Board Finds Way To Stretch Tight Money

In a tight money year, Spokane School District 81 found enough cash to fund new books, teacher training and security officers for high schools. The Spokane School Board approved a …


No Early Start For Halloween High Jinks

The Spokane School Board decided Wednesday it’s probably not a good idea to let students out of school two hours early on Oct. 31. “It just gives our creative high …


County Agrees To Oil Old Trails Road

Some squeaky wheels got oil for their dusty road Tuesday night. Several residents of Old Trails Road northwest of Spokane complained to county commissioners that dust churned up by heavy …


Landowner Complains That Road Won’t Connect With His Property Road Serving Drug-Treatment Facility Should Be Extended, Ward Says

Developer Joe Ward says Spokane County officials have allowed the U.S. government to bully them and him. On Tuesday, he demanded that county commissioners stand up and fight or they …


Council Endorses Fire Dispatch Merger

A plan to streamline fire protection in Spokane County moved closer to reality Monday with the City Council’s unanimous endorsement. The proposal would merge the city’s fire dispatch center with …


Annexation Plans Go Before Council

Developers will ask the Coeur d’Alene City Council tonight to annex 145 acres for housing and commercial developments. One development, south of Prairie Avenue and west of the Idaho Department …


Spirit Lake To Pay Share Of Paving Officials Ok Spending $100,000 To Keep From Losing State Grant

After twice rejecting a plea for $100,000 to pave dusty roads, Spirit Lake voters are going to pay anyway. The City Council voted Tuesday to reach into city coffers for …


Hawthorne Manor Gets Go-Ahead For Expansion

One of Spokane’s oldest nursing and retirement homes will not have to leave town because of a financial ailment. County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously granted Hawthorne Manor permission to expand. …


Proposed Subdivision Shot Down Commissioners Reject 55-Acre Ranch Aero Project Because Developers Want To Keep Airstrip Open

A proposed 55-acre subdivision near Garwood was rejected by Kootenai County commissioners Wednesday because the developers wanted to keep a private airstrip open as part of the project. Commissioners were …


Most Speak Against Annexation City Wants To Annex 212 Acres On Glenrose Prairie

More than 100 people filled the Spokane City Council chambers Monday night to argue about the city’s proposal to annex 212 acres of pastoral Glenrose Prairie. They included polished attorneys, …


Downwinders Invited To Sessions

Hanford downwinders in North Idaho can learn more about nuclear radiation and its effects through workshops by the Hanford Health Information Network. The group is sponsoring workshops in Coeur d’Alene …


Simplifying Tax Laws Goal Of Hearings Lawmakers Will Consider Some 230 Proposals

A charitable deduction for non-itemizers, a child-care credit for overnight summer camp expenses and repeal of the gasguzzler tax on stretch limousines are among the 230 tax provisions House lawmakers …


Shadle Center Owners Want Public’s Input On Mall Remodel

Neighbors are invited to voice concerns about the potential remodeling of Shadle Shopping Center, the antiquated mall developers hope to convert to a gleaming retail complex. On behalf of the …


Anti-Crime Group Fires Up Barbecue To Raise Funds And Raise Awareness

Last Saturday afternoon they gathered in the back yard of a mobile home off Barker Road to eat hot dogs, burgers and chips. “I’ve got dental floss if anybody needs …


Pigs, Property Top Agenda

Potbellied pigs and annexations are on the agenda of the Post Falls City Council Wednesday night. The council is expected to finalize a new ordinance that makes an exception for …


Council Steps On Gas Rather Than Brake Experiment Increases Speed Limits On 14 Streets, Lowers It On 12 Others

A citywide plan to lower speed limits on Spokane’s neighborhood streets screeched to a halt Monday. Instead, city council members unanimously approved a pilot program that raised more speed limits …


Hearing Is Thursday On Saving Bull Trout

The U.S. Forest Service will hold a public hearing Thursday in Spokane on the agency’s Inland Northwest Native Fish Strategy. The strategy is being written because of concern that bull …


Planners Seek Lower Speed Limit Speeds Would Drop From 30 To 25 Mph On Many Roads

Spokane transportation planners want to cut the speed limit on more than 50 residential streets because of increased traffic in the neighborhoods. The plan, which goes before the City Council …


Spalding Auto Parts Seeks Approval To Expand Storage Area

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Final Decision On Gravel Pit Delayed

The gravel pit so loathed by its future neighbors is not yet set in stone. On Wednesday, county commissioners tabled an “order of decision” that formalizes their May 30 approval …


A, B, C To Return In The Fall School Board Votes To Change Back To Letter Grading

Wilson Elementary School first-grade teacher Lynda MacQuarrie tives a last day of school hug to student Melissa Wiese. The class shared treats and told of their summer vacation plans. Photo …


School Drug Abuse Program Cut Federal, State Money Dries Up, Forcing 11 Layoffs, Elimination Of Operation Aware

Eleven staff members who work in Spokane schools to prevent drug and alcohol abuse were laid off Wednesday because state and federal money for the program has dried up. The …


Secretary Glickman Will Visit On Friday

Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman will visit Spokane and a Rockford wheat farm Friday as part of a tour of Northwest agriculture and forest lands, officials said Tuesday. Larry Albin, …


Chilberg Replacement To Be Chosen Today

Phil Harris and Steve Hasson will select someone today to join them on the Spokane County Commission. The two Republican commissioners will interview the three finalists for the District 1 …


Council Will Review Way It Does Business

The Spokane City Council will consider revamping the way it does its business at a meeting tonight. A proposal would allow more time for public and council review of weekly …